Press Cuttings and Success Stories : Session 2012 - 2013

More Athletics Success - June 2013

Three days after his outstanding win at the Fife Schools’ Multi Events, Struan Christie (S1) competed in the Scottish Schools Triathlon Event at Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday 1st June. The three events were 600m, Shot Putt and Long Jump. Struan finished in 2nd place, which is an excellent result at this level. Not only did he jump 5.05m, which was the best jump in his age group, but he broke the school club record by 30cm, which has been held since 1973.

The following Saturday, 8th June, 4 pupils represented Madras College at the Scottish Schools’ Individual Track & Field Championships; Struan Christie (S1) – 100m and 80m Hurdles, Emma Malcolm (S2) – 75M Hurdles, Abbie Hendry (S2) – 100m and Corryn Christie (S5) – 200m.


Emma and Abbie performed well in their heats enjoying the experience at international level, but were unable to progress to the next round. Corryn finished 4th in her heat and qualified for the final, finishing in 8th place in Group A. Struan was 1st in his heat, 3rd in the semi-final and finished in 5th place in the final of Group D, 100metres. However in his heats in the 80 metre Hurdles, Struan recorded a time of 13.08s, which was fast enough to reach the final. Once again he found himself on the medals podium, winning a bronze medal in a time of 13.32s, an outstanding achievement.

Scottish Schools Speedway - Madras are CHAMPIONS - June 2013

Madras were crowned Scottish Champions on a sunny afternoon in Glasgow.

Five Scottish schools raced for the 2013 team championships at Cathkin Park. Glasgow’s St. Andrews High and Hollybrook Academy, two from Fife, Queen Anne High and Madras College and one from Edinburgh, Liberton High, raced the five team formula. After an intense, pulsating, 20 heats finished Madras College came top with 51 points and fellow Fifers, Queen Anne, took third place on 45 points, both teams benefiting as an eight-man Select against Edinburgh Juniors at Redbraes Park two days previous.

Congratulations to the boys and inspirational coach Jim Tarvet.

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Athletics Success - Fife Multi-Event - June 2013

12 selected athletes from Madras College competed in the annual Fife multi-event competition at Pitreavie Sports arena, Dunfermline. With the Senior pupils on exams and the S3 participating in their 3-day activities, it was three male and female competitors from the S1 and S2 groups who represented the school over the 5 events : 200m, Long Jump, Hurdles, Shot Putt and 800m.

Struan Christie (S1) was the outstanding athlete of the day, winning all 5 events by a considerable margin to gain a huge total of 2295 points. Campbell Palmer came in an impressive 2nd and only a 5 point deficit stopped Callum McLeod from completing a full podium result for Madras in the S1 boys.

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Madras College Quadfest

After the success of the Madras College Fete last summer, there is going to be an open air concert in the South Street quadrangle on Saturday 22nd June 2013. The afternoon programme will feature current pupils such as this year’s Talent Show winners, Ramskeerie folk band and Lucy Harrower. The main concert will begin at 18:30 and will showcase some of the finest musicians to have passed through Madras College in the last twenty years, including; Amy Rayner, Katherine Skene, Derek Dishingtonn, Su Shaw with King Creosote headlining. As well as the concert itself, there will also be a bar serving snacks and drinks and there will be a raffle!There will be a £10 charge for entry for adults and £5 for pupils. This money will go towards Madras’ extensive extra-curricular programme. Last year over £5,000 was made which made a huge difference to the school, but unfortunately, there were some departments that were unable to receive funds. So, join the festivities on the 22nd of June and help raise funds for Madras so it can keep producing such talented musicians.

by Cameron MacKay (April)


National Burns Competition Success - 20th April 2013

On the 20th April, four Madras pupils travelled to Dunfermline high school to compete in the National Burns Competition. All had competed and won in their categories at the Fife competition and were ready to up their game. Matthew MacAnaw and Chloe Anderson put in an admirable performances but unfortunately didn't place. Ewan Cameron managed to gain a brilliant second in the tricky S3/4 bagpipes category. Fresh from her talent show success, Hannah Visocchi won 3rd place in the S5/6 singing category. The achievement in such a hard fought contest really underlines the talent and hardwork of madras pupils and the commitment and excellence of the music staff.

