Madras College Cycle Speedway team regained the Scottish Cup after a three year challenge with an emphatic win at the new outdoor track at Queen Anne Dunfermline. The four man team raced with panache and courage to win by 7 points over the other 4 competing teams. Captain Cammie Semple led the way with 4 wins out of 4, displaying a powerful start that left all others in his trail. Lewis Alsop and Jamie Penny finished with 3 wins and a second but Jamie's lower placing was hotly disputed with a photo finish going against him. Youngster Victor Hill proved his credentials with 2 wins and 2 second places therefore there was no need for the reserves to step in.
A dominant performance from this exceptionally skilful and talented group of riders who have represented the school so well in the Fife , Scottish and hopefully National Championships. Next season can't come quickly enough!
by Mr Tarvet
Wednesday 22nd June
Madras College Sports Day 2016
Our Sports Day took place on Wednesday 22nd June. Not even a couple of short showers could dampen the enthusiasm and commitment of the competitors, spectators and staff. The participation and performances of our pupils was first class. We also had a sizzling new Madras record run by Robert Sparks in the 1500 m. He smashed over 20 seconds off the previous record.
Thanks to Mr Tarvet and his team of PE staff for coordinating another slick and successful Sports Day. Check out some great photos taken on the day by Mrs Payne.
Tuesday 7th June
Success at Fife Schools Track and Field Championships
At the Fife Schools Track and Field Championships held at Pitreavie Stadium, Dunfermline, Madras College won a total of 21 medals - 8 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze - see list of medallists.
Thursday 2nd June
Madras Pupils run with '401 Marathon Man'
On Thursday 2nd June Ben Smith started his 276th Marathon from Guardbridge on his target of 401 Marathons in 401 days. Mr Munn and 12 S2 pupils from Madras College met him on the cycle path and ran over the golf course and up the West Sands to support his anti-bullying charity causes - Kidscape and Stonewall. The run attracted much media interest and an article on that evenings STV News showed the pupils and Ben doing the iconic 'Chariots of Fire' beach run. To donate - visit the 401 Marathons Website.
Thursday 2nd June
S2 Cycling Elective
The S2 Cycling Elective finished their year's course with a day out at Cupar and Loch Ore Meadows. The weather was kind and the lads and one lass spent a full day on the bikes on a variety of terrain. Most popular item was the excellent beefburgers cooked by head chef Mr Beaver!
Wednesday 1st June
It was a busy few weeks for the Madras Cycle Speedway team who had two trips to Dunfermline to compete on the new Queen Anne School outdoor track. On the first visit the team secured the overall win in the Fife Schools Championship to bring home the cup for the 3rd year in a row. The 'A' Team of Vasilli Hill, Jamie Penny, Lewis Alsop and Victor Hill returned on the 1st June to lead a Fife Select team against the Edinburgh Falcons Speedway team. The match was arranged to officially open the new track and an excellent evenings' racing was had. It was the closest of matches which went down to the final race out of 16 where Jamie Penny stormed into the first corner and held the lead against the strongest of challenges to win the match for Fife by 2 points. The Falcons had two adults racing for them but this didn't deter 12 year old Victor who beat one of them on two occasions!
The team now look forward with confidence to the Scottish Schools Championship on 25th June which this year will be held at Queen Anne's great track and then the customary visit to the post match refreshment centre - McDonalds!
by Mr Tarvet
Wednesday 25th May
Fife Multi Events
At the Fife Multi Events at Pitreavie in Dunfermline, Madras returned with a Silver from Taylor Baldie (S3) and two Bronze from Tsen Day Beaver (S3) and Struan Christie (S4)
Thursday 12th May
A one-off local derby Basketball match against St.Leonards was held at Madras with the visitors demonstrating some devastating play under the basket to win by 42pts -29pts. It is hoped that the basketball team will play more fixtures next year and develop the talent that is in the squad.
Wednesday 20th April
Inter House Cross Country
There was a great turnout for this event. Here are the results for all the yeargroups and the breakdown of House Championship points.
