Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Summer Term Highlights (2023)

Summer Term Highlights (2023)


This term has been full of celebration and success, as should be every Summer term. In the absence of clear historical evidence, we decided that 4th May should be Belhaven's ‘official’ birthday, and so enormous cakes were baked and the children encouraged into the shape of 100 on the front lawn as I held my phone rather precariously out of the sick bay window to take the photograph…!  


The School’s Centenary took place in the same week as the Coronation, and we celebrated together as a community. The big screen was wheeled into the Sports Hall and we watched the ceremony and procession before a delicious Coronation lunch and Luca’s ice cream! Sunday and Monday saw the children out and about in the community as the Pipe Band entertained the crowds at Lauderdale Park and every year group then took part in a different community-based activity as part of ‘The Big Help Out’ on Monday 8th May.  


Following the wonderful news of 19 scholarship awards in the first two terms of this year, attention switched to Common Entrance for Form 1. The candidates approached their exams calmly and with great maturity and all passed safely into their senior schools, completing a memorable year for a fantastic group of leavers, who are just about to embark upon their Leavers’ week having returned from the inaugural Form 1 trip to Northern Ireland (read more about Trips Week 2023). 


The Summer term has been historic for other reasons: we have seen the final external rounders matches at Belhaven as girls’ cricket comes to the fore. It has been wonderful to see the rapid development of the skill level of all of our cricketers this term and the Under 9 and 11 girls’ cricket teams were unbeaten in their matches. Both Under 9 and 11 boys’ teams have only lost one match each, and the 1st XI achieved notable victories against Ardvreck, St. Mary’s Melrose, Strathallan and Loretto, losing to Merchiston and Cargilfield and coming second to Cargilfield at the Glenalmond Sixes. Our athletes retained the trophy at the Merchiston meeting, set three new school records on Sports day and won 15 medals at the IAPS meeting at Fettes, and Belhaven’s tennis players have enjoyed their social outings in preparation for the all-important battle with parents!  


Belhaven’s musicians are busily preparing for the Summer Concert and the Choristers enjoyed a weekend in Glasgow, singing in the cathedrals and abbeys of Glasgow, Paisley and Dunblane before winning the Edinburgh Music Festival’s 'Schools Class'. They sang movingly at the Dunbar ‘Relay for Life’ event this weekend, contributing significantly to a poignant evening and leaving many visibly emotional when singing ‘Tears in Heaven’. The highlight of the term was the performance in St. Giles’ Cathedral – well done to them all for their hard work throughout the year.  


Our actors have achieved remarkable success in their LAMDA exams, with 20 out of 24 candidates achieving Distinctions., and we had a sunny couple of days for the Pre-Prep and Prep School Sports Days – on Saturday 10th, the day also featured the fantastic Art and Design exhibitions and the Pipe Band entertained parents on both afternoons. It has been a wonderful term – the sun is shining as the final week starts and the long summer holiday stretches out ahead of the children. Do come back and see us whenever you can – see dates for specific events, but do feel free to pop in if you are passing.