The Voice of st leonards senior school

May 2018



NEWTONMORE WEEKEND | 37 of our Year 9 pupils travelled to Newtonmore on Friday, 11 May, accompanied by Ms Carroll, Mrs Struck and Mr Durward. As is fast becoming tradition, the weather was glorious and the pupils had a fantastic weekend!

The Year 9 pupils took part in abseiling, climbing, hill walking, canoeing, team building and gorge walking. Everyone got stuck in to the activities and pushed themselves out of their comfort zone, the 8 metre high cliff jump at the end of gorge walking was enough to give anyone butterflies!


YEAR 12 PSYCHOLOGY TRIP | The Year 12 Psychology class travelled to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) on Friday, 27 April for a day-long introduction to primates and other species, their diversity and social structures.

The first 50-minute session introduced the pupils to ‘Genes and Inheritance’ as seen in animal behaviour. This session was followed by an outside tour to observe the Budongo Trail, which allows visitors to the zoo to see chimpanzees in the world’s most innovative, interactive chimpanzee enclosure. The class watched these amazing creatures exploring their home and learned all about the links between humans and our closest relative.

Longer sessions then followed, with an introduction to some species, their evolution, distribution and social structure. Information was provided on the reasons why research is conducted at the zoo, and how best to carry out zoo-based behavioural studies. The students were taken on a tour of some of the species that live at the park.

A special mention goes to Ben Clark, who, expertly and politely, delivered an ‘ad hoc’ thank you on behalf of the class. The visit was a great success and the Year 12 group would most definitely recommend the trip to the current Year 11 pupils!


LADY MACBETH | What a show! The Years 8-10 cast of Lady Macbeth put on three outstanding dramatic performances in the Byre Theatre earlier this month.

A huge amount of work went into taking the script from page to stage and the audience certainly appreciated the results! From the costumes to the standing stones on set, the play was spectacular.

Special thanks goes to Willie Clark and the St Leonards Art Department for creating the wonderful set, to the Directors Mrs Ledger, Mrs Stewart and Mr Kitson, the technical team and, of course, the staff of the Byre Theatre for their support and expertise throughout.

Well done to all involved!


MATHS CHALLENGE | From the success of the February Maths Challenge, two St Leonards mathematicians received the exciting news earlier this month that they have been selected to attend a Mathematics Masterclass Day at Edinburgh University.

Hugo Muller and Martin Dandolov were both commended for their outstanding results during the UKMT challenge day and will now have the opportunity to learn from a further day of workshops alongside like-minded students from across the country, hosted by The Royal Institution.

Congratulations to Martin and Hugo!


YEAR 12 SAILING DAY | A group of seven Year 12 girls took part in a sailing lesson on Saturday, 5 May with the St Andrews Sailing Club. Some had the chance to head out to sea on the club’s motor launch, which was very exciting!

The weather was perfect for a day’s sailing off the East Sands, and all the girls learned a lot from their experience.

There may be further opportunities later this term to sail with the club, so do watch out for notices around the school with details of a St Leonards sailing afternoon!


GLOBAL BRITAIN | On Thursday, 10 May, members of the St Leonards Debating Society attended the Foreign Affairs Select Committee public consultation at the University of St Andrews.

Thank you to Robert Ferguson (Year 12) for submitting the report below:

'On Thursday, 10 May, the political circus came to our town in the form of a Foreign Affairs Select Committee public consultation. They were looking into the public opinion on the current government policy of 'Global Britain', or perhaps more accurately, outsourcing the idea formulation for what 'Global Britain' actually means.

'The consultation was divided into four tables, each manned by one of the committee members that were in attendance: the Chairman, Tom Tugendhat; Priti Patel; Ian Murray, and the Chair of my table and our local MP Stephen Gethins. The discussion was wide ranging, touching on everything from history to the vagaries of trade negotiation, with only a brief stop off at Brexit.

'The conclusion reached, at our table at least, was that we were unanimous in our general goodwill to the rest of the world. When the issue of 'Global Britain' reared its head again, it was the time for the MPs to give their opinions, that the meaning of 'Global Britain' was unknown to all, even those who were meant to be bringing it about. And with the reins of our country in such confident hands, we departed having played our part in the democratic process.'


