Press Cuttings and Success Stories : Session 2014 - 2015

Fundraising in the Community

Fundraising pupils in S1, raised money to help a young boy in the local community – Logan Scott. The girls raised money in school and presented a cheque to Logan and his family. “We’re delighted”, said Jane Graves (Logan’s mum). “I would like to say a big thank you once again to yourselves and the children for this and in particular Caitlyn Rice. It is greatly appreciated. We intend to buy a Pen friend labeller as well as some sensory equipment. These will help Logan to continue his development and enjoy his play enormously, especially when he starts school after the Summer.”


Geography Bioblitz - Friday 19th June

On Friday the 19th June the S2/3 Geography class completed the Bioblitz day with St Andrews University The first part of the day was entitled ‘Shore Thing’. This was a survey of the rock platforms at Castle sands. There was a lot to see, if you could stand on the slippery seaweed for long enough! When the pupils found their seaweed feet they managed to see crabs, shells, starfish, jelly fish and much more.

Next up was some bird watching as the group walked from Castle Sands to East Sands where they counted and identified a range of birdlife including seagulls, swallows, dunnocks and starlings.  After that at the water’s edge at East Sands, pupils enjoyed push netting for fish where there was more evidence of marine life and even a gold ball! Then there was an informative and enjoyable talk from the Marine Conservation Society. They talked about turtles and how they may become extinct. Pupils also learned some shocking statistics about how much litter is dropped every year and how long it takes for that litter to break down. The last thing was some fresh water sampling along a stretch of the Kinness Burn where the group donned funky waders and pulled some interesting creepy crawlies out of the water, including leeches! Pupils all really enjoyed the trip and learned lots about sea life, climate change and endangered species.

by Kirstin McCallum S3


Zorb Footballing Championships - Thursday 18th June

Pupils from S1 competed fiercely in the Inter House Zorb Footballing Championship. Priory girls and Castle boys emerged victorious. Organised by the Chaplaincy Team, the event was held at lunchtime on Thursday 18th June with S3 playing the following day. The event heralded lots of comical falls and a great deal of good natured competition.


P7 Transition - Words from the 'Wise'

As part of the Transition Programme, all current S1 pupils, in English, were invited to design a leaflet for the new intake of P7s. The leaflets, addressing some of the real questions asked by P7s were judged by the S1 Year team. Hope Kennedy was the overall winner, with a neatly designed leaflet which was both reassuring and informative.


Norm takes Madras by storm - Friday 12th June

The pupils of S2 were treated to an entertaining visit and talk by author Jonathan Meres on Friday 12th June, organised by the Library in conjunction with Waterstones bookshop, St Andrews. Jonathan is the author of the popular ‘World of Norm’ series. His background experience as a stand-up comedian was evident as he worked the audience to identify with his books’ hero amidst lots of laughter.

Pupils were able to ask their own questions at the end of the talk, just before Jonathan took out his guitar to give a performance of a new song he had written about Norm. Pupils who wished to buy copies of the latest book in the series were able to come away with personalised autographed copies. We look forward to welcoming other authors in the coming session.


'Outspoken' Soha shines in Edinburgh - Thursday 11th June

Madras College second year pupil Soha Nabi took first place in the ESU Public Speaking Competition on the 11th June. The English Speaking Union (ESU) are an organisation who have been encouraging young children to debate and speak for a number of years, holding many competitions around Scotland.

Soha previously won the semi finals in Broughty Ferry against several schools across Tayside and Fife. From there she went on to triumph in the first Junior Final, coming out as one of the top speakers overall. The finals, held in Fettes College, Edinburgh involved thirteen speakers in all: seven junior and six senior.

by Soha Nabi


Youth Philanthropy Initiative - Monday 8th June

After seven weeks of intensive preparation, groups of Junior pupils gathered in Kilrymont Library to present their case to Maggie Clark, a representative form the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, and a group of judges comprised of Mrs Higgins (librarian), Stella Fraser (library assistant), Bruce Robertson (PTC Social Subjects) and Depute Rector Olav Darge. Their aim: to convince the judges of the validity of their charity and to win £3,000 for their chosen charity. After the presentations, the group entitled “Burning Bright” who pitched for “Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia” (TCCL) were the overall Madras winners. The group was made up of S2 pupils: Megan Milner, Isla Bell, Lisa Weir and Emily Milne. After the judging, Maggie Clark congratulated the Madras pupils on their exemplary behaviour, commenting favourably upon how well the pupils encouraged and supported each other. She described their team spirit as “outstanding.” Tomorrow, the winning team will visit Perth theatre to enjoy a day in celebration of YPI. Highlights will include music from X-Factor Winner Matt Cardle, and a keynote speech from award winning social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn.


Madras College debaters crowned best in Scotland - Thursday 4th June

The grand final of the Donald Dewar Scottish Debating Challenge took place in the Debating Chambers in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 4th June 2015. The motion that Madras College was proposing: “This house believes we should restrict Media coverage of Terrorist attacks.”

