PRIZEGIVING CELEBRATIONS | The sun shone on St Andrews for our annual Prizegiving and Leavers’ Ceremony in the Younger Hall. It was a time of great celebration as our Year 13 students crossed the same stage as St Andrews University students to become St Leonards Seniors.
Guest speaker Clare Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, gave an inspirational speech, and families and friends heard from Headmaster, Dr Michael Carslaw, before the prizes were presented.
Awards were made for outstanding achievements by students throughout the Senior School and Sixth Form, and Prizegiving was a chance to celebrate and recognise each and every one.
The St Leonards Choir entertained, before guests left the venue to music on the pipes and drums, walking back to Big Field for delicious St Leonards strawberry tarts and drinks on the lawn.
The Leavers’ Ball followed at Fairmont St Andrews, serving as a final farewell to our Year 13s as they prepare for the next stage of their journey, be it university, college, a gap year or work experience.
We wish them all the very best and welcome them to our vibrant and friendly community of St Leonards Seniors!
Sports Day Special
SPORTS DAY SPECIAL | Sports Day was a great success, with the sun shining for our afternoon of competitive track and field events. Day houses competed for prizes, with the house shield won this year by Ollerenshaw.
In addition, individual records were broken, races won, shot putt thrown and high jumps cleared.
Sports Day would not be the wonderful celebration that it is without our St Leonards families and friends, who turned out with picnic rugs and folding chairs, ready to support and spectate.
Thank you to the PA for putting on yet another delicious spread in the marquee, complete with home-baking, hand-made pizzas and fresh Fife strawberries, as well as teas and coffees to keep everyone going throughout the events.
Medals and trophies were presented at the flag pole by Dr Carslaw and Dr Jackson-Hutt, just as the rain started to threaten the day.
Congratulations to this year’s Sports Day winners and thank you to the PE Department for all their hard work in organising and overseeing the occasion.
The full album of photographs is available to view via the link below:
DRESDEN EXCHANGE | This year, our German Exchange programme was opened up to Year 10 pupils, making for a particularly successful trip. Having welcomed a group from our partner school, St. Benno, back in March, St Leonards students travelled to Dresden on the return leg in June.
Accompanied by Ms Kretschmann and Ms Lacaille, the Year 10s enjoyed brilliant warm weather on the continent, all the while taking in lessons at St. Benno, and even participating in their Sports Day, held on a military campus on a very hot day!
The trip also included a tour of Dresden and a visit to the VW factory, but the real highlight was a day in Berlin!
After this term’s superb visit, we are already looking forward to next year’s exchange!
OLIVER TWIST | The cast and crew of ‘Oliver Twist’, performed at the end of May on the Byre Theatre stage, deserve a huge round of applause for what was a truly brilliant production. Their modern take on the Charles Dickens classic was certainly a hit with audiences!
All the novel favourites were there – the Artful Dodger, Nancy and Oliver himself – but it was a telling with, well, a twist!
Congratulations to all involved in the Byre production, and as always, our thanks to the staff at the theatre for their wonderful support with the show!
Art Exhibition & PA Summer Drinks
ART EXHIBITION & PA SUMMER DRINKS | The St Leonards Art Exhibition Preview & PA Summer Drinks was held on Friday, 14 June at the Art Department, where the walls were hung, and tables spread, with an outstanding display of work produced by the pupils this year.
There were examples of MYP Product Design projects, prints, photographs, sculptures, interactive artwork and spectacular sculpture.
Open to families, friends, staff, pupils and members of the public, the preview was a great success and special thanks go to the staff of the Art Department for putting on another superb show.
Sweet and savoury summer canapés along with glasses of Pimm’s and lemonade were served by the St Leonards PA volunteers, and live music performed by string trio The Dotted Crotchets.
Opening night was made extra special by the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year presentations. We were joined by Rotary representatives who presented pupils with their awards, including Nerea Gomez-Martin (Year 12), who had been selected as the national winner in the senior category. In addition, a photography book was presented to Miss Rae, Head of Art, in recognition of the high standard of work produced by the department.
Thank you to all those who joined us in celebrating the hard work of our Year 8-13 artists.
