Parents 

15th May 2020 

Mr Harvey’s assembly came from the Morrison Hall this week, next to our memorial commemorating those who lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars.  Last week many of our children completed tasks related to the 75th anniversary of VE Day and were thereby able to show their respect to those who fought for our country during the Second World war.  While VE Day gave cause for celebration throughout the country in 1945, Mr Harvey reminded us that this day would have been tinged with great sadness for many who had lost a relative during the conflict and indeed for the families of those who continued to fight on in the Far East until the following year.  While our current lockdown status meant that commemorations were vastly reduced, it was lovely to hear stories of socially distanced cups of tea and sandwiches throughout our community and beyond.
 
In May each year we welcome Tempest Photography to take our whole school photo at the front of the school, with the majestic Eildon hills serving as our backdrop.   Not to be defeated by the current circumstances, Mrs Bell has been delighted by the response to our rainbow school photograph project and is now collating these into what will be a memorable ‘whole school photo’ for 2020.  Thanks to all for your input and effort with this.
 
You may have seen on the school website and via social media that Mr Rawson has been his usual industrious self and has created 150 birdboxes over recent weeks, with the help of his boys.  Mr Rawson is selling these with all donations going to NHS Borders.  At present, a total of £567 (including giftaid) has been raised.  Please contact Mr Rawson if you would like to purchase a box.  https://www.stmarysmelrose.org.uk/Articles/576482/St_Marys_School/Parents/Latest_News/Birdboxes_for_NHS.aspx

Sadly, this week we have taken the decision to cancel our annual Bang Goes the Borders event, which was due to take place on Saturday, 19th September.  Although this is four months away, the planning involved would need to begin now and, given the uncertainty we are facing, we feel this is the correct decision to make.  However, we fully intend to be back with the proverbial ‘bang’ in September 2021.

Congratulations to Torquil H, our most recent reading millionaire and a huge well done to some of our musicians who played for their community last night during ‘clap for carers’.  Oliver L, Robert L, Blair A and Gregor A were amongst those who participated – we’re very proud of you, boys!

This weekend would of course have been Eurovision weekend, something that will no doubt leave a gaping hole in some family calendars, yet be of immense relief to others.  For those of you identifying with the former, fear not.  This week is also British Sandwich Week, Be Nice to Nettles Week and National Doughnut Week so hopefully you can find something within those campaigns to console yourself with.

As always, we thank you for your ongoing support with our distance learning platform and we hope that you and your families continue to keep healthy and safe and enjoy a good weekend together.

Miss K McRae
on behalf of the Headmaster 
 
 


Jules Birdsall, 15/05/2020

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