by Theo Upton (April)


Sew Arty - 26th March 2013

Yet another successful year for the Art Department was celebrated by displaying a range of art work from pupils. The annual ‘Sew Arty’ exhibition which ran from the 26th of March for two days, displayed paintings, photos, fashion and models created by students from first year to sixth year. It has always been a treat to see the wealth of work produced by the department and the evident creative talent which runs through all the year groups. It’s fascinating to compare a first year’s work with a sixth year’s and noting the hard work that must have gone in as they move up the school. A number of classes were taken to see the exhibition to be inspired by their peers’ work. Some of the pieces were hugely impressive. Groups were gathered round the striking black and white portraits painted by the seniors while others took great delight in picking out their friends’ work and cooing over it appreciatively.


In all likelihood, the exhibition will run again next year, this time with contributions from new potential art stars and pupils who have honed their creative skills to top their previous year’s work. Other Images: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3

by Catherine Vallis (March)

Young Enterprise Success - 22nd March 2013

A group of S5/6 pupils took on the challenge of setting up and running ‘Higher’ as a Young Enterprise company.

Following on from this, they prepared and presented their business successes and challenges both in a report and in front of the Young Enterprise judges. At the Fife Awards Ceremony in March, they received the award for Most Innovative Product and came runner-up in the Best Presentation category out of 21 companies from across Fife.

“The Young Enterprise programme allowed us to set up our own business and have a great time whilst doing so. We created a children’s first aid kit and had various sales opportunities including the Wormit Primary School Christmas Fair and the Young Enterprise Christmas Trade Fair."


Glasgow Under Siege - March 2013

Despite heavy snow and strong winds, the Madras War Games Team made it to Glasgow to defend their title as Scottish School Warhammer Champions. Warhammer is a tabletop game played with figures the players assemble themselves.

The team spent weeks practising intensely, testing strategies and ensuring all their armies were painted to a high standard. Upon arrival, the group had time to look over their opponents’ armies, and chat to fellow gamers; one of the greatest joys of the event. The regional final involves three quickfire rounds of 45 minutes, with points being gained for victories, good sportsmanship and skilful painting.

Madras performed well in the first two rounds, gaining five out of a potential eight wins, though their opponents were only a couple of points behind. Madras held their lead however, winning the regional final for the third year in a row. They will now travel to Nottingham for the UK final in June. The team would like to thank Mr Watson for transporting them to the event and his organisation of the club.

by Theo Upton (March)


Red Nose Day - March 15th 2013

Comic Relief at Madras was, yet again, a resounding triumph. 25 years after the now retired Deputy Rector Mr Mackay established the 'do something funny for money' tradition at Madras, pupils donned fancy dress to raise funds for Comic Relief.

Friday the 15th was therefore an odd day to walk around Madras. If you hadn't known it was fancy dress you would have been surprised to see crayons, Alice in Wonderland characters and even a series of boys in drag, strolling the corridors. You can always tell if these days have been successful when a class looks more like Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band than a sea of grey and on this count, at least, Madras was successful. The day culminated in a show at lunchtime in the Quad. Pupils were entertained by some of the previous night’s Talent Show acts and keep-fit people in morph suits.


As well as the fancy dress day, money was raised through a bake sale at Kilrymont Road and the Maths Department “Hummers” CD sales. At the time of writing the money was yet to be totalled up but if it reflects the enthusiasm shown on the day then it will rival previous years’ for the most money raised.


by Catherine Vallis (March)

Ohio Exchange Descends - March 2013

A busy week was to be had for the 6th years partaking in the Ohio exchange. With a similar stormy day the scots experienced at the start of their journey, the American students landed in Edinburgh on Saturday morning. It was the first face-to-face meeting of the group since October and soon the airport was full of shouting and cheering. Only a few hours after this, the pupils found themselves shouting and cheering again as they were thrilled by Scotland against Wales at Murrayfield. Despite the cold weather, everyone enjoyed the experience.

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Jamie MacLeod Stands for Scottish Youth Parliament

Madras College Pupil, Jamie MacLeod, is standing for the Scottish Youth Parliament. The 2013 SYP elections will take place on March 4th, with the voting period running to the 15th. For the first time ever, a system of online voting will be used, with young people aged between 12-25 able to vote at any time, anywhere.

