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Boys outside National Portrait Gallery

Last week III Form boys were off to the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh to practise the Spanish vocabulary they had been learning this year outside of the classroom. 

Roland - Brit Schools National Champion

The Golf Academy were recently competing in the British Schools National Finals at Belton Woods Golf Club, Lincolnshire. Merchiston finished 5th out of 17 teams in the UK. 

pupil playing the flute in Memorial Hall

The School has a strong tradition of choral music, with 80 boys as members of our Chapel Choir.

The Chapel Choir and Close Harmony Group perform regularly at School Chapel, and at School occasions. Major concerts are given each term both in the School, which has a purpose-built Music School, and at other venues in and around Edinburgh. Nearly, half the School learns an instrument.

Instrumental tuition is available on a wide range of instruments. Instrumental lessons generally take place within the academic teaching day, but are rotated each week to ensure that no particular class lesson is missed frequently. For Sixth Formers, every effort is made to timetable instrumental lessons during private study periods or free time, and for younger pupils, every effort is made to avoid clashes with ‘problem’ subjects. Ample opportunity is given for pupils to give solo performances in the School’s instrumental concerts.