Category Archives: Sciences

Canadian Science Scholarship – S6 pupils

S6 pupils with an interest in Science are invited to apply – your application needs to be supported by the school – for the Baird of Bute Society’s “Canadian Science Scholarship, 2019”.  The submission date for completed application forms and the accompanying school nomination must be received by no later than Thursday, 28th February.  If interested, pupils must speak to Dr Parker as soon as possible.

The opportunity would see the successful candidate spend two weeks in the Baird of Bute Society’s “Bench to bedside” programme hosted by a number of southern Ontario-based institutions.  The candidate would be able to access a range of life science expertise in a variety of different settings, acquiring skills and experiences to support future studies.

Please read the accompanying information carefully before applying for the scholarship.

Course descriptor & programme details
Application form (Word)


“Top of the bench” regional winners!

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Congratulations to Maeve Kennedy Houston (S2), Kimberley Dow (S3), James Duncan (S3) and James Painter (S4) who won the Tayside Regional Final of The Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Top of the bench” competition.  The team regained, with the help of Elanor Thompson (S3) and Andrew Gourley (S3) who competed in previous rounds,  the trophy won last year.

The team had their chemsitry knowledge and problem-solving skills tested over 8 rounds of competition.  In front of an audience of supporters, the pupils faced tough competition from the Madras Collge ‘A’, Crieff HS and Blairgowrie HS teams.

The team will return to the school with a rather unusual,  but unmistakingy beautiful chemstry inspired trophy.

Well done to everyone who took  part, and a huge ‘thank you’ to the St. Andrews University for hosting the final.

The team will now head down to Birmingham in March to compete in the grand final.

Dr C. Sugden
[Teacher of Chemistry]

“Top of the Bench” success

Congratulations to our team of S2 – S4 scientists – Maeve Kennedy-Houston (S2), Andrew Gourley (S3), Elanor Thompson (S3) and James Painter (S4) – for getting through to the regional final of The Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Top of the Bench” competition.  The team came through a tough qualifier held at the University of St Andrews against another 11 schools from Fife, Dundee and Angus.

The team had six tasks to complete with points being awarded for each activity.  The tasks included problem solving, practical and knowledge questions.

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported the team – it was a great experience for all the pupils.

‘Good luck’ to the team, who will include James Duncan (S3) and Kimberley Dow (S3), for next Tuesday’s final at St Andrews University.

Babock Festival of Engineering success

As part of the Babcock Festival of Engineering, pupils in S1-S3 who attended the event were given the opportunity to submit a design to the National RN-UKNEST Naval Engineering Competition.

Congratulation goes to Ythan Evans (S3) who is one of only three winners for his age group and the only winner from a Scottish school across all three age groups.  His design shows clear thinking and understanding to provide a solution to the challenge of rescuing 1000 people from the sea.

Well done Ythan!

Ythan’s design

Mrs R-A. Cameron
[CL Tier 3, Sciences]