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Issue 54 I Summer 2016

Community Gathers for Sports Day Pupils Excel in Language National Speaking Competition RGSEA ROV is Put to the Test at NASA Johnson Space Center

Pupil Achievements

Merit Awards: March

All pupils are S6 Analytical Chemistry: Luke Stuart Badminton: Blair Dunbar-Smith, Jamie Seedhouse Basketball: Ruairidh Jones Blackfriars House: Callum Angus, Monica Higgins, Morna Holmes, Rachel Lowden, Gavin Matheson, Jamie Seedhouse, Harry Simpson, Andrew Webb Collyhill House: Adam Stephen Dance: Ruaridh Fisher Hockey – Girls: Lauren Caldow, Jessica Harle, Olivia Haywood, Catriona MacDonald, Kirsten Miller, Kirsty Ness, Louise Oldham, Hannah Stewart JASPARS: Kirsten Athawes, Jenny Bain, Isla Baxter, Anna Bennett, Madeleine Brown, Emmy Bruce, Megan Bruce, Sneha Chadaga, Katy Gordon, Lewis Maitland, Ela McDougall, Claudia Miles, Abigail Morren, Bethan Payne, Micha Skilling, Rachel Smith, Hannah Tyldsley, Jamie Williams Junior School Assistant: Kirsty Harkness Junior School Assistant (PE): Hannah Stewart Junior School Assistant (Swimming): Bethan Payne Model UN: Mahanoor Qadir Netball: Thea Mayeux, Carragh Rabbitte, Natasha Steward, Chloe Trail Rights Respecting School Award Group: Anna Bennett, Katrina Hall Rugby: Jamie Craig, Blair Dunbar-Smith, Connor Gracie, Alastair Harry Howarth, Thomas Lewin, Andrew Gravilly, Rowan Stott

Robert Gordon’s College ROV Team; RGSEA



From the Quadrangle Summer 2016

Senior Big Band: Thomas Fluck, Charles Lawrie Senior Concert Band: Caitlin Boon von Ochssee, Madeleine Brown, Hamish Campbell, Sneha Chadaga, Rory Cunningham, Thomas Fluck, Katy Gordon, Katrina Harris, William Inglis, Charles Lawrie, Rachel Lowden, Yash Nirmal, Andrew Skidmore, Natasha Steward, Hannah Stewart, Chloe Trail Sillerton House: Megan Bruce, Sophie Evans, Katrina Harris, Gregor Hughes, Lewis Johnston, Catriona MacDonald, Ailsa Main, Calum Murdoch, Kirsty Ness, Luke Stuart, Lewis Tulleth Squash: Harry Simpson STEM in the Pipeline: Callum Angus, Roshanay Hussain, Adam Kemshell, Yash Nirmal, Alastair Sutherland, Chloe Trail Straloch House: Emmy Bruce, Lauren Caldow, Keiran Fleming, Kirsten Miller, Chloe Oag, Louise Oldham, Lisa Rennie, Rhianna Skedge, Natasha Steward, Alastair Sutherland, Rémi Théron, Hannah Tyldsley Subject Assistant – Biology: Tom Hewitt, Rebecca White Subject Assistant – Chemistry: Rae Smith, Luke Stuart Subject Assistant – Computing: Hugh Fraser, Jonathan Sprague Subject Assistant – English: Claudia Miles Subject Assistant – Geography: Star Lumsden, Rebecca White Subject Assistant – Mathematics: Jon Hosie, Aisha Taylor-Sinclair

Pupils Compete Stateside in World Underwater Robotics Competition

Winning second place in their MATE ROV regional final, pupils from RGC will travel to the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab to compete against more than 50 teams from around the world, using an ROV that they designed and built during the past school year. This year’s contest focuses on the similarities in technologies for use in the ocean and those used in outer space. The team have secured sponsorship for their participation in the competition from supporters including Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited, Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Subsea 7, The Gordonian Association, Brewin Dolphin, Hunting and The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.

Subject Assistant - Modern Languages: Caitlin Boon von Ochssee, Morna Holmes, Hannah Lawson, Chloe Oag, Lisa Rennie Swimming: Luke Stuart

