A very busy and enjoyable FP Dinner took place last Saturday evening, at which our guest speaker Professor Norman Drummond spoke fondly of St. Mary’s. It was a privilege to listen to him.
On Sunday, Mrs Bell and Lieutenant Routledge led a team of 30 St. Mary’s cross-country runners to the IAPS Cross Country Championship at Belhaven. We had some notable successes on the day: Freyja H first in the U10 girls; Josh second and John third in the U10 boys with the U10 boys team winning that competition; and Eliza coming third in the U12 girls. All 30 runners did the school proud by doing their best and by conducting themselves in a dignified manner, despite obvious exhaustion playing a part.
On Monday morning, following on from the visit of George Scott-Watson, Alastair Brooks and John Sutherland, I talked briefly to the school of their experiences of St. Mary’s between 1940-45: quite a difference to today’s St. Mary’s!
Later that day, we had the privilege of welcoming Mr Melvyn Roffe, Principal of George Watsons College, and Head of Senior School Mr Gordon Boyd. We are grateful to Mr Roffe and Mr Boyd for spending time with us and getting to know how we do things down here at St. Mary’s. We also benefited hugely from hearing how they structure things up at George Watsons College, a school that sounds in great heart. Soon afterwards, Dr Richard Maloney, Headmaster of Uppingham School paid us a visit, and we were most touched that he had called in on his whistlestop tour. He too took time to give us a clear picture of his plans going forward, and he thoroughly enjoyed his tour of the school, led by three Uppingham prospective pupils.
Parent/Tutor meetings took place for Forms 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 during the week, and all pupils seem on track in each of these forms.
Meanwhile, the parent-child “Play, Stay and Learn” afternoon in Kindergarten was reported to be a huge success, so well done to Mrs Berni and her team.
On Wednesday, Mr Brown, alongside Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Sir Jackie Stewart, spoke at a Dyslexia Scotland launch. Mr Brown referred to the new online toolkit that has been developed, and he is one of many people working on behalf of this fabulous organisation responsible for the doubling of Government funding. Whilst Mr Brown is a fabulous ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland, I can assure you St. Mary’s community can feel very proud of how he represented the school and spoke so fondly of his developing career here.
A full fixture programme followed with some wins, draws and losses. Please see match reports on the website. That evening, Mr Rawson and his boarding team hosted the ‘Boarders Got Talent’ show. The audience was entertained by singing, dancing and magic acts, with Tiggy coming out on top with her cane and tap dance rendition that evolved into an interpretation of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.
On Thursday, Form 5 headed off to Dynamic Earth, and Mrs Runciman, Mr Brown and Mrs Harvey, along with the staff of Dynamic Earth, could not praise the St. Mary’s pupils highly enough. On Thursday afternoon Mrs Hardie took members of her debating society to compete in the IAPS Debating Competition at Cargilfield. Surprisingly our girl-heavy team appeared to be outargued by the competition, but well done to all for taking part.
This morning, Mrs Bell, Hamish M, Thomas M, Anna S, Millie and Madame Hutchison gave a most informative assembly about our squads, the history behind the names chosen for them, and a build-up to this term’s Squad Day. We are very grateful to the six for such an informative assembly.
I then took the opportunity to congratulate Alexander F on his selection to play Oliver in a Captivate Theatre production for the Fringe Festival. We applauded the boarders for providing such entertainment at their talent show. I presented a book token to Christian for his five book reviews, and then closed by announcing that once again St. Mary’s have two national art competition winners. The John Byrne art competition attracts thousands of entries, so huge congratulations go to Charlotte in Form 3, and Chloe-Marie in Form 8 for having been named as one of the runners up in their age categories. Well done, them.
As if the weeks are not busy enough already, we wish our 7s rugby squad headed for Mowden Hall tomorrow all the very best, and our senior girls chosen to compete in the P7 hockey tournament at George Watsons College the best of luck.
Finally, this February and now March have seen an unprecedented level of interest in the school, and this is no small measure due to the hard work of the staff, the superb way in which pupils conduct themselves in the public domain as well as in school, and the positive vibe amongst you, our parent body. This is a very exciting time for St. Mary’s, and thank you for all your contributions in promoting the school.