The April Review
Iceland Trip 2019
ICELAND TRIP 2019 | A group of Year 12 IB Geography students spent the first few days of the Spring Term holidays exploring Iceland, staying in Reykjavik and heading out on day trips to see the many breath-taking geographical features of the surrounding countryside and coastline.
They took in glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, coasts and waterfalls, and finished off an educational trip with a treat at Isbudin, an ice cream parlour to rival Jannettas! Pupils were fortunate with the weather, which was bright and clear – perfect for exploring much the landscape on foot!
Thank you to Miss Bennett, Mrs Pemberton-Hislop and Mr Hislop for accompanying the group.
The full album of photographs from their Icelandic adventures can be viewed at the link below.
Caledonia Cup Win
CALEDONIA CUP WIN | Congratulations to the St Leonards-Madras (SLM) Blues on their 50-29 victory against Granite City in the Shield Final of the Caledonia Cup on Sunday, 28 April. Great teamwork and top technique on display from the SLM boys, who travelled to Perth for the cup match.
Serre Chevalier Ski Trip
SERRE CHEVALIER SKI TRIP | Pupils in Years 5-9 jetted to France during the final week of Spring Term for the St Leonards Ski Trip. Everyone had a brilliant time skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Serre Chevalier. The days spent out enjoying the snow were rounded off with hot chocolate in the resort, and great evenings were spent socialising as a group with talent shows and games inside to warm up.
The weather was perfect for our travellers, with bright blue skies and sunshine creating stunning conditions for a week of super skiing.
We hope you enjoy looking through the full photo album via the link below!
Annual Jeeves Lecture
ANNUAL JEEVES LECTURE | On Friday 29 March, 15 of our IB Psychology students, along with their teacher, Dr Lin Maclean, attended the Annual Jeeves Lecture at the University of St Andrews, given by Professor Elizabeth Loftus (University of California, Irvine), entitled ‘The Fiction of Memory’.
For several decades, Professor Elizabeth Loftus’ research group has been busy tampering with people’s memories. Sometimes they change details of events that someone actually experienced. Other times they plant entire memories for events that never happened – ‘rich false memories’.
Time and again, they have found that people can be led to falsely believe that they had experiences, some of which would have been emotional or traumatic had they actually happened. False memories, like true ones, also have consequences for people, affecting later thoughts, intentions and behaviours.
Prof Loftus asked the audience: ‘If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about ‘regulating’ this mind technology?’
The Buchanan Buildings Lecture Theatre was full to capacity with ‘town and gown’ attendees, who were impressed by Professor Loftus’ results from her experiments that showed just how unreliable memory can be.
Professor Malcolm Jeeves also attended this lecture, 50 years after he founded the department of Psychology at the University of St Andrews and became its first Professor.
A great experience for our Sixth Formers, who are fortunate to have access to such a rich variety of knowledge and expertise through St Leonards’ university connections.
Sir Michael Bonallack Golf Championships
SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS | The Sir Michael Bonallack U9, U11 and U14 Golf Championships were played across the Balgove, Eden and Strathtyrum courses in St Andrews on Friday, 26 April, attracting a record number of entrants from schools across Scotland, as well as some from further afield, including Malaysia and the Czech Republic.
More than 175 golfers teed off across the three courses on a bright spring day, with the rain holding off until the very end of the competition.
Prizes were presented in The Champion’s Room at the St Andrews Links Golf Academy, where we were joined by Sir Michael Bonallack himself, the five-times English Amateur champion. Sir Michael started off proceedings with a speech, inspiring our young golfers to continue developing their game, before presenting awards.
There were winners from a range of schools, including St Leonards, and special congratulations goes to Verity Swift (Year 5), who won the U9 girls’ competition.
The event was organised in partnership with St Andrews Links – special thanks to our Director of Golf, Fintan Bonner, Director of Sport, Mark Baxter, and Links Instructor Blair Cross for making the day such an outstanding success.
Senior School students enrolled on the St Leonards Golf Programme did a brilliant job volunteering on the courses, accompanying the groups and running the additional activities on the day, which included a mini competition for the ‘longest putt’.
We look forward to welcoming players in the older age categories to St Andrews for the Tom Morris Golf Championships during Autumn Term.
Blackpool & Malham Trip
BLACKPOOL & MALHAM TRIP | Year 9 MYP Geography students set off for Blackpool and Malham at the start of Summer Term, accompanied by Miss Bennett, Mrs Pemberton-Hislop and Mr Barlow. After studying Blackpool as a contrasting coastal tourist destination to St Andrews, and looking at city management, the pupils enjoyed a visit to the Pleasure Beach for some adrenaline-filled fun on the rides and rollercoasters.
The initial wet and windy weather cleared as the group headed onwards to the Yorkshire Dales, where they visited a rural tourist destination at Malham, which is famous for its unique limestone scenery and for being one of the filming locations for Harry Potter!
The itinerary also included an evening walk to Janet’s Foss and a glorious hike up Malham Tarn!
