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The Front Cover Eagle was designed by Iona Ralph

Victoria Erskine

Mathilde de Luna Leonora Campbell

Beth Fletcher

Mungo Kilgour

Ella Coleman


Rachel Gladstone


James Cochrane

Beach Art

Rafe Seymour

Inspired by the World Beach Project and Land Artists pupils created their own pebble sculptures on the beach. We took photographs and left the sculptures to nature.

Morgen Thomson

Emily Gladstone

Connie Begg Sophie Gordon Cumming

Max Barnes

2 007 - 20 08

Lucy Coleman Alexander Swanson

Dhileas Heywood

Adam Baynes

Jamie Kelly

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2007 - 2008

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Contents Academic Awards.....................................................4 Valete et Salvete........................................................4 Editorial...................................................................5 Form 5......................................................................6 The Renewable Energy Roadshow.........................6 Trip to Beamish 2008...........................................6 Descriptive Writing...............................................8 Victorian Diary Entry: Jamie Farr.....................10 Victorian Diary Entry: Theo Weir......................10 Design Technology...............................................11 Physical Education Quotes..................................12 Feltmaking...........................................................13 Seaside Poems......................................................14 Book Reviews.......................................................15 Form 4....................................................................16 History Trip to Stirling.......................................16 The Annual Trip to York......................................20 Creative Writing.................................................22 Evacuee letters on old paper and very important posters from WWII .............................................24 Design Technology...............................................28 A Bridge too far?..................................................29 Theme Boards make a welcome return!...............30 4W’s Cycling Experience.....................................31 Building our Viking house with wattle and daub.. 31 P.E. through the year...........................................32 Christopher Columbus........................................32 Art Gallery..........................................................33 Ceramic bowls - just big enough for the fish!.......34 Treasure Maps.....................................................35 Form 3....................................................................36 Visit to Blair Drummond...................................36 Merchiston Science Morning...............................38 3P become Trainee Meteorologists for a day.......39 Weaving...............................................................40 Ceramic Cultural Faces.......................................40 Form 2....................................................................42 Dynamic Earth....................................................42 Geography Trip, 31st October 2007.............................42 Lake District Field Trip and Excursion..............44 A Poem of the Terrible Experiences of Digestion.48 The Journey of a Carbohydrate Molecule through

the Alimentary Canal..........................................48 Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery............................49 Batik Leaves........................................................49 Mendhi Designs...................................................50 Masks...................................................................51 Clay Mythological Creatures ..............................52 Book Reviews.......................................................53 The Snowman......................................................56 Two Compositions.................................................56 The Brilliance of the Moon..................................56 Academic Howlers.................................................57 Music at Belhaven..................................................58 Forms 3 and 4 Christmas Cantata......................58 Glenalmond Choral Day.....................................59 Loretto Songfest...................................................59 Form 1 Production of Sweeney Todd..................60 Carol Service 2007..............................................61 Associated Board Results.....................................61 Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo...................62 Form 5 Musical...................................................64 Form One Concert...............................................65 Mansfield Music Cup..........................................65 Summer Concert..................................................66 Remember the Eighties........................................67 Vale Magister .........................................................68 Valete Mater Familias ............................................68 Morse Code returns to Belhaven Hill..................69 Form 1....................................................................72 Balloon Debate....................................................72 CE Geography Fieldwork....................................74 The Annual Trip to Hadrian’s Wall........................76 The Chav..............................................................78 Book Review............................................................78 Spoken English....................................................78 The Digestive System...........................................79 Leavers’ Outward Bound.......................................82 Broomlee Poem...................................................83 The Ropes Course...............................................83 Flying Fox...........................................................83 Pumpkin Patch Sports Day...................................84 Form 1 Advanced Art.............................................86 Rafe Seymour..........................................................86 Max Barnes............................................................87

Lucy Coleman.........................................................88 James Gladstone.......................................................89 Beth Fletcher...........................................................89

Plaster Shell Sculptures.........................................90 Leavers’ Profiles.....................................................93 Senior Sailors.......................................................102 Easter Art Competition.......................................106 Christmas Cards..................................................107 The Girls’ House..................................................108 Talent Shows......................................................108 Race for Life......................................................108 Halloween Games..............................................109 Ready, steady, Bake!................................................109 Old Boy returned as ‘Gappie’............................110 View From Australia............................................111 Sporting Results 2007 - 2008..............................112 Rugby.................................................................112 Netball...............................................................112 Hockey...............................................................113 Rounders...........................................................113 Cricket...............................................................114 Netball..................................................................115 1st Team’s Season Report...................................115 2nds/Under 12...................................................116 Netball - a player’s view....................................116 Dandylions 2008...............................................117 Under 11 Netball..............................................118 Rugby...................................................................119 1st XV Perspective.............................................119 Under 9 Rugby 2007.........................................119 Under 11 Loretto 7s..........................................120 Under 11 Season’s Report..................................121 Ist XV Report 2007............................................122 X-Country............................................................125 A Lacrosse Experience.........................................127 Hockey.................................................................128 U11 Girls Hockey..............................................128 1st Girls’ Hockey Captain’s Report....................129

IAPS 7-a-side National Finals (Bristol).............132 Under 9 Hockey.................................................132 Girls’ 2nd and Under 12...................................134 1st XI Boys’ Report............................................134 Cricket.................................................................137 U9 Cricket.........................................................137 Under 11 Cricket 2008.....................................137 1st XI Season Report.........................................138 2nd XI Season Report........................................140 Swimming Report................................................143 More Belhaven Life..............................................144 Merchiston Swimming Gala.............................144 Marathon Effort................................................145 Adventures in Antarctica...................................145 Letter from the Prospective Headmaster...........147 Surf ’s up............................................................147 Mastermind 2008..............................................148 Disco Night........................................................149 Pease Bay...........................................................149 Rounders..............................................................150 1st Team............................................................150 2nd Team...........................................................152 Under 11 Rounders...........................................152 Tennis...................................................................153 Table Tennis.........................................................154 Golf......................................................................154 Athletics 2008......................................................155 Headmaster’s Speech: Belhaven Hill Sports’ Day... 157 Harriet and James Joicey’s Speech in reply to the Headmaster.......................................................159 Sports Day Results 2007...................................161 Leaders and Patrols...........................................165 Prizes and Awards.............................................165 Old Pupils’ News.................................................166 Engagements......................................................168 Marriages..........................................................168 Obituaries.........................................................168 Births.................................................................168

Academic Awards Congratulations to all who have passed into their senior schools, and particularly those who distinguished themselves by winning awards: Max Barnes

Art Scholarship to Rugby

Leonora Campbell

Music Scholarship to St. Mary’s, Ascot

Ella Coleman

Sports Scholarship to Strathallan

Lucy Coleman

Art and Sports Scholarships to Strathallan

Beth Fletcher

All-Rounder Award to Fettes

Victoria Erskine

Academic Scholarship to Oundle

Claire Joicey

General Scholarship to Oundle Standing: Victoria Erskine, Beth Fletcher, Lucy Coleman, Ella Coleman, Claire Joicey Sitting: Leonora Campbell, Max Barnes

Valete et Salvete The other leavers in July 2008 were:

To Radley: Adam Baynes

To Ampleforth: James Cochrane

To Stowe: Sophie Gordon Cumming, Mungo Kilgour

To Benenden: Dhileas Heywood To Eton: Jamie Kelly, Rafe Seymour To George Watsons: Connie Begg To Harrow: Alexander Swanson To Oundle: Emily and James Gladstone To Queen Margaret’s, York: Rachel Gladstone


To Strathallan: Morgen Thomson 20 leavers in all to 13 different schools! The following have joined the school in the year to July 2008: Rufus Harper Gow, Kitty Single, Tom Armstrong-Wilson, Saskia and Theo Weir, Abigail Pooley, Rupert Warre, Harry Clough, Hector Bailey, Mercedes Bannister, Rosie Barnes, Jemima Black

(daughter of M.J.G.B., 1973-78), Tom Brooke, Bibi Cuthbert (daughter of P.A.C., 1973-78), Jamie Farr, Anne Findlay, Alistair Gimlette, Murray de Klee, Matilda Laird, Alistair Prenter, Julia Tyndall, Emilia White, Freddie Woodd, Freddie Younger, Hughie Brooks, Holly Mitchell and Charlie Riley. In addition, Mathilde de Luna was with us again for her final year and Jean de Bodinat came back for the Summer Term. This brought the total number in the school to 115 (61 boys, 54 girls), of whom 94 were boarders.

Belhaven Hill Bugle

Max Barnes

Lucy Coleman


Rafe Seymour

Connie Begg

As usual, copy and photographs suddenly appeared in a last minute rush and as a result this edition has grown, though I suppose there willl come a time when it reaches its maximum size - probably when it becomes prohibitively expensive to post! I make no excuses for including more photographs and art work as I feel it can only enhance the publication. Only two years ago there was a large number of staff leaving and this year another largish exit is being made by key members of staff. It is sad to say goodbye to those who have given so much of their time and life to Belhaven - total years given by them all is 54! The Music Maestro Ruth Owenson, The Two Dragons (though of the friendly variety) Glenys Roddis and Jenny Armstrong, the supportive and green-fingered Jenny Tod and the tennis star in the Girls’ House Angela Jobson. They have all left their mark here and they will be missed. We, as remaining staff, wish them well in their futures. Times are a-changing, though the new staff who have joined the school in the last two years, Emma Cowan, Naomi Farrell, Warwick Wilson, Jon Pinchin, Tory Hughes and Lucy Mattinson, have given Belhaven yet further sound dimensions to it’s personality and ethos. In a year’s time the recently appointed Head, Innes MacAskill, will be just about to take the reins from Michael Osborne (much more about Michael’s achievements next year!) and he has written a letter to parents which you can find on page 147. This year’s Old Pupils’ News section has shrunk just a little and this is not a trend we would like to see continue. So if anybody out there knows of news of OBs or you feel you would like to impart some nuggets of information about yourself, please get in touch, as it is good to hear how everyone is progressing. As Michael Osborne, the ‘gatekeeper’ of Old Pupils’ news, is about to retire next year the Editor does not want to see the news dry up! Photographs are also welcome and contact details are listed below. Enjoy this Bugle and if you have any ideas for future editions just contact me. I’m now off to try and find where the sun that has been shining has disappeared to! David Peek The Editor Belhaven Hill School Belhaven Road Dunbar East Lothian EH42 1NN

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Form 5 The Renewable Energy Roadshow


he John Muir Birthplace in Dunbar were hosting the ‘Power Pod’ for a day and Forms 4 and 5 went into Dunbar to have a look at it.

The ‘Power Pod’ is a Renewable Energy Roadshow run by the University of Edinburgh and is based around their trailer which has built-in Solar Panels and a Wind Turbine. The children had a chance to see how

the Solar Panels worked and watch how the wind turbine powered equipment on the van – it was certainly turning furiously that day in the wind. Amongst the activities, the children tried cycling to generate enough power to raise some balls in a tube – apparently the same power which would be needed to light a light bulb. Judging by some of their efforts, if they had to rely on this, their houses would be pretty dark! They also powered spinning discs using solar panels, made propellers turn using wind power and experimented using wave and water power. All the children thoroughly enjoyed their half hour activities and would like

to thank both the John Muir Birthplace for inviting them and the University of Edinburgh for showing them the ‘Power Pod’. ‘We cycled on a bike to make the balls rise up. We also put light on a car to make it move by solar power. There was also a torch with no batteries, so you had to wind it up to make light.’ Freddy Younger & Christian Thomson

Trip to Beamish 2008


or just a moment think about what it would be like to live in Britain over 180 years ago. There would be no computers, no cars or aeroplanes, no electricity, no chance of going away on a Summer Holiday. If you were a soldier and you were hurt in a battle you were more likely to die from infection than from your injuries.


Imagine a 4½ year old child working down a coal mine in darkness for 14 hours a day, 6 days a week… or, going to the barber and having a sore tooth pulled out with a knife and a pair of pliers and no anaesthetic, or… being excited, or perhaps a little frightened, of a ride in a railway carriage being pulled along at 30miles per hour even faster than the speed of a galloping horse. Yes, you’ve guessed it! Form 5 went to Beamish Open Air Museum again this year and had a fantastic time visiting

‘We saw solar panels, one to heat up water and the other to make electricity. There was also a battery powered bike. You had to cycle to get the two balls to rise up the tube.’ Jamie, Hughie & Theo Weir ‘We rode a bike to make electricity and then it made two balls lift up the tube. We shone a light on a car to make it move by solar power. Then we made electricity using water power.’ Julia Tyndal & Rosie Barnes

‘We rode a bike to make electricity and, when we cycled, the electricity made the fan push two balls up the tube. We then had a little black panel attached to a yellow and black disc. When you held the black panel to the sun it made the disc spin really fast. When you took it away from the light it stopped.’ Mercedes Banister& Anne Finlay

all the different exhibits. Having done a project on the Victorians in class we were told to watch out for two dates; 1825 (that was just before Victorian Times) and 1913 (that was just after Victorian times). The museum concentrates on these two different periods. After we’d been through the entrance and paid for the tickets we stood in a queue ready to catch the tram. This was a really cool way to get around the museum. We went upstairs and were surprised to find that there was loads

of space. Our first stop was Pockerley Waggonway. We saw an engine puffing out loads of smoke. It was a replica of Locomotion 1 built in 1825. We had a ride up the track and back again. It was a great opportunity to see what the early carriages were like. They were very basic with wooden seats. We were allowed to kneel on the seats, but NO STANDING…! Except for Holly who is so short they didn’t notice she was standing. It went at about 10 miles per hour. Mrs Parks and Lucy kept telling us to calm down, but then a man said to Lucy, “How can you expect them to calm down? It’s so exciting!” Then Freddie Wood turned to Mrs Parks in a big loud voice and said “Do you think these are third class carriages?!” We climbed back on the tram ready to head for the town. This is supposed to be post Victorian around 1913. Instead of going straight to the sweetie shop we started looking inside the garage. The boys were fascinated by the spark plug. A man told us how the petrol explodes which moves the piston, which then turns a wheel. He showed us a section of a tyre. It was so heavy. He said we could buy a new car if we had £157. We didn’t quite have enough money. Even if we put all our pocket money together we only had £105 and that was only if the girls agreed!! Then we crossed the road… we had to be careful not to get run over by the trams and the omnibuses and we went to the “JUBILEE CONFECTIONERS!” I absolutely loved the sweet shop! It was amazing! There was every sweetie you would want. All the jars were stocked up behind the counter in different colours. They looked very beautiful. I liked eating the lemon bon bons.

Christian said the apple bon bons were best. We saw some of the sweets being made. Some of the girls bought a bar of chocolate. We all stood outside the shop for a photo as Georgie and Alex wanted

a picture to remember us with! Just as we were walking up the street we noticed the sign for the dentist. We decided that we would all need a trip to

the dentist now that we had so many sweets to eat. Only rich people could afford to go to the dentist in Victorian times. Everyone else had to use the barber. The lady showed us some of the tools that were used for extracting teeth. We thought it could be very painful and then she told us that the dentist’s chair was made of red velvet so that the patients didn’t notice all the blood! If you were rich enough you were okay because the dentist would give you an anaesthetic. This was very dangerous as he or she would put you to sleep, but you might not ever wake up again! We found our own places to sit and eat our picnic. Most of us sat with our friends! Except Freddie Younger who had other ideas! After lunch we went to see Pockerley Manor. The garden had tons of pretty coloured flowers and vegetables and it had a water pump and if you pushed the handle water came out, Inside there was a room where they hung the game birds and rabbits. Worse still, next to one of the bedrooms upstairs there was a room where the meat was hanging, it was rotting and SO smelly! The girls liked watching the lady in the kitchen. She gave them some freshly baked bread to eat… delicious! We walked through a wooded path to the Drift Mine and the Colliery. We saw the engine house which held a winding engine built in 1855 for J and G Joicey and Company. This was to take miners and coal up and down the pits. Cages of men went down a 400 foot drop at 30 miles per hour! We just had time to go down the mine and see what it was really like for the minors. It was very dark and we had to wear helmets. Some of us could stand up straight but almost everyone had to


bend over so as not to hit their head on the roof of the mine. We had a look at some of the mining lamps. The drift mine was classed as a naked flame site. That meant it was safe to light a flame without a massive explosion. Many miners were killed that way. We saw the shiny black seam of coal and the man told us about the grey pit pony who was now retired and safely grazing in the field. He also showed us a machine that was 10 times noisier than a pneumatic drill which was used to get the coal out. He told that this would make the miners deaf and they could hardly breathe because of all the coal dust. Young children were used to open and close doors to stop the gases escaping. They were called Trappers. We finished down the mine just in time for our Victorian Board School Lesson. We were gathering outside when a lady came out from the building and told us to be quiet because we were making a lot of noise! SHE was the teacher! We had to line up with girls and boys separately. We were all scared, but we found out later that Lucy and the gappies couldn’t stop laughing! Then the teacher took us inside. She was very strict. We had to sit up straight and stand up every time we wanted to speak. And we had to call her Ma’am!

She told us we had to recite the nine times table – backwards. Then we were given arithmetic with pounds, shillings and pence. We had to write in pen and we were told that we would be in trouble if we blotted our copy book! Tom and Rosie were told they had to stay behind to scrub the tables! Next we had to do handwriting. It was very hard work indeed. Finally we were allowed to relax and told not to worry, but then she demonstrated how Victorian children got the cane.

Emilia jumped out of her skin as the cane hit the desk next to her!! If you were naughty once you got one cane, if you were naughty again you were given it twice and a very naughty child would get 6 strokes or even the strap. When we got back to school Mrs Parks showed us some pictures of her first Form 5 visiting the museum in the summer of 2004. They have changed a bit! We wondered what this year’s form 5 would be like in 2012!

Descriptive Writing A Precious World

bath in shady corners. Hippos stand in hot, muddy, squelching pools. ellow, blue, red and green parrots Chameleons change their colours to sit in tall, shady trees. Grey, green match their surroundings. The sneaky grass hoppers hop and jump on the crocodile lies very still watching and forest floor below. Long, swinging, waiting for its prey. Slithery, sly, tall, green vines hang from the trees. snakes lie on the forest floor. A pink Speedy zebras gallop across the grassy flower poisonous and creepy catches land. Handsome lions wait to pounce her supper of flies and a colony of on their prey. Howling, yapping ants scuttle and carry food to their monkeys speed up to the huge trees. nest. Gigantic, orange and black tigers Mercedes Bannister


Oil pastel Giraffe by Mercedes Bannister

Oil pastel Lion by Christian Thomson Oil pastel Monkey by Julia Tyndall


The Jungle


feel happy in this place when the trees blow in the wind and the vines move about. The long winding river is running through this green place with cautious rare animals in it. There is an abandoned village and the crashed aeroplane with shattered glass around it. The birds are stalking their lunch. Monkeys are teasing the alligators and the cobras are sitting in the marsh. The day is ending and everything is dark. I feel sad when it is dark.

Oil pastel Lion by Murray de Klee

Hughie Brooks

Oil pastel Owl by Matilda Laird

The Vase


e sat on the floor of this tiny attic nervously holding hands, our eyes tightly shut. I hardly dared to wonder what would happen next. Philip gripped the vase tightly. It was decorated with a beautiful picture. I hoped he wouldn’t break it. Was it true what Granny said? Did it really have the power to grant us a wish for as long as we wanted?

Then suddenly the vase began to glow. It was time for an adventure! We suddenly realised that we were in Candy Land! Everything was made of candy and chocolate, but there was something Oil pastel Lion by Matilda Laird

The Accident


y sister, India and I were out on a nice sunny day skipping on a tree stump round and round in circles. Suddenly, I fell off and landed on my arm. I cried for ages. India carried me up to the house and Mummy had a look. She said that my arm would be alright, so I had supper and went to bed.

When I was asleep in the middle of the night I rolled onto my arm and I yelled my head off! My mum came in and took me to the doctor. We rushed as fast as we could. When we got there I was very scared because they had a thing that looked like a chain-saw and I thought they were going to cut my arm off.

When it was all over my mum took me home, but I did not go back to sleep because I was too scared. I went to have breakfast at six o’clock in the morning. Then I came back up to my cot and tried to climb in, but I couldn’t so I went back down stairs to watch TV. Then Mummy came down and said, “Julia, have some rest!” But I said, “No!” I then went on with my day. In the end I had three plasters, my first was too big, my second was too small and my last, well, I took that one off by myself. I was in my cot and I just took it off. Then I went into Mummy’s bedroom and I said, “I did it!” holding it up in one hand. It was okay though, because that was the day I was going to have the plaster taken off! Julia Tyndall

very strange. The people were made of metal! THEY SPOKE VERY LOUD LIKE THIS! Every single one of them was 22feet high! The babies were about 5 foot and the children were about ten foot tall! All the houses were made of jelly babies stuck together like bricks. The cement was pure chocolate and the roads were made of black liquorish. School was really fun and you only had to do a minute of work every Monday. Then we saw a fun fair and I decided we should go to it. We were on our 900th go when suddenly Philip saw that the vase was glowing. Then all at once we were back in the attic and Granny was calling us for tea. Freddie Woodd

Self Portrait Ewan Cuningham Jardine


Victorian Diary Entry: Theo Weir April 28th 1843

Self Portrait - Holly Mitchell

When I woke up this morning it was a normal day. I had breakfast and walked to the mine. Luckily I wasn’t a trapper. I was on the lift when suddenly it jerked and stopped. I shouted for someone at the top or bottom. Someone called back saying, “The steam engine has broken down again!” There was another jerk and it started. At the bottom I grabbed a pickaxe and a spade. I shared a tram with Hughie.

We had a rat in our tram today. Sometimes the mine flooded. It hadn’t so far today, but it was leaking through the roof a little bit. We hacked at the rock. Hughie’s pickaxe hit the roof of the mine and it started to crumble. Big rocks started to fall down, we were almost at the door but it was locked. We got to a ladder just in time. At last it was lunch. I had a roll with butter and an apple. The rest of the day we sat in the sun. The mine was still blocked. We wouldn’t be paid today, but at least we had escaped and we were in the sun.

Victorian Diary Entry: Jamie Farr May 7th 1845

Self Portrait - Jemima Black

Self Portrait - Bibi Cuthbert


Today I woke up at half past five and got all my kit at the door ready to clean some chimneys. I had my breakfast and went out. This was the day I was going to a place called Farm House Manor which was a mile or two away from my house. They have eight chimneys in their house. First I did the dining room one; luckily it had a ladder to climb up and down. It was quite a squish but not bad. I am very small so I got through the stabilisers in the middle and I got to the top eventually. I did that chimney in an hour and ten minutes. Now I was on the roof of the house. It had a great view of the hills. If I looked the other way I could see a dull city. Then I went downstairs to

Self Portrait - Hector Bailey

Self Portrait - Emilia White

see the owner of the house. Their names were Mr and Mrs Millburn and they had two children. The boy’s name was Master John and the girl’s name was Mistress Susan. I saw Mr Millburn so I asked, “What chimney should I do next, Sir?” He said to do the kitchen one. It was absolutely filthy, so I climbed into the chimney and got to work. When I was two or three metres away from the top,

Design Technology


his year we have had a great year. We have been designing loads of great things.

I loved making the letter writing kitit was great fun. First we cut out three pieces of paper to fit the lid of the box.

just where all the soot was a sparrow came into the chimney and saw me. It went straight back because it saw the state of me. I was as black as coal! I got to the top ten minute later. It was hard, but I climbed back down later on and went to tell Mr Millburn that I had finished. He paid me twenty shillings and I left the manor with joy on my face. When I got back I had supper and got ready for bed and now I am writing my diary. What a day!

Some of the Form 5 members at play in their classroom

The first thing we designed was a box city. First of all we chose boxes, then we stuck them together and painted them. Now they are on display- they look great. I have learnt so much from Mr Wilson this year. Mercedes Bannister


his year we have been designing lots of models. My best topic so far is balloon Racers. Mr Wilson has been so helpful trying to help us make our hese terms in form five have been Balloon Racers. I called mine brilliant all because of the design the White Racer. technology. Mr Wilson has been First we got our bottles they brilliant by guiding us through all the were in lots of boxes. We got the topics and has been explaining them two wheels and axles. We had well. Our topics so far have been


It was hard to cut the lines straight. Mr Wilson helped me because I was struggling a bit. After that we started to design a pattern for the lid of our box. We used pasta and stuck it on to the lid. There were different types of pasta to use. After we finished we let them dry. The next time we spray painted our boxes. We had the choice of two different colours. They look great now that they are finished.

some glue guns and carefully we put some on the bottle and stuck the axles onto it .I nearly burnt myself. We put our axles through the Bottle and put the wheels on. Mr Wilson drilled a hole through the bottle and put another axle through it and put a balloon on the axle. We blew it up and it moved. They were brilliant. We did a letter writing kit. This is how you make it. We cut 3 pieces of paper and got some cardboard and traced around it on paper and made a Pattern. Once you have chosen your Patten. You stick it on to your box. You get lots of pasta and get glue and put it on your paper and you stick the pasta on it. Once it has dried you spray it any colour you want. I really enjoyed it making them. Emilia White.

making Box Cities, Sarcophagus, Balloon Racers and Letter writing kits.

First we made our Box City. It was very simple. The first thing we did was made a design and decided it with our group. After that we stuck the boxes together and painted them. It was as simple as that! Another topic we did we made was


Physical Education Quotes “I really liked P.E. because I am always looking forward to it and especially as Mr Wilson is teaching. My favourite part of P. E. was the section on Gymnastics” Freddie Woodd “I really like P.E. because you get to practice the different skills. I especially enjoyed the 200m in Athletics” Murray de Klee “I really like P.E. because the high jump was a lot of fun. My favourite thing in P.E. was the football, because Mr Wilson teachers us really well.” Freddie Younger “I especially like the high jump because it was a lot of fun jumping over the bar. I like P.E. because it is running and doing sprinting and because Mr Wilson teaches well”

our Balloon Racers. The first thing we did was making a design and went through to get all the boxes and all the other things we needed. We then showed our designs to the whole class. The next thing we did was the making. I got a plastic bottle and Mr Wilson made a whole at the back of the bottle and through the sides so I could stick the axles through. After that I put some big wheels on and made sure they were properly on with No More Nails on the end of the

axles. Finally I got to the last stage of the making. I put a green tube through the bottle put the balloon on the end but it didn’t work! The last topic was our Letter Writing Kits. First we made three designs and then decided which one was our favourite. The next thing we did was we stuck our design on and stuck pasta on top. Finally we spray painted it we had a choice of gold or antique gold. We then had a cool and awesome Letter Writing Kit. Jemima Black

Hector Bailey

events. I really liked the 75m and I can’t wait for next year. I always look forward to P.E because it is my favourite lesson” Tom Brooke

“I like P.E. because it is really challenging and fun. I especially liked the high jump because I just like jumping” Alistair Gimlette “I liked running the 1500m. I would like to get better at high jump. I liked doing the football section because I felt that I improved. I also liked doing gymnastics because I got better at doing forward rolls” Hughie Brooks “I like P.E because you learn lots of different things. Like in the High Jump I got to learn all the different jumps like the flop, the roll, and the scissors. I felt glum because I was injured and missed out on all the gymnastics.” Theo Weir “My favourite thing in Form 5 P.E. was Athletics especially the running

“I liked P.E. because I liked shooting for goal in basketball. The fitness section was tiring especially before Christmas. I liked the 400m in Athletics” Ewan Cunningham Jardine “I really liked the 400m in the athletics section and I really liked doing somersaults in gymnastics. I wish that we could have spent more time doing football.” Christian Thomson “I like P.E. because you get to have some exercise not just in games. It is fun because you get to try out different things like high jump, 400m, football however I was not feeling well so unfortunately I missed some lessons. Its very exhausting in the 1500m. Alistair Prenter

The Class of ’08 Back row: Rosie Barnes, Alasdair Prenter, Matilda Laird, Jemima Black (now out of sling!) Ewan Cunningham Jardine, Jamie Farr Middle row: Christian Thomson, Bibi Cuthbert, Tom Brooke, Julia Tyndall, Freddie Woodd, Emilia White Front row: Alistair Gimlette, Anne Findlay, Hector Baillie, Theo Weir, Murray de Klee, Meercedes Nannister, Freddie Younger


Feltmaking Form 5 pupils created animal faces from tufts of coloured yarn. With warm water, soap and lots of rubbing they created fantastic felt pieces.

Jamie Farr concentrating hard on placing the coloured yarn.

Theo Weir looking very happy whilst in the process of making his felt tiger.

Freddie Woodd’s Bear

Freddie Younger’s Lion

Alistair Gimlette’s Panda Tom Brooke’s Polar Bear

Anne Finlay demonstrating the ‘lots of rubbing’ technique.

Rosie Barnes at the start of the project with a blank canvas.


Seaside Poems


Book Reviews


Form 4 History Trip to Stirling


n Monday 5th November Form 4, Miss Farrell, Mr Harvey, Danni, Ashley and Hector all went to Stirling. We went on the mini bus feeling excited. It took us about an hour and a half to get there. We were also listening to music on Hector’s ipod. Finally we arrived at Wallace’s monument.

the loop in the river Forth where the battle of Stirling bridge took place and Miss Farrell took a photo of us on the monument. We went downstairs to watch a little movie. While the movie was running we saw a hologram of Wallace’s face on a huge plastic model when he was being sentenced in court. The hologram was only an actor. We then had some lunch in the minibus. A few minutes later we were at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre. There was this lady who told us a folk

story and Angus, Geordie, Sophie and Wills did some acting. We watched a twenty minute film about the battle of Bannockburn. Then we tried some chain mail on. It was very heavy! Miss Farrell took a picture of Harry stuck in the stocks. Then we went to the gift shop. We went back to Belhaven feeling more tired than ever. My favourite thing about the trip was seeing the hologram on the face of the Wallace model. William Dirkin.


At the Bannockburn Heritage Centre we were told a story about a farmer called John who wanted to help fight for Scottish freedom. Geordie was John, Sophie was Margaret, Wills was James Douglas and Angus was Archie the archer. After the story we watched a ten minute film about the battle of Bannockburn. It was amazing to see what it was like back then.

Then we tried on some armour and I got a picture taken of me pretending to chop off Georgina’s head in the stocks. I tried on chain mail too, it was so heavy! Imagine fighting with that on! My favourite part of the trip was putting on the chain mail. I think it was a good trip and I learnt all about Bannockburn and Stirling. Annabel Wailes-Fairbairn

Then we climbed Abbey Craig Hill and it was very steep. We climbed to the very top of the monument’s two hundred and forty six steps. We saw

fter prayers Form Four went to Stirling. It took an hour and a half to get there on the bus. When we got out of the bus at the Wallace Monument I felt like I was in 1292.

We climbed to the top of Abbey Craig and went inside the Wallace monument. Then we climbed the two hundred and forty six steps! When I got to the top I was nearly blown away!



n Monday 5th November Form Four was so excited because they were going on their first history trip to the Wallace monument after prayers - it was so exciting!

When we got there, there was a big hill for us to climb called Abbey Craig. After that we stood at the Wallace monument until the man let us in and showed us where to go. It was a long way to the top and when we got there all the boys sang “Flower of Scotland�! It was very, very windy up there! When we went back down, Grizel counted the steps and there were two hundred and forty six! On the way down we looked at the Wallace sword and it was over five foot tall! Then we saw a hologram of when William Wallace was tried as a traitor and captured. After that we had our packed lunch outside, it was lovely out there!

Then we were driven to the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, it looked very, very exciting from outside! We were welcomed by a nice lady who brought us to the drama room and we did a little play about the small folk in the Battle of

Bannockburn. It was lots of fun. Then she took us to a small movie room. We watched a short movie about the battle and how it was such a victorious time for Scotland. After that we went and tried on very heavy armour and it showed us how lots of knights drowned in the Forth River. Ollie tried on the helmet of Robert the Bruce and he looked a lot like him! Then we gathered at the statue of Robert the Bruce and his beautiful horse. The teachers took a photo of us. Sadly, after that, we had to go back to school. My favourite thing was going up all the stairs to the top of the monument. We said a BIG thank you to Miss Farrell, Mr Harvey, Danni, Ashley and Hector for letting us go on such an exciting trip. Archie Douglas Miller.


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The Annual Trip to York

Next we went to Clifford’s Tower and a man gave us a talk. We went into the chapel and it was very lopsided because of the floods weakening the mound it was built on. Then we went to the Jorvik Viking Centre where we got into a time machine and went back to 800 A.D. We got into a cart that took us around a reconstructed Viking village (it was

really smelly!) The village was so cool! After that we collected our bags and walked along the river to the Youth Hostel and went straight to tea. Afterwards we played some games and watched Johnny English. After breakfast we set off to York Minster and a man gave us a talk and we had a go at some activities. Next he gave us a tour of the Minster. Wow, it was so beautiful and fascinating, I loved it. We then went to the Museum Gardens where we had lunch and a game of bulldogs. Finally we went to the Railway Museum and we looked around all the old carriages, they were lovely. We bought some things in the gift shop, then climbed on the train and were eventually met by Mr Gale and Mr Pinchin at Dunbar. We got back to school just in time for tea. All thanks to Mr Wilson and Miss Farrell the best teachers ever! Rupert Warre

Modern Vikings strike terror into York ...

... and a couple of them feel the strain of it all!

Something rather worrying in the news, I fear.

Suits you, Sir and Madam!

n Tuesday 27th May at 9.00 a.m. Form 4’s fantastic trip began. First we got dropped at the station by Mrs Coleman and Mr Gale. All excited and raring to go, we jumped on the train.

have ever seen (I really mean that!) We walked through various rooms from different eras and saw old fashioned furniture and clothes. There was a fantastic reconstructed Victorian street that made you actually feel like you were living back then! After that we climbed Clifford’s Tower where a man told us the story of the lopsided room that was sloped due to the soft ground underneath. Then we headed off to Jorvik. We had been told this was the best part and it didn’t disappoint! We went through a reconstruction of a Viking village. It felt so real!


n Tuesday 27th May 2008, an excited Form 4 drove to Dunbar station with Mr Wilson and Miss Farrell. It took us a long two and a half hours to get to York. When we got there we dropped off our bags and walked to Pizza Hut along the Old City Wall. The food was really good and warming at Pizza Hut. Then we went to the Castle Museum and we walked along an old Victorian street and into the old fashioned shops.


When we finally arrived at York, dropped our bags at the station and walked all the way to Pizza Hit, we were very hungry so we all ate loads! Next we went to the Castle Museum. It was really amazing. It had a bit of everything and was the most interesting museum I


Then we went to pick up our bags and walked the long journey back to the Youth Hostel… When we arrived we put our bags in our rooms and went down for supper. We then got into our P.J.s and snuggled up to watch Johnny English before bed… (well that’s what the teachers thought!) The next morning we had breakfast

at the Youth Hostel and then packed up before setting off to York Minster Education Centre. The man there told us all about the Minster and its history. Not knowing what to expect, we then entered the Minster – it was amazing! My favourite part was the five sisters window. Next we had lunch at the Museum Gardens and after playing a fun

game of bulldogs we went to the Railway Museum and took lots of pictures of lovely trains. The gift shop there was the best yet! Following on from that we went to the train station, boarded the train and got home safe and sound and extremely tired! Thank you very much to Miss Farrell and Mr Wilson. Grizel Hocknell

Warwick the Viking? Form 4 looking fairly happy about their impending trip. Or was this taken when they returned to school?

A view of The Minster from Clifford’s Tower

From the top of somewhere!


Creative Writing Jungle Hot sunny days with a golden sun blazing overhead. The golden-maned lion prowls the forest floor. A rustle of leaves as a slithering scaly snake slithers over the forest floor. The cackling laughing hyena who jeers at other animals hunting. The hippos squelching and swimming in the refreshing waters. The little chattering monkeys that swing happily from tree to tree. The fast sprinting cheetahs running after their prey. The squawk of parrots flying overhead. The slimy snails slide ever so slowly across the leafy floor. The beady eyed crocodile watching, waiting for the right time to strike at their prey. The striped tiger watching the zebra gallop past the hunting dog, who watches, waits and takes the days hunt back for their young. As night fall creeps in the black jaguar comes out. All is quiet, all is still, the silence broken by the occasional gust of wind. The temperature drops, the golden sun disappears and in its place is a silver moon. Annabel Wailes-Fairbairn


The scorching sun scolds one’s skin. The sweltering sand hot beneath our feet. The faraway dunes like mountains of sand. The dangerous sand storms tear away the atmosphere. Prickly cactuses stand tall some straight some bent awkwardly. The rough chameleons blend into their surroundings. Arid camels keep hydrated with water from their huge hump. Shrivelled up scorpions go in for the kill. Sly sand snakes slither through the rocks hunting down their tea. Deadly vultures circle their innocent dying prey. As night falls in the filthy smelly carcasses of pure dead animals start to rot away. As a purple dawn begins to grow a beautiful mirage comes in to sight. Rupert Warre

Antarctica Harsh winds howl against your ears. Crunchy snow flakes rush around, melting as soon as they touch the icy carpet beneath. Penguins jumping off sticky blocks of ice into the dark depths of the bitter oceans. Soaring through the water trying to keep out of their enemy’s way. Cracking ice revealing shimmering waters with the dark shadows of the killer whale luring its prey to a nasty end. The playful seals splash about around the ice burgs with their clumsy flippers, making high pitched screeches of delight. The blinding sun goes slowly down behind the weary scene of a tall mountain. Sophie Benson

Rainforest The pitter-patter of rain beating heavily on the ground. A high pitched squawk from a Macau. The rain has stopped. The sun shines brightly in the cloudless sky. Large orang-utans swing from tree to tree. A sli th e r i ng snake hisses around the bright green leaves growing from the ground. T h e appearance of a piranha waiting in a deep river ready to catch its prey. Little ants crawling to there colony in the dappled shade. Chimps dancing on the ground having a good time. A winding river turns into a water fall and howler monkeys yell from the top of trees. William Dirkin.


Jungle Boiling sun beating down through the trees to make a dappled shade on the sunbathing lions, tired after their day out hunting. Snakes hanging from branches their eyes scanning the ground for their next victim. The sun finds its way through the trees to hit the dazzling spiders web to make it stand out from the rest. The sudden whoosh of warm air as a monkey swoops past you with ease. Scuttling insects with their patterned body, their determination showing as they run to and fro. Tigers with their unique stripes nearly disappearing in the wavy grass but their powerful roar and humungous teeth would awaken any who come too close. Grizel Hocknell

There was a young lad named Jock Who lived in a filthy flock He had nothing to eat Started chewing his feet And slowly devoured his sock! Sophie Benson

There once was a man called Fred Who slept in a rather large bed He fell out one night OH! what a fright The next day something was wrong with his head Archie Douglas Miller

There once was a man called Jack Playing rugby he broke his back Soon he felt well But then he fell Out onto a railway track - WHACK! Will Plowden

There was a boy from Kent Who gave up nothing for Lent The Bible he read Then felt guilty and said He’d give up sweets for Lent. Annabel Wailes Fairbairn

There once was a lady called Dice She discovered she had loads of lice She started to scratch She got a bald patch Which made her attractive to mice. Rosabel Kilgour


Evacuee letters on old paper and very important posters from WWII


Abigail Pooley Annabel Wailes Fairbairn

“We’ve got ’em on! Look”

Rupert Warre Wills Younger

Sophie Benson and Will Plowden model the home made gas masks - very convincing indeed

Geordie Younger Will Plowden


First day of School

I was scared, I didn’t know what to do. I was never prepared I never even knew.

Then someone helped me. Then I wasn’t scared. I was enjoying my day. I didn’t know what to say.

I was at the bottom, Crowded with people. Never ever sure, To walk out the door.

My teacher was just horrible, But then I got used to her. She tried to scare me, But I wasn’t scared.

Ding, ding, ding that’s the bell, What does that mean? That means home time. Hurray, hurray, Mummy, Mummy. Geordie Younger


Starting a New School You enter the gates of the school. You feel curious and anxious to meet new friends. Leaving your Mum is the hardest part. But after a while you feel like a family already and forget where you are. Lessons start you get a shock feeling excited under pressure trying to make a good impression. Butterflies are building up inside your stomach You hear the teacher’s voice approach you. She gives you a tour of the school. Afterwards you’ve got your brain twitching with thoughts. How are you going to remember your way around? What about the codes? The names? I was worried, overwhelmed. Time for lunch. Oh, no! You forget the code! Feeling down, might not get lunch. Luckily a herd of people are behind you and open the door. Scared about the stampeed, hope it doesn’t happen again. You smell the lunch warm and ‘scrummy’. Oh, you’re hungry. Quiet reading. Lessons. Then games. What a ball. Enjoying school. Happy, happy. Tea at last home again. What a lovely end to the day. Amelia Cookson

A Short time away from Belhaven It was a hard thing saying goodbye. It was a hard thing saying goodbye to all my friends and pets, but at least I knew I was coming back to Scotland and we did take our dog, Bilbo. When my family and I moved to Switzerland at the end of December, we were all very excited about our adventure. I was very nervous on my first day at school, especially as I didn’t speak much French. I had that funny feeling that I wasn’t going to make new friends at school, but it didn’t take me long in the end. My teacher, Monsieur Dumoulin, who is also the headmaster, was so strict and far bossier than Mr Osborne. Luckily, for half of the week I got a much nicer teacher. The children in my class were very enthusiastic and friendly towards me. Although on my first day I was sat next to the most difficult boy in the class. There were a few foreigners in the class, but only one other English speaking. He helped me a bit to start with. The Swiss found it very difficult to pronounce Mairi so they called me Marie. I liked coming home for lunch every day, although it was quite a long walk from the school. We had a two hour lunch break every day, half day on Wednesdays and no school at the weekend. I’ve kept in touch with all my Scottish friends by e mail, so I’ve heard what’s been going on while I’ve been away. And now I’m really looking forward to coming back to Belhaven. Mairi Donaldson

My First few Days in Form 4w My first few days at Belhaven were very good. I really liked seeing all my friends, all the new pupils in the classes above and below me. It was so good to see the teachers again - they are all so friendly. The sport is really good now. We also have new classrooms like the new music block and my smart new classroom. There are two classes in Form 4, 4W (my class) and 4F. My favourite subjects are Design Technology with Mr. Wilson (my Form teacher) and Science with Mrs. Gale. Some of my targets this year are to improve my writing and spelling, my additional mentally and the focus on speaking clearly when presenting my newspaper articles. In games I want to improve on all of my running times! Overall, it has been a great start - I hope that it keeps going. Kit Gordon Cumming

My New School: Belhaven Hill When I arrived a Belhaven it was like I was in the middle of my holidays, because I didn’t know how everything worked. When I entered my dorm I felt really confused. I had no idea where things were meant to go, but now I am feeling fine. I have made a lot of friends. I have to keep on asking which lessons we are going to. I am not used to walking around to the different classes, however, I like the responsibility that this gives us to turn up on time to the appropriate class and with the correct tools. Overall, I love it. I have great friends in my Dorm. I am really enjoying my cricket and am enjoying the boarding school life. Charlie Riley


Design Technology


he first project we did in the first DT lesson was to build stick houses. Everyone thought that this was going to be an easy project but actually it was quite difficult. The things we used to make the houses were clay and match sticks of all different colours. Some people made two floors and some people made it

a single one.

Then the second project we did was to build newspaper towers, and they must be as close to the roof and high as possible. This was a difficult project. The materials we used were newspapers and tape. Everyone’s tower kept falling down so the project took longer and longer. Eventually we finished and everyone’s was taller than Mr Wilson.

Our third project was to create a stain glass window. This was a good project and great fun. We used paper, tape, crayons and a window. Everyone had a different design so it was very easy to see whose was whose and who had the best design. DT has been great fun this year. Archie Rettie


his year has been extremely fun sellotape and then we made a theme of having a ZONE corner. I like usibng saws, glue guns, hammers, sand paper, for me because of Mr wilson board. teaching me D.T. - that stands for I did one with Archie and our subject nails and pliers. was cricket. It had to be 3D and next I have really enjoyed this year with design Technology.

We have made all sorts of stuff like making cars out of wood and making bottle rockets out of plastic and making straw bridges out of art straws and

we are doing totem poles. I love making stuff - it’s so fun! Mr wilson has come up with loads of fantastic ideas. He came up with the idea

Mr Wilson and I am very excited ab9out next yeasr with him too in Form 3. Will Plowden

It remains a mystery as to whether this rocket actually made it off the launch pad!



r Wilson took over the temporary Music Classroom after the Music Building had been completed.

This particular classroom was lowered into the school grounds round about the

mid-1980s and has seen life as an Art Classroom, Subject Classroom, Model Room, Music Classroom and now both ends have been amalgamated into Mr Wilson’s empire - aka 4W Classroom and the DT centre.

Much paint and refurbishment later the ‘temporary’ classroom block is looking as good as new and the classes that enter for their lessons are rewarded with a warm, comforting and interesting classroom.

As the temporary Music Classroom

What the pupils see

Transformed into Form 4w’s Super Classroom

What the teacher sees - but only at Christmas time!

A Bridge too far? All made from Art Straws and tested to destruction - sadly no pictures survive of the bridges that didn’t pass the test!


Theme Boards make a welcome return!



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4W’s Cycling Experience


n The 19th of June 2008 4W went to the velodrome in Edinburgh. Where Abigail cycles every week!

