Press Cuttings and Success Stories : Session 2011 - 2012

55th Keil Exchange - June 2012

18 S3 and S4 pupils, accompanied Miss Orem and Mr Irving to Kiel. The programme was varied and the visit was very successful. The programme included day trips by rail to Hamburg and to the Island of Sylt. On the trip to Sylt the group visited List, the most northern point in Germany. The pupils also attended Music and History classes and took part in a number of Olympic themed activities with their exchange partners with a view to entering a competition organised by the UK-German Connection. Towards the end of our visit we experienced the ‘Kieler Woche’, a world famous sailing event. A number of Madras pupils contributed to the Farewell Evening which was rounded off as usual with Scottish dancing.


During the visit Miss Orem visited the War Cemetery in Kiel to lay flowers at the grave of a Madras FP, Andrew Drysdale, whose plane crashed near Sylt in 1941, and to take a photograph of the grave for the Madras Archives.


by Miss Orem

The Big Music at Madras - June 18th 2012

As part of Dundee University's outreach, The Big Music travelled to Madras College, St Andrews, on the 18th of June for a public reading and a hands-on workshop on art, creative writing and a talk on the making of the film, including the use of animated text for the film. Read more... | See Photos.

The Big Music tells the story of a world-famous Scottish piper who has come to the end of his life and is writing one final tune that tells the story of his family and history - one that is full of secrets and stories that up until now have always been kept private. Yet he has little idea of how his tune will echo or play out into the world – and as the book moves inevitably through its themes of death and birth, change and stasis, the sound of his solitary story comes to merge and connect with those around him.


Olympic Torch Rekindles Chariots of Fire - June 13th 2012

Not since the classic scene from Chariots of Fire was filmed there had such a sight been seen in St. Andrews.

A group of athletes came pounding along the West Sands through the early-morning light, following the flame for this year's Games in London. With the world's media and camera crews behind it every step of the way, the flame was borne aloft by 13-year-old Joseph Forrester, with a 20-strong band of pupils from Madras College in his wake. Fife Athletics Club member Joseph revealed that he harbours dreams of one day representing Team GB in long-distance running events.

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Chariots of Madras - May 25th 2012

The day was perfect, the scene was set to pay homage to the film Chariots of Fire. The S2 pupils of Madras College enjoyed the Friday afternoon off lessons to participate in a grand re-enactment of the West Sands beach run. It was the perfect conclusion to an Olympic themed fortnight for S2 at Madras. Many staff also joined in a leisurely run along the beautiful stretch of beach.

Participants had the option to run 1 mile, 2 miles or 3 miles for the most energetic. The fantastic sunny weather made the spectacle all the more enjoyable for everybody and showed off St. Andrews at its best.

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Adieu and Thank You

With SQA exams looming, sadly, this is the last entry for the current Madras Diary Team 2011-12. It was with trepidation that I assumed the organisation of the highly successful Diary Team from the past master and Depute Rector, Colin Mackay. My fears were to be short-lived.

From the very start, this team have not only shown themselves to be enthusiastic and organised, but also competent and confident in their writing. From the initial meeting with the Citizen’s Editor, Mike Rankin and Magnus Latona (our website expert) it was clear that this year’s team would be as successful as previous years.

The appointment of the Chief Reporter, Catherine Macrae (S6) was key to their success. With a keen interest in English, Catherine ran bi-monthly meetings, organising the gathering of articles for the paper. She collated these articles and had them on Mike Rankin’s desk by Monday morning, seemingly effortlessly. We have all been impressed with Catherine’s quiet, supportive and dedicated approach to what could be at times, an onerous task.


The dedication of the whole team is to be highly commended. I have had parents, pupils and staff, praise the Diary Team’s efforts. Indeed, both, Mr. Jones and the Editor of the Citizen, Mike Rankin, have lauded the quality of the Diary Page. And so… as the keyboard of fate meets the coffee cup of doom, we bid adieu and bon chance to our Team in the coming diet of SQA exams and beyond. They have a future worth writing about.

by Olav Darge (April)

Madras Warhammer Club Hammers Opposition

The Madras College Warhammer Team has come up trumps on Saturday the 21st of April, winning the national championship of the Games Workshop Schools League. Despite this being only the second time the team have competed in the tournament, the Madras College team emerged victorious, claiming the Scottish Championship and qualifying for the British final in Nottingham, which will take place in June. In addition to this, one of the Madras team, Andrew Lindsay, one best painter award for his model army. The members of the team that took part were Jacob Lamb (S5), Theo Upton (S5), Andrew Lindsay (S6) and Johnny Watson (S5). Congratulations to the entire team on their impressive win!

by Max Chase (April)

Great Great Assembly

The Great Assembly is an important date in the school calendar and for the sixth years, the Assembly was more relevant than ever. It not only marks the importance of Easter but also brings forth the reality that in only a few weeks they will be leaving school. Pupils were treated to speeches by both Rector, Mr. Jones and the Chaplaincy team, truly bringing home the Easter message. Speeches from Sixth Year pupils, Natalie de Groot and Rory Lamb (right) regarding their experience at Madras provided not only laughs but left some important words of advice for the younger years.

