"Double delight for Gordon's girls"
quadrangle from the Quadrangle February 2007 from the From the Development AthletiCs than ever before which gives them exposure to quality Arbroath, while the S3 girls have already reached their Pupil Achievements Michael Grant (S4) made the final shortlist in the Congratulations to Rebecca Bee (S2) who has Individual Pupil Achievements Congratulations to Ellie Workman (S4) opposition. Looking to the future, the 1st team will travel final and will play Hyndland in Glasgow on April 23rd. Office 13-15 year old age group of the Baillie Gifford and Financial Mail on Sunday essay competition. been selected for the Scottish Rhythmic Gymnastic squad and is currently training with the Junior who won a Gold medal for the High Jump in the Scottish Schools’ Indoor to Germany in October to play 4 matches in Munich and Stuttgart. This will certainly be challenging but, as tours The S2s will play Peebles in the semi-final on 16th April while the S1 team are through to the final of the More than 120 grandparents visited the Junior School on His essay was not selected as one of the top prize Commonwealth Games Squad in preparation for Championships. Ellie and Ronald Evans have proved in the past, an excellent opportunity to allow National Plate competition. 5th March for our very first Grandparents’ Day, organised winners. However, he won a book token for £50 as the Games in August. Rebecca recently took part in (S4) were invited to attend the Scottish the players to gel as a team and to improve fitness. We physiCs by the Development Office. Guests were given a tour of a reward for his great effort. the Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Training Camp Schools Athletics Association Coaching have now started some hockey in S2 so hopefully the physiCs olyMpiAD CoMpetition The NewsleTTer of roberT GordoN’s ColleGe | APRIL 2008 | ISSUE 17 www.rgc.aberdeen.sch.uk the existing junior facilities by P7 prefects and heard about Day at the end of March, following standard will continue to improve next year. in Livingston and will compete in the British Open The following pupils were awarded Merit Awards in the the forthcoming plans for the new junior school. They their strong performances at the Indoor MAths British Physics Olympiad Competition: Robert Adam, Jack scott (S4) has been selected for the Scottish Individual Apparatus Competition in May. were then treated to cream tea and a musical show in the and Outdoor Championships earlier in uKMt senioR MAtheMAtiCAl ChAllenGe 2007 Cristina Evans, Tejas Guruswamy, Adam Hopkins, Lewis Double delight Under 16 golf squad and will be travelling throughout MacRobert Hall. Such was the response to this new event that a second day has been organised for April and our the UK and Europe representing his country, with his Joanna henderson (S3) has had a very exciting the year. CCf Gold: Kent Zhang (S6) – Best in School (also awarded a Certificate of Participation for the 2007/08 British Morton, Christie Noble, Emily O’Connor, Mary Sumner, Thomas Taggart, Sam Thomas, Emma Thornton, Timothy School captains enjoy plans are to make this an annual event for grandparents. first competition, the Scottish Boys’ Match Play, taking place in early April at Southness. last few weeks. She won the British Masters U14 Tournament and is now ranked 1st in GB and 11th in Tim Thornton (S6) has received the Award of Mathematical Olympiad Round 1), Adam Bremner (S5), Thornton (all S6). trip to Big Apple Commandant’s Certificate of Outstanding Christie Noble, Tejas Guruswamy , Lewis Morton (all S6). Tejas, Cristina, Robert, Christie, Timothy, Mary and In the Easter holidays Christie Noble and I travelled to New for Gordon’s girls Europe. She was part of the GB team which reached Service to the CCF Contingent. silver: Neil Kiltie, Emma-Louise Brown, Clark Pennie, Emma then went on to achieve Bronze Awards and iain hall (S1) has been selected for the NCOS the final of the European Winter Team Championship York to represent the College at the American Gordonian David Smith (S5) and Tim Thornton (S6) Christopher Gray, Liam McNeil, Oliver Hamlet, Fraser Emma Thornton was ‘Best in School’. training orchestra. This is the third consecutive losing 2-1 to a very strong Russian team. They finished have completed their Air Cadets Gliding Atkins, William Jamieson, Kalon Hewage, Samuel Ngu RowinG Dinner. In a very exciting and successful trip, the dinner year that Iain has been accepted for this, as well 2nd out of 32 teams and they were the first GB team Scholarship by flying solo in a glider. (all S5), Thomas Taggart, Cristina Evans, Jonathan At the Scottish Schools Head of the River Race held on served as a great window to our Gordonians across the as performing in the National Children’s Orchestra to reach