News & Articles - Archive - Session 2010 - 2011

Madras Summer Newsletter

  It's been a bumper term of events and activities at Madras.


Read all about it in the summer newsletter here.


Sports Day - June 28th

  We held our sports day on Tuesday 28th June. The weather stayed fair and the day was a great success.

Results | Photo Gallery


Vote of Thanks to the Madras Diary Team

A huge thanks goes to Emma Sunter, Lindsay Wright, Thea Blackadder, Natalie Crawford, Rachel Wilson, Andrew Johnston, Mark Nicoll and Lauren Russell for all their work in providing high quality and entertaining reporting of the many events pupils have been involved in at Madras this session. I am particularly grateful to Emma who has done a fantastic job in coordinating and compiling all the articles and photographs each month and passing them onto me to incorporate into the News and Events pages. All your efforts and meticulous attention to detail have been hugely appreciated. I wish all of you every success in the future.

Mr. Latona (Madras Web Stooge)


Madras Diary 2010/2011 signing off....

Being involved with the Madras Diary has been one of the highlights of our time at Madras College. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity of writing a fortnightly page about the many and varied events taking place in Madras College for our local newspaper. We have learned a lot about the wonderful school we attend and appreciate the effort of everyone who has helped us. Thanks go to each member of the team who has written articles regularly. We would all like to thank Mr Mackay for his guidance and support. We have enjoyed every minute of it and we wish all the best for next Madras Diary team.

by Emma Sunter (May)


What next for the Madras Diary team?

It looks like the Madras Diary team has an exciting future to look forward to. Lindsay is going to Edinburgh University to study Vetinary Medicine. Thea will be studying Law and Politics and Rachel is set to study Classics, both at the University of Edinburgh. Natalie and Andrew will be going off to Robert Gordon University to study Occupational Therapy and Media Studies respectively. Mark plans to study Construction at College with a view to becoming a joiner. Lauren hopes to study History at Dundee University and Emma looks forward to studying History and Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews.


6th Years Leaving



At the very beginning of first year the last day of high school seemed so far away, little did we know that the next six years would fly by. As our time at Madras quickly came to an end many were left feeling apprehensive whilst others were decidedly more happy. Whilst the senior years of school bring the accumulating amount of stress and the dreaded exams, they are amongst the most enjoyable.

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It is during these senior years that the majority of us make the decision of what to do when leaving school. The dedication of our teachers helped to fuel our interests in the subjects offered. With the majority of us choosing to go into further education, either at College or University, it is this interest which helped us decide which subjects to take. However, not everyone has decided to go into further education straight away. Many people have decided to take a gap year before leaving for University with people choosing to work to earn some more money, travel, relax or to simply gain more life experience. However, going into higher education is not the only option and many have chosen to go straight into employment. For most, our time spent at Madras has been eventful, stressful but enjoyable and most importantly has helped us decide what to do in the future. Whatever the decision we wish everyone the best of luck!

by Lauren Russell (May)


6th Year Ball

The 6th Year Ball is very much one of the highlights of the year for the senior pupils, being such a great occasion and marking the end of an era. The Ball, which is taking place on June 10th, begins with a Champagne Reception in the beautiful South Street Quad. Here, pupils will be provided with plenty opportunities to get together with teachers and family members for photographs. This is followed by a sit down meal in the assembly hall during which Mr Jones and a few current sixth years will each give a speech. Having done at least 6 years of ceilidh practice in P.E. the pupils should be well prepared for their last school dance. After this, the venue changes where all present and former pupils of the class of 2005 reunite once more at the famous ‘After Ball’ event. The planning of the Ball takes a great amount of effort for pupils and teachers involved but it will be all worthwhile on the night.

by Natalie Crawford (May)


Open Mic

Students from Madras College recently organised and held an Open Mic to raise money for the upcoming trip to Namibia. Five acts performed from each of the schools three Houses; Blackfriars, Castle and Priory. The winning House, Castle, was decided by judges including former music teacher Mr Bell, Mrs Wilson from the school office and Mr Burnett. In the intermission school staff member Mr Box took to the stage to perform a moving rendition of Mad World by Tears for Fears which was greatly enjoyed by all. The evening was a great success with students, friends and families attending and appreciating the diverse musical talent the school has to offer.

by Thea Blackadder (May)


Primary 7 Visits

Over the course of May, selected first year pupils and guidance staff visited the primary seven classes of feeder primary schools in preparation for the next set of pupils joining Madras College. Headed by Mr. Munn, the purpose of the visit is for the primary school pupils to have any questions about Madras answered by the people who have gone through the same experience. The first year pupils visited the primary schools they attended just last year, so the primary pupils got to talk to pupils they already know. Moving school is a daunting experience, and it is important that pupils had this opportunity so that they have much of the information they require.

by Lindsay Wright


Leavers Hoodies

6th Years traditionally purchase personalised ‘Leavers Hoodies’. This year the pupils were offered a wide choice of colours for their hoodied sweatshirts including a two-tone hoody with a different colour inside the hood. The most popular colour was bright green with a white hood lining, perhaps in support of their House - Priory. Each hoody displays a large number 11 on the back made from the names of all the pupils in the year. Each hoody will be a lasting link to Madras and a treasured souvenir of the many happy memories associated with the school.

by Andrew Johnston (May)


French Exchange - June

This summer, between the 16th and 24th of June, 3rd and 4th year French pupils play host to French pupils from Poitiers in the second ever French exchange. The last exchange took place in June and October 2009 and was a great success. This year the exchange will follow a similar format. The French pupils will visit the sights of Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow and Stirling. With the German exchange program already successfully established in the school, Madras are keen to make the French equivalent a permanent biennial event for languages pupils.

