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Front Cover: Paper Collage ‘Front of School’ by Grizel Hocknell Form 1 Art Scholar

Geordie Younger

Harry Clough

Poppy Izat

Grizel Hocknell

Sophie Walker-Munro


Amelia Cookson


Collage work by Form 1 Leavers showing different aspects of The Main School building

William Dirkin

Kit Gordon Cumming

Poppy Izat

Mairi Donaldson

Will Plowden

Published by Creative Link, North Berwick 01620 893690

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Abi Pooley

2010 - 2011

Contents Awards to Senior Schools........................................3 Valete et Salvete........................................................3 Editorial...................................................................5 Form 5......................................................................6 Beamish Museum..................................................10 Visit to the Scottish Parliament Building..............11 Craigmillar Castle.................................................15 Form 4....................................................................20 John Muir Discovery Award in pictures................20 The Annual Trip to York.......................................24 Form 3....................................................................29 Time for some poetry and composition................34 How to make your own Indicator.........................40 Form 2....................................................................41 Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery...............41 An Autumnal Theme!...........................................43 Academic Howlers.................................................45 Learning Support...................................................46 Learning Support Literacy Primer Quotes............47 Music and Drama at Belhaven..............................48 The Wind in the Willows.....................................52 The 10 O’Clock Angel..........................................53 Form 1....................................................................56 Balloon Debate.....................................................56 Leavers’ Presentations...........................................57 Tension.................................................................59 Art Gallery.............................................................60 Advanced Artist....................................................62 Easter Art Competition........................................74 Christmas Cards...................................................80 Leavers’ Profiles.....................................................86 View From Australia and The Music School.........99 Netball..................................................................100 Rugby...................................................................102 1st XV Rugby.....................................................103 X-Country............................................................107 Hockey.................................................................108 1st XI Boys Hockey............................................110 1st Girls Hockey.................................................111 Football................................................................112 Tennis...................................................................114 Cricket.................................................................114 1st XI Season Report...........................................114 2nd XI Season Report.........................................116

Rounders..............................................................118 1st Rounders Report...........................................118 1st Team Netball, Hockey, Rounders..................119 More Belhaven Life..............................................120 Piping for the Pope.............................................120 Time for a Chukka or two..................................121 Come Dine with the Headmaster.......................123 Royal Wedding Celebrations..............................124 Brazilian International Footballer sambas in.......127 Gardening..........................................................128 Mastermind 2011...............................................131 Loaningdale Experience......................................134 Spoken English Report.......................................136 Athletics 2011......................................................137 Sports Day Results 2011.....................................137 Leaders and Patrols..............................................139 Prizes and Awards................................................139 Old Pupils’ News.................................................140 News from Senior Schools...................................142 Engagements, Marriages & Births......................143 Obituaries..........................................................143

Awards to Senior Schools Congratulations to all who have passed into their senior schools, and particularly those who distinguished themselves by winning awards: Grizel Hocknell Sophie Walker-Munro Abi Pooley Angus Harley Tom Wright

Art Scholarship to Queen Margaret’s, York Thring All-Rounders Award to Uppingham All-Rounders Exhibition to Fettes All-Rounders Scholarship to Fettes Sports Exhibition to Fettes

Back Row: Angus Harley, Rosabel Kilgour, Tom Wright Front Row: Abigail Pooley, Sophie Walker‑Munro, Grizel Hocknell

Valete et Salvete The other leavers in July 2011 were: To Ampleforth: Harry Clough Will Plowden

To Stowe: Annabel Wailes-Fairbairn Kit Gordon Cumming Jeanie Gibbs Wills Younger

To Glenalmond: Poppy Izat

To Wycombe Abbey: Sophie Benson

To Harrow: Archie Douglas Miller Geordie Younger To Oundle: Amelia Cookson Rupert Warre William Dirkin Mairi Donaldson To Queen Margaret’s, York: Rosabel Kilgour To Radley: Charlie Riley

22 exam leavers in all to 10 different schools. The following have joined the school in the year to July 2011: Hermione Campbell, Lewys Ball, Achille Poupinel, Thomas Poupinel, Constantin de Rosen, Flossie Huddleston, Angus Keenan, Lucie de Bodinat, Hugo Meynell, Hector Bailey, Sophie Izat, Enzo Porin, Victor Hubert, Cleodie Kilgour, Wilf de la Hey, Jamie Baillie, Archie Seymour, Annabel Barlow, Ella Robson, Hubie Litherland, Isabella Ramsay,

Evan Ball, Sofia Macpherson, Max Bruneau, Doune Meynell, Zoe Mylne, Lucy Venters, Archie Robison, Hector Tomlyn, Ellie Vestey, Rose Atkinson, Leo Harper Gow, Arabella Flame, Angus Driscoll, Kitty Seymour, Tilly Scovell. We have had a large French contingent for the Summer Term. Thomas, Achille, Constantin, Lucie, Victor and Enzo have now departed our shores, hopefully to return in the near future. It has been a pleasure to have them at Belhaven as they have enhanced the joie de vivre and we wish them all well en France. This brought the total number of children in the school to 127 (66 boys, 61 girls), of whom 57 were boy boarders, 49 were girl boarders and 21 were day children.



Belhaven Hill Bugle

Editorial Those of you who have spent some time at Belhaven will no doubt recognise one or two of the pictures bordering this piece. I have been delving into a few of the ancient magazines and they make fascinating reading. One of my tasks for next year’s Bugle will be to garner some interesting facets of Belhaven life 60 or more years ago and impart my findings to you. After all where do the Belhaven traditions spring from? The school bell, which everyone takes for granted and has been rung everyday at school for the past 62 years, was given to Belhaven by Sir Ronald Thomson: ‘... a magnificent ship’s bell which has been hung in a strategic position where it will sound the “all in” both more powerfully and more sweetly than a magisterial larynx.’ (Taken from the 1949/50 school magazine.) I shall ask for this bell to be cleaned on a regular basis from now on! This piece of information sprang out at me when researching an OB (D. C. D. Baird-Smith) who had e-mailed me the following: “I shall certainly be glad to contribute a few reminiscences of my time at Belhaven Hill. I benefited from the headmastership of two of Mr MacAskill’s predecessors: Rev. Brian Simms, and William Caldwell. Together with Peter Jamieson, I was, I believe, among the first alumni to gain entrance to Winchester College from Belhaven Hill, and together with David Reid I was founder of the Belhaven Hill Jazz Club: it would be a miracle if that still existed!” The Jazz club has indeed become defunct, though one never knows as to its resurrection! I have in the past few minutes, after putting this edition to bed, received a fuller informative piece from David that i have included. Turn to page 132 for life at Belhaven back in the early 50s! Another piece of Belhaven tradition, that is no longer used, is the Belhaven Hill History Chart. A number of requests recently for a new copy of this ancient document had me busily trying to source one. Unfortunately luckless so far. We do have an original, marked and annotated, in a frame by the Hall doors. As you can see from the photograph it belonged to G. S. Russell back in 1925 and it was then passed on to B. M. Russell for use in 1952. If anyone has a fairly pristine copy of this ancient chart that I can make a copy of, please get in touch. Also in the entrance hall is a magnificent barometer, still in working order. How many children walk past it and wonder what it is? I have pointed it out to various science classes but I would love to know if anyone out there knows where it came from? This editorial is full of nostalgia and questions, but why not? There is much fascinating and interesting reading to be found in the old magazines. Is it possible that it might be said of these modern incarnations in 62 years’ time? That’s the final question, though rhetorical! Enjoy this year’s Bugle. David Peek The Editor, Belhaven Hill School, Belhaven Road, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1NN

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Form 5 Letter to the Chief Fire Officer following the visit of a fire engine one evening. Dear Chief Fire Officer! We really enjoyed your visit last night. I got to try this mask that you have to breathe into when it’s smoky. It was strange to breathe in. We also had a go at squirting the big hose. Every now and then there was a rainbow. It was beautiful! Pushing up that ladder must have been very hard. Seeing the fire engine come up the drive way was really cool. Have you ever done a real rescue before? What was it like? Was it scary? Mrs Gale’s son really enjoyed it he was wearing a Fireman Sam top! Thank you for coming. Yours sincerely Form 5

Diary of a Roman Soldier


his morning I woke up and it was freezing cold. I stood up pulled my tunic on then lugged the armour over my head. I strapped my helmet on and marched outside for breakfast. It’s the same as usual, porridge! I wish it could be fine wine and meat. Then I stand up and collect my shield and weapons. I am on guard duty to look out for the attacks of savage Celts. I march out into the cold, harsh winds. I stamp my feet and pull my scarf around my neck. Then I walk up to the top wall and climb the steps up.


I watch, looking for signs of movement. Suddenly something runs out of the mist. It is a Celt and I cry for help. “Quick! We’re under attack!” The men come and the fight begins. Arrows rain up. I can hear screams and the smell of blood is everywhere. The fight continues until sundown and the savages run off screaming and yelling. I am lucky I did not die. My armour protects me well. I wonder when my time will come. Hubie Litherland

Summer Twilight Summer twilight slowly rises Welcoming a day of big surprises. Glimmering Lakes and shimmering trees Not to forget the buzzing bees. Humans are yawning And dogs are pawing. In the midst of the summer morning Horses are neighing and monks are praying For the beautiful summer day. Lemonade, fizz pop, Iron bru and Cokes Stories, sports, swimming and jokes Biking, hiking, cycling and trekking But in the midst of it all The summer sun Centre of all enjoyment and fun, But when there’s summer There is sun cream Especially with the sun’s big beam Swimming in the sapphire blue pool, With not more worries about work or school. It’s a glorious free country at last, With no more worries about the past! Tee-shirts and shorts, Dresses and skirts With lots of wear and tear, I get my riding hat And give Biggles a great big pat, Get ready to saddle up Don’t forget little Georgie pup! I’m riding along the beach, With my little sister pretending to be meek, Why she has such a cheek But all in all summer is fun And no one can debate, That summer is just so great! Ella Robson

I wish it was Summer I wish the winter would pass. I can’t wait for the soft green grass. When I play cricket, When the ball hits the wicket My dad shouts Howzat? Howzat? I always miss it with my bat My mum laying down in the sun Eating a bun My brother making up a mime I wish it was summer all the time That would be good I really wish it would Be summer all the time. I want to go on the trampoline To play a game of spider To do some gardening and digging Like a miner. I want to play on my skate board I want to play a game of swords I wish it was always summer I really wish it was I wish there was no school So I could play in the pool And practise my diving over and over. I want to have a go at the mower, I want to go to the beach And have the biggest peach I want to lie in the heat. I go to a BBQ and have a lot of meat. Summer is the best of all seasons. I could go through many more reasons I wish it was always summer I really wish it was. Max Bruneau



I find art interesting because there are so many things you can do, draw, sketch, trace and a lot more. I like art because I like looking at all the different colours you can experience by using crayons, pens, pencils, paint and ink, the thing I like most is getting messy! What I like to do in my free time is sit with a piece of paper in front of me and a pencil in my hand and start drawing. I would draw rainforests and jungles or even a farm, something peaceful. If I was stressed I would draw a battle ship or a gun, something quite mad. I like art because I love learning about other artists like Van Gogh, he used colours to show the way he felt. If he used yellow in a painting he would have felt happy, if he used black it was because he was feeling bad. Tilly Scovell

My favourite hobby is running because I like the feeling of it when you are about to finish a race and you start trying your hardest and you go really fast! I also like doing running for other things like doing it for catch or for fun or may be for sport like rounders, hockey and netball too. When I am older I want to be in the Olympics for sprinting. I also want to do the London Marathon or charity runs or fun runs. I find running interesting because, I am quite competitive and it is exciting because you never know who is going to win. And when you are about to start the race you feel really nervous because all the people are watching you and you always want to try your hardest and win. Isabella Ramsay


My favourite hobby is riding. I do it when I’m at home. I like riding as it is exciting and un-expectant. My favourite type of riding is pony club games, as Biggles, my pony and I, are quite good and we have won many rosettes and a few cups. When I am older I want to be on the British Olympic riding team so I might as well start now. I ride either in my small paddock or I go out Hacking. I like hacking better as you get to go galloping which is really extreme! After I ride I feed my pony then turn him out to play with a little Shetland called Harry, this is quite funny as they always have races. I also like going to shows, especially Pony Club ones! My favourite show is Manderson as they’re always a few laughs! Rallies are also good but at most Rallies I fall off! My idol is Pippa Funnel and when I grow up I want to be just like her. Ella Robson

What’s your hobby?


Model Making


love model making because it is fun. We have made our playroom into a model room. I like making flat pack houses and painting model men. Painting the models is quite hard sometimes and I love doing Airfix where you make planes from World War I and World War II and play with them. In our model room we have made this big table that has a hole in the corner and we have put fake grass down and roads out of sand. We have put our flat pack houses down on it and our army men. You can get every building in the world, but made out of flat pack houses, but they are very fiddly to build. They are fun to play with and I like it because you can just sit down and work and paint them. My favourite thing to build is Airfix, but it sometimes gets very fiddly. Archie Robison





Beamish Museum

Form 5 went to Beamish again this year and had a wonderful time! Our first stop was Pockerley Wagonway. The steam was building up ready to go, but we had to wait until the afternoon before we had a ride. The smoke was going everywhere. We went on a carriage called the Experiment. It was called an experiment because people didn’t think carrying passengers by train would catch on so they built this carriage as

All aboard for Beamish a sort of experiment! The train could only go at 4 – 5 mph and people thought that if you travelled faster than 10 mph your lungs would burst.

Ready to visit the Drift Mine


In the Drift Mine there were very noisy machines that the miners would have used. It was a bit frightening because it was very dark especially when they turned off the lights and we just had a miner’s lantern to see by. We had to wear white helmets because the roof was a bit low. We could see old fashioned cars in the garage. The wheels were very narrow and quite similar to carriage wheels. There was a car which had been made for a Japanese Emperor, but it had never been delivered. There was a Ford car and an Armstrong. The Armstrong was the most expensive. The man told us it would have cost about £100. At the Jubilee Confectioners we were allowed to buy some sweets! Some of us had coloured lollies and our tongues ended up looking very funny! Some of us bought bars of chocolate. Next we went to the dentist! We were shown a set of false teeth. If you were rich in those days you could have laughing gas as an anaesthetic but if you were poor you had to suffer the pain, when you were having your teeth pulled out or filled! The most exciting part of the day for most of us was when Mrs Peek suggested we should have a go on the Merry-go-round. It was powered by a steam engine and as we went up and down it felt like we were going round faster and faster. It was very difficult for Mrs Parks to take photos! I found the Jubilee Confectioners exciting because when I first saw it, it was a lot more than I expected. When I went inside, I was completely psyched to get some sweets. They had a chest of liquorice all-sorts, fudge, chocolate éclairs, toffees etc. Angus Driscoll

Old steam engines are interesting! We went for a ride on an old steam train sitting in a cabin called the Experiment! There was an old garage with old cars like Fords. Seeing that made me realise what rich people travelled in, in those days. All the sweeties! When I walked through the door, I saw a paradise of sweeties! Old fashioned sweeties taste great!

Inside the garage I wouldn’t like going to the dentist in those days. I found it very interesting, but I would be scared to go there. The Merry-go-round went up and down.

If you come back this afternoon you can have a ride

The Steam Driven Merry-Go-Round It started slow then it got faster and then There were chocolate bars, gobstoppers – everything! slower. It was very fun. The dentist told us that in the olden days As we went down the drift mine it got darker. I found it very exciting and very fun. they used the laughing gas to put people to sleep. It was one of my favourites! The Merry-go-round was wonderful. It An old fashion music teacher who plays the piano and sings. He sounds good but I played organ music and it was colourful. It started very slow and got faster and faster. bet Mr Gale’s better. The drift mine was dark, damp and scary. Evan Ball The man showed us how and what miners used to do for their work. It was thrilling! Pockerley Wagonway consisted of an At Beamish the transport is completely old engine shed. There were three engines old fashioned, Trams and omnibuses are called the Locomotion, the steam elephant always passing by! and Puffing Billy. In the Livery Yard in the town there were The garage was where we saw lots of old two beautiful Dutch geldings both around fashioned cars. They were all original. We 16hh. Next door to the loose boxes there also saw some old parts of bicycles. is a tack room filled with the most beautiful The Jubilee Confectioners was the sweet and well kept harnesses I have ever seen! shop. I had never seen so many sweets! Ella Robson

We went to the Scottish Parliament in the afternoon. We had to go through security. It was like being at an airport and we were only allowed to take one photograph. While we were waiting we went to the cafe to have a fizzy drink! Most of us had coke. There are 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament. 69 of them belong to the Scottish National Party, there is one independent member, Labour has 37 seats, the Lib Dems have 5 the Green party 2 and the Conservatives have 15. Miralles was a Spanish architect who designed the building, but sadly he died before it was finished. He wanted it to look as if it was growing out of the ground. When we first arrived, we looked at a model of the

So, what do you think, Tilly? The garage was a big place. It had some beautiful motor cars. They had very thin tyres. In the garage they also had some posters. The Jubilee Confectioners was a proper sweetie shop filled with sweets that made your tongue go a different colour. The dentist looked much more scary than it is now. It had a small coat-hanger of laughing gas and some very strange false teeth. I think that the Merry-go-round was probably the best. It was so much fun going up and down and round and round. The drift mine was scary but fun. It was very interesting going in and seeing what they did in the past. Doune Meynell

Visit to the Scottish Parliament Building

Scottish Parliament. It was shaped like a tree with leaves. During our tour we saw loads of Scottish flags all over the building even on the lights and on the ceiling. The roofs were supposed to look like upturned boats to remind everyone that the sea is important to Scotland. On the tour we looked at the windows and they had big blocks that looked like curtains. People say they look like hair dryers, or feet, or dogs’ heads. The curtains meant that the Scottish Parliament would always be open to the public. Our tour was so good we all remembered the facts we had been taught about the building! Afterwards we walked up part of Arthur’s Seat. It was really fun!



Ella Robson

Ellie Vestey

Isabella Ramsay

Max Bruneau

The Visitor Suddenly I heard a cold groaning sound coming from the bathroom. I ran down the steps and through the door. I went into one of the loos and saw Ellie standing by the lavatories. “Sick again?” I enquired. She turned around to show her black jumper covered in this morning’s breakfast. “You think? Or is it not too obvious?” she replied sarcastically. I laughed, “Let’s clean you up!” “It’s quite weird don’t you think how, ever since that girl came to visit yesterday, strange things have been happening?” Ellie told me with a mouth full of sausage. Just then I recalled yesterday. Becks arriving in her black car with the windows dimmed so you couldn’t see inside, wearing her puffy flower skirt and her immaculate, fluorescent, yellow hoodie. She even spoke the way she looked, but she seemed somewhat held back. Every time I asked her about her family she would say that her father was a successful businessman and that she had two sisters called Rose and Lucy. “Sophie, Sophie! Wakey wakey!” Ellie was waving a hand in front of my face. “Finally! Dolly Day Dream!” “Oh! Right, sorry...” I replied startled. “Listen!” Ellie said, “I have an idea. Tonight, let’s look her up on the computer!” “Excellent idea!” I fibbed. “I know, I know!” she said selfishly.

Unusual Weather I woke up with a start and my lips were blue. It was very unusual because it was summer and it’s not supposed to be cold. I got up and made my way to the window. I saw something glinting catch my eye so I drew the curtains. The ground was covered with a white blanket of snow and the trees were like ones from a fairy tale. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s snowing in summer, I thought to myself. In the town I live it rains in summer but NEVER snows! It was a shame, I probably wouldn’t be going to my friend’s house, because of the snow, but – suddenly I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I wasn’t sure whether to stay put or turn around. Then the door slammed shut as if somebody had been in here! I tried to pretend it had never happened, but who was that and why did they want to come in here? It darted around my head like a hundred busy bees. I went over to the door. It was tightly shut. I peeped through the keyhole and then went back to the window and then all of a sudden a dump of snow fell off the tree and landed on the ground with a thud. What was that? It can’t have just happened. I ran downstairs and opened the door. It was still snowing and the car was covered in snow. I still wasn’t sure what that was in my room. Maybe it was just the wind. Just then a car pulled up in the driveway. I decided to go and have a look. The car was black and looked like a limousine, but not as long. A man got out and asked me, “’Ave you seen ’im?” “Who?” I asked. “A boy with glasses and a pale face,” he replied.

That night after tea Ellie and I went to the computer lab. “It’s empty.” I reassured her. “Excellent!” Ellie replied. We both sat down at the computer and Ellie logged on. She went onto Google and typed in: BECKS GORDAN She tapped enter. A load of web sites came up. She tapped on the top one. It came up with: PASSWORD? “Oh no! Hang on a sec! What did Becks say her dad was called again?” “Leonardo,” I said. She typed that in. ACCESS GRANTED! “Bingo!” shouted Ellie. She scrolled down the page, but all of it was just a load of garbage. “Pointless,” I said emotionally. “Wait, hang on, look!” Ellie cried. She clicked on something and it said: MISSION VISIT BELHAVEN HILL AND LOCATE AGENT 007 MISSION SUCCESS FAILED “O. M. G!” shouted Ellie. Belhaven Hill will never be the same again.” Ella Robson

“I’m sorry. No!” I said. “Can I search in your house?” the man said. “I’m not sure,” I replied. Then I heard a scream. “ ’E’s in there alright!” said the man. Before I could reply they went into the house. I ran after them into the kitchen where they were knocking around pots and pans and slamming open doors! Next they went upstairs and the screaming became clearer. We went into Mum’s room and she was standing there screaming. I asked, “What’s the matter?” She said, “There was a boy. He came in and he had glasses and a pale face. He took my purse and then jumped out of the window!” She was speaking in a panicky voice. The man didn’t even help Mum. He ran down the stairs. We waited for him and then he came back up the stairs with a shouting boy. “I only wanted to play!” but this boy was different. His hair was ginger and he had freckles all over his face and no glasses. “But this isn’t the right boy!” “Yes it is!” said the man. He just wears disguises.” The boy looked very angry! He handed the purse back to Mum grumpily and said sorry and then he and the man went away. Mum didn’t even have a chance to say thank you. The only thing was, why was it snowing. Why did the boy want the purse? We’ll never know! Annabel Barlow


It is always a good idea for the French teacher to get to know her pupils and this is a small sample of one method of doing it.


Craigmillar Castle

I really enjoyed being at Craigmillar Castle because I was thinking about how people used to live there and what all the rooms used to look like compared to now. The best bit of the castle for me was the dungeon, because the experience of being a prisoner was really fun! Tilly Scovell All the stair cases went up in a spiral all the way to the top. You could turn left or right at certain points. Some of the castle roof had fallen in and it had been mended with modern stone. I think the best part of the castle was the wine cellar because it was at the bottom of the castle and I think that is cool.

Archie and Hector stand guard. Craigmillar Castle was a large castle made of old uneven stones. It had many rooms such as the kitchen, bed chambers and the Great Hall. At the entrance there were two three hundred year-old yew trees. There were many crests and archways. Mary Queen of Scots lived there when she came back from France. The best part of the castle for me was at the back where there were the most unusually shaped rocks. They were tall and pointed and they looked as if they had been eroded. Ella Robson

The Castle was built on rocks. Craigmillar Castle had battlements and it was quite cavernous and cold. In the grounds you could see the old pond in the shape of a P. The Preston family were the first people to own the castle. Hubie Litherland

Oh dear. The roof ’s gone! ZoÍ Mylne The castle is very old and towers above Edinburgh. Some of the roofs have fallen down above the room and you can see fire places above where there used to be floors. I enjoyed the dungeons because it was fun imagining what it would be like trapped in a small room with hardly any food. All you had to drink was dirty water from the upper part of the castle. Annabel Barlow

All fit in the Fire Place of the Great Hall!

When we went into the Old Hall we found that the first people who owned the castle were called the Prestons and then it belonged to the Gilmours. We all stood in the fireplace for a photograph. The best bit of the Castle was when we went into the north east corner tower. Kitty Seymour Look at the view!

Craigmillar Castle was once owned by a man called Mr Gilmour. He was put in prison when he retreated from the castle. The best part of Craigmillar for me is probably the dungeons because a couple of years ago an archaeologist found a skeleton trapped inside the prison walls. Sofia Macpherson 300 year old yew tree in the courtyard.

Lunch time!



Sketchings in dorm by Hubie Litherland All that’s needed now is the story for them to illustrate. Any takers?



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Tilly Scovell

Angus Driscoll

Max Bruneau

Archie Seymour

Annabel Barlow

Lucy Venters

Hector Tomson

Doune Meynell


Evan Ball

Form 5 got knotted, blown up, muddled, crashed cars, were spies – and all in the name of team building. They started the afternoon building up their communication skills by sorting themselves out into age order without talking or falling into the crocodile infested swamp. They tangled themselves up then had to work together to get untangled. They had to remove a bomb from a pit using only rope and their ingenuity and direct their blindfolded friend through a maze. Their next task was to build a bridge over a river using limited materials. They applied their communication and team working skills in smaller groups under strict time

Diffusing a bomb. Looks as if someone doesn’t think they’ve done it! limitations to build their bridge. The Form 5s showed excellent organisation, cooperation and inventiveness as they battled to design and build their bridge quickly with good

I don’t know, but, do you think this card is going to be strong enough?

structure and strength. Despite being tested by Mr MacAskill, the bridges all survived well, passing the criteria of strength, ability to take a car from one side of the river to the other and high enough to allow a yacht to sail underneath. They finished the afternoon as spies decoding messages to collect codes. Working together they solved picture puzzles, Morse code, semaphore, letter codes and number codes. They worked enthusiastically and energetically all afternoon and achieved all their goals. CB

Oh no! This is going to be a disaster. Do I have to hold this here all afternoon?

Form 5 Team Building Afternoon

This is a fine tangled mess we’ve got ourselves into ... Mr MacAskill about to test the strength of the bridge .....

... so which hand goes where?

.... I hope you got your sums right. I’m just going to lean on this bit here ...


Form 4

Name designs made during Art lessons

John Muir Discovery Award in pictures

Form 4 members busy constructing bird tables as part of their John Muir Award and ..

.. we hope to see them starting to be used in the Autumn term and for the cats to be issued with bells! Hopefully the small bird population will begin to increase in number.



The Magic Map Makers

Form 4 studied 'An Introduction to Map Skills' in Geography this year. They created their own magical map which shows compass direction, grid references and the use of a key. This was also an opportunity for them to use their imagination. A wonderful outcome Form 4!




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The Annual Trip to York


Back in September Form 4 researched their local area in Geography and made postcards showing what Dunbar has to offer.

Susannah Wood & Skye Brooke

Jock Begg

Sophie Gladstone & Ruby Haas

Flora Dalrymple & Pandora Bannister


Children’s creative writing is wonderful and what better way to see it than in its original illustrated form. The Odyssey by Sophie Gladstone is a tour de force and although it has been reduced in size I hope you are able to follow it! Perhaps a magnifying glass will be inserted in future editions ...

Jemima Cookson

Pandora Bannister

Sophie Gladstone



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Some designs for the future as Form 4 come up with ideas for useful robots.

Tessellated Animals


Form 3

Name designs made during Art lessons

Our Trip To Anne Fine We got on the bus and headed off. It took us about an hour and a half. We entertained ourselves by playing dares and reading books. When we got there we took our seats, our seats were right in front of Anne Fine which was good. We got a good place and even the people at the back of the row in Belhaven’s slot could see Anne Fine. She started talking about what inspired her to be a writer. She told us that she could just sit down and write and no one would disturb her. Then she went on to her books she said that every one had to read ‘The More Merrier’ and how it was her favourite book, then she finished. And afterwards we were allowed to get her autograph. Duncan Mackenzie I’d say it took an hour and a half to get there, but we entertained ourselves and others pretty well. Sadly I had no idea this was going to happen so I didn’t bring a book to be signed!

When we arrived at St. Boswells I was a bit worried because I am greedy with carrots and had four left when we arrived. So I had to eat them as quickly as I could, which hurt because I had just had a tooth taken out. Anyway, when we arrived there were two other schools there. My favourite part was when Anne Fine told us the nags. They were

funny, especially the “otherwise they will think I am poor” nag! The way back was better than the way there because we had lots more things to talk about. On the whole I’d say it was a ten out of ten! Sebastian Flame


Really! The Mad Scientist and his sidekick Genetic Gena are preparing something devastatingly awful for these pupils next year. They have been warned!



The Disappearance I lay there. Curled up in my basket. Just like any other day. I heard the quick rhythmic beat of my owner racing down the stairs. I heard the squeak of leather rubbing against itself and I leapt to my paws. That meant only one thing. “Walkies”, my owner cried as he ran into the room. I bolted forward to meet him. I bent my head obediently and flipped my muzzle to one side so he could scratch me. I let him lead me down the hallway and through the door. I could never get enough of that feeling. The cold wind hitting me like a brick wall. Knowing that heaven on earth (the park) was just a few minutes away. I trotted along happily, occasionally stopping at a lamp post or to wait for a cat to scamper away, before carrying on. Then I saw those oh so familiar gates. I raced through those gates, pulling on

Dust “Do try and be responsible“, said my father. That was the last thing my father said to me. He had gone to get milk from the corner-shop because I had refused to go myself. He left me with my little two year old brother Benji (Ben). My mother was out so it was only us. I put the telly on and we smuggled up on the sofa. I fell asleep and I was woken by he sound of Benji snivelling. Someone was banding on the door. It couldn’t be dad. He had the key. I looked up at the clock on the wall. 9.00! Something was wrong. I looked through the keyhole and two policemen were standing in the doorway! I opened the door. They had grim faces. One sat down on the sofa and the other asked where my mother was. “She is out, but my father should be coming back soon” I said. One asked to use the phone and the other sat down with Benji and me. Benji whimpered and I asked what had happened. The policeman just shook his head. My mother came home and soon after I could tell she’d been crying. My mum said thanks to the policeman, then sat down next to us. I dreaded what she was going to say. “Gabby” she began, “Benji. I know that you are going to be upset, but Dad won’t be coming back tonight” . “Where’s Daddy gone?” asked Benji. “Daddy’s gone to heaven, like Bugsy” (our bunny). I have never told anyone about my selfishness that night. Because the reason Dad died was my fault. The lorry wouldn’t have hit him if he didn’t go to get the mild. If I had said I would go, it wouldn’t have happened. The rain was crashing down on my window pane. All the ducks and swans had gone for cover in the reeds. Thunder


the lead, dragging my owner behind me. He whistled and I immediately stopped. He bent down and I heard that beautiful sound. Click. I was free. I flew across the gravel until I reached the grass and then I halted. My owner reached into his pocket and pulled out a faded green tennis ball. He drew his arm back and then flicked his wrist. I ran everywhere. I searched the whole field. No ball. When I finally gave up I hurtled back to my owner. Why was he not trying to find the ball too? He was just smiling. Smiling. Hold on, I thought. Then, from behind his back, my owner produced the ball. Relief flooded through me and before I could lick him, my owner had thrown the ball again. This time I got it back. We continued like this for maybe half an hour and then he arrived. This man was wearing some kind of trench coat. I could tell he was wearing black, even through my colour blind eyes, but my owner and I just

carried on, totally oblivious. My owner threw a particularly long ball and I had to run very far to retrieve it. I was totally carefree. Just running. The wind in my fur. Feeling the soft grass under my paws. When I got back to our usual spot my owner wasn’t there. He was probably just playing another trick. I waited for a while and then went to investigate. He definitely wasn’t in the field, so I went to look outside the gate. He wasn’t there either. I scoured the whole town for what seemed like ages. I ended up outside some other park I had never been to before. It had some kind of sign up which I couldn’t read. I felt angry and confused. My owner wasn’t anywhere and I couldn’t read that stupid sign. My paws were bleeding, my legs ached. I lay down and let out a plaintive cry. My owner was gone and I was alone. Bridget Stuart

boomed and lightning crashed. Benji started to cry. I went over to cuddle him. I think he hated Mistletoe Manor as much as me. Mum had a new boyfriend called Rick and we were living with him in his huge mansion and massive garden. The garden was the only thing I liked here. It had a lake with weeping willows and a forest behind. At the end of the garden there was a wall with slippery sides and no gate so I could not get over. That was until tonight………. I was cuddling Benji after some lightening spooked him and something caught my eye. A beautiful wooden box with swirly writing saying “for Gabby”. I had never seen this beautiful box and I swore I had never seen it there! As I was staring at it, the gold writing moved until it said “OPEN ME”. So naturally, I opened the box. Inside was a magnificent key, god like the writing and a deep blue pouch with silver writing saying “USE ME WELL”. Puzzled, I got into bed and went to sleep. I don’t know what woke me, but all I know was that the rain had stopped and it was a beautiful clear night. The full moon was shining and the stars were twinkling. I looked out into the garden and to the wall. Suddenly and to my amazement I saw a door, yes a door was in the wall. I picked up the key wondering, what if it opened the door? It was worth a try. So soundlessly, I crept down the stairs, through the house and out the back door. Oh what a wonderful night! Then I remembered why I was outside in the night. I had to get back to the wall. So, I started to pick my way through the forest. At the door, there was a keyhole. I dared not try. I closed my eyes, but the key in the hole and turned the key. I was flabbergasted! In front of me was a magnificent, beautiful, fabulous garden! A river wound its way swiftly through the round grass Islands and

swans glided on the glistening water. On the island was a single weeping willow, its beautiful long branches touching the water. A brick bridge crossed the river, providing shade for the swans. I did not know what made me do it, my feet had taken control of me that night, but I walked across the bridge. On the little island, I picked my way through the branches until I came to the trunk of the willow. Before my eyes, the knobbly bits on the trunk moved until it said “throw the dust on me, and the one you miss the most, you will see.” Well, I didn’t think this night could get any stranger, so I did it. The dust swarmed around the tree until the figure of my father shaped in the dust! I stood there, transfixed, staring at my dad. ‘Oh my daddy, oh my daddy”. I wept and hugged him. When I let go, I was covered with glittering dust. “Sit down Gabby and tell me everything” he said. So I told him about how mum quit her job to look after Benji and I. I told him about Rick and how he shouted at Mum and us. I told him how I felt it was all my fault that he died. Dad just looked at me and said. “It wasn’t your fault and anyway, better me than you.” I looked up, Dad was fading! “Dad please don’t go” I cried. “I’m not going,” said my dad. “Whenever you want to talk to me, take a pinch of dust from the pouch and throw it. Then I’ll come”. Dad was fading fast now. “I love you Gabby” he said. “I love you too dad” I whispered. Then I was alone in the garden. It was dawn, I had to get back,. But as I ran inside, I didn’t feel alone any more. I had dad in my pocket, with the dust that changed my life. That was all that mattered. Hannah Bruneau

Poster drawn by Rosie Forsyth and Hannah Bruneau showing some energy transfers during match between Serina Williams and Marion Bartoli at Wimbledon this year!

