News and Success Stories : Session 2016 - 2017

  • 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

    Christmas Concert

    The pipe band before their performance at the Christmas concert. pipe band
    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.

    S1 - Ola Lawonska, Maisie Dury, Holly Bartlett
    S2 - Zoe Mitcham, Sheila Wilson, Michael Snodgrass
    S3 - Natalie Rengger, Hope Kennedy

    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. christmas choral
    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. study skills
  • 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 netball team in new kit
    Tuesday 29th November

    Toy Drive

    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. toy drive
    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!! bake sale
    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 perth prison
    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

    Halloween Party

    Here are some photos from the Halloweeen Party. halloween 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. talent show
  • Wednesday 28th September

    Debating Matters

    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 Comberdebating
    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. Beach Cleanup
    Friday 23rd September

    Road Safety

    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. Road Safety Assembly
    Monday 12th September

    Dates Ties

    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! Dates Ties