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St Andrew's Day Virtual Events

On Monday 30th November, St Andrew’s Day, we hosted three entertaining virtual events. Our aim for the day was to give everyone in the Fettes community the opportunity to join us for at least one of these events, so they were programmed to span different time zones across the globe  We were thrilled therefore to be joined by Fettes folk from all over the world,

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OF Alastair Shepherd appointed custodian of the Scottish Barony Register

OF Alastair Shepherd (Mo 1973-1977) has been appointed as the new custodian of the Scottish Barony Register, effective 1st December 2020.

As a current partner of Coulters Legal LLP, Alastair is due to retire from private practice in April 2021 after 40 years as a solicitor with Brodies, Henderson and Jackson WS and Coulters. Since qualifying in 1981,

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Inspiration and advice from remarkable OF women to celebrate 50 years of girls at Fettes

We were treated to an exceptional virtual panel event on Thursday 12th November in honour of our 50 years of girls at Fettes.  Dame Stella Manzie DBE (Ar 1976-1978), Dr Alison Brown, PhD (Ca 1973-1975) and Dr Jo Twist OBE (Ar 1986-1991) provided a meeting of great minds, giving us their view on the next five years… from Leicester, Colorado and London.

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OF Georgina McKenzie Smith shortlisted for the PPA Awards Young Journalist of the Year

We are delighted to hear that OF Georgina McKenzie Smith (Ar 2011-2016) has been shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards 2020. This is a wonderful achievement so early in her journalism career. During her time at Fettes, Georgina won many prizes including the Governor’s Prize for English in her final year. We spoke to Georgina shortly after her nomination was announced:

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Fettes College Turns 150 Years Old!

On 5th October 1870, Fettes College opened its doors to welcome its very first pupils. On 5th October 2020 we could not wait to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this moment!

We would have loved to invite everyone back to Fettes to celebrate with us, however, due to current restrictions, we had to change our plans and keep everyone safe. That did not stop us having a jam packed (albeit socially distanced) day marking this special occasion.

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Celebrating 50 years of girls at Fettes

On 11th September 1970 Amanda-Mackenzie-Stuart (Gl-Ca 1970-1972) arrived at Fettes as an ‘experiment’. Her father, Lord Mackenzie-Stuart (Ca 1938-1942), was an Old Fettesian and a Governor and had asked the then Headmaster, Ian MacIntosh (Staff 1958-1971), whether she could join the Sixth Form as she was unhappy at her day school.

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On the anniversary of VE Day an excerpt from the Fettesian in 1949

The Dedication Service of the 1939-45 Tablets were unveiled and the Memorial rededicated, at an open-air service held on Sunday, May 8, 1949 the anniversary of ‘ V.E. Day.’ Seats for relatives, Old Fettesians and other visitors had been set out on the terrace facing the Memorial.

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Support from OF Ryan Li and his family to help keep the Fettes community connected

We are thrilled that, with support from Old Fettesian Ryan Li (Gl 2010-2015) and his family, we are now able to offer greater digital connectivity to the Fettes community, via our new Fettes Community portal, which launched to Old Fettesians and former staff recently. 

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