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Spring 2017

Strathallan News Les Misérables Les Misérables at Strathallan is legendary: the production of 13 years ago is still spoken of in hallowed terms, and although we knew beyond doubt that we had the talent to do this show again, we wondered whether we could recapture the magic. (Continued on page 8)

Maths Following our superb win at the FMSP Regional Final, our Senior Mathematics Team of Megan Chen, Fergus McKay, Andrew Smith and Norris Wong travelled to London to participate in the National Final. Highlights of the trip included a poster on Cellular Automata and a tour of Imperial College with Strathallian Ella McKay.   We have also had strong results in individual competitions. At intermediate level Strathallan pupils achieved 30 Bronze awards, 14 Silver awards and 4 Gold awards - two of whom (Abigail Queen and Darcy McDermott) qualified for the follow up Pink Kangaroo round. At senior level, pupils won 16 bronze awards, 13 silver awards and 5 gold awards. Norris Wong qualified for the British Mathematical Olympiad while Natasha Boys, Megan Chen and Andrew Smith qualified for the Kangaroo. Megan Chen was awarded a Merit for her solutions.   We are also pleased to have had Sixth Form volunteers joining forces to complete the Mathématiques sans Frontières. This is a cross-curricular competition where mathematical questions are asked and answered in French, German or Spanish.

Sport Players v England We were proud to see Strathallan representatives playing rugby against England at four different levels in one weekend, a quite remarkable feat.  Five former pupils were in international action along with two current pupils.  Zander Fagerson started at tighthead prop for the full Scotland team against England at Twickenham in the Six Nations.  Earlier on the same day, Abi Evans, a centre/winger, played for Scotland Women against their English counterparts at the Twickenham Stoop, in the Women’s Six Nations.  That evening in Northampton, back-row men Matt Fagerson and Bruce Flockhart started for Scotland U20s against England in the age-grade Six Nations, along with stand-off Josh Henderson. 

National Selection for Rugby Congratulations to Murphy Walker and Cameron Henderson who were selected for the Scotland U18 squad to play against England.   James McCaig joined Cameron and Murphy to play against Scotland U19, and Alex Marsh is in the Scotland U16 training squad.  Cameron was also selected to play for the winning U19 Overseas Lions team against the U19 Hong Kong Dragons at this year’s Hong Kong Rugby Union’s New Year’s Day Youth Tournament over the Christmas holidays. Cameron was the youngest player in the team and was selected from a squad of over 60 overseas players. 

District Selection for Tennis Douglas Tait has been selected to represent the Highland district in the forthcoming Inter-District finals in April. Douglas was also runner-up in both the North East of Scotland U18 boys singles and the West of Scotland U18 boys singles in the Christmas holidays. And the following day, current pupils Murphy Walker and Cameron Henderson were called off the bench for the Scotland U18s away to England in Preston. To complete the set, earlier in the year two other former Strathallan pupils, George Horne and Murdo McAndrew, played against England for Scotland Sevens and the Scotland Club XV respectively, which means that nine players with links to the school will have faced the ‘Auld Enemy’ this year. 

National Selection for Olympiad Gavin Stewart has been selected to take part in a Youth Olympiad in Germany in June, where over 1,000 children from seven countries will compete in 15 sports. Gavin was selected for the tennis team following a trial in early February.


Skiing It has been an exciting season for Riley pupil Maisie Morgan: just before Christmas, she trained in Austria with the British Ski-Cross development squad; she was the group’s youngest member.    Maisie was also runner up in the Audi Ski-Cross race for Under 13s in Lenk, Switzerland. 

Great British Ranking for Tennis Following a number of successes at tournaments throughout the country, Riley pupil Alexander English earned a place in the Grade 1 National Tour finals at the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton this term, resulting in his achieving sixth place in the GB National Leaderboard for boys aged 10 and under. Alexander, now ranked 11th in Great Britain, was one of 16 boys competing at Roehampton, and the only Scottish player.