Seb Flame’s Arctic Ocean food web

Rex Benson’s Serangeti food web


Time for some poetry and composition Form Three have been studying poetry recently and were asked to produce two poems of their own; firstly, a poem reflecting their time at Belhaven Hill and then secondly, a free poem on any topic they should care to choose. Many have also been busy with prose and thus the following pages are made up of a selection of them.

My First Day

Dogs can be all different types All different shapes and sizes There are a few that catch your mind Particularly the weird and wacky ones

Walking up the steps, No idea what to expect. Seeing the unfamiliar face of the girl who was going to look after me. I remember feeling nervous but also longing to know what it was like there, That strange place that I was frankly scared of so long ago. The smooth wooden banister soothed my mind which was sick with anxiety as I walked the stairs. I remember walking through a door with a lock on it like it made sure the children didn’t escape. The courtyard was a dark and damp place, A sinister looking building towering above it casting a shadow. I thought I might hate it here, It seemed deserted. Remember seeing a group of buildings where I could hear laughter coming from, My emotions changed again. I walked through a corridor and into a square area with pond in. Its water was murky and grey, The plants around it looked dead, Skeletal. This place is probably haunted, I was thinking as I walked up the path. People were staring at me through the windows like I was some kind of rare artefact, I just kept walking. The girl who was showing me round led me through two doors into quite a small classroom. Everyone was smiling at me, I just wanted to disappear. Bridget Stuart

A Belhaven week. On Monday you’re back from home. You wish you could be back there already. But you better take your mind off that because There is English coming up for second lesson! On Tuesday you have got your mind on lessons. Science with Mr. Peek and a spot of History and double English to finish off the morning. On Wednesday the dreadful double maths as well as French and Latin. Amo, amas, amat. On Thursday the hated Thursday run. Quick, quick you don’t have forever, we’re being timed.



Such as Spotty dotty pretty dogs Curly frilly hairy dogs Big ferocious scary dogs Cute and cuddly mini dogs Bulldogs, dachshund all the rest Dogs are surely just the best A Chihuahua, Labrador, water spaniel Jack Russells and Yorkshire terriers Any dog that you can think of Even strange and wacky dogs Mean and deadly dogs Tall long and skinny dogs Just annoying snappy dogs Just plain and sleepy dogs Lazy boring tired dogs Or just Normal Little Dogs. Nicole Thomlinson

The every second Friday it is time to go home. But it is not the weekend until the last lesson is over. The Saturday we’re are at school. Lessons aren’t over till lunchtime. So work through languages and R.S. waiting Till lunch then no lessons till Monday at last. On Sunday there are no lessons. But there is still church so no free time yet. But after church is time to play, rugby, football, hockey. But after Sunday the week starts again. The same old routine. Angus Barlow

That Place I remember when I was young. When we went fishing one day. That was the day when mum died. I remember watching her fall. The way her head hit the water. Splash! Slosh! Every year my dad and I go back to that place and here I am again… Dad and I had taken the train down this morning. It seemed like an age before we got to the hotel. I used to like that hotel until it became the venue for mum’s funeral. The lush carpet seemed to be covered in dust and every time I walked into our room the door seemed to not to let me in. This used to be my favourite three days of the year but now I dread it. The first night was always the worst. I swear I could hear the pipes rattling and even though the door was locked and the windows shut, when I woke up they always seemed to be open. That night I heard mum. I heard her soothing voice whispering all my favourite childhood stories ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘The Mermaid Song’ and all the rest. That night I cried for the first time since

In Kenya One minute I was in the streets of London with smoke and cars but then I was in Kenya, where the waves grow to extreme heights, higher than I could have imagined. Where people were surfing the waves, showing off and doing tricks and people swimming in the mighty and vast sea. Some kids playing, some people just relaxing on the big beach, white as snow, glistening in the sun like diamonds. I wandered up the beach for a while enjoying the warm sensation as the sun shone on my skin. Soon I stumbled across a large spiral shell, one more extravagant and bigger than I had ever seen, it was beautiful so I picked it up and took it with me. I soon headed back because I had strayed too far from the house. I returned to a lovely lunch of crabs and squid and perfectly ripe

When I was Rebecca The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the sea was warm, calm and inviting, but I knew that could all change in an instant. I wasn’t fooled. It was all going to change. Perhaps for the good. Perhaps for the bad. When I was Rebecca, I had long golden plaits tied with ribbons. I wore cute little dresses, red checked pinafores and little white socks. You would have looked at me and thought I was seven. It didn’t help that I was short. All the kids at my old school would pull my plaits and say: “Aww! Isn’t she cute?” But that was when I was Rebecca. Timid, girly and small. I’m not Rebecca anymore. I’m cool, confident Bobby.

mum’s death. When I got up in the morning I found that dad was already up. I glanced at the grand-father clock in the hall. “Nine-thirty,” I muttered. “No, it can’t be,” I said to myself. I ran back into my room and picked up my watch, it read nine-thirty. Cursing under my breath I pulled on my jeans and my favourite top, grabbed my coat from the hanger and stuck my shoes on. I raced downstairs to the reception to find a rather pretty girl staring into a computer screen. “Ah,” she said in a high soprano voice, “you must be the fisherman’s son.” “Well I wouldn’t call him a professional, but I am his son.” She let out a silvery laugh, flashing me a dazzling smile. “You’re funny. Anyway, your dad told me to tell you, have some breakfast and meet him at the usual spot. I’m assuming you know where that is.” “Thanks,” I shouted over my shoulder as I raced towards the dining room. I stuffed some toast in my mouth, chased down by some tea and bolted back through reception, waving at the secretary as I went, and out the

front door. I ran across the road and down to the docks where my dad was waiting in a little dingy, “You took your time!,” he scolded. “Yeah, well someone didn’t wake me up,” I retorted. “We had a long journey yesterday. You needed a lie in.” “Let’s just go fishing, shall we?” I said, jumping in the boat and cranking the engine. After about ten minutes we were out in open water. When I forgot mum it really was a beautiful place. The sun was shining in a baby blue, cloud-free sky. The water wasn’t murky but a lovely blue-green. I could see the smaller fish darting about in the water. The hills around us were green. Dark green, light green, camouflage green with patches of purple heather here and there. I leaned over the edge of the boat and wondered if Mum were here, would I be happier? Probably. I stared into the depths and for a moment I saw Mum’s face stare back at me. Bridget Stuart

mangos fresh of the tree in the garden. I never felt more relaxed hearing the birds singing their beautiful songs, all different from the others. Smelling the squid sizzling in the pan on the fire. Soon I was offered a piece, I plopped it in my mouth and felt the rising sensation of pleasure. How could it taste so good, I thought, just a tiny little squid was so delicate I savoured every last moment of it, before swallowing it. For dessert we had coconut and mangos, amazingly tasty, it was magnificent I wished I could live here, it was so amazing seeing the monkeys with there long, furry and curly tails and seeing not a cloud in the sky, so perfect in every single way. The swimming pool was not heated but still hotter then one in Britain that was heated. We were off then, to the safari park to see the range of animals, soon we got to a

small airport, almost as wild as the distant surroundings. When we arrived, we got into a bulk of a landrover and soon we were off to see the animals. At last we came to the lions where they had caught a zebra and were eating, roaring as we passed them. In the distance we spotted a cheetah up a tree with its prey up there with it, we passed chimpanzees with red bums and long curled teeth which could penetrate anything. Then we passed the elephants in a herd, big and strong with long pointy tusks like the point of a knife protecting their young. Then we went to bed and slept because tomorrow the wonderful time would be over and we would go home for a normal old boring routine. No lions, no zebras, no elephants, no fresh coconuts but are least I will still have memories. Donald MacDonald

I buried my feet deeper in the sand. It’s been two weeks since we moved to Australia and our beautiful house. School was starting tomorrow. I was scared. No. I wasn’t Rebecca anymore, I thought, I wasn’t scared. As soon as we got to Sydney I pestered Mum to get me some clothes. “Cool clothes, Mum!” I added as Mum pulled out a frilly pink swimming costume with lace and ribbon. I got the clothes I wanted, shorts and leggings, t-shirts and flip-flops. Now for hair, I thought. Mum cried a bit when all of my beautiful locks were cut off and I got the short, spiky hairstyle I wanted. Dad said it looked good. So here I am, lying on this beach. I got everything I wanted. So what was missing? I felt strangely empty… a friend. That’s what I wanted – no – needed so badly. Well, school

is tomorrow, I thought, maybe I’ll find one there. Then, to remind my self I wrote in the sand: I am Bobby. I’m not Rebecca anymore. I’m not a sad, bullied little girl. That was when I was Rebecca. “Hiya!” said a friendly voice, “you wanna come sit with me at my desk?” I looked up from my bag to see a dark, smiley girl with braided hair and little beads in hear braids. “Sure,” I said, a little confused. “I’m Bobby,” I said as confidently as possibly. “And I’m Clara,” said Clara. “Do you wanna be friends?” she said, linking her arm through mine. “Best friends,” I said smiling, remembering the sentence in the sand. I was Bobby now. I was only friendless when I was Rebecca. Hannah Bruneau


Night Games The sun shone brightly as we drove up the drive, Me and my brother took our last breath, Out of the car we went to find out the latest news, Exchanging photos and souvenirs. Then off we rushed to our houses, Yet to find out who was in what dorm, Named after trees our dorms were, Me I was in willow, My friends were all there, Jumping about saying: ‘How were your hols?’’ And ‘I went to …’’ In all this rush, You forget to say goodbye to your mothers and fathers. You get annoyed and upset, But soon are forgetting this news. The first night of term is always a crazy one, Matrons annoyed about the burst of excitement, And the rush everywhere, They tell us to hush but we pay no attention, And get more hyper!

At last the lights are turned off, And whispering all around: ‘What shall we play tonight?’ we say Hide and seek, Chinese whispers, secrets or just talk! Unfortunately that moment the teacher walked in: ‘No talking, girls!’’ She says to our annoyance, And a moan goes round and then silence for that night. The next day we planned hide and seek, And so when the night came we started to count: One, two, three, We counted to one hundred, There was only one rule: Not to hide out of the dorm! We rushed for our places and held our breath, We hear the seeker say: Ninety nine And then a few giggles came from the room, Then silence, And then all of a sudden an outburst of laughter, Then everyone hears the dreaded footsteps of the teacher,

Days at Belhaven In the morning the sun is blazing and the dew waits on the grass. It’s time for break. Form 5 charge down the classroom block like bulls. As they trample towards juice and biscuits. Now it is time for games. Hockey this season and cricket next. We grab our sticks and charge outside ready for a fun game passing, shooting and dribbling. Dodging players as we move across the ground. Now its time for showers in and out we move about. Out we go to have fun and to play. We play rugby in the sport’s hall or chase each other around and around.


We rush for our beds, Our hearts pumping with adrenalin A crack of light comes from the door, Some of us are in mid step, Then to our relief it goes away, We creep back to our beds and sleep. The next day we played rounders in games, We all loved it, So the night came and off we went, With a book in one hand and the other outstretched, We started, ‘Rounder, Rounder!’ we shouted, Then the most dreadful thing happened, We heard the dreaded footsteps, The door cracked open, And the light poured in, We froze where we were, The door started to close, We sighed a sigh of relief, Then we started to go to our bed when… The door reopened and a head popped in, Then went away, ‘Phew,’ we all thought, After that night we never played rounders in dorm again. Alice Warre

Soon the day is over time to go to bed and wait till tomorrow and start all over. The days go by each one slightly different to the last. Soon days are sunny and warm we play inside cricket in dorm (jokes). Out we go for surfing in the warm big waves. Massive swirling currents trying to pull us away. We surf across until it hits then we tumble and tumble. We come back dripping and wet and soggy to the bone. Then we have another nice warm shower. Nice and refreshed after we have all the free time we could dream of all because it is a Sunday. Donald MacDonald

I have just woken up. I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes. The sun is bursting through the blue and white striped curtains. I can smell the strong smell of seaweed as I get out of bed. I walk over to the curtains and draw them back. I can see the gentle waves lapping against the rocky shore. It makes me feel relaxed just watching them continuously. I walk down the cream carpet staircase. I can already smell the hot toast in the toaster and I get a whiff of shampoo as I walk past the shower. I open the door to the kitchen – the table is laid perfectly. As I walk over to get my toast I hear a squawk. It is the seagulls on the tile roof. I get my toast out of the toaster and put it on the white china plate. I pick it up and as it goes in my mouth it makes a crunch sound, it tastes great. I now go up to the kettle and put it on. I can hear

My Brother One cool, breezy day, two brothers sat staring out of the window wondering what to do. Sam, who was the younger of them, wanted to go hiking up the hill, which towered over everything as if it were saying, “Oh, look at me, I’m the biggest and the greatest thing you will ever see!” But on the other hand Tom, who was 15, (nine years older than Sam), did not want to. “Please, please, pretty please!” begged Sam. “We’ll be able to see everything, as far as the eye can see!” But still Tom disagreed. “No. I vote we go fishing. I mean, look at all the lochs up here,” said Tom. “And I have only been fishing twice and that was in England on a river, but now we are in Scotland. There’s even a rubber boat that has an engine!”

Holiday Madness “Beep, beep beep,” her alarm clock sang out! “Ahh, a new day, new dawn and new… ahhh,” Annabel screamed. “Joe, why are you in my room?” Annabel said, like she had seen a ghost. “I am you foster mum’s boyfriend,” he said. She stared at him with such disgust. “Joe, honey, I need you,” Anabel’s foster mum shouted. “Coming, Linda,” Joe shouted. Annabel waited till the footsteps were gone. As Annabel got her slippers and dressing gown on she walked down the stairs one by one, thinking what her friends in the orphanage would be doing. “Annabel!” her mum shouted calmly. “Annabel!” she said again. As Annabel peeked through the door she saw her foster

the bubbling noise as it is turned on. When it is ready I put some hot chocolate powder into a blue mug with a swallow on it and mix the boiling water and the hot chocolate powder together. Now it is ready. I slurp it into my mouth because it is scorching hot. I walk out of the kitchen and go back up the cream carpet staircase to the bathroom. As I enter it I can hear the heater fan whirring away so the bathroom will be hot when I go in. The bathroom has green wallpaper walls and a cream carpet, the same as the stairs. I turn on the tap. I can hear the gurgle as it comes out. I get my blue Colgate toothbrush out and put some toothpaste on it. It makes an ‘s’ shape as I squeeze the toothpaste out. I put it in my mouth and brush up and down and in circles. When I spit the toothpaste out I can hear a splat as it hits the basin. I

wash the basin out. I can remember when I was small and I had just learnt to brush my teeth by myself, I spat the toothpaste all over the floor! I go back into the bedroom and the wind has picked up. I can hear the crash of the waves now as they smash like a bulldozer into the rocks. I put on my green polo t-shirt. And then my blue jeans. When I put on my jeans it makes a rustling noise. Now I slip on my black socks as fast as a bullet because I forgot to turn the tap off. I quickly rush to the bathroom and as the water is about to over flow I turn the tap off. I feel so much better now and I heave a sigh of relief. This is Ardoch in the Highlands. Jack Glynn-Davies

“Oh, alright, we’ll go fishing,” said Sam giving up all hope about the hiking. “But only if you promise that we’ll walk up the hill tomorrow!” “I promise,” said Tom. So they got into fishing gear, waterproofs and wellies, and set off towards the loch. The important thing was that Sam had never been swimming before, so if he fell in he would be in big trouble. “There she is!” called Tom, as they walked in sight of the beautiful, but murky loch. “And there’s the boat,” said Tom excitedly. They got into the boat and Tom started it up. As they moved along the water they heard it lapping on the side of the boat. It felt like they were gliding across the dancing, dirty water. Tom stopped the engine and helped Sam get his fishing rod out. Soon they both were letting their lines into the water. Before Tom had even got his line fully

out he had a bite and started to reel in. “Yay, she’s a beauty!” said Tom, admiring his fish. Later the same happened. “Nice one Sam!” said Tom congratulating his brother. After a while they had pulled in most of the fish in the loch. “Better get back then,” decided Tom. So he started the engine and he must have started it somehow differently from before, for when he started it Sam, who was sitting on the edge of the boat, suddenly got thrown in. Tom didn’t really notice at first because he was facing the other way. But when he did notice he ran to the other end of the boat but all he saw was a few bubbles, then stillness. “My brother, my brother!” cried Tom. The very next day Tom walked up the hill in memory of him. “Rest in peace, Sam, rest in peace.” Miranda Joicey

dad and she couldn’t even say his name. It disgusted her so. “We are going on holiday,” her mum screamed. For a minute Annabel’s heart skipped a beat, until she heard the other wretched words. “And Joe is coming with us,” she said, knowing that those words would cause drama. Annabel stared at her mum with such dread. “Pack your bag. We told your school you’re leaving - ah er - one day early,” her mum said. Why the pause, why the stutter? She realized something was there. Some secret and Annabel would find out what it was. Annabel had just got in the car. She fell asleep. The commotion had made her sleepy. She woke to see a huge, big house. It was night time but she was not able to sleep having slept in the car earlier. She went to the window. The sun was starting to come up. It was beautiful. She stared for a long time until the sun was shining in the

blue sky and the sea was warm, calm and inviting. But she knew it could disappear in an instant. She wasn’t fooled – they were getting married. She ran downstairs. Her mum and Joe were there, grins up to their noses. “We are getting married,” they said. They had said the question but one thing remained to ask them. “Are you leaving me?” Annabel asked looking so dreadful she might cry. “No, you’re our bridesmaid!” her mum said. Annabel looked blank, but not in hatred or despair, thinking about the wedding. “Flowers are important. Dress: make the dress with white sparkles,” Annabel said energetically. This went on for a long time. The drama, the love, even sometimes the hatred. But it was different now. She had a dad, a mum. She had … a real family. She would treasure that forever. Nicole Thomlinson


The Tunnel. And I thought exploring was meant to be fun I said as I climbed the monstrous sand dunes of the Sahara desert. I don’t how I got there, I had fallen asleep one night in my warm cosy bed at home, just as I usually did and I woke up lying in the baking hot sun lying on the even more scorching hot sand. I definitely was not dreaming, I am sure of it. It was too real. I though I was going to die; no water, no food, no shelter and no one in sight, but I guess the only way to survive was to keep on going, there must be some one out there. But now my eyes were stinging, my skin was burning and my hair was loaded with sand. It felt as if I had been going for years when I came to a very peculiar-looking hole on the side of a sand dune, it was black as coal inside but that didn’t stop me from going in, it could be my only chance of survival. I could feel bugs and spiders crawling all over me, but what did that matter, I was blooming dying! I finally came to the end of the tunnel and all was bright again, the sight I saw was like no other, it must have

been a dream but I just knew it wasn’t! What lay in front of me was a big giraffe with windows and a front door! It wasn’t a real giraffe because it was metal and its neck was going up and down like an elevator. Then I saw down on the ground, flowers, but instead they were lollypops, all in the shape of hearts, all of them in lines of threes, tied in little bows, every single row had a pink heart, a purply-blue heart and green heart That desperate feeling had gone now as I rushed towards the entrance of the ‘giraffe hotel’. The door was open and I went inside. All the rooms were different colours! There was no reception, nor a restaurant (apart from a little tropical bar, selling pineapple juice). The bottom floor was baby-blue, with comfy sofas and a telly and a window the size of an elephant showing a fantastic view of the Sahara. I looked to my left and saw a windy staircase leading up to what looked like a ‘slippy slide’, I went up and then I knew why the giraffe’s neck was going up and down – it was a slide, the giraffe’s neck went down, you slid down. The giraffe’s neck went up, you slid down the other way! The whole place had seemed a bit

deserted, until I got to the top floor. It was bright green, with a swimming pool and deck-chairs and an overhead window (even bigger than the one on the bottom floor!). Children were playing in the pool and rather plump ladies, with black swimmingcostumes on were sitting on deck-chairs, watching the children in the pool trying not to get wet. I sat down on a deck chair and rolled up my shorts, I couldn’t think my life could get any better, until the ground started shaking, the children started crying and the women started screaming, I knew exactly where to run, the tunnel, I didn’t take the elevator in case it got stuck, I took the stairs. I ran as fast as I could to the tunnel, out the door, past the lollies and into the tunnel. I was crawling and crawling, and then, from all the shaking, the two ends of the tunnel fell in. I was left there weeping, hugging my chest to my knees in complete blackness. I could only hear myself sobbing and all of the bugs crawling, I was left there, ever to get out? How should I know? Rosie Forsyth.

How not to write a poem I have been told to write a poem. Yes a poem. Now who could write a poem? Certainly not me. So this poem is about how I can’t write poems. I start by staring at a big blank page for hours on end Thinking thoughts of what I could do a poem on. However, just as I think of something my mind goes blank again. As everybody is starting to finish their poems I suddenly have an idea. Obviously not a very good one though, but good enough. As you may have guessed this time I have decided to do it on how I can’t write poems. So I start to write the poem I have been trying to think of for hours on end. However it does not go the way I have planned. Like always, it goes terribly wrong but I have to keep going otherwise I will run out of time. So on I go fighting the urge and temptation to rub it all out and start again. Then suddenly, eventually, miraculously I finish. I do not know how I did it but all that matters is that I did. Now that is how NOT to write a poem. Rex Benson


From the ice-capped mountains Our world is wonderful, In so many ways. From its ice-capped mountains, To its deep blue depths. The fertile land of Europe, To the cold deserts of Antarctica. But we are ruining it, And we can’t seem to stop. Deforestation, Climate change, Animals going extinct, The list goes on.

Hunting The day could be Monday, Wednesday or Saturday, It doesn’t matter, The rush had begun, Grooming and tacking up, When we had finished, Down the road we went, And to the farm we came, And in the horse box we jumped, Loaded and ready, We set for the meet. We parked up the road, And unloaded in a flurry, Trotting down the road in a hurry. We had made it in time, Snacks and drinks are handed around, Mulled wine and port for the adults only, Chatting and laughing,

How can we stop it? How can we help? We can do little things: Turning off lights, Eating what we are given, Little things. If everybody did this, In just our school even, We could do our part in saving our world. From the ice-capped mountains, To the deep blue depths. We can make a change. Hannah Bruneau

Hounds trotting about, They’re barking and howling, Making an awful racket, Then we’re off trotting up the slippy road, Slipping and sliding, All different ways, Then we’re in the field, The crisp frost dotted here and there, The hounds are off in hot pursuit, Not far behind are the huntsman and whipper in, In their red jackets gleaming in the cold, Then the field are off, Galloping after them, The hunting horn is sounded, Then we jump a big fence into the next field, An awful thing happens, The person in front, Falls onto the jump,

The horses are shocked, They jump back in surprise, Someone on a quad bike comes to the rescue, The horse with no rider is led away, Then we’re off again, The sun has come out, A cold but sunny morning, Galloping over fields of gold, It feels like we will never stop, But then we see a fox in the distance, The hounds start to bark, And then we’re off, We hear a shot of the gun, We suddenly stop, You’re suddenly overcome by sadness, And feel like your crying, But life is just that way, Happiness can’t last forever! Alice Warre


How to make your own Indicator


Form 2

Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery In May, Form 2 headed off towards Dumfries for their annual trip to the Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist M o n a s t e r y. As part of their study of Buddhism, this gives the children a chance to see Buddhism in practice, enhance their understanding and ask many questions. When we arrived we met Ani, one of the Buddhist Nuns who made us very welcome and she took us up towards the temple. Inside the Temple, Form 2 were able to have a look around and were given the opportunity to ask questions about the religion. They also had a chance to meditate and sit in to listen to a prayer session.

Outside the temple, we were then given a tour of the grounds. We saw the Butterlamp house which is home to 1,008 tea lights and we also went inside the Stupa. Around the outside of the Stupa, Form 2 had a chance to spin the Prayer Wheels. We then had a final walk through the herb gardens and underneath the Liberation Gate before leaving. Having left the Monastery, the sun appeared for a brief moment as we met up with Mr and Mrs ArmstrongWilson and Mrs Barnes, by the river. The children all enjoyed a rather refreshing dip, followed by sausages cooked on the BBQ and some ice cream! Thank you very much Mr and Mrs ArmstrongWilson for the super BBQ. KG


Latin Day at Fettes In the autumn term Form Two made a very enjoyable visit to Fettes to participate in the school’s annual Latin Day with five other prep schools. The day is a superb opportunity for the children to be exposed to Latin culture and experience the language in a fun way. The pupils had the chance to listen to a professional storyteller recanting Greek myths, participate in a treasure hunt for gold around the grounds using their Latin vocab., act out a drama piece about the slaying of a Minotaur and meet a bossy Roman centurion who taught them weaponry and marching. NC


An Autumnal Theme! Autumn When summer turns Autumn and trees become bright a conker falls as someone calls You run in fear and shelter near run up and down those nice, warm halls when Summer turns Autumn and the frost is crisp Leaves spin in mid air and land on your hair The squirrels get nuts as we play in our huts ‘Do you think that Autumn’s here?’ when Summer turns Autumn with bright hats on heads with TV on hold as you play in the cold Look at those deer playing so mier Now Halloween sweet wrappers unfold The sun’s gone down early The moon takes its place boats bob to the pier You now know that Autumn’s here Let’s go to our beds remove hats from our heads Oh, how did winter get here? Cassia Roberts



Look at the colours floating through the sky Red, Yellow, and Orange. Hundreds of them passing you by Then softly landing on the Cool hard floor, Crunching and rustling as you walk through the leaves, the Crisp frost on the lawn where someone’s footprints Stay, Shivering and sniffing, while you play.

Red leaves drying Cold wind whistling The crunch of the leaves The crack of the ice It was obvious that winter grew near.

Rosy red cheeks, and chattering teeth. the wind whips your face and you can’t feel your feet, the dog at your heel and winter draws near it begins to get dark, the sun sets behind the hills, and the temperature drops. You pull off your boots and shut the door, You jump onto the Aga until your bum’s warm, sipping hot chocolate, Slurp, Slurp, Slurp, The dogs dry themselves by the toasty warm fire, You curl up in a chair and rest for a while. Isabella Baillie

Autumn Rain hitting

Fireworks loud

the ground

and colourful, fire

with a splash

so warm crackling

it keeps on


pouring pouring down

Your mother bellowing at you from the door You can’t hear her you’re throwing mud balls Running and running until your heart’s content slipping and falling onto a bed of leaves The crunch and crackle as you land Something falls on your cheek It is a snow flake So soft so cold It melts gently on your face Jemima Black

Autumn The trees sway whilst the wind blows on them They lose their friends as they fall to the ground The branches are bare nothing to behold But stunning colours green, red, orange. I look around the trees are bare The trees stare back in despair. As I look around I feel sad

Walking through

The sun goes down the moon comes up

leaves crackling

Silhouettes in the dark as the owl makes his noise

Halloween, running

and crunching

from house to house

leaves falling

getting sweets by

to the ground

the bucket screams

Walking along with the dog at our side Annoyed I could not go to the festival that night Skating on the pond Skiing in the park Pulling off all your wet clothes Jumping into the bath your heart starts to melt

Alexander Hall

As he hides in his tree scared to come out Goodbye trees I will see you tomorrow. Sam Thomlinson

by the minute



Academic Howlers So you thought there can’t possibly be more of these? Think again. They keep being made, those pesky errors that no child wants to make but make them they do. There were actually a few cropping up in

end of term reports though, for some reason, no-one submitted them for publication. Odd, that! Still, I will be on the lookout during next year and hopefully have a few for your delectation.

Hair grows in pubic and arm pit airers. “If the babies come early, will they be put in the incinerator?” (question by pupil just before the Currys’ twins were born)

Enjoy this year’s garnerings but don’t splutter too much, especially if you’re eating breakfast at the time! Lars Larf

use it for respiration.

Oxygen travels down the windpipe, into the lungs and it gets pushed through tiny, tiny little tubes and it goes through a minute sieve that turns it into carbon dioxide. Fertilisation is the joining together of vagina and penis.

What do you call a nine-sided shape?

A dromedary.

Why are sperm and ova produced?

Both are produced for preproduction.

Why is eating too much fat bad for you?

You will get fat and people will call you names.

Question asked in an exam by a pupil:

“Sir, for question B, when it says, ‘Essay Question’, do we write an essay?”

In reference to the wise men, a pupil said:

“I really don’t know how to spell Frankenstein.”

A pupil who had a scribe for their English exam said afterwards:

“Woah! That’s the longest exam I’ve ever talked!”

How did David discover that Saul wanted to kill him?

Saul invited David to a drinks party at the castle and while there ...

How could you prove that the gas given off was hydrogen?

Test: See if it had a shadow Result: Yes

“He stumbled to his feet and his thoughts lept out of his head.” What is Formed when 3 corries erode back to back?

It is called a threesome.

What was Jesus wearing when he was crucified?

Mary Magdalene and the disciples.

What had happened to Lazarus by the time Jesus had got to Jerusalem?

He was dancing.

Why is the Moon called a moon instead of a planet?

Because it is the only moon in the galaxy.

What is meant by a fossil fuel? In the battle of Hastings the English used swords, javelins, garden forks etc. Obviously this pupil had done something to annoy the teacher and was asked to write a letter of apology. The following is a quote from part of it:-

“I will listen exstremly hard and work as hard as I can. I will never write on paper ever again in your lesson.”

What does the Creation story teach about God?

God created the Earth and all that and then science took over. “Sir? Is the Pope a Catholic?”

A fule which you can’t get back.

Why does the Earth orbit the Sun instead of Saturn?

Because the Sun is hotter and that is where the Earth got put.

Who was Athene’s mother?

Princess Leah.

Write down 3 fossil fuels.

Coal, oil, pete.

“Pick some flowers and put them in a pettle and mortar ...” Give a use for concrete.

Concrete apple juice.

How did the Norsemen get to Jura?

By car ferry.

How could you make more salt dissolve in 100 cm3 of water?

Add more sugar.

Name the substances which are made during respiration.

A baby Urine and poo

Describe how oxygen in the lungs reaches the cells which

“I’ve actually learnt so much with this revising.” Becket was just a normal baby raised by an ugly step-sister. In the text, ‘feebly’ is a strong word. Harold had good reason to become king because Edward the Confessor had said, ‘I commend my wife to you’. “Why does public hair grow in a private place?”


Learning Support Reading Shakespeare


his year I have been coming to Learning Support instead of quiet reading on Monday’s and Tuesday’s to read Shakespeare stories that are taken from the plays. Recently, I have read ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Twelfth Night’. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a comedy/romance. It is about Puck, a naughty Elf who obeys his Fairy King’s orders to put a love potion on the Fairy Queen because they have had a fight over a page boy. But, Puck decides to make fun of the Queen by making the Queen fall in love with a Weaver who has been turned into a donkey by Puck. There are also two couples who want to be with the person they are not actually with – it’s very complicated! I liked all the funny bits and I didn’t like the luvvyduvvy bits. It made me want to read more stories.

So I chose ‘Twelfth Night’ – also by Shakespeare. ‘Twelfth Night’ is about two twins called Sebastian and Viola. After they are shipwrecked, Sebastian gets lost and Viola is saved by her brother’s trunk. Viola pretends to be her brother but then she falls in love with the Duke she is working for. The Duke sends Viola to try and propose to Countess Olivia on her behalf, but when Olivia sees Viola she falls in love with her, thinking she is a male. Then Sebastian, Viola’s brother turns up and as soon as Olivia realises that Viola is a girl she falls in love with Sebastian and the Duke gives up and falls in love with Viola. I liked this story because it is all topsy-turvy. While reading the book, you could tell what is going to happen in all the confusion but not how it will sort itself out. I am surprised to discover how fun these stories are to read and I am looking forward to reading more of them in the Summer holidays. Tatiana Ramsay


n the Summer term we welcomed several new pupils to the school. Here are the thoughts from two of them, giving you an idea of what it felt like to be ‘The New Pupil.’

