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The Scotian -
Summer 1976







WINNERS OF 100 CLUB 1975 - 76






















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122 Corstorphine Road,
EH12 6TX
Tel. 031-334 4422

Rector: Rev. Brother N.F. Livingstone, B.A., Dip..R.Sc., C.F.C.


Right Reverend Mgr. P.F. Quille, M.A., Dip. Econ.
J. Bartholomew, M.A., F.R.S.E.
J. Donoghue, Esq.
Rev. Fr. Karl - H. Kruger, M.A., Ph.L.
Rev. Bro. J.L. Forde, B.A.
Rev. Bro. M.B. Thornhill, B.A.


Head Boy: William Main
Deputy Head Boy: Ian Strachan
Christopher Aliaga-Kelly
Philip Bartholomew
Damian Campbell
Roderick Christie
Jeremy Duffy
Michael Gallagher
George Lyall
David Mackay
Michael McPhee
Andrew Sobolewski

Captain of Rugby: William Main
Captain of Fencing: Michael McEwan
Captain of Badminton: Ian Strachan
Captain of Squash: Paul Hogarth
Skip of Curling: John Lockett



In September 1975 we welcomed to the Staff three new members, Rev. Bro. J. O'Sullivan, principal teacher of Geography, Rev. Bro. C. Ross, Gamesmaster and Mr. J.D. Vassie to teach Economics. Rev.Bro.L.O'Briain went to Cardinal Godfrey Technical School, Liverpool, Bro. A. McDermott to our school in Londonderry. Mrs. E.M. Bryce left us at mid-term to take up a teaching post in London. Mr. Whelan retired as Janitor owing to ill-health and for a period we had no Janitor. The top flat of Garden Cottage was then modernised and Mr. T. Lambert took over the position. He left. Mr. P. Gilroy is now Janitor. It is with deep regret that we must record the death of one of the pioneer members of the community, Brother J.C. Hastings, on 12th July 1975 at the Western General Hospital. A short obituary occurs in the magazine. Mr. R. Weatherston continues to exercise his paternal eye on the boys at the controlled crossing and we thank him sincerely for his unfailing presence. Mrs. Foss, Mrs. Kent, Mrs. Pateluch and Mrs. Carmichael provide lunches for the Staff and Boys and we express our sincere thanks for their devoted service. We wish all those who have left us every success in their new posts and we thank them for their contribution to Scotus Academy.

Our sincere thanks to Rt. Revd. Mgr. J. Monaghan, Rt. Revd. Mgr. P. Quille, Canon Hyland, Revd. Fathers, Hurley, C.SS. P. Hynes, O.M.I. Lawson and Sadler who celebrated Mass in the Cathedral on the 12th October the Sesquicentenary of the Christian Brothers arrival in Britain, and to the boys, Parents, Former Pupils and friends who attended and those who joined us for lunch. Also to Father F. Holden who said Mass for the School at the beginning of term, the Annual Requiem and on Ash Wednesday. Thanks also to Revd. Fathers B. Russell and J. Johnston, C.SS.R. who conducted days of recollection for all the Secondary classes; to Fathers C. Barclay and R. Holuka who gave a one day conference to Sixth Year of St. Margaret's Convent and Scotus Academy.

During the Summer holidays all the Secondary Dept. classrooms, the Music Room and Primary 7 were painted. The staircase in the residence was painted. The new Sixth Year also decorated their common room.

Three hundred and Twenty pounds was collected during Lent 1976 and this has been sent to the Brothers' Mission in Liberia and the Archdiocesan Mission in Baucchi. Thirty pounds was collected by the boys in a Sponsored Walk for the Leukemia Appeal. Ten pounds was sent to Help the Aged Fund.

InJune 1975 a very successful production of 'Rock' was presented for two nights at Craigiockhart College of Education, by kind permission of the Principal. Our sincere thanks go to Revd. Bro. L.O'Briain, Mrs. M. Scott, Mrs. L.P. Morgan and Mrs. C.M. Denhohn, the cast and Musicians. A shortened version was given at the Prize-Giving and again in December at Candlish Church. A successful Carol Service with St. Margaret's Convent took place in the Cathedral in December. Our thanks go to Rt. Revd. Mgr. P. Quille, Sister Margaret, Mrs. M. Scott. Mrs. L.P. Morgan, Mrs. C.M. Denhohn, the boys and girls and all the parents.

The visiting speakers on Careers this year included Capt. Turner, R.N., the Royal Airforce Schools Liaison Officer, Mr. Woods, Schools Liaison Officer, Heriot-Watt, Mr. McKirdy, Schools Liaison Officer (Science) Edinburgh, Mrs. Edie, Social Work, Edinburgh Careers Office. Use was also made of television and radio careers programmes.

