As we embarked upon our first full week of the term, we paid tribute to Mother Teresa of Calcutta who died in 1997.  She has recently been canonised by the Catholic Church for dedicating her life to the care of orphans and the poor and sick in Calcutta.  Mother Teresa taught in a school called St. Mary’s in the Indian city, and became Head Teacher of the same school.  I suggested to the pupils that it was unlikely a sainthood for my contribution to education will follow in years to come, but one never knows!
Form Teachers of Forms 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 met with parents to discuss the curriculum plans for the year ahead. Thank you to all parents who came along; I hope you found the evening informative.
The start of a busy fixture programme got under way on Wednesday, and all our teams performed creditably in some competitive rugby and hockey matches. 
This morning we were treated to a brief but clear and to-the-point message from Form 1 about road safety in Assembly.  Throughout their summary of the Highway Code, they repeated the mantra, “Stop, Look and Listen”.  This advice applies to crossing the road, but it occurred to me the same could be applied in a wider context of how to approach each lesson. I was then able to announce that Dr Sara Shinton’s Bang Goes The Borders science initiative, which we host here at St. Mary’s, has led to us being nominated for “Community Initiative of the Year” at the TES Independent School Awards. St. Mary’s is one of five schools on the short list, and Dr Shinton will be accompanied by representatives of the school at the award ceremony in London on Friday 25th November. Whilst this is a great accolade for the school, full credit goes to Dr Shinton and her team.  Having witnessed the six years of hard work she has put into this inspirational initiative, it would be just reward if the school were to win the “Community Initiative Of The Year”.  I remind you that the sixth Bang Goes The Borders festival takes place on Saturday 17th September from 10am – 4pm, and please do bring along your children, friends, cousins, neighbours and anyone else you know who would enjoy a variety of interactive science workshops.

Finally, we wish one of our young stockmen, Gilbert in Form 1, all the best at the Kelso Ram Sales this afternoon.  Gilbert is selling his first ram, having reared it from lamb to ram.  We hope to see Gilbert feature on Border Life in the near future.

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