26th June 2020

Week 10 of distance learning began with Mr Harvey’s assembly, on location in Lilliesleaf.  Mr Harvey was able to tell us a bit about his Dad and a kind-hearted gesture made towards him from the then owner of the garage in Lilliesleaf.  Mia was co-presenter this week - a lovely touch as this was filmed  on Father’s Day.

On Monday we were able to recognise Mr Bell’s 25th Anniversary of Being Braw Lad with a video montage of pictures from the 1995 festival.  It is clear to see the great pride Mr Bell took in his role representing the town, and we and his family are very proud of him.  Hopefully he will get the opportunity to celebrate his Silver Anniversary properly at next year’s event.

This week would have seen a number of annual events taking place at school.  As is often the case on swimming gala/summer concert day, the sun comes out and we all endure the stifling heat of the pool and Morrison Hall respectively!  On Thursday morning Mrs Bell treated us to a lovely video of the staff virtual swimming gala.  I have no doubt this caused much amusement as pupils and parents were able to see staff with their myriad collection of floating devices and swimming goggles. Triumphant at her final swimming gala, Mrs Hardie was crowned the deserving champion and was counting herself lucky that she avoided being dragged into the pool! 

A number of pupils have been treating us to recordings of their musical performances this week, in place of the Summer Concert.  Thanks to all who have contributed and please do keep listening out for more over the next week.

Today would have seen the Friends of St. Mary’s Summer Fair.  As I write, the heavens have opened and I’ve had to switch the lights on, which is not uncommon on Summer Fair day!  It is a lovely event organised by this dedicated committee of parents and we are sad not to be able to enjoy the fun this year.  I have no doubt however that the 2021 event will be bigger and better than ever.  Incidentally, the last Friday in June is International Cream Tea Day, very apt for this event.

Congratulations to Aleshya on becoming an AR millionaire this week.  Mrs Runciman also announced to Form 4 that they were placed 2nd in the recent Sumdog competition, with four pupils making it into the top 50.  Well done to everyone in Form 4 for taking part.  Continuing the Maths theme, the annual UK Mathematics Trust Junior Challenge that generally takes place in April, was postponed.  However, it has been successfully converted into an online Challenge and we are pleased that most of our top young mathematicians were able to take part in this significant event from home this morning. Unfortunately the results will not be available until after the end of term, but Dr Morgan will be in touch to let pupils know if they achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate this year.

As we head into the final week of this academic year the load will gradually lighten for children, with a variety of activities being set for them throughout next week.  We hope this will offer them some light-hearted fun after their incredible commitment this term.   

Miss McRae for Mr Harvey 

Jules Birdsall, 26/06/2020

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