At Madras, all the Fife candidates have begun canvassing for support and will be encouraging everyone to vote on polling day. At lunchtime on the 26th February, pupils will get the chance to meet candidates at Kilrymont and again on the 5th of March in South Street. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to vote, the library computer areas at both buildings will be open at lunchtimes to facilitate voting. Pupils can also vote online at home by going to the Scottish Youth Parliament Website – To vote, pupils will require a valid MyFife card. Read Jamie's personal profile and manifesto below:

My name is Jamie MacLeod and currently I live in St Andrews. I attend Madras College as a fourth year pupil. My interests are diverse, from football (I play for Tayport) to music (I play for Fife Youth Orchestra) and academic aspects are usually at the forefront of my mind. I am a debater which gives me an ability to think on my feet. I am presently a member of the East Fife Duke of Edinburgh Award group. Essentially, I wish to be a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament because I want the voice of today's youth to be heard. Read my manifesto.


Lamb for Dinner!

Madras College has been whisked into a frenzy after hearing the news of a certain 5th year pupil’s culinary success in the Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year contest. Senior pupil, Katie Lamb, recently creamed the competition when she not only won the School cook off, but also the Northern Scottish heats. The first stage of competition took place at Madras College, where four pupils were given two hours to cook a two-course menu to the best of their abilities.

The budding chefs’ original menus were presented and scrutinized by two Rotary Club members and a renowned local chef from ‘The Royal and Ancient’ Golf Club in St Andrews. Although most might crack under the pressure, Miss Lamb coped admirably with the high standard, beating her peers to progress to the next stage in the competition. The Northern Scottish heat took place in Aberdeen where the stakes were even higher – having to invent and prepare a unique three-course menu in two hours that would be presented to yet another panel of tough judges. Although the difficulty of the competition had increased, Katie again excelled, progressing to the semi finals of the competition, which will be held in Newcastle on March 16th.

by Caitlin Stuart-Delavaine (February)


Fife Festival Success - 4th to 8th February

It’s been a busy week for the young musicians of Madras College as they attended the annual Fife Festival of Music at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy. The Senior Wind Band, led by Mrs Craib, received a Gold Award for their performance of the piece ‘Celtic Ritual’ and ‘Highlights from Ratatouille.’ The Senior String Orchestra competed in the Orchestra class, performing an arrangement of ‘Back to the Future’ and Finale from Dvorak’s “Sonatina, Opus 100,” gaining a Silver Award. Individual musicians were equally successful; Jamie Macleod won the Premier Trophy for percussion, Hannah Vissochi the Roger Crook Rose Bowl in the Voice class, Ellenor Waddell had success with her Clarsach solo and Anna Hynie received the Nancy Paul Trophy for her piano solo. The Festival was a fantastic opportunity for the musicians to show off their talents and was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

by Lily Hua (February)

Elements for Success - 5th February

Four of Madras’ intrepid chemists faced the regional Tayside final of the national “Top of the Bench” competition. Alex Redpath (S1), Genevieve Jagger (S2), David Black (S2) and Chris Fyfe (S4), set off to the Purdie Building at the University of St Andrews for the contest. The final was composed of teams from 4 schools, Grove Academy, Perth Academy, Breadalbane Academy and of course, Madras College. Eight gruelling rounds made sure the young scientists certainly knew their stuff, and our own team made their 6th year mentors and chemistry teachers very proud, retaining the lead for much of the competition. In the end, after a fast-paced final buzzer round, Madras’ team came a close second with 171 points to Breadalbane Academy with 177 points.

Many congratulations to the team for their fantastic success; familiar faces will no doubt appear in the 2013-2014 competition and in Advanced Higher Chemistry classes in the future. There is no question over the great academic success that these pupils have ahead of them at Madras College.

by Alice Dearle (February)


Success on a Plate…

Madras College’s Senior Rugby Team hope to continue their good form of the past few months going, into the semi-final clash against Galashiels. A victory for the Blues would book them a place at the final of the Scottish Plate, held at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh later this year. The Madras Team qualified for the Scottish National Plate by beating Bell Baxter 17-12 last November, winning the Regional Shield in the process. Since then, Madras have had success in two early-round matches and are hoping to continue their run. Squad member, Craig Mundie is optimistic about the match against Galashiels: “We have shown that we are a good team leading up to this game. If we play well as a unit, as I know we can, then there is no reason why we can’t win on Tuesday!” Indeed there isn’t, with everyone hoping for the excellent run of results to continue!

