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    Junior pupils play football under dark clouds

    This week the V Form and UVI have been continuing their hard work towards their external assessments and I must take my hat off to them for all that they achieved this term. In the face of all of the uncertainty and anxiety around external examinations this year, the boys have been resilient, adaptable and positive in their approach. The finish line is now not far off and I continue to wish them well for the final week of assessment that lies ahead.

    As communicated earlier in the week to the examination year groups, a full programme of post assessment activities will be in place to provide both year groups the opportunity to make the very most of the second half of term.

    In the course of the coming week, we will share our whole school plans for the traditional end of term events; of course, always mindful of the guidance that we will have to follow.

    As you can read, there has been a full programme of sport running throughout the week, despite the inclement and unseasonal weather; the jet stream has much to answer for!


    Pupil play cricket with a bowler bowling a ball

    Cricket Report
    The senior school enjoyed a full block fixture against Fettes College on Saturday. The 1XI put in an excellent performance. After scoring 175-9 off their 35 overs (Angus S- 38, Will F, Max B 21) they bowled and fielded superbly. Will S (3-18- 7 overs), Matthew DV (2-21- 7 overs) and Oscar J (3-5 off 2.5 overs) were the stars with the ball. Thomas R and Freddie C took two special catches at slip and mid-wicket too. In other matches, the 2XI and U15As won. The U15Bs, U14As and U14bs lost. The Pringle 1XI, 2XI, U11as and U11bs all won against George Heriots. The 2XI lost to EA and the 3XI won. There were also some very competitive matches against Loretto and Cargilfield for our juniors and middle years.

    Merchiston 1XI and Merchistonian cricket teams outside the WWI Pavilion

    On Thursday evening, the 1XI played the Merchistonians in the annual Cricket match. It was great to have some old boys back into the school. We welcomed back some familiar faces including current Scotland international, Tom Sole. The Merchistonians posted 102 all out (Tom Sole- 27 and Duncan Hodge 25). Oscar J picked up 4 wickets. The 1XI knocked the total off, just one down. Tom MS back from his duty with Durham 2XI top scored with 44 not out. So far this term all 15 teams (from J4-UVI) have played over 35 fixtures (Including September fixtures). 172 boys have played a cricket fixture this term already. The boys look forward to fixtures against Strathallan and Belhaven Hill tomorrow afternoon.

    Cricket Team of the Week

    1. Angus S (1XI)
    2. Lewis K (U15B)
    3. Nick DV (Pringle 1XI)
    4. Isaac F (U15A)
    5. Logan (U11B)
    6. Robbie D (2XI)
    7. Isa (U11B)
    8. Will S (1XI)
    9. Joel VB (Pringle 2XI)
    10. Patrick A (U15B)
    11. Ruaidhri V (U11A)
    12. Reggie H (Pringle 1XI)
    Merchiston 1V Basketball Team photo with their score against Fettes

    Basketball Report
    The 1V Basketballers played their first fixture of the year against Fettes College. It was great to see them back in action in an excellent match in which they won 58-44.

    Athletics Report
    Boys have been training hard this week and are looking forward to an internal competition this weekend. Upper Sixth and Lower Sixth will go head-to-head in a relay competition on Saturday. This will be excellent preparation for our Edinburgh Schools Relay Champs on the 4th June. Adam L continues to shine as a fantastic captain and he seems to flourish when coaching the junior boys in school. His expertise in long jump and high jump have helped many boys engage even more and produce some great PBs this week. Well done Adam L.

    Tennis Academy Report
    A great week of tournament play for our boys and coaches. Firstly, at the regional tournament in St Andrews, Lance N won the U16 boys singles, beating Forbes H in the final. This was a strong event and there were some excellent performances from several of the Merchiston Tennis Academy, it is definitely a tournament that brings together the best of Scottish tennis talent, so it was a great experience for our boys and some very long, midnight finishes, for them and Mr Lundy! Moving on, our second event of the week was the International Tennis Federation event at Stirling which saw strong performances from Euan M, Luke M and Forbes H. This Friday sees Alex B head to Wrexham for the next ITF event and we wish him well at the tournament.

    Golf Academy pupil Archie with his Order of Merit

    Golf Academy Report
    The Golf Academy have had a fantastic two weeks of golf. Read about their success at the ISGA Virtual Northern Open here. Congratulations too, to all boys recording their best scores in our recent Order of Merit competitions: Kit N, Max J, Harry M, Archie C, Ross S and James R. We look forward to more matches and tournaments after the half-term. With the recent successes Merchiston is now ranked No1 in the ISGA UK schools ranking list

    Jonathan Anderson, Headmaster