Year 12 Induction
YEAR 12 INDUCTION | With the GCSE exams done and dusted, our new Year 12 students embarked on an Induction Programme, introducing them to the Sixth Form at St Leonards.
Dressed smartly in suits, the day started with coffee and croissants in the CDR before taster IB Diploma lessons to introduce students to their new subjects, as well as key aspects of the IB such as Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).
The induction will continue next term with a Year 12 activity day on the West Sands!
MYP EXHIBITION | There was cause for more celebration on the final Wednesday of Summer Term, as the first cohort of students to complete the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) were presented with their certificates.
This was an exciting moment for the Year 9s, who have followed the inspiring curriculum for the past three years and move on to Year 10 with the best preparation for the GCSE and IGCSE years, before they go on to the IB Diploma or BTEC courses.
St Leonards received accreditation to deliver the MYP in December 2018, making us the first school in Scotland to be accredited as an all-through IB World School.
Year 9 is also the first group to have embarked on the Community Project, for which they hosted a spectacular exhibition in the School Hall for parents, pupils and members of the public. Guests included Rotary Club representatives and one of our local councillors for North East Fife.
Pupils had come up with a whole host of original ideas to support and champion local and global charities, organisations within the town, and even deliver projects within the school.
Book swap boxes were built, rewilding worked on for bees, funds raised for a maternity charity in Africa, and a new herb garden planted here at St Leonards, for all pupils and staff to benefit from.
Three cheers for the MYP class of 2019!
GOLF FOURSOMES | Thank you to everyone who took part in our annual St Leonards Adult/Junior Foursomes event on the Eden Course. A very successful year with parents and relatives travelling to St Andrews specially to play alongside students of all ages. Congratulations to Ruaridh and Garry Hay (1st Nett), Scott Wilson and Arseniy Oleynikov (2nd Nett), Ole Specht and Johannes Schaeff (3rd Nett) and Chris and Kevin Barker (1st Gross)
LEAVERS' CONCERT | Dressed in smart black tie and dresses, our Year 13s took to the floor in the Music School Auditorium one last time for our annual Leavers’ Concert. Starting off with ‘The Final Countdown’, played by Concert Band with Roma Dhasmana on percussion, Eleanor Greenwood, Evie Turner and Caitlin McNiff on flute, and Aenghus McGregor on trumpet, it was a fitting farewell to the musicians who are leaving St Leonards this year.
There were solos from Roma, Aenghus, Eleanor, and Hector Long, our very first St Leonards Piping Scholar, as well as wonderful duets and ensembles including Love’s Angels, the Jazz Band and the St Leonards Ukulele Teachers.
Piano teacher Joseph Fleetwood also treated the audience to a farewell performance as he moves on from St Leonards this summer to take up a coveted piano scholarship in Alabama, USA.
Refreshments were served at the interval before a brilliant second half, rounded off as is traditional, with a jazzy number, this time in the form of ‘Sir Duke’.
ITALIAN ADVENTURES | For our Performing Arts pupils, the summer holidays started with a fabulous trip to Italy, taking in Verona and Venice in the sweltering heat and participating in a series of theatre, art and dance workshops.
Everyone tried their hand at mask-painting in Venice, resulting in some colourful and very theatrical creations! There were cultural trips and tours, dance lessons, and a dramatic re-enactment of the Romeo and Juliet ‘balcony scene’ at the famous site in Verona.
The drama trip, which takes place biannually, is designed to give students the experience of exploring how all the performance arts work together, both as participants and as part of an appreciative audience.
A brilliant trip and a super start to the summer. We look forward to hearing more about their escapades in due course!
GCSE End of Exams
GCSE END OF EXAMS | Congratulations to the Year 11 and Pre-IB students who completed their GCSE and IGCSE exams earlier this month! There were smiles all round outside in the Quad after the final paper. We wish them all a relaxing summer break as they prepare to start the IB Diploma in August.
DELF PRESENTATION | Pupils in Years 8-12 who completed DELF exams this year celebrated their French language successes with a presentation in QML Garden.
We were joined by Mr Philippe Sibeaud of the Institut Francais in Edinburgh, where he works as Cooperation (French Language, Education and University) Attaché, for the awards. After sharing a few words about the importance of language acquisition and his hope that pupils would be inspired to continue to develop their French, Mr Sibeaud presented each student with their certificate.
