The Voice of st leonards SENIOR SCHOOL

June 2018



BELGIAN BATTLEFIELDS | Our Year 10 historians set off for the WW1 battlefields of Ypres in Belgium and the Somme in France at the end of May. The group visited numerous sites of national importance including the Menin Gate, the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Ypres and the Thiepval Memorial.

Lauren Hastie and Cameron Rhodes were chosen to lay a special St Leonards wreath during the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, on behalf of pupils, staff and Seniors.

For some, it was a chance to trace relatives who lost their lives in the First World War, hunting for names on the great memorials and walking up and down the rows and rows of graves in the war cemeteries in search of a piece of family history.

A tour of the trenches brought this period of history to life for the pupils, who found the whole experience both moving and fascinating. Thank you to the History Department for organising such a memorable trip!


ST ANDREWS LINKS TROPHY | One of St Andrews’ best junior golfers had the chance to tee off alongside some of the best amateurs in the world at the St Andrews Links Trophy from Friday, 8 to Sunday, 10 June.

Pol Berge (Year 13), who is enrolled on our Elite Golf Programme, was selected by the St Andrews Links Trust to be the marker in the prestigious event, which was played on the New Course and the Old Course over the weekend.

The incredible opportunity to play in what is widely accepted to be one of the strongest amateur tournaments in the world saw St Leonards student Pol paired with one of the top golfers from around the globe after an odd number of competitors was drawn.

The St Andrews Links Trophy, which is a 72-hole open amateur strokeplay tournament, is open to golfers with a handicap of scratch or better, and in previous years has attracted some of the biggest names in sport, including Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, who have gone on to play at professional level, enjoying success on the PGA and European Tours.

In addition, Miguel Obrador (Year 12) was asked to carry the scoreboard for the Trophy leaders, which presented another terrific opportunity to showcase St Leonards, and the school’s leading Golf Programme, at the prestigious competition.


GERMAN EXCHANGE | The annual Year 10 German exchange to our partner school, St Benno in Dresden, made for another fantastic trip, with a small but motivated group of St Leonards girls enjoying cultural trips to the Brandenburg Gate and German Parliament, as well as an opportunity to put their language skills to the test.

Staying with Germany families, it was an incredible experience for the pupils, who were immersed in a different culture for a week. Having made lasting friendships with their exchange partners, who visited St Leonards in March just as the Beast from the East was retreating, we're sure they'll be keeping in touch and perhaps making future trips to Dresden in years to come!


YEAR 10 GEOGRAPHY TRIP | The Year 10 Geography students headed down to the Kinness Burn in St Andrews in June, tasked with investigating how channel characteristics changed from the source to mouth. They studied depth, width, stone size and shape, and velocity. The class also investigated the flood management that was in place in certain areas and the land use at the side of the river. Thank you to Mrs Adrain and Mrs Henderson for organising the trip.


ART EXHIBITION | Pupils, families, staff and guests were piped up the path to the Art Department on Friday, 8 June for the 2018 Exhibition Preview and PA Summer Drinks.

Everyone enjoyed creative cocktails from The Adamson, canapés and live music from Lauren, Beth and Hector as they walked this year’s incredible show.

Each year, the Art Exhibition Preview is a highlight of the school calendar and a chance for the department to showcase the fantastic work created by the pupils throughout the year. The 2018 show was no exception, and each and every print, painting, sculpture, photograph and installation impressed.

Thank you to Ms Rae and her team for all their hard work helping to take the show from sketchbooks to finished products, and to the wonderful St Leonards Parents Association, who were on hand throughout the evening to meet, mingle, welcome and ensure everyone enjoyed the delicious nibbles and drinks!


GRADE ONE-ATHON | Members of staff in the St Leonards Music Department put their skills to the test this term by taking up a new instrument on top of their already busy teaching timetables, and practising until they were ready to sit their Grade 1 ABRSM exams.

Mr Shiells and Mrs Irons took up the jazz saxophone, Mrs Shiells tried her hand at jazz piano, and our Director of Music, Ms Fiona Love, picked up the French horn. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for them as they await their results!


HILL RUNNING WIN | Congratulations to Izzy Skinner (Year 8), who was the first female and the first U12 to finish in the Abernethy Hill Race on Sunday, 10 June.

Izzy, who trains with the St Leonards Running Club, competed alongside 81 other runners, claiming the top prize out of a field of 37 women. Well done Izzy!


END OF EXAMS | Congratulations to our Year 11 pupils who finished their GCSE exams on Friday, 15 June! After a busy term of revision, we hope everyone enjoys a relaxing summer break and good luck for results day on Thursday, 23 August.


ROTARY DONATION | It was a pleasure to welcome President of the Rotary Club of St Andrews, Gordon Wowk, to St Leonards on Monday, 18 June for a charity cheque presentation, following the school’s International Day celebrations.