Wednesday 16th March
Annual Buckhaven Invitational Rugby Tournament
The S1/2 squad attended the Annual Buckhaven Invitational Rugby Tournament on the 16th March. The nine invited teams were split into 3 groups with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams then playing against similar teams in the finals. It was no surprise that from the 'Group of Death' Madras came 3rd having fought strongly and well against George Watson's and George Heriots. In the next round Madras played their 3rd game in a row against Dollar and overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to record a 5-2 Win. A tired Kinross were the next opponents and Madras came out comfortable winners here to secure the Trophy.
Thanks to coach David Hodge for the instructions. Madras College school rugby wish Buckhaven Principal Teacher of Physical Education Mr Allan a long and happy retirement and would like to extend their thanks for the many years of school rugby and competition we have enjoyed throughout the years.
U/14 Boys (S.Christie 70, M.Paterson 119, K.Struck 125, E.Wilson 129) - 16th team
U/15 Girls - C.Ritchie 105, I.Bell 128
U/17 Boys (R.Sparks 14, G.Dritschell 46, J.Scobie 48, E.Shively 82) - 3rd team (Bronze Medals)
O/17 Girls - E.Smyth 15th
Monday 7th March
Speedway - Fife Championship
The Fife Championship got off to the best possible start for Madras with an emphatic win at Queen Anne HS. The team comprised the usual old heads but many new S1s who are making a great impression on the scene. Madras take a 10 point lead into the next round away at Glenrothes before they host their opponents in St.Andrews. The final leg will again be at Queen Anne but this time on the new outdoor track.
Monday 7th March
Senior Hockey v St Andrews University
Madras senior girls hockey team played the University 5th team for the third time this season. The first 2 games resulted in wins for Madras. On this occasion, the game finished a with a 1-1 draw. Madras fielded 18 players as it was our last senior game of the season. Below is a photo of the girls who turned out for the game.
Thursday 3rd March
Fife Senior Boys Basketball Tournament
The school were delighted to have ex-Pupil Ti Ti Sweeney coach the Madras 9 - man squad at the annual Fife Schools Basketball tournament at the Michael Woods Sports Centre, Glenrothes. Up against some schools whose main sport is this game, Madras acquitted themselves well in this 12 team competition. The team got off to a great start with an empathic win against local rivals Bell Baxter 14-13! There was no repeat success against a very competent Woodmill High School therefore Madras qualified for the "Mid-table Tussle" Group lining up against Beath HS, Viewforth HS and Kirkcaldy HS. A 7 point loss to Beath was sandwiched by two impressive wins against the Kirkcaldy teams leaving Madras runners-up in this group and all the boys very satisfied with their performances. William Davidson and Nathan Cuthbert distinguished themselves in all matches with William scoring well under the basket and S3 pupil Nathan scoring freely with some sweet 3 point baskets. Well done to all the boys and thanks to Ti Ti for his inspiration and knowledge. Here are a couple of photos from the day.
by J Tarvet
Sunday 28th February
Scottish National Cross-Country Championships (U15)
S3 pupil Robert Sparks continued his great run of success when he placed 2nd Overall in the Scottish National Cross-Country Championships held in Falkirk on Sunday 28th February. Robert was one of 142 Starters in the Under-15 Age Group who paced himself well throughout the 4km hilly course then came to the front in the closing lap, finishing a handful of metres behind the winner. Robert is going to represent the East of Scotland region at the British Championships later in March and he has a full schedule of national events to compete in over the next few months. We wish him even more success and are proud that he represents the school and area so well. Good luck Robert. Check out the video highlights below on Youtube. Here are some photos.
by J Tarvet
Wednesday 20th February
Girls Hockey v Bell Baxter
1st XI: Madras College 7 - 0 Bell Baxter S2/3: Madras College 4 - 2 Bell Baxter S1: Madras College 0 - 2 Bell Baxter
Wednesday 3rd/4th February
Scottish Schools Indoor Athletics
On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th February 4 pupils travelled to Glasgow to compete in the Championships.
