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    May I begin by wishing all of our English friends a very Happy St George’s Day!

    Last Saturday we came together as a community to pay our own tribute to Prince Philip on the day of his funeral. Being able to gather the Sixth Form together in the Memorial Hall and with our short service webcast to the rest of the School, we felt our community come together once again after such a long time apart. We heard from Teddy about the Prince’s life of service, Lachlan reminded us of his innovation and Ben described the strong sense of dedication that Prince Philip demonstrated throughout his long and fulfilled life.

    Merchiston Castle School flag at half mast

     

    Merchiston Castle School procession led by Headmaster

    This morning, in glorious sunshine, we saw a fitting final act of tribute, as the boys in Fourth Form set off for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition and as you will read later, the Houses are getting behind the Kiltwalk in aid of Cyrenians over this weekend; both activities pertinent examples of service to others and dedication to a cause. They are also wonderful reminders that we are taking some small but significant steps back to normality. During the week we shared with our community our Safe Steps Plan for the coming term and we sincerely hope that we can keep progressing positively on that front. The boys have been simply incredible in their willingness to stick to the guidelines in place while throwing themselves into their studies and co-curricular activities.

    SPORTS ROUNDUP

    Whole School Sports (by Mr McCann)

    Merchiston Castle School pupils practise the long jump

    It has been a very enjoyable couple of weeks so far. The boys have been met with some beautiful weather which has allowed our Summer Sports Programme to get up and running. We have had some internal matches across the school in cricket, athletics, golf and tennis and this included a busy Saturday afternoon activity programme.

    The activity programmes are up and running and include some exciting new opportunities. These include Sailing, Padel Tennis, Orienteering, Polo, Basketball and Football.

    We are delighted to announce we are going to be starting some external Summer sports fixtures in the week commencing 26 April. This has been really well received by the boys and they look forward to some competition against Fettes College next week. 

    Merchiston Castle School Tennis Academy boys lesson on the clay

    Tennis Academy (by Mr Pender)
    It has been great to have the boys back at school and there have been lots of standout performances in training over the past two weeks, which has been fantastic to see. Some additions in the coming weeks will be ‘player of the week’ across both academies and new kit for the boys that will bring uniformity across the programme; there is also the introduction of a Pringle Club night where our TA boys are ably assisting and mentoring their fellow pupils. Noticeable events to keep an eye out for include upcoming fixtures against Fettes and Belhaven as well as the LTA Road to Wimbledon and Schools Competitions. A lot of activity will be happening across the tennis programme and we look forward to supporting the boys fully with their tennis.

    Golf Academy (by Mr Murdoch)
    It is wonderful to have the boys back this term; the weather has been fantastic for golf. With the addition of the Arnold Palmer Order of Merit Competition on a Thursday it has given the boys some competition between each other. Congratulations go to week one winner Ross S with a 76 and to week two’s winner Archie C with a score of scratch 71.

    Merchiston Castle School Golf Academy boys practising together

     

    Jonathan Anderson, Headmaster