Several classes went on Education visits. The Senior art students visited the College of Art, and the National Museum. Groups visited Napier College and Edinburgh University. Senior 3 saw 'Macbeth' and 'Man for All Seasons'. Senior 2 visited the Royal Naval Dockyard, Rosyth. Groups attended the SNO Friday night concerts and a large party went to the Christmas concert in the Usher Hall. .

No further progress has been made re planning but negotiations are proceeding despite the apparent stalemate, the matter is being actively pursued at several levels.

We extend our sincere prayers and sympathy to Mrs. Foss on the death of her husband; to Michael and David McEwan on the death of their mother; to Doctor Edward and Leo Stone on the death of their father; to Miss D. Moran on the death of her father; to the Ashley Family on the death of their son Ian; to the Hastings Family on the death of Bro. Hastings. Mayall the deceased rest in peace.

We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following magazines: St. Edward's College, Liverpool; St. Mary's College, Crosby; St. Ambrose College, Altrincham; St. Margaret's Convent, Edinburgh; St. Augustine's, Edinburgh; Holy-rood, Edinburgh; Prior Park College, Bath; St. Brendan's College, Bristol; St. George's School, Malta; Merchiston Castle and St. Anselm's College, Birkenhead.

Finally a word of thanks to all our contributors, to Mrs. Stewart for so kindly taking the photographs and to Mr. Hepburn of Pararnount Printers for the production of the magazine.



Brother Hastings was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo in 1910. He joined the Christian Brothers in January 1935 and worked in many of the houses and schools in England before being moved to Edinburgh.

Together with the late Brother O'Connell he took possession of Beechwood House on April 2nd 1953 and so was one of the pioneer members of the new community and foundation. His main duties were to escort the boys across the busy Corstorphine Road, to supervise hot dinners and to provide produce from the garden. He carried out his tasks most efficiently and quietly. He was a quiet, prayerful man who never sought the limelight but when any Former Pupils called back to the School it was always for Brother Hastings they enquired and usually went up to the garden to have a chat with him.

Despite his ill-health Brother Hastings was always cheerful and ever ready with a word of encouragement. He rarely went out except on a Saturday afternoon to go to the Franciscan Church in Lothian Road, yet he was able to keep the Rector up to date with news of Former Pupils, births, marriages and deaths.

He had been a member of the Congregation for forty years. To his brothers and sisters we extend our prayers and sincere sympathy and we pray and hope that Brother Hastings is now watching over and guiding the pupils and Staff of Scot us Academy. May he rest in peace.


Brother McGrath was born in Liverpool and attended St. Mary's College, Crosby, run by the Christian Brothers.

He joined the Brothers in 1929 and after his religious and academic training he was sent to St. Joseph's College, Stoke-on-Trent where he taught for several years. He also taught in St. Edward's College; Liverpool; St. Anselm's College, Birkenhead; St. Brendan's College, Bristol and Sacred Heart School, Gibralter.

In 1968 he was forced to retire from teaching on account of a severe illness. However, after treatment and convalescence he went to St. Mary's, Toddingtonand later to Prior Park College, Bath. In 1974 he was sent to Edinburgh.

Brother McGrath was a very successful teacher and scholar. He was a good-humoured and cheerful person at all times. He had settled down in Edinburgh very well and was respected by boys, staff and Parents. To his two sisters and relatives we offer our sincere sympathy.



The Association thanks its many friends as well as all its members (which every Parents of the School is), Itis still, despite rising cots and depressive outlooks, a flourishing organisation and I am more than pleased to report that the Former Pupils Association is once again a fact, and will, I am sure, prove our confidence in Scotus Academy.

Since our last Report in Spring 1975 the car rally - or Treasure Hunt - held in .May proved to be a great success. The Summer Fayre was not only a perfect June day, but a bumper harvest as well. The Committee would like to express our thanks to everyone who supports us by giving and by caring.

September brought our A.G.M. when the term of office of Mrs. E. Brand and Mr. K. Clark came to an end, we thank them both very sincerely for their valued service and we welcomed two new members to the Committee, Mrs. M. Dyson and Mr. K. Doyle.

December was indeed our festival month, and who better than the Italian Community instigated by Angelo and Nadia Maloco, to provide us with food and entertainment, along with wine and song. What a wonderful night! It also brought us in more than £100. Our thanks also go to Rev. Fr. F. Holden, P.P. St. John's Corstorphine, for so kindly allowing us the use of the hall. Cari genitori ed amici della communita Italiana dobbiano ringraziarvi peril vostro servizio e generosita.

The Doctor Doherty Cup for Public Speaking was held in March and this year the attendance was commensurate with the efforts our boys put into their dialogues -who was it said "a little wine loosens the tongue" or was it vice versa?

May - the month of writing - brings the renewal of the 100 Club and although perhaps by then the publication of the 'Scotian' may no} have happened - June is still plenty of time for you to join or rejoin. Pay £12 and have the chance of winning £50 every month, for one year, All you have to do is ask our Rector and he wilt put you in contact with our organiser, or phone direct to Mrs. S. Laird- Tel: No. 334 3825.

