21st April 2017
It was a peaceful Easter holiday back here at base, whilst in the corner of the campus the development of New Buccleuch House - returning to its original purpose as a boarding house - made great strides forward. And then along came Melrose 7s. It was reassuring to see so many current and past members of the St. Mary’s community amongst the throngs; the more people who care about St. Mary’s, the less likely we are to suffer any damage to the campus from unattached, over-exuberant revellers.
Huge thanks go to the FP Committee for again putting on hospitality in the pavilion. As St. Mary’s FP parent Fraser McClung’s horse romped home to win the Grand National, I found myself wondering if the pavilion roof might lift off, as so many watched the race unfold on the TV screen. It would appear I was the only person not have backed the eventual winner!
The pupils have returned, some bronzed from skiing holidays, but all looking refreshed and raring to go for the term ahead. We have been particularly impressed by our Form 8 pupils, who have more than stayed on track in their 3 ½ weeks break and have hit the ground running since returning on Wednesday.
We welcomed four new starters in Kindergarten, and Henry to Form 2. We have also seen Emma Douglas join the kitchen staff as Sarah Douglas (no relation) has stepped up into Pam Gordon’s role as Assistant Chef. Mrs Gordon is now underway in her increased role as matron.
We have heard from many pupils and parents of a wide range of successes over the Easter break, but particular mention goes to Dicken and Georgia, who attended the NYCOS Boys Choir and Girls Training Choir residential courses over the holidays. Both enjoyed their experience and performed in the Perth Concert Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
As the sun has shone, it has been a joy seeing how busy the boarding house is in the evenings, and it is always a pleasure seeing pupils playing outside at break and lunch times.
Finally, we wish Rosie Cully and her team of organisers all the very best with the Tour de Lauder tomorrow. A reminder that there are children’s bike races on offer, as well as the two distance events for adults. This event, which goes from strength to strength each year, is in memory of Hannah and Josh’s dad Steve, who thanks to Rosie’s hard work and dedication is a household name amongst the Border communities. Proceeds will go to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, who I am sure are hugely grateful to Rosie and her family for the amazing total that continues to accumulate. Do pop along to support the St. Mary’s representatives involved in the day.
Enjoy your weekend.