From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

I hope that this first Publiciser of the new school year finds you well and your children settled back into their new school routines.

This year, of course, these new routines carry the feeling of novelty for us all as we take our first steps back towards normality. Staff and children are encountering experiences which may be slightly hazy memories and which we find hard to believe that some children have never done before. 

This is nowhere more obvious than in chapel or assemblies at present – albeit, we still can’t have our full gatherings and must meet in smaller groups. Nonetheless, children in the Pre Prep are starting to understand that there is a wider group of children around them that goes beyond the confines of their classroom and year group. It is lovely to see them enjoying a wider community that we had previously denied them.

While we were managing, small live meetings last term, the re-introduction of singing has made a huge difference to the atmosphere of these communal gatherings. Our first hymn singing this term marked the first time in over 530 days that anyone had sung in the chapel. Other than during the evacuation during World War II, I cannot believe that there has been a similar silence since the chapel was first built. 

As we probably all know, the experience of communal singing is central to school life. Indeed, when I visit any other school, the quality and vibrancy of what happens when a school comes together to sing tells me a lot about what else is happening in the School. More important than this, however, the joy of singing and of joining in with others is something that we are all feeling at the moment. So many people have observed that they didn’t realise how much they had missed it until they were allowed to sing at school again.

There are only two children in the School with any experience of the Chapel Choir but choirs and hymn practices are now becoming a regular part of our life again and, as I type, I can hear a group warming up in chapel down the corridor – hurrah!

This return to chapel and to singing couldn’t be better timed as we celebrate this year the hundredth anniversary of our chapel. While records on this are a little unclear, we believe that the building created to mark the loss of 126 old boys in the Great War was first used in 1921. As we move towards the Remembrance Service on Friday 12th November, we plan to mark these hundred years at and around this service. Further details of this will follow, but we are delighted that General Alastair Bruce, the Governor of Edinburgh Castle, has agreed to preach at this year's Service.

Good luck to everyone for a successful term and what should be an exciting school year.

As always, you can keep up to date with things here at Cargilfield by following our various social media channels which are constantly updated; the links to these are at the bottom of this newsletter. Our news page on the website is updated daily and can be accessed here.

Rob Taylor

Open Morning - Friday 1st October

We are holding our next Open Morning on Friday 1st October, and subject to Government guidelines, we are hoping to welcome a number of  prospective families to Cargilfield. Please do spread the word and forward this link on to anyone who you think might be interested in a Cargilfield education for their children.

Read more here.
F8 Leadership Weekend

What a fabulous first boarding weekend of the new school year, our first since March 2020! Traditionally, we have our leadership weekend for Form 8 at the start of the academic year, and it was lovely to welcome all our final year children in to school for two days of leadership and team building exercises. What fun it was to welcome everybody back and it was great to see the children working so positively together over the two days!

Read more here.
Nursery go Bug Hunting!

The nursery have been out exploring the garden and oh my what a range of creatures we have found!  We have been using our magnifying glasses and bug observation baskets to look at the minibeasts we have found.  Our teachers have been helping us to look up information about each of the creatures using the bug books we have in the wildlife garden shed.

Read more here.
Practical Science

Practical work in Science has continued this year with Form 8 investigating the energy content of different foods. They burnt the foods and measured the temperature rise of water. Form 7, meanwhile, began the year by learning about the different parts of a Bunsen burner, before conducting some flame tests.

Read more here.
Return to Singing!

We are delighted to restart choral singing once again in all year groups as the Autumn Term starts.  Our Form 8 and Form 7 singers are currently rehearsing in year groups and form the foundation of our Chapel Choir. The children are enthusiastic and we look forward to their first performances in Chapel services towards half of term.
Return to Sport 

At long last, our girls and boys have enjoyed playing fixtures in hockey and rugby during the first couple of weeks of term. It was exactly 650 days since the last rugby matches took place in December 2019, before the boys took on Merchiston this week in a competitive set of matches at senior and junior level. Although parents are unable to watch at the moment, we hope that this situation will change soon.

Read match reports here.
Form 4 Maths

Form 4 have been learning about place value and chimney sums in Maths using Numicon. Lots of great work and teamwork on show and it has been super to see how quickly the children have settled in to life in the Upper School!

Read more here.
Outdoor Pursuits

A glorious afternoon in the Pentland Hills for our Outdoor Pursuits group this week! The sun always shines in Scotland!  There is an OP option during games for the senior boys and girls, and this is augmented by longer trips on a Wednesday afternoon and also events planned during boarding weekends and even during the holidays.

Read more here.
Welcome to Cargilfield!

Over 40 new children have joined Cargilfield this term, and although trying to get everyone in the same place has proved difficult, we did manage to get some of them together this week for a photograph.  It has been lovely to see so many smiling faces and to see them already enjoying life here and making new friends!
Teddy Bears' Picnic!

To help new the P1 children settle into Cargilfield we held a Teddy Bears' Picnic. They all brought a beloved teddy into school and took care of it throughout the day. The teddies had a tour of the school then we picked up our picnics from the kitchen and looked for a good spot for a picnic. The teddies decided they were not keen to sit in the rain, so we put our blankets down in the cow shed and feasted there.

Read more here.
Charity Bike Ride!

Many congratulations to Natasha and Toby who cycled 60 miles (twice around Kielder Water in Northumberland) in aid of Social Bite who are looking to fund two villages for homeless people, supported by Sir Chris Hoy.  A fabulous achievement!

Read more here.
Outdoor Learning Centre

When looking over from the car park, you will see that the pavilion is now surrounded by scaffolding as the transformation continues into our new Outdoor Learning Centre which we are planning to officially open at the end of the Spring Term.  We are hoping to have a memorial service in Chapel for our much loved former colleague, Alison Combe, after whom the new building will be named.
Charity Walk

Very many congratulations to Amenah who completed her 14km Spectrum walk in aid of the National Autistic Society.  

She managed to raise over £1800 for the charity - a fabulous achievement indeed!

Read all about it here.

Remembrance Service

We look forward to welcoming General Alastair Bruce, Governor of Edinburgh Castle, to preach at our annual Remembrance Service on Friday 12th November. This year, it also coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the building of our School Chapel, which was built to commemorate the 126 former pupils who died in World War 1.

Further details will be sent out nearer the time.
Tatler Schools' Guide 2022

Once again, we are delighted to appear in this year’s Tatler Schools’ Guide which features the very best Senior and Prep Schools in the UK.  

Find out what is different and so special about a Cargilfield education by coming to our Open Morning on Friday 1st October. Register by clicking on the link.
Calling all Former Pupils!

We are always keen to reconnect with former pupils and parents. We are beginning to plan a number of exciting events as we look forward to Cargilfield's 150th anniversary in 2023; we hope that our former pupils will take a central part in the celebrations of this important milestone in the school's history.

Please do pass this Newsletter on to any former pupils or parents; we would love to get back in touch and keep you updated as to our plans for 2023 and #Cargilfield150.

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The Week Ahead 

Monday 20th September
Tuesday 21st
Wednesday 22nd
Hockey and Rugby matches - no spectators, please
Thursday 23rd
Friday 24th 
1500 Form 6 camp departs
Saturday 25th 
Form 6 Camp
Sunday 26th 
1700 Form 6 Camp returns

Telephone : 0131 336 2207
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Cargilfield Prep School, 45 Gamekeeper's Road,
Edinburgh, EH4 6HU
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