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20th December, 2017

Chalmers WestMiddle years

 The last few weeks of Autumn Term 2017

The final few weeks of the Autumn Term have proved to be as busy and as exciting as the beginning of the term. We have watched the Justice League movie at the cinema and walked through the hustle and bustle of the festive Edinburgh streets for some Christmas shopping.

We were delighted to welcome Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Lynsey Sharp, who gave a fascinating talk on her highs and lows over her career to date. She answered some searching questions after the talk and delivered such an inspiring speech to the boys, regarding long-term effort, resilience and never, never, giving up.

Continuing on the sporting front, the Chalmers East and Chalmers West Clan Football matches were enthusiastically contested in bitterly cold conditions, with Pentland proving worthy winners. Spylaw were victorious in a fast and frenetic Clan Basketball competition.

Chalmers West hosted a number of Prep School boys for the Prep Mass Taster Weekend: the Chalmers West boys made them feel most welcome, with pizza, pool and excellent seats at Murrayfield for the historic Scotland win against Australia!

During the Boarders’ In-House time of Advent Reflection, we discussed all that we could be grateful for, as well as any challenges faced this term and how these challenges had been resolved. The boys then wrote on a label tag and attached their thoughts and ideas to our Chalmers West Christmas tree, to serve as a reminder for the remainder of the term.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Choral and Instrumental concert, and it was great to see so many Chalmers West boys taking part.

The School production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was great fun, with added layers of wit within Shakespeare’s already comical, yet potentially tragic, play. Watch this space for Chalmers West Drama in the Lent Term.

The Whole School Service of Nine Lessons and Carols provided a fitting way to start the final week of term, with all of the readings being delivered clearly and with conviction. The flurry of the final week included a culturally diverse rendition of the 12 Day of Christmas after a sumptuous Christmas Lunch; all of the verses were in different languages, including Russian and Welsh!

With the first term of the academic year over; the mood in the house has been great, and the efforts by the boys, to build a Chalmers West community, over this term have been brilliant. Provisional GCSE choices have been made and the journey towards the next academic level has truly begun. All of the boys deserve a much needed rest and we will look forward to welcoming them all back in the New Year.

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