Thank you to Mrs Bell for writing a weekly update last week in my absence. I had a most enlightening tour to Uppingham School and then to Eton College. I received a very warm welcome from both senior schools, and came away having updated my knowledge of each school’s current form, and changes that have been made to their admissions processes. I talked of my tube travel experiences in assembly on Monday morning, highlighting that in contrast to my travel experience, it was a pleasure to be surrounded by over 100 people in the hall, none of whom had headphones in, attached to a telephone or screen of one description or another. None of my fellow passengers on the tube seemed keen to talk about the weather or what kind of day they were having! I then had the pleasure of handing out a music exam certificate to Jess K, who had passed Grade 4 clarinet with merit.
The week has unravelled in a very positive way, despite the fact that Monday 16th January marked the now infamous “Blue Monday”. I am pleased to say the St. Mary’s community seem in fine form. Part of this may be attributed to the growing excitement that our new Kindergarten facilities are taking shape. We are extremely grateful to MEH Builders Ltd for their ever-patient, flexible and friendly approach to getting on with their tight work schedule, whilst accommodating the comings and goings of the day-to-day routine at St. Mary’s. 
On Tuesday evening, staff attended a twilight top-up training session from diabetic care nurse Angela Archibald. We are very grateful to Angela for her update and for passing on such useful and important information.
Wednesday saw a very busy fixture programme unfold, and I apologise for my absence on any courtside or touch line. This was due to January/February being scholarship season, during which the administrative demands on a headmaster escalate significantly.
This morning, we were treated to a wonderfully enlightening assembly by Ms Wood, who talked about the creation of the Tapestry of Scotland in which both she and Mrs Muir were involved. Though their small sections of the panel relating to the Borders equate to the size of the palm of one’s hand, this gave us a sense of just what an extraordinary production this tapestry is. Ms Wood led us through a moving whistle stop tour of various panels, during which she focused on the Clydebank blitz, an event during the 2nd World War that saw her 16-year-old mum survive, simply because she was in the right place at the right time. If there were a number in the assembly hall who questioned the future housing of the Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels, Ms Wood will have no doubt succeeded in converting them.
We quickly touched upon one or two housekeeping matters before the Middle School headed off to their full cast rehearsal, whilst the rest of the school went about their usual Friday business.
This afternoon, Finlay Bu and Nicole are attending an award ceremony to congratulate twelve bookmark design winners. Finlay and Nicole’s bookmarks are amongst the twelve, and will be available from any Borders library in the near future. Well done to both for drawing the judge’s eye to their artistic designs.
Finally, whilst the building work continues in the stable block, our new boarding team are celebrating an exceptionally busy week in the boarding house. It is clear to see that the enthusiasm for boarding here at St. Mary’s is as strong as ever, and look out for “I am an Australian, Get Me Out of Here” as a forthcoming theme night in the week ahead.
Have a restful weekend.

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