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    Teddy Toby Carol Sing-Off

    Laidlaw North and South had a Carol “Sing Off” on Monday night. Rev Blair and his wife Fiona were invited to judge the proceedings. North won and representatives of North Toby and Teddy were congratulated and presented with a cup at this week's Assembly.

    At Assembly, Mr Thompson introduced the Merchiston Mock Election which was held in School this Tuesday. He was joined by 6 UVI pupils who are studying A Level Politics - each pupil represented a political Party and had one minute to pitch for our votes.
    Brexit Party - Raphael
    Conservatives – Adrian
    Green Party - Hamish
    Labour - Henry
    Liberal Democrats - Philip
    Scottish National Party - Archie

    Once the polls had closed, Adrian was declared the winner, closely followed by Archie and Philip.

    Mock Election

    Tuesday 10 December is World Human Rights Day - the anniversary of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights to which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
    For a century, Save the Children has stood up for children and ensured their voices are heard. They wrote the treaty that sets out their rights, and have upheld them every day since. A hundred years ago, Save the Children was founded by remarkable sisters Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton. In 1924, Jebb wrote the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the first inter-governmental human rights treaty, informing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which underpins our Rights Respecting School Award journey.
    Almost every country in the world has signed up to the UNCRC - and real progress has been made in areas such as under‐5 child mortality, access to education and absolute poverty. But many countries still fail to prioritise and promote children’s rights - especially the rights of children living in the worst forms of poverty and deprivation or affected by conflict. Save the Children has been fighting for children's rights every day since our founding, inspired by the sisters' vision of a better future. 
    On World Human Rights Day, Merchiston can stand with children all over the world who don’t have access to their rights by taking part in our Christmas Jumper Day (usually 2nd Friday in December).
    To show they stand with Save the Children on Human Rights Day (10 December), pupils and staff can get involved in Save the Children’s flagship fundraising campaign by donating £2 to wear their best festive knitwear at School.
    We will have a speaker from Save the Children in Assembly next week to talk move about the work that they are doing.

    One of the Pupil Support initiatives has been to launch the Life Skills video section in Google Classroom accessible by all pupils. These are short films made by the pupils for the pupils on practical topics such as how to polish your shoes, shave, make your bed, load the dishwasher etc, and we will continue to branch out into other avenues of school life.
    We wanted to focus these videos onto wellbeing, and sought the help and advice of the pupils on this. One pupil has created an amazing animation that gives advice to someone who is feeling down and unhappy. The advice was brilliant: talk to a friend, a parent or a teacher; do some exercise/physical activity that you enjoy; do something social that you enjoy; take the dog for a walk; share a meal with someone. This was is all incorporated into a powerful and helpful story in a very creative way and we are incredibly proud of the young man who produced it. It really goes to show that by helping others we can also be helping ourselves.

    SPORTS REPORT (presented by David
    In Rugby, the 1XV won against Boroughmuir High School to set up a shield final on Wednesday against George Heriot’s. The U13As, U13Bs, U11As and U10s won against Loretto.
    In Football, the 1XI lost against George Watson’s.
    In Tennis, the U18s won against Hutchesons’ Grammar School.
    In Hockey, the U15s lost to Boroughmuir High School.
    Well done to the U16 Squash team who played and won their first team match against Stewart’s Melville this term. They are a small group who have been wholly committed and dedicated to their Squash activity this term.

    Jonathan Anderson