The Voice of st leonards senior school

September 2018

The September Review


BACK TO SCHOOL BBQ | The Back to School BBQ on Sunday, 2 September was a wonderful occasion, with a record number of guests turning out on St Leonards Grass to enjoy an afternoon of good food and drink, music and games.

Food was provided by St Leonards Seniors Guy Wade, with his Screaming Peacock gourmet burger van, and Harry Turner, who runs Maclaurin's Coffee Bar, and kept everyone well stocked with hot drinks and snacks. Delicious dessert from YoFrog went down a treat, with a whole host of toppings available to personalise your pud!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the afternoon such a success, and a special mention to Lauren (Year 11), who provided our superb live music for the event.


START OF YEAR RECEPTIONS | It was wonderful to welcome St Leonards families, existing and new, to our Start of Year Receptions in the Main School Hall.

After a chance to meet with Tutors, a delicious afternoon tea was served in the CDR to celebrate the new school year.


YEAR 12 INDUCTION DAY | Year 12 had a brilliant start to the Autumn Term, spending an afternoon at the West Sands beach, and taking part in a series of fun and energetic induction activities thanks to the fantastic team of instructors at Blown Away.

After setting off from the Quad in their tutor groups, the students spent a couple of hours having a go at landyachting, paddleboarding and volleyball on the sand. A great way to break the ice and celebrate the start of the new school year.

Meanwhile, Year 12’s morning session focused on team sports tasters. They boys practised rugby on Birdcage, while the girls were on Big Field putting the PE Department’s new beach hockey equipment to the test!


MOCKTAILS & MIXING | Our ‘Mocktails and Mixing’ events earlier this month saw Year 11 boarders and day pupils enjoy activities and thinking games, led by fire walker Barry Collins of The Phoenix Firewalk, who specialises in coaching young people in how to be ‘awesome’.

After activities in the School Hall, it was back to the boarding house for pizza, with day students sleeping over ready for sports fixtures on Saturday morning!


HAMPSTEAD HOCKEY | Lauren (Year 11) was in goals for the visiting Hampstead & Westminster hockey team during their St Andrews fixtures at the beginning of the month. The squad played two games across Friday and Saturday, beating the St Andrews Ladies hockey squad. Well done Lauren!


SLM SEASON STARTS | The St Leonards-Madras (SLM) Blues fixtures against Dunbar Grammar on Saturday, 1 September made for a strong start to the conference season, with the U13, U14, U16 and U18 boys welcoming the visiting teams to Station Park.

A good crowd was rewarded with a fantastic day of youth rugby, which saw the U18s secure a 27-14 victory. Some great running rugby and support play overcame the Dunbar defence.

Meanwhile, the U14s won their match 29-21, the U16s lost 43-10, and the U13s finished 30-25 up against the East Lothian side.

The SLM Blues U18 side secured another win away against North Berwick in their second match of the Grandis Conference. The boys were victorious against a strong opposition, securing a 45-12 win.

The U13s welcomed North Berwick to St Andrews, and with confidence building after the previous week's great win against Dunbar, they secured a 45-42 win against a very strong visiting side.

Next it was a tough away game for the U18 boys in their first Schools Cup match, with one of the Blues players stepping up to make up numbers for the Monifieth High/Carnoustie side. Congratulations to the Blues on a comfortable 45-12 win!


OLLERENSHAW OPENING | Ollerenshaw is looking simply spectacular following the first phase of its refurbishment. The House reopened in time for the start of term after a busy summer of work to transform the social spaces and the first set of study bedrooms.

With a state-of-the-art kitchen/dining room, games room and TV room, the project has created a real heart to the House, and it has already been well used for Sunday roasts and countless games of Ping Pong and snooker.

Good food and cooking together will play an important part in Ollerenshaw life going forward, and Mr Crisswell and Ms Johnson have plenty of plans for House banquets. Word has it paella is next on the menu!


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE | One of the many changes in Ollerenshaw this year is the introduction of an 'Artist in Residence', with the newly refurbished entrance hall serving a dual purpose as a gallery to exhibit the work of local artists.

Our first Artist in Residence is Scottish impressionist landscape painter and print-maker Robin Forsyth, who lives in the East Neuk of Fife. Inspired by the colours and landscape of the coast and countryside around St Andrews, Robin's work is currently brightening up the walls around the fireplace and staircase in the boarding house.