There's no denying that living with a foreign pupil for a week is a daunting prospect, but in no time the language barrier will be overcome and the pupils' French will be improved enormously. The pupils will travel to Poitiers after the summer holidays, although this year the pupils are flying - the first group had to endure a two-day bus journey! The students will no doubt warmly welcome their exchange partners and lets hope there won't be quite as many tears as last year when they have to say good bye!

by Lindsay Wright (May)


Hadrians Wall Trip - June

In June this year pupils will once again visit Hadrian’s Wall. The trip is run annually by Classics teachers Miss Watkins and Mr Lawrenson and is open to students from first to sixth year whether studying Classics or not. On the trip students walk along the remains of the wall and visit several Roman museums learning about its interesting history. The experience is always great fun for teachers and pupils alike who return with many funny stories.

by Thea Blackadder (May)


Duke of Edinburgh - Expedition

18 Gold Duke of Edinburgh participants set off on the annual expedition to Blair Atholl from Thursday night to Saturday evening accompanied by Miss Paterson, Mr Walker and Mr Paton. This was a practice for the final expedition in June which lasts for 3 nights and 4 days. Having packed a tent, sleeping bag, stove, food for 2 days and lots of sweeties, pupils’ rucksacks were filled to the brim and felt like they weighed a ton. Two groups of boys and one group of girls, most of whom have already gained Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards, used maps and compasses to walk the same route. The sunny weather on Friday made the 18 km walk more bearable. However, they weren’t so lucky on Saturday with heavy rainfall transforming some tracks into muddy streams. The 23 km stretch of bogs and river crossings left some pupils, not surprisingly, suffering from damp feet, blisters and tired legs. Despite the difficult and exhausting walk, the campsite atmosphere was cheerful and all who took part were satisfied with their achievement.

by Emma Sunter (April)


Japan Non-Uniform Day


On Friday the 1st of April pupils took part in a “spirit” non-uniform day and were encouraged to wear their House colours; blue (Blackfriars), yellow (Castle) and green (Priory). The non-uniform day was set up by the schools Charities Committee to raise funds for the Japanese Tsunami Appeal. Madras has a strong connection with Otawara in Japan with a yearly exchange taking place. There was also a bake sale set up with all proceeds going to the Appeal. The sale proved very popular with pupils being encouraged to both bake and buy goods. Overall, the day proved to be a huge success with a considerable amount being raised for the extremely worthy cause of the Tsunami Appeal.

by Lauren Russell (April)


Ohio Exchange


15 American students from Upper Arlington, Ohio spent a week with their Madras hosts for the final part of the 2010-2011 exchange. The students experienced typical Scottish life with unusually sunny weather. During their visit to the Old Course they posed for photographs on the Swilken Bridge in front of the Club House. At a Scottish night they sampled haggis, neeps and tatties with ‘mixed reviews’ regarding the haggis ingredients. High heels were discarded for Strip the Willow and other Scottish Country dances at a ceilidh held in the school. The darker side of Scottish history was brought to life at the Edinburgh dungeons. They travelled to Murrayfield to support Scotland in their rugby match against Italy and their encouragement paid off as Scotland went on to win 21-8. They went home with many happy memories and suitcases crammed with Scottish souvenirs.

by Emma Sunter (March)


Basketball fundraising match


The Basketball Team challenged any willing teachers to a friendly match to help raise funds for new team strips. The Gym Hall at Kilrymont swelled with an enthusiastic crowd, whether supporters of teachers or pupils. The teacher team got off to a flying start by scoring three points from the first whistle. However their lead was cut down at half time where the pupils came back with a series of baskets and the game ended with a score of 41-14 to the pupils. The teachers put up a fantastic fight and their support was greatly appreciated.

by Andrew Johnston


Craft Fair and ‘Welly Wanging’


The Department of Additional Support recently held an Easter Craft Fair which attracted pupils, teachers and parents. Bird houses and feeders, plants in wellingtons and many more garden themed accessories were sold, all of which were made by Madras pupils. The fair also featured a raffle in which Kayleigh Pittblado was the lucky winner of a BMX bike. A “Welly Wanging” competition was also part of the festivities where participants were challenged to throw a wellington boot as far as they could. The well deserved winner was a welling boot thrown over 20m by Robbie Robertson. His prize of a spectacular golden wellington was presented to him by Depute Rector Mr Miller. The money raised will be used to help the Department as well as a number of charities.

by Mark Nicoll (March)


Sew Arty


Students from Madras College recently held a public exhibition of creative work entitled "Sew Arty". The exhibition contained work from the Art, Home Economics and Graphic Communications departments and was held in the Kilrymont Road Hall. A private viewing took place at which invited guests previewed the work and were entertained by students from the school's music department. Both the private viewing and public exhibition were a success, greatly enjoyed by both students and guests.

by Thea Blackadder (March)


Malawi Bakesale


Madras pupils Kirsty Smyth and Tamara Levy are travelling to Malawi for 4 weeks in the summer of 2011. They will be camping and working together with local Malawians on community projects such as building a water tower, constructing a toilet block and working in a maize mill. The two enthusiastic pupils held a bakesale to raise funds for resources for the Malawians and raised a fantastic £156.21.

by Emma Sunter (March)


Namibia Quiz Night


A Quiz Night was recently held at Madras to raise funds for the Namibia Volunteering Teaching Programme. Our Quiz Master for the night, Mr. Munn, posed questions on sports, entertainment, music, general knowledge and there was even a picture round. Thirty four highly knowledgeable teams entered the competition and the Blackbirds won with 114 points! Pupils and teachers taking part in the Namibian expedition provided a delicious buffet and raffle prizes for the competitors. An amazing £1,002 was raised from the night. Thanks to all the teachers who organised the event and the teams who participated.

by Emma Sunter (March)


Rotary Quiz


The annual Top of the Form quiz, an inter-school competition organised by Glenrothes Rotary Club was held at Kilrymont on the 10th of March. Four pupils were selected to represent each school and answer testing questions on everything from science to sport. The four representing Madras College were Paul Sinclair, Andrei Ruskuc, Lewis Crawford and Lindsay Wright. Last year Madras College won the quiz, so there was some pressure on the team to repeat last year's success! Unfortunately, the team came 3rd, losing out to Auchmuty High School. Despite not coming top, they still managed to score higher than their local competitors, St. Leonards.

