It was lovely to be joined by so many smartly turned out pupils with their parents and staff for Sunday’s Remembrance Town Parade. On a chilly Sunday morning, representatives of various groups from the town gathered around the war memorial to remember all those who have lost their lives in combat, but particularly those from the parish of Melrose.
In-class assessments began on Monday morning, and I was delighted with how calmly this process began. I am pleased to say this has continued throughout the week.
On Tuesday, Form 2 visited Abbotsford. At this time of year, there can be no more picturesque residence in Scotland, with the autumn colours at their most stunning. Pupils were shown around the house and given the opportunity to take part in a pre-planned treasure hunt, a most brilliant way of engaging them in the fascinating story of Scott’s life and death.  Well done to Mrs Kirkness, thank you to Mrs Lewis for accompanying the class, and a particular thank you to Abbotsford, for hosting our young historians.
Meanwhile, Kindergarten have been helping to clean Dougan the dog’s teeth, whilst learning valuable lessons about brushing their own teeth. There is an extended report on this project below.
Wednesday’s fixtures saw more wins than losses for St. Mary’s teams, but matches were played in the right spirit, with our fellow prep schools providing as warm a welcome as they receive when coming to Melrose. Please see reports on the website of each team’s performance.
This morning, Form 7 treated us to a hugely informative assembly on the country of Latvia. Some of us entered the assembly hall embarrassingly short of knowledge about this country, but by the time we all departed, we had been well and truly awakened to this fabulous part of the Balkans, with a fascinating history and a very strong and understandable sense of pride.
jim reilly
I had the pleasure of awarding book tokens for five excellent book reviews to both Mahi and Florence, before announcing that Forms 7 and 8 were to be visited by our great friends Dr Jim Reilly and Sherriff Kevin Drummond, who are in the area today visiting their local haunts.  Forms 7 and 8 are eager to have Dr Reilly lead on from his recycling theme the last time he visited us in May. 
It is extremely touching that Dr Reilly and Sheriff Drummond enjoy calling in to St. Mary’s, and as I write we are looking forward to welcoming them again.
I also presented the winning signpost entries to Nicole, Emma L and Lucy B, which the Pupil Council have had turned into proper signs to be placed at various points on the school drive, reminding vehicles of the speed limit. 
I would like to thank the Friends of St. Mary’s for holding a cake sale today in aid of Children in Need.
I will conclude by drawing your attention to the parent/teacher meetings for Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6 next week, and I hope you will all have a well-deserved rest over the weekend.

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