To get to this final, they had to beat a staggering 122 other schools. The pupils representing Madras were Euan Redpath and Jamie McLeod, Madras Head Boy. They won the trophy and £1000 for their debating team. Most of Madras College’s Debating Club also attended to support the boys. During the debate, the audience were asked to express their views. Isobel Grieve (S2) bravely stood up and spoke confidently about the manipulation and exploitation of the media surrounding Terrorist attacks.


She described this experience as “daunting but exciting!” This tremendous win is an excellent accolade to add to the many titles gained over the years by Madras College and a real testimony to the dedication and commitment of Coach Dorothy Comber.

Annual Kellie Castle Sculpture Workshop - Thursday 4th June

Where better to enjoy an introduction to sculpture than at historic Kellie Castle, the former home of famous Scottish sculptor Hew Lorimer. Over the last 14 years, Kellie Castle and gardens has played host to one day clay sculpture workshops led by well respected Scottish sculptor Kenny Munroe. S3 students from Madras College relished the opportunity to work closely with the professional sculptor and educator to produce their own life sized head creations. Anna Malcolmson’s portrait head of the legendary Fife golfer Mr Tom Morris was chosen to be cast and put on display in the grounds of the castle. Thanks must go to “The National Trust for Scotland” for their ongoing support in funding this unique and valued event, and to Kenny, for his driving passion for sculpture, his patience, encouragement and wealth of knowledge.

Here are some our the sculptures our pupils did last year at Kellie.


Ex-pupil inspires Computer Games Development - Thursday 28th May

Former pupil of Madras College and the Computing Department, David Hamilton, now Managing Director and Owner of Ninja Kiwi returned to the school this week to kindly donate a new Trophy for the National Progression Award in Computer Games Development.

The David Hamilton Controller, Madras College, Computer Games Developer Award was presented to Euan Gaul for attainment in the NPA Computer Games Development.

by Mrs McLaren


Athletics Success - Thursday 28th May

An early start on Thursday 28th May saw 12 Madras athletes set off for Pitreavie to compete in the pentathlon competitions in Dunfermline. Quite a few had been involved in the previous days's S1 Tournament and there was great dismay when the day started with blustery showers. Fortunately these abated and the rest of the competition was relatively dry. The day proved to be most succesful as the group came away with 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. The winners were Emma Malcolm S4- Gold, Issy Olsen S2- Gold, Robert Sparks S2 Gold, Abbie Hendry S4 - Silver, Taylor Baldie S2 - Silver and Tsen Day Beaver - Bronze.

by Mr Tarvet


Rewards Trip for S1 and S2 - 26th & 27th May

This week, after a year spent collecting Reward Stamps for the four Ps: being Punctual, Prepared, Polite and Participating in all classes, S1 and S2 pupils who had reached Gold Standard or better were given the opportunity of attending a day trip to M and Ds Fun Park or to Livingston Designer Outlets and the cinema. Around 300 pupils in total took part and all agreed that the trips were great fun. “It’s nice to be rewarded for being good” said one S1 pupil. “I’ve been to M and Ds before, but this time was way better. I loved being with ALL of my friends” said another.

P7s on the transition visits this week will also be awarded stamps for the four Ps, gaining a certificate if they gain six or more stamps; rewarding them for their effort, attitude and behaviour during the visit.


S3 Paris Trip: 25th - 30th May

53 S3 pupils and 5 members of staff from Madras College went on a 6 day cultural trip to Paris. The pupils travelled by coach to Hull and then boarded a ferry that took them overnight across the North Sea to Amsterdam and then on to Paris. On arrival in Paris everyone enjoyed a Bateux Mouch evening trip along the River Seine where they passed some of the most beautiful scenery in central Paris.

On day two in Paris the pupils went to the iconic Eiffel tower and then were given some free time to explore the vast array of shops along the Champs Elysees. In the evening the pupils headed to the Louvre to catch a sneak peak at one of the world’s most well-known paintings – the Monalisa and other magnificent artefacts.

The next day was the penultimate day in Paris and was spent at Disneyland Paris. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time here, particularly the different rides and attractions. On the last day in Paris everyone visited the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre area and enjoyed seeing the lovely buildings and quaint Parisian shops surrounding it before finally heading north to catch the ferry at Zeebrugge and head back home to friends and family in Scotland to share all their fantastic experiences of their trip to Paris.

Read Brynja Duthie's brilliant and detailed account of her Paris experience.


