No.2  December 2020
A warm welcome from Cargilfield!
What a year this has been! After a Summer Term in which all lessons were conducted remotely online and in which our 2020 Form 8 Leavers had to leave Cargilfield without setting foot onsite for a whole term, we were delighted to have everyone  back at school in August.
Our celebrations back on March of the school's departure to Lawers in 1939 seemed entirely relevant as the school had to learn new ways of doing things during Lockdown. We can also imagine how those boys and masters felt when they got back to Barnton after six years away. Ours had only been six months but we've re-discovered the joy of teaching to a live classroom.
Well done to my colleagues who have managed teaching peripatetically (as children now own individual classrooms and the teachers go to them) and to children and parents who have adapted to new routines. There has been no singing, matches, weekend boarding or evening clubs and yet we have managed a great deal this term. It's fair to say we are looking forward to getting back to normal as soon as we can in 2021.
In the meantime, please do encourage your friends and former class-mates to be in touch. We are very keen to hear more from the whole Cargilfield community and to share your news with others. 2023 sees the 150th anniversary of the School and we hope to celebrate that in grander surroundings with a performance that marks the history of the oldest Prep School in Scotland. It would be lovely to have as many of you join us as possible.
We have a Former Pupil page on the school website where you can register and update your details with us and a number of FP news items can be found there too. Please click here to give us your contact details. 
We hope you enjoy this newsletter, and look forward to hearing from you.
Alison Combe

Everyone at Cargilfield was saddened by the loss of Alison Combe in January. Miss Combe died unexpectedly but peacefully at home.  She was Cargilfield’s longest serving teacher, having answered the call from Andrew Morrison (the then Headmaster) and Sue Lumsden (the Head of Pre Prep), to join the team in Benbow House in September 1998.  A truly outstanding teacher who is sorely missed by us all.

Read more here.
New Cricket Nets

As part of the new astroturf development which opened last year, four outdoor cricket nets were installed and the final work on them was completed during Lockdown. This means we now have outstanding all weather facilities for cricket, in addition to our indoor nets in the Sports Hall, which means we are able to play cricket all year round and in all weathers, making our cricket provision for girls and boys is second to none in Scotland.
Cricketer Magazine Top 50 School

We are delighted that Cargilfield once again appears in The Cricketer Magazine’s Schools’ Guide for 2021 listing the top 100 Senior Schools and top 50 Prep Schools in the UK. We are the only stand alone Prep School in Scotland to be listed in the prestigious guide, and it is fantastic that our strong cricket culture and commitment to cricket 12 months a year, in addition to a growing girls’ cricket  programme, has been recognised.

Read more here.
Nina walks 500 miles

Former pupil, Nina, has raised over £17000 for the Teapot Trust charity by walking 500 miles round the North Coast of Scotland in memory of her sister, Verity.  A quite amazing achievement!  She was accompanied at various points on her walk by a number of friends including Lunjika and Zoe, both also former pupils of Cargilfield!  All three are now studying medicine at University.

Read more here.
Cargilfield Remembers

This year, we were unable to meet together in Chapel to remember the 190 old boys and masters of Cargilfield who died in both World Wars and whose names appear on our War Memorial.  However, despite this, the Upper School assembled in year group bubbles out in Ash Court to hear one fifth of the Roll of Honour before, on the stroke of 11 o'clock, Chay played the Last Post and Harry the Scottish lament 'Flowers of the Forest' on his pipes. We all stood in silence to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many so that we can enjoy our freedom today.

Read more here.
Eliza wins writing competition

Many congratulations to former pupil, Eliza, now at Rugby School, who has won £250 by winning a creative writing short story competition run by Outlet Publishing.  

Her harrowing story recounts her feelings when she was 12 years old when her Mum lost her battle with cancer. It is a harrowing read but as she says, "cancer is a topic that is often shied away from, as often it is one that struggles to be breached, whether it affects you directly or not. This is something that I want to change, so I want to share my experience with the disease so that others feel that they can do the same."

Read Eliza's winning story here.
Goodbye, Dr Barr!

After 27 years as Minister of Cramond Kirk and as our school chaplain, Dr Barr retired at the end of October.  He has been a support to the Cargilfield community throughout those years, during times of great joy and sadness, and we are going to miss him enormously. We wish him, and his wife Margaret, all the very best in their retirement in St Andrews where the golf  course beckons!

Read more here.

Natasha canoes for Scotland!

Many congratulations to former Cargilfield pupil, Natasha, who has been named in the National Scottish Canoe Association Slalom Performance Squad for 2020/21. A fabulous achievement!

After moving to Strathallan, Natasha is now at Glasgow studying veterinary medicine.
Sophie in England Hockey Trials

Congratulations to Sophie on her selection to attend England Under 16 Hockey Trials in December. She will have the chance to demonstrate her skills over two days, assessed by coaches looking at technical, tactical, mental and physical development qualities. Sophie was Head of School last year and is now in the Third Form at Oundle School.
Charlie is 1stXV Captain at Fettes

Very many congratulations to Charlie on being appointed Captain of Rugby at Fettes this year!

