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The Voice of st leonards senior school

THE NOVEMBER REVIEW

A MONK'S TALE

A MONK'S TALE | Students in Years 7-9 were treated to a special performance of ‘A Monk’s Tale – Relics, Revolt and Reformation’ on Monday, 20 November, when the touring cast of award-winning television and radio comedy writer James Cary’s play visited St Leonards. We were just one of a select few schools to welcome the cast, who performed in our Main School Hall.

The show, which follows the life of Martin Luther, has been travelling the country since August, when it played to sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The three-strong cast (Anna Newcome, Cameron Potts and Anna Nicholson) started with a song before delivering a series of funny and accessible sketches, resulting in a show with a ‘Horrible Histories’ meets ‘Monty Python’ feel.

From Frederick the Wise of Saxony and his collection of holy relics to the importance of the Pope in Luther’s story, the actors took the boys and girls through the tale of what sparked one of the most significant movements in history, the Reformation

A big thank you to the cast for stopping off at St Leonards and to the RS and Drama Departments for organising such an amusing afternoon of education and entertainment!

FIFE SCHOOLS HOCKEY CHAMPIONS

FIFE SCHOOLS HOCKEY CHAMPIONS | On Wednesday, 1 November, the Year 10 girls became Fife Schools Hockey champions, scoring a fantastic 15 goals. St Leonards beat Dunfermline High School 4-0 with goals from Meghan Branch, Brook Edmiston and Sasha MacAulay, won against Bellbaxter 6-0 with goals from Phoebe Mitchell, Brook and Meghan, and were victorious 5-0 against Madras College with goals from Meghan and Brook. A truly super result from our girls!

JULL SINGING AWARD

JULL SINGING AWARD | This year's Jull Singing Award was held in the Music School Auditorium on Thursday, 23 November, with students in Years 8-13 performing solo pieces to an incredibly high standard.

After an evening of enjoyable performances, adjudicator Mr Walter Blair announced Ilona MacLean (Year 13) as this year's Jull Medal winner! Ilona impressed Mr Blair and the audience with a rendition of 'A Bay in Anglesey', followed by 'In his Eyes' by Bricusse and Wildhorn.

In the Year 8-10 category, Sasha MacAulay and Angus Driscoll (Year 10) received Commended awards, while Ella Vincent (Year 10) was Highly Commended. In the Senior section, Roma Dhasmana (Year 12), Kate Moran (Year 13) and Jack Boag (Year 13) were also Highly Commended.

Our thanks goes to Mr Blair for giving up his time to act as adjudicator and for giving great praise and encouragement to all the very talented performers!

ALL IN A DAY'S DEBATING

ALL IN A DAY'S DEBATING | Seven St Leonards debaters (plus supporters!) embarked on the challenge of the annual St Andrews University Debating Competition on Saturday, 11 November. Jack Boag, Cyrus Lukaszewski, Ruaridh Angus and Robert Ferguson formed two teams, with three new members of the school’s Debating Society – Anastasia Belkina, Alisa Diakova and Sarah Barclay – acting as wing judges.

Topics ranged from religious schools to compulsory voting, and the suggestion that high school children should be allowed to vote on their own curriculum.

All debated from dawn ‘til dusk and much was learned. Well known for his enthusiastic debating, the event marked the end of an era for Jack Boag (Year 13), for whom it was the last schools’ competition.

Robert (Year 12) said the St Leonards team presented convincing arguments, with the chosen topics giving participants food for thought:

‘If last week you had asked me whether the world would have been better without nuclear weapons, I would have said yes. Now, I’m not so sure, and I think that is the real triumph of the day.’

ISGA FINALS

ISGA FINALS | On Friday, 10 November, our top golfers secured a fantastic win for St Leonards as they qualified for the area final of the Independent Schools Golf Association competition. Pol Berge captained the winning St Leonards side to victory with the team playing a strong match against Beaconhurst A on the Links Jubilee course, finishing 3-0 overall. Congratulations to Pol, Tom Gonieweicha and Ole Specht who made up the champion trio. We wish them the best of luck for their final challenge, which will see St Leonards face Robert Gordon’s!

VIDEO SCOOPS NATIONAL AWARD

VIDEO SCOOPS NATIONAL AWARD | Year 12 student Lily’s video project on atomic clocks won first prize in Birmingham University’s Quantum Technology video competition earlier this month. She travelled down to Birmingham on Thursday, 16 November, where she was presented with the award for her physics film submission.