Play Day - Friday 22nd May

Over 100 primary and Madras pupils took part in a Play Day at Kilrymont on Friday 22nd May. The play day was designed to support the transition of primary instrumental pupils and the event was funded by Youth Music Initiative. The Primary schools involved were Balmerino, Wormit, Tayport, Leuchars, Guardbridge, Balmullo, Strathkinness, Lawhead, Kingsbarns and Greyfriars. The primary and secondary pupils joined forces to create a 50+ Wind Band and String Orchestra as well as Piano Duets and a Clarsach Ensemble. The highlight of the day for most, was the Samba Session with Daniel Dugan. The music making was excellent and the young people had a terrific day, working and co-operating so well together.

by Mrs Miller


CLIC Sargent Wig Wednesday - Wednesday 20th May

This week, dedicated fundraisers: Brynja Duthie, Bradley Jackson, Ellie Clayton and Katrina Tough donned brightly coloured wigs in order to raise money for CLIC Sargent. This charity provides support for the families of children with cancer; both at home and in hospital.

Charmaine Duthie from Janetta’s commented: Madras pupils were pillars of the community today and embraced the challenge whole heartedly, raising £151.31 for CLIC Sargent’s Wig Wednesday fundraiser. They are a credit to Madras College and should stand proud.


First year team in 7-a-side football success - Saturday 25th April

Madras College S1 footballers were unlucky to finish runners-up in both the Buckhaven HS and Fife Schools 7-a-side tournament. Madras won their section winning 1-0 v St Columbas HS, 1-0 v Balwearie HS, 1-0 v Buckhaven HS, 0-0 v Glenwood HS and progressed to the knockout stages.

In the quarter final: Madras 2-1 Lochgelly HS,
In the semi final: Madras 1-0 Queen Anne HS

In the final Madras lost agonisingly 0-1 to Beath HS to a golden goal in extra time! Our goalscorers were Jake Grady - 5 and Ross Hazel - 1.

by Mr Munn


Cardboard Sculptures Workshop - Artist Charlotte Duffy

Madras College were delighted yesterday to welcome artist Charlotte Duffy from ‘Waste of Paint Productions’ who lead a workshop for three S1 classes. Charlotte, a self trained artist from Auchtermuchty in Fife, studied Philosophy at St Andrews University and now runs her own company where she is commissioned to create large and small scale sculptures of people and animals all using recycled cardboard. All of her work is finished off with hand drawn illustration which helps to add to the strong sense of storytelling that each of her pieces have.

The pupil’s teacher Mrs Bradwell said ‘It was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils, who have been working on a portrait project recently, to meet and learn from a successful and current artist who lives and works locally. Charlotte is passionate about working with and encouraging creative and transferrable skills in young people. She demonstrated to the pupils a number of creative skills and taught them not to be afraid to make mistakes and to enjoy exploring a new material. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and loved making their own 3D piece. As a designer myself I also felt very inspired by Charlottes visit’.

Charlotte Duffy will return to Madras in a few weeks time to see the finished sculptures and will engage in discussion and feedback with the pupils. It is hoped that the finished sculptures will also go on display at Madras sometime after the Easter holidays.


1st Prize at Annual Burns Festival - Saturday 18th April

On Saturday 18th April, Shannon Stewart, S3, attended Hutchisons Grammar School in Glasgow, to compete in the World Burns Federation Annual Burns Festival for Verse Speaking.  She recited “Scots Wha Hae” and in the face of some extremely tough competition, was awarded first place in the S3/4 category.  In order to qualify for this prestigious competition, Shannon first entered the Madras College Burns Competition, in which she gained 1st place.  This allowed her to compete for Fife in the National Competition. 

“I was surprised to get first,” says Shannon.  “the standard was extremely high.  Overall I am just proud to have represented my school, Fife and of course to get the overall Best Region trophy”.


Easter Aquathlon Success - Sunday 12th April

Madras Triathletes worked off their Easter Eggs and recorded a resounding success at N.E. Fife Tri Club’s Aquathlon in St Andrews.

In unseasonably cold and blustery weather conditions the unstoppable Eilidh Smyth won 1st Female overall and 1st Female Junior in the Adult Race. In the same race the increasingly powerful Guillermo Zamora took 1st Male Junior in an excellent time. Success continued in the Youth Category with Gregory Dritschel taking 1st place overall in this demanding race. Hot on his heels was Finlay Smyth followed by Kate Ballantyne both putting in strong performances. In the Tristars 3 Category Madras continued to dominate with Robert Sparks securing the coveted 1st place and an excellent performance being recorded by Issy Olsen. Laura Brierley continued the tradition by achieving a strong overall position in Tristars 2. In addition Madras athletes worked unstintingly on the day to support those taking part in the Aquathlon with Hamish Ballantyne, Innes Methven, Lucy Montgomery and Harvey Rankin all marshalling and working behind the scenes to ensure the 400 participants enjoyed the day.

by Mrs Ingledew


Madrascot Competition and Fife Young Enterprise

Madrascot, the ‘design your own’ company, represented Madras College in this year’s Fife Young Enterprise Company Programme and winning two awards at the finals last Friday at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre in Methil: Best Presentation and runner-up in the Company of the Year category. Their main product idea was a kit of materials that pupils and teachers could buy to design their own Madras College mascot.