Congratulations to this year’s DELF ‘graduates’!
National Boarding Week
NATIONAL BOARDING WEEK | Towards the end of June, St Leonards marked BSA National Boarding Week 2019 with a week-long programme of activities and free boarding in Bishopshall, Ollerenshaw and St Rule for any day pupils wishing to take up the offer. It was a brilliant opportunity for day pupils to experience boarding house life, as well as try a whole range of new things from water sports and sailing at Elie to pizza making and games.
There were luxurious Jo Malone hand and arm massages given in house from the professional St Andrews boutique team, smoothie making and more.
The week was a huge success, with over 50 day pupils from both the Junior and Senior Schools taking part, forging new friendships and developing independence.
Our thanks to Ms Johnson, Ollerenshaw House Parent and Activities Co-ordinator, for organising such a fantastic and popular programme! Throughout the week, we engaged with the Boarding Schools' Association (BSA) on Twitter as part of their UK-wide #nationalboardingweek campaign.
Year 8 Production
YEAR 8 PRODUCTION | Hot on the heels of ‘Oliver Twist’ came our Year 8 production of ‘Johnny and the Dead’ by Terry Pratchett. The School Hall was busy for both nights of the performance, and pupils had been hard at work rehearsing all year during after-school Drama activity sessions.
In this adaptation of the second book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, the 12-year-old protagonist sees and speaks with the spirits in his local cemetery and attempts to help them when their home comes under threat.
The Year 8 cast did themselves proud on the stage, putting on two great shows to captive audiences. Well done to all involved!
EAL PROGRAMME | This term, our first students successfully completed a new St Leonards programme designed for speakers of English as a Second Language. The programme of talks, trips and activities was introduced by Mrs Cremonese, Teacher of English B & ESOL, to cater specifically for pupils who joined St Leonards part-way through the academic year, and as such would not be sitting GCSE and IGCSE examinations.
The programme included exciting and educational trips to V&A Dundee, the St Andrews Aquarium, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Kellie Castle and the Napier Reading Room at the University of St Andrews.
Highlights included visiting the Scottish design exhibits at the V&A and seeing the Humboldt penguins at the Aquarium, which are vulnerable to extinction.
To mark the end of the course, the girls were presented with certificates by the Headmaster. Congratulations to our first students to take part in this programme!
Edinburgh Art Trip
EDINBURGH ART TRIP | Year 10 GCSE and Year 12 IB Art students spent a day exploring the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. As well as taking in the exhibitions, pupils were exceptionally engaged in the talk entitled ‘Good Art – Who Decides?’.
With the sun shining outside, it was picnic weather at lunchtime and pupils headed out into the gallery gardens, where they saw one of the Henry Moore sculptures outside Modern One.
Afterwards, it was time for a walk along the Water of Leith to view one of Anthony Gormley’s sculptures from his ‘Six Times’ series, which have recently been reinstated.
All in all, a great trip for our young artists!
Higher Education Fair
HIGHER EDUCATION FAIR | The annual Higher Education Fair in the School Hall gave students an opportunity to think about their next steps, attend workshops about applying to university, and meet with representatives from institutions across Scotland, including the University of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Dundee, the Royal Air Force and many more.
There were prospectuses to pick up and course options to consider, as well as all-important questions about accommodation, university activities and societies, and future career paths.
Another great event, and we hope our students have come away with some food for thought over the summer.
Oral History Project
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT | The Year 9 students welcomed back a group of St Leonards Seniors to school to take part in their 'oral history project'. Pupils interviewed the former pupils in Bishopshall about their time at the school, their favourite memories, and how they think St Leonards has changed over the years.
This is the second year Ms Fulton and Mrs Greenwood have run the project, with the support of Miss Tawse, and the Alumni & Development team. Special thanks to Jane Claydon for all her assistance with the event.
The Seniors enjoyed a concert and afternoon tea in Bishopshall Drawing Room after the session and Year 9 will be writing up their findings.
Sports Colours Assembly
SPORTS COLOURS ASSEMBLY | Trophies were presented, and Sports Colours awards made at our final school assembly of the year. This was a celebration of all manner of successes on the rugby and hockey pitch, on the tennis courts, at the rifle range and on the golf course.
