Headmaster’s Headlines

Headmaster’s Headlines

1st May, 2019

At Tuesday morning’s Assembly, we had many pupils to congratulate for their commitment to different areas of the school and beyond. We all contribute to the success of our community and this happens every day with the commitment each of us makes to maintaining the standards we have established of showing consideration to others, offering support and encouragement and by being kind in our behaviour towards others. Successful leaders are those who combine this awareness of others with a drive to make a positive difference. During the Assembly, we congratulated the Triumvirate of student leaders who have been selected for next academic year:
Captain of School – Hector
Vice-Captain of School and Head of House Rogerson – Archie
Vice-Captain of School and Head of House Chalmers West – Findlay-Broch

We look forward to all the drive and enthusiasm that they will bring to their roles.

Following a presentation about the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA) at assembly last year, announcing our election as a member school, Robbie in Fifth Form took the initiative to submit application for a WLSA Internship and has been successfully selected. After his GCSE exams this year he will be interning at Chengwei Capital in Shanghai. Well done Robbie for your initiative and organisation – it is amazing what can come from a Tuesday Assembly! The best of luck on this adventure.

Biology Olympiad WinnersThe British Biology Olympiad took place in early February for the UVI Form Biology students. The Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals.
Boys awarded certificates were:
Bill – Commended
Haydn – Highly Commended
Douglas – Highly Commended
Logan – Highly Commended
Ben – Highly Commended
Matthew – Bronze
Well done!

Chemistry Olympiad WinnersThe RSC Chemistry Olympiad is the leading Chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK. Run annually, the Olympiad is an opportunity to really challenge the most able students, helping them to develop problem-solving skills and to apply familiar knowledge in new and interesting contexts.
Bronze Certificates were awarded to: Florian, James, Rory, Douglas and Kaixin
Silver certificates were awarded to: Stuart and Anatoly

KOINONIA AND Place2Be (presented by Archie)
placetobe On March 29, Merchiston hosted the end of term celebrations for Place2be. This is a charitable organisation and involves teams of LVI pupils mentoring vulnerable young people across the Local Authority. Balgreen and Longstone Primary schools came on mass with their staff to enjoy an Easter egg hunt and party here at Merchiston. A special thanks must be extended to the catering staff who hand-made over 50 eggs for decorating and made this a truly memorable occasion. Mrs Edgar, Depute Head at Balgreen writes:
placetobe “Thank you so much for the wonderful party you organised for us. I cannot tell you how much the children enjoyed the day and the beneficial impact the mentoring scheme has had with our children. We will certainly miss the fun filled Wednesday afternoons at Merchiston.”
Over at Longstone Primary we held a pop-up party for the two primary classes we offer rugby training to every week. As part of that team I have to say it has been a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience and I would encourage boys in the V Form to sign up for this as it is a great experience.
Finally, Ms Cunningham wishes to say a very big and heartfelt thank you to all the teams of boys and staff – at Davidson House with Ms Moran and at Braidburn School with Mrs Hardman, Mr Cordingley at Longstone rugby training, Mrs Torrance at Balgreen. Your work this year has contributed to the happiness and wellbeing of so many people across Edinburgh and it is greatly appreciated.

In Cricket, the U15As and U14As won against Glenalmond. The Pringle 1XI, 2XI, U11A and U11b lost against Cargilfield.
In Athletics, well done to all the boys who competed in the block fixture against Stewart’s Melville. There were some exciting performances.
In Golf, the U18s had the wonderful opportunity to play the Old Course at St Andrews in their annual fixture against the Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrews. There was also an opportunity for some of our young golfers to play in the St Leonards Junior Championships.
In Tennis, the U18 progressed through to the next stage of the Scottish Cup after winning against Strathallan.

Captain of Football Captain of AthleticsAt Tuesday morning’s Assembly, we also congratulated pupils who have been recognised as leaders in their respective sports within the school. The boys are important role-models in the school who drive standards and are rewarded for their dedication to their programmes during their time at the school. Well done to the following boys:
Captain of Cricket – Douglas
Captain of Athletics – Daniel
Captains of Tennis – Matthew and Jacob
Captain of Golf – Rory

Rugby InternationalistsWe also celebrated those boys who have newly earned their Internationalist Ties. Firstly, in Rugby, well done to the seven boys who represented the Scotland U16s in Wales during the Easter break.Congratulations to
James, Rudi, Teddy, Ben, Adam, Alex and Guy
Also in Rugby, George and Owain represented Kenya U20. The team qualified for the World Rugby U20 Trophy in July after a tightly fought victory against Namibia.
Well done!
Internationalist HockeyFinally, Max becomes Merchiston’s first schoolboy Hockey Internationalist. He represented Scotland U16s during their three matches against Wales. This is a just reward for his commitment to this sport. Well done!
On Sunday, Captain of Football, James represented the Scottish Independent Schools against their English counterparts in York. The Scottish team won 3-0 and he topped off a memorable day with the third goal from a fantastic header. Well done!
Finally, well done to Matthew, Jamie, Dan and Mr Deans on their win for Scotland U18s against Ireland, 42-40.
Here is a short highlights video from the Scottish Rugby Facebook page. Note the MCS assists!

Thank you to everyone all for your commitment to the academic life, providing community service and the sporting activities both within and beyond school. Everybody can make a positive contribution, learn and succeed.

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