Bolton 2017 Once again, the Girls and Mixed teams qualified for the Senior Students National Tennis Finals.  The Girls team of Teresa Vier, Jade Paterson, Nicola McArthur and captain Rebecca Dye had some tight games, with nine matches won and nine lost. The results included going down closely to Ellesmere 4–2 and Framlingham 4–3, and an impressive win over Queen Anne’s, 4–2. A special mention goes to Jade, who won all her six matches – a very impressive feat for her first National Finals.  The Mixed team, consisting of Lorenz Vier, Teresa Vier, Rebecca Dye and myself were also successful, losing the first match 3–1 to a strong Millfield side, but winning 4–0 against both Canon Slade and Queen Mary’s.  Big thanks to Mr Watt and to Mr Ogilvie for giving up their time and getting us to the finals once again.  Gavin Stewart, Upper Sixth  Senior Students Team Captain

Gymnastics The Perth and Kinross Primary and Secondary Gymnastics Championships at the Bells Sports Centre has become a regular fixture in the sports calendar and is always an enjoyable day for all concerned. The Primary team of Naomi Henderson, Rosalind Queen, Alasdair Macdonald and Elvie Hamill were sixth out of 16 teams and Alasdair was the top Riley gymnast, achieving ninth place out of 69 competitors. In the Senior category, Topaz Walker, Morgan Patterson, Rhianna Mitchell and Katie Elliot were third out of 15 teams; Katie achieved third place, narrowly missing out on first place by 0.2! Special mention also goes to Madeleine Sayce, who competed as an individual in her first gymnastic competition and was placed 13th out of 49 competitors.


Swimming National Selection for Swimming

Invitational Gala Riley pupils Grace Akinje, Rosalind Queen, Maisie Morgan and Chloe McMichael, were joint first in the U13 event at the Kilgraston Invitational Gala this term.

Scott McLay was selected by Scottish Swimming to attend an international meet in Geneva this term. The meet featured some of the best swimmers from across Europe and saw Scott set a new meet record in the 100 Free to win gold. At the Edinburgh International event in February Scott broke the meet record for Junior 50 Free which was previously held by former pupil and Olympian, Duncan Scott.

Midlands District Championships In the Midlands District Championships, Scott McLay, Chris Aitken, Abbie Queen and Donald Queen won an impressive 23 medals between them – nine gold, eight silver and six bronze .

Perth & Kinross Sports Personality of the Year Awards In recognition for all his achievements in 2016, Scott was awarded Junior Male Sports Person of the Year at this year’s Perth and Kinross Sports Personality of the Year Awards ceremony in February. 

GB Tokyo 2020 Congratulations to Angus Gibson, who has secured Lottery Funding to be part of the Team GB Canoe Slalom Squad, which is training for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This gives him the opportunity to train down at Lee Valley in London with other GB athletes. 


Scottish Schools Championships Scott McLay, Dylan Sommerville, Chris Aitken and Sandy Aitken all competed at the Scottish Schools Championships. Scott was awarded Best Boy of the Championship following his two golds in the 19 years 100 and 200 Free. Dylan won bronze in the 15/16 100 Free, and both Chris and Sandy achieved personal bests.

Cross Country Scottish Schools Champions Sara Duthie, Izzy Spence, Jenny McGuire and Emma Burnett ran a convincing race to win gold in the A Girls class at the Scottish Schools Championships at Linlithgow this term. Alex Bergin, Alex Clark, Marcus Cleaver-Smith and Pedro De La Punte Hapka won bronze in the C Boys class.

Equestrian Fourth form pupil Brook Walker had a fantastic day at the Fife Hunt Pony Club Team Show Jumping competition at Highfield Equestrian Centre in Fife. The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation that encourages young people who want to learn and have fun in a safe environment to ride and care for horses.  Brook took individual first place in three separate classes, riding a different horse in each class.  Also competing were Flora Wilson, Rowan Laird, Stephanie Craig and Brook Walker who took second place in the 1m team event. (pictured) 

Athletics Scottish Schools Athletics Coaching Day After her recent performances at the Scottish Schools Indoor Championships, fourth form pupil Lois Garland was selected to attend a Scottish Schools Athletics coaching day at Pitreavie. 

