5th October 2018

The building of confidence amongst our pupils is an important part of what we do. Within that process, we encourage humility and resilience, and recent sporting performances have highlighted that we do that very well. Last weekend, our U11 and U13 rugby and hockey teams took part in the Loretto 7s competitions. Our rugby teams gave creditable accounts of themselves and played with courage and commitment. 
In case you did not know, this week is Scotland Women and Girls in Sport Week, #SheCanSheWill, and I am proud to report that our U11 hockey team won the Loretto U11 hockey tournament, and our U13 hockey team won the U13 hockey tournament.
Since that super Sunday, our U11 hockey team have gone on to win the IAPS regional qualifying tournament at Fettes. As you can imagine, Mr P, Mrs Bell, and Mrs Wright have been going about their weekly business with grins from ear-to-ear due to their successes. 
During a busy week, Forms 3 and 4 took a trip to Dawyck Gardens as part of their environmental studies programme (see the report), and Form 1 visited Mertoun Estate. On Thursday, Dr Morgan and Miss Simpson took a Form 6 academic challenge team to Sedbergh to defend the trophy won last year. John, Tiggy, Henry, and Emily L took part in two very competitive rounds against Terra Nova School and Mowden Hall, and although they did not make it through to the final, they gave a very gutsy performance. All thoroughly enjoyed watching the worthy victors, Aysgarth, keep cool heads through the nail-biting final rounds.

On Thursday afternoon, pupils rolled in from their various activities, and we had news of two substantial rainbow trout being caught at Ettrickshaws. Well done to Hannah C and Jake.
Thank you to Alex Hems, Headmistress of St. George’s School, and Jane Thomson from Admissions for visiting this morning. Mrs Hems gave a most uplifting assembly on Mary Somerville, mathematician and astronomer, who features on the RBS £10 note, and also lent her name to a crater on the moon, an asteroid belt, a school in Australia, and the Oxford college attended by Mrs Hems. The message of the assembly – to show determination and ambition in the face of adversity, and to pursue your goals regardless of what others may think of you – was very well-received by all in the Morrison Hall.
Finally, at this stage in the week I want to say a big thank you to Maddy Hall, our All Saints gappie, who returned safely to the Gold Coast, and to Mia Hawke, who has spent a month in Form 8, who returned to Great Southern Grammar School. Some people are just made for 12 months of summer!
Have a good weekend.


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