It was a more interactive quiz than some might have imagined, with teams quarrelling with some of the answers and Paul Sinclair even offering to prove that pi was an irrational number! Although Madras were disappointed not to be returning with the trophy, the quiz was enjoyable. Thanks must go to Mr. Mackay and Mr. Munn for their support and organisation of the event.


Parliament visit


Higher Modern Studies pupils visited the Scottish Parliament on their annual trip to gain an insight into how Parliament operates. On arrival, they met the former Madras pupil Ted Brocklebank Conservative MSP and had the chance to ask him questions about the Scottish Parliament and politics. Afterwards they sat in the public gallery watching Ministers Question Time where Alex Salmond answered MSP’s questions.

by Andrew Johnston (March)


Young Musician


Every year, musicians from Bell Baxter High School, Waid Academy and Madras College battle it out for the title of East Fife's Young Musician. After a nerve-wracking audition, the tough decision of who would represent the school was made by the head of the arts department, Mr. Dewar, and Mrs. Craib who, in addition to teaching all of woodwind instrumentalists at Madras, also conducts the junior and senior wind band.

The three finalists are Katherine Skene and Liam Vincent-Kilbride, both competing on voice, and Lindsay Wright competing on piano. This prestigious competition, which will be held at Waid Academy on the 31st of March and is open to the public. Playing is of an exceptional standard, and pupils and parents are encouraged to come along and provide support for those representing their school.

by Lindsay Wright (March)


Tiny Little Robots


Local band Tiny Little Robots recently judged and performed at the school's annual Talent Show. The band is comprised of former Madras College students Craig McInnes, James Calderwood, Dan Bones and Chris Wood. Formed in 2009, they describe their style as pop/rock. When asked for an opinion on music departments in schools the band said that they believed good teaching was the most important aspect of musical edcucation. The bands performance was enjoyed by all and the school thanks the band for their contribution.

by Thea Blackadder (March)


Talent Show


It was a record breaking night at Thursday's talent show, the proceeds of which went to Comic Relief. Raising over £1000 pounds, smashing last years record total, the night was a sell out and was the most jam-packed and spectacular one to date.

The night began with two sets performed by “Tiny Little Robots” who were also guest judges and former pupils. The winner of the junior prize, and one of the crowd's favourites of the night, went to brother and sister Hal and Erin Morrissey Gillman’s amazing rendition of the well known hit ‘Price Tag’. The runner up of the junior prize was a dance group performing the ‘Cell Block Tango’ from Chicago. The senior prize went to the hilarious ‘Banjo Jay Skelly Washboard and The Long Lost Lovers’ and their country version of ‘Where Is The Love’. The runner up for the senior prize was Liam Vincent Kilbride singing a song from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. As the night came to a close the electric atmosphere grew and the night ended with both winners singing again who were joined by the very enthusiastic crowd singing along. The night was one of the most successful and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

by Lauren Russell (March)


Ski/Snowboard Trip


The pupils taking part in the ski and snowboarding trip to Denver Colorado in April, visited Xscape in Glasgow, the UK’s largest indoor real snow slope, to perfect their technique before the trip. Those who have never skied before learned the basic skills on a dedicated lesson slope to boost their confidence before tackling the main slope. The dare devils of the group tried out the 200 metre long slope. Even the heavy snow fall in November does not compare with the 1700 tonnes of snow at Xscape. This experience has prepared them well for the real thing in America.

by Mark Nicoll (March)


The Big Roman Walk - Sunday 27th March 2011

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School Teacher David Crone and members of staff and pupils from Madras College will be attempting a sponsored walk of the approximate route of the Antonine Wall in one day dressed in full Roman Military gear. This is to raise funds towards the purchase of resources for schools in Namibia being visited by staff and pupils of Madras College, St Andrews.

Please sponsor Dave Crone by visiting his online sponsor form at:


The Rivals


The Drama Department put on yet another fantastic show last week with a sold out performance on Thursday and an additional 15 tickets sold on Friday. “The Rivals” was directed by the Drama teacher Mrs Esler and had an amazing cast made up of 4th to 6th year pupils. The play was brilliant from start to finish with many ‘laugh out loud’ moments. It was not only the very talented actors and actresses that made the show so enjoyable but also the Kindling Folk Group made up of 4th and 5th years who provided live music throughout the play and during the interval. The detailed backdrop showing a black and white picture of Bath painted by Jacob Scott and Kayleigh-Ann Cull, Advanced Higher Art pupils, and the costumes chosen by Katherine Skene created a an authentic atmosphere. A great time was had by all with another huge success for the budding actors and actresses, for the hard working Drama Department and for all those who helped to make it so successful.

by Lauren Russell (March)



With around 10% of pupils at Madras College coming from families who have a parent or parents based at RAF Leuchars, should the closure of the nearby air base occur it would undoubtedly have a considerable effect on many at Madras. Should the closure occur, the movement of the pupils to other air bases across the country will deeply affect them in many ways and consequently have a profound impact on Madras itself.

