I hope this week’s message finds you safe and well, and that you and your sons are looking forward to the break that will come this weekend. As always, our staff and boys have thoroughly deserved the chance to catch their breath after what has been another busy and rewarding week of school. World Book Day has played a prominent role in activities across this week, and it was great to join in with our Juniors’ reading time, where parents and staff shared with the boys some of their favourite stories from their own childhoods.
It is absolutely right that as we encourage our boys to read and explore knowledge, that the UNCRC Rights Respecting Schools group have focused on those rights that give young people access to learning and to information. We live in a society where - despite the challenges we currently face – access to learning is made easy. It is fair to say that is not the case in other parts of the world, and I was particularly struck by a report on the news this week of the struggles that young people in Yemen face when trying to access education. The report featured the story of a young boy, blind since birth, who regularly leads his class in learning when teachers are unable to make it to their bombed-out school. It really made me think about how we must treasure access to education and learning, and certainly one of our goals here at Merchiston is to nurture a passion for lifelong learning in each and every pupil.
WORLD BOOK DAY - CONNECTING WITH YOUR RIGHTS (by Mr Ogilvie-Jones)
As part of the School’s journey to achieve the Silver Award as a Rights Respecting School, the Rights Respecting Schools Steering committee members presented to their houses, reminding their peers about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), by connecting rights to World Book Day.
They explained that the UNCRC Articles that relate to World Book Day are:
- Article 17 (access to information from the media) - Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources, and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them.
- Article 29 (goals of education) - Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment.
- Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) - Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
The UNCRC has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights. Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status. In order for Merchiston to achieve the Silver Award we need to be a school that teaches and learns about rights and through rights. We also need to be ambassadors for the rights of others.
The attached photo gallery displays some images from the World Book Day activities in Merchiston Juniors
EDT INDUSTRIAL CADETS BRONZE PROJECT
A team of 6 boys in Shell have volunteered to enter the EDT Industrial Cadets (Bronze) Project - a 20-hr, co-curricular/STEM competition with an industry mentor (Maxim Integrated). They started their challenge today with the virtual regional launch. Good luck, and we look forward to hearing how you get on!
As part of Upper Sixth Life Skills, the Stewart Ivory Financial Education Trust delivered some online training focussed on money matters. This organisation has visited the School before and previous Upper Sixth groups have found it really valuable. As the Upper Sixth pass the half-way point of their last year at School, it is important that they gain a greater insight into this to support their move outside the Castle Gates.
- Session 1: Thursday 25 February 3-4.00pm - Managing borrowing, understanding debt
- Session 2: Thursday 4th March 3-4.00pm - Managing your money
GREAT NORTH RUN RESULTS
We had a really good turn-out from 8 other prep schools who took part in our virtual running challenge on Tuesday. There were 421 runners in total, who ran a combined total of 1376km. Well done to the following boys: Raife S (1st place U10), William B (U12 2nd place) and Lewis F (U12 3rd place). William B was also awarded Merchiston’s SOLID CASTLE Star of the Day for his outstanding commitment to training for the race.
RACE TO PARIS RESULTS
Unfortunately, we lost the whole school race to St George’s, who completed a combined total of 6653km (165km more than Merchiston). However, there was a really good effort all round, because we managed to get to Paris, and back, and back again, and I think back again! Well done to everyone who took part.
HOUSE HIIT COMPETITION RESULTS
The Senior Years and Middle Years HIIT Competitions took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Congratulations to the winners Laidlaw North and Chalmers West, and thank you to everyone who competed