Aberdeenshire Pupils Say Source Local, Buy Local

A group of students at an Aberdeenshire school have put their creative skills to the test to produce a film centering around one of the country’s best loved ice cream brands.

Six budding filmmakers from S4-S6 at Kemnay Academy worked with us and Mackie’s of Scotland to film and edit a short film on sustainable practices as part of our Low Carbon Skills project. Entitled ‘Source Local, Buy Local’ the film tells of the brand’s journey to become one of the UK’s greenest companies. 

Initially installing a wind turbine to heat a piggery, Mackie's were so impressed with the possibilities that their Westertown farm is now host to both a solar farm and yet more turbines – helping them to reduce their carbon footprint as part of their ‘sky to scoop’ ethos. 

The pupils took the lead on the project; investigating the business, collating questions to ask and filming the short piece to highlight how sustainable successful businesses can be. The film is available to teachers and youth workers as an aid to help inform young people of the importance of sustainability and the possibilities for implementing changes at every level.  In addition, a downloadable curriculum enquiry has been created to support pupils in the area of Developing the Young Workforce and Learning for Sustainability.

Ms Buchan, a teacher at Kenmay Academy, said: “The Low Carbon Skills project gave pupils an excellent opportunity to explore environmental issues by looking closely at the sustainable business practices in a local food manufacturer. “This project will have had an impact on the pupils in many ways. Some of these are tangible, for example in their increased confidence, others may be the seeds sown to help inform choices they will make in the future as they become consumers.”

One of the pupils involved in the project, said: “I enjoyed the experience and have learned a lot which will help with my studies. I know more about how business works and am surprised by the many processes involved.  The film making skills I have learned will be useful as I move in to a career in Drama.”

Ms Buchan added: “Mackie's was an excellent business to work with. The range of sustainable energy initiatives and diversity of products inspired the pupils and gave them a wide view of how a business could make positive choices for the environment.  Our school will use the Low Carbon Skills resource in Environmental Science and Business Management classes to provide examples highlighting local solutions to a global issue.”

We continue to support priorities for Learning for Sustainability and Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. By providing important real-life experiences we can help young people develop the understanding and skills required for jobs in the future.  We are very grateful to Mackies of Scotland for supporting our Low Carbon Skills project and allowing young people to interview them and collate a film on how sustainable a successful business can be.


To view this film and others on plastic waste and textiles, as well as accompanying resources visit our pages on Low Carbon Skills.

12 December 2016

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