The results of the Mascot Competition were:

  • 1st place: Kelly Ann Jones, S5 for Joseph Summerfield – “wearing full school uniform including the iconic blazer, he loves exams and is dedicated to his school. Joseph is inspired by Mr McClure and hopes to one day be the head teacher of Madras.”

  • 2nd place: Mrs S Smith for The Heedy – “fair, honest, motivational and a fantastic leader.”

  • 3rd place: Alex Simpson, 2C1 for Blue Milky Muffin Man – “he is a well-rounded individual who is cool and confident, that’s why he’s round!”

Comic Relief at Madras

This year Madras College did an astonishing amount of fund raising for Comic Relief. On Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th March there were 3 different bake sales all supporting the cause. On Tuesday Kate Ballantyne and Lucie Maix made £60 from their cake stand and on Friday, and other stand organised and baked by Hazel Irons, Brynja Duthie, Rosa Guild and Katrina Tough made £120. On Red Nose Day, further money was raised from a 'wear something red' day in which pupils were aloud to accessorise their uniform with something red, a guess the teddies name stall held by Bradley Jackson and a red nose scavenger hunt around the school. Thanks to all the pupils and members of staff who helped out with the events or supported the schools efforts we managed to raise approximately £600 for Comic Relief.


Ohio Exchange: 7th - 15th March

Between the 7th and the 15th of March, 16 pupils from Madras College were joined by their exchange partners from Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio, for the second leg of what was a truly memorable exchange programme. Having enjoyed their trip to Ohio in October of 2014, this time the Scottish pupils had a chance to introduce their partners to Scottish culture and day to day life. They managed to fill the Americans’ agenda with trips to St Andrews, Edinburgh and it's castle, Peebles and Stirling, and - alongside multiple pizza nights - introduced them to the Scottish experience of a ceilidh and haggis for tea.

Read the full article by Eilidh Northridge


Success at Fife Schools’ Burns Competition 2015 - Friday 6th March

Congratulations to our team of pupils who participated in the Fife Schools' Burns Competition at the Lochgelly Centre. Winners will go forward to the Robert Burns World Federation National Schools' Festival 2015. Below are the final placings of our pupils:

S1/2 Speaking - 2nd Matthew Roe
S3/4 Speaking - 1st Shannon Stewart
S5/6 Speaking - 1st Matthew McAnaw, 2nd India Butler
S3/4 Singing - 3rd Eilidh McGhee
S5/6 Singing - 2nd Alex Shields
S1/2 Instrumental - 1st Katie Grieve, 2nd Isobel Grieve
S5/6 Instrumental - 1st Joanna Stark


Madras Runners impress at Scottish Schools X-Country Championship

On Saturday 7th March nine Madras College pupils travelled the long road to Irvine, Ayrshire, to compete in the Scottish Championships. The day was wild and blustery and really challenged the runners on the open course but the Madras participants came away with great success. The S2 Boys won their age group Team Cup with lead runner Robert Sparks ranking 13th out of 101 entries. Alexander Thomson, Evan Shively and Antonio Boyd finished high up the table to aggregate the best team score and take top prize. Other highlights included a 4th place for Senior girl Eilidh Smyth who battled strongly for her position, just beaten to the podium by a runner from local school Waid Academy!  Guille Zamora finished in the top third of the Senior boys select group who charged around the course and stretched the field to the end. S1 was represented by Isla Bell, Chloe Ritchie and Gregor Angus who competed well and enjoyed their first experience of National competition.

A big well done to all the runners and a huge thanks to the parents who transported the pupils to the venue and supported all the runners.

by Mr Tarvet


Madras Retain Fife Cycle Speedway Crown - 25th February

Madras retained their status as Fife Cycle Speedway Champions in the third and final leg of the 2nd Fife Championship. Madras had a 26 point lead going this last leg at Glenwood as a result of an amazing 24 point victory in their home leg last week.

Madras - 74 (Championship Total - 246)
QA - 76 (Championship Total - 222)
Glenwood - 60 (Championship Total - 157)

Read the full match report here.


PE Pupils meet Dundee United - 19th February

National 5 PE pupils were given the opportunity to observe and participate in a training session with Scottish League cup finalists, Dundee United FC. The school and PE department benefit from a close partnership with St. Andrews University, which Dundee United use as their training base, therefore making the journey no more than a leisurely stroll through the town to University Park.

At the end of the session, staff and pupils had the opportunity to speak with manager and former Scotland internationalist, Jackie McNamara as well as various other players who took time to sign autographs and pose for ‘selfies’. Overall it was a brilliant morning for all staff and pupils involved and it is an educational trip that the PE department will look to continue and develop over the coming years. See the full story and photos.