the final since 1996. Joanna has also been Chess Hodgson (all S6). Saturday 15th March on the Forth & Clyde Canal at pond, allowing them an insight into how the school is of Scotland last year. named Scotland’s best female junior player of 2007. The Robert Gordon’s College team Bronze: Matthew Trail, Linda Guo, Grant Hay, Gregory Dullatur, rowing in Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association progressing with its plans for the future. I relished the Her award was announced at a ceremony in Stirling competed in the Law Society of Scotland Jones, Ross Gamblin, Robert Evans, Alicia Marples, Anna colours, representatives of Robert Gordon’s College were opportunity to meet many successful Gordonians in James yule (S2) has been selected to swim in the WISE at which Jamie Murray picked up the male award Secondary Schools Allegro Team Nohawica, Thomas Raeburn, Louise Fleming (all S5), Alistair involved in two notable victories. America and to see the wonderful city from all the movies Championships in Perth. The team were Rose, Claire Xiao, Rowan Palmer, Rosie Williams (all S6). Robert Hamlet and Blair Sorbie (S2) provided the power that is New York. Whilst there we were given a tour of competition involving schools from Wales, Ireland, folowing his Wimbledon mixed doubles success. playing extremely well and going into the uK inteRMeDiAte MAths ChAllenGe when winning the Men’s Junior 14 Coxed Quad event, the New York Stock Exchange (I now broadly understand Scotland and England. He will be swimming in the final round needed to draw their match thuRsDAy 7th feBRuARy 2008 with Bruce Sorbie (P6) coxing. As well as winning the stock market, sort of...) and we also visited all of the A recorder group provided entertainment on Grandparents’ Day breaststroke and individual medley events in the junior The Robert Burns World Federation North of Scotland to take the title. Unfortunately, they lost Gold: Angus Crowley - Best in School, Ashara Taylor, pennants in their own category, they also posted the categoriy of this competition. Schools Festival Piping Competition took place on sights a tourist should: a Broadway show, the Statue of the match to St Aloysius after being the Emma Wood, Hamish Niven, Rory Inglis, James Russell, 3rd fastest time overall, an achievement when rowing Ceilidh Band of Robert 8th March. Congratulations to william Duncan (S3) form team in the earlier rounds and came Bao Xia, Ruairidh Milne, Simon Clark, Tim Gomersall, against J15, J16 and J18 crews. Liberty, Central Park full of fitness fanatics, and even the Gordon’s College tejas Guruswamy, Christie noble (both S6) and who was placed 1st in his category and Alexander in third place. Callum Chisholm, Alistair Rodman, Jennifer He (all S4). Rosie Morton (S3) also had a successful day, Rockefeller Centre, which gave us a beautiful view of the The RGC Ceilidh Band has recently enjoyed Graeme Cowie (S5) competed in the Scottish heat of the Mackison (S2) who was 2nd. CRiCKet silver: Sonja Cammaert, Ruth Adam, Michael Sawaryn, rowing bow position in the winning crew in Empire State Building and Southern Manhattan. The city performing at two World Challenge Ceilidhs Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst Competition Matt Cross and Andrew Lewis (both S4) Tahlia McKenzie, Glenn Bowen, Eilidh Parry, Tara Thornton, the Women’s Junior 16 Coxed Fours event. and its colourful people made the trip an experience of a with new equipment generously donated by the at Heriot Watt University. 18 schools from around Scotland Debbie scott (S6) and Jennifer Allan (S5) have toured South Africa with the Scotland Peter Dickson, Matthew Cross (all S4); John Buchanan, Congratulations also to Rosie who won a Gold lifetime, and have given me a thirst for returning that will Parents’ Association. They will be performing at the competed and RGC finished in third place. successfully auditioned for a place in the National Under 15 Cricket Squad during the Easter Katherine McClure, Scott Gammie, Harry Chatfield, Nicole medal in the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships. take a lifetime to quench. Youth Choir of Scotland’s Summer Training Course holidays. In addition, Matt has been Gainska, Robert Hamlet, Jonathan Hughes, Dmitri Olayzola sKiinG Douglas Blake, School Captain Founder’s Day Ball in May, and the band are also Congratulations to elizabeth skingley (S5) who 2008. The NYCoS will give two concerts at the end of selected for the Scotland Under 17 Thomaneck, Sarah Stirling, Christopher McCaffrey, Alex Congratulations go to all our racers who skied well available to hire for events outside school. Squad. Wang, Craig De Leeuw (all S3). against tough competition at the Scottish Schools’ Ski If you have a forthcoming event and may be appeared recently in the very