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England Out-Performs the Kiwis

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Upcoming events:

Friday 26 February - Business Breakfast with Oliver McCaul (00-05)
Thursday 24 March - Business Breakfast with Roy Robertson (64-69)
Wednesday 16 March - Meet the Headmaster in Hong Kong
Friday 6 May - Class of 1981 Reunion
Saturday 4 June - MRFC v Edinburgh Academicals
Friday 2 September - MRFC v Watsonians
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 September - Class of 1986 Reunion
Friday 7 October - Class of 2006 Reunion


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You might like to read the title again! England has out-performed the Kiwis! In the week of the first 6 Nations match, national pride has been restored by Merchistonian Rod Smith (84-89) who, this week, set a new world record for wheat crop production beating the previous New Zealand record set in 2011. We liked Rod's rugby reference. For more details click here.

A chance to help shape the workforce of the future is still available through the School's Careers Convention which is taking place on Tuesday 1 March 2016 from 4-6pm. If you can help, please contact Dr Dale Cartwright, here.

Storm Henry took its toll on some of the School's trees, but with more rain forecast, Masters student, Duncan Nicholls (02-10) writes on his blog how to reduce flood risk working with nature rather than against it.

Nicholls Lancaster Masters Student

Sporting congratulations this week go to:

Ewan Moore (12-15) on his Junior Australian Open appearance. Hopefully a rising star of the future?

Ewan Moore at Junior Australian Open

Also to Zach Mercer (13-15) and Hugh Fraser(12-14) who face each other in tonight's under-20s 6 Nations match at Cumbernauld. With 100 boarders heading out to cheer them on, it promises to be a great match.

Business congratulations go to Andy Weston (92-97) who has launched his new venture.

Weston Sports Marketing

Andy, previously the media and communications manager at London Scottish rugby, set up the new agency to produce bespoke sports content for clients for use on any multimedia platform whilst also offering up a content distribution service. We'll be using Andy's expertise with the School's new sports development.

Thank you to everyone who has undertaken the Merchistonian survey, so far. This is your chance to tell us how it is and what you would like from your Club.

On Tuesday, in Memorial Hall, I joined some of the older boys to listen to the moving words of Holocaust survivor Joanna Millan, born Bela Rosenthal. She told us of the harsh realities of life as a 3-year old orphan in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, 50 miles from Prague, and her story since then. The probing questions and prolonged but sensitive round of applause told of the boys understanding and appreciation.

At the end of an eclectic news week, they'll be many of you preparing for a big sporting weekend. Who will take this year's Calcutta Cup and who will take Super Bowl 50?

Kind regards

Jo

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Acting Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School


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