Two other teams from Strathallan were also competing: Millie Wilson, Sophia Henderson and Alasdair Macdonald were placed sixth in the 80cm event, with Millie and Sophia individually achieving fourth and sixth places.  At a recent British Show jumping competition, Brook Walker beat 35 other riders to win the British Novice class.   Millie Wilson has had a busy term competing in numerous event throughout the country. In February she beat 22 other riders to win the 90cm class at the Sprot Cup, qualifying for the Dengie final in Aberdeenshire. In addition, Millie won U11/12 Individual at an Inter Branch Mounted Games competition.

National Selection for Cricket Fourth form pupil, Fergus Duncan has been selected for the National U15 squad with the aim of playing in Group 1B of the ECB U15s County Competition this summer.


Hockey National Finals for Boys Hockey The U15 XI played some inspiring hockey this season to make it to the Scottish Schools S3 Cup Final at the National Hockey Centre in Glasgow; they lost narrowly to Stewart’s Melville College in a close-fought match. 

The 1st XI also competed in Glasgow in the Scottish Schools Plate final against Glasgow School of Sport losing on sudden death running penalties after a 3-3 draw.

National Finals for Girls Hockey The Senior girls were runners-up at the National Indoor finals in January. They were Scottish Champions in 2016 and to be runners-up in 2017 was a fantastic achievement. They defeated Kilgraston in the semi-final then narrowly lost to Craigholme in the final.

The Junior Indoor team were runners-up in the Midlands Indoor Tournament and the Junior XI will now play Dollar in the final of the Midland District Cup final following their win against High School of Dundee in the semi-final.

In regular fixtures, the 1st XI have enjoyed a successful term, remaining undefeated in all school matches.

The team were also lucky enough to receive sponsorship from Megabus this year, and Operations Director Peter Knight visited Strathallan to hand over the new kit to the boys.

District Selection for Hockey   It was great to have representation in both the girls and boys U18 Midland Indoor Hockey teams this term. Darcy McDermott, Kenna Francis and Matthew White were all part of the winning Midlands teams.

Prep Schools Hockey Sixes This tournament is a firm favourite on the U13 boys’ hockey fixture list and one that is enjoyed by pupils and staff alike. The standard of hockey was extremely high throughout the day, with three teams in the running for the trophy right up to the final whistle. Eventually the honours went to Cargilfield.


Biathlon Stirling University Competition

Netball Scottish Schools Cup It has been a great season for the various netball teams competing in the Scottish Schools Cup this year.  The U14 A team and the 2nd VII made it to the quarter finals of their respective competitions while the U15A team progressed to the semi-finals.

It was definitely a family affair at the Stirling University Biathlon Competition. Sandy and Chris Aitken both won gold, and Imogen, Chloe and Archie McMichael all won silver. Dani Doherty, Katie Elliot and Alexander Netz won bronze.

British Championships Congratulations to Chloe McMichael, Maisie Morgan, Archie McMichael, Sophie Wallwork, Danielle Doherty, Chris Aitken, Marc Martinez Valencia, Alex Clarke, Pedro De La Puente Hapka, Saskia Forman, Sandy Aitken, Georgia Taylor, Dylan Sommerville and Jonathan Wong who qualified for the British Schools Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace during the first week of the Easter holidays. This is the largest number of pupils we have had qualifying for this prestigious event.

Badminton Lucy Haddow, Echo Wang, Tanya Stephen and Megan Chen qualified for the Scottish Schools Cup Championships this term. Lucy and Tanya beat Megan and Echo in the consolation doubles final and Echo won the consolation singles final.

The 1st VII have had an impressive season winning the group stages of the Scottish Schools Cup and playing in the gold knockout stages where they eventually lost to Hyndland. They have enjoyed a fantastic season in both their schools fixtures and the highly competitive Perth League.

Basketball In another Scottish Schools Cup Championship our basketball team reached the quarter finals and played in a tense and fiercely fought contest against Falkirk High School which they narrowly lost 91 – 110. The boys also won the Merchiston tournament this term.


