Glenalmond College Weekly News Update

News Update 12 December 2012

Sports Dinner

Monday night saw the Dining Hall host the first ever Sports Dinner at Glenalmond. The first XI and first XV came together along with all of the coaches to celebrate another positive term of sport at Coll and indeed to listen to the guest speaker Mr Rob Wainwright (OG). By common consent, this was a fantastic evening and way to end what has been a long term. Speeches by both Captains and Coaches were followed by an entertaining speech from Rob. The evening certainly acted to celebrate all that is good about Glenalmond sport. Pictured with Rob are the major award winners of the evening - from left to right,

1st XV coaches player Archie S
1ST XI players player Jemima MP
1st XV players player and Captain Simon C
1st XI coaches player and Captain Rebecca W
1ST XV most improved player Rory F
1st XI most improved player Hannah Jane H




News Update 10 December 2012 

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British Schools Ski Championships

The Glenalmond team has been selected for the British Schools Ski Championships which take place in Meringen, Switzerland in January 2013. Congratulations to Jack Cross, Felix Schaebbicke, Alexander Barker and Viktor Gonzales.

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Christmas ConcertGlenalmond Christmas Concert 2012

The audience at the Glenalmond Christmas Concert on Saturday 8 December was treated to a wonderful mix of music, ranging from the new junior choir, Cantores, to the lively concert band, along with the string orchestra, Camerata string ensemble and a number of notable solo performances. The evening was brought to a rousing close by the pipe band. To see all the photos from the concert, please go to Christmas Concert 2012



Save the Children Concert

The following evening saw our musicians perform again, this time at the annual concert at Fowlis Wester to raise money for Save the Children. The Glenalmond choir formed the centrepiece of the evening's entertainment, which raised over £2000 for the charity to help Syrian refugee children.

Nativity Play

The annual nativity play was presented on Sunday 9 December in the Recital Hall. Followed by the Community Service Christmas Tea Party, it was greatly appreciated by the audience.

Movember Update

As Movember comes to a close (a little later than elsewhere, as the moustache-growing only started after Remembrance Sunday), the Glenalmond boys have raised £1343 and the staff have raised another £440, making a total of £1783. Well done to all those who are looking forward to having clean-shaven faces again!

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 12 December, 11am, Michaelmas Term Ends


News Update 3 December 2012

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Glenalmond came 3rd overall out of 18 teams in the Ski Cross Competition at the indoor ski slopes in Glasgow on 28 November.

Out of 35 girls, Natalie Klee came 10th and Hannah Jordan came 27th. Out of 65 boys, Jack Cross came 5th, Felix Schaebbicke 6th, Tanguy Houette 23rd, Lewis Goodfellow 32nd, Fergus Barne 34th and Robbie Winton 37th. Mr and Mrs Erdal were both officiating at the event, which had been developed and run by Iain Ramsay Clapham OG.

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St Andrews Schools Debating

Glenalmond took part this week in the St Andrews Schools Debating competition. This was an action packed day with three debates to compete in and for each one they only received the motion fifteen minutes beforehand. Some quick thinking on their part and team work meant that they managed to debate each motion to a high standard. Ranging from the impact of Disney princesses on social development to the return of the Elgin Marbles, they were certainly kept on their toes.

Senior House Debating

We were privileged this week to have Mark Beaumont - adventurer, author and broadcaster - to judge the Senior House final. Being at the coal face of the media he was a useful insight into the issues of the press and his experience in judging the Debating Matters competition proved invaluable. The topic was a hot one being the issue of press regulation and it was ardently begun by Charlie Braithwaite who opened the proceedings with three points, namely that regulating the press is an infringement on our civil liberties, that it is undemocratic (unless, I suppose, everyone votes for it) and that it is not practical anyway. Clearly Charlie has no sympathy with Hugh Grant and the Hacked Off campaign. To all intents and purposes his opposite number, Simon Boendermaker, is usually cool and calm but tonight he was a tiger in a cage often raising points of information before the point had been raised! Like an over-eager University Challenge contestant, he might want to keep this in check so that, at least, the audience might have some hope of keeping up with proceedings! In any case, he argued strongly and convincingly before giving way to Ben Whittle whose dealings with points of information were the cream on the pudding of the evening. Ben was brisk and eloquent and single-minded. Marcus' summation was tidy, neat and clipped although he did weight the back of the debate with a key new issue that would have made excellent debating points earlier on but that's tactics for you, no not small mints, but a way of keeping the judge's ear on their side of the talk - shrewd. It has been an interesting tournament and so I congratulate Patchell's who just pipped Goodacre's at the post in what was a great topical verbal tussle. Well done and thanks to the help and support of all the judges, chairs and timekeepers. Merry Christmas and we look forward to the New Year and the junior competition.

Dallas Campbell OG visited Glenalmond on 26 November, and gave a fascinating talk to pupils from Glenalmond, ArdvreckDallas Campbell lecture at Glenalmond College, Craigclowan and Abernethy Primary School. His talk took the form of a question-and-answer session, but covered subjects as diverse as the likelihood of alien life, Dallas's TV career, his memories of being a pupil at Glenalmond (generally very happy, particularly when performing in the theatre!), the mysteries of science, the best advice given to him by a teacher and his current TV series, Supersized Earth. It was a fascinating talk, to a packed audience, and when it ended Dallas was beseiged by pupils wanting to talk to him about individual subjects. Our thanks to Dallas for coming back to the school and inspiring so many pupils to "be passionate about what you are passionate about" - his recipe for success.




Pitcairn Primary Printing at Glenalmond

A group of pupils from Pitcairn Primary School visited Glenalmond College on 27 November to learn about printing and stencilling, with the help of some of our senior pupils. To see photos from the visit please go to PitcairnPSvisitNov2012Pitcairn Primary

Rotary Art Prize for Glenalmond Pupil

Glenalmond pupil Rotary art award 2012

Upper Sixth Former Beatrice Brinkhorst has received her prize for winning the S4-S6 section in the Young Artist Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull. 29 paintings were entered in the competition open to pupils from across Perthshire, which were judged by members of the Perthshire Art Association. Beatrice wins a £50 voucher from Specialist Crafts Ltd and has had her picture framed as part of her prize. Well done!




Inspiring Women Programme Inspiring Women Dr Alison Richardson

The inaugural talk in the Glenalmond College Inspiring Women lecture series took place this week with a presentation by Dr Alison Richardson, a Consultant Gait Analyst who w orks with Scottish Rugby. 27 Glenalmond girls attended the talk, designed to give them information about a particular career, and inspiration from someone at the peak of their profession. Some of the girls were interested in physiotherapy as a career, including one sixth former considering a career in animal physio. Others were interested in careers in chiropractics and several were planning to study medicine or sports medicine.

We are very grateful to Dr Richardson for kicking off our Inspiring Women programme, which the pupils really enjoyed. The formal part of the evening was followed by a hands-on physio demonstration and a couple of the girls volunteered to have their gait analysed! More Inspiring Women events are planned for the future, so that a range of careers are covered throughout the academic year.

Midsummer Madness

Downton Abbey came to Glenalmond, with a warm summer's evening replacing the winter chill, as the formal garden was recreated in the recently refurbished theatre. Senior pupils performed 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to a packed audience in a four night run. Much fun and frivolity was had by the cast members as Bottom donned an asses head and the lovers fell under the spell of a powerful flower. Refreshments were served by the very able Downton Abbey staff with the interval drinks taking place on the traverse stage. The audience were impressed by the fluid delivery of the Shakespearian language and the magical comedy coming to life before their very eyes.


Forthcoming Events:

Saturday 8 December, 7.30pm: Christmas Concert in the Music Recital Hall. 

Wednesday 12 December, 11am, Michaelmas Term Ends


News Update 26 November 2012


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Alastair Hignell Lectures


Glenalmond pupils were joined by pupils from Ardvreck and Craigclowan schools for two inspiring lectures by Alastair Hignell CBE, the former English rugby international, when he visited the school on 22 November. He described his life in sport, as an English rugby fullback, county cricketer for Gloucestershire and BBC radio commentator. Having described his sporting career, he went on to explain how, at the peak of his success, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a long term and potentially debilitating condition. The theme of his talks was dealing with "the changing goalposts of life" - coping with the initial denial of his diagnosis, then anger, and eventually coming to the life-affirming realisation that things go on. Through this journey Hignell realised that he still has dreams, targets, goals and ambitions. The lectures, to the junior and senior pupils, were truly inspiring and captured the interest of his audiences.


