News & Articles : Session 2015 - 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

House Sports competitions - March 15th, 2016

 
  The overall winners were once again, Priory with Castle narrowing the gap, losing by a mere 6 points.  In total, 736 pupils participated in these matches which, by any standards, is a huge number of pupils engaging in a whole school competition. The Seniors have also added Volleyball and Badminton this session with Blackfriars winning the Volleyball. 

These competitions provide a set of experiences and skills which the pupils will remember for many years. Apart from anything else they are great fun!

 
     
 

Rotary Quiz - February

 
  This February a team of four Madras pupils pitted their wits in the Fife Schools Quiz. Run every year, by the Rotary Club, the quiz, has testing questions on such topics as History, Science and General Knowledge. Madras gained second place being only narrowly beaten by Waid Academy.  
     
 

P7/S1 Transition Programme - Thursday 4th February 2016

 
  Madras College held an open evening at its Kilrymont Road building for the pupils who will be joining the school this August and for their parents. The evening was held to inform P6 and P7 pupils and their parents what to expect from Madras, and to provide key information about moving up to Secondary School.

This event was very well attended with a record number of parents in attendance this year. First, The Rector Mr McLure and Depute Rector Mr Darge (Year Head of S1) welcomed prospective pupils and their parents and went on to outline the school policy on uniform, the school's ethos, as well as the many extra curricular opportunities for pupils at Madras.

In a packed Assembly hall, First year pupils Patricia and Ailsa O'Riordan then gave a lively impression of what it is like in S1 at Madras.  This was followed by a sixth year's account from Head Girl Heather Proctor of what it is like to study here as a senior.
The subject departments set up displays in the classrooms of the type of school work to expect, with examples of work and different class routines. Current S1 and S2 pupils assisted by telling parents and pupils what they had enjoyed this year so far. The school's senior prefects helped guide families on their tours around the school, which gave pupils a chance to have a look around the building. 

Madras were praised by HMIe, in their recent Inspection Report, for their transition programme and several parents commented favourably on both the welcoming ethos of Madras and the importance  of such evenings for themselves and their children.

The next event in the programme is the P7 ceilidh on March 16th.  We look forward to seeing our new S1s then.
 
     
 

Madras College Endowment Trust - Travel Grants

 
  Are you looking to take an Educational GAP year or Summer volunteering overseas before starting your further education course? Are you looking for help with funding your travel? Madras College Endowment Trust is offering 3 travel grants of up to £200 (subject to availability). CLOSING DATE Thursday 31st May 2016.

For more information and an application form please visit the Madras College Endowment Trust page.

 
     
 

Skills for 21st Century Managers - Tuesday 19th January

 
  This week the Rector, Depute Headteachers and Principal Teachers of Curriculum attended a workshop entitled "Skills for 21st Century Managers".  Run by the Management School at St Andrews University, the workshops encouraged participants to think about what the most important factors are to enhance their own performance.  They were also given information on the Competing Values Framework and background as to how these models had developed and altered since the 1970s.  The seminar was packed with interesting information, particularly with regard to both Organisational Effectiveness and Leader Effectiveness and there was some lively discussion.

This session was designed to encourage staff to develop and to reflect upon their practice.  Several staff commented very favourably on the workshop. Madras College look forward to furthering their links with the Management School and with the University of St Andrews.

by Mrs Payne

 
     
 

Visit to James Gregory Telescope - Tuesday 12th January 2016

 
  On the 12th of January, 16 S4 and S5 pupils, along with Mrs Lindsay and two peer tutors, braved the brisk January air to pay a visit to the James Gregory telescope, at the university of St. Andrews observatory.

Despite the cloudy weather making it impossible to get a clear view of the sky, the pupils were still captivated to hear what Aleks Scholz had to say about astronomy and the night sky that we see in St. Andrews and how knowing your way around the night sky can be used to navigate yourself back home safely!

Pupils and peer tutors stood in awe as the dome was opened and the cold January air filled the dome. The pupils were then shown how the telescope works and how to rotate the dome to focus on a particular point in the sky. Although the pupils didn't get to see the stars for themselves they were shown some very impressive, photos that had been taken using the telescope on an earlier date.  

The physics department would like to thank Aleks and the University of St. Andrews for letting us visit.  We are very much looking forward to returning in the near future.

by Glen Burnett

 
     
 

New Clubs Spotlight - November 2015

 
  Drama Club
The school recently began running a drama club on a Friday lunchtime due to the many requests from pupils for a club to produce small productions.  The club is currently open to S3s and at the moment the pupils are working on a performance based on the effects of bullying entitled "Turning Blind Eyes."  This will be presented to junior pupils at the end of term.
(by Gillian Henderson)

Netball Club
At the club there are a number of activities including passing drills, possession games, general fitness and Seven-a-side practice games.  Madras has a really good reputation for winning games and the uptake from the new S1 has been phenomenal.  "Netball is really fun and this is a friendly club" commented one first year.  "I've made a lot of new friends through netball," said another. This club runs on Tuesday nights and is open to all S1 and S2 girls. 

Science Club
This club is run by S6 pupils for anyone, from any year group who has an interest  in science.  S6 pupils arrange new and fun experiments each week .  These experiments are from all three areas of science: biology, chemistry and physics.  Science Club takes place every week in South Street from 3:45 – 5:00.

(by Soha Nabi)

 
     
 

UCAS Evening - Thursday 24th September

 
  Last week Madras College hosted an evening for the parents and pupils currently in the Senior Phase. The evening began with a presentation in the Hall from the Head of Admissions at St Andrews University. She outlined the do’s and don’ts of completing the UCAS application to University. She gave ideas on what to include in the Personal Statement and on things to avoid! There was also a talk from Mr Chris Simpson, the school careers advisor. Pupils and parents were then invited to visit individual subjects in the foyer and gain information on courses available, exam requirements and course outlines. The evening was well attended and once again provided valuable information for our senior pupils and their parents and carers.

by Mrs Payne

 
     
 

Madras Sports Day - June 2015

 
  A big thank you to all staff who officiated and contributed in various ways to make this delayed day a great success. Madras College is one of the few schools who continue to provide their pupils with a full Sports Day experience. It can only happen with the help and support of all staff, so I am very grateful for all your co-operation. Here are some photos of the day and the Individual Champions for each group.

Mr J Tarvet (Principal Teacher of Physical Education)

 
     
     
     
     
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