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Leavers Ceremony 2019
On the afternoon of Friday, 21 June the sun shone for the annual Leavers' Ceremony at the Younger Hall in St Andrews. In the penultimate week before the summer holidays, St Leonards traditionally commemorates the end of the school year by celebrating the Year 13 students who have completed the IB Diploma, and their school careers. As well as the audience being serenaded by the St Leonards choir, we received an excellent address from our guest speaker Claire Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, and enjoyed inspirational and witty speeches from our Head Girl and Head Boy. After the ceremony, all Year 13 Leavers and their families, as well as St Leonards prize winners, joined the Headmaster, teachers and house staff on Big Field for a delicious afternoon tea.
A warm welcome to our new St Leonards Seniors and if you would like to see photographs of the day, you can access them here.
Farewell: Liz dunsmuir
Liz Dunsmuir has worked at
St Leonards for 27 years,
and in many capacities
since 1992, but has been
primarily affiliated with
looking after boarders,
becoming housemistress of St Rule in
Not only has Liz provided pastoral care to countless St Leonards pupils, but she has run the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme at the school, supported the Drama Department with Trinity Guildhall examinations, and often acted as stage manager, costume designer and stage hand for theatrical productions.
We would like to thank Mrs Dunsmuir for her tireless dedication over the years and wish her a very happy retirement.
Caton Family Golf success
On Sunday, 19 May, the R&A St Andrews hosted the 118th Local Clubs Gold Medal competition. The men's division comprised 60 competitors from four different St Andrews clubs and 2018 St Leonards Leaver, Ben Caton (pictured far left), was runner up to the winner John Paterson.
Current St Leonards Golf Captain Ellen Caton, who is in Year 12, (pictured second right) played in the women's division made up of 21 competitors and, as well as being the youngest player, won the competition! The medals were presented to the winners by Sir Michael and Lady Bonallack.
Congratulations to both Ben and Ellen for their outstanding achievement in golf.
1985 Leaver Lorna Notaras has launched a new website Born Elegant (www.bornelegant.com), which provides customers with high-quality, stylish goods but with an affordable price-tag. Lorna worked in executive search on a freelance basis until 18 months ago, but has always loved fashion. Indeed, when she was a pupil at St Leonards wanted to solely work in that industry. Now after much hard work in different fields, she has been able to follow her passion by creating the unique website. Lorna told us: "There was nothing else out there like this where items were specially chosen from various websites that fitted my criteria; affordable but looked like they had come from a boutique." Lorna's products, which range from clothing to homeware, are all individually selected by her and, although she often uses leading High Street brands such as Topshop, La Redoute and Marks & Spencer, they do not choose what she displays on her site. You can view Lorna's site at www.bornelegant.com .
On Friday, 15 March we were
delighted to be able to host our
Seniors at the prestigious
Fortnum & Mason in
Piccadilly along with Chair of
Council Professor Verity Brown
and Headmaster Dr Michael
Carslaw. As well as enjoying a
delicious lunch and champagne
reception, Dr Carslaw and Professor Brown gave a presentation followed by a Q&A session to show our Seniors how St Leonards has grown and progressed as a school and giving them the opportunity to find out more about the school's present and future.
This highly successful event was made complete by the fantastic buzz that our enthusiastic Seniors generated. Thank you to all those who came to our London Lunch at Fortnum & Mason and made it such a wonderful occasion.
Edinburgh Drinks Reception
On Thursday, 28 March we were thrilled to hold our Edinburgh Drinks Reception at the National Museum of Scotland where our Seniors and friends of St Leonards, not only socialised over prosecco and delicious canapés, but did so whilst watching the sun set behind Edinburgh Castle.
Headmaster Dr Carslaw made a short speech about the development of St Leonards and many of our Seniors had a chance to speak with him, as well as with Members of Council. Once again, we would like to thank all our guests who were able to join us and make the evening such a happy and memorable one.