Our Summer Fayre will be held on Saturday. 19th June at 2 p.m. Remember the date; we look forward as always to your generous support which will make this event not only a financial success, but show to the Christian Brothers in a tangible way our thanks for all that they do for our boys.

Please remember that every few pence we can draw as an association enables the Academy under the guidance of the Rector to further our boys education. to give that little extra that is so important.

B.P. Smith President.


WINNERS OF 100 CLUB 1975 - 76

Mr. E.J. Dyson
Mrs. H.M. Cameron
Christian Brothers
Miss H. Macdonald
Mrs. A.B. Doherty
Mr. J. Daly

June A76
July A82
August A
September A32
October A22
November A

Mr. J.A. Hunter
Mr. T.P. Toomey
Miss D.J. Moran
Mr. J Daly
Mrs. S. Laird
Mr. J. Finlayson

December A25
January A18
February A2
March A11
April A99
May A77


The Brother Ennis Chess Cup Competition was an even bigger success than usual this year. Around fifty entrants came forward from the Secondary classes. The finalists were Christopher Martin of Senior 3 and Andrew Sobolewski of Senior 6, who won after a hard fought match. It was very encouraging to see the enthusiasm the competition aroused. The breaks were totally taken up with budding Fischer and Spaskys moving intellectual mountains.

A. Sobolewski.

Andrew Sobolewski won the Dr. Doherty Public Speaking Competition 1976 with a talk entitled 'Wine'. Congratulations.



The venue for this historic occasion was the front arena. Bully-off was at 2.30 p.m. with Mr. Bremner enquiring where the wickets were.

From' first to last the Prefects mounted a strong attack led from the front by Big Bill and his sidekick, Rocky Roy. This pair between them accounted for at least three of the opposition and scored nine goals of which five were allowed. This was an amazing performance considering that the honest, unbiased, fair, just umpire, Mrs Denholm, would insist on blowing her whistle when neither blood had been spilt nor head split open. There is too much of this timidity in sport nowadays and change is needed.

Remo Lanni in goal for the victorious side did not see the ball during the whole match. Neither did Comrade Joe, fresh from the Ukraine and dressed to suit - the ball went past him too fast - nine times.

The Prefects deserved their win. They had trained hard during break, giving up coffee and radio to bring their secret weapon to perfection. Such devotion is all too rare nowadays. Their secret weapon was of course, the short corner. This was guaranteed to send the opposition into stiches, thereby disabling them from hitting the ball.

All praise must go to Mr. Dick, the only person to escape hospitalisation, possibly due to his combat suit and army style boots. When last heard of he was evading Court Martial for misuse of Her Majesty's property. He and Mr. Bremner accounted for two of their own team, notably Mark De Luca. One wonders how much he was paid or brainwashed to betray his own kind.

The belle of the match must surely have been Mrs. Scott, dressed in straw hat and tinsel and looking all of sweet sixteen. The rouge on her cheeks looked much redder by the end of the match.

All in all it was an outstanding performance. So was the £7.40 collected for Charity. The Prefects have a one hundred percent unbeaten record.

W. Main.




I am pleased to report that this year's Gray House has shown tremendous improvement in both results and team spirit. Last year's Sports Day proved to be the start of the revival when the House shrugged off previous disastrous results to be pipped at the post by Macdonald House. Since then we have won the Curling for the first time. The Fencing tournament, 8 victories to 3. The Cross-Country, Grays taking the first six places. The Senior Rugby was a very closely fought affair We unfortunately lost by two matches to one. I was very encouraged at the support I received form all members of Gray House and hope that their enthusiasm continues in the coming year.

P. Bartholomew.


Inter-House competition reached a climax with the Senior Rugby matches. This year we decided to have three matches. We won the first due to good teamwork and some good luck. 22-12. We lost the second 12 - O. The third match was to be the decider after a few changes, some hard play we won 12 - 6. In other sports we were not so successful. However, we won the Golf and Senior Tennis. In the Annual Sports 1975 we had a good victory. In the field events we did very well and on the track we had a slight edge over Grays. Overall Grays seemed to be stronger in the winter events except Rugby. However I am sure the team spirit of Macdonalds will see inter-house competition continue and I feel confident they will continue to do well.

W: Main.





Senior 1
Primary 3/4 Primary 5
Primary 6
Primary 7


TOTAL: £320.11


This is the story of a scary experience when I was seven. One day me and Edward (my cousin) were playing on a patch of turf stuck in the ground.

Then suddenly a strong wind came. Edward said "Let's go in now.. and we went in.

That night when we were in bed, I heard a scream and I said "my mind's playing tricks on me again" and settled down to sleep although it took me long time because of the howling.