As part of her research, Lily read up about a man called John Harrison who made the first naval clock in 1736 which could tell the time out at sea. His story put Lily’s research in context as she has been looking at how time-keeping has changed since then.

Lily, who hopes to study Medicine when she graduates from the IB Diploma Programme at St Leonards, has been inspired by the mathematical elements of her video submission to look at the possibility of exploring a similar theme for her Year 13 IB Maths project. This would look at the angles of the stars and how you can find your location out at sea based on the night sky.

KILGRASTON SWIMMING GALA

KILGRASTON SWIMMING GALA | Our U11, U13 and U15 swimming teams travelled to Kilgraston in Perthshire for a gala on Thursday, 2 November, coming home with a long list of first place finishes!

Katie MacAulay (Year 7), Milli Arkwright and Issy Williams won their individual events, while the U13 team (Katie, Fiona Branch, Milli and Issy) won both the Medley and Freestyle relays.

A really impressive result – well done to our super swimmers!

GCSE CONCERT

GCSE CONCERT | Our GCSE Music students took to the Music School Auditorium stage to show off their skills in a concert on Thursday, 16 November. It was an eclectic programme, with music ranging from ‘Bow-Chicka-Wow-Wow’ to Beethoven and Metallica!

Thank you to everyone who attended and to our talented performers for providing such an entertaining evening – the audience were well and truly ‘wowed’!

WOSPS AND SPS RUGBY

A big congratulations to St Leonards students Archie Clarke and Robbie Logan who have been selected for the Scottish Prep Schools XV rugby squad! Archie joins the line-up for the second consecutive year.

Both Year 9 boys currently play with the WOSPS (West of Scotland Prep Schools) team, alongside fellow St Leonards player Tristan Bruce.

Archie, Robbie and the rest of the SPS squad beat Edinburgh at Greenyards in Melrose on Sunday, 19 November.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

DUKE OF EDINBURGH | On Sunday, 8 October, 29 pupils set off for Balquhidder for a day of training for the Duke of Edinburgh award. The pupils were divided into Bronze and Silver award groups of between 5 and 7 before embarking on field craft and map-reading activities with instructors.

They then had a chance to put their new-found skills to the test with a 3-hour walk in the glorious Perthshire countryside. The rain stayed at bay and everyone enjoyed leading their group through the forest. Perfect preparation for the real deal in spring/summer next year!

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE | On Friday, 10 November, students and staff gathered to remember those who fought for our country, and who lost their lives in conflict at our Armistice Day Assembly.

The Senior School welcomed Reverend Graeme Beebee of St Leonards Church in St Andrews, who spoke about the act of remembrance and the deep cost of war, and who encouraged us to look forward in hope, praying for peace in the world we live in today.

Our Head Girl and Head Boy also laid a wreath, on behalf of St Leonards School, at the Armistice Day Commemoration at the war memorial in St Andrews on Sunday, 12 November.

Our donations to Poppy Scotland, through the sale of poppies in the school, totalled £291.70. Sincere thanks to all who contributed to such a worthy cause.

THE JUNOR GALLERY

THE JUNOR GALLERY | Year 12 Theory of Knowledge students visited The Junor Gallery in St Andrews on Friday, 24 November, to view the current exhibition 'Maps of the Imagination'. The theme tied in nicely with the group's recent lectures and discussions on art and the imagination.

ST ANDREWS TRI SERIES CUP

ST ANDREWS TRI SERIES CUP | County Louth Golf Club travelled from Ireland to St Andrews on Friday, 3 November, to play St Leonards and the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Academy (SALJGA) team in the Tri Series Cup.

The weekend tournament was held on the Jubilee and Castle courses in St Andrews, in a Stableford format where the best five scores out of six count towards the team score.

Saturday morning started with a gentle warm up, which saw the teams head out for three balls on the Jubilee, one of the most difficult Links courses. High winds throughout the round certainly didn’t make the challenge any easier!

The windy weather didn’t stop St Leonards Captain Pol Berge from shooting level par, which was the lowest score of the day by six strokes!

Even with St Leonards finishing with the lowest individual score of the day, however, we were trailing County Louth by nine points going into day two, with SALJGA a further six points behind.

Students and visiting golfers enjoyed a post-match tour of the St Andrews Links Golf Academy with St Leonards’ Director of Golf, Fintan Bonner, who set up a series of performance tests for players from each team, with SALJGA kindly donating prizes for the winners.