Glenalmond's pupils and staff have raised over £1000 in the first 11 days of their Movember moustache-growing campaign.  Having delayed the start of their hairy-lipped fundraising until after Remembrance Sunday, they plan to keep growing until the end of term, so donations (for research into prostate and other male cancers) are still invited!

Viola and Piano recital

Glenalmond's Director of Music, Tim Ridley, accompanied internationally renowned solo viola player Philip Dukes in a viola and piano recital for the "Music in Blair Atholl" series of concerts, at Lude House in Blair Atholl on Sunday 25 November.  The programme included music by Telemann, Bruch, Schumann and Brahms.  Philip Dukes visited the Glenalmond music department prior to the performance.

Opera Club

On Thursday 22 November, the Opera Club saw Scottish Opera's acclaimed new production of The Magic Flute, which proved as entertaining as they had been led to expect. It was a memorable evening.

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Saturday 24 November

Glenalmond v Edinburgh Academy

1st XV Lost 22-12

After a tough season to date, travelling to the heart of Edinburgh to play against arguably the best side in Scotland over the last few years was always going to provoke one of two responses. Fortunately the Coll XV opted for the committed and passionate approach. This was by far the best performance of the season against a talented EA side containing six representative players. After a nervous start by both sides Coll opened the scoring with a well taken try from Crosthwaite (G). Reading the situation well, he intercepted a poor pass to race in from 60 metres. This gave the boys a real lift and for the next ten minutes or so Coll played with real purpose and intent. EA came storming back though and scored three unconverted tries. Coll were certainly unlucky with two of these scores but to their credit bounced back to score just before half time. Controlling the ball and tempo, Coll managed to move the EA defence around before creating an overlap for Crosthwaite (G) to squeeze over for his second, Swift (R) slotting the conversion from the touchline.

After an early try from EA , the second half turned in to a real war of attrition. EA squandered several chances although Coll deserve huge credit for their courageous defence and work at the breakdown.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

I was thrilled to bits with the performance this afternoon against a strong EA side. To put this in to context, EA beat Strathallan and Loretto earlier in the season and we were without four experienced backs. The boys were outstanding this afternoon and really worked tirelessly throughout. Our work in the tackle area was really strong and we managed to disrupt a strong EA outfit throughout. The forwards were magnificent today with the back row of Porter (P), Webster (G) and Sandison (S) ably supported by the front five. Galbraith(G) and Captain Carmichael (P) were very strong in midfield and special credit must go to Swifty playing his first ever game at 12 - he was immense. The boys deserve huge praise for their attitude and execution today!

Tries: Crosthwaite x2 Con: Swift

U15A XV Lost 10-0

In a tightly contested game against an unbeaten Edinburgh Academy side, Glenalmond unfortunately came out on the wrong end of the result. The team showed incredible spirit and determination against much bigger opposition, but they failed to take their opportunities when they arose. This was a good display by the team, but put simply they just didn't get the bounce of the ball. The team looks forward to an away trip to Robert Gordon's on Saturday, when hopefully we will return to winning ways.

U15B XV Won 40-5

Fireworks. Watching Glenalmond was like watching a firework display. Bang, Bang Bang went the centres of Houette and Frey. Bang, bang, bang went the forwards of Lin and Dou. And then Blagodir, Boysen and Kuehne whistled past them in the wings. What a team. What a performance.


Tuesday 20 November

U15 and O15 v Morrison's (A)

U15 Girls Glenalmond 34 Morrison's 26

O15 Girls Glenalmond 30 Morrison's 30

U15 Boys Glenalmond 38 Morrison's 22

O15 Boys Glenalmond 41.5 Morrison's 18.5


Monday 19 November

Coaching session at Belhaven

On Monday afternoon Mr Thomas (HGT) and Mr Swaile (CSS) headed down to Belhaven to take a rugby session. Ably supported by former Belhaven pupils Galbraith (G), Stodart and Forsyth (both P) the coaches led sessions with the schools 1st XV and U11 XV. Whilst CSS looked at ball presentation through a variety of games, HGT focused his session on tackle technique using the interesting motivation of shortbread borrowed from the Headmasters study!

1st XV coach Huw Thomas

'It was a really enjoyable afternoon and an absolute pleasure to work with the young men from Belhaven'.

To see photos from the session please go to Rugby Coaching at Belhaven


OG to play at Twickenham

George Smith OG has been selected to play for Cambridge in the Under 21 Varsity match against Oxford on 6 December at Twickenham.  Congratulations!


Forthcoming Events

Monday 26 November, 3.45pm: Christmas Lecture, An Audience with Dallas Campbell OG, Theatre. Please book tickets through the Glenalmond Box Office on 01738 842000.

Friday 30 November, 8.45pm: Candlelit Holy Eucharist for St Andrews Day

Sunday 2 December, 6.00pm: Candlelit Advent Carol Service

Saturday 8 December, 7.30pm: Christmas Concert




News Update 19 November 2012

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Kevin MacDonaldKevin MacDonald

OG and Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald (Skrine's 1981-86) has been awarded the highly coveted Coutts Grierson Trustees' Award 2012. At the award ceremony, vice chairman of the Grierson Trust and BBC Commissioning Editor said that Kevin "has already made an outstanding contribution to the art and craft of the British documentary…masterful storyteller, a director who is always trying to get to the core of his subjects and explore human truths." His first theatrical documentary, One Day in September, won the Oscar in 2000. Subsequent feature documentaries include Touching the Void (BAFTA for best British film 2004), My Enemy's Enemy (2006), Life in a Day (2010) and Marley (2012). Kevin has also made a number of award winning feature films, including The Last King of Scotland (2006), State of Play (2009) and the forthcoming How I Live Now.



Tim Ridley concert!

Next weekend Director of Music Tim Ridley will be accompanying internationally renowned solo viola player Philip Dukes in a viola and piano recital for the "Music in Blair Atholl" series of concerts. The concert takes place at Lude House, Blair Atholl at 3.00pm on Sunday 25 November. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £7.50) and are available from the concert website The programme features music by Telemann, Bruch, Schumann and Brahms. Philip Dukes will be visiting the Glenalmond music department in the days immediately preceding the concert.

Kids Lit Quiz 2012Kids Lit Quiz

The Second Form took part in the Kids Lit Quiz 2012 in Falkirk on 14th November. This annual quiz, which originated in New Zealand, has been running for 10 years and schools from all over the world take part. The Falkirk event was one of several heats taking place all over the UK. Glenalmond College entered two teams after tests of the pupils' knowledge of children's literature and practice sessions were held with Miss Dryden and Mrs Mundill.

Emily Orviss, Alexandra Milne, Robyn Mills and Noah Khogali were selected for the A team and Becky Mundill, Thomas Gardner, Kai Wilson and Clara Cameron were selected for the Bs. In addition the Second Form made a banner during Monday afternoon activities with Miss Howden. This was proudly displayed at the competition.

Altogether, 24 teams took part in the Falkirk heat and Glenalmond College 'A' team came joint third, narrowly missing out on the actual prize after a tie break question. As a consolation, each team member was awarded a book. The B team came a respectable 11th. To crown off our days' excitement, Lewis Baird won a £5 book voucher for successfully answering a bonus audience question.

All in all, this was a great event in which to participate, resulting in lots of discussion about children's books and widening the pupils' knowledge of different types of children's literature.


Year In Industry

Luke Baldwin of Glenalmond College has been offered a place on the Year in Industry programme, following a successful assessment interview. This will give Luke a high-quality, paid placement in his gap year before his degree course.

French Immersion Day

Pupils from a number of other schools came to Glenalmond on Friday 16 November to take part in a French Immersion Day, which included films, music, running dictation and word games, and featured a presentation by a representative from GCHQ who talked about possible careers in languages

SCIS Classics Meeting

Classics teachers from independent schools across Scotland gathered at Glenalmond last week for a SCIS Classics Day. The speaker was Dr Jason Koenig of St Andrews University.


