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Summer 2017

Strathallan News A Fond Farewell After 17 years at the helm, Headmaster Bruce Thompson says his goodbyes to Strathallan this year. Under his stewardship the School has gone through significant change with major investment in the estate, a burgeoning school roll and a real upsurge in the School’s sporting achievements with dozens of internationalists at age group level and further. There has been increased academic success too with Strathallan being acclaimed as best A Level school in Scotland on at least two occasions. When Mr Thompson came to Strathallan in 2000, he said that his primary aim was to ’expand people’s horizons’, ‘forge links with outside excellence’ and ‘aim high and aim higher’. In these endeavours he has been phenomenally successful and Strathallan consistently punches above its size academically, musically, culturally and especially on the sporting front. We will miss him at Strathallan and wish him every success in his future career. A selection of some of the developments undertaken during Bruce Thompson’s tenure:

Sport National Selection for Swimming Scott McLay has had a very exciting term – not only did he win gold in the Junior 50 Back and bronze in the Junior 100 Back at the British Open Championships, but he has also been selected for the European Junior Swim Championships in Israel in June and the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas in July.

National Selection in Boys Hockey Matthew White played for Scotland U18 this term in matches against Wales and Switzerland and has been selected to train with the Scotland U21 team, which is preparing for the European Championships in the summer. Fourth Form pupil Struan Griffiths was also selected to play for Scotland U16 Development squad at the end of June.

National Selection in Rugby

GB Ski Champion Upper Sixth pupil Scott Buchan achieved an almost impossible feat this term at the British Alpine Championships. With little preparation because of exams, Scott had a fantastic competition and earned his place on top of the podium in the Giant Slalom and Slalom becoming U18 British champion in both events. He was also runner-up in the U18 Super G and the U18 Downhill. HRH Prince Edward presented Scott with his trophies.

National Selection Lisa Walker, Gabi Adams and Kate Fawcett have all been selected for the Scotland U17 Mixed Touch Rugby squad.


It is exciting to watch the next wave of Scotland age group rugby players coming through. Cameron Henderson, Murphy Walker and James McCaig all played for Scotland U18 in this year’s Internationals against Italy, Wales and England, and Alex Marsh played for Scotland U16. Alex has also been selected for the Scotland U17 Player Development camp in Spain in July.

National Representation in Tetrathlon Fourth Form pupil Steph Craig competed for the Scotland Tetrathlon team at the Pony Club Tetrathlon competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May. Overall, Steph finished eighth in Britain, and the Scotland team finished in fourth place. Steph also competed for Scotland at the UK Tetrathlon Junior Regional Championships, where she came joint first in the Cross Country.

National Selection in Clay Pigeon Shooting Lower Sixth pupil Lewis Turnbull has been selected for the Scotland U21 team to compete at the ICTSF World Championship. Lewis will join former pupil Alasdair Lightbody (N ’16) who has been selected to compete in the Scottish U21 team for a second year running. The championships will be held on 13th–16th July 2017 at Kelmarsh Estate, Northamptonshire.

National Selection for Equestrian Fourth Form pupil Rowan Laird has been selected to represent Scotland in the British Eventing 100 U18 team at the National Championships in Doncaster, in July. This is a great achievement for the fifteen-year-old.

National Selection in Equestrian Vaulting Congratulations to Atholl Pettinger, who has been selected for the Great Britain team in Equestrian Vaulting and will compete at the Junior World Championships in Austria in August, in both individual and Pas de Deux.


Clay Pigeon Shooting For the fourth year in a row, Strathallan pupils qualified for the British Schools and Young Shots Championships. This year a record number competed – three senior boys’ teams, a ladies’ team and, for the first time, a prep school team – 24 pupils in total. The A team of Jack Turnbull, James Day, Lewis Turnbull, Iain Galloway, Douglas Stirrat and Finlay Laird came second overall, and the B team of Jack O’Brian, Hamish Allan, Hamish White, Ayrton De Cecco, James Masson and Rhys Havard came third. Polly Lightbody, Tanya Stephens and Charlotte Fraser were fourth in the Ladies event, and Riley pupils Jamie Fraser, Angus Turnbull and Ali Turnbull were fifth in the prep school category. Overall it was a fantastic achievement as they were competing against the best young shots in the UK.

