As we approached the final week of term last weekend, our U11 and U13 hockey teams headed to Kilgraston to compete against some tough opposition.  It was great credit to the girls’ resilience and determination that both teams reached semi-finals; the U13 team in the bowl and the U11 team in the cup. 
On Monday morning, I congratulated both teams, Mr P and Mrs Bell on their weekend’s performances before handing out our first ever orienteering certificates.  Mrs Heather Rhodes has been busy designing and developing a fantastic orienteering experience on the campus for St. Mary’s pupils.  Her design is a fabulous test of leadership and teamwork skills as well as a challenge to each participant’s ability to think strategically.
Whilst normal timetables were more or less maintained for most, there was a buzz of anticipation growing about this year’s senior production, The Wizard of Oz.  After Tuesday’s dress rehearsal, there was much chat along the lines of this being the best St. Mary’s school production ever.  The matinee and evening performances on the Wednesday, impressed all who had the privilege of being in the Morrison Hall.  Importantly the charity to benefit from these full houses, the Tour de Lauder charity, raising money for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, in memory of Hannah and Josh’s father Steve, saw a grand total of £1,136 being raised.  Rosie is thrilled and delighted at everyone’s contribution and would like me to further mention the Tour de Lauder cycle race taking place on the 22nd April.  Your participation would be welcomed whether you are a pupil (kids’ race) or an adult.  There are two distances for adults depending on your level of fitness. 
Thursday saw the final performance of The Wizard of Oz and compliments have been bestowed on Miss McRae and her entire cast and back-stage crew.  Lucy, Otto, Alexander, Tommy and others left the audience speechless at the standard of their acting, singing and adlibbing!
The accolade of best St. Mary’s production ever is not used lightly but I am referring to how wonderfully supportive the pupils have been of each other behind the scenes.  I paid tribute to Form 8 in particular who have made the preparations as straight forward as any of the staff can remember with their willingness to help organise and supervise in a non-bossy way.
A huge well done to Madame Hutchison for pulling together a fantastic Squad Day on Thursday, in which pupils were involved in all sorts of different activities.  We are as grateful to Madame Hutchison as she is to the good Lord for turning the weather tap off during the night.  A most enjoyable day was had by all and well done to Home for coming out overall winners.
We focussed on determination and endeavour in today’s final assembly as we awarded Headmaster’s commendations and trophies.  We sent pupils on their way wishing them a very happy Easter holiday.
In our final staff meeting of the term, we thanked Pam Gordon for her unswerving dedication to the catering team for the last 14 years and presented her with a gift to show our gratitude.  Pam will not be leaving St. Mary’s as she will be continuing in her role as boarding house matron and her commitment to this responsibility will increase, when our second boarding house opens in the coming term.  Sarah Douglas has been appointed as Assistant Chef and we will be welcoming Emily Douglas (no relation to Sarah) to the catering team.
On behalf of Freya D, I have been asked to pass on my thanks to those who have purchased her fabulous greetings cards that have been on display in the Hamilton Building. Freya has raised nearly £700 for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and we are very proud of her for embarking on such a worthwhile initiative.
Finally, I wish you all a very happy and restful Easter holiday.  I look forward to seeing your children back in good time for the start of term on the morning of Wednesday 19th April.

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