Musical performances were once again outstanding, with talent show winner Rory Lamb taking the stage, in addition to the choir performances and the ever popular Madras Pipe Band, which opened and closed the event with their usual Scottish flair. Once again the end of term assembly heralded the conclusion of yet another successful and memorable school year.

by Cameron Shepherd (April)


SewArty - So Talented

On the evenings of Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th, the annual Sew Arty exhibition took place. The exhibition gives pupils from first year through to sixth year the chance to show off their art, fashion or tech projects, marking the culmination of another school year. The event is important in particular for the sixth years, who take great pride in it as one of their last school ventures as well as giving those students hoping to study art & design in the future the chance to get some much needed feedback from the public. Overall, the showcase was enjoyed by all and allowed everyone to get a taste of the artistic talents that continues to shine at Madras.

by Simona Stojanovska (April)


Young Musician of the Year Success

Just before the Easter break, Madras enjoyed success at the Bell Baxter Young Musician of the Year Competition. The competition sets out to discover the talent of pupils in their senior years with a passion for music. It is held annually in Bell Baxter High School, Waid Academy or Madras College. This year it was Bell Baxter’s turn. Each school selected three senior pupils by an audition process to represent their school in the competition. Madras College put forward: Megan Pettegree (Violin), Rhiannon Bates (Oboe) and Liam Vincent-Kilbride (Voice). The audience, which was open to the public, heard music varying from Monti and Mozart to L’Estrange and Lloyd Webber, performed on a number of instruments. The night saw an outstanding amount of talent and the competitors from all schools played to the best of their ability, no doubt making the adjudicators decision challenging. Despite this, Madras’ Liam Vincent Kilbride (S6) claimed the title of Young Musician of the Year and left with the Bell Baxter Trophy. His winning performance was of ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ by Alexander L’Estrange and ‘Gethsemane’ from Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Congratulations to Liam and all those involved.

by Rory Lamb (April)

Ohio Exchange Comes to Scotland

Following on from the excursion to Ohio last October, it was now time for Madras to play host and return the favour. Fifteen American students from Upper Arlington High School, Ohio were treated with a whole host of activities, exposing them to the rich culture and history of Scotland. These ranged from a trip to Edinburgh to see the Castle, Parliament and Dungeon, a tour of the St Andrew's University and an experience of the Scottish school system at Madras.
Madras College also hosted a ceilidh for the event, fully complimented with a live band and many of the boys (including a few of the Americans) dressing in kilts for the occasion, allowing the Ohio students to really embrace the very Scottish spirit.


Americans and Scottish exchange partners after the ceilidh
A big thank must be given to everybody who helped organise the trip and chaperone - to Mr and Mrs Seeley, Mr Clark and Ms Paterson for all of the effort they have put into making the exchange an enjoyable trip for all involved. Until next year!

by Max Chase (April)

Madras Rugby - win another title

The 29th of March was a glorious spring afternoon for the 52nd Perth Rugby Sevens tournament. Nine teams from across central Scotland gathered on the Perth Academy grounds. The Madras team arrived to discover it was two minutes until their first game kicked off! Despite this, the team got right to the point, winning 50 points to nil.

They then had a three game wait before facing up against the hosts, Perth. The opening minutes were a hard fought affair, with the home side showing some real attacking threat, but the Madras defence held fast, and patiently stretched the opposition, coming away comfortable winners 36 - 0. After one more victory, the final group game began against the Highlanders. The small pitch didn't suit the open running game Madras had so far used, but they battled through the determined defence, prevailing 34 points to zero.

This put Madras through to the final to face the defending champions, Kinross. Although the heat and exertion was taking its toll, both teams fired into the game. Madras scored two early tries, before Kinross broke through the Madras line in reply. However, intelligent playmaking coupled with some outstanding individual skill gave Madras the edge, stretching away and winning the tournament with a final score of 38 - 7. It was a superb day of rugby to end the season - and a splendid send off for Madras coach, Jim Tarvet, who is retiring from extra-curricular rugby after 25 years of inspiring players.

by Peter Dennis (April)

BURNing Success

The annual Fife School Burns Competition was held on Monday 19th March in the Auchterderran Centre in Carrdenden, and Madras came home with a bag-full of awards. In singing, Karis MacDonald came first for S5/6 and Carmen Teppett came first for S1/2. Hamish Ballantyne won second for S1/2 instrumental and Paul Sinclair came second in the S5/6 competition. In the bagpipe section Hamish Ballantyne won first for S1/2, and first and second for S3/4 were won by Ewan Cameron and Lauren Galloway respectively. Connor Burgess was also awarded third place in the S5/6 section. In addition, Madras took home awards in speaking- Matthew McAnaw came second for S3/4, and in the S5/6 competition, Rory White took first and Courtney Gardiner third. All the winners deserve big congratulations for such excellent performances and for representing Madras so successfully.

by Rory Lamb (March)

Madras U16 Scottish Rugby Champions

Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools under-16 Bowl Final:

Hawick HS 12 - 29 Madras College (20th March )

It was the perfect 16th birthday present for Madras College captain Jon Price as he contributed two tries, three conversions and one penalty to a fine victory over Hawick High School in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools under-16 Bowl Final at Murrayfield tonight. It was also a decent send-off for Madras teacher Jim Tarvet who, after 25-years distinguished service to the game, is standing down from extra-curricular rugby at the end of the season.