In the morning Edward and we went out to play but the grass had dissipeard except our bit of grass so we went out into the garden. The wind had blown the grass away. We went walking to our piece of grass and walking over, a piece of wood creaked under my feet. I threw our piece of grass out of the way and there was a golden plak which said Dracula. I'd heard the story of Dracula,'. but I never believed it; then I remembered the scream, my blood turned cold.

We went inside and I told my mum about it and about the scream the night before and she phoned the police. The police opened up the coffin and there was nothing there. We figured he didn't have time to get back to the coffin so he hid somewhere dark. That night I saw a figure getting into the coffin.

The next day Edward and me kept looking out the window. Then suddenly a gust of wind came and blew the coffin into a sunny bit of the garden and the lid fell off and Dracula fell out and the light shone on him and he turned into ashes.

As you can see the wind saved lots of lives.

Jason Twigg, P5.



Undoubtedly, today, atomic energy is seen as the answer to all our future problems. The present industrial society is based on the use of oil. This is not an endless source of energy, and the end is in sight. We need alternatives. But is it atomic energy that is really the answer?

There is energy from the sun. It has been calculated that technologically developed countries use 5,000 joules per second (5kw) per head of the population, It has been estimated the sun supplies this much to every 3 square metres of the earth's surface. If this energy could be harnessed our problems would be solved. However present means cannot harness all this energy, only part of it, and the rest is radiated into space. And, of course, everybody's attention is on atomic energy, and research in this field has deprived researchers into solar radiation of funds and facilities.

Then there is geothermic energy. This is essentially the energy of the earth's core, or simply of the hot areas under the earth's crust. The simplest means of harnessing this energy is to drill a hole down to a level where there is tremendous heat. Water can be piped down the hole, and steam comes up. The heat energy can be transformed into electrical energy, and the now cooled water, led down into the hole again. Obviously there are more efficient ways and means to be found, but again geothermic research has suffered from the priority given to atomic energy.

And what of atomic energy? It is true that by Einstein's famous equation E = mc2 there is potentially an incredible amount of energy in a small piece of matter. However, science has not yet achieved this total conversion of mass into energy. At this time, scientists focus their attention on the possibility of simulating the conditions in the core of a star; that is nuclear fusion. This involves joining two atoms together to form one, releasing energy. This is the opposite of fission, which is splitting apart one atom into two or more parts. As yet, efficient means of nuclear fusion and nuclear fission have not yet been found. Admittedly there are potentialities. But there is also great potential in solar or geothermic radiation.

It is conceivable that the space programme will result in landings and exploitation of other planets, in which case perhaps neither atomic, solar or geothermic energy will be used in the future, but oil or its equivalent on other planets.

M. McEwan, Senior 5



Having been in operation for three years now we have at last started to expand and can now boast ten members.

Wargames is not a children's game. Wargaming has been around for many years, chess being an early example, and is one of the major methods of training officers in the World's armies. Wargaming as we know it with scale soldiers, was given a major boost by Well's book Little Wars in which he expounded a game involving lead soldiers and toy field guns. His book and its rules founded modern Wargames. The methods of wargaming are becoming more complex every year, an example being the popularity of the 20 sided percentage dice now, where previously the six-sided dice was all that was considered necessary with individual weapons, weather variations and many other items. The 'general' now must have a good memory as well as the ability to outthink his opponent.

"But", you may ask, "what is a wargame?" Basically, it is the simulation of:a battle, that is fought with little tanks and soldiers on a large table. Everything moves a certain distance in inches on this table and when vehicles fire five dice are thrown to see if the target is hit. With complicated terrain to fight on it can become fascinating and much pre-match thought is put into trying to see the enemy's moves and how to stop them. Wargames can have up to four members on each side (depending on table size) as well as a referee.

This year we have fought one major battle with two or three projected for the future. Scotus prefers a defensive position because of the inherent advantage in waiting to see what the enemy does first. As knowledge of tactics increases however we are becoming more aggressive in our planning.

Finally we would like to thank the Rector for permission to use the Dining-hall and Mr. Dick for his advice and battle maps.

D. Brown. Senior 5

    What uses a pen but can not write? A pig
  • When is furniture emotional? When easily moved
  • When is a river like the letter "T" When it must be crossed
  • Which is heavier a full moon or a 1/2 moon A 1/2 moon because a fullmoon is lighter
  • My teacher does bird imitations, he watches me like a hawk!
  • 1st Irishman "Turn left at the next comer" 2nd Irishman "Whytell me you're driving"
  • Name 6 animals of the arctic region? 3 Polar bears, 3 walruses
  • Teacher "Are the Exam questions giving you any trouble?" Pupil "No, but the answer are"
Mark Dockrell (12), S1



My favourite animal is a cat and I have one kitten and one cat. My cat is grey and has a speck of white on his neck and he is called Smokey. Angus, my kitten, has some grey and a white V neck jumper. We named him Angus because we were just in the border of Angus. Angus keeps on jumping up on Smokey as if he were asking for a piggy back. Every morning Smokey comes in for his breakfast and goes out again. He doesn't like Angus because Angus fights Smokey.

