tennis 3 May 16   Belhaven Hill hosted their annual mixed tennis tournament last Sunday, and as always we were extremely grateful for their hospitality.  St. Mary’s pupils acquitted themselves very well, with Stephanie and Lachlan as well as Flora and Samuel making it through to the semi-finals. Huge congratulations to Stephanie and Lachlan for ending up the eventual winners, in a competitive tournament, where a number of schools were represented.

Last Friday, an impromptu and most uplifting rendition of “Will Ye Go Lassie Go {Wild Mountain Thyme}” by Form 6 saw everyone leave the assembly hall with a smile on their faces.  On Monday morning, the same warm glow was created by Lucy Mac, who sang and played her guitar superbly in front of a packed Morrison Hall.
It is this time of year when weeks feel like they have an extra day in them, as every day seems so busy.  Pupils are working extremely hard in preparation for the forthcoming exams, and in general staff are pleased with their progress.
The Former Pupil club committee met on Monday night where Mrs Ann Wright stepped down as President after her two year tenure.  Mrs Wright’s contribution was marked with the presentation of a bouquet of flowers, and the school and the FP Committee would like to reiterate their thanks for all her hard work.  Mr Billy Hamilton has taken over as President, and he will be ably supported by his Committee.
Thanks go to the Friends of St. Mary’s for running their SWISH event on Tuesday, which saw some interesting contributions from numerous people; they are pleased with the amount of money raised.
On Wednesday, a busy fixture programme took place, and St. Mary’s had the privilege of welcoming Mr David Peek, a loyal servant to Belhaven Hill and the prep school circuit in Scotland.  Mr Peek is about to complete his 108th term before retiring, and is well known and much loved by St. Mary’s staff.  I presented him with a card and a small gift to thank him for his support of St. Mary’s staff at fixture meetings, and on the prep school circuit over the last couple of decades.  St. Mary’s wishes David and his wife Jacqui a long and happy retirement.
Thursday proved a very busy day for Miss McRae, as we had 19 candidates sitting ABRSM exams.  It is fabulous that so many of our young and dedicated musicians are pressing on through the music examination process, and thank you to Mrs Ingrid Sawers for carrying out the assessments.
This morning we welcomed Helen from the SSPCA, who offered valuable guidance and advice while talking to the pupils in assembly.  Helen spoke of the dos and don’ts of rescuing animals, and encouraged us all to give the SSPCA a call if we deem an animal, no matter how big or small, to be in distress. We then said a fond farewell to Dani and Martina, who departed for Germany via London and we will be saying goodbye to Antonia later today.  Last but not least, we presented the ever-cheerful and hardworking Emily, our GAP student, with a birthday cake to celebrate her 18th birthday, which is on Saturday 28th May.

This is a wonderful picture of Dr Jim Reilly with his wife Allison, and children Jacob and Anna-Mary.  Dr Reilly included this gorgeous picture in an email he sent to thank us for our hospitality and the gifts received from St. Mary’s.  His recent visit is still very much the topic of conversation amongst pupils, staff and parents.   reilly

Finally, I draw your attention to a very worthwhile fundraising venture.  Below are details of a challenge Amelie has set herself to raise money for Save the Children in aid of the Zika virus charity effort.  Well done, Amelie.  For details of how to donate, contact Amelie or her mum or dad. 
"My name is Amelie from Form 5, I am half-Brazilian and half-Scottish. I would like to raise awareness and money for Save the Children in aid of combating the Zika virus in Brazil for all the children who are suffering from it.  My challenge is to climb Ben Nevis, which is 1345m high! I am not the best hill-walker in the world, so this will be a big challenge for me. I will be accompanied by my mum and dad.  I hope you can help me raise as much as possible and spread the word.”


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