I think my mum and dad got it absolutely right when they decided that I should come here because everyone is so kind and I settled in really well. I don’t mind the daily sport, it’s nice to get out in the fresh air. My favourite lesson has to be Learning Support because it is so colourful and really nice to come in to (not saying that the other lessons aren’t.) It is tiring getting up at 6.30 but the day ahead is worth it. I am really excited to be boarding next year, to be a part of all the experiences. I love all the trips we have been on. It was great fun at Hadrian’s Wall and I think that Loch Lomond will be the same. Flora Huddleston, Form 2



omething else that is new this year is the introduction of Study Skills into the Form 2 and 1 syllabus. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading these sessions, my fist opportunity for whole class teaching after 24 years of working with only individuals and small groups. If “all the world’s a stage” then a classroom certainly is and I will never forget Sophie Benson’s mock interview where she, as Headmistress, was “selling” the range of extra curricular activities available for pupils at a very well known Boys’ Public School; cake decorating, fashion design, manicure and beauty treatments, to an unsuspecting prospective pupil. She was so convincing in her rôle that said pupil was almost signing up for them. The key to success for the pupils in this subject is to be receptive and have an open mind. One young lad in Form 2 greeted me in great excitement following the recent exams. “Mrs McAleese, Mrs McAleese, I’ve increased my RS score by 39%! I used Mind Maps to help me revise and it really worked.” Now, surely, here is a pupil who will go from strength to strength! Johanna McAleese

Coming here was the best school idea I could ever have had. The teachers are very, very fun and the lessons go quicker, like the days. The work is harder but I think all the rewards come at the end of the school when you are at the top of the top, but I’ll just take what comes. I could never find my way round the school at first and still find new places every day. Sport every day was like a kick in the stomach! I never thought that I could be so tired, at night I fall asleep as soon as my head touches the pillow. Angus Keenan, Form 2

Learning Support Literacy Primer Quotes. ‘I think that Toe by Toe has helped my reading and finding out that there are also silent letters. It also helped my spelling by showing and explaining things and introducing new words.’ Silvia Hoyer Miller F2 ‘I think the Word Wasp is helping me improve my spelling and I like it – like how we get stickers after we work hard.’ Bibi Cuthbert F2 ‘The best thing is when you finish your Toe by Toe and it took me 4 years, but now I have to do the Power of 2.’ Christian Thomson F2 ‘The best thing this year was finishing my Toe by Toe and then Ms. Webster made me do touch typing. But it is good that I get help in lessons.’ Ewan Cunningham-Jardine F2 ‘LS has helped me at my reading, writing and spellings. I have really improved and will never be stuck again. It has been really fun and there is always something to do.’ Alexander Hall F2

Word Wasp Power of 2

‘It is annoying that you miss lessons except if it is a lesson I don’t like, like Latin. It is good when you get lots of questions right.’ Murray de Klee F3

‘I think it has really improved my reading and writing.’ Hughie Brooks F2

‘Some of the vocabulary is difficult.’ Freddie Younger F3

‘It definitely helps. I don’t hate it – I like it – it’s fun and I like the stickers.’ Alex Venters F3

‘I thought that finishing the Hornet was a great achievement for me. I don’t want to do the Power of 2.’ Jasmine Tully F3

‘I think it is good fun. I like getting all the stickers.’ Jemima Cookson F4

‘I think that Toe by Toe is snaaazzy :-) and some of it is a bit hard.’ Angus Keenan F2

‘I think Learning Support is very good sometimes. I can get out of boring lessons. The stickers are good.’ Will Pooley F4

‘I think Learning Support is very helpful to me, but I also have fun at the same time. And I am really looking forward to the fish supper and home made doughnut and a bottle of cola – “I will have a litre bottle please!’’ But on a more serious note, I can talk to Mrs. Mac and Ms. Webster if I have a problem.’ Angus Robison F2 ‘I quite like Toe by Toe because I feel like it will help me improve my reading and ability for sounding out words.’ Flossie Huddleston F2

‘Toe by Toe is really helpful and fun – it really helps me for reading. Wasp also helps my spelling and helps to improve my handwriting.’ Rosie Barnes F2 ‘I do other things apart from the Hornet. My favourite thing I do at Learning Support is the reading and Touch Type.’ Tatiana Ramsay F3

Toe By Toe Hornet



Music and Drama at Belhaven



he Christmas Carol Service took place on Saturday 11th December at 11.30 am in Belhaven Church. The congregation was gathering half an hour before the service was due to start and by the time the choir arrived at half-past-eleven, there were very few seats left in the church. It is a tradition that the first hymn is ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and that the first verse is sung as a solo. This year, Amelia Cookson was our soloist, ably supported by the rest of the choir in verse two before the congregation joined in. The Reverend Laurence Twaddle welcomed everyone to the church and led the congregation in prayer. The Senior Choir sang two songs during the service – Mary’s Cradle Song (Max Reger) and Silent Night in an arrangement by Mr Gale. The Junior Choir (Forms 4 and 5) sang the traditional ‘Come, come, come to the manger’ and we were all treated to a lovely performance by the Chamber Choir of Darlsha Eshelman’s ‘A Song from the Heart’. Every member of the school joined in a rousing performance of ‘Deck the Hall’ as well as the congregational carols ‘See Amid the Winter’s Snow’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘Unto us a Boy is Born!’ After the final reading from Rev Twaddle, the service was brought to a close with ‘Adeste fideles’, sung, as ever, in Latin, and the Blessing, after which we were free to go on our way, each of us looking forward to the long Christmas holidays. MG


ABRSM Music Exams 2011 Congratulations go to the following pupils who were successful in their music exams taken at Belhaven Hill in May 2011. The results are as follows: Candidate

Grade Instrument

Candidate Grade Instrument

Pass with Distinction Lewys Ball Lewys Ball Rosie Forsyth Rosie Forsyth Miranda Joicey Duncan Mackenzie Duncan Mackenzie Duncan Mackenzie

4 4 2 3 2 1 2 3

Recorder Singing Piano Singing Flute Piano Singing Violin

Holly Mitchell Abigail Pooley Sam Pooley Cassia Roberts Miranda Strang Steel Bridget Stuart Julia Tyndall Hamish Venters Lucy Venters

1 3 3 3 1 1 2 2 1

Singing Clarinet Singing Singing Cello Piano Singing Cornet Singing

Pass with Merit Evan Ball Hannah Bruneau Hannah Bruneau Amelia Cookson Jemima Cookson Mairi Donaldson Sebastian Flame Grizel Hocknell

1 1 1 3 2 2 1 4

Piano Singing Guitar Singing Singing Flute Singing Singing

Pass Isabella Baillie Rex Benson Jemima Black William Dirkin Poppy Izat Holly Mitchell Alice Warre Alice Warre

2 1 3 4 5 1 2 2

Piano Guitar Violin Piano Piano Piano Piano Singing

0 - 99 Marks (Fail); 100 - 119 Marks (Pass); 120 - 129 (Pass with Merit); 130 - 150 Marks (Pass with Distinction) MG

Visit of Sedbergh School’s CCF Band On the evening of Wednesday 29th June, the pupils and staff at Belhaven Hill enjoyed a visit from Sedbergh’s CCF Band during which they performed a number of pieces including Wallace and Gromit, Pirates of the Caribbean, Can you feel the love tonight (from The Lion King) and, featuring their star singer, Beneath the sea. The band consisted mainly of brass players and a drummer but also featured four pipers and four pipe-band drummers. Sedbergh School’s visit was much enjoyed by everyone present and we hope they’ll come and visit us again in the not too distant future. MG


Concert & Wine Tasting Evening


n Saturday 4th June, Forms 2, 3, 4 and 5 staged a production of the musical cantata One Sun One World. It is the latest in a distinguished line of WWF school musicals by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon. Their previous works have focused on vital environmental and social themes such as the deforestation of rainforests – Yanomamo, rural-urban migration of people – African Jigsaw, the degradation of the oceans – Ocean World and the injustices which arise from international trade and debt – Arabica.

One Sun One World follows in that fine tradition reflecting the issues highlighted by WWF’s ‘One Planet Future’ campaign – so it celebrates our astonishing planet in all its rich diversity, but it also examines changes brought about by human activities in a modern world. The performance featured songs and a number of narrations, as follows:

One Earth Full Chorus The Old Oak Tree Solo: Lewys Ball Narrations: 1 Doune Meynell 2 Jamie Willoughby 3 Tallula Douglas Miller 4 Leo Harper Gow Wherever they live in the World Full Chorus Silent Pawprints Solos: Panda Julia Tyndall Mother Polar Bear Holly Mitchell



his year’s competition was held in the Sports Hall on the afternoon of Friday 22nd October, just before the start of the half term break. This has proved to be a popular event with parents and friends and the hall soon filled with visitors all keen to encourage the pupils’ efforts. Our adjudicator this year was Dr Tim Ridley, Glenalmond College’s recently appointed new Director of Music. It was his task to listen to each patrol’s six musical items and then to choose which patrol should be awarded the Mansfield Music Cup. The running order was as follows:


Tiger Sam Pooley Narrations: 5 Murray de Klee 6 Pandora Bannister 7 Max Bruneau 8 Rosie Barnes 9 William Rhodes Born in a Wonderful World Full Chorus Narrations: 10 Alistair Prenter 11 Amy Thomlinson 12 Jock Walker-Munro Still the Trade Winds Blow ` Solos: 1 Bibi Cuthbert 2 Sebastian Flame 3 Alice Warre 4 Mungo Harley Can you imagine a crazy World? Full Chorus Narrations: 13 Polly ArmstrongWilson 14 Hubie Litherland 15 Susannah Woodd 16 Alexander Ferrand Driven by the Power Full Chorus We need Water Full Chorus Narrations: 17 Ruby Haas 18 Alistair Gimlette 19 Flora Dalrymple 20 Hector Bailey 21 Ellie Vestey Life’s Never Been so Good Solo: Duncan Mackenzie Owls Abigail Pooley Miranda Strang Steel Rosie Forsyth, Bibi Cuthbert Geordie Younger Miranda Strang Steel, Rosie Forsyth Patrol Song

Clarinet Solo Cello Solo Singing Duet Pipes Piano Duet Lord of the Dance

Lions Polly Armstrong-Wilson, Sam Thomlinson Piano Duet Angus Harley Pipes Rosabel Kilgour Harp Solo Cassia Roberts Singing Solo

Narrations: 22 Tom Brooke 23 Ella Robson 24 Hamish Venters My Best Friend Solo: Lucy Venters If we don’t have the Energy Full Chorus Narrations: 25 Jock Begg 26 Arthur Macpherson 27 Sophie Gladstone 28 Christian Thomson 29 Zoë Mylne Winds of Change Solo: Cassia Roberts Thunder and Lightning Full Chorus We Share a Wonderful World Full Chorus Narrations: 30 Euan CunninghamJardine 31 Bridget Stuart 32 Jamie Farr 33 Rose Atkinson 34 Hamish Davidson Just One World Full Chorus The concert, which was very well-attended by parents, was then followed by supper and a wine-tasting event for those who wanted to stay. The wine-tasting was just meant to be a fun occasion during which each participant had the chance to try 7 different wine and, in each case, identify the country, the grape and the alcohol content. Congratulations go to our joint winners Hywel Ball and Camilla Warre who each received a bottle of Champagne. MG

Angus Harley, Sophie Benson Patrol Song

Drum Kit & Xylophone Morning has broken

Woodpeckers William Dirkin Electric Guitar Poppy Izat, Rupert Warre Piano Duet Zinnia White Flute Solo Amelia Cookson, Julia Tyndall Singing Duet Ewan Cunningham-Jardine Drum Kit Patrol Song When a knight won his spurs


Badgers Will Plowden Lewys Ball Alexander Hall, Duncan Mackenzie, Harry Clough Tatiana Ramsay Matilda Laird Patrol Song

Swallows Patrol Song

Pipes Singing Solo

String Trio Drum Kit Piano Solo Make me a channel of your peace

If I were a butterfly

Isabella Baillie Piano Solo Tom Brooke Drum Kit Jemima Black Violin Solo Jeanie Gibbs, Sam Pooley, Hannah Bruneau, Holly Mitchell Singing Group Archie Douglas Miller Pipes Wolves Patrol Song Alice Warre Wills Younger, Hamish Venters

Amazing Grace Piano Solo Trumpet & Cornet Duet

The Wind in the Willows


n Friday the 26th of November, Forms 3, 4 and 5 put on a fantastic performance of Wind in The Willows, by Kenneth Grahame.

Everyone crammed into the sports hall to see the creation, and were all regally entertained! The story is of 4 friends, the practical and well known Ratty, the shy but kind Mole, the wise Mr Badger, and of course the arrogant and pompous Mr Toad. Mr Toad gets himself in trouble and it is up to his three friends to help him and save the day! Each character was played by a minimum of 3 performers from Form 3, whilst Forms 4 and 5 had the important rôle of the choir, trees and carol singers led immaculately by Alice Warre (head carol singer). Rex Benson, Hugo Meynell and Bridget Stuart had the whole crowed in hysterics with their hilarious parts of the boisterous Mr Toad. Jock Stodart, Donald MacDonald, Rosie Forsyth and Miranda Joicey were very good in the rôle of practical Ratty. Duncan Mackenzie, Sebastian Flame, Miranda


Strang‑Steel and Susannah Gimlette played the kind-hearted Mole and Jack GlynnDavies shared the rôle of Mr Badger with Ross Donaldson. First up was Duncan Mackenzie, telling us quite rightly how he had had enough of spring cleaning! I think he had most of the mothers in the audience agreeing!

Grizel Hocknell, Jemima Cookson Emilia White Ollie Farr

Singing Duet Violin Solo Pipes

Nobody present envied Dr Ridley his task when he had to decide which patrol was the winner of the Mansfield Music Cup. Everyone deserved to win as they had all worked so hard but when all the marks were added up and Lewys Ball was given a special mention for his wonderful performance of ‘Consider Yourself ’, it was the Badgers who were announced the winning patrol and it was the first time they had ever won the competition! Well done to all who took part!

Then Jock Stodart showed us how to have a wonderful time on the river, followed by Rex Benson stating quite obviously that he was going to have a Motor car! There were some fantastic solo performances, including Hannah Bruneau and Zinnia White, who had the audience on the edge of their seats, with their wild wood

The 10 O’Clock Angel


n Friday 18th March I attended Belhaven Hill School’s Form 1 Play. They were performing ‘The 10 O’Clock Angel’, which was originally written by Graham Walker. The play was ably directed by David Peek supported by Mandy Parks and the cast and crew of Belhaven Hill School’s senior pupils. The main characters Abi Pooley and Will Plowden carried out the parts with great enthusiasm as did all the other characters in this wonderful play.

Personally I found it very amusing and so did other members of the audience. It was

solos! Ilona Heywood definitely had the grannies crying with her solo, which even managed to persuade Mr Toad to get on with his life and be a bit less pompous! The show ended with a brilliant and uplifting performance, by all three years singing ‘Save Toad Hall’.

Over all it was a fantastic performance, and well done to everyone who took part, and a special thank you to Mr Gale on the piano and Mrs Parks who managed to direct more than 60 children (including Mr Gale!) Sophie Benson

well attended by parents, grandparents and other family members. The set was designed by Jane Haddon, Sophie Benson and Poppy Izat. The story was based on a game show and whoever won got an angel’s blessing at ten o’clock. Well done to all the actors who had to step in for all the people who were not well. I think the overall performance was amazing and funny. Bibi Cuthbert Form 2


A word from the Producer! It goes without saying that he was mightily impressed, full of admiration and thanks on a number of counts: • all the Form 1s got on stage, remembered their lines and delivered • when illness struck, players decided to learn new lines and take the vacated parts as well as their own - special thanks to Jeanie, Kit, Sophie B and


Poppy • Jacquie Peek for keeping him up to the task and sorting out all the costumes and props and having great ideas • the boys from Form 2 who did the lights under the tutelage of Warwick Wilson • the set design was superb and Sophie and Poppy did most under the careful eye of Jane Haddon

• the stage erected and pinned together by Stuart Grant • my co-producer Mandy Parks for her help, encouragement and expertise My handkerchief ’s all full of moisture now and I’d just like to thank my mum for being (this has been spiked as too wet and drivelly. On no account must this person be allowed to produce again. Just enjoy the pics which will no doubt remind you of your experiences. Ed)


Balloon Debate

Form 1 Balloon Debate

and Elvis and even Pocahontas! Only seven of us made it through to the final and I (Rosa Parks) was lucky enough to be one of them. The final, though nerve wracking, was very enjoyable. Debating is not my strong point but I really enjoyed myself and quickly began to get into it. The balloon debate was a highlight of Form 1 for me and coming second made it even better. Poppy Izat (Benjamin Franklin) won. She was hilarious and debated really well! It was an evening enjoyed by all of us and we all learnt a lot. I hope we impressed and amused the audience as well as educating them. Abi Pooley



e always look forward to the balloon debate. The Form 1 finalists stand up in front of the boarders and staff, and give reasons why they should be kept in the balloon. This year though we, as Form 1s, were not watching but were participating; it was our turn to impress the lower school. We chose America as our topic and all picked a character we believed would be worthy of a place in the final. I became the character Rosa Parks, a very serious character, though not everyone went for the serious choice. There was Barbie Drifting towards the British coast a few thousand feet above the North Atlantic but dropping fast, a beleaguered balloon, bursting at the seams with a diverse collection of Americans, was the setting for the Balloon Debate held in the front hall on Friday. Each of the seven occupants was given the opportunity to persuade the audience why they should not be chosen as unnecessary ballast to be hoisted over the side.

Will Smith (A. Harley) was the first to use his acting skills to try and win the audience over. His bold speech was short and sharp and full of promises.

A rather more demure Harriet Tubman (M. Donaldson) pointed out why her heroics as a saver of slaves made her a prime candidate for survival. Clearly and confidently spoken, Harriet made her points well.

Barbie (G. Hocknell), with a huge preliminary vote to give her confidence, dazzled and giggled her way into the audience’s hearts while trying to explain why ‘plastic fantastic’ was something worth keeping. In stark contrast, Barack Obama (G. Younger), shrugged off his mid-term woes and, used to the campaign trail, leaned on his position as a world leader to try and win voters’ hearts and minds.

Rosa Parks (A. Pooley) insisted that she would not leave the balloon just as she had refused to leave her bus seat all those years ago; this was a very poised performance indeed.

Finally, Benjamin Franklin (P. Izat) prowled down the red stairs and dominated the hall. A mix of terrifying stares, superb acting and well chosen jests (mostly about the flexible urinary catheter) had the crowd rapt.

After a few comments and questions from the floor and ripostes by those in the balloon, it all came down to the voting. Details of the results can be seen opposite but, in short, a very worthy Benjamin Franklin emerged victorious. This was, as a number of staff members said to me, ‘A vintage Balloon Debate.’ (Certainly one of the best presented I can remember. Ed) WT


Jack Black (W. Dirkin) rocked the balloon and appealed to the inner rebel in those before him.

Vote 1


Vote 2

A. Harley

Pupil Name

Will Smith





Net Gain 7

Final Position 5

M. Donaldson

Harriet Tubman






G. Hocknell







G. Younger

Barack Obama






A. Pooley

Rosa Parks






W. Dirkin

Jack Black






P. Izat

Benjamin Franklin






Note: The final positions are based on the number of votes received in the 2nd round of voting

Leavers’ Presentations


Royal Mile Maths Challenge On a glorious spring morning, Form 1 ventured into Edinburgh and walked the full length of the Royal Mile, completing a





Maths Trail. In groups the children had to work out differences in dates, the length or height of buildings, the perimeter and area of the Cathedral grounds, along with what fraction of a house was covered with windows, to

looking at various shapes and angles. Following their hard work, they had a well deserved picnic in the sun in Holyrood Park. KG


fter their exams, Form One made the short trip to Belhaven Brewery. Mr. Curry and Mr. Allott took us as we were told about osmosis, fermentation, starch conversion, enzymatic action, filtration and flash pasteurisation. Mr. Peek would have been in his element with all this science.


The brewer, Adam, took us through the brewing process from mash silo and water borehole to packaging, passing mashing in, sparging, running off, wort, hopping, pitching yeast, fermentation, conditioning and filtration on the way! NC & DA

All rapt with attention as they get the full technical information - no holds barred!

Kit is dwarfed by the Belhaven Fermenting Vessels.



he banging on my door carried on, forever it seemed. I was hiding in the same place I hide every time - under my bed, so it would take seconds for him to find me once he was in. I could barely see due to the blur of tears in my eyes, as I knew what was coming. Edward. The man I had been forced to marry, by my parents, for his money. Why? Why did it have to be me? A sixteen year old girl forced to marry an old, cruel man who beat me and abused me. Never had I a happy moment since I married him, and very soon I was sure it would become worse. He finally burst through the door. Yet instead of what I had expected, he stopped.

A peek (and I’ll bet he wished he could have been there!) in through the spy hole into the bubbling yeast. In fact Archie has a look about him of a man just caught by a spy.

My breathing was fast and my heart pounded in my head. My eyes rolled white from the terror that seemed to never leave me. He was there, I knew it. I could almost feel his anger, waiting for the right moment to let it out and strike me time after time. He was waiting for me to break - for a sound that showed my fear, for a whimper or even a frightened sniff to show I had been crying, for that was what gave him his thrill, the knowing that he had caused someone to fear him, to know that he had caused someone mental agony. My dress, ripped already, had become entangled in my feet so there was no escape. All I had to do was wait and hope that it would all be over soon. My hands covered my head, trying to relieve the pain from the stick Edward had struck me with. Already there was a small puddle of blood on the floor next to me; it sent ripples to the middle every time another drop joined the growing

pool of red. A dead spider lay on its back next to me, but that was the last thought I had before I heard the blood curling laugh escaping Edward’s lips. This was it. My heart felt like it would burst and my whole body trembled with fear. A creak on the floor boards, and a flash of a bloodstained glove and the twisted face of a familiar nightmare sent me flying from my hiding place to the wall of the room. The laugh that filled my whole heart with terror filled the room as he slowly walked towards me. Somehow that dead spider was still lying there next to me, undisturbed and peaceful. However, the next thing I knew was the stale breath of him next to my ear, the breath that made my hair stand on end and my muscles tense, the breath that stank of a longing; a longing to kill. Poppy Izat


Art Gallery

They all went in by two by two by two ...

Form 5 Fish 60

Form 2 Plant Holders

Doune Meynell

Zoe Milne

Animal Collages

Evan Ball

Arabella Flame

Form 5

Annabel Barlow

Rose Atkinson

Leo Harper Gow

Sophia Macpherson

Max Bruneau

Lucy Venters

Hector Tomson

Isabella Ramsay


Abi Pooley

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Grizel Hocknell 63

Poppy Izat

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Sophie Benson 65

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Sophie Walker-Munro 66

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Will Plowden 67

Tallula Douglas-Miller

by the Extra Art Group

Environmental Art

Alice Warre

Lucie de Bodinat at work

Kitty Seymour Arabella Flame

Silvia Hoyer Millar

Jasmine Tully Nicole Thomlinson

Polly Armstrong-Wilson

Hannah Bruneau


William Rhodes

Bridget Stuart

Archie Seymour

Bibi Cuthbert Jock Begg


Archie Seymour

Leo Harper Gow

Max Bruneau

Zoe Milne Evan Ball

Flowers in a Vase Form 5

Annabel Barlow

Hubie Litherland

Rose Atkinson


Ellie Vestey


Colin Burns (b 1944)

Mallard and Teal Oil on canvas, 6 x 9 inches Signed 4 Dundas Street Edinburgh EH3 6HZ Tel: 0131 558 9544/5 e-mail:

Skye Brooke Amy Thomlinson

Apples in Oil Pastel Form 4

Will Pooley

Susannah Woodd

Sophie Gladstone

Pandora Bannister


Domestic Object Paintings Form 4

Susannah Woodd

Wilf de la Hey

Sophie Gladstone

Skye Brooke Jemima Cookson

Pandora Bannister Amy Thomlinson


Amelia Cookson

Ollie Farr

Rupert Warre

Bass Rock Form 1 Mairi Donaldson


Easter Art Competition Miranda Strang Steel

Alexander Hall

Abigail Pooley

Tatiana Ramsay

Hamish Davidson

Hannah Bruneau


Grizel Hocknell

Max Bruneau

Susannah Gimlette Jemima Cookson

Alex Venters

Sam Pooley

Hubie Litherland

Sophie Gladstone

Alice Warre Theo Weir


Tom Wright Rupert Warre

William Dirkin

Winter Natural Objects in Ink Form 1

Amelia Cookson

Mairi Donaldson

Geordie Younger

Jeanie Gibbs Charlie Riley


Sophie Gladstone

Susannah Woodd

Tulips in a Vase watercolour Form 4

Skye Brooke

Pandora Bannister

Flora Dalrymple

Cleodie Kilgour

Jemima Cookson

Jock Walker-Munro

Amy Thomlinson

Jock Begg

Jamie Baillie

Hamish Davidson


Still Life Form 2

Achille Poupinel

Alexander Hall Polly Armstrong-Wilson

Alistair Prenter

Ewan CunninghamJardine Hughie Brooks

Constantin de Rosen

Bibi Cuthbert

Jamie Farr

Cassia Roberts

Alistair Gimlette Angus Robison

Jamie Willoughby

Jemima Black Flossie Huddleston


Dunbar Town - work in progress various artists

Rosie Forsyth

Sebastian Flame

Tatiana Ramsay

Angus Barlow

Rex Benson Ross Donaldson

Susannah Gimlette Murray de Klee

Bridget Stuart

Jock Stodart

Holly Mitchell

Nicole Thomlinson

Hugo Meynell


Christmas Cards More and more designs are submitted each year for consideration for printing and being sold through the School for charity. This has become a very worthwhile exercise and no doubt will continue. Here are the card designs that were chosen for 2010 Christmas publication.

Isabella Ramsay

Tatiana Ramsay

Jamie Farr

Jemima Cookson

Angus Harley

Grizel Hocknell


Sam Thomlinson

Ruby Haas

Jock Stodart

Geordie Younger

Max Bruneau

Sophie Benson

Julia Tyndall

Abigail Pooley

Matilda Laird

Rose Atkinson

Holly Mitchell

Will Pooley

Mairi Donaldson

Hughie Brooks

Will Plowden

Mercedes Bannister

Pandora Bannister

Freddie Woodd

Hannah Bruneau

Annabel Barlow

Susannah Gimlette

Poppy Izat


Angus Barlow George Watson

Rosie Forsyth Tatiana Ramsay

Expressive Drawings flanked by Plant Drawings in pencil Form 3

Rosie Forsyth

Ilona Heywood

Miranda Strang Steel

Hugo Meynell

Ilona Heywood


Duncan Mackenzie

Nicole Thomlinson

Alexander Ferrand

Donald Macdonald

Alex Venters

Alice Warre

Zinnia White

Tatiana Ramsay

Tallula Douglas Miller

George Watson

Ross Donaldson

Mungo Harley

Jasmine Tully

Duncan Mackenzie

Angus Barlow

Sophie Izat

Miranda Joicey

Bridget Stuart

Ilona Heywood

Hugo Meynell

Hector Bailey

Holly Mitchell

Jack Glynn-Davies

Miranda Strang Steel

Sebastian Flame

Hannah Bruneau

Jock Stodart

Murray de Klee

Rosie Forsyth

Susannah Gimlette

Form 3

Arthur Macpherson

Self Portrait with Animal inspired by the paintings of John Bellany

Freddie Younger


Julia Tyndall

Cassia Roberts Mercedes Bannister

Hughie Brooks

Rosie Barnes Polly Armstrong-Wilson

Insects: Oil Pastel Drawings Form 2

Jemima Cookson

Silvia Hoyer Miller

Isabella Bailey


Sam Thomlinson

Emilia White

Matilda Laird

Isabella Bailey

Theo Weir

Alistair Gimlette

Rosie Barnes

Insects: Detail Paintings Form 2

Alexander Hall

Bibi Cuthbert

Matilda Laird

Mercedes Bannister

Julia Tyndall

Jemima Black Hughie Brooks

Cassia Roberts


Leavers’ Profiles How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? (Dr. Seus) Is this group of children leaving already? Apparently, as they’ve all written their profiles and passed their CE exams. This years’ Leavers have been excellent throughout their final year. Their leadership skills and caring

nature for others have been an example for those who follow next year to aspire to. All the staff will miss this lot’s sense of humour, commitment to everything they do and general good banter. All have achieved a great deal. It has not been plain sailing for some and to those who have had to put that extra work in you will no doubt now feel that it has all been worth it. I’ll send you on your way with a few crumbs of wisdom! Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you and the

important thing is not to stop questioning. The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. (Thomas Henry Huxley) Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. (Chinese Proverb) Good luck to you all and don’t forget to keep in touch to let us know how many rungs you have climbed!


The Leavers, well some of them, when they were in Form 5

Will Plowden Willy

When I first arrived at Belhaven for my first day I was really excited, but I had two sisters to help me along the way. I had nine boys in my year and 6 girls in the first term of Belhaven. Some were added and some were lost, through the years. Within a day of being there they had all added to my list of friends. Form 5 went extremely quickly with all the excitements of the first ever time I had done things such as playing contact rugby, hockey and starting the chanter, and Pease Bay. Form 4 was a much more competitive year with all the sports and trying to get your place into the teams. Sadly I only made


it into one team, cricket, which I made my debut for and got a run out. One day we were playing cricket and Mr Pinchin said to me, “You are the best ever fielder I have ever seen for your age.” That little quotation brought a little spark in my mind for the rest of the time at Belhaven. In the second term I started to board. I also had a great time at York for a Form trip. At the end of that year Mr McCredie (the piping teacher) told my mum that she was about to lose a lot of money by buying me my own bagpipes! Form 3 was a very good year for me mainly as I got into all the A teams. Sadly my second sister Grace left, so,now I was all alone. Also I was really happy because I won the maths prize. In Form 2 I got to wear a tie for the first time ever! We had two very funny instances. One, when we were all dared by Tom Wright to do the can-can naked. In the middle of the dance Mrs Thomas came in and said, “Get into bed”, not realising that we were naked and we just broke out into hysterics.!Another night we played dares

and I dared Tom Wright to put all the dirty pants on his head and run around the table 15 times, but just before he started running Mr Peek came in and Tom just stood there with all the pants on his head. Also in the second term we had an undefeated hockey team. I won the fielding prize and the maths prize two years running. Rugby was really good and I was really happy to make it to the Dandy’s trials but then I was disappointed when I just didn’t make the team, but my head stayed high and even though I broke my thumb I came back to get my colours. Luckily my hand recovered just in time for the Mansfield Music Cup, in which I piped and played a tune called “My Home.” With lots of help from my patrol, the Badgers, we managed to win for the first time ever. In the second term I tried for an all round scholarship to Ampleforth but sadly didn’t get it. That also brought disappointment along with not getting my hockey colours. Then we had the Dads v Sons hockey which I managed to score probably my best goal of the season, as

I had to get past my dad, so that was a good moment for me. Then it was my last term with Common Entrance for which I had revised really hard and I was delighted to find out that my average was 69%. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Belhaven and my advice would be to try your hardest and work hard and if something bad happens then try even harder and to forget about it and be happy.

Angus Harley Gus

My five years at Belhaven have been amazing and have flown past; I have made so many friends, hopefully for life. This school has been one of the best experiences of my life! When I first arrived there were nine boys and six girls. I was a day boy and had known some people before I arrived so I was not too nervous. When I was in Form 5 all of the Form 1s seemed so big and it seems strange that I am now one of the Big Form 1s! A big highlight of Belhaven was the sport. All the staff have helped me to gain and use my skills to advance on all levels, to represent the Dandys and Scottish Prep Schools. I would never have thought that I could achieve that when I was playing for Mr Pinchin’s Under Nines! Another highlight of Belhaven was all the fun assemblies with Mr Harvey and Mr Townshend. In Form Four Miss Farrell was new and Mr Harvey, in one of his assemblies decided to pick on her and she had to go around the hall wearing a dress and pushing a trolley with muscles (sic) that Hector Tulloch had to eat. Form three is a blur in my memory but I can remember being chucked off Leavers’ Rock by all the Form ones when we were trying to get up. We were also joined in our year by Tom Wright (Wrighty), Sophie Walker Munro (Roo) and Jeanie Gibbs. Form two was a very good year because I started to board and I was very excited. I also managed to play in the 1st XV with some very good players and a very good coach (Mr Harvey). We also had a new headmaster. A funny memory from Form two was one night we were playing dares and Will dared Tom (Wrighty) to put all the boxers from the box on his head and run round the table Naked and halfway through Mr Peek came in, it was so funny! Form one has been the best year ever (apart from CE !). When we entered Form 1 we were all really excited for all the new privileges and being at the top of the school. We were also looking forward to a new year

and as always the rugby. The work was of course going to be harder but I was up for the challenge as we had to pass CE in June. In the Spring Term I achieved captain of hockey and was awarded an All rounder scholarship to Fettes College. We were then all excited for the summer term with all the cricket and swimming in the pool (if it is not raining) and the fun athletics. The cricket was also great because I achieved my colours and scored 50 runs. (What? All season? Ed) I think after 5 years I am ready to leave and go to my next school. Thank you so much to everyone at Belhaven and especially the teachers who have helped me have a happy childhood and a great time. They have also helped guide me through Common Entrance. Thank you so much, everybody.

Ollie Farr One word: Amazing! I remember the first time I set foot on the front steps in the summer term of Form 5 and Archie D M giving me a huge grin. I went down to the Form 5 classroom and I felt more than comfortable, especially with dogs! The first night of boarding I was nervous but after that Form 5 was easy, especially with all the friends. One true thing about a Belhaven friend is that they will lie through their teeth for you. One of these “tests” came up for Archie D M, when Geordie and I hid in the kilt cupboard of dorm ten in the lunchtime quiet reading. When Mr Wilson came in, Geordie and I were awe struck and heard some questioning and then the door closed with no Mr Wilson in ear shot. We asked what had happened and Archie had told Mr Wilson that we were both in the loo and he had believed him. Form 4 was a year of excitement and fun. I had managed to have settled by now and was getting used to the boarding. Harry, Rupert and Wills joined us boarding and Abi was welcomed to the year. I was lucky to have a great Form teacher, Mr Wilson, and a new classroom. I had got used to Mrs R sending us out and many detentions from Mr Townshend. This was also the year I got my Bagpipes, which to me was a mental milestone. I shall miss the piping at Belhaven but even more so the teacher. This was a very fun year although I can not recall all stories of this year I probably could not write them all out! I loved Form 3 as I was not at the top of the school but the top of the juniors. Also Tom, Jeanie and Roo joined the active vibe of our year. Our year did very well at sport. One of my highlights of the sport was beating The EA in a hugely talented EA team. We all thought we would lose but because everyone put effort in we beat them by one point. That was another aspect I shall miss dearly, the sport, but not only that but how much effort and determination

Belhaven teams put into matches and in practice. I loved this year as I was now a senior although I had to wear a tie now! Work started to get more serious and teachers were now starting to talk about Common Entrance which did freak me out a little but this soon drove me on more than scaring me. The end of this year brought many changes to the school as staff left and others arrived. The Harveys left, the Pinchin-Hughes left and so did Monsieur Rullière. But it also brought Mrs Rawson to House Mistress and Mr Peek to House Master. By now everyone was boarding and this was when the Girls and Boys started to mix more than ever. (This will have to be investigated! Ed) The year of being at the top of the school arrived but more so the year of the dreaded exams, the ones that meant everything! The rugby was great and Tom, Angus, Harry, Geordie and I got into the Dandylions. The Belhaven Rugby went OK but we just did not have the numbers like any of the big schools. Everyone put mud and sweat into the rugby, just like Mr Macaskill had wanted, but the results sadly did not show our graft. Another term came along and I was given the rôle of Head Boy, much to everyone’s surprise. Also we had our mock exams to deal with. These flew past as everything does at Belhaven. Hockey overall went well as Angus captained well. The same effort was put in Hockey as in rugby. The “Big Term” arrived. The term of cricket but, more importantly, CE. Revision was tough but had to be done. The exams, I thought, were OK overall but more importantly I had got in to Radley! The cricket went really well for the team and we won nearly every match bar three. My whole time at Belhaven has been a blur and it has taught me many things, not just academic things, but how to deal with life. It has taught me what real life is about and not to forget good manners. I shall miss Belhaven dearly along with the teachers but am also looking forward to my senior school.

Abi Pooley My time at Belhaven has been amazing though I don’t have enough space on the page to tell you everything! I have met so many lovely people and have made so many friends; most of whom I hope will be friends for life! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone and how much fun I have managed to have! I have had such a great time and am so glad I have my two brothers, who give me an excuse to come back! It is scary to be writing my Leaver’s Profile now and thinking that there is only a week left of Belhaven when I think back to my first day here, which was a nerve-wracking blur of excitement and fun!


