Be Merry ... 

The final two weeks of term was all about Christmas – well, almost. The eight potential Etonians, Harrovians and Stoics had the small matter of their ISEB pre-tests to sit ...

Although the 1s had won both their 7s tournaments at Loretto and Ardvreck, they lost only their second match of the term in a very hard-fought battle against Fettes. The U11s completed their unbeaten season against the same opposition: they played and won 19 matches over the course of the season, scoring a staggering 148 tries and only conceding 44 with 16 out of the squad of 23 playing for the As. Click here for further details of this term's Sports' Reports
 

Be-Merry-12Nativity-2018The Christmas tree (a real beauty this year) arrived on 29th and was decorated – as is tradition – by the Forms 5 and 6 children, in preparation for their Nativity the following day. We were fortunate enough to have two performances – one for the parents (not a dry eye in the house) and one for the school which left us all feeling very festive indeed - and it was only 30th November! Click picture on right for more ...



This was followed by the St. Andrew’s Day lunch where we hosted the touring teams from what used to be Aberlour but is now Gordonstoun Junior school. There were great rugby and hockey matches in the afternoon and it was good to play a school not on our circuit. These were in readiness for the crunch games the following day against the mums (hockey) and the dads (a ‘version’ of touch rugby). I am delighted to report that both the boys and girls were victorious against their parents, and without any need of ‘manufacturing’ a result.
 
The final Sunday of term began with a long lie-in, followed by a huge Brunch and then a trip to the Christmas Market in Edinburgh. It was, as always, a big hit with the boarders and the opportunity to take on board vast quantities of very expensive sugar was not missed by any of them.

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A good supper of Fajitas on our return allowed for a rebalancing of blood sugar levels and we all enjoyed a wonderful evening of Carols and stories in the Hall, followed by a drinks party for Form 1 and their parents.
 
The final week of term began with the Junior Boarders spending the evening at the HM’s house making decorations for the dormitory competition and eating Christmas Oreos. Tuesday was Christmas Jumper Day with all the children paying a pound from their Eagle Bank accounts in support of Save the Children – and what an extraordinary collection of knitwear we saw!

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On Wednesday we had the final matches of term against Longridge Towers and Loretto – I went to watch the girls at Hall Hill and was utterly amazed by the quality of their hockey and how much they have improved, both individually and as teams, over the course of the season. Miss Graham and Mr Lovett then had the unenviable task of judging the Dorm Christmas Decoration competition – an event that took the best part of two hours!
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On Thursday we had the orchestra’s interpretation of George Michael’s "Last Christmas" after lunch followed by the final Thursday Run of term – in Christmas fancy dress, naturally. It was then time for the annual, whole school, Dashing White Sergeant in the Sports Hall followed by Musical Chairs. After a brief service in the Hall, it was time for the Christmas Party – which began with Secret Santa who delivered musical ties to the boys and light up necklaces to the girls - and finished with Christmas Carols around the tree.

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There was another chance for a lie-in on Friday before the festive Treasure Hunt in the afternoon and then the finals of Belhaven’s Got Talent, won by two senior boys and their Diabolos.
 
Finally, the last day of term was upon us. We began with Prize Giving, including a review of the term and a chance to look forward too – we have 22 potential scholars heading off for assessment at their senior schools in the early part of 2019 – the future is certainly bright!
 
The whole school then walked down the drive to Belhaven Parish Church for a very traditional Carol Service and term ended with the children each coming to the Drawing Room to collect their report and a small Christmas present from me. It was a lovely, festive way to end what has been another hugely successful term.

Merry Christmas!
 
That is all

Henry Knight, 17/12/2018