A group of Year 12 Sixth Form students organised a non-uniform day during Spring Term for the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) element of their IB Diploma. Pupils raised a total of £362 for The Eyes of Africa Project, a sight-saving initiative formed by a team at the University of St Andrews.

Based in Malawi, it offers medical care and support to people with eye diseases. The provision of world-leading equipment as well as training will help to increase early diagnosis in patients, and prevent blindness.


SCOTTISH FOURSOMES SUCCESS | The St Leonards golf team came up against Loretto in the semi-final of the Independent Schools’ Scottish Foursomes Event on Friday, 15 June, playing the Jubilee Course in fantastic conditions. It was a well-fought match, with the two schools neck and neck towards the end of the afternoon, but it was the St Leonards boys who pulled ahead, securing their place in the final of the national competition.

An absolutely fantastic achievement from Pol Berge, Ben Caton, Aidan Sutton, Tom Goniweicha, Manuel Campos and Ole Specht!


LEAVERS' CONCERT | For many, the Leavers’ Concert on Thursday, 21 June was the musical highlight of the year. The audience followed the black tie dress code, looking very smart as they took their seats, ready to celebrate our very musical Year 13 students. As well as beautiful solo performances and entertaining duets, everyone enjoyed special appearances from the St Leonards Choir, Love's Angels and the Jazz Band.

Thank you to the talented bunch of Year 13 performers for making their final concert at St Leonards such a memorable one!


LANGUAGE PERFECT PRIZES | On Tuesday, 19 June, the winners of the Language Perfect World Championships were presented with their prizes at Senior School Assembly. The Language Perfect Championship is a global language competition, with schools from across the world taking part.

Well done to Francesca Calder (Year 9), who finished in first place and received a trophy and gold medal from the MFL Department. Finishing in second place, Lauren Hastie (Year 10) was presented with a silver medal, and in third place was Alexander Cummings (Year 12), who received a bronze medal. Congratulations to this year’s champions!


GUEST SPEAKERS | It was brilliant to welcome Dr Julia Teale, Head of Psychology at Fettes and Researcher at Abertay and Exeter universities, and Dr Maggie Ellis, a Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, to St Leonards on Monday, 18 June for a talk about Cognitive Psychology and Dementia Research.

Both guest speakers focused their presentations on research into Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia, looking at important questions such as ‘Why do some older people develop Dementia?’, and whether lifestyle choices are related to cognitive disorders.

It made for a fascinating topic of discussion for Year 12’s ToK lesson, and was well attended by interested members of staff too!


MIXED DOUBLES RESULTS | On Saturday, 16 June, we had 20 couples playing in the St Leonards Mixed Doubles Tournament, with all managing to finish their games before the rain set in. It was by far the biggest sign-up we have seen for an internal tennis competition to date, which was absolutely fantastic!

Congratulations to Eric Berge and Fiona Branch, who were the winners of the Junior Competition, and to our Senior champions Alfie Love and Meghan Branch.


YEAR 12 INDUCTION WEEK | Our new Year 12 students kicked off the last week of term with a Shake Up Wake Up Ceilidh on Birdcage as part of their induction into the Sixth Form. There’s nothing quite like a few rounds of the Canadian Barn Dance to boost energy levels on a sunny Monday morning!

Throughout the week, pupils were given the opportunity to attend their chosen Year 12 subject classes, as well as sessions on key Sixth Form components such as ToK and CAS.

A Higher Education Fair with a wide range of Scottish, UK and international universities in attendance rounded off the week’s activities, with our new Year 12s attending presentations and meeting university representatives at the different stands.

Without a doubt, the highlight for the pupils was the chance to break in their new suits for Sixth Form – it’s amazing what a smart new set of clothes can do to lift the spirits after a busy term of exams!


YEAR 9 GEOGRAPHY | The Year 9 geographers stepped out onto the streets of St Andrews for a morning of fieldwork, collecting data on passing traffic and noting the different vehicles as they made their way along South Street.

They had another chance to explore their surroundings in the final week of term as they walked to the university to learn all about land use and the different zones in St Andrews. No good research project would be complete without an end of term ice cream at Jannetta's to round it off!

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take their learning outside the classroom and make the most of the resources on our doorstep.


FIFE SCHOOLS GOLF | St Leonards fielded nine golfers in the Fife Schools Golf Championship on Monday, 11 June, with Rhuaraidh Hay, Patrick Irlbacher, Manuel Campos, Ole Specht, Pol Berge, Eric Berge, Karla Klostermann, Niamh Headon and Fiona Branch representing the school.

A clean sweep from St Leonards made for a super day of golf at Kirkcaldy. Karla was the winner of the Girls’ Gross Prize, Niamh won the St Leonards Handicap Prize, and together with Fiona, the trio won the Girls’ Handicap Prize. Ole, Pol and Eric were victorious in the Boys’ Gross Team Prize. A fantastic effort from all of our St Leonards golfers!