Firstly, the move will certainly interrupt the pupils’ education. Moving to and from different schools is a challenging situation for anyone to face but particularly when at secondary school as your education becomes more demanding and in many ways more important. Having to adapt to a new way of learning and education system is an aspect which is particularly hard to deal with. Teachers who have partners involved with RAF Leuchars may be forced to move resulting in pupils losing a teacher they know and enjoy working with. However, speaking from experience, one of the hardest things for pupils to deal with is the rapid change to everything you know. Being taken away from your friends and everything which you have come to know is highly daunting no matter what your age may be. Despite this being a regular occurrence for many pupils whose parents are in the air force the situation very rarely becomes any easier. This not only affects the pupils who are moving but those who they leave behind at school, thus having an undoubted impact on a considerable amount of pupils at school. Overall, the prospect of the closure of RAF Leuchars is a sad one for all.

by Lauren Russell and Natalie Crawford (March)


World Book Day


To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4th March, four S1 classes visited Greyfriars and Lawhead Primaries. Each Madras pupil took a favourite story from their own primary days to read to the children. They also took along World Book Day vouchers to explain to the primary children how to use them. After sharing the story with their new "buddies" the Primary 1s drew a picture from the story for the S1s to take back to Madras. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although the walk from Kilrymont to Lawhead took a little longer than anticipated! In the senior school, fifth years visited Kingsbarns, Leuchars, Wormit and Newport Primary schools. Madras pupils were impressed by the enthusiasm of the children, by their interest in and love of reading and by the warm welcome they were given. It is hoped that we can build on these links and extend the scheme still further next year.

by Rachel Wilson (March)


House Matches

For the past few weeks Madras had been holding the annual Inter-House matches. These consisted of rugby, football, hockey and netball for boys and girls. Each House made a junior team of First to Third years and a senior team of Fourth to Sixth years, all trying to earn points for their House. However it is not just teams that can earn points but individuals as well by competing at Sports Day. Castle has won for the past two years but they can’t afford to be complacent because at the moment Blackfriars and Priory are in a tied first position with Castle closely behind. The winning House will be announced at Sports Day.

by Andrew Johnston (March)


Fashion Show

A Fashion Show was recently held to help raise funds for the Namibia Volunteering Teaching Programme. Local clothes shops in St. Andrews including Kirk Wynd Highland House kilt hire, Intersport, Joules, New Look, Fat Face, Trespass, M & Co., Shmooz and La Boutique kindly donated outfits for the models to wear. Pupils from First to Sixth year and even a few teachers volunteered to ‘strut their stuff’ down the catwalk. Singers Katherine Skene and Hal Morrissey Gillman and First Year, Third Year and Senior Dance groups provided fantastic entertainment. Around £600 was raised from this event which is wonderful!

by Emma Sunter (March)


Religion Moral and Philosophical Studies

It's been an exciting few weeks recently for the Madras College Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies department. The Advanced Higher class pupils organised a trip to the cinema to see Never Let Me Go as part of their medical ethics studies. Teacher Mrs Matheson graciously attended and everyone greatly enjoyed and learned much from the film. Both the Higher and Advanced Higher classes attended a lecture by Sir Colin Humphreys at St Leonards. The lecture discussed Christianity and science and was held specially for pupils from local high schools to attend. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the thought provoking lecture and found it useful for their RMPS studies.

by Theadora Blackadder (February)


READ International

Madras College was recently contacted by the Read Book Project and asked to take part in its work providing books for African schools. The student led organisation collects unused, high quality textbooks and fiction books from schools around the UK and sends them to Tanzania and Uganda for use in Primary and Secondary schools. In these countries it costs £11 to buy a book whereas it costs only 50p to send a book from the UK. The charity has already delivered over 850,000 books to East Africa and aims this year to collect over 40,000 more. To achieve this goal the organisation requires the support of Madras and the local community. Please hand in any unwanted books for donation to Madras College. All books are welcome as long as they are not older than the 80's and have an ISBN. These books will help to further READ International's work promoting literacy and learning in Africa.

by Thea Blackadder (February)


Techno Party

Picture 1 of Techno Party


As prelims came to an end in South Street for the senior pupils, it was time for everyone to temporarily let their hair down! On Thursday 10th February, S5 and S6 lit up Kilrymont Road with a neon themed Techno Party. Glow sticks and neon paint was a necessity! All the money raised from the party has gone towards the Ohio exchange, so when the 15 pupils come to Scotland next month it can cover some of the transport costs and entrance fees of the activities and sites they will see.

by Natalie Crawford (February)


Course Choice

This year at Madras College there have been many new subjects introduced to the curriculum, all the way up to Higher level which provide pupils with the opportunity to study a vast range of different subjects. For example, Higher students now have the opportunity to study subjects such as Photography and Musical Theatre. This gives pupils an introduction in to these different fields, and will provide very beneficial for those who want to continue the subject. These are a few of many new subjects, with others ranging from Managing Environmental Resources and Computer Gaming.

The school has also started a new ‘Subject Convention’ for the pupils. Like a careers convention, where pupils can find out information about potential universities, this new idea allows pupils to speak to teachers about the different subjects that they offer before they opt to study them. This gives pupils the chance to find out about a number of different subject choices before they pick which are the ones for them.

by Rachel Wilson (February)


Curriculum for Excellence - S1 Course Choices

The current First Year pupils are the first to experience the Scottish Government’s new Curriculum for Excellence. Personalisation and choice are important elements of Curriculum for Excellence. The First Years have been making their course choices for Second and Third Year. Previously, pupils chose subjects before going into Third Year. Choices are restricted to ensure that every pupil studies each of the curriculum areas - English, Maths, Business Education, Health and Wellbeing and Technology. Pupils continue studying a language and choose two science subjects, one social science, one expressive arts subject and a further two subjects. These extra two subject options are Administration & Finance, Design & Manufacture, Digital Media, Fabric, Graphics & Engineering, Latin, Spanish and Performance Physical Education.