John Stewart, P.5.



Played 10. Won 3. Lost 7 Pts. For 80. Pts. Agst. 152.

The 1st XV has played well this season as a team although it has not had the lion's share of victories.

Mr. Bacigalupo has been generous in training us on Thesdays and his hints and work have proved very useful. Mr. I. Christie and Brother Ross have trained the backs and have made their play much more fluid. I would like to thank all three for their help.

The scrum was playing very well in the loose although the ball had a tendency to be locked in during mauls. In the set pieces the pack held its own, even against heavier opposition. R. Lanni and R. Dockrell combined very well in the front row, gaining experience and allowing the rest of the pack to settle behind them. Altogether the scrum did very well, playing constructively and aggressively in the loose.

The backs, I feel, did not combine as well as the forwards and lacked a disciplined rhythm. However, in every match they put up a determined performance and proved reliable in defence. C. Bain became a good full-back and was able to start fast aggressive moves with the centres.

This season a great team spirit grew and even when losing we never gave up till the end. On several occasions victory could have been ours given a few more minutes. I hope this spirit will continue next season and that the 1st XV will be more successful.

W.E. Main.

Played 5. Won 3. Lost 2. Pts. for 82. pts Agst. 94.

This season the B XV have played with great enthusiasm. The team has done extraordinary well considering the small pool of players. The set scrums have been good but we have been weak in the rucking. The backs have played very well in attack put their tackling is weak.

F. Fox. P .Di Ciacca and M. Hislop have dominated the scrum. C. Devine, G. Fraser, A. Deponio and C. Bain have played well in the backs. A number of the team also played for the 1st XV. We look forward to a better season next year.

J. Di Rollo.

Played 11. Won. 5. Lost 6. Pts. For. 191. Pts. Agst. 99.

The C XV played well this season considering the strong opposition we had to face. The new addition to the scrum, T. Walsh, has made a big difference with his keen play. J. Boni played well as hooker and P. Gallagher was good in the second row. D. Gibson did well as full.back. D. Hunter kicked well. The highest scorers were S. Campbell, D. Gibson, D. Hunter, P. Main. J. Hogarth in the backs used his passing skill to make many tries. Well done.

G. Dick.

Played 11.Won. 4. Lost 7.Pts. For. 116.Pts.Agst.198.

The D XV played well at the beginning of the season but faded towards the end. Our best match was when we defeated Bathgate Academy, 40 - O. Our worst match was against Holt Academy, we lost 40 - O. The outstanding players were S. Ross, M. Patterson, P. Wong, A. Waters and D. Carroll. Bro. Ross inspired our confidence and we thank him for his interest.

A. Delicata.

Played 4. Won O. Lost 3. Drew 1. Pts. For. 34. Pts.Agst. 84.

This was not a very successful season but despite the defeats the team played very hard. S. Ross, S. Leetion, M. Dockrell, B. Torriero, A. Wong, M. Brady, and P. Stewart were the best players and S. Ross and A. Wong were the leading scorers. We usually found the opposition bigger than us.

S. Ross.



Played 10. Won 4. Lost 5. Pts. F. 53. Pts. A. 72

Last season the two teams from Scotus ended up about the balf-way position in the Leagues. This season only one team entered and it was somewhat inexperienced.

The regular members of the team were, J. Duffy, A. Macdonald and J. Lockett. A. Wilson, G. Dorrian and D. Campbell also played. Regardless of successes we have had a reasonable season but success will only come from regular practice.

I wish to thank all those who have come along on a Saturday morning to give the team support and I wish the team every success next year.

J. Lockett.


Played 9. Lost 9. Pts. F.23.Pts. A. 112

This year the school entered the Edinburgh Schools League Team were made up of four boys and four girls so Scotus asked Lansdowne house to join them.

We were placed in the fourth division of the league but success seemed to evade the team. Although victory was never ours, satisfaction was gained from the fact that as the programme drew to a close we were becoming a formidable side. The members were P. Morris. R Christie, D. Mackay and I. Strachan. Our thanks to Lansdowne House for all their effort and co-operation throughout the season.

I. Strachan.



Played 11. Lost 11 .Pts.F.4.Pts.A.51

'This year the School formed a squash team and entered the Lothian Schools League. We had no success in competition but did manage to win a few friendlies. The main reason for our failure was inexperience and the high quality of play of all our opponents who in most cases have been playing since Primary School. The members of the team were P. Hogarth, R Boni, S. Boni, J. McCabe, P. Hogarth and M. McPhee. Despite our lack of victories the team played with enthusiasm and our thanks go to Bro. Ross for his help and encouragement.

P. Hogarth.


The 1975 School Championship was played over two rounds on the Braid Hills Course. The event ran smoothly with the first round played over the shorter course and a high percentage qualified for the second round. It was encouraging to see the younger boys showing a high degree of etiquette on the course. Although the competition was played as an Open, the final results were split into Senior and Junior.