I came in Form 4 and was terrified but really looking forward to it too! Everyone was so friendly and kind to and me and so I quickly settled in! Form 4 was a whirl; it went by so fast and was completely amazing! I was in 4w, the best class with only seven of us. We had so much fun and I think managed to squeeze in a bit of work somewhere along the line! I enjoyed every minute of it, including quiet reading which wasn’t as quiet as I had imagined! Though it had to end sometime and the summer came almost too fast! Again we started a new year, but this time we weren’t Juniors but were Middles, making us feel very grown up! There was the arrival of Jeanie, Tom and Roo and everything seemed to change! I was the only girl daily but that didn’t bother me, I still had the time of my life! We joined the choir and all in all it was a real blur, it went so fast! Again the summer came and again the summer went and we started again as Seniors in our new jumpers and shirts! I remember feeling so grown up and pleased with myself! Then came Form 2, the best year ever! We saw the arrival of Poppy and Hermione and everything was perfect! I wouldn’t change a thing! I became a boarder and won the diving cup. Everyone enjoyed Form 2, I think! It was so much fun but as it came to a close and Form 1 seemed to be getting closer, Griz and Harry were elected Head Boy and Girl and people were made Patrol Captains too, giving us a taste of the responsibly that lay ahead! Summer once again came and went and everything seemed to be becoming very scary, with the thought of being in Form 1 and having to take the C. E. exams at the end of that next year. Form 1, though, was nowhere near as scary as I had thought, in fact it was really just fun! We had so many new privileges; the red stairs, toast in the evenings, patrol leadership, even the name Form 1 was a privilege itself! We had the Form 1 play and the Outward-bound Trip which I have to say was amazing, especially the raft building where I spent most of the time in the pond. Exams where not as scary as I had thought and actually the whole year was just great fun! Everything about Belhaven was amazing and I would carry on if I could! Sneaking out of the girls house after lights out and running the length of the astro and back, having 37 fire alarms in one night (carefully counted by Rosabel) then having to sleep in Mr Macaskill’s study under the sofa and doing garden duty with Mairi in the dark were all great fun, and things I will probably remember forever. I loved everything about my time here, all of the teachers were always so helpful and I am going to be so sad to leave all my friends! Though I will try not to cry at the end of term, but if everyone else does that will be hard!


Annabel Wailes‑Fairbairn Animal

When I arrived at Belhaven in Form 5 I was very nervous! I was one of six girls and nine boys. One of the funniest moments of Form 5 was when a boy called Wellish had been a bit mean to someone and Mrs Parks told him to either apologise or watch her eat a chocolate bar… he chose to watch her eat a chocolate bar. Also I remember having to clean all the shoes in the girl’s house at six o’clock because I was talking after lights out along with Tosca Tindall. At the end of the year we went to Edinburgh zoo and we all had to choose an animal to do an assembly on. The dorm feast in Form 5 was amazing because all our sweets were given back and if you pretended to be upset the older years would bend down to check if you were OK, then you could slip through them! When we came into Form 4 I was in a dorm with the Form 5s and Rosabel and I were sent out to the corridor 7 times in half a term (must be a record). I will never forget the assembly when Mr Harvey made Miss Farrell dress up as Molly Malone and wheel a little wheelbarrow around the hall while the whole school sang Molly Malone. We went to Stirling and York. In Form 4f we constantly threw parties for Miss Farrell with the help of Mrs Rawson (Miss Cowan then). When we went to Pease Bay in Form 3 we spent most of the time attacking the teachers (Mr Townshend) and our play was 5 Gold Rings. When it came to Form 2 it felt really strange to be in senior uniform and to have more sweets on a Saturday and to watch films in the Rosie Room. I will always remember the Reels Party in Form 2 as my parents came and my Dad does not know how to reel and that was rather embarrassing. Our Form 2 play was Bugsy Malone and that was great fun and a few of us were given splurge guns and it was great spraying everyone. Also at the very end of term having a huge water fight in the bathroom! Throughout my time at Belhaven I have always hated Fire alarms but when it went off 38 times in one night that was the worst night EVER and all the girls had to go and sleep in Mr MacAskill’s study. Form ONE! At last. We had been waiting for five years for things such as the red stairs and when we finally went on them it felt strange. Toast in the evenings, later bed times, phones and last of all i-Pod speakers so we could disco after exams! But also there are sad aspects of Form one, the last Pease Bay, the last match, the last Thursday run (hang on, that’s a good thing). The most celebratory part of Form one is the day

C.E. finishes. It is fantastic but also strange knowing that all you have been working up to for years is over in a few days! Another memory is during reels in Form one whilst singing Auld Lang Singe a shoe flying through the air and hitting Grizel in the head. Our Form One play The Ten O Clock Angel was also amazing fun. I had to be evil and good which was really good fun. I have enjoyed all aspects of being a senior, well maybe not having to do three laps in the Thursday run instead of 2. Then in the spring term whilst I was a patrol leader along with Kit. Swallows won the patrol shield which was a surprise to us all. Woodies went from first to last and Swallows from last to first! Form 1 is amazing (apart from C.E.) At Belhaven I have really enjoyed the sport and have enjoyed playing against other schools (but not away at Ardvreck! A very long journey.) The sport at Belhaven is really good fun. One of the best things about Belhaven is the people because everyone is ready for a laugh but then get back to work. I have enjoyed my time at Belhaven immensely and will be sad but I am also excited about making new friends at Stowe. I have made friends for life here and I hope to keep in touch with them all. THANK YOU BELHAVEN I have had such a brilliant time here for the last five years and they have been some of the best years of my life! I WILL MISS YOU ALL!

Charlie Riley I first arrived in Form 4 summer term, so I missed out on what were two great years (according to all my friends). In my first few weeks I was clueless as to where I should be and at what times, so if it were not for my friends I would be in the wrong class room waiting for every one else to turn up (even though it happened a few times). I still remember my first time to Pease bay and trying to break the wall of massive Form Ones and I made it past and got to the top I was so chuffed with myself, I will never forget that Pease Bay trip because it was such great fun! Once, in dorm, I had been missing a lot of my things and I was looking for them and Dirkin came in and opened his draw to get some thing and I saw all my stuff inside them. It turned out he had seen them all on the floor and did not know whose they were and had just decided to put them in his own drawers he named it his confiscation drawer. During Form 2 on a Sunday afternoon we were watching a rugby match (on TV). It was Scotland versus Australia and we all thought Australia were going to thump us but it was the last play of the game and the Aussies had a conversion but if they did

convert it Scotland would win and when they missed everyone went crazy with excitement. It was great. Eventually we got to Form 1. At the start I felt a bit nervous because four teachers left the school and it was the year of Common Entrance. But all went well and I was fine. Even though there was Common Entrance it is the best year at Belhaven but it all went by in a blink of an eye. We all went to a rugby match between Scotland and South Africa, which was an experience I will never forget. I love it here at Belhaven I will keep in touch with all my friends and never forget them. It has been a life changing experience!

Amelia Cookson Moo

WOW! I can’t believe I am about to leave Belhaven. It feels like only yesterday that was my first night and I was sent out in the corridor…I have had such a fab time at Belhaven and I am so sad that I am leaving. Form 5 was amazing! No worries and everything was new and exciting. Everything went through in a blur, but I can still remember all the times I was sent out in the corridor and was put off sweets. (I thought I was quite the rebel) Also I can remember my first day was a Thursday and we had the dreaded Thursday run; I got a huge shock as at my last school we did not do too much sport. The Form 5 play and Mansfield were my highlights of the year as I was lucky enough to sing solos in both of them. In the Mansfield I sang a verse with Dirkin to a made up song which went to the tune of ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’ by The Beach Boys. I can still remember the words! The Form 5 play was ‘The Bossy Christmas Fairy’ I was the tinsel and I had to sing a song and dance to it which was entertaining! Miss Mac helped me with the dance routine! I can also remember, when it was our birthday in the Girls’ House, we would have to find a sugar mouse from Miss Mac. When it was my birthday I couldn’t find mine(I’ve never been very good at finding things!) and I was getting quite upset, so Miss Mac told me to ‘go to bed and find it in the morning.’ So I did so. I was on a bottom bunk, I jumped in and found my mouse wedged between the wooden planks of top bunk! I was SO happy and scoffed it! I can still remember how pleased I was with myself! In Form 4 Abi joined, Beno started boarding, Mairi left after the first term – to later return in Form 3, the classes were split into 4W and 4f, we were not the bottom of the school and we were working up the school slowly but surely, I still remember thinking how grown up I was! Mrs P-H had taken over from Miss Mac in the Girls’

House, and we all had new dorms. Form 4 brought lots of new exciting changes. But before I knew it, it was all over in a flash! Again it was time to move up the school into Form 3! Jeanie and Roo joined and everyone was boarding (but Abi) we were all in the same dorm and every night was a party! I once even remember being sent out after Saturday sweets! In Form 3 we were able to join the choir which I was really excited about! Form 3 was over SO quickly I can’t remember much! I was excited when I moved into Form 2, I was now a senior, I had a new uniform, I had more of a chance to be in the 1st teams, I was allowed to bring an i-Pod (but no speakers!) Poppy and Hermione joined, everyone was boarding (which brought even bigger after lights out parties!) This resulted in us being sent out in the corridor 24/7! Mr MacAskill was the new headmaster and we had a Form 2 play in the Summer Term! Form 2 was so much fun but it was a big step up from Form 3 with work leading up to ‘The Dreaded’ C.E.! In the spring term I managed to get into the 1st hockey team which was a big achievement as in the previous term I was in the Under 12b netball team, so this was a big step up! In the summer term we had lots of musical performances: Bugsy Malone, The Form 2 music concert and Yanamamo, in which I sang a duet with my sister! Everything in Form 2 was amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing! It was not until the last day of term that I realised that very soon we were about to be at the top of the school with Harry and Griz as head boy. Responsibilities: we all had to take on as rôle models to the rest of the school! Form 1 WAS HERE! After 5 years of waiting we were finally at the top of the school! We were allowed on The Red Stairs, we were allowed phones, we were allowed to have speakers with our i-Pod, which led to Jeanie and I dancing around the dorm crazily! The sadness of Form 1 was that everything was the last! This didn’t hit me until after C.E., which in the end wasn’t that bad! (So don’t worry guys!) Mr MacAskill brought many new changes to the school: new uniform, streaming the classes, activities and many more! The first term was full of excitement and challenges with all the new responsibilities and harder exams we had to take on. I had managed to achieve many things in this term. I won the spoken English talking about ‘What’s wrong with being blonde?’ and I sang Once in Royal David’s City at the Carol Service which I was really pleased with! Also at the end of term I was made Head girl – I think this was a shock to everyone! The following term was the hockey term! My favourite sport! We managed to win the Loretto hockey tournament the term before so we were aiming for an unbeaten season (which we managed to achieve eventually!)

One thing I will always remember in Form 1 is when one night the fire alarm was broken and it ended up going off 37 times! So in the end we went over to the main building: the senior girls slept in Mr MacAskill’s study (I slept under the piano next to the wine!): the junior girls slept in the common room! This wasn’t one of my best sleeps but the adventure was fun! Everyday was fun in Form 1 apart from the days when I would wake up and realise we had to do the Thursday run! This was always a hate of mine but, when it came to the John Muir Cross Country championships, Rosabel was ill so couldn’t run, meaning either Cassie or I had to fill her shoes. After some discussion I decided I would do it if Cassie would do it next year! I was really nervous but somehow I managed to come 3rd: a surprise to everyone seeing the substitute cross the finish line so soon! I will always remember my Mum’s face as I crossed the finish line! Then it was the last term, C.E. was round the corner and Belhaven was coming to an end. C.E. came and went so quickly and we all survived! PHEW! The most satisfying thing was ripping up all my revision and never having to use it again (for a while anyway). I am so upset that I am leaving Belhaven. It has been such an amazing experience and I wouldn’t change a thing! I am really going to miss Belhaven but no doubt I will be coming back! xxxx

Grizel Hocknell Griz

OMG! It seems like only yesterday that I and my mum were traipsing to and fro Belhaven with me staring out the window dreaming of the day that I would join the rabble; laughing and running about. I remember the term before I came to Belhaven, I put on my sister’s old school uniform to drop them off at the beginning of term. I remember when Mr Gale saw me he looked so confused. When I came the following term everything was just as good as I had hoped for, or even better (and trust me I had hoped for a lot) Eight people have joined our year since that first term in Form 5 and we have had sooooooo much fun together. I am sure all of the other leavers will tell you about their favourite or funniest times at Belhaven but here are two of my most memorable moments. When I was in Cherry in Form 2 I remember jumping out of the window in quiet reading in our pyjamas and running onto the astro and all the way to the other side, then we ran back and climbed back in our window and got into bed like good


little girls (we thought we were such rebels). Another time was quite recently. In the middle of the night the fire alarm went off and we did what we usually did, all was going well until we were just getting into bed to go back to sleep the fire alarm went off again. It went off at intervals thirty times (I was counting) until Mrs Rawson decided it was unstoppable so we all took our duvets to the main building and all of the senior girls slept in Mr MacAskill’s office (we slept for a whole hour).The Form 1s all got up and went to the red stairs and when the Form 2 boys got up the next morning they saw us on the red stairs and got the fright of their lives. Belhaven has been some of the best years of my life I have had an amazing time, partly because of the people in my class but also because of the staff and the things we have done. The school has changed so much since I got here; the music block has appeared, Room 4 and the Common Room have been done up. We have said goodbye to some of the staff, most importantly Mr Osborne, we have seen the successful arrival of Rafe and Liv Curry. Here is a message for the next year’s Form 1s: Form 1 will be your best year at Belhaven, exams will be scary, but you will pass and if your year is anything like mine was it will go really quickly. Have fun and good luck!

Hermione Campbell Minnie When I arrived in Form 2, I felt nervous about coming because everyone else seemed to have already made their friends. I soon found that everyone was extremely kind towards me and I made friends instantly. I had come to the school because my sister had been here previously and she had loved it. I soon realised why. I had got all the tips of how to give off a good impression when I arrived. She gave me strict rules to say ‘loo’ not toilet and to avoid being on ‘pig’s bowl’ at meals. This advice gave me confidence and I somehow felt I knew the school even before I came. In our dorms at night we spent half the time standing outside on the corridor for talking. We still haven’t learnt our lesson! When we felt really rebellious we would run into each others’ dorms and play dares. We somehow never got caught doing that! We had a habit to climb out of the window and run on to the astro in our pyjamas. We all had to do something different, like do a funky dance! We would all run back inside terrified of being caught! When we got threatened with having no sweets on Saturdays, we would act like angels! With Mr MacAskill as the new headmaster the school went through some refreshing changes. Sadly at the end of the


spring term in Form 2, I left. I don’t think I have ever cried so much in my life! I was going to miss the school and my friends an enormous amount! I spent a year at Port Regis, and I wrote faithfully every week to my friends here at Belhaven. I learnt from my experiences there, but I still longed to be back at Belhaven. When I had news that I had passed my entrance test to St. Mary’s’ Ascot, and I wasn’t expected to sit Common Entrance. I grabbed the chance to go back to Belhaven for my last term at prep school. The term was a huge success. Poppy, Sophie and I were the ones who didn’t have to do C.E. We spent Tuesday and Thursday mornings working at the nursery down the road. I was addressed as ‘Miss Hermione’ which took a while to get used to! I soon learnt that you should never leave a child on a swing, even if they say they can do it by themselves! Or play ‘scooter races’! I will miss the children there, but some more than others! In the dorms in Form One, we are lucky enough to have the houseparents’ flat over us! There was one Sunday morning when Mairi, Rosabel and I all hid in our cupboards. When Mrs Rawson came in to wake us up, she burst in to the room saying ‘Wakey, wakey!’ We all leaped out of our cupboards and gave her the fright of her life! I will miss Belhaven and all my friends here, but I am sure we will all stay friends for life. I have had such a happy time here, and I only wish that I had been here longer.

Jeanie Gibbs Gibby From the very, very beginning I have felt something of a loser but coming into this school has made a huge impact on the way I feel about myself. From Form 3 I have had the same friends all the way through and will never lose them. At Belhaven I found my true talents and would never have found them without coming here. To show what Belhaven really gave me, I had never played Tennis, or done Athletics, Rounders or Netball. By Form 2 I was still awful at tennis (no progress) but I had made Fettes Athletics and placed in the Victor Le Dorum (sic). By Form 1 I became captain of Rounders and in the 1sts for netball. Thank you Belhaven for the 3 years that I spent here with you all. I will take so many memories with me to Stowe. Form 1; being at the top; all the privileges and all the advantages, like telling the Form 5s to learn their name in Chinese or they can’t go to Pease Bay, or getting your own back in leavers’ dares on the people that annoy you most. Apart from that, the other Forms look up to us and that is the best privilege (corny). My biggest ever achievement and pride was to pass Common Entrance, which was

something that I could never have done without coming here (considering I couldn’t even tell the time). One time in Form 1 Harry was near the Girls’ House, everyone was joking how funny it would be if he just came in… well… he did. But this ended BADLY. Mr Rawson walked passed and caught Harry standing there in the middle of Beech Dorm. Imagine if he had caught Wrighty… We have had a lot of funny moments to remember, also my and Moo’s funny dancing and ‘Gertrude and Edward’ phases. One last moment was when Hermione came for her day in Form 3 and Abby was looking after her in the Rosie Room. I was in Laurel making impressions to them trying to be funny when from behind Hermione and Abby in the Rosie Room appeared the surprised face of Mrs Curry. All that Hermione and Abby saw of me was that my eyes widened and I slowly sunk to sit on the ground and HID! I remember in Form 3 saying, ‘OMG guys, we have Common Entrance in 6 terms.’ Well, now just finishing, it seems like a dream come true. But the term before was HELL, everyone was freaking out and revising non stop (the girls were anyway). I swear I was depressed over what is now the smallest of my worries. Everything that I have been through at Belhaven and the experiences that I have had, I will never forget. Belhaven and the 2011 Leavers will be one of the best memories I have ever had. The teachers are more like friends than strict know-it-alls. And then in Form 1 we have Mr Allot, my arch enemy in class. I am right and he is wrong, but there is always a debate in it, I can never understand why! Mr Allott is also the funniest of teachers. I am really going to miss all of this and I never knew I appreciated it as much as I do, but I will never forget any of it, and this small community has been the making of me. Now it is the last week of Belhaven I am beginning to realise that I wish I could do it all again with the excitement of being told off for now what are funny memories.

Kit Gordon Cumming GC When I arrived in the summer of Form 5 I was very nervous but also very excited about my new life at a massive school. My first term went by so quickly I can’t even remember most of it, but always getting sent out for the worst reasons. Form 4 came in a rush, and was probably my hardest year. French lessons were the


worst. I found it so hard and wrote pretty stupid things like “cows eat omlets”. ( I don’t think I do that anymore). Form 3 was a tough and long year because the teachers started talking about Common Entrance, just slightly, but it still got me worried about all of it, but I started to ease off a bit later in the term. The dorms were fun and we got up to a lot of mischief. Form 2 was an awesome year. It was so much fun. All my exams went well and on the sports field it was all good. I was so excited to be in Form 1, but worried about C.E. but when the whole year passed I was very confident. Form 1 has been so much fun apart from breaking my leg in the rugger term. Cricket was my best sport because of getting into the Ist XI and improving a lot during the term. The classroom went very well by passing Common Entrance and getting into the school I wanted. I was worried about my mocks but it improved greatly.

red stairs was such a big thing and being allowed phones and i-Pod speakers and how we were at the top of the school in general. I remember doing duty with Abi: compost, where you have to go into the gardens and empty the bin. We went at night and could barely see. We spilt the bin all over the garden and had to pick it up with our hands. That was the last time I did that duty! The play was such fun; I could not keep a serious face. The exams got harder and so did the work but I pushed on and so did the rest of the year. The sports have been fun and very successful. Common Entrance was so close and everyone was nervous, the teachers were so supportive and our tutors were a great help. We all did well and are so glad it is over. I have had such a wonderful time at Belhaven and can’t believe it is over, I am so sad to be leaving but excited to be moving on and going somewhere new.

Mairi Donaldson

Poppy Izat

I have been at Belhaven for five years and it feels like only a year. I can remember

waiting to be in Form 1 and here I am now. I can remember my first day. I was really shy and scared and knew only a few people but soon settled in. It was nice having the dogs about the place. I vaguely remember Form 4 as I left for two terms to go to France, but what I do remember is very special to me. I remember having new teachers and making new friends. We kept fish and got to name them and look after them. Not being at the bottom of the school was nice. I remember being so excited about being in 3G and having different teachers and even more people in our year, which was getting bigger. I started boarding and can honestly say I have had so much fun; I like to think of it as a giant sleep over. Form 2 was one of the best years; no C.E. and most of the privileges. Bliss! Bugsy Malone was great fun and I loved being a dancer girl in our sequin dresses! The trip to the Lake District was the best Form trip. My funniest memory of that was the bad taste party with Peeky and Jono dressed as girls! I remember being sent on the corridor 24/7! My dorm was all in a pyramid and having our photo taken when a teacher walked in. The camera was confiscated which had all the photos on with all the dates and times so there could be no excuses, like I’ve lost my teddy or I was going to the loo! Form 1 has been the best year ever. The


In Form 2 I arrived very nervous. However, I soon realised that I was at a school which I loved. My first term went like a flash and soon found myself well into the next term. Hockey season was great and soon I found myself in the middle of dorm feast. I had no idea what to expect but soon found that just staying right behind someone was the safest way around… that was after being hit to the ground by the Form 1s’ pillows! Summer term was by far the best of the whole year and soon found I was practising for the Form 2 play Bugsy Malone. I remember in the middle of the dress rehearsal in front of my parents we were called for Pease Bay… everyone went mental! Pease Bay was the funniest thing out of the whole term. Barbecue on the beach and swimming in the sea were definitely the best parts! Form 1, however, has been the best year at school ever! We moved happily on into the Form 1 dorms and onto the red stairs. It was quite strange being the ones on the stairs after not being on them and wondering what it would be like, but I think we all enjoyed looking down upon everybody! I think the night I will always remember is ‘the night of the fire alarm!’ That fire alarm went off 38 times, and counting! We were awoken in the middle of the night to the dreaded screech of the fire alarm and did the usual outside and then back to bed only to be awoken again and again and again… eventually we decided to spend the night in Mr MacAskill’s office. I found a very nice corner behind a chair which was perfect! Spring term came and I found myself in the firsts for hockey We won the Loretto tournament and had an unbeaten season!

This term Beno, Hermione and I have been the lucky ones not having to do Common Entrance so have been doing all sorts of things. We have spent two mornings a week at the Pumpkin Patch Nursery looking after the toddlers and babies there, which at times have turned out to be VERY difficult. We were lucky enough after CE to go up to Mr and Mrs Rawson’s flat and have pizza and a film, whilst eating lots of sweets and chocolate brownies and ice cream! Belhaven has been amazing and I will miss it loads. I have made lots of friends who will be friends for life. Thank you to everyone here at Belhaven for making my time here so great!

Rosabel Kilgour

When I first arrived at Belhaven I was SO nervous. It was really hard to say good bye to my parents but as soon as I stepped in to the Form 5 class room Mrs Parks was so nice and her dogs made me feel at home. It also helped that my brother was there till the end of Form 4. Form 5 was great fun and I, Annabel and Moo all got sent out of dorm seven times in our first night at Belhaven. When I went in to Form 4 with Miss Farrell we had a school trip to York which was really good and we had loads of fun! Mr Harvey came with us it was so good! In Form 3 my Form teacher was Mr Pinchin who has left now but was really good. Once in PSHE he gave us pens and we had to use them as if we were at a table to improve our manners: really funny. Roo and Jeanie came into Form 3 which was amazing. Hermione and Poppy came in Form 2 and were so friendly making the year amazing and now they are leaving with us. The work in Form 2 got harder as we started working towards Common Entrance. The teachers made it so good as they are all so nice and you can talk to them about anything. In Form 1 the fire alarm went off 38 times, I was counting! We had to go and sleep in Mr MacAskill’s study. Form 1 has been the best year at Belhaven, as we got all the privileges of being in the top year at Belhaven. Belhaven has been so much fun all the way through, especially boarding with all my friends.

Rupert Warre Rupee My four years at Belhaven have been some of the best of my life. When I arrived in Form Four I didn’t know anyone , but soon grew to like everyone.

I was in a dorm with Harry and Wills and we quickly became great friends. That term Mr Gale came into our dorm and waited by the door and was listening to dorm eight’s conversation and then Archie threw a teddy at Geordie and knocked over his bedside table. He heard all of this and they got told off! Once in dorm 6, when Harry and I were weight lifting with beds, Mr Harvey came in and sent us out and when we were on the corridor we heard him saying to the matrons that we were trying to make a double bed and we nearly burst out laughing on the corridor! One night when we were in Form 2 we had a massive water fight with the water bottles which we had been given at Fettes Latin day. Mr Gale came in and sent us out on the corridor while he put the Form 1s in lights out , then he took us down the red stairs and we sat on the hall chairs and went into Mr MacAskill’s study and got nailed! In the summer term Geordie, Kit, Wills and I played many games of dorm cricket and dares to run down the red stairs. Form 1 was by far the best year with getting into the 1st XV for rugby and captain of 2nds hockey and getting into 1st XI for cricket for a few matches along with the various privileges such as the red stairs and toast in the evenings. I was also very pleased to be in the polo team and we played a tournament and we are now the best prep school at polo in Scotland. I was also picked for the ski team in Glen Shee which was sadly cancelled. I was also amazingly pleased to have passed Common Entrance. I have enjoyed every day here from beginning to end and will be very sad to leave.

Sophie Benson Beno

It is really weird to think that I have been at Belhaven for 5 years; it only seems like yesterday that I was arriving in Mrs Parks’ classroom to be greeted by the extremely strong smell of dog! I have many memories of Belhaven especially from the Girls’ House. Once, in the middle term of Form one, we all had to go and sleep in Mr MacAskill’s study because the fire alarm had gone off 37 times, the many and memorable talent shows and coming down to the junior end of the girls house in the morning to find everyone dancing in the corridors to Miss Wimberley’s music. I think I made a sort of reputation for myself as the one who never got up in the mornings and in doing so have managed to be tipped/pulled out of bed by pretty much every Matron/Housemistress I have had at Belhaven.

In Form 2, if we weren’t standing outside in the corridor or running into each other’s dorms, dreading the moment that Moo would enter, we would be running up and down the Astro in our PJs. This moment occurred one evening in quiet reading, when we climbed out of Cherry’s one window and ran across the Astro. (And NO, we didn’t get caught!) We also had to stand out in the corridor every night for a week, during which we all became experts at doing plaits in our hair, but I’m not sure we learned our lesson about talking after lights out! Form 1 has had many Ups and a few Downs. The Downs included having further to run for the Thursday run and CE. The Ups have included the Red Stairs, Outward Bound, the end of CE, being the top of the school, having an almost unbeaten Year in sport (bar ONE match), Hermione coming back for the last term. We had a great Form 1 play in which much, to my and Roo’s dismay, we had to wear wigs that made us have bald patches on the top of our heads like monks! (That was the general idea, actually! Ed) I have done many things at Belhaven, the most successful and my favourite of which has to be the Percussion. I started in Form 4, thinking that it would be really cool to play the drums, and have ended up in Form 1 playing the xylophone, drum kit and the snare drum. I have enjoyed all the concerts I have performed in and Angus has been a great duet partner the whole way through. Belhaven has one of the best and most inspiring percussion teachers, Mr Williamson. Belhaven was extremely supportive when I was preparing to take an academic scholarship to Wycombe Abbey and due to the high standard of teaching I managed to secure myself a place and so I was let off CE! It has to have been one of the biggest relieves (sic) of my life so far. I have also had a great time being in the advanced art group, being a Patrol Leader and working at the Pumpkin Patch nursery. I have had the most AMAZING year group and I have definitely made friends for life. I will miss Belhaven, not only because of the friends I have made, but also the atmosphere and staff here. But at the same time I can’t wait to go to Wycombe, for which Belhaven has prepared me so well!

started. Everyone, after the first half term, got on with their new friends As soon as Form 5 was finished I realised my talents in sports which are played every day. I found I was good at the more minor sports at Belhaven such as tennis and later on I found out I was good at polo as we made a team. I once had a good cricket season in the under 11s when I got nine wickets and quoted by our coach, “Bowled by Younger caught by Younger,” where I got three wickets in a row. I have mostly found that Belhaven has been good at intensifying our talents and working on them for the future. The best dorm I ever had was with Rupert and Harry when they were just new and I was new to boarding where. We were nearly always in trouble! We were once talking and Mr Gale came in and hid behind the wall from the other dorm. Archie then threw his teddy and hit Geordie’s bedside table and everything fell off. Sometimes we go on trips and my two best trips have been Lake District and Hadrian‘s Wall. I found Hadrian’s wall very good because it was amazing to see a lot of it left from nearly two thousand years ago, it was also very interesting to see how the Romans built it and to see the forts. The Lake District was good because of everything we did there. It was very good fun and helped me understand National Parks a lot more, ready for Common Entrance. This year hockey has interested me and since I had made the 1st XI team I gradually got a lot better at it. I play it as a hobby at home as much as possible. Cross country has also been a good hobby since I have made the running team. I have enjoyed running since Form 4! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Belhaven and have got in to Stowe school with Kit, Jeannie and Annabel and I am going to enjoy it a lot. Leaving this school is going to be really sad. Overall I think Belhaven is all about finding your talents!

William Younger Willsy

I first came to Belhaven in Form 5. Immediately I was introduced to my whole year and knew I was going to have a good time. My shadow was Hugh Rettie who looked after me well, bar a time in a church service where he, “by mistake,” told me to take the bread, which I immediately had to eat. In my first year I remember being sent out by Mrs Roddis just because we were having teddy fights! Also, when I was out on the corridor I was made to move because I was

I have always found Belhaven Hill quite unique in it’s own way because of the friendship here which seems to grow over a very short time. I started in Form 5, with anxiety, as I stepped on Belhaven soil. I was a day boy to start off with and had known a few people before I

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pretending to be Spiderman and acting as a man playing the guitar. We were also told that we had to write our name in Chinese which was meaning to say we were going to Pease Bay. Wills got so worried that he looked up on to the internet how to spell his name in Chinese. That was a fun first year. My second year I do not have much memories of. I can remember being proud because I was the first class to be taught by Miss Farrell. History and R.S. had suddenly become my favourite subjects. Once Harry, Ollie and I were talking for so long we had to join the last 11. Mrs Roddis wanted to call us “The Fourteen Musketeers” but Henry Roberts was so annoyed that we had stolen some of the attention that he decided it to be “The last 11 and the 3 pillocks”. Also Harry, Rupert, Abi and Charlie joining us. Form 3, Wrighty, Roo and Jeanie came into our year. In this year I was very nervous as we had our first proper exams. I was in the Under 11s which I was very proud of. That season was a very good rugby season. We also beat Edinburgh Academy and that was an achievement. At the end of the summer term we were having dorm feast in which I got so carried away that when I lifted up my pillow to hit a senior I smashed a light. Finally, I was a senior! I was wearing a tie and the different school jumper. Form 2 was a brilliant year. My best memory is when I was in the big dorm and Wrighty dared us to do the can-can naked. So while we were doing this Mrs Thomas came in and we dashed to our beds. She was furious and started telling us to get outside but what she did not realise was that we were naked and trying to get our pyjamas on. The funny thing was that Mr Gale did not really care. Also one of the other dorms had a water fight in the middle of the night and when Mr Gale came in he was angry he sent them down to the Headmasters study, but luckily he was not there. During these dares we also dared Wrighty to put all the boys’ boxers who were in the dorm on his head and start dancing round the table. He managed to put the boxers on his head but then Mr Peek came in with a headlight and shone it on Tom. He let out a big sigh and started tut tutting. Wrighty immediately took off the boxers that were on his head and got back to his bed. Then we were in Form 1 ready to take on Common Entrance (CE). We were all excited about leavers’ dares and the new privileges like having toast at night. We had a good rugby season with Geordie as the captain. The next term Angus Harley was captain of the hockey. We also had our mock exams which everyone was nervous about it. Then there was the final term with the trip to Hadrian’s Wall and then CE which everyone got into the schools they wanted to. Then we had the trip to Loaningdale. My whole time at Belhaven has passed in a flash and I can’t believe that I am leaving, which I feel really sad about. I’ll miss Belhaven and the teachers but I will mostly


miss my year. I hope I will be able to see them very often.

William Dirkin Dirks

My five years at Belhaven have been some of the best years of my life. I was one of the 15 pupils who started here in the first term of Form 5. It was a very small year with only 9 boys and 6 girls (There were about 7 dailies of which I was one). The first few days were hard, the sport was especially hard to get used to as I barely played any at my last school. Sophie Benson came the following term and Ollie and Kit came in the Summer Term. In Form 4 my Form teacher was Miss Farrell, a new teacher, but it did not take her long to get used to life at Belhaven. Apart from one incident when I was relieved to have finished the week at Belhaven and could not wait for the weekend out to start, I outburst a sentence of relief saying “YES! Time for the weekend out!” Miss Farrell just stared at me looking extremely confused. Another highlight of Form 4 was when I had to catch up with some work. I was looking for a ruler and I was wandering over to Miss Farrell’s desk and I saw a tube of sweets. I could not resist the temptation and ate about 75% of the sweets. 2 days later I got into BIG trouble as she found out. I do not remember much of Form 3 apart from myself becoming a boarder and that Mrs Roddis left and Mrs Thomas became the new Boys’ House Matron. GET YOUR SLIPPERS ON! was probably her most annoying catchphrase. Also Wrighty, Jeannie and Roo started in Form 3. Form 2 held a lot of funny events. Once after lights out, my dorm dared Wrighty to put on all of the dorm’s boxers on his head and dance around the big desk in the middle of the room. So he did and when he was in the middle of doing this, Mr Peek came in and we all burst out laughing. Form 1 has probably been my favourite and most memorable year at Belhaven. My sport vastly improved, I came second in the Mastermind final: I was in the Balloon Debate final as Jack Black and there were also all the privileges. The highlight must be passing Common Entrance and getting into Oundle. I will miss Belhaven lots and I will never forget all the good times I have had during my time here with my friends.

Harry Clough Cloughy When I first got to Belhaven in Form Four I

was put in a dorm with all the new boarders: it was an awesome dorm. I have some fond memories of that year. One of them was when Mr Harvey made up a thing called the “last eleven”. All the Form threes were in it because they were naughty after lights out (so it meant they were last into everything and first up to bed) but then I, Archie and Ollie were elected by Mr Townshend so we joined but Henry Roberts didn’t want us to be called the last 14 so we changed it to “the last eleven and the three pillocks”. Form Four went by very quickly and very soon I found myself in Form three and in the big dorm where we had lots of fun but I cant seem to remember what went on in the big dorm. Then finally the big moment we got our ties and v-necks and finally we were Seniors! Form two was definitely one of the best years and I have the best memories of it especially getting into the 1st XV. There also were lots of memories in dorm. The first was when we had a water fight and everyone was soaking and Mr Gale caught us and pretended to wake up the Headmaster and suspend us. Another memory was when we all got dared to do the Can Can naked. We did but Mrs Thomas caught us in the act and we all jumped for our beds. The day before the end of term I, Rupert and Tom stupidly decided to jump off the balcony onto some high jump mats. Mr Pinchin caught us in the act and we had to read for an hour before we saw the Headmaster who said that we wouldn’t be patrol leaders or head boys which was a big shock. Then came the red stairs and Form One which was definitely my best year during which I won the tackling cup; was elected head boy; won a music prize, a drama prize and got into the Dandys. Common Entrance has been and gone and now I look forward to senior school.

