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When in Rome...behave yourself

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Upcoming events:

Looking Forth - A solo exhibition of new paintings by Jason Cordingley
4 March 2016, Flaubert Gallery, 74 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

Step Back, Finding the Way Forward in Life
10 March, 7pm Memorial Hall, Book launch by The Rev Prof Norman Drummond CBE FRSE (65-70)

Merchistonian Drinks with the Headmaster
16 March 2016, 6.30pm  Hong Kong - Venue Change TBC

Edinburgh Business Network: 2016 March Business Breakfast
24 March 2016, 8-9am Merchiston Dining Hall - speaker Prof Roy Robertson MBE LVO (64-69)

Class of 1981 35 year Reunion 'Next Step the Nursing Home'
6 May 2016, 5.30pm Indigo Yard, Edinburgh and then dinner at La P'tite Folie

MRFC V Edinburgh Academicals
4 June 2016, Full details to follow.  Match followed by dinner in aid of Connor's Journey

Class of 1986 30 Year Reunion
2 September, 2016 MRFC v GWC match and dinner Friday 2 September followed by lunch at the New Club, Edinburgh, Saturday 3 September

MRFC v Watsonians
2 September 2016, Full details to follow

Class of 2006 10 Year Reunion
7 October 2016, 8pm the New Club, Edinburgh

So who knew what fascinating stories could come from errors in Excel spreadsheets.

Excel spreadsheets

Thank you to Oliver McCaul (00-05) who led a most enlightening session at this morning's Business Breakfast.  Next month's Breakfast speaker will be Professor Roy Robertson MBE, LVO (64-69) who has a life of fascinating stories to tell.  Please email if you would like to reserve a space.


If you were planning on joining the Headmaster and Mrs Hunter for Merchistonian drinks in Hong Kong, please note that there will be a change of venue.  Details to be confirmed.

For a change, it seems to be a week for more arts news than sport.  Some of you may be enjoying the sights and art in Rome this weekend before Scotland play Italy.  There'll be plenty of Merchistonian support for Hugh Fraser (12-14) in the U20's match tonight and we're all looking forward to seeing Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (06-11) come off the bench tomorrow.

Hugh Fraser

If you're in Edinburgh, you might like to enjoy the latest artwork from Jason Cordingley, Merchiston's Head of Art and Design, who is exhibiting at the Flaubert Gallery, Edinburgh. The gallery and Jason are supporting the School's fundraising efforts and donating 10% of the sale proceeds to the Sports Appeal.

Jason Cordingley's Looking Forth Painting

And while on the events in Edinburgh, tickets are going fast for Norman Drummond's (65-70) new book launch which is being held here at the School at 7pm on 10 March. If you would like to book a ticket please email us in the Club office.

Calling all SE England golfers, Robin Holroyd (98-05) is organising the SE England Golf Day this year.  If you would like to play, or for more details, contact Robin at robinholroyd@hotmail.com

SE Eng map

Thank you to everyone who has offered placement support to our appeals in recent weeks.  We're gaining a bit of momentum with the network of contacts and it is fantastic to see you all rallying to help one another. This week we have a 2011 leaver looking for a summer law internship anywhere in the world. If you can help please let me know and I will link you up. 

Any more nominations for the Merchistonian Award?

 The Club AGM is looming where a decision will be made for the recipient of this year's prestigious award.  We're looking for a Merchistonian who deserves
recognition for any of the following:

-  Aiding or championing a charitable cause?
-  Achieving outstanding academic or professional success.
-  Helping drive environmental or social change.
-  Being a pioneer or achieving success in a challenging field.
-  Being an inspiration or role model to younger Merchistonians.

Nominations and support can be emailed to the Club office. Deadline for nominations is midday on 9 March 2016.

For those of you who are away in Rome...best behaviour..

Kind regards

Acting Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

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