4th March 2016

On Monday morning, we celebrated the achievements of two teams that had represented St. Mary’s the previous weekend.  Our Primary 7 equivalent hockey team had done very well in the George Watson’s College Hockey Tournament at Peffermill, to the delight of a proud Mr Purvis and Miss Pariente.  I then paid tribute to Mrs Bell’s intrepid cross country runners, all 35 of them.  Our runners benefited from the best weather I have known at this event in the 15 years I have been going.  All St. Mary’s pupils ran with courage and determination, but our elite performers stood out, with Molly M winning the girls U14 race, Lucas coming second in the U14 boys race, and Freyja coming third in the U10 girls race.  Well done to all three for providing podium finishes.  Our U12 girls team also finished third in the team event.  I am as grateful to you, their parents, for the support you showed the team, as I am to the runners themselves.  Mrs Bell and Mr Mill would like me to pass on their thanks for your help and support on the day.  Thanks also go to Mrs Hardie, Mrs Runciman, Mrs Scott Aiton and Matt.
Parent/Form Tutor meetings have taken place throughout the week for Forms 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.  It is pleasing to hear staff talking about the positive collaboration with you, the parents of their pupils, which can only serve to benefit all concerned. 
Standout performance from Wednesday’s fixtures: the U11 girls’ netball team were runners up in their tournament.  Please see website for match reports.
Miss McRae took a cohort of talented singers to the Edinburgh Music Festival, and both Miss McRae and Mrs Harvey reported that our pupils did us proud, both on the stage and in their conduct throughout what was a long but fulfilling day for them.  Dr Morgan, meanwhile, attended the Merchiston Maths Day with a team of Form 5 pupils.  Pleasingly, our team performed creditably, and made the most of their excursion to Colinton Road. 

world book day 4   Whilst World Book Day did not involve our pupils dressing up this year, appropriate focus was given to the Travelling Books sale coordinated by Miss Renwick, and it is always a pleasure seeing our pupils enjoying the vast array of books on display.

Today, Form 7 performed an assembly detailing the history of St. David’s Day, and St. David’s journey from monk to saint during and after his lifetime.  We were then treated to Anna H and Libby R performing a musical piece on their flutes, for the first time in front of a large audience.  Well done to Form 7, Anna and Libby for providing us with such an uplifting assembly. Congratulations to Sophie E for producing ten book reviews, and thank you to Libby B who found out that Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown received his proper middle name because Melrose was his mother’s maiden name, and that she apparently lived in Gattonside.
This weekend we look forward to the FP dinner, for which once again the ever-resourceful Mrs Ann Wright has been rewarded with a sell-out attendance. 
We look forward to a visit from Rugby School’s Registrar, Mr Guy Steele Bodger, on Monday morning, the first visit from a Rugby School representative in my time as Head here at St. Mary’s.  The Headmaster, Mr Green, and Mr Steele Bodger have heard great things about our proud little prep school, and I would be very pleased to have a number of parents come along and listen to Mr Steele Bodger’s assembly, and meet with him in the Hamilton Building afterwards. 
Meanwhile, it has been a particularly busy period with visitors to the school.  As our school roll is full, we are already having to plan ahead for a very busy academic year in 2016/17.
Finally, it is always a great pleasure to conclude with congratulations to our pupils.  Annabel has been awarded an Academic Scholarship to Ampleforth College, George G-F has been awarded an Outstanding Talent Award to Glenalmond College, and Stephanie has been awarded a Sports Scholarship to Strathallan. Well done to all three.
Have a good weekend.

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