A busy Sunday last week saw the U11 boys and the U13 boys competing in the Cargilfield 7s and the Ardvreck 7s respectively.  We are grateful to all boys for representing the school so well, both on and off the field of play, but I would like to pay particular tribute to the U13 Squad, who impressed hugely in reaching the final and showing great dignity in defeat, after what has to be one of the best 7s finals the prep school circuit has seen for many a year. Congratulations to Cargilfield on their winning performance. 
In assembly on Monday, I focused on team spirit, paying tribute to the senior boys who demonstrated what a cohesive and supportive group they are.  I was pleased then to present Freya M with a book token for five splendid book reviews that she had written.
Monday evening saw staff attend a twilight inset for an update on the latest child protection matters and regulations.  We are grateful to Elinor Kerr, Senior Nurse Child Protection and Jenny Rankin, Child Protection Review Officer.

The build-up to assessments has been taking place and the hard work in class has been interspersed with fixtures, on which you can read match reports on the website. 
Today we welcomed Reverend Philip Blackledge to St. Mary’s to conduct a most moving Remembrance Service, during which he talked about three notable figures: Lieutenant Colonel Angus Douglas-Hamilton, General Philip Christison and Brigadier Nicholas Ridley, all fondly remembered for their courage, but also for their compassion and their desire to strive for peace, even in victory.  All three remembered were from Melrose.  During our service, Mr Bell expertly piped The Lament, and Mr Colin Crozier joined us to bugle the Last Post, which he has done so expertly for many years.  Whilst the service is a sombre occasion, Mr Crozier always takes time to say how moving our service is. We are extremely privileged to acquire his services and I presented him with a card signed by all pupils and staff to thank him for his annual contribution.  A finer gentleman one could not hope to meet.
This Sunday the town parade will take place, and I would be honoured if you and your children would join Mrs Harvey and me in leading the St. Mary’s representation to march to the War Memorial from 10:15am.  I would ask that your children wear their no.1 uniform for this occasion please.
Finally, assessments loom next week, and I would ask that you reinforce a sense of perspective about this process.  It is vital that preparation work is completed, but that such a process does not become all-consuming. 
Enjoy your weekend.

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