Price was a deserved winner of the Brewin Dolphin Player of the Match. He read the game well and was blessed with good acceleration, keeping the opposition defence honest by his pleasing ability to run with both hands on the ball. That said his centre partner, Calum Stewart, also had a notable game. He wasn’t the biggest player on the field, but, boy, pound for pound, did he tackle.

The scoreline is a tad mis-leading as it was only in the final five minutes that Madras added two converted tries to seal the game after a doughty second-half display from Hawick. Price opened the scoring with a third minute penalty but Hawick hit back with full-back Craig Glendinning joining the line to make the extra man for a 15th minute try which was converted sweetly from close to the left touchline by stand-off Dean Gillan. Ryan Elliot, the Hawick left-winger, was sin-binned for a technical infringement and during his absence the St Andrews school scored two tries. The first from Alisdair Taylor off Price’s slick distribution, the second, a stunning solo effort from Price, who was set free from a tap penalty between his own 22 and 10-metre line and through a combination of balance and guile dotted down at the railway end. Price converted his own score for a 15-7 half-time lead.

Into the second-half and Hawick, using the elements to their advantage, appeared to take the upper hand in the forward battle and from a scrum heel against the head, ball was moved right to left cohesively for Elliot to race over for their second try to narrow the deficit to three points. Both sides had chances in the ensuing passages of play but Madras finished strongly with Jack McLean giving them a safety score from Stewart’s break and then further top-drawer defending from Stewart enabled Price to breakaway, hack on and collect a favourable bounce for his second try. The stand-off converted both these tries to end with a personal haul of 19 points.

Madras College U16 Rugby Team: Hamish Anderson; Jack McLean, Scott Aitken, Calum Stewart, Thomas Delavine; Jon Price, David Hodge: Ewan Cameron, Roarke Hughes, Chris Charnley, Alisdair Taylor, James Allan, James Gillan, Shaw Palmer and James Picken. Subs: Steven Ritchie, Colin Weir, George Collinge, Kyle Finlayson, Frank MacArthur, William Tooze, Justin Stewart.

Youngest Greenest Person in Scotland!

Rebecca Gorgan (S1) has been placed 4th on the esteemed Young Scottish Green List 2012 by the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum & KSB. The Scottish Green List identifies the achievements of the top fifteen eco-friendly 11 to 25 year olds in Scotland.

The top five on the list were awarded £250 for the cause of their choice, and these lucky few were revealed at an awards ceremony on the 13th March at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh. A very proud Rebecca was presented with her certificate at a ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh last week by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson.

"Since she came 4th and the age range for this prestigious prize was between 11-25, we've decided to state categorically and without a word of a lie that she's the youngest greenest school pupil in Scotland! ", said Mr Fox, the school's Eco-Schools Coordinator. "She's a pleasure to have on board and is a very important member of our very successful Eco-Committee, here at Madras."

Rebecca has done a lot of outstanding work, in and out of school, that has proved her very worthy of this achievement. She was a member of Greyfriars Eco-Committee throughout her primary school life, regularly taking part in litter picks, bulb planting and activities to raise environmental awareness. She is now a keen and active member of the Eco Club here at Madras.


Rebecca also saved her pocket money to sponsor a young girl in Vietnam, and has done a lot of other work through Brownies and Guides. She says: “I am looking forward to Spring, and getting into the gardens that my lovely friends have worked so hard at building. Ever since I’ve been in the Eco Club, I have been hugely inspired by good ideas, especially thanks to all my friends in the Travel Action Group.” Congratulations Rebecca on this fantastic achievement!

by Eleanor Linton (March)

Debating Success

On Monday the 12th of March, Madras sent several teams of debaters to take part in a friendly debate with other St Andrews schools. The event was hosted by St Leonards, who put on a great event, providing free cake, tea and chocolate to all the competitors. Madras did very well, winning many of the debates as well as the highest proportion of the best speaker awards, for which students were awarded delicious Easter eggs. The evening was a rousing success and hopes remain high for a repeat event next year.

by Tom Smout (March)

Cross Country Success

Madras College pupils put in a number of strong team performances on the 24th of February. The school was represented by all age groups at the Fife Schools Cross Country Championships at Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy. All the pupils competing showed great attitude and application throughout the day, and this was reflected by impressive team results.

