Many congratulations to Max, and old boy of Cargilfield now at Merchiston, on being selected to play for the Scotland U16 Hockey side who played a series on international matches against Wales over the Easter weekend. A terrific achievement indeed!
Former pupils Ellie, now at Mary Erskine’s and Emma, now at St George’s played for the Scotland U18 Ladies’ Hockey team at the age group festival down in Wales held over the Easter weekend. A fantastic achievement!
Trees planted to remember 157 Old Glenalmonds who died during World War I
Last week, we planted a total of 157 oak trees in the School grounds to represent the Old Glenalmonds who lost their lives during the First World War.
The idea was proposed by Upper Sixth pupil Rory S-N, (Skrine’s) as a way of marking the centenary of the global conflict and breathe new life into the unused patch of land near Skrine’s Boarding House. The trees were donated by Rory’s father Jamie and uncle Hamish who are part of a well known family of Fife farmers and landowners. It is hoped the oaks will still be growing strong when the bi-centenary comes around.
The school plans to install signs to tell visitors the story behind the oaks, and explain how they symbolise the Old Glenalmond boys – also known as OGs – who died for their country.
Jamie said: “The seed for this idea was planted when my brother went to pick up Rory at the school on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday. Rory had told Hamish that the school had been reading out the names of the 157 old boys who had died in the war. And the idea grew from there.”
Jamie and Hamish are both OGs, as is Jamie’s oldest son Alistair. With the four of them having been through the school, theu thought this was a nice way to give something back. Something that will be there for many years to come.
During our Battlefields trip, our pupils and staff commemorate the youngest OG who died on the Western Front, Francis Faithfull, by making a pilgrimage to his grave. We also run two scholarships named after two pupils who died in the First World War: Alfred Raeburn and Arthur Gowan.
Warden Hugh Ouston said: “This will be both an environmental enhancement, as well as an explicit memorial. These oaks are all about the future, and it’s the future that these men laid down their lives for.”
Many congratulations to Max on being selected for the U16 Scotland hockey team to play in home international matches over Easter. Good luck!
75 years ago today Alastair ‘Sandy’ Gunn, old boy of Cargilfield, took part in The Great Escape when 76 officers escaped from Stalag Luft III having been shot down over Surnada Norway.
The Great Escape remembered 75 years on https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47684249
Many congratulations to Hector who finished 11th in the 136th running of the famous 10 mile Wilson Run at Sedbergh School, widely seen to be the toughest schoolboy event in the UK. A fantastic achievement indeed!
The U11 boys caught up with former pupils Charlie and Eliza down at Rugby School today. They were there to play in the IAPS National Hockey Finals where they ended up 14th out of 24 teams. Charlie and ELiza are thriving and doing very well, with Charlie about to move in to the Upper 6th in September!
Scarlett, now at Glenalmond College, is currently on exchange at Brooks School in Masachusetts and she played the bagpipes as the school’s ice hockey side took the ice! It sounded very good - see our Facebook page to hear her!
A trip down memory lane at the start of Calcutta Cup Week!
The Calcutta Cup visited Cargilfield back in 2006, as we welcomed parent and Scotland team manager, Guy Richardson, to tell us all about the famous old trophy after Scotland had famously just beaten England at Murrayfield. We wish Scotland the best of luck down at Twickenham this Saturday as they look to hold on to the Calcutta Cup which they famously won last year.
Steven (2016-2018) joined us for one year from the USA, but enjoyed his time at Cargilfield so much that he stayed for a second year and so finished in Form 8 along with the rest of his cohort who made him feel very welcome indeed and played a large part in ensuring that Steven left Cargilfield with some very special memories. Now back in the USA, he has got in to his college Basketball team and they won this season’s conference! Very well done!
What an amazing rescue of four sherpas by Alastair Hopper, an old boy Cargilfield and now a helicopter pilot in the Himalayas!
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The opening of the new astroturf pitches at Cargilfield took place on Tuesday 5th February 2019.
The Gillespie Pitch was completed in November 2018. It is named in memory of two brothers, Alexander Douglas Gillespie (Cargilfield 1900-1903) and Thomas Cunningham Gillespie (Cargilfield 1900-1905), who both went on to Winchester College and New College, Oxford. They were killed in Northern France during the First World War and their names can be found on our war memorial in Chapel alongside the other 123 old boys and masters who fell in the Great War.
Alexander was Head Boy at Cargilfield in 1903 and won a scholarship to Winchester before completing a first class degree in Classics at Oxford University. He served in the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was killed on 25th September 1915 at the Battle of Loos while leading a charge against an enemy position. According to observers, he was the only officer to reach their objective. A collection of his letters home were published in 1916 and, in one to the Headmaster of Winchester College, he described his wish to see a memorial walk along the line of the Western Front. He wrote that he dreamed of a “long avenue between the lines from the Vosges to the sea… I would make a fine broad road in the ‘No Mans Land’ between the lines, with paths for pilgrims on foot and plant trees for shade.” He wrote that he wanted it to be “the most beautiful road in all the world”.
The first 100km of this walkway The Western Front Way from Arras to Ypres was completed in early 2019.
Thomas competed in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, winning a silver medal for rowing in the British VIII and was commissioned into the 2nd Batalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers at the outbreak of the War. He was killed on 18th October 1914 while leading his men to advance over the La Bassee Canal.
The Gillespies fell within a few miles of each other near to La Bassee although neither body was found. Thomas is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and Alexander on the Loos Memorial: both sites were visited by the Headmaster of Cargilfield in Autumn 2018.
The Gillespie Pitch was opened by their great nephew, the BBC Rural Affairs presenter, Tom Heap, on 5th February 2019.
The Harper Gow Pitch was resurfaced in 2018 on the site of tennis courts that were built in memory of Leonard Harper Gow. He was a boy at Cargilfield from 1900 and Head Boy in 1905; he then returned as a Governor of the school from 1927 to 1958. The new playing surface was opened by his grandson and Head Boy of Cargilfield in 1968, also Leonard Harper Gow, on 5th February 2019.