TO THE BATTLEFIELDS | A squad of Year 10 pupils set off for the Battlefields of Belgium on Wednesday, 23 May, complete with a special St Leonards School wreath to lay at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

Stay tuned for more about their trip in next month's edition of The Voice!


DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD | Congratulations to Catherine Campbell (Year 13), who has completed the final requirement for her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Catherine’s story was featured on the Duke of Edinburgh International Award website, where she shared her experiences of working towards the award whilst living in Saudi Arabia, and explained how restrictions around females not being allowed to go camping with males presented her with a range of challenges to overcome.

For her Gold Award Residential Project, Catherine travelled to Vietnam to help build a house for a family. Every day, Catherine and her fellow volunteers walked 5km to the house and back, past different villages and schools, which gave everyone a fantastic insight into life in Vietnam, outside the major cities.

Please do follow the link below to read in full about Catherine’s international adventures!


END OF EXAMS | Congratulations to our Year 13 students who finished their IB Diploma exams on Friday, 18 May! We hope they are all now enjoying a well-earned rest, and we look forward to welcoming them back for Prizegiving at the Younger Hall in St Andrews on Friday, 22 June.


YEAR 8 CAMPING TRIP | On Friday, 11 May, the first group of Year 8 pupils packed up their rucksacks and headed off for a weekend of wild camping in the Scottish countryside.

Accompanied by Mr Barlow and Miss Robertson, the group set up camp and settled in for a night under the stars, cooking over camping stoves and making use of the landscape around them.

We hope that the weather stays warm and dry for the next group, who are setting off on their outdoor adventure on Friday, 15 June!


ARGENTINA VISIT | On Monday, 30 April, we were delighted to welcome a group of Argentinian students to St Leonards during their visit to Scotland. The pupils from the Orange School in Buenos Aires enjoyed a tour of the school grounds before learning a bit about the history of St Leonards in QML. Thank you to Miss Tawse for preparing a super display of artefacts from the archives, which helped to bring our school’s history to life.

The Argentinian group then arrived at the Leonard, where they were met by some of our Year 12 students for an afternoon of presentations.

Well done to our Sixth Formers for showcasing St Leonards and St Andrews to our visitors through a PowerPoint presentation, as well as sharing aspects of British culture with them.

Next, it was the turn of our guests to share facts and traditions from the Argentinian culture. They explained the politics of their country and spoke about history, school life, and food and drink, ending their presentation with an opportunity to sample lots of Argentinian treats. Our Year 12 students thoroughly enjoyed meeting the group and trying dulche de leche, traditional chocolate biscuits from Argentina and warm mate tea!


STAFF VS. STUDENTS FOOTBALL | Fives Court was lined with fans on Tuesday, 22 May, with pupils and teachers alike ready to cheer on the teams in the much-anticipated Staff v. Students football match. Organised this year by Ben Clark (Year 12) for the CAS element of the IB Diploma, the result was an 8-7 win for the staff side, who were victorious for the second year running!

Thank you to Ben for submitting the match report below:

'The match flourished with valiant efforts from both the students and teachers sides. The students quickly gained a large lead going 3-0 up in the opening minutes. The teachers managed to pull one back but the students quickly replied, making the score 4-1.

'However, the teachers battled hard to make a somewhat inconceivable comeback to make the score 4-5 to the teachers for half time. The teachers quickly fired back making it 5-5 in the opening part of the second half.

'Then began a war of attrition to grab two more goals using classic route one-style play. The students worked hard and all seemed lost when, in the final five minutes, two goals were scored to make it all level. The stage was set for a dramatic finish when ex-professional Mr Duff delivered the final blow to the students to end the match. It was a great effort from both teams and a huge improvement for the young student side, compared to their 5-0 defeat last year.’


HISTORY DINNER | The Year 13 historians gathered in Bishopshall for a special History Dinner at the end of April. Thank you to Natanel who cooked up a storm in the kitchen, preparing a traditional chicken paprika goulash using his grandmother's recipe. Mrs Greenwood was in charge of desert to round off the delicious meal.

Everyone enjoyed a rare evening off in the busy run-up to the IB Diploma exams!


ART EXHIBITION | You are warmly invited to join us at the St Leonards Art Department for this year's Exhibition Preview and Summer Drinks Party. Enjoy live music from the pupils and creative cocktails from The Adamson Bar as you browse what is set to be a spectacular show!

The preview is open to members of the public, so please do bring along friends and family!

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