Girl Guiding Appeal

Many girls at Madras, and I’m sure some teachers, have fond memories of being a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide at St. Andrews units. Some 6th year girls who have gone on to become Leaders with Girl Guiding are fundraising to help maintain the Girl Guiding hut in St. Andrews. If anyone would like to make donations to help their cause please contact Maureen Johnston, District Commissioner, on

by Emma Sunter (February)


Rag Bag Appeal

Madras College has now become involved with the 'Rag Bag' recycling scheme, which has been developed to provide regular fundraising for schools, clubs, nurseries and various organisations UK Wide. The scheme increases awareness about textile recycling and by increasing recycling rates we can help the environment by ensuring less material goes to landfill. There has been an indoor textile bank set up, which is currently situated in the South Street library. The scheme was cost free to set up, and for every kilogram recycled, the school gets paid a set amount. All clothing, paired shoes, handbags, bags, ties & belts, soft toys, blankets, and household textiles including towels, bed linen and curtains are accepted. All the money raised will go towards funding the Namibia Volunteering Teaching Programme.

by Natalie Crawford (February)


Shakespeare Talk

In preparation for the Prelim, the Advanced Higher English class had Dr Rebecca Brown come in to talk to them about the plays by Shakespeare they are studying - ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ and ‘Othello’. A renowned Shakespeare scholar, Dr Brown was certainly a great asset to their understanding of the plays. With her the class explored many new and different ideas that no-one had thought about before. Many of the pupils agree that it certainly helped them in their revision, and believe that it helped them greatly in writing their prelim essay.

by Rachel Wilson (February)

  Burns Night Picture of Award Winners  

January 27th saw the return of the annual Burns Supper to Madras College. The evening included a collection of Burns songs and poems performed flawlessly by prize winning pupils selected by the Burns Federation.

The audience was entertained with performances of “To a Haggis” by Matthew McAnaw, “Loch Lomond” by Cameron Quate, a recitation of “Scots Wha Hae” by Alan Sunter, “Duncan Gray” by Freya Simpson,”The De’ils Awa” sung by Joanna Stark, “Afton Water” by Charlotte Duncan, "Address to Beelzebub" by Courtney Gardener, "Ma Hert is Sair" by Emily Brodie and “Cornriggs” by Leo Garden. Speeches were delivered by the 6th year pupils. Sarah Jonston gave The Selkirk Grace; Ian Watson gave the Address to a Haggis, Lindsay Wright the Toast to Madras and the Vote of Thanks by Rebecca Storer while the evening was chaired by Fiona Meek. The Toast to the Lassies was given by Ciaran Hynd and Andrew Whyte followed by the witty Reply by Emma Sunter and Emily Brodie. The school's pipe band gave a sensational performance as did the Highland dancers Georgia Gatherum, Shannon McRae and Molly Renton.

The guests enjoyed the traditional Burns Supper of haggis, neeps and tatties with background Scottish music provided by a 4th year music class, a folk group put together by Gier Darge (S4) and some Scottish fiddle duets played by Annie Philpott and Lindsay Wright. The event would not have been such a success without the staff, and special thanks must go to Mrs. Adamson, in particular. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, and no doubt this proud tradition will be continued by the years to come.

by Lindsay Wright (February)


Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP)

Madras pupils take an interest in improving not only school life through pupil councils but the wider community. Young People from Fife are being asked by the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) to make a difference in their communities by standing as candidates in the March 2011 Youth Parliament elections. The national organisation provides a platform for young people across Scotland and the opportunity to influence politicians. Anyone aged 14-25 can either stand as a candidate in the elections or vote in the upcoming elections this March. Interested young people are being asked to go to to sign up to stand as a candidate in the elections.


HELP - “Give it Some Welly for Woodland" - Craft Fair

The pupils in our Department of Additional Support are planning to hold a Craft Fair at the end of this term. The Fair will raise money for both the Woodland Trust and the school trip to Namibia later in the year.

The Woodland Trust’s “Give it Some Welly for Woodland” day will provide a big part of the fair’s activities. As part of that we urgently need a supply of old welly boots. They can be any size or colour. They do not need to be in pairs or even waterproof. However, it would be good if they are reasonably clean!

They can be handed in to either room 100 (Kilrymont Road) or J1 (South Street). We would like to start collecting wellies as soon as possible so we can start making them into different items. If you would like to tape a 20p donation to the inside of the wellies that will be added to the money we raise for charity.

Thank you.
Department of Additional Support


** New Feature ** Artwork of the Month (January)

Each month, we are going to feature a piece of artwork done by pupils. Think of it as a sneaky peak into the creative work being done by talented pupils in Madras College.

This month's featured work is done by Jacob Scott.

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6th Year Yearbook and Photos

Being a school with many traditions, the annual Sixth Year Yearbook is one of the most enjoyable and popular amongst pupils. Organised and put together by a team of sixth years it provides us with a keepsake of our time at Madras. Unique to every year, the Yearbook displays life in and out of school with individual profiles written by friends. The Yearbook is in the process of being made with lots of new and quirky ideas to be put in it.

One of the main features of the Yearbook is a whole year photograph. Pupils recently faced the cold with the picture taken in the beautiful surroundings of the Quadrangle. Everyone made a real effort to look smart, especially the girls!