Tom Wright Wrighty My time at Belhaven was amazing I didn’t go all the way through Belhaven because I started in Form 3 but from then on I had the best time of my life. My first day at Belhaven was quite scary, but I soon made great friends that have lasted all the way through Belhaven. In Form Three I started off as a boarder and I was quite nervous but really excited at the same time. To be honest Form Three went like a blur I can hardly remember anything but I was well settled in my new school; I was not so new now. I was so excited about becoming a senior, so many new privileges, like more grams of Saturday sweets. In Form Two I can remember a funny moment when we were playing dares and Harry dared me to put all the boxers in box on my head and then

dance on the table. I had just jumped on the table and Peeky came through the door and I was caught in the act and everybody burst out laughing. In the middle term in Form Two we had a great hockey team; coached by Harvey we didn’t lose a match. The summer Term of Form Two was great, Pease Bay, end of term games. The exams were a bit of a struggle because they were Common Entrance based. Form 1 had finally arrived and I was extremely excited. Even more privileges than last year, including the awesome red stairs and a reasonably late bedtime and phones and speakers. The only annoying thing was Mr Harvey left at the end of Form Two which was sad. The rugby term was great. We won a few and lost a few. Harry, Ollie, Geordie Angus and I got in to the Dandylions and then Angus Geordie and I got into the Scottish Prep Schools Rugby which was great fun! The middle term went past very swiftly then came to a sudden jolt when mocks arrived. They were all right, I mean I did OK. Then after the exams I found out that I had got my Sports Scholarship to Fettes I was thrilled! COMMON ENTRANCE! I tried my best - that’s all I could do, then just wait for my results. A few weeks later and we were all in to our first choice school, fantastic! Now the world is our oyster! Thank you so much everybody!

Geordie Younger

When I first arrived at the school I immediately thought that I was going to like it here. Belhaven was a big change from my old school. To be honest, I was a little scared. I was met at the front steps by Cameron Hardie. He showed me where to put things, then my mum said goodbye and she left me. The rest of my first year was full of enjoyment. I will always remember being sent out by Mrs Roddis and having to stand on the corridor, just because I hit someone in the face with a teddy. I remember my first sports day at Belhaven. It was the best fun I have ever had. It was my first sports day and I had already broken a record but it was not for sport, it was for being the first Form 5 to pipe on sports day. Before I knew it my first year was gone in a flash. In Form 4 I really did enjoy going to York and doing everything there. I found it to be a great time to have fun with my friends. I was lucky to have Mr Wilson as my Form teacher because he organised a lot of trips for us and not for the other class. For example going cycling in a veladrome. Also he did not get angry when we secretly skipped some lessons to throw him a party!

Mrs Gale was my next teacher in Form 3. This year was my first year of proper exams. Well that is what I thought about them. My rugby season was very successful that year as were my other sports. The school introduced a new boy into my year called Tom Wright and this boy brought a lot of excitement into the year. I managed to fly through this years exam with no worries. All I could think about was that I was going into Form 2. I remember that Mrs Gale took the whole of our year to Blair Drummond Safari Park. I remember that she said we were going to go to somewhere boring then she took us to the Safari Park. I had a lot of fun that year at Pease Bay. It was my sister’s last year, so I had a lot of fun beating her on Leavers’ Rock. That year, in dorm feast, I had so much fun I had a huge pillow fight against the Form 2s and I remember that Archie D M managed to get into the senior end and he smashed a light with a pillow. Finally my wait was over I was wearing a tie! I was a senior. Form 2 was one of my favourite years. I suppose the work was a lot different to what I was used to, but there was a lot going on in that year. In dorm this was the year when we did the most. I remember playing a lot of dorm cricket and as a result, I remember spending most of my nights on the corridor. Form 2 was a very sad year because the school was saying goodbye to a lot of the teachers. The highlight of the year was going to the Lake District. I had the most fun ever and I remember that most people were complaining about how far we had to walk. Form 1 was my favourite year at Belhaven. I had been waiting for so long to get to Form 1 and then the wait was over. Form 1 was my most successful year for sport, my rugby went amazingly well and we had a very good season. We had a lot of wins and a few losses and it was a pity that the weather spoiled the end of our season. The hockey was a little different to the rugby season. We won some and we lost some. So it was not our best season. The cricket has been Mr Townshend’s best season so far. We won most of our matches and we lost a few. Overall this was our best season for sport. The work in Form 1 was a massive change to what I was used to. It was really hard and I was not looking forward to C.E. In Form 1 I was working really hard and I hope that people in the future will too. After C.E. was a time that I was looking forward to. We had a lot of things to do and we all had a lot of fun. But at the same time I was not looking forward to leaving the school. The last two weeks flew by in no time at all and before I knew it I was getting ready to leave the school and to move on. Leaving Belhaven was very hard and it was hard to leave some of my best friends and also to leave some of the nicest teachers.

Sophie Walker-Munro Roo When I first arrived I was completely terrified, not only about being a new girl but also of Sophie Benson who on my day had told me that I couldn’t be called Sophie because that was her name and she was at Belhaven first and so everyone had decided that my nick-name would be Roo, and ever since then I have been called Roo! Soon my fear disappeared when Rosabel (who was to look after me) came, took me to the Girls’ House, and helped me unpack. I will never forget my first night. I really wanted to go in the corridor it sounded such fun! I was soon to realise that it was not, that very night we were caught and put in the corridor and finally I realised what everyone else had been saying about it being horrible! Also because I and Abi didn’t have music practice in quite (sic) reading we used to be the only girls and so we would hide by the steps at the back of the Girls’ House and skip quiet reading - the teachers always assumed that we had music practice and we were never found out! The rest of Form 3 passed in a blur making friends, having fun, being naughty and getting caught! I will never forget Form 3: at the time I thought that it would be the best year as I couldn’t imagine anything better but I was mistaken as along came Form 2. In my first term of Form 2 I was in Cherry (one of the dorms) when I found out that my half waterproof rug came in handy in our water fights and we started playing “proper” dares, not like the innocent ones in Form 3 that we used to play. One of these was to open the window and jump out and run to the other side of the astro (all of this was done it the middle of lights out) we also would jump out of the window and go and knock on larch’s window (it is the most satisfying thing to hear them all screaming as you snuck away!) It was also in Form 2 that the pyramid incident took place. We were playing with Gina’s camera in quiet and were doing all sorts of weird poses any way we made a pyramid in the middle of the dorm! Then Mrs Rawson walked and caught us and confiscated the camera. We were told off but worse was to come as Mrs Rawson came back in and told us we were off Saturday sweets because when she had looked at the pictures on the camera she had seen all the other poses we had been doing and, even worse, the camera told her exactly what time the pictures had been taken. I mean, think about it - betrayed by a camera! Soon I was in Form 1 and Form 2 had gone like a flash. I knew that Form 1 would be my best year at Belhaven but I still had the dark cloud of Common Entrance. But in the first term it seemed far away and we were concentrating more on getting an


unbeaten season in netball and winning the Loretto hockey tournament, in the first term we messed around a lot because common entrance seemed far away. The spring term was defiantly my favourite term sports wise because hockey and cross country running are my two favourite sports and I was lucky enough to

get in two the Dandylions. In the spring term we played dares a lot and were more daring and stayed up later. I will never forget standing on the astro and gossiping. Before I knew what was happening I was in our last term at Belhaven with Common Entrance coming up fast. Then it was all over and I could look forward to 2 weeks


bedtime stories, watching Girls’ House talent shows and having a general giggle are just a few things I will never forget. This year I moved from the boarding house into the classroom. I have loved helping Archie, Jemima and Will on a one on one basis. My time teaching Form 4 Geography gave me the opportunity to learn from Mrs Rawson and try out my new teaching skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of this. I am looking forward to completing my teacher training and I am so grateful to everyone at Belhaven for giving me the opportunity to learn so much, I feel like I have started my career in the best place possible! Jenny Woodhead

have had a wonderful two years at Belhaven and I am sorry to be leaving such a special school, it really does feel like home.

When I started my time here as Girls’ Matron I had a lot to learn! The girls made me feel welcome and it was very rewarding being able to spend quality time with them everyday. My favourite quote from this year was a couple of weeks into term at around three in the morning. Two girls were feeling a little homesick so we were sitting in the kitchen having a hot drink. They asked ‘Miss Woodhead are you always awake?’ I replied ‘No!’ and they were shocked to hear that I went to sleep at night! Reading


of swimming, playing tennis, rounders and no work! I will miss Belhaven a lot and I half wish I could stay here for ever but I do want to have the excitement of senior school, but I will always remember Belhaven and I will never forget the friends that I have made here and I hope that we will all stay in touch.

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View From Australia and The Music School Meet Esther Johnston-Rennie and Charlie McMurray: Esther: All the way from Australia, Esther joined us in the January 2011 to be the

Girls’ House gappy for the year. Esther was excited to meet her new colleagues and to discover her role within the house. The next challenge was to learn the names of all 123 children. Since she’s been here, Esther has been involved with duties in both the Boys’ and Girls’ Houses, extra curricular activities like horse riding, sporting events, such as Cross Country and Athletics meetings, and working in class with the children. Charlie: All the way from Norwich, Charlie has been the music gappy here since September 2010 and is about to move on

to pursue a degree in Music at Manchester University. Apart from teaching individual students the piano and taking orchestral rehearsals, she has been working in Tess’s office, helping with sports and doing evening duties in both of the boarding houses. She has particularly enjoyed the Girls’ Running

Group, an exciting and adventurous evening activity run by Miss Farrell. Starting at Belhaven was like stepping back in time – the long, old-school dining tables and benches, the stone staircase, the wooden floors and the high ceilings. We’ve both been working in the boarding houses and because of this, have had the chance to really get to know the children outside working hours. Other chances to get to know them include juice and biscuits (biscuit-watch) and sorting through items of laundry! We’ve loved watching these children grow and develop. They’ve encountered plays, concerts, Mastermind, matches, exams and much more, yet still they continue to be high-spirited and eager to contribute whole-heartedly to everyday school life. It’s proven to us what talented young people they really are! This term, we’ve had the chance to be involved with the annual school trips. Esther went to Loaningdale with Forms 1 and 3 for three days, while Charlie experienced Beamish with the Form 5s for a day. At Loaningdale, Esther was really pleased to see the two year groups bond and for the elder year to take on the leadership role. Watching the children dive off trees, she felt obliged to face her fears and follow their lead. The staff (Mr Wilson, Miss Farrell, Mr Townshend, Miss Woodhead, Tom Swan and Esther) also had their own teambuilding experiences including a skipping rope and a Haki-Sack (a small beanbag). The skipping trend was continued back at school and we’re pleased to announce that Tom Swan has achieved a personal best of 929 consecutive skips (achieved on 1st July 2011 – it’s possible that this record has been smashed by now). Other activities for the staff included Tom and Mr Townshend delighting in placing slugs on the hands of blindfolded children participating in the nightline course. Mr Townshend continued these pranks after lights out in the Form of placing cups of water very delicately on several door frames in the attempt to drench Miss Farrell, Miss Woodhead and Esther. He failed. Charlie went on a day trip with Form 5 to Beamish. She enjoyed witnessing the children’s excitement for travelling by an old-fashioned tram, riding on a locomotive and visiting a Victorian confectioner’s. They experienced what working down a mine might feel like and she was delighted to

watch the children’s blank expressions as the strongly accented Geordie cracked jokes. Her personal highlight was riding on the steam powered merry-go-round... supercali-fraji-listic-expialidocious...! Thank you to Innes and Sandy MacAskill for giving us the opportunity to spend this year at a school with such a vibrant atmosphere. Charlie would also like to

thank Mike Gale for welcoming her into the Music Department and Mandy Parks, as she’s helped her out a lot in the music department and Charlie has learnt a lot from her guidance during lessons. All of the staff have made an impact on us, but we’d like to point out a few in particular: Warwick Wilson (Wozza) for volunteering to become our mentor – we can’t thank you enough for brightening up our timetable, Emma Rawson for her brilliant contribution to the Girls’ House and for being great, and Tess Coleman for being a pillar in Belhaven society and for being a friend! And finally, we would like to say a special thank you to someone who made the greatest effort to welcome both of us individually into the school environment and who has been a rock not only to us, but also to the children. We feel honoured to have experienced Belhaven by the side of Mr Tom Swan. Good luck to everyone! Charlie & Esther


The following pictures were taken by Charlie and Esther who both say that these iconic images of Belhaven will remain with them for a long time.

Netball Girls U13 Netball Season Played Won Lost 8 8 0 v Kilgraston v Loretto v Strathallan v Fettes v Cargilfield v Mowden Hall v Cargilfield v Ardvreck

24 23 15 20 27 25 15 17

- 11 - 0 - 6 - 14 - 9 - 3 - 8 - 2

Sedbergh Tournament Final position 3rd out of 12 teams Total goals for 72 Total goals against 33 v Sedbergh Junior School 10 - 4 v Mowden Hall 12 - 4 v Ardvreck 12 - 1 v St Mary’s Hall B 9 - 2 v Sedbergh U14 14 - 4


Semi Finals v Packwood Haugh 3 3/4 play off v Sedbergh Junior School

- 12 2 - 6

Best Defensive Team of the tournament Ardvreck Netball Tournament Winners Played Won Drew 6 5 1 Total goals for 34 Total goals against 13 v Craigclowan v Kilgraston v Strathallan v Cargilfield v Fettes v Ardvreck

4 4 6 4 5 6

- 1 - 1 - 0 - 1 - 5 - 1

Final v Fettes

5 - 4


ow! What a season girls! I am really proud of all your efforts this term. You showed enthusiasm for drills, keenness to play and determination to win. A super group to coach and accompany to matches. At the start of term, with such a large number of girls, it made it very difficult to find positions for you all. There were certainly plenty of shooters to choose from with Mairi and Sophie proving their places on the 1st VII team. Jeanie altered her position and settled in well to playing WA , learning to watch her feet, hold her space and remain a super attacking player. Rosabel dominated the centre of the court and was able to control the play and direction of the ball for the team. Grizel’s spacing and awareness for the ball, along with her determination made her a great choice for WD. With just the defensive places to fill before the first match, Emilia demonstrated

that she can just about play any position and slotted straight into the GD. Her eagerness to keep possession and intercept the ball was super. Goal Keeper was then to be shared between Sophie W-M and Jemima Black. Sophie’s leaps and bounds in the circle were great for defending and Jemima’s switching of position from attack to defence, meant she was there ready for the ball each time it came near. With the team now in place, the girls were ready for their first match. An early match again Kilgraston, a competitive school which always give us a great match to play. Nerves kicked in for our girls but they soon settled. Under the watchful umpiring eyes of Miss Graham, I coached from the side with Carly. The girls got into the swing and feel of the game quickly and the results showed. With a first victory, the next match was against Loretto. Again the girls played so well as a team, great passes and moves between all players and some super shooting secured their next victory. The next two matches against Strathallan and then Fettes were more of a challenge. In both matches the girls were faced with tough opposition but worked round this to ensure they kept possession of the ball and worked smoothly as a team. Two more victories and we were next to play Cargilfield. In this match, the girls took a while to settle down as they saw Cargilfield as their main rival this term. Again after the nerves had settled, play was more controlled and some confident passes allowed us to keep possession of the ball and also use our attacking third of the court. Just before half term, the girls played Mowden Hall. Not knowing what to expect as few schools play them on the Scottish circuit the girls need not have worried. The girls flustered at first, then needed to settle down, keep focused on passing the ball high and along with some super defensive work, they headed for another victory.

Two further school matches followed after half term. In the return match against Cargilfield, the girls found the game much tougher than before. The play was more scrappy and there was a lot of fighting for the ball. Their last game of the season against Ardvreck was one of the coldest matches I can remember. Playing hard to keep warm the girls demonstrated some great skills to end off the season. The highlight of the season for the girls was travelling down to Sedbergh, at the beginning of November, for their U13 Netball Tournament. This involved an exciting overnight stay the night before in Kendal. The girls played five very exciting matches in their pool and as the clear winners they went on to play Packwood Haugh in the semi finals. An unlucky game for them as Packwood scored a few quick goals and then took the lead and then went on to win the tournament. The girls then played Sedbergh Junior School in the 3/4 play off and emerged as third place winners. As a credit to their performance in the tournament the Belhaven team was awarded

the shield for ‘Best Defensive Team’. The girls really played some super netball at the tournament and were a delight for Miss Graham, Carly and I to take away. I think the highlight of the season though, was your efforts in the Ardvreck Netball Tournament in March. Despite it being the hockey season, you carried on your skill and enthusiasm for the game and rose above every challenging game. Winning 5 of the round robin matches and drawing just one, the girls went on to play Fettes in the final. Being the only school to draw against Fettes in the round robin, the girls knew it would be tough. However, the girls rose to the challenge once more and pulled back the game from being one down at half time to keeping one goal ahead for the final few minutes of the match. A well deserved victory for the girls! Very well done girls – you have been a delight to coach and work with. You have improved greatly over the term and used new skills in game situations to enhance your play. I am really proud of you all. Mrs G


The 1st Netball Team 2010: Mairi Donaldson (Captain) – Goal Attack, Dandylions A Team, Colours, Shooting Cup Sophie Benson – Goal Shooter, Dandylions B Team, Colours, Shooting Cup

Jeanie Gibbs – Wing Attack, Dandylions B Team, Colours Rosabel Kilgour – Centre, Dandylions B Team, Colours, Netball Player of the Year Grizel Hocknell – Wing Defence, Dandylions B Team, Colours

Emilia White – Goal Defence, Colours Sophie Walker-Munro – Goal Keeper, Colours, Most Improved Netballer Jemima Black – Goal Keeper, Colours Poppy Izat – Goal Keeper for the Ardvreck Tournament

Under 11 Netball

Rosie, Tatiana and Alice mainly took control of the defensive end of the court. Nothing got past them as they intercepted passes, marked opponents, jumped high and never gave up. Our centre was usually Miranda J. who was nippy in her movement around the court and who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Up front were our fantastic shooters, Zinnia and Tallula. Without these girls, our match results would have ended up much closer than they were! They were both outstanding in their play (and later in the

term, Zinnia’s shooting broke the record at the Farr Out Challenge at St Mary’s!) Hannah and Bridget were generally our wing players, and they always did their best to feed the ball up the court to the attackers. Throughout the term Jasmine, Ilona, Holly, Nicole, Alex, Susannah and Miranda all played various positions, helping to bring the team to victory each time. Girls, well done on a fantastic season of netball - you are all stars and I hope to see more of the same standard of play next year! NF

to the spot-on shooting from Julia and Poppy. The girls did so well, in fact, that Ben and Jerry’s was the reward for an eighteen goal difference!

display of netball. Not to be upstaged, Miss. Graham illustrated how to slip spectacularly on the slimy astro! This season, the girls have truly come into their own on the netball court and they are ready to represent Belhaven in the first team. Their determination to succeed, not only for themselves but for each other is to be commended and they have reaped the rewards of their efforts! Very well done indeed, it has been a pleasure to coach you this year!

v Kilgraston v Loretto v Cargilfield v Mowden Hall v St Mary’s v Strathallan

won won won won won won

17 – 1 13 – 0 22 – 5 18 – 7 10 – 3 19 – 7

The Girls U11 netball team had the most amazing term of matches last autumn. The team, whose players varied each week, were skilful, determined and focused in every game they played.

Under 12 Netball Played Won Lost 6 6 0 v Loretto 1 v Riley v Fettes v Cargilfield v Cargilfield v Ardvreck

lost won won won won won

4 8 22 13 8 9

- 5 - 3 - 4 - 12 - 7 - 2

Goals, interceptions and Ben and Jerry’s.


he girls kicked off the term’s sport with a convincing win away against Loretto. Despite their pre-season nerves, the U12s played with confidence and composure to secure their first match followed by a very defensive winner captained by Cassie against Riley; Tilda, Rosie and Bibi were a force to be reckoned with in this match! With two matches in the bag, Fettes were the next challengers to the almighty seconds; captained by Rosie the girls relished the test and took home a super score thanks

With three out of three to date, there was certainly no time to be complacent; Cargilfield were on their way to Belhaven to deal the toughest challenge yet, but goodness did the girls deliver! Parents, friends (and umpires!) were kept on the edge of their seats from beginning to end as both teams played to the best of their abilities. Captained by Julia the girls retained their unbeaten streak. No rest for the wicked, however as we were soon at loggerheads with Cargilfield once more for “Clash of the Titans” round two. Filled with confidence from their previous victory, Tilda and the team were excited about the match and the girls put all of their efforts into working as a slick and fluid team once more to secure another (nail-biting!) victory. A particularly chilly afternoon in November provided the backdrop for the girls’ final match of the season against Ardvreck. Captained by Moo, the team battled the elements to put on a super

Player of the season: Cassia Most improved player: Tilda The Supersquad: Amelia Cookson, Silvia Hoyer‑Millar, Julia Tyndall, Abi Pooley, Matilda Laird, Mercedes Bannister, Poppy Izat, Polly Armstrong‑Wilson, Isabella Baillie, Bibi Cuthbert, Cassia Roberts, Rosie Barnes, Annabel WailesFairbairn LG

Rugby Belhaven U9 Rugby 2010-11 Season Review Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 9 2 2 5 47 64 Loretto lost Cargilfield lost Cargilfield drawn Loretto won Craigclowan Tourn. lost


6 - 7 3 - 10 7 - 7 11 - 4 1 - 6

Fettes Tourn. Loretto Tourn. Mowden Hall Craigclowan


drawn won lost lost

4 - 4 5 - 4 5 - 12 5 - 10

e started the year with only seven men, just enough to meet the 6-a-side requirements for our age group and did particularly well over the course of the season given that we played schools with often three times as big a

pool of boys from which to choose. Our season started brightly in a 7-6 defeat to Loretto in which Max Bruneau very quickly showed himself to be a strong player, running in five of the Belhaven tries. He ran tirelessly and effectively and tackled well. We moved on to our second away fixture and this produced a much better performance but unfortunately a worse result, as we came up against a very strong

Cargilfield side. The home side ran out comfortable winners, scoring 10 to our 3 tries, and our defensive weaknesses were shown up for what they were. We knew we needed to tackle better and from then on it became our aim to improve at this aspect of the game the most. Luckily for us we had a match cancelled which allowed us to get some much-needed practice in and my word, did it help us in the re-match against Cargilfield the following week. Belhaven got their first point on the board in a 7-7 draw with Max and Leo scoring all of the tries. Leo really began to grow into his role, with some dipped-shoulder charges and also plenty of bone-jarring tackles. A boy to watch. There was never more than a try in it, and try though we did (including knocking the ball on when over the line), we never managed to get more than one try ahead and so a draw

it ended up. Archie began to come into his own with some bull-like runs and tackles. The boys finally got a win under their belts with an 11-4 thumping of Loretto, showing just how fare they had come since day one. Again Max was the main man to cause the damage, but he was ably backed up by Archie, a powerhouse yearling and Leo with some stirring tackles. We still needed to fight for the ball more and fill the full width of the pitch, but massive improvement was in evidence nonetheless. Onto our bronze-medal moment then. We entered the Fettes U9 tournament and faced Craigclowan, Fettes and finally Loretto. We lost heavily to Craigclowan, as we didn’t seem able to tackle at all, but quickly rectified this with extremely strong performances against Fettes, which we should have won but ended up drawing 4-4, and Loretto in the third-placed match,

which we just edged 5-4. Finally we see some excellent tackling from Belhaven – we managed to hold on to our one-try advantage throughout the match this time, proof of learning from our inability to do so in previous matches. We ended the season with strong efforts but defeats to Craigclowan and Mowden Hall, on a bitterly cold day, but no matter, we had done ourselves proud with some excellent play and improvement. We know we need to support each other more, and try to pass the ball more often if we can, fill the width of the pitch and be brave in the tackle, but from an inconspicuous start, many promising shoots of hope have sprung up for the future. Player of the Season: Max Bruneau for his excellent running, tackling and neversay-die attitude. Mr. Curry

give his all for the cause. Angus was a centre in the same mould and was to provide the side’s thrust in attack and equally robust in defence.

abrasive No. 8 in both attack and defence. Ollie Farr was a good flanker, capable in all departments, but especially with the ball in his hands and the ideal ‘link’ player that one looks for in any XV. Will provided fireworks Form scrum half, where his service provided our fly half with quality ball, while his darting runs would prove to be an effective outlet for many an attack. With these talented players as the backbone of the side, all that remained was to decide who would accompany them. One choice which soon emerged and ultimately prove to be as vital as any of the above, would be that of Charlie Riley. Charlie was an interesting player who never really looked

Some photos of the Under 9s in stunning action (apart from the team photo that is). Look out for them in the coming years!

1st XV Rugby


Season 2010

his season we had a relatively thin number from which to chose our XV. For all that, we were blessed in having several boys who had gained invaluable experience in last year’s XV and upon whom we believed we could rely in all situations. Chief among these were Geordie Younger – this year’s Captain – and Angus Harley, his vicecaptain. Geordie was a hooker and captain who led by example, fearless at close quarters and always prepared to

Along with these players we could also call upon several players of quality and some experience – notably Tom Wright, Harry Clough, Ollie Farr and Will Plowden. These boys were all good players in their own right and could be relied upon to give of their best regardless of the opposition. In Harry Clough we had a fearless flanker who was always prepared to tackle any opponent and never asked - nor expected - any quarter. Tom Wright used his strength and size to good effect, growing into an effective and


naturally at ease in the back division, lacking real pace and prone to be an erratic handler. That he should turn out to be one of the key players in the XV speaks volumes – a boy with an uncanny knack to turn up in the right place at the right time and who was an incredibly elusive runner, causing opposition sides no end of trouble – remarkable! We now looked for other options elsewhere and were fortunate in having two fine players straight from the Colts in Jamie Farr and Hughie Brooks. Jamie was a natural choice for fly half; a player with vision, an eye for a break and a good boot to make the most of any opportunity. Unlike many in his position, he could also be relied upon in defence! Hughie Brooks proved to be a good choice at full back, a position new to him, but one we knew he – as a natural ball player – could adapt to with relative ease. As the season wore on he became more and more adept at joining the line in attack to more than prove his worth. The other youngster in the back division would be Hamish Venters – a boy who had only played the game for a year, but was a boy who could be relied upon to listen to advice and act upon it, making him a natural choice on the wing where his pace could create problems while he could be relied upon in defence. In addition, we also enjoyed a relative luxury in both Rupert Warre and Wills Younger emerging as players who would not let the side down when asked to play on the wings, displaying real determination and commitment when doing so. Up front we were blessed with greater options. Younger, Clough, Farr and Wright saw that we had the basis of a solid pack; one containing size, heart and guile. At prop we surprisingly went for two youngsters in Angus Robison and Theo Weir. Both were to prove to be good scrummagers and provide the foundation for good ball, in the tight while both grew in confidence as the season wore on, proving their worth in the open as well. In the 2nd row we went for size in Archie Douglas Miller and Tom Brooke. Archie began the season as a gentle giant but finished as a lion, while Tom’s abrasive running style came into its own as the season wore on – although distribution remained a problem. With Ollie, Harry and Tom in the back row we believed we had a good pack capable of competing against anyone. Early practices, however, soon highlighted a problem in the backs, where we could not provide Angus with the quality ball required to give him the space to wreak havoc on the opposition. As best as Charlie might try, he was not a centre, and so in our 1st match against Loretto we experimented with the adaptable Ollie Farr at inside centre. What Ollie might lack in pace he made up with ‘nous’ and good ball skills, while it provided Charlie Riley an opportunity to play on the wing where his handling skills were not so vital and his unfathomable running style came fully into its own. This saw Christian Thomson, another youngster, joining the back row. Christian was an ‘old style’ flanker - not afraid to get his hands dirty, brave in the tackle, quick around the pitch and not averse to living permanently on the offside line! At the outset we said we wanted the XV to play a simple game, concentrating


on passing, running, support and tackling, with an emphasis on communication. In our opening match against Loretto the boys did all this - and more – while they all played for each other with great heart and pride. With Hughie Brooks moved to scrum half and Ollie Farr to outside centre, from flanker, we suddenly found ourselves with an impressively direct and solid back division, who created breaks every time they got the ball. Copious amounts of good ball from the forwards, with skipper, Geordie Younger, and No. 8, Tom Wright, much in evidence, saw our backs use ball with great aplomb. Under Jamie Farr’s astute direction, vice Captain, Angus Harley and Ollie tore holes in the Loretto defence, with both equally strong in defence. Although we knew there would undoubtedly be tougher fixtures ahead, this match revealed that, although a small year group, they were a set of players with great heart. After a break of some two weeks the XV took the field against our traditionally strong rivals from Ardvreck. The game started well with the forwards producing ball for the backs to run onto and an early penalty saw us take a 3-0 lead. As the half progressed, however, Ardvreck gradually gained the upper hand, running the ball well and using the blind side to good effect. Belhaven’s cause was certainly not helped by some weak tackling and upright body positions at ruck and maul, which saw the gain line broken with some ease and ball needlessly lost in close quarter situations – something one can ill afford to do against a well drilled side such as Ardvreck. A failure to utilise the blindside and vary our play, combined with the reticence of the forwards to take on the opposition, meant that too often our backs got slow ball with which little could be achieved. Nonetheless, the skipper, Geordie, led impressively from the front, Will at scrum half created opportunities at the base of the scrum, while Jamie, Angus and Ollie managed to cause some disconcertion for our opponents when given a little space. Charlie, on the wing, had an impressive game, always looking for ball, and the forwards gradually made their mark. A score at the death saw Ardvreck secure a 17 – 3 win. An impromptu match, organised at late notice, gave the 1st XV (or XIV, in this case), a good chance for an additional fixture and an opportunity to try one or two new things. The erstwhile St Mary’s coach, Liam Harvey, kindly agreed to referee the game and asked that we ‘take it easy’. As a consequence there were plans to run the ball wide, try to play a linking game between the forwards and make sure that the score remained respectable and an enjoyable experience for all concerned. Opportunities were few in a game dominated by defence, and the game drew to a close with a narrow win. There were many encouraging signs, although we had yet to produce a performance where we maintained our momentum, rather than show flashes of what we could achieve in dribs and drabs. Next up were Merchiston, always an impressive outfit. This was our best all round performance so far and the team took a great deal away from the performance. The most impressive aspect was the determination and

heart with which we performed, especially up front where the forwards produced some good, quick ball. This was a direct result of some aggressive rucking as a pack, rather than 2 or 3 individuals, as had been the case for much of the term. As a consequence Merchiston found it difficult to win good ball for their backs to use and we had more than our fair share of the game. The backs looked more lively and had more opportunities to run ball than we have seen hitherto, while we also looked sharper at free kicks and in the loose. In the backs Angus’s kicking was particularly effective and put the opposition under pressure on several occasions. Jamie had his usual assured game, while Charlie was particularly effective in all that he did. Hughie learned much against a good kicking side – and it was a compliment to our defence that they reverted to kicking so much – while Hamish and Rupert both looked solid, although were given few opportunities to run. Despite such a performance we went down 7pts to 26pts, albeit that two scores late on somewhat flattered the final margin. We now made the long journey to Mowden and faced what had been a large and successful XV. It is often when you are most up against it that you see the quality of the players in front of you, and all the boys rose to the challenge and all the staff present were incredibly proud of their doughty performance – which even their coach said was mightily impressive. From the outset it was evident that Mowden had a large pack and powerful scrum half and were going to maximise such an advantage by playing a tight game with forwards running off the scrum half at rucks and mauls. It was equally evident that Belhaven were ready for a fight and were more than happy to ‘slug’ it out with our opponents - just like two boxers, except one side could be likened to a heavyweight, the other, a middle weight. A gruelling first half saw the sides turn around with the scores carefully balanced at one try apiece. After so much good defence it was ironic that their next score was the result of poor tackling, with a flanker running down the touchline from their 10 metre line, shaking off four tackles on the way – all attempts to tackle with the arms rather than shoulder! Nonetheless the boys shook themselves down and returned to the fray, although it was disappointing that at line out, with time running out, a long throw missed our player at the back and fell straight into the arms of their flanker who just drove the short distance over the line. A soft score and not what the boys’ efforts deserved. Regardless we took much away from the match and were mightily proud of the way they had competed against a much larger side. No sooner had we recovered from our endeavours against Mowden, than we again stood up to be counted against a Craigclowan side who were always willing to take the game to us up front, using their big boys to good effect. As against Mowden we displayed great heart and commitment and much of our defence was quite heroic. Our defence was impressive, while the forwards began to win turnover ball which we could use to good effect. The match veered from one side to another as we took turns to score

and each side take narrowest of leads. Late on, the game was all square when the pendulum swung back into Belhaven’s favour, with the backs making inroads every time they were in space. Angus was a particular threat and it was he who eventually scored next, after some good work up front, to put Belhaven back in front. We now looked in control and if we might win in style, but yet again the tide turned and, after looking comfortable, the big Craigclowan boys began to rumble, resulting in another score – although this time missing a vital kick which left Belhaven just in front. It was a nerve wracking last few minutes but, once again, the character that we had seen in several games came to the fore and some wonderful interplay saw Geordie pop up in the centre and go over under the posts. Angus kicked the conversion and the referee blew his whistle. What a great way to end a most enjoyable match, which ironically was to be our last of the season! It was now that the snow fell and saw our last three games all cancelled. This was pity as the boys had grown in stature over the last few weeks and had begin to display

more consistently an appreciation of the skills and tactics required to make the most of their talents, with them eagerly awaiting return matches against both Ardvreck and St. Mary’s, with Fettes in their firing line as well. For the coaches and, hopefully, the boys, it had been a satisfying season, where the XV had displayed a willingness to listen and learn and, in the process, begin to play some exciting rugby – although they will perhaps be best remembered for the heart and courage they displayed in adversity! I wish them all the best of fortune at their senior school and I am sure they would like me to thank both David Peek and Tom Swan for all their invaluable support and guidance throughout the season. The following represented the XV: Backs: Brooks H., Venters H., Younger W., Riley C., Warre R., Farr O, Harley A. (V. Capt), Farr J., Plowden W.. Forwards: Robison A., Younger G. (Capt.), Weir T., Dirkin W., Brooke T., Douglas Miller A., Thomson C., Wright T., Hall A. and Clough H. The following were awarded 1st XV

colours: Geordie Younger, Angus Harley, Harry Clough, Ollie Farr, Tom Wright, Will Plowden, Charlie Riley and Jamie Farr. The following gained recognition for the Dandylions: Geordie Younger, Angus Harley, Harry Clough, Ollie Farr & Tom Wright. The following were selected for the Scottish Prep Schools’ side that played Edinburgh Schools. Geordie Younger, Angus Harley, and Tom Wright. IKM

Under 11 Rugby

Alexander Ferrand, Duncan Mackenzie, Jock Begg, Hamish Davidson, Jamie Baillie, William Rhodes

who has demonstrated confidence when running with the ball. Hugo Meynell: Determined runner who is a strong tackler. Jock Walker-Munro: Powerful player who has a lot of potential for the future Sebastian Flame: Like to get into the mix of things and has shown strength when in a maul Arthur Macpherson: Powerhouse forward who when on form is unstoppable James Dewar: Demonstrating straight running and determination when in attack Alexander Ferrand: An elusive runner who is full of energy Duncan Mackenzie: Strong when going forward and is quick to support players Jock Begg: Has the ability to run fast and is not afraid to take on the big forwards when tackling Hamish Davidson: A player in the making- when we tap into some determination his strength will something special Jamie Baillie: Has improved a lot, willing to tackle and runs well William Rhodes: Tries extremely hard and has demonstrated strength in contact situations

Results v Loretto v Ardvreck v Fettes v Cargilfield v Merchiston v Loretto v Mowden Hall

won 30 won 30 won 50 lost 10 lost 0 win lost 10

- 10 - 5 - 0 - 20 - 20 - - 15

Unfortunately this season finished extremely early with the arrival of the snow - do you remember all that snow? The games we played this season seem to be very difficult for all to follow with different rules being played and different interpretations of the rules. This however did not stop this Under 11 side from playing excellent rugby with the ball in hand and demonstrating very good tackling. When you see the different players who have scored from those in the forwards to close in backs and classic wingers’ tries. This aspect of the game is very much a joy to observe. The Teams were approximately as follows: U11a Jock Stodart, Mungo Harley, Rex Benson, Hugo Meynell, Ross Donaldson, Donald  MacDonald, Wilf   de la  Hey, George  Watson, Angus Barlow, Jack Glynn‑Davies, Freddie Younger. U11b Jock Walker-Munro, Will Murray  de  Klee, Sebastian Arthur   Macpherson, James

Pooley, Flame, Dewar,

Freddie Younger: Strong running forward and developing an improved desire to tackle hard. Jock Stodart: Captain- always physical and strong. Ross Donaldson: Powerful when going forward and very passionate about performing well. Donald MacDonald: As always demonstrates the ability to mess with and interfere with the oppositions play. Murray de Klee: Shows a desire to improve especially when tackling. Wilf de la Hey: Feeling a little off form, but demonstrating a much improved pass from the ruck. George Watson: Having to use his excellent kick in defence and working on his quick pass. Mungo Harley: Mungo playing well and demonstrated his ability to play very effectively in the forwards. Angus Barlow: Maybe a little ‘off song’ and not really given the chance to show his running talent, but as always a highly effective tackler. Will Pooley: Even though he is small he plays with a lot of heart and walks away from tackle situations still smiling. Jack Glynn-Davies: Playing with great enthusiasm and as already mentioned improved tackling. Rex Benson: Strong confident runner

The Dandylions Representatives: Geordie Younger, Angus Harley, Tom Wright, Ollie Farr, Harry Clough

Thank you to all the parents for the support over the season as always it is very much appreciated by myself and the players. Thank to Mr Townshend and Mr Rawson for their help in the coaching of the teams. WDW


Super Seconds Season’s Report - 2010 Played Won Lost 4 0 4

For Against 44 242

What dreams we had when we all met for the first training session. All boys keen as mustard to get stuck in, tackle like mad and throw the ball around. Well, best laid plans etc. Things didn’t quite work out that way. Blame it on the weather later on in the term when we could hardly get out onto a pitch for snow, rain, frost etc etc! Yep - that’ll do, blame it on the weather. Our little band of intrepid players were certainly willing to turn up and be counted - whether they were prepared to play or not


was another matter. But all of them got their knees dirty, ran about, tackled and had a bit of fun. To be honest, their skill levels were not all that high: suffice to say their skills lie in other departments! But during training sessions we played touch rugby, were canon fodder for the 1st XV, practised tackling, went through countless passing and handling drills and ended the term better players than at the start. I shamelessly take a few quotes from the website match reports that go someway to explain the incredible characters that are the Super Seconds. In addition the pics below will illustrate this further. Perhaps many of them will be back in the fold next season - who knows? I shall look forward to their return.