Music and Drama Les Misérables (continued) Over four nights at the end of term, the answer came back as a resounding ‘yes’. Sam Steele’s Valjean commanded the performance with an extraordinarily high vocal standard. Emmy Hall’s Fantine, Chris Blair’s Javert and Blair Davie’s Enjolras vied for our ears and our hearts with heartrending power. The counterpoint of the lovers, Marius, played by Torin Hamill, and Cosette, played by Pippa Hay, took the ensemble performance to new heights; the pathos of Eponine’s own tragedy was played with sublime conviction by Isabella England. Alongside professional-standard vocal talent came the comedic force of nature that is Johnny Boyd and Emma Burnett playing Monsieur and Madame Thénardier. The duo dominated their scenes, plumbing the depths of human nature with relentless energy. The ensemble cast matched every single individual highlight. The power of the whole-cast numbers, first showcased in November at the concert hall, did the production and its history at Strathallan proud.  Stage Crew, under the guidance of Angus Lapslie and former pupil, Oliver Beetschen worked with passion and vision.  Lit to moody perfection, the perfect stage was set for extraordinary performances and rapturous reviews:  “Stand out performances from so so many of the cast; you’ve got some truly amazing actor / singers.  It’s a real credit to the whole team (front and back stage).  Well-deserved standing ovations and beautiful moments from so many … bravo” “My wife and I thought that the production last night was absolutely wonderful and were astonished at the quality of the singing and the band as well as the production.  Both of us have seen the show in London some years ago and greatly preferred last night.” “I just wanted to say what an absolutely wonderful performance last night.  It was like being in the West end.  I wish I could go back again tonight and tomorrow” The professionalism of the band, which included nine pupils, left the audience guessing whether or not they were playing live .  We all knew this had the potential to be special but the cast, crew and musicians of Les Misérables 2017 exceeded all our hopes and expectations.  This was an amazing production by the most superbly talented people who took us on an emotional and mesmerising journey we will never forget. 



Concert Series Form Concerts Audiences have been treated to some wonderful performances in the Form Concert series this term. In the Fourth Form Concert notable performances include Ellie Nielsen’s Over the rainbow, Muna Nweke’s Oogway ascends and Ross Pottinger’s Carratera resbaladiza. Equally, the Form V Concert allowed GCSE Music pupils to perform their examination pieces alongside concert performances. Notable performances here included Mungo Brown’s The Swan on his tuba, Maggie English’s trombone solo Londonderry Air, Robbie McIsaac’s creative arrangement of Für Elise on highland bagpipes, and Ella England’s stunning rendition of On my own.

Ensembles’ Concert At the beginning of March, the two largest school ensembles put on a short concert of repertoire that they have been working on, over the term, in the Chapel. The audience were treated to performances of themes from Chicago and A Tribute to Gershwin by the Wind Band, and String Ensemble’s rendition of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Basse danse from Warlock’s Capriol Suite.

Cabaret Concert In marking the retirement of vocal tutor and LCM Music theatre supremo, Heather Boyd, at the end of this term, it was a fitting tribute to her 18 years of service that pupils performed a Cabaret Concert of show songs and jazz standards in the Music Room. The concert demonstrated the incredible depth of talent throughout the school, and showcased the fabulous work which Heather has led and inspired.

Chapel Choir Choral Workshop at Cargilfield Members of the Chapel Choir travelled to Cargilfled Prep School in Edinburgh to lead a choral workshop with their Chapel Choir on Music for Spring. After an intensive afternoon rehearsal, the two choirs combined in Cargilfield Chapel to perform a short concert to the school, staff and parents.

A-level Concert This year’s A-level concert saw a record number of pupils perform to a supportive and appreciative audience. The Form VI pupils are required to perform a short, balanced recital programme, between 6 and 15 minutes in length depending on whether they are sitting AS or A-level Music. Entries this year included a bagpiping programme, two different saxophone programmes, a combined singing and piano programme and an all drumkit programme. In addition to being an enjoyable concert, the performers will find out how their recitals actually graded in August!


Choral Scholars recording BBC Songs of Praise The Choral Scholars recently finished filming with Perth Cathedral Choir for a series of programmes for the BBC’s Songs of Praise series. Confirmed performances will be aired on Mothering Sunday, Easter Day and Remembrance Sunday in 2017, with other performances being aired at other assorted times.