It took about half an hour to get there and when we arrived we had to get our bikes and helmets. Paul was the man who was the cycling teacher for the day and also got our bikes and helmets for us. When we were all ready to cycle we carried our bikes to the velodrome, they were very heavy. After carrying our bike we hung them up on the rails and Paul gave us a tour of the track, and we found out the banking was about 45 degrees steep!! When we got around the track, Abigail’s Dad (Michael Pooley) gave us an example of how to ride a bike in the velodrome. He was very good and he made it look extremely easy. While Mr. Pooley was showing us how to cycle Paul said that in 2002 Mr. Pooley was picked to cycle in the Commonwealth Games for Scotland and came 9th!

Then Mr. Pooley stopped cycling and we hopped on or bikes and cycled on the thick blue which was all flat. It was so much different to ride than a mountain bike! We did about 6 laps and got off, for the other group to have a go. Next we were learning to go up the small banking. Personally, when Paul said this I was very nervous, but after a couple of goes it was not as hard as it sounded. Afterwards we did some bending in and out of cones and it was quite hard because you had to turn quite quickly and you couldn’t stop peddling like on a mountain bike because otherwise the bike would flip over. Then it was Mr Wilsons go, but he didn’t as long to go in and out of the cones. Then it was time to go to McDonalds for lunch and all the girls got a happy meal After we finished McDonalds we set off to school wishing we could go back to the velodrome another day. Amelia Cookson

But on wheels we’ll fall over!

“Can I have a bike, please?”

Building our Viking house with wattle and daub


addy decided that we needed a new house because ours was starting to rot. So one day he set out to chop down some wood for the structural posts. My brother and I helped him secure twelve long, solid posts in the ground and then we set out to find some hazel branches. Mother came too and she told us the branches (wattle) had to be long and bendy for weaving. We made our way back to the house and starting weaving the hazel in and out of the posts to make the base of the wall. This took quite some time and was tough on our hands!

Eventually, after a good few weeks, the wattle job was finished. Now father sent us out to collect some earth, sand, clay and water. We made a mixture called daub which was like plaster. It took weeks for us to spread this on with our hands and wait for it to dry. When we finished I was so

relieved. But then, father decided to have a thatched roof! So the next task was to collect bundles and bundles of straw, dry it out and tie it with twine. Then Daddy climbed up to the top of the roof and each time we threw him a bundle of straw, he secured it tightly. That took him at least two weeks. Finally our new house was finished! We were all so excited to move in. Living was simple. There was one main room where Daddy made a central fire. Here we did all the cooking and heated water. The fire provided us with heat during the cold winters. Daddy left a gap between the top of the wall and the roof where the smoke could escape. Mother’s loom took up a lot of space in the house too, so our beds were pushed right out to the edges of the house. There wasn’t very much privacy but we were so happy in our new home. Sophie Benson


A Poster about the tribulations faced on board 15th Century ships - part of a Geography project

Christopher Columbus

Rats often carry diseases as well

Some diseases caught on board are: scurvy, yellow fever and small pox.


Mouldy cheese

s u b m u l o C r e h p o t s i r Ch was a very famous explorer he was born in Italy and went to sea at the age of 13. He spent many years trying to persuade many kings and queens to give him money to find a new route to China. Finally Queen Isabella and king Ferdinand of Spain gave him money and in return he gave them new lands, Santa Maria

spices, money and new people for the Christian religion. Columbus sailed with 3 ships called: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. On the 12th of October 1492 the pinta first spotted what Columbus

called san Salvador and is now known as Bahamas. Next he arrived in Cuba, and then he found Hispaniola which we call Spain. Finally Columbus founded America and at first the native Americans were pleased with Columbus but they soon changed their ways.

Nina Pinta

I think it is safe to say that life at sea was pretty vile. Let’s just hope it will never be like that again.

P.E. through the year P.E this year has been really great. At the start of the year in P.E we did a little bit of swimming. And we learnt breast stroke and other things like that. After swimming we did some basketball. Basketball is really fun, and we learnt how to score though the hoop, and to play games without going off side.


Next came fitness, in fitness we and got given a fitness card. Each week we would record our scores of wall sit, step ups, press ups, leg tucks, star jumps, and the shuttle run and chin ups. That was really fun. Then we did a bit of gymnastics. I like gymnastics because it is fun and you almost turn inside out. We all enjoyed gymnastics and by the end we were trying back flips.

We then did football which was in preparation for patrol football. Then the last thing we did in form 4 P.E was athletics. We first did some diving skills and then we did running and the jumping which was in preparation for sports day. We have all enjoyed P.E this year so thank you to Mr Wilson for a great year of P.E. Abigail Pooley

Art Gallery

Form 4 have been fishing and found some great catches in papier mâchÊ

Rosabel Kilgour

Grizel Hocknell

Rupert Warre

Amelia Cookson Charlie Riley

Abigail Pooley

Georgina Hope Sophie Benson


Ceramic bowls - just big enough for the fish!

Willi am Dirkin

Archie Douglas Miller looking more than a little pleased with the outcome of his fired bowl!


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ng rdon Cummi

Will Plowden looking forward to his bowl being filled.

Angus Harley

Geor die Younger

Amelia Cookson pleading for someone to put something into her bowl

Harry Clough

Annabel Wailes Fairbairn - proud bowl maker

Wills Younger


Ollie Farr - bowled over that it turned out far better than he thought

Will Plowden

Treasure Maps

Rupert Warre


Form 3 Visit to Blair Drummond


his year’s trip with Form 3 was to take them to see the animals at Blair Drummond Safari Park - or should we say we let the animals see Form 3!

Having arrived at the park, we slowly drove through the animal reserves,

making sure that all windows and doors were shut, as I don’t think Mr Osborne (or the parents) wanted any of the children to be the lunch for the animals! Tigers, Bison, Rhinos, deer, ostrich, camels, elephants, lions and many more made an exciting drive around the reserves. A quick snack and then Form 3


headed off to see the Sea Lion show, where they saw Sea Lions balancing balls on their noses and practising their throwing and catching skills with the ball. A demonstration of their keep fit routine, some clapping and waving, the Sea Lions soon left the stage. Outside we then went to the Pet’s Farm and saw and fed the goats, llamas and other small animals. There were also Meerkats, penguins and a sleepy brown bear close by. It was soon time for Form 3 to have a little free time on the amusements, a carousel, astroglide slide and 10p machines kept them busy along with a trip to the shop. With stomachs rumbling we stopped for a lunch snack and a quick class relay competition (this year was a draw – 3p and 3g both won one each and the third had to be discounted, cheating by a certain class!) Unfortunately we did not escape the showers and so the children darted into the large wooden play fort to keep themselves dry before heading off to

Chimp Island via a boat. Watching the chimps on the Island was fascinating as food was thrown over to them. Before we left, most of the children, well those who were tall enough, flew across the pond on the flying fox, making sure they did not land in the water! A rather loud scream from Saskia made us panic for a sudden in case she’d fallen in – in fact it was a scream of enjoyment! It was even reported that Mrs Gale and Mr Pinchin, much to the amusement of the children, also partook in this activity! Having flown on the flying fox, we all took to the water in the pedal boats before heading back to the buses.

Another drive through the animal reserves, as we left the park, ended off a brilliant day out. The children were great to take out, full of fun and provided us with many amusing moments throughout the day. KG

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Merchiston Science Morning

and in this activity we learnt about colours and how they reflected and absorbed light. We then had a well his year at Merchiston, Form deserved snack before heading back 3 completed three different to Belhaven. Freddy Rogers and Douglas Forsyth activities within their groups. Chemistry involved lots of bangs and the travelling Jelly Babies, Biology oday we went to Merchiston. included looking at cells and different The red group started off at live animals, the Physics was making DT - that was really fun. We made Pinhole cameras and investigating keyrings out of plastic. Then we Light and Colour, in Electronics they went to Biology. In Biology we used made a mini electronic organ, during a microscope and took apart leaves ICT they designed their own mouse and insects. We also held lots of mats with useful information and in animals, stick insects, a tortoise and DT they were making keyrings. The snakes called Georgina and Keith. children had an enjoyable morning They were so cool! Finally we did and returned to school with their Electronics and made these ‘tooters’ various objects they had made or and we tooted them the whole way designed. Thank goodness the home. battery could be disconnected from Olivia Erskine and Saskia the electric organs - it was a tuneful drive back in the minibus! oday at Merchiston I really enjoyed Biology especially when Here are a few comments by Form 3g we got to stroke the snakes. We also from their trip to Merchiston: got to hold a giant African Land Snail, a tortoise and stick insects. In On the 4th October Form 3 went DT we made our own keyrings. In to Merchiston Science Day. When Physics we learnt about colours and we arrived we were split into groups. made our own pinhole cameras. We Then we were led in by 2 boys to our had a brilliant time. first lesson which was Biology. In Madeline this activity we magnified different parts of a bee with a microscope. nfortunately we arrived at Our 2nd activity was DT and we Merchiston a little late because of made these really cool keyrings. We both made pacman shaped keyrings. the traffic. We were split into groups Last but not least we had Physics and hurried to our first activity, which was DT. In DT we all chose






shapes and made a mould. Then we filled the mould with coloured glue. It dried quickly to reveal a keyring. Next we drilled a hole through and through it we put a metal ring. Our second activity was Biology. First we looked at cells through a microscope. Next we got to hold animals like snakes and insects. Our final activity was Electronics. We made some mini organs and had to stick the parts with melted metal. Then we stuck on a loudspeaker. Finally we had a snack before heading back to school. A perfect end to a wonderful morning. Edward and Alasdair


oday we went to Merchiston to do some science. My group did DT first and we made a little keyring with some hot coloured glue. The keyring will soon go on my bag. Then we did Biology. We looked at organs and the body of a Bee and also some pond weed close up using the microscope. We also held a snake called Keith, a tortoise, some stick insects and a cockroach. Then we had Electronics where we made mini pianos which we can play tunes on. That was really good fun. We had a great day and were helped by people who were doing their A Levels there. We also met a huge snake called Georgina and were allowed to touch her! Tom and Caspar

3P become Trainee Meteorologists for a day


p went along to Loretto for the day to learn about weather, cloud types, climate change and to log the weather for the day, with Loretto’s Director of Studies, Martin Baker. The sessions consisted of short presentations and then some practical work which involved the children preparing to use the Whirling Hygrometers, taking readings from the Hygrometers, measuring wind speed and direction, identifying the amount of cloud cover and naming the types of cloud and using a computer spreadsheet to help calculate the dew point and relative humidity. During the course of the day the children made 5 weather observations and recorded their measurements on a sheet. Having completed the hard work, we were taken on a tour of the Science Labs where they were able to play with some multicoloured slime, handle a rather friendly Corn Snake and discover the power of Electromagnets.

also filled in a chart for the weather about wind speed and lots of other things. At the end we had a tour of the science labs. We went into the Chemistry room and were told to sit down. There was some sort of jelly stuff in a beaker on each bench. It was very smelly. Hattie put her hand into it – it was yucky slime! Hattie Harley and Bea Begg


hen we went to Loretto we learnt about weather and climate change. It was really interesting to know what clouds there were and their names. After that we went outside and found out about the direction of the wind and other things. It was really great fun when we went to see the Science Labs especially the room with all the animals. My favourite was the snake. George and Andrew


t Loretto we learnt about Climate and climate change and a man called Dr Baker who was a meteorologist taught us. Every hour we went outside to measure Here is what some of 3p thought of temperature, wind speed and cloud cover. He taught us how to identify the day: different types of cloud and how to tell how moist the air is. At the end n Friday 21 September, 3p we had a tour of the science labs. We went to Loretto. Cargilfield and played with slime, held a large Corn St Margaret’s were also there. We snake and saw some toads. We had a started off by having a talk about the great day out. weather. Then we went outside and Alny Finlay and Tom did an investigation using a whirling hygrometer and had lots of fun. We



hen we arrived at Loretto we went to a special hall and we learnt about weather and climate. We went outside every hour to record what the weather and the clouds were doing. We learnt how to use a compass and a whirling hygrometer. At the end we played with some slime, held a snake and played with some magnets. We had so much fun we did not realise it was soon time to go home. Olivia and Tora Joicey


n Friday we went to Loretto to learn about the weather and the clouds. It is nice knowing about clouds and climate change and what global warming is going to do. We also had fun measuring the weather. At the end my favourite bit was holding the Corn snake around my neck. Leo Seymour


hen we went to Loretto I was very scared – the staff were very nice. The teacher who taught us used to be a meteorologist (somebody who studies the weather) and we got to be one too. It was very fun. We used a whirling hygrometer. I also got to hold a snake, play with slime and experiment with magnets. Lachie Hardie


Weaving Form 3 made their own simple card looms and added a variety of yarns to create a textured tapestry of the landscape.

Tosca Tindall busy at work on her weaving and the finished article

Even the boys get into their weaving! Alasdair Johnston

Iona Brooks

Ceramic Cultural Faces

Leo Seymour

Tosca Tindall

Olivia Hope

Saskia Weir Bea Begg


Bea Begg

Olivia Hope

Tosca Tindall

P.E. in Form 3


ith the sun shining brightly at the start of the year, Mr Wilson decided to take advantage of the nice weather and opted to do some swimming. With a wide range of swimmers, we all improved greatly and liked having a couple of lessons for a change.

Having an advantage from last year, we had a lot of skills in our basket ball.

We all enjoyed playing more advanced basket ball and learning how to referee. The girls were good at passing the ball but forgot that they were allowed to bounce it from the continuous play of netball. Cart wheeling, flick flaks, forward rolls and handstands the second term was full of gymnastics and by the end we were quite good. There were several people who were exceptional including George Cuthbert, who learnt to do flick flak by himself and landing on two feet.

Up next was football and the boys were excited. First we learned the basics, dribbling, passing and stopping. We then started to try and shoot some goals! By the end the end the boys and the girls seemed to be just as good as each other. Everyone was now popping with excitement after hearing that we would be starting athletics. First we were rearing up for the 200m, all went well and everyone seemed to be happy with their time. Tosca Tindall


Form 2 Dynamic Earth

we looked up at projections on the ceiling. We watched news reports Geography Trip, 31st October 2007 from the future. I learnt a lot about y favourite part of my Dynamic Earth was the volcanic gallery nce we had arrived we went what we need to do and about some into a classroom to have one of the hard decisions that we may because the ground shook when a hour lesson on Climate Change. We need to make. I thought the whole volcano erupted and you dived into the subduction zone in the mantle. talked about the Ice Age and what the thing was brilliant. Kitty Single Gas hissed out of funnels and effects of Climate Change were and pyroclastic flows exploded out of we also talked about ways to prevent the crater of the volcano and roared Climate Change. During the lesson The Rainforest down the mountain. The lava glowed we handled fossils from as long ago yellow and red as it moved towards as the Ice Age. The fossils were parts The sweltering heat, us... of a Woolly Mammoth and Sabre The chirping sounds. Cat fangs. Rory Barnes The entertaining animals,



Charlie Clough


hen we went to Dynamic Earth, my favourite part was the Future Dome. The reason I enjoyed it was because they involved you a lot by asking you questions. The questions were all about environmental issues in the future. They asked what you thought should happen about water and population increase. We sat on chairs that revolved around and

Here we are lost, deep in the Borneo Rainforest. The rain pours like ping pong balls, The thunder roars, The lightning screams, The rays beam, Everything Stops. Daisy Greville Williams


y favourite part of Dynamic Earth was the Restless Earth Gallery. It was the most interesting part because I enjoy learning about volcanoes. The floor shook sending out earthquake tremors. After one big shockwave smoke emerged from the floor like a volcano erupting! Tom Galbraith


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Iona in awe of a Mammoth’s tooth and, no, sorry but it won’t fit you!

Dynamic Earth was great fun, We learned about space and the sun. The Musky scent of dampness welcomed us And it wasn’t the blue grundy bus! It was more thick and damp and wet than that, But the echoes sounded like a big cat. There was a creek and a whoosh as one swept past, And swung on a branch - really fast. There was a hiss and a caw! I rushed forward for more... Rain hit my face at a mighty pace. Refreshing me down to the core! Grace Plowden

The peaks in Antarctica, we did climb, The time machine counted us back in time. The rainforest was humid and wet, We learned that the future was never set. A komodo dragon and a jaguar, A spinning planet and a burning star. A glacier is the most powerful force Of erosion, not a volcano of course. Now we finish off this day, With three cheers to Miss Cowan and Mr Peek Hip Hip Hooray! Vanessa Riley

The virtual ride across a glacier

Now which bit of a mammoth is this?

Anybody lost a tooth?

The ice block - really very cold!


Lake District Field Trip and Excursion

The morning was spent studying the effects of tourism on conservation, measuring footpath erosion, and in the afternoon we looked at lakeshore erosion and the honeypot site of Bowness. Lydia McCallum

Form 2 travelled to Ambleside in the Lake District to study the effects of tourism on the area.

That evening some of us went for a paddle in the lake and made friends with the locals! The trip began with an introductory talk from a Park Ranger at the National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole where we discussed the negative impacts of 12 million tourists visiting the Park. We discovered our sea legs with a lake cruise down Windermere. The carved

out glaciated landscape illuminated by the sun around us. On our way back up the ribbon lake to the Youth Hostel, we were excited to see a wake boarder travelling faster than the legal 10 mph speed limit!


After a hearty breakfast, we set off to White Moss Common to meet our hosts for the day… We were led up a hanging valley through bracken (Mr Peek and Lachlan disappeared beneath!) to the top of a ‘peek’ to carry out some field sketching.

Grace Plowden has written a short extract which gives examples of the National Park Authority’s efforts to prevent conflict within the National Park: Angus “Darlin’, shall we go te’ the honeypot, White Moss Common, tae hav a picnic? We ca go up to the top and hav a good view o the loch eh? It’ll be quiet, bonnie aun peaceful.” Felicity “But how will we get to the top? My hips are tiring and White Moss Common is quite a walk away from our hotel in Bowness.” Angus “We could tae the bus, th’ Authority hae made it easily accessible.” Felicity “But what about rowdy school children? Will they not disturb us and make it not worth the hard walk up?” Angus “Graham wen the other day an said the bairns were well behaved. He also said that theer usin a programme called ‘Fix the Fells’ and all the paths are easy to walk on and ees keen to get permission for sheep farmin’

as the moors are will looked after!” Felicity “Very well dear, we shall go. Bring the good camera Angus!” Angus “Sure thing, Hen!” Grace Plowden Little did we know instead of changing into our normal home clothes we were going down to supper in ‘bad taste’ clothes… It was supper time, and time to reveal ourselves in our clothes to some of the guests in the youth hostel! Best dressers had to be Gladwin who borrowed his sister’s dress and high heels, disturbing but also very funny! The winner for the WORST dressed was Lachlan in pink trousers, funky t-shirt and Ozzy Osbourne style wig, not forgetting a set of nose rings! After supper we all gathered round in the living area and got into teams for a pub quiz. There were 6 rounds of topics ranging from info about the Belhaven Hill teachers to films. After all 30 questions everyone was getting competitive as the winners would win a Mars Bar. The winners were announced and everyone was in high spirits. Everyone had a great time and the overall night was a blast! Daisy Greville Williams We began Wednesday with a trip to Keswick and then onwards down the Borrowdale Valley to visit The Bowder Stone, a precariously balanced Erratic deposited by a glacier as it retreated. From the picture in Miss Cowan’s classroom it looked relatively small. But as we walked around the corner of a truncated spur we were amazed to see a huge jagged rock! There was a ladder that we could climb up to the top and see down to the bottom. This event was probably the highlight of the trip for me and I loved it. Katya Thomson


Field sketching from a hanging valley - Emma pointing the way for everyone to take to get back to the Hostel.

The Hostel - brilliant! This is not from a postcard; the school bus is parked to the right - but has it got a ticket?

‘Dumbledore’ - she will bring back memories!

Finishing off study worksheets on lakeside erosion - carefully watched by ‘Dumbledore’

Peeky can’t resist stopping to look at nature - nice to see a few children stay behind to keep him company.

“The proper car park is over there in Keswick!” The long arm of the traffic warden - Harvey looking especially anxious wondering whether he’s parked the bus legally - Sophie loving every minute!


White Moss Common and the start of the study into how Tourism can damage the environment

With a few minutes of free time two of the staff decide to give the moths a bit of freedom!

Borrowdale A rare moment of seriousness from the three stooges

Windermere towards sunset

Windermere Lakeshore and sketching erosion features


Form 2 pupils have also done a bit of Science between Geography trips! One topic that is enjoyed and brings up all sorts of interesting ideas is Digestion. Below are two pieces of work that might give you some idea of what goes on inside your guts

A Poem of the Terrible Experiences of Digestion It all began in 2008 When I was shoved onto a dinner plate. Two sharp white objects coming low – There was no other place to go! Brocc’li, corn and chicken with us We slipped into the oesophagus By peristalsis we were squeezed Into the stomach on top of the cheese.

The Journey of a Carbohydrate Molecule through the Alimentary Canal


i! I’m Corny Colin. My best friend, Barnaby Butter, and I are going to tell you of the best rollercoaster ride ever!

It all started when a huge, sharp shiny thing scooped us up and popped us into the Cavern of Darkness, where we were crushed mercilessly by Magnus Molar. Sammy Saliva shouted, “Fasten your seat belts. You’re about to witness the best ride of your life.” We were then squeezed down Ollie

The next place was a whacky ride As we went down the awesome slide

But then the boy was needing the loo By now I was compressed into poo

The duodenum, a place so vile,

And so I was egested forth Into the sewer and then the Forth!

Full of green and gruesome bile. Because of the enzymes we started to break And horrible screams were heard from the steak As molecule by molecule he was gone His breaking down was surely done.

I, as fibre, have a fairly powerful hunch That had he not had me for his lunch His intestines would begin to be glued And constipation would have ensued.

the Oesophagus. That was the best massage ever and Perry Stalsis had done a wonderful job. A few seconds later we were swimming in the juices of Sally Stomach and soon realised that we were being broken down into tiny particles. There were hundreds of Corny Colins and Barnaby Butter told us to stick together so that we wouldn’t get lost. More time passed with us being churned around before we were eventually allowed through the Pyloric Gate and into the Duodenum of Doom where everything kicked off. Barnaby Butter was being emulsified by Barry Bile whilst Amy Lase the Enzyme started to break me down even further. I waved a fond farewell to

Barnaby Butter as he was absorbed by Garry Gutwall and on into the blood stream. My journey through Simon the Small Intestine continued with all the goodness disappearing from me. But some of me was made of tough, fibrous stuff and no matter how hard the digestive juices tried they were not going to destroy me! Perry Stalsis was happy about that as it gave him something to squeeze – and squeeze he did until I found myself coming to a halt in the Rectum waiting room. Not long to go now before the end of the ride – all I had to do was wait for Anal Sphincter to open up and freedom would be mine. Jobbie done! Rory Barnes & Tom Galbraith

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Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre


s part of their study of Buddhism, form two enjoyed a day-trip to the Samye Ling Buddhist Centre located near Lockerbie. The aim of the visit was to show the children a working Buddhist monastery, and to introduce them to the practicalities of the religion that they have spent two terms learning about. It was also meant to be fun. It was a raucous group that set off at 8.30am, singing ‘Still Bleeding’ at the top of their voices. On arrival, we were met by

Emily Stewart

Lochy de Klee

Kunga, a very friendly monk who showed us the temple. This was perhaps the most impressive of the sights at the centre and was a real eye-opener for many of the pupils (and staff). Kunga spoke a bit about the religion and Buddhist customs before showing us around the rest of the site. It was fascinating. Highlights included the meal (strictly vegetarian), a meditation session, some chanting and instrument playing, and the sight of a peacock in full display. All too soon the visit was over and we finished off the day by popping over to the Jacks’ house for a meal (strictly nonvegetarian) and some fishing. Well, fishing for some of us. It was a super day out with a good balance of learning and larking around. WT

Batik Leaves Form 2 used a hot wax resist technique to create these beautiful leaf designs on fabric.

Hector Laird

Iona Ralph


Kitty Single

Iona Ralph

Hector Laird

Mendhi Designs Mendhi is a form of skin decoration using henna. It is used for special occasions, especially weddings in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. It is usually drawn on the hands and feet. Mrs. Curry was inspired by henna artists whilst on her honeymoon in Morocco and Form 2 pupils have designed their

Honor Douglas Miller


Lydia Dalrymple

Grace Plowden

Claudia Black

Honor Douglas Miller

Masks Form 2 looked at images from the Venice masquerade and created mask designs using colours and shapes inspired by butterflies and bugs. Here are just some of their fantastic creations.

Iona Ralph

Vanessa Riley Hector Laird

Trea Willoughby

Tom Galbraith


Claudia Black

Vanessa Riley

Iona Ralph

Clay Mythological Creatures Daisy Greville Wiliams

Hector Laird

Lochy de Klee

Jake Hoyer Millar

Tom Dalrymple Kitty Single


Book Reviews Title: Before I Die Author: Jenny Downham ‘Before I Die’ is a moving story about a young girl who has cancer. She has not much time to live and makes a list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies but the list gets longer and longer and she is running out f time. Tessa is a 16 year old teenager who has caught a cancer called leukaemia and has to leave school. She has divorced parents and a little brother. They always encourage her but are slowing her down. I like Tessa because she has lots of feelings. Tessa’s best friend is called Zoe who has promised her to help her finish her list but Zoe soon has another problem on her hands. I feel sorry for her because her friend is dieing and the list is getting longer and longer. I like her personality because she is having problems herself but is still trying to help Tessa. Tessa has a neighbour called Adam who she has fallen in love with. Adam loves gardening and is trying to encourage his mother to garden as well. I like Adam because he is always there for Tessa. This book is about friendship, death and love. I like this book because it tells a story about normal people who are trying to accomplish a list. I have learned that even if you are feeling alone there is always someone looking out for you. Iona Ralph

Title: The Devil’s Breath Author: David Gilman This Story is an epic adventure in the Nambian Desert. David Gilman’s ‘The Devil’s Breath’ is a journey of a boy trying to find his father but assassins are on his tail. The conditions are bad they have to hunt for food, find clean waterholes to drink from his only companion is a Bushman boy. Shaka Chang and his crew of armed assassins are tucked safe around the walls of the German fortress Skeleton Rock. He his determined to find Tom Gordon’s evidence to put a stop to his environmental disaster. Max Gordon is an English school boy from Dartmoor High suddenly plunged into danger with Shaka Chang’s assassins wanting to kill him. Max Gordon may be 15 but he knows how to survive and is a very realistic character. I liked him because he can analyse the problem in seconds. !Koga is Max’s companion and friend. He believes max is a part of a ancient

prophecy. !Koga travels with Max until he thinks he has died. I like !Koga because he is mostly calm and peaceful and he is not easily scared. It’s mostly about Max’s journey and the troubles he and !Koga face on his journey to find his father but in the end Shaka Chang’s plan is foiled. Will Max find is father read the book to find out? From this book I have learned survival is hard and but with the right friends you can survive in the hardest of situations. Lachlan Ferrand

Title: Coram Boy Author: Jamila Gavin It’s 1741, and the perfect villain, Otis Gardiner’s cruel ways have corrupted his son Meshak’s mind. Meanwhile, Lord Ashbrook has at last found an excuse to tear his son Alexander away from his passion for music, and it’s broken Alexander’s heart. But while the house of Ashbrook mourns the disappearance of Alexander, Melissa has a burden of her own to cope with; a dark secret that is becoming more and more difficult to conceal. The story then moves on to 1750, where we meet Aaron, an orphan, living in the Coram Hospital. Here he discovers not only his love for music, but also his family back round. Thomas is best friends with Alexander, but when he goes to stay with him and his family, he feels very intimidated and out of place. However, he soon gets accepted into their family for he is great with Alexander’s younger brother and sister and his sense of humour keeps everyone smiling. But behind the scenes there is fearful character lurking unnoticed behind the scenes. Meshak is besotted with Melissa, who is Alexander’s sister’s best friend. Coram Boy was written in the third person and the setting switches between Gloucester and London. My favourite part of the book is when Thomas went to stay with Alexander. I like it because of the relationship between Alexander, Thomas, Isobel and Melissa for they are all different but get along really well together. I do not recommend this book to people who don’t like slow starts but when you get into it, it’s very exciting with a great, but sad ending. I think ‘Coram Boy’ is a great read, for its pages are filled with description and it has a very clever storyline. Lydia McCallum

Title: Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society Author: Adeline Yen Mah Imagine being thrown out of your own home after a big argument with your stepmother and being expected to care for yourself. Chinese Cinderella and The Secret Dragon Society s a brilliant novel set in the Shanghai in the Second World War. This moving but very adventurous story is action packed and full of thrilling experience. When Chinese Cinderella is alone on the streets of Shanghai after being thrown out by Niang, her stepmother she comes across some performing artists which intrigue her, they give her their card and she talks to them briefly. Finally she goes to their studio and asks to join; she meets Marat, Sam and David, all dedicated Martial Arts students learning from their teacher Grandma Wu. Chinese Cinderella has to undergo many tests of loyalty to The Dragon Society of Wandering Knights. Meanwhile Chinese Cinderella known as CC by Grandma Wu’s son, has Big Aunt also living in Shanghai who is called out to Nan Tian Island for her elderly Godmother who has a broken leg. CC loves living at the Martial Arts Academy and she has taken to the sport well. CC is very brave considering her past and her horrible stepmother. Marat, Sam and David all have had bad situations as their families were all different races and religions so they are all mixed and they have been bullied. They are all very loyal to the society and are all very courageous. CC can then feel more comfortable to know people feel the same as her. The Society is called on urgent business to do with Japanese fighting versus China. They save many people’s lives and the tension and description made me visualise the war. This book really make you think how brutal the Japanese were and how lucky we are today. I advise anyone to read this, I would definitely out this high on my book list. Daisy Greville Williams

Title : Snakehead Author : Anthony Horowitz Alex and his Godfather Ash he never knew he had go on a mission with the ASIS to find out what a criminal organization named Snakehead are up to but the mission goes horribly wrong.


This thrilling addition to the ‘Alex Rider’ series tells the story of Alex’s life immediately after his Spaceship drops down onto the coast of Australia in the previous book ‘Ark Angel’. The story is based in Australia, England, Thailand and south-east Asia. The main characters in this book would probably be Alex, his godfather Ash and Major Yu. Alex is a teenage boy whose mother, father and uncle have all died he now only has one more relation which he doesn’t know about. Alex has gone on missions for MI6 before and swore not to do it again but he somehow gets muddled up with the ASIS (Australian Secret Service). I think that Alex Rider has a good personality and a good humour. Ash, Alex’s godfather used to work for MI6 but then he immigrated to Australia and turned to the ASIS. He was a great friend of Alex’s father. Major Yu is the head of the criminal organization ‘Snakehead’ which Alex and Ash are trying to find out more about. I personally think that Ash is a very serious character. This story deals with crime, relationship and violence, it makes me think about what it would be like to have no relations other than your godfather who in the end betrays you and gets

killed, leaving you with no relations at all. I have learnt how hard it would be to not have any parents to help you get along in life and not being able to know that someone cares about you. I would describe this book an adventurous book filled with heroism, relationship and excitement. I would recommend this book to people nine years old and over. Charlie Clough

Title: The Secret Countess Author: Eva Ibbotson Anna is a Russian Countess and has lied in a quiet town all her life. She’s forced out of her house and country into England to work for Rupert, an earl. She has never worked before but is determined to be a good housemaid. With a big book on cleaning and a lot of patience she manages not only to become a housemaid, but much more. But all goes downhill. The main character Anna is a soppy girl and a goody-goody two shoes. She seems to live in a bubble and everything in the bubble has to be perfect. Her brother is a mummy’s little darling and

is too honest to be true. This annoys me as it’s just unrealistic. The earl, Rupert, is a snob living in the past and he thinks he’s so fantastic. Anna obviously agrees and if it weren’t for a few little details, they’d be a perfect couple. This book is one of the worst I’ve ever read. It bores on and on and on about not only something uninteresting, but so dull that I can’t focus on more than half a page a time. It’s written in a way that even if the story was interesting, it would still sound awful. In was so confused as there were so many characters. I simply couldn’t read more than fifty pages as I wasn’t into it. If you want to read an incredibly dull book on a rainy Sunday afternoon, this is the book for you as the only good point was when I put it down and stopped torturing myself with this rubbish. I was so disappointed in it as another of Eva’s books, The Star of Kazan, was really good. This is why I can’t just sit around and let others waste their time reading this book, so take this as my warning, DON’T READ THIS BOOK! Grace Plowden

Will Jack’s opinion on the peasants’ new opinions

Katya Thomson’s view of how Medieval people dealt with the Black Death


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The Snowman

Two Compositions


ran into the garden and the cool wind bit my lungs. My ears were numb and my fingers as stiff and as cold as icicles. My lips were as blue as the sea and my eyelashes covered in snowflakes. I bent down next to the frosty rabbit hutch and grasped two stones, smooth and black. I skipped back to my snow friend who nearly had doubled in size since I left him a few minutes ago. I reached up to his face and delicately popped the stones in. I smiled, he was nearly finished although I’d have to finish him later as my clothes were soaked to the core. I skipped inside, barely able to stop smiling as my cheeks were so cold. “Mother, Mother. He’s nearly finished mother. He’s grand, come and see him mother.” There was no reply. I slipped out of the hall and into the kitchen. I was unbalanced, my head was spinning, my vision blurred. Panic anger and despair raced through my body like a glaciers knocking all the happiness away and replacing it with confusion. I knelt down. I saw the pale, ill-looking face bleak and anxious; plain but with locked up emotion. Her face was like a prison cell rather than the sunny summer meadows expression she always wore. “Mother?” I asked. Her head rolled away, her eyes closed the feel of desperation stopped. I couldn’t bear it. I ran. Far away. So far no one would ever find me. I’d been running for ages, my mouth was dry, my legs had dropped in pace but I didn’t care. I kept on running. I started to see mother reaching out to me as if to hug me. She looked as if she wanted to wrap me in her arms and take away all my confusion, anger, hatred. I started to wonder if this was my fault that she had gone. I felt light-headed and I lost my balance. I fell down onto the side of the road under a tree and cried. I looked at the world around me. The snow that had once been so beautiful and fun was now like a death sentence, an isolated white city. My fear swallowed me and I am only an atom in the sea. What hope is there now? I wake to a scream. I look around for the source but there is nothing but me. It is me. But why am I screaming? I can’t stop. I’m drowning in my own desperation and I’m rocking side to side. My hands are shaking. I’m reaching out. I want to stop but I can’t. I have no control over my body. My body is a barrier, I’m punching as hard as I can but I can’t break through. My head begins to tilt backwards. I’m looking at the clouds. At first I see nothing but as I relax a face appears. The wind whips violently through the trees but a soft, low whisper appears in my ears saying, “Shhhh. Go back to sleep.” At these words my body relaxes and I feel as if I’m glowing. Glowing as I fall into blackness. Grace Plowden


The Brilliance of the Moon


was sweating badly but the cold still took over. The sky was getting dark and I knew they would find me. My shirt was sticking to my skin and there was nowhere I could hide. The shadows lurked around me; they were becoming less visible now. Everything was changing the sky, the shadows and then I heard it; a loud shriek filled the cold night air. I could hear footsteps and that’s when I began to run, my pace quickened as the footsteps were becoming louder. My dark brown skin melted into the darkness as with my dark brown hair which was wet due to my sweat. They kept calling my name again and again. The echoes in the forest caused loud rushing noises as the animals leapt into their dens. The glow of the moon cast over me. As I thought the worst was happening I could feel droplets of cold water soak into my skin. The loud roars of the sky were beginning; the rain was getting heavier as it dragged out the sound of my followers. The drumming was endless as the sky crackled away, but I kept running. I stopped to catch my breath as I had done so I little before. I listened to see if I could hear anything, but the rain was drowning any sound. I started to walk ever so slowly as my stiff legs needed some oil. The brilliance of the moon struck me and it felt like its beauty had pierced my heart. Then I realised something in the background was rushing towards me at tremendous speed. The leader leapt on me with such force that I fell to the ground. I could feel the bitter coldness of the metal against my skin as he drove it into my back. He stood and in booming voices they all laughed. Adrenaline rushed through me as I climbed to my feet and ran. The pain felt like nothing before I could feel my cold blood drip down my legs. I lurched on as I could hear them gaining on me, their angry voices echoing in the gloomy forest. The dark clouds that had hung above in the sky were now disappearing and the thrilling light of the moon took over. As I questioned in my mind whether I was to survive I tripped and fell on my face. I was covered in dark mud. I clambered up onto my knees but as the tiredness took over my body I keeled over and rolled down a slope. I tried to stop but the pain was too much. Relief came as I lurched to a halt. I felt my body covered in a mix of mud and blood and I tried to wipe myself with my soaking shirt. I lay back on the floor struck with a fear of what was going to happen to me. Katya Thomson

Academic Howlers


bviously the pupils do not read this particular section - or if they do they must enjoy it so much they want to emulate the gaffes and become part of the next edition!

So therefore, once again, these goofs of childish innocence are reproduced below. Unsurprisingly, many occur in Science, but this time a few more subjects are involved. Let us hope that pupils continue to

provide these wonders of confusion as it is so good to see the staff shake their heads smiling or spluttering uncontrollably into their coffee! (Actually the latter is far more fun! Ed) A. Teacher

Why is the Moon called a moon and not a planet? The Moon is called Moon because it comes out at night only and is white.

explanations: It is cooler so that the sperm can be produced better: it’s easier to wee: it’s man’s best friend.

Show that the mass of the cube is 50g The mass of the cube is 50g (and on the diagram of a balance the cube is labelled by the student as 50g!)

Suggest a disadvantage of using hydrogen instead of petrol in a car. You would probably fly.

In a Form 4 History lesson the teacher was wondering why the girls in the class were constantly giggling when she mentioned ‘concentration camps’. She soon discovered why, as one of the girls thought she had said ‘constipation camp’.

James thought that the gas given off was hydrogen. How could he prove that it was? Put it in a balloon and make it fly.

What type of creature is a Kiwi? A fruit What everyday item of food is grown in a paddy field? Toast What is an enzyme? A mole that speeds up digestion “My brother is getting his sinuses fractionised .... I mean cauterised!”

In a pupil’s essay: “... she was still a little bit unconcious.” Name a feature shown in the diagram which all the insects share. All have fellers ontop of there head. Emily and Darren carried out an experiment on the effect of exercise on their pulse rate. In this experiment, name the factor which they measured. Emily

The menstrual cycle controls:1. the growth of sperm 2. height of adolescent

Taken from an english Comprehension paper. “They were scraggy sheep and bollocks. It says they looked odd. But not just odd in their appearance: their whole presence was strange.”

What are genes? 1. The cells that are made up when the parents have reproduction. 2. They are similiraties past through a family.

Pupil getting globally confused? Obviously forgetting that the liquid to test pH is called Universal Indicator, she wrote: “This continental liquid ...”

Suggest why it is important that dog owners select which animals will become parents. If they are the same breed, the puppy will be a pure bread dog. If they are different, their puppy will be a mutt.

What happens when a Muslim baby is born? “Honey and dates are rubbed into his gums and he is castrated.”

“Energy in food is killerjoules!”


Describe and explain how loggers cause deforestation. The loggers are cut it down the rainforest full stop Instruction to pupils in exam: “When you’re finished put your paper face down.” Pupil, on finishing exam, put face down on exam paper! Name the black substance which appeared on the beaker. Black A conversation overheard at a Parent/Teacher Meeting:Mother to Daughter: “Shall we go and see the new film “Elizabeth”? Daughter: “What’s it about?” Mother: “Queen Victoria.” Having studied various aspects of Human Reproduction in biology a Form 2 Girl answered the question, “Why do the testes hang outside the body?” with the following 3

Misreading by pupil from Science text book: “No orgasm lives for ever.” The Leavers had had, before lunch, a couple of hours of discussion about growing up, how to deal with puberty, relationships and sexual matters. The kitchen had prepared curry with poppadoms and rice. One of the leavers, in ringing tones used to get food passed to them said, “Pass me a condom!” “If I write don’t, do I need a catastrophe?” What might you find in a Buddhist Temple? Statues, offering bowls, mats, candles, big dong Name 4 steps on the Noble Path right thought, right effort, right speech, right of way “It’s a cock and ball story” Answer given in Spelling Test for ‘canines’ K9s


Music at Belhaven Forms 3 and 4 Christmas Cantata


REUBEN Henry PETER Madeline JOSEPH Dougal

STEPHEN Douglas n Friday 23 November, Forms 3 DANIEL Lachie and 4 presented their Christmas MICHAEL Freddy Production of “Nativity News: Rock AMOS Hattie around the Flock,” in the sports hall to JONAH Iona an audience of parents, friends, pupils SAMUEL Caspar and staff. Nativity News: Rock around EZRA Saskia the Flock is a fun, Christmas cantata MATTHEW Bea for young voices which tells the story and last but certainly not least ... of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of all those well-known characters. OZ George C. From a chorus of rumbustious shepherds to the villainous Herod, There was a lot of fine singing by the they are there, but with a difference! shepherds and this upbeat song certainly

The cantata begins with a short narration, beautifully read by Olivia Erskine, followed by the first song – “We are Shepherds!” Each of the shepherds had a short solo to sing in this song, as follows:


got the audience in the mood! Victoria and Leo then introduced the Innkeeper (Olivia D) who gave a fabulous and energetic performance of “The Innkeeper’s Song.” Then it was up to George I K, Alny and Alasdair

to introduce those keen astronomers The Three Kings, ably played by Rose G W, Olivia H and Andrew. Now it was time to meet the evil King Herod, most convincingly played by William P and he was introduced onto the stage by Hamish and Tom S. I think Herod had most of the little boys in the audience quivering with fear! No nativity would be complete without Mary and Joseph (Tosca and Dougal) who ably acted out their slow and tiresome journey to Egypt whilst singing a most beautiful duet, introduced to us by Archie and Edward (or Eric as he is known to his closest friends!) Then it was just up to Jamie and Tom A-W to lead us in to the finale, an exciting song called “Things will never be the same.” I thank all the children in Form 3 for their hard work in learning their songs and words. Also, thanks to Form 4 who were a most important chorus of shepherds, angels and local townsfolk. I also thank Mr Pinchin for his help in producing the cantata, Mrs Gale and Miss Hughes for sorting out costumes and Mrs Curry for the wonderful scenery. M. Gale

Congratulations to Claire Joicey and Leonora Campbell on passing their Grade 5 Theory of Music examination with Distinction and Merit respectively. Glenalmond Choral Day

they had an exciting few hours ahead of them making music with other prep school choirs from Scotland and n Sunday, forty-one Belhaven pupils, plus Mr Gale the north of England. and Mr Pinchin, left behind the delightful Dunbar sunshine and headed north to Glenalmond College for This year’s event was to be even more exciting than usual as the annual Prep Schools’ Choral Day and Evensong. As Glenalmond’s Director of Music, Robert Gower, had invited has happened on six of the last seven occasions I have the well-known composer, Bob Chilcott, to direct the day’s visited Glenalmond, it was pouring with rain when we events. As you will see below, the vast majority of the music arrived and it continued to do so for much of the day but we sang was indeed by Mr Chilcott himself. this didn’t bother the children too much as they knew


Programme of Music Hymn: From all that dwell below the skies Arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams Anthem: A Little Jazz Mass: KYRIE and GLORIA Bob Chilcott Hymn: Freely, for the love he bears us Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith Music: Robert Gower

Anthem: The Marvellous Birth Bob Chilcott (Sung by Glenalmond Chapel Choir) 3 Traditional Songs: Ar Hyd y Nos Arr. Bob Chilcott O Danny boy Arr. Bob Chilcott The Skye Boat Song Arr. Bob Chilcott

Anthem: A Little Jazz Mass:


Bob Chilcott

Hymn: Holy Spirit, gift bestower Words: Anon. Music: Welsh trad. melody

Between rehearsals, the children enjoyed visiting some of the other academic departments in the school including French, English and Science. Some of them even got the chance to do some experiments in the Physics and Biology laboratories while others visited the swimming pool. At 5.30pm, everyone came back together in Chapel for


Praise the Lord, his glories show Words: Henry Francis Lyte Melody: Robert Williams Harmonised: David Evans

evensong which was well attended by Belhaven parents and friends. The standard of performance was high and everyone sang with great enthusiasm. Thanks to the Glenalmond College staff for their hospitality and to Bob Chilcott who gave us a day to remember. MG

Loretto Songfest


n Thursday, 31 January 2008, members of the choir in Forms 1 and 2 took part in the Loretto Songfest, a singing competition for preparatory school choirs.

Each school had to prepare three items - one sacred song or hymn, one solo item and one song from a staged work or musical. Our programme was as follows: Thy hand, O God, has guided Art thou troubled - Soloist Leonora Campbell Oom-pah-pah (from the musical Oliver)

The adjudicator chose her favourite performance in each of the three catergories and I was very pleased when she announced that Belhaven was First in the Musical Song category and Second in the Solo Song. Well done Leonora! It was a fun afternoon for the children and we hope this will be the first of many Loretto Songfests! MG


Form 1 Production of Sweeney Todd March 2008

Twenty one form ones and one little Peek – how on earth are we going to come up with a play to suit them?’

These were the cries of Messrs Gale and Pinchin over the final weeks of the Christmas term and the beginning of the Christmas holidays. But they were not necessary. Some of the form one boys looked as if they could do with a haircut, a barber shop was mentioned somewhere along the way and a decision was made.