Senior Maths Challenge Success

Four Glenalmond pupils won Gold awards at the recent Senior Maths Challenge. As a result, James Lin and George Atkinson have automatically qualified for the next round which is the British Mathematical Olympiad. Well done to all 23 gold, silver or bronze award winners from Glenalmond!


Alastair Hignell lectures

Alastair Hignell CBE, former international Rugby Union player, will be visiting Glenalmond on Thursday 22 November to talk to both junior and senior pupils about his life as a rugby player, cricketer and broadcaster


Senior Maths Challenge Success

Four Glenalmond pupils won Gold awards at the recent Senior Maths Challenge. As a result, James Lin and George Atkinson have automatically qualified for the next round which is the British Mathematical Olympiad. Well done to all 23 gold, silver or bronze award winners from Glenalmond!



Undergraduate Success at Cambridge

Two young OGs at Cambridge have been hitting the headlines this week; Amber Ace (Home 2002-08) in the winning Kings College team in University Challenge and Alice Strang Steel (Home 2006-11) winning a Rowley Mainhood award at Emmanuel College for outstanding academic potential based on her achievements at A level.



Movember at GlenalmondMovember

Staff and pupils at Glenalmond College have joined the Movember campaign to raise funds for research into testicular and prostate cancer.

The moustache-growing at the school was delayed to ensure that faces remained clean-shaven for the important Remembrance Service on Sunday, but now the growing and grooming can start in earnest. To make up for the late start, the boys and staff will continue to grow their moustaches until the end of term in December.

Captain of College, Herries Anderton said, "The boys are keen to take on this challenge, and early signs of moustaches are appearing already. Many of the male staff are getting involved too, so the race is on!"

Both the pupils and staff are registered with the official Movember website, with the pupils taking part as Team Trinity and the staff as Team Glenalmond. Supporters can log onto the website to check the teams' progress and make a donation to fund the important cancer research work being undertaken.

To support the staff and pupils, please visit the Glenalmond team page Movember 2012


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Thursday 15 November

Glenalmond v Merchiston

1st XV W 17-7

Travelling away to Merchiston is always one of the toughest fixtures on our circuit and this afternoon proved no different. Merchiston fielded a largely second XV as the senior side prepared for a cup semi final on Saturday (for which we wish them every success). Coll started well and applied a lot of early pressure to the Merchiston line, however turnover ball provided Merchistons right winger an opportunity that he gratefully took. The ball spilt loose from a ruck and the speedy winger took advantage to run in from fully 70m. This knocked Coll and it took the side a good fifteen minutes to regain momentum. Despite lots of possession we failed to really generate the quality of ball required and the invention needed to break down a determined Merchiston side. As we approached half time however, we finally managed to generate some quick ball and several quick passes led to Porter (P) crashing over on an inside line. This boosted the Coll outfit and led to an impressive opening ten minutes to the second half. An early try from Lindemann (G) after some good work from the forwards saw us take the lead. This was certainly the turning point in the game. Merchiston had been holding out resolutely without troubling us too much in attack. As soon as we had control of the score board the dynamic changed. The moment of the match followed as a sweeping attack up the right hand side led to Stover (P) bursting away to score under the posts. This turned out to be the last score of the match as the game then descended in to a scrappy affair - a disappointing end to what should have been a more comfortable victory.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

It is always good to get a win but I was disappointed with our performance today - we weren't as composed or as clinical as I would have liked. Next week will be another really big challenge - at least we have lots to work on in training!

Tries Porter            Con Swift


U15B L 31-0

Faced with a huge Merchiston team the U15B's started the match and tackled like lions but we were continually on the back foot. However, there were times where, once we gained solid ball, our faster and more agile backline looked as if they might just break through. Merchiston though had a solid defence and the final result was 31-0 to them.

U14A L 24-5

This was a great advertisement for schoolboy rugby. Despite the heavy pitch conditions, both sides contributed to a high quality match. Glenalmond dominated territory and possession for the first ten to fifteen minutes and deservedly took the lead but Merchiston weathered the storm and gradually got going. Their score just before half-time made it 5-5 with all to play for. We spent much of the second half defending; Merchiston's strike runners battered away; our defence stood firm with some outstanding tackling and effective defensive alignment was evident as wave after wave of opposition shirts probed for gaps. As the coach, this match demonstrated how much progress the XV has made since September - we ran some good attacking lines and frequently crossed the gain-line; we then defended with guts and determination and competed at every breakdown. We were eventually defeated but we gave a strong Merchiston XV a really good run for their money. It was a commendable performance in so many ways. We now have a week in which to prepare for the match v Edinburgh Academy on Saturday 24th November.

U14B L 60-0

Glenalmond started with a strong defensive game and after the first breakthrough by Merchiston the defence started to weaken. Glenalmond continued to try and make ground but were continually knocked back playing against a considerably stronger and more powerful opposition.


Girls Hockey

Tuesday 13 November

Last night the Junior Squad (consisting of fifteen Second, Third and Fourth form pupils) did extremely well and finished runners-up once again (Runners-up in '11, Winners in '10) in a nail-biting Tournament. Results were:

W 2-0 vs St.Leonard's

W 1-0 vs Morrison's

W 1-0 vs Dollar

W 1-0 vs High School of Dundee

L 0-2 vs Strathallan

D 0-0 vs Kilgraston

Congratulations to all who played.


Forthcoming Events and Notices

Tuesday 20 November, 2.30pm: Glenalmond Invitation Cross-Country Run
Thursday 22 November - Sunday 25 November, 7.30pm: Senior Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theatre
Monday 26 November, 3.45pm: Christmas Lecture, An Audience with Dallas Campbell OG, Theatre
Friday 30 November, 8.45pm: Candlelit Holy Eucharist for St Andrews Day
Wednesday 5 December, 5pm: Philosophy Society lecture, Conference Room


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Remembrance service 2012
Remembrance Service 2012

Staff pupils and wreath bearers at the Glenalmond College Remembrance Service, Sunday 11th November

Saturday Night at the Movies - Glenalmond Film Competition

The refurbished theatre hosted Glenalmond's own Oscar evening on Saturday with the inaugural House Drama Film competition. All eight houses produced a short film based on one or more of the Seven Virtues. A range of entries were submitted and the entire college were treated to a rich mix of genre and style of film short from French New Wave to Epic Action via Silent Comedy. The winning entry from Skrine's House was a moving and thought provoking short entitled "Kindness". An impressively high standard in the four judging categories of; cinematography, editing, sound and narrative meant the panel's decision was satisfyingly tricky.

Many congratulations to the creative teams from all houses. The Drama continues this week with the A2 Drama group presenting their devised Drama on Thursday 15 November at 7.30pm and the exciting prospect of the lavish senior production of " A Midsummer Night's Dream" the following week. Performances at 7.30pm Thursday 22 through to Sunday 26 November. 


Lothian Extravaganza!

The annual Lothian Extravaganza on Friday 9 November was everything Mrs Gillespie had hoped it would be - a spontaneous, joyful, unself-conscious celebration of all things Lothian! To read all about it please visit Lothian News


Nathan West November 2012On the morning of 9 November, Lower Sixth pupil and RAF cadet Nathan West played the Last Post at the Craigclowan School Remembrance Day service /assembly and is seen here with Craigclowan Headmaster Richard Evans.





Art Award

Beatrice Brinkhorst has won the senior section of the Young Artist Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull, judged by a panel of artists from the Perthshire Art Association. Beatrice's painting will be framed and she will be presented with her award at a meeting of the Rotary club on 27 November.


Art Workshop

Some of Glenalmond's artists this week benefited from a masterclass by textile artist Araminta Campbell OG. Araminta has recently been chosed to represent the UK in the international weavers' biennale in Poland, showing her work alongside some of the best woven textiles in the world. She showed the pupils some of the techniques of her work, and explained how she makes all her woven cloth and works with threads she has dyed herself using only natural fabric dyes.












The Ethics of Climate Change

Philosophy Society hosted a visit from Professor Michael Northcott, Professor of Ethics, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. Taking as his theme "The Ethics of Climate Change", Professor Northcott gave an extremely clear and topical visual presentation of some of the scientific issues surrounding climate change, including references to the recent Hurricane Sandy. Moving on to address the philosophy of Kant and J S Mill, he highlighted the responsibility we all have to maintain and improve the planet for the good of all, citing examples of the University of Edinburgh's own commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Having made mention of a possible rise in global temperatures equivalent to 4 degrees, Professor Northcott predicted a related shift of population towards those parts of the world (including Britain) with less hostile climates. The Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that we should be prepared to go out of our way to assist all those we do not know. It is no use if one or two nations seek to make the difference, there must be a concerted global effort to eradicate climate change as the nations with the power to make a difference are not the nations that feel the brunt of the effects and vice versa.


