18th September 2020

The future of remembrance was the main focus of my remote address to the school on Monday.  More specifically, I was encouraging the school community to vote for their individual choice of finalists in the Poppy Scotland ‘Future of Remembrance’ poster competition. 

By coincidence, we happen to have three pupils’ work featuring among the six finalists; Gilbert in the Primary Schools’ section and Elena and Libby in the Secondary Schools’ section!  This is yet another remarkable shortlisting of St. Mary’s artists’ work in a national competition, drawing hundreds of entries from around the country.  This is yet another example of Miss Wood’s inspirational teaching leading to national recognition (in the under-stated way she would prefer).
Not that it is important, but there is generous prize money and iPads or virtual headsets to be won.  In my humble opinion, our pupils’ contributions are the best so please add your vote if you agree.  This can be done by following the link on the school website and will take less than a minute.

Meanwhile, over in Kindergarten which is drawing considerable interest from new families, the much loved Miss Gillian has headed off on maternity leave.  We wish her well and are grateful to the fabulous Miss Lesley for upping her hours to cover while Miss Gillian is away.
This week we selected our prefects for the year.  Form 8 are a talented bunch and have a wide range of skills and characteristics.  As best as possible, we have attempted to utilise their individual strengths to provide them with leadership opportunities in different areas and aspects of school life.  It is appropriate to mention we are very proud of the start they have all made.  Their mature presence and composure around the place has a calming influence on staff, just as much as it impacts positively on the younger members of the school.

They, along with several other willing members of the extended St. Mary’s community, have been carrying out extra duties to keep the increasingly complex running of the catering provision going.  I would like to thank Ruby Stuart and Marnie and Mia for standing in to cover absence and any shortfall in the kitchen rotas so cheerfully and expertly fulfilled by our fabulous kitchen team.
Have a lovely weekend and do remind yourselves to focus on all that is right with the world, especially while the sun is shining.

Jules Birdsall, 18/09/2020

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