Robert Sparks (S3) qualified for the final of the Under 16 1500 metres having run a personal best in his heat in a time of 4.25.20. Robert finished in an excellent 6th place,
Aharon Martin (S4) qualified for the semi final of the Under 16, 200 metres, but did not finish due to injury. He was 2nd in his heat in a time of 25.93.
Issy Olsen (S3) competed in the Under 16 60metre hurdles, but failed to progress further. She also competed in the Under 16 girls high jump, an event she won in 2015. However Issy jumped 10 cm below her personal best (1.51), finishing in 15th position out of a field of 28. She jumped 1.41m.
Jack Bremner (S6) ran a personal best in the Over 16 Boys 800 metres, 2.08.43. Although Jack did not qualify for the final, he thoroughly enjoyed his first experience at the Scottish Schools Championships.
by E Methven
Monday 1st February
Senior Girls Hockey
On Monday 1st February our girls' Senior 1st XI played against the University 5th XI at University Park, winning 4 goals to 1. Man (lady) of the match was Emma Malcolm.
Sophie Pettegree (S6) was selected for Midlands Under 18 Indoor Squad. She has already represented the district at the outdoor championships, however this time she returned home with a gold medal as Midlands finished in first place. This is an excellent achievement for Sophie and hopefully she can continue to represent the district, when she begins her student life later this year.
by E Methven
Wednesday 27th January
Madras Pupils visit Scottish Rugby Squad Training
A group of 16 Madras pupils took the short trip to the University Playing Fields to watch the Scotland Rugby Squad train. The morning session was taken in atrocious conditions but luckily our junior pupils sheltered in the stands whilst their heroes were battling the elements. Not only did the boys get to see the intensity of the sessions and the repeated practice of basic skills, their patient wait in the miserable conditions was rewarded when the majority of the squad came across to sign jerseys and rugby balls, and even took the time to pose for photos and selfies.
A big thank you to these professional players who, despite being frozen and soaked, took those extra minutes to provide the Madras boys with an amazing experience. Here are some photos.
by J Tarvet
Saturday 9th January
Boys Cross Country
Congratulations to Robert Sparks (S3) who represented the East of Scotland at the U15 Inter-District cross country in Edinburgh and won his race. Here's his podium photo.
Thursday 10th December
Boys Hockey - well done to the boys hockey team for their 4-1 victory over a skilful Kirkcaldy High team despite the driving rain and hailstones! Goals were scored by Victor Hill (S2) and Greg Proctor, Vasilli Hill and Bradley Jackson (all S4).
Monday 24th November
Madras Swimming Gala - Results
Girls 12-13 200m freestyle. Nicole Reynolds, 1st place.
Girls 12-13 100m breaststroke. Nicole Reynolds, 1st place.
Girls 12-13 100m freestyle. Nicole Reynolds, 2nd place.
Boys 12-13 200m freestyle. Cameron McMaster, 2nd place.
Boys 12-13 100m breaststroke. Cameron McMaster, 2nd place.
Boys 12-13 100 freestyle. Cameron McMaster, 1st place.
Boys 16+ 100m freestyle. Kieran Spalding, 2nd place.
Boys 16+ 100m backstroke. Kieran Spalding, 3rd place.
Boys 16+ 200m backstroke. Kieran Spalding, 2nd place.
Boys 16+ 100m breaststroke. Sam McKiddie, 2nd place.
Boys 16+ 200m breaststroke. Sam McKiddie, 2nd place.
Boys 12-13 100m butterfly. Angus McCallum, 3rd place.
Thursday 29th October
U15 Scottish Cup - Round 1
Auchmuty HS 6 - 3 Madras College
Thursday 8th October
U14 Scottish Cup - Round 1
Glenrothes HS 1 - 5 Madras College
Tuesday 6th October
Congratulations to Robert Sparks who has been selected to join The Scottish Triathlon Foundation Squad. Robert who trains with East Fife Triathlon Club and Fife AC will now represent Scotland in National Competitions.
