News and Success Stories : Session 2017 - 2018

  • Wednesday 20th December

    Communications Skills on CAPOD Course

    The CAPOD course which is taught by students of St Andrews University is a great way to learn professional skills which will help anyone on the path to achieving success as they head out into the working world or into further education. Along with several interesting communications based tasks, the course offers advice and techniques to help pupils create outstanding CVs, achieve a greater understanding of study methods, and to gain confidence in presenting their work to an audience. One task which was particularly beneficial this year was when pupils participated in mock interviews, providing an insight that they will take on to utilise in future endeavours.

    by Jess Dyer Group photo of CAPOD pupils
    Monday 18th December

    A Hat-trick of Wins in Scotland's Investment Challenge!

    A team from Madras College has for the 3rd year in succession defeated the competition in the final of the Investment Challenge for North-east Scotland schools, a competition run in partnership with BNP Paribas which aims to introduce young people to the excitement and challenge of the financial services industry. Working in pairs to analyse market and media information and make effective investment decisions, the victorious team of Kian Hart and Scott Graham (S6) turned their initial investment of £300,000 into a total fund value of £470,000. This made Madras, once again, the most successful school in Scotland! The winning team were also joined by Iona Byers and Peter Rowley (S6) at the final in Dundee.
    Friday 1st December

    Successful Toy Drive Campaign

    This week marked the end of another extrememly successful Toy Drive for Madras College. Pupils from S1 – S6 and their families generously donated new toys, games and stocking fillers. These will go to children in the local area. These children are referred by the school and by other Health Professionals and were it not for the generosity of our pupils might not receive any gifts at Christmas. Thank you for your generosity. Toydrive Donations
    Friday 1st December

    Macbeth comes to Madras

    This week, all S3 pupils were invited to watch a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth. This performance was specially adapted for school pupils and condensed the original into a one hour show. The actors were a travelling Theatre Company from Northern Ireland who have visited a number of schools in Fife. With ambition, murder and witchcraft, there was plenty to entertain. The English Department will be incorporating a Shakespeare Week into the curriculum in April. Watch this space! Macbeth performance
  • Sunday 19th November

    Big Medal Haul at Fife School Swimming Championships

    S2 Anna Hedley and S4 Nicole Reynolds brought back Gold Medals from the Fife Schools Swimming Championships held at the Michael Woods Centre, Glenrothes on Sunday 19th November. Anna won Gold in the 400m Freestyle and Nicole took Gold in all three events she was able to enter, 100m and 200m Breaststroke and 400m Freestyle. 9 other medals were won by Madras pupils. Check out the full set of results in the sports news section under Swimming.
    Friday 10th November


    On Friday 10th November at 11 am in the South Street quad, Madras pupils and staff commemorated Remembrance Day to honour the contributions and sacrifices of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. Also present for the occasion was Staff Sergeant Humphries of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Remembrance group photo
    Tuesday 7th November

    Loches Quiz Night

    This week a brave team of staff from Madras College took on the challenge of a quiz to raise funds for the Loches Alliance. This twinning of the town of Loches in the Loire Valley in France with St Andrews has been on the go for a number of years and the Loches Alliance sponsor an exchange between Madras College and College Georges Besse school in Loches. The Madras Team enjoyed the quiz challenge, performing well overall. Loches Quiz Night
    Monday 6th November

    S5/6 Study Skills Event

    As part of the programme of events organised for seniors for "Developing Scotland's young Workforce" by Head of S5/6 Mr Darge, last week's focus was on Study Skills. Visitors from CAPOD - St Andrews University Academic Skills Department delivered workshops on a variety of Study Skills techniques. These will be of great benefit to the pupils who have Prelims in early January and for their final exams in skills
  • Thursday 26th October

    Talent Show

    Thank you to everyone who came along to the talent show. The standard was extremely high and this gave the judges a very difficult job The overall winner was the group Frankie and the Parallel Lines (Tsen Day-Beaver, Isobel Grieve, Frankie Batchelor, Peter Visocchi, Eugene Ritchie and Lawrence Brown. Runners up for South Street - The Selkies (Lewis Stephen , Dylan Syme & Evan Shively) and for Kilrymont - Maisie Dury & Luisa Miller.

    Over £400 was raised so a big thank you to staff who helped back stage, front of house or came along to see the show.
    Thursday 5th October - Monday 16th October

    Ohio Exchange 2017

    Since 1998, Madras College has been sending a group of sixth year students on an exchange programme to Upper Arlington, Ohio. This October, the exchange took place. On the first full day pupils joined their exchange partners at school and got to experience a day in a typical American High school. Madras pupils were shocked by how different it was; weekly tests were the norm and the focus on sports was incredible. On the Saturday, all the young people went to an Ohio State University football game and over 100,000 people attended! They also went to Cedar Point, one of America's largest theme parks; Columbus Zoo, where they could feed giraffes; and Columbus Art Museum, where we learned about local art culture. One pupil said "One of my favourite activities was the early Thanksgiving dinner that we attended towards the end of the week. This allowed us to experience a proper American holiday, and try some of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as pumpkin pie."

