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Wind of Change

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)

Despite the best efforts of storm Gertrude, a record number of guests at this morning's Business Breakfast heard an inspirational talk from Dougie Samuel about the Spartans inclusive training programmes.  The meeting was wrapped up by Roger Baird (73-78) who outlined the ambitions of the School to replicate these initiatives in the south of the city.

Next month's Breakfast will be at Montpeliers in Bruntsfield on 26 February. There will be the usual informal time for networking but if you rely on Excel for your financial modelling, you will want to hear Oliver McCaul (00-05) highlight the pitfalls and how to work around them.  If you'd like to attend please email the office here.

Along with the Headmaster, did any of you make the Bwani Junction gig?  The Scotsman rated it as 4 stars so it sounds like we missed a great performance. Pictures here.

There could be another great performance as we congratulate Hugh Fraser (12-14) on his selection for the Scotland U20 6 Nations squad.

Looking ahead in the diary, the Headmaster is hoping to meet up with Merchistonians in the Canny Man in Hong Kong on Wednesday 16 March.  Further details to follow.

If you are from the Class of 2006, Simon Collins (00-06) is organising a reunion at the New Club on 7 October.  Event tickets will be on sale soon.

And if you are the Class of 1986, plans are shaping up for the weekend of 2 and 3 September.  Kenneth Fisher (80-86) would love to hear from classmates who might like to join a dinner after the MRFC v Watsonians game on Friday night and then again for lunch at the New Club on Saturday 3 September.  You can get in touch via the Club by emailing us here.

The School Careers Convention will take place on Tuesday 1 March 2016 from 4-6pm.  If you would like to take up the opportunity to look for new Merchistonian talent then please get in touch with the Careers master, Dr Dale Cartwright, here.

This week we also have a young Merchistonian seeking financial work experience in Glasgow.  If you think you could provide a suitable opportunity over the summer then we can put you in touch.

And finally, we are looking for your nominations for the Merchistonian Award for 2016. Do you know 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 here.  Deadline for nominations is midday on 9 March 2016.

Kind regards

Acting Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

t/ 0131 312 2262
e/ merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk
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