Dinner at the New Golf Club in St Andrews rounded off the first day of the competition, thanks to a generous invitation from Club Captain Dale Caton. Mr Caton spoke to the young golfers about the history of the club and explained their famous ties with some of the greatest golfers of all time, including Tom Morris, Bobby Jones and Arnold Palmer.

Sunday saw the final round of the event played at the Castle Course, which is known for its extreme greens and high heather. Scoring was never going to be low, and local knowledge combined with cold winds proved key to navigating many of the holes.

This was evident by the ground made up by the SALJGA and St Leonards players on the visiting Irish team, but County Louth just managed to hold on by one stroke over St Leonards to win the Tri Series Cup for the first time.

A big thank you to SALJGA and the Links Trust for helping organise green fees and local times, which allowed the exciting match to take place.

Well done to the St Leonards team who did the school proud. We look forward to competing again next year!

ELECTRON MICROSCOPE

ELECTRON MICROSCOPE | Lucky Year 12 students had the chance to visit the multi-million-pound electron microscopes at St Andrews University this month as part of their study of the ultrastructure of cells. The students were given a tour of the facilities and shown images that can be obtained by using the microscopes. Thanks to an informative talk by final-year Biology student Evelyn, Year 12 learnt about the history of the development of microscopes and completed activities to identify structures within cells from real images. Thank you to Evelyn and the Medical Sciences Department at St Andrews University for hosting us!

ART DEPARTMENT ROUND-UP

ART DEPARTMENT ROUND-UP | Year 10 kicked off their coursework this term with a new and experimental workshop on musical mark making. They listened to six contrasting pieces of music from Handel to Ed Sheeran, taking in Debussy, Charlie Parker and some Rebecca Saunders along the way.

The students had to respond visually to what they were hearing by using their drawing tools, sometimes in quite unconventional ways!

The results were fantastic, with rich layering of marks and a soft velvety hue of charcoal for Handel, and hard, sharp 4H jagged lines for the work of Jon Hopkins.

These initial drawings served as the starting point for an intaglio printmaking project, with the students going on to select elements from their work to develop into complex, highly individual collagraph plates. From there, they printed first in monochrome and then introduced elements of colour.

They are pictured above showing off some of their works in progress!

Year 12 student Amy Ferrier visited the Scottish artist Dominique Cameron in her studio as part of her IB Art studies.

Amy has been working on tree studies, both in the studio and on location at nearby Tentsmuir Forest, and with Dominique spending much of her time working from life and, currently, on tree studies, it was the perfect pairing!

The Fife-based artist believes that in order to portray the essence of a place, you have to be in it; you have to be part of the landscape and the weather.

This artistic practise is also evident in the work of another influential Scottish artist, Joan Eardley, whose work Amy was able to admire at the exhibition ‘A Sense of Place’, thanks to an Art Department trip to Edinburgh earlier this year.

The students benefit greatly from having opportunities to interact with other artists in their studio environments, and in Amy’s case, she particularly enjoyed an animated discussion with Dominique about technique and composition. Dominique was really impressed by Amy’s drawings done with a twig dipped in ink!

So if you’re out for a walk in Tentsmuir Forest and hear strange sounds in the trees, it will probably just be Amy fighting to hold down her gessoed cartridge paper in the wind, in order to capture the moment in much the same way as J.M.W. Turner and Joan Eardley did before her!

Pupils in Year 8 were challenged to design their own packaging for an innovative new product of their choosing as part of the MYP programme.

From water bottle carriers to cookie-cupcakes, watermelon lollies and ‘Fishy Friends’ crackers, everyone put in a huge amount of effort before presenting their finished pieces and sketchbooks to Mrs Rae and the judges.

After some tough deliberation, the first prize of two chocolate £50 notes went to Rowan, who had really engaged with the project brief to create a water bottle carrier for basketball players. He had thought of everything from sponsorship to brightly coloured paint splatters for his cleverly designed logo.

Second prize was awarded to Cole for his ‘Spritstick’ packaging for an exciting product for spraying juice out of soft fruits. The eye-catching bright green design was based on a close-up photograph of lime peel to show the texture of the fruit. He also thought long and hard about the font for the branding, eventually deciding on a clear, easy-to-read style.

