25th May 2018
Last Sunday, we welcomed Dani, Martina, and Simon Mateos. This is Dani’s fourth visit to St. Mary’s, Martina’s second visit, and Simon’s first visit as temporary pupils. They have been joined by Antonia Sanger, who joined us for the first time last year in the summer term, and Mateo Alejo who joins us for the first time. It is wonderful to have German and Spanish children adding hugely to our form classes at this time of year.
Another familiar face to return to St. Mary’s was James Corcoran, who joins us from Earlston High School on work experience. James was a wonderfully energetic pupil here at St. Mary’s, and it has been a real pleasure seeing him so involved with pupils and channelling that energy into his work, which we have all found to be hugely beneficial.
Whilst attending a Prep School Heads’ gathering at Oundle in Northamptonshire, I received fabulous news about Matilda L who, at a Fringe Festival Poster Competition press conference, was awarded the winning prize in the P1-P3 category. St. Mary’s boasts a proud record in this competition, which draws several thousand entries. We have had four winners in six years. As I made my way back to St. Mary’s on Tuesday, I called into the Countryside Day at Springwood Park, where Form 4 were being shown around the many exciting and informative exhibitions. They looked thoroughly engaged and we are very grateful to the organisers for running such a fabulous day for all local schools.
A busy fixture programme took place on Wednesday; please see match reports for details.
Thursday saw a tranche of ABRSM practical examinations moderated by Neil Mantle. The very encouraging number of pupils being examined has led to Mr Mantle returning this morning to complete his assessments. We are very grateful to him for his patience, and for his ability to put our young musicians at ease despite the inevitable pressure that comes with this assessment process.
Mr Leckie and guitarists Barney, Oliver L, Antony, Henry S, Kate, Molly C, and Alexander NN performed the Proclaimers’ “I Would Walk 500 Miles” this morning in assembly. This put us all at ease, and provided an upbeat note on which to start the day.
Straight after assembly, Form 2 headed off to Gunsgreen House at Eyemouth as part of their research on smuggling. Form 6 visited Melrose Abbey, and a representative from the RSPB came in to be shown all the good work being done by Mr Rawson and Form 1.
Finally, I would like to pass on my congratulations to Maria I for attaining a General Scholarship to Oundle. Maria has done herself and St. Mary’s proud.
Have a nice weekend.