successful Aberdeen the course, which takes place at Merchiston School in CRoss CountRy Bronze: Mohamed Helmi (S4), Angelica Compatangelo, Championships 2008 at the Lecht Ski Centre last month. interested in booking them, please contact Rachel Youth Music Theatre production of “Dr Jekyll and Mr Edinburgh in July. RGC Cross Country Championships were held prior to Evanna Codona, Robert Dunbar, David Logie, Martin The boys’ team were placed 5th out of 20 teams. Mackison of the Music Department on 01224 Hyde” at the Aberdeen Arts Centre. the half term break and congratulations go to our medal Osugo, Stuart Niven, Cynthia Pang (all S3). In the individual section Ewan Robertson (S6) was 4th, 646346 or Liam Flaherty on 07779 062394. winners: The team from Robert Gordon’s College were finalists in Anthony Woollcombe (S6) was 22nd and Andrew Grant s1 Boys: 1st: Oliver Hay; 2nd: Tim McGovern; 3rd: Kevin the 2007 Enterprising Mathematics Competition. (S5) was 30th out of 80 racers. COLOURS AND MERIT AWARDS MARCh 2008 RGCPA Events ColouRs Wong. s1 Girls: 1st: Kate Murdoch; 2nd: Sophie Taylor; 3rd: Katie Wood. s2 Boys: 1st: Josh Arrowsmith; 2nd: MonDAy 3 MARCh 2008 silver: Harry Chatfield, Craig de Leeuw, Scott Gammie, The girls’ team were placed 12th out of 19 teams. Natalie Armstrong (S6), Kirstin Gilbert (S5) and Cathie The first Parents’ Association Quiz Night took place Adam Ouston; 3rd: Elliot Noble. s2 Girls: 1st: Caitlin Christopher McCaffrey, Dmitri Olayzola, Sarah Stirling, Geddie (S4) all skied well in the individual section. CHESS: Blair Hawthorne - Re-award; Adam Bremner - BOYS’ HOCKEY: Graeme Matheson - Re-award; Neil last term, and proved an entertaining and intellectually Donald; 2nd: Megan Mclean; 3rd: Yasmin Milne. s3 John Buchanan, Alex Wang, Nicole Gainska, Robert swiMMinG On Tuesday 11 March 2008 Robert Gordon’s College Re-award (both S5) McNiven (both S6) – Re-award; Scott Munro; William challenging occasion. Over 20 teams took part, Boys: 1st: David Monteith; 2nd: Craig Simpson; 3rd: Hamlet, Jonathan Hughes, Katherine McClure (all S3). The school swimming team have won 3 out of 4 of girls’ 1st XI hockey team triumphed in the finals of the DEBATING: Katherine Duncan - Re-award; Michael Sim Jamieson; Stuart Allan; Zac Clark; John Hamilton (all S5) Scott Melville. s3 Girls: 1st: Sarah Stirling; 2nd: Evie Rae; Bronze: Evanna Codona, Angelica Compatangelo, competing for first place which in the end went to an their swimming matches this season. They came a close Scottish Schools’ Outdoor Hockey Championships held impressive team of Junior School staff members. Stovies - Re-award (both S6) FOOTBALL: David Stevenson (S6) KAYAKING: Sophie Saul (S6) MUSIC: Tara Cunningham (S5); Rowan Palmer (S6); Erica 3rd: Rosie Morton. s4 Girls: 1st: Ellie Workman; 2nd Heather Robertson; 3rd: Suzi Blake.s4 Boys: 1st: Richard Stuart Niven, Robert Dunbar, David Logie, Martin Osugo, Cynthia Pang (all S3). second in a triangular match behind George Watson, with Dollar coming third. at Peffermill, Edinburgh. This completes an extraordinary Cross country runners were provided by the Olive Garden, and teams brought their own refreshments, the type and quantity of the GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Jennifer Heritage (S6) - Re-award; Laura Innes (S5) Murdoch; 2nd: Callum Chisholm; 3rd: Josh Whiting. MusiC The results in the Schools Swimming Championship in double for the Gordon’s Girls. In February they retained the Scottish Schools’ Indoor Cup after defeating George win national title McLean (S6) - Re-award; Louise Selkirk (S6) - Re-award; RUGBY: Jamie Niven; Aulo Vallarino (both S6) Results from the Scottish Secondary Schools Cross- tRinity ColleGe lonDon January at Tollcross were as follows: latter having a direct bearing on degree of success. Mr Country Championships were as follows: Bao Xia (S4) - Grade 5 Violin, Anthony Woolcombe (S6) James Yule (S2) took 2nd place in the 200m IM and Watson’s College in the final in Perth. This was the Ami Munro (S5) SKI RACING: Anthony Woollcombe (S6) Richmond of the College English Department stepped under 14 Boys team - 6th place: Oliver Hay, Kevin - Grade 7 Violin. 