D. MACKAY (73-77)
R. CHRISTIE (76-80)
I. STRACHAN (79-81)

J. HOGARTH. (101-98)
F. FOX (102-97)
J. BONI (107-105)

A team has been entered in the Edinburgh Junior Golf League.

D. Mackay.


A tournament was organised in the summer term. A large number entered and the competition was very successful. The results were:





Our thanks to Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Dyson who so kindly coached on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

D. Mackay.



Throughout the year the school's fencers have had consistent results. In most cases our fencers have reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals in both Scottish Schools and Scottish National competitions. In addition we have had a few places in some finals. In the East Section Qualifying Rounds for the British Schools Finals, M. McCran reached the quarter-final of the U 16 Boys Foil and M. McEwan reached the semi-fmal of the U 18 Boys Foil and was 7th in the U 18 Boys Epee. In a Lothian Region Schools event M. McEwan was second in the Junior Foil and R. Smith was 7th in the Senior Foil. Club members have reached the quarter finals in the Strathclyde Cup and the Scottish Men's Foil Championships.

There results are acceptable but I feel could be improved if members took a greater interest in fencing as a sport rather than a way to spend two periods on a Tuesday afternoon. Fencing is a competitive sport and I do not think it unreasonable to expect members to enter one-day competitions. This lack of interest is seen in the entries for the Scottish Schools Fencing Championships, only three boys entered. S. Walsingham and Lai Chi Kong were defeated in Round 1 with M. McEwan reaching the semi-finals in two events. In the Meadowbank Open Fencing Championships M. McEwan reached the semi-final of the Men's Foil and won the Men's Novice's Foil. I hope that in future the members of the Fencing Club will be sufficiently interested in fencing to enter some competitions on behalf of the school.

M. McEwan,


The Judo team has again done very well this year. Two Golds have been won by P. Hepburn and R. Boni and a Bronze by S. Boni in the Scottish Championships. Three Golds were won in the Lothian Region Championship by P. Hepburn, R. Boni and J. Boni.

ScotusAcademy has a larger number of medalists than any other School in Scotland. All the boys have represented Scotland.

S. Boni. Senior 5.



This year saw the re-emergence of the S.A.L.A.D.S. Under enthusiastic leadership the first motion that was debated was - "Why have a Debating Society Anyway?': The debate was lively and the result seemed to endorse the belief that both Fifth Year and Sixth Year saw some value in a Debating Society.

In October we joined the English Speaking Union and were involved in a Debating Competition under its sponsorship. The motion which the two members from Sixth Year had to oppose was: "That Britain cannot afford the excesses of the Welfare State". Unfortunately Scotus lost to George Watson's but the experience gained from it was extremely valuable.

However the activities of the Debating Society have been far ranging. The Clayston Proposals for the reform of the licensing laws and Devolution were both debated, a number of other functions were run - hot debates, balloon debates and a mock election campaign.

All in all response to these activities has been enthusiastic with Fifth Year contributing a great deal. Finally, I would like to thank the Rector and Mr. Dick for their support and we hope that next year an even greater interest will be shown.

A. Sobolewski. Senior 6


It's all so meaningless.
The people sigh,
The politician denies.
He cares not, wants a lot,
Our friends cry

Humanity is dying.
Men can try
To make it survive.
The people will
The politicians won't -
And we know who is alive.

Technology, money,
Protein, oil artillery.
Which makes men live?
Which makes men die?
Which do you wish?

They're upall night.
The students try
To make it right.
But who cares?
Is it right?

There are ways to die
And people try then.
They do not know
How overly they please

M. McEwan. Senior 5.



Halloween is here
All ghosties will appear
Leaping Creeping
Laughing in the air.
Over walls witches peer,
With smells which make you creep.
Even goblins
Even smervils
Never let you go to sleep.

P. Scott-Fleming P.5.


I look in a window,
And what do I see;
I see puppies for sale,
Which one is for me.

I do want a puppy
But I have a cat
I'd also have to buy
A basket or a mat

The cute little puppies,
Are staring at me;
With tiny bright faces,
Saying 'Come and buy me',

I still want a puppy.
But puss is so kind
So I leave the shop window
With a puppy in mind.

 P. Stewart. P. 7.

My Room  

New carpet.
Messy room.
Bed all crumpled.
Blue carpet. .
Chest of drawers,
Blazer on the bed.

Socks on the floor
Orange peal on the floor,
books lying about,
New heater
Mother shouting, "Tidy that mess!"

M. McGovern. Primary 4.


(Choir Section)

Scotus Academy once again participated in the Festival and sang very well. Against very strong competition, they gained two Merit awards; the Primary School Choir gaining a First; Primary 6/7 gaining a Fourth. They almost gained a third award but missed this by one mark.

They were the only "all boys" choir competing this year and their hard work was suitably rewarded.