The paintings in Ollerenshaw are available to purchase, as well as to admire. Further examples of Robin's work, and details of his exhibitions as part of East Neuk Open Studios can be found via the link below.


CRIME CLUB | The new academic year brought with it a new after-school activity, with the Crime Club welcoming 40 new members in its first week alone! Run by Mrs Greener and Mrs Greenwood, the club investigates real crimes, starting this term with the case of Colin Norris, who was convicted of four murders. He is currently in prison serving consecutive life sentences, but claims he is innocent.

Pupils in Crime Club have been challenged to conduct their own investigation, reviewing the evidence and watching documentaries before being divided into prosecution and defence to re-run the trial.

Watch this space for news of guest speakers, who we hope will be able to join the group to share their views on the case!


ROTARY PHOTOGRAPHY | A trio of budding St Leonards photographers were presented with awards by members of the St Andrews and Kilrymont Rotary Clubs on Tuesday, 18 September, following a sweep of successes in the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year competition.

Isobel Clifford, Assistant District Governor, John Spittal, President of Kilrymont Rotary Club, and Arthur Griffiths of the Rotary Club of St Andrews joined Dr Carslaw on the stage to share information about the prestigious national competition, and congratulate this year’s entrants.

Emma (Year 11), Rowan and Pablo (Year 9) all submitted composites on the theme of ‘A Different Perspective’, with their work going through to the District Finals at Senior and Intermediate Level respectively.

Emma’s winning streak continued, and she was awarded second place at Senior Level in the District Heats for her music-inspired composite of three black and white images.


MATHS WEEK SCOTLAND | The Mathematics Department at St Leonards celebrated Maths Week Scotland, from 10-16 September, with a variety of activities and events.

Maths Week Scotland 2018 - designed to celebrate, raise the profile of, and help everyone see the benefits and power of Mathematics.

On Tuesday, 11 September 45 Year 12 students took the short stroll from St Leonards to the Mathematical Institute of the University of St Andrews to receive a lecture from Dr James Threlfall on the Mathematics of the Sun. Dr Threlfall spoke about his research area, Solar Theory, and gave students a taster of how mathematics is used to model reality and make predictions.

Following this the group were given private access to some of the ancient mathematical texts and rare manuscripts which the university has in its collection. Students examined work from famous mathematicians who they will stumble across in their studies, from St Andrews local James Gregory, who collaborated with Sir Isaac Newton, to the inventor of the logarithm, John Napier, to the prince of mathematics, Carl Friedrich Gauss. Galileo, Euclid, Euler, and the Fifer, Mary Somerville also made an appearance.

Through discussion with university staff, students saw the rich and varying history of Mathematics, and found that St Andrews was, and very much remains, at the vanguard and forefront of mathematical thought and development. We are very grateful to the Mathematical Institute and the Rare Books Librarians, in particular Mrs Elizabeth Henderson for leading the group through these informative and enriching sessions.

The following day our 60-strong Year 10 cohort spent their double maths lesson competing in a Scottish-themed maths relay. The atmosphere throughout the competition was excellent, as students worked in teams to solve a variety of mathematical problems, racing each other for points. Congratulations go to the winning team, Lovelace (named after the female mathematician Ada Lovelace) with students, Martin, Essil, Archie and Zoe as its members. It was wonderful to see the hall buzzing with Year 10 pupils doing and talking about Maths!

To finish, on Friday our MYP Year 9 mathematicians were treated to a lecture from Dr Jonathan Fraser from the Mathematical Institute at the University of St Andrews. Dr Fraser delivered an extremely engaging, thought-provoking lecture on Fractals. This is one of Dr Fraser's areas of expertise, and students particularly enjoyed considering and challenging his controversial claim that a circle, or indeed any typical 2D shape, does not actually exist in the real world!

Leaving students to ponder this, Dr Fraser went on to explore what a Fractal is, where it might appear in everyday life and how one might begin to look into its properties like dimension. Throughout the session, students got a sense of Dr Fraser’s passion for the subject, and it is hoped that this group cling to his message: always wonder why. We are extremely grateful to Dr Fraser for coming in and giving us an idea of what a mathematician does.