For the full photo album from the brilliant Blackpool and Malham Trip, please follow the link below.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS | The first assembly of Summer Term was a chance to present certificates to Sixth Form students who have achieved their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Congratulations to Head Boy Ruaridh Angus, Rachel Gibbins and Jemima Lindsay (Year 12), who successfully completed all the components of their Bronze awards, including wild camping, a sporting activity and community service, and to Year 13 students Ben Clark, Molly Kavanagh, Evie Turner and Shu Hei Wong, who received their Silver awards.
St Leonards has the fastest growing Duke of Edinburgh programme of all Scottish independent schools, and our latest group of pupils set off on their Bronze qualifying expedition on Saturday, 27 April, taking to the hills of Aberfeldy in Perthshire.
The group met with Ms Johnson in school early on Saturday morning for a kit check before boarding the bus with Dr Maclean. Everyone was incredibly well prepared, punctual and enthusiastic for the expedition ahead, despite the rain forecast for day one of the trip!
The intrepid adventurers returned with Mr Martin on Sunday afternoon, and it's fair to say the weather was more forgiving on the second day! Students spent the night camping in the hills around Aberfeldy, with some groups setting up their tents on either side of a beautiful lochan in the shadow of Schiehallion.
There were some tired students and sore feet on the bus journey home, but a great atmosphere and wonderful camaraderie on board. We are delighted to say that the instructors and assessors at Beyond Adventure all commented on the students' good behaviour and optimism throughout their time out on the hills - a huge well done to all of them, and congratulations for successfully completing the Bronze expedition!
LEAVERS' DINNER | Our 2019 St Leonards Leavers enjoyed a special dinner in the CDR on Friday evening, which was a perfect opportunity to relax ahead of the IB Diploma exams. The Year 13 students were joined by members of staff for delicious food and a ceilidh – a brilliant way to round off a fun final day!
ABRSM AWARDS | Music certificates for instrumental and vocal and theory exams were presented by the Headmaster, Dr Carslaw, to pupils across the grades.
Congratulations to the following students on an outstanding set of results: Nicholas Muller (Year 8), Grade 5 Theory with Merit; Eilidh Jarrett (Year 8) Grade 4 Violin with Merit; Helena Flynn (Year 8), Grade 3 Violin; Eva Smeddle (Year 8), Grade 4 Singing with Merit; Edward Clement (Year 8), Grade 2 Piano with Merit; Ben Clark (Year 9), Grade 5 Theory with Merit; Jenny Lee (Year 9), Grade 3 Piano with Distinction; Lucinda Rathbone-Tulleth (Year 9), Grade 1 Piano with Merit; Lexie McGregor (Year 9), Grade 3 Flute with Merit; Beth Purvis (Year 9), Grade 5 Singing with Merit; Ella Gracie (Year 9), Grade 1 Clarinet with Distinction; Clova Angus (Year 10), Grade 4 Singing with Merit; Zac Kunwar (Year 10), Grade 4 Violin with Merit; James Mackenzie-Page (Year 10), Grade 1 Piano with Distinction; Cecilia Chen (Year 10), Grade 6 Piano with Distinction; Duncan Bouchard (Year 11), Grade 6 Saxophone with Distinction; Angus Driscoll (Year 11), Grade 6 Singing; Tomas Badia (Year 11), Grade 4 Piano with Merit; Josef Nammura (Year 12), Grade 1 Drum Kit with Merit; Finlay Skinner (Year 12), Grade 3 Saxophone.
Year 8 Aquathlon
YEAR 8 AQUATHLON | Katie Duncan, Maddy Wallard and Eilidh Jarrett (Year 8) participated in the Scottish Schools Aquathlon on Friday, 26 April in Glenrothes. We are still awaiting the official results but congratulations to all three girls on their brilliant performances!
LGBT+ CONCERT | The LGBT+ Concert at the end of Spring Term attracted a full house, with families, staff and students there to enjoy an evening of entertainment, speeches and an opportunity to raise money for the charity Stonewall Scotland, which campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across the UK.
Organised by Roma Dhasmana and Aenghus McGregor (Year 13), the event on Friday, 29 March raised £155 for the organisation and included a packed programme of performances, complete with bright rainbow outfits and props for Pride.
After an opening speech from Aenghus and Roma, the audience enjoyed dramatic performances, musical renditions, poetry, speeches and a raffle draw.
Thank you to all the students and staff who took to the stage: Kit McCarthy (Year 12), Robert Ferguson (Year 13), Yasmine Millar and James Robertson (Year 12), Edward Clement (Year 8), Roma and Shreyas Dhasmana (Year 13 and Year 6), Miss Moran, Alba Lueer (Year 12), Carolin Lohmann (Year 13), Johanna Woitke (Year 12) and Sarah Newman, Nadja Campbell and Ella Finch (Year 8), Sreeridhi Yemireddy, Anita Moire, Sonika Yemireddy, Kim Whatmore, Andrew Fleming, Andrew Ford and Ellen Caton (Year 12), the St Leonards Show Choir, Chocolate Orange, Mr Fleetwood, Ms McQuade-Powell and the St Leonards Choir.
Particular thanks to Roma and Aenghus for all their hard work in organising this fantastic event!