by Jonas Neukirch (January)


Elements for Success

On Wednesday the 9th of January pupils participating in the National “Top of the Bench” Chemistry competition had a very successful win against Forfar Academy. The team, made up of pupils in S2, S3 and S4, are now through to the regional Tayside final taking place on the 22nd January. The fast-paced quiz-panel style questions strike fear into the eyes of Advanced Higher pupils, so the younger chemists deserve many congratulations for their success. Weekly sessions with 6th year pupils and lots of holiday revision have ensured that the budding scientists certainly know their halogens from their noble gases!

by Alice Dearle (January)


Shoebox Appeal

Madras College has recently seen the return of the annual shoebox appeal, run by Modern Studies department member, Miss Mckimmie. When asked why she was taking part and organising this appeal, Miss Mckimmie said she wanted to "remove the fear of younger children" from the older population, and "help with the isolation and loneliness some of the elderly feel around this time of year". This year the cause is aiming high for donations, looking to send away at least 32 boxes of gifts containing non-perishable items such as magazines and tinned foods which will help with the financial difficulties faced by the elderly at Christmas time.

by Courtney Gardiner (December)


Hospital Visit - 28th November

Seventeen S1 and S2 pupils performed for the patients at the St Andrews Community Hospital. Groups of pupils sang, played the violin and danced for the patients in Ward 1 and in the Renal Unit. A special performance was also arranged for one of the girls’ Grandad’s who was a patient in Ward 2. The afternoon was organised by the Reverend James Connolly, the hospital chaplain, to brighten up the day of the patients. The audience thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to the young pupils performing.

See picture of the Madras Musicians.


Mac-Rant - Wednesday 28th November

Fifty-one S1 pupils went to see the production of “MacPherson’s Rant in the marquee on South Street lawn. Macpherson’s Rant was a great play. The script was well done and the direction made it very clear to understand the story. The music and the Scottish songs were sung very well and fitted into the story of the play. Madras College pupils were involved in the play and it inspired others that they might be able to do something similar when they are older. The acting, props and costumes were well designed. In particular the Laird was a memorable character and the ending was both surprising and tragic. Everyone enjoyed “MacPherson’s Rant” very much and would recommend it thoroughly.

by Fay Reilly and Sarah Bargeton S1 (December)


Young Translators - 27th November

Two S6 pupils from Madras College were all but lost in translation when they took part in the Juvenes Translatores competition, an EU-wide translation contest. The participants had to translate a page of text from a European language into English. Hannah Gray and Jonas Neukirch were representing Madras in the competition, one of only four schools in Scotland to be included. Both Hannah (French and Spanish) and Jonas (German) enjoyed their experience. As well as getting stationery and a T-Shirt for participating, the overall winner of the contest will enjoy a trip to Brussels. Mr Irving, who organised Madras’ participation and Principal Teacher of Modern Languages Mrs McCartney are both very hopeful that the winner will be one of the Madras duo.

by Jonas Neukirch (December)


SCEN China Youth Summit - 12th November

Pupils of the senior Mandarin class attended the China Youth Summit at the beautiful Gleneagles estate in Perthshire. The event, dubbed the G50 summit, was hosted by the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) as part of the 'Scotland in Conversation with China' programme. Pupils from fifty schools all over Scotland and leaders of Chinese education had the opportunity to make presentations about their experiences of Chinese culture and their joys and difficulties of learning the language. The importance of continuing to strengthen links between China and Scotland was highlighted by several distinguished guests including Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, former Governor of Hong Kong and Mr Li Ruiyou, Consul General for the People’s Republic of China. The event was enjoyed by all. Sam Bowden (S5) remarked that the day was "very inspiring and the experience as a whole will stay with me for years to come."

by Lily Hua (November)


Two Minutes Silence - 9th November

On Friday 9th of November 2012 Madras College pupils and staff held a two minute silence, for Remembrance Day in Kilrymont Road Assembly Hall and as is tradition, wreathes were laid in South Street, in the Quad below the Roll of Honour. The Kilrymont Hall was full to capacity as everyone gathered to remember those service men and women who have fought in wars and conflicts since World War 1.

Poppies are worn because in the battlefield, all that grew afterwards were poppies - the poem ‘Flanders Fields’ highlights this. Madras College is proud to support the Poppy Appeal, to help those that have been injured in the service of their Country.

by Kay Emmins S2 (November)


Madras Hockey Squad Storms to Victory

On Tuesday 6th November the S2 girls hockey squad took part in the Fife Schools Hockey Tournament. The event took place at our very own station park where the team trained for the big day. The squad played several different schools that came from all over Fife. Out of 3 matches they won 2 and drew 1.

The squad returned to school in triumph and each member received a badge and will soon be awarded a Dates Ties from the school as a reward for their hard work. Congratulations to the team who are now the Fife Schools Hockey Champions!

by Lucia Mackenzie S2 (November)


Yoscars - 2nd November

Fife Council held its biannual YOSCARS ceremony. The YOSCARS are Fife's youth work awards, where young people from all over the Kingdom, are rewarded for the hard work they do in their communities. From music to sport, there were awards for every category.

Five Madras College pupils also had a part to play in this extravaganza; with the “PitchIn St Andrews” group winning the North East Fife area achievement award. Liona Jones, Lori Grimshaw, Jordan Henderson, Nathan Foster and former pupil Liam Small set up the group to provide something for young people to do in the St Andrews area. Despite tough competition from youth projects across NE Fife, the group wowed the judges with their determination and the huge difference they have made to their community.


The group provides floodlit football facilities for young people in the St Andrews area and aims to improve the health of young people through exercise whilst giving them something to do. The project has been running for two years now; graduating from their smaller portable pitch to using St Andrews University sports centre facilities.


Liona said that "It was a huge honour to be rewarded for our work in front of so many people!" Adding that the group "had a great time at the YOSCARS." She says the “PitchIn” project will continue to provide floodlit football facilities for young people in the St Andrews area.


The evening attracted politicians from all over Fife – including council leader Alex Rowley – to see how important a contribution young people are making to communities across the Kingdom. Entertainment was provided by aspiring Fife musicians whilst founder of the Tree of Knowledge, Gavin Oattes, hosted the evening. Overall, a fantastic evening that rewarded some very deserving Madras pupils.


by Alex Fyfe (November)

St Andrews Cathedral 'Reconstruction'

On the 1st of October, S2 and S3 pupils visited the school library to investigate a computer based 3D reconstruction of the St. Andrews Cathedral which allowed us to experience the cathedral as it was 700 years ago. This was organised by the Social Subjects Department in conjunction with The University of St. Andrews who created the reconstruction. The pupils used avatars to explore the reconstruction and were able to talk to historic characters like Robert the Bruce. All the pupils learned a great deal about the history of the cathedral and thought it was an exciting new way to study history. Thanks to the Social Subjects Faculty and St Andrew’s University for making this fantastic event possible.

by Rebecca Gorgon 2P1 (November)


Tremendous Victories for Madras College in French and German

The Modern Language Faculty has been taking success in their stride this year. They won 1st prize for their SCILT competition entry for the celebration of European Day of Languages. Thus, they will receive £500 of Amazon vouchers and a bag of linguistic ‘goodies’. The entry included a written submission and a DVD of the day’s activities. Furthermore, there was an information evening with speakers from linguistic organisations as well as pupil performances. Additionally, the Kiel – Madras Exchange group have received the bronze award (£500) for an Olympic competition organised by the UK-German connection. The group had taken part in Olympic related activities when in Kiel in June. These are showcased on this UK-German connection website

by Tess Glen (November)


Ohio Exchange - October 2012

After a dramatic early morning rescue on a storm flooded road, the Madras College Upper Arlington exchange set off on October 12th hoping for better weather in the United States of America. There was huge excitement over the trip, for some members this was their first time across the pond. After an enjoyable if long flight, the students landed in Columbus Ohio. The host families were met at the airport, and the group split to get some much needed rest.