SAILING DAY | We may be coming towards the end of the sailing season, but that didn't stop students heading out on the water at the start of term for one final hoorah in St Andrews Bay.

Sunshine and blue skies made for a brilliant weekend activity, just a short walk from the school grounds.

There will be plenty more opportunities for pupils to have a go at sailing later in the school year, once the season starts up again!


HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS | The Year 8 girls drew 4-4 against High School of Dundee, with Millie opening the scoring early. Esme scored the second and fourth goals, with the third coming from Nadja. Well done to all the girls, and to Esme who was chosen as Player of the Match!

The Year 8 team went on to beat Dunfermline High School 13-0 with a series of strong goals from Sophie, Eva, Katie, Corinne, Elisenda, Nadja and Esme.

Meanwhile, the Year 10 girls secured a victory at home against Dunfermline with a final score of 3-0. Goals were scored by Rebecca and Emma in what was a very good game.


RADIO RECORDING | Paddy, Bruce and Jemima joined the DJs at Wave FM in Dundee for the afternoon to record a special St Leonards advert in the run-up to our Whole School Open Morning on Saturday, 6 October.

Everyone had a great time trying out the recording equipment in a professional studio, and the pupils are enjoying a spot of fame from featuring on Wave, and also Tay FM!


ISGA GOLF | The Independent Schools Golf Assocation Scottish Open at Kings Acre was a great opportunity for our golfers to play a parkland course - quite a change from our usual links courses in St Andrews!

It was a brilliant day, and a chance for new St Leonards pupils to mix with old, and make new friends at the start of this year's Independent Schools Golf Series.


CAMHS TALK | It was wonderful to welcome Eugene Adams back to St Leonards this month to speak to our Year 12 and 13 students about stress and anxiety. Eugene is a Nurse Consultant with the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Fife, and is the School's dedicated liaison to support emotional health and wellbeing.

His interactive talk addressed key issues for young people today, including 'catastrophising', and strategies for coping with stress.

Eugene is a familiar face around the school grounds, and regularly gives presentations to parents, pupils and staff. He will join us again in November for a Year 13 session on the 'Adolescent Brain'.


CAS FOOTBALL | Iain in Year 13 led a football training session for the Year 5-7 boys, which was a real hit with the Junior School pupils, and will count towards the CAS element of his IB Diploma. Great to see one of our Sixth Formers sharing their skills with the younger pupils!

Meanwhile, the Senior Boys' Football team played two strong fixtures, with their first match resulting in a 2-2 draw against Gordonstoun. Playing against Albyn School, the boys secured their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win against the Aberdeen side. We are looking forward to seeing the boys continuing to go from strength to strength.


DUKE OF EDINBURGH | Two very successful training days this month set up our Year 12 and 13 pupils for their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition to Killin in Perthshire, where they will be putting their map-reading skills to the test and camping in the wild.

Fingers crossed the weather's as good for the real thing as it was when they had a go at heating up hot chocolate in the Quad!


DUNHILL SCHOOLS WIN | Congratulations to Isabella (Year 10) on winning the U18 Nett prize at the Alfred Dunhill Schools Championship earlier this month. A fantastic achievement!

Isabella was presented with her prize on Sunday, 30 September at the Dunhill Links Championship.


CHINESE MOON PARTY | Our boarders celebrated in style with a Chinese Moon Party in Ollerenshaw, making the most of the boys’ new kitchen space.

Food was central to the evening’s entertainment, with boarders from the neighbouring houses invited to join in a traditional Chinese banquet, prepared by Mr Crisswell and some of the students.


PINK DAY | Students and staff sported every shade of pink on Thursday, 27 September to raise money for women's cancer charities. From hair dye to extravagant accessories, it was brilliant to see so many people taking part.

Thank you to Mrs Radons-Harris’s tutor group for organising the event, which featured a particularly popular Pink Day photo booth set up in the CDR at lunchtime. Pupils paid £1.50 each for pink-themed Polaroid snaps, posing with all kinds of props!

An impressive £676.67 was raised in total. Thank you to all who supported this fundraising event!


ST LEONARDS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS | We were pleased to welcome players from schools across Scotland to St Andrews on Wednesday, 26 September, for the St Leonards National Junior Golf Championships.