Colour Awards: March CCF (Army): Brodie Barker (S5) CCF (RAF): Nick Cameron (S5), Fraser Cowie (S5), Glen Keith (S5), Liam Parkinson (S5), David Roddy (S5), Thomas Santini (S5), Harry Simpson (S6) Debating: Aysha Iqbal (S6) Drama: Lucy Cowie (S5), Matthew Grainger (S6) Hockey: Henri Charles (S6) Mathematics: Jalaj Khandelwal (S6) Model UN: Morgan Povey (S6) Music: Dexter Fawcett (S5), Aidan Parker (S5), David Peacock (S5), Rishi Purkayastha (S5) Rugby: Gregor Hughes (S6) Skiing: Ruby Still (S5) Delancey Chess Challenge - Northern Megafinal Eight RGC pupils took part in the Delancey Chess Challenge Northern Megafinal in May with seven qualifying for the July Gigafinal in Manchester. It was our most successful result in this event to date in this regional tournament that saw 40 participants in all. Congratulations also go to Euan Gray (S3) U15 winner, Pranav Arcot (P5) U12 winner and Peter Fish (P3) U8 winner. Participants: Aagash Chandrakumar (S3), Euan Gray (S3), Andrew Ross (S3), Jon Ewen (S1), Utsav Yogi (S1), Anish Subramaniam (P7), Pranav Arcot (P5) and Peter Fish (P3). Chemistry Olympiad 2016 Eleven pupils were entered for the first round of the Royal Society of Chemistry's International Olympiad in January 2016. In S6 Yash Nirmal and Callum Angus achieved Silver and Aysha Iqbal and Luke Stuart each achieved Bronze. Well done to Yash who was top in school. In S5 Thomas Miskelly and Harry Fluck each achieved Bronze and Keith Yardley, also of S5, achieved Silver and was second overall in school. Well done to all those who took part in a very challenging exam. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Malcolm Tonna (P4) Theory of Music Distinction in Grade 1. Sonia Zhang (P4) Grade 3 Piano with Merit. New Era Academy of Drama and Music Max Greenhalgh (S5) NEA Grade 8 Gold Medal Speech and Drama with Distinction and awarded the associated credit Speaking of Poetry and Prose - Grade 8. Sebastian Cycles £600 to Sport Relief Sebastian Saundry (P7) raised almost £600 for Sport Relief by cycling continuously for one hour. Breaking his target he cycled 16 laps of Victoria Park (over 17 km) with just nine seconds to spare of his 60 minute time limit.

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I continue to be quietly amazed with the number of events, subjects and activities that our pupils cram into their finite amount of time. It is both heartening and salutary. We began the term with a QUIPE visit, which is a Quality and Improvement visit conducted for every independent school by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE). These inspections are important checks on the pulse and life of the school. Lesson observations were carried out across Departments in the Junior and Senior School, and surveys were taken with pupils, parents and staff. The inspectors from HMIE felt this was a school they would both like to teach at and send their children to - glowing feedback that speaks for itself and acknowledges the high quality of learning and teaching observed. The pupils were felt to be very polite and well motivated, whilst the staff were noted for going the extra mile in supporting them. This is defined by the excellent staff/pupil relationships that underpin Gordon’s academic and extracurricular programmes. In short, the inspecting team found the College to be in excellent health, with a strong capacity for further progress ahead which we are delighted at. All the S4 to S6 pupils have entered their SQA examinations and the academic matters are firmly in their hands, with the ongoing support of their teachers as required. S1 - S3 pupils are participating in trips to London for CCF and Business/Economics, the Cairngorms for walking and kayaking, Kintail, wildlife trips, Space Camp, Berlin, Sorrento, water sports in the Ardeche, as well as a Play in a Week at RGC, and work with local charities in Aberdeen. Pupils from S5 are walking the Great Glen Way, sailing in the Hebrides, windsurfing at Cumbrae National Watersports Centre, walking in Kintail, canoeing the Spey Descent and more. One unique addition is a Cycle Expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats by eight S5 pupils in a venture known as ‘END2END’. These are unique experiences that help to shape the Gordon’s pupil, adding to their all-round resilience, interest and skill base. Vital people skills are picked up along the way and many good memories. The wider life of the school has been extremely robust and busy too. The Spring Concert in the Music Hall was of a very high calibre, and this continued with a superb ‘RGC Young Musician of the Year’ competition along with the Blue Lamp Concert, both held in The Craig Centre for Performing Arts. A display of Gordonian Art from Former Pupils was exhibited during June in the exhibition foyer of The Craig Centre. The CCF Pipe Band have been continuing to grow in number and quality of repertoire and they now have a Training and an A Band who were involved in the CCF Beating The Retreat along with the Scottish Schools Pipe Band at Holyrood in May. Meanwhile the RGC RAF Section won the Scottish round of the Air Commodore’s Trophy and went through to the UK National Finals in London. We were delighted to see Flight Sgt Matthew Munt awarded one of the three de Havilland Medals, marking him as one of the top three Air Cadets in the UK, as well as his role as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Aberdeen City. There was also a CCF Field Day, accompanied by the reinvigorated CCF Annual Dinner at the Gordon Barracks. There is a great deal going on and much to be proud of from the boys and girls at Gordon’s. They continually set high standards in their approach to life and remain excellent company for visitors to the College. Mr Mills

