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Dear Merchistonians and Friends

A busy week at the School and for School business around the world.

The Headmaster and Mrs Hunter have enjoyed meeting prospective pupils on their
current trip. Many thanks to the Merchistonians who have helped during the first part of the trip to the Middle East. They are now in Singapore and will be continuing on to Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Doha. Some familiar faces appearing
here soon.

Clearly the Middle East is the place to be, with the School Tennis team heading to Doha for the @isfsports Tennis World Schools Championship. We wish them luck, particularly as they will be the first team to represent Scotland in this competition.

More thanks to Merchistonians and parents who presented at the annual Careers Convention at School this week. If you or your company want to can help with this event next year please contact the Merchistonian office

It's only a week to go before the Calcutta Cup match. Have you booked your ticket to the pre-match
London dinner next Friday? Will England stumble or can Scotland triumph? Come and hear what Frank Hadden has to say. And as if this wasn't enough of a draw Andrew Walker (01-06) is coming along to tell us about his role in the
Wooden Spoon Arctic Rugby Challenge. Book
here for last remaining places.

The Merchistonians vs Academicals Revival Match will be held on Saturday 28 March in support of the teams' chosen charity
SkillForce. The match will be a real family event featuring, amongst many other attractions, an Argentinian BBQ, beer tent, prize auction and entertainment for the children. Entry is free with gates opening at 12 noon and
the match kicking off at 2.30pm. Anyone interested in playing please contact MRFC at
rugby@merchistonians.co.uk Your Club needs you!

Two shooting dates for your diary (well sort of): 
  -  Shooting - Club vs School 20 June and 9 Jul, practice on 30 May, contact Richard Macmillan (81-87)
  -  Golf Club Halford Hewitt Fundraising Tournament, Friday 19 June. Shotgun tournament GBP280 per team at Kingsacre, breakfast and lunch included. Contact the Club office to

In the week that saw the Forth Rail Bridge reach the grand old age of 125, Merchiston history books record in the same week of 1890 the dinner for Merchistonian William Grant Stairs led by Mr Rogerson. After 3 long years as part of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition,
he had returned from a 5000km journey through the interior of Africa. Although the expedition succeeded in its goal as well as discovering one of the sources of the Nile, it also later courted controversy. Stairs considered his highest reward the knowledge
that he had done his duty. How many of us today could say that?

Kind regards


Acting Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

t/ 0131 312 2262
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