Prefects also had a photograph taken, with everyone in Prefect blazers which have a blue braid on it. Everyone is eager to see the photographs as it will be a treasured memory from their time at Madras.

by Lauren Russell and Rachel Wilson (January)


UCAS Dealine

5th and 6th year pupils have recently been applying to University. The deadline for applications was the 15th of January and all pupils have to do now is wait for replies. With prelims underway, I’m sure their minds will be elsewhere for the time being. Good luck!

by Emma Sunter (January)



With the new term starting, so does a new season of basketball. The first game was Madras vs Viewforth from Kirkcaldy. In their first home game, the small but very lively and loud crowd gave them the motivation they needed to take an early lead and hold on to it until the final whistle. Coach Grewar has high hopes for the season and with a bit of luck and a lot of skill they will build up a strong winning streak.

by Andrew Johnston (22nd January)



There has been a dramatic increase in school spirit at Madras recently! This is all down to Miss Montador who has founded the after school Cheerleading Club. The American craze has been sweeping across Britain and St Andrews is no exception. The club takes place on Thursdays after school and is open to pupils of both sexes and all ability levels. Vice Captain 5th year pupil Jade Morrison says cheerleading is “great for improving flexibility and great fun for everyone.”

by Thea Blackadder (January)


Madras College Calendars

Due to the bad weather before the Christmas break, the school calendars arrived too late to sell to pupils, staff and parents. Now at the reduced and bargain price of £1, you can enjoy monthly action photographs of members of staff. Here is a sample for the month of January - the Madras Maths Department. Calendars are available from either school office. Buy now to avoid disappointment!!

by Colin Mackay (January)


Madras Christmas Newsletter & Summary Report

Read the following two publications: Christmas Newsletter | Standards and Quality Report Summary and Improvement Plan


Christmas Dances

For many years at Madras it has been a tradition to hold a Christmas dance for each year group. It is a sure fire way of getting everyone in to the spirit of Christmas. The Christmas dance provides an opportunity for everyone to get dressed up and make an effort for the night ahead. The dance is a mix of a disco and ceilidh, with well known dances like the Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeants and Strip The Willow. There is also a light hearted dance contest for a prize which everyone enjoys taking part in. The Christmas dance is certainly one of the highlights of the school year!

by Rachel Wilson (December 20th)


Carolling Competition

This week students at Madras were getting into the festive spirit with the second ever Inter-House Carol Competition. Blackfriars, Castle and Priory battled it out with an interesting rendition of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Castle and an impressive medley of songs such as Don't Stop Believing, The Twelve Days of Christmas and a Christmas rap from Priory. The winners of the senior competition however were Blackfriars, who sung Carol of the Bell, All I want for Christmas is You, "Christmas" is All Around Us and Walking in the Air. The house team went all out, with fake snow, and a fantastic snowman costume. The junior's competition was of an equally high standard, with Priory winning with their version of I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day.

by Lindsay Wright (December)


Giving Blood

There has been an extreme shortage of blood being donated to the NHS due to the bad weather. After hearing this, Madras pupils aged 17 and over, participated in the recent blood donating session in St. Andrews. For those who had not donated before the prospect was slightly daunting. However the nurses were absolutely lovely and put the pupils at ease. It is such a worthwhile and easy thing to do which can benefit so many others. The next sessions in St. Andrews are on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of April in the Town Hall. After all, you never know when you might need the blood yourself!

Emma Sunter (December)


Devised Drama

The Advanced Higher Drama class performed their Devised Dramas for an audience made up of enthusiastic pupils. A Devised Drama is a short play which the pupils have to create using a random word as inspiration, for example this year ‘enlighten’ was an option. In total there were nine performances ranging from comedies to tragedies with unique stories and some shocking twists. Among the performances, there were plays about greyhound racing and the associated problems, a dance drama that conveyed the essence of the Seven Deadly Sins, a girl who refuses to accept the death of her sister and a murder mystery. The cast enjoyed performing as much as the audience enjoyed watching!

by Andrew Johnston (December)


Mountain Bikes

The school recently received funding which was used to purchase 16 brand new mountain bikes for pupil use. Members of staff were sent on training courses to learn how to safely lead cycling groups and how to properly maintain the bikes and equipment. The bicycles can be used by pupils as part of Physical Education and the eager cyclists can be seen riding around the town in their high visibility jackets.

by Théadora Blackadder (December)


Week off School - Monday 29th Nov > Friday 3rd Dec

School pupils swapped studying for sledging as across Fife they were given a week of holidays due to the severe snowy weather. The closure came as a surprise to Madras pupils as it has been a long time since the school has been closed for snow. Although this seemed like a holiday to the pupils, they will now have to catch up on a week of missed schoolwork before the Christmas Holidays, so maybe they won't be asking for more snow days after all!

by Lindsay Wright (Dec 8th)


School Closures

This site will now provide information for pupils, staff and parents of Madras about school closure due to adverse weather. As soon as a decision is made about the school being closed, it will be intimated on the front page of the website. If there is no announcement of closure, you can assume that the school will be open as normal.


Help Needed


If readers have any information on the Burgh School which was once situated in the old Greyfriars Primary School building, near the East Sands Leisure Centre, it would be greatly appreciated as part of research for the Madras Archives. It was Madras College Junior High School until the Kilrymont Road building was completed in 1967. Please contact the South Street school office on 01334 659402. Thank you.

by Emma Sunter


Historic Opener for Staff Volleyball - November

In the Ward Road Gym last Thursday history was made as Madras staff took part in the first volleyball session in the Angus and Dundee District League. Decades ago staff played fun matches in Glenrothes but this was the first game in a league. Three points out of four were secured against student teams from Dundee and Abertay Universities. Mr. B.Millar’s management of the ten strong squad ensured all players were involved in the games and after shaky starts in both matches the staff came back strongly to gain vital points with Mr. K. Wishart spiking ferociously to win the day. Interesting feature of the first match was Yours Truly directly against former pupil of four years, Marina Zheleva from Dundee University. Honours, I have to say, were even! The photograph shows the happy band of players at the opening event.