Riley pupils Xander Gibson, Jamie Fraser and Angus Turnbull won the Bardec Trophy in the Scottish Prep Schools Clay Pigeon Championships this year, against some stiff competition from St Mary’s Melrose and Belhaven Hill school.

National U11 Kwik Cricket Championships Riley U11 Cricket team qualified for the National U11 Kwik Cricket Finals at Doo’cot Cricket Club in June. They won three matches to reach the semi-finals, where they were beaten by George Watson’s College. However, in true fighting spirit they won their match against Hythehill in the play off to finish an impressive third.


Tennis This term, Riley pupil Alexander English has moved up to the U12 age group and has attended a Lawn Tennis Association inter-regional training camp in Loughborough. Alexander won Grade 4 competitions in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Sunderland, and he also won his local ‘Road to Wimbledon’ 14s competition, qualifying him for the North County Finals, where he was runner-up. As a result he has been invited to a coaching clinic with Tim Henman at Wimbledon in August.

Gavin Stewart was selected for the Scottish Junior Olympiad team to compete at the Junior Olympiad in Böblingen, Germany, in July. Gavin is one of three boys selected and will compete against teams from Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Turkey.

In Mixed Doubles, the U14 team of Fin Donnelly, Max and Harrison Carmichael, Lara Crighton, Polina Krasitckaia and Marta Herrero and the U18 team of Douglas Tait, Gavin Stewart, Gaetan Houette, Rebecca Dye, Nicola McArthur and Jade Paterson won their sections at the Glenalmond Mixed Doubles to become overall champions in both age groups.

Another Riley pupil, Marcus McLaren, is the Scottish Junior Indoor Doubles Champion in the Grade 3 12s category with his partner Jack Deveney. Marcus was also Grade 4 14s Singles champion at an event in Thongsbridge, Yorkshire, and was runner up at the Manchester Grade 3 12s Singles event.

Lara Crighton and Polina Krasitckaia were runners-up in the girls U14, Nicola McArthur and Adrianna Gibson were runners-up in the girls U16 events at the Kilgraston Girls Doubles tournament, and Riley pupils Annie Webster and Naomi Henderson won the U11 category of the St Leonards Girls Doubles Tournament.

Marcus has also qualified for the Scottish Regional ‘Road to Wimbledon’ and was selected to play for Gleneagles in the Aegon Premier League. As a result, Marcus was selected to play at the Tennis Scotland InterDistrict Championships at Kilgraston, representing Tayside at U12, and was selected to represent the North of Scotland at the Aegon County Cup U14 in Oxford, and in Widnes for the U12 team. Sixth former Douglas Tait was selected to represent the North of Scotland U18 County team, which competed in Birmingham.


Equestrian The Strathallan Intermediate Equestrian team of Hugh Nichols, Sophia Henderson, Maia Fleming and Alasdair Macdonald qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association final in October, following a fantastic day at the Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships.

The team competed in the 85cm class at the Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships, Highfield Equestrian Centre, as a qualifier for the National Finals, and won the Team Dressage, Team Show Jumping and the Overall Combined Training awards. This is the first time a team from Strathallan has qualified for the National Finals, and they will be heading to Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire in October to compete against some of the top schools’ equestrian teams in the country.

Skiing Over the Easter holidays Maisie Morgan trained in the Alps and was placed third U14 female in the Philip Roux Race in Verbier. In Tignes, France, she raced in the British Championships and was placed seventh in the GS race in the female U12s.

Dundee Schools 7s Tournament The U15 7s Rugby team enjoyed a spectacular win at the Dundee Schools 7s tournament in June, beating Monifieth and Harris Academy in the group matches and St Leonards in the semi-final, which proved to be a thrilling match with our boys winning in the closing stages. The boys showed great tenacity in the final against Dundee Schools Select and won 33–14.