In third place was Ava, for her fun ‘Fishy Friends’ packaging for cheesy crackers. The logo – a goldfish wearing jeans – was a hit with the judges and would certainly grab a shopper’s attention on the shelf!

Here they are posing with their winning projects, accompanied by the Art Department's resident dogs Chloe and Dylan!

25 GENOMES

25 GENOMES | Year 13 Biology students were fortunate to have the chance to take part in The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's '25 Genomes' project about 'mapping nature's code'. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the world's leading genomics research centres and was the UK home for the Human Genome Project, which revealed the entire DNA code of life.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Institute set up a project to decode the DNA of 25 UK species for the first time. As part of this exciting project, St Leonards students joined a live web chat with scientists to discuss details of each species that could have its genome sequenced. Students then voted for the species' genome they wanted to see sequenced. The results of the vote will be revealed shortly!

NEON NIGHT

NEON NIGHT | It was 'Neon Night' in Bishopshall boarding house on Saturday, 25 November. Cue UV paints, t-shirt decorating and lots and lots of glow sticks! The girls had a fantastic time from creating their own glow-in-the-dark outfits to painting each other's faces in bright colours. The kitchen tables were laid out with plenty of snacks to keep everyone going as they partied in the dark!

SHOE BOX APPEAL

SHOE BOX APPEAL | Students and staff have been getting into the festive spirit by filling more than 100 shoe boxes for the Blythswood Care Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2017.

Organised by a group of Year 12 students for their IB CAS project, the response to the appeal has been overwhelmingly positive with a total of 101 boxes packed and wrapped in Christmas paper.

The shoe boxes will be delivered to disadvantaged children, young people and adults in Eastern Europe and Pakistan as a means of providing them with essential everyday items, as well as small gifts.

Each box has been tailored to suit a specific age group and gender, and is filled with everything from toothbrushes and toiletries to hats, scarves and sweets to enjoy over the festive season.

Thank you to everyone who donated a shoe box for Blythswood and to Miss Carroll’s tutor group for organising the appeal!

PLANET PERSPECTIVE

PLANET PERSPECTIVE | Year 8a Physics took their lesson beyond the classroom and into our beautiful school grounds, where they learnt about the relative distances between planets in the solar system. The students’ model of the sun was the size of a 10p coin and from there, they measured out how far away each of the planets would be if they scaled the solar system down to that size. Earth, for example, was 2 yards away and the size of a grain of sand! It certainly gave our budding physicists a bit of perspective of the vast size of our solar system!

RIFLE CLUB

RIFLE CLUB | Every Monday after school, 12 very dedicated members of the St Leonards Rifle Club meet at the St Andrews Rifle Club for a session of target practice. As you can see from the picture on the right, St Leonards students have been practising the sport for quite a number of years! Francesca is holding up a photo taken in the early 1980s of the St Leonards girls at Rifle Club.

Anyone interested in having a go should speak to Mr Barlow.

AUTUMN CONCERT

AUTUMN CONCERT | The annual Autumn Concert on Thursday, 2 November, saw Harry Potter meet Nelly, Purcell, Handel and Chilcott in a wonderfully varied and entertaining programme of performances.

The Concert Band got the evening off to a great start with their ‘Highlights from Harry Potter’, which was perfect for the historic school setting. Then it was Jack Boag’s first performance of the night, singing ‘Automne’ by Fauré. Jack later demonstrated his skills on the piano with Grovlez’s ‘Petites Litanies de Jésus’.

Roma Dhasmana and Bea Livesey-Stephens put a twist on rapper Nelly’s 2010 hit single ‘Just a Dream’ and Evie Turner impressed on the flute with Handel’s Sonata No5, 4th Mov. Kate Moran received loud applause from the audience for her beautiful rendition of ‘Ah! Belinda’ by Purcell, while Catherine Campbell took to the stage to sing ‘Gravity’ by Bareilles.

After a short interval for refreshments and conversation, the Show Choir started the second half with Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, continuing the autumnal theme just after Halloween.

Evie Hayward-Daventry played Kern’s ‘Tea for two’ on the flute and Tom McBarron rounded of the evening’s solo acts with ‘Canzona 5’ by Banchieri on the trumpet.

St Leonards Choir took to the stage for two numbers, starting with John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s ‘Blackbird’ and ending with a Bob Chilcott arrangement of the ‘Skye Boat Song’.

The Autumn Concert ended, as is traditional, with a performance from the Jazz Band. They had everyone moving to the music in their seats as they played ‘Yeh, yeh’ by Grant & Patrick.