The S1 and S2/3 Girls won gold medals, and silver medals went to the Senior Girls. The S1 Boys and the Senior Boys teams both won bronze. We look to the Madras Cross Country teams to go from strength to strength.

by Peter Dennis (March)


Gold medal winning S2/3 Girls team

Eco Planters

In February 2011, The Woodlands Trust, launched the Jubilee Woods Project in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year. Along with creating a 460-acre public wood in Leicestershire, 6 million trees are being planted across the UK, to create new areas of woodland.

Planting began in autumn 2011, and members of Madras College’s Eco Club got involved with St Andrews Community Council and others in planting a wood at the foot of the Western Cemetery next to the Kinness Burn in November. About 500 trees were planted on St Andrews Day, and the event was filmed by STV and broadcast that night along with the other St Andrews Day festivities. The pupils all had a fantastic time.

by Jennifer Rae (March)


The Eco Club ready to work for the Jubilee Wood Project

Rugby Quarter Final Success in Plockton

A 7.00 am start from St. Andrews and a 10.30 pm return book-ended a 14 hour bus journey to Plockton on Scotland’s west coast for a 60 minute game of rugby in the Quarter-Finals of the Scottish Under 16s Bowl. The journey was however worth it with the boys coming home with a 22-0 win to place them in the Semi-finals against Trinity Academy – at Home!!

Conditions could hardly have been worse what with a strong westerly wind and rain that even the locals found intolerable which didn’t favour the visitors open brand of running rugby. The Plockton boys were a well-organised and capable group of players who defended well until the 10th minute when James Picken crossed the line finishing off some impressive team play. A rampaging run from second row James Allan five minutes later gave Madras some cushion which remained the same until half-time : 10-0. Madras attacked immediately from the whistle and a 5 metre scrum saw temporary blood replacement Jamie Picken at No.8 pick up and score with Captain Jon Price converting. The game continued with many understandable mistakes in the horrendous conditions but Madras persevered using all the available players and kept Plockton away from their line. An excellent powerful solo run from Shaw Palmer concluded the scoring and an agreement was made to curtail the game 10 minutes early to avoid hypothermia!

Full credit must be given to the 24 man squad who coped remarkably well with this epic journey and the miserable conditions.

by Jim Tarvet (February)

Madras Euroscholars

At the beginning of February, 26 pupils from around Scotland spent five days in Strasbourg on a working, cultural and linguistic trip thanks to the Euroscola scheme. There, they braved temperatures of as low as -23?C to conduct street surveys in French to identify foreign perceptions of Scotland. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the European Parliament, where 500 pupils from 17 different countries within the EU discussed issues affecting the young people of Europe today. This included debates in which pupils spoke in up to 5 different languages. Lyle McAdam (S6), sponsored by the St. Andrews Rotary Club, represented Madras College on this trip. He asked a question in parliament and took an active role in the debates; as well as winning the Strasbourg Challenge 2012 – a linguistic, cultural and historical research-based activity conducted in French. Mrs McCartney, Head of Modern Languages at Madras, was one of the accompanying teachers. Lyle said: "I was extremely privileged to be involved in such an amazing programme. I've made some great friends and feel this has been great preparation for my Advanced Higher oral examination and my university course."


by Eleanor Cruickshank (February)


Lyle McAdam and Mrs McCartney enjoying their time in Strasbourg.

Madras Musical Success

The Madras Senior Wind Band and Orchestra enjoyed great success at the Fife Festival of Music at the beginning of February. The Orchestra, lead by Mr Higgins, played a string arrangement of The Pink Panther as well as the Playful Pizzicato from Britten’s Simple Symphony and came first in its category, leaving with the trophy. Mrs Craib’s Wind Band also excelled achieving an Outstanding crit from the adjudicator. They performed a Tribute to Henry Mancini and a classic band piece, When The Stars Begin To Fall. Madras has a strong history of attainment at the Festival and it is good to see another year being equally successful, especially as this year’s competition was extremely well attended. Members of both groups left in high spirits having seen their efforts paid off. Entrants from Madras also had success in solo and duet classes of the Festival.