Maia also won the individual Show Jumping in the 75cm class and has qualified for the National Finals in this event.

In the 50cm class, Maia, Isabella Angus and Emily Sinclair won the Team Dressage, Team Show Jumping and the Overall Combined Training awards. Millie Wilson has qualified for the National Show Jumping Finals following her success in two competitions in the Dengie Winter Show Jumping league and will compete in the 1.10m class. Millie and Hugh Nichols qualified for the Royal Highland Show with the Strathearn Mounted Games team. Brook Walker has qualified for the National Finals of the British Riding Clubs Championships in Lincoln on three different horses.


British Schools Biathlon Championships Six pupils took part in the British Schools Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace in the Easter holidays. Christopher Aitken, Pedro De La Puente Hapka and Alexander Clark finished fourth in the U14 Boys Team event, and Sandy Aitken finished in ninth place in the individual event. Riley pupils Chloe McMichael and Archie McMichael both achieved personal best results.

Midland U14 Selection Boys Hockey Three Third Form pupils – Fin Donnelly, Charlie Pattison and Alex Clark – played for the Midland District Boys Hockey team at the Inter-District Tournament this term, where they were runners-up. Fin was captain of the team.

Swimming Ryan Curtis, Scott McLay, Sandy Aitken and Dylan Sommerville won silver medals at this year’s Scottish Schools Relay Championships. Jonathan Wong, Oboe Chu, Dylan Sommerville and Alex Netz won bronze in the freestyle event at the same competition.

Golf Rowan Carey and Christina Wietrzyk have both been selected to represent Perth and Kinross at the Scottish Schools Competition.

Christopher Aitken competed in the French Nathathlon in May where he won gold in the 50 back and silvers in 200IM, 100 back, 100 fly and 50 breast.

At the Perth and Kinross Championships Christina won the girls event and the team title along with Pablo Messa Vilana and Rory Ottley.

Junior Athletics Sophie Wallwork won the 100M & 200m at the East District U13 Meet in May and is currently ranked No. 2 in the Athletics Youth Development League in the 150m.


Sports Day The year’s Sports Day was on a glorious sunny early May evening, which was a significant improvement in conditions from presports day! Nicol retained the boys trophy and the Athletics Standards trophy, with impressive performances throughout the age groups, including Safe Chaicharncheep and Andy Stirrat, who won the Senior and Junior Victor Ludorum titles. Simpson’s Peter Wallwork backed up last year’s Junior Victor Ludorum by winning the Middle Victor Ludorum title, narrowly beating Joe Higginbottom on points. In the girls competition, Woodlands House won the girls title. Woodlands’ Lois Garland won the Middle Victrix Ludorum, Glenbrae’s Shannon Goddard won the Senior Victrix Ludorum and Thornbank’s Georgia Glen won the Junior Victrix Ludorum. The girls Standards competition was won by Glenbrae. The tug-of-war competitions were won by Nicol and Woodlands.


Leavers’ Ball The roaring 20’s was the theme of this year’s Leavers’ Ball and everyone certainly had a roaring time. The evening started with a glass of fizz on the Lawn before guests made their way to the marquee for dinner. Lively music made sure that the dancefloor was never empty and everyone enjoyed the mix of contemporary and ceilidh music.


Music London College of Music Examinations Blair Davie and Sam Steele have both received Diplomas, a professional qualification from the London College of Music, this term. In Music Theatre Bryony Barclay and Sarah Mahon gained distinctions in Grade 7, Rachel Hamilton achieved merit in Grade 8, Ellie Nielson received a merit in Grade 6 and Lois Garland received a merit in her Grade 4.

Perth Festival of the Arts Lunchtime Concert Despite the maelstrom of activity surrounding exam season, 28 pupils from across the school travelled to St John’s Kirk in Perth to perform at the final lunchtime concert of the Perth Festival of the Arts 2017. A large audience enjoyed the varied programme, including Karen Leung’s performance of Grieg’s ‘Morgenstemning’ from the Peer Gynt Suite, Ishbel Lapslie’s superlative performance of ‘Godard’s Idyll’, the Senior String Quartet’s stylistic playing of Pachelbel’s famous ‘Canon in D’, Ella England’s highly charged singing of Boublil and Schönberg’s ‘On My Own’, and Sam Steele’s incredibly powerful turn as Dr Jekyll in Wildhorn’s ‘This is the Moment’.

