Miss Elizabeth Allan, one of the school’s co-founders, officially asked Dr Rogerson (who started Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, Scotland) permission to use their motto. The motto, Ready Aye Ready means Ready Always Ready. It is similar in spelling to the motto of Merchiston Castle School, which is Ready Ay Ready, meaning Ready Yes Ready. The motto has significance as a tradition at Merchiston. After the Inter-House Gala and Athletics meetings, as well as after Speech and Prize Giving, a Grade 7 boy always asks the boys of Merchiston, ‘Boys of Merchiston – are you Ready?’ The reply is always, ‘Aye Ready Merchiston.’
This phrase was coined in order to provide a catch phrase that was easy for the boys to remember. Each letter represents a word that the boys are encouraged to aspire towards.
Ringing of the Bell
The bell at Merchiston has great significance in the traditions at the school. The bell itself is a replica of the original school bell that stood in Prince Alfred Street. Today, the bell is rung at several of our functions. It is always rung in the following manner, 2-1-2. This is done in order to syllabify our motto of Rea+dy + Aye + Rea+dy.
It is rung for the start of every assembly, at the sound of which the boys rise before the staff enter the Reg Evans Hall. This is repeated again at the end of the year final Speech and Prize-Giving. Finally, at the end of the year, the Grade 7 boys have a leavers dinner where every boy is given the opportunity to ring the bell as a sign that they are Ready Aye Ready to go out into the world.
Doffing of the Cap
This is a tradition at Merchiston that has its origins in the days of knights. In those days, when knights came across others, they lifted their visors to show whether they were friendly or not.
The doffing of caps therefore is seen as a symbol of indicating one’s friendliness. Boys at Merchiston doff their caps to greet all adults.
The Blue Heart Initiative was initially launched in 2014 with the formation of the 5 core areas represented by the five fingers on the hand, namely: Care, Support, Mentorship, Outreach and Foundation.
Each area has been thoughtfully identified, carefully investigated and intricately woven into the whole, in order to secure a service which will serve our family and community proudly in the years to come.
The Blue Heart Initiative will become the very heart of our school, unifying all of us as a family and enabling us to show care, kindness and consideration to all who pass through our doors. Further, it will link us through good times and bad, through the past and the future and ensure that we become all that we can be.
We invite you to join us on this exciting and potentially life changing journey.