A good start to the new academic year
4th September, 2017
Hot on the heels of the final external examination results, induction meetings with new pupils and parents began in the final run-up to the new academic year. Merchiston Juniors held its Induction Day on Monday 28 August, our new Sixth Form entrants arrived last Wednesday 30 August, then the new international pupils joining the Middle Years on the morning of the following day, and finally all other pupils a few hours later. Whilst all this was happening, our members of staff were involved in a detailed in-service training programme. With the school grounds in immaculate condition, and many improvements to school facilities having been achieved over the summer, the term has started in very positive fashion. Boys and parents have been welcomed at numerous receptions, in the houses, and at a number of start-of-year events.
In the Headmaster’s Assemblies on Friday and Saturday, attended by numerous parents, the boys have heard much about the ethos which underpins every aspect of life at Merchiston, and on which we work with the boys every single day. Today, Sunday, we saw a Memorial Hall packed with pupils and parents for the first Whole School Chapel Service of the year. The Headmaster talked about how kindness must underpin every aspect of life here and every relationship within the School – hymns, readings, music and prayers all linked into this theme. The service was followed by coffee in houses, a gathering for parents in the Headmaster’s garden, followed by our traditional Sunday lunch, with many parents present.
We now embark on the first full week of the Autumn Term, with new boys developing their sense of belonging, all boys established in their new houses, senior pupils rising to the challenge of their new responsibilities, and the School in good heart. In every way, this has been a very positive start to the new academic year, in the course of which we all have much to look forward to.