The Fife Festival of Music always displays great young talent from the region and encourages the young performers to continue their efforts. The larger competitions always have a great atmosphere and the sight of so many enthusiastic young musicians must be very encouraging to their instructors. The adjudicator of the Wind Band competition was particularly complimentary of the musical support in Fife, and was impressed with the high standards across the competition that we should strive to continue, saying that in its young musicians, Fife, and indeed Madras, has something very special.

by Rory Lamb (February)

Debating Team Success

Madras played host to another round of the Donald Dewar memorial debating tournament on Monday the 30th of January. The quarter final saw two guest teams arrive to compete with the previously victorious teams from Madras. Unfortunately this round allows only one team through to the semi-finals and both Madras teams were in direct competition. After another excellent show from all the competing teams, S6 pupils Tom Smout and David Paul were put through to the semi-finals. Commiserations to Alex Fyfe and Laura Ryan, as well as the guest speakers, who all performed to a very high standard despite being ultimately knocked out of the tournament- no doubt they will be back next year. The Madras team remains hopeful of reaching the finals, just as it did two years ago.


by Tom Smout (February)

Singing for Seniors

Recently, pupils from South Street, visited Gregory Hall in Tayport to provide an afternoon of music for some of the town’s pensioners, an event organised by the Charities Committee. The group was made up of Rebecca Mason, Abbi King, Rory Lamb and Bridie Lamb and lead by Kathryn Manning. The audience was entertained by renditions of songs by a range of artists from Taylor Swift to Simon and Garfunkel, as well as some recitals of poetry. They particularly enjoyed some of the classic tunes, joining in with Bobby Darin’s ‘Beyond the Sea’ and Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’, which brought tears to many eyes. Madras pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience feeling that it was both a fulfilling and enriching experience for all involved. They were rewarded with a high tea and applause by the members of the audience.

by Rory Lamb (February)

Madras College takes Burns to the Community

Hope Park

Madras pupils took part in the Hope Park Church Burns' Supper on Friday 27th January. Matthew McAnaw, the winner of the school’s S3 Burns Recitation completion, started the Madras contribution by reciting the address to the haggis – the haggis accompanied by piper and fellow pupil Connor Burgess. After the dinner, the 4C2 girls performed their own arrangement of “Ca the Yowes”. The Madras sign-off came in the form of folk group, Ramskeerie Minus1 who played a set of reels. All those who took part felt very warmly received by the congregation of Hope Park. 

by Megan Pettegree (February)


The Fairmont

Burns’ season saw great success for the three Madras pupils who performed at the Fairmont Hotel’s ‘Taste of Burns’ night on the 29th of January. The event aimed to put a modern spin on the history of our national bard, Robert Burns, with lively readings, recitals and songs. The night’s entertainment, provided by a trio of fifth year pupils; Alan Sunter, Rory White and Cameron Mackay; was perfectly supplemented by the smoked salmon canapés and whisky supplied by the hotel, ensuring an unforgettable night for all.

by Rory White (February)

HSBC Chinese Speaking Competition

A group of talented 5th years have made it to the final of the HSBC Chinese Speaking Competition. The annual competition, which is open to secondary schools from all over the UK, consists of two heats - one held in Newcastle, one in London. The group, consisting of Hannah Gray, Corinna Rengger, Emily Macduff and Nicole Learmonth, travelled to Newcastle in early December to perform their play, which was inspired by the recent arrival of two giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. Mandarin has been introduced at Madras this year as an afternoon activity for seniors, and this result is a great achievement in that the girls represent one of only two Scottish schools which made it to the final. The girls will travel to London in February for the final, and we wish them the best of luck!

by Eleanor Cruickshank (January)

Swimming Success for Hannah Gray

Congratulations on behalf of Madras College are due to Hannah Gray for her tremendous success in swimming. Fifth year Hannah came first in both the 100 metres and the 200 metres breaststroke competitions in the Fife School’s Swimming Competition. It is indeed a commendable achievement and we wish her all the luck in the future.

by Cameron Shepherd (January)

Golf Success for Lauren Whyte

S4 Madras pupil Lauren Whyte has had an extremely successful year of golf. In October, she won the Dunhill Schools’ Golf on the Kittocks course at the Fairmont, St Andrews, despite bad weather that caused the competition to be shortened to nine holes. Representatives from schools across Fife competed in two age categories: S1-S3 and S4-S6. Having won the junior section last year, she was delighted to get her first win in the Senior division.

Earlier this year, Lauren also won the Scottish Schools’ Competition at Murrayshall in addition to winning the Fife Girls Championship for the third year in a row. Furthermore, she enjoyed success in the Scottish Ladies Amateur - coming 3rd place - and reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Under-18 competition. Her achievements have not gone unnoticed however - Lauren has been selected four times to represent Scotland at National and European level. We hope her golfing talent continues to develop and she can build upon her outstanding performances for next year.

by Peter Dennis (January)


A Touch of Christmas Spirit

From auditions in October to a full production in December, drama teacher Mrs Esler has created a wonderful, heart-warming show for family and friends. The Madras College interpretation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” took place from the 6th – 9th December. The show was a resounding success, filling the “Quad Theatre” both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The show contained music, dancing, humour and carried the strong uplifting message of hope that this play is all about. Thanks must go to all of those who helped with the set, the music, the programmes and the lighting but above all, the cast would like to thank Mrs Esler for all her hard work over the last three months to create a fantastic Christmas performance for everybody to enjoy.

by Max Chase (December)


