We reflected on a wonderful Bang Goes The Borders science festival which had taken place on the Saturday. I congratulated pupils and staff on their outstanding contribution to welcoming over 1,500 visitors to St. Mary’s, and for their help in organising, setting up, running, and tidying up the 7th Bang Goes The Borders. Several people commented over the weekend about the wonderfully exciting opportunities on offer to any budding young scientist. We are all extremely grateful to the schools, universities, and science research centres that provided the workshops. Also in Monday morning’s assembly, I spoke of Melrose Rugby Club’s mini-rugby tournament that involved so many people from far and wide on Sunday, and the fact that it involved the use of St. Mary’s pitches. On Monday afternoon, Mrs Hardie provided her clinic on Helping Your Child to Read for pre-prep parents. 
On Tuesday morning, Form 3, as part of their project on Sir Walter Scott, headed off to Dryburgh Abbey. Meanwhile, representatives of the Friends of St. Mary’s called in to each form class to present a cheque for that form, thanks to the Friends of St. Mary’s fantastic Summer Fair and continued work on behalf of the school.
A busy fixture day took place on Wednesday with some wins, draws and losses. Please see match reports on the website. On Thursday, block two of the activities programme got underway successfully and Pre-Prep held a successful coffee morning in aid of Macmillan (see report below).
This morning, we had the pleasure of welcoming a large cohort from Merchiston Castle School. The Headmaster and his wife, Andrew and Barbara Hunter, were accompanied by Chalmers West Housemaster Mr Will Ogilvie Jones, and Rogerson Housemaster and much-loved Merchiston legend, Mr Phillip Rossiter. All St. Mary’s former pupils who are currently at Merchiston also contributed to Mr Hunter’s assembly by saying a little bit about themselves to the school.
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Former pupils Chris Bell, Adam Briggs, Rudi Brown, Oliver Fairnington, Lachlan Ferguson, Adam Leighton, Johnny Murray and Harry Stephen all spoke well of their time at St. Mary’s, and positively of their Merchiston experience so far. They were a fine advert for Merchiston, as well as St. Mary’s, of course! 
Mr Hunter’s assembly included a bible reading, John 6 V: 1-13, from St. Mary’s pupil William Tweedie, and in line with the five loaves and two fish presented to disciple Andrew, Mr Hunter reiterated the importance of giving all you have to offer. He highlighted how different we all are, but that every one of us has a contribution to make, and should be proud to do so. 
It was a pleasure spending time with the representatives of Merchiston over tea and coffee with so many St. Mary’s parents, senior pupils and staff. The relationship between our two schools continues to be close and mutually complimentary.
Finally, I would like to wish our rugby and hockey teams all the very best as they head off to Loretto on Sunday to compete in the hockey and the rugby 7s tournament. Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff for supporting St. Mary’s representation.
Have a good weekend.

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