Some memorable moments: Alistair Gimlette making an air tackle, getting up and muttering, “Missed him, drat!” just loud enough for Little Coach to hear! Lewys Ball being told by LC to run with the ball next time he got it, did so but not in the direction LC expected. Alistair Prenter being told to take the ball into the opposition - he emerged the other side with a huge grin on his face, stopped and was promptly tackled. Wills Younger converting a try and everyone congratulating him as if they had won the Premier League Title! Little Coach

X-Country Merchiston Castle Tuesday the 1st of February saw the first Cross-country event of the season. It was going to be an interesting event due to the snow and ice before and after the Christmas Holidays we had very little time to prepare. Although we had statistics of running results pre the snow and Beep test results showing generally a reduction in fitness having been on holiday we were ready willing and able to go. The conditions were heavy under foot and there was a strong wind blowing from west to east and it was cold. There were no moans or complaints from the boys who were racing. They all ran well running to do the best for their team. I was certainly impressed with the effort and attitude. Both teams ran the same course. There were 17 teams running in the Under 11 event and 16 teams in the Under 13 event. The Under 11 winning time was 15:28 and the Under 13 winning time was 14:04. The results were: Under 11a 2nd 15:40 G. Watson, J. Walker-Munro, W. de la Hey Under 11b 10th 17:25 W. Pooley, H. Meynell , H. Davidson Under 13a 3rd 15:02 J. Farr, A. Barlow, W. Plowden Under 13b 9th 15:52 W. Younger, O. Farr, R. Warre Longridge Towers U11 This event was a run in beautiful weather where it starting to get quite warm at the end. All the runners learned a lot about running in a competitive environment.

U11 Girls Team 1st

Z. White 1st, R. Forsyth 2nd, M. Joicey 4th, I. Ramsay 6th, H. Bruneau 7th, S. Gladstone 8th

The results say it all. The girls should be very proud of themselves. U11 Boys Team 6th W. de la Hey 6th, J. Walker-Munro 10th, W. Pooley 12th, H. Davidson 22nd, H. Meynell 40th, G. Watson 60th The boys had some individual success; however the team result was not what the boys were hoping for. As their coach I was very pleased with them all. There are aspects of running and team work and support that need to be addressed. That is why we run in competitions to develop different strategies when we find ourselves in different situations.

the honour of organising this event. Under 10 Boys 3rd Hubie Litherland-6, Max Bruneau-17, Evan Ball-21, Hector Thomlin-23, Leo Harper Gow-27

Under 10 Girls 1st

Isabella Ramsay-1, Annabel Barlow-7, Lucy Venters-14, Ellie Vestey-24, Ella Robson-29,

Under 12 Team 1st

George Watson-1, Jock Walker‑Munro-5, Wilf de la Hey 8, Will Pooley 14, Hugo Meynell 22, Hamish Davidson 33

Under 12 Girls Team A 1st

Zinnia White-1, Rosie Forsyth-3, Flora Dalrymple-4, Sophie Gladstone-7, Miranda Joicey-15, Hannah Bruneau-16 Under 12 Girls Team B 5th Pandora Bannister-11, Jemima  Cookson-20, Cleodie Kilgour-24, Alice Warre-31, Tatiana Ramsay-32, Holly Mitchell-33 Under 14 Boys 3rd Jamie Farr-2, Wills Younger-15, Ollie Farr16, Will Plowden-17, Angus Barlow-20, Sam Pooley-29,

Under 14 Girls 1st

Amelia Cookson-3, Sophie Walker Munro-4, Grizel Hocknell-7, Jeanie Gibbs-8, Jemima Black-10, Emilia White-11 Compass School Under 11 Boys 2nd G. Watson-1st, J. Walker-Munro-6th, H. Meynell-12th Under 11 Girls 1st Z. White-1st ,R. Forsyth-2nd, M. Joicey‑5th Under 10 Boys 4th W. de la Hey-7th, W. Pooley-9th,J. Begg‑14th Under 10 Girls 3rd S. Gladstone-4th, F. Dalrymple-7th, P.  Bannister-10th Belhaven achieved the brilliant set of results above and all of the children ran extremely well.

Scottish Prep Schools at John Muir This is the pinnacle event in the X-Country calendar and Belhaven Hill has

I have been pushing the idea that the cross country team members should ask themselves: ‘What have I learned from this experience that I can take forward to the next race?’ These discussions need to take place in the pursuit of personal development. With the large enthusiastic group of children wanting to run in the ‘Tops’ group on a Thursday this has continued to develop the healthy competitive spirit in the school. This desire to do well has meant that Belhaven entered 40 runners in the John Muir event. Thank you very much for all the support of the parents at these events, to the staff for the hard work and professionalism with the running of the John Muir event and thanks to Esther for her support and help when going to the different cross country events. WDW

Some pictures on the following page


Hockey Boys Under 11


he under 11 hockey team enjoyed mixed fortunes this season but played some very good hockey along the way. As is becoming the norm, the team played a mixture of six a side, seven a side and proper, eleven a side hockey during the season and they must be commended on how well they adapted to the changing formats which demand very different positional, and styles of, play. Very exciting matches against Craigclowan, Cargilfield, Ardvreck and Loretto each ended with just one goal separating the teams. In the end, the team ended up winning about as many matches as they lost. The Craigclowan tournament brought out the best in the squad and they did well to end up in second place overall. As in any team sport, it is not to individuals

Girls Under 11 Played won lost 7 3 4 v Ardvreck lost v Kilgraston won Cargilfield lost Loretto won Mowden lost St. Mary’s lost Longridge won

1 - 4 4 - 1 1 - 2 4 - 1 0 - 3 2 - 3 7 - 2


n energetic and enthusiastic group of U11 girls made it difficult at times to choose a team. All the girls were talented in their own ways. Some were fast runners, others good at dribbling with the ball, and there was some accurate and good hitting too. Our attack was fast and talented and as


that the team owe its results, rather it is to the combined efforts of the entire squad. I was very impressed with the manner in which most of the boys approached their training and the enthusiasm with which they played despite some rather horrendous weather. Mackenzie, who volunteered to be goalkeeper in Donaldson’s stead, very soon established himself as more than just a space-filler. I only wish that we had him for another year. Donaldson, bored with putting his body on the line as ‘keeper, made himself very useful as a dominant defender along with Glynn-Davies. I look forward to seeing the return of de le Hey next year who proved to be an indefatigable player. Watson (c) and Meynell acted as lynch pins in the middle of the field while Harley and Younger roamed up and down the wings. Stodart, who was ever awake and lively as a striker and not unwilling to come back to hunt for the ball, was joined, by either or de Klee up front. De Klee poached the ball and

learned to shoot with the minimum of fuss (even if not always on target). Benson got into some good positions but his propensity for turning onto his reverse side did not assist quick shots at goal. Another good find was Barlow who should shape up as a good player next year but who made up this year for any lack of skill with a surfeit of heart and determination. Once again, I was delighted with the quality of hockey that the squad produced by the end of the season and anyone watching them play could not fail to see that they were a skilful bunch. I do enjoy seeing a team move the ball wide before slamming it back into the circle and this team did exactly that, without relying overmuch on any one player. Well done boys, some of you should be challenging for first team places next season and I look forward to seeing the rest of you again in the under elevens. WT

the season went on, they began to use the width of the pitch and open up the game rather than just plough down the middle into the oncoming defence. Hannah, Miranda and Tallula worked well together, looking for spaces and each other on the pitch. Rosie and Bridget, along with Holly and Susannah, all proved to be a good link in the mid field, getting the ball and passing it out to the wings. Our defence at times was incredibly strong. The duo of Tatiana and Alice were good at picking up the balls, going in for a tackle and sweeping the ball out of the circle. Zinnia made a terrific goalie, trying it out for the first time this year, making some amazing saves during games. We certainly would have had more goals scored against us if it was for her in goal. Ilona, too, has all the makings of a good goalie, stepping in to fill Zinnia’s shoes at times.

As far as matches were concerned the girls faced each match with determination to do their best. It is never easy playing schools who have had a head start on their hockey, but this did not put the girls off. A varied set of results too this year, some wins, some very close matches but certainly this team will be able to improve their skills next year and have the potential to do well. You certainly are a fun and enthusiastic team to coach – well done girls! Mrs G


Belhaven U10, U11b Hockey Season Review.

tight angle, just inside the D as his crosscum-shot slipped in at the far corner. The match against The Compass finished the season off and in a very even game the boys were unlucky to come away with nowt, but the lovely diagonal balls and tracking back probably meant that Compass just about edged to the win. All in all every player improved tremendously as the year went by and we

2011 Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 7 3 0 4 10 13 Ardvreck U11b lost Craigclowan U11b won Craigclowan U10a lost Craigclowan U10b won Fettes U11b won Loretto lost Compass lost

0 - 3 2 - 1 0 - 2 3 - 0 3 - 0 2 - 5 0 - 2


ith a threadbare squad of eight the U10s gamely went about their season with much to gain in terms of experience for next year. Losing Wilf de la Hey to the A-team for all but one match hampered us too so the boys can be pleased with the progress they made

1st XI Boys Hockey It is with shame that I have to report a lack of statistics for this season. Having reported on the first three matches the reportage seems to have dried up. Commitment to another big project towards the end of term and poor weather seemed to take their toll and hence not much on record. The 1st hockey squad was a keen one, extremely ably led by Angus Harley who managed to get the very best out of his team by working hard and giving his all every match. Skills in every area improved and by the end of term we were looking like a competent outfit. In fact our last game against Cargilfield was our best - despite the score line. That match saw everything we had trained for come to fruition. Running off the ball, accurate interchange, fast passing, great defence. The only thing we lacked was a bit of luck as our shots hammered against the uprights or just went wide. Story of the season really - we had noone who was really punchy around the


throughout the season, as they steadily improved their skills, even if wins were hard to come by. First, though, was the task of away trips all of the way up to the wilds of the north, as the U11b and U10 teams played against varying age-groups and strengths of Ardvreck and Craigclowan teams. These matches brought mixed results as our boys showed their rustiness so early in the season, and through a lack of positional sense they were exploited by way of goals, but we did improve to beat the Craigclowan B team comfortably. Our form continued against Fettes U11b, where a 3-0 victory, courtesy of some good play by Benson and de Klee brought confidence and satisfaction. De Klee’s tight cross and a deft finish from Benson provided the highlight of the match. Next up were Loretto but in a manful and even performance the two sides were settled by a slightly more insistent and effective Loretto side who finished off chances created through more intense pressure. Captain Hamish scored a beaut from a very

goal. By the end of season Tom Wright and Will Plowden were two good strikers - Tom with a shot that would punch a hole in the goalkeeper if he were only accurate enough! Will dashed around like the proverbial terrier and loved goal poaching and nearly got it right most of the time! Midfield is where the team’s engine is and here we had a 12-cylinder engine pumping out the power and putting in prodigious amounts of energy. Angus Harley (colours), Jamie Farr (colours) and Geordie Younger (colours). All three worked like Trojans and passed, tackled and ran flat out throughout the matches. They were ably flanked by Kit Gordon-Cumming on one wing and Wills Younger on the other, both of whom discovered what it was like to get the ball wide and do something with it. This season we needed quite a lot of defence and who should step up to the plate and deliver it in spades? (watch the clichés! Ed) Hughie Brooks, Harry Clough and Charlie Riley. None of them natural defenders but they are boys who were prepared to listen and learn and they discovered early on how important their role is to a team.

can all be very happy and proud of our progress. Let’s remember to judge ourselves by our own progress as time goes on, as we have all shown an excellent attitude to improving. Thanks go also to an excellent parental support this year who turned up in their droves every match to cheer on their boys. U10 Player of the Season: Jock WalkerMunro. NC

Finally the goalkeeper! For the second season Ollie Farr (colours) donned the armour and threw himself about and in front of the opposition strikers. Thank goodness we had him as he was kept busy most of our matches! He has been a star for the 1st XI these past two seasons. So although there are no hard and fast figures for this season - I think we won two matches and lost the rest! - the team has produced some good hockey and all bar two of the team will be taking their sticks to pastures new next year. All should continue with the sport as they are all more than capable of holding their own in their senior schools and it is a game that can be played for many years. Good luck to you all. A huge thank you to the mothers (and the occasional dads who were able to make the Wednesday games!) for all your support. Especially at Hall Hell and putting up with that biting wind - I’ll miss the sticky choccy sweeties though! Little Coach some pictures on the next page

1st Girls Hockey


hree weeks after the start of the autumn term, on Sunday 3rd October, eight rather nervous, but excited 1st girls boarded the mini buses and headed to Loretto hockey tournament to face seven other prep school teams. Between warming up, chats about team tactics, and lots of socialising on the pitch side, we managed to squeeze in some matches. First up we played the Barbarians, a team made up of children from various schools; next up Loretto B, and finally, surrounded by some rowdy St. Mary’s supporters, we faced St. Mary’s Melrose. Two wins and a 1-1 draw later, we were top of our pool and had Loretto A to play after lunch. A quick goal by Loretto set us back a bit… but not for long! Belhaven were determined to fight on, and two cracking goals later, we were through to the final v Kilgraston! This match is still a match I remember like yesterday, and

I think the girls feel similar! After some excellent defending by Belhaven, the 0-0 draw led to penalty shots in front of an increasingly large crowd of parents and friends. However, the pressure was not to end there… three goals for each team meant only one thing – sudden death! A calm and confident Jemima added to our score, whilst a well trained and skilful goal keeper, Sophie kept Kilgraston away by making one last super save. Result: 4-3 Belhaven, and home with a well earned shiny cup! The next event in the hockey calendar was the Fettes tournament on Wednesday 10th November. Although there were some super matches played, we lost out on a place in the semi final of the tournament, as Mary Erskine’s beat us from a cracking short corner goal. After Christmas, the girls had a packed schedule of matches to play. First up we met Cargilfield. The game was fast and feisty, and two great goals by Moo, one by Jemima and one by Rosabel from a short corner brought

us to victory. Following on from that was a match against Mowden Hall, on what was perhaps the most wet and windy of days. Nonetheless, the girls fought on, again defeating their opponents by 4 goals to 0. As the term progressed, we continued on a roll. We beat Loretto 4-2, St. Mary’s 9-0, and Kilgraston 2-0. We drew with Fettes 1-1, Strathallan 2-2 and in the final match of the season, Ardvreck 1-1. Final result: an unbeaten season! I thoroughly enjoyed working with this team, every step of the way. What I loved most was their determination to succeed, and their teamwork. It is not often that every member of the team is as keen as each other and works so well together, but this team had it all. Each individual was supportive and encouraging of each other and put 100% into every training session. Well done Rosabel, Sophie W-M., Sophie B., Mairi, Emilia, Jeanie, Poppy, Jemima and Amelia. Make sure you continue to play hockey with such enthusiasm, it was a real pleasure to work with you all. NF



Badgers Win Patrol Football


n Tuesday Belhaven Hill held their annual inter-patrol football competition and the high skill levels, excitement and interesting refereeing decisions were as much in evidence as


ever. The teams were split into 'A' and 'B; teams, with a patrol playing every other patrol once. The results were then totted up, with the 'A' competition ranking as twice as important as the 'B', and the overall result across the two competitions deciding the overall winner.

The Badgers won by the tightest of margins from the Lions. Well done them. Rumours of over-zealous whistling and dubious penalties from officials abound but remain unsubstantiated until Fifa agree to the use of goal-line technology at all Belhaven matches. NC

Belhaven U11, U12, U13 Football Review. Season 2010 - 2011 Played Won Drawn Lost For Against 11 4 1 6 21 37 West Barns U12 won Merchiston U13 lost Merchiston A U12 Tourn Loretto U12 Tourn Ardvreck U12 Tourn Merchiston B U12 Tourn Merchiston U13 lost West Barns U12 won Fettes U13 lost Longridge U11 won Dunbar Grammar U13 lost

5 1 0 1 3 1 0 7 0 2 1

- 1 - 8 - 3 - 3 - 0 - 1 - 8 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 10


bumper crop of matches this year produced a series of cracking matches, including first-ever wins for the U11 and U12 teams. The U12 team got the season started with a good win at home to West Barns where successive years of Thursdays’ practice and training moving up through the school finally paid off; the boys were well-disciplined, fit and confident in their passing and ran out comfortable 5-1 winners.

The acid test is always our attempts at registering an U13 win, however; we are restricted somewhat by our being a relatively small school which specialises in rugby/

hockey/cricket, and, though punching well above its weight on the football pitch, traditionally struggles against bigger boys’ independent or state schools. And so it proved against our old foes Merchiston Castle, who registered comfortable wins both home and away against our lads, despite some good play and positive positioning from Belhaven Hill. Tom Wright began to distinguish himself as a budding goalkeeper and as the season wore on, his importance to the team became ever more evident, as he produced fine displays in between the sticks week after week, limiting damage and keeping our boys in the games, a true successor to Dougal Forsyth as the team’s Safe Hands. The U12 tournament at Merchiston was one of the highlights of the season as Belhaven secured third place against fellow preparatory schools and we were unlucky not to achieve even more. The day was made even more memorable by two superb performances after the competition proper, in the penalty shoot-out competition. Hamish Venters won the sudden-death competition, scoring six times from his eight attempts, and he was supported fantastically by Ross Donaldson, our goalkeeper, who saved three of the four penalties he faced and in doing so kept Hamish in the competition, to eventually go on to win. The return match with West Barns was also an enjoyable affair for the Blues, as Sam Pooley again scored twice, including a peach of a header from a cross from the promising Jamie Farr as Belhaven Hill

ran out as 7-1 winners. Then came two extremely promising matches, as our U13 team went to Fettes and lost only 2-0 to a strong Fettes team, in a performance of guts and skill which merited at least a point. The following week our U11 team went down to Longridge and posted a 2-0 win, two results which bode very well for the future of football at the school. The final match of the season was against Dunbar Grammar and unfortunately this proved a match too far, for the coach at least. Despite the goal of the season being scored by Wilf, a twenty-five yard volley which flew into the top corner, the overall strength of the Dunbar team, which included five boys signed up by professional clubs in their age group showed clearly. Or at least, so I am told; I was not there to coach the team as Mrs. Curry was called into hospital to give birth fifty minutes before kick-off and as such I wasn’t able to tinker with our back four, so to some extend I hold myself to blame for the rather heavy defeat! Well played everybody, here’s looking forward to the new season already. Squad: (l.-r. back:) Will Plowden, Harry Clough, Ross Donaldson, Geordie Younger (c.), Angus Harley, Tom Wright, Hamish Venters, William Dirkin, (l.-r. front:) Wilf de la Hey, Jamie Farr, Sam Pooley, Charlie Riley, Wills Younger. (Missing: Hughie Brooks, George Watson.) Player of the Season: Tom Wright NC




he start of the summer term always sees the tennis courts full of keen players having a friendly game or more serious match. Break time, activities, games sessions and the evenings the courts are always full. This year there were 121 keen tennis players all having lessons on Wednesday afternoons, finding time for them in between the numerous matches taking place. There was also lots of healthy competition in the various school tournaments too this year. Some very close round matches took place and the finals were very exciting to watch. The Junior Girls Champion Miranda beat Tallula in a good game, watched by many supporters and they both went to

play in the Doubles competition final where Miranda and Zinnia just beat Tallula and Rosie. Equally close matches for the Junior Boys in which George beat Mungo in a great match and then went on to partner with Rex to beat Jock and Hugo in the doubles competition. These two junior champions paired up for the mixed doubles losing out in the semi finals to Will and Amelia, who eventually went on to win that competition. The senior singles finals were played on a rather hot afternoon and in an extremely close match between Rosabel and Mairi, Rosabel just came ahead to win. Mairi got her chance, though, in the senior doubles, winning with Amelia against Hermione and Sophie.

The boys played a very competitive game with last year’s junior champion, Constantin, returning to take on Angus. A very close match saw Constantin win once more. Whilst at the same time, Will and Geordie were playing for the title of senior boys doubles against Harry and Wills, with Will and Geordie winning that game. The last Sunday of term saw the Form 1 children pair up with their parents to play in the Family Tennis. Some very competitive games from children and parents saw Geordie and Mairi play in the final, with Geordie just taking the lead. Well done everyone who took part in the tournaments. KG

Cricket 1st XI Season Report


he 2011 cricket season was perhaps the most successful one thus far in my tenure as coach with the he boys recording the most number of victories and fifties in one season. The first match of the 2011 season was on us before we had managed more than one training session and a trip to Stewart’s Melville provided the first victory of the season. It also provided the first individual highlight of the season when O. Farr notched up 65 runs without losing his wicket. Two further victories followed – against Fettes and The Edinburgh Academy – and O. Farr scored fifties in each of them, top scoring with 80 against Fettes. At this point all indications were of a very promising season. The batting, led by O. Farr, appeared very solid and the bowlers were lining up for a chance to have a go; indeed only the second hat-trick of my tenure as 1st XI coach was claimed by Gordon-Cumming, against the Edinburgh Academy. The first of only three losses in the season came against Loretto when a fantastic effort in the field was not supported by the batting. This defeat was rectified later in the season when Belhaven Hill beat Loretto, at home, in a very exciting match that came down to the final ball. Other defeats were suffered at the hands of Cargilfield and Merchiston. Riley House and Craigclowan were


beaten convincingly and St. Mary’s were beaten in a good game. Disappointingly, the final match of the season, against Ardvreck, was eventually abandoned midway through Belhaven Hill’s innings, while we were in a very dominant position, because of rain. This season’s match against the Old Boys was held on a Friday evening and was a great success with the 1st XI winning by six runs. The match against the Fathers seemed to be swinging in favour of the Fathers but, strangely enough, the momentum swung back towards the boys in the final moments. Highly competitive single and double wicket competitions rounded off the season nicely; the single wicket was won by O. Farr and the double wicket by A. Harley and R. Warre. I mentioned at the beginning of this article that it was a successful season, and it was, but not only because of the results, batting and bowling figures. This was a successful season for the 1st XI because they were a great bunch of highly enthusiastic boys. Everyone, not just the headline players, contributed to the successes. A bowler does not work in isolation – he must rely on his fielders and the other bowlers to build the pressure on batsmen; a batsman does not operate on his own – he relies on the support of his partner(s) and the encouragement of the supporters. And finally, it was a successful season because a number of boys seemed to thrive this year, many started to show the makings of good cricketers, and all seemed to have a love of the sport and a desire to get involved at every

opportunity. Boys, thank you, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Player Profiles O. Farr (Captain, Colours (re-award), Single Wicket Winner, Batting Prize) Ollie developed into a very good captain and he led from the front with some outstanding performances with the bat and ball. Ollie scored four fifties, grew in confidence as a batsman and ended up playing some very positive cricket. If he can continue to avoid the leg glance, then he should have a promising career ahead of him. As a bowler, Ollie developed some decent pace and added an effective bouncer to his arsenal. A. Harley (Colours, Double Wicket Winner, Most Improved Player) Angus came on in leaps and bounds this year and ended up being one of the team’s key players. Angus scored one fifty and took a good number of wickets. Angus was a good, brave fielder. All Angus needs to do to ensure continued success on the cricket field is to ensure that he bends his arm a bit more when batting and a bit less when bowling. G. Younger (Colours, Bowling Prize) Geordie was always exciting to watch. As a bowler he swung the ball prodigiously and could devastate a batting line-up if he was on form; his ability to take key wickets won him the prize. As a batsman he could smash the ball to all corners of the field. Geordie

just needs to work on controlling his swing – both as a batsman and bowler. Geordie was a sharp fielder and he threw the stumps down on a number of occasions. W. Plowden (Colours, Fielding Prize) Will loves cricket and is a lesson in how to make fielding exciting. He began the season and a hopeful ‘fast’ bowler but, thankfully, was persuaded to change to spin; this change paid off and he took a good number of wickets and worked hard on perfecting the occasional ‘floater’. K. Gordon-Cumming (Colours) Kit worked hard on all aspects of his cricket and ended up with the best bowling figures for the season. Kitty’s leg-spinners often turned a long way and his consistency improved steadily. What a memorable hattrick! Kit’s batting also made good progress and by the end of the season he was playing some fantastic cover drives and pull shots. C. Riley Charlie proved to be a very steady ‘keeper. Charlie kept the byes down and put a bit of pressure on the batsmen by standing up to some of the medium pace bowlers. Charlie also contributed with the bat on a couple of occasions. I’m still not convinced that Charlie can hit the ball further than either of his sisters!

T. Wright Tom is a very keen cricketer and he worked tirelessly on all aspects of his game. His bowling improved markedly through the course of the season and his upright action developed some testing bounce at times. Consistency was a bit of a problem at times but Tom could do well in the future. J. Farr Jamie shows great promise but had a fairly frustrating season; his undeniable talent was not always supported by a calm mind. Shot selection and patience as a batsman will be crucial to Jamie’s future success while an acceptance on his part that he does not need to try and do something special with every single ball will speed Jamie’s path to being a key attack bowler next year.

to the firsts where he proved to be a good fielder and scored some very useful runs in the lower order. I do hope that he will return for the 2012 season. S. Pooley Sam didn’t get to play as much cricket as he would of liked, but did a super job in the field and always did his best as a lower order batsman. If he can just settle on either spin, or medium pace bowling, he could be useful next year. WT

H. Brooks Hewie is a bit of an unsung hero of the season, in his own way. Hewie did not enjoy opening the batting and was frequently a bundle of nerves. Nevertheless, he went in and more often than not, did what was required of him. In the later part of the season, Hewie developed into a useful medium pace bowler and could do well in this role next year. C. de Rosen Constantin would have preferred to stay as ‘keeper in the 2nd XI but was called up


2nd XI Season Report by our Seasoned Reporters - Amber Ellerup and Daisy Cutta

What a season! What a bunch of players! What a load of keen supporters! What more can I say? (You really want to know? Ed) With 24 potential cricketers to choose from, there would be no shortage of players, though what sort of play they would get up to was anybody’s guess. Training began in earnest (shouldn’t that be in the nets? Ed) and it became apparent that everyone was keen to be in the best cricket team Belhaven had to offer. So, now down to a handful, team selection was easy. You’ve got to be kidding! Thankfully everyone had at least two matches: for some this was not enough and for others quite enough - but enough of that. Even though the whole season is taken in a light-hearted manner, LC does endeavour to impart some cricketing skills to the motley crew and huge improvements are occasionally seen. Catching was one that caught on and everyone was able to catch by the end of season. Much fun was had in practice sessions especially by some newish members deciding that they could catch LC out by hurling the ball from very close range - little realising that, although longin-the-tooth, his catching ability has not diminished nor the ferocity of his return throw! How to describe the fielding? Static is one word, though a little too general, as there were one or two who darted and dived everywhere - Sam Pooley, Jamie Willoughby,


the French Contingent of Thomas, Constantin et Achille come to mind - but mostly the indolent knee clasping manner was much in evidence as the bowler approached the wicket and the ball was hit around the park. There were also brilliant moments of falling over in attempts to stop boundaries that became a bit of a trade mark of 2nd XI fielding. Ah - the bowling. Another area in which all wish to excel and we had some exciting proponents in this department. Wills ‘Slinger’ Younger, whose body was so low in some deliveries that it was a wonder he stayed upright: Christian ‘Whirlwind’ Thomson whose run up was just a metre or so from the boundary and who hurled the ball down with vast speed: William ‘Electric’ Dirkin who tossed the ball skyward to drop devastating ‘bombs’ on the batsman: Harry ‘Cap’ Clough who always bowled off the wrong foot but was very successful. We were certainly a better bowling side than a batting one! Of course it is quite difficult to win matches if runs are hard to come by and,

boy, were they in hiding this season! I know your eyes will flick to the results table and see some reasonably healthy scores (for the opposition? Ed) but you should also glance at the total Mr X. T. Ras made - that formidable gentleman who boosts the team’s score week after week! But the batsmen this season were consistent - especially in their choice of stroke. The swing across line to leg was in constant but flawed use, though occasionally a cover or straight drive was undertaken which, surprise, surprise, scored runs for the lucky batsman! All members of the Club this season kept to the 2nd XI motto with the highlight of the season being the game against Tillside CC - not for the cricket you understand but for the barbecue afterwards (many thanks to Lord Joicey for this annual feast!). Let’s face it these are 2nd XI social cricketers and as such do a splendid job. Your reporter will let the pics and some quotes from this season’s match reports give you, dear reader, the flavour of 2nd XI cricket here at Belhaven then put his slippered feet up and look forward to next season. The Run Out! I think Rupert was bowling when the batsman hit the ball very hard straight down the pitch. Rupert stuck his hand down in a desperate attempt to stop it but it deflected onto his shoe and then ricocheted onto the stumps. A huge

roar of appeal went up as the non-striking batsman found himself stranded. Luck? No way - just sheer brilliance! The Catch. With 9 wickets down Christian was brought back on but for 4 balls had had a torrid time being tonked by the good batsman. His 5th delivery, though, was a lovely inswinger that the batsman got a hold of and it rocketed back towards Christian. He stuck his left hand up and everyone’s head followed the likely trajectory of the ball as everyone thought it would be screaming towards the boundary. People’s heads shot back to look

in amazement as Christian held the ball in his hand, proudly grinning but with a look of slight wonderment that the thing was actually there. The 10th wicket and the end of Loretto’s innings - what a way to end it! The Win! With one run to win Constantin played a defensive leg side shot to be greeted with a bellowed, “Yes, run!” from The Dirks, who set off at a gallop towards Constantin. “Mon Dieu! Qu’est qu’il se passe?!? Ziz eez cryzy. Non!” The Dirks couldn’t translate quickly enough and arrived at The Frenchman’s Creek crease. Thus panicked, Constantin started a mad

dash towards the other end at the same time as the ball arrived and he saw the bails being whipped off. Quel domage, quel horreur! The Dirks was crestfallen and to make up for it smashed the next ball to get the winning run. What a scene as the team rushed on, group-hugged, high-fived and three-cheered the opposition (you mean they did all three to the opposition? Steady on guys - bit over the top, what? Ed). Certainly a day to remember in the Super Seconds’ season. Little Coach


Rounders 1st Rounders Report Played Won Lost 6 5 1 v Loretto won 10 v Riley won 15½ v St Mary’s won 8 v Cargilfield won 12 v Fettes lost 6½ v Ardvreck lost 16 Kilgraston Tournament Winners v Craigclowan won 6 v St. Mary’s won 6 v Kilgraston B lost 5 v Fettes won 6½ FINAL v Strathallan


