Eco-boost for Mackie Academy

By bellmannews / June 22, 2021

Rotary and Horizon joined forces with Co-op at Mackie Academy recently to help the school promote their work in the Keep Scotland Beautiful Eco-Schools scheme.

In a line up of goodwill and contributions, Stonehaven Rotary Club donated £150 to Mackie Academy’s S2 wind turbine project.

Incoming Club President, Debbie Thomson said: “The Club felt this was a great project as the youngsters will get to understand the issues involved, learn about the current technologies and how to generate energy in a sustainable way.  

”Mackie’s project fits in well with the Club’s aims to help towards reducing pollution in the environment and work towards the goal of Eco-system restoration and we believe that the best way to achieve this is by motivating young people in schools and youth organisations as well as working in partnership with other community organisations”.

This autumn the Stonehaven Rotary Club will also launch the Young Environmentalist award adding to their portfolio of regular youth opportunities – Young Musician, Young Chef, Young Writer, Young Photographer, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and Primary School Quiz. 

Alan Craig with Debbie Thomson

Cooperative approach to nesting boxes and Beautiful Scotland

Meanwhile, the Horizon Group presented a £500 cheque to the school fund for materials to build 200 ecology boxes. Horizon, successfully applied for funding for the boxes from the Coop community fund. And they were also supported by Rotary, to make this project happen.

Convenor John Cruickshank said: “Horizon are delighted we could support this project and the school’s work towards their Keep Scotland Beautiful Eco-Schools accreditation.

”Mackie’s Alan Craig, will have his pupils deliver on this. Some 200 pupils will participate in the build of eco-boxes for birds, bats and hedgehogs.”

Mr Cruickshank said Deputy Head Nicola Hamilton was co-ordinating many aspects of the school’s efforts to support Stonehaven’s coastal town entry in the Beautiful Scotland Competition

”The English department are working with the Burns Club on a literary component of an interactive feature being built for the Burns memorial garden,” he said.

”QR codes will be used to bring alive the songs and poems of Robert Burns.  Mackie’s art and photographic department are also working on a poster campaign which Horizon plan to use with businesses and shops, promoting ‘We are Stonehaven’ in its Beautiful Scotland entry. There may even be a possibility of a photographic exhibition – watch this space!”

He added: “The community are coming together and getting behind Horizon’s ambitions to secure a Beautiful Scotland award this year 2021. It’s great to see.”