My sincere thanks go to all the parents who helped out on the day and in particular to Mrs. McKay who valiantly appeared every Wednesday to accompanied the choirs at practice.

M. Scott


As we all know BLOBS are a type of sweet, but there are also little creature on a planet called Bloby 3. The planet is about the same size as Jupiter. It is not in our part of the galaxy. It is in Universe 3. The Blobs themselves are about one metre long in full growth. They are hairy and their hair changes colour every year. They have paws with three fingers and they have hidden feet because their hair is so long. They don't like sweets.

I know so much about them because my great spaceship crash-landed on their planet. They were very friendly to me. It all started back on earth. I was working on a new invention, a space craft that could travel faster than the American rocket. So on the 11th September 1972 I blasted off. I was soon on my way, I passed Jupiter then Saturn, lastly Pluto, then I was out of our universe, I was now in Universe 3.

A week later I looked at my scanner and it indicated there was a meteorite heading my way. I would have to change course. I tried to change course but it was too late and my ship was hit and we were sent plunging down to a nearby planet Bloby 3. I have been there ever since. I was unable to repair my spacecraft but the Bloby people had a space craft of their own which they said I could use for my return journey. So I was able to return home.

S. McCran, Primary





1. McNULTY, Paul
2. DAVIS, Peter

1. McCABE, Edward
2. TOOMEY, Declan
2. FINLAYSON, Kenneth

1. STEWART, Andrew
2. HISLOP, Kevin

1. DOHERTY, John
2. BRADY, Adrian



1. TWIGG, Jason
2. STEWART, John

1. STEWART, Peter
2. DiCIACCA, John

1. GALLO, Peter
2. HAYES, John

1. CHAN, Chi Fai
2. CHRISTIE, Fergus


1. BROWN, David
2. McEWAN, Michael

1. CAMPBELL, Damian
2. MAIN. William




BORYS, Andrew CONLON, Thomas
WONG, William

Napier College Edinburgh University Edinburgh University Strathclyde
Heriot-Watt University
Aberdeen University
Napier College
Glasgow University

Computer Science Mathematics
Business Organisation
Book/Periodical Pub. Chemistry

B.Sc. (Hon)
LL.B. (Hon)

Commencing University and Colleges of Further Education: AUTUMN 1975

De LUCA, Mark

McEWAN, Thomas
Oi ROllO, David
COWIE, David
WEE, James
TOOLE, Brian


St. Andrews
College of Commerce
Queen Margaret College
Barry College
College of Commerce
Napier College
Napier College
College of Commerce
Falkirk Technical College

Building Economics/Quantity Surveying
Pure Maths/Theoretical Physics
Diploma in Music
Diploma in Drama & Spoken Word
Business Studies
Business Studies
Business Studies
Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering


Congratulations to Father L. Oliver ('59-'68) who was ordained at Holy Cross, March 1976. Congratulations to Father Damien Wynn-Williams who was ordained at Christmas 1975 in New Zealand.
Best wishes to Peter Pateluch ('69-'74) and Morag on their wedding earlier this year.
Andrew Blackwood ('67-'70) and Ken O'Hara ('55-'66) both achieved notable successes on the Rugby field this year. The former setting up a record score for Stewart-Melville's in the Sevens; the latter representing an Edinburgh XV against the Australians. Well done
Paul Valerio ('65-'72) is now working with Hutchison's, the Publishers, London.
Ian Campbell ('67-'71) is now in command of a helicopter squadron near Salisbury.
David Bain ('62-'73) hopes to enter Napier to do Hotel/Catering.
Michael O'Dwyer ('66.'70) is reading Marine Biology at Heriot-Watt.
Paul Sumerville ('62-'72) hopes to complete his Law,Studies this year.
Michael Harkess ('67-'74) is a trainee manager with H. Samuels.
Chris Barlow ('56.'61) is now with British Oxygen Co.
John Bacigalupo ('53-(65) is Sales Manager for French Industrial Fibres Co.
Joseph Capaldi ('56-'62) is now with Hambro Life Assurance.
Hubert Ross ('60-'66) is a Solicitor with W. & I. Barnes, Edinburgh.
Cesidio Di Ciacca ('62-'71) is a law apprentice with Dundas, Wilson & Davidson, Edinburgh. Robin Laidlaw ('53-'63) having gained his B.A. & Dip.Ed in Australia where he taught for two years is back in Scotland but expects to return to Australia.
Peter Shakespeare ('67-'72) is a computer operator with the Milk Marketing Board.
Michael Collie ('65-'74) is completing his Second Year reading Politics at Edinburgh.
David Cowie ('70.'75) is working in the Bank of Scotland and following courses at Napier College.
Paul Doherty ('63-'74) is completing his second year at Aberdeen reading Economics, (Honours).
Robert Hanna ('67.'75) is working with Ethicon Medical.
Thomas Maguire ('68.'75) is with J. Menzies as a Trainee Manager.
James Wee ('70-'74) is studying for a B.A. Business Studies at Napier College.
Stephen Toner ('71.'74) is completing his second year at Alberta University but hopes to return to Scotland to continue his studies.
John Drawbell ('67.'73) is completing his second year at McMaster University, Canada reading Commerce.
Nicholas Barry ('64..'75) is nursing at Gogabum Hospital.
B.D'Agostino ('53-'55) running the Glencairn Hotel, Royal Circus.
Kevin Di Ciacca ('66-'75) is completing first year B.Sc. in Technology and Industrial Studies at Napier College.
Mark De Luca ('64-'75) is completing first year reading Economics and Quantity Surveying at Heriot-Watt.
George McGuire ('53-'74) is completing second year at Aberdeen reading Economics Michael Smith ('65-'75) is completing first year reading Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt.
Roger Conlon ('54-'75) is completing first year reading Politics at Aberdeen.
Robert Stevenson ('65-'75) is completing first year at Stirling reading English, Philosophy and Economics.
John Eunson ('65-'74) is completing first year at Queen Margaret College studying Drama and the Spoken Word.
Ronald Delnevo('6l-'72) is completing third year at Heriot-Watt reading Business Organisation.
Nicholas Shakespeare ('68-'75) is an apprentice with Jaguars in Coventy, Car design.
William Dick ('65-'73) is working in the Family Business.
Alastair Lamond ('64-'73) hopes to gain his degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) at Edinburgh and he has been offered a scholarship to U.S.A.
Mark Shannon ('63-'74) completes his second year at Heriot-Watt reading Actuarial Mathematics.
Ogilvie Robertson ('65 -'74) is now studying Hospital Administration.
Liam Donnelly ('66-'72) having graduated from Strathclyde is working with Universal Services Inc. Int.
Michael Kostryckj ('68-'74) is working in the Bank of Scotland and studying Law/Accounting at Napier College.
Brian Toole ('67-'75) is working in the Family Business and studying for City & Guilds in Electrical Engineering at Falkirk College.
Kenneth Reilly ('66-'72) hopes to graduate in Civil Engineering at Edinburgh this summer.
Alan McOuan ('70-'73) is working at Salon Henry and following courses at Telford College. Kenneth Price ('68-'75) is a trainee Sheriff Officer.
John Bartholomew ('63-'74) completes his second year at Aberdeen reading Geography.
Maxim Anderson ('62-'73) completes his third Year Chemistry (Honours) at Heriot-Watt this summer.
Matthew Hay ('72-'75) is following a Diploma in Hotel Management.
Kerr Simpson ('67-'73) completes his third year studying Chartered Surveying.
Robert Mowat ('61-'72) completes his fourth year studying Chartered Surveying.
Brian Potter ('59-'70) hopes to complete his medical studies this summer.
Charles Redmond ('62-'73) completes his third year at Strathclyde reading Architecture.
Gerald McKenna ('53-'63) is a stocktaker in Edinburgh.
John Barry ('54-'65) is group Secretary and Insurance Agent with the National Farmers Union.
Father Henry McLoughlin ('59-'66) is at the Cathedral, Edinburgh.
Charles Duthrie ('57.'63) is farming at Broxbum.
Charles Ross ('58-'68) is working in the family business.
Raymond Ross ('62.'70) is completing his second year at Edinburgh reading English.
D. Coldwell ('57-'59) will be moving back to Scotland in the Summer.
T. McEwan ('69.'75) is completing first year at St. Andrews reading Mathematics.
A. Jankowski ('68.'71) is now working and living in Kingston upon Thames, occasionally he visits Edinburgh and wishes to keep in touch.

The Former Pupils held a Dinner on Friday, 23rd April at the Royal Circus Hotel. Over forty attended and an enjoyable evening was had by all. Reverend Brothers, M. Duignan, L. Forde, D. Lennon and N. Livingstone were the guests.

It was very encouraging to see both those who had recently left school and those of older vintage. Thanks to the kindness of Bert D'Agostino a room is available at the Glencairn Hotel on the first Monday of the month for the Former Pupils to meet.

We were pleased to welcome on a visit to Scotland Bernard Wynn-Williams ('56-'63) and his wife, Diane. Bernard is a dentist in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mr. Derek Coldwell and his wife also paid us a visit while house hunting.

A number of boys from the Primary School entered the Speaking of Verse and Prose Section of the London Academy of music and Dramatic Art. All passed and three gained Distinctions.

Senior 3 visited Trinity School, Glenalmond, Perth to attend the Tri-Service display which was held there.



Visit of Royal Navy, Royal Marines display team, Tuesday, 23rd September 1975. The Team arrived by helicopter and gave a display of the manoeuvrability of a helicopter. A commando jumped 100 ft. from the helicopter by rope. The helicopter lifted a small truck. A wren was rescued from a life raft. A number of films were then shown to the Senior Classes about the strength and role of the Navy.


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