100m Breaststroke, Euan Inglis (S3) came 3rd in the second consecutive year the girls had secured top into the breach as quizmaster, performed admirably, MeRit AwARDs position in that competition. Wong, Joel Ingram, Edward Lanaghan. netBAll 200m Breaststroke and Ross McDonald came 3rd in the Photo courtesy of the Evening Express BIOLOGY ASSISTANT: Jonathan Blaydon; Katie Sloan; JUNIOR SCHOOL ICT ASSISTANT: Lewis Thomson; and deserves our gratitude. Thanks also go to question Girls 14 - 15 team - 7th Team: Heather Monteith, Ella RGC netball teams have made a clean sweep of all 200m Backstroke. For the first time in 4 years the College Fresh from their recent success, the team beat off Debbie Scott; Stephanie Weir; Lauren Cammaert; Ailie Jessica Smit; Andrew Morley. compilers, markers, and indeed everyone who came Forbes, Megan McLean, Natasha McLachlan. the Aberdeen competitions, winning the year group entered the Bath Cup, a prestigious swimming relay stiff competition from Glasgow’s Hutchesons’ Grammar Lamberton. PE ASSISTANT: Lauren Robertson; Morag Hardie; Laura Boys’ hoCKey tournaments and leagues. In the Aberdeen Schools competition open to all Independent Schools in the UK along to share the evening. School to take the title with a final score of 1-0. In the CHAMBER CHOIR: Laura Gallagher; Corrie Mosley; McLean; Natalie Armstrong. As the end of season approaches it is worth reflecting League this year the Senior team have been undefeated, and held annually in London. 56 schools from all over the Next on the calendar is the May Ball on the 10th semi-finals they defeated Mary Erskine School winning Adele Merson; Katherine Duncan; Emily Fowler; Caroline RECORDER ENSEMBLE: Jonathan Blaydon; Neil Michie. The two victorious squads: indoor (above) and outdoor (top). May. Held at The Marcliffe Hotel, this is always a the considerable success achieved by all of the teams and so retain their title for the second year running. UK took part in the competition which this year was held on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Gordon’s qualified for Burrows; Neil Michie; Stephanie Weir; Fiona Kiehlmann; ROWING: Lewis Morton. involved. The 1st XI along with the Under 16 XI are The Junior team have won all their matches this season at Whitgift School, Croydon. After the heats the boys popular event; an opportunity to dress up, enjoy the finals, consisting of the eight best school teams in Captain Louise Fleming was also delighted with the Karla Ritchie; Jonathan Blaydon; Catherine Wakeford. RUGBY: Michael MacLaren; Sam Travis; Andrew Krahn; unbeaten to date while the Under 15 XI have enjoyed in the Aberdeen Schools’ League, defeating Dyce, St qualified for the final and against stiff opposition came a delicious meal and dance the night away. The Scotland, when they won the North District section in win: “This is a perfect ending to six years of teamwork CONCERT BAND: Beady Rice; Corrie Mosley; Neil Thomas Horton; Sandy Jones; Louis Kinsey; Adam much success also. The 1st XI have reached the semi-final Margaret’s, Bridge of Don, Cults, Hazlehead, Ellon a very creditable sixth with The Royal Belfast Academical organizing committee have managed to secure some February. and fun for those of us who are going on to University Michie; Julia Redman; Patrick Smith. Chiverton; Charles Marshall; Douglas Blake; Alistair of the Schools Cup against Balerno HS. Congratulations and Bankhead. Their recent victory against Albyn has Institution winning in a new record time. In the Medley fantastic raffle prizes and winning tickets will be The team’s coach Mr Scorgie commented: “This in the autumn and a great springboard to future success Kate Murdoch (S1) has won a Gold medal at the CHEMISTRY ASSISTANT: Alice Graves; Craig Melton. MacDonald; Graeme Hutchison; Fraser Clark; Philip go to Adam Walker (S5) who has been selected for confirmed their dominance. competition they also qualified for the final and came drawn during the evening. We look forward to seeing the Scotland Under 18 squad. More pupils have been The Senior netball team have progressed to the quarter 8tn. Team members: Ross McDonald, Kent Zhang, Chris is a fantastic result and we are all thrilled to have for the younger girls in the team.” Scottish Schools Cross Country championships at Irvine, CROSS COUNTRY: Claire Hunter; Lauren Robertson; Ouston; Nick Banks; Trenton McNee; Ross McEwan; you there. involved in the various age groups at District level finals of the Scottish Cup and have been drawn against Stirling and Michael McGovern brought this trophy back to Aberdeen for the first The calibre of the first XI is also shown by the fact making her the Under 14 national champion. Kate’s Morag Hardie. Kalon Hewage. Later this term, another secondhand uniform sale is time in the competition’s history. The girls worked very that Louise Fleming, Claire Hunter and Morag Hardie win was made even more memorable as she also HISTORY ASSISTANT: Jenny Ben Brahim. SENIOR ORCHESTRA: Jonathan Blaydon; Jessica Argo; set for the 7th June. hard throughout the championships and our hopes have been selected for the U18 Scottish Hockey training led the RGC team to the Under 14 Girls’ team title. GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Kirsty Sneddon; Stef Milne; Crisi Evans; Chloe Cheyne; Joy Molyneaux. Contact us: Robert Gordon's College, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FE UK Tel: 01224 646346 (Senior School) 