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“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]

“Christmas Jumper Day” in aid of Cupar Foodbank

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Today’s “Christmas Jumper Day” has seen a large number of pupils and staff getting involved with this fundraiser in aid of Cupar Foodbank.  The S5 girls  – Georgia Griffin, Niamh Callan, Lucy Barclay, Tara Tannock, Chloe Laing, Molly Wilson and Laura Douglas – who have been leading this initiative are delighted with the response to their appeal.

We are delighted to announce that 1285 items were collected this morning contributing to the 130 Christmas hampers which will be distributed to local families this weekend.

Our ‘thanks’ go to Ms Macconnochie and Miss McNeill who supported the girls; to TESCO for supplying some trolleys, and a special mention to Finaly Aitken, Alastair Bell, Bailey Carstairs and Paul Bateman who helped the ladies at the foodbank to unload the goods.

Well done to everyone who has got involved with helping Cupar Foodbank support local families in need!