Highlights included national small-bore rifle shooting successes, tennis doubles champions and a special mention for Ellen Caton (Year 12), who won the prestigious R&A Gold Medal earlier in the term.
A huge number of awards were made, recognising team and individual achievements from what has been another strong term for sports at St Leonards.
RZSS Psychology Visit
CRIME CLUB ASSEMBLY | Crime Club members welcomed Law students from Dundee University to a special assembly earlier this month, which was a chance for them to share their findings in the Colin Norris case, which they have been investigating over the course of this academic year.
With the help and advice of the university students, pupils conducted a mock trial this term, which led to their verdict of ‘not proven’. The assembly enabled pupils to present their work to their peers and to thank the students for all their support.
Crime Club was introduced to the activities programme in August 2018 and already has proven to be one of our most popular choices!
Fife Pony Club
FIFE PONY CLUB | Congratulations to Libby Clark (Year 10), who won the 1 metre class at the Fife Pony Club Show with her horse, Harris, on Sunday, 2 June. A great achievement in tricky, wet conditions!
Scottish Schools Swimming
SCOTTISH SCHOOLS SWIMMING | Congratulations to the Year 8 and 9 girls who competed in the Scottish Schools National Swimming Team Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh on 5 June. Some great performances in the pool!
BTEC Disco Night
BTEC DISCO NIGHT | As part of the BTEC in Business, students had to plan, organise and host an event, which took the form of a very well attended Year 7 Disco for our Junior School leavers.
Pupils celebrated the end of the year and their coming move up into Year 8 with a Hawaiian themed party, complete with disco music, pizzas, tropical mocktails and games.
The Year 12 BTEC students set up an outdoor activity course as well as sumo wrestling suits in St Katharines Hall, decorated the venue and provided colourful flower garlands for everyone to wear.
The boys will now write about and reflect on their event as part of their Business BTEC coursework. Well done to the organising team, supported by Mrs Prudencio-Aponte!
GEOGRAPHY LECTURE | Sixth Form Geography students attended a guest lecture at the School of Geography & Sustainable Development at St Andrews University during the final week of term. The seminar, entitled ‘River Deltas and Humans: A long relationship threatened by global change’, was delivered by Professor Thomas S. Bianchi, Endowed Chair and Fellow at the University of Florida.
Professor Bianchi spoke about how humans have had a long relationship with the ebb and flow of tides on river deltas around the world, with the fertile soils providing early human civilisations with a means of farming crops and obtaining seafood from the marshes and shallow coastal waters.
Kilgraston Gala Win
KILGRASTON GALA WIN | The St Leonards U9 and U13 swim teams beat Kilgraston away at their gala, with successes for Maddy Wallard, Eilidh Jarrett and Katie Duncan (Year 8) and Milli Arkwright (Year 9) in their respective U13 events.
Swimming for our Junior School U9 team, Anna Brown (Year 4) won the U11 backstroke, Emily Anderson (Year 4) won the freestyle, and the U11s won the medley relay.
WELLBEING FOCUS | Towards the end of term, students participated in interactive mental health and wellbeing sessions with Eugene Adams, Team Leader at the NHS Fife Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
He asked pupils to think about what makes them feel well and happy, and what doesn’t, with students noting down points about enjoying exercise, sleep, spending time with friends and watching Netflix! Exam stress was one of the key factors raised as something that concerns them.
Eugene frequently holds talks and workshops at St Leonards covering topics including techniques for coping with exam stress and mindfulness for mental health. Keep an eye on the calendar and weekly bulletin for details of Eugene’s upcoming visits, and in the meantime, a relevant St Leonards Spotlight podcast is available to listen to online now via the link below.
New UCAS Podcast
NEW UCAS PODCAST | The latest episode of our ‘St Leonards Spotlight’ podcast looks at applying to university and, in particular, the UCAS process. Mr Durward is joined by Mrs Pemberton-Hislop, Mr Seymour and St Leonards Senior (former pupil) Lauren Sandeman, who now works in the Admissions Department at the University of St Andrews. Lauren shares her own experience of applying to university, as well as her insights gained from overseeing the process for others. We hope you will have a chance to tune in over the summer holidays!