01224 646758 (Junior School) The PA will also be looking for volunteers to help with were high. It is one more sporting achievement in a squad. Kate, pictured above with teammates Morven Sneddon, Erin Grieve; Tally Harry Thomas; Natalie Armstrong. SKI RACING: Natalie Armstrong. Fax: 01224 630301 Email: email@example.com Sports Day and the secondhand book sale. Dates and whole host of recent wins and really does highlight Congratulations also go to the S1 hockey team which Sophie Taylor and Sophie Murphy, was also selected as JASPARS: Holly Johnston; Natalie Armstrong; Alice (All pupils S6). details to follow. Visit www.rgc.aberdeen.sch.uk for regular news updates and photo galleries of recent events. the incredible talent we have here at Robert Gordon’s won the North District Tournament beating Lathallan part of the Scottish squad competing in the London Graves; Kathleen Singer. Kirstie Reid and Jennie Chalmers, RGCPA Robert Gordon’s College is a charity registered in Scotland, No: SC000123 College at the moment.” 3-0 in the final. mini-marathon in April. Go to www.rgc.aberdeen.sch.uk for full reports on many of the Quadrangle stories. from the Quadrangle April 2008 News in brief Leadership conference Debating...Sarah Stirling and Evanna Codona Junior School News Model UN provides memorable experiences (both S3) reached the final of The Courier Over the weekend of 16-18 March, twenty-five S4-S6 On Friday 7 March a delegation of nine S4 pupils Debating Competition which was held in St pupils from the College participated in the second attended a day conference on “Respect and Leadership” Andrews on Friday 29 February. Sarah and Model United Nations Conference to be held in which was organised and hosted by pupils from the Rebecca Elder (also S3) have reached the Scotland, at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh. The city’s Northfield Academy at AECC and attended regional final of the English-Speaking Union’s RGC delegates had to research and represent the views by pupil representatives from most of Aberdeen’s Juniors Competition which will take place at and policies of the five countries to which they had secondary schools. Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, on Thursday 24 been assigned: Norway, Egypt, Indonesia, Qatar and Keynote speakers from the business community in April. All three girls, along with Ashara Taylor (S4), Venezuela. Aberdeen, most notably Bob Keiller, CEO of Production have qualified for the final of the International The six committees (Economic, Political, Human Services Network and Robert Garnish, Operations Competition for Young Debaters which will be Rights, Health, Environment and the Security Council) Manager Selling Support of John Lewis in Aberdeen, held in Oxford on Saturday 10 May. RGC musicians perform were addressed by experts on topics relevant to their of their contributions was extremely high. It was a Parliament visit puts addressed the conference. Both men engaged the Joanna Farmer (S6) has been re-selected for at business awards debates, and the keynote speech was delivered by Nicol great credit, therefore, to the Gordon’s contingent that spotlight on the young audience with thought-provoking examples of how respect and leadership are encompassed within the Scottish Schools’ Debating Team. She will therefore compete in the Four Nations’ Stephen, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the three individual prizes were won: Malcolm Wright (S6) The Senior Concert Band, which consists of 45 musicians, Scottish Parliament. In addition, Tejas Guruswamy (S6) won a Commended award for his contribution to the Environment their respective successful organisations. Championship over the weekend of 19 April was one of the fifteen members of the Security Council Economic Committee; Mohamed Helmi (S4) was judged Edward Davies and Jenny Hutchison were responsible before going on to Washington in September as On the 1st February, six pupils from S4 and S6 attended an P4 visit Stirling and the Senior Jazz Band, which is made up mostly of part of the Scottish team that will compete in the that visited Holyrood and conducted their business in to be the Best Junior Delegate in the Health Committee; event at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh entitled “Our for the smooth running of the presentation, while musicians from the Senior Concert Band, were invited to 2008 World Schools’ Debating Championships. Cathy Geddie introduced the talk which focussed Mr Ouston inspires P4 pupils to read more one of the parliamentary committee rooms. and Tejas Guruswamy was Highly Commended for his Future, Our Environment”. During the event we learned We left Countesswells very early to go to perform a 20 minute programme to 650 oil delegates Joanna and the other four members