The cast after the show

Rugby U16s win Fife and Tayside Regional Final at Murrayfield

The Under 16s played a combined Queen Anne/Dunfermline team at Murrayfield on Friday 16th December. The match was the bowl Final of the Tayside and Fife Regional Competition and the winner would go on to the last 8 of the National Tournament. On the 3G playing surface, Madras started by defending deep in their own 22m and it took a full 10 minutes to recover from this effort and play in the oppositions half. Good linking forward play and a robust finish by captain Jon Price gave Madras the first score. This was quickly followed by a strong wide run from Winger Duncan Sinclair who scored well in the corner. With the Madras forwards dominating a bigger Dunfermline pack the backs were able to utilise quality ball and soon had earned a penalty 10m from the opposition line. Lightening thinking by Calum Stewart, who took a quick tap to sprint the short distance untouched by the retreating side, gave Madras their first converted try and just before half-time a number 8 pick up by Shaw Palmer brought the score to 22-0.

With the opposition continually looking threatening it was vital to get a good start to the second period and after once more soaking up vast amounts of pressure Madras earned another penalty but lost Captain Price to a blood injury. The decision not to kick for points proved correct as Palmer scored a second out wide. On Price's return the back line once again penetrated deep into the opposition's half and that man Palmer finished off a great handling move. With the game won all the substitutes from the squad were given a run but couldn't prize the ball off Palmer who managed to touch down for his fourth try and seal the score at 39-0. The match was a tribute to free-flowing running rugby and determined defence which the national team and hosts Edinburgh would do well to emulate in the main arena. The boys were presented with the Bowl at half-time in the Edinburgh v Cardiff match and all involved had a fine evening in the capital.

by Jim Tarvet (December)

Brewin Dolphin Plate - Rugby Quarter Final Success

7th December: A bitterly cold Wednesday in Aberdeen saw a fiercely fought match right from the kick-off. Two tries out wide, tidily finished by winger Andrew Hodge and a penalty from Captain Ruairidh Robertson gave the visitors a 13-0 half-time lead which was no cushion against a dynamic and dangerous Aberdeen Grammar School side who always threatened when in possession. From the restart Robertson cleared the ball deep into the home team's territory. A few plays later, the left wing Johnny Regan finished off some fine handling to score the first of his four second half tries. With the Madras pack pressing the opposition in all set and lose situations the backs were able to feed off this plentiful supply of ball. After numerous confident and penetrating back moves Regan was able to complete his hat-trick then go on for a fourth try, as he displayed his powerful running by breaking three tackles and putting the game beyond the hosts. The final try again linked backs with forwards when a direct run from hooker Lewis Rae took him deep into the opposition 22m and a deft offload to Centre Euan Roger whose excellent angle of run saw him burst under the posts. With all the previous tries being in the wide areas only Rory Henretty had been successful with the conversion until up stepped prop Ben Peddie who sweetly converted Roger's try to a mighty cheer to finish the match with a Madras victory 42 – 0.

by Peter Dennis (December)

Magnificent Movember

The male Madras staff gave a good show for Movember this year. The annual fundraiser called for male members of teaching staff to grow moustaches in return for donations from pupils and public alike, fundraising towards the Prostate Cancer Charity. Some amazing moustaches came and went, particularly that of Mr. Paul Jones of the History Department, who grew the main body of his impressive moustache over a single weekend. Male staff all worked hard at the hair cultivation, and the charitable gains of the month-long event came to well over five hundred pounds.

by Tom Smout (December)


German Youth Ambassador from Madras

Having been accepted as one of only three successful Scottish applicants to be a UK-German Youth Ambassador, Eleanor Cruickshank recently went to a seminar in London to learn more about the program and how to better promote German in her local area. UK-German Connection is a government-funded scheme designed to strengthen relations between the UK and Germany. It was this scheme that donated a generous grant to the school with a ‘celebratory fund’ when Madras celebrated its 50th anniversary of the Kiel Exchange in 2007. A relatively new subdivision of UK-German Connection is the Youth Ambassadors initiative, which was created in order to strengthen international links between young people in both countries. Those chosen to be Youth Ambassadors receive training in communication and presentation skills during their first seminar in London. They are then expected to run at least one project in their local area throughout their year-long term as a Youth Ambassador to support and promote UK-German youth relations. This is then later followed up by an evaluation seminar in Berlin next summer. Having returned from the London seminar, Eleanor is now keen to embrace her new role and to implement her plans for the year ahead, with several projects already lined up.

by Eleanor Cruickshank (December)


Youth Ambassadors meet in London.