by Colin Mackay


Latin Lunches

Madras College is one of the few comprehensive schools in Scotland which still teaches Latin. The subject remains popular at the school not only because it’s incredibly interesting but because of the effort teacher Mr Lawrenson puts into making the subject as entertaining as possible for students. Mr Lawrenson recently started running a club called Latin Lunches for first to third year pupils at Kilrymont Road. The students meet during lunchtimes and take part in various Latin related activities such as translating myths and legends into English. The pupils create projects and are currently creating a Roman deck of cards. As well as running the lunch time club Mr Lawrenson organises and assists pupil participation in the Latin speaking competitions held at St Andrews University.

by Théadora Blackadder


6th Year Tie - November


The sixth year tie has been a tradition at Madras College for many years now. Every year a number of designs are entered by the sixth years who wish to see their idea turn into reality. Once all the designs are entered, all the sixth year pupils vote for their favourite. This year, Tom Fairlamb’s design was the winner, gaining a large percentage of the vote with his design using the school’s logo. Already the tie is being proudly worn by sixth years all over the school. The feedback so far has been very positive, marking the sixth years out from the rest of the school community.

by Rachel Wilson


Warburtons Visit - November


Pupils studying Higher and Advanced Higher Business Management took an exciting trip to the Warburtons Factory in Glasgow. This will benefit them when it comes to using examples of businesses in exam situations. After a brief history of the company they were given a tour around the factory seeing the bread making process. The pupils saw what a big amount of work goes onto making a loaf of bread. They sat a fun quiz at the end of the day and Warburtons generously gave the pupils to take home a free loaf of bread.

by Emma Sunter


Enterprising Primary Schools - November

Enterprising young Primary School pupils were given the chance to learn about business this week by taking part in the Fife Enterprise Competition. Primary six pupils form all areas of Fife competed at Anstruther Primary. Each Primary School team had a High School pupil to help them, and this is where the Madras pupils got involved. The competition was certainly challenging; each team was given a set amount of money, and they had to buy their own materials, such as paper and glue, and from this they had to make certain items, for example castles and cards. As if making the products wasn't enough hard work, the teams then had to pitch their products to the "Dragons" and persuade them to invest, so that they could make a profit.

The day was educational for all, with the seniors learning as much as the juniors about business enterprise. Largoward and New Gilston, headed by Katherine Skene won the event, with Olivia Cannon's team Wormit earning runner's up places. This meant both teams progressed to the Fife final at Cluny Clays near Kirkcaldy. This event was similar, but the teams had the added challenge of completing problem solving tasks on top of making and selling products. Unfortunately the teams didn't progress further, but the event was enjoyed by all and soon we might have a new generation of business entrepreneurs on our hands!

by Lindsay Wright



Kilrymont Traffic Congestion

As you will be aware, at the beginning and end of the school day traffic can become congested around Kilrymont. For that reason we ask your cooperation in using Roundhill Road as the venue for dropping-off or meeting pupils at the beginning or end of the school day. The main car park or Kilrymont Road opposite the bus bays should not be used for this purpose.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely
Ian Jones


Octobre à Paris


During the holidays, six languages pupils from Madras College left for a four day trip to Paris accompanied by the head of Languages, Mrs. McCartney. This was an amazing opportunity, and the pupils visited many famous places in the historic town. The Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Coeur, Galeries Lafayette and, of course, the Eiffel Tower were all included. The group saw a great many works of art, such as the Mona Lisa. The students were even lucky enough to take a Paris by Night tour on an open top bus and see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. For many it was their first visit to Paris, and even using the Metro was an exciting experience. It was an ideal environment for practising the language, and the Parisians were all very tolerant of the Scottish pupils' attempts at speaking French! The French cuisine was fantastic, the highlight for many was eating crêpes on the Champs Elysées and profiteroles at the Chartier restaurant. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all those involved and was something that will stay with the group for a long time.

by Lindsay Wright


Road Safety - October


As the current fifth years near the age of 17 and are soon to begin driving, they attended the annual road safety talk for school pupils held in Glenrothes. Different to other school talks, this one involved many people who had first hand experiences with road traffic accidents. The very emotional stories told by those who had themselves been involved or were related to those who had been involved in traffic accidents moved everyone who attended. One aspect which was particularly effective was how everything was told in great detail. This allowed pupils to really understand just how important road safety is. The day proved to be very thought provoking and undoubtedly raised awareness to the huge importance of road safety.

by Lauren Russell


TUSLIP Day - 22nd September


Raising the profile of science in Fife, St. Andrews University recently hosted a Tayside Universities and Schools Liaison in Physics (TUSLIP)/Institute of Physics in Scotland (IOP) Day of Physics. This involved pupils studying advanced higher physics from across Fife travelling to St. Andrews in order to receive wide variety of lectures in physics. The students were also given the opportunity to investigate a project of their choice, such as polarisation of light, charge to mass ratio in electrons and behaviour of electrons in semiconductors. This gave pupils the chance to use university equipment not available to them in their schools. The day was a great success with the students being shown some fantastic physics experiments ranging from a "levitating" magnet above a superconductor to investigating crystallisation by making ice cream using liquid nitrogen! Other lectures included Waves and Optics, Lasers and their applications in Medicine and Biology and Astronomy in Action. The pupils were also given the opportunity to chat to current students and have their questions about studying physics answered by people with first hand experience. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and no doubt has inspired many to pursue a career in physics.

by Lindsay Wright


Young Samurai – Author visits Kilrymont - 16th September


On the 16th September, author Chris Bradford visited all of First year to promote his books about a young Samurai. Dressed in full Samurai warrior clothing and wielding a real life Samurai sword, he showed the audience some moves that a young Samurai would use. He also showed a video of a nine year old boy doing an amazing sword dance.

His first book is called “The Way of the Warrior.” It is about a boy called Jack who is shipwrecked in Japan. His father and crew have been killed by Ninjas. Jack is rescued by legendary swordsman Masamoto Takeshi and begins to train as a Samurai warrior. There are three other books which make up the series. There is also a video game called Virtual Kombat.

