Success at Bell Baxter Centenary Music Competition
This year the Young Musician competition was held at Waid Academy. This inter-school competition between Madras, Bell Baxter and Waid is held every year giving three pupils from each school the opportunity to showcase their talents. This year's winner was Micah Scott from Madras and 2nd place went to Sam Vincent-Kilbride, also from Madras.
Wednesday 29th March
Huge congratulations to Aimee Brown, Zoe Mitcham, Joseph Mackie, Baran Tallajooey, Thomas Bidaut and Ewan Redpath for winning the Caithness Cup at St Leonards thus breaking the pattern of the school that hosts the debate winning the debate.
In addition, we wish Ewan and Lawrence Brown all the very best for a second win in the Donald Dewar competition final which takes place in the Scottish Parliament debating chamber on the 8th June.
Go Madras - Mrs D Comber
Friday 24th March
Red Nose Day
The total raised for Red Nose Day was an incredible £948.00 which helped us meet our goal of beating last years total!!!
Thank you to everyone who helped out and contributed to staff raffles, Red Nose Day songs and other events around the school including the interviews for our Mini Ambassadors. In particular, thanks goes to Sarah Dawson and Tammy Band for their meticulous planning of the staff raffle and Morag McManus and the Home Economics department for a brilliant Malteser Bake Sale. Finally, and most importantly because I don't think we sometimes give them the credit they deserve, well done to our wonderful pupils who helped organise and run the events in the hall. They were a real credit to the school and we should be proud of them.
Thanks again, Mr Anderson
Wednesday 22nd March
Maggie Morris, Upper Arlington High School Junior and partner of Micah Scott reflects on her experiences on the Ohio Exchange.
So here we are, the last day of our much anticipated Scottish Exchange. We have gone through flight delays and cancellations, spent eight plus hours in the Newark airport, and have had numerous Americans and Scots fall ill yet I can confidently say that these short ten days have been some of the best of our lives. We have forged such strong friendships, both overseas and within our own schools, which never would have happened if not for this experience.
This trip has gone by so fast I can't get my head around how we could already be packed and ready to go. As we have been here it has gotten to feel so much more like home, like somewhere I could spend the rest of my life, surrounded by a beautiful country and a strong sense of community. I have even been playing with the idea of applying to the university here in hopes of furthering my cultural education. But that's in a year or so for me; I'm just about to finish my junior year of high school, so I have a little time.
Huge thanks extended to your country and to Madras College for welcoming our crew for an extended period of time. I hope you had the chance to meet us and spend a little time chatting with us, whether in school or out. I know I had a great time, but truthfully after this insanely packed schedule I can't wait to get home and a take a nice relaxing bath.
Saturday 18th March
Fife Burns Competition
3rd place - Luke Connan
1st place - Zoe Mitcham
2nd place - Holly Bartlet
1st place - Katie Grieve
2nd place - Isobel Grieve
3rd place - Maisie Dury
3rd place - Natalie Rengger
2nd place - Eilidh McGhee
Thursday 2nd March
World Book Day
World Book Day took place in March. During their usual Library Period, pupils from S1 and S3 were invited for an hour of quizzes, games and activities all about books. Run by Mrs Higgins, the School Librarian, pupils enjoyed the event enormously. They were also given a voucher to enable them to buy one of the World Book Day special editions which include famous authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams.
This term in English we have been lucky enough to draw on the expert knowledge of a variety of outside speakers for both our Senior and Junior classes. In Kilrymont, Glasgow Poet Laureate, Jim Carruth took the Literature Elective Class in which he read and discussed a number of his poems with the pupils.
In South Street, Ann Bridges, who previously worked at Madras for a number of years, and who has written several books as well as worked for the SQA for many years, delivered lessons on Textual Analysis to the Advanced Higher Class in order to help further prepare them for their exam.
We were also lucky enough to have Phillip Mallet, from St Andrews University English Department, who delivered a lecture on "Great Expectations" to the Advanced Higher Class.
This year's Quiz took place on Wednesday 8th March at Auchmuty High School. With some quite testing rounds on History, Science, Literature and Sport, the team: Baran Talajooy, Maisie Payne, Zoe Mitcham and Ewan Redpath, fared well in the quiz and enjoyed the new format. No dates ties this year though!