Sweeney Todd is not an easy play to perform in if you are twelve or thirteen years old. For one thing, it is quite long, with some difficult songs, quite

complicated language and an awful lot of props to get used to. Even Mr Peek, not quite twelve or thirteen years old, was feeling the heat in rehearsals, hair greying by the second. It is the story of a Fleet Street barber who owns a shop above a bakehouse, owned by Mrs Lovett. Both businesses are struggling for customers and the price of meat is sending Mrs Lovett’s meat pie business into trouble. That is until the pair concoct an evil plan to use human flesh, from victims freshly slaughtered in Todd’s barber shop. Complicated to stage and


to rehearse, this play took quite a while to come together. But come together this production did – in the end, as always seems to be the case. Claire Joicey, as Tobias Stoutheart gave a genuine, warm and mature performance, and was a pleasure to work with throughout. She warmed even more when put in front of an audience, and was extremely impressive in the final two performances. Beth Fletcher, as Mrs Lovett was ferocious in temper, aggressive when required, with a ‘kind ‘eart’ and a keen rolling pin. She was instantly believable and dealt well with the difficult balance of being humorous but also being taken seriously (though Mrs Lovett’s knifethrowing could use some practice). Mr Peek was again wonderful as Sweeney Todd, from the moment he appeared from behind the chair of the unsuspecting Geordie Gladwin, through the various killings or injuries, and his rendition of ‘I’m evil’ was a real spectacle.

The Italian Angelo was wonderfully played by Max Barnes, whose pie machine scene will live long in the memory. Alexander Swanson was the Amazing Alonzo, a conjuror of dubious reputation and ability whose tricks confounded some of form five in the front row, and he was more than ably assisted by Connie Begg as Foozle, the sorceror’s assistant, whose job it is to mimic (badly) the tricks of her master. Adam Baynes was an excellent policeman, complete with trousers pulled up under armpits, a thoroughly convincing walk and, above all, the ability to really find his character. Morgen Thomson performed a memorable drunken number in the gin palace, while Lucy and Ella Coleman were convincing as two sailors, growing

in confidence with each performance. By the end of the play, of course, the schemes of Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett have been uncovered, and it is left to policeman Adam Baynes and the Teeney Weeney Sweeney (played by form five boarders Jemima Black, Mercedes Bannister, Jamie Farr, Tom Brooke, Murray de Klee, Freddie Woodd, Emilia White and Ewan Cunningham- Jardine) to take the wretched Mr Peek, sorry Sweeney Todd, to be hanged. This was a very successful production, with Mr Gale once again fantastic in rehearsing all of the songs and helping

with direction, Mr Peek’s wealth of experience and all of the helpers behind the scenes, Katie Gale, Tory Hughes, Lucy Curry and her team of workers who decorated the set and Warwick Wilson for his fantastic pie-machine and barber’s chair. Particular mention must go to Stewart Grant for constructing the magnificent set for the play, complete with shop fronts, doors and trap door. All in all, a real team effort, and a great success. JP

Carol Service 2007


his year’s Carol Service took place on Saturday 8th December at11:30a.m. in Belhaven Parish Church. As usual the congregation arrived in good time and soon the church was filled with the chatter of eager voices all looking forward to the forthcoming event. Members of the school, smartly dressed in their kilts, were anticipating the passing of the next hour or so, as it meant that they would soon be free to go home for the holidays.

The Reverend Laurence Twaddle took his place and the congregation was hushed in preparation for the first hymn ‘Once in Royal David’s city ‘. Kitty Single was the soloist and her voice echoed clearly through the church, joined in the second verse by other choir members as they processed to take their places at the front of the church. After the welcome and prayer by the Rev.Twaddle, the service continued with the traditional lessons and carols, the lessons being read by a member of each year group as well

as the Head Boy, Head Girl, Headmaster and Rev. Twaddle. The Junior Choir sang an arrangement by Harrison Oxley of ‘Angels through he heavens ringing’ and ‘The Shepherd’s Carol’ by Mary Donnelly and they demonstrated how well they were able to control the good sound they made whilst still managing to remember all the words! An additional choral item brought together two members of staff and four senior girls, in an arrangement of Peter Cornelius’ ‘The Three Kings’ by Mike Gale. The solo was sung by David Peek, ably supported by Morgen Thomson and Iona Ralph (soprano 1), Leonora Campbell and Claire Joicey (soprano 2) and Jon Pinchin (bass). Everyone enjoyed this item and it was good to hear how well the voices blended together. The School Choir always has a good variety of songs to sing and this year was no exception. Their first group was ‘O come and join the dance’ (Graham Kendrick) and an arrangement of ‘The Cowboy Carol’ by Malcolm Sargent. Both were lively and energetic although quite contrasting in style and the choir

sang them very well. The second group of songs began with ‘A great and mighty wonder’ (Words: St. Germanus Music: Mike Gale) with Leonora Campbell singing the demanding solo part. This was a gentle and thought provoking piece, contrasting soloist and choir, which broadened into a lovely, rich depth of tone as the choir developed the original theme and idea. No musical event at Christmas is ever really complete without a contribution from a piece by John Rutter, who writes so well for choirs and his ‘Star Carol’ gave the choir the opportunity to demonstrate their delicacy of tone and dynamics. At the end of the service the whole school always joins together to sing an appropriate song and this year we chose Adrian Pallant’s ‘A Mother’s Child’. All the pupils enjoyed singing this and it made a fitting lead into the final reading by Rev. Twaddle. The singing of ‘Adeste fidelis’ concluded the service and after the final blessing, everyone returned to school to collect their belongings and set off home for the holidays. RO

Associated Board Results May 2008 Candidate

Grade Instrument Mark

Leonora Campbell Leonora Campbell Claire Joicey Victoria Erskine Beth Fletcher Vanessa Riley Victoria Erskine Beth Fletcher Iona Ralph Vanessa Riley Morgen Thomson Saskia Weir Connie Begg Charlie Clough Lucy Coleman Mathilde de Luna Honor Douglas-Miller Olivia Erskine Victoria Joicey Claire Joicey

6 6 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Flute Piano Piano Clarinet Clarinet Piano Singing Piano Singing Singing Singing Singing Singing Cello Flute Singing Piano Piano Piano Singing

132 125 131 131 118 115 128 112 130 123 126 120 117 117 130 134 114 127 117 139

Lydia McCallum Grace Plowden Iona Ralph Sophie Robertson Leo Seymour Kitty Single Katya Thomson Claudia Black Harry Clough Peter Dalrymple William Dirkin Olivia Dobson Honor Douglas-Miller Rose Greville Williams Madeline Heywood Olivia Hope Victoria Joicey Sophie Robertson Tosca Tindall Rupert Warre Emilia White Freddie Woodd

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Piano Piano Flute Flute Piano Piano Singing Guitar Cello Guitar Piano Piano Flute Piano Violin Flute Violin Singing Piano Piano Violin Recorder

114 113 137 127 106 112 126 126 124 124 125 120 133 125 117 125 128 121 114 118 122 131


Form 2 Musical

Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo by Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz


fter being postponed from its original performance date due to illness, Form 2 finally had their chance to perform this fun, if rather short musical on Saturday, 21st June.

‘Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo’ is a cantata by Joseph Horovitz composed in a popular style for unison voices and piano. The libretto, provided by Michael Flanders, is an adaptation of the Biblical tale of Noah found in Genesis chapters 6-9. A close reading of the Genesis story, Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo lightheartedly chronicles the adventures of Noah, charged by God to build an ark in order to preserve

mankind and all the creatures of the Earth. The work opens with God (Vanessa Riley) voicing his displeasure with man. Noah (Charlie Clough) is then commanded to build an ark of gopher wood and fill it with pairs of animals - one male and one female - in spite of the constant mocking by the sinful citizens of Fun City. Accompanied by a Latin-American samba rhythm, Noah and his family load the ark with one pair of every animal imaginable, “from antelope to pair of each, just as the Lord had planned.” Aboard the Ark, forty days and forty nights of ceaseless rain take their toll, but the mood changes both dramatically and musically when the rain finally stops. Spirits begin to lift; meanwhile, the musical accompaniment shifts from percussive, raindrop-like figures to a smooth, swaying gesture reminiscent of gentle ocean waves. As the floodwaters begin to recede Noah enlists a terrified raven (Rory Barnes) to scout for dry land. Following a short, unsuccessful survey of the


watery landscape the affrighted raven succumbs to a moment of literary allusion croaking “Nevermore!” (referencing Edgar Allan Poe’s 1845 poem, The Raven). The following week a dove is sent forth and subsequently returns with an olive branch, an indication of dry land. Shortly thereafter, God commands Noah to emerge from the ark. The work closes with a waltz as God avows never to send another flood, a pledge confirmed by the newly created rainbow. The Cast Lord Vanessa Riley Noah Charlie Clough Mrs Noah Eritrea Willoughby Ham Tom Galbraith Mrs Ham Daisy Greville Williams Shem Hector Laird Mrs Shem Katya Thomson Japhet Will Jack Mrs Japhet Lydia McCallum Raven/Caterpillar Rory Barnes Dove Francesa Younger Dove Honor Douglas Miller Soloist/Lion/Chicken Iona Ralph Soloist/Monkey/Sheep Emily Stewart Soloist/Kangaroo/Dog Kitty Single Soloist/Man/Panda Claudia Black Soloist/Elephant/Lion Grace Plowden Soloist/Horse Sophie Robertson People of Fun City Lachlan Ferrand Lochy de Klee Tom Dalrymple Peter Dalrymple Geordie Gladwin Rufus Harper Gow Jake Hoyer Millar MG



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Form 5 Musical Christmas 2007


his year’s musical play performed by Form 5, was entitled ‘Bethlehem Tails’ (words and music by Cyril Hambly; script by Ruth Owenson) – a slightly different perspective on the usual nativity play.

At 2p.m. on the afternoon of Friday 23rd November, the sports’ hall was filling up with parents, grandparents, friends and older pupils, all eagerly awaiting this year’s junior musicals. The scene was set (thanks to Mrs Curry, who as usual had provided a splendid backdrop to the event) and at approximately 2:25p.m. when everyone was ready, Form 5 set off

from their classroom to the sports’ hall, excited and nervous and taking care not to get their costumes damaged! Once Form 5 was on stage and the audience had settled down, the


afternoon could begin. Gentle music set the scene before the first short song and then the narrators and actors took over. The story is based around a lonely old ox called Oli (Theo Weir) who is contemplating his situation and wishing for a friend. At that moment a cat creeps in (Julia Tyndall) and informs Oli that she is Cleopatra, a cat from Herod’s palace in Jerusalem. The two strike up a friendship and before we know it, the stable is filling up, just like the rest of Bethlehem – three camels – Cassandra (Mercedes Bannister), Calinda (Rosie Barnes) and Camilla (Jemima Black) and then a donkey from Nazareth – Ned (Hector Bailey), all under the watchful eye of the stable boy, Freddie Younger. Even the innkeeper (Freddie Woodd) likens it to having a zoo when Mary (Bibi Cuthbert) and Joseph (Ewan Cunningham-Jardine) come looking for a place to stay! No sooner are they settled, than along come two shepherds (Alistair Gimlette and Jamie Farr) – certainly a night for “strange happenings” as the stable boy observed! Making sure that the story unfolded in the usual way were the all important narrators – firstly the three kings –Tom Brooke, Christian Thomson and Alistair Prenter and the villagers – Anne Findlay, Emilia White, Matilda Laird and Murray de Klee. A variety of songs interspersed the dialogue and the cast demonstrated their singing talents as well as their acting talents. Form 5 had worked very hard and rightly deserved the thunderous applause that their performance

achieved. Everyone enjoyed their efforts and then sat back to watch Forms 3 & 4 in their performance, which followed immediately afterwards.

Mrs Parks and Mrs Owenson (who also made the masks and tails for the animals) would like to thank the parents of Form 5 children for providing

costumes for their sons and daughters, because this really helped them to ‘get into character’. RO

Form One Concert


his year’s Form One concert took place on the evening of Thursday 5th June – yes, just a few hours after the end of the Common Entrance exams! The idea of this concert is to allow the senior children to perform to their peers, staff and families in the intimate setting of the new Music School. Many of the children performed pieces they had prepared for the recent Associated Board Music Exams. The programme is printed on the right.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable programme of music and the evening was a great success. Well done to everyone who took part! MG

Thursday 5 June at 6.45pm in the Music School Pipes Mungo Kilgour & Adam Baynes Voice Claire Joicey The Frog Flute Emily Gladstone Tambourin Piano Victoria Erskine Cantilena Siciliana Voice Ella Coleman The Mallow Fling Clarinet Beth Fletcher Londonderry Air Piano Rachel Gladstone Jupiter Voice Mathilde de Luna Twilight Flute Claire Joicey Andante Saxophone Dhileas Heywood Midnight in Tobago Piano Leonora Campbell Moment Musical Voice Victoria Erskine The Bare Necessities Flute Lucy Coleman Amazing Grace Violin Mathilde de Luna Vivace Voice Connie Begg As long as he needs me Piano Beth Fletcher Allegretto in F Clarinet Victoria Erskine Stick Together Voice Morgen Thomson My World Piano Claire Joicey La Chevaleresque Flute Leonora Campbell Berceuse Pipes Jamie Kelly, Alex Swanson & James Cochrane

Mansfield Music Cup 2007


his year’s competition took place in the school Sports’ Hall on Friday 19th October. Although fairly early in the school year, this competition enables all the new pupils to get involved in a whole school event, through their patrol and it gives them a great sense of ‘belonging’ which is very important.

Our adjudicator this year was Mrs. Susan Masson, the Director of Music from Fettes Preparatory School, who gave up part of the first day of her own half-term holiday to join us. Certainly by the end of the competition, I do not think anyone would have swapped places with her, as the task of choosing a winner was not an easy one! This year’s theme for the patrol songs was ‘Sea Shanties’ and work began on learning them quite soon after the beginning of the term. Individual instrumentalists were also hard at work preparing pieces with their teachers and there was much excitement at the prospect of ‘competition’. The Sports’ Hall was full to capacity – all available chairs were occupied and the large audience were eagerly anticipating the afternoon’s entertainment. Woodpeckers were the first

to perform. Being the first at such an event can be a daunting prospect, but Woodpeckers gave of their best and got the competition off to a good start with the patrol song – ‘Blow the man down’. Alexander Swanson, the ‘master of ceremonies’ was impressive and kept the Woodpeckers in order. Soloists were: Victoria Joicey (piano and violin), Leonora Campbell (flute) and Alexander Swanson (bagpipe). (Alexander managed to score full marks for his performance – well done!) The whole patrol sang a song with words by Mr Pinchin to the music of ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – all about the blissful time spent by one lucky member of a cricket team (supposedly run by Mr Peek!), who manages to escape the rigours of the game by being sent to the boundary where (s)he could catch up on the easy life!!

Nina Perry J-P Rameau P Wilkinson Trad. Arr. G Lyons Holst Aubrey Beswick Mozart Peter Wastall Schubert Terry Gilkyson Trad. Teleman Lionel Bart Mozart C Norton Rose & Conlon Burgmuller John McLeod

Wolves were next and they too opened with a song – this time words set to the tune of ‘Consider yourself ’ from ‘Oliver’ Following on were three of the soloists: Dhileas Heywood & Honor Douglas Miller playing a duet on the piano, and Will Jack on the bagpipe playing ‘Rowan Tree’ The whole patrol then sang the patrol song – ‘Haul Away Joe’ before Dhileas continued with a saxophone solo – ‘Granite’ – a really strong rhythmical piece. The final item was Tom Galbraith who sang a vocal solo – ‘So small’. This was a good performance and Tom’s efforts were very well received by the large audience. Lions were the next patrol to take the stage and they opened their ‘concert’ with Rosabel Kilgour on the clarsach playing ‘Mallow Fling’. The other soloists followed on – Beth Fletcher (piano), Daisy Greville Williams, with a confident performance on the descant recorder, Adam Baynes (bagpipe) who also scored full marks for his performance of ‘Brown haired maiden’ and finally Morgen Thomson with a vocal solo - ‘Hopelessly devoted to you’. The final item was the patrol song: ‘Donkey Riding’ which everyone sang most enthusiastically. Owls started their ‘bid for the top’ with the patrol song – ‘Can’t you dance the polka’. This went well with good diction and dynamics and the patrol clearly enjoyed it. The


soloists then continued, first with Olivia Erskine (piano) and then ‘Greensleeves’ played by Lucy Coleman, Iona Ralph (flutes) and Claudia Black (guitar) a good instrumental combination. Rachel Gladstone (piano) and Jamie Kelly (bagpipe) followed on and finally Iona Ralph sang ‘Where is love?’ from the musical ‘Oliver’. This was a good conclusion and she demonstrated good breath control and had good contact with the audience and she achieved a high score. Swallows decided to start with their patrol song – ‘Santy Anna’ – not a well known shanty, but after some wobbly entries they grew more confident and sang well. The soloists came next, starting with Madeline Heywood (violin) and followed by a vocal trio from Connie Begg, Victoria Erskine and Katya Thomson. They sang ‘bare Necessities’ from ‘The Jungle Book’ and they had the addition of some

Summer Concert 2008


his year’s concert was held on the evening of Saturday 28th June, the final weekend of a very busy term. The Sports’ Hall was buzzing with the chatter of parents as they prepared for an evening of entertainment given by pupils from throughout the school. The tables, set for supper to be eaten in the interval, were looking magnificent, with white coverings and place settings for eight at each.

Charlie Clough (cello) started the concert with ‘Now is the month of Maying’, a little shakily at first (understandably since there were about two hundred people in the audience!) but he settled down and ended much more confidently. Leo Seymour played


very sympathetic drumming from Eritrea Willoughby, which enhanced the performance. Sophie Robertson (flute) came next, followed by Victoria Erskine on the piano and finally the whole patrol gave an enthusiastic rendition of ‘The Locomotion’. The final patrol to perform was Badgers, who had a very novel way of introducing us to all members of the patrol – some very skilful words written for the modern tune to ‘At the name of Jesus’. Emily Gladstone (flute) gave a confident performance before a vocal duet of ‘Edelweiss’ (‘The Sound of Music’) from Vanessa Riley and Kitty Single. Following on were Peter Dalrymple (guitar) and Claire Joicey (piano) who both made a valuable

‘Garage Sale’ on the piano before Beth Fletcher and Victoria Erskine gave us a lively performance of ‘Non piu andrai’ (Mozart) as a clarinet duet. This first group was concluded by Emilia White (a Form 5 pupil) who played the traditional Northumbrian folk tune ‘Dance to your Daddy’ on the violin. The String Group (Mathilde de Luna, Mrs. A. Parks, Victoria Joicey, Madeline Heywood, Emilia White, Jemima Black, Charlie Clough and Harry Clough) who had only been together as a group since the beginning of the term, gave a lively performance of two Ceilidh tunes – ‘The fairy dance’ and ‘Kate Dalrymple’ – plenty to keep the toes tapping here! The next group of soloists was headed by Leonora Campbell on the flute, playing ‘Berceuse’ (John McLeod). This had a beautifully fluent melody line which demonstrated Leonora’s

contribution to the proceedings. Lastly there was the patrol song – ‘What shall we do with a drunken sailor?’ –which brought the entertainment to a close. Mrs. Masson did not need long to consider her decision – she had a very efficient marking scheme and explained to the pupils what she had been looking for. Her comments were brief, but to the point and she was constructive about how improvements could be made. Finally came the moment everyone had been waiting for – THE RESULT! Only one mark separated the winner and the runner-up and so in 2007 OWLS were the winners with LIONS the runners-up. (Mr. Peek was delighted, as Owls had not won since 1998!) Well done, Owls! Well done everyone – it was a splendid effort by all pupils (and staff!) and Mrs. Masson was very impressed by what you had achieved. RO

fine breath control and sensitive interpretation. Next was Peter Dalrymple with a gentle and well controlled guitar solo – ‘Dance des Iles’ by F. Lambert, followed by a lively violin duet from Victoria Joicey and Madeline Heywood – a traditional sea shanty called ‘Ten thousand miles away’. Freddie Woodd (descant recorder) brought this group to a close with Brian Bonsor’s ‘Legend’, a lovely haunting melody which Freddie played very sensitively. The Junior Choir had been waiting patiently for their turn and filed onto the stage, eyes searching the audience to see if they could see their parents among the many faces! Their first song was John Rutter’s version of ‘All things bright and beautiful’, which they managed very well – even the high notes which included a top ‘G’! The next song was the well known and much loved ‘Chitty, chitty

bang, bang’ and this they sang with great enthusiasm, keeping the words very clear – quite an achievement when singing at speed! Our next group of soloists was led by Geordie Younger who played a rhythmical piece by Carole Barratt – ‘Velociraptor’. Jemima Black only started lessons on the violin in January and has a tremendous enthusiasm for the instrument. She played ‘The Skye Boat Song’ and coped extremely well with the quite complicated bowing – obviously someone to keep an eye on for the future! Emily Gladstone brought this group to a close with a splendid performance of Rameau’s ‘Tambourin’. Emily played this very well, with well controlled variation of tone and articulation. The next item was somewhat of a novelty – ‘Six Hands – One Piano’ – a performance of Ganz’s ‘Qui Vive!’ by Leonora Campbell, Claire Joicey and Mike Gale. This was a wonderful demonstration of what can be achieved on a piano and was certainly enjoyed by everyone – including the performers themselves! Rosabel Kilgour and Tosca Tindall, our two clarsach players, started the next solo group with a lovely duet ‘ Rory Dall’s Port’. The clarsach is not an easy

Remember the Eighties


he second half of the concert was a celebration of the 1980s and featured music from the midseventies up to the midnineties. Pa re n t s , friends, staff (no prizes for guessing which staff member was dressed as John McEnroe in a ginger wig!) and members of the choir were encouraged to ‘dress appropriately’ and a great deal of thought went into this fun activity, though there were comments that our Headmaster had thought it was music and dress from

instrument but these two had worked very hard and played well together, with everyone enjoying their performance. Harry Clough came next on the cello, with Benjamin Britten’s ‘New Year’s Carol’. This is a gentle piece which went smoothly and Harry managed to keep the bow moving steadily throughout. Olivia Erskine, on the piano, was the last soloist in this group, with ‘Allegro’ (Haydn) – a bright and lively piece. It was then the turn of the Wind Group( Claire Joicey, Leonora Campbell, Emily Gladstone, Iona Ralph, Lucy Coleman, Honor Douglas Miller, Sophie Robertson and Sophie Benson on percussion) – yet another group who had only been playing together since the beginning of the term. Their first piece was ‘Chariots of Fire’ (in recognition of the fact that this is an Olympic year), followed by John Philip Sousa’s ‘Liberty Bell’. The girls had worked very hard and played well, with good variation of tone and dynamics. They were very ably helped along the way by Sophie Benson, a member of Form 4, who demonstrated

the 1880s. Never mind.

Unfortunately, due to a rather long and drawn-out supper, this part of the concert began rather later than expected at just before 9.30pm. The children were already rather tired at the end of a busy term but they certainly did themselves proud and sang with real gusto! The choir performed a number of favourites including Fame, Walk of Life, Video killed the radio Star, Living on a Prayer, Karma Chameleon, Making your mind up, and Eye of the Tiger. Also, there were a number of solos, duets and trios which included Love Changes Everything (Connie Begg), Wind Beneath My Wings (Tosca Tindall & Olivia Dobson), I know him so well (Morgen Thomson & Saskia Weir), Total Eclipse of the Heart (Kitty Single), Anything for you (Mathilde de Luna & Victoria Erskine), Piano Man (Ella Coleman & Katya Thomson),

her skills as a percussionist with a skilled performance on the drum kit – very rhythmical and stylish!(Well done, Sophie!) The final group of soloists was led by Daisy Greville Williams on descant recorder, with Don Bateman’s ‘Crossed Lines’. Daisy always makes these pieces sound so easy, but the keys in this piece give some very difficult fingerings to be overcome and Daisy managed this extremely well. Claire Joicey demonstrated her considerable ability on the flute with ‘Largo and Allegro’ by Pepusch, contrasting the slower, ornamented first movement with the quick moving second movement very confidently. Our final soloist of the evening was Mathilde de Luna, who has come to the school for the summer term, from Spain, over the last few years. However she has been with us for the whole of this academic year and this was her final performance here on the violin. She chose Szelenyi’s ‘Youngsters’ Dance’ a lively and rhythmical piece with some complicated rhythm patterns to play and this she did very successfully. A splendid conclusion to the first half of the evening, at which point, supper was served by Mrs. McLoughlin and her team of hard-working ladies, to whom we are all very grateful. RO

Nine to Five (Claire Joicey & Beth Fletcher), I wanna dance (Vanessa Riley), Eternal Flame (Iona Ralph), Like a Prayer (Morgen Thomson) and Venus (Leonora Campbell, Emily Stewart and Eritrea Willoughby). Also in there were the Blues Brothers (Messrs Pinchin ‘n’ Peek) who performed their own version of Shakin’ Stevens’ hit This Ole House, with the words rewritten by Tory Hughes as a fond farewell message to our four staff leavers – Mrs Roddis, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Owenson and Miss Tod. At around 10.45pm(!), it was time for the final song in which everyone was encouraged to be upstanding and to join in with the actions to YMCA. Then, it was most definitely time for a good night’s sleep before the ‘clearing up’ started the following morning. Well done everybody! MG


Vale Magister


hen Mrs Owenson arrived at Belhaven, there were practically no music facilities at all, apart from two small rooms, one of them containing a very small piano and a handful of willing pupils. It is almost unbelievable to look at the fantastic new music block and think that only twenty years ago the facilities were that appalling. What Mrs Owenson has achieved is tremendous and she has transformed the music department at Belhaven, inspiring many young pupils to learn a broad range of instruments. Congratulations Mrs Owenson, we shall miss you!

BBC Music Live in Newcastle and they appeared on the television.

What was your first impression of the school when you arrived?

What do you like most about Belhaven?

When I drove up the drive, all the daffodils were out, and I was amazed how stunning the grounds were.

All the pupils and the surroundings. What are you going to miss least about Belhaven? (answered quickly without hesitiation) The music timetabling! Hardly a week goes by without having to change the lists!

Roughly, how many people played an instrument when you arrived, and how many are there now?

Yes I did. Seeing the girls in a more family like setting was really nice.

When I first arrived, there were 13 pianists, 4 clarinettists, 2 flautists, a trombone player and a trumpeter. Overall, there were 21 lessons per week. Now, there are about 124 lessons per week!

Give a sentence to describe the Belhaven wind band.

Is your husband looking forward to your being home full-time?

How long have you been at Belhaven for?

Great fun!

20 years

What is your favourite place in the Belhaven grounds?

(After a long laugh) Yes - this will be the first time that we will be properly together because very rarely have we ever had holidays that coincide. To be honest I think you should be asking him that question, because he might have different ideas to me but I’m looking forward to spending ‘quality’ time together.

What has been your most memorable moment and why? Lots of things. Obviously I think the most memorable thing is the Music School being built. I never thought it would happen in my time at Belhaven. Also, there have been lots of concerts which have been very memorable especially when i took the Choir to

Did you enjoy being on duty in the Girls House?

The Green Walk, particularly during the holidays! How do you feel the music has changed being in the new music school? Music itself hasn’t changed particularly, but we now have the space and facilities to do what we need to do. Practising and lessons have become more pleasant.

Interview conducted by Leonora Campbell, Emily Gladstone, Claire Joicey and Victoria Erskine

Valete Mater Familias


o, no more getting it in the neck for not producing Team lists on time the games staff will be relieved! But Mrs R will be sorely missed, as she has been instrumental in keeping the Boarding House running in a ship-shape manner for the last 13 years. No boy will be better looked after, especially when they are feeling that bit homesick or have grazed a knee. The staff will miss her sense of humour and her straight forward approach to things - and the bottle of wine on the last night of term! And now who on earth will Harvey and Peeky have to wind up on a Tuesday evening before match day with bogus team lisrs? We wish her all


the best on the airwaves of retirement. What is your best memory? So many memories. Last year when Form 2 persuaded me to stay for the year. In both classes everyone smiling and nearly getting knocked over by swanny! What is your funniest experience? In Dorm. 6, when Mr Harvey was in one of the beds and Mr Peek was speaking to him, but he thought he was one of the children! Where is Belhaven?





The Grounds when the sun is shining.

What is your worst experience? NITS! Doing nit check. I hated it. Tea duty 6 nights a week comes a close second! What was your first, and what is your last, opinion of Belhaven? It was a warm and friendly atmosphere. I feel sad leaving but it is still a warm, freindly school. What is your worst meal at school? Oily shepherd’s pie. What is the worst punishment you have ever given out? To Lawrence roose clark - making him

run round the track five times because he had been cheeky.

I have mellowed somewhat and of course I’ve become older!

What has been your biggest embarrassment here?

How has Belhaven changed during your time here?

Walking into the senior boys’ showers and seeing a few naked boys talking to each other.

The numbers have increased and more girls have come and the whole school has just expanded.

What is your most memorable time that turned you into a DRAGON?

What was the worst excuse ever to get out of the Thursday Run?

When Henry Roberts (on his day here) threw a teddy and it hit me in the chest.

Someone said they had very bad diarrhoea so they coudn’t run (but presumably they could run to the loo!)

How long have you been here?

Which member of staff have you got really angry with?

13 years and 13 is my lucky number! Why did you decide to come to Belhaven? My position at St Hilda’s, Whitby, was taken by teaching staff. Looking for another position I found myself at Belhaven. The warm, friendly atmosphere that greeted me made me really want to work hre.

None, really, but there have been disagreements! Which member of staff have you had a bad relationship with?

I can’t really remember any. What would you change at Belhaven? Belhaven is totally unique and there is nothing I would want to change. What is your favourite time of year here? The Christmas Term because I am a big child at heart and I love the run-up to Christmas. What is the worst injury you have seen in yuor time? Broken collar bones and a very bad concussion and he had to be taken to the hospital over night. Who will you miss most out of the staff? I will miss Mr Peek and Mr Harvey because of their laughs.


What will you most enjoy doing when you leave?

Have you ever had a disagreement with Mr Osborne?

Amateur Radio and studying for a higher grade.

How have you changed in your time here?

Morse Code returns to Belhaven Hill


morse key, not an electronic one), the sounds of morse emitting from surgery or the flat.

elhaven Hill school was used during World War 2 as For someone who had no previous technical knowledge I a decoding centre. Now the children of Belhaven can have managed to study the basics of radio communications often hear me (their Senior Matron) either listening to, which cover not only how the equipment works, but how or practising Morse code, (using the old traditional brass radio waves travel. The effect that the different levels of the

Mrs R at her Morse Key - probably tapping out the question asking where the Duty Teacher (a certain Peeky) goes on a Tuesday night!


t will be a strange feeling to climb the first flight of stairs to the ‘landing’ and discover that Mrs Armstrong is not around: her soft Irish brogue telling boys to get into bed, wash their teeth and tidy up! For the past 15 years large numbers

ionosphere have on influencing the propagation of radio waves, the 11 year sunspot cycle and, believe it or not, that the speed of light is 300,000,000 m/s (or to be more accurate 299,792,458 m/s). I am sure Mr. Osborne would also be pleased to know that my maths has improved considerably, especially having to work out the various equations connected with all aspects of my renewed interest. With the constant help of my Tutor I am now actually licensed to use the amateur radio bands instead of just being a short wave listener. This is just the first step on the ladder; I am already working towards my intermediate exam/licence and who knows that one day I hope to have my advanced licence which will then enable me to try other aspects of the hobby, such as communicating through orbiting amateur satellites, bouncing signals off the moon or even Data communications which interconnect computers over radio waves. At this point I really will be what my daughter calls me - “a licenced nerd!” 73’s (best wishes) MM3YLG

of boys will have been comforted, berated and looked after by her and she will be a sad loss. However, the head lice will be able to have a field day without her competent, probing comb flashing away!

Her good humour and patience shone through any adversity and she will be much missed in the staff room and ‘upstairs’ - though I bet she won’t miss having to get boys’ kit ready!


How long have you been at Belhaven? I’ve been here since 1994 - 15 years. What is the most enjoyable part of your job here? I enjoy watching the matches when I have time. I love going to Pease Bay each year - apart from when I have to go off in an ambulence! (laughing during this last bit because this year she had to accompany a pupil to ‘Sick Kids’ who had hurt herself on the dunes.) Yes, these are probably two of the nicest parts. What is the fondest memory that you will take away from Belhaven? That’s a difficult one. I enjoy putting you lot to bed as it’s a calm time of the day and probably the best part of my day. Has there ever been a time that you really wanted to quit and if so, why? (Laughs) No, not really. But I have to say that I do not enjoy doing the dreaded ‘nit check’! After you leave Belhaven, what will your overall thoughts be of the school?

A very happy school. I’ve enjoyed being here and i assume everybody in the place is quite happy, which is good. so that would be my overall view - that’s it a very happy place. What’s your favourite place in the school grounds? (Pauses a while) Near the swimming pool in the sun (laughs). I think that’s quite a nice place. What part of Belhaven will you miss the most? The grounds are beautiful. Nice open grounds and a very nice place to be. What’s your saddest memory? (chuckles) That’s a very difficult one. Saying goodbye to everyone will be the most upsetting. Has the school changed you in any way during your time here? Maybe, maybe not ... it’s made me more patient, though. I wasn’t always very patient and I’ve had to learn how to be patient. That’s probably the biggest change. Do you think yhour husband is looking

forward to your retirement? He says he is (laughing)! hat may not turn out to be quite how it is, though. He says he’s looking forward to having me home. Have you got any plans for the future and all that free time to come? Yes. We’re hoping to travel and I’ll be able to spend a lot more time in the garden. I’ll enjoy doing that, yes. What has been the key thing that has kept you going at this school? The companionship of everybody and the team - working as part of a team. Will you be visiting Belhaven after you’ve left? Probably - we’re not very far away. We’ll come back whenever we’re invited. Could you sum up Belhaven? Well - Belhaven is a very happy school; sometimes a very noisy school! But on the whole a very nice place to be. Interview conducted by Alexander Swanson and Max Barnes


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Form 1


his year’s Balloon Debate was held twice so that more of the large Form 1 could take part. For one of the Balloons the contestants had to be an Historical Character and for the other a person whom they admired for their excellent qualities.

As usual the characters were varied and diverse, though it was interesting to note that three of the ‘admired’ characters were members of Belhaven staff! Incredibly enough three of the balloonists were the Gladstone Triplets, but all three choosing wildly differing people from Mr Harvey through Mrs Roddis to Athene! In the first debate all historical characters gave a good account of themselves - though how Jesus of Nazareth didn’t elicit more followers remains a mystery! Boudicca waved her sword around a great deal but did not frighten enough to follow her; Athene was wonderfully serene; Henry VIII, despite dire warnings of pending executions, did not survive and Queen Elizabeth was all heart and soul. The eventual winner was Winston Churchill -

must have been Jamie Kelly’s cigar that had them transfixed! The second debate, held a few weeks later, was just as entertaining with three members of the Balloon taking on the personalities of three members of staff. It will be a long time before I forget the sight of Mungo Kilgour, in the guise of Mr Pinchin, walking down the Red Stairs with a little toy dog attached to a piece of string whilst reciting some Latin.

Balloon Debate Leonora Campbell was terrifyingly persuasive as Miss Trunchbull, though receiving not many votes to be kept in the Balloon, despite thrashing everyone in sight with her whip! James Cochrane turned up as a charming, what else, Mary Poppins, but even her magic couldn’t entice enough votes despite the House being told there would be extra spoonfulls of sugar. Emily Gladstone donned a Mrs Roddis outfit and defied the audience to ‘mess with her’! They did and she had to go. Beth Fletcher, with impeccable delivery, accent and actions, wore the saffron robe of the Dalai Lama and exhorted us to take the right way to Nirvana by keeping him in the balloon. However, the winner was a certain James Gladstone who got into the persona of Mr Harvey extremely convincingly, much to the House’s delight, and he it was who won the right to stay in the balloon. DP

Jamie Kelly as Winston Churchill flaming Germans, and how many of

And while I’m at it, talking to you about what I did, I was and still am, a very keen artist, and I made art much Never give up……Never give more important than it would be now. up……. Never give up. So if any of you like art, you should Ladies, Gentlemen, boys and girls. be voting for me now. Also, do any of you want to go to Harrow? Yes? Well I My name is Winston, Winston went to Harrow, and now look what I’ve Churchill. I was born on the 30th of become - the most famous male Prime November, 1874 and I am the greatest Minister ever. Through my whole life Prime Minister this country has ever I’ve lived through stress, despair, and I, known. I was elected as Prime Minister for one, have not been well in 1940 to 1945 and then at all. So from the kindness again in 1951 and even I in all your hearts, please let don’t know how long I’ll an old man live the rest of go on for now. (pause) his life in peace. And now, Anyway, why am I here sadly, I must let you listen and why am I telling you a to their mumbling stories. mass of information about But before that, there are me…(pause) Ahh yes, a few things I would like we’re all in this balloon you to think about: where and only 2 of us can stay would you be, if I wasn’t in. Well this can’t be too here and I hadn’t done hard a choice. teh things I did durng the During the war I had War? Just remember this, to make thousands of ‘we make a living by what decisions, and if I made we get, but we make a life just one mistake, this by what we give. whole country would have Thank you. been taken over by those Winston Churchill Rachel Gladstone (Athene): Claire Joicey (Queen Elizabeth I): Alex Swanson you would like to be sitting here right now, listening to “HITLER”, a man that tried to take over the whole world? How many of you would like that (pause). No I didn’t think so. Anyway, I don’t know who YOU want keep in this balloon, but apart from me, the man who saved your life, if you don’t vote for me now, then you clearly just don’t care about your country.

(Jesus of Nazareth): Lucy Coleman (Boudicca): Jamie Kely (Sir Winston Churchill: Geordie Gladwin (King Henry VIII)


James Gladstone as Mr Harvey Hector! Get here now! Barnsey, hands like feet! What are you lookin’ at? Hey Prenter, stop goofing around. Ferret, straighten that tie. Swanny, comb that hair; you look like a fluff ball you big woosey. Battle of Hastings, Gladwin? Magna Carta, Doctor Death? Well! Grrrrrrrrrrrr. They’ll be no yakking while I’m in this balloon d’ya hear me? All right then, as you’ve guessed I’m Harvey and I’m stuck in this balloon with these morons. Me only chance of surviving is if you use yer tiny, little brains and decide to vote me in, other wise I’ll get hoofed out. I’m not like those other idiots that ramble on about their own boring history, being selfish Cretans! Why should you keep me in the balloon? Well I know what it was like to be a wee laddie or lassie. So I know that you all love sweets and your Saturday night film. Well, if you chucked me out there would be no more Saturday sweeties or film, but if you kept me in, 15 rated films and double sweets could be an option. And think about it, if you were Mia or Ruby and you had no father because some jessies had chucked you out of a sinking balloon, how you would you feel? Imagine it. Two poor little girls with out a father. Imagine Mia and Ruby crying all night, mourning for their beloved father and Mrs Harvey having to stay up with them all night comforting them. Imagine Ruby asking, “Where’s daddy?” and Mrs Harvey having to tell her that their father’s no coming back ’cos some idiots have thrown him out of a balloon. Are you harsh

enough to let this happen? Also there would no more History for you keen Historians. No more bloody battles, videos and no more of my favourite stick ons or assemblies. If you vote me out you are also disloyal to your proud country Scotland and I will think of you as a Jonny Wilkinson English loving scum! Speaking of rugby, how many of you love it? Just as I thought, all good rugby fans. But how would you feel if your favourite rugby coach was chucked out of the balloon? No more bribery with Saturday sweets, no more chips after matches and no more road rage at other ‘idiot drivers’ on the motorway! No more polite comments about the ref and no more Murrayfield trips. Sure, you could leave it all to Pincushion but who could

trust him with a rugby ball? Look what he’s done to the wee under nines - so far a defeated season. Think long and hard about what Belhaven would be like without beloved Harves. Think off all the memories I would leave behind so suddenly but most importantly think of my family. Does anyone else in this balloon have a loving family that they would have to leave behind if they died? Thank you. Miss Trunchbull, now there’s discipline, but we already have a Mr Gale so why do we need a female version? Stop and think hard. Do you really want to learn about some boring old Latin verbs and have a teacher that wears tons of hair gel, who drones on about Latin and speaks to tables? Do you really want another Mr Gale and what has the Dalai Lama personally ever done for you? Wouldn’t you rather be in my exciting history lessons learning about bloody battles and acting out the shield wall? Then there is the so called darling Mary Poppins. Personally I think she is a plain cover up. If you keep me in the balloon why do you need another person to look after you, if you vote for her, girls, that means you aren’t loyal to Miss Hughes and don’t like her as your House Mistress. So much for all her peace campaigns that she rants on about, if you think about it, forcing medicines down your throat and making you to tidy your room isn’t exactly the nanny I would like, what about you? Last, but certainly not least there is Mrs Roddis. Be honest and raise your hand if you have been scared of Mrs Roddis before. Enough said. Mr Harvey

Mungo Kilgour (Mr. Pinchin): James Cochrane (Mary Poppins): Leonora Campbell (Miss Trunchbull): Emily Gladstone (Mrs. Roddis): James Gladstone (Mr. Harvey): Beth Fletcher (the Dalai Lama)


Miss Cowan gives the instructions but one pupil seems not too happy about her given task!

The Form 1 Geographers

CE Geography Fieldwork John Muir Country Park


n Saturday 29th September, Form1 went to Hedderwick Burn in John Muir Country Park to carry out an investigation on the river’s meanders. They set off in groups to measure the width, depth and velocity of the river’s flow and to prove that their hypothesis was correct.


HYPOTHESIS That the speed of the water affects the shape of the river channel profile.

y prediction is that the speed of the water will affect the shape of the river channel profile because the water flows faster on the outside of the meander. This means that there is more erosion on the outside of the river forming a river cliff. On the inside, since there is less erosion, the river deposits its load forming a river beach. So overall it will be shallower on the inside of the meander than it is on the outside. James Cochrane


e measured the width using a piece of string stretched across the river with red tape markers at 30cm intervals. Then with a metre ruler took depth readings at each of the markers. James Gladstone

One group about to start the depth measurements ...


... and perhaps about to experience first hand how deep the water is!

Hadn’t realised that it was deeper than my wellies!

Checking the depth - don’t lean any further! The loneliness of the longsuffering timer! Connie waits for ages for the first orange to pass the line!


e placed two oranges in the river, one on the inside of the channel and one on the ouside of the meander. After measuring 10 metres down the river bank with a trundle wheel, we timed the oranges floating down the river. At each section of the river that we measured, the water was flowing faster on the outside of the meander. Jamie Kelly

Mungo and Rafe launch the oranges whilst ...


he funniest part of the Geography Fieldwork was definitely when Mungo became submerged in the water up to his waist! When Connie got stuck in the centre of the river standing on a log, Mungo ploughed into the water, with Miss Cowan standing thunderstruck on the side, and rescued Connie! He was shivering violently when he came out, but simply carried on with the experiment as though nothing had happened!

... Adam and Swanny become excited about the progress of their oranges! The orange on the left is on the outside and definitely in the lead.

Claire Joicey

Picture on the left taken in September as we were leaving to come back from the Field Trip: picture on the right taken early July this year showing that not only in the Lake District is there erosion!


The Annual Trip to Hadrian’s Wall


nstead of enduring the first day back at school after the weekend out Form 1 had something to feel pleased about; we were all going to Hadrian’s Wall! There was great excitement as we set off, everybody was itching to see this ancient Roman wonder.

After that we went for a short walk along the wall. Mr. Osborne thought that it would be better if we didn’t do the longer walk because at any moment it might bucket with rain. We said that we were proud to be Scottish and no terrible English weather was going to daunt our high spirits of venturing on

“We will all march that way!” Not many seem convinced, though Mr Pinchin seems resigned!

Run out of wood. Still, boys burn quite well!

Prophetic, as the cold rain descended later.

Form 1g and Mr. Pinchin managed to argue their way into the small, comfy minibus while we had to tackle the long journey like no other up hill and down dale in the old white bus with Mr. Osborne’s slow driving (joke) and with Danni, our gap student. We finally arrived at our first fort, Chesters. A quick loo stop and we were off! We looked round the fort and explored all the nooks and crannies hidden everywhere, including the hole in which William Dalrymple got stuck three years ago. It was really interesting to see all the old buildings where the soldiers and officers lived, bathed and slept, and fascinating that they’ve survived over these thousands of years. We went down to the bath house beside the river and explored all the rooms. Then we visited the museum and saw a model of the fort, some ancient coins and brooches and even an ear pick and a shoe.

into the wet wilderness. Danni was forced to come with us as Mr. Osborne, Mr. Pinchin and four sensible ones returned to the buses and drove them round to meet us. About five minutes into the walk it started to bucket. We were brave though and struggled on through unimaginable wet and windy weather. The trek was a long and hard one, past the famous Robin Hood tree and conquering fearsome heights all along Emperor Hadrian’s spectacularly built wall. Never mind, there were plenty of jokes (not to mention the endless laughter of the Coleman twins). Eventually, with Mr. Osborne walking up to meet us, we reached the buses in one soggy piece with poor Danni freezing. All our waterproofs were wet on the inside, our tracky bums were dripping and when I took my boot off water poured out. I knew I heard some squelching in there! We then went to

Happens every year.


The Great Trek begins

When we left we were all in the Roman mood so we loaded ourselves into the bus and left for Housesteads. The weather was against us so we were forced to eat our world famous school pack lunches in the bus whilst the rain poured down. The bus was filled with the sweet wafting aroma of egg and cheese sandwiches, followed by an apple and chocolate bar. Thankfully the rain stopped for our visit to Housesteads fort. We went to the very small museum, tried their homemade jam and made our way up the hill. Housesteads was great fun. We got a good look at the wall and once again we showed a great interest in the latrines. Do you know that the Romans used sponges on sticks instead of loo roll?

