1st March 2019

Note from the Deputy Head

Monday morning saw the Morrison Hall full of bright eyed and bushy tailed pupils and staff as they returned from a well-earned half term break; welcoming everyone back on such a warm morning added to the happy buzz.
In assembly the Headmaster took the opportunity to discuss the core values of St. Mary’s (the six ‘C’s) and intertwined them with the incredible story of Irish born Italian rugby internationalist Ian McKinley – do ask your children about this Italian fly half.
The travelling book fair ably organised and administered by Miss Renwick, arrived in school and it has been a pleasure to listen to the chatter about books and stories, outside my office, as each class perused the books.  Monday also saw a host of Form 8 pupils set off to sit scholarships at their chosen senior school; we wished them luck and look forward to feedback in due course.

Forms 5 and 7 were visited by PC Ballantyne on Tuesday and given a refresher on Internet Safety as part of our PSHE programme.  Mid-afternoon Mr Harvey welcomed former pupils/parents and governors to the annual AGM which took place before a Governors meeting. The boarding team headed by Mrs Rawson laid on a superb dinner dance for the boarders on Tuesday evening; Mrs Rawson’s creativity and attention to detail along with the commitment of her team led Mr Brown (an old hand at this) to describe the evening as ‘the best boarders’ dinner dance he has attended’. Well done to all involved.

Interviews for the position of Head of Modern Languages took place on Wednesday and as these were being conducted inside, our teams took part in a raft of fixtures outside in the glorious February sunshine (see website for details).  Form 3 departed for Abbotsford on Thursday morning and arrived back with tales a-plenty to enhance their learning on Sir Walter Scott; meanwhile Form 5 were visited by the SSPCA and enjoyed interacting with robots (now I know why a robot ball and Mr Inwood appeared in my office!).  If you want to know the link between the SSPCA and robots … ask a member of Form 5.
This morning Mr Harvey thanked our boarding staff for their commitment to boarding at St. Mary’s – they are a truly outstanding team, and second to none in the UK as far as Prep School boarding goes.
Mrs Stuart, Mrs Hardie and 7 pupils head off to Ampleforth for a public speaking festival tomorrow morning and Mr Inwood, Lily, Will and I will accompany 35 runners to the annual IAPS Cross Country Championships on Sunday.  Mr Harvey was keen to impress on all present the commitment shown by all those mentioned.   Ahead of the FP Dinner on Saturday night, Mr Harvey informed the pupils to look out for this afternoon’s visitor Mr Phillip Hawes; Mr Hawes taught Mr Harvey history when he himself was a pupil at St. Mary’s! Perhaps Mr Hawes could observe a Form 8 History lesson!  
Next week sees our Dandylion netball players girls take to the courts – good luck to Mhairi, Hannah C, Eliza and Molly and please do join us for Friday’s assembly, which will be conducted by Mrs MacGinty, Headmistress of Kilgraston.
Enjoy the weekend.
Mrs Bell

Jules Birdsall, 01/03/2019

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