- 2½ - 12½ - 2 - 9½ - 12 - 13½

- 1 - 2 - ½ - 6

6 - 1½

Well, what an exciting term this has been! Some super talent at the top of the school made it difficult to decide on a team. There was a fantastic triangle in our bowler Amelia, backstop Grizel and 1st Post Rosabel. Swift with the ball, non hitters did not stand a chance at making first post on many occasions. Hermione and Mairi were accurate fielders on second post and in the field and along with Sophie Benson covering fourth, we were quick enough to get out two

Under 11 Rounders Played Won Lost 5 5 0 v Cargilfield v Loretto v St. Mary’s v Loretto v Ardvreck

won 14½ - 10½ won 17 - 4½ won 4 - 2 won 4 - 1 won 13 - 9

Batting, catching and being silly. Before a post was set, before a bat was gripped, before a ball was thrown, the U11s had victory at the forefront of their minds. During the first training session of the term the girls were very keen to tell me that they were yet to lose a match since they joined Belhaven in Form 5 – no pressure then! Although confidence is key, it was very important that the girls were not complacent this season due to their current track record; others are always improving and we need to move with them and exceed expectations. As such, we took to the pitches to dust off the winter cobwebs and work on those arm muscles! What a super way to kick off the season! The girls were pushed to perform against Cargilfield and learn from their mistakes very quickly in order to secure this win. The opening match allowed the girls to identify the necessary areas for development,


players around the pitch. Our deep fielders were not only accurate catchers but also had a super throw on them. Cassia and Emilia covered the area of first deep, Jeanie and her throw covered second whilst Abigail and Sophie Walker-Munro stood deep at third. No wonder then, that their fielding was tight and there was good talk between the team. Batting had its good and bad days, but on the whole was super. Amelia learnt to place her hit where there were no fielders and along with Emilia, kept first deep busy! Mairi, Hermione, Sophie, Abigail and Cassia aimed long and hard towards second and third deep whilst Grizel, Jeanie and Rosabel kept the fielders on their toes. Sophie W-M found that even the smallest of hits towards the back line would earn her rounders. Making good use of their games sessions, the girls adapted their play to suit the different oppositions. An early Dandylions trial saw Mairi, Jeanie, Amelia, Grizel, Hermione and Rosabel all be selected for the team which resulted in two great victories over the WOSPS. A very close match again Riley this year, kept the Belhaven fielders on their toes and determined to win even more. Learning quickly from their fielding errors and trying out different batting positions the girls looked forward to the annual Kilgraston Tournament. This is always such a lovely

fixture and this year, the girls made it even better. In some very easy victories during the round robin and one rather close game against Fettes saw the girls secure a place in the final against Riley. Raising their game and rising to the challenge, the girls played well and won the tournament. The next matches against St Mary’s and Cargilfield saw the girls continue to play hard and keep their fielding tight. On their return from half term and various outward bound activities, the girls played Fettes. Without a full team and practice sessions, the girls tied hard but found themselves losing out this match. Back on their winnings ways for the last match of term, the girls played Ardvreck in what proved to be a very close match and could have resulted in a victory for either team. What a season and what a year girls. You have risen to every challenge and played with great determination. Everyone of you has improved during the term, regaining your ‘hits’ and trying to place them in the field. You have been a super team and I have enjoyed coaching you all. I hope many of you will come back for the ‘Old Girls’ match next year. Well done! KG

particularly when fielding in a pressured context. It was clear from the outset that the girls had the potential for a very strong bowler/backstop/first triangle and this was nurtured throughout the season. Deep fielding was strong, however the girls needed to work on their long throws and quick decision-making in order to make their play more fluid. Loretto were the next competitors and the girls entered the match with confidence from their positive training sessions over the previous fortnight. The scoreboard is reflective of their superb play as the girls worked well as a team, communicating to each other and having confidence in their own decisions. Belhaven must be commended for their batting in this match, a tremendous 17 rounders scored! A triangle against St. Mary’s and Loretto was played on the sunny Belhaven pitches and enjoyed by all. It was interesting to see how the girls performed when they knew they didn’t have their usual ‘first’ innings to settle into the game as the pressure to excel was on from the outset. This is an aspect of their game that the girls need to work on; they must play at their best from the first ball! A final match against Ardvreck was now all that stood between the U11s and another unbeaten season; my goodness did they keep

spectators guessing! With a measly three rounders scored in the first innings, the girls had to shine as fielders to ensure their opposition did not stretch too far ahead. True to form, the superstars scored a whopping ten rounders in their second batting innings to take a super lead, but it certainly wasn’t over yet! A wonderful display of fielding was needed to draw a close to the U11 rounders season, phew! Well done girls, it has been a pleasure to coach you rounders this season. You have all developed enormously and you are all teamplayers who should be proud. Player of the season: Miranda Joicey Special mention: Tallula Douglas-Millar Most improved: Alice Warre The Supersquad Rosie Forsyth, Miranda Strang-Steel, Zinnia White, Susannah Gimlette, Miranda Joicey, Ilona Heywood, Tallula Douglas-Millar, Holly Mitchell, Tatty Ramsay, Jasmine Tully, Alex Venters, Alice Warre, Sophie Izat, Hannah Bruneau, Bridget Stuart LG

Dandylions 2010 - 2011 This year 8 girls were selected to play for the various Dandylions teams.

The netball team results were as follows:-

A team: B team:

Dandylions 21 - WOSPS 13 Dandylions 15 – WOSPS 10

The hockey team results were as follows:- A team: B team:

Dandylions 1 – WOSPS 6 Dandylions 4 – WOSPS 5

The rounders team results were as follows:-

A team: B team:

Dandylions 14 – WOSPS 12 Dandylions 14 – WOSPS 8

Well done all the girls who were selected.


Rounders Rosabel Kilgour, Amelia Cookson, Grizel Hocknell, Jeanie Gibbs, Hermione Campbell, Mairi Donaldson


Grizel Hocknell, Jeanie Gibbs, Rosabel Kilgour, Sophie Benson, Mairi Donaldson


Sophie Benson, Rosabel Kilgour, Jeanie Gibbs, Sophie Walker‑Munro, Amelia Cookson

1st Team Netball, Hockey, Rounders 2010 – 2011 This year, the girls at the senior end of the school have been outstanding in their sport. A talented group of girls, determined to give of their very best. They have achieved some super results in each sport, and have won each major tournament - Winners of the Ardvreck Netball Tournament, Winners of the Loretto Hockey Tournament and Winners of the Kilgraston Rounders Tournament. This is something that has not been achieved before. Teams have won the individual tournaments but never all three in one year! In a total of 21 matches this year, they have won 18 of them and drawn two and lost one, remaining unbeaten in netball and hockey. Very well done girls – I am proud of you all! KG


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Piping for the Pope On Thursday 16 September, nine very lucky children had the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh and be a part of a massed pipe band of over 1000 people. The occasion was the arrival of the Pope on his state visit to the UK. All the pipers and drummers gathered at one end of Princes Street and we joined up with the Ampleforth College Pipes and Drums. After a wait of about one hour, it was our turn to march along Princes Street whilst playing a selection of tunes, including ‘Green Hills’, ‘Rowan Tree’ and ‘Scotland the Brave’. We then took our places on the pavement by Princes Street Gardens to await the arrival of the Pontiff himself. As he approached, the 1000+ pipers began to play ‘Highland Cathedral’ and it was a moment that will be remembered by all those present for many years to come. MG

The Leavers were given a chance to prepare home made fare and have it all barbecued for them. Led by Mrs Donaldson, helped by Mrs Benson they beavered the morning away. I can report that it tasted quite delicious and there’s nothing quite like proper beefburgers that don’t shrivel to nothing at the first hint of heat! As you can see by the pictures the Leavers thoroughly enjoyed their culinary experience. Thank you Mrs. Donaldson and Mrs Benson.


Time for a Chukka or two History was made by Belhaven entering 2 teams into a Scottish Schools and University Tournament. William Younger (Captain), Rupert Warre and Freddie Younger made up the boys. Jeannie Gibbs, Isabel Baillie and Alice Warre for the girls. Although in polo men and women compete equally, the teams

had been split by their level of experience and it just so happened to be boys and girls. On a wet Sunday morning the Belhaven team arrived at the Howe Country Centre in Fife, feeling a little nervous. Craigclowan prep school had pulled out due to a last minute change in date so they would have to face George Watson’s Senior School and the University of St. Andrews. Quite a tall order considering half our squad had never ridden a polo pony or competed in an arena tournament before. There was no time for nerves, they got stuck in, unloading the 20 ponies and helping to sort out kit. It was a credit to Belhaven that they were so hands on getting the ponies ready.

First up was the Belhaven Girls verses George Watson’s Senior Girls. It was a very exciting match; they played 2 chukkas with George Watson’s only winning by one goal: 3-2. Isabel Baillie and Jeannie scored brilliant goals showing great potential for the future and Alice, only 10 years old, showed she was a brave defence and team player. I was so proud of them! The boys were thrown right into the deep end as St. Andrews were fielding a very strong novice team. The boys put up an impressive fight over their two chukkas

but it was a disappointing result: 4-1 to St. Andrews. Rupert scored a fantastic back hand goal and we only just missed out on another two goals. It really could have gone either way, it just wasn’t our day. The boys showed great determination, but lacked team skills at this level, which only comes with more practice of playing as a team, which they had never done. If we had been stronger at “backing up” I think we would have won it. Lots learned for the future. In a polo tournament the winners play the winners for first place and the losers play each other for runner up. This meant we would have to play ourselves, so Belhaven was guaranteed runner up but would it be the boys or the girls? The boys did have a little bit more experience and Rupert and Freddie both scored to give them the place of runner up in the tournament. Before prize giving we squeezed in a team lunch of sausage baps and chips, not quite a delicious Sunday lunch, (real Polo isn’t glamorous at all) followed by a chance to see some very fast chukkas by George Watson’s Senior A team and another St. Andrews team. George Watson’s, definitely the strong side, won 14-3, and was dominated by the Dove brothers, both of whom have played

for Scotland. It was a good opportunity for the children to see the standard required in the future if they want also to play for Scotland one day. They all received something in the prize giving and the boys were awarded miniature polo sticks for coming runner up. However, it was not about the prizes. They knew they had all achieved more than we had hoped and it has now fuelled my thoughts for the future. Well done the boys! And girls you were awesome! Considering they had had no practice as a team, most of their legs just reached below the saddle on the polo ponies

and half the children had never ridden a polo pony they all showed real bravery and skills that will stand to them in good stead for life. Always get stuck in and give it a go! I am so proud of them. They arrived back at school tired (nervous exhaustion) but with smiles all over their faces. I handed them over to Tom Swan in the sports hall where the whole school were playing games, more excitement! I left feeling so lucky to have shared that historic day. Polo is a growing sport within schools and Belhaven has a bank of hidden talent on tap. I hope this will encourage others to get involved as you do not need a pony nor be a confident rider and it is a lot of fun! A massive thank you to Mr MacAskill who was brave enough to support us and the matrons who turned the team out in very clean kit and the Firsts for your quarters! Gilly Younger


In the autumn term, a group of intrepid youngsters braved the wind and cold and, together with Mr. Townshend and Mr. Curry, made their way up the Former Celtic settlement of the Votadini, Traprain Law.

We are indeed so lucky at Belhaven Hill to have on our doorstep such breathtaking countryside and it is equally pleasing to see that staff and children take every advantage of experiencing it whenever possible. No wonder they call Scotland God’s country! Ed


Come Dine with the Headmaster

to make the starter which was homemade roasted tomato soup. It was very good and to go with it we had garlic bread. The main course was an exotic pasta with creamy smooth cheese, bacon strips and broad beans (it was supposed to have been peas but we had picked up the wrong packet!). However we thought the beans worked really well and to make it extra healthy we had prepared a delicious green salad with feta cheese, coriander and walnuts. We made the dessert with double whipped cream, sugar, sherry, lemon juice and rind. It was very easy to make but so yummy especially with the almond biscuits

we had bought to put on the top. It was a delicious meal and Mrs MacAskill said that we were the calmest and tidiest group she had had. Roll on next term for our next turn! Charlie Riley, Will Dirkin, Jeanie Gibbs, Abi Pooley and Rosabel Kilgour

“How do you work this thing, Rupert?” “Dunno, Wills. Sort of turn that knob thing and like it might work, like.” “Like what?”

“No, no, dear. You have to stir them this way! A clockwise motion always imparts the best flavour.” “How patronising! Just wait till later ...”

This was really messy to make. That’s why they call it Eton Mess. What’s it taste like? Ask my T-shirt!”

The Cheeky Cooks. No-one has any idea what they’ve put on the garlic bread - but they do!

“This isn’t a grin - it’s a grimace. I’ve just chopped my thumb off!”

Cheers everyone. “Are you OK Headmaster?” “Yes, though a little concerned about the Asda bill!”


n the 4th December Charlie, William D, Jeanie, Rosabel and Abi set off with Mr MacAskill to Asda to buy the food for ‘Come Dine with the MacAskills’. The Headmaster was very pleased with us as we were the group who spent the least amount of money and thought it might have something to do with Mrs MacAskill not being let loose in the shopping aisles! Back at the house we all pulled together

Everything tastes so much better when you’ve made it yourself. Let’s get started!

Surprised? I am because I didn’t know anything about cooking until now - my Mum’s always said she couldn’t cook!

The following pictures are taken from other Dine with the Headmaster Saturdays and may have no relevance to the written piece above. The Editor takes full responsibility for any confusion that may arise but will not enter into any correspondence!

Yes! This is far better than a DVD and a bag of sweets! Here’s to the next time!


Royal Wedding Celebrations


t the end of the Easter Term, each patrol made some bunting in preparation for the Royal Wedding Celebrations. The central banner had to display the patrol animal


and each member of the patrol made extra flags. The children also had the opportunity to make crowns to wear on the day.


he day of the wedding arrived and the bunting the children had made was put up in the front hall and around the area where we would have the BBQ. The children watched the wedding from 1030 and after a quick party

lunch, we returned to watch the Royal Family appear on the Balcony and the fly past over Buckingham Palace. Some members of staff actually dressed up for the occasion and spent the entire broadcast standing to attention!


o round off our celebrations, Mr Peek and Mr Gale did a splendid job of cooking tea for the school, with hundreds of sausages and spare ribs on the BBQ, along with pink and yellow cup cakes for pudding.



The 12 Days of Christmas The tradition of the Staff doing something during the School Carol Tree Service in the Hall continues and new staff are not allowed to get out of it! Mrs Burton regaled us with her own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. On the first day at Belhaven Mrs Coleman gave to me My timetable and a cup of tea On the second day at school Christine issued to me A blue napkin ring And the rota for breakfast, lunch and tea On the third day at Belhaven Tom Swan showed to me The site of the lunch hall Sarnies after netball And the tuck shop sweeties, yummy On the fourth day at school Miss Farrel did decree Here are the netballs Under 10s need coaching I’ll be late for training The Irish don’t do punctuality!

On the fifth day at Belhaven Mr Gale gave to me 5 minus marks 4 new regulations 3 more duties 2 lesson covers And please plan assembly On the sixth day at school Mrs Rawson showed the house Keep the girls in order With Dorm sanctions Dressing gowns and slippers Quiet reading Get them into bed And Form 1 are evil keep them locked up On the Seventh day at Belhaven A Sunday came to be Off to church we ambled Led by Mr Curry To the wrong Church Back we ran through Dunbar Sneaking up the stairs 20 minutes late Mr Peek has a lot to answer for On the eighth day of school 5 foot Peeky showed to me How to keep labs tidy Safety with explosives How to file the kids work

My interactive white board “Ask Mrs Gale” he said “For tips and such That’s not my remit Whatever happened to my black board” On the ninth day at Belhaven The staff were introduced The Curry’s growing tummies Graham’s crossword fetish Mrs Parks’s doggies Gales curry diet Mr Townshend’s flies (fishing) PSHE with Mrs Gale Rawson’s modelling Matrons rule the roost And beware of Mr Wilson’s bench vice On the tenth day at Belhaven The snow came to stay Roads are in chaos Scotland’s at a standstill School goes on regardless Lessons to continue No games again Massive snowball fight Snowman competition Igloo building Sculptures in ice And a load of happy soggy wet kids

Brazilian International Footballer sambas into Belhaven! Not often does one get the opportunity to meet a professional sportsman, and much more seldom one who has represented his country. So to have the chance to meet a Former Brazilian international footballer is a rare treat indeed. However this is the thrill we were lucky enough to be afforded in the autumn term. Carlos Alexander Torres played for every level of Brazilian football, culminating in his first Brazilian cap in 1992 when he was part of the squad which eventually won the World Cup two years later. He is the son of Carlos Alberto Torres, who is known as the scorer of possibly the greatest goal in a World Cup Final, as Carlos Alberto slotted home a pass from Pélé after superb team build-up in the 1970 showpiece match, to take Brazil to their third triumph. Be that as it may, Belhaven was treated to Carlos Alexander Torres, his son. Carlos spoke about life growing up in Rio de Janeiro, the poverty and culture of football in Brazil and how the schoolteachers (and nuns) used to discourage football from

On the eleventh day at school Mr MacAskill told me Your weekend duties next week Can you drive the buses You will coach some netball Don’t forget the hockey Your patrols the Lions Look after the new snails Where’s your weeks marks What clubs will you run Gardening needs a hand Can you sing a song The concerts after Sunday tea On the twelfth day at Belhaven The weekend came at last Time to see my own kids Freezing in the play park Holly killing Daniel Weekly shop at Tesco Clean the rabbit hutch out Hoover round the whole house Flick the duster over 5 loads of washing 2 birthday parties Fit a play date in Don’t forget reports Please let me go to work asap CB

a great experience and led him to practising up to nine hours a day at his passion. We moved on to talk about life as a top football agent, and finally Carlos gave us a demonstration of his skills, aided/hindered by Mr. Curry. Carlos reminded the children that to succeed you need three things; talent, practice and luck, and never to give up as you don’t know what the future might hold – you might get your turn if you try hard enough. A Footballer and a Gentleman. NC

being played at school by popping their balls to encourage them to concentrate on education. Carlos told a story of how when this happened, the Brazilian boys used to play their football with plums, grapefruits, anything which would act as a ball. Games could get quite squelchy as you might imagine! Carlos told us about how life in contact with Pélé, Jairzinho and Tostão was



ardening at Belhaven Hill in the Summer Term of 2011 was marked by extremes of weather. After a very dry April, May was extremely windy and June very wet. As a result, opportunities for fair-weather gardeners were rather limited. Only the hardiest of horticulturists braved the showers and gales to tend their patches but these brave souls produced some quite remarkable planting designs.

Their dedication was soon rewarded by a riot of colour as the lupins, cornflowers, pansies and marigolds bloomed earlier than expected. Those gardeners who chose not to venture out during the inclement weather fought a losing battle against the green legions of weeds that thrived in the damp conditions. As a result, our expert judge Jenny Harper was met with a number of excuses on her judging rounds such as: “It’s a jungle-themed garden – honest!” or “I thought a wild garden might be good for bugs and things…..”


Gardening Miranda Strang Steel was adjudged to have worked hardest to arrange and maintain a beautifully arranged garden and her encyclopaedic knowledge of plants and techniques was evident under the most intense questioning. Miranda therefore won the Gardener of the Year competition for the second time. The competition for the Best Garden was equally close. Both sets of Form 3 Girls shared the top honour with Form 4s Sophie Gladstone, Sky Brooke, Susannah Woodd and Pandora Bannister. The Form 4 boys also deserve a special mention for a delightful garden which was home to “Dave the Duck” Overall, this has been a wonderful term for gardening at Belhaven Hill and the children have set an extremely high standard that I am sure can be maintained and exceeded. Tom Rawson


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the boys began to employ a more measured approach to model making and produced some quite stunning miniatures. Alistair Gimlette’s Bedford Truck and Sherman Firefly Tank set the standard and were soon followed by a beautifully rendered Stuka b y Arthur Macpherson and a faultless Mosquito Nightfighter by Angus Barlow. Freddie Wood also upped his game to produce several larger scale tanks and armoured vehicles. New techniques such as spray painting, masking and weathering were used to finish models made with huge reserves or patience and no little skill. I look forward to seeing what next year’s crop of model makers can produce. Tom Rawson

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Mastermind 2011 This year’s Mastermind final took place on the evening of Tuesday 22nd March. It really was a huge entry into the competition with a total of 28 competitors battling it out in four heats over the course of the Spring term, in order to win themselves a place in the final. Eight children made it into the final and each had to choose a special subject on which to answer questions for ninety seconds, followed by a two-minute General Knowledge round. The results were as follows:


Special Subject

Special Subject Score

General Knowledge Score



Rosabel Kilgour

The Okapi





Ollie Farr

The Red Squirrel





Annabel Wailes-Fairbairn

Grace Darling





Poppy Izat

The Springer Spaniel





Rupert Warre

Adolfo Cambiaso





Amelia Cookson






William Dirkin

Cristiano Ronaldo





Sophie Benson

The Star-nosed Mole





The final may have turned into a bit of a disaster but thankfully did not. About a week before the final, I asked each child what their special subject would be. Leaving breakfast one morning, Annabel informed me that hers would be ‘Grace Darling’ so I made a note of it and later that day, proceeded to set twenty questions on ‘The Grey Starling.’ Luckily, the confusion was sorted out before the final itself! Well done to Sophie for winning this year’s competition and also to William and Amelia who also scored very highly. I thank everyone who entered the competition in the first place and hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did. MG



rs Burton’s Assembly was all about one’s character and how many different traits one is made of. The children were challenged to come up with a composite drawing of different animals to represent their character. Here are two of the many that were submitted. They are anonymous but you can have fun trying to match the list of children with the animals! There will not be a competition amongst the readers for their submissions - fear not! Ed

Belhaven Hill: Some Personal Reminiscences David Baird-Smith “When I was a youngster so gallant and free”, I attended Belhaven Hill Preparator y S c h o o l from 1946 to 1951. Increasingly over the years, but more intensely of late since retirement, I have come to realise what an excellent education I had at the school, and how remarkably it prepared me for the subsequent stages of my life. I apologise firstly for any inaccuracies and false impressions that may be noted in these reminiscences by my contemporaries or successors. Looking back sixty years later, one tends to idealise, exaggerate or dramatise. I believe I entered the school on the recommendation of my distant cousins the McCulloughs of Ardwall (Gatehouse of Fleet). The forty-odd strong group of pupils was at that time presided over by the Rev. Brian Simms, a most paternal and benevolent headmaster. He was succeeded during my time by Mr. William L. V. Caldwell an inspiring, energetic and enterprising educationalist. Basic Learning The most precise and strongest memory I have of the Rev. Brian Simms was when


he often used to correct us in a most fatherly way. This was, he explained, to drive the devil out of us. He was surrounded by an aura of pipe-tobacco and heavy Border tweeds. He would stand us up, look us straight in the eyes, and declare that he still saw black spots in the depths of our souls. This rather primal introduction to the basic doctrine of original sin left its mark and stood me in good stead all the following years of my life. Worldly, as opposed to spiritual, wisdom, was imparted to us in the most junior class by a wonderful teacher, Miss Caroline Musson. This kind and zealous pedagogue held sway in a basement classroom, and taught us to write correctly by copying (many, many times) a series of proverbs and adages full of common sense : a stitch in time saves nine: rolling stones gather no moss: little strokes fell forest oaks: a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush etc. She also taught us our first notions of Latin and Greek very soundly. If the class got rather obstreperous, she cried out : “Stop chuntering, you mugwumps”. This invariably reduced us to a state of bemused silence. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary gives for “mugwump” : “great man, boss ; one who holds aloof from party politics” : “chunter” does not figure. Somehow her kind face was embellished rather than marred by a hair-lip. Most of all I owe her a ripening love for music : she was the school piano teacher, and contrived to combine imparting basic musical theory and technique with an initiation to real artistic performance. Proverbs, somewhat more epicurean, came to the fore again at a later stage : Gilbert and Sullivan evenings for senior pupils around William Caldwell at the piano with the wellknown trio from H.M.S. Pinafore :

while the sun shines, gather hay: where a will is there’s a way: in for a penny, in for a pound: its love that makes the world go round: faint heart never won fair lady etc. Basic history was, of course, the renowned “history chart” : a terrible effort to learn by heart but never to be forgotten : “William I : 1066 Hastings, Lanfranc, Domesday Book, Curfew Bell” – an eclectic but significant “chalk and cheese” selection. There was also an initiation into the practice of competition. This took the form of being divided into four groups (called, I seem to remember, “patrols”, like the Scouts, and appropriately named after wild animals). Points were awarded for academic work, and, if I remember rightly, also for leisure and sporting activities, and even for general conduct. The patrol whose members cumulated the highest score received awards and commendations at the end of each term. Globally conducive to healthy and constructive emulation, this had the sideeffect of poor performers who had “let the side down” being victimised sometimes unfairly and violently : that was perhaps the one less attractive side of our education. Corporal Welfare When I arrived, health, hygiene and diet were administered efficiently, discreetly and economically by the Miss Simms (if I remember rightly they were two, both spinsters). Food would always be on each plate before we arrived in the dining room ; it was based on herrings, Irish stew and milk puddings (sago and semolina), and not always very warm. We had no complaints about it. The monotony was broken by two “treats” : baps and meat paste “à gogo” on Sunday mornings, and thick slices of heavily buttered bread on Sunday evenings, washed

down by cocoa. Dunbar is one of the coldest places on the East coast of Scotland. At 7 a.m., we lined up in the corridor, stark naked, and took turns to plunge into the ice-cold bath, not to be abandoned before the order was given. Strenuous exercise on the gravel in front of the school was followed by our daily dose of malt and cod-liver oil (all served from the same horn spoon). Then we got down to the porridge, bread and marmalade. We were all extremely healthy. The other great factor for fitness was the school swimming pool, where we seemed to spend a great deal of time, learning to swim and taking part in various races. Arts, Culture and Hobbies William Caldwell deployed considerable efforts to instil some basic Western culture into us. Chronological tables of great artists and cultural events were his favourite vehicles for this with columns for literature, painting, sculpture and music. All embellished with illustrations, musical excerpts and so forth. The annual school plays (parents invited) were the culminating experience after all our efforts. I was privileged to perform in Macbeth (title role – excerpts), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius the play scene). Keith Martin-Jones was our director for mathematics and scientific subjects, which he taught most effectively. He also was in charge of the carpentry-shop where we laboured with much difficulty to produce standard lamps and other artefacts. Each component piece had to be precisely planed and dimensioned before the great moment came for access to the glue-pot : reaching this one had the impression of a real and satisfying achievement. “M.J.” also surveyed our philatelic activities which were intense and competitive. They figured largely in the requests of my letters to home. I once got into serious trouble for swopping my dental appliance for a “penny black”. This was followed by the usual punishment of “six of the best” with a (fortunately) sloppy and worn-out gym-shoe in the headmaster’s study. Dancing was considered a necessary accomplishment for young Scotsmen in those days. Each week a formidable dancing teacher, Miss Le Mesurier descended on Belhaven Hill from Edinburgh. Accompanied by a submissive assistant, she strutted around like Margot Fonteyn taking a final bow at Covent Garden. Lined up in front of her, we learned the “paddy-ba” (I was to discover the real name much later) , setting and the figure of eight. This stood us in good stead for hunt balls, assembly rooms and highland dancing over the years. French Connection William Caldwell’s wife hailed from the Channel Islands (Jersey) and both she and her husband were bilingual. One of the school plays was always in French , and we were often asked to memorise French poems.

Much emphasis was placed on correct pronunciation. This was an important experience for me. My grandfather was a keen Francophile and founder-member of the Glasgow Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society. Later in life, thanks to my father’s attending an international law conference at the Gleneagles Hotel, I was sent on exchange to a French family, majored in Modern Languages at Cambridge and married a French girl from Paris – none of which I have had any cause to regret. Awkward Moments The return to Belhaven Hill after school holidays was always a most trying experience. Like many mothers , mine thought that I was going to be starved for the next three months. We caught the Glasgow-Edinburgh train in the morning, and proceeded to one of the best restaurants in the Waverley or Caledonian Hotel where I was encouraged to eat as much as I possibly could. A final gastronomic cream tea preceded boarding the school train, feeling very nauseous, tearful and homesick. It was miserable. However once the train rolled out of Waverley Station, morale recovered and some of us got straight into high spirits. On one occasion we went as far as to open the compartment door at full speed between Musselburgh and Prestonpans. This terrifying exploit luckily remained undetected by British Rail staff. Another awkward moment was the arrival of parents for cricket matches, school plays or other major events. All the school had its noses glued to the front windows to observe and comment on each parents’ arrival, means of transport, dress and general behaviour. It was impossible to remain unidentified. Alongside the Bentleys and Daimlers, my poor parents ancient Riley 9 elicited the expected cat-calls, followed by adverse comment on my mother’s usually extravagant hats. A further embarrassment was my dear mother’s propensity to weep crocodile tears every time her offspring appeared on stage in the school plays. It was always the same : whether I played Macbeth, Demetrius, or a British airman landing in France by parachute during the Second World War. My father’s getting out for a “duck” in the parents’ cricket match was a minor inconvenience in comparison. Denominations On Sunday mornings we formed two distinct groups : “piskies” and “presbies”, each in his own tartan kilt, reflecting the scandalous divisions in Christianity. I was baptised in the Church of Scotland (Glasgow University Chapel) - something I have never regretted - but for some reason I was assigned to the Episcopalians, maybe in view of attending an English Public School. My parents were not strong believers in any denomination. Such differences were however greatly attenuated by our introduction to the Holy Bible, and by morning and evening prayers

all in common. Every Sunday evening we learned ten verses by heart and were asked to recite them. This was an excellent introduction to the Old and New Testaments. Roman Catholicism was totally foreign and hostile territory. However in my time it was finally decided that there should be a rugby football fixture with a Catholic school in North Berwick (Carl Kemp Priory). We discovered that papists were actually human beings like us after all. Sporting Life Rugby in the first term, hockey in the second and cricket in the third was the drill. I thoroughly enjoyed it but was rather handicapped by poor eyesight and occasional migraines. “Dot-cricket” was however universally enjoyed: everyone took part most eagerly. Matches took place after lights-out with torches under the bedclothes. Stabbing at a table of runs, byes and dismissals, most unlikely results occurred with leading batsmen (Hutton, Edrich or Compton) out for a “duck”, while bowlers achieved unexpectedly miraculous centuries. Play often closed with a dormitory inspection visit from the headmaster and a subsequently painful visit to his study. Music, Music, Music Music was undoubtedly to the forefront of our artistic education. School singing was conducted once a week by Miss Musson, and all joined in very heartily. Curiously our staple vocal diet was English rather than Scottish. There were “maidens” rather than “lassies”. The songs allowed us glimmerings of future relationships with the opposite sex (other than family members). “On yonder hill there stands a maiden, Who she is I do not know” ended with the rather depressing and lapidary refrain; “Oh, No, John, No John, NO”. Then there was “Oh Shenandoah, I love your daughter” and “Early one morning, just as the sun was rising, I heard a maid calling in the valley below :’ O don’t deceive me ! Oh never leave me ! How could you use a poor maiden so?!” Strange forebodings that left us quite unmoved. Together with my sympathetic contemporary David Reid, I was founder of the Belhaven Hill Jazz Club, which had, I understand, an ephemeral existence. Jazz was in fact a rather grand word for what we performed (vocals and piano), and our “tubes” have long since disappeared : “In Our Mountain Greenery”, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” (Oklahoma), and “Put Another Nickel In, In The Nickel-Odeon”. We thought we were very daring and very lucky to have been given permission to go ahead by Mr. Caldwell, and gave at least one popular concert. A further important musical activity for

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Loaningdale Experience No written article this year but hopefully the pictures will give you an idea of what went on when Form 1 and Form 3 stayed there.



audience. Tom and Angus failed to score but Geordie and Hughie’s leaps were adjudged to have been worthy of three and five wives respectively. Next it was the turn of the ladies who displayed their appreciation for the boys’ better efforts. They each did so with a display of chanting, swaying and rocking rocked as they were with waves of giggles. Your reporter can not claim to be an aficionado of the intricacies of traditional East African dance and my scorecard was unfortunately lost. All were rewarded with a round of applause from their appreciative audience who were informed by their Masai host that this was all that they could expect as the betrothal of multiple spouses did not extend to the womenfolk. ER

Forms 1 and 2 thoroughly enjoyed learning about life in the Masai Mara from David.


avid arrived at Belhaven Hill swathed in colourful, elaborately embroidered blankets. He bore a spear and wore beaded bracelets and necklaces about his wrists and neck. As he moved about the floor the little bells sewn into his blue cloak caught the light and jingled softly. When asked what the purpose of the bells was he explained that his “bling” was purely for decorative purposes to catch the eye when dancing. He said that Scotland was incredibly cold but that when he flew from Nairobi to London at 35,000ft the on-board flight display had indicated the exterior temperature to be in the region of -40°C. He had therefore been pleasantly surprised to find Heathrow a relatively balmy 8°C.

