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    Along with the activities we put on for FACE, we believe it is crucial to enhance the curriculum by exploring as much of Scotland as possible such as museums, places of interest and adventure as possible. Next term, we have an exciting programme of events lined up. In May, we will be going to the Glasgow Science Centre to learn all about marine life. There will be an opportunity to take part in live Science experiments and formulate questions/ come to conclusions. The Imax is always a highlight and this year, we are learning about marine life. This supports a special project at Merchiston; Dr Lilley in the Biology Department is promoting seagrass and helping to plant and grow it along our coastline. The First Form, particularly, has had a lot of involvement in this project, and it will be an excellent opportunity for them to learn more about the fragile underwater ecosystem. We are also heading to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow to learn about the evolution of transport and the effect of forces in movement; tieing in with our Science learning from the Spring Term. 

    Dalkeith Country Park has plenty to explore and gives the boys opportunities to develop their confidence, resilience, team building, listening and speaking skills. Fort Douglas has a new sky maze, which will test the boys’ ability to cope with heights, zip wires, suspension bridges, climbing walls and the most magical turreted treehouses. We will head off for an afternoon of adventure here in June and hope that we will have magical weather. 

    Each year, the boys head off on a residential camp, which is an excellent opportunity to develop independence and push limits and boundaries within oneself. This year, the boys are heading off to Dounans Outdoor Centre. On the trip, pupils will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of land-based activities, including archery, high ropes, and abseiling, amongst other options. All of these are led by the highly skilled and professional team and by other members of the Pringle Centre team. The trip is not compulsory, but in previous years, the boys have always enjoyed celebrating their achievements with an excellent opportunity to try new things, work in teams and cement friendships.

    Our last trip of the term will be to North Berwick to enjoy everything that our coastline has to offer. We will be rock pooling, learning about food webs and chains and sampling the finest fish and chips from The Rocketeer for lunch. Hopefully, the boys will then be able to swim in the beach pool. At the end of a busy year, this is a fantastic opportunity for boys to cement friendships and enjoy learning in the outdoors. 

    Alexandra Torrance