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A Merchistonian Mash-Up

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
25 May 2018

"A Merchistonian Mash-up"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Business Breakfast

A big thank you to Eoghan Mackie (11-16) for presenting at this morning's Business Breakfast, and for the fabulous spread that he arranged from Valvona and Crolla.  We received an interesting insight to Eoghan's company, 'Challenges Worldwide'. It was brilliant to see and hear about some of the products and services that they have introduced to Africa, and that they are currently working on. There was some great networking this morning too! Click here to view the photo gallery.

Our next BB will be on Friday 29 September with Peter MacDonald (57-62) who will be joining us all the way from Australia.  Peter is the founder of 'Australian Doctors International', which provides non-government health care and development aid in remote and rural regions of Papua New Guinea.  Peter will be in Edinburgh for his reunion. More details to follow soon. 


Class of '66, '67, '68, '69 and '70 50 Year Reunion 

Saturday saw 25 Merchistonians, who left School from 1966 to 1970, meeting up once again.  Special thanks to Barclay Low (63-68), Colin Crabbe (64-69), Graeme Robertson (63-67) and David Broadfoot (65-70) for taking lead roles in organising this get-together.  Barclay got in touch after the event to say - 

"what a marvellous weekend for all of us who made the 50th reunion weekend at Merchiston. Great to meet up with old colleagues- some of us had not met for 50 yrs!! Bit scary. We did miss many who did not make it and hopefully some of you will make the journey back before too long.

Merchiston is such a different place from the 1960's and really does offer today's young men a tremendous opportunity in so many ways. The new development with a Merchiston in China is ambitious and exciting. Thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend a success"

Take a look at the photo album here.

If you are keen to get your year group together get in touch

BBC News Appearance 

After meeting Dr Roy Robertson (64-69) at the reunion on Saturday morning I was impressed to see him on BBC News on Monday night. Roy is a leading drugs adviser to the Scottish Government. Watch a clip of Roy below.


The Art of the Possible 

This week's Headmaster's Headlines focuses on 'an attitude of gratitude' in which the Headmaster talks about Nick Watt (05-09) and Connor Hughes (07-12) and the challenges they have both faced and overcome. Read more here

Merchistonians v Merchiston School Cricket match 2018

An update from Michael Legget (97-04)

"After the early loss of dangerous batsman Dan Nutton (05-15) it was Douglas Voas (04-11) who took the attack to the pupils with some big hitting for a 72 not out off 60 balls. Patrick Glennie (00-05), like a fine wine, continued his excellent form for the Merchistonian Club with a 57 off 50 balls which included a straight drive for SIX that his old school cricket coach and Merchistonian Charles Swan (65-70) would have been proud of, meaning the innings finished at 142 for 2. 

The Merchistonians bowled tight with Hamish Shaw (08-13) and Patrick Clark (11-15) leading the attack reducing the School to 88 for 5 with 15.2 overs gone. Then in came lower order batsman, Jamie D, who changed the flow of the game with an impressive 44 runs off 16 balls to win the game for the School with 3 balls remaining."

London Scottish Schools' Golf Club Match

Michael Ferndale (86-92) and Neil Murray (86-88) only need one more to make up the Merchistonian team. You can find out more information, and see the programme for the day, hereLet Michael know if you would like to join them.


The Games: O17, U17, U15 

The Games take place on Thursday 21 June. The School would love a team of four Merchistonians to take part in the Merchistonian v Leavers Relay. Would you like to take part in this fun event?

Let me know or just come along to cheer them on.

Brown Rugby

Rugby players who aspire to attend Brown University have the opportunity to get a world-class education and to still be able to participate in competitive rugby.  

Alex Ogilvy (10-15) is making the most of this wonderful opportunity at Brown University, USA. With rugby being the fastest growing sport in America, Alex joined the university's first 7s initiative in spring, the result was positive with the team winning 19-1. 

Below is a picture of Alex down in St. Lucia with the team after winning their Easter 7s.  They scored 153 points and only gave up 31.  Alex was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.  Later on that week, Alex played in a 15s match against St. Lucia's senior men's national team and won 43-17.

Engineering His Career 

Congratulations to David Cheung (11-14) who has graduated from Imperial College London. 

"I am a recent graduate, majoring in Civil Engineering with previous internship experience in Aecom (Bridge) and Arup (Geotechnics). I am currently seeking graduate positions in the engineering industry, but many companies are unable to sponsor working visas. I would be grateful if any Merchistonians can offer me support."

If you can help David, please get in touch to let me know. 

MRFC v Accies

Will this be the year that MRFC take home the winning trophy? Make sure you are there to give them a cheer when they take on Edinburgh Academicals at Raeburn Place on Saturday 9 June

As it is Half Term at school next week there will be no newsletter, you will hear from me again on Friday 8 June

Best wishes

Gill, Merchistonian Club Secretary

Headmaster's Headlines
Sports Desk 



2 June 2018
Edinburgh 7s - Merchistonian FC

9 June 2018
MFC v Accies

16 June 2018
Stay Strong Stu - Merchistonians FC

21 June 2018
Cyril Gray

22-27 July 2018
U13-U16 Summer Rugby Camp

22-27 July 2018
Summer Golf Camp

25 August 2018
Golf Autumn Meeting

15 September 2018
Class of '88 Reunion

9 November 2018
Merchistonian Annual Dinner

11 November 2018
2018 Remembrance - 100 Pipers and Drummers
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