Charlie has represented Scotland age group level and hopefully, when rugby restarts in Scotland, he will continue with his rugby development.
Visit from 86 year old Lawers Evacuee

It was a real pleasure to welcome old boy, Mr John A.L. Gunn, to Cargilfield in March. He enjoyed looking round the school and spent time answering lots of questions from the children about his time at Cargilfield and what life was like up at Lawers House. Now aged 86, he was a boy here when the school was evacuated from Barnton in Edinburgh up to Lawers House near Comrie in Perthshire during World War 2. He was also  the top academic scholar to Fettes College in 1947.
Louis rides 1000 miles

Former pupil, Louis Hall, rode his horse from John O'Groats to Lands End in aid of cystic fibrosis, and raised over £33,000 which is a quite amazing achievement. He and his horse, Irelanda, took 57 days to ride the 1000 miles down the length of the UK, and they managed to meet Michael Morpurgo, award winning author of 'War Horse', on the way! Louis left Cargilfield in 2009, moving on to Ampleforth, and is now an aspiring young actor. 

You can read more about Louis' remarkable journey here.
Leavers of 2020

Well, what a year it has been for this year's Form 8 - a year like no other in so many ways.  Although we have not been able to give them the send off that this talented group of children deserved, they really have left their mark here at Cargilfield and have been amazing in their positivity to keep going right through until the end during this difficult time of Lockdown.  They head off to 12 different schools right across the UK, and we do hope that they will come back and see us, so that we can say goodbye properly in due course. Thank you for all that you have done during your time at Cargilfield, and we wish you every success in the future.
On the COVID Front Line

Zinnie Hall, in her PPE at an intensive care unit at St Peters hospital in Chertsey, Surrey. After Cargilfield she was at Kilgraston and qualifies as a doctor from Aberdeen University.

We are extremely grateful to all those in the NHS who are working so hard on the Front Line at this time, along with other key workers.

Andrew Lownie on Channel 5

On Saturday 14th November, former pupil, Andrew Lownie, starred in a documentary about Lord Mountbatten of Burma, confidant of Prince Charles, last Viceroy of India and killed by an IRA Bomb in 1979. The programme examined his life and legacy and was very interesting. Andrew has written a highly acclaimed book about the life of the Mountbattens which was published earlier in the year.

You can watch the programme on Catch Up here.

You can order Andrew’s book on the Mountbattens here.

Logie Bruce Lockhart

Logie Bruce-Lockhart died in October aged 98, and not only was he the oldest surviving Scotland cap (he won 5 caps between 1948 and 1953 at fly half), but he was also the oldest living rugby internationalist in the World. He was a pupil at Cargilfield before moving on to Sedbergh in 1935 when his father, John, who was Headmaster at Cargilfield, was appointed Headmaster at Sedbergh.  He was a true polymath and Renaissance man: he was one of the first soldiers who liberated Belsen concentration camp during WW2, before going on to be a great reforming Headmaster of Greshams School in Norfolk for 27 years until his retirement in 1982.  He was a prolific writer, and regularly wrote lengthy letters to Cargilfield giving his views on education and other matters!

Read more here and here
Ronnie Guild

TRIBUTES have been paid to veteran campaigner and “Mr Edinburgh” Ronnie Guild who died in January, aged 98. Born and bred in the Capital and educated at Cargilfield, he taught at Fettes College for 30 years and counted former Prime Minister Tony Blair among his ex-pupils. He stood unsuccessfully for election to the council or parliament as a Liberal many times, but was never deterred from fighting for the causes he believed were important.  He campaigned on a huge range of issues, from the need to promote the historic heritage of Cramond to calling for the conversion of a former signal box in Princes Street Gardens into a tearoom with model railway outside and stopping soldiers defacing stones at the entrance to the Castle with graffiti.
Read more here.
School Website and Social Media

Our school website is regularly updated and the news page is updated daily and contains lots of interesting articles about what is going on here at Cargilfield, whilst there are also features from members of staff in a new Teaching and Learning blog.  The updated Former Pupils' page has a section for FP news, so we would love to hear what you have been up to since leaving Cargilfield!

We also have very active social media channels which is a great way for you to keep in touch; please do follow us and tag us in on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Links can be found at the footer of this Newsletter.

150th Anniversary in 2023

Plans to celebrate our 150th Anniversary in 2023 have begun and a committee has been formed in order to plan this important milestone in Cargilfield's long history. Once finalised, all the 150 events will be published to the wider Cargilfield community and we hope that we shall be able to welcome you to a number of these during the course of 2023. Keep your eye out on our social media channels over the next few months!
Tatler Schools' Guide 2021

We are delighted to once again feature in the prestigious annual Tatler Magazine Schools' Guide which features the best Public and Prep Schools throughout the UK.

The report highlights a number of the things that makes Cargilfield special and the magazine is available now! 

‘....nurtures a family feel environment.... abound.....
....a lovely stimulating atmosphere’.

You can read our entry here.
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