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Game, Set, Match

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
2 February 2018

"Game, Set, Match"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

After all that waiting, the 6 Nations is finally here with Scotland taking on Wales tomorrow.  Keep an eye out for Malcolm Norris' (82-87) daughter, Anna, who will be the Welsh mascot there!

They are almost a completely new group, but there is a load of talent in the Scotland U20 Squad; including Finlay Richardson (12-17) and Stafford McDowall (14-16), who have both been selected for this evening's match against Wales. Kick-off 8.15pm. 

U20 6 Nation Scotland Squad

Now is the time - Merchistonian Award

Do you have a school friend that has gone above and beyond? If you know a Merchistonian who has distinguished himself during the year - whether in business, charitable activity/voluntary service, or sport, complete and return a nomination form. Nominations close on 28 February 2018.

Merchistonian Award

Life is Golden

As the hereditary Chief of Clan Marjoribanks, Andrew Marjoribanks of that Ilk (55-59) was invited to unveil a statue to the Golden Retriever, which was first bred by Dudley Marjoribanks, later Lord Tweedmouth.  The unveiling took place at the village of Tomich on Marjoribanks' Guisachan estate. 

"All great fun, accompanied by drams from the local hostelry and attended by dozens of golden retrievers and their owners, many from the USA. And the BBC and various newspapers.  Also as Chief, I had the pleasure this year of leading my Clan onto the Castle Esplanade for one showing of the Royal Military Tattoo, taking the salute with the visiting General and enjoying a dram with the piper."

It is great to see that Andrew donned his Merchistonian tie for the occasion. 

Andrew Marjoribanks of that Ilk(55-59)

Conference. Content. Crafted. 

"It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. Even if it's a fifth-generation family business that's almost 150 years old. This was a central message in Simon Hannah's presentation at January's Merchistonian Business Breakfast."

Edward Murray (90-92) has created a summary of Simon Hannah's (88-95) excellent presentation at last week's breakfast. You can read Edward's update here. Edward has recently set up Confscribe, specialising in providing writers to cover business events and create summaries of the various presentations and keynote speeches. 


2018 Career Convention

Every year the school holds a career convention whereby companies can advertise their services to the Sixth Form Pupils and explain where a particular career could take them, and perhaps your organisation is just what they are looking for?  The school is looking for help in the following areas;   the sciences, "creative" industries (design, architecture, advertising, etc), and technology (particularly computing and ICT based).  The event takes place on Tuesday 6 March at 4.00pm.  Contact us if you are able to help. 

2017 Careers Convention

Affinity Discount 

The Paint Shed

We have a new company on-board!

"The Paint Shed is the one stop shop for all your painting and decorating needs at the best price. Whether you are local to one of our 10 shops in central Scotland or based further across the UK and Europe, our helpful professional team can advise and deliver any decorating need to your door. Spearheading the UK online and in-store decorating experience, please visit in store or online for the best deals and service in paint and decorating supplies.

This is what we do:
1) Expert advice to answer all your paint questions
2) Convenience of free local delivery and next day delivery online
3) All known brands of paint under one roof: Dulux, Crown, Johnstones, MacPherson's , Ronseal...and many more!
4)We have the best people and the best service for our customers.

To receive 10% discount use the online discount code: READYAYREADY at www.thepaintshed.com 
And on any purchase in any of our 10 stores in Scotland quoting the discount code."
The Paint Shed

NKD Pizza

NKD Pizza has increased your discount value from 15% to 20%. Your discount code remains the same and should be input upon checkout in the coupon code box: READYAYREADY. 

NKD Pizza


Congratulations to Tom Diggle (08-16) who has been selected for the 2018 Performance Programme of Scottish Target Shooting.  Selection alone is an impressive achievement! Click here to see Tom's profile. 

Tom Diggle

You've Been Served

Stewart Crerar (02-08) was a member of the Merchiston Tennis Academy when it started and was part of the Scottish Schools' Cup Championship team. After a gap year in Asia he spent two years in executive recruitment, before following his dream, working in tennis.

In 2016 he became a tennis professional in California, working for the Cliff Drysdale organisation. Through his hard work, on and off court, he was awarded the 2017 "Cliffy" Award for the "pro of the year", chosen from over thirty Cliff Drysdale centres in the USA. In January this year he was promoted to become Director of Tennis at the Cliff Drysdale operation at InShape in California.  

Here is a photo of Stewart receiving his award from Anya Egorova-Coerver, a former Russian tennis star.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Zach Mercer (13-15) - "He is a rangy, athletic, ball-handling threat whose biggest challenge to date has been to convince Eddie Jones he is ready to play Test rugby now. "He has always been a lovely rugby player but lovely rugby players don't make good Test players and that's what he's learning now - how to play ugly," Jones observed last week. "He used to have the body of a pop singer; now he's starting to evolve a body for Test rugby." [The Guardian]  Read the full story here.

Zach Mercer

Tee Up For Summer

Bookings are now open for Merchiston's Summer Golf Camp with morning, afternoon or all day sessions available. Find out more and register here.

Best wishes

Gill, Merchistonian Club Secretary
Louise, Development Assistant

Headmaster's Headlines
Sports Desk 





Upcoming Events

3 February 2018
Information Morning

8 March 2018
The Merchiston Journey

10 March 2018
Rifle and Clay Shoot Day

21 April 2018
North Berwick 59th Annual Sevens Tournament

25 May 2018
Edinburgh Business Breakfast

19 May 2018
Class of '66 - '70 Reunion

20 May 2018
Golf Academy Taster Day

22-27 July 2018
U13-U16 Summer Rugby Camp

22-27 July 2018
Summer Golf Camp

15 September 2018
Class of '88 Reunion

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