Headline Act Stop the Rain, featuring Blair Davie, Sam Steele and Ben Muir, played their first headline gig this term when they were top of the bill at the 02 ABC in Glasgow in March. In true Strath fashion, a coachload of supporters travelled to Glasgow to enjoy the show.

Birnam Festival The Folk Group and Pipers travelled up the A9 to perform at the Neil Gow Festival in Birnam one Saturday morning.

Perform in Perth Music Our percussion players have performed particularly well at this year’s Perform in Perth competition with Riley pupil Lewis Dewar coming second in the Timpani Solo and winning the Drum Kit Solo and the Transitional Class.  Lewis was also awarded Premier Percussion Trophy for most promising entrant in all the of the Drum Kit classes from beginner to advanced. 

In Drum Kit Solo, Elementary, Stuart Hutchison, Christopher Scott and Morgan Patterson came first, second and third respectively and Ruaridh Clark came second in the Open class.  In the Xylophone classes, Morgan Patterson was second in Transitional, Emma Burnett was second in the Intermediate category and Ruaridh Clark was second in the Advanced.  Daisy Richards came first in Viola Solo and the String Recital class. 

Music Exam Successes There were a number of successes in recent music examinations, Sam Steele DipLCM (Music Theatre),Blair Davie DipLCM (Music Theatre), Rachel Hamilton – Grade 8 Merit (LCM Music Theatre), Bryony Barclay – Grade 7 Distinction (LCM Music Theatre), Sarah Mahon – Grade 7 Distinction (LCM Music Theatre), Ellie Nielsen – Grade 6 Merit (LCM Music Theatre), Caitlin Donald – Grade 7 Merit (Trinity), Flora May Hamill – Grade 5 Merit (Trinity), Sophie Donald – Grade 1 Distinction (Trinity) and Lucy Ward – Grade 1 Merit (Trinity)


Speech and Drama The Perth Burns Club competition saw wins for two third form boys. Morgan Patterson won the Soutar Unicorn trophy for his recitation of Puddle Doo by William Soutar, while the Grampian Cup went to Ben Morrison, who recited Willie Wastle by Burns.  In Perform in Perth, Ethan Wivell won the Soutar Tassie. Anna Moody won the Bible Reading trophy and achieved firsts for Prepared Reading and Dramatic Solo. Chloe McMichael achieved 1st (with Honours) in Prepared Reading and 1st in Bible Reading. There were Honours also for Grace Akinje, who won her acting class. Other firsts went to Johnny Boyd (Bible Reading), Ellie Nielsen (Prepared Reading), Douglas Berry (Public Speaking), Sophie Donald (Dramatic Solo) and Joely Fuge (Shakespeare). The joint forces of Forms 1J and 1JJ won the Choral Verse Speaking class.

Les Mis Workshop It was a great privilege to welcome stage school principal, vocal coach and West End actor David Greer to the School to run a workshop for the cast of Les Mis. David has starred in a number of West End musicals including Les Mis and inspired the pupils with his top tips on vocal and performance techniques.


Burns Supper The Annual Sixth Form Burns Supper took place in the Music Room. Chair, Mrs McFarlane, welcomed the guests and invited Archie Macfarlane to pipe in the haggis, which was then addressed by Lucy Orr, the recitation of “Address to the Haggis” having recently helped enable her to achieve Distinction in her LAMDA Gold Medal exam. The Selkirk Grace was delivered by Sam Steele who also later in the evening joined other folk musicians, Angus Lapslie, Blair Davie, Anna Clark and Johnny Boyd in providing musical entertainment. Megan Thomas delivered the Immortal Memory. The Toast to the Lassies and the Reply came from Angus Lapslie and Izzy Spence respectively. Johnny Boyd toasted Strathallan and Mr McGowan replied. After Andrew Smith’s Vote of Thanks, Mr McGowan accompanied the singing of Auld Lang Syne on the pipes.

Piping Robbie MacIsaac has had a successful term winning the Faw Kirk Competitive Music Festival in Falkirk, which qualifies him to compete in the District semifinals in February. He has also won the National Piping Centre Junior Championships and the Glasgow Highland Club Senior Solo competition.