A team of avid readers ventured to Beath High School this term to pit their wits against neighbouring Fife Schools. Organised by the English Department at Beath, pupils were asked a variety of questions on famous authors, novel beginnings and Classic literature. The two teams won a number of spot prizes, with Luca Venditozzi, in particular, showing a remarkable knowledge of literature both past and present. There was also a book swap event, where pupils brought a favourite novel to swap. A really fun day with an armful of books to take home!
Wednesday 22nd February
Madras College Physics Department in conjunction with St Andrews University, ran a Science roadshow. There were three different classrooms and each one had two or three students doing demonstrations. Zoe Kennovin reports:
To start with, we went to a room all about waves. There was a plate that vibrated really fast and had salt on it. The salt was to show the standing waves that the plate was creating. If you turned up the frequencythat the plate was vibrating at, then there were different patterns. There was also a plasma ball. It was really cool because of you touched it, you could see the energy going towards you. What was actually happening was that the energy was flowing through you, and into the ground.
The second room was my favourite. It had one area demonstrating how pressure affects things, which was really interesting. Balloons got bigger or smaller depending what the pressure was. One was showing how magnets work. There was also some experiments involving liquid nitrogen – such a mysterious thing!
The third station had lots of demonstrations and was really interesting. It was all about the universe and our planets. There was a bit about how the Milky Way and another galaxy will eventually collide which I had never heard of before. Some peope got to sit in a chair that could spin which mysteriously would rotate faster if we brought our arms in closer to our bodies. Also if we were sitting still in the chair and held and tilted a spinning wheel the chair would start to spin.
Overall I thought this was a great event. I love science!
Thursday 9th February
Success at the Fife Festival of Music
Over 100 Madras pupils have took part in competitive and non-competitive solo and group classes at the Fife Music Festival. The pupils all performed extremely well and had a very enjoyable experience.
Competitive Group Classes
The Junior, Senior and Mixed Choir all performed in the competitive choral classes and received Platinum Awards.
The Wind Band performed in the Wind Band class and received a Silver Award.
The Senior String Orchestra performed in the Orchestra class and received a Gold Award.
Non–Competitive Group Classes
The Junior String Orchestra, Clarsach Group and S2 Ensemble Group all performed in the non-competitive Secondary School Class.
The Staff Choir performanced in the non- competitive Community Choral class.
Solo Class Winners
Fin McGhie S2 won the Advanced Piano Class and received an Outstanding award.
Maisie Dury won the Under 13 Vocal Class and received an Outstanding award.
Many other Madras pupils performed in solo classes and should be congratulated for their performances.
Congratulations and well done to all the pupils who performed.
Wednesday 11th January
Folk Music Award
Congratulations to Katie Grieve S4, Natalie Rengger S3, Zoe Mitcham S2 and Isobel Grieve S4 for winning the 'Hands Up for Trad Landmark' award for their performance in the new and exciting folk group Abercraig. The group recently performed at the Caird Hall and recorded and televised by BBC Alba.
Click on the image below to see the performance on BBC iPlayer. It starts at 29 minutes.
Thursday 15th December
The pipe band before their performance at the Christmas concert.
Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th December
Christmas Choral Singers
Memory Café – Hope Park and Martyrs Church
A group of talented Kilrymont pupils went along to Hope Park and Martyrs Church on Wednesday the 7th of December to provide entertainment for the memory cafés Christmas party. The pupils sang and played a selection of Christmas and Scottish favourites. Congratulations to the junior pupils and a big thank you to the Memory café for providing such delicious juice and cakes.
Tayside and Fife Hospital Christmas Concert for Clic Sargent
The Senior Girls' and Mixed Choir took part in the Fife and Tayside Charity Hospital Concert at the Caird Hall on the 8th of December. Their programme included 'Angels' Carol', 'Stand Alone', 'Rhythm of Life' and 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'. Many congratulations to all the singers who gave an outstanding performance.
Wednesday 7th December
Study Skills Initiative
Every Wednesday in December, S3 pupils are being offered the chance to improve their Study Skills. Led by Mrs Robertson (Head of S3) and the S3 Guidance Team, these sessions will focus on Organisation and Planning, Different Study Techniques, Stress Management and Mindfulness. The first was very well attended, with pupils commenting that they had already started to think about contructing a study timetable and really thinking about how to plan their time.
