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    Eid Mubarak greeting with mosque

    It has been another successful week; one of the highlights for me was the Whole School Cross Country event we held on Monday, and you can read more about this in this week’s Sport Report. Incidentally, the Whole School Games which is coming up towards the end of term will be its 100th anniversary! These Centenary Games will form part of the Whole School end of term plans which we will share with you in the coming week. This week is also a time of festivities for the Muslim members of our community who celebrated Eid al-Fitr yesterday. We share warm greetings of peace, happiness and prosperity with everyone at this special time. Eid Mubarek!

    NEWS

    Rogerson pupil representative receives congratulations from Cyrenians

    Ali and Sophie from Cyrenians visited our sectional assemblies this week to thank us for our charity fundraising at the recent Kiltwalk. In total, we raised just over £4000! Thank you to everyone who contributed.

    SPORTS ROUNDUP

    Merchiston Juniors U9 Cricket Team pose before their first match of the season

    Cricket Report
    It has been great to see all teams get a runout over the past week. The 1XI have had two early season T20s against Loretto and George Watson’s. These have been really important matches for the boys to blow off the cobwebs in preparation for their first longer format fixture against Fettes on Saturday. Captain of Cricket, Alex T scored his first half century of the year. Isaac C, Matthew DV and Max B all impressed with the ball too. The 2XI kick off their season against Stewart’s Melville, while the 3XI got off to a flyer with a 4 wicket win against Fettes College.  Meanwhile further down the school, our U14s and U15s played some competitive fixtures against George Watson’s and our juniors against Belhaven. Our U9s had their first match of the season. The boys can look forward to full block fixtures against George Heriot’s and Fettes College on Saturday. Please refer to SOCS for all details. Still no supporters allowed unfortunately.

    Team of the Week:

    1. Alex T (1XI)
    2. Fergus F (Pringle 1XI)
    3. Reuben F (3XI)
    4. Joshua G (U14A)
    5. Drew R (U9s)
    6. William M (Pringle 1 XI)
    7. Matthew DV (1XI)
    8. Harry C (U14A)
    9. George R U14A)- WK
    10. James R (U11A)
    11. Isaac C (1XI)
    12. Issa K (11Bs)

    Athletics Report
    Saturday 8 May
    MCS 129
    GWC 89
    Unfortunately, due to the lovely Summer Scottish weather Saturday 8 May was the first Athletics meet this season. It was a great start to the season with a comfortable win over our close neighbours. Standout performances on the track were Arran C and Finlay M in the 100m and 200m along with Luke M and Angus M in the 400m. We also had great success in the field with Alex C easily winning the javelin and also Mackenzie B winning the shot put with a decent 11.28m distance. Overall is was fantastic to get the 017 and U17 squads out competing and a great way to start the season.

    Pupils run across the grounds for the Whole School Cross Country event

    Whole School Cross Country, Monday 10 May
    The Sports Department were delighted to host the first whole school sporting event on Monday: a fantastic event which was in a new format due to COVID restrictions. Regardless of the restrictions, all races were run in great spirits and with some nail-biting finishes. The pick of the bunch was the final race of the afternoon which resulted in a 100m sprint from Angus M and Lachlan F with Lachlan snatching the victory in the last 5 metres.

    • Pringle Race: 1st – Paul R; 2nd – Nicholas DV; 3rd – William B
    • Chalmers West Race: 1st – Harry C; 2nd – Henry W; 3rd – Alec W
    • Chalmers East Race: 1st – Sam P; 2nd – Forbes H; 3rd – William G
    • Rogerson Race: 1st – Micah VB; 2nd – Isaac C; 3rd – Glen C
    • Seniors Race: 1st – Lachlan F; 2nd – Angus M; 3rd – Euan M
    Merchiston Golf Academy's youngest member tees off on the golf course

    Golf Academy Report
    Many congratulations to our youngest golf academy member, Harry M. He has been on great form this term with a first and second place finish before completing the hat trick of podium finishes with a victory in the u10 Stephen Gallagher Foundation at the weekend.

    Four Tennis Academy with thumbs up after win against Heriot's with school bus behind

    Tennis Academy Report
    An excellent week of tennis for Merchiston that culminated in some positive progress on the match court. Our year 7/8s played well away at Heriots in the LTA schools' competition, which resulted in a 6-0 win and our internal Road to Wimbledon event was played with great sportsmanship, with our winner, David D, qualifying for the County Finals on June 19th. It has been nice to see the match play addition to our programme helping our boys become more focussed, competitive athletes; overall, we have completed 45 matches in 4 weeks with all results signed off by the governing body, adding opportunity for our players without having to travel too far for match play. This week we wish Luke M, Forbes H, Alexander B and Euan M the best of luck as they compete in the International Tennis Federation held at Stirling University.

    Jonathan Anderson, Headmaster