Tech Talks

S4 Gordon’s pupils at The Y Factor competition

Business Education has the Y Factor! A group of S4 Business, Economics and Accounting pupils have been shortlisted as one of three teams chosen as finalists and will take part in a “Dragons’ Den” style final. Pupils have had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Y Factor competition organised by the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. “The Y Factor” is aimed at the youth population and “why” financial planning is so important. The competition involved the pupils working together to research a business idea and draw up a business plan. Good Luck! Mrs Johnston


From the Quadrangle Summer 2016

As part of the series of 'Inspiring Leaders'​talks, we welcomed Dr Deborah O'Neill (pictured above center) the CEO of Aberdeen-based biotechnology Novabiotics. Dr O'Neill spoke to the S2 year group about her journey to her current position and the work that Novabiotics is doing to develop novel treatments for cystic fibrosis. At a time when the pupils' choices for future careers are still very much open they received the inspiring message that it's

possible to play a part in life-changing medical developments using a wide variety of skills, ranging from mathematical to scientific to entrepreneurial. Following the talk Dr O'Neill joined members of the Biology Department for lunch in order to discuss ways in which the School could extend its links with Novabiotics to give senior pupils an insight into the work that is involved in drug development. Mr Bristow



From the School Captains It’s difficult for us to believe that our Sixth Year is almost over and yet, despite the excitement of the future, we find ourselves looking back at what has been an incredibly successful year at RGC. As School Captains we have had the privilege of welcoming HRH The Princess Royal back for the third time, and been involved in successful events such as the Gordonian dinners and Open Morning. During the summer term there has been lots of excitement across the school including the S1 Drama Club’s production of ‘Disney Delights’, the Gordonian Gathering ‘Night in the Quad’, as well as Gordon’s hosting the Global Alliance for Innovative Learning (GAIL) convention which will see schools from around the world come together at RGC during the first week of the holidays. Now that we’ve had our final school day at Schoolhill, had our shirts covered in signatures, and a memorable ‘It’s-a-Knockout’ in the worst weather imaginable, the Leavers look forward to life beyond school. We wish everyone the best of luck in their exams. It seems as if it was yesterday that we became School Captains which makes it seem all the more surreal that we must now say goodbye. So, thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff of RGC - it has truly been a pleasure. Morna Holmes and Jamie Seedhouse (S6)

Caitlin Boon Von Ochssee , Hannah Lawson, Louise Oldham, Sean Cann

Language Pupils Excel in National Speaking Competition The Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (AMOPA) in Scotland organises an annual competition for students of Advanced Higher French. Four pupils from Robert Gordon’s College entered presentations in French to the Association’s native speaking jury. Congratulations go to Hannah Lawson who won second prize in the overall competition. Fellow pupils Louise Oldham, Sean Cann and Caitlin Boon von Ochssee were each presented with certificates of merit. Pupils and teachers welcomed Professor Bennett, Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Edinburgh, and Virginie Jégat from the sponsors of the competition, Total, to a reception in the Governors’ Room where the pupils also received feedback on their entries. Mrs Lamont​

From the Parents’ Association The busy work of the RGCPA continued through the Spring Term with preparations for the Spring into Wonderland Ball at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. The event on 23 April was a delightfully mad evening and a fabulous total of almost £11k was raised. £3,500 is being donated to those affected by the flooding in Aberdeen City and Shire. The remainder will go to the School project ‘Greening the Campus’. The PA again enjoyed supporting the PE department with Sports Day providing delicious cream teas and a tasty BBQ for your enjoyment. Our final event of the year ‘Pimms and Paintings’ was a lovely start to summer with mouthwatering canapés and Pimms whilst viewing the magnificent artwork created by the Junior School children working together. Our AGM will be in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 6 September. Please join us for refreshments and hear about our successful past year and the exciting plans for the year ahead. Contact: Jo Hardie and Fiona Chambers

Grampian Children’s Book Award 2016 This year’s attendance at the Grampian Children’s Book Award (GCBA) ceremony was eagerly anticipated by two S1 English classes, ENG1/4 and ENG1/9. They started the GCBA journey in October, when they voted, along with pupils from schools in Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Morayshire, for a shortlist of six books. They had until March to read the books as well as taking part in the competitions associated with the award. As it transpired, the winner of this year’s award, “Smart” by Kim Slater, had been the RGC pupils’ choice when they cast their votes. Unfortunately Kim Slater couldn’t attend the award ceremony but she sent an email to say she was delighted to have won. The authors who were at the ceremony, added considerable interest to the event; a dash of humour by Barry Hutchison; writing tips and ideas from Cathy MacPhail; and the enthusiasm of first time author, Virginia Bergin. All this along with the Q&A session and the announcement of the competition winners made for an enjoyable afternoon. Mrs Brazendale