Looking a bit guilty - is that the wine cellar?

A fitting abode - bit of a small entrance!

Not enough room for them all.

straight to a visitors’ centre and warmed up with some great hot chocolate. We also watched a thoroughly interesting film about Hadrian’s Wall. It was too wet to continue to Vindolanda so we piled back into the buses and headed for our final stop,

Latrine queue

‘Chateau Joicey’, where we were destined to have supper. We were all really hungry and it was the scrummiest meal that I have ever had. Claire got really embarrassed because her dad had put up directions in Latin that Mr. Osborne had fun translating!

Beth in Buddah bliss.

When we arrived back at school we had showers and went straight to bed. I don’t know about anyone else but I slept like a log and did not want to get up the next day. Thank you to all the staff for a brilliant trip. I loved every moment of it. ‘All in all, I think it was a success.’

I think the Roman soldier is a great deal happier than the Pict!

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Spoken English


The Chav The subtle glint of the ADIDAS emblem The ice cold pattern of the checkered Burberry The loud rustling of the nylon shell suit The newly polished REEBOKS straight from the shop These are just the building bricks of life For the ultimate N.E.D. out with a knife Then comes his mates up the road Their plastic bling shining in the sun Their fake ROLEXES hanging from their wrists Out of their pockets is a barrel of a gun Behind them comes each girl with her fella Both ready to down a few pints of STELLA Adam Baynes

Book Review Title: My Sister’s Keeper Author: Jodi Picoult “If you use one of your children to save the life of another are you being a good mother or a very bad one?” My Sister’s Keeper is a novel which there are seven people that tell their story of a girl that makes a decision that for most would be extremely difficult to bear, and sues her parents for the right of her own body. Anna’s parents are faced with a very difficult decision, either to let their ill child die or genetically modify a new baby and make her donate vital organs for her sister. This story is about a young girl, called Anna, who has gone through countless surgeries, transfusions and injections to help her ill sister, fight leukaemia. By the age of thirteen she can’t help but wonder what life would be like if it wasn’t tied to her sister’s… The strongest character in the book is


tand up straight, take a deep breath, and begin. Make a LOUD NOISE at the beginning so they realise someone is trying to speak; or speak really quietly, and then get louder and LOUDER, until you have grabbed the whole audience’s attention and they have realised now is the wrong time to go to sleep.

During half term, I bet you had a great time wherever you were, but at the back of you’re head I bet you were gradually getting more and more nervous about what you could do your talk on. Well I decided that this year, I was not going to do the ordinary “Where I went on holiday” or “My pet”. No, this time it is going to be different, perhaps something most of you might find quite odd. This time I’m going to talk to you a bit about Spoken English. No seriously, Spoken English! Just think of the strange things that people have done over the last few years. For example, when my brother was in form five, he did the internal combustion engine, clearly inspired by an adult, but even so that’s not the point. Take another example but this time go a bit simpler - a table tennis ball, or even more original the “Matrix”(Mitch).

Anna. She loves her family but is fed up with being used for her sister. She is very independent and because of her sister, she doesn’t have many friends. Anna and Kate, Anna’s sister, are very close and are both best friends. In a way they only really have each other. I feel extremely sorry for them both as they have such a tough life at such a young age and I am, now, very appreciative for people who go through things like Anna and Kate. Brian and Sarah, Anna’s parents, also have an extremely tough life. They are put through things unimaginable for normal parents. I felt as though it must have been very tough for the parents to go through so much but in a completely different way to Kate and Anna. One of the character’s in particular I find gets on extremely well with Anna is Jesse, her brother. At the beginning of the story they seem quite far apart but as the story goes on they get much closer. When Anna wants to go to a lawyer she asks Jesse to take her, this shows that they are very close. The lawyer is called Campbell. He is a very popular lawyer and when he hears about Anna’s life he seemed intrigued by the subject, this is

So for anyone here that has never heard a spoken English competition before, you should be beginning to get the idea of just how much work we have to do. Some people spend hours and hours of their precious holiday slung in front of a computer typing for days on end, but in my opinion we should just take a breath, think and then throw all your favourite ideas on to the computer. But I suppose that in the end all that happens is you come back to school say, “Hi,” to your friends, then when you reach the dreaded English lesson and it comes closer and closer to your turn to produce your speech in front of all your mates, your hands start to sweat and your chest feels like it is trapped in a vice. Afterwards, when you think, “Ahh. It’s all over and I can just relax again,” - you can’t if yours was any good because you’re in the finals, and instead of “Ahh” it’s “AHHH!” Then you have to speak in front of hundreds of people, some smiling and excited, but others can’t stand the length of all those dreary talks. When you do finish, just close your eyes, and cast your mind back to when you didn’t have the faintest idea of what you could do it on, and in the end you may just realise that it’s all rather fun. So next time, stand up straight, take a deep breath, and begin. Jamie Kelly

why he goes on to help Anna. Anna and Campbell, from the start to the end, have a very close relationship. In all the chaos Campbell meets an old “friend” they look back in the past and attempt to sort their differences out, this courses a lot more confusion… The story line of My Sister’s Keeper is fascinating. It makes you feel as though you are actually going through everything Anna goes through. It makes it seem as though you have been through it all. The story makes you think about what other people could be really going through and how tough life really could be. I think that the purpose of the story is to make people realise what others could be going through and how they really have to cope with things like this. This is an exciting, gripping book. When you pick it up you will not want to put it down! I highly recommend this to everyone so that they can experience the excitement and fascination of this book, the way I did. Lucy Coleman

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Leavers’ Outward Bound Outward bounds When we first came, we did some little games (big Puzzles,…). It was great fun. The dorms were pretty nice… In free time, we were doing mental thinking stuff with the teachers. The next morning, we did pole claim, it was very good. I was cared I was at the top; I couldn’t go on the top!!! But I did it quickly the second time, we did lots of other things like the night line, we had to follow a line with lots of obstacles, I was always smashing my head against the trees!!! We had to walk into some tunnels… When we went kayaking it was freezing, raining, we were all completely wet… After we had like 3 glasses each of HOT CHOCOLATE! Makes you feel so much better! The towel is a very good thing because it makes you dry!! So I was singing: “I believe in the Towel!” After Kayaking we came back to school. Jean de Bodinat

Flying Fox When you are standing at the bottom of the net, your heart starts pounding. The thought of jumping off a 40 ft. tree is all that you can think of. The fact that heights don’t scare me is not a problem, but the descriptions that other people gave made it sound really scary. They would say things like,”oh, when you jump off you feel like you are going to fall.” Or As soon as you jump off, you drop about ten feet.” These are the things that make it sound Daunting. To get to the platform, you had to climb up a net that grew thinner and thinner as you got closer to the top. When you reached the top you were asked how you were going to jump off. You were then clipped on to a rope and the instructor shouted, “123,” and everyone else replied, “Jump out the tree!” when you jumped you were falling, falling, ‘whizzing’ down the wire at one hundred miles an hour! Dhileas Heywood


Pole climb I have always been scared of heights but I thought that this time I was not going to be. When I saw the pole it looked big but not to hard. My mind completely changed when I started climbing. I was so scared that I started shaking really badly and I thought I was going to fall of. Everybody was cheering so I kept on going. When I was nearly at the top I was shaking so much that I was not able to stretch enough, I wanted to get down but I was nearly there. After lots of hard and scary climbing I finally was able to stand on the top. I will always remember this as the scariest I have ever done but I am pleased I got to the top. Tillie de Luna

Broomlee Poem The sweet, sugary taste of chocolate against my lips The gush of liquid down the chute The warmth of the cup against my palms My breath coming in small, sharp gasps The cold, clammy feel of my wet hair on my white, chilled neck I do not hear the chatter around me All my attention is on my cup I slurp and slurp, drinking in the welcome warmness of the hot drink

The Ropes Course Balancing on the swinging log Walking across the rope Through the tyre, balancing hard This was all part of the ropes course.

Flying Fox The flying fox enormously huge It was 40 ft high And when you jumped off the top And felt like you could fly

Swing like Tarzan into a net Don’t hit the tree (like Cochrane) Don’t let your feet slip through the holes These are the rules of the ropes course.

At the bottom of tree You were feeling very queasy And when you started to climb the net You could tell it wasn’t easy!

Clambering through yet more string And onto the bridge we go Doing a tightrope walk across Nearing the end of the ropes course.

At the end of the net You were hauled up to the top You were told: ‘Oh no it’s not that high’ And were clipped onto a rope

Swinging pieces of wood we crossed And on to the moving tyre Everyone’s tired as we reach the finish That’s the end of the ropes course. Victoria Erskine

The instructor was very calming She said: ‘Do not worry! Get used to the height, take your time There is no need to hurry’ Thought and fears when you finally jumped off ‘Oh my god, it 40ft. Why??!!’ But it’s actually very sensational And it’s really not that high! I felt really proud of myself When I came back to the floor But when I saw what the others were doing I wasn’t really sure! Claire Joicey


Community Service

Pumpkin Patch Sports Day As Form 1 entered Pumpkin Patch we were greeted by the loud shouts of excitement from cute little toddlers. Miss Catherine allocated us jobs: Handing out ice cream to the children (which they seemed to smear most of down their fronts!), giving the children ribbons for their excellent

efforts on the running field, face painting- all the girls wanted butterflies all the boys wanted lions and the Belhaven children wanted ... Octopi! All in all we thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was a fantastic experience to work with the children and Jean especially found he had very good qualities in this area - he’s now got a new best friend called Fergus! Ella Coleman & Emily Gladstone

Your elevenses, Sir?

Max practising his artistic skills - he has to take up his art scholarship in September!

I think there’s a bit too much blue - let’s try the pink and she can join the Marshmallows!

I had forgotten what fun you can have in a sandpit!

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Form 1 Advanced Art Artists Max Barnes, Lucy Coleman, Beth Fletcher, Rafe Seymour and James Gladstone have created great artwork in their free time. Max, Lucy and Beth have put together stunning portfolios for submission to their senior schools for scholarship. Max and Lucy have shown particular dedication and talent thoughout this year. Congratulations to Beth on her All Rounder Scholarship to Fettes, Lucy on her Art Scholarship to Strathallan and Max on his Art Scholarship to Rugby. Well done!

Rafe Seymour


Max Barnes


Lucy Coleman


James Gladstone

Beth Fletcher


Beth Fletcher

Plaster Shell Sculptures Using wire and plaster, Form 1 pupils created large shell sculptures. Wearing protective gloves the children made a wire armature and then mixed their own plaster to build up their shell.

Dhileas Heywood with a nearlyfinished shell

Jamie Kelly happy with his shell

Victoria Erskine busy applying the plaster


Max Barnes James Gladstone

Tille de Luna

Jamie Kelly

Lucy Coleman Adam Baynes

Ella Coleman Emily Gladstone

Rafe Seymour


Leavers’ Profiles


ewer Leavers this year, but what they lack in number and size they more than make up in leadership, kindness and verbosity!

quite a metamorphosis! For those who arrived in Form 4 I am struggling to find individual photos - sorry. (But maybe you’re not!) This year’s bunch of leavers have been a splendid group, got on well together and have taken their responsibities of being senior pupils to heart and led the rest of the school by example. All the staff will be very sorry to

see them leave - but leave they must, as exciting times await and we wish them the very best fortune in whatever endeavours they undertake. Don’t forget to keep in touch and pass on your news to us - and I’ll be able to fill a few more pages of this Mag! Good luck all. Ed

Adam Baynes Baynsey

for nearly half of my life and I will be very sad to leave it, but I have had a great time here and I will miss everybody.

He was very chuffed with himself! I got my revenge on him in my last Fathers’ match though. Belhaven has done so much for me in my time here and if I did not come here I would not be on my way to a fantastic school like Harrow. I would like to say a huge thanks to all the staff who taught me, but especially to Mr. Harvey who has always been there for me and was also my honorary father in the golf tournaments.

This year is the first year of children for whom we have pictorial records on their arrival at the school and I make no apology for including some here. A few of the children don’t seem to have changed very much, facially, but others have had

Alexander Swanson Swanny

I started my life here at Belhaven in Form 5. The first day I arrived the school seemed really daunting but I quickly got to know the teachers and after the first few weeks I felt a lot more comfortable. From the first day in Form 5 to the day I am writing this now, my whole life at this school has gone by in a whirlwind of detentions, exams and privileges, as I have moved up the school. When I first came here there were only five of us in Dorm 10 from Form 5 but that didn’t stop us getting into a lot of trouble and after being sent to the hall chair in our first night we were rated by Mrs Roddis as the worst Form 5 she has ever known (I’m sure she says that every year). There have been lots of opportunities for school trips such as going to the Beamish Museum and going to see Scotland getting thrashed by France in Rugby at Murrayfield in Form 5. In Form 4 the whole year went down to York on the train and had what was described as the best school trip yet for us. Little did we know that the best was still to come in Form 2’s geography trip to Chamonix. We arrived in France in the middle of half term and in our 5 day trip we went on countless numbers of trains up hills, visited the Mer de Glace glacier, went swimming, visited a huge dam and waterfall, went to a museum and in the middle of all this we managed to enjoy some amazing French food. I have had some achievements while I have been at this school such as winning my hockey colours, passing the dreaded C.E. and also (extremely unexpectedly) winning the kicking cup. I don’t think I could sum up Belhaven in one word or phrase because I have been at this school

Beth Fletcher Beth! My five years at Belhaven have been the best five of my life. They have been full of challenges and many fun activities. Moving to a mixed school with boys and girls, unlike the Edinburgh Academy, was a huge challenge for me. During my first year at Belhaven I had my brother in Form 1 to look after me so when I started boarding in Summer Term of Form 5, it would not be as difficult as I expected. The teachers at this school will always remain in my memory and if it were not for them I would not be on my way to Harrow in September. They have helped me through my Common Entrance and have also helped me to achieve many great things in my final year here. One of these was getting into the second row for the Dandylions rugby team. I have had many great memories from this school and the majority of them will be very humorous. One of the best was when I was in Form 2 and we were playing in the 1st XI versus Fathers match. Fergus Black and I were the two opening batsmen. When my dad ran up to bowl he looked as if he was going to do a great bowl, but knowing him I knew what was coming. As he was in the middle of his action which looked like it was going to be a great straight arm bowl, he bent his arm and threw it as hard as he could (Swanny’s father is American and more used to baseball! Ed). Luckily for me he did not pitch me out straight away but after a couple of overs he finally hit my middle stump.

It was such a change going from my small primary school to Belhaven but I’m so glad I made the change. Being here at Belhaven, although being the only one in the family, was so enjoyable. It was a chance for me to show everyone my highlights and my humour. I’m sure that every girl in Form 1 would agree that my laughter fills the Girls’ House everyday. Cutting out all the not exactly exciting years of Form 4 and 3, I arrived back at school a senior. So many privileges, more sweets, later bed and the joy of Mr Peek as a science teacher (joking all the time). Although there was the looming prospect of Common Entrance (seemingly a long way away) whilst in Form 2, by Form 1 it’s upon you like a dog jumping up. Its like I am standing under a dark cloud rain pouring its precipitation over my head but there is a bright blue sky far away and every day it seems to draw closer. I just can’t seem to get there. THE NIGHT LIFE. That is the part of Belhaven I will never forget. One memory that stuck is one night is Form 4, when I had to jump out the window, run to the astro, touch the gate and get back in before all the teachers saw. It was very nerve-racking but to be true I’d do it all again given the chance.


All through the school there has been the “truth” and the “dares” all under the teachers’ noses. (Can’t believe we missed all of them! Ed) While they thought we were safe in bed sound asleep. We were running to each other’s Dorm. Jumping on beds and giving each other “the moony”.

Claire Joicey Clarice Bean The equivalent of Form 5 was spent by me in Kilgraston, an all girls’ school. I suffered from lack of boarders in my year. I was moved into Form 4 the next year at Belhaven. It’s really hard to believe that I am now in the final year, and I only have two more weeks at Belhaven. My most clear memory (and perhaps worst) of Form 4 was managing to knock myself out in the dining-room, and having a complete black-out! I came round and had a completely black, swollen face for about two weeks! Form 3 went past quite slowly but surely, and there were many fun things like camping, trips and assemblies with Mr Banbury! Then my brother, who was in Form 1 at the time, left and I had to face two years all on my own. My little cousin Tora moved into Form 4 and I moved into Form 2. The year above was HUGE in number and size, and it was very intimidating. Then our year got a huge surprise. We were to be the first year going to a foreign country as a trip. We were going to Chamonix in France for a Geography trip! The trip was the most amazing thing in my whole time here. We visited the Mer de Glace, the Emosson Dam, the Gorges du Trient and we even went up the Brevent cable car and saw the Aguille de midi! A huge achievement for me in Form 2 was winning Mastermind, and being the first ever girl winner! I did it again this year, but came second by one point! Well done Rachel! Then, the time came to move up to the top year, Form 1, and I received a huge surprise. I was to be the first HeadGirl. Being Head-Girl was really scary because everything you said and did had to be thought about and measured so carefully! Probably the most embarrassing incident was after visiting Hadrian’s Wall, Form 1 came back to my house for tea, and my Dad put Latin signs on the drive! Oh my goodness! CE finally came, and thankfully we all passed. I won’t say anything else. t Leavers Outwards was also very funny, especially me not being able to get up


the Pole Climb, Emily going hands first into a pile of manure, and Morgen falling into the tyre, on top of me! I have seen about a million members of staff pass through the school. They are/were all so inspiring, and are what really makes this school flourish. I am also sorry I won’t be able to see William, Joe and Lucy grow up, but I wish them all the best! I really want to thank everybody who has made Belhaven so good, and also all the people who are in the background. These include the cooks, the cleaners, the teachers, the matrons, and the housemasters and housemistresses. Thank you so much for making my time at Belhaven so pleasurable!

Constance Begg Connie

It was hard to know what to expect coming to a new school that you’ve never even heard of! But I skipped school on that beautiful sunny summer’s day and set off to view ‘Belhaven Hill School’. When I started Belhaven the first thing I said when I got into the car after my first day was ‘I want to board!’ So it was clear to my mum that she had no need to worry any more. The most memorable time in Form 5 was when Jack Milligan kissed Dhileas. (Memorable for whom? Ed) We were all in the D.T. hut waiting for Jem, when Jack “subtly” planted a kiss on Dhileas’ cheek! Boarding. After my eventful time in Form 5 I decided that I was ready for boarding. This meant my first Dorm at Belhaven consisted of some very unusual characters. Needless to say we were absolute angels, and we didn’t even stay up past 1 o’clock. From 4 also consisted of some abnormal behaviour. Like running across the astro in just our underwear! Or who could jump out the Dorm window, after lights out, and back in without being caught by Miss Mac. One of my most unforgettable times in Form 4 was when the neighbouring Dorm was playing dares. Victoria was dared to come into our Dorm and say, ‘Hi guys what’s up?’ and then run out again. Sounds easy right? Wrong! Because what little Viccy did not realise was that someone in our Dorm was homesick, and being homesick meant a visit from Miss Mac! I’m sure you can

guess the result! As you can tell Form 4 was pretty hectic. But that’s nothing to compare with the rest of my life as a Belhaveknight. Form 3 was a bit of a breeze apart from the obvious excitement of Dorm FEAST. Everyone’s favourite time of the term, when you can stuff your face with sweets and nobody could care less, even when you throw up all over the floor. Form 2 always brings the excitement of “Seniority”, and only one year to go till the big 1. Form 2 was the best for trips. We went to ‘dynamic earth’, ‘Chamonix’ and the immense Form trip to Murray field! By the end of this we were ready to face, ‘Form 1’. Form 1. Great Excitement. Great Laughter. Great Fun. Great Tears! Every old boy and girl will tell you that Form 1 is unmatchable. First the privilege of THE RED STAIRS! Now these are no ordinary stairs, no. These stairs are RED! Ok the real big deal is that only Form 1s are allowed on them. Secondly being able to send the juniors out of the dinning hall, to the hall chair. This is great because when they annoy you it’s bye bye! And of course in Form one 3 girls & 3 boys become Head Boy & Girl. Everyone had their guesses about who it would be. Most people knew it would be Claire but gave other answers when asked their opinion. But surprise, surprise it was Claire & Cochrane, then Emily & Jamie and finally Lucy & Swanny. Something I will always remember is the habit of my dear friend Ella. In the first term of Form 1 I was in a Dorm with her, and almost every night without fail I would hear strange comments coming from the neighbouring bed. Things like ‘fishy fishy fishes’ & ‘mama mia’. It’s all flown by like a dream and I really can’t believe it’s all over. I will never forget anyone and I hope to stay in touch and come back to visit lots and lots and lots!

Dhileas Heywood Dhil

Since I arrived here in Form 5, I have grown a bit taller, created many happy memories, and made some really good friends. When I arrived here in Form 5, I didn’t know anybody, apart from Kirsty

Landale, who looked after me on my day, Connie Begg, and Emily, Rachel and James Gladstone who came on their day with me. Mrs Parks was new along with all of the class, and was new to the school. Connie, L.D. and I had great fun in ‘The Daily Club’ - we were the day girls in Form 5. For our school trip, we went to Beamish, a Victorian museum which is in Northumberland. One of the only things that I remember is having a Victorian lesson. In Form 4, a lot of new people came into our year. Our Form teacher, and Mrs Wood was 4W’s Form Teacher. The funny thing is whilst we were learning maths from a text book that we sometimes use in Form 1, 4W were playing ‘Zoombinis’! One big excitement of Form 4 was the trip to York. We got up very early and had breakfast in the small dining room. We went down on the train and arrived at about ten o’clock and were photographed straight away, in our groups. First of all, we walked to the Yorvik centre. I can’t really remember much about that, apart from a trip on a sort of carry thingy that went around a typical Viking town made of plastic dummies. It told you some interesting facts along the way. The only fact that I can remember is that they probably wiped their bums with leaves! After the Yorvik centre, we went to have lunch at Pizza Hut. It was delicious! After lunch, we went to see the Shambles, and then York Minster. Nothing much happened in Form 3 but the highlight was our camping trip with Mr & Mrs Banbury. We had great fun and took the wrong food on our first attempt (Mr B. went back to the school.) We played lots of games and made a den in the woods behind the field. Forms 1 and 2 have been the best years by far. I have made so many more friends even though we all joined in Form 4 or 5. With every year people start to merge in to one really big and happy group. Although people have had their moments, as everyone does, no one has been really truly unhappy in our (small) year. How many leavers can you spot?

Ella Coleman Ella! I still can’t believe this is my last term at Belhaven. I never imagined writing this and knowing that I will be leaving in a couple of weeks (but, by the time you read this I would have left already!) I have loved every one of the 4 years being here and this place has made me who I am today. I arrived in Form 4 and I remember looking back and thinking that that was one of the best years I have had, one of the reasons being that we had such fun in all our trips. For our Form trip we went camping on one of Mrs Wood’s friend’s farm in a field. Then on another trip we went to York with Mr Gale, Mrs Gale, Aimee and Sarah (our gappies at the time) and the best part of this trip was the really big sweetie shop! As we loved camping so much we really wanted to do it again, so in Form 3 we persuaded Mr Banbury to take us again. My most memorable time in Form 3 was whilst on our Form trip camping we all decided to jump in the mud (bogs) and we were covered in mud top to bottom! We got nailed by Bambers and so we had to wash off in the neighbouring river. It was Baltic! Form 2 has been very memorable, especially having the best Form teacher, who still can’t tell Lucy and me apart! (Rubbish, Lucy, of course I can ! Ed) Mr Peek! We had a very memorable trip to Chamonix thanks to M. Rulliere and Miss Cowan. Thank you so much! It was so much fun! The first day we arrived we were allocated to our Dorms. My Dorm was Claire, Lucy, Squeaky and me. Then we went for a walk up to a waterfall which was stunning! We went to the Mere de Glace (a glacier!) and looked round crystal museums, went up the Brevou cable car, went swimming, had loads of discos, but the best part of going to Chamonix was definitely the bad taste party! Everybody looked fantastic, especially M.Rulliere! Then moving up to Form 1, we felt very privileged to be at the top of the

school, going up the red stairs, being at the head of the tea table, being a patrol leader, and having toast before we go to bed!! Being in Form 1 has really made me think how lucky we are and I’ve learnt not to take advantage of being here with all my friends (I’m gonna miss you guys and I love you!) Our year has been very close and I can’t imagine being without them (seeing as I have put up with them for 4 years!) and of course having such fun teachers! Thank you! I have learnt so much here, amo amas amat errrr! Anyway once again I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has made me have the best 4 years ever! I hope that Strathallan will be able to live up to Belhaven’s reputation of being such a great school. It’s going to be hard Strath!

Emily Gladstone Ems!

I still can’t believe that I am about to leave Belhaven after 5 amazing years. I would say in the past 5 years I have become taller my hair has become curlier and everyone would agree that I have become much louder! I came to this school very nervous and as I am a triplet I had to go through the same questions such as: “Why don’t you look the same?” and from some of the younger pupils “What’s a triplet?” Junior days for me were filled with “Shrub Wars” and rollerblading which were the most popular free time activities (why don’t you juniors do them anymore?) also in my day we were all in awe of the “Mighty” Form 1s with their privileges like the “red stairs” and the awful punishment which could be given by them: being sent to the hall chair. Shame that doesn’t happen now! (just joking) In Dorm when I was in Form 4 I will always remember Dhileas (and


others) going to the bathroom every 5 minutes. Mrs May said that she couldn’t believe that you couldn’t see a pathway in the carpet from Larch to the Junior Bathroom! Also one night Dhileas fell out of bed 24 times (to be exact!) Also what I will always remember here are all the crazes we went through; conkers, scoobie-doos, Diablo’s, yo-yos, tamagotchis you name them - most of them though got banned or just faded away (which was good for me because I never had any of them anyway!) Being a Form 1 at Belhaven is very different from the other years. For starters you can send people to the hall chair (well you are supposed to be!) later bed times and a 5* Girls’ House all to yourself (in which the boys think that we are served hot chocolate in the mornings on a platter!) the red stairs all to ourselves, mobile phones and toast in the evenings (definitely the best privilege!) but of course the down side to being in Form 1 is the dreaded Common Entrance which thankfully everyone has passed with flying colours. When I leave Belhaven I will have so many happy memories (mostly in the Girls’ House Kitchen laughing at people’s atrocious jokes and my “Blonde” moments). So thank you so much Belhaven for making me a much more confident person and for making me have such a fun time in every thing that I do.

who recently successfully got me through Common Entrance. Mr.Harvey who helped me so much to get me into the Dandylions and Scottish prep schools rugby teams and to everyone else who has helped me achieve my goals. The one thing that I always did at Belhaven was compare the other schools to it, and I think that the one thing that makes Belhaven the school that it is, is the extraordinarily close bond between the teachers and the pupils. No matter how tight the schedule is or even when everyone is really feeling the pressure in the run before C.E., there’s always time for a bit of banter as I’m sure all the boys will agree. I have absolutely loved every single moment of my time at this school but even if you add Form 4, 3 & 2 together, nothing can top Form 1! The privileges; toast, extra sweets on Saturdays, the red stairs and last but not least being the last people to got to bed and, with Common Entrance being the only thing to worry about, we made the most of it! Finally to finish it all off with the cheesiest line I will ever write at this school….GOODBYE BELHAVEN, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!

James Gladstone (Jim)

James Cochrane Cochrane, Rash Sunday morning lie-ins!! They will be my best memories of Belhaven. I will never forget having to get up at 7:30 everyday of the week to another gruesome day of lessons. At least I never had to do music practice! So, when Sundays finally came around I was completely over the moon. What must have been one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen at this school was when a boy in the year above me (mentioning no names) was dared to do a moony out of the junior common room window and inevitably having two girls from his year walking past at exactly the same time. I could go on for hours ranting on about my most memorable times and the most humorous moments in my time here but instead I’m going to pay tribute to all the staff who have helped me so much to achieve my goals throughout my whole career as a pupil here. For example I owe a lot to all the teachers


I can’t believe I’m here, writing my leaver’s profile. It seems like I’ve been at Belhaven for my whole life. I’ve made so many good friends and I’ll miss all of them a lot when I leave. Form 1 has been awesome, special privileges; toast in the evenings, the red stairs and of course the amazing teachers and all the school staff that have made Belhaven an amazing place for me. The most vivid thing I can remember about Form 5 was my first ever detention; little did I know it wasn’t going to be my last. It happened in the changing rooms when Rafe (another member of the Form 5 rebel gang) and some other boys were throwing loo rolls at a senior boy who was hiding in a cubicle. This incident started off a year of terror for all the staff as they dared to encounter the (mighty) Form 5 boarders. Form 5 is most remembered by me for getting into trouble. It soon became routine that every night and during quiet reading we would be sent out for talking, Dorm cricket and for all the dares that went too far and evidently ended us up in the deepest trouble. I’ve lost count how

many times Mrs Roddis called us ‘The worst Form 5 ever’ but I can remember one particular time when I snapped my bed in half playing the ‘Slipper game’ in the Dorm finals, an incident that will be fondly remembered. My memories of Form 4 aren’t many. Two new boys, Cochrane (Afroman) and Barnsey (Shrub Man) and loads of girls joined our year that was great. I was in 4G and had the legendary Mr Baylis for maths and D.T who threw board pens at us if we weren’t concentrating! I can remember going on numerous Form trips; York, Stirling and the awesome camping trip by the sea when we didn’t get much sleep. Form 3 was pretty cool. We were the head of the juniors and nearly every English lesson Bambo (Mr Banbury) used to say, “Right guys, we’re going to have a relaxation lesson today.” We had our first taste of Latin with Benny that I will never forget. Having Mr Harvey in 2H as our Form teacher was really good fun. In the mornings Form teachers all he did was tell ‘really lame’ jokes that Baynesy always criticised. Harvey’s usual response was, “Are you the local joke critic or something?” or “Its MR Harvey to YOU.” We had wicked fun in Form 2 and shared so many laughs and jokes. Finally I’ve arrived in Form 1 where I am now. It defiantly (definitely, I think! Ed) has been my best year at Belhaven. Even though work, exams and C.E have been pretty hard work they all cancel out against the amazing final year I’ve had. It’s really strange thinking back to when I was in Form 5 and how the Form 1’s looked so big, scary and that now I’m one of them! We have never been a big year in number and size, (Jamie and Mungo.) Sport wasn’t too easy for us but we fought through the rugby season with (limited) success. Although I haven’t been the greatest sportsman, especially on the cricket field of Belhaven, the 2nd XI cricket has been brilliant fun. We may not always win but our famous motto keeps us going, ‘Semper Laetus’ and the helpful advice given by our Little Coach when batting, ‘Swingus Batus’ that actually works! I have made the best friends ever here

The coveted 2008 Leavers’ Hoodie

and it’ll be really weird to move on with out them. All the teachers have been fantastic, funny and really good friends whom I’ll never forget. Belhaven has been awesome and there have been loads of times that I’ll remember all my life. Thank you to everyone who has made Belhaven such a fantastic place!

Jamie Kelly Kelly

With two older brothers already at the school, I had a hard act to follow when I came to Belhaven, but after a couple of weeks I was getting used to life like everyone else. From the first day that I was shown around the school, I didn’t just know that I was going to love everything here, but I also knew that I was going to fit in. The naughty things that us “mini Form fivers” got up to in the first year of boarding really did manage to get us a reputation for ourselves, I’m not sure if it was a good one, or a bad one but it certainly was a reputation. The funny assemblies, stupid comments made by all the staff will definitely come with me, when I leave Belhaven, and move on to Eton. Belhaven has been so special to me in my 5 years here, and I will not just miss my friends at Belhaven and the school itself, but also many members of staff who have made my time here so incredibly special to me. Some of the things that I have remembered most at Belhaven, and will stick with me forever, are the stressful rugby matches, with “Harvs” screaming at the touch line. Also, the emotional leavers’ services when the sobbing girls start to burst into tears. Mr Osborne’s encouraging attitude towards us boys in Latin lessons! Apart from academically, I have learned many things from being around different people, one of these is to “never mess with Mrs Roddis”. This rule I learnt in Form 5, and this I kept with me, my entire 5 years here! Rule number 2, “respect your elders”. I was told this rule in my first year, obeyed it, and then used it in Form 1! My life at Belhaven has been incredible from the beginning all the way to the end. All the staff, and pupils have made my time so enjoyable, but it’s Mr Osborne that has made 5 years of my life so amazingly special, and I thank him hugely, and hope he enjoys his last year here!

Jean de Bodinat Jean de Bogeyman I had a really sad time, at Belhaven; I don’t even know why I came back. But now, I am happy because, I am leaving. I will never come back here, and it is the best thing that is happening in my life, that is why I am enjoying the leaver’s dares. I am going to destroy the school where I had a very, very sad time (again).And I have a question: Why did i come here? Because I was stupid that’s all! NOT!!! (Phew! You had me worried there! Ed) May be I had some of the best terms of my entire life at this school. I think that the teachers are very nice. I enjoyed the last term at Belhaven especially because my friends had exams and I wasn’t doing exams, so I had a great time. I wanted to come all the Form 1 year, here, but I couldn’t do it. I had to stay in France the first two terms if I wanted to stay in France after Belhaven. I think that Belhaven is the best junior school of all Great Britain! (Because I have been there) That if you have a young child, you got to put him or her at Belhaven, if he hasn’t been to Belhaven; his life is going to be poor. The Form 1 year is the best year of all the schooling you can have at this school because you have the Form 1 privilege (toasts!). I think that Belhaven have a big PLUS compare to the other schools, may be the teacher, may be pupils, may be the buildings, may be the atmosphere, may be, may be, may be … In Form 3 I discovered Belhaven, it was great fun. I’ve got something to tell, when I left my first French school forever (where I stayed 7 years ) I laughed, it was fun! When I left Belhaven I cried, I knew I was going to come back there,

The Leavers got together and designed a unique Belhaven Eagle Flag. Each Leaver cut out their name in cloth to their own design and Sheena sewed them all together

but I liked it so much that I had to cry. Right now, I want to stop the time stay at Belhaven forever, with the same year, because I believe that our year is the best year that has ever been at Belhaven. Everyone is clever, nice … The teacher are close to you, sometime they can talk to you very friendly, the pupils are nice, they always helps you, the atmosphere is friendship atmosphere… Sincerely, I do not know which the Belhaven’s PLUS is - everything! I had such a good time at Belhaven that if I don’t send my children there and come back once in my life, I am going to be very sad! I really don’t want to lose the memory of me at Belhaven, I want to take so many pictures to remember, but even 5000 pictures will never give me back the happiness that I had there. I hope that the new headmaster will be as good as Mr. Osborne who introduced girls in Belhaven, made a swimming pool, made Belhaven so much better, I want that to keep on going; I want the best for the school I don’t want that Belhaven becomes one of those big school, because the thing that Belhaven is small it’s so much nicer!

Leonora Campbell Squeaky Although I came in the Summer Term in Form 5 along with April Gray, I fitted in really well. In Form 5 my favourite activities were making dens in the shrub and rollerblading with Emily and Victoria who were my best friends at the time. I remember clearly being in a Dorm with Tillie, Emily, Victoria, Rachel and April and every night we decided that we were going to be really rebellious and throw teddies around the Dorm. As I got further up the school though, the “after lights out activities” consisted of jumping out of the window, touching the astro turf and running back inside through the nearest entrance. Although we were caught a few times by Miss McNeil and put on Girls House shoe polishing it was still great fun! I can clearly remember the first day that I came here and being told that I would have a maths test and if I was good at maths then I would be on Book 5 and if I was bad at maths I would be on Book 4. Later, I found out that I would be doing Book 4! One of my best memories at Belhaven was going to Chamonix on a Geography Trip in Form 2 with Miss Cowan and Mr. Rullière and having a bad taste party on the last night in which Mr. Rullière wore one of Miss Cowan’s tops! I was quite unsure about coming to Belhaven at first but I soon realised my


mistake in being reluctant. I have loved Belhaven from my First Term in Form 5 to my last day in Form 1 and do not regret coming here at all. My favourite year has definitely been Form 1 because of the glorious “Red Stairs” and toast in the evening. Also I have absolutely loved having to do no work because of not doing Common Entrance and really taking advantage of and enjoying my last term at Belhaven. I will really miss all of the great times that I have had at Belhaven but overall I will definitely miss the happy atmosphere and fun here!

Lucy Coleman Loo I can’t believe I am writing my profile already! The 4 years I have been here have gone so quickly and I still can’t believe I have reached Form 1 let alone leaving in 2 weeks! How sad! I arrived here not knowing what to expect! Okay, my older brother, Freddie, did come here before me so I had a few ideas but he was a boy and I had no idea what it was like to be a girl pupil at Belhaven! As soon as I entered the school gates I knew this school was just for me. Quite a lot of my friends came from the legendary school, Compass, with me from my year and the year above so I knew some people who were coming before I came. My favourite part of Form 4 was going to York. I have to admit it was blooming scary going back on the train in a carriage with a group of people who were completely drunk! (Sophie and I were sitting right next to them!) My most memorable time in Form 3 was probably going camping with Mr

Bambers, we all ended up in some really muddy marshy land covered in dirt and mud, up to our chins, that’s the life! Going from our amazing trip to York, in Form 4 to our incredible tour round Chamonix in Form 2 we have been spoilt from the start to the finish! Our extremely successful trip to Chamonix was a trip of a life time. We visited the Mer de Glace, Emmosson Dam and visited a French swimming pool! The most memorable part of our trip has got to be having our “bad taste party” (loved the outfits Miss Cowan and Mr Rullière!) My first year of boarding was by far the best year. There were many instances when I was woken up by Emily screaming “BONJOUR” in her sleep! My first Dorm feast, (and last proper one!) getting Saturday sweets and film and Beth sleep walking into Emily’s bed and steeling her duvet cover! Being in Form 1 we get to have “many” privileges such as: Being aloud on the red stairs, having toast in the evenings and having mobile phones. All these things added up to be the best year of my four years of being here. I have had some great friends through my time here and I will never forget them, Emily with her sleep talking, Squeaky with her bizarre comments on the hockey pitch and Beth with her sleepwalking and all my other amazing friends. I will miss everyone who has been with me through my time at Belhaven, through my ups and downs (mostly ups) and sharing with me the laughter and fun of my years here. I will miss the shrieks of laughter of everyone in the senior girl’s house (Sophie!) and the fun we had in the girl’s house kitchen (EEEEEEE!) I am going to miss Belhaven so much but I will treasure every memory of being here.

The Mixed Under 9 Hockey Team 2004


Mathilde de Luna Tillie

Although I am Spanish, I have not spoken a single word in Spanish in my whole time at Belhaven. Mr Gale has always been trying to make speak Spanish but he has never been able to, Mr Osborne gets annoyed when he tries to speak Spanish because I never correct him. I did not know how to swim properly in Form 5, so while everybody did fun stuff in the pool I had to be with Mr Harvey learning how to swim. (I was told not to go to the deep end)I was so bored of doing always the same thing that I disobeyed him and went to the deep end, I swear, I was drowning. Doing dares in Dorm after lights out has always been the best thing When I was in Form 5 I was dared to go to the shrub with two girls in the morning of the last day of term. I was a chickened out and I did not go but my other two friends did. They came back without being caught so I was really annoyed that I had not gone with them. One of my best memories was when we went camping in Form 3. Some people jumped in the mud and we also swam in the river (it was freezing). Squeaky, Claire and me went for a walk very far away and we saw a big lake, when we went back all the cows and the bulls who were before in the field had gone into the road. We got really scared because I was wearing red and we thought they were going to attack us. We climbed into a man’s garden and climbed a fence. Form 1 has been by far the best year I have had at Belhaven - all the privileges and going on the red stairs have been the best. I will never forget Emily burning her toast and Morgen going just completely mental. Something I don’t like is that leaving Belhaven comes too quickly, all the fun you have had and everything you have done with your friends suddenly just comes to an end. I am seriously going to miss Belhaven and all the people that I have known in my life here, every body has been really nice to me and I have had lots of fun here. I still think this is the best school in the Whole world.

Morgen Thomson Moza My time here at Belhaven has been filled with Friendship and fun and I will be very sad to leave as always but because all my Form has made the best of their time then I am happy because we all will take away good memories whilst being here. The very first thing I remember was seeing my brother (Alexander Thomson) and Mr. O. and that was on my day. I remember eating some black magic on that day before the teacher at the end of the table even told the people on my table to start. I was sitting next to my brother at the other end of the table and then he turned to me and said, “Morgen you’re not allowed to start.” I suddenly thought to myself, whoops! And then when my brother left the school I took responsibility for myself. I remember one of the greatest memories would have to be when in Form 4 our Form went to York and visited the Shambles and got some delicious sweets from a shop there. (We all got given £5.00 to spend on our trip in York), also I got a little notebook of stickers with my name on them and we visited York Minster which was very tall and there were other tourists there as well as our Form. We took loads of pictures in our time in York including the one of me, Connie and Dhileas at Pizza Hut. Also in Form 4 we went camping and Rachel, Dhileas, and Beth they pitched their tent on a hill and everyone else was below the hill. I was in a tent with Lucy and Squeaky and we were a few paces away from the Boys and the girls. And on this particular camping trip we went to a Beach and we fished for Mackerel and we got sea urchins. It was an amazing trip. In Form 3 things started to speed up like talking about common entrance, but still it was a blast. I remember we went on another camping trip this time with Mr Banbury and Mrs Banbury. We stayed up quite late and got on Mr Banbury’s nerves! And so he came into the boy’s Dorm (which the girls happened to be in at this particular

moment of time) and and told us ghost stories which scared us out of our wits but all of us were ok in the end. It was a really good camping trip in the end. In Form 2 we went to France, Chamonix with Miss Cowan and Mr Rullière and we saw glaciers, went to the Emission Dam. I also realized whilst being in France that the food is amazing and after a busy day there was some cake and juice to feast on afterwards. Everyday was packed full of activities to do, including on the first day when we went up a steep hill to a beautiful waterfall which was massive and we took loads of pictures of everyone around the waterfall. When we went to a beautiful town we bought souvenirs, I bought a scarf. This trip was the most exotic and amazing ever. Coming into Form 1 just made me realise how important school work would be from now onwards. Also it made me realise that my time had swished by much more quickly than I had intended it to. But that’s what always happens at your time at school. I hope Strathallan will be as good as Belhaven has been to me!

Rachel Gladstone Rachy

Question: How are you supposed to even think about a school that only your Dad went to? Answer: You don’t. You just wait until it’s your day and see how it turns out. I couldn’t believe it when Mum said that we were leaving our old Primary school. It had been a complete and utter disaster and let me tell you we were glad to escape. Extremely glad. I cannot believe that I am leaving after five years of fun, happiness and friendships. Five years?! I must be going mad; it only seems like five minutes.

In my time here, I have seen many changes. The new art block is one, the new senior girls house is another and the new, big, white music block is a third. I suppose the down side of Belhaven is the distance of it from our house. Mum and Dad, I think, will be glad of a break for one more year. But, don’t worry Belhaven. You haven’t seen the last of the Gladstone clan. There’s still the little red haired demon Sophie on her way. Goodbye Belhaven!

Rafe Seymour Donkey

After only being at Belhaven for 1 night the naughty Form 5 Dorm consisting of Baynsey, Jamie, Jimmy G, Mungo and I were sent to the hall chair by the frightening and slightly mad Mr Peak. From the start to the end of my time here the 9 boys in our Form have had our share of being shouted at by Mrs Roddis, Mr Harvey (rugby), Mr Peek (hockey) and Mr Townshend (cricket). When I first arrived I had hardly played any of the three main sports that Belhaven played but I soon got to enjoy each one a lot even though our under 9 team almost lost every match of the season. Another big change from my previous school was boarding which turned out to be a huge amount of fun even though we spent a huge amount of it on the corridor because of mischievous behaviour. Form 4 soon came along and it was good not to be at the bottom of the school. The ultimate highlight of this Form had to be the many Form trips we had - the best one being our long trip to York, where we clambered up York Minster and had lunch at Pizza Hut as well as many other amazing activities. We were now at the middle of the

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Somehow or another they grew to be the mighty 1st XV!

school and work suddenly became a lot harder and we began to gain a bit more responsibility. At the start of this year I had the privilege of going to the Gordonstoun Challenge along with Mungo, Squeaky, Victoria and Hugo Rogers and Arbell Lewis from the Form above. Also during this year a troublesome Frenchman called Jean de Bodinat joined our Form, who annoyed and amused Mrs Roddis so much and so often that she gave up bothering to shout at him. Now at last I was a senior and many more privileges came my way such as extra sweets on Saturday and using part of the red stairs. We now had sport with the top year and experienced the loud shouts of Mr Harvey when you did a forward pass in Rugby. We also had a load of new teachers such as Mr Peek, our slightly mad science teacher, and Mr Osborne for maths. At last I had made it to the top of the school after 5 years of waiting. I was now in Form1 and the only disadvantage was common entrance but other than that it has been great fun such as having the power to send the juniors to the hall chair even though I never have, it is nice to know I have the privilege. As well as that there has been toast in the evenings, being able to use all of the Red Stairs and of course defending leaver’s rock at Pease Bay. All in all my time at Belhaven has been absolutely fabulous and I will never forget it.