Chapel Choir invited to sing at University of St Andrews End-ofyear Service Members of our Chapel Choir joined forces with Perth Cathedral Choir on Sunday 25 June to perform in St Salvator’s Chapel, for the University of St Andrews end-of-year service. Their performances of Director of Music Richard Walmsley’s anthem, ‘Peace be to this House’, originally composed for the Strathallan Centenary, and Howard Goodall’s ‘Love Divine’, were enjoyed by a congregation of more than 200 people, and proved a fitting end to a musically wonderful year and to Mr Walmsley’s tenure as Director of Music to both the School and the Cathedral.

Stop the Rain Blair Davie, Sam Steele and Ben Muir are all members of the indie band Stop the Rain, which was invited to play at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut venue in Glasgow in June, where they supported Natives. Earlier in the year the band played at the O2 ABC venue in Glasgow and has recently released their latest single ‘Ghost’ which is available to buy from the band’s website.

Composers’ Concert A number of our pupils, including A Level, Higher and GCSE music students, showcased their work at this year’s Composers’ Concert, held in the Theatre. Particular highlights included Blair Davie’s ‘Travelling the World’, Charlie Leslie’s ‘Hollow Halls’, and Ella England’s ‘I See the Light’.


Piping Robbie MacIsaac won the Senior Solo Piping at the Scottish Schools CCF Championships this term. This is the third time in four years that a Strathallan pupil has won the trophy.

Twelve pipers and drummers joined pupils from eight other CCF schools to play at the Beating Retreat this year at Holyrood Palace.

Staff Concert As a moment of light relief in the midst of exams, members of the Music department performed a short concert immediately after the half-term break. Featuring solo and ensemble performances on voice, French horn, flute, clarinet, oboe and piano duet, pupils, parents and staff were wowed by a broad range of exciting, beautiful and highly virtuosic performances.

Robbie and Ben Muir have also competed in three Grade 1 Band competitions this term with the Scottish Power Pipe Band and were placed third in their last event.

Exam and University Successes It has been a particularly successful term for those sitting music exams, with a total of ten pupils achieving distinctions, with particular success in percussion. Emma Burnett (Grade 8 Singing) and Alexander English (Grade 2 Piano) were awarded distinctions in their ABRSM exams, and Charlie Leslie (Grade 8), Angus Vipond (Grade 5), Lewis Dewar (Grade 4), Harry Pitts (Grade 4), Stuart Hutchison (Grade 3), Alistair Jeynes-Ellis (Grade 3), Christopher Scott (Grade 3) and Andrew Couper (Grade 2) were awarded distinctions in the Trinity Rock School exams for Drumkit. Huge congratulations also go to Upper Sixth pupils Charlie Leslie and Sam Steele for being accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. They are Strathallan’s first musicians to be accepted into the US conservatoire programme, and they saw off stiff competition from across the globe to be offered places for 2017/18.


Headmaster’s Music The final concert of the year took place in the Theatre on Friday 23rd June. Featuring 135 musicians and nearly every instrumental group in the school, as well as many fine soloists, the programme reflected the wide range of musical styles and performance excellence that the Music department has become renowned for. Highlights included Emma Burnett and Emmy Hall’s ‘A Boy Like That’ from West Side Story, Emmy’s comedic performance of Goldrich’s ‘Taylor the Latte Boy’, the Harvey Quintet’s entertaining performance of ‘Bring me Sunshine’, Charlie Leslie’s ‘Breathing’ arranged for vocals, guitars, keyboard and string ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble’s ‘Perth, Wind & Fire’ medley, and Blair Davie’s live performance of his A Level track ‘Travelling the World’.