Glenalmond Classics Society

On Tuesday 6th November Glenalmond's Classicists were treated to a talk on Athenian Democracy by Professor Peter Jones once of Newcastle University at the University of Aberdeen. Aptly titled "Athens: The first and last democracy" the crowd of 100, supplemented by our full bus, hosted by the Aberdeen Hellenic Society in the lovely Old Town were treated to a discussion on the parallels between Athenian democracy and our modern day "elective oligarchy" by Professor Jones. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge of classical literature, as well as some humorous modern anecdotes, the hour long talk seemed to fly by as Professor Jones discussed the reasons for the eventual failure of Athenian radical democracy and what we today can learn from one of the world's greatest political "experiments." As we boarded the bus back to Coll we were all left with much to consider, our knowledge expanded by such exposure to a leading mind in modern classical study and such an engaging raconteur. It was a rewarding and hugely enjoyable evening and we eagerly await our next Classical luminary -Jason Konig of Andreapolis Scotorum on the subject of the Olympian experience -the Games before Boris!

Simon Boendermaker, Patchell's Upper Sixth


Sports News


Girls Hockey v Gordonstoun Saturday 10 November

1st XI D 1-1

Player of the Match: J Murry-Poore

2nd XI W 9-0

Match Report: Our match against Gordonstoun went very well with a final score of 9-0 to Glenalmond. This was an excellent match with everyone playing with 100% effort. Special mention must go to Annabel Eden who was our man of the match scoring some spectacular goals. In our next match we will keep on fighting enthusiastically and try to get another excellent result.

U15A XI L 1-2

Match Report: Glenalmond were unlucky to lose in a closely contested fixture. Glenalmond looked promising in midfield and are beginning to have a more solid feel to their confidence and positional play. There was little to separate the two teams and the match degenerated into a scrappy affair in the second half as both sides pushed for another goal. Well done to Alexandra Bullard for getting her second goal of the season and finishing off a well worked move.

U14A XI W 10-0

Rugby v Gordonstoun

2nd XV W 54-5

Match report: With a hat-trick of tries by Winger Tom Crosthwaite inside 15 minutes, the result was never in doubt. It was a useful exercise in trying out different combinations nevertheless.

U16A W 17-1

Match Report: A very convincing win, with some excellent play from all team members, including some squad players. Outstanding work rate, discipline and determination.

U15A W 35-0

Match report: The Under 15A XV produced another dominant performance beating Gordonstoun 35-0. The forwards lead by R Baldwin produced their best performance of the season, giving the backs a solid platform from which to attack. W Porter pulled the strings from the number 10 position and showed a calm head to slot all of his kicks at goal. The team looks forward to the challenge of Merchiston this Thursday, in what should be a pulsating fixture.

U 15B W 53-0

A solid display especially from the back but there is still work to do before we play Merchiston on Thursday

U14A W 82-5 [48-3 in SRU Junior Scores]

The U14 A XV played to its full potential in the first half. Lots of strong running, quality passing and pleasing support play generated a series of well created tries. Changes were introduced at half-time and the game lost a bit of its shape but it enabled a few different combinations to be tried and for some replacements to have a welcome run out. The next match is at home against Merchiston Castle School - Thursday 15 November at 2.30pm.



Under 18 Hockey victory!

Glenalmond 6 - Edinburgh Academy 0

Glenalmond's Under 18 team emerged victorious against Edinburgh Academy on Thursday 8 November, in the preliminary round of the Under 18 Scottish Cup.

This was always going to be a difficult draw as Edinburgh Academy play two terms hockey, Glenalmond only playing one and this not being until January. Edinburgh Academy deployed a defensive system, making it difficult for Glenalmond to break the Edinburgh side down. Not playing to our usual level and intensity (due to many of the players not having played hockey since March) we spurned many chances, Edinburgh Academy's goal keeper performed very well, keeping the game goalless.

Finally twenty minutes into the first half Ross Davies opened the scoring with a delicate reverse stick shot, beating the keeper to his right. Edinburgh Academy's head dropped allowing Glenalmond to take advantage and score three more times before the half. Glenalmond changed formation in the second half to counter Edinburgh Academy's defensive structure. This worked well and Glenalmond continued to control the game and create chance after chance, but failing to convert. Glenalmond were able to score two more goals making the final score line six nil. While the result was what mattered, coach Allan Law and the squad will expect better performances once into the hockey term. The game was a debut for Forth Form Fergus Skinner who had a very good game and with the squad missing four players due to injury the signs look good again this year.


Forthcoming events

All of the forthcoming events for our pupils are listed in the School Calendar, in the About Glenalmond section of this website. The events listed below are open to parents and the public to attend.

Thursday 15 November, 2.15pm: Junior and senior inter-house hockey
Friday 16 November, 3pm: UCAS presentation for Lower Sixth parents
Friday 16 November, 3.45pm: Lower Sixth parents' meeting
Tuesday 20 November, 2.30pm: Glenalmond Invitation Cross-Country Run
Thursday 22 November - Sunday 25 November, 7.30pm: Senior Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theatre
Monday 26 November, 3.45pm: Christmas Lecture, An Audience with Dallas Campbell, Theatre
Friday 30 November, 8.45pm: Candlelit Holy Eucharist for St Andrews Day
Wednesday 5 December, 5pm: Philosophy Society lecture, Conference Room

News Update 05 November

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Pipes & Drums

Sunday 4th November saw our annual solo piping competition take place with Pipe Major Alistair Duthie judging. Alistair is originally from New Zealand and studied at St Andrews College, Christchurch, arriving in the UK in 1988 to join the 1st battalion Black Watch. He was appointed Pipe Major in 2003 and left the army in 2008.

Main prize winners on the day were:

Cameron Montgomery (M): piobaireachd and senior march, strathspey and reel.

Archie Farquharson (G); jig

Theo Pratt (G): intermediate

Freddie Cliff (S): Junior.




Methven Scout Group

Last Wednesday (31 October) Glenalmond College played host to the Methven Scout Group Halloween party with 60 local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in attendance.

They had party games in the gymnasium and Gannochy Hall and then party food at Hogwarts castle (AKA the Dining Hall). To view pictures of the event, please click on the link Scouts Halloween


Battlefields 2012

During the last week of October, just before half term, the 2nd Battalion Glenalmond Pals followed their elder peers in the now annual pilgrimage to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium. It is very much the battlefields "experience" and so off they went singing about how far it was to Tipperary and urging those staying at Glenalmond to keep the home fires burning. However, it was certainly not a glib trip as documentaries filled the gaps and allowed the pupils to hear about the experiences of war from the veterans' own lips. Yet, nothing could have prepared them for the sheer quantity of graves that they were about to see and the quantity of names on the Thiepval Monument and Menin Gate.

Following a visit to the hospital where Dr John McCrae penned 'In Flanders Fields', we paused by the grave of 2nd Lieutenant Francis Faithful OG, the youngest OG to be killed in the First World War aged just 18 years. Here pupils laid a wreath and 'Flowers of the Forest' and 'Highland Cathedral' was played beautifully by Robert Wilson of Reid's.

To view photos from the trip please follow the link below,

Battlefields trip 2012


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Saturday 03 November 2012

Glenalmond College XV v Fettes

L 8-17

After difficult seasons to date, these two old enemies locked horns in a good old fashioned game of schoolboy rugby. Lots of endeavour, commitment and pride from two sides low on confidence. The game was a tight affair and it would be fair to say that the score line didn't reflect the parity shared by these two sides. Thirty minutes had passed when the first score of the game came in the far corner with a well taken try from the Fettes left wing. In some senses it came against the run of play as Coll were attacking deep in the Fettes twenty two before a hack and chase took the game a full 90 metres up field. Coll responded in style from the kick off. Turnover ball resulted in a well worked try from Captain Carmichael (P).

Early in the second half, another kick and chase saw Fettes take the lead once more. The game continued to be a tight affair with a penalty from Gaffney (P) reducing the deficit. However, a well worked try from Fettes with five minutes to go stretched the lead to leave the game out of Coll's reach.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

A disappointing result this afternoon in some senses as this was a game that we could have won. Fettes played well and ultimately deserved their victory today. The bounce of the ball certainly went in the Fettes direction a couple of times today and the loss of Stover at nine was a critical blow to us.

Try Carmichael Pen Gaffney

Glenalmond 2nd XV v Fettes

L 12-0

Our pack was neither big enough or strong enough, so the entire game was played on the back foot. Only outstanding defensive work limited the score to 1 try in each half

Glenalmond 3rd XV v Fettes

L 29-7

Glenalmond U16A v Fettes

D 5-5

The team put in plenty of effort and were unlucky not to come away with a win. A late penalty that drifted wide would have won the game and Glenalmond could have scored two or three more tries in the first half had the last pass gone to hand. This group of players lost to Fettes last year so it was pleasing to get the draw and both teams defended well in the second half.


Glenalmond U15A XV v Fettes

W 19-12

Despite the under 15 side starting a bit rusty, they showed more determination and a greater appetite to win against Fettes on Saturday. They produced three good tries, but were unable to capitalise further on the long periods of pressure they applied to the Fettes defence.

Glenalmond U15B XV v Fettes

W 53-0

Glenalmond U14A XV v Fettes

W 43-40 (SRU Junior scores 25-23)

The lead constantly changed hands throughout this fast flowing match - with a total of 13 tries being scored on a very wide pitch. Glenalmond worked hard throughout to recycle ball and created try scoring opportunities, especially around the fringes but any forfeited ball was quickly moved wide by Fettes and their two tall, very powerful, very fast backs ran from deep inside their own half to score six breakaway tries. A try from the last phase of play was awarded to us after some confusion amongst both sets of players. A great spectacle for the assembled parents and a highly entertaining match resulted in the narrowest of wins for Glenalmond in Edinburgh.


Glenlamond U14B v Fettes

L 36-6

The boys fought well against a considerably stronger opposition with Timofey Bredikhin scoring the 2 excellent tries.


Hockey results from Saturday 03 November

2nd XI v Fettes L 0-3

Match report: On Saturday the 2nd XI went to play against Fettes. We lost centre pass and as soon as the whistle went, we knew what we had to do - fight for the ball. Everyone worked really hard but unfortunately they managed to get 3 goals in the first half, despite this we did not let our heads drop. In the second half we lost more possession of the ball and we fought very hard. Our defence did an outstanding job especially our man of the match Michaela. Another special mention must go to our fabulous goalie Victoria who made some spectacular saves. In the end the score was 3-0 to Fettes, which underlines the improvement after half-time - rest assured that in our next match we will keep fighting.

3rd XI v Fettes L 0-7

Match report: We started off the match very well, our defences were brilliant in keeping the ball out of the "D", Marina Vidal did an amazing job of saving many close goals. Fettes had a very strong attack and got two goals half way through the first half. We then got much more possession of the ball and had a couple of hits at goal but unfortunately we couldn't score. After half time the score was 3-0 to Fettes, we went back out much more aggressively and straight away we had possession of the ball a lot more. Morag Walker played extremely well in mid and managed to pass the ball out to our wings frequently which worked very well. Despite the end result of 7-0 to Fettes it was a great game and we all played really well.


U15A XI v Fettes L 0-5

U15B XI v Fettes L 1-5

Match report: Today was a home match on astro. Our team played well in the first half but unfortunately we were losing at half time. However in the second half Marta and Jamaica scored our only goal with a joint effort in the last 10 minutes. Although we lost, it didn't matter as we all played brilliantly. Our man of the match was the amazing Erraid Gaskell, goalkeeper, who played exceptionally. We all look forward to our next match.

U14A XI v Fettes W 3-1

Players Player of the Match: M.Maxwell

Coaches Player of the Match: E.Renouf

Match report: This was a nail biting game from start to finish. An early goal gave us the confidence that we have sometimes lacked in the past and the first half displayed some fantastic hockey from both sides. By half-time we were 2-0 up it was still all to play for. Some excellent defensive play, particularly by Alex Milne and Georgie Flowers in the middle ensured that Fettes were unable to convert any of their opportunities until the final minutes when they scored a well deserved goal. 3-1 was a fair reflection of the game. Our game continues to grow from strength to strength and some of our flair and unity, which had been temporarily absent from our game, was visible once again. We very much look forward to the re-match which is our final game of the season at the end of term.

U14B XI v Fettes L 0-3

Man of the match: Flora Knight

Match report: This was probably the best game of the season, there was marked improvement by the team. There was much better marking and shadowing in defence but still a hesitation to tackle and win the ball back. There was some very impressive play by Becky Mundill, who showed real adaptability and was very good at getting in the right place at the right time, swapping from a defensive to an attacking position with ease. Kitty, Flora and Annie all showed good solid skills and were all very useful players. There were moments of brilliance by Isla Graham and if we can only get these to be more consistent, she would make a great player. All in all really pleased with the team and let's hope we can go on to get some goals next time as we were very close this time.


Tuesday 30 October 2012

Glenalmond College 1st XV v Howe of Fife RFC

W 55-10

After a two week break - Coll headed to Cupar for the return leg of this fixture. On a crisp evening under the lights at Howe, it would be fair to say that we started poorly. Howe were certainly motivated on their home patch to make amends for the previous result and started with a real intensity. Both teams were trying to play attacking rugby but two differences were evident. Howe were far more physical at the breakdown and Coll were guilty of spilling the ball far too often. An error laden first half saw the scores locked at 10-10. Moment of the first half has to go to Vincent (SBW) Lux (P) for his offload to Kirkpatrick (M) for the opening try. The second half however was a very different story. The half term cobwebs were blown away and Coll played with a real intensity and tempo that Howe failed to contain. A willingness to keep the ball alive and attack space were hall marks of a ruthless second half performance that saw Coll record an impressive finish.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

We are hugely grateful to our friends at Howe for hosting such a good evening at the club. The timing of this fixture is great for us as it provided an ideal opportunity for a hit out straight after half term. It took the first half for us to reach the required intensity but hopefully this will bear fruit as we approach a crucial game against Fettes on Saturday. Our attacking intent and execution in the second half was excellent and the continuity provided by the back row was evident throughout. With the majority of injured players back in action now, we will have some tough selection decisions to make later in the week.

Tries Carmichael x 2                 Cons David Gaffney x 5
         Kirkpatrick x 2
         O'Dwyer x 2


Forthcoming Events

Friday 09 November: Lothian Extravaganza, 8pm in the Recital Hall

Sunday 11 November: Remembrance Sunday service in the Chapel, 10.45am. Please contact the school to reserve your seats on 01738 842000.

Sunday 11 November: Patchell's Review, 7pm in the Theatre

Friday 16 November: Parents meeting for Lower Sixth Form, followed by Leave out

News Update 22 October 2012 

Tuesday 16 October

Glenalmond College Vs Aachen RFC

1st XV v Aachen

W 60 - 10

We welcomed Aachen RFC to Coll today and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of making some new friends and links with Germany. Despite the score line, the game was incredibly physical and our new found friends deserve huge credit for their efforts this afternoon. They certainly made us work for every score.

Bouncing back from a very difficult period was paramount this afternoon. Aachen started well and tried to exert physical dominance in the early stages. After several big collisions, the powerful Aachen pack marched up field - an ominous start! However, great work on the floor led to a turn over and the quick witted Stover (P) pounced to make an electric break that led to the first try. Remarkably, despite two heavy defeats on the spin, the Coll side looked full of confidence and running as they attacked space with penetration and numbers. Three more quick tries saw us stretch the lead before the impressive Aachen back row fought back. After several efforts close to the line the Aachen No. 8 powered his way over for a deserved try.

The second half saw some excellent rugby from the home side with the backs taking any opportunities that came their way and the forwards exerting an increasing influence at the breakdown.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

This was an excellent performance from the XV - It has been a tough few weeks for the boys and to bounce back from Saturday with only a few days turnaround was all the more impressive. The collective spirit in this group speaks volumes for their approach and the leadership team of Stover (P), Orr Ewing (R) and the skipper Carmichael (P), who deserve huge credit for their drive this term. They have been outstanding!