Sophie Gordon Cumming Noddy/Soph From the first day that I arrived at Belhaven to the last I have enjoyed every second. Having been to a tiny local school in Morayshire (four hours from this school!), coming here was like entering a huge, very friendly home. There is such a close community at Belhaven and all my friends feel more like brothers and sisters because we’ve been together for so long! Arriving at Belhaven and entering Form 4 was, at first, a very daunting prospect but the continuous love, laughter and happiness helped me to settle in. One of my fond memories from Form 4 is when we (Emily Gladstone, Squeaky Campbell, Beth Fletcher and I) jumped out of our Dorm window and sprinted to the Astroturf, where we did various ‘very naughty’ things and ran to other side of the astro; that makes me look back and laugh out loud. But l will always remember our camping trip. We were perched on top of a hill and it was very windy, so at night everyone would cling to each other whenever the wind blew! In our class groups we were taken mackerel fishing and I remember Jamie finding a Sea Urchin! In Form 3, I remember feeling very special because all the juniors looked up to us and (finally) we were ‘middles’. Our camping trip was especially fun because we were stuck in a field, next to a forest, with sheep! Just down from where we were located there was a mud

river. Immediately (to Bambers’ utter dismay!) we all jumped straight in to the mud, covering ourselves in slime and goo! I remember eating marshmallows round a fire and singing songs to each other, and having a lot of fun. Form 3 was really exciting and (slowly) it dawned on everyone that Common Entrance was really happening and we would have to remember to do it! As we got to Form 2, everyone started to mature and we all became a lot closer. Being in a class with two boys and six girls, we all became really good friends and got to know each other a lot better than in previous years. We also became a lot closer with the year above, whom are all incredibly nice and I specifically remember being in a Dorm with Occy, B, Rachel, Claire and having the best time ever - so much fun! Also our play was ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat’ and I was a brother with 12 other people! But it was a very enjoyable experience. One thing that I will never forget is our fantastic trip to Chamonix in France. The constant sun and laughter made it one of my most memorable times at Belhaven and I will never ever forget all the fun had! But nothing can ever beat Form 1. I enjoyed everything from doing Common Entrance to Sweeney Todd, which was a great success to our fantastic visit to Broomlee for our Outward Bounds. No one has really changed. Throughout my time here the chances I’ve had have expanded enormously. Going from having our annual ‘Form 4 trip to York’ to visiting Chamonix for the best Geography trip ever invented! Our sports season this year has been fairly successful and we were officially unbeaten in Rounders this year! Mrs Gale, you are the best. I want to thank everyone, from the teachers to all the amazing people in my year and the Form 2’s, who make me laugh all the time and I love them all! But I will always remember Belhaven and will look back with fond memories. But thank you SO much to everyone for making it the school that I love!

Victoria Erskine Viccy When I heard that Aberlour House (my old school) was closing down, I honestly believed that that was the end of having fun at school. The next boarding prep school from us was at least two hours away. This prospect made my knees go weak. However, as soon as I saw Belhaven, I was sure I was going to love it.

When I came into Form 5 in the spring term, there were only four girls in our year boarding – me, Emily, Rachie and Rose. Rose then left at the end of the spring term and Tillie, Squeaky and April arrived in the summer term. April’s first words to me and Emily were, “You guys are going to be my best friends ever!” Well, time would tell! One of my memories of Form 4 was when my Dorm was talking after lights out when Mrs May caught them. Their punishment was to run round the athletics track next morning. Then Squeaky came wandering back from the bathroom, trying to work out what all the commotion was. She then told us that she had been meditating in the shower as she couldn’t get to sleep! One of my best memories of my time at Belhaven was the camping trip in Form 3. There was this really marshy piece of ground which, if stood on too hard, would collapse, leading to wet, sticky mud. Me, Connie and Emily decided to test this out. Emily and Connie broke the surface, covering their shoes with mud. I was too chicken. Eventually, I plucked up the courage and took a huge leap. Next thing I knew, I was waist deep in mud! Our trip to Chamonix in Form 2 was so amazing. We were the first year to go so nobody knew what to expect. As well as learning a lot about glaciers and geographical things like that, we also had a ball with a bad taste party and meeting French people who knew about as much English as we did French which I can assure you, is not much! Form 1 is completely different to any of the other years at Belhaven. All of the privileges have finally arrived – the red stairs, toast in the evenings, mobile phones, speakers in Dorm. But also comes the dreaded prospect of leaving.

I will never forget Emily’s habit of burning toast in the kitchen, nor will I ever forget any of the blonde moments anyone has had. One particular moment of Form 1 I will never forget is when we were on outward bounds and we were doing this obstacle course, blindfolded, following a piece of string. It just so happens that at a certain point, while Emily was leading, there came a slide. Emily got so excited, she went hands first down the slide into a pile of mud. Often I am asked, “What is the best year at Belhaven?” To be honest, I don’t know. Every year at this school is so good, it’s impossible to tell.

Sophie Robertson (Bubbles) I started Belhaven in Form 4. I was really excited but nervous. I was dropped off on the front steps and didn’t know what to expect. I thought that I would get lost but I luckily didn’t. I will always remember the sport at Belhaven, especially the Rounders, Netball and Athletics. But in the Autumn and spring is the dreaded Thursday Run - and trying to waste time getting changed in the changing room! I also love the Swimming in the Summer term, the highlight being when we went to the fun Merchiston Gala and winning the Plate two years in a row and coming home with ice lollies! I will never forget Belhaven because of the great funny teachers and the people who are at the school. I have had 3 wonderful years at Belhaven and I will not forget any of it.

Max Barnes Barnsey There have been many ups at Belhaven and no downs. Coming here was a very big move for me, and my mum and dad had to make some huge decisions but I think adventuring here was one of the best decisions of my life and not once have I regretted coming here. At Belhaven there is something that no other school possesses which makes it very special and unique: this is the bond between teachers and kids. There is sometimes a time for work and sometimes a time for play but in this busy life we can always fit in a bit of banter. One perfect example of this was in the last of Harvey’s assemblies he called up all the leaver boys to the front of the hall and gave us impossible questions and when we got them wrong we had to dress up in what looked like Mrs. Harvey’s and Mrs. Hughes’s dresses for half the day. We are yet to get Harvey back! My last term at Belhaven has been my best and most exiting term. Why? Because we are leavers. I am not going to be happy to leave but I believe it is time to move on and say my goodbye to this wonderful school. It is hard to sum up Belhaven in a few words so here is a poem for every thing. The teachers are inspiring and close. The atmosphere guides you in to the school as host The pupils happy at all time, going on their routine sublime But this is only the forefront of the school In the back ground lurk quiet legends such as Tatty and Christine and all the pantry staff. Working along side them, never groaning, are the cleaners who with hard work and diligence help make this place what it is.

Mungo mango

Some of the Leavers in front of the ice cream van they had saved up for and ordered. They generously gave an ice cream to everyone in the school. Just shows what a kind and caring bunch they are.

These 5 years of my life at Belhaven have been the best years of my life. In


form 5 we where sent to the hall chair by Mr.Peek in the first week. We also decided to jump of the wall into the mot at the front of the school. And now I am in form 1 all those years went so fast. Form 1 has been great but the only thing that stood in my way was the dreaded C.E. In form 2 we went to Chamonix with Miss. Cowan this was really good fun and I will never forget it. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it. We also went to centre could Broomlee was a very good experience and I will never forget it. My favourite activity was kayaking manly because it was the longest activity and we played

lots of different games. We all rafted up and Rachel and I ran from one end of the raft to the other we both swapped boats. Then we had to dance and sing to head, shoulders, knees and toes on the front of your boat all of us fell in and had a laugh. We where all very coaled and the girls got to change in the bus and we had the change out side where everyone was passing by. We raced to get change and get some boiling hot chocolate down are throats. We all went back all worm and dry. The night walk was also good fun as we where blindfolded up and followed a peace of rope that went around the place over lots of obstacles I went head

first in to a pile of mud. I still smell! We also had to clime up a telegraph poll and do the Kan Kan on top of it. Them we jumped of and did an impression or a fames person. This was a really good experience and I will never forget it. The sport at Belhaven has been very good and has changed my life. It has been really good to try all the new sports that I did not do at my old school. I also went to the gordiston challenge that was really good as well. I managed to spill hot chocolate on advrecian so he did not play us rugby in the under 11. I will miss you all not! Only joking!

Senior Sailors This year some lucky children sailed on the Ocean Youth Trust yacht ‘Alba Ventura’ during the last weekend in April. Sadly no one submitted a report on the ensuing events but below are some photos that were submitted - they should bring back memories of what I gather was an excellent trip. Once again a huge thanks to Dougie Dundonald for his organisation of everything.

Nobody told them they were supposed to be steering the thing!

Well, what a cheap trick. Homework!

Don’t worry, son. It’s only a sandbank you’ve got us on to!


Ah, this is the life. Sun, sea and companionship.

I told him there was a Mars Bar hidden somewhere close!

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Easter Art Competition Pysanka – Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Like many eastern European people, Ukrainians decorate eggs at Easter, creating beautiful designs. The art of the decorated egg dates back to ancient times. The egg is a symbol of life, fertility and renewal. Eggs are decorated with geometric patterns made of lines and shapes, and sometimes plants, flowers, fruit, people, animals and simple agricultural objects. For this year’s competition pupils could hand-paint real eggs, draw a large egg shape on paper and decorate or papier-mâché a balloon to make a large egg shape and decorate. The children created many fantastic entries and prizes were awarded to the following pupils: Eritrea Willoughby, Abigail Pooley, Rafe Seymour, Leo Seymour, Iona Ralph, Rosabel Kilgour, Freddie Woodd and Julia Tyndall. Well done!

Abigail Pooley (4w)

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Leo Seymour (3p)

Iona Ralph (2p)

Rafe Seymour (1o)


Christmas Cards

Abigail Pooley (4w)

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Kitty Single (2h)

Will Plowden (4f) Lucy Coleman (1g)

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The Girls’ House Talent Shows


he girls certainly showed what talent they have at the end of each term in the Girls House. Throughout the year every single girl in the house had taken part in one of the Talent Shows from Mercedes Bannister, Jemima Black and Emilia White in Form 5 to the old timers in Form 1. Choosing a winner from the vast array of acts was always an impossible task so I left that job to Mr Pinchin! WINNERS:

Summer Term – Bea Begg, Iona Brooks and Rose Greville Williams (Junior Winner) Form 1 girls with their own version of St Trinians (Senior Winner) (Connie Begg, Leonora Campbell, Ella Coleman, Lucy Coleman, Victoria Erskine, Beth Fletcher, Emily Gladstone, Rachel Gladstone, Sophie Gordon Cumming Dhileas Heywood, Claire Joicey, Tillie de Luna, Morgen Thomson Special mention to Iona Ralph for her outstanding performances in a number of acts. Tory Hughes

Autumn Term – Beth Fletcher as Dolly Parton Each term the girls amazed me with their singing, dancing, acting, reciting, choreography, confidence and enjoyment as well as support for each other.

Spring Term – Claire Joicey singing All that Jazz supported by Leonora Campbell Lucy Coleman, Victoria Erskine and Emily Gladstone

The ground is now being prepared for the latest extension to the Girls’ House. By the end of October there will be a new building, with a bit of luck!

Race for Life

our way to the start line. All the girls travelled through the 5km course in n the 1st June, 2008 25 girls their own way. Alex Ovett and Miss and 6 adults made their way to Farrell led the way with the running Holyrood Park, Edinburgh to take group with Alex finishing 8th. Miss part in Race for Life to raise money for Cowan looked after the middle Cancer Research. Sporting their new paced runners and Mrs Roddis, Mrs ‘in season’ pink tops designed by Mrs Gale and myself took control of Roddis, the girls were in high spirits as they participated in the warm up. A few parents had come to support their daughters in the race and Mrs Gale even got us a mention on the l o c a l radio as we made



the walking group accompanied by Rachel Gladstone and Claire Joicey.

Everyone finished the course under the hour and had all done their bit to raise money for Cancer Research. We certainly raised over £1000 by participating in Race for Life and had a very enjoyable day out despite the girls discovering fake tan in their goody bags on the way back! Tory Hughes

Baking with Miss Jobson

washed, hair tied back and aprons to experience all the delights of home on the girls took it in turns to create baking as well as being patient before very weekend in Miss Jobson some baking masterpieces that would tasting! taught the girls a few things have impressed Mary Berry. From Tory Hughes about baking. Once hands were cheesecakes to brownies the girls got


READY, STEADY, BAKE! 9 girls decided to test their culinary skills one drizzly Sunday afternoon and baked a colourful array of delicious fairy cakes - spurred on by wonder cook, Emma Cowan, and inspired by Miss Jobson!

Halloween aiming into a cauldron and pin the arm on the skeleton. Games


The pictures certainly show what a fun

n the Girls evening it was and the great costumes House the that added to the Hallowe’en feel. Tory Hughes Form 1 girls led by Claire Joicey provided some spooky games for the other members of the house. A lot of preparation and thought had gone into the planning making sure that enjoyment as well as a frightening was had by all. Each dorm had come up with a number of games including guessing what you were putting your foot in, finding eye balls in the bathroom, apple bobbing, a dark obstacle course,


Lawrence Roose Clark Old Boy returned as ‘Gappie’


fter much conversation with Beth Fletcher on what should become ‘the new national conversation starter in Britain apart from talking about the weather!’ I’ve decided that I will go

back on my campaign and begin my piece by talking about the weather!

The last six years of my life I have spent in NZ and I could say I have become accustomed to moderately hot weather where summers are consistently over twenty degrees Celsius. Having lived in Scotland for nine years though, I was well aware of what I was in for. Still, it was a shock all the same to see the tan I had been trying to work on disappearing in front of my very eyes within thirty seconds of being out on the Glasgow tarmac. YES! I was finally back home in Scotland where the winter will always penetrate the countless layers of clothing you put on. I can’t deny it was a strange experience to come back as a staff member/gappie to Belhaven Hill (yes, guys, we were actually staff hence the fact we were allowed in the staffroom!) To be working alongside ageing teachers like Mr. Harvey, who taught me in my old school days, gosh, makes me feel old. It took me about two weeks to become accustomed to calling these old teachers of mine by their first names, and about a term to call Mr.Osborne anything but ‘Sir’! I was convinced that with calling them by their first names I would also


be at the same time earning myself a one way ticket to the hall chair. And in many cases throughout my two terms at Belhaven I almost did. On numerous occasions I was generally included in the telling off of most dorms. To be fair, it may have been that I could have possibly initiated the pillow fight or maybe just my presence in the room gave the impression that I was just the human toy/slave there only for the amusement and punching of the boarding house boys. In my first two weeks Henry Roberts thought it was a good idea to see how many times he could whack me where it hurts the most every time I entered Dorm 6 to test my resilience. I thus decided that a hockey stick was the best weapon for my self defence in parading around the boy’s dormitories and taking to heart the old saying ‘that the best defence is a strong offence.’ (I hasten to add that I never had to use it!) It was not one of our duties to look after the senior boys. However, they still loved to carry on the fight in this initiation war to try and break down the gappies. With military precision planning I found myself flanked on all sides with Form 1 boys invading my room to quench their inquisitiveness. Max Barnes ran into the bathroom, I followed to shoo him out with the hockey stick. As soon as I went in the rest of the boys preceded to barricade us in my ensuite bathroom with my own bed pushed up against it so we couldn’t get out. It was at this moment that I realised the true terrors that these boys really were. The fact that they were prepared to leave Max Barnes as the bait behind enemy lines was a sure sign of their barbaric nature. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the boarding house was a blast. Whether it be the early morning wake-ups (crawling out of bed at 7.19am, for 7.20am wake up), stories of the adventures of the dorm ten boys or mucking around and having a laugh in the evenings with biscuits and a cocktail (inventive mix of orange and Ribena; parents don’t be alarmed!) you can always be assured that it will keep

you on your toes and a smile on your face. When I look back at my time at Belhaven in the school and now I still feel with great pride a strong connectedness to the school and the people there. There is one reason for this and the word is ‘family.’ Living in such a small close community where you see the same faces every day really allows for that family atmosphere and is the sole reason why my old classmates and I treasure the times at Belhaven so much. This really is the reason why Belhaven is, and will continue to be, one of the best preparatory schools in Scotland. I would like to thank everybody who contributed to my time at Belhaven and especially to Mrs.R, a.k.a. the general, and Liam Harvey for all their help and encouragement in and out of the job. I miss all of you at the school very much and I hope to see you all again very soon. Bye for now, Love Lorry xxx

View From Australia


fter travelling 16325 km and enduring a 24 hour flight from Australia to Scotland we found ourselves welcomed into our new home, ‘The Belhaven Hill Laundry’. This was our home for 3 interesting months. From folding school shirts to picking which boxers we thought the boys might like to wear that day, we thought we became highly skilled in this area of work. Despite our efforts in the laundry, (one too many wrong socks to the wrong boy), we were removed and placed in a more suitable environment which involved helping the Form 5’s in class time and assisting Tessa Coleman in her office. Although Alex used to live in Scotland and the memories of Belhaven were remembered fondly, the harsh weather was easily forgotten. This meant that Georgie and Alex came over to Scotland completely unprepared for the rain and extreme low temperatures that greeted us on a day to day basis. We were even more shocked to find that the children were happy to run around the hockey pitch in shorts and shirts while we Gappies stood shivering on the sidelines wearing more then 5 layers of clothing. Georgie experienced the viciousness of the Scottish weather first hand when she took a leisurely stroll into Dunbar and found herself caught in a snow blizzard

on the way home wearing nothing but a thin coat! The staff never had to look far to find us, as the computer room had new full time friends, we spend most of our time sitting in front of them e-mailing home. If we weren’t there they could easily find us stealing the egg sandwiches from the match tea, and devouring the twix bars at morning break. Towards the end of the spring term we were excited to see that the students took dorm feasts very seriously, and we quickly made sure we were invited to a number of dorms to share in their sweets. Alex spent most of the night with the Form 2 girls and ate a little too many sweets. The next morning she realized this was a mistake as she was sick (something she will never live down)! Moving into the Summer Term was a thrill, as we had been told that Summer was on its way and it would be beautiful and warm, yet we are still waiting for this ‘Scottish Summer’ to kick in, and it is coming towards the start of July! Regardless of the summer attire the student have taken on (shorts and singlets) we have made a vow that we will not reveal our shockingly white legs until we return from our half-term summer break in Spain! The summer term has been our favourite so far, as we have been heavily involved in the athletics, rounders and swimming and we have loved the long days of sunlight.

During the last week of term we were asked to be ‘mums’ to Jean de Bodiant and James Gladstone at the Mother/ Son Father/Daughter match. It was great fun: however, despite our amazing tennis skills we did not make it past the first round. We blame our partners. We have settled into our duties comfortably now and only rarely miss our 7am alarm clocks going off. We do admire the staff and students’ efforts to embrace ‘summer’, and laugh as we watch the students bound into the icy sea waters of Belhaven Beach whilst we shiver safely on the sandy shore. Although we have tasted the freezing sea on one occasion - at Pease Bay, where Liam Harvey forced the students to throw us into the water. We were horribly shocked at how easily they turned against us. But what an amazing day, marshmallows on the beach and scrambling up leavers rock, what more could we ask of a beach outing? We have had the most wonderful time as Gap Students at Belhaven, and it will be hard to say goodbye to the staff and students who went out of their way to welcome us into their school. We have to say that we have never seen a school quite like this one. From the talent shows and matches to staffroom banter it has been a year that we will not easily forget, nor want to! Alex Ovett Georgie Fraser


Sporting Results 2007 - 2008 Rugby 1st XV Boys layed Won Drawn Lost For Against P 10 1 0 9 72 241 Merchiston Festival Craigclowan Cundall Manor Merchiston

lost won lost

5 - 0 24 - 0 0 - 15

Loretto Ardvreck Mowden Hall Ardvreck Cargilfield Loretto Merchiston Craigclowan St. Mary’s Fettes

lost lost lost lost lost lost lost lost won lost

7 - 29 0 - 45 0 - 21 0 - 24 7 - 10 12 - 19 5 - 34 0 - 47 41 - 0 0 - 12

Under 11 XIII Boys layed Won Drawn Lost For Against P 8 6 0 2 278 67 Merchiston Festival Cundall Manor Ardvreck Craigclowan

draw 0 - 0 won 35 - 0 won 17 - 5

Loretto Ardvreck Cargilfield Merchiston Fettes Craigclowan Edinburgh Academy St. Mary’s

won won lost won win won won won

17 - 10 77 - 0 17 - 37 15 - 5 55 - 0 55 - 5 12 - 5 30 - 5

Under 9 Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 10 0 0 10 130 345 Loretto lost 10 - 25 Clifton Hall cancelled Fettes lost 20 - 45 Ardvreck lost 20 - 35 Cargilfield lost 20 - 45 Loretto lost 10 - 30 Cargilfield lost 15 - 20 Fettes lost 10 - 30 Craigclowan lost 10 - 80 Merchiston lost St. Mary’s lost 15 - 35

Netball 1st Girls Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 7 4 0 3 91 74 Kilgraston lost 3 - 7 Riley House won 11 - 1 Cargilfield lost 9 - 22 Loretto won 24 - 10 Mowden Hall lost 10 - 11 Ardvreck Cancelled St Mary’s won 13 - 6 Craigclowan won 21 - 17

2nds/Under 12 Girls Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 3 21 1 0 36 18 Loretto won 16 - 6 Ardvreck cancelled St Mary’s won 13 - 5 Craigclowan drew 7 - 7

Loretto Tournament Cargilfield Kilgraston Loretto Craigclowan Peebles North Berwick

drew 5 - 5 won 4 - 3 won 10 - 2 won 10 - 2 won 7 - 2 won 7 - 0

Winners of round robin Semi final v Kilgraston drew Lost on the penalty shoot out


6 - 6

Under 10 Girls Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 3 3 0 0 50 21 Cargilfield Loretto St. Mary’s

won 9 - 5 won 21 - 3 won 20 - 13

Under 11 Girls Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 5 2 0 3 33 45 Kilgraston (H) Cargilfield (A) Loretto Mowden Hall (A) St. Mary’s (H)

won 9 - 5 lost 6 - 15 won 11 - 2 lost 5 - 13 lost 2 - 10

Hockey Under 11 Girls Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 6 1 2 3 11 30 Cargilfield lost 1 - 15 Loretto won 7 - 1 Kilgraston lost 0 - 4 Compass drew 1 - 1 Mowden Hall drew 0 - 0 Ardvreck lost 2 - 9

1st XI Boys Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 7 3 1 3 11 11 Loretto (H) drawn 2 - 2 Ardvreck (A) won 1 - 0 Craigclowan (H) lost 0 - 2 Craigclowan (A) lost 0 - 2 Strathallan (H) won 5 - 0 Fettes (A) won 3 - 1 Cargilfield (A) lost 0 - 4

Compass Tournament Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 4 2 1 1 Clifton Hall won 1 - 0 George Heriot’s lost 0 - 2 St Mary’s won 2 - 0 Compass drew 0 - 0

Under 11 XI Boys

Final position 2nd

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 6 6 0 0 22 4 Ardvreck won 8 - 0 Craigclowan 6s won 3 - 0 Craigclowan 6s won 1 - 0 Craigclowan won 3 - 1 Fettes won 5 - 2 Cargilfield won 2 - 1

Under 10 Girls Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 4 2 2 0 9 16 Cargilfiled won 2 - 1 Loretto lost 6 - 8 Compass win 1 - 0 Loretto lost 0 - 7 Compass Tournament Compass Y lost Heriots won Compass X win

0 - 1 1 - 0 4 - 0

Rounders 1st Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 5 5 0 0 37 19½ Belhaven Opposition Fettes cancelled Craigclowan cancelled Mowden cancelled Riley House won 6 2½ Glenalmond U14 won 8 5½ St. Mary’s won 10½ 5½ Cargilfield won 8½ 2½ Longridge U14 won 4 3½ Terrington won Bramcote lost Ardvreck cancelled Kilgraston Tournament Kilgraston won Riley won St Mary’s won Ardvreck won Final v Fettes


Winners 7 8 9½ 11 6

2nd Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 3 3 0 0 20 15½ Belhaven Opposition Loretto won 7 6 Riley won 6½ 6 St Mary’s won 6½ 3½ Ardvreck cancelled by rain

5 2 6 7½ 4½


Cricket 1st XI

Under 11 XI

Belhaven Ed. Academy lost by 26 runs Fettes lost by 5 wkts Loretto match tied Riley House won by 82 runs Ardvreck lost by 6 wkts Mowden Hall lost by 6 wkts Bramcote lost by 15 runs

Opposition 60 all out 86 all out 114 for 4 115 for 5 62 all out 62 all out 140 for 6 58 for 8 76 for 5 77 for 4 94 for 5 95 for 4 117 for 6 132 for 7

2nd XI Ed. Academy Fettes Merchiston Riley House Tillside CC Ardvreck Mowden Hall

Belhaven Craigclowan won by 5 wkts Freddy Rogers 2-3, Ollie Farr 2-2

Opposition 22 for 5 21 all out

Loretto (20/20) won by 4 wkts eorge Innes Ker 2 for 6) G

62 for 6

Andrew Watson 2-3

Ollie Farr 23 not out, Freddy Rogers 12

Ed. Academy (24 o) won by 65 runs 104 for 5 eorge Innes Ker 37, Freddy Rogers 17 n.o. G

39 all out

Ardvreck won by 9 wickets 44 for 1 George Innes Ker 2-8, Freddy Rogers 2-9

39 all out

Fettes (20/20) won by 68 runs 104 for 2 llie Farr 37 n.o., George Innes Ker 18 O

36 all out

Andrew Watson 3-12, Caspar Rogers 2-3 Belhaven Opposition Lost by 8 wickets 88 for 5 90 for 2 Lost by 5 wickets 56 all out 57 for 5 Cancelled by Rain - how wet Won by 81 runs 117 for 2 not enough Lost by 20 runs 94 for 7 114 for 5 Lost by 85 runs 30 for 9 115 for 9 Won by 6 runs 132 for 9 126 all out

Tom Stodart 36 n.o.

ougal Forsyth 2-5, Geordie Younger 3-0 D George Cuthbert 3-2

Cargilfield lost by 177 runs 31 all out 208 for 9 dec Freddy Rogers 4-44, Caspar Rogers 2-23

Caspar Rogers 11

Under 9s Belhaven Loretto lost Ardvreck lost Fettes WON! Cargilfield lost

58 for 4

Opposition 139 153 109 258 174 166 35 177

Mowden Hall won by 5i8 runs 94 all out 36 all out eorge Cuthbert 25 n.o., Dougal Forsyth 10 G

lasdair Johnston 2-3, Freddy Rogers 2-5 A Caspar Rogers 2-8, Henry Roberts 1-0



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Netball 1st Team’s Season Report


ith the largest number of senior girls ever, we could have fielded three netball teams this year, when all 27 girls were ‘on games’. However, with the usual 1st and 2nd teams, all the girls have represented the school in at least one match – even if they have only played for ¼ of the game.

A mixed and talented group at the top with 10 of the girls being keen shooters – they have all worked hard to improve their skills – footwork, catching, passing and positioning. A 5 week break between fixtures during October and November, allowed the girls to try out 2 ball netball – great for keeping concentration on the game, and testing their skills aiming to achieve an award. 12 girls achieved the standards passing 5 out of 6 tests for a silver medal and 6/6 tests for a gold medal. These skills ranged from running, passing, shooting and jumping. Well done all the girls for taking part. A squad of 10 girls represented the 1st team this year. Captained by a springy and accurate shooter, Ella led the team with enthusiasm. Helped out by Beth and Daisy as GS, they have worked hard together to score many goals. Leonora was a vital link between the attack and defence and an impressive WA, teamed with Lucy’s never ending energy as C they made a great pair. A strong defence with Sophie and Lydia playing WD, Emily and Ness playing GD and Victoria as GK, they tried very hard to keep the ball away. Lucy and Ella were chosen to play for the Dandylions A team, with Lucy being captain, while Daisy and Leonora played for the Dandylions B team. Two great games in which the A team won 15 – 12 and the B team lost 6 – 7. The first school matches were away to Kilgraston and Riley and gave mixed results. Despite gaining an early lead and keeping possession of the ball, the girls found it a challenge playing against

the bigger Kilgraston girls. The match straight after against Riley, gave the girls a boost. Good teamwork and clear positioning took the girls to an early lead and the shooting was accurate to keep them ahead. With a win and a loss behind them, they soon played their first home match against Cargilfield. Again, the Belhaven team took an early lead, but the Cargilfield team soon warmed up and took possession. Daisy and Ella struggled to score goals as their much taller opponents blocked the ball. With Leonora and Lucy at the edge of the circle for support, the girls found it hard work. The defence had to work hard as the Cargilfield shooters were accurate. Not feeling too disheartened, the girls looked forward to the Loretto Tournament. Being a ‘round robin’ tournament, the teams played each other. Knowing the girls played best in short matches and that they had already lost to two of the teams the girls remained focused. A draw to Cargilfield and a win over Kilgraston, they girls were looking good. Two more wins against Peebles and Craigclowan and it was soon time for lunch. Maybe lunch was too good, as the next matches against Loretto and North Berwick were not our best. Nevertheless, a victory in both matches

and the girls had won the round robin. We played against Kilgraston in the playoffs and we set off to a flying start. However, relaxing too soon allowed Kilgraston to catch up and equalise in the final minutes. A tense penalty shoot out saw the Belhaven team lose and allowed Kilgraston a place in the final. Feeling delighted with their performance at the tournament, their next match was against Loretto. Playing indoors, the girls found it more of a challenge, but their accurate shooting, wise passing and careful play won them the game. It was soon time for the girls to venture south, across the border to play Mowden. Belhaven must have the smallest team of girls this year compared

with other schools and again this match, they were playing against much taller girls. A very close match which could have ended either way saw Mowden take the lead by 1 goal. Seeing a pattern in the results we wondered what would happen in the next match against Ardvreck. Unfortunately, the match was cancelled due to bad weather, so we will never know! A rather fun Mothers v Daughters match saw the mothers take the lead for the first time ever! Their enthusiasm and great play tailed off though, as the girls made a comeback to secure a draw! The final match of term was home to St Mary’s. With a number of the team off games due to illness, the girls played a fantastic final match with some of the players in new positions. Taking time to get themselves going, the girls took to the lead finding ways to pass the ball around the rather tall St Mary’s defenders. What a great way to round off the term. Well done Girls On a cold and crisp afternoon in February, the girls rested their hockey sticks and pumped up the netballs to prepare for their final match of the season. With 2 sessions to practice, the girls played against Craigclowan with the same gusto and enthusiasm as they have with all their matches. As with their match against St Mary’s, a rearranged team took on the opposition and won the game. Fantastic shooting by Vanessa aided by excellent play all round, saw the girls take the lead and stay in possession of the ball. A great game girls to finish off the season.


1st Team

Ella Coleman (WA, Captain, Colours, Dandylions) Daisy Greville Williams (GS, colours, Dandylions) Lucy Coleman (C, colours, Dandylions) Leonora Campbell (WA, colours, Dandylions) Sophie Gordon Cumming (WD) Lydia Dalrymple (WD) Emily Gladstone (GD) Vanessa Riley (GD, colours) Victoria Erskine (GK)

2nds/Under 12


talented group of girls in the making for next year here. Plenty of shooters, good tall defence and keen all round players have been the core members for the team. Training along side the 1sts, they have improved their skills, worked on their footwork and also taken part in the skills awards. Several members of the team also achieved silver star awards. With every practice the shooters had to be changed around, Grace, Sophie, Kitty, Emily and Morgen have all proved to be good shooters. A tall Lydia in GK and Trea bouncing around as GD also proved a solid defence. The ‘wings’ and ‘centres’ changed around and every senior girl in the school has played in one match.

Netball - a player’s view


his netball season was particularly memorable because of our team work on the netball court. Lucy as centre, Emily as GD, Sophie/Lydia as WA, Victoria as GK, Squeaky as WA, Daisy as GS and Me as GA.


A convincing win over Loretto saw the girls play with skills, good teamwork, accurate shooting and passing. Sophie scored many of these goals and Katya worked hard in centre being a great link between the attack and defence. Unfortunately, the match against Ardvreck was cancelled due to bad weather but the girls looked forward to their final match against St Mary’s. Great teamwork, fantastic shooting and good all round play saw the girls remain victorious in this match. The girls played one final match in February against Craigclowan. Great shooting from Sophie and Grace took Belhaven into an early lead, but the opposition soon caught up resulting in a draw. There are some very talented girls in the senior games this year and there will certainly be some close matches next year.

We worked very well together from Lucy to Squeaky to Daisy or me and then to score a goal. Our first match was against Kilgraston and was our first match against the most aggressive and determined team. We weren’t quite ready as these guys had played many matches before. We all played our hardest but in the end the score sadly came out as 3-7

Patrol Netball On a rather cold afternoon, the every girl in the school ventured out to the netball courts to play for their patrol. The Owls proved to be victorious in winning both matches in their pool. The Lions and Badgers tied for first, allowing the Badgers to win a place in the final due to more goals being scored. A tense match for the Owls and Badgers with Mr Peek cheering on his Owls from the sideline, saw the Badgers take the lead to win the tournament. Very well done all the girls – there are some very promising players lower down the school. KG

to Kilgraston. Our next match boosted our confidence a bit and the score turned out to be 11-1 to us against Riley House. The third match was against Cargifield and we were up against some fantastic players, especially the shooters. We were very shocked with their performance and they beat us by quite a bit. Ella Coleman

Dandylions 2008 This year a large group of senior girls was selected to play for the various Dandylions teams. Netball – Lucy Coleman, Ella Coleman, Leonora Campbell, Daisy Greville Williams (Lucy was the captain of the A team) Hockey - Lucy Coleman, Ella Coleman, Leonora Campbell, Vanessa Riley, Lydia Dalrymple (Leonora was Goalkeeper for the A team and Vanessa was captain of the B team) Rounders – Lucy Coleman, Ella Coleman, Leonora Campbell, Vanessa Riley, Daisy Greville Williams, Emily Gladstone, Eritrea Willoughby, Katya Thomson (Emily was captain of the B team)

Dandylions Netball 2008


he trials for the dandy’s were at Belhaven which was a plus side for the Belhaven 1sts. Loretto, St Marys, Cargilfield and Fettes all arrived here nervous but raring to go! We were all put into to our original 1st teams and played against each other, which meant we could see what the other teams tactics were for our school matches.

We were then split up into four groups and we played on each court. At the end of the exhausting game(s!) we found out who was in the Dandylions. Four out of seven of us got into the team and were extremely excited about getting our hoodies (until we found out they were light pink and we got named

the marshmallows!) The match was held at Kilgraston and we left school before lunch and arrived there all bursting for the loo! After we had got changed into our hoodies we entered the sports hall and the shooters practiced at the goal and the rest made up a drill to keep us all warmed up. After about ten minutes of warming up the A’s took up their positions and the first game was started. The Dandylions had first possession of the ball and were straight down to the goal within seconds. Unfortunately our shooter missed the first chance but we still fought back and we got our first goal. The match was still very tight so we were all on our toes. The WOSPS were very tight on their marking and soon go the ball and scored the first goal for

The Dandylions Netball A Team WA is Ella Coleman: holding the Netball is Lucy Coleman, captain

the opposition. By the time it was half time the Dandylions were just beating the WOSPS but we were determined to not get cocky and keep fighting for a good win. The whistle blew and the WOSPS started with the ball but the Dandylions soon got repossession and they scored very shortly. The WOSPS and the Dandylions scored and scored and the score was soon tied at 12-12. The Dandylions were very determined and scored three goals near the end of the match. The whistle blew and the Dandylions As had won: 15 - 12 When the As left the court and piled onto the balcony to greet their parents the Bs were soon in their positions and ready to go. Lucy Coleman

The Belhaven Dandylions Netball Girls - now known as the Marshmallows: Ella Coleman, Leonora Campbell, Lucy Coleman, Daisy Greville Williams


The Dandylions Rounders ‘B’ Team Standing far right: Emily Gladstone Kneeling from 2nd left: Katya Thomson, Trea Willoughby

The Dandylions Rounders ‘A’ Team Standing from 2nd left: Ella Coleman, Leonora Campbell Kneeling 2nd left: Lucy Coleman Kneeling 2nd from right: Daisy Greville Williams, Vanessa Riley

We’ll let you work out who’s who!

Under 11 Netball


t was rather a mixed season results wise. Although we put up some good battles against Loretto and Kilgraston we lost our concentration against St Mary’s as well as Cargilfield while being outplayed once again by 5 a-side rules at Mowden Hall. However, there were some notable performances by Olivia Dobson and Rose Greville Williams with their shooting, Saskia Weir with her defending and flexibiltity to play in any position and Hattie Harley (winner of the Netball Cup) who impressed me every game with her passing, skill and movement around the court.

Bea Begg Position: WD Strength: Getting free from her


opponent and using the bounce pass Iona Brooks Position: WA Strength: Getting free everytime when it was our centre pass Olivia Dobson Position: GS Strength: The ability to score from almost anywhere in the circle Olivia Erskine Position: GS Strength: Her perseverance to improve her shooting Alny Findlay Position: GK Strength: Taking backline passes quickly to catch the other team unawares Rose Greville Williams Position: GA Strength: Catching the rebounds with one hand and being top scorer Hattie Harley Position: C Strength: Constantly moving around

the pitch to create space and get free

Madeline Heywood Position: GK/ GS Strength: Dodging her opponent whether defending or looking to score Olivia Hope Position: GK/GS Strength: Finding space and improving her footwork Tora Joicey Position: WD Strength: Appearing to come from nowhere to intercept the ball Tosca Tindall Position: GK Strength: Using her height to defend the ball and keep it out of the circle Saskia Weir Position: GD Strength: Being adaptable to any position and looking hungry for the ball Tory Hughes

Rugby 1st XV Perspective


s you can see from the statistics’ page our season so far has been tremendously successful! This term the 1sts’ famous rugby coach, Mr Harvey, gave his usual speech to all the new-comers from the undies to get them used to the atmosphere around him and on the 1st XV rugby pitch. As expected, we needed to get our fitness up, so the constant drills of screaming up and down the touch line, following in the footsteps of our ‘beloved’ Harvs, were put into order rapidly. Unfortunately, on the journey to all our matches, Harvs has to drive thus causing the whole team on the bus to gradually feel more and more sick. When arriving at our destinations we are forced to concentrate hard and get focussed on the match ahead, although it looks to everyone else as if the whole team is about to puke up - apart from Harvs and the lucky lads who have the pleasure of sitting in the front! When the warm-ups are over, the match about to begin, Harvey is already sweating all over as it gets closer and closer to kick off. when the whistle blows and the match has begun, Harvey’s voice has already gone hoarse after screaming at the lumbering forwards who still haven’t ‘got off the bus’ and haven’t realsied there’s a match to be played. After the first few minutes we have already conceded the first try. Immediately afterwards everyone in the team is arguing with each other under the posts, but you can just hear the faint

Under 9 Rugby 2007


he under nines this year were an interesting bunch and, on first viewing, there appeared to be some talent on display. This first impression was not wrong but with small numbers, eleven boys to be precise, you never know how you compare until you start to play matches. The results of these may not look much, but this ever-positive team gained a lot from their rugby experience this year, and it seems appropriate to once again offer you a snap-shot of the key team players from 2007; ‘the Christian Thomson

juggernaut’ returning from last year, he was full of promise in the early season, and as time progressed became more

crackle of Harvey’s voice calling everyone in to tell them to ‘get focussed and wake up!’ Then the kick is taken and we take our places on the pitch for the second time the encouraging comments to each other starting to build up slightly. The play on the pitch continues, whilst all the supporters on the touch line are also cheering on the team, throwing support to all the players. Time and again we lose try after try simply from lack of concentration and time and again Mr. Harvey’s head falls to his hands in disbelief! Shock Horror Much to Harvey’s disgust he was unable to hold his head in his hands as usual because a miracle turned up in the shape of St. Mary’s. No longer could Harvey yell abuse at his forwards lumbering about the paddock or shout at the backs that they “have hands like feet!” Oh no. This time we actually managed to push our way to the try lne, not only that but we also managed to put the ball down with the correct pressure on our shoulders. After the third try we scored the ref was in heaven because Harvey’s usual insulting comments were no longer being hurled his way. Speaking of the ref, no-one can forget the “old” legend, Peeky. Five foot high Peek always gives the lads encouraging words such as, “Well done lads, great effort, but just keep driving over and win us some ball!” If it weren’t for our two famous

legends, Peeky and Harvey, our team would be even worse than you can imagine and that’s saying something! With our amazing victory against St. Mary’s it meant that our season has not been a complete whitewash. On 5th Dcember the Belhaven Hill 1st XV took on a tough match that changed our team and our ‘legendary’ Harvs for a long time to come. Fettes! We took to the pitch on a high after our first victory with a cracking score. Fettes had a few good players but nothing that our mighty stand off and inside centre (Gabby and Cochrash) couldn’t handle. When the first whistle blew, a fire of adrenaline raced through the spines of every player. We chased the ball with hearts the size of beachballs: the touch line was in an uproar with screaming girls and supportive parents encouraging their little darlings. According to Harvey we played superbly in the first ten minutes until an unfortunate try was scored by Fettes and the rest is History - but not the type our history teacher likes! At the end of the day we can “lift our heads high” after an extremely enjoyable season. All we can say is “Thanks” to Harvey and Peeky for a great season. I maybe hasn’t gone as well as we wanted but everyone in the team has had an awesome time and hope that next year isn’t so unsuccessful. Good Luck Harvs! Jamie Kelly James Cochrane

and more confident when carrying the ball. Probably the strongest runner in the side physically, he was unlucky not to score more tries in the season. Jamie Farr ‘can I kick it?’ the undoubted star of this season’s team, he was balanced when carrying the ball, the first person at the breakdown, the strongest runner, the leading try scorer and certainly the best and most measured tackler in the side. Jamie held the side together at times this year, and has a very bright future as a rugby player at Belhaven. Alistair Prenter ‘the steamroller’ grew enormously in confidence as the season progressed. Initially a little shy of physical contact he started to realise later on in the season what a strong runner, and a good forward he could be. Alasdair Gimlette ‘the brains’ a

reasonable passer of the ball, Alasdair held the line together in the middle and provided a good link between scrum half and centre, and became a more aggressive tackler as the term went on. Tom Brooke ‘the buffalo’ good runner with the ball when he decided he wanted to be, Tom came to terms with the rules of the game and the importance of not giving the ball away. He made great strides forward as the season progressed. Freddy Younger ‘roadrunner’ the little rocket man, he ran up and down the wing (and sometimes from side to side) tirelessly from September to December. Initially shy and apprehensive, Freddy learned to come to terms with the physical side of the game, and with another year in the under nines he has much promise.


Freddie Woodd ‘the gentleman’ another winger who developed through the term. He learned to use the ball effectively, and to run positively with it, in spite of his shy personality, and had some real success late on in the season. An absolute gentleman to take to matches too. Hector Bailey ‘James Bond’ entertained endlessly both on the pitch and in the bus on the way to and from fixtures. He even charmed the staff

and the ladies in the kitchens on away trips. Hector has a decent pass, is a strong tackler and became increasingly confident with ball in hand. Theo Weir had excellent positional awareness and, while a little shy in contact sometimes, showed that he has the makings of a decent player. Murray de Klee tried incredibly hard to come to terms with the physical side of the game, and when he did

Under 11 Loretto 7s

Statistics: 7 tries scored 3 conceded 54 minutes of hard fast running 35 scrums 19 lineouts 218 tackles 10 Beef Casseroles with vegetables 1 bleeding nose 1 bruised leg 11 ice-creams with flake (including the coach’s) 10 happy but tired boys 1 Runners-up trophy



he sun shone brightly on us as we arrived. We looked at our fixture list for the tournament. We needed to warm up and sort out our positions. The results were as shown in the table at the end.



he was a real force in the scrum. He practised endlessly, and took many a knock in trying to perfect his technique, particularly in ruck and mall.



capable of the odd crunching tackle, Ewan tried his hand in the scrum and out of it with some success this year, and learned to pass and use the ball in the tackle much better. JP

Well done and full marks to the whole squad for an enthusiastic and positive effort over the whole day. Today demonstrated that working as a team pays dividends. Receiving the runners up trophy, just after eating an ice-cream in the glorious September sun shine summed up the success of the day. WDW






George Cuthbert

Tom Stodart

George Cuthbert

Dougal Forsyth

Alasdair Johnston

Dougal Forsyth



Alasdair Johnston

George Cuthbert

George Cuthbert


Final: V Heriots

George Cuthbert Tom Stodart Won 7-0


Lost 3-0

Won 7-0

Won 11-3

Lost 3-0

Under 11 Season’s Report


his Under 11 Rugby season was my first in charge of a team for the season at Belhaven. What a responsibility to live up to with the ever vigilant Mr Townshend keeping an eye on my every move.