From the Quadrangle Summer 2016

Higher Biology pupils with Mr Bristow and John Cooper

Beekeeper Inspires Biology Pupils Higher Biology pupils enjoyed hearing from John Cooper of the Aberdeen and District Beekeepers Association on the social structure of honey bee colonies, their importance to humans and the ways in which their number are being threatened. It was fascinating to hear more about the cooperation and self sacrifice that occurs between tens of thousands of individual insects and how much our agriculture is dependent on their activities. The details presented so enthusiastically by Mr Cooper have helped provide pupils with a richer and deeper context for their study of this area of the new Higher Biology Course. Mr Bristow

John Byrne National Drawing Competition The entry from Georgia Ruddiman, Carmen Neat and Lotte Boon von Ochssee (S3) has taken 3rd place in this year’s John Byrne Drawing Competition. Their drawing was exhibited at Paisley Museum & Art Gallery from Friday 18 March, for approximately one month. The Larger than Life portrait drawings completed by all S3 art pupils to enter the competition were displayed in The Craig Centre for Performing Arts gallery during March and April 2016. Mr Hopps

Innovative STEM Project on 3D Printing As a teacher, you leave journals around the lab in the hope that one day some bright spark will open them and be inspired. You don’t expect it… but you hope. In September, after reading an article in Education in Chemistry, Keith Yardley, Rory Rose and Thomas Miskelly (S5) asked me if they could try to build a 3D printer. After applying for budget approval, which was granted, the boys started sourcing materials and carrying out a risk assessment. Construction commenced in November 2015. This has become a great example of an interdisciplinary STEM project with the pupils enlisting help from pupils and staff in Physics and Engineering Science, Computing as well as Chemistry in order to find solutions to problems with their light source, electronic controls and programming. While there are still many issues yet to be resolved and reaction conditions to be refined, the project is showing signs of great potential. We are aiming for a complete chess set by the end of session. Our young scientists have shown creativity, drive and determination to succeed which we hope will make them eligible for Gold Crest Awards, which will further enhance their UCAS applications next year. Dr Kennedy

North America Snow Sports Trip

In April, 38 pupils (S3-S6) and staff met at Aberdeen Airport to embark on a snow sports trip to Winter Park, Colorado. After a comfortable and delay free flight we arrived at Winter Park Mountain Lodge. Pupils were treated to excellent Easter snow conditions and a high quality of tuition. Groups took part in off piste and back country skiing as well as the skills park. All pupils agreed that the quality of their skiing significantly increased during the trip. Evening activities included bowling, quiz night, cinema trip, shopping trip and relaxing in the hotel swimming pool. The party arrived safely back to Aberdeen on time and with no serious injuries. Mr Paul

Debating and Public Speaking News

Inspire at RGC achieve healthyliving award

32 teams of S1-S3 pupils competed in the eighth annual Auld Hoose Debating Competition at RGC in April, representing 13 different schools from across Scotland. This competition is regarded as one of the best juniors events in the Scottish debating calendar, and this year was no exception. The atmosphere was friendly and fun, the standard of debating was high and George Watson's emerged as the worthy winners. Our RGC juniors teams fared well, with Beth Kelly and Colin Chen (both S2) narrowly missing a place in the final, coming fifth on Tab. Beth was 9th on the Speaker Tab and Colin 12th, a superb achievement. Pranav Maganti, Nicholas Runcie, Ishani Mukerji and Joel Simpson (all S3), also participated, and spoke well on a variety of challenging motions. Many of them are new to debating, and are definitely faces to watch out for in the future. Debating coaches, Maura Buchanan (Class of ‘14) and Nathan Adam (Class of ‘13) did an exceptional job running the day. Our twenty S4-S6 pupil helpers were outstanding and a credit to the school. The wing judges, in particular, showed real leadership skills through the ways in which they judged and gave constructive feedback to younger pupils. Six S4-S5 pupils acted as Swing speakers on the day, with little warning and, in a few cases, with no debating experience at all. Special mention should go to Max Greenhalgh, who came 8th on Tab, and Emily Grant, who came 14th despite never having debated before. Robert Gordon’s College hosted the first round of the Procurator Fiscal Competition. Two teams participated: Nivi Arivand and Rachael

Following a rigorous audit process reviewing the menus and food offered, the catering team have achieved the healthyliving award. This means your child will always be able to make healthy food choices at school and our food offer also meets the Scottish Government’s Better Eating, Better Learning initiative and the School Nutritional Guidelines. Kevin Simpson, Operations Manager said: "I am delighted that the catering team at Robert Gordon's College have been awarded the healthyliving award. This award underlines our commitment to providing healthy food options to all of the pupils and staff at Gordon's. We look forward to continuing to develop the food offer whilst reducing sugar, salt and fat volumes in all of our menu choices and to offer balanced meals every day."