He painted a picture of the Masai’s life as pastoralists working as one with their herds of cattle upon the plains of East Africa. He then drew gasps of astonishment from his young audience with a description of their staple diet of blood and milk and the Masai’s preferred of extracting both from the living beast. He was also keen to highlight how the tourism industry had directly impacted his personal life and the way of life of his people. There has been a recent realisation amongst the Maasai that the wild animals that were once seen as competitors to their own livestock should now be seen as a resource that must in turn be nurtured. It was no longer customary for young warriors to prove their manhood by slaying a lion as the Masai’s exploding population (400% increase since 1960) had led to a shortage of

Fly Tying Club The introduction of a daily slot for clubs and societies has been a great boon to the Fly Tying Club – where once time had to be scraped together on weekends and in the evenings, now those interested can meet once a week to learn the basics or to perfect

lions and a surfeit of wannabe warriors. David compared life in a Masai village to life in a Western community. His house was cosy like a Western home but kept warm with cow dung rather loft insulation. He explained that it was the wife’s role to build the house for her husband and that each wife would build a separate house around a common area. David asked whether this was the same in the UK. David Peek was able to inform him that it was generally the convention that wives choose houses while husbands pay for them. He explained how as a young man he was a member of his tribe’s warrior hood and would visit the villages in the tribal area to dance for the attention of the women. It is the norm for rich Maasai to take a number of wives and they attract suitable ladies by dancing for them with the characteristic leap that has made them so famous around the World. Tom Wright, Geordie Younger, Hughie Brooks and Angus Harley were invited to take to the floor to leap for the attentions of their female

their skills; it is only a shame that I can only offer places to a limited number of pupils each term as fly tying fever appears to have taken hold and pupils are to be found at one of the vices in my classroom, at all times of the day. A number of boys caught trout on flies that they tied this year – little can be more

satisfying – and we also had a salmon caught by one member, on a fly that he tied. A group of a dozen or so boys also enjoyed a trip into the Borders to test out some of their creations just prior to exams. Tight lines! WT


The Apprentice The Apprentice was amazing. Mr. Wilson took us and he started by asking why does a brand name bean like Heinz cost more than other beans which are just the same? Mr. Wilson asked us to make up a brand of beans. There were five groups - Wilson beans, Bailieo beans, Fusion beans, Rocket beans and Rockstar beans and we all had to present our ideas. First to present was Wilson Beans which sold for only 10p and came with an offer of buy one get one free. Although the team had a great poster and Mr. Wilson loved the name, he thought they seemed too cheap

Spoken English Report When I found out I was in the Spoken English Competition I was full of excitement and nervousness. I had never been in a speaking or debating competition final before so this was a new experience for me! I was really pleased I had been picked to compete as I had spent a long time writing it out and preparing it in half term, as it was my last time to write a Spoken English I was determined to make it my best! I was the last to talk in the competition so this made me even more anxious as I had seen all the amazing speeches before me. When the person before me was talking I kept reciting my speech in my head to make sure everything was well prepared. I don’t know if this helped it just made me more nervous!

and a bit bland. Then came Bailieo Beans. This team had a great advert with good slogans and an attractive tin design. They offered a free Bailieo with 3 bean vouchers. Third to face Mr Wilson was Fusion Beans who claimed to be an eco bean. They were sponsored by the Olympics, had an app for the i-Pod and came in a very attractive can. Rockstar beans was a great idea and full of colour. The team was very well organised and had set up a website and colouring sheets. And finally, Rocket Beans. Mr. Wilson

said 5p a tin was too cheap as was the buy one get two free offer. But the group made good comparisons to Heinz in their presentation. It was a close contest but when we all returned to the boardroom the results were: 1. Fusion Beans 2. Rockstar Beans 3. Bailieo Beans 4. Wilson Beans 5. Rocket Beans Evan Ball

When it was my turn I was so nervous I had butterflies in the pit of my stomach. I felt really tense and I was trying to tell myself to relax and that everything would be okay, but it didn’t work. I don’t think I had been this nervous for a long time. My legs wouldn’t stop shaking, either did my hands! Finally I was at the podium, and ready to deliver my speech, ‘What’s Wrong with Being Blonde?’ I had this image of opening my mouth and nothing could come out. Fortunately this did not happen, but all the way through my speech my legs were shaking (Luckily the podium wasn’t see through!) Delivering a speech is completely different to singing a solo; I thought they would be quite similar. I think it is because when you sing you have a piano with you, but when you are delivering a speech it‘s just your voice.

When I finished my speech a surge of relief rushed through me but, I was edgy about the results. There was break while the judge was making his decisions. When he announced the junior winners I knew it was time for him to announce the senior competition results. When the judge announced 2nd and 3rd I knew that there wasn’t a chance for me. But, to my surprise he announced my name as the winner I was shocked beyond belief! I went up to receive the trophy with a huge grin on my face I was so happy! My many attempts to try and get into the Spoken English Final and finally doing so has taught me many techniques for use in speeches which I’m sure will come in handy in my next school and future life. Amelia Cookson

The Adjudicator at this year’s Spoken English Competition was Mr Gordon Wood, Warden of Glenalmond College. There were 18 finalists. Nine from Forms 5 to 3 and nine from Forms 2 and 1. The talks ranged from the serious (Lest we forget: The Royal Mail: Hong Kong) to the not so serious (Gingers: School Fees: What’s wrong with being blonde?) and everyone was entertained for a good hour and a half before being allowed home for the weekend. You can see and hear each talk (none of which is more than 4 minutes long) on the School’s website at www. aspx They are all worth a look! Hannah Bruneau, winner of the Junior section of the Spoken English Competition, with her talk on ‘Lest we forget’, a very powerful talk about her Great Great Uncle George Taylor who fought and died in the Great War at Arras. You can watch and hear her talk on the School’s website at


Amelia Cookson, winner of the Spoken English Competition receiving her cup from Mr Gordon Wood. Amelia spoke about What’s wrong with being blonde and had the audience in stitches. Catch her talk at aspx

Athletics 2011 Very sadly the Sports Day had to be called off owing to persistent rainfall. The Sports were held after the half term break and although not quite the same , there were some impressive performances

Sports Day Results 2011

Shot 1. 2. 3.

(R = New School Record) 1. Owls 2. Lions 3. Swallows 4. Woodpeckers 5. Badgers 6. Wolves

100 m

1. A Harley (13.0) 2. K Gordon Cumming 3. W Plowden A Harley K Gordon Cumming T Wright

400 m 1. 2. 3.

A Harley A Poupinel J Farr

800 m 1. 2. 3.

J Farr T Poupinel A Poupinel




J Farr (5.22.0) T Poupinel A Harley

High Jump

1. 2. 3.

A Harley R indoor (1.41m) W Plowden T Wright

1. 2. 3.

T Wright (3.92m) S Pooley G Younger

Long Jump

Triple Jump 1. 2. 3.

S Pooley (8.30m) T Poupinel G Younger

Cricket Ball 1. 2. 3.

C Riley (53.2m) W Plowden A Harley

Discus 1. 2. 3.

G Younger W Dirkin T Wright

1. 2. 3.


J Black (14.1) A Cookson J Gibbs J Black (30.9) J Gibbs S Walker-Munro

400 m

1. 2. 3.

A Cookson (75.0) S Walker-Munro M Laird

800 m

A Cookson S Walker-Munro S Benson

1500 m


1. 2. 3.

R K Kilgour A Cookson S J Walker-Munro


1 2 3.

J Gibbs (1.23m) H Campbell J Black

High Jump

Long Jump 1. 2. 3.

J Gibbs (3.70m) J Black A Cookson

1. 2. 3.

J Gibbs (8.68m) R Kilgour M Laird

1. 2. 3.

J Gibbs (41.5m) H Campbell P Armstrong-Wilson

Triple Jump

Rounders Ball

Discus 1. 2. 3.

S Benson (16.1m) P Armstrong-Wilson H Campbell

1. 2. 3.

S Benson (6.50m) M Donaldson M Bannister



1. 2. 3.

J Glynn-Davies (15.0) H Davidson H Meynell

200 m 1. 2. 3.

200 m

1. 2. 3.

1500 m 1. 2. 3.

A Harley (9.20m) T Wright T Poupinel

100 m

1. 2. 3.


1. 2. 3.

100 m


4 x 100 m Relay

200 m

and two records broken in the indoor High Jump. Unfortunately pictures of the event were not taken hence a lack of them this year.

G Watson (33.5) M Harley D Mackenzie

400 m 1. 2. 3.

G Watson (76.7) A Barlow J Walker-Munro

800 m 1. 2. 3.

G Watson (2.49.1) J Walker-Munro W de la Hey

1500 m 1. 2. 3.

G Watson (5.32) A Barlow W de la Hey

High Jump

1. 2. 3.

G Watson R indoor (1.28m) F Younger D Macdonald

Long Jump

1. F Younger (3.27m) 2. G Watson 3. R Benson

Cricket Ball 1. 2. 3.

G Watson (40.6m) H Meynell J Stodart

Discus 1. 2. 3.

R Donaldson (17.4m) J Glynn-Davies J Stodart


1. Z White (14.2) 2. T Douglas Miller 3. C Kilgour

200 m 1. 2. 3.

Z White (32.1) T Douglas Miller C Kilgour

400 m

1. R Forsyth (78.2) 2. A Warre 3. S Izat

800 m 1. 2. 3.

Z White (2.55.5) A Warre S Gladstone



1500 m

1. Z White (5.50.0) 2. R Forsyth 3. M Joicey

75 m 1. 2. 3.

Z White (1.21m) T Douglas Miller H Bruneau

1. 2. 3.

Z White R (3.55m) M Joicey R Forsyth

L Harper Gow I Ramsay H Litherland

1. 2. 3.

M Joicey (35.5m) Z White T Douglas Miller

I Ramsay (82.7) H Litherland E Ball

1500 m


1. T Douglas Miller 2. S Gladstone


400 m

Rounders Ball 1. 2. 3.

L Harper Gow (11.9) I Ramsay M Bruneau


Long Jump

1. 2. 3.

High Jump


High Jump 1. 2. 3.

H Bruneau

1. 2. 3.


H Litherland (6.59.0) A Barlow M Bruneau

1. L Harper Gow (1.05m) 2. M Bruneau 3. A Barlow

Long Jump 1. 2. 3.

M Bruneau E Ball I Ramsay


Cricket Ball 1. 2. 3.

L Harper Gow (29.2m) M Bruneau H Thomlyn

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

The proud winners of the Boys’ U14 4 x 100m relay at Fettes

Senior Boys’ Victor Ludorum: Angus Harley Runner up Tom Wright

Senior Girls’ Victor Ludorum: Jeanie Gibbs Runner up Jemima Black U13 Boys


U13 Girls


S Pooley



T Poupinel



J Farr



J Black

George Watson

High Jump 3rd= H Venters

High Jump 1st

J Black

Long Jump 2nd

S Pooley

Long Jump 2nd

M Laird



A Prenter



M Bannister

Relay Team


S Pooley, H Brooks, J Farr, T Poupinel

Relay Team


J Black, M Laird, B Cuthbert, Cassia Roberts

U14 Boys

U14 Girls



A Harley



A Cookson



W Plowden



R Kilgour

A Harley

High Jump 1st

High Jump 1st Long Jump 2nd

T Wright



T Wright

Relay Team


A Harley, T Wright, W Dirkin, W Plowden


Relay Team


H Campbell

A Cookson, R Kilgour, G Hocknell, S Walker Munro

Runners up Jack Glynn-Davies Freddie Younger

Middle Girls’ Victor Ludorum: Zinnia White Runner up Tallula Douglas Miller

Junior Victor Ludorum: Leo Harper Gow Runner up Isabella Ramsay

Open Boys

Triple Jump

Middle Boys’ Victor Ludorum:


W Plowden

Leaders and Patrols

Netball Player R. K. Kilgour Most Improved Player S. J. Walker-Munro Shooting S. V. I. Benson, M. V. Donaldson Under 11 Z. A. G. White Mansfield Music Cup Badgers Spoken English Cobb Cup A. Cookson, H. E. Bruneau

AUTUMN TERM 2010 Head Boy: Head Girl: Captain of Rugby: Captain of Netball:

H. A. B. Clough G. J. P. Hocknell G. C. K. Younger M. V. Donaldson


Patrols: Swallows Badgers Woodpeckers Lions Owls Wolves

A. J. K. Douglas Miller, J. S. Gibbs S. J. Walker-Munro A. Cookson, W. A. H. Dirkin A. H. Harley, R. K. Kilgour M. V. Donaldson, G. C. K. Younger O. G. T. Farr

SPRING TERM 2011 Head Boy: O. G. T. Farr Head Girl: A. Cookson Captain of Boys’ Hockey: A. H. Harley Captain of Girls’ Hockey:

Patrols: Swallows Badgers Lions Owls Wolves Woodpeckers

K. E. Gordon Cumming, A. E. Wailes-Fairbairn 894 S. J. Walker-Munro, W. T. H. Plowden 869 C. A. J. Riley, S. V. I. Benson 864 T. A. C. Wright, A. G. Pooley 863 G. J. P. Hocknell, W. H. P. Younger 797 R. A. M. Warre, P. E. M. Izat 707

SUMMER TERM 2011 Head Boy: Head Girl: Captain of Cricket: Captain of Rounders:

A. J. K. Douglas Miller M. V. Donaldson O. G. T. Farr J. S. Gibbs

Patrols: Owls Woodpeckers Lions Badgers Swallows Wolves

T. A. C. Wright, A. G. Pooley A. Cookson, W. A. H. Dirkin C. A. J. Riley, R. K. Kilgour W. T. H. Plowden, S. J. Walker-Munro J. S. Gibbs G. J. P. Hocknell, O. C. T. Farr

784 748 732 713 701 696

Prizes and Awards AUTUMN 2010 Form 1 Form 2 Form 3 Form 4 Form 5 Rugby

Form Prize Commendation Form Prize Commendation Form Prize Commendation Form Prize Commendation Form Prize Forwards Outsides Tackling Under 11

S. V. I. Benson O. G. T. Farr, P. E. M. Izat M. M. I. B. Bannister H. B. Cuthbert, H. A. Venters B. B. Stuart Z. A. G. White S. R. Gladstone P. W. A. B. Bannister E. R. Robson G. C. K. Younger A. H. Harley H. A. B. Clough W. J. K. Stodart

Boys’ Hockey A. H. Harley Girls’ Hockey R. K. Kilgour Most Improved Player J. S. Gibbs Boys’ Cross Country J. C. A Farr Girls’ Cross Country R. K. Kilgour A Cookson Junior Boys’ Cross Country G. O. Watson Junior Girls’ Cross Country Z. A. G. White Table Tennis Junior Table Tennis W. J. K. Stodart Skiing Chess H. B. Meynell Backgammon R. T. G. Benson Draughts S. W. Flame Mastermind S. V. I. Benson Acting G. J. P. Hocknell, J. S. Gibbs S. J. Walker-Munro, S. V. I. Benson, H. A. B. Clough, G. C. K. Younger, W. T. H. Plowden, A. G. Pooley, W. A. H. Dirkin

SUMMER TERM 2011 Form 1 Form Prize S. J. Walker-Munro Commendation G. J. P. Hocknell, C. A. J. Riley, M. V. Donaldson, A. J. K. Douglas Miller, A. G. Pooley C. E. Endeavour A. E. Wailes-Fairbairn, H. A. B. Clough Form 2 Form Prize M. M. I. B. Bannister Commendation J. M. G. Black, H. H. Brooks, J. I. Tyndall, C N. St. A. Roberts, H. A. Venters,T. C. B. Weir Form 3 Form Prize B. B. Stuart Commendation A. P. R Barlow, H. E. Bruneau, S. W. Flame,R. H. Forsyth, M. K. Joicey, W. J. K. Stodart, M. L. Strang Steel Form 4 Form Prize W. de la Hey Commendation S. R Gladstone, P. W. A. B Bannister, S. C. Woodd Form 5 Form Prize A. M. Barlow Commendations E. H. Ball, M. A. W. Bruneau, E. R. Robson Todd Quaich H. P. M. Litherland Monod French W. A. H, Dirkin de Fontmichel History A. J. K. Douglas Miller Simpson English S. V. I. Benson Conran-Smith Geography Fieldwork S. J. Walker-Munro Leslie Melville A. Cookson Art Cup A. G. Pooley Junior Art T. K. Ramsay Music Cup G. J. P. Hocknell Junior Music Cup D. J. W. B. Mackenzie de la Haye Endeavour M. L. Strang Steel


Music Practice Piping Quaich Junior Piping Hocknell Singing Cup Gardening Cricket Batting Bowling Fielding Most Improved Cricketer Single Wicket Under 11 Double Wicket Rounders Most Improved Player Under 11 Croquet Golf Putting Swimming

H. V. Campbell G. C. K. Younger W. J. K. Stodart L. T. Ball M. L. Strang Steel O. G. T. Farr G. C. K. Younger W. T. H. Plowden A. H. Harley O. G. T. Farr G. O. Watson A. H. Harley, R. A. M. Warre A. Cookson A. G. Pooley M. K. Joicey H. M. G. Davidson O. G. T. Farr C. de Rosen P. E. M. Izat

Diving Peile Sports Endeavour Harvey Tankard Tennis Boys Singles Boys Doubles Girls Single Girls Doubles Mixed Doubles Junior Boys Singles Junior boys Doubles Junior Girls Singles Junior girls Doubles Senior Boys Victor Ludorum Senior Girls Victor Ludorum Middle Boys Victor Ludorum Middle Girls Victor Ludorum Junior Victor Ludorum Patrol Sports

A. G. Pooley M. V. Donaldson G. C. K. Younger C. de Rosen G. C. K. Younger, W. T. H. Plowden R. K Kilgour M. V. Donaldson, A. Cookson A. Cookson, W. T. H. Plowden G. O. Watson R. T. G. Benson, G. O. Watson M. K. Joicey Z. A. G. White, M. K. Joicey A. H. Harley J. S. Gibbs G. O. Watson Z. A. G. White L. J. Harper Gow Lions

Old Pupils’ News Rupert Balfour is married to Genevieve, who’s originally from Brisbane, Australia, and they have a son, Freddie, who was born in September last year. His Godfathers are Alexander E-L and Thomas Lefebvre. Just had Fred Christened in Scotland. Post university, followed the wellworn path of Belhaven Old Boys to work in the City. Currently working for Morgan Stanley. Has been living and working in Hong Kong since August 2008, following a transfer with MS. HK is proving to be a blast. Great fun socially, lots of outdoor activities and completed a 50k hiking race around the island for the last 2 years. Alexander Eliott Lockhart has done his primary PGCE last year and is currently approaching the end of his first teaching year. Utterly exhausted but exhilarated at the challenges it offers and loves it so far! Teaching in a big primary school in south London, 480 pupils, 80%+ with English as an additional language. Getting married next year to another teacher, who teaches secondary languages (French and German). Nick Sinclair has been offered a place to read Japanese at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Ross Turner has returned from his travels and is working for his Dad’s


brewing business. George Peto is in his final year of law at Edinburgh University. Alex Davie now works as an equity analyst covering leisure stocks. He works for someone whose uncle is an old Belhavian. He sometimes comes across Jamie Ramsay in his job, who does financial PR in the leisure sector, and not long after starting in the job he was taken to Edinburgh by Greene King where he met the new MD of the Belhaven Brewery, who, it turns out, had just sent his children to Belhaven. So, professionally, even in Canary Wharf, Belhaven remains hard to escape from! Harry Leeming is doing Mechanical Engineering at Bath Tom Scott is now working in the Private Office of Pam Golding, Property Consultants in Cape Town, SA. Married Samantha Peacock, of Cape Town, in December 2010 at Archerfield, East Lothian. News from the Tulloch clan: Iain, Keith and Mungo are retired or semiretired and living in Ayreshire: Angus is still working and living in East Lothian. William was commissioned into the Scots Guards and has completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Douglas is a Chartered Accountancy Apprentice with Andrew Hamilton and Co in Edinburgh. Hector is studying history at Edinburgh University and Geordie

is still at Ampleforth and is in the 1st XV. Peter Rintoul now works with a company called Charlotte Square Investment Managers who are based in Edinburgh. Robert Barclay (1961) Now retired from a career in stockbroking. Based in London till 1976 then in Plymouth and Exeter - ended up as a consultant for Brewin Dolphin. He is involved in charitable works, not least as a governor of Mount House Prep School in Tavistock; Belhaven’s equivalent in the west country. A Rotarian, he was president of the rotary Club of Plymouth in 2007/8 and one of his successors was Simon Corder who spent a gap year at Belhaven in 1970. Robert met up with Walter Simpson, John Scott and Ian Hay at an old Rugberian function in Edinburgh in March 2010 and asks that if any of his contemporaries are passing by to get in touch by ringing 01364 73767. Charlie Landale (2002) is now in his third year at Trinity College, Dublin reading Economics. He is Captain of Boats and is having a great time enjoying the Irish sense of humour! Archie Kelly (2005) Has been busking in Europe, working at the Cresta, travelling in South America and hopes to go to Dublin to do Russian. He’s also always trying to start a company! Edward Marsh-Smith graduated from Bristol with a 1st in Chemistry

and is now doing a PhD at Aberdeen University. Henrietta Marsh-Smith has been working for the Treasury since April 2010 and doing a long distance Masters at Aberdeen. She says it’s exciting times at the Treasury, what with the new government and the spending review! Andrew Tulloch is Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Aintree. Fi McDougall has completed a gap year at Gordonstoun and has decided to go into teaching English full time. Gus Shaw Stewart has joined Ivan de Klee at Trinity College, Dublin. Archie and Nicola Tulloch are in London, ‘doing accountancy’ and ‘going into advertising’ respectively. Alex Rogers is finding theology challenging at Exeter Cecily Gascoigne and Minnie Samengo-Turner are at Manchester Wizz Douglas-Hamilton is at U.C.L. William Garnock is at Glasgow. Charlie Carnegie is spending a year of his Edinburgh course in Australia. (A coincidence that it was at the same time as the Ashes?!) Louisa Dalrymple is at Edinburgh University, where Archie GrahamWatson and Mary McDougall are sharing a flat. Also at Edinburgh are Charlie Bowes-Lyon, Harry Houldsworth and Freddy Ward. Digby Warde-Aldam is in Paris for a year as part of the UCL French course. Geoffroy Lefebvre: spent 2 years based in London, just before our move to Arras, and lived not very far from the Eliott-Lockharts (Christopher), whom we got to see on several occasions, including a couple of times in Lanark. That was an opportunity for us to drive to Belhaven which we visited, unfortunately on a holiday Sunday when no one was there. Still, the fondest memories came back and reminded me of how privileged we were to spend a year there. Depending on where Anne and I decide to settle next (i.e., Englishspeaking country or not) we might want to send our kids for a year to Belhaven like we had the chance to do. I’m currently working at McKinsey - an international management consultancy, where I’ve been for 5 years and am now an Associate Partner, so I travel a lot, especially to Eastern Europe (Romania, Poland, CZ) and India. Thomas and I have always had the idea

of starting a company together; we already did in the dotcom era but that didn’t last, soon might be the time to do it “for good”! Thomas Lefebvre lives in NY with his wife and 2 children (respectively 2 years and 6 months old) and works for Morgan Stanley. Hadrien recently completed his entrance exam to HEC, France’s most prestigious business school, where he came 2nd out of several thousands, so he’s off to 4 years of discovery! Charlie de la Haye is now on an internship with a company in China. Alexander Beaumont is at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, reading German, coxing the VIII, playing his clarinet and singing in the choir. A quote from his Grandparents: “Belhaven’s seedlings come to flower - the fruit is unpredictable!” Sophie Agnew graduated in History of Art, St. Andrews Nicholas Hodgson graduated in Politics, Newcastle Christopher Wilson graduated in History, Oxford Brookes Miranda Harper has launched a new business, Zaini Hats, producing colourful and affordable crocheted beanies. Adrian Ivory has had a starring role in a television advertisement for Asda’s ‘Extra Special’ range. Sam Heward spent part of his Gap Year in China, Thailand, Australia & New Zealand, then taking Geography at Newcastle. Geordie Hilleary travelled and worked in Australia and St. Moritz (with Archie Kelly), then taking Architecture at Oxford Brookes. George Peto is in his final year studying Law at Edinburgh University. Ross Turner has returned from his travels and is working for his dad’s brewing business. David Woodcock completed this year’s Edinburgh Marathon and was running for St. Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh for which he raised about £950. “That has definitely been the most satisfying bit about undertaking the challenge.” He’s still training for his CA in Edinburgh but with any luck, and passing some exams, he’ll be done by Christmas. Here’s a pic (above right) gleaned from heaven knows where of some OBs at Queen’s College, Cambridge May Ball. Spot anyone you know?

Xa Shaw Stewart is in London, working for the publisher Bloomsbury, and sharing a house with George Binning. Also in London, and working in an umbrella shop, Edward Baillie has moved in with Dan and Archie Balfour. Thea Osborne is moving from Vancouver to Exeter University. Alexander Stewart is studying Theology at Edinburgh Uni. Jack Peile is at Newcastle and Gussie Peile has graduated from Leeds with a 2.1 in History. Euan Tyre is also at Leeds and contributing much with his Theatre Studies. Christopher Graves is at Uni in Canada. Harry Leeming is doing Mechanical Engineering at Bath. Jamie Burnham is now an Arab expert in the Foreign Office, based in Qatar and working on Libya. James Teacher went to read Hispanic Studies at Aberdeen University, which, in turn, led him to getting a job out in Lima, Peru where he has now been teaching secondary school English for the past 7 years to some extremely bright young ladies between the ages of 13-17 at San Silvestre School. He has been since 2006 to a Peruvian named Claudia and they have a son called Dominic who is about to be 3 this January. They are also expecting their second child this December, who the doctor promises will be a girl! Juliet Cameron has completed one year at Durham Uni reading Arabic and French and has decided to give up French for the easier option - Arabic! Oliver Osborne has finished Royal academy of Art and rumour has it that Saatchi has bought 4 of his paintings. Also spot the OBs singing their hearts out at the royal Wedding service!


News from Senior Schools Ampleforth Fergus Black has been made Captain of the 1st XI Hockey and Cricket fro next year and won his colours for Cricket. Trialling for Yorkshire U19 cricket. He’s had a trial with Yorkshire for hockey but just missed out this time. Both Fergus and Paddy Arbuthnott are Pipe Majors. Geordie Tulloch is Captain of Rugby and playing for the Scottish Exiles. Jo de Klee is in his final year, hoping to go to Melbourne University before heading for the Parachute Regiment.

Arabella Bradley is in the Pipe next year. Band. George Kelly (2006) Done History of Art, Art and Business studies. Got in the 1st XV rugby and Glenalmond looking for Universities. Went Patricia Walker gained seven A* now to Vietnam on a Business/Work grades at GCSE and took part in a experience placement which was a 102 miles fund-raising walk from huge success! Kinloch Hourn to Glenalmond.

Oundle Harry Cobb has been made Head of School for 2011/12. Both Harry and Kirsty off to the Far East on Rugby and Hockey Tour in the summer. Kirsty Landale is loving Oundle, got all her GCSEs and now in Lower VIth. Went to Mozambique in the Summer, enjoys sport and Eton has embarked on the Gold Duke of Jamie Kelly (2008) has acted in Edinburgh Award. Has been made his House Play, “Our Town” and Head of House. enjoyed it. He’s in the As for hockey and is hoping to get some GCSEs! Queen Margaret’s, York Nick Sinclair has been offered a Henrietta Hocknell has got place at to read Japanese at Selwyn into Keble College, Oxford to read College, Cambridge. Economics. Fettes Joell Holland-Jenkins has been providing the entertainment with his electric guitar at a Guest Night Elliot Graves produced and took a leading part in his house play Lord of The Flies. He is drum major for the school pipe band and won the Scottish Schools’ Drum Major Competition; excelling with his shooting, selected for the Cadet UK Rifle Team and will be representing the UK on a tour of the Channel Islands. George Cuthbert “Players’ player” for the Junior Colts A XV; captain of the J Colts A hockey XI and in the J Colts B cricket XI. India Tyndall The star in the School Musical Little Shop of Horrors; 1st hockey XI; 1st VI tennis. Beeb Peile has received a college Cap for lacrosse and is in the lacrosse National Training Squad. Christopher Ralph ‘Impressive play for the 4th XV.’ Beth Fletcher 3rd XII lacrosse goalkeeper; 2nd VII netball; gold medal for Shot at the Edinburgh Schools’ Athletics Championships, bronze at the Scottish Schools Championships.


Camelia Dickson & Louisa Willoughby are House Prefects Henrietta (Anita) and Catherine Hocknell (Tony), Octavia Cobb (Bernardo), Phania Dalrymple and Camelia had leading parts in the production of West Side Story. Catherine Hocknell will be doing Maths and Physics a Levels in preparation for an engineering career she would like to follow. Both she and Octavia played Lacrosse for N. Yorkshire. Emma McTaggart now has a major modelling contract with Abercrombie & Fitch. Rugby Iain Drummond got his three A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and has decided to go into catering.

Shrewsbury Arbell Lewis is in her last year hoping to do Phycology (the study of algae for those who thought this might be a typo! Ed) Loretto Alexander English has had a fantastic couple of years at Loretto flourishing in certain areas which he didn’t think were possible - especially Drama and the Pipe band. As part of the School’s exchange program he went to a School in the state of Rajasthan called ‘Mayo College’, also christened ‘The Eton of India.’ It is a lovely place and the campus was quite possibly one of the most beautiful he has ever seen with the main building being one of the largest Marble buildings in the world and from the same quarry as the Taj Mahal. He went out during the Christmas break and spent 3 months in the school, losing 5 stone in total. On the first day out there and guessing he was not a sportsman due to the bulging figure, he was asked if he liked Drama. He went to an audition for the role of ‘Henry Higgins’ in ‘My Fair Lady’ and was given the part, on the condition that he learnt the lines and actions in 5 and a half days! The rush was because they had to slot it into this period due to an outbreak of swine flu shutting down the school the term before. Luckily, the play was a huge success and they awarded me College Cravats, a commendation and a Governor’s mention. He is currently working hard in his final year for the job in New Delhi as a tanker broker, hopefully being granted a visa in due course.

Sherborne George Ellis Hancock has passed his GCSEs, plays in the 2nds Bedales Football, for which he’s leading goal Grace Warde-Aldam is Head Girl scorer, sings in the choir, plays in the symphony orchestra, wind and swing and has an offer of a place at the bands and playing the tuba and bass Ruskin, Oxford. trombone. Going to study French, Spanish, Business Studies and Art

me personally was private violin lessons (a “first”, I believe, in the history of the school). These were dispensed in a dormitory by a Mr. Harris, lead violinist from the teatime orchestra at the Marine Hotel, North Berwick. It was thanks to him that I became acquainted with those everlasting favourites : “Meditation” from Massenet’s “Thais”, and Alfred Ketelby’s “In a Monastery Garden” and “In a Persian Market”. Amazing Graces There were occasionally very special moments approaching bliss. Three of which I still remember most vividly. The first was a marvellous recital by the great violinist Miss Jelly D’Aranyi (dedicatee of the two Bartok Violin Sonatas). She appeared thanks to David Reid’s parents who lived in Haddington. Her performance of the arrangement of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances by Joachim was absolutely astounding : fierce, fiery and technically brilliant. That was where I learned what music was really all about. It was something from another world. The second moment of supreme happiness was the annual school picnic to Pease Bay. It was a moment of wonderful physical freedom as we were left all day to swim in the sea and clamber over the rocks and fish for shrimps. Cooked on a camp fire in an old tin box, the shrimps were probably

the most delicious things we ever got to eat. Greatly wet and sanded, we were then taken by charabanc to a nearby friendly farmhouse where we were given enormous quantities of strawberries and fresh cream : as much as we could eat… never to be forgotten. I must add here the weekly distribution of “school sweets”. Beside sundry acid drops and toffees, this generally comprised half a Mars Bar. We did not , as one might expect, swallow them all immediately. There was a rush to the classroom radiators where the whole lot was melted down into a mushy “goo” which we savoured ecstatically “fingerful by fingerful”. Conclusion Over and above my family education, Belhaven Hill, as I now perceive things, gave me a marvellous start to life. Basically the education provided somehow gave us the chance to be genuinely free: free to discover what was right or wrong and what was true or false, free to perceive things supernatural, free to enjoy life to the most, free to assume constraints, competition, duties or pressures from the outside without getting upset, free to live in a group or society while accepting other peoples’ differences, and free to enjoy comradeship. For all that I can be truly grateful. Postlude Very briefly the Belhaven Hill education

has “seen me through” the following : five years at Winchester College (secluded as a scholar in the historic buildings - something of a “hothouse”), two years military service as Ensign in the Scots Guards (mostly public duties), three years at King’s College Cambridge reading Modern Languages (French, German and Italian) where I got engaged to be married, submitted to the Roman Catholic Church and obtained a mediocre degree, five years experience in textile manufacturing mostly in South America, five years in London and Paris with a well-known American management consulting firm, five years as financial adviser to a French industrial and industrial conglomerate, twenty years in the risk evaluation department of a major French national bank, and, to date, twelve years of happy retirement, living between a farmhouse in Normandy and a flat in Paris. A major concern throughout has been to maintain a reasonable balance between family life and professional activity, particularly as I am father to ten children and grandfather to twenty-two grand-children, more or less scattered across the planet. But I have always found time to play the piano, read and enjoy various artistic activities. For all of which God be thanked and I sing with absolute conviction : “Belhaven, Belhaven, sing hip-hip hurrah !”



Alexander Ellvers to Venetia Browne Hugo Lee to Jessica Marsh. Grant Milligan Alistair Strang Steel to Jane Soden Charlie Ramsay to Arabella Ure Angus Burt to Lara Bound Rory Innes to Delly Thomas-Everard

To David and Ika Peto, a daughter, Rose To Edward and Zoë Tennant, a daugher T Gianni and Sophie Colarossi, a daugher, Isabella To Rupert and Genevieve Balfour, a son, Frederick To Jim and Alice Gully, triplets, Louisa, Sophie & Iona


James Callander to Alice Agar Tom Scott to Samantha Peacock Simon Osborne to Libbit Forde James Tynte-Irvine to Claire Phillpotts Charlie Thorburn to Antonia Macrae Maximin de Fontmichel to Aude Mercier Nicholas Stansfeld to Annabel Macmillan

Obituaries It is with great regret that we record the following deaths: Angus E. C. Gray (1949-1955) in February 2010 from throat cancer. At Belhaven he played for the 1st XI cricket with a batting style that was ‘excellent, free and stylish’. He was ‘cool under pressure’ as a full back and won the swimming cup. From Belhaven Hill he went to Fettes and then on to Sandhurst and, after service in the army, became a publican and was for a while a gamekeeper. Robert (Bobby) Peter De Pree (1989-95), son of John (195355) and Pam, died in a motor accident on 9th August 2010, on the eve of his 29th birthday. At Belhaven he was outstanding for his all-round sporting prowess, for his smiling good nature

and his many enduring friendships. These developed and were extended as he moved on to Oundle and Cirencester, and then to establishing a promising career in the rural department of Knight Frank; and they were movingly illustrated by the huge turn-out of young and old at his funeral service in Haddington. A keen and accomplished sportsman with rod and gun later in life, at Belhaven Hill Robert was a particularly fine cricketer. During his three years in the 1st XI just one match was lost, the Glenalmond Sixes were won twice, and he scored a record 1087 runs. These were memorable and vintage years during which a most talented generation of boys carried all before them in inter-prep school competitions and on the games field. Tragically, three of the leading figures in the year group, Fergus Maclay, William Thyne and Robert De Pree, have died far too young. They are a great loss, leave an enormous gap in the lives of many, and will be long remembered.



Front Cover: Paper Collage ‘Front of School’ by Grizel Hocknell Form 1 Art Scholar

Geordie Younger

Harry Clough

Poppy Izat

Grizel Hocknell

Sophie Walker-Munro


Amelia Cookson


Collage work by Form 1 Leavers showing different aspects of The Main School building

William Dirkin

Kit Gordon Cumming

Poppy Izat

Mairi Donaldson

Will Plowden

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Belhaven Hill School, Bugle year book 2010-2011

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