The challenge was set to turn the boys into a rugby playing machine. The boys must like to play rugby and see the value of being a part of a squad. They saw an opportunity to play and not give up until the final whistle blew. An injury to them was something that hindered them for achieving greater things not as an opportunity to get out of a games session. The Under 11 side started their 2007 season with improving displays in each of their 3 matches at the Merchiston Rugby Festival The first match was against Cundall Manor from Yorkshire. The Belhaven side had to face some large boys so their tackling had to be at its best. The passing started well although some times a little slow to reach the centres. The Cundall Manor line was nearly breached twice; once by Leo Seymour and the other by Douglas Donaldson. Cundall Manor only occasionally entered the Belhaven 22. The win was Belhaven’s for the taking, but it wasn’t to be. The final score was 0 - 0. The next opponent was the Belhaven team’s rival, the highly competitive Ardvreck who were looking to continue to develop from their previous match. However, they were to receive a desperate blow as the Belhaven side dealt Ardvreck a punishing blow: Dougal Forsyth scoring 2 tries, George Cuthbert 3 tries, Jamie Macdonald 1 try, Alasdair Johnston 1 try and the icing on the 350 victory was a conversion from Andrew Watson. The final match was the formidable Craigclowan who were not going to be a walk-over. They were big and strong, though their biggest was easily put to ground by Jamie Macdonald. This match was to see the first and only try to be conceded by the Belhaven team, but George Cuthbert’s 3 tries and George Innes-Ker’s conversion finished the game off to seal the 17- 5 win. Well done Captain Douglas Donaldson for leading the troops so admirably into battle and coming out the other end an improved unit. Our first full match after the successful festival was against Loretto one only to be described as a close call and being over-confident in the beginning. The match started with the kick off

being received by us. We drove hard and attacked the Loretto line with some passion. The referee consistently reminded Loretto about the high tackles and pushing too early in the scrum. However, he neglected to penalise the Loretto side. This proved to be the reason for the first try, where a high tackle allowed a mistake to happen on the line and the Loretto side took their chance to score, though it was unconverted. The second half started with vigour. Quick rucks meaning quick ball. This was well supported by the forwards especially that of Archie Rettie. The forward movement lead to a well worked try scored by Henry Roberts, demonstrating the success of support on the shoulder of the runner. Loretto replied with a try that came from nothing. After several forward surges George Cuthbert broke free and side stepped, swerved and then sprinted to score the equaliser. The game entered an almost stalemate situation around the half way line until the forward pack drove their maul forward dragging Loretto players in close. Once again George Cuthbert shrugged and squeezed through a gap and overpowered would-be tacklers to score under the posts. This was converted by George Innes Ker. Loretto set their sights on our try line, but found no success in the time left of the match. The result was ours; lessons learned, but a win 17 - 10. This fright lead us up to Crieff on Wednesday October 3rd. The Under 11 rugby team of 2007 found the strength and discipline to beat Ardvreck by the highest score in the history of the two teams playing: 77 - 0 Well done to all the players in the squad who played out of their skins and sometimes out of position to produce the fast flowing game. The match against Cargilfield was the day that our drive, determination and belief came of age. Yes, it was a loss, but this was to be the best thing to happen. The old saying we may have lost the battle but we have won the war came into play. Our team looked shell shocked and lethargic after a few hard hits from their forwards and when we did pass the ball we found ourselves taking steps backwards before running forward. Cargilfield seemed to breed a larger side compared to Belhaven Hill, two of which turned out to be the difference between the two sides. We lacked confidence and determination to take on attacking situations and the desire to fight for the ball in 50/50 situations. As a coach I felt like that of Graham Henry (All Black coach) on the side of

the field with a game plan and the team struggling to implement our strong back line play which comes from quick ball established from the forwards rucking. At training we were focusing on tackling and recycling the ball by rolling the ball back. We also have made it our aim to work on taking the ball on the run. However none of these ideas seemed to fall into place. There were glimmers of these aspects in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Dougal inspired us with his run from in the 22. Tries followed from George Cuthbert and Ollie Farr. Cargilfield continued to get their big players to thunder forward, however our backs had no problems dealing with their backs and we shut them out of the game. We lost our first game of the season 7 tries to 2. However, the home fixture next season will be one to watch. Merchiston was 10-a-side fixture where we were playing slightly different rules. The forwards dominated the play for 25 minutes of the 30 minute match, occasionally allowing the Merchiston forwards to break through and wrap the ball up. At training, we have focused on low body position in contact and trying scoring situations. This area was well executed especially by Jamie Macdonald in the contact situation and George Cuthbert when scoring his try. We won comfortably with Douglas Donaldson scoring the other try with sheer grit and determination. 15-5 was the score, but with our dominance we could feel disappointed that we didn’t score more. The development of the U11 side continued against Fettes. As a team that is consistently winning we are never complacent, we are always looking for ways to improve and to strive to achieve our own personal goals. The result of the match was a resounding 55-0 victory. As U11’s we are a squad of players not just 13 players on the field. Without the whole squad this U11 rugby season would not have proved so effective. I mentioned to a parent after the match that the good thing about this season is that it is becoming more and more difficult to select a team and reserves for a match as the internal competition between players is so strong. I must give credit to a gallant Craigclowan side who arrived off a long bus journey and onto a cold wet rugby pitch. They did not put a foot wrong in the first half; they defended with passion and vigour. The first half was played entirely in the Craigclowan half. It was not until the second half that Craigclowan entered our half. The Craigclowan side were not given any opportunity to play any rugby; they


could not set up any attacking play. At half time we lead 17-0. A nice lead, but not comfortable enough when playing against Craigclowan. The second half could have been different; however Dougal crossed the Craigclowan line after the first minute. Tom then put the icing on the cake with a conversion. This then lead to 3 more tries by Douglas, Dougal and Henry who capitalised on Craigclowan’s frustration of not being able to play rugby. This match was another step on the steady improvement and development of the U11 squad. Areas that have shown the greatest improvement were the lineouts and especially the scrum where the much larger pack from Craigclowan was pushed off the ball-well done. The next match was the one to win. The Edinburgh Academy Junior School: a team that had never been beaten by us ever before was soon to feel the new might of Belhaven Hill rugby. As we went out to the pitches to warm up we could see that the Academy were up for the match. However, it was brilliant to see our army of supporters on the side line: at least two to every opposition supporter. This is something that has been a strength to us, all of this season. A special thanks to all the Mums and Dads. Our control in the tight was a little

loose after the second or third driving phase. The Academy tackled aggressively and they were able to upset the roll of forward momentum. Our try was inevitable with the sustained pressure. Jamie drove over the line under the posts and converted by Tom. The backs attacked well, but tended to drift across the field, this was due to the opposition playing their defensive game from behind our back foot and not theirs. The backs should be proud of the way in which they held the ball up until the appropriate support arrived. George Cuthbert scored a magnificent try where he broke through the defence and sprinted to the try line as if his life depended on it. The ensuing opposition hot on his tail could not track him down. This was definitely his biggest, but not longest run of the season. Well done on this historical win. The final match of the season started on a wet St Mary’s Playing field. The rugby action from us started very slowly. Our game plan is to play fast, controlled team rugby, allowing the quick forwards to draw in the defence and then spread the ball wide without using any elaborate moves. The forwards set the ball up well, but the backs seemed very confused in the middle of the field running too many different angles. Some players needed to

look at the positional play of supporting runners. However, some superbly worked forward rolling mauls and pick up and drives resulted in two tries from Leo. A couple of changes to the line up with messages from the coach for the backs to keep it simple resulted in better running from the backs. This resulted in the match opening up and George Cuthbert and Henry crossing the line. Dougal and George finished off the try scoring. Towards the end of the match the team did hang back from the opposition rather than binding on and driving forward and resulted in a St Mary’s try. But this was an emphatic win, something that we can be proud of. This has been the making of a fantastic season of consistent improvement and squad building of a group of around 20 boys. As some parents have mentioned to me it’s not just good rugby, it’s the determination and self believe that shine through. I would like to thank the U11 squad of boys for listening and focusing on the tasks they were given to improve their own rugby skills. Thank you to Douglas who led the team by example throughout the season. Thank you once again for the parental support and the kind words you offered throughout the whole season. WDW

courage and commitment we had in abundance. We lost by one score to a very tall Craigclowan side despite spending the entire game tackling. This defensive effort was epitomised by the bravery of the smallest player on the field – Jamie

Kelly. We beat Cundall Manor well before losing 15 – 0 to a very capable Merchiston team in a match where the relentless tackling effort from Swanny, James Cochrane, Tom Galbraith and Jamie Kelly was reinforced by Rory Barnes, Mungo Kilgour and Hector

Ist XV Report 2007


rank Hadden, Scotland’s national team coach is judged purely on results despite the limited resources he has available to compete at international level. Many do not realise that of the six nations that compete in the spring internationals, Scotland have the least number of players to select from. He rightly maintains that progress is being made though this is difficult to identify.

Those who look purely to the results of this 1st XV will likely think that the coach would finish a tough season disappointed and disheartened. That is not the case I can assure you. In fact, out of the seven Belhaven Hill 1st XVs I have coached, I ended the season as proud of this squad of boys as I have been of the 1st XVs who won many more matches. Picking from 19 boys in total with only “Swanny and the seven dwarfs” in our top year was bound to classify this squad as “up against it”. Our first outing to the Merchiston festival revealed that numbers and size were limited but


Laird. The following week a frustrating game against Loretto saw us lose 29 – 7 having been tied at half time thanks to a brilliant try from the “Fife Flyer” Mungo. We braced ourselves for an Ardvreck match in Crieff that saw us lose 45 – 0. Our tackle count will have been in the hundreds during the 50 minutes we played! We lost our most penetrative runner in Max Barnes through injury which was a significant factor in our next defeat to Mowden Hall in Northumberland. This preceded our first home game of the season which served as the first indication of the progress that is so hard to identify in a season of defeats. We hosted Ardvreck who fielded a most impressive backline, full of powerful runners who must have been licking their lips at the prospect of many tries each. James Cochrane decided that was not to be the case with a quite stunning display of aggressive defence and he and Tom Galbraith deprived Ardvreck of the time and space needed to cash in. This excellent example was followed by the forwards who grew in confidence and competed very capably. We lost in the end by 24 – 0 but the difference in our two performances against the same opposition was enough to remind me that number of games won is not a clear indication of a side’s progress. Our next two games were games we perhaps could have won against Cargilfield and Loretto but the bounce of the ball went against us. We suffered a very heavy defeat Merchiston but received the biggest cheer of the day when the industrious Hector Laird crossed the line for our only score of the game. A tough away encounter in awful conditions saw us lose to Craigclowan and self belief was starting to dwindle at this stage. Only our second home game of the season saw us beat a plucky St Mary’s team who went ahead with the fixture despite having only eleven players available. We played well and confidence rose for our final match, another home game against Fettes. There are moments in every season where as coach I have heart bursting episodes of pride. Sometimes this is because someone scores a try for the first time or makes a brilliant tackle when perhaps they would rather not. Throughout the final fifteen minutes of this game I saw a commitment and resolve from fifteen boys who had taken a hammering all season. They battered away at the Fettes goal line using all their skills and strength but to no avail. They lost 12 – 0 to a very competent and physical team who knew they had been in a battle. This period of rugby was a very fitting way to end a season full of statistical disappointment but discreet but distinct progress that all involved

can be very proud of. Our sevens campaign saw us out at the group stage at Loretto (My 13th sevens tournament as coach and the first time we have failed to reach the semi finals! Superstitious, me?!) We lost in the plate semi final to Aberlour at Ardvreck which was a little disappointing to say the least. Alexander Swanson, Rafe Seymour, Geordie Gladwin and James Cochrane were all selected for the Dandylions. They gave an excellent account of themselves in a narrow defeat that was expected to be much bigger. James Cochrane was rightly selected for the Scottish Prep Schools side which were victorious against an Edinburgh select U13 side. James tackled superbly in the match as indeed he had done all season for a 1st XV who rarely had possession of the ball.

and speed that made him very hard to stop. Not keen to defend with any purpose though and too inclined to “go missing” in matches which proved a frustration to his harder working team mates.

Peter Dalrymple – Grew in confidence through the season and started carrying the ball with determination. Needs to develop his tackling and awareness of defensive technique at ruck and maul but has potential to be a major influence next season. Lochie de Klee – A real grafter who always pushed in the scrum and worked hard to win ball at ruck and maul. Better suited to the back row and will be used there next season when he develops his handling skills. His tackling was significant in close matches. James Gladstone – Deserves mention for his willing to compete amongst a pack that was pushed around by much bigger opposition. Did well at scrum and tried hard to make a difference at ruck and maul.

Proud wearers of their Dandylions shirts Rafe Seymour, Alexander Swanson, James Cochrane and Geordie Gladwin

Player Profiles

Hector Laird – Colours. Played with real determination in every match. Was brave in defence and did his best to win possession for us when ball was loose or at the tackle situation. An excellent back row forward who will thrive in a more competitive eight next season.

Rafe Seymour – Colours/ Geordie Gladwin – Colours/ Dandylions. Our most improved player

Dandylions. Made huge progress as his confidence carrying the ball grew. Became abrasive round the fringes but occasionally lacked willing in defence and towards the more tiring periods of the games. Needs to be fitter next season.

of the season, he developed excellent running lines and grafted to win ball by tackling, rucking and mauling with commitment. Also grew in confidence when carrying ball and more often than not crossed the gain line despite a lack of support.

Will Jack – Colours. A combative and gutsy team player who solved our hooker dilemma by slotting in and performing exceptionally well in a small pack. Deserves particular mention for his determination and bravery. Charlie Clough – Was excellent as a solid front row anchor for smaller hookers and worked very hard during this phase of play. Developed an economical method of arriving at ruck and maul which allowed him to be involved where needed but fitness and mobility were a slight hindrance. Rufus Harper Gow – Potentially the most influencial player in the team with a strength, powerful running style


Tom Galbraith – Colours. Great Alexander Swanson – Captain/ hands and a brave tackler made this very

Colours/Dandylions. Captained the side with real purpose and tried so hard to defend with some excellent tackling. Rucked and mauled with total commitment and was never afraid to carry ball to the opposition. Deserved more luck when attacking try lines from five metres out but can be very proud of

able ball player our obvious choice for stand off behind a retreating pack. He has served a tough “apprenticeship” at 10 this year and his kicking from hand needs some attention but he will benefit from this experience when playing behind a bigger and more competitive set of forwards in 2008. James Cochrane – V.C./Colours/ his all-round game progressed despite the injury set backs.

his performance this season.

Jamie Kelly – Colours. Totally and utterly committed to the cause, this brave and skilful scrum half was superb. He tackled as if his life depended on the outcome of every game and darted and sniped around the base of the scrum with excellent tenacity. His advanced skills have armed him with massive potential for when the inevitable growth spurt comes.

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Dandylions/Scottish Prep Schools. Behind the “choir boy” smile laid a devastating determination to knock much bigger opponents flat on their backs. This was done with flawless technique from side on, behind or head on. Opposing ball carriers continually looked to pass once they had been tackled by James whose total commitment in defence had a massive influence on the team’s progress this season.

Max Barnes – Colours. An elusive runner with handy acceleration saw this centre make significant in roads to defences early on in the season. A couple of untimely injuries deprived Max of the honours his abilities deserved. Defensively he improved and

Mungo Kilgour – Colours. A potent runner with the ball in hand, Mungo was our biggest threat to the opposition when given the ball with any amount of space. His speed took him past many bigger opponents and his bravery in defence was admirable. He will benefit from growth in years to come and will already have an abundance of skill that provides exciting potential. Adam Baynes. Deserves huge praise for developing his tackling and was a very difficult man to stop when given the ball either in “traffic” or in space due to his quick feet and sharp acceleration. Cared deeply about his contribution to the team effort which made him a very worthwhile choice in the XV. Rory Barnes. Grew in confidence as the season progressed and showed an impressive turn of pace when tracking down opponents to tackle. Is learning to pass with more accuracy and is improving as an attacker with ball in hand. Once more awareness of running lines is learned he will slice through defences with more regularity. Mr. H.

Lacland Ferrand, Tom Dalrymple, Adam Baynes, Will Jack, James Gladstone, Jake Hoyer Millar, Geordie Gladwin, Lochy de Klee, Peter Dalrymple, Hector Laird, Rufus Harper Gow, charlie Clough, Rory Barnes Mungo Kilgour, Jamie Kelly, James Cochrane, Alexander Swanson, Max Barnes, Rafe Seymour, Tom Galbraith


The Victorious Cross Country Runners sporting Medals, Trophies and Cups.


his must have been one of the most successful seasons for XCountry running at Belhaven for some years. Altogether, some 39 runners represented the school over the term and much success was gained along the way.

It all started at the Merchiston Relay event (teams of 3 runners). The Senior boys were placed 3rd (James Cochrane, Jamie Kelly and Jimmy Gladstone) and 6th ( Rafe Seymour, Mungo Kilgour and Max Barnes) out of 15 teams. The U11 boys set the tone for the rest of their season by finishing 1st (Andrew Watson, Freddy Rogers and Caspar Rogers) and 3rd (Tom, George and Jamie) out of 20 teams. At the Longridge Towers U11 Race, there were fine individual victories for Rose and Tom but also some hugely impressive team-running as the other girls finished 2nd (Rosabel Kilgour), 5th (Bea Begg), 7th (Olivia Dobson), 8th (Abi Pooley), 9th (Iona Brooks) and 14th (Grizel Hocknell), out of 52 runners. The other boys were placed 3rd

(Freddy Rogers) 4th (Andrew Watson), 6th (Caspar Rogers), 9th (George Innes Ker),10th (Henry Roberts),15th (Dougal Forsyth) and 17th (Jamie MacDonald) out of 63 runners, both teams easily claiming the team victory shield for their race. The next day saw a very good afternoon’s running as the Patrol Relay was won by Badgers ahead of Wolves and Woodies. It was then time for the Compass School Invitation race where we sent 3 teams of 3 runners: U10 boys, U10 girls and U11 boys. In the girls race, Grizel Hocknell, Abigail Pooley and Jemima Black finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively to clinch second place in the team event. Ollie Farr won the boys race, with Will Plowden 3rd and Geordie Younger 18th, which also earned the team 2nd place overall. For the U11 race, Tom Stodart was 2nd, Freddy Rogers 3rd and Andrew Watson 4th, for another convincing win in their age-group.


nd so to the big day: the Prep Schools Championships. Twelve schools took part, some 214 runners in all, in three different age-groups. The weather was kinder this year and the runners able to compete in the best of conditions.

The Juniors were first off: Jemima Black led from start to finish to win the race, Emilia White was a very good 3rd, Anne Finlay 11th and Rosie Barnes15th which was enough to give them the Cup. The junior boys had a tougher time of it, only Jamie Farr showing strongly to finish 2nd; Christian Thomson was 21st, Freddie Younger 24th and Hughie Brooks 26th out of 36. The Intermediates were next. Rose Greville Williams ran a hard race to clinch 2nd spot, Bea Begg followed in 10th, then Olivia Dobson 14th and Iona Brooks 17th, which earned a terrific 2nd place overall by only one point! The boys were, as they say, “up for this one” and so much so that they claimed the first 4 places at the finish, Tom Stodart, Freddy Rogers, Andrew Watson and Caspar Rogers leading the field home in that order. With Henry Roberts in 7th and George Innes Ker in 9th, the victory was not far from


overwhelming! When the Senior girls set off, they were defending the Cup which had been ours for the past two years. Lydia Dalrymple ran herself into 3rd, and the rest fought hard: Lucy Coleman 9th, Leonora Campbell 10th, Trea Willoughby 13th, Ella Coleman 14th and Claudia Black 16th. As the first 4 runners tied with Fettes for first place everything depended on the 5th runner’s position and, thankfully, the Fettes’ runner finished further down the order so the Cup was won for a 3rd time in a row! This left the boys to bring the afternoon to a close, which they did but

narrowly missing out on second place by the odd point. James Cochrane was 6th, Jamie Kelly 7th, Mungo Kilgour 13th, Max Barnes 17th and Adam Baynes18th at the finish. Finally, the School X-Country Race rounded off the term; 110 runners set off with a fine overall victory for Rafe Seymour, the first Senior girl being Emily Gladstone, the first junior boy Freddy Rogers and the first junior girl Rose Greville Williams. Congratulations were also due to all who took part and did their best on the day.

Senior Girls Winners Prep School Championships Back row: Ella Coleman, Leonora Campbell, Claudia Black Front row: Lydia Dalrymple, Lucy Coleman,Trea Willoughby

U11 Boys and Girls Winners at Longridge Towers


It goes without saying that I was extremely pleased with all who ran this term and very proud of their achievements, particularly the U11 boys who won all the events they entered. But best of all for me was to see a lot of the children enjoying their running, whether around the school grounds, in the John Muir park, on the beach or even, occasionally, in the sea! I feel we are gradually getting away from the dread that seems to have surrounded the “Thursday Run” over the years and, hopefully, we are slowly but surely discovering the fun of running! MR

Junior Girls Winners Prep School Championships Rosie Barnes, Emilia White, Jemima Black, Anne Finlay

U11 Boys Winners John Muir Prep School Championships George Innes Ker Caspar Rogers, Henry Roberts Tom Stodart, Andrew Watson, Freddy Rogers

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A Lacrosse Experience


he Senior girls were very lucky in the Spring term that they were given the opportunity to try their hand at Lacrosse. They were given expert coaching by ladies from St Mary’s Carne including old girl Emily Knight who plays Lacrosse for Scotland.

After some interesting warm up games that included James Bond poses the girls were introduced to some basic skills. The girls entered into the swing of things and were soon playing mini games against each other not being afraid to tackle. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and with no black eyes in sight it had certainly been a success. By the end of the session the girls felt that they had learnt so much that they tried their hand at coaching and passed on their wisdom to the Junior girls on the following Saturday afternoon. Tory Hughes


Hockey U11 Girls Hockey


competitive and eager group of girls made the U11 hockey squad this term. Some promising key players in every match were the backbone of the team and reliable with their performance every match. Olivia D was keen to play goalie and with the help of Mr Wilson, has gone from strength to strength improving in every match, making some great saves. I’m sure that by the time she reaches the 1st team she will be great. With Victoria leading the way and demonstrating good stick skills as well as captaining the team, she has been supported by Rose who tirelessly follows the ball around the pitch, wanting to win every tackle. Hattie proved to be a good mid fielder and she was helped by Iona, who has improved no end throughout the term – hanging back to scoop up free balls and feed them back into attack. Tosca, Bea, Olivia and Madeline have between them played attack and defensive positions and all proved to be some promising players for next year. Saskia has played superbly in defence and never frightened to go in and tackle for the ball. Despite some rather mixed results this term, the girls have worked hard at improving their skills and playing as a team. Still gathering like ‘bees around a honey pot’, eager to get the ball, the girls will need to work on their spacing in order to make better passes in their games. With other schools playing on astro

and practising hockey for more than one term, the girls have never lost their determination to play their hardest. Probably their most impressive match was against Mowden when they drew 0 – 0 , stopping Mowden’s run of winning matches since September. Well done girls! In a morning of enjoyable hockey, the girls played in the Compass Tournament

2nd Place Team in the Compass Tournament


right at the end of term. They were obviously saving their best performance until last as they won 2 matches, lost one and drew one to finish in 2nd place of the competition. An entertaining group of girls, keen to improve and try their very best - they have all had an enjoyable term of hockey. Well done girls! KG

1st Girls’ Hockey Captain’s Report Spring Term 2008


fter a not very promising start to the season against St Mary’s Melrose, the Belhaven Hill 1st hockey team decided that they would have to snap into action and start living up to their name. With their next match in sight, the team were out there on the hockey pitch practising like crazy every single day. If it was one thing that they had to do, it was beat Loretto. With Lydia Dalrymple and Sophie Gordon Cumming whacking the ball up the pitch and being received by the trusty sticks of Ella and Lucy Coleman, Miss Hughes was sure that they would win. After a great match and a share of some fantastic goals going to Ella Coleman, Eritrea Willoughby, Kitty Single, Beth Fletcher and Lucy Coleman, Belhaven came back to school with a convincing win, 6-3. Belhaven were confident after that, that somehow they would win all their other matches. The next event on the calendar was the dreaded team, Cargilfield. In Form 2, Belhaven were absolutely thrashed by Cargilfield, but the team coach, Miss Hughes had some fantastic tactics that would enable us to beat our semi-rivals. By putting Victoria Erskine and Vanessa Riley in defence, (against their will) it would mean that whenever Cargilfield did make a breakthrough, (which was very rarely) we would have some of our strongest players helping out the goalie. As it just so happened, their best player was ill, so the goalie didn’t need that much help in making one save! 3-0 was the final score, another convincing win. This match was fantastic because everyone raised their game to 100% but an outstanding player was Lucy Coleman who was playing 101% that game. In the back of their heads, everybody knew that the Ardvreck game was drawing closer, but Standing: Sitting: Kneeling:

first, Belhaven had a few more battles to fight and slaughter the opposing team. First came the all girls’ school, Kilgraston. Belhaven were confident but quite scared of the 6 foot monster whom they had on their team. After the first half it was still 0-0. Some great defence in the first half from Victoria Erskine stopped their team from scoring goals. In the second half though, Belhaven’s bossy goalie told them all that no goals was just not good enough and they would have to get their act together and stop standing around like “lost coconuts”. These wise words made an impact because Kitty Single did some brilliant goal hanging and scored some fantastic goals. Well done Kitty. Also Emily Gladstone’s determination to get the ball up to the other goalie was fantastic. Without Emily, we wouldn’t have been able to win that all too important match 3-0. And so Miss Hughes still hadn’t broken her Lent which was not to lose! At 2:30 in the afternoon, Mowden arrived with the confidence that they were soon going to win. Let me just remind you of two things. The first thing is that Mowden had played hockey non stop as their main sport for two terms! And the second thing is (you’ll never believe this) they had BOYS on their team! Not that it made much difference to Dhileas Heywood of course because this was the best match that she played all term. She listened to instructions eagerly, she put her stick down on the ground to stop the ball and she looked for spaces to hit the ball. Fantastic work Dhileas, well done. Also, the two swapping mid-fielders, Sophie G-C and Lydia Dalrymple did a fantastic job in running all over the pitch and stopping Mowden from even getting near to the goal that they wanted to put the ball into. Great work from Beth Fletcher

as well and another fantastic goal from Kitty Single helped Belhaven to win their match 1-0. As the match against the “girls in green” (Ardvreck) loomed closer, Belhaven got more and more nervous. Was there any way in which they could win this match. The last match that Belhaven had played Ardvreck was in Form 3 when Ardvreck scored ten goals and Belhaven scored a grand total of 1 goal. As lunch came closer and closer the hearts of the Belhaven Hill team began to pump faster and faster. Unlike Mowden arriving at 2:30, Ardvreck arrived at 12:30 just as we were about to have lunch! As we got out on to the pitches the Ardvreck Coach proposed that we should start straight away without giving Belhaven a proper warm-up. But Miss Hughes, with her Lent in sight, refused at once. Belhaven were going to have a chance in this game. After a very short warm-up the whistle finally blew for the start of this match. Belhaven were ready. Emily Gladstone and Ella Coleman worked extremely well making some encouraging breakthroughs. But as soon as the ball came to the top the pitch (as it often did) Belhaven fell to pieces. It was just one of those days when the ball refused to go into the Ardvreck goal. Eritrea’s excellent goal hanging just didn’t fool the Ardvreckians. Kitty Single’s fantastic feeding on the short corners didn’t work that day. I am not saying that Belhaven did not play well; I am just saying that it was one of those days. At half time it was 0-0. Belhaven got a lecture from their coach and their goalie. They came back on to the pitch with a vengeance. Vanessa Riley gritting her teeth getting ready for the attack, Victoria Erskine was flexing her muscles and Dhileas Heywood was as ready as she would ever be. Lydia Dalrymple tightened her bandanna, Sophie G-C tied her hair into a tight bun and Lucy Coleman got her stick at the ready. This was the big moment for Belhaven. Once more the whistle blew. Up and down the pitch the ball travelled not stopping once. From Eritrea’s stick to Ella’s stick and finally to Kitty but it just couldn’t and

Sophie Gordon Cumming, Connie Begg, Beth Fletcher, Claire Joicey, Dhileas Heywood, Vanessa Riley, Lydia Dalrymple Victoria Erskine, Lucy Coleman, Leonora Campbell, Ella Coleman, Emily Gladstone Kitty Single, Eritrea Willoughby


just wouldn’t go in to that goal. As the second half wore on, Belhaven became more and more tired. The girls from the other team were just too strong for them. Slowly, bit by bit the ball managed to creep back to the Belhaven defence. Beth Fletcher and Emily Gladstone were kept running about the pitch, screaming in Emily’s case. With not long to go, an Ardvreck girl took a shot at goal and it went in. Belhaven were too tired to fight back and before they could do anything about it, the whistle blew for Full Time. A great match and an unlucky loss but we fought well. Good Stuff. A great season for Belhaven Hill 1st Hockey Team. Well done to everybody and a big, big thank you to Miss Hughes for coaching us. Leonora Campbell

Players’ Profiles

Leonora Campbell Captain Position: Goalkeeper Remembered for: Vocal commentary throughout the match Achievement: Dandylions A Team Goalkeeper and colours Squeaky took the captaincy role very seriously. She led her team strongly with confidence and never stopped encouraging them from the moment the whistle blew to start the match till it blew to end the game. With the help of Mr Wilson, Squeaky was a very impressive and reliable goalkeeper shown in the fact that she kept a clean sheet in most of the matches particularly important against Kilgraston.

Lucy Coleman Vice Captain Position: Right Half Remembered for: Controversial tackling against Ardvreck Achievement: Dandylions A team and colours Lucy’s command of the ball was impressive to watch. She had the ability to terrify other teams with her hitting and leave them standing with her stick work. By the end of the season she was opening up the play by hitting the ball out to the right and left wings or straight into the circle. She led the girls effectively in warm up and then went on to cover the greatest area of pitch during each game. Lucy thoroughly deserved her Hockey Cup at the end of the season.

Ella Coleman Position: Centre Forward Remembered for: Missing an absolute sitter with Mr Osborne watching Achievement: Dandylions A team and colours Ella displayed a natural talent


thoroughout the season. When she dribbled with the ball she showed great movement, flair and ease to get past the defenders. She expertly controlled the ball in the circle from passes and pushed it past the goalkeeper to keep victory in sight.

Lydia Dalrymple Position: Left Half Remembered for: Not staying on her side Achievement: Dandylions B Team and colours Lydia was certainly the most improved player of the season. She was very strong on the ball and made many crucial tackles. Her understanding of the game was very impressive and she will be a very influential player next year.

Victoria Erskine Position: Left Back (Left Inner in 11 a-side) Remembered for: Not wanting to be a back Achievement: Colours and best 16 yard hitter Although Victoria did not think a back was the position for her she fitted very naturally into the left back role. Her 16 yard hit was reliable and effective allowing the forwards to break free when receiving her ball. Her defending proved tricky to get past as she watched the ball carefully and quickly cut off anything coming her way.

Beth Fletcher Position: Left Wing Remembered for: Not letting anything get in her way Achievement: Her performance against Loretto Beth started off the season as a defender but I soon realised that her strengths were suited to attacking. When she was in control of the ball she had the ability to drive through the defence and use her hard hit to have a crack at goal.

Emily Gladstone Position: Left Wing Remembered for: Holding her stick in so many different ways Achievement: Colours and scoring a hat trick against the Old Girls Emily just got better with every game she played as she soon understood what was required of her in the position. She fed the square ball effectively into the circle as well as positioning herself well on the backline to pull the ball back to the top.

Sophie Gordon Cumming Position: Left Half Remembered for: Playing with her sleeves over her hands Achievement: Colours and providing the most crosses into the circle Sophie was a very determined player who never gave up during a match. She very often stopped the oncoming attack and then pushed the ball into the path of her forwards to turn the game around.

Dhileas Heywood Position: Left Back Remembered for: Not believing she was in the team Achievement: Her performance against Mowden Hall Dhileas impressed me every match. She kept her concentration throughout each game and by keeping it simple did exactly what was needed. She was also very good at getting back to defend when missing the first tackle.

Vanessa Riley Position: Right Back (Right Inner in 11 a-side) Remembered for: Not quite making the Dandylions match Achievement: Dandylions B team and colours Ness was a class act who always appeared confident on the ball. Her strong hitting helped to clear the ball quickly out of any tricky situations developing in the circle and leave attackers feeling frustrated. Ness will certainly be a very crucial player next year.

Kitty Single Position: Right Wing Remembered for: Swinging and missing in short corner practices Achievement: Her vision for goal against Loretto (top scorer) Kitty was a very impressive forward on astro and will certainly be very useful next year. She adapted to the right wing position quickly and handled the strong hits from Lucy very well turning them into a shot or passing them teasingly into the circle. I look forward to having Kitty again in the team next year.

Eritrea Willoughby Position: Right Wing Remembered for: Cheeky goal hanging Achievement: Top scorer from goal hanging Trea was the queen of goal hangers. She closely watched the field of play and





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judge it right when she was needed to make a run or hang on the right goal post to pop the ball in behind the goalkeeper. With a season’s coaching behind her, Trea is going to be one to watch next year.

Claire Joicey Position: Right Back (11 a side) Remembered for: Looking white against Haddington ladies

U11 Boys Hockey IAPS 7-a-side National Finals (Bristol)


ight intrepid hockey players, one coach and five parents set off in the wee hours of Sunday morning to travel south to Bristol in order to compete in the National hockey finals. Although the team was seen off by an early rising headmaster, loud snores emanating from the housemaster’s flat suggested that he was still dreaming about the previous day’s rugby result.

The drive to Glasgow and the flight to Bristol went without mishap. The first sign of trouble was when one of the drivers couldn’t find the handbrake on the hired car and had to phone for help; but I promised not to mention Mrs. Rettie’s name. The next hiccough occurred two minutes later when the lead car’s navigator (once again not mentioning any names – Mr. Farr) directed the convoy the wrong way. This problem was compounded when it was

Under 9 Hockey


ur first match was at home against Cargilfield ; it was a good learning experience for our mixed A and B teams, and we had to work very hard not to be completely swept away. In the end, the A team lost 5-1 and the B team 2-0

We seem to learn from our experience and, by the time we went to Loretto, things were looking up, space was found,


Achievement: Keeping her clam throughout the whole match Claire was a very thoughtful player. She watched, waited and judged her tackling well catching other attackers by surprise. She had the great quality of not panicking and just getting stuck in.

Connie Begg Position: Left Back (11 a-side)

Remembered for: Surviving against Haddington ladies Achievement: Most improved tackler Connie became braver and braver as the season developed. When we had 11 a side matches she proved very strong in defence, listened to the ever faithful goalie behind her and showed how much her tackling had improved. Tory Hughes

discovered that he had the map upside down. Eventually we located our hotel (not before Andrew showed that he was sick of all the driving around). Lunch was followed by a brief rest before heading to the ground for a short practice session (while the mums shopped). En route back to the hotel the team stopped to walk over the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge which is quite an impressive sight. And so to supper and early bed. The following morning we all enjoyed a very hearty breakfast – Guinness and Andrew in particular (‘skinny’ sausages at last!). I did feel a bit sorry for the poor old dear who had to sit next to Tom as his birthday hat played ‘Happy Birthday’ incessantly. Unfortunately the weather turned nasty shortly after breakfast as the ‘worst storms of the decade’ smashed into the south west coast. A brave decision was taken not to call of the competition and the games all went ahead in driving rain. Belhaven Hill was in a group with Millfield Prep, The Abbey School and Bilton Grange. All these proved to be

strong and we were caught off our guard a bit the speed of play. The team soon adapted however and put up very good performances in all the matches despite failing to win any. After the group stages we progressed to the plate and here again we played some outstanding hockey but without scoring enough goals. Between games the team dashed into the change rooms to try and get warm before dashing out again – getting dry was not an option until the final match had been played. In total, we played six matches in appalling conditions against the best hockey teams in the country and showed what we were capable of. I and all the parents who came along to watch were impressed by the excellent spirit of the team and by the highly skilled hockey that they played. With the matches over we jumped into the cars and headed back to the airport and then back to Scotland. It was an exciting, entertaining, freezing, valuable and fun experience for all. WT

passes were strung together and goals were scored. In the end, the A team won 3-1 and the B team 5-0, so progress had indeed been made! After a lengthy break, we were ready for our next fixture and eagerly awaited the triangular against Fettes and Cargilfield to test whether we had continued to improve our team effort after Half-Term. We played some good Hockey v Cargilfield but let victory slip from our grasp to lose 3-2, having led

2-1 at half time. In the second match, we managed to contain Fettes until 2 minutes from the end when they scored 2 quick goals to leave us with nothing but frustration. On the whole, our skills levels improved as term went on, as did our overall understanding of the game and match-play situations and next year’s U10 teams will be able to build on what we have learnt this year. MR

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Girls’ 2nd and Under 12


his was my first term of hockey coaching at Belhaven and, being a keen player myself, I was really quite excited to work with a super (and giddy!) group of girls. The weather was dull and wet for many of our practices, however the girls seemed to battle it out regardless and enjoy it all nonetheless.

We started out the season getting used to the different techniques used on grass and astro turf pitches. The girls practised their skills down at the astro pitch in Hallhill every Monday (with the occasional victorious battle against Harvey’s 1st team reserves!) It quickly became clear that we had some strong hitters and pushers in Katya Thomson, Claudia Black, Franny Younger, Daisy Greville Williams and Emily Stewart. With the expertise of Mr Wilson in goal keeping training, Lydia McCallum improved tremendously over the term. She was confident in goals and made some super saves over the season which kept us out of deep water. There were some memorable saves particularly in the first match against St. Mary’s. Lydia really tried her hardest and always came to training with a positive attitude (even on those cold and wet days!) Katya Thomson tried out at various defensive positions over the first few weeks, however it was decided that

1st XI Boys’ Report


nly losing 3 matches in a calendar of 7 was, I think, a good result for this year’s 1st Team. No person dominated in play, though the smaller players showed the most skill by the end of the season. Probably something to do with low centre of gravity!

For the first time in many years the basic skills had to be practised often by the majority of players – not many having taken naturally to hockey over the years. What was very pleasing was how many were prepared to work at their skills and as a result these boys showed huge improvement. In order for the Team to have any chance of beating opposition they would have to dominate in midfield. This most important of tasks fell to Jamie Kelly, James Cochrane and Rafe Seymour, all of whom, by the end of season, were a force to be reckoned with. It was most satisfying to see their honing of new skills, their ability to read each other’s game and react to any situation that cropped up.


with her quick running pace and strong pushing she was more suited to a midfield position. With Katya on the left and Grace to her right, we had a strong (and extremely hard working) midfield. Grace Plowden really played her heart out. She was strong, fearless and never gave up! Morgen Thomson and Tilly de Luna had some super play, particularly in the home match against Loretto. Being new to the game, Tilly really tried hard and was quite a fighter! Morgen also played a starring role in that particular match. She fought hard at midfield and on a few occasions, brought the ball right up towards the goal where she was assisted by the strong hit of Claudia Black. We were fortunate to have such a consistently strong defender in Franny Younger. Opposing attackers found her difficult to get around as she was always able to put in a strong tackle and get rid of the ball out to the waiting wings, Claudia and Emily. Working alongside Franny were Honor Douglas Miller and Sophie Robertson. These girls were always willing to be flexible in matches, alternating positions to ensure the best formation for the game. Between the three, there was good communication and 100% effort. In our second match against Loretto, Rachel Gladstone and Claire Joicey put in an excellent effort in defence. They worked hard at tackling and also passing

out to the wings, helping Belhaven win back control. Over the season, as they became more comfortable with new skills, both of their overall performances really improved. After being unwell for a lot of the season, Daisy Greville Williams finally bounced back and was a real asset to the team with her quick pace, her skill with the ball and her determination driving towards the goal. She played centre forward, rotating with Iona Ralph, another strong and determined goal shooter. In training sessions, the two centres and the two wings practised relentlessly together at making accurate passes and running onto the ball. Emily Stewart on the right wing, and Claudia Black on the left wing played a super season of hockey. Their speed at taking the ball right up the pitch meant we often lost a lot of the opposing defenders and were able to have many chances at shooting towards the goal. The wingers always turned out to practice full of enthusiasm and were often seen putting in some extra hours in free time! This certainly paid off. The team would not have been the same without them. A very encouraging season girls. Most of you still have next year to improve even further on your skills and hopefully win lots more matches. Well done for all your hard work and effort and for making our training sessions so enjoyable. N. Farrell

One winger who grew in strength and skill was Adam Baynes. Although starting the season tentatively, his confidence quickly grew and when he discovered he could actually beat the defence, a whole new game opened up for him. The team felt much more comfortable passing the ball to him and, but for weak finishing skills, the moves created by Adam should have resulted in more goals. This Team came up against some strong opposition and it is testimony to their commitment and enjoyment of the game that they played to the high standard set on the circuit. Defensively the season started a little weakly, though keeper Geordie Gladwin was just awesome! He had to be while the back trio became used to their role. Alex Swanson worked hard on his skills and together with Rufus Harper Gow and Hector Laird the back division became fairly efficient at soaking up opposition

attacks. Our worst defeat was 0 – 4, but that day was a bit out of the ordinary and we rather let ourselves down. Apart from that one, each match was well-contested and provided an excellent example of good hockey. In fact, it was a very enjoyable season because everyone improved enormously, even those who thought they didn’t have any hockey skills! And that is perhaps the best possible result for a coach. Yes, it is great to have the victories, but if everyone feels confident to move on to their senior schools to continue hockey at a high level - then job done! My heart-felt thanks to Liam Harvey and Warwick Wilson for their enormous contribution they bring to senior

hockey. Liam for his tactical acumen and instilling enthusiasm all over the pitch: Warwick for his commitment to the Goalkeepers, seniors and juniors alike. That the goalkeeping has reached such a high standard is entirely as a result of Warwick’s coaching and the enthusiasm he imparts to the Goalies. Thank you both. It is not often mentioned (in fact I don’t think a trawl through the past magazines would find it) that the time and effort put into imparting skills and a hunger for the game in the Junior end of the school makes Senior coaching so pleasurable. It is too easy for the senior players to look back at the Under 9s and Under 11s with a slightly disparaging glance but, without the patience and efforts of M. Rullière, Mr Townshend, Mr Pinchin, Mrs Curry, Miss Farrell and Miss Cowan getting the youngsters to go through their drills and skills exercises, the senior players would not have such a solid platform on which to build further skills. A big thank you, then, to those who coach the future stars!

and I do hope he continues to higher levels at his senior school.

Geordie Gladwin (colours) first season of hockey, first time clambering into the GK kit. Volunteered for the job because he’s good at football, slightly mad, loves chucking himself around and totally fearless - the exact requirements for a GK. He is a natural and coached by Warwick Wilson he became the best GK on the circuit, winning the Goalie of the Tournament at the Strathallan 6a-sides. There is no doubt that this year’s team owe him a great deal as his actions in goal saved many a potential goal. The good news is that he’s back next season - can’t wait!

Hector Laird playing as left back and a utility player he developed well thruoghout the season. a little slow around the field though his strength on the ball has improved. Should be a good player next season if he keeps developing his skill level. Rafe Seymour (colours) although not seemingly a natural hockey player, once in posetion of the ball he managed to keep it and do some good things with his stick. He has a good positional sense and did some great work on the wings and centre field. Hope he keeps up the sport as he has good potential.

Characters of Team James Cochrane (captain: colours)

a quiet leader, but one of passion and vigour. Tireless around the midfield he improved his linking skills with the wingers and strikers. Not overly powerful he made up for it in deft skill on the ball and an awareness of the game around him. Also quite happy to dart all around the circle looking for any opportunity to slot the ball past the goalie. An excellent team player and one whom anybody would welcome into their team.

Jamie Kelly (vice captain: colours) a firebrand of a player who ran himself into the ground every match. Full of commitment both in training and matches, his improvement over the season was huge. He dominated midfield as centre half. The only criticism is that he tended to keep hold of the ball a little too long and would have done better to release it and be in a position to receive the return pass. Stick skill is excellent

Alexander Swanson (colours) practised hard and became a solid defender, soaking up attack after attack. Tackling skills developed fast as did his recovery rate from missed tackles. Had a mighty hit on him and could often be seen clearing the ball far up field. Also kept the other backs on their toes by giving them crisp, precise orders. No doubt he’ll take his hockey hitting skills onto the Pol field - or was that viceversa?! Mungo Kilgour (colours) small, nimble, fleet of foot and a natural hockey player. took a while to get going but practised his skills hard and showed great skill as a defender. Many a time he would make clean tackles and then turn defence into attack, use his dribbling skill and in a flash the ball would be at the half way line. Also played as a winger but lacked the strength needed for hard, fast crosses. Hopefully he will continue this wonderful game as he has huge potential.

Max Barnes (colous) desperate to be striker and stay there. Worked hard but lacked that killer punch needed for a striker. However, scored a few goals and made his presence known in the circle and was always willing to run himself into the ground for the team. An excellent team player and should do well at his senior school. Adam Baynes (colours) needed to be talked to to keep in position on the wing! But his skill level devel;oped very well and once he gained confidence to attack the base line there was no stopping him. Perhaps he lacked the finishing strength but this will come in time. He performed at a high level in the latter half of the season and will be missed next year. Will Jack another player desperate to be a striker and in the end was one. Tendency to be a little slow on the uptake and would not move quickly into space or read the game far enough ahead. However his stick skills became


Standing: Sitting:

Hector Laird, Will Jack, Geordie Gladwin, Tom Galbraith, Rory Barnes, Rufus Harper Gow, Rafe Seymour, Mungo Kilgour, Jamie Kelly, James Cochrane (c), Max Barnes, Adam Baynes, Alexander Swanso

good and with more strength and determination should make the team permanently next year.

Rory Barnes young player who also wanted to be a striker! However, although he did partner his brother on a few occasions, he played in many positions and got used to the faster senior game. His skills developed nicely and with a bit more strength in his hitting and flicking he will make a good striker - certainly he showed hunger for the ball in the circle and was often


seen goalmouth Good stuff.