Academic Intermediate Maths Challenge Darcy McDermott, Douglas Berry, Charlotte Bukleley and Abigail Queen all achieved gold certificates in the UKMT Maths Challenge at the end of last term, with Darcy and Douglas declared Best in Year and qualifying for the next round. In addition, there were 14 silver and 40 bronze certificates awarded to pupils from the Fourth and Fifth Forms.

Geography Field Trip Season GCSE and Higher Geographers have enjoyed the warmer days for carrying out their recent field investigations. The Higher class visited the Cairngorm National Park to gather data on environmental impacts of tourism in the park, while the GCSE groups visited the River Farg to explore how the river’s characteristics change downstream.​

Creative Writing Finalists George Goodenough and Kirsty Bell were selected as finalists in Perth Rotary Club’s creative writing competition. They were invited to a lunch at McDiarmid Park hosted by members of the Rotary Club and were awarded book tokens in recognition of their achievement.

UK Junior Maths Challenge At the end of April, a number of pupils took part in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge, achieving two gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze awards. Donald Queen won Best in School, Arabella Robinson was Best in Year, and Ben Morrison was awarded a gold certificate. Special mentions also go to Rosalind Queen and Chloe McMichael on their respective silver and bronze certificates, a year early.


Talk for Aspiring Medics This term we were visited by Dr Nathan Hodson, a newly qualified doctor who is just about to enter the profession. Dr Hodson spent time talking with the students in the Fifth and Sixth Forms and he also took a Fourth Form class where he gave an example of the sort of problem he has to solve as a doctor. Sixth formers discussed the case of a patient who had a problem with his colon and the surgery that the patient needed. Norris Wong said the visit “really helped me realise what I need to focus on... and further drives me to work towards becoming a surgeon”. Finlay Cleaver-Smith enjoyed the session for his Fourth Form class, saying, “I had little understanding of the nervous system. Nathan included some fun activities to help us learn what the spinal cord does. He showed us how he used his knowledge of this to work out what had happened to a patient he saw in A&E. It was an inspiring talk.”

2018 Design Technology Trip In the October half term 2018, the Strathallan DT Department will be running a trip to Italy where students will be given the opportunity to take part in a breadth of activities, including a tour of the Ducati Factory and the world famous San Siro stadium. They will visit the Alessi Design Museum, take in the famous sights of Venice, including the Da Vinci Museum and St Mark’s Basilica, and observe glass sculpture on the island of Murano. This trip will be for students entering Forms Four to Six upon their return this summer. More details to follow.


Looking to the Future For the past three years the Lower Sixth have had a programme of presentations and workshops preparing them for life after Strathallan. For the first time this year they all got to experience a day at university as a student. Dundee University hosted a very successful day where the pupils attended subject workshops of their choice, had a tour of the campus and then the day ended with a very appropriate team challenge, namely ‘Feed your flatmates’. The programme for the rest of the week included talks, presentations and a variety of workshops presented by guest speakers. On a Tuesday a number of speakers offered the pupils their thoughts on the change that awaits them after Strathallan. Catriona Campbell, a Strathallan parent, started the session off with her story and how she moved from being a masters student at the University of Glasgow to entrepreneur in the field of human-computer interaction. Key to the pupils is to embrace technology, be good at something and to have faith in yourself. David Nicholson from CEED (Centre for Engineering Education and Development) spoke of the 3D’s; Determination, Dedication and Discipline. Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, a psychologist, spoke on how early emotional experiences leaves a psychological imprint on our brains. Her talk entitled “Live Like a Leader in your own Life” was both interesting and engaging. Nick Mackie of Edinburgh University again highlighted changes and technology in the world and the growing role of Data usage and storage in this Fourth Industrial Revolution. Wednesday and Thursday sees the pupils attending various workshops on such topics as personal presentation – Life skills, Interview techniques, Finance for Students and hints and tips on writing personal statements for their UCAS applications. Gary Robinson and Ian Hallifax who have been involved from the very first Futures Week, have been instrumental in building this programme up to what it is today. It is a busy four days but an important and valuable experience for all, especially as the Lower Sixth pupils start to consider “life after Strathallan”.