SewArty: 17th - 18th February

The Art and Home Economics Department showcased some of the finest work of students this year so far.  Exhibits included S2’s reworking of famous paintings such as Monet’s “Impression Sunrise” and Van Gough’s “Sunflowers”.  S3 self portraits done in a variety of mediums, were another highlight as were the Department of Additional Supports pastel drawings of Hamish the Cat.  Pupils from also displayed items of clothing which they had made, including skirts, dresses and even a jacket. There were also a variety of cuddly cats done in patchwork and a cot cover.  The exhibition ran for two days and many parents welcomed the opportunity to see the talent of our pupils at the S1 parents evening.  Several of them commented on the extremely high standard throughout and at the enormous amount of work involved in putting the displays together.


Fife Music Festival Success - Jan/Feb 2015

The Fife Festival of Music ran from the end of January into the beginning of February. Madras College achieved great success. In the Solo Classes Ellenor Waddell won the Open Clarsach class and received an "Outstanding" award for her performance. Joanna Stark won both the String and Piano Open class. She too, received an outstanding award for both classes. Michael Sharp and Aran Tarvet were the only other pupils who received an "Outstanding" award in the Piano Open class. Arin Beaver won the Guitar Advanced class and received an "Outstanding" award. Katie Grieve received an "Outstanding" award for her performance in the Advanced Piano class.

In Competitive Group Classes too, Madras did not disappoint. The Senior Choir, Senior String Orchestra and Folk Group all received a Platinum Award. Some of the pupils also performed in non-competitive classes and rose to the occasion with some very positive feedback from the adjudicators.

On the final evening, the winners of the String, Clarsach, Brass, Woodwind, Guitar and Piano Open classes competed in the prestigious "Young Musician" competition. This year three out of the six finalists came from Madras, reflecting the talent and dedication of the pupils. Overall Joanna Stark won for two brilliant performances on Piano and cello. Mention must also be given to Michael Sharp (piano) and Ellenor Waddell (Clarsach) for their worthy contribution in this competition.

by Mrs Nisbet (February)


Madras gets all 'Chef-y'

Recently a number of S3 classes were treated to a visit from a selection of skilled chefs working in the St Andrew’s area. Chefs visiting Madras College included Christopher Sullivan from Hotel Du Vin, Ian MacDonald from St Andrews Links and from Masterchef 2014 winner Jamie Scott! On Monday Jamie visited two S3 classes and showcased the talents that won him the prestigious title of Masterchef. He told us of his lifelong passion for cooking, what he enjoys about his career, and all importantly about the competition. Jamie has been described by Masterchef judge Marcus Wareing as “One of the future chefs of the country” so S3 were particularly privileged when they were able to sample some of Jamie’s handiwork. Former pupil, and Hotel Du Vin chef Christopher Sullivan visited later that day, he shared his love of local and seasonal food, discussing the benefits of their use to both businesses and the consumer.


Ian McDonald showcased professional skills by making soup, and inspired S3 who are about to start a unit designing and producing their own healthy soup. All chef’s who visited prepared a sample of their work which S3 pupils were more than happy to taste. S3 pupils of Madras College would like to thank all chefs involved in the visits for generously giving up their time.

Chemistry Quiz Regional Champions

On Tuesday 27th January, Madras College triumphed in the regional final of Top of the Bench, a national competition organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The team of Lawrence Brown (S2), Robbie Knight (S3), Tiger Mitchell (S3) and Joe Tough (S4), led throughout, and finished the eight rounds with a comfortable 12.5 point advantage. The contest was held at the chemistry department of the University of St Andrews; questions ranged from naming obscure glassware, cracking cryptic chemical conundrums and culminated in a quick-fire buzzer round.

The final consisted of three other schools, High School of Dundee, Arbroath High School and Queen Anne High School, who had also progressed through three previous knockout rounds. Prior to the event, they were given a tour of the chemistry building, including the mass spectrometry and protein synthesis labs. The team was well supported by teachers and family.


Such an emphatic performance was testament not only to hard the work and preparation of the team but also to their coaches, chemistry teacher Dr Nabi and sixth year pupils Christopher Fyfe and William Naismith. In fact, Lawrence Brown made buzzers so that the team could practice for the competition. The pupils, representing the whole Tayside region, are now looking forward to the final of Top of the Bench at the University of Loughborough on April 25th.

by William Naismith (February)

Fife Literature Quiz - Tuesday 3rd February

Last week, two teams of S1 and S2 pupils travelled to Kirkland High School for the annual Literature Quiz. All of the secondary schools in Fife took part, answering ten rounds of questions ranging from Classic literature to contemporary literature and cartoon characters! The competition was very close, with only a few points separating the top teams. Madras Team 1, came fourth overall. The pupils really enjoyed the experience of competing against other schools. “The day was really fun” commented one S1. “I liked the spot prizes and the fact that we all got a book to take home at the end” said another.


