Senior Volleyball Festival - Dundee - February 2017
On Tuesday 7th February
the Senior Volleyball played their very first competitive school matches at the Senior Volleyball Festival held at the Lynch Sports Centre in Dundee. Teams from Ayr, Edinburgh and Glenrothes played a series of five pool games before the seeded tournament began. With Scottish Internationalists and regular Club team players on show it was no surprise that Madras were placed in the B Section but as the tournament progressed the squad, guided by volunteer coach Colin Paterson, grew in confidence and played some excellent rallies. A two point loss in the Fife Derby was followed by a 5 point win against Tynecastle secured avoiding the wooden spoon! The boys all enjoyed the experience and hopefully this will be a start of further participation in similar festivals for all age groups.
Special mention goes to Courtney Lau who joined the Kinross Girls team for the day and helped them almost single-handedly to their single victory.
Tae Kwon Do - January 2017
Congratulations to S1 pupil Maeve Cameron
who will represent Scotland at the World Tae Kwon Do Championships in Dublin this April. She qualifies by finishing 3rd in the overall Scottish event. Well done Maeve, and a wee reminder to staff - don't mess with Maeve!
Water Polo - January 2017
Congratulations to S1 pupil Emily Sandeman
who won 'Rookie of the Year' for being the most improved player at Menzieshill Water Polo Club.
We wish Rory Fraser (S4) all the best for the upcoming training camps for the Scottish U16 Rugby team. Rory has been selected for the Development squad training sessions throughout the next term and if successful he will represent Scotland in a major Tournament in Wales.
The Senior and Junior Basketball clubs are becoming more established and the Seniors are looking forward to their Fife Tournament, but this year they should have several friendlies under their belt before the competition. They have played one game so far against St Andrews High School, Kirkcaldy, which, under the tutelage of ex-pupil Ti Ti Sweeney, they won in a high scoring fashion. There will be a return match and games against St Leonard's and Glenrothes High School in January, which should help provide further opportunities to develop team dynamics come the regional competition.
Equestrian Team - Hunter Trials at Foresterseat
2016 has been a successful year for Madras College Equestrian Team, with more pupils becoming involved in the events. So far the school has competed in 2 competitions.
At the start of the school year, two pupils competed at Kilgraston school's Hunter Trials at Foresterseat. Emily Smart riding Maeve finished 12th in the 70 cm class. Also competing that day was Tia Himpson riding The Dark Emperor. They finished 11th overall in the 90 cm class. Madras then had a record entry for the school of three teams and two individuals entered for Strathallan School Showjumping. Everyone jumped well on the day, but unfortunately no-one secured a place.
There are more competitions in the New Year, so fingers crossed for more success.
Seniors Boys Tennis Team - Scottish Cup
Mr Martin took the Boys' Senior Tennis team to Perth to play St John's Secondary school in the First Round of the Scottish Cup and they came away with a straight sets win.
The next round draw will take place in the New Year with a hopeful home match to redress the overall balance of these fixtures.
The dance club has been in full action where the pupils have learned Hip Hop and Jazz so far. The pupils are working on creating their own group dance which they will present at the Fife 6,7,8 Festival in March 2017.
Junior Girls Fitness Club
A new club run by Miss Band meets each Thursday combining a full range of fun fitness activities. The big uptake by the pupils underlines their commitment to their health and well- being and an afternoon's expedition is planned for a muddy assault course session later in the year.
Another club growing in strength and numbers is the volleyball team who have two sessions a week under the guidance and enthusiasm of Colin Paterson, from the University of St Andrews. The Juniors train on a Tuesday and the Senior group, who stay back on a Friday, have enjoyed their first competitive match against a University development team and they are raring to go for more games and tournaments.