    Madras pupils are now looking forward to March, when their partners will join them in St. Andrews and can try some of our Scottish cuisine as well. The Americans will also have a trip to Edinburgh, visit the new V&A in Dundee and enjoy many more of our local landmarks. Madras pupils are particularly excited for the ceilidh night and can't wait to teach their American friends some Scottish country dancing! Hopefully they will enjoy their trip to Scotland as much as the Madras pupils enjoyed their visit to Ohio.

    by Daisy Johnson Halloween Pumpkins
    Sunday 8th October

    Pipe Band play at the Dunhill

    Madras College Pipe Band marching off from the first tee at the Dunhill Cup 2017. Dunhill Cup
    Friday 6th October

    London Culture Trip

    The annual London Trip took place last week. After a gruelling twelve hour bus journey, in good spirits, twenty teenagers and three staff arrived. The main purpose of the trip was to see two performances. The first "The Play that goes Wrong" is an Olivier award winning production; highly entertaining and due to the audience's sleep deprived state, bordering on hysterical at times! The second play was Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing" at the Globe Theatre. One pupils commented: "Visiting the building was an experience in itself. The play was brilliant, even if we did have to stand in the rain for three hours!" In addition to the drama element, the group took part in a number of other cultural activities including museums, Trafalgar Square and a boat trip on the Thames. The trip was hugely enjoyed by all the pupils and staff.

    by Lucy Rickman London
    Wednesday 4th October

    Arclight Eye Project Presentation - Rotary Luncheon

    On wednesday 4th October, the Head Boy, Greg Proctor, Head Girl, Amani Mohammad and Captain of Charities, Brynja Duthie, were invited to attend a Rotary Luncheon at which Dr Andrew Blaikie, consultant ophthalmologist from the University of St Andrews School of Medicine gave a presentation. Dr Blaikie introduced the innovative "Arclight", a solar powered ophthalmoscope. This new medical device is already saving lives and it is believed it will save the sight of millions across the world. Where once this device would have cost hundreds and would have had a limited lifespan, now, thanks to his design will cost only £5 to produce and has a dramatically increased lifespan.
    Arclight Talk - Rotary Luncheon
    As well as this, Dr Blaikie explained how he had recognised when visiting Africa that the eye charts, used to test vision, were in a poor state of repair and desperately in need of upgrading. He set about finding a more affordable, portable and durable alternative. He produced a fabric eye chart costing only 20p which was better suited to the African climate and environment in which it would be used. Dr Blaikie's talk was inspiring and enjoyed by all; so much so that Madras are now forging a link with the local community t raise funds and support this fantastic project.

    by Brynja Duthie

  • Friday 28th September

    MacMillan Coffee Morning

    On Friday 28th September, Madras Staff took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning to raise money for Cancer. Organised by Mrs Robertson, Head of S3, pupils and staff baked an array of mouth-watering cakes to be enjoyed in both South Street and Kilrymont. The event raised an impressive £603.12! Bake Sale
    Wednesday 27th September

    Languages and Employability Event for the European Day of Languages

    On Wednesday 27th September S3 pupils attended an event, organised by Miss Hoy, on the theme of Languages and Employability for the European Day of Languages. Dr Joe Carson, head of External Relations in Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews, spoke about the importance of knowing another language to enhance your job prospects. Dr Tom Ashton, Co-Founder and Operations Director of Xelect Ltd, spoke about how his knowledge of Spanish has helped him with his career in science. Djamila Dieleman from Historic Environment Scotland explained how languages are an incredible asset for jobs in the tourism sector. Mercè Torres delivered an inspirational message, encouraging pupils to find their own personal motivation to succeed at language learning. The last guests to take to the floor were Patrick N'Koyi and Jordie Briels from Dundee United, who participated in a question and answer session highlighting the importance of languages for a career in sports. It was a very successful event and it was enjoyed by all pupils who attended. Jordie Briels & Patrick N'Koyi
    Wednesday 26th September

    Modern Languages Department celebrates European Day of Languages

    Every year on 26th September schools from all over Europe celebrate EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES. This year Madras College marked the occasion with a week of special events.

    S1 pupils were invited to take part in a lunchtime European quiz. Different foods from all over Europe could be sampled and there was a competition with prizes, puzzles and the chance to hear teachers (from all departments!) speaking all sorts of languages. Thanks to pupils and other staff for their delicious food and the wonderful effort from all to make this event such a success.

    In the Modern Languages Department S1-S3 pupils discussed the importance of languages, enjoyed a foreign language music quiz and had the chance to learn a few phrases of Gaelic. Special thanks to Kirsty Strachan, Gaelic Development Officer for Fife, and Gaelic tutor John MacIver for delivering the Gaelic taster lessons, which pupils thoroughly enjoyed. Jordie Briels & Patrick N'Koyi
    Thursday 7th September

    Madras Pupils win Instrumental Award at the National Finals

    Congratulations to Holly Bartlet, Katie Grieve, Isobel Grieve and Zoe Mitcham as members of the Fife team, who along with two pupils from Bell Baxter, won the Instrumental Award at the National Finals. The four pupils were presented by Mr Robert Stewart from the Robert Burns World Federation. instrumental award winners