Tom Galbraith another young player and who got better and better as he practised his skills well. A quick learner of positional skills he was able to be in the right place at the right time. His palce on the right wing was secured for the season and with a stronger cross and determination to beat the backs and go fo he line he will be a key member of next season’s team. DP

Cricket U9 Cricket


he season started very early with a practice match against Loretto on the first Wednesday afternoon of the term, quickly followed by a return match in Musselburgh the following week; both matches ending in narrow wins for the opposition.

There then followed a long spell

Under 11 Cricket 2008


n the past I have seen some good under 11 cricket sides, but never have I known a team so committed to working together, and so committed to working hard, as this team have been. Constantly practising in the nets, catching, fielding, asking for help, extra nets and so willing to take on board advice, this season’s team have been a real pleasure to coach from start to finish.

The season began in May, which gave us a few weeks at the start of the season to get ready, and this time was extremely valuable. First, and perhaps most difficult, began the process of selecting the best players, identifying those who showed real promise and getting them ready without others missing out. Selecting a team when confronted with so much different talent is a lovely job in some ways, but not an easy one. We had, for example, every type of spinner off spin, leg spin, left arm orthodox, left arm leg and chinaman, all developing quite well in the early season, along with a growing list of seamers. Selections made, our first match was Craigclowan. Bowling first, we were able to take early wickets, and they were dismissed for just 31. In reply we made life a little difficult for ourselves, but some solid batting from George Innes Ker eventually saw us home to win by five wickets. Wins against Fettes, Loretto and Ardvreck followed, the last of these very comfortably, by nine wickets after a devastating bowling and fielding display, which included the season’s champagne moment from Kit Gordon Cumming. It might seem a little unfair to single out one fielding moment in a season where the fielding was, for the most part, truly outstanding, but this was a real ‘Gary Pratt’ moment (if you don’t know what that means watch the Ashes 2005 and

without matches as the weather turned rather wet on match days. The long trip up to Ardvreck was next and on a gloriously sunny afternoon we lost rather heavily. Fettes came next and this turned out to be the high point of the term as we managed to win by 8 runs: a longawaited victory at last! So Cargilfield was to be our last

opponent of the term … and another heavy defeat. In summary, I felt the boys took rather a long time to get into the right frame of mind and to show what they could do if they stayed focused. In the end, even in defeat, there were signs of improvement and progress, which should help them in future seasons. MR

look for Ricky Ponting). Brought into the side to cover for a couple of absent regulars, Kit and Will Plowden were both fielding well, before Kit misfielded one in the covers. Head down, he was brought round by the wonderfully positive encouragement from the rest of the field in the team and almost immediately he swooped to pick up the ball and aim a direct hit with only one stump to aim for. It was a truly magnificent moment. At this stage, George Innes Ker was looking typically assured with the bat, and very good with the ball although wickets from others were cutting down the overs he was bowling. Freddy Rogers was bowling accurately and to good effect, while Caspar’s new spinners were bamboozling almost everybody. Tom Stodart was injured in a training ground accident, but coped admirably, returning quickly to lead the side one more. The big match was always going to be Cargilfield, just after our half term. They and we were unbeaten at this stage in the season, both sides were confident and playing well and there were plenty of nerves at lunchtime (and not just from the players). Cargilfield batted first, and were very assured in defence and clearly a team of confident and knowledgeable cricketers. They had scored 170 by tea, but concerned to take the game out of our reach, batted on for fifteen minutes afterwards to take their score beyond 200 - a daunting prospect. We needed a really good start, but the Cargilfield bowling ensured that we did not get it, and from then on it was a rearguard action. In the end they were just too good. No unbeaten season, then, but it was important that we ended with a win against Mowden, and it was a good one, to round off a truly memorable season.

fielders. Stods was a very capable keeper, brave and skilled, and opened the batting to great effect. He has been a superb cricketer for the under elevens over the past two seasons. George Innes Ker - the player of the season for his performances with both bat and ball. He is an assured batsman, plays the ball very straight and began to blossom this season with a good range of shots. As a bowler he had a good deal of success, bowling straight and quickly. Freddy Rogers - often opened the bowling with accuracy, and took early wickets. Freddy has become a very good all round cricketer, and he stepped in very successfully as captain when required. Caspar Rogers - a revolution with his spin bowling this season, Caspar has really grown as a cricketer over the past two years. He is a real team player, full of encouragement for other but ready to stand up and be counted too. He too will be missed next year. Alasdair Johnston - worked incredibly hard at batting, bowling and fielding this season, and held together a couple of innings with his mature norisk approach. Ali bowled and fielded intelligently all through the season, and has the makings of a good cricketer. George Cuthbert - batted confidently when he had the opportunity, and showed that he was comfortable playing at this level. George worked hard at his bowling action this year, and his time with the ball will come. Dougal Forsyth - an excellent fielder to begin with, Dougal worked very hard at his bowling action too early in the season, and developed a genuine ability to swing the ball consistently. Hardhitting as a batsman, he had a couple of good innings, and really played his part in the team’s success. Geordie Younger - clearly a natural talent, Geordie bowled well when he had the opportunity in matches this season,

The players Tom Stodart – captained the side well, and learned how best to use his


and his whippy batting style looked very good in practice. He can return next year with a great deal of confidence having played part in this season’s success. Ollie Farr - a very talented cricketer, Ollie was impressive with both bat and ball this season. He is confident and aggressive at the crease, but not overly so, while he bowled quickly and accurately when required. He will be required an awful lot next year. Henry Roberts - a good batsman, he did not have as much opportunity as he might have due to the success of the

team, but looked good when he did bat. Henry’s left arm leggies are developing nicely, and were the downfall of more than one or two good players this season. Andrew Watson - bowled excellent leg-spinners which deserved to take more wickets than they actually did in the end. A defensive batsman, Andrew grew in confidence with the team’s success. Will Plowden - filled in brilliantly, and although he did not bat or bowl he fielded superbly – in fact he was one of the best fielders in this season’s team

despite not playing in every match Kit Gordon Cumming - again a superb fielder his chance with bat and ball will come. Archie Rettie - the ‘super sub’ of the early season, Archie is a hugely committed and positive cricketer who was ever-eager to play, even at the last minute. He filled in brilliantly too for the super seconds. JP

1st XI Season Report

this match was an absolute cracker. Our bowling was excellent. Tom Galbraith picked up two wickets in six overs for only eight runs and Jamie Kelly got a four wicket haul in five overs. The fielding was also very good with a number of sharp catches being taken. When Loretto were all out for sixtytwo, it looked like victory was within our grasp. Unfortunately the batting let us down again and only one person got into double figures (just). Despite this, we came ever so close and in a nail-biting finish, Peter was bowled in the final over with the scores level – a very unusual result in limited overs cricket.

off it – possibly because they couldn’t reach the ball but at least it stopped Max pestering me to let him bowl. This, in my opinion was nearly as pleasing a result as the win. The Ardvreck match was yet another exciting one. We batted first and struggled to score runs, eventually ending on seventy-six with Alexander Swanson and Will Jack doing the majority of the scoring. The bowling and fielding was good but we just couldn’t get the crucial wicket and they eventually passed our score. The result (lost by six wickets) belies how close the match was because


ith such a small senior group, and a gang of Form One boys who were not the most fanatical cricketers (bar one or two), it was with some trepidation that I entered the 2008 cricket season.

With a bowling attack led by Form 2 boys, it became crucial that the fielding was sharp ensuring that the batsmen had to work hard for any runs that they got, and that the extras were kept to a minimum. With a slightly shaky batting line-up, it became crucial that the running between the wickets was good to ensure that we took any runs available. With the first scheduled match, against Craigclowan, being rained off, the season began with a home fixture against Edinburgh Academy. With hindsight, this match was a very good indicator of how our season would go. With the Academy electing to bat, the boys performed very well in the field. The bowling was quite good and showed that this was an area that could be developed. The fielding was good with a number of catches and run-outs – exactly what was needed. The batting was poor and Belhaven ended up being all out for 60 – 26 short of the Academy’s total.

The next match, against Fettes, was very exciting. We batted first and very well with an excellent stand by Tom Dalrymple, ending on 114. Unfortunately the time in the field was an aberration. With seven catches dropped and inaccurate bowling the order of the day, Fettes managed to overhaul our total on the penultimate ball of the innings. We then played Loretto at home and


Rain, and parents (not ours of course) demanding an early decision on whether the match would go ahead or not, ensured that the fixture against Merchiston was called off. Disappointing for the boys, especially as it ended up being a dry afternoon. I am determined that in future all matches threatened by ‘iffy’ weather will go ahead. If the boys were given a simple choice of playing a wet, difficult match or not playing at all, they would choose to play (with or without spectators) every time. Riley House made their first trip in five years to play here at Belhaven Hill. Riley were quite weak but Belhaven played very well to ensure an easy victory. Both James Cochrane and Alexander Swanson had excellent knocks and Jamie Kelly stuck around for a long time. The bowling was also very good and with such an imposing total, some other boys got the chance to have a go. The most notable of these was Max Barnes who bowled his first and only over for the First XI, and quite conceivably his last for any team. Ever. Remarkably the batsmen didn’t actually score many runs

they really were struggling to get the runs and only managed to do so with two balls remaining. Almost managing to defend such a low score was an indication of our strength in the field. Tom Galbraith had an awesome spell with the ball, conceding just five runs in his allotted five overs and picking up one wicket. With those silly C.E. exams out the way, it was on to the English teams and a departure from limited overs to timed matches. I welcome these matches as it is a valuable experience for the boys to see how this type of cricket is played. The tactics change along with some of the rules and it really does allow boys the chance to spend time at the crease.

First up was Bramcote. This match although ending in a draw was a fine match. We bowled first and there were some tremendous spells from Tom Galraith who bowled quickly and with determination. Tom Dalrymple had his best spell of the season and tied the batsmen up with little reward. Adam Baynes finally showed what he was capable of and picked up two wickets. The fielding was tight and focused, ensuring that no easy runs were to be had. Despite all of this, we just couldn’t get their star batsman out and he ensured that they posted a good total. Once again, the batting was a bit lacklustre but for two boys. Tom Galbraith (opening) carried his bat for the entire innings and Alexander Swanson smashed a very entertaining and important thirty-nine runs. Mowden was a strong team and the batsmen struggled to score runs. Our cause wasn’t helped when Alexander Swanson was run out stupidly. Once again, the boys were at their best in the field. Adam Baynes was perhaps the pick of the bowlers. Unfortunately Mowden’s score inexorably crept towards and then past ours.

In addition to these fixtures, there was a very good match against the Old Boys, a match against the Fathers and exciting single and double wicket competitions. It is always lovely to see some of the players from the previous year back at Belhaven Hill and to catch up on their news and cricketing progress. This was the best Old Boys match that I have been involved in, which is all credit to the boys who came back to participate – well done. The current 1st XI won it. The match against the Fathers was also

a very entertaining one although not as fiercely and mercilessly contested as in past years. Lots of boys got their dads out and lots of dads got their boys out which is what I always hope will happen and ensures that a decent amount of ‘ribbing’ will occur over the next few months. Single wicket competitions lend themselves to big hitting and one boy stood out in this arena – Swannie. He emerged as a deserving winner. Hector and Peter fought gallantly to emerge as surprise winners of the double wicket competition. Peter really showed how hard he can hit the ball when on form. In all, it was a decent season. More matches were lost than were won but almost all were close, fiercely contested affairs. The group of boys developed into a team, and the fact that it remained almost unchanged throughout the season (although not to everyone’s liking and disappointing to those boys who missed out) is an indication of how well the team ‘gelled’ and worked together. The boys struggled with the bat and runs were often slow to come but there were some gritty performances (we were only bowled out twice), some wonderfully entertaining shots and some glimmers of promise. The bowling was good and many of the bowlers will continue to develop whether it is here at Belhaven Hill or at the schools that they will play for next year. The fielding was as good as I have seen it in my time at Belhaven Hill and has set a standard for future years to live up to. The team was well led by their skipper – Jamie Kelly who grew in confidence through the course of the season and who led from the front. The team spirit was excellent and made a real difference on the field where they continued to fight every ball of every match. As I write this I recall a conversation I had with Jamie Kelly at lunch in the final week or so of the spring term. One of the girls asked me if I thought the cricket team would do well and when I appeared a bit non-committal, Jamie turned to me and said, ‘We may just surprise you Sir.’ You did. Thank you boys, you exceeded all expectations and did yourselves proud. I hope you all enjoyed the season as much as I did.

Player Profiles Jamie Kelly (Captain, Colours) A very enthusiastic and committed cricketer, JK developed into a competent captain with a decent knowledge of fielding positions and tactics. He led from the front, showing great determination in his batting and bowling. Jamie played a big role for one of such small stature.

Alexander Swanson (Vice captain, Colours, Single Wicket Competition Winner, Batting Prize) Swannie supported Jamie well in the field. He followed on from last year as an excellent boundary fielder, saving many a four and hurling the ball in accurately and with some ferocity. Swannie’s bowling never quite developed as I had hoped but his flamboyant batting was very entertaining to watch and was crucial in a number of matches. Tom Galbraith (Colours, Bowling Prize, South of Scotland) One to watch. Tom struggled a bit with the bat, often through some poor shot selection. I was thankful that he started to reach his obvious potential towards the end of the season with two very good knocks against the English teams. One of these showed true determination to stay in despite not being able to find any kind of rhythm. Tom developed into an effective strike bowler showing some pace towards the end of the season. Adam Baynes (Most Improved Player) Baynsey was a bit of a surprise package. Lacking in self belief early on and refusing to believe what line he should bowl, Adam gradually turned into a good left arm swing bowler who really troubled batsmen. Adam picked up a number of crucial wickets and could do well in the future. Adam’s fielding came on in leaps and bounds (and dives). James Cochrane (Fielding Prize)

James developed into a competent batsman. Although he did struggle to score at times, James defended his wicket with determination – a trait somewhat lacking in many batsmen. James did very well against Riley and stuck around against a fierce Mowden attack. James was an outstanding fielder. His pace and athleticism served him well and he let very little past him. His throwing was excellent and he threw down the stumps regularly.

Tom Dalrymple Tom had a super knock against Fettes and showed that he has the skills to be a good batsman; now he just has to work on his temperament and show more determination to spend time in the middle. Tom’s bowling started off as sound and ended up as excellent. He started to hit the spot more frequently and swung the ball prodigiously at times. Tom should be a key player next year.


Peter Dalrymple (Double Wicket Competition Winner) Peter was a very enthusiastic member of the team but lacked self-belief. He was a steady bowler but struggled to remain focused if a few runs were scored off him. He bowled some important overs. Peter has an excellent eye for the ball and could be a strong hitter. He needs to work harder on his style and needs to be a bit braver in the middle. Will Jack Will began the season bowling looping leg-breaks with a lack of conviction but ended it a determined and more canny bowler who relished the chance to open the bowling. With his accuracy improved, we can work on his spin and flight next year when I expect him to play an important role. Will’s batting style is quite unorthodox (he closes his

eyes a lot of the time) but he scored a number of runs and should continue to develop next year.

Hector Laird (Wicket-keeper, Double Wicket Competition Winner) Hector is not perhaps a natural wicket-keeper but he did manage to keep a fairly tidy ship. He was brave and not afraid to get his body behind the ball. Hec began to get the hang of the movements that he needs to make in order to be really effective. Hector is a determined batsman although he didn’t get many chances at the crease. Rafe Seymour Rafe was a very keen member of the team and worked hard on both his batting and bowling. Both needed some work. Rafe was capable of bowling some very good balls and had a few brief but

good spells in matches. His consistency was a problem. His batting did improve but he had few opportunities to show what he was capable of.

Max Barnes Umm... Max seemed to enjoy his season and paid me well not to drop him for his brother. Team spirit is important in this game and Max contributed well in that regard. Max’s fielding improved markedly through the season. Geordie Gladwin and Lochy de Klee: Both boys had one match for the firsts. Unfortunately neither really got the chance to show what they were capable of. Both appear to be very keen players and could be in with a shout next season. WT

2nd XI Season Report by our Seasoned Reporters - Ed Groundsman, Miss Field and Wai T’ing No


t was April. E a r l y season and the BHCC was holding its Extraordinary AGM (they’re all extraordinary aren’t they? Ed) the reason? A drop in membership numbers meant that team selection was critical - get the 1st XI wrong and by default the 2nd XI could suffer dreadfully.

The present membership rested at 22 players, including a Frenchman and a middle school pupil whose birthday fell the wrong side of the line and was therefore too old to play U11 cricket. After much deliberation, the BHCC Short Room heard gasps, groans, cheers and silence as each member was allocated a team. Coach Peeky, in the early moments of the meeting, realised that coaching the motley selection might well be a challenge - but one that would be savoured and relished, rather like seeing at first the unimpressive ingredients of a fruit cake before then being able to appreciate its full glory after the cooking! So the motley array of names grew slowly in the 2nd XI Members’ Book page for the 2008 Season. Names to conjure with: Cap Mung, The Red, The Brewer, Eric, Jimmy G, JakeyBoy, Lochy, de Frenchy, Barnsey, Lak and Chuff.


The meeting ended with a toast to Teams past, present and future (whether historic or otherwise) and to a successful 2008 season. The Chairman was heard muttering veiled threats of what might happen to the Little Coach if this season did not return a few victories. Silk purses popped into Little Coach’s mind for some reason. So finally the 2008 season was off and running. Off because of rain and running to find shelter. Practice sessions in the mud hone skills of sliding and keeping upright but do little for the forward defensive shot and stability for bowlers’ feet. The first coaching session was a washout, though it did not stop the intrepid 2nd XI members from practising their cricketing skills. If you can bowl with a red ball of soap, catch a slippery spheroid and, as a batsman, deal with a ball that does not bounce, then you’ll be able to cope with anything that a 2nd XI cricketer can throw at you! Nevertheless, but always the more, the 2nd XI team went into the nets and discovered what this wonderful game is all about. A red spherical object to be hurled down 21 yards (or 19.2024 m for our European friends) and for the person on the receiving end to hit it as far as possible. The further the red thing is hit the more times the hitter can run between the sticks placed at each end of the pitch. Easy, really. Yes, well .... One or two of the 2nd XI did struggle to hit the ball

cleanly and yet others discovered that the art of hurling (don’t you mean bowling? Ed) the ball is more complicated than at first imagined. As far as the fielding was concerned, it became apparent that more time should have been spent on learning the art of how to use hands to stop the ball and not feet - or nothing at all! Before the first match of the season the selection committee met on a wet Friday afternoon to face a huge quandary, but thankfully its owner was called and took it away, never to darken the 2nd XI selection committee again. Who was to be called upon to face the challenge of 2nd XI cricket? With 11 players available, the task became devastatingly simple and it did not take the Little Coach long to realise that all of them (including a Frenchman!) had to play - his head had to be held in his hands as reality sank in. The captain was chosen by a long-held Belhaven 2nd XI tradition, viz.: the first person to raise his hand to volunteer. The winner for 2008? It could be none other than that mini tornado of a boy - Mungo Kilgour. His side kick (should that not be vice captain? Ed) Geordie Gladwin, was chosen to add weight to the management team - and everybody was glad about that. (Groan. Ed) And so to the season itself. Well, the 2nds lost more than they won, but they more than made up for it in enthusisam. The first win was during a forced stay in Little France by the Little Coach and on returning he really could not believe

what he was hearing! A victory? Who were they playing? And was it cricket? Sadly Luckily only one match was cancelled owing to rain, the rest of the days were balmy summer weather - and the cricket was occasionally barmy as well. The best match of the season was undoubtedly the Mowden match during which, having been put in to bat, the 2nd XI scored a massive 131. That quite a few were scored by a certain W. Ides is neither here nor there. It was one of those games which hinged on a particular event - though what that event was I’m not sure. Suffice to say that after a very shaky opening bowling attack Mowden rather did themselves in by taking mad runs that elicited their running themselves out! How better to give the flavour of that last match but to copy and paste the last few paragraphs from the match report? (Can’t think of any reason why not! Ed) Mowden’s no 6 was quite useful and was shoring up their innings. It certainly looked at this stage that the game was over - especially with the bowling being a tad wayward! And then one of those inexplicable things happened that triggered off a whole new series of events. Lachlan had allowed a previous ball to go past him and the Cap had moved him into a slightly less risky position. As is the way of things the batsman hit one straight to Lachlan again. Lachlan knelt before the ball arrived (presumably praying it wasn’t really coming towards him? Ed) and it bounced off his knee (another bruise to add to his collection. Ed). Scrambling about the ground in search of it he found it, picked it up and hurled it in the rough direction of a set of stumps. This time it was unerringly accurate and the bails flew off while the batsman was still half way through his second run. That’ll teach them to mess with Lachlan. And what a wicket to take! With the score on 122 and 4 wickets and lots of time remaining, the match became tenser still. Mowden began to panic, even though there were only 6 runs to win and daft running decisions were made. Jimmy G looped the ball deliciously slowly, the batsman swung, missed and departed: Rory ran another batsman out, somebody else ran yet another one out and the score teetered at 126 for 9. Could this be happening? Could the Super Seconds live up to their name? Could this article finish? (Please? Ed) Cap Mung took the huge responsibility of bowling what was to be the last over. 5 dot balls and then an unplayable delivery that rattled the middle stump and knocked the bails off. The ground became quite still until the realisation of victory hit home. Unbelievable scenes as

the 2nd XI quietly walked off the field to the delighted supporters who had been waiting for this moment all season. They have had to put up with wet weather, wind and odd cricket - but was it it was worth it. On that high note all that remains for me to do is lock away the Team box, insert more lead in the home batting bails, type a few nice things about the characters that have made up this incredible Team and look forward to another Season of Super Seconds Cricket in 2009.

The Characters (They certainly are.


Mungo Kilgour (Cap Mung) - a

diminutive player (somewhat like little coach) who had great depth. Struggled a little to find the strength to clout the ball but will become a steady batsman in time. Bowling got better and better. Captained the Team well and was excellent when executive decisions had to be taken such as who was going to clean the team box for next week. Onwards to his next school and more cricket, hopefully.

Geordie Gladwin (The Brewer) what strength, what agility, what what? The cow-shot corner man who could always be relied upon to swat the red pill mightily. Fielding became better through the season and his bowling, when he got line and length sorted, was quick and devastating. Just realised he’ll be back next year - terrific news! Rufus Harper Gow (The Red) The Rock of the Team but lacked self confidence. Could really hit that ball and scored a few sixes in the season. Got into the swing of things with his bowling, which was mighty fast and on the whole accurate. Tended to switch off in the field but this player has potential. He’ll be back! Edward Wauton (Eric) - The youngster of the side but nonetheless an exciting cricketer - one didn’t know what he was going to do next! He was fantastically keen in the nets and wanted to learn all about the game and its finer points. Brought to the Team that sense of pride and happiness that is so important in a cricket team. Bowling was shocking at the start of season but by the end he was taking wickets galore with his inimitable quirky style of bowling. Batting needs a bit more practice! He’ll also be back next season - thank goodness!

James Gladstone (JimmyG) - Just loved to swipe the ball; anywhere and anyhow. Most of the time succeeded and had a ball all season (never let anyone play with it either!) Conjured up enough courage to bowl regularly, even though his delivery style was interesting - probably why he got wickets as the batsmen couldn’t quite believe that the ball would reach them. It often did and with devastating results. He is a superb 2nd XI member and will no doubt continue his progress in similar teams at his senior school. He shall be missed! Jake Hoyer Millar (JakeyBoy) really keen to improve his batting and on the whole succeeded. Such dedication to learning a couple of batting techniques in the nets was second to none. Translating this onto the square was a slight problem but he stuck at it and made a few runs. Great photographer and many of the pictures adorning match reports are his work. Don’t know what I’ll do without him next year - but, yes - he’ll be back as well. Cracking! Lochy de Klee (Lochy!) - A lochanic laconic player who is mightily keen and has progressed well. Still determined to get the forward defensive stroke sorted out and is a keen admirer of the ‘punch’ shot - but he’s not quite got the hang of it. He will by next season though and we will be able to see him in action once again. Can’t wait. Jean de Bodinat (deFrenchy) - an advocat advocate of French cricket, he soon got used to the British version and when he realised that you are not allowed to bend your arm when delivering a bowl, he could chuck the ball down very swiftly. Batting was interesting and when he connected that ball would stay hit! Hopefully he will set up a cricket club on the 2nd XI lines in France where I wish him best of luck persuading the natives that it is a terrific game! Bon chance. Rory Barnes (Barnsey) - a good cricketer. So what was he doing in this team? Giving us all hope and backbone and laughs. Was stolen occasionally by the 1st XI but always returned to the fold where we had to de-coach him and get him back into old habits. A good bowler, batsman and fielder - what more can I say? Lachlan Ferrand (Lak) - what Lak lacked in size he made up for in keenness, determination and bravery. Who can forget how many times he has been hit by fast bowlers (and with the


ball as well)? He would like to! Batting came on nicely, though he often got himself into dangerous positions by preceeding each shot with kneeling on one knee before the ball arrived - thus putting his head at the same level as the approaching ball and ... Suffice to say Lak survived the season, is still keen and will no doubt appear in the 2nd XI

A rare picture of Little Coach - my, how those stumps seem to grow!

Cap Mung making contact


scorebook next season.

Charlie Clough (Chuff) - another laconic player and photographer. Mostly batting down the order he had time to develop his photography skills and some pictures are beauts! Got his defensive strokes down to a fine art and by the end

I’m about to turn right, OK?

Slasher JimmyG in action

of season he was staying in long enough to score a few runs. Bowling took a little bit of time to develop but he was great to bring on as his action (it has to be seen to be believed!) completely bamboozled the batsmen. Just what a team needs. And he’ll also be back. Little Coach

2nd XI cricket is always better fun with three batsmen at a time!

Sketch by our resident artist portraying the memorable time the home pitch seemed to have disappeared

Swimming Report


nce again, the wonderful outdoor swimming facility we are privileged to have here at Belhaven Hill provided ample opportunity for a relaxing dip at the end of a gruelling rounders session or some hard work on the athletics track. Curriculum swimming was again limited to when the weather allowed it and the typically patchy Scottish “summer” again played its part in the limited development of our best swimmers.

The swimming gala provided what might best be described as “agricultural” technique amongst our average swimmers but there were also some very capable athletes who came to the fore in the competition. No records were broken this year but in the junior competition that splendidly willing and determined Emilia White won the breast stroke, back stroke and medley whilst Mercedes Bannister just beat her to the finish in front crawl.

In the middles competition a battle between Tosca Tindall and George Innes Ker saw Tosca victorious ahead of George in breast stroke and back stroke. She also won the medley ahead of Saskia Weir whilst George swam impressively to win the front crawl ahead of Charlie

Riley. At senior level a very distinct female domination provided wins for Lucy Coleman in breast stroke with Vanessa Riley second. The girls swapped places in front crawl. Vanessa was 2nd in the two other events to the outstanding swimmer of the day and the rightful winner of the swimming cup the powerful Sophie Robertson who swam brilliantly to win the back stroke and the medley. A keenly contested diving cup saw some very accomplished diving from

Abigail Pooley and Vanessa Riley but the most consistent diver on the day was Ella Coleman who retained her title from 2007. The patrol swimming relay was won by Badgers with the remarkably “agricultural” style of swimming I described earlier. Maybe the member of staff in charge of that patrol had been giving them lessons! Mr.H.


More Belhaven Life Merchiston Swimming Gala


nother victory as the girls return home for the second year in a row

with the Freestyle Relay Plate! The strong team was made up of six enthusiastic girls, Nessie Riley, Sophie Robertson, Grace Plowden, Iona Ralph, Tosca Tindall and Saskia Weir. These girls were prepared to train in all weather conditions in the lead up to the gala and their efforts certainly paid off with Belhaven coming first and second in the majority of the races that they swam. The whistle blew for the first 50m individual freestyle and Nessie plunged into the pool. A fast start, neat turn and skilled stroke put her first at the finish, almost 1/2 a length in front of the other teams! An excellent start to the Gala. All of the girls prepared themselves for the Cannon Relay which lived up to its name! Excellent team work, support and super swimming put us a close second behind Craigclowan. Saskia and Tosca made their debuts and proved themselves powerful assests to the team - watch out for their return next year!


The result was in the same in the Medley Relay. Grace began with a length of backstroke, followed by Sophie swimming butterfly, Iona breaststroke and Nessie finishing with freestyle. A very good effort overall.

Iona, Grace, Nessie and Sophie swam individual 50m races of Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly respectively gaining enough points to be put through to the final of the 2 relays.

The last race of the afternoon competed for the Ian Lemmon Relay Plate. The girls poised ready to dive on the side, the whistle blew and the race was on. Sophie, Iona, Grace and Nessie put every ounce of their remaining energy into their swim and came first! Well done all of you! I am really proud of you and look forward to taking part again next year. Miss Cowan

Marathon Effort For Yorkhill Childrens’ Hospital


fter four and a half months of training I ran my second Edinburgh Marathon last Sunday. Two years ago Shem Banbury and I raised money for The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and I promised then that I would run it again to raise money for Yorkhill Childrens’ Hospital, Glasgow. I struggled two years ago but Shembo was determined to get me round with constant encouragement. Bearing this in mind, I asked for volunteers to do the relay version alongside me in case I needed the same support and what an astute foresight this proved to be! I could not have asked for a better team to run with though mention needs to go to Peeky who trained hard to be ready but had to drop out due to an untimely bout of ill health. Michel Rullier, a talented athlete and the most able runner on the staff (for now), ran the first eight mile section and proved a very accurate pace setter. He said his farewell to me in Musselburgh and went of for a giant cooked breakfast! Tessa Coleman’s husband John took over and I must say he was very polite about being given the least picturesque section of the route. “Can’t remember

Adventures in Antarctica


n June last year I had the pleasure of talking to some of the children at Belhaven Hill and showing slides about life and work in Antarctica assisting scientific research. Relating my experiences to the School was so well received that a short reminder of the adventure is called for.

My hobby of amateur radio was the gateway to an adventure in Antarctica – a place that held an attraction for me ever since seeing news reports of the first crossing of the continent by the British

selling a house around here” I think he We crossed the line in a line and the muttered in a rather sarcastic manner! feeling of relief and pride was quite John too helped me maintain my target overwhelming. pace and he handed “the baton” (an Your donations allowed us to raise ankle strap with microchip) to Naomi £8000.00 for the cardiology intensive Farrell in Cockenzie. With one stride care unit in Yorkhill Hospital. I can not to every two of mine Naomi resembled thank you enough for your generosity. a young deer bounding along with So typical of people associated with effortless grace and enthusiasm. She is Belhaven Hill. a real threat to Monseiur’s status as the I would also like to say special thanks most able runner on the staff. I started to Tess, John, Michel and Naomi for all to feel the pace going through the dusty their hard work in training for the day and roads of Gosford House. We looked their superb support and encouragement forward to having the breeze on our during the 3 hours 50 minutes it took us backs but inevitably the sun came out to complete the route. and the breeze dropped. Naomi handed It’s hard to explain but I actually really the ankle chip to Tessa Coleman and then decided she too would like to run enjoyed this very special experience! the final five on top of her eight miles Liam Harvey 30.05.08 with Tess and me. This meant I had two lucozade carriers as opposed to one which proved very necessary! Tess had been concerned that her pace would not be quick enough. Not only did she tow me along, she talked the whole way! Monsieur, still chewing his bacon sandwich, joined us to run in from 24 miles but sadly, John was still familiarising himself with Prestonpans real Naomi Farrell, Michel Rullière, Liam Harvey estate. Tess Coleman, John Coleman

Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1958. The adventure came through surviving that most extreme of environments, while working in a small team to explore

Ron at the teleprinter

a land ice-locked for millions of years. I joined the British Antarctic Survey as a wireless operator in 1969 and disregarding the dangers I had heard of, I sailed south for 8,000 miles to work on the frozen continent. Our team of 14 men lived in wooden huts heated by anthracite stoves. Steel hawsers and concrete block anchors kept the huts tied down in the frequent 120-knot katabatic winds. They may have been stronger, but the anemometer scale stopped at 120. Antarctica is a place of climatic extremes – and dangers to life. Wind speeds of 200 knots (230 m.p.h.) have


Expedition camp

been measured and the world’s lowest recorded temperature of minus 90 degrees Celsius occurred at the Russian base. Check the Guinness Book of Records. Not always frozen, Antarctica was, 400 million years ago, the centre of that tropical supercontinent, Pangea. The prehistoric forests of that time are what made today’s continent so rich in fossil fuels. Fortunately, for the sake of the preservation of such a pristine landscape, most of that fossil fuel is safe beneath the polar plateau ice sheet almost three miles thick.

Sedimentary rocks - Alexander Island

It is surveying, exploration, and scientific study that have revealed the history of Antarctica. Sciences studied include geology, geophysics, biology of the flora and fauna, meteorology, and atmospherics are but a very few. The southern hemisphere’s ozone layer hole was discovered over Antarctica in 1985. Studies have advanced rapidly with the support of technology – airborne radar

measures ice-sheet thickness, satellite photography brings images from central Antarctica where man has never been, and of course radio keeps today’s explorer in touch with the outside world. One change in recent years is the transfer of motive power from husky dogs to diesel powered tractors. I was lucky enough to be there before dogs and sledges ceased to be a part of Antarctic life. On four occasions I travelled on rock collecting excursions

Young Huskey on survey

and snow accumulation surveys lasting up to four weeks each. With 18 huskies, two sledges, one tent and two colleagues, we moved across uncharted territory to conduct the work. Camping each night in the double-skinned pyramid tent, we took turns at cooking up the very basic, tasteless but nutritious dried food. Water for another cup of tea? Scoop the pan into the snow outside. Then after feeding the dogs anchored outside, we each buried ourselves in very thick sleeping bags to keep out the minus 40 degree weather conditions. Be careful with the hair though. We often found ourselves in the morning frozen to the inner wall of the tent.

Ron’s beard iced up

Preparing to break camp


It was a strange feeling to be so isolated Remote and alone, hundreds of miles from any assistance. But then that was part of the adventure. One of the strangest conditions that impressed me most in that frozen land, impossible to convey, was the absolute silence, not a sound to be heard. Except one day I

Ron on sledge on the NE glacier

heard a faint regular beat – I was listening to my own pulse. I’m sure you can tell, Antarctica was a profound experience for me and I can talk for ever and a day about it. However, as always, space constraints apply, so the tales of washing windows with gin, DIY surgical operations, emergencies of broken legs, and the excitement of crevasse rescues will have to be kept on ice for now.

Urgent tent repairs

Finally, I’m often asked would I do it again. Yes, I would, but it’s a young person’s adventure. Nowadays though, there are the tourist ship options for those preferring the comfortable method of adventure. I often think the spirit of adventure has declined in young people, but there are still areas of the world where adventurous opportunities can be found. Antarctica is still one of those areas largely unexplored and it would be nice to think that one day a Belhaven Hill pupil, as a result of my talk, was helping to advance the knowledge of Antarctica. It wouldn’t be the first time someone has followed in my footsteps to adventure in the frozen desert. Ron Smith G3SVW/VP8LK Ex-British Antarctic Survey

Letter from the Prospective Headmaster

Dear Parents, I am delighted to have this opportunity to write and introduce myself and my wife, Sandy, prior to visiting Belhaven this coming October and meeting some of you personally. It goes without saying that we are both honoured and excited by the

prospect of taking over the reins at Belhaven. It affords us a wonderful opportunity to continue to build on the sound foundations of what is already a thriving preparatory school – with the emphasis on traditional boarding, sadly, something of a rarity these days! Belhaven encompasses all that Sandy and I could wish for – a school where the wellbeing and happiness of the children is of paramount importance and where they are taught by staff who are not only passionate about their subject but who have their pupils’ interests at heart. Such components are essential for a successful and happy environment, not least in allowing the children to be exactly that, children. My own background has been one steeped in boarding Prep Schools. After 17 years at Caldicott Prep. School in Buckinghamshire, where I ended up as Deputy Headmaster to Mike Spens - now the Headmaster at Fettes and a Governor at Belhaven - I was fortunate,

in 1998, to be appointed Headmaster at Beeston Hall, a full-boarding Prep School in North Norfolk. Here Sandy and I have spent the last ten, happy years developing the school while retaining a full-boarding ethos. We have three daughters; Lauren, newly graduated from Newcastle University having read Ancient History, Alycia, reading Latin and Ancient History at Edinburgh and Sophia, who has just completed her GCSEs at Oundle School. Although September 2009 may seem a long way off, we are already making plans to visit Belhaven as often as is feasible over the next three terms, and we look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible in the forthcoming months. Yours sincerely, Innes MacAskill.

Surf’s up

Rory Barnes


Max Barnes

Mungo Kilgour


Mastermind 2008

Standing: Kneeling: Finalists

Special Suject


Beth Fletcher Emily Gladstone Rachel Gladstone Dhileas Heywood Claire Joicey Grace Plowden

David Attenborough The Norman Conquest ‘The Windsinger’ The Guppy Katherine Jenkins Anita Roddick

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Rachel with the Coveted Trophy


The Mastermind Finalists Mr Osborne (Question Master), Grace Plowden, Rachel Gladstone, Mrs Harper (Chairman of Governors), Dhileas Heywood, Emily Gladstone Beth Fletcher, Claire Joicey

Mrs Harper presenting Rachel Gladstone with the 2008 Mastermind Trophy

Disco Night

Pease Bay



Standing: Kneeling:

Vanessa Riley, Morgen Thomson, Daisy Greville Williams, Trea Willoughby, Victoria Erskine, Katie Gale (coach) Sophie Gordon Cumming, Ella Coleman, Lucy Coleman (holding Kilgraton Trophy), Leonora Campbell, Emily Gladstone Lucy Coleman receiving the Kilgraston Trophy on behalf of the victorious 1st Rounders team

1st Team


play for once. In fact it was so hot, the team returned with lovely sun-kissed faces (sunburn!). They also returned with medals and the trophy they had taken up with them. Having had no school matches, these games were certainly going to test their abilities as a team. Beating the home side, Kilgraston in the first match, the girls also won against Riley. A more difficult match against St Mary’s ended in another victory for Belhaven and together with a final win over Ardvreck Belhaven had won all their games and a place in the final to play Fettes. Playing Fettes in the final was a tense

talented and determined group of girls made the 1st team this year. Lucy and Ella were a tremendous pair – non hitters were immediately stumped out by Lucy at first post. Certainly not a pair or throw to get in the way of! Leonora made an excellent bowler, varying the speeds and styles of her bowls, as well as covering second post if Sophie was deep fielding. Sophie and Emily played off their posts at second and third, and proved to be accurate not only when stumping bases but they also made many excellent catches. Victoria and Katya took turns at playing first deep, whilst very able throwers, all with a good eye Lucy Coleman in full flowing action for catching, Ness, Daisy and Trea made up the deep fielders. match for both the team, spectators Their first few matches were rained off – it seemed to want to rain every Wednesday! Finally heading up to the Kilgraston Tournament, rain didn’t stop


and coach! Stumping the non hitters at first post, Ella and Lucy worked well together. Fettes had some srong batters and our fielders soon adapted to this.

With our batting innings, we managed half rounders and rounders from Ness, Daisy, Lucy and Emily added to the score to finish very closely winning 6 – 4 1/2 . A delighted team collected their medals and the trophy for the second time in two years. (2007 was cancelled) 8 of this team were selected to play for the Dandylions teams, with Ella, Lucy, Leonora, Ness and Daisy playing for the A team only just losing the match. Emily G captained the B team along with Trea and Katya and they comfortably won their match. The next set of matches were all played at home on lovely warm sunny afternoons. Glenalmond U14’s was a close game and despite being an older team, the girls played exceptionally well. Catching and stumping out the first 3 players in a row (including one old girl) Belhaven kept their fielding tight and the Glenalmond team were out in just 5 mins 30sec – amazing to watch. This first victory was soon followed by another against Riley. With just one innings of 30 balls the girls could not allow for mistakes. With a score of 2 ½

to beat, the girls did not start off their batting too well. Lucy, Ella and Trea were all caught out so it was down to the rest of the team to score and they did, winning the match.

The next matches were during exam week and a tired group of girls were still determined to do their best. Playing against St Mary’s first was going to be tough. Having already beaten them at the tournament they were sure that St

Mary’s would want to win this. Lucy was on form and likewise Sophie, scoring many of the rounders in the match to win the game. The match against Cargilfield that same afternoon started off as a low scoring game, with only 1 ½ rounders between the scores at half time. The girls needed to improve their batting and keep the fielding tight. They needn’t have worried – quick rounders at the start of the innings boosted their score and took them on to win the game. A 2 week break followed and the girls then travelled ‘abroad’ for their penultimate match against Longridge U14’s. Slightly apprehensive about playing an older side they played an impressive first innings. Scoring a total of 9 rounders in the first innings gave something for Longridge to aim for. Our fielding was equally impressive. After the nerves had settled, Longridge only managed to score 1 rounder and the side were out in just 5 mins. The second innings was not so good – but Emily and Sophie made some great catches and the fielding remained tight. The final match of the term against Ardvreck was unfortunately cancelled due to the lovely Scottish Summer weather – or were they just scared to play us!? Well done girls – a truly amazing season for you and what a wonderfully talented team. All of you played an important part and scored or fielded



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The rest of the 1st team – let’s aim for a repeat of this next year. Well done – I’m really proud of you. KG

Glenalmond U14

St. Mary’s





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well – improving all the time. Lucy and Ella I would like to think that you will be playing for Scotland U14 next year at Strathallan and Sophie, Victoria, Squeaky and Emily – keep playing!







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Cargilfield Longridge


2nd Team


his term every senior girl has played at least one Rounders match. A core group of girls stayed in their positions, whilst others tried out to see where they wanted to play.

Emily made a fantastic bowler and with Franny and Claire at backstop and first post, they were keen to follow on in the same way as Ella and Lucy, stumping out many players at first post. Grace and Kitty were quick and accurate on their posts, good catching and fielding

Under 11 Rounders


made the two of them a great pair. Deep fielders, Connie, Sophie and Beth all improved their thowing over the term and also proved to be good at batting. Dhileas, Claudia, Iona and Morgen also played in the team, making good bowlers and post players. Determined to follow in the footsteps of the 1st team, this great set of girls also won their matches this term, some only winning by ½ rounder! Great spirit, enthusiasm and enjoyment the girls looked forward to their matches and adapted well to new positions and the various oppositions.

Training alongside the 1st team, they have been constantly testing their fielding, which has been super for them. If they caught out Lucy or Ness or any other ‘big hitter’, the 2nds were so pleased and although a few grumbles about playing against the stronger team, it has certainly developed their skills and every member of the team has improved tremendously. Well done girls – very encouraging results for next year! KG

Remembered for: Being deadly at 1st by stumping the most people out

Position; 1st Deep Remembered for: Being suicidal with her running but making it pay off against Loretto

ith rain affecting the beginning of the season our first match Bea Begg against Fettes was cancelled and we Position: 4th Post had not had the opportunity to have Remembered for: Putting the many intensive coaching sessions batsman under pressure in her cheeky before our first match.

After a lot of consideration and trials the positions were just about set in stone for our first encounter of the season against Loretto although we were all feeling a little apprehensive. However, with the ever faithful parental support the girls kept their heads and battled hard against Loretto to get us off to a winning start. Fielding and batting practices followed and match by match each and every girl improved in all areas of the game. Our only downpoint of the season was our match against Craigclowan who put an end to our winning streak but I am sure that with the improvement they have all made throughout this season and the quality they have as individual players, they will get their own back on Craigclowan next year and hopefully get a match against Ardvreck (another one lost to rain)! I thoroughly enjoyed coaching this group of girls because, like me, they loved the feeling of victory but understood the hard work, determination and enjoyment needed to achieve it.

Rose Greville Williams

(captain) Position: Bowler/2nd Deep Remembered for: Her quick fielding to 1st post and of course left-handed hitting



captain) Position: 1st Post



catching posistion and catching well under pressure to stop rounders

Olivia Dobson Position: Backstop Remembered for: Her accurate throws to first post and awareness of play around the field to stump out any dawdlers

Olivia Erskine Position: 1st Deep Remembered for: Her cool, calm and collected fielding to second post

Alny Findlay

Hattie Harley Position: 2nd Post Remembered for: Her stoic one handed catching against Craigclowan and Aberlour

Madeline Heywood Position: 3rd Deep Remembered for: Her quickness of fielding and accurate throws to the posts

Olivia Hope Position: 3rd Post Remembered for: Not running away from the ball by the end of the season but catching with confidence and a smile!

Tora Joicey Position: 3rd Post Remembered for: Catching the most people out

Tosca Tindall Position 3rd Deep Remembered for: cheeky back-handed along the backline

Her hits

Saskia Weir Position: Bowler/ 2nd Deep Remembered for: Her huge hitting over the heads of the fielding side and winning the Rounders Cup for her impressive performances with the bat and ball Tory Hughes



espite some erratic weather there has been much activity on the tennis courts, both the two immaculate grass ones, which have never looked greener, and the four on the Astroturf. Mr. Darbyshire has conducted lessons on a Wednesday afternoon and the overall standard has been high.

