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    A family Burns Night meal

    I hope this finds you safe and well as we conclude another week of busyness and positive activity. I trust that you all enjoyed Burns Night and took the opportunity to celebrate the life and work of our national poet. I was delighted to be able to attend the Junior School’s very own event, where guests were well entertained with the traditional addresses and toasts, some wonderful poetry and excellent musical performances in celebration of Robert Burns. As virtual gatherings go, it was a truly uplifting occasion and I would like to congratulate the boys and staff for putting together such a great event to start our week. At the other end of the School, Laidlaw South’s approach was different but no less entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed tuning into their Burns Night podcast. You can read about the events here.

    A candle in front of the organ in the Memorial Hall of Merchiston Castle School

    For those boys  who have signed up, I do hope they are enjoying the challenge of ‘The Great Merchiston Treasure Hunt’ currently being posted daily by the Chaplain. I know that it is provoking much deep thought and plenty of head-scratching, and we look forward to seeing who the eventual winners are! Also, I do hope that many of the Merchiston Community will be able to join us for our Sunday Service as advertised by the Chaplain earlier in the week. Colleagues have been coming together via Zoom on Sunday evenings and taking the opportunity to quietly reflect on the week past and to prepare for the week ahead; I look forward to seeing parents and guardians join us this Sunday. 

    The wellbeing of the boys and our community continues to be a key focus for us at Merchiston and this week Mr Johnston has kindly shared his thoughts on our first few weeks of term, as well as some useful tips for us all to consider as we find ways to cope with these challenging times. You can read his words here.

    Chalmers West House Twitter image reports on Senior Deputy Head resilience talk
    Jonathan Anderson, Headmaster