No Rest for the Wicked....

So we have arrived at the 2nd ‘out’ weekend of term already and the last two weeks have passed in a bit of a blur. Not much rest was had at the last ‘out’ weekend as my sister was over from New Zealand and she ganged up with another of my sisters (I have four of them) and they sallied forth from the south to see how their little brother was doing in Scotland. It was a very jolly party.

On the Monday after the exeat, we were lucky enough to welcome several Glenalmond music scholars who came to talk to Form 1 and 2 and performed a short concert in the Music Rooms. There were some more tremendous rugby fixtures against St. Mary’s here on the Wednesday, with the 1st XIII just edging out the visitors – results and match reports in the usual place. We also entertained Craigclowan to some hockey fixtures with another very close finish for the 1st XI; this time sadly not in our favour.  

On Thursday I was interviewed by the editor of East Lothian Life for their Winter edition – it will be available from all good newsagents in November!

Mrs Gale gave an excellent assembly on Friday about being part of a team – she talked about the team at Belhaven, especially those who work behind the scenes; I had absolutely no idea just how many support staff there are here but I am indebted to them all. Having learnt the names of all the children in the school, I am now tasked with remembering those of all these people who we rarely see but without whom the school would simply not function. Mrs Gale has put their photos up in the library to remind us not only of who they are but how important they are too. It is my aim to be able to greet them all by name before half term....

There were only 2 hockey matches on Saturday, as we were gearing up for the Loretto Hockey and Rugby 7s on Sunday. Whilst the teams set off early, the rest of the school enjoyed a leisurely late breakfast as we prepared for our first ‘out’ service at St. Anne’s. Everything was rosy until I realised at 9:49am that the service was not, as I had convinced myself, at 10:30 but at 10. There were no minibuses (all at Loretto) and I had 11 minutes to get 50 groomed and kilted children to St. Anne’s temporary home in the Methodist chapel at the far end of Dunbar.

The school Landy and various other cars were pressed into service – it was a scene somewhat reminiscent of the Parisian taxis ferrying the French soldiers to Verdun – and we had (mostly) arrived at the church with a minute to spare. It was only when we stood for the first hymn did I realise that several of the readers had got lost in transit as I had forgotten to tell their driver that St. Anne’s had moved. Mr. Lovatt and I sang the hymn very slowly indeed....

The children were delighted as they had got out of walking to church but we sent the cars away and made them walk back in the beautiful sunshine. They all looked tremendous in their various kilts although one or two may need a little alteration. I’m not sure that kilts were designed for low-riding, with ‘Calvin Klein’ visible above the waistband...?

On Sunday afternoon, there were wire sculpture and leaf basket workshops in the Art Room, a massive game of Capture the Flag on the beach and swimming for all.

Belhaven rugby at Loretto

I took a Belhaven Supporters’ club trip to Loretto – admittedly there were only two supporters but I can see that it is pretty uncool to spend your Sunday afternoon with the Headmaster. More fool them, as the three of us enjoyed a beautifully warm, sunny afternoon and the most delicious ice creams from Luca’s of Musselburgh. If that wasn’t enough, we were treated to some fabulous hockey and rugby, culminating in the girls U13 and U11 girls and the U13 boys all winning their plate competitions and the U11 boys winning the cup in a terrifyingly tense game against Merchiston.

Archie from Belhaven playing rugby at Loretto 750px

The trophy cabinet is positively groaning under the weight of silverware. Let us hope for more of the same over the course of the year! You can read more in the match reports, including the Senior Girls winning the Plate at Loretto.

Loretto Tournament Success 201

There have been hockey and rugby matches against Cargilfield this week (you know the drill) and today’s assembly was all about Autumn, with the Form 4s reading out their descriptions of the season to the backing track of Vivaldi. There were several awards to give out: the Loretto cup and plates to the four victorious captains; two sets of hockey colours and three sets of rugby colours; five ‘Accelerated Reader’ certificates - two girls have each already read over half a million words this term; chocolate bars for the winners of this week’s Countdown Numbers and Letters games and lastly we said ‘good luck’ to our first tranche of scholars as three of the Form 1s head off to Rugby on Sunday for their Sports Awards.

Finally, it was lovely to see so many of the Form 3 parents for lunch before the start of the Exeat weekend. I think it is an excellent idea to have a very informal gathering of staff and parents, especially when everyone is in such a good mood! No siblings for me this weekend, so hopefully a good rest before another mad couple of weeks in the run up to half term.............already??!

That is all.

Henry Knight, 11/10/2016