Madras Burns Supper - Thursday 22nd January

Robert Burns. He’s a legend. He’s got an entire supper dedicated to him. And of course, the staff, students and families of Madras College joined in the tradition. Thursday 22nd January saw the marvellous spectacle which is our school Burns supper. At the top table, speeches and the unforgettable “Address to the Haggis” came from Mathew McAnaw and the sixth year speakers. Then the prizewinners from the school Burns competition for both recitation and singing performed. Amongst the audience were invited guests – Rectors and deputes past and present and the members of the St Andrews Burns club – George Mackintosh, Graham Walker and Ian Johnstone. Many sixth and third Year pupils gave of their time to work alongside members of the English Department to serve guests and ensure that the evening ran smoothly.

All in all the night will be remembered by all those who attended as one full of laughter and talent.

by Natasha Greig (February)


Madras Triathletes Triumphs - January 1st

Two Madras College Triathletes saw 2015 in with wins at the Edinburgh New Years Day Triathlon. Eilidh Smyth, S5, who trains with North East Fife Tri Club took First Prize in the Junior Female category while Fergus Ingledew, S6, Fife AC, won first Junior male.

After swimming 400 metres in the Commonwealth Pool and completing Transition 1, the two battled through freezing temperatures and strong winds to cycle 3 laps around the roads round Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park , a distance of 12 miles. Following Transition 2 they then then ran one lap around the same route. Over 330 competitors took part with Madras securing firsts in both junior categories.

by Mrs Ingledew


Christmas Panto - Beauty and the Beast

On Thursday 18th December, the 6th Year Production Company put on a fantastically gender-bending performance of Beauty and the Beast. This Christmas panto (which is the first of hopefully many of student-led pantomimes) included 3 fabulous dames, 2 spirited dance scenes and a powerful feminist speech. The group was made up of 10 actors, a director and countless backstage helpers.

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School Christmas Parties

This week all pupils, in every year, have had their own Christmas Party in the School. Pupils from S1 to S6 have, after intensive coaching by the PE staff in Social Dancing Classes, danced the Dashing White Sergeant and Stripped the Willow with style. The evenings were full of good natured fun and camaraderie and many pupils who attended this years events said how enjoyable the evenings were and that it was a lovely way to end the term, for staff and pupils alike.

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Social Dancing - Skills for Life

Every year in Physical Education, all pupils from S1 to S6 are taught social dancing. From the Dashing White Sergeant to the Gay Gordons, by the end of the two week block every pupil is ready to excel at the end of term parties.

This year, the PE department has been delighted by the enthusiasm and sense of fun displayed by all year groups in this two week block. The skills learned and practised should not only see them perform well at the school parties but should help the pupils in later life.

by anonymous contributor (December)


Hannah's Success - Riding for the Disabled

Hannah Pitkin achieved a superb success in the Riding for the Disabled Association event on Saturday 6th December.

She won 1st prize for Class 2 (un-led) Handy Pony course and joint 1st for Class 2 Dressage. Her combined scores of these plus horse knowledge won her the overall trophy of the Rita Guthrie Memorial. It was a very proud moment for everyone who knows Hannah!

by Miss Smith (December)


Pipe Band lights up St. Andrews Day - November 30th

Madras College Pipe Band made an impact at the St Andrews Day Celebrations 2014. The event in St. Andrews was a great success and the pipe band played to crowds of over 2000 people lining the streets. The St. Andrews University Principal made a thank you announcement to the band for their colourful and rousing peformance.

Right: The pipe band marches down South Street.
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Farewell to Morag Wilson

We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Morag Wilson who leaves our office staff after over 20 years loyal service at Madras.

Recently, attending a “Madras former pupils” lunch, Olav Darge, Depute Rector, said that if one were to cut Morag Wilson's heart in half they would find "Madras" inscribed all the way through it like a stick of Blackpool rock.

Morag is now moving on to spend 6 months in Australia with her new partner before returning to Scotland to enjoy retirement at home and surely to visit us frequently. We thank Morag for her excellent contributions to the school and we wish her the very best for her future.

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Movember at Madras

Over the past few weeks, Madras College has seen many of its teachers and some senior pupils looking particularly whiskery, with many people growing and grooming stylish moustaches and others sporting fully grown beards; all in the name of Movember.

Movember is an annual charity event spanning the entire length of November where men everywhere are encouraged to show off their beard/moustache-growing skills with the aim of promoting men’s health awareness.

Read the full article by Phil Hamilton and check out some dodgy tashes.


Madras HMIe Inspection

As September came to an end, Madras College received an HMIe inspection. Both the staff and students alike were more than happy with the result that we gained. The school was praised for the wide range of subjects offered to the students as well as the excellent extra-curricular program. Staff were also praised for their ability to communicate with students, and in the case of the Guidance teachers, on how well they knew each of their students. It was noted that almost all the students, in all departments, were well behaved and were keen to continue learning new things.

