I hope this finds readers of Headmaster's Headlines all safe and well. Merchiston is back in full swing following our break, and lessons continue with great purpose. Upper Sixth teachers have organised phone consultations with parents and this will continue into next week.
On Sunday, we will share our virtual Remembrance Service with pupils, parents, guardians, Merchistonians and staff. Whilst we honour those who have served in the Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us in times of conflict, we also recognise the stories of the individual contributions and the enriching value of our differences. So perhaps it is also fitting that this week was International Week at Merchiston and we celebrated the diversity in our community – one of the values that bring us together. Every day we have all been enjoying a different national cuisine, taking part in quizzes and, of course, closely following the US election! I look forward to sharing a full report with you next week.
Looking ahead, with only five full weeks of term left until the Christmas break(!), we are excited to announce a new charity initiative co-ordinated by our Houses. It’s called The Merchiston ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’. In the run-up to Christmas, instead of just counting down the days with a small surprise from your advent calendar, we will be encouraging the boys to give something back each day. We want to support local food banks and charities who will be looking to help families through what will be a challenging Festive Season for many. More details will follow via Houses, but I hope our community will support this worthy cause.
The public examination process in the Summer was most unusual, but that should not take away from the significant achievements of many of our pupils. It is a pleasure for me to announce today the boys who have been awarded Gibson Scholarships for their excellent performance in their GCSE exams and Lower Sixth exams.
Gibson Scholarships are awarded to Lower Sixth pupils who have achieved:
- A grade point average of 7.5 or greater, with eight or more qualifications graded at 9-7 (or equivalent) where the candidate has gained nine qualifications.
- A grade point average of 7.5 or greater, with seven or more qualifications graded at 9-7 (or equivalent) where the candidate has gained eight qualifications instead of nine.
- Six or more A grades at National 5, with no grade lower than a B.
Congratulations to the following recipients of Gibson Scholarships this year: Fedor, Jonathan, Alexander, Christian, Alex, Frederick, Arran, Robert, David, Imran, Euan, Hamish, Luke, Max, Will, Arran, Oliver, Amaan, Callum, Evan, Alexander, Andrew, Azuchi and Hinata.
We also recognise Ali who has been awarded an Academic Exhibition for Maths on entry to the Fourth Form.
Co-curricular and Sports Exhibitions and Scholarships will be recognised next week.
The boys have enjoyed a busy return to school sport after a richly deserved half term break. We have played our first competitive winter fixtures this week. The 1XI hockey team won 5-1 and the U18 golfers both won against George Watsons. The U11s, U13s and U15s can look forward to their first hockey fixtures on Saturday. We welcome George Watsons back to Colinton for junior fixtures and travel to Fettes College for the senior teams.
The boys continue to enjoy their rugby sessions. There have been a number of modified internal matches on show. The dry and crisp autumnal weather has allowed for some outstanding rugby. Just a shame we can’t show this off...yet!
Our Merchiston Juniors enjoyed their first full activity programme. There were a number of new and exciting activities, including Pioneering Club, Padel Tennis, swimming and basketball to name a few!
Prior to half term, Sam picked up 4 great victories on his way to winning the Men’s North County Tour. In addition to this, Head Coach Nathan Lundy visited the National Academy in Stirling to see how the other elite Scottish tennis academy works in comparison to our own at Merchiston. Congratulations too to Alan who won the Battle of the Scots event at Gleneagles last weekend. This week, it has been so good to get on to the courts, on-site, with our new indoor tennis centre that the whole School can be so proud of. What an achievement! This will provide our boys with so many more opportunities as well as allowing our boys to and from class more quickly. Well done to all involved.