Wednesday 30th November
Netball Team New Strips
It's always an exciting day when you get new netball kit but it's even better when you have guests to watch you play in them. Recently, the Madras FP Ladies generously donated funds to the PE department in order to get the Netball team new strips. So last Wednesday the former pupils came to see the seniors play a Fife League match in the fabulous new kit. The ladies watched on as the girls exceeded expectations and won against Beath High School 24-14. The dresses imitate the style of those of international teams which the girls are thrilled by. Many thanks to the lovely Madras FP Ladies!
by Emma Ramsay
Tuesday 29th November
This week marked the end of another extrememly successful Toy Drive for Madras college. Pupils from S1 to S3 and their families 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.
Thursday 17th November
Children in Need
This month pupils in Kilrymont Road have been busy raising money for children in Need. Through a combination of The Talent Show, a Treasure Hunt and Bake Sales, they raised over £700. Impressive!!
Wednesday 9th November
Perth Prison Visit - Modern Studies
On the 9th of November, a group of 9 students went on a visit to Perth Prison to investigate the prison system for our Advanced Higher Modern Studies Dissertation. I was personally trying to discover if Prisons are fit for purpose, as this is my chosen research topic for my dissertation.
Note: This is a brief extract from the start and finish of the full article.
Overall, the trip to Perth Prison was a brilliant insight into what prison is really like and opened all of our eyes to the positives that the media doesn't portray. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during the visit and it undoubtedly will help us as we continue to write our dissertations on the themes of Crime and the Law.
by Tinashe Warikandwa
Thursday 3rd November
Battle of the Bands
Congratulations to Peter Visocchi, Lawrence Brown and Eugene Ritchie who represented Madras College at the Fife Rock school competition. The boys gave a great performance and entertained the audience with their original songs. The judges' comments were very positive.
'The songs were well crafted and catchy, a bit of REM and other influences. Good standard of musicianship and a driving rhythm section.'
Wednesday 2nd November
Here are some photos from the Halloweeen Party.
Thursday 27th October
Talent Show 2016
The annual Madras Talent Show took place on Thursday 27th October. Showcasing some of Madras' most talented pupils, acts ranged from classical Piano – Jed O'Donnell S3 playing Chopin, to a stunning dance routine by Taine McKinstray in S5. This year, for the first time, several of the acts performed songs that they had written and arranged themselves. Check out the photos here.
Junior Prize - Aimee Brown and Lena Mackay. Senior Prize - Taine McKinstray for her dynamic dance routine. Overall winner - Jack Parmar for his superb rendition of the Twenty One Pilot's song "Car Radio."
Congratulations to the Winners and well done to all the performers.
Wednesday 28th September
Congratulations to Madras College debating team who won the East of Scotland round of the Debating Matters competition against some very stiff competition. This takes them through to the Scotland/Northern Ireland National Final in Glasgow in February. The team were: Baran Toolajooey, Lawrence Brown, Arin Beaver and Ewan Redpath. by Mrs Comber
Monday 26th September
Beach Clean Up
This week, a group of S3 volunteers took part in a Beach Clean Up at the East Sands in St Andrews. The event, organised by "Keep Scotland Beautiful" involved pupils spending a windy morning cleaning up paper, plastics and other debris from the shoreline. In addition, they recorded the nature of this rubbish, in order to ascertain exactly what is polluting our coastal waters. Finally, assisted by some members of the Royal and Ancient golf club of St Andrews, they planted wild seed which will grow into a meadow and enhance the area.
Friday 23rd September
This week as part of the S1 Social Education programme, the travelling theatre company "Baldy Bane Productions" visited Madras College to present a humorous play, with a serious message to the whole of S1. Featuring Roddy Hogg, the hapless teenager, the cast of actors demonstrated a variety of dangerous road traffic scenarios. The pupils came away, well informed but also entertained by the talented cast.
Monday 12th September
This month the first two S1 pupils to receive coveted Dates Ties were Geordie Harrow and Anna Hedley. Geordie was awarded his for becoming Archery Scottish Junior (U14) Champion and the Scottish Para (U18) Champion.
Anna came first in her age group, running "The Great North Run." Big congratulations to both. An excellent start to your years at Madras!