of the team More than three hundred pupils from across the UK performance on the Security Council. about the benefits of renewable energy sources and on pupils’ opportunities to develop leadership skills Stirling but it took 2 and half hours to at a dinner at the Exhibition Centre in February for the will be aiming to defend the title that Scotland On Wednesday the 6th of February we had a visit from Mr Ouston, our Head of College. This month our school is and Ireland took part in the weekend, and the standard Mr M elder nuclear power over fossil fuels and also about problems and to learn respect within the College. Suzi Blake get there. First we went to the Wallace presentation of the Subsea UK Business Awards. won in Seoul in July 2007. Once again the team holding a Readathon and he was giving us a talk on the importance of reading. connected with recycling, flooding and global warming. and Richard Murdoch spoke about sport, Ruth Adam monument, which was on top of a steep We were also given a cheque for £200 to give to will be coached by RGC former pupil George Molyneaux. Mr Ouston talked to us about his favourite book, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. He also mentioned It was a very enjoyable and interactive day. The hands-on and Gill Donaldson concentrated on the Duke of hill. We had to zig zag up the path. When “Starlight”, our chosen charity. “Starlight” grants wishes Three RGC pupils have been awarded prizes Joanna and Michael Sim (both S6) have reached the final we got to the top we went up the stairs to different floors. It was a little bit scary that the actor Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, was at school with him. He read us some of his favourite pieces from the book and then asked us some questions about the spells and their of a lifetime to seriously and terminally ill children, RGC pupils in a national photography competition. experience was great and the afternoon was partly set up similar to a debate, so we were given the chance to express Edinburgh Award Scheme, whilst Robin Johnson and Craig Notman focussed on World Challenge and CCF, of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament. are natural and entertains children with fun and laughter in every The winners of the ‘The Nature of Britain The final of this competition will take place on Thursday names. Mr Ouston told us of how he had read to his daughters and how he would fall asleep whilst reading to them. our own opinions to MSPs. The pupils involved in the trip respectively. going up the stairs because it was narrow hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Photographic Competition 2007’ were 12th June in the Debating Chamber of The Scottish I really enjoyed listening to his talk. Just before he left, we had our picture taken with him, and Alice said thanks made the following comments: Mrs t watson and the wind was blowing through the small windows. One of the floors was called to Mr Ouston for his visit. By sara Duthie, p4K Subsea UK is the industry body and focal point for the entire British subsea industry and aims to increase winners announced at an awards ceremony held on Friday the 15th February at the Raddison “I enjoyed the session. My favourite part of the day Parliament. In addition, Joanna and Katherine Duncan (also S6) reached the final of the Durham University Scottish heroes for example Robert the Bruce business opportunities at home and abroad for this hotel in Edinburgh. was the ‘Public Petitions Committee’ as we were able Schools’ Debating Competition in which a hundred Another report by Peter Lockhead can be found online Adam Mackay (P6R) has had a passion for Jonathan Dawson (S1) was awarded to raise important issues.” and Robert Burns. After seeing everything Individual Pupil Achievements sector. They act for the entire supply chain bringing schools from across the UK were competing. at www.rgc.aberdeen.sch.uk racing karts since 1996. He races in the cadet first prize in the Landscape category with “It was a really good, informative day. I especially we went back on the bus to Bannochburn. together operator, contractors, suppliers and people in public speaking...On Thursday 18 March, the RGC team After lunch at Bannochburn there was a class (8-13years), and since he began has won the industry. a photograph entitled ‘Glen Einich’, enjoyed the Scottish ‘Wildlife Trust’ presentation of Ashara Taylor, Ruth Duncan and Bryony Harrower (all lady that told us a story about the battle of over 45 trophies. We are grateful to Subsea both for giving the two which was taken on the school trip to because it gave us the chance to get involved and also S4) took part in the final of the English-Speaking Union’s Bannochburn. Thomas, Ross, Shivani and Last year Adam entered the WTP British bands the