18th March 2016

Our final Monday morning assembly of the term allowed me to congratulate Izzy and Toby, who made up two of the three members of St. Mary’s/St. Boswells tennis team, who won a very competitive U9 team event the weekend before.  Matt B had performed well in a judo competition and our U11 and U13 hockey teams surpassed Mrs Bell’s and Mr P’s expectations whilst competing in a Kilgraston hockey tournament, against considerably bigger senior schools.
The final preparations for Annie Jnr took place throughout Monday and Tuesday, with a confidence emanating from the lead members of the cast and Miss McRae, suggesting all was going to plan.  A matinee performance, and then our charity performance, of Annie Jnr greatly impressed audience numbers of over 150 and a representative from Sense Scotland, was thrilled that St. Mary’s will be donating somewhere in the region of £400 to a most worthwhile charity. 
Despite a busy week, we also managed to fit in an U10B netball fixture and a U10 football fixture.  Please see website for match reports. 
Squad Day yet again, was blessed with warm sunshine as extremely enthusiastic gaggles of pupils made their way between activities throughout the day.  There were some brilliant paper tower creations, transparent window displays, quizzes of various descriptions and a potted sports circuit for them to complete. 


As the day concluded, we were joined by Ms Cheryl Frawley and Mr Ken Jacobson, representatives of All Saints School.  Ms Frawley has taken over as Gap Student Co-ordinator and she was pleased to hear that Emily and Matt were very much part of our St. Mary’s community and enjoying their GAP year so far. 
Mr Mill seized the opportunity to have his paper tower competition judged by Ms Frawley and Mr Jacobson and nobody would argue that the winning creation was the most stable and symmetrical of the four.  Congratulations to Douglas for coming out on top at the end of all squad activities.

squad day
The final performance of Annie Jnr seemed a most fitting way to celebrate what has been a fabulous term.  The school has grown to capacity, our scholars have done us proud and all pupils are working hard in the build up to the summer term.

 We sent our mathematics challenge team on its way, under the care of Dr Morgan and Mrs Runciman this morning, before conducting the final assembly of the term, during which we commended the hard work and endeavour of many of the St. Mary’s unsung heroes.  I paid special tribute to Mrs Gordon and her team in the kitchen.  A plethora of trophies were given out for sporting and squad achievements and book tokens were given to Isaac B, John and Eugenia before term was concluded.  As I write, the school has fallen quiet with the departure of the pupils and we await the return of Dr Morgan and his Form 5 mathematicians later on this afternoon.
Next term we look forward to welcoming three new pupils in Reception, Form 2 and Form 4 but in the meantime, an extensive refurbishment of the boarding house will be taking place throughout the Easter break.
I hope you all have a very happy holiday and I look forward to welcoming pupils back on Tuesday 12th April in time for morning registration.

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