Stadium Performance  

Riley Riley science On Thursday 9th March, 1JJ and 1J had a Science talk from Mr Wooler where we all took part in many explosive experiments.  It was great fun!  We learnt why coke is bad for you.  If you drink too much the sugar eats away at your teeth.  We also saw what happens when we add mentos to coke: the coke reacts and it blows up!  Did you know that if you put raisins in lemonade the gravity pulls them down and the bubbles pull them back up so it looks like they are dancing!    We hope he can come back again to visit us with more exciting experiments!  Mia Lalani, Emily Sinclair and Pippa Morrison, Riley 1JJ

During the last week of term our Pipe Band performed on the pitch during half time of the Scotland football team’s International Challenge Match against Canada. Thirteen pipers and 6 drummers played in the centre circle as part of the half time entertainment.  We would like to thank the Scottish Football Association for this opportunity. 

Scottish Schools Championships The Senior Pipe Band performed exceptionally well at the Scottish Schools Championships at James Gillespie’s High School on the 12th March, achieving our highest placing for several years - fourth in the Junior A category.  For the first time, two bands were entered into a major competition and the Junior Pipe Band performed admirably on their competitive debut. 

Riley Family Quiz On Friday 17th March, we had our first Riley Quiz Night. Mr Burnett was our host and compère and had written eight rounds of questions - some were very difficult and some were quite easy! During the interval we held a raffle in aid of the MS Society of Scotland. Lots of the borders got prizes! We raised £208.00. Mia Lalani, Riley 1JJ


Academic Biology Trip Our Higher Human Biology students visited the University of Stirling’s Psychology department for an inspiring peek into the fascinating world of Psychology research. The afternoon was led by university researchers and was split into three practical activities, starting with a game to model group behaviour. The second activity was the lie detector test. Murphy Walker ‘beat the machine’, Cairn Ramsay on the other hand...

Young Writers Competition William Kent has been chosen as runner up in a National Young Writers Competition. There were hundreds of entries for the Summertime Rhymes, and his poem has now been published.  

Model United Nations Each year a number of pupils take part in the Model United Nations scheme which gives pupils an opportunity to roleplay meetings like the Security Council and General Assembly and an insight into how the United Nations works through research, debate and problem solving.  At a recent conference at George Watson’s our pupils won seven prizes in twelve committees. Johnny Boyd won Best Delegate in Education, Science and Culture and Alex Bergin won Best Junior Delegate in Political.  Tiffany Chow, Fergus McKay, Sarah Hollingsworth and Izzy Spence all achieved Highly Commended and Saskia Forman achieved a Commended.

DT 3D Printer Our DT Department is very excited to announce the delivery of two CEL Robox 3D printers. These printers will allow our students to access the ‘next generation’ of manufacturing processes, giving them the opportunity to remain at the forefront of technology and innovation. The department will use these machines in conjunction with the newly purchased software, Solidworks, an industry-standard software used across several engineering disciplines – and at well-known universities – to enhance the design process. We look forward to continuing to provide a challenging and stimulating environment where we can develop our students into problem solvers and critical thinkers, thus preparing them to become the innovators of the future.


CERN trip On 9th Feb twenty pupils set off on the inaugural Physics Department trip to CERN laboratories, Geneva. CERN is the largest particle physics research laboratory in the world and is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Protons are accelerated to within a whisker of the speed of light in a large 27 km circular accelerator and smashed into each other to produce conditions similar to those in the universe just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. This results in the production of numerous different particles including the recently discovered Higgs Boson. Particle Physics and accelerator are topics studied in both A Level and Higher Physics and this was a great opportunity to see professional scientists working on material that we have covered in the classroom. After our first night in the hostel in Geneva we had an early start with a hearty breakfast before the walk to catch the tram to CERN in the Geneva rush hour. Our visit to CERN started with an introductory talk by one of the scientists on the history of CERN and an overview of the work done. We then had two separate visits and we hit the jackpot with these. The second of the visits was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip and needed a 10km bus journey across a diameter of the accelerator ring (entering into France) to the CMS detector. This is one of the four main experimental sites on the ring. We were very lucky in that the LHC was in a down phase meaning that we had access 100m underground (orange hard hats and all) to see the detector being upgraded. It was incredible to see how thousands of tonnes of material can be manoeuvred to sub-millimetre precision. It is a great feat of engineering that allows these physics experiments to be carried out. The majority of people employed at CERN are engineers and computer scientists and we could appreciate why. After lunch we visited the CERN exhibitions which included some of the shells of famous old detectors used on the site as well as a modern exhibition with an impressive visual display on the work done in the laboratory. Friday evening involved a delicious Swiss meal in a restaurant including cheese fondue followed by sausage. This was accompanied by some lively traditional music involving the longest alphorn we have ever seen. Well done to Chris, our wind instrument specialist, for showing us all how it was done.