Both the staff and students have stood beside Mr McClure in perfecting the image of the school and what it has to offer, and if the HMIe report – which you can read for yourself on the school website – is anything to go by, we’re doing it right. See also the HMI Evaluations for Madras.

by Natasha Greig (November)


Saltire Awards

Saltire Awards are Government backed awards for voluntary work undertaken by young people. In supporting these awards in school, Madras College wish to reward the many pupils who are already giving their time to do voluntary work in the school and in the community. We also hope to encourage more pupils to do so.

Young people can collect certificates for as little as 10 hours and as many as 500 hours of voluntary work. Certificates are also available for 25, 50, 100 and 200 hours of voluntary work. Certificates are presented at Assembly, and those reaching the upper numbers of hours will have their awards presented at the school’s Awards Ceremony. Read More ...

Here is a list of current Saltire Certificate winners.


Saltire Awards

Madras Speedway Team Win first leg of Fife Championship

The 2nd Fife Championship took place on November 17th and was hosted by Queen Anne H.S. Defending champions Madras College were up against Glenwood H.S and current Scottish Champions Queen Anne. The teams were much changed compared to the line ups in this event last year, however Madras won a close encounter by 2 points over Queen Anne.

Madras now take that 2 point lead going into their home leg in December. This is shaping up to be a close contest and with Glenwood welcoming the return of 2 of their best riders makes it an interesting 2nd leg. Well done to all that took part.

Read the full match report here.


Ohio Exchange

During the October holidays, several Madras College pupils took part in the first leg of a school exchange with Ohio USA. The trip took 16 pupils and 2 teachers to Upper Arlington: a town based in central Ohio, where they would stay with a host family. The objective of the trip was to introduce to the Scottish pupils the way of life that our friends across the pond live. As this was the case, the students visited some of the most iconic attractions Ohio had to offer, including the world renowned thrill seeking destination, Cedar Point Amusement Park. The pupils were able to spend a full school day at Upper Arlington High School, where they felt immersed in an environment, “not unlike the set of high school musical” as described by one of the Scots.

Read more of this article by Phil Hamilton.....


Madras College Talent Show - Thursday 30th October

St Andrews welcomed a variety of different talented students on October 30th, as Madras College held its very own talent show. Compered by Sholto Cocris & Thomas Stuart-Delavaine, Fifteen of the most gifted of the student body took to the stage to impress the esteemed judging panel. There were singers, dancers, musicians, a dramatic piece and a spectacular performance from a group of sixth years. Once the two, entertainment filled, hours were over, the four judges took to the stage to announce the result. The winner of the junior school was Rebecca Nevey, who sang “Read all About it.” The senior school winner was Eve McGladdery, also a singer who was accompanied by Arin Beaver on guitar. Arin Beaver was fortunate enough to be in two acts, the second of which was the overall winner. He and Jack Parmar, a very talented pianist, accompanied Rebecca Stewart in her song. It was an extremely entertaining night overall with the best of Madras’ talent in evidence.

by Natasha Greig (November)


Mary Leishman Foundation Awards 2014

Congratulations are due to Micah Scott, Arran Tarvet and Lucy Truong for being selected, by Madras College, to receive the Mary Leishman Foundation Awards 2014.

The Foundation commemorates the life, work and musical theatre involvement of Mary, wife of Cllr. Leishman, provost of Fife. The purpose of this award is to provide support and to reward deserving pupils with help towards purchasing an instrument or instrumental tuition. This will develop the young person’s creative and artistic progress.

by Lucy Truong (November)


Higher Politics London Trip - October 2nd

The Higher Politics class of sixteen ventured to London on a quest to enhance their knowledge of how the United Kingdom is run. The journey began in Dundee as the pupils took the ‘Megabus Gold Deluxe’ on the overnight journey.

The class started the day by going to 10 Downing Street followed by a visit to the Supreme Court to learn about about how court cases from across the planet were decided in the London courtroom. The finale of the day was a tour of Westminster whcih consisted of learning about the House of Lords, House of Commons as well as the back corridors of Parliament. This gave a chance for the pupils to transfer what they are learning in the course into the tour.

As the tour came to a close, so did the action-packed day. The lengthy bus journey back to Scotland gave a chance for the group to reflect on the successful trip. Read the unedited article with photos....

By Sholto Cocris (October)


Madras Pupil Representative Council (S1-S3)

Madras College has chosen a new team of S1 to S3 Pupil Representatives, and on the 24th of September, their first meeting was held to ascertain what the burning issues in the Kilrymont building are. Organised by Matthew McAnaw, the Chair of the Pupil Council the discussion was opened regarding life at Madras at the current moment, Views were then put forward as to possible improvements. A Q&A session took place, allowing Pupil Representatives to inquire about anything they were curious about. Lastly, a workshop educated the Representatives on their respective school duties.

The meeting was a success for the participants and Madras College is very happy to welcome its new S1 to S3 Pupil Representatives!