Speech Day Speech Day is always a special day, as it is one of the few occasions in the School calendar where the school community comes together to catch up with friends from home and abroad and to celebrate the numerous achievements of the year. It was also time for everyone to reflect on Bruce Thompson’s 17-year tenure as Headmaster of Strathallan and to wish him well with his new venture. The Chairman of Governors welcomed the guests, settled in the vast marquee on the Lawn, before passing over to the Headmaster. Every year Mr Thompson makes no apologies for the long list of accolades and achievements which makes up the majority of his speech, and every year the list gets longer and longer. The Captains of the School always add a little entertainment to proceedings, and this year Emilia Barclay and Andrew Smith did not disappoint. They even produced a farewell gift for Mr Thompson in the form of a personalised leavers hoodie, much to the delight of the audience. After the prizes were presented, our guest speaker Christopher Dobbs, Head of Interpretation at the Mary Rose Trust, took centre stage to give an inspiring speech with humorous anecdotes, which was a topic of conversation among parents and pupils throughout the rest of the day. Once the formalities were over, guests were free to visit the departmental exhibitions or listen to the concert in the Chapel before the Pipe Band struck up on the Lawn, just prior to lunch.


Riley Riley Show ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ It was ‘anchor’s aweigh’ for Riley’s rumbustious production of Pirates of the Curry Bean. Every scene lived up to the tone of the title, with gags aplenty for children and grown-ups. Katharine Higginbottom held things together as a mischievous narrator who stepped in and out of role to mess with the fate of our hapless crews. The Crunchy Frog was captained by a deadpan and incredulous Conor Campbell, who attempted to manage his large and useless crew despite the best efforts of Oliver Spalding’s mummy’s boy Admiral Hornhonker. This pair was one of several comic duos who dominated their scenes. Joely Fuge and Cameron Wright filled the stage with good-natured fun as press-ganged Scuttle and Slack. Laura Bruce and Chloe McMichael were taking it on the chin with laughter directed at them as the jobsworthy Health and Safety Officers. The Periwinkle family, Ayoninu Sobande, Xander Gibson and Arabella Robinson made for a touching group separated by fate and thinking of each other ‘Beneath the Same Starry Skies’, beautifully danced by 1JJ. Robert Birse-Stewart managed to make Captain Redbeard both menacing and comical. His crew of The Curry Bean looked like they had been pirates all their lives, and Daisy Richard’s and Topaz Walker’s parrot duo underlined every joke with cheeky sniggers. We were kept in suspense to meet the natives of Lumbago (in the Sea of Sciatica) and they certainly spun their sparse dialogue out with conviction and a good deal of ham. The First Form and 1J added immeasurably to every scene they were in, as the mutinous Navy crew with its plague of entitled rats. Treasure recovered, family restored and everyone feeling the pirate vibe, the company and audience most certainly rocked their ‘Piratical Style’!


Riley Curriculum Day Summer term’s Curriculum Day for Riley was organised and hosted by the Support for Learning department. Our idyllic location in the Perthshire Countryside made farming a logical theme to underpin the activities of the day. With a strong focus on outdoor learning and team work the pupils were split into six teams and spent the morning participating in a variety of challenges. Some impressive communication, patience and negotiation from the Riley pupils led to a morning of success and smiles as the pupils rotated between Welly Whanging, Gutter Challenge, The Chicken, Fox and Bag of Grain, Scavenger Hunt, Sheep and Shepherd and Egg Parachutes. The afternoon saw en masse orienteering with the Riley pupils splitting into smaller teams. Some good navigation and impressive times were posted with the fastest team completing the course in 36 1/2 minutes. The day would not have been possible without the staff who ably got in to character and the fantastic efforts of the Fifth Form Support for Learning class. They ably supported staff and were excellent role models, bringing fun and humour to what was a very successful day.

Riley Sports Day One of the highlights of the summer term for Riley pupils is definitely the Riley Sports Day with its mixture of traditional and fun events. The chariot race always causes much hilarity as six pupils from each division weave their way round the course trying very hard not to lose their ‘jockey’. At the end of an exciting afternoon Sophie Wallwork and Calum Tod were the Individual Champions and the overall winning division was decided on the last race, the 4x100m relay, making Dron this year’s Champions!