News Update 15 October 2012

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Golf on Sunday 14 October

Six juniors played in the Crieff Junior Open on Sunday 14 October. Will Porter (P) was the highest placed Glenalmond pupil, winning the Crieff Open U16 section with a gross 78. Others who took part were: Andrew Gibson; Cameron Grieve; Charlie Thom; and Max & Fergus Skinner. On the previous weekend Campbell Gibson, a third former who had pre-qualified in the summer, played in the All Scotland Highland Spring junior finals day at Gleneagles: a wonderful opportunity to play one of the country's top courses.


Rugby results from Saturday 13 October

Glenalmond College 1st XV v Strathallan

L 79-0

Today was another tough day at the office for the 1st XV. Against a very physical and imposing Strathallan side the boys struggled once more to retain any possession. Strathallan played well and were thoroughly deserving of their victory.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

The boys once again showed real character in the face of adversity. This was a very physical Strathallan side who as the score line would suggest, dominated the game. The boys stuck manfully to the task and were a credit to the School. They gave their very best throughout.

Glenalmond 2nd XV v Strathallan

W 8-5

In a very competitive match both sides contributed much, but an early penalty by Archie Farquharson with a late try by Tim Webster edged us home in front.

Glenalmond U16A v Strathallan

L 44-12

Glenalmond 15A v Strathallan

W 21-3

A strong defensive display formed the bases for a good win against Strathallan. The team showed great determination to come back after a disappoint loss to George Watson's. The boys opened the scoring early on and were able to hold out a spirited Strathallan side for the rest of the first half. In the second half Coll took control of the game and added a couple of tries.


Glenalmond U15B v Strathallan

L 47-19

Glenalmond U14A v Strathallan 

Lost 5-12 [3-7 in SRU Junior scores]

This was a lung-busting, hugely physical encounter in which every player was called upon to make tackles and work hard to turn possession into any kind of territorial gain. For the most part, the attitude, commitment and performance of the team were all impressive; there was some excellent line-out work and determined running.



Hockey Results from Saturday 13 October

1st XI v Strathallan L 1-3
2nd XI v Strathallan L 0-5
3rd XI v Strathallan L 1-6
4th XI v Strathallan L 0-1
U15A XI v Strathallan L 0-8 
U15B XI v Strathallan L 0-4
U14A XI v Strathallan L 0-3
U14B XI v Strathallan L 0-10

Match report:

This was not one of our best scores but on the field they played one of their best games. The basic core skills were better with some real big hitting going on and there was much better marking up by the defence. But, the other team where just quicker with the ball and had some lucky breaks. There was some great play from Kitty Ballantine who has really developed a big hit which is very useful at getting the ball up to the other end of the pitch, and she also seemed to be everywhere. We also had some moments from Isla Graham, Annie Maclachlan and Natalie Klee who if we can get a bit more consistency from, can make some really useful players. Lots of potential, we just have to get it all together and hopefully the scores will be more in our favour.


Tuesday 9 October

On Tuesday at Crieff the golf team played their first round match in the ISGA match-play section. On a lovely autumnal day at Crieff the team of Tom Simmonds (S); Andreas Frey (S) and Fergus Sandison (R) were up against a strong Dollar team and despite two close games went down by 2 matches to 1.


Tom Simmonds 1 up

Fergus Sandison 1 down

Andreas Frey lost 5-3

Match v Dollar

Notices and Information

Battlefields trip departs on Thursday 18 October

Half term begins on Friday 19 October at 4.00pm

News Update 08 October 2012

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Shooting Range re-opening

Shooting Range Opens

The newly-refurbished indoor shooting range, now named the Gilmour Range, has been opened. Visitors including parents, OGs, pupils and local prep school representatives gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the range, which is an important addition to the shooting facilities at Glenalmond.

Shooting range


House Singing Saturday 6 October

The competition is in two parts, the "Part Song" and the "House Shout". Reid's won the 'Part Song', combining the Musical arrangement abilities of Nathan West, the dramatic abilities of Paddy James Duff and the vocal talents of new III Form boys Jamie Arnaud, Alex Coward and the hugely impressive Hamish Halley.

For the Inter House Shout competition, which focuses much more on unison boisterousness, Patchell's chose to perform the early-2000s pop-punk hit 'Year 3000'  by Busted, organised by Archie Stover, Simon Carmichael, Ross Davies and Lewis Holliday. The song went down a storm and, as a result Patchell's walked away with the Inter House Shout Trophy for the first time in many years.

3rd Form Saturday entertainment

Whilst many of the juniors were involved in the matches against George Watson's on Saturday morning, those remaining did not fritter the time away. Instead of their normal lessons, they spent the morning with Miss Dryden down by the River Almond writing and sketching, taking inspiration from the beautiful surroundings that Glenalmond has to offer. Many chose to write poetry (perhaps inspired by National Poetry Day) but there was also some beautiful prose composed as well as one boy who combined drawing and poetry with a shape poem. Hopefully they all enjoyed the experience and weren't too disappointed to be missing out on watching the rugby!

Below is an example from the day, more can be found at CollCreative Blog

The Mirror River

The rustling white horses
Clash with the curving rock.
As the water flows it picks up
Debris like a taxi and
Drops it off.

The trees shadow the water
Like tall men to a baby.
It always changes from start
To source, flows, trickles, stalls,
Then the slowed down river
Snores to sleep.

William Guy (G)

Appin Mackay-Champion

Newly arrived Third Form Music Scholar Appin Mackay-Champion (saxophone, Home) has enjoyed great success over the past weekend, performing in the Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival in Lancashire. Her win in the Advanced Woodwind class brought her the Bay Mount Trophy and an invitation to perform in the Festival's Instrumental Championship. Her subsequent winning of the latter saw her being awarded the Eileen Rimmer Memorial Trophy as the outstanding instrumentalist in the Festival. In addition to this, Appin also won the Under 18 Instrumental Duet Class (the David Rudofsky Shield) jointly with her younger brother Durness, a pupil at Craigclowan School in Perth.

National Poetry Day - Poetry Bombing Coll

As the sun shone on National Poetry Day (4th October), the College woke up to bill board singing out poetry snippets and the 1st XV poetry squad adorning the usual spot for rugby posters. The College had been "bombed" with hundreds of poetry postcards placed all over the school buildings and after an inspiring chapel talk teachers each read out and discussed poetry in all their classes. The college poetry blog  CollCreative Blog has been updated with lots of new work - please have a look and feel free to comment.



On 2nd October Marcus Buist and Issy Arnaud travelled to Grove Academy in Dundee to debate in the first round of English Speaking Union Mace Competition. Up against Grove Academy and Madras College, they were proposing the rather tongue twisting motion that 'this house would allow political parties to designate certain pre-election claims as binding promises, the breaking of which would immediately trigger new elections'. In an engaging argument, Issy's thorough preparation paid off whilst Marcus's use of language was both skilful and thoughtful. Both Glenalmond and Grove Academy progressed to the next round and we thank the latter for their warm hospitality.

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Golf: Sunday 7 October: match against the OGs at Elie, Fife

On a sunny and well presented course at Elie the OG's and boys played out a very enjoyable match. Despite not being able to match the best individual stableford score of 45 points, there were some good performances from the boys. Tom Simmonds (S) led the way, achieving 34 points playing off his 3 handicap and there were also sound performances from the rest of the team, which included: Will Porter (P); Henry Gray (G); Andrew Gibson (G); and Cameron Grieve (P).


Rugby results from Saturday 6th October

Glenalmond College 1st XV v George Watsons
L 67-0

Playing a school of such size and reputation is always a huge challenge and today proved to be one of the toughest challenges faced by a 1st XV at Glenalmond for some time. Watsons by their own admission, have a strong side that is tipped for Cup success this year. On the evidence of this morning - you wouldn't bet against them. Physical, organised and clinical - they were far too strong for Coll today.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

Watsons played very well this morning - the boys showed huge commitment and I was immensely proud of them as they worked tirelessly against a formidable outfit this morning. We wish a strong Watsons outfit the best of luck in the cup - it will take a good team to beat them.

2nd XV v George Watson's
L 42-3

Despite taking an early lead, their scrum proved too powerful and we failed to adapt to back-foot rugby.