Debating Matters

The Madras Debating Society experienced unqualified success this week. Tom Smout, David Paul and Evie-Marie Paterson emerged victorious from the ‘Debating Matters’ round at Wallace High School on Tuesday 22nd November, defeating the home team and winning their motion that the government should not take tougher action on unhealthy behaviour. Wallace High may have been unsuccessful but they won the award for best individual speaker. In addition to this success, in the opening heat of the Donald Dewar Memorial Tournament, Tom Smout and David Paul won once more over the hosting team from Queen Anne High School. Madras pupils Laura Ryan and Alex Fyffe were also victorious. Both rounds were of an exceptionally high quality and all those who competed deserve congratulations for ensuring the very high quality of both competitions.


by Tom Smout (November)

Fundraising Fever - Children in Need

Pupils from Madras came together to support Children In Need in the week beginning Monday 14th November in a busy frenzy of fundraising. A fantastic total of £1122.60 was raised for the national charity. Throughout the week, members of the Charities Committee sold themed wristbands and key rings adorned with the traditional Pudsey Bear. On Thursday, for a pound donation, pupils could sport a spotted item of clothing as well as their normal school uniform. This venture was very well received, with a menagerie of spots and dots around the school. Participants could be seen dressed in anything from polka dot shirts or ties to spotted shoes and tights. On top of this, members of Priory House went all out to provide bake sales during break time at both Kilrymont Road and South Street, which were greatly appreciated by the hungry pupils and teachers. The sales offered a large range of delicious baking which was enjoyed by all.


In Kilrymont, junior pupils experienced their first charity Open Mic, which was held over lunchtime with acts from S1-S6 performing for a superb turn out of students and staff. The atmosphere was extremely positive and performers met with great support from their peers. The Open Mic alone rose over £300 for Children In Need which was a fantastic achievement, greatly helped by the exceedingly high standard of entertainment provided by the young talent of Madras. Everyone is very grateful for the work of the members of the Charities Committee, Mrs Seeley and the pupils of Priory House in the organisation of such a successful and beneficial fundraising event. Special thanks to Catriona Black and Kirsty Smyth for running the Open Mic and to everyone who donated to raise money for Children In Need!

by Rory Lamb (November)


Moira Mops Up Awards

No-one deserves the Fife School Cleaning Operative of the Year, more than Moira Miller. She is one of those often unsung heroes who puts a great deal of effort and pride into what she does. Moira, one of our valued cleaners at Madras College has finally won the award for 2011. After working at Madras College and other places from around Fife for more than twenty years, she certainly is a deserving winner.

The Award not only requires great dedication and skill at the task in hand, but also a strong relationship with co-workers. Having been nominated for this award among others, but never winning, Moira attended the ceremony unaware she was to win. It was a very pleasant surprise to learn that she had indeed won. On behalf of all the pupils and staff at Madras College, we offer our congratulations and our grateful thanks for her professionalism and dedication over the years.

by Cameron Shepherd (November)


Hot Madras Plate Competition - Rugby Success

The Madras 1st XV headed to Buckhaven High School on the 10th November for the third round of the Scottish Schools Plate competition. The first half was a scrappy affair: slippery conditions and bad communication leading to a myriad of knock-ons, resulting in almost 10 minutes of scrumaging. Neither side were showing any real strength or flair, but Madras had the edge, creating room out wide for two tries before the end of the first half. After the break the team woke up, with greater vision and play really testing the Buckhaven defence. The Madras forwards were dominant at the set-piece, giving the team the possession needed to start running in some good scores. It was not the best performance, but they came out comfortable winners 42-0.

by Peter Dennis (November)

Success For Swimmers!

At the end of October, pupils from the Department of Additional Support took part in the annual Disability Sport Fife Swimming Gala and came home with great results. The Gala, held at Lochgelly High School, is a swimming event specially organised for pupils with a learning disability. Madras entrants, Daniel Wright, John Law, John Mair, Jon Duffy, Karen Adamson and Leah Gray all received medals for winning individual events. Swimmers from the regional competition will be selected during November from the results to go forward to the Scottish Junior Championships at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. We wish to congratulate all the participants from Madras on their performance and outstanding success and we hope this will continue into further stages of the competition.

by Rory Lamb (November)

Madras College in the Pink

On the last day of term, Madras College turned pink for the day to raise money for Breast Cancer charities. The event proved to be a huge success with the whole school, even members of staff, taking part.

During intervals, a bake sale was available with goods made by the pupils themselves. This was hugely popular and the students ended up selling most of the goodies on offer. There was also face painting on offer from a few of the art students and pink breast cancer balloons were hung up around the school.

(Right: Pupils embrace the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Day.)


One particular pupil, Megan Braid, had herself completely painted pink to raise money for the cause. In Kilrymont, dyed pink hair was prominent and some pupils were walking around in their pink pyjamas!

Madras would like to say a big thank you to everyone that participated in the Pink Day fundraising event. The school managed to raise £1,509.69 which will be going towards 3 Breast Cancer Charities to support those with cancer.

by Simona Stojanovska (November)


Ohio Ahoy!

For the 15 students and two teachers leaving school on October 7th, a fun packed ten days was ahead of them! As part of the Upper Arlington Exchange Programme Madras pupils were heading to Ohio in the North-East of the U.S.A, to experience the culture and lifestyle of the country.