Riley Camp A highlight of the second formers’ calendar is Riley Camp, and this year did not disappoint. Thanks to PK’s organisation of the camp, 38 pupils enjoyed three days of camping at Badaguish campsite, near Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms, where they participated in gorge scrambling, mountain biking, the Tree Zone, wow balling, bushcraft, and lots of team challenges. Mr Muirhead and Mr Fleming kept everyone entertained in the evening with loads of fun games. An “amazing and awesome time” was had by all.

Riley Trip to a Victorian School On Friday 19th May, 1JJ went on a class trip to a Victorian School in Glasgow. We had to wear Victorian clothes like white gowns and waistcoats. Our acting teacher was extremely strict and was always slapping the belt on the table, she even shouted at us or made us move when we shouted out and she made us call her Ma’am! On the trip we learnt how school in Victorian times was so different to what it is now. I am just glad Mr Burnett isn’t as mean as the Victorian teacher! We had lots of fun and would like to thank Mrs Fleming for driving the bus and Mr Burnett for organising the trip.


Duke of Edinburgh It has been an exciting and busy term for DofE, with some longsought-after programme developments and, as usual, a busy expedition season. DofE has finally moved into its own stores room, and work is near completion. We also unveiled our new Honours board, to permanently display all Strathallan students who achieve the gold standard for DofE. Pictured is Upper Sixth pupil Emma Burnett, our first student to have her name added while still attending Strathallan. Almost 50 Fifth Form students completed their Bronze practice and qualifying expeditions. Eight pupils managed to complete their Silver expeditions during their GCSE studies, and eight pupils completed their Gold practice expedition, with the qualifier coming during the summer. So far everyone has been successful in passing, so well done!

Charity Fundraising This year has seen an incredible fundraising effort from the Charities Committee at Strathallan, with over £10,000 being raised. From selling candy canes and wearing Christmas jumpers to pyjama days and doughnut eating, it has been a fantastic year. Money raised has included a staggering one-off sum of £4500.17 for Cancer Research following an appeal by a cast member to the audience at the end of the Les Misérables show, over £1600 for CHAS (Children’s Hospice), and nearly £1000 for CATH (a Perth homeless charity). Other money raised through Riley’s charity efforts was donated to the MS Society, the RNLI, The Princes Trust, Water Aid and SSAFA (military charity). The Committee has worked hard to raise money for a range of charities, both local and national, and it has tried to be as creative as possible in the methods used. It leaves an awful lot to be lived up to next year and a big target to beat!


Strathallian Day Over 500 Strathallians, parents, pupils, friends and family members attended a scorchingly hot Strathallian Day this year. They were joined by new parents for a BBQ lunch and strawberries and cream. Strathallians pit their talents against current pupils in cricket, hockey and rugby matches and others enjoyed the bouncy castles, archery and games down at Big Acre. The Pipe Band and Folk Group both received an enthusiastic welcome and many enjoyed the pupil-led tours of the School.



Angling Club The young anglers of Strathallan are having a very successful season so far. Twelve beginners have enjoyed being coached on Wednesday evenings thanks to staff and Chris Connolly and John Cook, members of Perth & District Angling Club. On Tuesday nights a small group of more experienced anglers have also had success. The pond, stocked again this year with trout, has been fantastic for fishing with a number of huge brownies – from previous stockings – making an appearance. It is clear that for those trout who survive the regular visits of our otter, the pond’s feeding is just to their liking. In particular, the Turnbull brothers, Angus and Alistair, have done well, with Angus beating the pond’s previous record fish with this leviathan.