From the Quadrangle Summer 2016

Aysha Iqbal and Kara Abraham at the ESU Mace Debating Tournament

Henderson (S2) and Nicolas Runcie and Ishani Mukerji (S3). The S3 team were successful in winning through to the next round. They were all talking on the subject of what it means to be a refugee in Scotland today. Aysha Iqbal (S6) and Kara Abraham (S5) progressed to the semi-final of the ESU Mace Debating Tournament at the ESU Mace Headquarters, Edinburgh in March. Performing well throughout this tournament, it was an excellent achievement. They were debating the motion, 'This House Supports developing countries who choose to prioritise economic growth over participating in western efforts to combat climate change.' We have two teams participating in the ESU Juniors Debating Tournament. Round 3 took place on 25 May and both teams qualified for the regional final. Ishani Mukerji (S3) and Nivi Aravind (S2), Colin Chen and Thomas Hopkinson (S2) all debated superbly on the motion, 'This house believes that medical professionals should make important decisions about a child's health.' We also have four pupils competing in the final of the ESU Public Speaking Competition: Anna Kelly (S5), Molly Whitehouse (S4), Malcolm Cowie (S3) and Beth Kelly (S2). The pupils have done extremely well to reach this stage of a very prestigious tournament. Mrs Mancellon, Miss Waters and Miss Hendry

WorldWise Geographers Patrick Robinson (S2), Euan Gray (S3) and Calum Shepherd (S4) have progressed to the National Final of the WorldWise Quiz in June. Two teams from RGC participated in the North round which also included Vaibhav Chetty (S2), Bruce Hepburn (S3) and Ross Martin (S4).

Transit of Mercury Members of the public joined the school community to view the rare spectacle at Schoolhill through a range of telescopes provided by Aberdeen Science Centre, Aberdeen Astronomical Society and The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

News from our Junior School

Internet Safety

Nursery News

The Nursery has been a hive of activity this term. Les Cochons D'Inde chose to learn about different sports after an interesting show and tell session. As part of our sport theme, the children enthusiastically embarked on their daily 'Mile a Day' running sessions, running in all weathers with happy smiling faces. Each day one child was awarded with a trophy as Champion Runner of the Day, and all of the children took home a variety of achievement certificates. They also visited The Albury Outdoor Sports Centre where they learnt how to play outdoor bowls. This was a most successful trip with the sun shining brightly in the sky. Their topic culminated with a fun swimming session in our school pool. There was lots of splashing and laughter as the children played a variety of swimming games. As part of our Science curriculum, the Nursery children joined up with their Primary 4 friends to make bug houses to place around the School grounds. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the classroom as they carefully chose bark, sticks, leaves, flowers and moss to create their 'bug house masterpieces'. It was a fun-filled activity which shall have an incredibly positive effect on our School environment. Mrs Reid

Junior School Science Fair

The P6/7 Science Ambassadors organised a Science Fair in the Junior School library in May. On display were the results of investigations which they had independently selected, undertaken and reported upon. They utilised equipment in Junior and Senior School labs and enlisted the help of friends and family as volunteers and assistants in their experiments. Fiona Saunders, a Science Education Support Officer, kindly agreed to judge the entries and selected two winners to go forward to the City Science Fair in June. We wish them the very best of luck! Mrs Geddes


From the Quadrangle Summer 2016

PC Cook educated the Primary 6 on Internet Safety in March. He focussed on social media, staying safe online and cyber bullying. This formed part of the Primary 6 Health and Wellbeing lessons. The year group went on to produce work relating to key concepts that PC Cook discussed. PC Cook also presented a very informative and interesting presentation to parents about keeping children safe online and parental responsibilities. This was followed by Miss McDonald’s enlightening presentation on the use of iPads in the Junior School in connection with the ICT Curriculum and how P4-P7 use this technology across the curriculum. Miss Jamieson

Creative Archie Crowned Regional Winner Archie Reary (P1) has been named the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray regional winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Schools Poster Competition. Archie’s winning poster is on display at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh until 29 August 2016.

‘In Granny Gordon’s Day’

Burns Federation National Finals

The pupils in Primary 1 welcomed their grandparents into school to share what they have been learning during their Social Studies topic. The children have been learning about what life was like in the past and they sang songs, read their stories, talked about schools long ago and danced to music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The grandparents then joined the children in the P1 classrooms to see the very modern and bright classrooms.

