Since returning from the half term break we have had an action packed few weeks!
Whole school events bring us together, and we had two big ones this month. Our traditional Bonfire Night with fireworks, BBQ, ceilidh, and games took place on the 5th November. We had a fantastic turnout and everyone was wowed by Mr Hall's firework display. On Saturday 12th November we all took part in a very poignant Act of Remembrance, laying our poppies on the Queen's Lawn in memory of the fallen.
We have been busy with hockey and rugby fixtures and the Under 13 girls also played netball in the Scottish Cup and are progressing through the rounds. Florence, Georgina, Kitty, Indira, Iona and Lucy were selected to play for the Saltires hockey team and Beau, Chalie, Harry, Jacobo, Jake, Louis, Rory and Tom represented the Saltires rugby team. Both triangular IAPS fixtures were played at St Mary's, Melrose who were wonderful hosts. The Saltires rugby team won their tournament and the girls came in second place.
We've had some interesting and insightful assemblies with a visit from Mr Younger from the Royal Company of Archers who came to explain their role in guarding the sovereign. Mr Muddiman gave us an insight into what makes successful teams and he explained how each individual has something to offer, to the benefit of all. We learnt so much from his accounts of teamwork with the Royal Marines. Mrs Muddiman, Finnian, Jamie and Mrs Rathborne led an assembly about COP27 and The Earthshot Prize, which included a very special message from one of the UK finalists, Notpla. Pupils were then able to vote for their top 5 of 15 Eathshot finalists who are bidding for five £1M prizes.
Our former 2nd Form pupils returned in force to plant a beautiful birch tree in the Prep garden - a gift from them and their families. A beautiful circular bench has been purchased as well and will soon be in place.
The 1st Form pupils took part in the Fettes College Classics Day. They joined pupils from other schools, performed plays based around classic Greek tales, met a gladiator who explained all about the equipment used for fighting, listening to a storyteller and ate a delicious Roman Feast.
It's been a fun and busy time in the classroom too. S and P Forms had a virtual visit from author, Tom Palmer, who talked to pupils about the importance of good research, getting facts right, and meeting people to help tell the stories you are interested in. Everyone learnt some great writing tips. P Form have been busy with mapwork and M Form enjoyed a history lesson with Miss Mair, looking at items from the Fettes archives. We had another super Informal Concert this month, with a variety of instruments on display and lovely voice pieces too.
We've raised funds for Children in Need, with everyone wearing home clothes in exchange for a donation.
Our boarders have been enjoying life on and off campus. The Arran boys had a fabulous cooking session with head chef, Alistair MacDonald, making a delicious lasagne for their supper, whilst the Iona girls headed to the ice rink to test their ice skating skills.
Some of our community are busy with preparations for the upcoming M and P Forms' play, with teams of parents and pupils making puppets, costumes and props. We still have a week of this busy month to go, and we are looking forward to all that the last few weeks of this term brings.
To see all of our photographs from November, please click here: