Parents 

3rd May 2019

Monday’s assembly was awash with celebration from the weekend that preceded it.  We paid tribute to Mrs Runciman who, despite an injury setback during her training, and a significant parting of the ways with bicycle during the Tour de Lauder event, completed the 50-mile route successfully.  Anyone who knows the Stewart ‘stock’ will not be surprised at the strength and courage of Mrs Runciman (nee Stewart), and all done with a smile on her face!
 
Mr Bell also gained a round of applause though as a seasoned veteran of long distance cycling, his achievement in completing the 89-mile route was expected, but no less impressive.
 
aquathon april 19

We also paid tribute to our National Schools Aquathon competitors; Emma, Libby and Daisy.  They swam 300m and ran 2000m in an extremely competitive field of athletes at Glenrothes.
 
Beyond assembly, author Molly Arbuthnott visited pre prep to read her story of Oscar the Hebridean cat and then spent time in each of the three classes working with pupils on how she had developed her ideas.  We are very grateful to Molly for being so generous with her time and expertise.  https://bit.ly/2GSTMh1
 
Continuing with the literary theme, Tuesday afternoon provided the stage for poetry recital from this year’s finalists.  Dr Calum Mechie, Acting Head of English at Merchiston Castle School, joined us to judge the competition.  We always have our fingers tightly crossed that our eighteen finalists do their hard work, preparation and abilities justice, and they did not disappoint.  Dr Mechie’s insightful feedback and attention to detail when individually praising the finalists was hugely impressive, very constructive and most uplifting for all who were present, in a packed Morrison Hall.
 
 The Junior competition was won by Angus Mi. ‘The Day I Fell Down the Toilet’, Intermediate was won by Isaac S, ‘Icarus by Mobile’ and the senior competition was won by Mitchell ‘Thought Fox’. Dr Mechie could not sing the praises of all who participated, highly enough.
 
Dr Morgan administered this year’s UK Maths Challenge to Form 7 and 8 and I shall report on results in due course.
 
poetry finalists 2019

The same evening, whilst the Education sub-committee of the Board of Governors met to discuss and update ahead of the next academic year, Borders College mountain bike coaches rolled in to run a session with our large boarding contingent.  This only takes us up to Tuesday, so you might have an inkling as to why there have been some tired faces around school as the week has drawn on.
 
Fixtures took place on Wednesday and we were proud to hear that Freya and Tiggy were selected to play for the South of Scotland U14 hockey squad on Thursday evening.  They both played their part in an impressive 1 – 1 draw against George Watson’s College.

 Tiggy Freyja South of Scotland
 
Two officials from the Forestry Commission were shown around the school by Mr Rawson as part of the judging process and checking on St. Mary’s positive contribution to Scotland’s Finest Woods Award.  Meanwhile, Mr P took Jake, Geordie and George to Strathallan to shoot the living daylights out of some clay pigeons.  Well done to the boys who finished third overall in the team event.

clay piegeon shooting
 
This morning, Mrs Kirkness and her thoroughly entertaining Form 3 class put on a splendid show demonstrating how to be safe around roads and railways.  A very serious topic and message was delivered in an eye catching and memorable performance during which all the members of the Form Class played their part.
 
We concluded assembly by wishing Mr P and his generous team of helpers (staff and pupils) all the very best ahead of this year’s Laser Vision Scotland Farr Out Challenge.  Mr P’s volunteers will be rewarded with an evening of entertainment in the boarding house with swimming, pizzas and fish suppers proving an appetising draw.  Mrs Rawson’s boarding team are tireless in their work and never ending in their energy and positivity.  It is no wonder your children don’t want to go home!
 
Enjoy your weekend.                           

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