After winning their classes in the regional heats Louis Roddy competed in the P6/7 verse category and Kirsty Davidson in the P6/7 singing category. Both delivered excellent performances during the event at St George's in Edinburgh. Louis was graded 92% and Kirsty 85%. These grades contributed to the overall winning percentage for Grampian region who won the trophy (alongside children from other schools).

P3 Tatties Keen gardeners in P3 have been up to their elbows in tatties recently, having entered a ‘Grow Your Own Potatoes’ competition. Chitted and planted in the Science room back in March, their potatoes grew so quickly they had to be re-potted when they moved outdoors in April! Since then, regular maintenance teams have weeded and watered them and are keeping their fingers crossed for a successful harvest when they are weighed for the final in June.

Rocket Science - Blast Off P5 pupils were fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the RHS ‘Rocket Science’ Experiment. In April, they received two packets of seeds, one red and one blue, one of which had spent six months on the International Space Station and another which had remained on Earth. Pupils were challenged with sowing and growing the seeds, following a structured scientific method, and uploading their results onto a national database. Based on their observations, they have been making predictions about which seeds are which but are looking forward to Tim Peake’s announcement in June when he will reveal the true identity of the space seeds, are they red or are they blue? Watch this space. Mrs Geddes

The English department celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by dressing up as characters from a variety of his tragedies and comedies. Through an organised bake sale in the staff room, dubbed 'Cakespeare', they raised £120 for The Brain Tumour Charity and The MS Society. In addition, there was a performance competition held at lunchtime in The Craig Centre for Performing Arts in which contestants delivered soliloquies from their favourite plays. The level of effort put into these staggering performances truly was incredible and second prize was given to Max Greenhalgh, with the first prize being unanimously awarded to Sarah Montgomery. Miss Waters

Lip Sync Challenge for ARCHIE

Pupils hosted a lip sync contest to raise funds for ‘ARCHIE in Africa Day’ which supports the only children’s surgical ward in the whole of Uganda. ‘ARCHIE in Africa Day’ coordinator at The ARCHIE Foundation, fundraising manager Emma Slessor, was delighted with the £200 raised: “It is hard to put into words just how much this means to the children in Uganda and what a huge difference it will make. The ARCHIE Foundation has a policy of always spending money it raises helping local sick children in the area in which it donated. When we were asked to help these children in Uganda who so need it, we asked our children all over the Grampian region and the Northern Isles to raise this money specially for ARCHIE in Africa on this one day a year.”

Pupils Get Out of This World Tim Peake Experience Four Physics and Astronomy pupils enjoyed a series of talks at the National Space Centre, Leicester in May which included a live in-flight video link with Tim Peake aboard the ISS. Pupils also toured the numerous hands on exhibits and enjoyed immersive planetarium shows on astronaut physiology and the origins of the universe.

House Football

The annual S1/2 house football 11-a-side tournament took place at Countesswells in May. Four teams from each house took part in the challenge to become house football champions. Thanks should go to all the boys who turned up and took part in what was a fantastic day, both in terms of the weather and the football on display. Collyhill ran out eventual winners, beating Sillerton in a closely contested final.


From the Quadrangle Summer 2016


Celebrating Shakespeare

CCF RAF FLT LT Race’s flight visiting Kourion

CCF RAF visit the 84 Helicopter search and rescue section

CCF Pipe Band - Scottish Schools Beating the Retreat 2016 Robert Gordon's College CCF Pipe Band took part in the Scottish Schools CCF Beating the Retreat held at Palace of Holyroodhouse in May. This is now a major event in the Pipe Band calendar and the parade was inspected by the Lord High Commissioner of Edinburgh. The event was the culmination of many weeks of hard practice learning tunes for the day, including two Sunday rehearsals earlier in the month at Redford Cavalry Barracks in Edinburgh. All bandsmen involved thoroughly enjoyed this highly prestigious parade.

Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for the City of Aberdeen and was presented to HRH The Princess Royal during her recent visit to the College. He intends to study Theology at university next session prior to entering the RAF as a padre. This is the fourth time in 11 years a Robert Gordon's College RAF Section cadet has featured as one of the very best of the UK's 40,000 Air Cadets. CWO Thomas Hansford was awarded the Sir John Thomson Memorial Sword as top CCF RAF cadet in 2005. Runner up for the Sword, CWO Timothy Thornton won a Geoffrey de Havilland Medal in 2008. CWO Liam McNeil won the Cubby Sword for the best performance in Leadership across the Air Cadet Organisation in 2007. Matthew and his parents attended a formal lunch and presentation at the RAF College Cranwell on 16 April and Matthew was presented with the medal at the Shuttleworth Collection during Air Squadron Day in June.

