News from the Nest

You’ll find out what’s been going on in the classrooms, the sports fields and elsewhere at Belhaven this year from the ‘Belhaven Brief’ – if you have not been sent a copy, and would like one, please let us know and we’d be happy to email you one.

Edinburgh New Club send off for Mr and Mrs Peek in pictures:

Peeky's Farewell Drinks Party - Summer 2016 from Belhaven Hill School on Vimeo.


Sports Day Tea Party and Farewells

After a typically freezing cold but busy sports day, all the parents and children gathered in a large marquee (thanks Ed Scovell!) to listen to the speeches and celebrate the time that the MacAskills and the Peeks have spent at Belhaven.

A happy afternoon of speeches, poems and silliness ensued, including an excellent comic song performed by four members of staff; Caroline Burton as Mr MacAskill, Katie Gale as Mrs MacAskill, Peter Bailey as David Peek and Laura Graham as Mrs Peek, danced and sang their hearts out in wigs of all sorts.

David Peek sang a fabulous rendition of Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ and was joined by the current Form Ones for the last verse. We also were treated to a short film, made by Laura Graham which included vox pops from many current pupils and staff.

A fabulous tea was laid on by the newly formed Parent Teachers and Friends Association, who also decorated the marquee with flowers and bowers and made it all look wonderful. Mr and Mrs MacAskill were presented with a spectacular  cake in the shape of the main building – which will take some eating – and, amongst other things, a hand carved wooden mile post, inscribed with the names of all the schools they have worked at and their distances from the MacAskills new home in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire.
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The Peeks and MacAskills were also given memory books, filled with things written or drawn for them by children and parents, past and present.

David Peek and Jacquie are moving to Ireland to be nearer their grandchildren. Needless to say that they will both be greatly missed. He promises that he will be back in Scotland regularly and rumour has it that he will continue to edit the Bugle for the time being. Read the full story...

Some words for the MacAskills from Pinkie, David and Panda Wakefield

"...We have all grown so fond of you both that 'Dear Sandy and Innes' you have made a huge mark on both my children’s lives and we’ll miss you horribly, you’ve done so much for Belhaven, not only for the children but for the parents as well and we send you every possible good wish for the happiest next chapter."


This year’s leavers have been very successful in their scholarships and awards. The leavers are on their way to:

Ampleforth (1), Eton (2), Fettes (2), Francis Holland (1), Glenalmond (8), Oundle (4), Rugby (1), Sedbergh (1), St Mary’s Calne (1), Tudor Hall (1), Uppingham (1)

Scholarships and awards won:              

William Bright academic scholarship (Glenalmond)
All Rounder (Fettes)
Headmaster’s Scholarship (Sedbergh)
All Rounder (Glenalmond)
General (Oundle)
Academic (Oakham)
Basil Hume scholarship (Ampleforth)
Art (Glenalmond)
General (Oundle)       

You can see more about scholarships and awards won here.