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Auschwitz Visit - October 2012

On Thursday the 4th of October two pupils, Natasha Liu and Kathleen McConnell, participated with the Holocaust Educational Trust in a day trip to the concentration camp, Auschwitz. Beforehand in an introductory seminar they listened to the testimony of Zigi Shipper, a survivor of the camp, who gave them a personal insight into what they would be seeing.

After flying to Poland they travelled to Oswiecim and were given a tour of Auschwitz I where they were hit by the reality of the camp. They later visited the second camp, Auschwitz II - Birkenau, which is twenty-five times larger than the first. They saw the harsh conditions that people suffered, and were shocked to see how horrendously they were treated. At the end of the day they attended a memorial held by a Rabbi where they reflected on their visit and remembered those who had perished and suffered during the Nazi regime.

by Kathleen McConnell (October 2012)


Wrestling with Tongues

On the 26th of September, Modern languages students from Madras and their parents were invited to Kilrymont hall in order to celebrate European languages day. The event began with a presentation from Fiona Fisher, deputy director of SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages) entitled ‘The Benefits of Language Learning’. Other guest speakers included; Lilo Boergmann (Goethe institute), Katie O’Donnell (former pupil and first year undergraduate at the University of St Andrews), Annette Zimmermann (Language Development Officer at the University of St Andrews) and Elise Hugeny-Leger (Director of External Relations at the University of St Andrews).

Pupils from Madras were also given the chance to showcase their skills. A group of senior pupils (5C2) performed a song from ‘Les Choristes’ (The Choir), a French film, in French, and three sixth year pupils (Geir Darge, Calum Grewar and Cameron Mackay) performed a song in German. Even the Mandarin-Chinese students played a role, singing a traditional Chinese folk song ‘Mo Li Hua’. The night ended by showing a video, created by former pupil Rory Lamb, of the long running Kiel exchange. The night enthused pupils, leaving them inspired to start a new language, continue with their current language and even practise their foreign grammar.

by Corinna Rengerr (October 2012)


S3 Hockey Success - September 2012

Congratulations to the Madras College S3 Hockey team on winning the S3 Fife Schoolgirls' Hockey Tournament at Station Park on the 27th September. The girls won all three of their games scoring the maximum 12 points, with 8 goals for and only conceding 1 goal. The team continued their successful run having won the Fife S2 Tournament last session.

Dunfermline High School and St Leonards came in joint second, whilst Wade Academy came in third place

Sophie Pettegree, captain, when asked about her thoughts on the tournament, said, “Well I was really happy!”


Chinese Adventure - Summer 2012

A productive summer break was to be in store for Hannah Gray (S6) and Megan Robertson (S5). 60 students from around Scotland took part in a 3 week long trip to Beijing, organised and funded by the Hanban (the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language).

Both Hannah and Megan take part in Mandarin lessons at Madras College, a highly successful recent addition to the curriculum. Miss McKimmie of the Modern Studies Department also set off as one of the accompanying chaperones. Read more....

by Alice Dearle (September 2012) | Photos: Corinna Rengger


Eco Warrior

Madras is a school which prides itself on its eco school status and no one embodies this better than Rebecca Gorgon. Besides being a keen member of the schools Eco-committee, an ardent gardener in the school garden and an enthusiastic participant in the committee's trips to Glen Tilt, Rebecca won a prestigious place as one of twelve pupils in the UK, taking part in the British Gas Generation Green Innovation Workshop in July.

She proved herself a good ambassador for both the school and the environment and aims to continue this now she has been elected junior chairperson of the Eco-committee.

by Theo Upton (September 2012)


Madras Returns to Namibia - July 2012

For the pupils who had not taken part in last year’s highly successful Namibian Teaching programme, Madras College’s return to the country was a journey into the unknown. The group’s long awaited descent into the capital city of Windhoek provided many with their first glimpse of the nation’s vast, parched landscape.

Once on ground, the Fifers divided into three parties and travelled to their respective schools - Ongha, Mokganedi, Tlhabanello and Shamangorwa - to teach. The very concept of teaching was unfamiliar to the majority of Madras pupils. Read more...

by Rory White (August 2012)


55th Keil Exchange - June 2012

18 pupils in S3 and S4, accompanied Miss Orem and Mr Irving to Kiel. The varied 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.

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.


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. See Photos.


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)