After a long flight overseas, the pupils were united with their exchange partners and host families, met by an enthusiastic reception at the airport. The week then proceeded, jam-packed with activities, such as: the Cedar Point theme park, the Blue Jackets professional ice hockey game and the Columbus Zoo. The group also attended many of the Upper Arlington High School’s sports games and spent time within the high school itself. More info and photos...


Madras College Pipe Band Shine at the Dunhill

The fondly loved sounds of the Madras College Pipe Band were warmly welcomed at the exciting finale of the Dunhill Golf Tournament that took place at St Andrews Old Course at the start of October. They played some songs from their usual repertoire, including Itchy Fingers and Highland Cathedral. As always they were keenly listened to and admired by all onlookers, especially as they proudly marched towards the R&A clubhouse in their smart Madras tartan kilts! Long may the sound of the Madras Pipes be heard both in and out of Madras College. Congratulations too to Madras pupil Lauren Whyte, for her fantastic win at the Junior Dunhill - perhaps the Pipes helped fire her win.

by Abbi King (October)


French Exchange

The second official French Exchange took place last month (September), with 39 pupils from S4 and S5 taking part, accompanied by 4 members of staff: Mrs McCartney, Mrs Maix, Mr Duncan and Mr Grewar. The exchange, which runs every two years between Madras College and Le Collège France Bloch-Sérazin in Poitiers, France, was once again a tremendous success.

After a short coach ride to Edinburgh Airport (and the added drama of a lost passport) the group eventually made it to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Here they were met by the friendly drivers of the ‘Rapides du Poitou’ coach company who drove them to Poitiers. Thanks to a road blockage of the city bypass, the group was lucky enough to get a glimpse of the famous sights of Paris.

The programme for the week was packed full of fun activities: including a tour of the town of Poitiers itself, a visit to the 'Futuroscope' cinematic theme park, as well as the aquarium, shopping and sightseeing in the town of La Rochelle Particularly spectacular were the châteaux at Chenonceau and Villandry in the Loire valley, including beautiful gardens and even a maze. The weekend was spent together with the host families. All the pupils had a wonderful time, and their conversational French has improved greatly. The cultural and linguistic experiences gained from this are sure to have been invaluable and the friendships they have made long-lasting. À la prochaine!

by Eleanor Cruickshank (October)


The Madras Pupils and their exchange
partners in sunny La Rochelle

Madras Pupils visit Auschwitz

On the 7th September two pupils, Geir Darge and Lucy Harris, and history teacher Mr. Jones took part in a programme of Holocaust remembrance. The project, funded by the Holocaust Education Trust, involved both a trip to Edinburgh, to hear the experiences of a Holocaust survivor and then a day at the Auschwitz Concentration Camps in Poland: now a museum honouring the victims of the Holocaust.

Articles and pictures by Geir Darge, Lucy Harris, Camerson Shepherd and Mr. Paul Jones. Read more......


Japanese Exchange

This summer, four Madras Students travelled to Ohtawara, Japan on the 22nd St Andrews Ohtawara exchange. They spent two weeks with their host families, all of whom provided warm and caring hospitality, and gave the pupils a fascinating glimpse into traditional Japanese life. Delegates of the local council took them on daily excursions to the sights in the area, including a trip to the shrines and temples at Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to Disneyland Tokyo. The students took part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, and, dressed as samurai and princesses, paraded through the city in celebration of the vibrant Yoichi festival. The group thoroughly enjoyed the trip - tasting the cuisine, marvelling at the sights, and experiencing the culture.

by Peter Dennis (September)


Namibia - Teaching Program 2011

In July 2011 29 pupils and staff from Madras College travelled to Namibia to enjoy a life changing experience.

“The best 3 weeks of my life! Africa is the most beautiful place you could ever travel to, the people are so amazingly friendly.”
Lauren Rae

“Going to Namibia was the best thing I have ever done in my life!! The experience was so rewarding.”
Judith Delargy

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54TH Madras – Kiel Exchange

38 German and Scottish pupils took part in the 54th Kiel Exchange from 20th June – 29th June. The S5 pupils hosted the partner whom they met last year in Kiel. The new S4 recruits, however, met their partners for the first time.

The Kiel group, led by Frau Sendler-Steer, herself a former exchange pupil, visited the “Discovery” in Dundee and the Wallace Monument and Bannockburn Heritage Centre near Stirling during their stay. A visit to Dunnottar Castle was one of the highlights of this year’s programme.

We are already looking forward to the return visit to Kiel next year.

by Miss Orem (August)


Some photos of Kiel pupils visit


Madras Pupils Win 1st Prize in Animation Competition


Congratulations go to Lewis Crawford and Will Hulme for winning 1st prize for the 16+ Group Award at Animation 11 – The 4th Annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition organised by Manchester University.

Their winning entry was one of 886 from 1,180 students across the UK. Lewis and Will each received £250 worth of Amazon Vouchers and a trophy for the school.

Read the full story and watch the animation