It was a superbly attended event – not an empty seat to be found!

Well done to all the performers, and to Mrs Love, Mr & Mrs Shiells, Mr Irons and Mr Bell for directing the ensembles, accompanying the soloists, and ensuring everyone enjoyed a fantastic evening of musical entertainment!

GOLF VS LORETTO

GOLF VS LORETTO | Well done to our Senior Golf Team who beat UK champions Loretto 2-1 in an exciting fixture on the Eden Course on Wednesday, 22 November. Our players defied the challenging conditions on the Links course to finish the match victorious. Well done to all involved for showing incredible commitment and skill.

OWN CLOTHES DAY

OWN CLOTHES DAY

OWN CLOTHES DAY | Senior School boys and girls swapped their smart suits and school uniform for home clothes on Friday. The ‘dress-down day’ was to raise money for Kanya Gurukul School for Abandoned Girls in India, each pupil paying £2 to take part. Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraising effort!

INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES FAIR

INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES FAIR | We were delighted to welcome the Council of International Schools College & University Fair to St Leonards on Friday, 10 November, for what was the only UK stop on the group’s Northern Europe tour.

The afternoon event was a chance for students in Years 11, 12 and 13 to talk ‘higher education’ with representatives from 23 different universities from across Europe, the United States and Canada.

The School Hall was bustling with students and speakers, who each made a one-minute pitch showcasing their institution. Students then had the opportunity to browse the stands, discuss course options, enquire about scholarships and ask any other questions about life after St Leonards.

Workshops also ran throughout the afternoon, with representatives sharing tips for the perfect university application.

As the only school in the UK to be visited by these universities, this was an incredible opportunity for St Leonards staff and students to explore the range of international options available to because of the IB Diploma.

On Friday evening, we welcomed parents to attend the International Universities Fair, giving them a chance to pose questions to university recruitment and admissions officers and discover more about the various paths open to their children.

An excellent information day was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the following universities for taking the time to visit St Leonards and inspire our students:

  • Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • College of Charleston, South Carolina, USA
  • Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
  • Denison University, Granville, Ohio, USA
  • École Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
  • Foothill and De Anza Colleges, Los Altos Hills, California, USA
  • Glion Institute of Higher Education, Clarens, Switzerland
  • Hult International Business School, London
  • IE University, Sergovia, Spain
  • Klu – Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
  • Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  • Miami University-Oxford, Oxford, Ohio, USA
  • Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • The University of Akron, Ohio, USA
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
  • Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, USA

Our next higher education event will be our UK Universities Fair in the new year.

A DAY AT THE ZOO

A DAY AT THE ZOO | Year 12 ESS students boarded a bus bound for Edinburgh Zoo on Wednesday, 29 November, for a day of workshops all about the Asian Songbird Crisis. Together with other schools from across Scotland, the students explored the range of threats affecting Asian rainforests by visiting species. The group also looked at the illegal bird trade and had a chance to get up close and personal with some of the animals. Here they are handling a milk snake, which mimics a coral snake, and a bearded dragon!

ROTARY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

ROTARY LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME | Members of the Rotary Club of St Andrews enjoyed a talk from Year 13 student Annie Lennem at their lunch meeting on Wednesday, 22 November.

Annie spoke about her amazing week-long leadership experience at Abernethy Nethybridge outdoor centre in Perthshire, which was made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Rotary Clubs of Kilrymont, North Fife and St Andrews.

Each year, the organisation selects one student from St Leonards and one student from Madras College to benefit from the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme, which aims to develop young people as strong leaders, communicators and problem solvers.

Speaking at the Scores Hotel in St Andrews, Annie told members how the RYLA experience enabled her to grow her confidence, become more assertive and build on her public speaking skills.

‘Overall, I found RYLA to be a fantastic experience and I am so glad I applied for the course. I cannot thank the Rotary enough for choosing me to be part of RYLA 2017 and for raising the funds to support me at the camp.’

- Annie Lennem (Year 13)

QML BOOK CLUB

QML BOOK CLUB | Did you know we have a St Leonards QML Book Club? Our wonderful librarian, Miss Tawse, does an amazing job of keeping students, staff and parents alike inspired with suggestions for new and exciting reading material. You’ll also find plenty of ideas for novels to enjoy in the Vaults of QML – the lists, themed by genre, are free to pick up, browse and even take away.