opportunity to play to their delegates and for the Cairngorms, Autumn 2007. Another of the ‘Public Petitions Committee’ as it allowed us to Public Speaking Competition in Edinburgh. Each of the Johnny got to dress up as soldiers involved Cadet Championships, which involved many Jonathan’s photographs, ‘Granite Window’, express our opinions on very important issues.” girls performed extremely well in the six-team final, and their generous donation to “Starlight”. weekends of racing at various tracks all over was awarded first prize in the Creative Vision “I liked the discussion in The Chamber at the start as we they were rewarded with a very creditable second place in the battle. After the story Mr K Cormack Britain, where he finished an impressive of Nature category. Robert Miller ( S1) took got to see and hear what the other schools were doing.” we got to look round the when they finished as runners-up to a very strong team first place in the Wildlife Abroad category, centre and dress up. I really 13th in Britain. This year he has entered the from Jedburgh Grammar School. enjoyed our trip to Stirling and learnt a great deal. British Racing Drivers ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Championship, which will not only involve The Robert Burns while his sister Olivia (S3) was awarded second prize in the Creative Vision category. New debating pi Day...Friday March 14th was Pi Day (3.14 as the Americans write it!) and many lessons on that day therefore Michael lawrie, p4J travelling around Britain again, but also as North of Scotland As part of their prizes, Robert and Jonathan will be taken on a day trip to the island competition revolved around pi and circles. There was a competition to Schools’ Festival far as Belguim for one of the rounds. This find all the ‘pies’ hidden around the school and anyone who of Fidra for a coaching session on wildlife Three of the College’s senior debaters are masterminding Another report by Ben championship is where Adam’s hero, Lewis found them all won an apple pie! Some classes learned the photography with Laurie Campbell, the a new competition that is designed to encourage young Molloy can be found Hamilton, was first spotted and Adam has value of pi to many decimal places. Caitlan Rees (S1) was onlline at www.rgc. P6 enjoy their day out at high hopes of following in his footsteps! On Saturday 8th March the Robert Burns Secondary Schools’ Competition took place in Aberdeen, where acclaimed wildlife photographer and former judge of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of debaters across Scotland to develop further their skills or to try out this activity for the first time. Rugby successes correct to 57 decimal places. Other classes wrote poems or songs about pi. The Classics department explained why aberdeen.sch.uk the Year Competition. Culloden Congratulations to Giac Celentano (P6R) whose Ailsa Ferguson (S2), Lauren Henderson (S1) and Bethany Cross (S1) sang Burns songs. Bethany gained a third Having gained so much from debating during their time at school, Katherine Duncan, Joanna Farmer and Senior boys’ rugby have had a very good year. Captain Ali Malik has done a great job on and off the pitch; pi is the letter used, where it came from originally and also On Tuesday 11th March the P6 Year Group visited colourful Hawaiian Day theme won the competition about famous mathematicians from ancient times. We As part of their Scotland project in Culloden and Fort George as part of their People in the to choose a theme for the Dining Hall on Friday 14th March. Organised by Mrs Fletcher and the place for her performance of “Ca’ the yowes”. The following Saturday, thirty Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils A long night for the homeless Michael Sim (all S6) were keen for others to have access to the same kind of opportunities that they have his commitment, leadership and play have been a fine example for all the players. can’t wait until it rolls round again!! world Maths Day...on Wednesday 5th March the Past Topic: “Scotland 1700-1900”. It was an excellent took part in the Primary Schools competition. Between 9.30pm on Friday March 14th a group of 50 children enjoyed. The trio came up with the idea of a whole day The Ist XV enjoyed a great away win 24 - 5 against Art last term P3W Maths Department took part in World Maths Day. This day and the children enjoyed visiting the new Visitors’ Senior School Charities Committee, the competition and P3S designed them they gained 4 firsts places, 7 second places and 4 and 5 staff met out at Countesswells. It was dry, clear competition for younger pupils, and this will take place Watson’s and finished the season with a 54 - 20 win raised a total of £50 for Oxfam. was an event to unite pupils from all over the world in a Centre