CCF Army - Field Days 2016 The annual CCF Field Days took place on 31 May - 1 June 2016. The theme for this year's training was preparation for Summer Camp at the end of term. The first day saw the Army Section conduct training at Black Dog Training Area with a round robin of stands including a Scorpion Air Rifle Shoot, vehicle searching, first aid, command tasks, a close target reconnaissance (CTR) and a section attack demonstration by the senior cadets. Day two was a contingent competition held at Gordon Barracks along with the RAF Section. The Field Days were rounded off by the CCF Annual Dinner held in the Officers' Mess at Gordon Barracks which was attended by over 50 personnel including the dining out of the current 6th Year Cadets. Mr Sumner ​ CCF RAF - Cadet Wins top Award Following interview by Wing Commander CCF RAF Cranwell, Cadet Warrant Officer Matthew Munt of S6 has been awarded one of three Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation Medals, which are presented to runners up in the annual competition to determine the most outstanding CCF RAF cadet across the UK. This award recognises Matthew's extremely strong contribution to the CCF over five years. He successfully completed the arduous Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell 2014 and beat off strong competition to gain a place on the highly prestigious International Air Cadet Exchange in 2015, spending two weeks in the USA as a guest of the US Civil Air Patrol. He played a leading role in the team which participated recently in the national final of the Air Squadron Trophy Competition, finishing just outside the top 10 in the UK after winning the first round as champions of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England. He has just come to the end of a 12 month appointment as

Royal Garden Party Mr Race attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May. He said: “It was a huge surprise when an official letter came from the Lord Chamberlain's office displaying the Royal crest with an invite to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) each year receives an invite from the Palace for a limited number of CCF staff members to attend the Garden Party as a thank you for all the hard work that staff officers do throughout the year. It was a huge honour to represent the ACO and Robert Gordon’s College.” Mr Montgomery CCF RAF - Easter Camp Three cadets, Holly Fossett, Connor McMahon and Cameron Stone headed out to Cyprus Easter camp along with FLT LT Calum Race. They met up with 100 other cadets from around the UK. This year is the 75th anniversary of the air cadets and the camp was a mix of ATC and CCF cadets. A variety of events were provided such as rock climbing, clay pigeon shooting, and dragon boating along with many team building exercises whilst taking in the culture of Cyprus. Cadets also visited RAF Akrotiri which is the main RAF base in Cyprus. Many sections were visited such as the police dog section and air traffic control. The cadets got to see a variety of operational aircraft as well as the visit to the UN peacekeeping force in Nicosia. Mr Race

Cricket This year has seen the reformation of a 1st XI, who despite snow showers in their opening two fixtures have enjoyed four local matches. An eventful 63 runs from Andrew Webb against RGU was the highlight. The Colts and Junior XI's remain unbeaten with notable wins over Lathallan and Dundee High School respectively. Jubal George, Sean Leishman and Jamie Hutchinson have been the stand out players so far, with many other valuable contributions. The Minors XI took a trip away to Aberlour and we hosted the regional Under 15 20-20 in early June. Mr Filer

U16 Hockey Milly Merry represented Scotland U16 girls in Glasgow in their 3-match series versus Ireland U16. Milly scored two goals in the first game continuing her recent hot streak since joining the Ladies 1st XI. Jack Rathbone, Chris Moon and Cameron Stephen were selected to travel with the Scotland U16 Development squad to participate in the HDM Easter Youth Tournament. Cameron scored two goals.

Golf In blustery conditions a group of our under 13 golfers headed off to the "Auld grey toon" - St Andrews to participate in the St Leonards tournament. In testing conditions the boys acquitted themselves admirably and Mark Corray with a nett 62 over the Strathtyrum course won the boys handicap competition. The Senior team lost out in the semifinals of the local schools league to a powerful Hazlehead team at the end of May. Mr Scorgie

Gordonians Youth Hockey

Hockey Primary 4 upwards are invited to join the Gordonians Hockey Club which has been running a very successful Youth Section for over 20 years. During that time hundreds of boys and girls have progressed through the club’s coaching age groups (U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18) and seen achievements such as North District and Scotland Youth International selection and the boys recent U16 Scottish Cup win. Coaching is managed by Mark Ramage, our club’s Head Youth Coach, and is supported by qualified coaches who are experienced club members and hold PVG certificates. Training takes place every Tuesday from 23 August 2016 from 5.45pm until 7.00pm on the astroturf pitches at Countesswells. Coaching continues through until May. This is a great opportunity for boys in the Junior School who are not yet old enough to choose hockey at Gordon’s, to take up a new sport that relies on


