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pupils and teacher at Cern

Every year, a considerable number of trips out of school take place. Some are annual, some operate every two or three years, and some are ‘one-off’ ventures. Most are linked to departmental activities: for example, visits to France or Germany, or exploring the landscape of Iceland; some are sport-related tours; others involve outward-bound type work, sometimes with a community work element.

Trips and expeditions which are regularly scheduled include Blakerston Camps, Duke of Edinburgh Award assessments, First Form activities camp at Loch Insh, Third Form to Normandy, rugby tours in the UK and abroad, Ski trip, CCF Camps, visit to Cologne, China trip and exchange to Zhuhai.

This is in addition to field trips in subjects such as Geography and Biology.

Work rebuilding a school was undertaken on a summer expedition to Fiji.

Trips News

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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. 

Lambs at farm

On Friday 19 April, the Pringle Centre went to Carsewell farm on the Penicuik Estate for an exciting trip.

Pipe Band & Close Harmony Group at Tartan Week

Our Pipe Band and Close Harmony Group choir have set off for New York to take part in the 26th annual Tartan Day parade. 

The boys have had an extra special start to their journey, as they have flown on a plane piloted by the father of one of the band.

Hamilton. Photo by Danny Kaan.

Last Monday a group of sixty boys went to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre to watch Hamilton, the American theatrical phenomenon that is currently in Edinburgh as part of its first ever UK tour.

4th form glaciation trip

The 4th form boys boys travelled to Grey Mair's Tail in the Southern Uplands. It is one of the most spectacular landmarks in Southern Scotland with the waterfall, one of the UK’s highest, plunging 60m down into the Moffat Water Valley.

RSNO concert

A number of the senior pupils had the opportunity to see the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) perform some of John Williams’ best known works at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

Image of Sixth Form students at Merchiston Castle School setting up outdoor lunch during an expedition to Costa Rica

An incredible account of the Half Term multi-disciplinary expedition to Costa Rica!

pupils of Merchiston Castle School experiencing the historic classroom at New Lanark 

Our Third Form pupils visited the historic mill at New Lanark and stepped back in time to experience life back in Robert Owen's day.