10th September 2021

St. Mary’s artistic contribution to The Great Scottish Canvas project supported by the World Wildlife Fund appears to have drawn the eye of the organisers, and our proud little school has been invited to produce a short video on why St. Mary’s became involved with this initiative.  Our mini production will focus on why the St. Mary’s community is paying close attention to climate change issues.

The Great Scottish Canvas online Art and Poetry exhibition (18th September) will bring together voices from across Scotland, from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, with poems, stories and artwork in Scots, Gaelic and English, including from Scottish creative icons such as Alexander McCall Smith, former Makar Jackie Kay…and pupils of St. Mary’s School!  We are the only school in Scotland to have been invited to make a video contribution.

WWF Coco painting (00000002)

It is intended that a book reflecting the exhibition will be published in a limited print run and given to the delegates of COP26.  It is an inspiring thought that President Biden could be casting his eye over pictures and words that represent our proactive little Scottish Borders school’s offering to this emergency global issue.

I mentioned this in assembly on Monday, whilst congratulating Miss Wood, Mrs Stuart, Mr Rawson and members of our Eco-Committee who at the end of last term designed information panels for recycling bins.  I am not totally convinced the entire virtual audience fully appreciated the scale of this accolade and opportunity, but I am sure they will as September 18th approaches.  By coincidence, our virtual Bang Goes the Borders Science Festival is taking place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, with sustainability and climate crisis taking centre stage alongside virology, as our chosen themes for this year.

The assembly then took a further congratulatory tone; with pre-prep stars of the week being awarded and an emphasis on a ‘can do’ attitude to challenges we face in our curricular and extra-curricular programme, as well as day to day life.  The perfect example of ‘can do’ people has been on offer on our television screens over the past fortnight.  Para athletes from all over the world have been competing in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 537 events across 22 sports.

After a brief summation of the range of impairments, I gave special mention to Para Olympian Sammy Kinghorn form Gordon, Berwickshire who gained a bronze medal in the 100m and silver medal in the 400m T53 wheelchair class.  In 2013 St. Mary’s pupils and staff were treated to a visit from this inspirational champion, and her humility, courage and determination were palpable as she spoke in assembly then visited the Hamilton and Sanderson buildings to talk to smaller groups of pupils.
Throughout the week, senior school Syllabus meetings have been taking place via Teams.  Thank you to parents for logging on, tuning in and volunteering input and questions.  Home and away hockey and rugby fixtures on Wednesday were all a huge success.  What a joy it was to see matches taking place after such a long lay-off.   Two weeks in to term, there certainly seems to be a sense that our mini world here at St. Mary’s is returning to business as usual.  Long may that continue.  

Enjoy a restful weekend.



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