Debating Tiffany Chow and Johnny Boyd qualified for the final 16 of the Law Society of Scotland Donald Dewar Memorial Mace competition, opposing the motion, ‘This house would permit the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport’.  The Inter-House Debating Competition culminated in two hard-fought finals. The Junior Competition was won by Thornbank, who proposed the motion, ‘This house believes that charity begins at home’. After much tense debate, judge Miss Ambrose announced the winner and presented the trophy to Thornbank’s team of Anna Moody and Eve Gilmour. 

Senior Debating was won by Nicol. The motion, that beauty is more important than genius, produced some heated floor debate. The judges, Mr Glasgow and Mr Hamill, were persuaded by Johnny Boyd and Dylan Patterson that this was indeed the case. They are pictured here along with Rachel Foulsham, who won the prize for best speaker.

On Saturday we explored the sites of Geneva with visits to the History of Science Museum and a trip across the lake on public transport. This was followed by the obligatory visit to the famous “jet d’eau”, the large fountain, and then on to lunch and exploring the Old Quarter. It was a great trip, and one that we plan to repeat every other year giving all sixth form pupils the chance to visit.


Medical Research Scotland Meet the Researcher Showcase On 28 February, a small group travelled with Mr Barnes to Dundee Science Centre to attend the Medical Research Scotland ‘Meet the Researcher’ showcase. Following a brief and interesting exploration of the Science Centre itself, we were welcomed by Professor Philip Winn, Chairman of Medical Research Scotland, who began to outline the different paths and subject choice combinations that were available to those at school who were interested in medical research. Next up was Professor David Harrison, Reid Chair of Pathology, University of St Andrews. In an amusing and entertaining style he raised our awareness of the development of medical imaging and the importance of information technology, data handling and modelling from a clinical perspective. He handed over to the impressive and highly motivating Dr Morag McFarlane, Chief Executive Officer of Tissue Solutions Limited. Reassuringly, Morag explained her experience of being uncertain as a younger person of which career path she wished to follow. She spoke about maximising opportunities to gain experience and following our instincts in terms of what we thought would be of genuine interest, but also helpful to wider society.  Energised by these impressive medical research professionals, we then went into the main hall to meet in person and converse with practising medical research students. Among the highlights were a project looking at the potential for deep sea bacteria to fight cancer, work being done by Dr Huang and Dr Butcher from the University of West of Scotland, and Medical Research Scotland Vacation Scholar, Keir Murphy. One thing that surprised us was the access which these research students have to amazingly expensive equipment, such as enormous mass spectrometers. Another fascinating presentation was on cerebral malaria and CR1 location. This is research led by Mr Constantinou, currently a fourth year BSc (Hons) Biochemistry student at The University of Edinburgh. He explained how tagging CR1 using fluorescent dye, and subsequent imaging across a large sample population, was leading to a better understanding of the precursors to, and management of, cerebral malaria. A further  research project was focused on the effects of light, dark and exercise on the body, and Miss Atanassova, currently a fourth year BSc (Hons) Psychology student at the University of Glasgow, spoke with us in detail about the effects that using a phone before bed can have on your brain.  The afternoon ended with a highly informative question and answer session. We left with a much better understanding of the incredible range of opportunities offered by medical research and what would be required in terms of entrance qualifications. It was absolutely clear that ‘big data’, mathematics skills, statistical manipulation and predictive modelling, including skills allied to the computer gaming industry, are going to be an essential element of further medical research.  We are very grateful to, in particular, Dr Alex M Graham and all at Medical Research Scotland for providing us with such a fascinating opportunity.  Kirsten Dawson & Ossie Smith, Fifth Form

