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The regal head of a stag is the MacKenzie symbol
Head of House
Named after Miss C. Elsie MacKenzie, Mistress in Charge of Primary School 1917-1945.
- At the Board meeting in December 1916, Elsie MacKenzie was appointed “Mistress of the Junior department” at Scots College. She took up her duties when the college opened in 1917, and remained head of the primary school until her retirement at the end of 1945.
- In 1943 because of the difficulties in securing sufficient staff, Elsie MacKenzie took over the demanding task of housemistress for the boarding establishment, a job she carried out until the end of the war.
- When she did retire in 1945, there were many expressions of regret at her leaving and many functions held in her honour. At the prize-giving at the end of 1945 it was Elsie MacKenzie who presented the prizes.
- When the house system was recognised in 1949 her name was commemorated in MacKenzie Club and through all the changes in the house system it continues as a house in both the primary and secondary schools. Some years later she became the first woman to be created an Honorary Life Member of Scots College Incorporated.