Chris Bradford is a great author and really enthused his audience with his interactive performance. At the end, he met many pupils and signed books and posters for them.

by Ellie Cannon


UCAS Evening - September

Yes, its that time of year again, and with UCAS deadlines fast approaching, it is the turn of the 5th and 6th year at Madras College to turn their thoughts towards their future after leaving school. Madras has a proud tradition of success in higher education, it sends the most students into further education courses than any other school in Fife, and compares very favourably to the likes of Dundee schools. With this in mind, the staff at Madras are dedicated to helping ease the stress of applying to university in any way they can. The UCAS information evening was held on Tuesday 7th September. The event was put on with the aim of informing parents of children applying for university about the complicated application process and the deadlines the school and UCAS have. There were also guest speakers including a representative of Dundee University Admissions Office and Madras' own careers advisor. The feedback from the evening was very good, with parents and pupils being able to have their queries answered by experts. The school plan to continue this, and make the UCAS evening an annual event.

by Lindsay Wright


House Captains

Each year, new 6th year pupils are appointed as House Captains for the three Houses, Blackfriars, Priory and Castle. This year, the new House Captains are; for Priory, Megan Chase and Cameron Tait with Vice-Captains David Ford and Luanna Wilson, for Castle: Millie Crocker and Zak Mass with Vice-Captains Douglas Beveridge and Nicola Gilmour and for Blackfriars: Sophie Millar and Robert Patterson with Vice-Captains Katie O’Donnell and Andrew Whyte.

The House Captains role is very similar to that of the Prefects. However they play a more significant role in representing the pupils by liaising with the depute rectors and teachers. The long established house system is very popular throughout Madras as it helps to promote team spirit and brings pupils in the houses closer together. The House Captains are there to encourage the pupils during activities such as debating, sports and throughout many of their subjects.

They are also present in the Kilrymont Road building, the junior part of the school, acting as role models to the younger pupils. This is important as it helps to establish a connection between the two buildings. They are very important at Madras as it is a school which strives to bring its pupils closer together and encourage team work, and they are essential in making this to happen.

by Lauren Russell


New Blazers - August

  Since the beginning of the new school year, blazers have been introduced to all at Madras College. As the newest item to be added to our uniform, they already have proven to be a very positive addition to everyone in the school.

The blazers were primarily introduced to the Prefects of the school. This gave the opportunity for the new Prefects to exercise their new found duty as being a role model to the younger pupils. As a prefect myself, I feel that the blazer is a great addition to the school, and the specially added blue braid for the prefects identifies us as being people that the younger pupils can look up to.

Once the blazers had been modeled to everyone by the prefects they became available to all pupils. There has been a great response to the blazers, with a large percentage of pupils investing in one, and proudly wearing them both in and around the school. The first years especially have shown a great deal of enthusiasm in wearing their blazers, which have made them feel included and part of the school.

There has also been a great deal of positive feedback from the community of St Andrews. The general public have made the effort to seek out our rector Mr Jones and congratulate him on how smart we all look in our blazers. This shows that the blazers have been not just a great addition to the school, but also to the public.

All in all, it is clear to see that the blazers have been a huge success at Madras. We all look very respectable in terms of our uniform, and I think it has been a great way to make us all feel that we are a part of the school. A great way to the start the new school year.

by Rachel Wilson


New Teachers - August

As a new term has started we have lost some members of staff but also acquired some new ones! We welcome Miss MacLaren and Mr Reid to Learning Support, Miss McIntyre and Miss Roslik to Biology, Mr Povey to Music, Mr Wishart to Modern Studies and Guidance, Mr Reid to Chemistry, Ms Marano to English, Mrs Jarvis to the office and last but not least Mr Hastings. Welcome to Madras!

by Natalie Crawford


Geography Field Trip


Madras pupils and teachers, as part of studying for Higher Geography, set off on a voyage of limestone discovery to Yorkshire Dales! Read more.....


Inter-House Debate

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This year marked the 25th annual inter-house debate, and it was another great success. Pupils who had previously no debating experience stepped in to do their bit for their house. Debating has a strong history at Madras and it was great to see some of the pupils new to South Street getting involved, as they will be the future of the debating club at Madras. The pupils not only got involved with debating, but also had a go at chairing the debates, and keeping control of enthusiastic young speakers is no easy task!

The motions debated were: This House believes that the glass is half full, This House believes that reality tv is killing entertainment and This House believes that the end of terrorism is unachievable. The representatives were Leo Gordon, Matthew O'Donnell, Alex Fyffe, Chris Brown and Max Chase for Blackfriars, James Wright, David Paul, Cameron Mackay, Evie Paterson and Laura Ryan for Castle and Tom Smout, Tony Kestner, Courtney Gardiner, Thea Blackadder and Molly Clark for Priory. The best proposition speaker went to Thea Blackadder, the best opposition speaker went to Chris Brown and the best chairperson went to Laura Ryan. Overall Castle deservedly won the competition. The Rotary club kindly judged the fierce competition and provided the prizes for the speakers.

by Lindsay Wright


London Trip


Mr. Darge, Mr. Dewar and Mrs. Esler accompanied a group studying English and Drama to London. After a ten hour overnight bus journey most of the party successfully climbed all 530 steps to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Later, they enjoyed more spectacular views from the London Eye. In the evening the pupils watched a performance of “All My Sons” starring Zoe Wanamaker and David Suchet (and were star struck when they spotted Dominic Cooper from Mama Mia in the audience as well). On the second day they were entertained by a very amusing commentary on a boat trip up the River Thames ending in a visit to Greenwich Market. They discovered how tiring it was to watch a play in the traditional manner when seeing “Henry IV” in the roofless Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, as the pupils stood for the duration of the three hour performance on a very chilly evening!

by Emma Sunter

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