15th January 2016

Having got lost in the Yair Forest with my trusted companion Oscar last Saturday afternoon, I was grateful to be standing in front of the school delivering my assembly on Monday morning.  At one point during my adventure, my head torch beamed at Oscar’s reflective eyes, which were accompanied by a further, much larger three pairs of eyes on the darkened forest track close behind him.  It is amazing what tricks the mind plays when such surprises occur, but judging by the speed of the departure of the unidentified pairs of eyes, I suspect we had been joined temporarily by some roe deer.  However, the point of the assembly was to remind pupils not to panic and to think logically in such circumstances.  Having left the house at 1:30pm, Oscar and I staggered back to my car at 7:00pm.  The following day I showed the same determination when darning my sock, which, much to their delight, I proudly showed off to the pupils on Monday morning.
We had heard over the weekend that Chef had been taken unwell, and following some significant surgery on Sunday, he is making a steady recovery.  Mrs Harvey and I visited Chef on Wednesday, and passed on everyone’s best wishes.
Meanwhile, his ever-loyal team have rallied and are getting on with the business of feeding the St. Mary’s “army”.  Pam Gordon’s daughter, Emma, has stepped in to lend a hand. 
Middle School rehearsals of ‘Porridge’ are ongoing, and Miss McRae seems relatively pleased with the progress.   A busy fixture programme on Wednesday, which included some netball, rugby and football, resulted in a mixed set of scores.  Please see individual match reports on the website. 
This morning we were treated to a splendid assembly by Form 5 on St Kilda, Britain’s most north-westerly outpost.  Pupils gave a documentary-style presentation, which was fascinating and well delivered.  I then awarded book tokens to Freyja, Ed and Iona W, as well as ABRSM certificates to Dicken, Jessica W and Willa for Grade 1 singing, and Georgia for Grade 2 singing.  Well done to one and all.
Finally, can I thank you for wrapping your children up warmly when bringing them into school.  Touch wood, we appear to be keeping winter bugs at bay so far this term, and well done to Mr Bell for keeping the roads and paths safe.
Have a good weekend.

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