From the Quadrangle Summer 2016

Rugby August 2016 will see the start of a P1 and P2 Junior Rugby section (The Gordonian Pelicans) operated by the Gordonian Rugby Football Club (GRFC). As interest develops it is hoped that a P3, P4 and P5 section will emerge in the coming years with an ultimate goal of having mini year group squads from P1–P7. In addition, GRFC are continuing plans to introduce a summer rugby camp this year and Youth Rugby (S1–S6) in season 2017/18. Please contact for further information. Jim Sugden, GRFC President Lathallan Sevens Winning all five matches, the P7 team won the Lathallan 7's tournament in April. Andrew McLean was named player of the tournament for the second year running. Team: Patrick Masson, Louis Roddy, Riley Smart, Alexander Lindsay, Morgan Macleod, Patrick Rogerson, Andrew Mclean, Archie Duncan, Harvey Sleigh, Sami Brown and Shane Purcell. S1 Rugby Tour to Glasgow Mr Urquhart and Mr Duncan led a group of 18 S1 boys on the annual S1 rugby tour to Glasgow in March. The boys have worked hard all season and have been committed to improving with every training session and match. The team played in the Hutchesons’ 7s tournament where they made it out of their group and beat Heriot’s in the plate semi-final to reach the final where they narrowly lost 15-11 to Hutchesons' A team. There was some fine running rugby and some excellent team and individual performances from the boys. We were then hosted by St Columba's on Thursday evening and we played them the following day. We won 19-8 in probably our best team performance of the season with even the beginnings of some first-phase moves emerging! We were hosted by the High School of Glasgow on Friday evening. Some boys were lucky enough to be taken by their host families to the Glasgow v Leinster Pro 12 game

at Scotstoun that evening. On Saturday morning the boys put up a good fight against Glasgow High, managing to get a couple of lovely tries but it was not enough to seal victory; they lost 20-8. Glasgow High had some extraordinarily tall first years. S3 North Schools Cup Final Victory The S3 Rugby Team won the North Schools Cup Final in April at Gordonstoun winning 78-0. Mr Currie said: “This performance and their win in a tough semi final away to Orkney were a credit to their hard work all season and the rugby they played in difficult conditions was ambitious and exciting to watch. Well done to all players involved. Special mention goes to Gregor Brown who scored five tries in the final.” Team: Jamie Buchan, Ruairidh Dow, Thomas Ryan, Matthew Henderson, Robbie Eost, Johnnie Gamba, Gregor Brown, Finlay Lennox, Dylan Durante, Andrew Bain, Theo Adibeye, Aidan Parkinson, Calum Fowler, Lewis Ross, Ryan Milne Will Davie and Joel Simpson. Swimming Primary Gala Medal Winners 2016 Boys: Primary 4 Gold: Dan Palmer Primary 4 Silver: Logan Jackson Primary 4 Bronze: Findlay Sinclair Primary 5 Gold: Angus Caven Primary 5 Silver: Jack Evans Primary 5 Bronze: Irvine Ward, Adam Davidson Primary 6 Gold: Dara Falope Primary 6 Silver: Fyfe Train Primary 6 Bronze: Zack Wilson Primary 7 Gold: Logan Ward Primary 7 Silver: Kutay Tunoglu Primary 7 Bronze: Rayan Robinson Girls: Primary 4 Gold: Sophie Gardner Primary 4 Silver: Victoria Melville Primary 4 Bronze: Autumn Train Primary 5 Gold: Sarah Hill Primary 5 Silver: Tami Falope Primary 5 Bronze: Lara Scatterty Primary 6 Gold: Naomi Eggeling Primary 6 Silver: Lucy Jupp Primary 6 Bronze: Emma Woodhouse Primary 7 Gold: Kate Geddes Primary 7 Silver: Tiggy Wallace Primary 7 Bronze: Maya Gopee, Maya Reynard

Sports Day The school community gathered at Countesswells in May for the annual Sports Day. The morning started with P6-S3 Championships followed by Junior School events mid afternoon. Track and field events were competed with House Relays and a variety of sports for the younger children. The Robert Gordon’s College Pipe Band entertained guests and of course the ever popular ‘Peli the Pelican’ was around.

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speed, skill, and hand/eye coordination. Boys and girls who have played football, often turn out to be excellent hockey players. Contact: John Mowat email: tel: 07525 811039 visit:

Robert Gordon’s College, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FE UK Tel: 01224 646346 (Senior School) 01224 646758 (Junior School)

Athletics Rebecca Eggeling (S4) and Kirsty Oldham (S3) were selected to compete for Scottish Schools in the Home Counties International in March after their fantastic achievements at the Scottish Schools Championships. This is a huge achievement and the first international vest for both girls.

From the Quadrangle Issue 54 Summer 2016  

Read more about international ROV competition, Inspiring Leaders speaker series, pupils linking up with Tim Peake and more.

From the Quadrangle Issue 54 Summer 2016  

Read more about international ROV competition, Inspiring Leaders speaker series, pupils linking up with Tim Peake and more.