Housemother Blog: Chalmers East
1st February, 2019
This week was exam week in Shell. Exams can be a daunting prospect for the boys, but giving them the chance to experience real exam routines and settings, before their GCSE’s next year, is a really worthwhile practice and can help to put their minds at ease, as they know what to expect.
Last weekend was the long weekend, so the boys had to try and combine relaxing and having fun with revision. No easy feat!
Yuba did a bit of retail therapy in Edinburgh City Centre to calm his nerves while Constantin, Inigo and Juan all headed up to St. Andrews to play some golf.
For the exams, the boys had to go to the exam hall with outside invigilators. They then had to locate their name and desk position in the room. The experience also got them into the good exam habits of checking the exam paper before starting (so they don’t miss a question on the back page – a classic error), working out their timings for each question and generally not getting phased or stressed about being an exam environment.
On Tuesday, the Chalmers East boys attended the Headmaster’s Assembly in the Memorial Hall. There was a surprise special guest, who turned out to be Doddie Weir.
Doddie is a Scottish former rugby union player who played as a lock. He made 61 international appearances for the Scotland National team.
He came to talk to the boys this week about his charity, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Doddie discovered in 2017 that he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has two aims: firstly, to raise funds for research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures, and, secondly, to make grants to sufferers of MND and enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible. His visit was a great way to raise awareness about this cause, and we were delighted to present Doddie with the funds raised for the charity in Summer Term.