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Headmaster’s Headlines

13th June, 2019

2020 Senior Drama Production
At this Tuesday’s Assembly, Dr Mayoh reminded pupils that auditions for next year’s senior production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” were being held on Tuesday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm.
We are looking for boys of all personalities, shapes and sizes for many different types of role. So, whatever the boys feel they can bring to the production all will be very welcome! The most important thing – as ever – is a commitment and an enthusiasm to make the production the best it can possibly be.
We will once again be working with St George’s School for Girls. It should be a fun production to get involved with and there are plenty of opportunities for scares and feel good moments. I hope to see lots of you keen to get involved.

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge Awards
Pupils at Merchiston Castle School achieved 3 Golds, 4 Silvers and 15 Bronzes in this year’s UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 270,000 pupils across the UK sat the challenge with the top 6% receiving a Gold certificate, the next 13% Silver and the next 21% Bronze.
Pupils who achieved either a Silver or a Bronze award will be congratulated in their sectional Assemblies. In Whole School Assembly this week we congratulated the pupils who achieved a Gold Award.
In Fourth Form:
Callum, who also receives the Best in School and Best in Year certificates, and Finlay.
In Third Form:
Richard, who also receives the Best in Year certificate

Scottish Maths Challenge
For the first time, three Merchiston pupils took part in the Scottish Maths Challenge, for the Lothian and Borders Area. Two of them achieved a Silver and were invited to participate in the Prizegiving Ceremony at Heriot-Watt University on Friday 31 May. The highlight of the afternoon was a talk on Game Theory, showing how Maths has a lot to offer to those who love to win.

We congratulated Maziar (Fifth Form) and Bion (Shell) on their Silver Award.

Sports Round Up
In Tennis, congratulations go to the U18 squad who were crowned Scottish Schools Cup Winners for the seventh successive year. They now face the challenge of defending the UK National Schools Glanvill Cup over the Summer. Well done Jacob, Charlie, Johannus, Matthew and Alex.
In Fives, we would like to recognise the achievement the Colts squad over the Easter break at the UK National Schools Fives Championships at St Paul’s, London. This is the first Whole School Assembly where all of the squad were available, due to exam commitments. This turned out to be a historic week for Merchiston Fives: Douglas narrowly lost in the semi-final of the U18 Singles and, even more narrowly, together with Chris Bell in the semi-final of the U18 Doubles. They came agonizingly close, but top four in the UK at U18 level is a serious achievement! The four U16 boys (Ben, Tom, Max and Marcus) took the U16 Singles tournament by storm; all four boys won their groups, play-offs and quarter-finals, resulting in the unprecedented achievement of all-Merchiston semi-finals on both sides of the draw! This was the first time in over a decade that any school has had all four semi-finalists at National level. Max went on to beat Ben in the final to become the U16 UK National Singles Champion. In the U16 Doubles, Ben and Tom were dominant from the off and went through the rounds before beating Winchester convincingly in the final, becoming the U16 UK National Doubles Champions. To put this into context, Merchiston had previously won two National trophies in its history, in 1996 and 1969. So to win two National trophies in one year is an incredible achievement and is testament to the talent and hard work put in by these boys. Well done Ben, Tom, Max and Marcus.

Major Games Ties and Sports Colours
This week we also recognised boys who the School Sports Committee regard as fulfilling the criteria to be awarded Major Games Ties, Half Colours or Colours in their particular Summer sports.

In Cricket, Major Games ties are awarded to; Tom, Max, Tom S, Alex, Oscar
Merchiston Cricket half colours 2In Cricket, Half Colours are awarded to; Tom, Michael, Oscar, Max, Tom, Tom
Merchiston Cricket full colours 2In Cricket, Full Colours are awarded to; Douglas, Owain, Robert




In Athletics, Major Games ties are awarded to; Jamie, Struan, Rory
In Athletics, Half Colours are awarded to; Jamie, Hector, Struan, David, Rory
Merchiston Athletics full coloursIn Athletics, Colours are awarded to; Daniel




Merchiston tennis boysIn Tennis, Full Colours are awarded to; Johannus, Charlie and Alex
In Golf, Half Colours are awarded to; Cameron





Merchiston James footballJames, our Captain of Football, has finished a very successful football season by playing in the League Cup Final for Edinburgh City U19s. He played the full 120 minutes of a match that went to Extra Time, which Edinburgh City were unlucky to lose with a final score of 4-2. In an exciting match, where they had been 2-0 down, they brought the score back to 2-2 to take it to extra time. James has been an ambassador for Football here at Merchiston, as well as his commitments outside of school, and he has played a huge part in the development of football in school. Well done, James.

Headmaster’s message
Well done to all of you who have taken school examinations and the best of luck to those of you still in the midst of important GCSE or A Levels.
There are a busy few weeks left – the Junior Games which were postponed from before Half Term took place on Tuesday afternoon with the Senior Games on Thursday 20 June. The weather has had an impact on the sports fixtures and thank you to you all for keeping positive in the midst of this unpleasant spell.

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