9th June 2016

Monday was D-day for our CE candidates, and I must pay tribute to how calm and collected our Form 8s seemed when entering the examination room.  Throughout the week, draining though it has been for them all, they have been composed and sensible with a modest air of confidence, which suggests they have done as well as they can.  We are very proud of them all.
The volume of papers they have to get through in a 3½ day spell would challenge anybody.  Having completed this rigorous process they have all earned their rite of passage.
The rest of the prep school has also been completing assessments and exams.  I am pleased to report that they too have approached a demanding week with an appropriate level of intensity. 
Whilst the evenings have been busy, with our vibrant boarding community making the most of the long awaited summer weather, pre-prep staff met with parents to discuss their pupils’ progress.  Staff have reported that these meetings have been positive and constructive.
As part of their “people who help us” project, Reception class visited Melrose Police Station this week.  None of them had been before!

 Reception police visit june 16

Squad cricket took place on Wednesday with the usual competitive edge, whilst single and double wicket competitions and the tennis tournaments have been progressing.

On Wednesday, we received news of our ABRSM music candidates, all of whom passed their recent music exams, with Dicken (singing), Jess K (treble recorder), Lucy Mc (singing), Millie (flute), Rosie (piano) and Tegan (singing) gaining merits.  Well done to all 19 pupils; as you would expect, Miss McRae is delighted.  Furthermore, Miss McRae is now working on the complicated task of facilitating 95 pupils receiving extra instrumental tuition from the Michaelmas Term.  This is truly remarkable and a great credit to Miss McRae and you their parents for encouraging such interest.
Finally, as I write, one of the school’s favourite dates in the calendar is well under way as the kith ‘n’ kin of pupils are being shown around our proud school.  The sun is shining, everyone is happy, and all is right with the world.  Have a good half term.

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