Saturday 3rd October
Junior Girl's Hockey
Saturday saw the return of Dunfermline High School to Station Park. S1 fielded 26 players (3 teams) playing round robin matches. The girls recorded mixed results and once again valuable experience, knowledge and fun been acquired in all games.
Results as follows: S2 – won 7 – 0, S3 drew 1 – 1, 1st XI – won 2 - 0
Under-18 Scottish Inter District Hockey
The Scottish Inter District Hockey Tournament took place over the weekend and for the second year, Sophie Pettegree (S6) represented Midlands Under18's. This year Midlands finished in 2nd place behind East District, resulting in a silver medal for Sophie and her team.
Friday 2nd October
Senior Girl's Fife Hockey Tournament
Five schools from across the region competed at Station Park, St Andrews; Bell Baxter HS, Dunfermline HS, St. Leonards School, Waid Academy and Madras. St. Leonards were the final opponents in the round robin tournament, both schools having won 2 games and drawn 1. When the final whistle blew, no goals had been scored by either team. This resulted in a 3 way tie between Dunfermline HS, St. Leonards and Madras, all on 10 points, however one goal separated the 3 teams and St. Leonards retained the trophy having scored 9 goals, with Madras scoring 8 goals in total. (No goals conceded)
The results are as follows;
1st – St. Leonards, 2nd – Madras College, 3rd – Dunfermline HS, 4th – Waid Academy, 5th – Bell Baxter HS.
Monday 28th September
Congratulations to Sophie Pettegree who has once again been selected to represent the Midlands in the Under 18 Inter District Tournament on Saturday 3rd October. This is an excellent achievement. Sophie is the only state school pupil in the team.
Saturday 26th September
St Leonard's 1st XI 0 - 1 Madras 1st X1 St Leonard's S3 Team 5 - 1 Madras S3
Madras S2 0 - 2 St Leonard's S2
St. Leonards School hosted the 1st XI and the S3 Teams. The seniors were missing several girls due to the French exchange and University Open visits. Although St. Leonards had several goal scoring opportunities, excellent goal keeping by Hannah Webster (S6), denied the hosts in taking the lead. The final score ended in favour for Madras 1 – 0. The S3 girls were 5 – 0 down by half time, however after an encouraging team talk under the expert guidance of Mrs Wallace, helped the girls to net the ball once and concede no more goals. Final score 5 – 1 to St. Leonards.
The S2 Team playing at Station Park lost 2 – 0.
Two S1, 8 a-side teams, took to the field in their first ever match. St. Leonards settled quickly showing their experience and skills to lead by several goals, it was decided by both umpires to mix all the girls into 4 teams. This proved to be successful and an enjoyable morning was had by all, so much so, the girls were keen to know when their next match was scheduled!
Thursday 24th September
S3 Girl's Hockey
The S3 Fife Schoolgirls’ Hockey Tournament took place at Station Park on Thursday 24th September. Madras had beaten Dunfermline High School and Bell Baxter and the final result depended on their last game with St. Leonards.
After a tense 20 minutes, St. Leonards beat Madras 1 - 0, to retain the trophy. The results were as follows:
1st – St. Leonards, 2nd – Madras College, 3rd – Dunfermline High School, 4th – Bell Baxter High School.
Wednesday 23rd September
Senior Girl's Hockey
St Andrews University 5th X1 0 - 7 Madras 1st X1
The 1st XI were invited to play the University 5th Team after school, at the University Astroturf. The game was extremely fast which suited many of the girls, as they already have valuable experience playing in senior matches, or training on the artificial surface. Although the game appeared well balanced the Madras Squad triumphed by 7 goals.
Saturday 19th September
Senior Girl's Hockey
Madras 1st X1 8 - 0 Morrison's Academy2nd X1
The season got off to an excellent start with a win for Madras 1st XI. Several S4 girls made their first appearance in senior hockey and ‘man’ of the match was S4 pupil, Abbie Coote who scored an impressive 5 goals.