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Dear Merchistonians and Friends

My first experience of the School without boys! Before peace descended however, the boys left for half term on Saturday, inspired by a speech from Peter Mackay, former Chief Executive of the Scottish Office, on Heroes and Heroism during this year's Commemoration service.

Cycling is becoming ever more popular, and is a passion shared by Stephen Biggart (96-03) and friends, who are getting on their bikes next month, not only for fun but to raise funds for Maggie's Centres and Aspire, and to celebrate Stephen's recovery following a recent diagnosis of cancer. We will follow their progress with interest and send our warmest wishes.

Class of '05 reunion - is being organised by Robin Holroyd (98-05) at the New Club in Edinburgh on Saturday 3 October. Join in here.

The School claimed a six wicket victory against Merchistonians last week. Well done to them - perhaps next year we will do better, so start honing your cricketing skills now! In the meantime see photos of the match including ones of the exciting new electronic scoreboard, very generously funded by the Sole and Nutton families.

In other exciting electronic news, you can now book tickets for a glittering evening of live music, excellent company, entertainment and good food at the Merchiston Gala Ball on Friday 2 October. Don't delay, book your tickets now.

This morning's Business Breakfast at Indigo Yard gave us a fascinating insight into the process of strategy development to generate profits, courtesy of current parent, Duncan Sutherland. Why not come along to the next Business Breakfast on Friday 26 June at the 181 Delicatessen, Bruntsfield?

From Breakfast to Bedlam, current parent Peter Nicholson would be delighted to welcome you to Bedlam Paintball's new venue. Please contact Peter here to secure a special Merchistonian rate.

Some of you may not have received last week's newsletter. Gremlins in the system, not my technical ineptitude (!) stopped the mailing in its tracks. Many apologies to those who were left out but you can link to the newsletter if you would like to catch up.

Finally on this day, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border, a genuinely historic achievement, which sparked a relationship with Nepal that continues today. This just recently exemplified by a fantastic fundraising effort from the School which raised almost GBP 3,000 to help families and friends of our Nepalese staff, following the recent earthquake.

Kind regards

Jane
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Jane Denholm

Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School


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