at Culloden. We experienced interactive role third places. Rhiannon Morgan (P6) and Lucy Browne and very cold but everyone was in good spirits. They in the Blackfriars Building, RGC, on Saturday 26 April. over Glasgow High School at Countesswells after a posters for the bid to set a world record in answering as many mental play and tours at both venues led by costumed guides in (P7) were gold medal winners for singing performances, were there to raise funds for the Cyrenians, a local charity Schools from across Scotland have been invited as well very exciting 2nd half performance. We won the plate Edinburgh Festival arithmetic questions as possible correctly during the day. Jacobite and Redcoat army dress. while Morag Forbes (P7) won a gold medal in both which helps the homeless of Aberdeen. By midnight as all local secondary schools. competition at the Merchiston Sevens competition, Fringe Schools’ The event was designed for pupils of all ages and abilities. Poster Competition Miss s Rust World Book Day 2008 recorder and verse speaking. everyone had chosen their area and got their cardboard Katherine explained the background to the beating Stewart’s Melville in a very good final. Pupils logged on and the Mathletics game engine searched 2008. Robert Gordon’s Junior School celebrated World Book Day Charles Lawrie (P5), Katrina Harris (P5), Paul Dawson ‘shelter’ prepared; some were even in their sleeping competition: “It was getting involved in coaching the Fraser Atkins, Robbie MacGregor, Ollie Taylor, Gregory for opponents from other schools and countries for our Here are a few on Thursday 6th March. Children and staff arrived (P6), Daisy McDonald (P7) and Robyn Dunbar-Smith bags. Informal games of football and hockey on the car younger pupils that made me realise that there is very Jones, and Neil Kiltie were selected for Caledonia U17 pupils to compete against in real time. The pupils then had examples of the at school dressed as characters from their favourite (P7) all won silver medals for their singing and Lauren park were eventually halted by the cold and the hour and little opportunity for them to take part in the kind of who won the district championships, beating Edinburgh one minute to answer correctly as many mental arithmetic work of pupils books. There was a tremendous amount of Caldow (P5), William Serle (P6) and Louise Ouston (P7) everyone settled down to sleep. At 5.30am a beautiful whole day competition that is the format for the key in a close final. Neil went on to be selected for the questions as possible. The event created a real buzz around taking part: (from thought and effort put into all the costumes. won bronze. dawn crept over the horizon and as the first twinkling rays debating events that take place from S4 onwards. I was Scotland U17 side that played various international the department and it was a great way to promote numeracy top to bottom) Children donated £1 to CLIC Sargent Cancer Connor Welsh (P6) and Henry Steward (P7) won silver sparkled on the frost on the ground, stirrings began. At also aware that I have made fantastic friendships across fixtures over Easter. and improve pupils’ mental arithmetical skills. John Summers (P3W), Care and the Roald Dahl Foundation, and we medals for their Scottish medleys on the recorder and 6.30am Bev arrived to start cooking breakfast and the few Scotland as a result of being involved in debating, and I Harris Jones, Jamie Reid and Richard Murdoch were Our congratulations go to two of Mrs Pascoe’s classes Daniel Aitken (P3S) and hope to raise a great deal of money for both Serena Leyni (P7) was awarded a bronze medal. who had been remaining in their sleeping bags soon leapt into action as the smell of bacon wafted round the pavilion. think that this whole day event will give S1-S3 pupils a members of the U16 Caledonia Squad which has 3/2MAT1 and 1BCMAT1 who won Mathletics Prizes. Friedrike Shaper (P3W). these charities. We would like to thank all the Many congratulations to all who took part, whether a By 7.45am everyone had enjoyed their bacon roll and hot chocolate (courtesy of the Olive Garden), packed away all their great opportunity to meet others whom they may see at recently played matches against the other Scottish By the end of “World Maths Day” 2008, 182, 455, Good luck to all. children for making a real effort with reading medal winner or not. You are a credit to the school. belongings and had dispersed to begin collecting their sponsor money. We are expecting to raise over £1000. competitions for several years to come.” regions and also against Lancashire and Yorkshire. 169 questions had been answered correctly by more than Mrs C Chinn and gathering sponsor money. Mrs R elliott-Jones Mrs V fletcher Mr M elder Mr R Anderson a million pupils from 150 countries.