29th May 2020

Week seven started with an episode of ‘Through the Keyhole’, presented by Mr Harvey.  In this fascinating tour we were introduced to Mr Bell’s shed.  Until now, I am sure most of us thought this was a relatively ordinary work-shed.  We should have known better.  Beyond the very tidy and well-organised tools and benches we glimpsed the gleaming machinery, then took a trip into the inner sanctum.  The only thing missing was a pull-out bed for his afternoon nap!  All joking aside, the meticulous layout of Mr Bell’s shed is nothing surprising really when we think of the meticulous way in which he carries out his work.  I think every one of us would be happy to have a Mr Bell on hand to fix and make things in the good-humoured way that he does – and I’m sure Mrs Bell will happily hire him out at a reasonable price!
This week, Angus M in Form 4 has become a double millionaire.  At the end of the Lent Term he was just about to achieve millionaire status, so this is an incredible achievement.  Perhaps the next million before the summer holiday starts, Angus?  Meanwhile, Form 7 and Mrs Hardie have been busy creating a good luck video for Form 8 this week.  If you haven’t seen this then it’s worth a watch and can be found on Edmodo, the school website and app.
Next week sees a number of causes being recognised across the country.  You can take your pick from:  National Bike Week, National Garden Wildlife week, National World Heart Rhythm Week and Volunteers Week to name a few.  On Monday, June 1st, we also celebrate the ‘Global Day of Parents’.  It seems appropriate that this falls now as we know that you, our parents, have been working just as hard as your children during lockdown.  It is important for us to acknowledge once again the huge part you are playing in supporting us while we deliver the curriculum online.  The United Nations have an interesting webpage devoted to the Global Day of Parents that you can access via this link.
This week has seen Form 8 commence their final lap of Common Entrance studies with the examinations beginning on Tuesday next week.  Their hard work and commitment to their work in such unsettling circumstances has been phenomenal and we congratulate each and every one of them.  I sign off by sending them the very best wishes for next week from the whole St. Mary’s community.

Miss Kirsty McRae
on behalf of Headmaster 


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