CHESS CLUB AWARDS | There have been a number of successes in the Chess Club this year, with prizes awarded at Senior School Assembly towards the end of Summer Term.

Congratulations to this year’s Chess Ladder Trophy Winners, Thomas Laland-Brown and Cameron Rhodes, and the Eric MacLaurin Trophy Winners, Harri Kumar and Thomas Laland-Brown. The Chess Prize, awarded at Senior School Prizegiving on 22 June, was presented to the club’s captain, Jack Turner, who will be succeeded by Alexander Casey for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Chess Club Medal for Commitment to Chess was awarded to Cole Tooman.

Following the retiral of the current Chess Club Co-ordinator, Mrs Rona Wishart, the activity will be run by Mr Paul McDonald from August 2018.


ORAL HISTORIES | Our Year 9 historians have been learning about St Leonards in years gone by thanks to a group of visiting Seniors, who generously gave up their time to come into school and be interviewed by the pupils. The boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed the interactive sessions, hearing stories of the old uniform and trying on capes and traditional green school bags.

Thank you to all the Seniors who so kindly shared their fondest and funniest memories of their time at St Leonards! We hope everyone enjoyed the chance to reminisce.


SPORTS COLOURS | It was fantastic to see so many Sports Colours Awards presented to Senior School and Sixth Form students during this term's dedicated Sports Colours Assembly. Our Director of Sport, Mr Baxter, presented the prizes to the worthy Summer Term recipients, celebrating each and every outstanding achievement in sport. Congratulations to all who received awards!


TOURING PIPE BAND | Pupils and staff lined up beside Birdcage for a musical interlude to the school day as the end of term approached. We were privileged to be able to welcome the pipe band from Scots PGC College in Queensland, Australia, who were on tour in Scotland and Europe.

Everyone enjoyed Highland Cathedral and other classics as the band marched up and down the grass, before joining forces with our own St Leonards Pipe Band for a combined performance. We wish the visiting pipers and drummers all the best as they continue their tour!


RIFLE CLUB | The St Leonards Rifle Club started up again for the 2017-2018 academic year after 30 years without, and it has been super to see its members - Lauren Hastie, Francesca Calder, Lily Driscoll and Angus Driscoll - reach such great heights in the first year.

Members participated in the British Schools Small-bore Rifle Association Summer League, finishing in first place in the third division. A fantastic achievement, particularly for pupils who had little or no previous experience of rifle shooting!

The St Leonards Rifle Club has been making good use of the St Andrews Rifle Club’s range, and our members are aiming to be in the second division next year.


RAINBOW NURSERY GRADUATION | Sixth Formers Hector Long and Head Boy Harry Mercer entertained parents, staff and children at the Rainbow Nursery Graduation Day in St Andrews at the beginning of June. The boys were invited to play the pipes and drums, adding an extra sense of celebration to an already very special day for the boys and girls moving up from the nursery to primary school. Congratulations to all the mini graduates!


PRIZEGIVING CELEBRATIONS | Our annual St Leonards Prizegiving in the Younger Hall was a chance to celebrate our fantastic prize winners and final year students, as they move into the next chapter: life beyond school.

The sun was shining as family and friends arrived in their smartest suits and summer dresses for the ceremony itself. Prize winners were announced, and the choir sang beautifully. Our guest speaker, Professor Ineke de Moortel, Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, then gave a powerful speech, encouraging our leavers to look forward to everything the future holds.

The audience also heard from our Head Girl Elizabeth Crockatt and Deputy Head Boy Ryan Millar, as they thanked the school, and shared their fond memories and highlights. Due to norovirus, we were sadly unable to hear from Head Boy Jamie MacAulay in person, however Ryan did an excellent job of addressing the audience in his absence.

Delicious strawberry tarts awaited on the lawn and everyone thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon in the sun, catching up with old friends and sharing plans for the summer before heading off to get ready for the Leavers’ Ball at Fairmont St Andrews. A wonderful way for our Year 13 pupils to round off their time at St Leonards!

Congratulations to this year’s prize winners, and our sincere thanks goes to Professor de Moortel, the musical performers, and parents, families and friends who made the day so special!


SPORTS DAY | The last Wednesday of term was dedicated to the Senior School Sports Day - a super afternoon display of track and field events on Big Field. Spectators packed their picnics and settled on the side lines to cheer on the boys and girls in their races. Congratulations to all competitors, the winning house, Bishopshall, as well as all the individual trophy winners. See below for the full set of results!

Delicious refreshments in the marquee near the finish line were served by our wonderful Parents’ Association, and the cakes and strawberries on sale certainly went down a treat amongst spectators and competitors alike!

Wishing all our St Leonards families, students and staff a wonderful summer holiday! We’ll leave you to enjoy the full Sports Day photo album via the link below!

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