2nd October 2020

Whilst boiling an egg for my breakfast last Sunday, I was half listening to someone talking about his book that details how he had gone from a modelling career, which demanded bodybuilding and sculpting, to a state of fitness that embraced simple flexibility and strength principles.  The subject explained that by watching his children squatting whilst playing, he had asked himself why that apparently comfortable position is abandoned in early life and replaced by sitting on chairs. 

The subject (I am yet to find out his name), went on to explain that taking up the squatting position helps with flexibility, body alignment, distribution of testosterone to the largest muscle groups, detoxification by manoeuvring body organs in to optimum function positions, improved circulation, increased energy (by opening blood flow pathways and stimulating relevant glands), elimination of lower back and knee pain and improve general feelings of wellbeing.

What better place to give this a go than on a desk during my weekly address to the school, I decided!  Actually, though somewhat inflexible, stiff and sore, I will admit to a degree of belief in this theory, not least because depictions of early man suggest this is an instinctive position in which to rest.  In many parts of the world, this position is adopted for eating and meeting, amongst other functions!   If you try this over the weekend, have support to hand, and I take no responsibility if you dislocate your knee, hip or damage any household items in the trying.

I cannot tell you how bizarre the spectacle was, watching on a smartboard several Form classes each trying this out as I concluded my address.  A couple of staff also had a go, I understand a call for needle, and thread went out as the odd trouser rip materialised.  Not mine, I hasten to add!

Then the business of teaching and learning for the week, ensued.  Experiments and explosions resumed in the science lab, boarding buzzed with activity despite an increased and necessary focus on social distancing, bubbling and hand sanitizing, and staff were provided some twilight training by Dr Rachel Mollart on the use of EpiPens.

Miss Wood reports of yet further success in having St. Mary’s pupils’ work recognised by national competition judges.  In the National Gallery Art Competition for Schools, Lara and Sholto feature in this lovely piece to highlight the splendid work being done by young people all over Scotland.  It would seem Miss Wood is not the only inspirational art teacher, but we reckon she is the best of them!

As I write, half-term is one week away and whilst we are all looking forward to a break, this will also see the departure of our much loved Estates Manager Ali Bell.  I am pleased to report we have secured the services of Mr Mathew Brydon.  Mathew is currently employed in Event Production by Carnival Chaos Productions in Edinburgh.  He has experience in building and grounds maintenance alongside knowledge of key trade skills.  He is qualified in Portable Appliance Testing and has a BSc (Hons) in Construction Engineering.

Finally, I intend to write to all parents to pass on my sincere thanks for contributing to our combined attempts to provide ‘normal’ for our pupils.  Our boys and girls continue to provide us with refreshing and energising optimism and an acceptance that whilst all these complicated rules and regulations are in place, they will just get on with making the most of their opportunities, and helping whenever called upon to do so.  It is a real privilege working with such supportive pupils and parents.

Enjoy your weekend and watch those hips and knees!      


2nd October 2020, 02/10/2020

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