Soutar Celebration Morgan Patterson took part in a ceremony to celebrate the work of Perth poet, William Soutar. The event took place in the Makar’s Court off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. A paving stone with a quotation from the poet’s work was unveiled. It is the latest in a large number of similar stones dedicated to famous Scottish writers. Morgan was invited to perform by the Friends of William Soutar. Over his years at Strathallan, he has been successful on a number of occasions in competitions for the recitation of the poet’s work, most recently winning the Unicorn Trophy at the Perth Burns Club’s annual schools’ festival. At the Edinburgh event he was interviewed, and his performance of An Alphabet for Caledonian Bairns was recorded by STV.

Inspire Aspire Congratulations to Riley pupil Alice Fordyce, who was selected as a national finalist in the Inspire Aspire Competition that is run by Character Education Scotland. There were over 20,000 entries and she was chosen in recognition of her exceptional work on Beatrix Potter, who she picked as someone who inspires her.


Alumni Duncan Scott Duncan Scott (S ’15) set a new British record in the 100 metres Freestyle at the British Championships in Sheffield. He is the first British man to swim under 48 seconds in the event, thereby qualifying for the World Championships in July and the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Former Pupils Play in Rugby U20 World Championships Matt Fagerson (N ’16), Bruce Flockhart (S ’15) and Josh Henderson (S ’15) were part of the Scotland U20 side that travelled to Georgia in May to play in the U20 World Championships, achieving a best ever fifth place finish.

Dates for the Diary Parents Coffee Tuesday 5th September, 8am (thereafter, the first Wednesday of every month during term time) Wilf Hoare Room in the Dining Hall A cup of coffee and a chat after drop-off, what better way to start the day?

Strathallian Under 30s Drinks Thursday, 7th September, 7.30pm Corinthian Club, Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DA All Strathallians aged 30 and under are invited to join us for some drinks and canapés, catch up with School friends and connect with other Strathallians.

Strath Mums Clay Pigeon Evening Wednesday 13th September, 6.30pm Strathallan Clay Pigeon Shooting Range Come along and try your hand at clay pigeon shooting. No experience necessary. Our experts will be on hand to give instruction. Join us for a bite to eat afterwards.

Strathallian Over 60’s Lunch

Abi Evans Following her Scotland Women 7s debut last season, Abi Evans (W ’14) has retained her position in the squad. The team won the first round of the Rugby Europe Sevens Women’s Trophy played in the Czech Republic in June.

Wednesday, 20th September, 1.00pm The New Club, Princess Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BB If you are a Strathallian aged 60 or over please join us for lunch in The New Club, Edinburgh. Enjoy the view whilst catching up with news from old friends (and new.)

Movie Night Thursday, 12th October, 7.00pm Strathallan Theatre A bite to eat and a movie, wonderful winter’s evening entertainment.

Edinburgh Drinks Reception

Alumni 1992 Strathallan leavers are holding a 25th reunion event in Edinburgh on Saturday 16th September. It’s at the Raeburn Hotel, in Stockbridge from 7pm, drinks and canapes. Tickets are £32.45. This event, organised by Pippa Tilley, Zoe Stephens and Joanna Mitchell (née Clark), is the 5th time this year group has held a reunion. “We first held a reunion in 1997 to celebrate 5 years since leaving Strath. I can’t believe we are now notching up 25 years. Our get-togethers have always been a great gathering of people and a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome” says Jo Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite. Check out the What’s On page on the Strathallan School website for more details.

Thursday, 9th November, 7.00pm No 8 Lister Square, Edinburgh EH3 9GL Strathallians, parents and friends are invited to join us for a drinks and a catch up. Always a great evening!

Strath Mums Cocktails and Conversation Thursday 30th November, 7.00pm The Bothy, Kinnoull Street, Perth Join us and meet up with other fabulous Strath Mums. A glass of fizz, cocktails (or mocktails) and a two course dinner ensures a wonderful night out.

Carols in the City – Edinburgh Sunday, 10th December, 6.00pm Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Strathallians, parents past and present, family and friends are invited to join us for a festive evening of carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

Carols in the City – London Friday, 15th December, 7.30pm Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden WC2 Strathallians, parents past and present, family and friends are invited to join us for a festive evening of carols, mulled wine and mince pies.


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Strathallan Newsletter Summer 2017  
Strathallan Newsletter Summer 2017