Strong winds made for a difficult day’s play on the Eden and Strathtyrum courses in the U15 and 15 & Over categories, but that didn’t stop four St Leonards students securing top prizes.

Congratulations to Ole, Fiona, Arseniy and Ellen, who were top of the leaderboard alongside pupils from Loretto, St George’s and St Aloysius.


The SLM Blues U14s

HOME AND AWAY WINS | The SLM Blues U14s played with skill and great teamwork in their match against George Watson’s College on Saturday at Station Park in St Andrews, securing a 33-4 victory against the visiting Edinburgh side.

All players defended with spirit and attacked as a team, which was too much for a well-organised George Watson’s challenge. Meanwhile, the Blues U18 side played away in the capital, taking on George Watson’s on what was a very blustery Saturday morning for another tough top of the table Grandis Conference fixture.

The Blues, playing with the wind, came out firing on all cylinders and romped to a 0-19 lead early in the first half.

George Watson’s, however, found their rhythm and sent wave after wave of attack into the SLM half. Despite heroic defence on their own goal line, eventually the pressure told and SLM found themselves down 26-19 with less than ten minutes to go.

True to form, the Blues didn’t give up, playing to their strengths and bringing home two late tries to make the St Andrews side the eventual winners, with a final score of 26-31.

A credit to both teams, this was a great example of youth rugby at its best. Man of the Match was Hector (Year 13).


KINDROGAN TRIP | 21 ESS students spent a long weekend at Kindrogan Field Study Centre in the heart of Perthshire to learn some fieldwork techniques for the ESS component of their IB Diploma. On the Saturday the group was joined by some Year 13 students for the day, too. The weather was fabulous and the students very focused.

They looked at how to design a questionnaire, how to measure air pollution using indicator species (lichens and black spot fungus), compared invertebrates under native and non-native woodland species, did a grassland study comparing plants on a very old untreated meadow with one treated with herbicides and fertiliser, and finally they all designed their own mini project which they will work on and present at school. The students worked incredibly hard and were a credit to St Leonards.

Mr Seymour very kindly accompanied the trip alongside Mrs Radons-Harris, and drove one of the buses up from St Andrews to Kindrogan. A huge thank you also to Mr Lang who gave up his Saturday to drive the Year 13 students up.

The students were fortunate to have James, who has taken the course before and really understands both the IB and what we are trying to achieve with the course, as their tutor at the centre again this year.

All in all an excellent, if exhausting, weekend!


SCOTTISH SCHOOLS RUGBY | SLM Blues won their third round tie versus a very tenacious Trinity School in Edinburgh on Wednesday, 26 September in the U18 Scottish Schools Cup. The Blues will go on to play the winners of Balfron High v George Heriots in the next round. Well played!


HOUSE HOCKEY | We had a superb turnout for the Inter-House Hockey Tournament on the AstroTurf on Saturday, 29 September.

A well-fought competition ended with Bishopshall and Ollerenshaw in joint first place, followed by St Rule in second place. A brilliant morning's sport!


OUR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT | The Year 10 IGCSE geographers headed outside to study our local coastal environment here in St Andrews. All the pupils were tasked with collecting at least one piece of litter on their walk back to school. Great to see everyone doing their bit to keep our beaches clean!


YEAR 8 & 9 CONCERT | Our Autumn Term concert series got off to a super start with the Year 8 & 9 concert on Thursday, 27 September. Piano performances from Cameron and Eva were combined with tunes on the ukulele, clarsach, guitar, flute, violin and cello to create a wonderfully varied programme of entertainment.

The evening was rounded off by a performance from the Jazz Band, which was an opportunity to welcome back Mr Irons, as well as some older students sporting colourful costumes in honour of Pink Day!


Year 8 at Fife Schools Hockey

FIFE SCHOOLS HOCKEY | The Year 8 girls travelled to Dunfermline to participate in the Fife Schools Hockey Festival with other schools from across the area. Goals were scored by Millie (x 2), Elisenda (x 2), Maddy (x 4), Esme (x 2), Katie A, Nadja (x 2), Sophie (x 4), Quitterie, Eva (x 2), Corinne and Katie D.

A fantastic, fun day of hockey and a superb performance from our girls!

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