U14A v George Watson's
L 25-7

This was a really good game of schoolboy rugby. The standard of play was high with both teams working very hard to create openings and a lot of high quality defending was evident throughout. Watson's were sharper and more clinical at the breakdown and stole too much of our ball; turnovers and an occasional knock-on or dropped pass also proved decisive as hard earned territory was forfeited. Watson's counter attacking was impressive and they were deserved winners 25-7. The XV will re-group this week; work on some key areas and prepare for the fixture at Strathallan next Saturday.



Hockey Results from Saturday 06 October

1st XI v George Watsons L 3-1
2nd XI v George Watsons L 4-1
Match report: On Saturday 6th the Girls 2nd team played George Watsons. As the 1st's were late to start we had plenty time to warm up and get ready for the match. We used this to our advantage which got us off to a quick start. The first half went well and we managed to keep George Watsons to one goal up. With great leads from the midfielders and forwards the defence were able to clear the ball wide and up the pitch especially from a 16. After 20 minutes, it was half time, with a score of 1-0 we knew we could get this back but we also knew they were going to come back strongly. In the second half, George Watsons scored another 3 goals however Michelle White our captain scored a goal from a lovely pass across the face of the goal. The final score was 4-1 to George Watsons but we all played our best and enjoyed the match. Well done.

3rd XI v George Watsons L 4-1
4th XI v George Watsons L 10-0
U15A XI v George Watsons L 10-0
U15B XI v George Watsons L 5-0
Match report: "Although I have seen this team in practise this is the first time I had seen it in a game. Unfortunately, they were one of their strongest defence players down, and playing on grass which is not a surface that they practise on. This meant that for a lot of the new players they were unable to hit the ball very far, which was frustrating for them. George Watsons had a lot of big hitters which meant that when every we had worked the ball up into our goal they would give it one good hit and get it right back down to their goal. The most outstanding player on the whole pitch was our Goalie Erraid Gaskell, who played extremely well and was an almost one man defence team. I heard parents, coaches and even the 1st aid helper comment on how fantastic she was. Unfortunately the game was cut short at the very end due to our goalie injuring herself . Luckily she seems not to have done any major damage and let's hope she will be back playing soon. Next match is on Astro and lets
hope that goes better."

U14A XI v George Watsons L 8-0
U14B XI v George Watsons L 5-0

Rugby results from Tuesday 2nd October

U.14 A v McLaren High School.

On Tuesday 2nd October, we welcomed our visitors from Callander. Strong attacking from the outset saw the U.14 A XV storm into an early lead with four tries. Adjustments to our style of play, sensitive refereeing and the introduction of replacements created a more even contest as the match progressed and it finished 37-10. One or two weaknesses were exposed and these will need to be addressed ahead of forthcoming fixtures against George Watson's College and Strathallan before half-term.


Golf: 1 October: Independent Schools Golf Tournament at Kings Acre, Edinburgh

On a wind-swept day last week, we fielded two teams in the ISGA schools' cup. The seniors, consisting of Fergus Sandison playing off 1 (R), Andreas Frey off scratch (S) and Thomas Simmonds off 3 (S), scored 79, 79 and 81 respectively and came 11th out of 23 teams from across the UK. An under 15 team consisting of Karl Frey with a 4 handicap (S), Will Porter with a 7 handicap (P) and Cameron Grieve playing off 13 (P) performed impressively and scored 79,79 and 86. There are now some 30 handicap golfers in the school and a good number of third formers like Cameron who are fighting for team places this year.




Forthcoming Events

Field Day is on Wednesday 10 October

Glenalmond Choral Day is on Sunday 14 October

Notices and Information

Half Term begins on Friday 19 October at 4.00pm 

News Update 01 October 2012

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Girls Triathalon

The second Glenalmond Girls' Challenge Triathlon was held on Thursday 28 September amongst unseasonably fine and mild weather. 26 teams (78 girls) battled it out through 800m (30 lengths) of the pool, 4.5 miles on the bike amongst stunning scenery around the Glen and a final 2 mile run around the grounds. Whilst the event is held as a fundraiser for fitness equipment for the girl's houses and is 'just for fun', it wasn't long before it began to get really competitive. The girls performed extremely well with the winning senior team finishing in an impressive 59m03s and the juniors not far off in 60m40s, beating last year's records in all disciplines. There was an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and school spirit as they cheered each other on to the finish. A fun day out for all and more importantly, we have hopefully raised a significant amount of money for fitness equipment for the Girl's Houses. To download the full list of results please click on Triathalon results and to see the photo gallery please click on Girls Triathalon Michaelmas 2012



Rugby results from Thursday 27 September

1st XV v High School of Dundee

L 31-0

After a long break between fixtures - it was a real pleasure to head across to Dundee to resume rivalries this afternoon. A warm welcome from our hosts before the match was much appreciated as Glenalmond were led back in to action by returning Captain Carmichael. A good start followed as we pressed for the opening score. Unfortunately, as we looked to open our account, the HSoD winger took a real gamble that paid off. Coming in off his wing he intercepted a pass to run 80 metres and score under the posts. This really took the wind out of the Coll sails and buoyed the home side who, went on to dominate much of the first half. To only concede a further three points in the half was testament to the defensive tenacity of the Glenalmond outfit. In many respects the first twenty minutes of the second half was a real contest as Glenalmond really pressurised the opposition and should have scored on several occasions. All credit to HSoD who were well organised and physical as they managed to protect their lead. The killer score came from a turnover inside the Dundee half and the impressive outside backs of the home side finished well. This was a real blow to the Coll side who had worked tirelessly for much of the match. Dundee went on to score a further two tries towards the end of the game to win in style.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

This proved to be another tough afternoon - the boys worked incredibly hard but lacked a little composure in possession at times and fell off a few tackles towards the end of the game. All credit to the HSoD side who looked impressive at times this afternoon.

2nd XV v Dundee High School, Won 34-19

We won 34-19 with 5 good tries, though we had to withstand a spirited Dundee fightback in the closing stages.

Bill Bain (Coach)


U.14 v High School of Dundee, Won 60-8

The U.14 A XV played with power and pace to defeat the High School of Dundee by 60-8 last Thursday afternoon. The forwards are developing a more dynamic style of play, especially in the loose, and the backs performed with precision and flair to run in several tries. A most accomplished performance and a highly impressive result.



Girls' Hockey Tuesday 25 September

1st XI v  Dollar L 2-3
2nd XI v  Dollar L 0-6
3rd XI v  Dollar L 0-7
4th XI v  Dollar L 0-6
U15A XI v  Dollar L 0-2
U15B XI v  Dollar L 1-2
U14A XI v  Dollar D 1-1
U14B XI v  Dollar L 0-7

Forthcoming Events

Notices and Information



News Update 24 September 2012

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Reid's 50th Celebration

Reid's first opened as a full Boarding House in 1962 when the extension, designed by Sir Basil Spence, was completed. Everyone connected with the House was keen to have a celebration commemorating this special milestone and the 50th Birthday Celebrations were held on Sunday 23 September. For a full report and photos please go to the Reid's News page.

Pipe & Drums

It has been a busy start to term with a group of pipers heading off to Scone to perform outside the Palace, raising money for the Order of St John's collection for Rachel House in Kinross. The rain stayed off and a grand total of £117.30 was raised.

Sunday 23rd saw the 'A' band playing a performance in Front Quad as part of the Reid's House birthday celebration. Reid's pipers were to the fore in the front row with several pipers and drummers making their 'A' band debuts. Guests left with the sounds of the pipes ringing in their ears.




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Rugby results from Saturday 22 September

Glenalmond College 1st XV v Howe of Fife RFC

W 40-22

Recovering from last week both physically and mentally was always going to be a challenge. With resources significantly stretched and some of our experienced players on the sideline - today was always going to prove a tricky encounter. A physical and committed Howe side arrived, keen and determined to snatch victory. Coll however proved to be a tough nut to crack - the young and inexperienced Glenalmond side were mightily impressive with a willingness to attack and a determined edge in defence. The forwards worked tirelessly with Orr-Ewing and Swift (both R) contributing a significant amount and the young lock combination of Pritchard-Barrett and Smith (both M) tenacious throughout. Captain for the day Stover (P) worked well with Galbraith (G) at half back and set the tone for what was an impressive attacking display. Despite a blip in the middle part of the game, Coll played with real tempo and intent and scored some outstanding tries this afternoon. An impressive performance from a young side!

