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tartan cushion on chair in Memorial Hall

Chapel Services are inter-denominational, and we regularly invite representatives of the main branches of the Church to speak.

Most Services will have a guest preacher and every effort is made to select speakers who are able to communicate well with young people.

Rev Nicholas Blair has been Chaplain at Merchiston since 2004. He lives on site with his wife Fiona and their 3 children. You can read his LIVEWELL approach to chaplaincy below.



A fundamental principle not often talked about in Schools. Love for oneself, for one’s neighbours, for the natural world. Our assemblies and Chapel services all revolve around this central thought. 


An encouragement to look inside oneself and ask big questions about life, purpose and our attitudes to and interactions with these questions. Also to “see ourselves as others see us”.


Our Chapel Services and assemblies help to promote and explain the School ethos. Our framework is Christian, but we recognise the importance of respecting the views of others, from all faiths and none.


In many directions: of the individual, of the School community, of Faith, and, more broadly, of spirituality. We run Confirmation each year and our voluntary Lent readings are usually accessed by 200+.


Open House on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. These groups are open to all, regardless of faith background with Mondays taking the form of a Bible based discussion. My wife, Fi, and I believe that our home is a gift from God via the School and we wish to share that gift and our hospitality (normally a curry!). This year alone we have had over 500 individual visits to our home.


To promote an understanding of many religions, their history and practice, with a hope that greater knowledge leads to greater respect and understanding, and of making lots of connections to Art, Music, Literature, Politics and History.


Chaplaincy involves lots of tea, coffee, chats and listening. I am available to you, your son and our staff at any time, to listen and to help; in times of celebration and mourning, during term time and holidays.


It begins and ends with Love. My motivation is my belief in God’s love for me and all of creation. I wish to share this with the School community and hope that, with God’s help, it will help all of us to LIVEWELL.

School News

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Lambs at farm

On Friday 19 April, the Pringle Centre went to Carsewell farm on the Penicuik Estate for an exciting trip.

Planetarium visit

Last Thursday 18th April, we set off for the stars as we welcomed Cosmos Planetarium to the theatre.

Sport & Activities

Congratulations to all the following boys who had a number of sporting successes over the Easter holidays.

Junior Coaching Clinic at Melrose

Merchiston returned to the home of rugby 7s, Melrose Rugby Club to host our Junior Rugby Coaching Clinic at the Greenyards on Friday 12th April.

Pipe Band & Close Harmony Group at Tartan Week

Our Pipe Band and Close Harmony Group choir have set off for New York to take part in the 26th annual Tartan Day parade. 

The boys have had an extra special start to their journey, as they have flown on a plane piloted by the father of one of the band.

Hamilton. Photo by Danny Kaan.

Last Monday a group of sixty boys went to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre to watch Hamilton, the American theatrical phenomenon that is currently in Edinburgh as part of its first ever UK tour.