Mr Purvis was beaming with pride following last week’s Laser Vision Scotland sponsored Farr Out Challenge. The sun shone and right across our campus pupils from the 14 schools represented could be heard and seen enjoying the various teamwork and leadership activities in which they were involved. Huge thanks go to all the schools who took part, to the staff and parents who supported them, to the pupils of St. Mary’s for guiding them on the day, and to staff who ran the numerous activities. During the week we have received thank you card messages, including a card from the pupils of Morebattle Primary, who were worthy winners on the day.
On Monday morning, we talked about the successes of the Farr Out Challenge before handing out numerous medals and trophies gathered by pupils involved in extra-curricular activities the previous weekend. I then made mention of Dr Jim Reilly’s emphasis on recycling, and that the idea of man reaching Mars is probably as far away as the planet itself because of our inability to recycle responsibly. This led me on to talk about a littering culture in Scotland that seems to be at a lower standard than any other country in Europe or the western world. I hope my message was received by all pupils, and would ask that appropriate disposal of one’s litter be reiterated at all times. 
During the week, Form 4 took a trip to Trimontium on Tuesday as part of their work in Latin, studying the Romans. When I visited the class to ask them how they had got on, Form 4 were able to provide me with some interesting facts that they had picked up on their trip. Meanwhile, Miss Simpson headed south to a senior school in England to make enquiries about an exciting new reading initiative that we will be incorporating here at St. Mary’s in the coming weeks. More details to follow as this approaches its launch. 
A busy afternoon of fixtures took place on Wednesday, and whilst I usually refer you to the individual match reports on the website, I would like to make mention of a splendid 1st XI cricket match between St. Mary’s and Mowden Hall on our front field. The match was played in a typical prep school spirit, with both teams playing hard but in a courteous and gracious manner towards each other. An outstanding catch by Tommy may well have been the deciding factor in a narrow victory for St. Mary’s, but both teams should be congratulated on their performances.
This morning in assembly, Miss McRae conducted a wonderful performance by Form 5. Oliver L played ‘Aura Lee’ on guitar, Willa gave a beautiful rendition of ‘Baby Mine’ and Form 5 choir sang ‘Rhythm of Life’ at an exceptional standard, leaving visiting parents and the school with smiles on their faces as we entered the final day of the week. Oliver C received his Grade II violin certificate; we thanked Mimi Pitman and James Inglis for their excellent contributions whilst on work experience during the week; and we thanked Form 3 for sending an uplifting video to Tanya and her mum and dad, as her absence through ill health continues.
Finally, can I wish our seven boys who will be competing in the Glenalmond Cricket Sixes this Sunday all the very best. It would be quite something if they were able to defend the trophy that St. Mary’s won for the first time in the trophy’s history last year.

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