Huw Thomas (Coach)

"I was really pleased with our performance today - we have been stretched to the limit as a squad this week and it was only really on Friday afternoon that we were able to put together a match day squad. There were a couple of really impressive debut's today - Swift in particular - and a number of players who stood up to be counted. It has been a tough week or so and hopefully, with a few boys back on Monday, we should be ready for the High School of Dundee on Thursday."

Tries Archie Stover Cons Kai Horne x 5

Andrew Orr-Ewing x2

Angus McCance

Kai Horne

Vincent Lux

2nd XV v Howe of Fife

W 35-0

Despite Howe's powerful front row, we dominated the game from start to end.

U14A Rugby

The U.14 A XV won 68-5 and produced an effective combination of power and pace to outclass our visitors from Howe of Fife on Saturday. Breaking through tackles, offloading with some style and plenty of fine passing and creativity in midfield created spaces for the centres to pour through. The forwards worked hard to further develop their style of play and secured plenty of quality ball for the backs to work with. Sterner tasks await but the boys enjoyed their romp in the sunshine.


Girls' Hockey results from Saturday 22 September

1st XI v George Heriots (A) L 0-4

Match report:
This match was always going to be a difficult one however the team produced a very strong performance in what was a challenging match. There was great play by both the defence and mid-fields, with many close attemptsat goal, especially in the second half. The score at half time was 0-2 but we steeped in the second half keeping the pressure on up front and not making it easy for them to score. There were many great saves by goal keeper Holly Nisbet however Heriots managed to score 2 more goals leaving the final score at 0-4.  All members of the team were very pleased with our performance, with everyone having given it their full effort and producing the best of the team so far this season. Man of the match was Fiona Squire.

2nd XI v George Heriots (A) L 0-6 

3rd XI v George Heriots (A) L 0-3

U15A XI v George Heriots (H) L 0-4

U15B XI v George Heriots (H) L 2-4

U14A XI v George Heriots (H) L 2-3
Scorers: A.Mackay-Champion (2)

Match report: Spirits were high after last weekend's success and training had gone extremely well throughout the week. The squad are constantly developing their individual basic skills but more than that, we are starting to play a more tactical game on the pitch. The first ten minutes were not our finest; we were slow to get into the game. For the rest of the game, Heriots' were the stronger team but our work rate was exceptional and Polly Armstrong-Wilson (GK) made some fantastic saves. The score was a good reflection of the match and all were happy with our performance.

Players Player of the Match: P.Armstrong-Wilson

Coaches Player of the Match: A.Mackay-Champion

U14B XI v George Heriots (H) L 1-4

Match report; We scored a goal! Our first ever as a team, this was meet with sense of celebration that would of made a premier football team proud. It also was an equaliser at the time. The goal was scored by the whole team working together, beginning in the right place a little bit of luck and some very fast running by Emily Orviss who is the one who actually hit it into the goal. Lets hope it is the first of many. It was unfortunate that at the end of the match they got tired and forgot some of the game plans and the other team where able to get 2 goals near the end. Still a much improved effort from last week and again great play from our Goalie Clara who is the man of the match.
Clara Cameron
The team is really starting to come together more and work as a unit, and the skills are improving all the time. There still is plenty to work on, especially getting into better positions with our sticks down, and learning to think not where the ball is, but where it is going next, and getting into a better position being it in free space when attacking and more man marking in defence. We go straight into our next match, so hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and move forwards.
Janine Erdal

Forthcoming Events & Notices

Leave-out starts at 4pm on Friday 28 September.

News Update 17 September 2012

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Geography Field trip, Tursday 19 September

A glorious day on the Highland Boundary Fault: Lower Sixth Geographers bathed in sunshine and cold water in the headlands of the River Almond. They are investigating the impacts of major geological faultlines that crosscut the glen on accepted geographical models of river channel development.

Matt Gibson, Head of Geography


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Scottish Rugby Union - High Performance Coaching Day

Glenalmond College played host to a series of master-class coaching clinics on Sunday 16 September run by the SRU. The 1st XV were happy guinea pigs as a series of sessions were taken by the High Performance department from Murrayfield. Highlight of the day for the boys was certainly the session run by Chris Patterson, Scotland's record cap and points holder with 109 caps and 809 points.

Glenalmond College Prep School's Invitation Golf Competition:

16th September 2012

On a comparatively dry day the prep schools' golf event on Sunday proved to be a great success, with plenty of enthusiasm from all who participated. Whilst the entry was smaller than usual, the shared enjoyment between all the players and their families made the day a thoroughly positive experience.

The family foursomes competition was a tight contest with several scores in the forties. The eventual winners were: Tony and son Rory Ottley (Craigclowan), who achieved a gross score of 42 over the nine-hole course. Runners-up were Peter and son Toby Smith (Craigclowan) with a score of 45.

In the afternoon singles competition the prep schools' champion for 2012 was Charlie Stewart (Ardvreck) with a gross score of 48. Runners-up spot, on count back, went to Toby Smith. The prize for the best putting in the adults' afternoon competition went to Tony Ottley with 14 puts over the nine holes. Mrs Claire Bidwell was given a special prize for the best lady's performance. Prizes, including cups and medals were awarded by Mr Gordon Woods.

Mr P Golden

Rugby results from Saturday 15 September

Loretto 1st XV v's Glenalmond College 1st XV

L 52 - 7

The gulf in size and class was evident for all to see in Edinburgh this afternoon as a powerful Loretto outfit proved far too strong for the inexperienced Coll outfit. Loretto deserve huge credit for their performance as they played with pace and power throughout the afternoon - they have assembled a very strong team that will no doubt challenge for silverware later in the season.

Huw Thomas (Coach)

We always knew that today was going to be a tough challenge and so it proved. Well done Loretto - we wish them well for the rest of the season.

Tries Archie Stover Cons Tom Galbraith

2nd XV v Loretto

W 35-14

Having started strongly, we had a 10 minute lapse before dominating totally.

U16 XV won 50-0 vs Stewarts Melville U16 B XV

U14 A XV v Loretto 

W 20-19

After 10 days at the school, the new boys selected for the U.14 A XV put in a performance of total commitment to secure a magnificent, tight win against a strong, big, more experienced Loretto XV. Our fitness, preparation and speed out of the blocks meant early scoring chances were made and taken. Playing up the slope and into the strong wind throughout the second half was a big ask but two more tries secured a hard fought for win. Two or three Loretto players suffered unfortunate injuries - we wish them a speedy recovery. A great result for the Glenalmond U.14 A XV.

Hockey results from Saturday 15 September

1st XI vs Loretto (H) Won 2-1
2nd XI vs Loretto (H) Drawn 1-1
3rd XI vs Loretto (H) Won 3-0
U15A XI vs Loretto (A) Drawn 1-1
U15BXI vs Loretto (A) Drawn 1-1
U14A XI vs Loretto (A) Won 4-0
Scorers: E.Skinner (3),

Match report: What a start to the season. Just under two weeks in and this squad demonstrated what potential they have in the coming months. The pace was fast, the team unity was exceptional and we were able to control the game from the start. Congratulations must go to our hat-trick scorer - Eleanor Skinner.

A wonderful start to what is going to be a very promising season.

Players Player of the Match: G.Flowers

Coaches Player of the Match: A.Milne

U14B XI vs Loretto (A) Lost 0-7

Forthcoming Events

Thursday 20 September - Talk by Struan Stevenson MEP for the Politics Society, "Britain's future in Europe". 6.30pm in the Conference Room

Sunday 23 September : Reid's House 50th Anniversary Celebration


Notices and Information

On Monday evening six of our debaters travelled to Ardvreck to present a "show debate" to their fledgling debating society. Chair Robert Wilson of Reid's explained to the Ardvreck pupils the rules of debating before four of our star debaters showed them how it was done debating that "This house would reintroduce the death penalty". The Glenalmond pupils impressed with their arguments before answering questions about both the motion and debating generally which were posed by the Ardvreck pupils. With all year groups from 3rd Form to Upper 6th represented in the Glenalmond six, debating at Glenalmond looks to be in great shape and we were pleased to pass on our expertise.

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