This month’s book club recommendations include Andrew Fukuda’s ‘The Hunt’ and Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Haunting of House Hill’.

‘A good book can take us over, connect us to strangers, open or reopen parts of ourselves we did not know were there, or had forgotten about. It can put marvellous ideas into our heads and, above all, remind us we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings.

‘Whether it be at a bus station, a train station, an airport, or in a café, the sight of someone holding a familiar book flashes a sign of recognition to us. We think ‘there he/she goes, a fellow traveller, philosopher, fashionista, detective…the list goes on, as we go on, because we are all more than one thing.

‘Join our book club and enjoy becoming an apprentice wizard working for the Metropolitan Police, or a young boy on a planet where girls don’t exist, or one of the inhabitants of a haunted house…’

- Miss Tawse

Head over to the St Leonards QML Book Club Facebook group for more details!

ROYAL NAVY PRESENTATION

ROYAL NAVY PRESENTATION | The Royal Navy Youth Engagement Team dropped in at Senior School Assembly on Tuesday, 28 November, to tell the boys and girls about the incredibly varied work they do around the world from helping countries hit by serious storm damage to operating a submarine fleet. At the end, there was a chance for students to ask questions and find out more about careers in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

WOSPS HOCKEY

WOSPS HOCKEY | Fiona Branch, Niamh Headon, Katie MacAulay and Izzy Skinner represented St Leonards in the WOSPS hockey match at Kilgraston on Thursday, 23 November. Niamh was voted captain of the A team who unfortunately lost 0-4, while the B team lost 2-3. A good effort from the St Leonards girls and particular congratulations to Fiona, who scored for the WOSPS.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT | Our choir will be joining singers from Waid Academy for the Worldwide Cancer Research Christmas Candlelight Concert on Thursday, 7 December at Holy Trinity Church in St Andrews.

Starting at 6.30pm, expect an evening of festive tunes, mulled wine courtesy of Tesco and mince-meat whirls courtesy of Fisher & Donaldson. There will also be a raffle, and anyone wishing to make a donation to Worldwide Cancer Research on the night is welcome to do so. Dedications to loved ones can be left on the charity's Christmas tree in the church.

To reserve your free place, visit the dedicated event page here.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON | Christmas is always a busy time with Nativity Plays, concerts, carol services, the works! This evening (Friday, 1 December) our choir will be performing at the St Andrews Christmas Lights Switch On between 6.15pm - 6.30pm. Please do come along and hear them sing some festive favourites at Logies Lane (outside Pizza Express).

ST LEONARDS CHRISTMAS CARD

ST LEONARDS CHRISTMAS CARD | This year's beautiful St Leonards Christmas card is now on sale for parents, pupils and staff to purchase and it's selling fast!

The special print of 'The Moongate', by local artist Frank Sproson, depicts just one of the many idyllic and iconic scenes in and around our school campus.

The cards are being sold in packs of ten at a cost of £6.00 per pack. Proceeds from this year's Christmas card will be donated to St Andrews charity Families First. Should you wish to order cards this year, please complete the form which was sent out via email earlier this week and return it to the Junior or Senior School Office. Alternatively, email contact@stleonards-fife.org. Happy list writing!

CHRISTMAS FAIR

CHRISTMAS FAIR | The Junior School Christmas Fair kicks off at 10am on Saturday, 9 December, and all family and friends are invited! Thanks to the wonderful support of the St Leonards Parents' Association, this year's event is set to be another success, packed with imaginative and lively stalls run by the children.

'The Avenue' will once again host vendors (made up of parents, friends and family) offering fabulous Christmas gift ideas. The Retreat Café, which has gained something of a reputation for its delicious cakes and great coffee, will be up and running for the duration of the fair, which wraps up at 1pm.

Father Christmas will be making himself at home in Santa's Grotto (aka Mr Goldsmith's study) once again. Booking for Santa's Grotto is absolutely essential. To secure a place, head to www.trybooking.co.uk/1916

There will also be Gingerbread Decorating for all ages and for the younger visitors. To book your place, visit https://www.trybooking.co.uk/book/event?eid=2159

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Christmas is nearly upon us and we will certainly be celebrating in style at St Leonards! We have lots of events coming up including the ever-popular Carol Service in Holy Trinity Church, and the Christmas Mix in the Music School Auditorium. We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of our festive gatherings over the next couple of weeks!

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