Graeme Obree Visit It was a great honour to welcome the ‘Flying Scotsman’, Graeme Obree to Strathallan in February. The Scottish racing cyclist who twice broke the world hour record, in July 1993 and April 1994, and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995, delighted in sharing his stories with our sixth form in our Scott Moncrieff lecture. Earlier in the day Graeme spent time in the DT Department inspiring pupils with his vision of how he thought a bike should be and how he went about designing and constructing what would become the world record breaking bike. You can visit The original Old Faithful bike at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, while two replicas built for use in the Flying Scotsman film are displayed in the Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow.


International Students Dinner On the 27th January our International pupils and their guests enjoyed an evening of dinner and entertainment in the Dining Hall. It was a truly memorable occasion with over 130 students and a motley collection of staff tucking in to a selection of curries accompanied by excellent performances, first from Pippa Hay singing with Ben Muir on piano and later from Shanna Goddard singing accompanied by Rebecca Muir on piano. This created a wonderful atmosphere in the midst of a mixture of costumes from around the world, some themed on famous international characters, others in national dress.   The atmosphere was further enhanced by an internationally themed quiz which degenerated into a mass group sing-song and ended the evening in fine style. A great night was had by all and no-one will forget the final rendition of Flower of Scotland followed by the Thai anthem and then spontaneous singing of the hymn I vow to thee my country.  Many thanks must go to the International Committee for organising a wonderful and very popular event and particularly Chantal Slaven for all her help behind the scenes. Thanks must also go to Sodexo for a great selection of international curries!


Strathallians Edinburgh Rugby Former pupils Jamie Ritchie (S ‘14) and Murray McCallum (R ‘14) came back to Strathallan this term with some of their Edinburgh team mates for a team-building day. The boys enjoyed clay pigeon shooting, archery and .22 shooting and were kind enough to take time out from their lunch to sign autographs for all the Riley pupils. 

GB Selection Former pupil Nicky Cochrane (G ’12) has been named in the GB Women’s hockey squad for Tokyo 2020. 

Professional Contract for Murray Former pupil Murray McCallum (R ’14) had a dream 2016, but the early signs this year were that 2017 was going to be even better for the young rugby player. Last year he performed very well for Scotland under-20s and Heriot’s which then saw him come into the Edinburgh Rugby squad on a more regular basis. In early March the prop, who turned 21 later that month, became a regular starter in the Guinness PRO12 which earned him his first full-time pro deal with Edinburgh until at least the summer of 2019.


Oliver Beetschen (F ’10) and collaborators have won the prestigious RSA Architecture Prize 2017 Their work is currently being shown at the Royal Scottish Academy as part of NEW CONTEMPORARIES, which showcases 66 graduates selected from the 2016 degree shows, including painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation. The selection was made by exhibition convener Delia Baillie RSA, with assistance from fellow academics and representatives from the five main colleges of art. This year the five Scottish schools of architecture are each represented by graduates selected by architecture convener Charlie Hussey RSA.

Les Misérables Reunion It was wonderful to welcome back some of our very talented Strathallians involved in previous School productions for a reunion before this year’s performance of Les Misérables. After a walk down memory lane, looking at the displays from previous plays and musicals, everyone enjoyed a bite to eat before heading through to the Theatre to enjoy the first of four sold out performances. 

Beetschen, Morjaria and Piper’s project was selected from this showcase for the Architecture award. Their Project, titled ‘Moral Hazards of the Generic City: A Retrospective Re-design of the Otemachi Tower’ was completed as part of their Master of Architecture degree, in the ‘Tokyo Hauntology’ studio at Edinburgh University, led by Liam Ross and Tolulope Onabolu.

Dates for the Diary London Drinks Reception Monday May 8th @ 7pm in Eight Members’ Club Moorgate, EC2A 2BX

Strathallian Day Sunday June 18th from 11.30am at Strathallan School. For more information on either of the events please contact Aileen Wilson,


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Strathallan Newsletter Spring 2017  
Strathallan Newsletter Spring 2017