We again hosted a Mixed Doubles Tournament on a Sunday in May. Ardvreck, Belhaven, Craigclowan and Mowden Hall entered four couples each. The emphasis was on fun and maximum participation

rather than fierce competition. After group matches the 1st and 2nd pairs advanced to the quarter-finals of the main competition and the 3rd and 4th pairs to the plate. Two of the Belhaven pairs made it into the main competition. Unfortunately they then played each other. Ella Coleman and Jamie Kelly won through and went on to lose in the final. Meanwhile Emily Gladstone and James Cochrane were convincing winners of the plate. In the school competitions each of the singles finals lasted two hours and went to three sets. (Shades of Federer and Nadal six days later.) In epic, exhausting encounters, both Jamie Kelly and Lucy Coleman came back from a set down to defeat Rafe Seymour and Emily Gladstone. The Girls’ Doubles final, in which Leonora Campbell and Vanessa Riley beat Ella and Lucy Coleman, was a particularly good match with lots of fine hitting from the base line. Leonora also won the Mixed Doubles with Rafe; and Jamie and James Cochrane vanquished

Peter and Tom Dalrymple in the Boys’ Doubles. Tom Stodart and Rose Greville Williams were the leading juniors. For once the leavers’ family tournament on the final Sunday of term was played in sunshine rather than rain. The Seymours, Baynes and Colemans, for whom an energetic and ultimately rather exhausted father partnered both his daughters, featured strongly but the final was a Campbell family affair. Emily Gladstone and her partner Ferdy prevailed over Leonora and Mr. Hardie in a tie-break 9 points to 7. IMO


Table Tennis Junior Table Tennis Competition


ixteen children entered this year’s junior competition (Why no girls?) which meant that it was played as a straight elimination contest. The standard was very high and there were a number of very exciting games played. The first round did see some rather one-sided matches but they were all played with good spirit. The second round was a much closer affair in most instances and certainly forced all the players to work hard for their points.

Tom S, Caspar, George I-K and Freddy R all made it through to the semi-finals which proved to be a very close thing. In the first of these, Tom eventually managed to beat Caspar 2 – 1 and George I-K succumbed to Freddy. The final match was then between Freddy and Tom. Freddy took a while to get going and Tom won the first game quite easily (11 – 2). The second game saw a total turn-around as Freddy started to play some good tennis. Tom started to make a few unforced errors and this allowed Freddy to win the game 11 -7. The third game was also very close but Tom’s serve was too strong and he won it 11 -7. This meant that Freddy

had to win the fourth game in order to force a tie-break and give himself a chance. Unfortunately Freddy seemed to struggle with the pressure and Tom raced ahead to a 10 – 1 lead. Although Freddy fought hard, winning a few points in a row, it was too little too late and Tom closed out the game, winning it 11 – 3 which meant that he won the match 3 – 1. Well done Tom for winning the competition and well done to all of you who entered. Next year I expect to see a number of girls entering, so get practising! WT

Golf The golf season began with a real treat – a competition organised by the Duke of Roxburghe at the Roxburghe golf course. The format was father and son foursomes, and there was plenty of good golf played despite the difficult, and very damp, conditions. Mr Harvey had an excellent game with the Duke himself, while some of the other groups were making the golf course seem very difficult indeed. The eventual winners were Rafe Seymour, who played superbly all the way round, and particularly from the bunkers his partner put him in on most holes, and Mr Pinchin. After such a magnificent experience came the annual Ryder Cup competition held at one of Mr Harvey’s home courses, Coldstream Golf Club. Again, the weather was unkind to us, although we


started in sunshine, and it was testament to the boys involved that they stuck at the ten holes. Team captains Mr Harvey (Scotland), Mr Townshend (South Africa) and Mr Pinchin (England) were this year split up amid fears that their fierce rivalry would become too intense, Mr Osborne had come along to ensure that Mr Harvey behaved himself, and the children were divided into three teams. Part of this competition is the golf cup for the best individual score and this was tied between Mungo Kilgour and George Innes Ker, both of whom played very well to score 21 ‘stableford’ points over the twelve holes. A play-off was necessary at Winterfield to decide the winner, and George Innes Ker emerged triumphant.

The Ryder Cup result was in doubt until the final group, and the scorers were under scrutiny right to the last, particularly given that many of the cards had disintegrated in the rain and scores had been memorised. Warmed by chips and the clubhouse heating, the result was announced – South Africa had, unsurprisingly, finished third, despite an unusually good round from Mr Townshend, England second and Scotland, whose captain had organised the draw, first. More importantly, perhaps, for the second year in succession the boys showed real staying power in completing a round of golf in, at times, really unpleasant weather. JP

Athletics 2008 Athletics


nce again, in P.E and Games lessons form 4, 3, 2 and 1 pupils all set about trying to improve their own standards in each event from summer 2007 whilst form 5 set their standards in track and field for the first time. Form 5 pupils will hopefully gain inspiration from Emily Gladstone in form 1 who matched Kirsty Landale’s formidable achievement of improving her personal bests in each event annually from form 5 through to form 1 without exception. She also broke Amber Graham Watson’s senior girls’ 1500m record with a time of 5min.36secs. As she closed in on the record the loudest encouragement was heard from some of her male competitors who trailed her by about 20m coming down the final straight! Emily was appropriately awarded the Peile Cup for sporting endeavour to mark her determined progress.

38 pupils bettered all their previous year’s standards and 24 bettered all except one standard in 2008. These pupils amassed 100 points for their Sports Day patrol totals. This is a significant proportion of the points allocation on offer on Sports Day and by the nature of the process allows all pupils to contribute to their patrol’s athletics total, not just the elite athletes!

Jemima who is the first ever girl Junior Champion. The middle girls’ competition was equally fierce between a fantastic runner in Rosabel Kilgour and a very capable jumper and thrower in Hattie Harley. I said in my report last year that, having just missed out on the Junior Champion title to Ollie Farr, Rosabel had a look in her eye as if to say things would be put right next year. Sure enough, a year young, this fine young athlete just edged out Hattie to the title, again with the same total but with more wins. Credit should go to Rose Greville Williams for breaking the middle girls 1500m record with an outstanding time of 5 min 51 secs. Olivia Dobson followed in her brothers footsteps at last year’s Sports Day by setting a new middle girls’ 100m record in a time of 14.7s. The middle boys’ competition was also hotly contested. There are some exceptional athletes in form 3 and the standard of running, jumping and throwing was impressive. George Cuthbert was the best all-round athlete and he deservedly became champion with the brave and determined Andrew Watson finishing runner up. Mention should go to Kit Gordon Cumming from form 4 for coming 4th in this competition.

gained as much pleasure from her sister’s win as her sister did! The senior boys’ victor ludorum was won by a very capable and brave allround athlete in James Cochrane. His outstanding middle distance running was accompanied by some success in the jumps and sprints. This very determined young man was pursued by two talented athletes, one a sprinter (Mungo Kilgour and one a distance runner (Rafe Seymour). Mungo was runner up on the day with one more 1st place than Rafe. All three boys deserve great credit for their first class attitude to the athletics programme throughout the term.

Sports Day


ports Day was blessed with sunshine and all who attended witnessed a feast of athletics provided by the pupils from each year group.

In the junior competition as was the case last year there was a battle royal for champion between Jemima Black and Jamie Farr. Both ended up with the same number of points but Jemima pipped Jamie for the trophy by including three first places in her personal totals to Jamie’s two. Congratulations to

The senior girls’ competition was always going to offer the two outstanding games players in Lucy and Ella Coleman the chance to shine in track and field. During P.E. and Games lessons the competition between these two had seen success ebb and flow from one to the other. Both girls pushed each other to new standards and on Sports Day the slightly stronger of these ever chirpy but fiercely competitive two, Lucy, prevailed. Her performances saw her win all six of her events which is a clear illustration of her competitive instinct. Ella, as always, was gracious as runner up and probably

IAPS Athletics Championships


he sports department at Fettes deserve mention for going ahead with this meeting despite heavy thunder storms interspersed with sunshine throughout the morning.

We always try to support this event by entering a large squad and this year was no exception. We took 44 pupils and they acquitted themselves superbly well.


Jemima Black and Emilia White were two outstanding performers at Fettes. Jemima won the 75m and smashed the under 10 championship record in her heat with a time of 12.4s. Emilia won both her events the 150m and high jump. With Bibi Cuthbert and Rosie Barnes the girls came 2nd in the 4x100m relay. Our form 4 pupils were collectively our most successful group. There were wins for Amelia Cookson, Rosabel Kilgour and Rose Greville Williams in the 80m, 150m, and 600m respectively. Sophie Benson joined these three for the 4x100m relay and with superb baton changes the girls won this event by quite some margin. Brilliant! Form 4 boys do not like to be over shadowed by their female contemporaries


and Ollie Farr ran superbly to win the 600m. There were 2nds for Will Plowden (80m), Kit Gordon Cumming (150m) and Geordie Younger (long jump). These four also won the 4x100m relay and in a record breaking time of 62.2s! Their winning margin was close and again their success was down to all their hard baton change practice. Well done all you form 4 athletes! At under 12 level George Cuthbert won the long jump and was 2nd in the 80m. Dougal Forsyth was 2nd in high jump only because he took more attempts to clear the final height. Olivia Dobson was 2nd in the girls’ 80m and with Hattie Harley, Bea Begg and Tosca Tindall the girls nearly won the 4x100m relay but they dropped the baton at the final change over whilst

15m ahead of their nearest rivals. They were awarded 2nd but saved their fastest sprinting of the year to get away from their relay coach when they saw the look in my eye after the finish!! Under 13 boys’ competition saw our thoroughbred runner, Rufus Harper Gow take 1st and 2nd in the 100m and 200m. Peter Dalrymple won the discus and Tom Galbraith was 2nd in shot. In the girls’ competition Trea Willoughby was 2nd in both the 200m and discus and Ness Riley, having led the whole way, was over taken on the line in the 800m which condemned her to a cruel 2nd. Have a glance over your shoulder at 50m out or run on the shoulder of your rival next year Ness! Pay back time! Our under 14 girls produced a 1st= for Emily Gladstone in the triple jump and 2nds for Leonora Campbell, Ella Coleman and Beth Fletcher in the 75m hurdles, 200m and shot respectively. The boys, for once, outshone their female year mates with Alexander Swanson winning the shot and coming 2nd in discus. Mungo Kilgour won the triple jump and there were 2nds for Adam Baynes (75m hurdles and high jump), Jamie Kelly (100m), Max Barnes (400m), and James Cochrane (800m). Every athlete did the school proud with their effort and commitment at what is a rather tiring time of year. Thank you to all who attended the championships. Mr. H.

Headmaster’s Speech: Belhaven Hill Sports’ Day


adies and Gentlemen, if one forgets the odd year when rain has caused the day, and the speeches, to be abandoned, this is the year when I come of age; this is my 21st Sports Day as Headmaster (and 36th in all). Next year’s speech is the easy one – you could probably write it for me and I dare say some of you will. Indeed I have reason to believe that Jake Scott already has. It is harder to know where to start the penultimate one.

First perhaps by congratulating Innes MacAskill on his appointment to succeed me in September 2009. He is a lucky man indeed and the school is fortunate to have found someone so highly regarded and experienced. Jenny Harper and the Governors could not have been more thorough and painstaking in the way that they conducted the selection process and they are to be commended and thanked for having taken so much time and trouble to find what many believe and all hope to be the right person. A second starting point is to resume where Angus Tulloch left off this time a year ago. If that is really what it is. It seems no time at all. There were many memorable features to Angus’s speech. One was his somewhat scurrilous story about Mr. Harvey on the rugby touch line. Sadly, I can vouch for its authenticity but happily I can concur with Angus in commending Liam for the ‘enthusiasm and determination that are an inspiration to us all’. Then there was his characteristic reference to his hero The Marquess of Montrose and the injunction to the leavers to ‘Go For It!’

I have little doubt that this year’s leavers will do just that. In comparison with those of last year they are small in number and size but, as we know, to be small is to be perfectly formed and what perfect forms this year’s leavers have composed over the last five years. Hardworking, gutsy and determined on the games field, conscientious, positive and helpful around the school, blessed with an abundance of high spirits and wideranging talents. For the first time ever at Belhaven the leavers have won the full complement of awards – one or more of an academic, music, art, sports and allrounder nature – and I am not sure that they have not won the highest number of awards per capita ever. (Not that many of them would know what per capita means.) Above all though they are a splendid bunch of great individuals, admirably supportive of one another, excellent company for us all, quite simply as nice a group of boys and girls as any of us could hope to meet. Well done, thank you, all of you, we are going to miss you something rotten. And then of course, as you will remember, Angus spoke of the dangers of irresponsible parent power and of the need for parents to think twice before making a special request or lodging a complaint. He even said that teachers are not infallible. I forget whom he was looking at at the time. Liam perhaps. I know it wasn’t me. It was very good of Angus to speak as he did and many schools have parents who would do well to listen but I have to say that we at Belhaven remain very fortunate. You may know the story of the passengers on two trains who were waiting on adjacent platforms at Liverpool Street station in London all set to start for the same destination. Suddenly and simultaneously the guards on each of the trains announced that the other would be leaving first. At once both trains emptied and their occupants met on the bridge connecting the platforms... From which they were able to enjoy a fine view of the two trains as they left together. As ever I am very grateful to you parents for choosing to board this particular educational express and for remaining supportive of it. The other people to whom we are all very grateful is the staff. I have spoken

already of those who have most made this day the happy occasion that it has been. Now I would like to make special mention of two ladies, first Naomi Farrell who joined us in September and who has quickly endeared herself to staff, pupils and parents and who is an excellent addition to a very strong teaching team. Next year Form 5 will have the record number of 24 and will be split for much of the time into two

parallel sets, one taught by Naomi and the other by the very wonderful Mrs. Parks. The other lady who has fulfilled my highest expectations this year has been Tory Hughes in her new position as Housemistress. The Houseparent’s role is the most unremitting and demanding of all and we are very lucky to have such a caring, hard-working, sensible and great Housemistress. Every time I visit the house I notice some new delightful touch or item of decoration. Small wonder that the house is so popular and that to meet just some of the demand that is out there we are planning to extend it yet again during the summer holidays. This really will be the final extension – at any rate during my headmastership. Talking of ladies, we are now, as you know, about to bid farewell to four who have done a huge amount for several generations of Belhaven pupils and parents. For the last five years Jenny Tod – and here I must choose my words carefully - has been a sensational and highly individual member of the staff. She has taught Art and English, Study Skills and Relaxation. She has supervised the gardeners and done a lot of their work herself. She has touched many people’s lives for the better, indeed she has transformed some, and above all she has turned the learning support department into one


of the best resourced, most professional, sympathetic and effective in the country. I wish sometimes that parents could sit in on staff meetings and see just how much time we spend discussing how best to help those children to whom learning does not come as easily as it might. Jenny leads these discussions, sees that we are all aware of the nature of individual problems, and coordinates strategies to alleviate them. She has not been here long enough to warrant a public presentation, and she does not want one. (Also I have not given up hope of persuading her to help out in some capacity at some stage over the next twelve months.) However, I think that it would be not inappropriate to give her a quick round of applause now. Again it seems only the other day that I was standing on the grass tennis courts on my initial Sports Day as Headmaster and announcing that for the first time we were to have a Director of Music. Ruth Owenson was there and though it was in fact twenty years ago I am sure that she remembers it well. When Ruth started at Belhaven the provision for Music was rudimentary. There was the odd battered piano about the place, a few instrumental lessons and little singing. Now, of course, we have the wonderful new Music School, a resuscitated Mansfield Music Competition, regular concerts and musicals and hundreds of instrumental lessons a week. Then yesterday, the icing on the cake, we learned that all 42 Associated Board Music Exams have been passed at Grades 1 to 6, 28 of them with distinction or merit. It is fair to say that no one could have striven harder than Ruth over these many years to raise the standard of music at Belhaven and with Mike Gale and her team of peripatetics she has achieved a huge amount in bringing it

Ruth Owenson


to where it is today. I am very grateful to Ruth for her loyalty and hard work and I will be making a presentation in a minute. But first there are the other two ladies, Mrs. Roddis and Mrs. Armstrong. One parent this week described them as “two dear dragons with kind hearts�. Well, that seems a bit harsh. On dragons, I mean. After all I have never actually witnessed either of them breathing fire. Nor do they have wings, though they do seem always to be there when there is an illness or an accident or a child needing comfort and attention.

Glenys Roddis

As I have written, Glenys is something of a legend and she has been a rock of reliability at the very heart of the school for thirteen years; sympathetic and sensible, ever calm, wonderfully unflappable in an emergency, able to distinguish between the genuinely sick and those who need slightly firmer handling (a quick kick up the backside, she would call it), above all a great source of comfort and reassurance to parents sending their children away to board, and to this Headmaster. For all thirteen years and for two before them, right back to the time

Jenny Armstrong

of dear Rosie Conran-Smith, Jenny Armstrong has been the most wonderful Deputy Senior Matron, one of the great unsung heroes of Belhaven. It may have something to do with her coming from Ireland but I have rarely met anyone so continually unassuming, cheerful, good-natured, willing and uncomplaining as Jenny. She has often worked beyond the call of duty. She stepped in immediately when four years ago Glenys was away on compassionate leave. She is always at hand when needed. Ladies such as Glenys and Jenny are hard indeed to find and we shall miss the two dragons very much but, happily, I have found very promising replacements for all those leaving at the end of term. Ladies and Gentlemen, you know how much you and your children owe to Mrs. Owenson, Mrs. Roddis and Mrs. Armstrong and you have demonstrated that in the staggering generosity with which you and past parents have contributed to their leaving presents. I invite all three to step forward now and receive them. Finally, it is a tradition of Belhaven Sports Days that we end with a few words from a long-suffering and longserving parent. For a second successive year the longest serving father is a former pupil. However, in contrast to Angus Tulloch, this year’s father is far too young to have been here with me as a boy. Which should at any rate eliminate the embarrassing reminiscences. James and Harriet Joicey have served ten years as parents, twice the time that James was here as a boy, and I am delighted that they have agreed to speak now.

Harriet and James Joicey’s Speech in reply to the Headmaster Harriet “I would just like to say a few words as a wife and a parent, whilst James decides what he is going to say ... “I owe an enormous amount to Belhaven, starting with the fact that James himself was a pupil here in the 1960’s. He in turn owes a huge amount to Mr Mason whose brilliant language teaching set James on the road to mastering all the major Western European languages. “Skip a few – well, quite a few – years and suddenly we find ourselves talking to Mr Osborne about William coming here in 1998…… and now it is 2008 and Claire, our youngest child, is leaving. “James and I have had the privilege to watch the school for the last ten years. We have made friends, we have met many people, and I can even say that we are not QUITE so frightened of the East Lothian ‘mafia’ as we were years ago. We have had literally hundreds of Belhaven parents, staff and children through our front door. What our children will take away from here will be some truly fantastic friends, as well as lots of truly fantastic stories. “There have been many changes in the last ten years, but each of our children will say that THEIR time here was the best. They have had a really good, sound start from a school that produces, I think, that most important thing of all – good, decent all-rounders who are aware of the world and of the people around them. “Mr Osborne has spoken of how well Form I has acquitted itself academically in this years exams. I would go further, and say that it is fairly remarkable that, from a non-selective intake, at least one third of the current top year have won awards in every possible discipline to

their next schools. “I cannot thank Mr Osborne and ALL the staff enough for what they have done for us as a family!” Harriet Joicey James As someone who is perhaps too spontaneous for his own good, I had not done more than gather together a few thoughts in my head, arriving at Sports Day armed only with a piece of paper kindly provided by Tess Coleman earlier in the week. (Read on.) The Editor of The Bugle, admirably demonstrating the standard of your average ‘journo’ these days, now tells me that he requires a copy of my written speech for reproduction in this top-selling magazine. Since my memory is decidedly more trustworthy than either his shorthand or his recording equipment, I have written the following report… “Claire’s departure this term marks the end of the second of two periods of relatively undistinguished contribution to the life of Belhaven by the Joiceys (or at least this line of the family), the first being my time in the early 1960s and the second encompassing the past ten years with William, Richard and Claire. “On Sports Day last year, Angus Tulloch enthused and inspired us greatly, and with much humour and wisdom. The Tullochs have always made wonderful contributions to the school’s prowess as captains, team players, and sportsmen extraordinaires. The Joiceys are at the other end of the scale. It just might not have escaped your notice that we don’t really “do” team sports. “The one exception to this was the

proud moment when William was made the first ever Captain of Riding. It swiftly revealed the fact that, just as Joiceys don’t really “do” teams, your Headmaster doesn’t really “do” horses. Those who were at the Scottish Schools Championships at Gleneagles in 2003 will always remember his demeanour. “Looking more than a touch out of place, he sat on his seat in the indoor arena, a slightly nervous and pained expression across his face, perhaps not quite appreciating the rapid alternation of loud gasps and bursts of ecstatic applause that accompany such occasions. However, his expression quickly changed to a memorable blend of astonishment and sheer delight when the loudspeakers announced that Belhaven had won the Show Jumping and had been placed third overall, in the school’s first ever appearance at this event. “The end of a long association with any school makes one reflect on many things, but there is one impression above all that comes at the top of my list, and which I would like to put on record for you to consider. “We hear a lot about Belhaven having the best Headmaster, the best teachers, the best matrons, and so on. Quite true. It has always had. Indeed, Mr. Osborne and I would probably agree that we were privileged to be at Belhaven under


a man who could be fairly described as the “best Headmaster” – though on our Sports Days he bore slightly less resemblance to Larry Hagman than Michael did this year – and to have had the “best teachers” as Harriet suggested. “My overriding impression of Belhaven, as a parent over the last ten years, is that you can indeed have the best headmaster in the world, the best teachers in the world, the best matrons in the world, and the best children in the world, as Belhaven does, but that none of them would function without the best back-up team in the world - namely the domestic and grounds staff. “As soon as you come through the gate off the Belhaven Road, be it on a daily basis or as a casual visitor, the evidence is there. It’s as if you are entering another world, but it is, surely, the world we all want to be part of. The grounds look immaculate, the staff so cheery, efficient, and polite, and the whole place positively sparkles. Parents perhaps too readily


fail to appreciate the importance of their contribution. They keep the place running smoothly, when nasty sick-bugs are on the go, when pipes burst, when the builders are making a mess, when the weather is filthy, and when a crisis occurs, as it always does in any school. “For so many parents and children and teaching staff, Belhaven could not, without such back-up, be the wonderful place to visit and learn and teach that it is. I would like to record an appreciation of what they do for us all and for this school, and for everyone to know who they are… (Remember that I said that Tess had given me a piece of paper…??) “It is proper to start with the amazing Maude McLoughlin, but, if she will allow me, I will move swiftly on to name, in alphabetical order: Wendy Brooks, Alan Brown, Yvonne Carnwath, Sheena Carss, Heather Cockburn, May Cockburn, Christine Fairbairn, Susan Forgie, Stewart Grant, Carol Graydon, Samantha Halbert, Pam Hogg, Patricia

Hyland, Danuta Kuriata, Angela Liddell, Edna MacDonald, Laura McIlhone, Anita Pawlowska, Suzanna Pawlowska, Linda Purvis, Helen Stewart, Elizabeth Tait, Barbara Tomaszewska, Margaret Vallance, Janet Walker, Alex Wilson, and Ashley Wood. “To them all, and on behalf of so many people, I say a profound Thank You for all that they have done and continue to do for Belhaven. (I remember, with delight, that there was thunderous applause at this point in the proceedings. I also remember that Tattie complained afterwards that I had given her her Sunday Name – and she almost refused to refill my teacup… ) “The motto of my public school started with one of the best-known examples of the subjunctive tense in Latin: Floreat. Third person singular. The second person plural is more appropriate on this occasion, in saying to you all, but especially this year’s wonderful bunch of

Sports Day Results 2007

Shot 1. 2. 3.

(R = New School Record)

R M Harper Gow A J Swanson P M Dalrymple



1. 2. 3.

100 m 1. 2. 3=

L C Coleman E F Coleman S Gordon Cumming V S Erskine

200 m

1. 2. 3.


200 m

M J Kilgour R M Harper Gow A J S Baynes

400 m 1. 2. 3.

J D R Cochrane R C Seymour M A K Barnes

800 m 1. 2. 3.

J D R Cochrane R C Seymour J C Kelly

1500 m 1. 2. 3.

R C Seymour J D R Cochrane M J Kilgour

1. 2. 3.

J D R Cochrane M J Kilgour R C Seymour

Triple Jump 1. 2. 3.

R C Seymour J D R Cochrane M J Kilgour

Cricket Ball 1. 2. 3.

T H K Galbraith A J Swanson G J W Gladwin

Discus 1. 2. 3.

G J W Gladwin A J Swanson J de Bodinat

1. 2. 3.

E A Gladstone V C M Riley V S Erskine

800 m (63.3)

1. 2. 3.

E A Gladstone V C M Riley E I Willoughby

1500 m (2.37.04)

1. 2. 3. (14.3)




1. 2. 3.

E A Gladstone V C M Riley L M F Campbell

(5. 36.0)

1. 2. 3=

L C Coleman (1.39m) S Gordon Cumming E F Coleman V C M Riley

1. 2. 3.

L C Coleman E F Coleman V S Erskine

High Jump (5.26.00)

Long Jump

A J S Baynes (1.38m) T N K Galbraith J C Kelly R C Seymour

Long Jump

E F Coleman E A Gladstone S Gordon Cumming

400 m

High Jump 1. 2. 3=

1. 2. 3.

G S Cuthbert K E Gordon Cumming D A N Forsyth

200 m



B E Fletcher (6.80m) E F Coleman S Gordon Cumming

100 m

1. Swallows 2. Wolves 3. Badgers 4. Owls 5. Lions 6. Woodpeckers

1. M J Kilgour 2. J D R Cochrane 3. R M Harper Gow

1. 2. 3.


4 x 100 m Relay

100 m



G S Cuthbert K E Gordon Cumming D A N Forsyth

400 m 1. 2. 3.

A P Watson G S Cuthbert F D G Rogers

800 m 1. 2. 3.

A P Watson C D J Rogers O G T Farr

1500 m 1. 2. 3.

A P Watson C D J Rogers O G T Farr

High Jump 1. 2. 3.

D A N Forsyth J A MacDonald G S Cuthbert

Long Jump 1. 2. 3.

A P Watson G C K Younger D A N Forsyth

Cricket Ball 1. 2. 3.

T H K Stodart G A Innes Ker A R Johnston

Discus 1. 2. 3.

G S Cuthbert W F S Prenter D A N Forsyth










1. O G R Dobson 2. B E Begg 3. H J Harley


200 m



Triple Jump 1. 2. 3.

L C Coleman E A Gladstone E F Coleman


Rounders Ball



1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

L C Coleman E F Coleman V C M Riley L C Coleman D T R Heywood S Robertson


1. 2. 3.

R K Kilgour O G R Dobson B E Begg

400 m (49.00m)

1. R K Kilgour 2. B E Begg 3. R A Greville Williams




800 m (13.99m)

1. 2. 3.

R A Greville Williams (2.53.4) R K Kilgour A Cookson


1500 m

1. R A Greville Williams (5.51.0) 2. R K Kilgour 3. B E Begg

High Jump 1. 2. 3.

H J Harley I Y Brooks T M M Tindall

Long Jump 1. 2. 3.

T MM Tindall H J Harley B E Begg



Rounders Ball 1. 2. 3.

S B L Weir (26.80m) V M Joicey R A Greville Williams


1. S B L Weir 2. H J Harley 3. B E Begg


JUNIOR BOYS & GIRLS 75 m 1. 2. 3.

J M G Black E J Z White H H Brooks

200 m 1. 2. 3.

J M G Black E J Z White J C A Farr

400 m 1. 2. 3.

J C A Farr F J S Younger M R J De Klee

1500 m 1. 2. 3.

J C A Farr E J Z White F J S Younger

High Jump 1. 2. 3.

J M G Black E J Z White R C K Barnes

Long Jump 1. 2. 3.

J C A Farr H H Brooks C G S Thomson

Cricket Ball 1. 2. 3.

H H Brooks J C A Farr M M I B Bannister








Patrol Cup 1. Wolves 2. Badgers 3. Swallows 4. Woodpeckers 5. Owls 6. Lions


Senior Boys’ Victor Ludorum: J D R Cochrane Runner-up: M J Kilgour Senior Girls’ Victor Ludorum: L C Coleman Runner-up: E F Coleman Middle Boys’ Victor Ludorum: G S Cuthbert Runner-up: A S Watson Middle Girls’ Victor Ludorum: R K Kilgour Runner-up: H J Harley Junior Victor Ludorum: J M G Black Runner-up: J C A Farr



Leaders and Patrols J. D. R. Cochrane

Head Girl

C. V. Joicey

Captain of Rugby

J. D. R. Cochrane

Captain of Netball

L. C. Coleman


A. J. Swanson, S. Gordon Cumming



J. C. Kelly, L. C. Coleman



M. A. K. Barnes, E. A. Gladstone



A. J. S. Baynes, B. E. Fletcher



J. H. Gladstone, E. F. Coleman



R. C. Seymour, V. S. Erskine


SPRING TERM 2008 J. C. Kelly

Head Girl

E. A. Gladstone

Captain of Boys’ Hockey J. D. R. Cochrane Captain of Girls’ Hockey L. M. F. Campbell

Patrols: Woodpeckers

A. J. Swanson, L. M. F. Campbell



J. D. R. Cochrane, D. T. R. Heywood



C. V. Joicey, M. J. Kilgour



R. J. Gladstone



R. C. Seymour, C. A. Begg



M. H. G-C de Luna


A. J. Swanson

Head Girl

L. C. Coleman

Captain of Cricket

J. C. Kelly

Captain of Rounders

L. C. Coleman

J. I. Tyndall

J. C. Kelly


J. D. R. Cochrane


A. J. S. Baynes

Under 11

D. C. Donaldson L. C. Coleman

Most Improved Player E. A. Gladstone


E. F. Coleman

Under 11

H. J. Harley

Mansfield Music Cup


Spoken English

L. R. J de Klee

O. G. R. Dobson

SPRING TERM 2008 Boys’ Hockey

J. C. Kelly

Girls’ Hockey

L. C. Coleman

Senior Boys’ Cross Country

R. C. Seymour

Senior Girls’ Cross Country

E. A. Gladstone

Junior Boys’ Cross Country

F. D. G. Rogers

Junior Girls’ Cross Country

R. A Greville Williams

Table Tennis

R. C. Seymour

Junior Table Tennis

T. H. K. Stodart


S. Gordon Cumming


P. M. Dalrymple

Junior Chess

G. S. Cuthbert


L. M. Seymour


L. R. J. de Klee


R. J. Gladstone


M. A. K. Barnes

A. J. S. Baynes

B. E. Fletcher

M. J. Kilgour

SUMMER TERM 2008 Head Boy

R. C. Seymour



Head Boy

Form Prize

Rugby Forwards Outsides

AUTUMN TERM 2007 Head Boy

Form 5


Patrols: Owls

J. C. Kelly


C. V. Joicey, E. A. Gladstone, M. A. K. Barnes 472


A. J. S. Baynes, B. E. Fletcher



L. M. F. Campbell



J. D. R. Cochrane, E. F. Coleman



R. C. Seymour, V. S. Erskine


Prizes and Awards AUTUMN 2007


Form 1o Form Prize

V. S. Erskine


R. C. Seymour


C. V. Joicey

Form 1g Form Prize

L. C. Coleman


C. A. Begg


A. J. S. Baynes


M. E. G. Thomson

M. H. G-C. de Luna

Form 2h Form Prize

V. C. M. Riley


G. K. L. Plowden


J. C. R. Hoyer Millar


J. C. R. Hoyer Millar


D. E. Greville Williams

Form 2p Form Prize

L. R. J. de Klee


L. M. Ferrand


E. I. Willoughby


C. W. E. Clough

Form 1o

Form Prize

V. S. Erskine

Form 1g

Form Prize

L. C. Coleman

Form 3p Form Prize

A. N. Findlay

G. K. L. Plowden


A. P. Watson

V. C. M. Riley


O. R. Hope

L. M. Ferrand


L. M. Seymour


A. P. Watson

Form 2h

Form Prize

Form 2p

Form Prize

Form 3g

Form Prize

C. J. D. Rogers

Form 3p

Form Prize

A. N. Findlay

Form 3g Form Prize

T. M. M. Tindall

Form 4f

Form Prize

S. V. I. Benson


A. R. Johnston

Good Work

G. J. P. Hocknell


R. A. Greville Williams

Form 4w

Form Prize

G. C. K. Younger


F. D. G. Rogers

Good Work

M. V. Donaldson


I. Y. Brooks

Form 4f Form Prize

S. V. I. Benson



R. A. M. Warre



W. A. H. Dirkin

Most Improved Cricketer A. J. S. Baynes

Form 4w Form Prize

A. Cookson

Single Wicket

A. J. Swanson

A. G. Pooley

Under 11

G. A. Innes Ker

Form 5 Form Prize

J. I. Tyndall

Double Wicket

P. M. Dalrymple


M. E. Laird


L. C. Coleman


M. M. I. B. Bannister

Most Improved Player

S. Gordon Cumming


T. C. B. Weir

Under 11

S. B. L. Weir

Todd Quaich

F. B. B. Woodd


R. A. Seymour

Monod French

D. T. R. Heywood


G. A. Innes Ker

de Fontmichel History

J. H. Gladstone


G. A. Innes Ker

Simpson English

L. M. F. Campbell R. J. Gladstone


S. Robertson

Weld Forester Scripture

C. V. Joicey


E. F. Coleman


M. J. Kilgour

J. D. R. Cochrane

H. A. Laird

Conran-Smith Geography Fieldwork

J. D. R. Cochrane

Tennis Boys’ Singles

J. C. Kelly

Leslie Melville

J. C. Kelly

E. A. Gladstone


J. C. Kelly

C. V. Joicey

Girls’ Singles

L. C. Coleman

Art Cup

M. A. K. Barnes

Music Cup

L. M. F. Campbell C. V. Joicey

Doubles Mixed Doubles

L. M. F. Campbell V C M Riley R. A. Seymour L M F Campbell

Junior Music Cup

J. M. G. Black

Junior Boys’ Singles T. N. K. Stodart


E. C. Stewart


Music Prizes

B. E. Fletcher

Junior Girls’ Singles R. A. Greville Williams

de la Haye Endeavour

E. A. Gladstone


Piping Quaich

A. J. Swanson

Junior Piping

O. G. T. Farr

Piping Prizes

J. C. Kelly

J. I. Tyndall


B. E. Fletcher


A. J. Swanson


T. N. K. Galbraith

V. M. Joicey

T. N. K. Stodart V. M. Joicey

Senior Boys’ Victor Ludorum Senior Girls’ Victor Ludorum J. D. R. Cochrane

J D R Cochrane

G A Innes Ker R. A. Greville Williams J. D. R. Cochrane

L. C. Coleman

Middle Boys’ Victor Ludorum

G. S. Cuthbert

Middle Girls’ Victor Ludorum

R. K. Kilgour

Junior Victor Ludorum

J. M. G. Black

Patrol Sports


Old Pupils’ News Angus Douglas-Hamilton, married with a daughter and a son, is General Manager of a large company in Nairobi. Jonathan Hammond-Chambers is Head of Geography at Oundle and has been appointed to be Housemaster of Laundimer from September 2009. Nicholas Gray is Development Manager at Grosvenor Group Ltd. Michael Gibson is reported to be married to a Mexican and has one son; they are emigrating to Australia. Rupert Balfour is with Morgan Stanley in London and about to move to Hong Kong. Alexander Eliott Lockhart is teaching English in Cameroon and his brother Christopher is in the wine import business in London. Andrew Gully has been to Baghdad with Agence France Press. Alexander Elphinstone is now in Brazil with BAT. Brother Angus has established ‘The White Van Company’. Charlie Ramsay has quit banking


and has started a travel business – www. Freddie Weld Forester is in Financial P.R. with Bloomberg. Christopher Osborne, Philip Gray and Jamie Keen are working in London for DTZ, KPMG and Finlay Brewer Estate Agents respectively. Oliver Osborne has graduated with a 1st from Chelsea Art College and been accepted on to a three year post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Art. Archie Leeming is doing Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough. Sophie Agnew is happily ensconced at St. Andrews doing History of Art. Dan (Business Management) and Archie (Zoology) Balfour are ‘fit and flourishing’ at Newcastle. Digby Warde-Aldam has switched from Arabic (too Mathematical) to French Literature at UCL and has his own column in the Hammersmith and Fulham News.

Hadrien Lefebvre is studying engineering and is still singing as a tenor. A back injury means that Hugo Lee must miss this summer’s Olympics but he hopes to be back in the Rowing VIII for London 2012. Christopher Wilson has rowed for Oxford Brookes at Henley. Selina Wilson has completed a three year Art course in Italy. Harry Houldsworth has spent part of his gap year teaching in Kenya and is to read Biology at Edinburgh. Charlie Landale is bicycling back to the UK from St. Petersburg.

News Schools:




Hewie H Dalrymple has been Head of House and won the Black Watch Quaich Trophy for being the most improved piper.

Alex Rogers and Minnie SamengoTurner enabled their house to overcome Harry Leeming and Harry Swinton’s team in the Sixth Form Quiz Night. Jo de Klee had the lead part in ‘The Admirable Crichton’ and was captain of the As rugby. Harry Swinton and Geordie Tulloch have been awarded four Headmaster’s Commendations for academic effort, Hewie two, and Geordie Hilleary, Cecily Gascoigne and Harry Leeming one each. Hewie Dalrymple was in the Under 15 rugby and cricket As. Geordie Tulloch and Fergus Black have been leading lights in all the Under 14 teams.

Atlantic College Alethea Osborne is half way through the IB Course. She has been to Berlin and New York and is qualifying as a lifeguard. Her activities include ceramics and poker.

Downe House Amber Graham-Watson gained four As at A Level, was in the lacrosse team that won the National Schools Tournament for a second year and is now reading Economics and Management at Oxford. Alice Jack is going to do A Levels at Uppingham. Molly Mactaggart was in the Athletics team. Her sister Emma is moving to Queen Margaret’s in September.

Eton Charlie Landale gained four As at A Level and spent part of his gap year in South America with Harry Houldsworth and part in Australia before going to university in Dublin. Edward Agnew has been in Malawi and is off to Bristol. Charlie Carnegie spent part of his gap year working in an advertising agency in Australia and is going to Edinburgh or St. Andrews. Gus Shaw Stewart has been playing football for the 1st XI and is to be captain next year. Guy MacInnesManby has received a third distinction, played for the rugby 1sts in Dubai and been on hockey tour to Dubai. James Wilson has been playing tennis for the As.

Fettes Matthew Kinloch, Ross Turner and Christopher Graves have been playing for the 1st XV. Ross has also represented Edinburgh and Scotland Under 17s and Christopher the school at the Roslyn Park 7s.

Giggleswick Emily Fortune was a ‘triumph’ as Killer Queen in ‘We Will Rock You’.

Glenalmond Angus Walker has been playing for the 1st XV and the 1st hockey XI and went on a cricket tour to India. Vanessa Rettie was in the Under 15 A lacrosse team. Patricia Walker has been entered for a Scotland Rounders trial and is in the tennis team.

Gordonstoun Charlie Bradford has left and gained a place on the Tonmeister course at the Institute of Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey.

Harrow Philip Sinclair gained three As at A Level and was in the 1st XV and has gone to Edinburgh to read Economics. Freddie Ward has done a cookery course during his gap year and worked in a ski chalet in Verbier. Hugh Carnegie won the Chinese Prize. Alexander Millar is in the choir and playing squash.

Longridge Towers Sophie Coates is moving to RGS, Newcastle for sixth form.

Loretto Sue Anne Macaulay was in the hockey, tennis and lacrosse teams and is at Edinburgh College of Art. Juliet Cameron got nine A*s at GCSE. Alexander English was in the senior school play and captain of the Senior Colts Bs.

Marlborough Alex Riley has been captain of the As netball team.

Merchiston Kyle Smith and Rhu Wishart have been playing 1st XI hockey and cricket. Rhu has also been selected to join the South American rugby tour.

Oundle William Calander was Head of House, a School Prefect, in the 1st XV and the 2nd XI hockey, captain of clay pigeon shooting, and is off to Cirencester. During his gap year he did a cooking course and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, raising over £8000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Harry Cobb played rugby for the As and Cameron Hardie for the Bs, and Kirsty Landale hockey for the As. Harry and Finn Curry have also taken up rowing and Cameron came second in the school cross country.

Queen Margaret’s, York

having obtained three As at A level and been Deputy Head Girl. She has spent time in India and Paris and will be doing an Art Foundation Course at Camberwell. Annie Galbraith, who was deputy Head of House, and Rosanna McGuinness were in the hockey team. Isabel Douglas-Hamilton, ‘gloriously resembling an irritable peahen,’ was ‘the perfect representation of the unpleasant Mrs. Peachum’ in Brecht’s Threepenny Opera and won the AS Art Prize. She also gained seven As or A*s at GCSE whilst Emily Will, Alethea Osborne and Louisa Dalrymple all gained ten out of ten. Henrietta and Catherine Hocknell have appeared in the musical ‘Honk!’ and Catherine has been goalkeeper for the hockey A team. Octavia Cobb was also in the As and Eliza Plowden and Anna Will members of the Bs. Henrietta won a Year IV Achievement Prize and Camelia Dickson and Annabel de Morgan ones for Improvement. Octavia, Catherine, Eliza and Anna made a clean sweep of the Form III Achievement Prizes.

Radley Angus Dickson reached the finals of Declamations, was in the 2nd hockey XI and has won an Army 6th form scholarship for eventual entry to Sandhurst. Rory Baynes received a Warden’s Distinction and played hockey for the Junior Colts Bs. Archie GrahamWatson played cricket for the 3rd XI and Tom Greville-Williams hockey and cricket for the Junior Colts As. Hector Fortune played ‘Flowers of the Forest’ at the Remembrance Day Service and is an NCO in the CCF. Toby Moynan was in the Midgets B hockey team.

Rugby Iain Drummond has won a prize for English.

St. Mary’s, Calne Clementina Elphinstone gained three As at A Level and is going to Newcastle. During her gap year she has been on a cookery course with Will Callander, worked in a ski chalet in Verbier and travelled in South America with Charlie B-L.

Shrewsbury Alexander Beaumont has been on choir tour to Poland, played the part of the Uncle in the Foreign Office in “Salad Days” and is in the school play, “Harry”, at the Festival. Alasdair Bird played rugby for the U15 As and has won the Quinn Prize for History and the Bentley Elocution Prize for his rendition of ‘O my Luve’s like a red, red rose.’

Hero Dalrymple is now on gap year,


Stowe Josephine Peile has moved to Fettes.

Strathallan Having represented Scotland as an opening batsman in the U15 and U17 European Cricket Championships, and

averaged over 100 in school matches, Freddie Coleman has this summer been playing for the U17 and U19 teams.

Uppingham Mary McDougall gained ten A*s at GCSE before moving to Loretto.

Winchester Duncan Stewart has been an ‘exemplary’ Head of House, arranged for David Attenborough to come and speak to the Natural History Society and has won the Thomas Brown Medal for Biology.



David Peto to Aika Engels

To Harry and Frippy Jameson, a son

Edward Tennant to Zoė Croft

To Michael and Nicola Burt, a son

Nicholas Gray to Alexandra Wilson

To James and Claudia Teacher, a son

Andrew Nairn to Maya Gill

To Charlie and Poppy Scott Plummer, a son To William and Natasha Ramsay, a fourth daughter To Andrew and Genevieve Rogers, a son


To Paul and Irene de Rosen, a fourth son

Elly Douglas-Hamilton to Ewan Mitchell

To James and Tamara Whitson, a son

Andrew Gully to Caroline Pigden

To Alex and Tara Nairn, a son To William and Virginia Church, a son

Obituaries It is with regret that we record the following deaths: Lieutenant-Colonel Roderick I. M. Macrae (192527), who was probably the senior surviving Old Boy, has died in Essex at the age of 94. He was born in India, went on to Fettes and graduated MRCVS from Edinburgh University where he was a hockey blue and an international trialist. He served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps during the war in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and was mentioned in dispatches. He left the army in 1946 and became a Veterinary Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He was married with a son and a daughter. Michael G. O’Brien (1939-42) went on to Eton and later lived in Peeblesshire and then North Berwick. His sons Peter (1969-74) and Johnny (1972-74) also went to Belhaven. Vice-Admiral Sir George M. F. Vallings, K.C.B. (1941-45) went to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and then had a long and rewarding service career. He


served in Korea, commanded the destroyer Defender, was naval attaché in Canberra, Commodore Clyde and Flag Officer Gibraltar and, finally, Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland, during which time he returned to Belhaven in 1986 to open the Sports Hall. A keen yachtsman, he skippered the Royal Navy yacht Adventure on the Sydney-Rio leg of the 1974 Whitbread round-theworld race. In retirement he was for eight years secretary of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. “An avid follower of National Hunt racing he never gambled more than £1 on a race and once returned £1 to a bookie who had overpaid him.” He married Tessa Cousins in 1964 and is survived by her and by three sons. George E. M. Ellvers (1991-96) died in a tragic accident with a gun whilst training a Labrador puppy. He went on to Glenalmond and then Rannoch, was a very keen skier and sailor and was pursuing a rewarding career as a chef. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Kirriemuir was packed to overflowing for a service of thanksgiving and so was the ‘reception’ afterwards, at which George’s video was shown. It can be viewed on – search for George Ellvers. George said: “Remember – never let your fears stand in the way of your dreams. Ding-Dong, Bish-Bosh!”

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Beach Art

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Inspired by the World Beach Project and Land Artists pupils created their own pebble sculptures on the beach. We took photographs and left the sculptures to nature.

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