The New Diary Team for 2014 - 2015

The new Madras Diary Team has been formed and will publish a variety of features in the Citizen every week, keeping you up to date with everything noteworthy happening within the school. It will include staff interviews; accounts of trips; and at least some attempt at wit. The team consists of eleven S6 members, all of whom are interested in journalism and keen to contribute.

The team will work hard to produce good quality and informative pieces and are hopeful that you will enjoy our weekly updates.

Find out more about us ......


Madras Pupils Go Cultural

Early hours of Friday 5th September saw thirty of Madras College’s finest students take to the streets of London for an action packed weekend of cultural sights. Upon arriving in the city centre at noon, the group of thirty three headed for a tour of the notorious Shakespeare’s Globe where they were given insight into the original Globe’s history. Afterwards, it was off to St Paul’s Cathedral where the bravest of the bunch managed to climb 528 steps to the Golden Gallery, a mighty 85 meters from the cathedral floor. That first evening was finished with a trip to the theatre to see the Royal Shakespeare’s Company production of ‘Bring up the Bodies’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Saturday saw the boat trip to Greenwich and the market, with everyone buying at least one nice treat for themselves before the group was off to see yet another show; this one being ‘A Comedy of Errors’ at the Globe.


Despite the three hours of standing amongst a hundred other sweaty bodies, the show gained laughter from all and nearly everyone in the group named that show as their highlight. Before the group headed back off to St Andrews, they paid a visit to Trafalgar Square, where most of the thirty three went to the National Art Gallery, while others just went shopping.

Overall, the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all, gaining comments such as ‘spectacular’ and ‘unbeatable’. It truly was a cultural trip not to be missed.

by Natasha Greig (September)

S1 Cathedral Visits - September

During the first two weeks of September, our S1 pupils had the opportunity to visit St. Andrews Cathedral as part of their unit of work on St. Andrews. There were a few surprises for the pupils as they came across a medieval pilgrim and monk on route to the Cathedral. They learned about the importance of the Cathedral in the History of St. Andrews. We would like to thank Forth Pilgrims, St. Andrews University and Historic Scotland for their support.

As a follow up to this the University of St. Andrews will be in school giving pupils the opportunity to learn more about the Cathedral using “Virtual Worlds” which allows them to experience what the Cathedral would have looked like before the Reformation. Photos of the visits...

Mr B Robertson (September)


Lomond School Triathlon Success - August 30th

August Eilidh Smyth (S5) and Guillermo Zamora (S6) competed against pupils from across Scotland in the Lomond School Triathlon, held on the banks of Loch Lomond. The first leg of the race starts from Firkin Point, by canoeing 1.5miles. After landing they cycle back to the starting point and complete the third leg which involves a 3 mile run. Guillermo was 3rd fastest and Eilidh was first home for the girls. She also finished in overall 8th place from a field of 70 boys and girls. This was an outstanding achievement. Not only did they successfully achieve excellent individual results by winning medals, but they also completed their medal haul by winning the mixed team competition. This year they were the only team to represent Madras College and having attended this event for many years, to come away with 2 medals each was a superb display of commitment, teamwork and effort by both pupils.

Mrs Methven (September)


Madras College 2014 Battlefield Trip

“An emotional, eye opening experience (and testimony) to how many people helped defend and fight for our country” – Shannon Nicol (S6)

Over the summer of 2014, the social sciences department of Madras Collages brought interested S3 - S6 history pupils on a unique tour of selected memorials, battle sites and grave yards in Belgium to mark the century year of the First World War.

The trip aimed to inspire and enthuse us, the pupils, by showing the SQA history course in its visual context, coupled with the fantastic aid and expertise of ‘Guild of Battlefield Guides’ Mike Scott. Read more ....


Twin Town Olympiad - Bergama, Turkey - June

This summer, in Bergama, Turkey, seven countries: Italy, Turkey, The Netherlands, Scotland, France, Germany and Austria entered teams of young adults to compete in a variety of different sports. Known as The Twin Town Olympiad Sports, this event, involving around 1000 competitors seeks to encourage youngsters to promote international friendship and understanding, to gain confidence, to foster a sense of pride and achievement and to achieve good sporting standards.

John Vaughan, Fife Olympiad spokesman, explained: “It’s one of the most unique events of its kind and I don’t think it’s replicated in many other places.”


Five pupils from Madras College were selected to represent Scotland, playing basketball in this prestigious event. Nicole Don, Liv Darge, Ines Methven, Sophie Pettegree and Deborah Hart took part in sports such as volleyball, judo, athletics and of course, basketball.

The pupils, proudly waving their saltire flags, enjoyed an experience similar to competing in the real Olympic Games with the lighting of the flame, the opening ceremony followed by the various competitions, and then a closing ceremony. “The food and the toilets were memorably awful,” said one pupil. “All in all though, it was great fun and we enjoyed competing and making friends with the competitors from other countries, especially the Netherlands. Best of all though, was playing basketball all week.”

by Deborah Hart and Nicole Don (June)