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Headmaster’s Headlines

9th May, 2019

We began Tuesday morning’s Assembly with a report on the Ski Trip, which took place during the Easter holidays, from Max and Antonio. 

ski trip mountainOn the 30th of March the annual school ski trip left Edinburgh and headed to Passo Tonale in Italy. The weather and snow varied throughout the week giving us dierent skiing conditions, testing our abilities in dierent snow. Early in the week we had sunshine but less snow and later in the week we had colder weather and very deep snow. Every day after skiing we enjoyed using the hotel’s swimming pool. In the evening we would walk to the shops, have a snow ball fight or go sledging, we also watched a movie one night. The food at the hotel was very good, every lunch and dinner we were served 4 courses, a starter, two main courses and then a pudding. 

ski trip hot chocolateWe had two ski instructors who were great, taking as all around the resort. One highlight of the trip was having a hot chocolate at the top of the mountain after skiing.

Next year’s Ski Trip will be taking place in the first week of the Easter holidays. If anyone wants to attend please email Mrs Williams to register interest. 

It seems appropriate to reflect for a moment on the theme of Transition. This is the time of the school year when everyone begins to think about moving on to the next stage, bringing with it challenges and opportunities. At Assembly, the Shell year group were sitting on the side of the Memorial Hall where they will sit throughout their Fifth Form year come September and the Fourth Form had moved to their next area.
We are inviting parents of current and new pupils to come into school in the coming weeks to meet their next Housemaster and to see around the House. The Upper Sixth are fully focusing on their transition into the world of university study or work with their A 
Level and Higher exams and the Fifth Form, many of whom were already waiting outside the exam hall this morning, are preparing for entry into the Sixth Form.
The Third Form have been visiting Chalmers West for several months now and they will be looking forward to the transition into the Senior School.
There is a transition for all of us and the challenge is to try to make sure that we leave behind what did not go so well, having learnt lessons, and get ready to make the most of what the next stage will bring. 

SPORTS REPORT (presented by Douglas)
In Cricket, the 1XI won against Loretto and lost against George Watson’s in the T20 Schools Cup Qualifiers. The 2XI won against Loretto and lost against Strathallan. The U15A won against Fettes and lost against RGS Newcastle. The U14 lost against Fettes and RGS Newcastle. The Pringle 1XI won against Craigclowan and lost against Sedbergh and Cargilfield in their T15 triangular. The Pringle 3XI, U11A and U11B won against Craigclowan and the Pringle 2XI lost.
In Tennis, the U18B lost against Fettes. In athletics, there were some pleasing results in the meet at Pitraevie Stadium for our U17 and O17 squads.
Cameron, Lyle & Daniel (Golf)In Golf, our U18s finished in 3rd place at the ISGA UK Nationals Finals in Kent. This was a competition with the top 20 schools in the UK competing. Alongside the fantastic team result, Cameron finished in 2nd place in the individual competition. Well done to Lyle, Cameron and Daniel. Also, the U15 were runners up at the North of England Schools Championships. Daniel was the individual winner of the event with -1 (71). Golf WinnersWell done to Daniel, Juan, Will, InigoGrigory, Lasse, Kit and Nathan.
In Hockey, congratulations to Teo and Glenn, who have been selected for the East of Scotland U14 squad for their upcoming tournament.
All boys should be aware of the expectations of health and safety when using the sports facilities in their free time. None of the football goals on the Himalayas should be moved: they are fixed to avoid them falling over and causing injury. Finally, it is great to see so many boys using the cricket nets in the evenings. However, please make sure you are wearing the correct kit, including a helmet if using a hard ball. Mr McCann has sent the Net procedures round to houses for reference.

Last week saw a huge range of activities from the Fourth Form trip to the Owen Museum at Napier University, the Junior Maths Challenge and the Shell Geography Coursework Day Measuring Rivers. I very much enjoyed listening to the Instrumental Summer Concert in the Robertson Hall where the standard was excellent with a varied and uplifting programme. Well done to everyone who spent so long rehearsing and performed so well.
I wish all those sitting public exams all the best and please remember to respect the signs around school to avoid any disturbance to those taking such important exams. 

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