15th April 2016

Following on from my letter of 14th April, I am pleased with how the start of term has gone. We welcomed Angus and Freya M, and Mitchell to St. Mary’s; all three have made a super start.
On Tuesday morning in assembly, I was able to welcome our new pupils and talked about the success of Melrose 7s, during which Mr Mill stood out amongst the best players on the day, and Mrs Ann Wright, Mr Billy Hamilton and Mr Martin Baird excelled themselves in terms of hospitality at the FP Pavilion.  We celebrated a number of pupils’ achievements during the Easter holidays, not least a strong performance in the Sumdog competition by Form 4, who finished runners-up overall.
I reminded boarding pupils that they must look after their new furniture, painted walls, new carpets, rugs and pictures. Throughout the week, pupils have been feeding back to me how comfortable and happy they are in their new and palatial surroundings.
Though pupils have only been back four days, they look ready for a break over the weekend, and I do hope the weather improves in time for the start of our first full week of the cricket and rounders season.
Come rain or shine, St. Mary’s will be welcoming back the ever-cheerful Cheffy after his enforced, lengthy absence. Pam and the team have coped very well without their “captain”, but it will be great to have the full squad back together again. 
This lunchtime, to add to the staff training received from Behaviour Analyst, Charlotta Holenstein, at the beginning of the week, Mr Joe O’Donnell, a freelance Educational Audiologist came to talk to staff about the different needs of pupils with various levels of hearing impairments.  His input was also very useful.
Good luck to Hamish G, who is competing in the Highland Budokan Grand Prix Judo competition in Inverness, and good luck to Lachlan, who is competing in a tennis tournament in Wrexham.
It is good to be back.  Enjoy your weekend.

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