Our Middle School production rehearsal last Saturday coincided with the arrival of some snowfall, making decisions about travel and safety awkward.  However, bravely, Miss McRae went ahead with her rehearsal and with a very pleasing turn out and a most productive day, the production began to take shape.  Thank you to parents, pupils and staff venturing out. 
The snow got heavier over the weekend and I was extremely grateful to both Ali and Christopher B for their efforts to clear paths and our car park on Sunday.  This made our decision on Monday easier to make, and I am proud that the school carried on as normal and that those parents who could get their children to school did so.  Inevitably Wednesday’s fixtures were decimated again, but staff are using these extra opportunities to move the children forward in various other subject areas.
Scott G has embarked on his Sports Scholarship attempt at Merchiston, which he will complete today.  Meanwhile, we will be celebrating the birthday of Robert Burns with a Burns’ Lunch, ably prepared by Chef and his team.  Mr Bell will be piping the haggis in and the Head Boy will address the haggis.  I attempted to give a visual representation of the Tam o’ Shanter story this morning in Assembly and the “unlucky” Form 5s missed out as they headed off to Dynamic Earth to take part in workshops and various other educational activities. 
We are currently watching the weather and road conditions closely as we are keen to make sure your journeys to and from St. Mary’s this afternoon are manageable.  Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout a complicated week of weather and I feel that our decision to keep going has been entirely justified.
We look forward to welcoming Bronwyn Coggan from the Borders Children’s Charity on Monday morning at Assembly.  Have an enjoyable weekend.
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