18th May 2018
It was wonderful to receive photographs of our proud horse trialists, who performed so well at the Floors Castle Horse Trials last weekend. Dedicated mums and dads had brought together two St. Mary’s eventing teams called Hamilton and Sanderson (Emily, Daisy, Libby B, Anna B, John T, Kiki, and Eliza). Huge congratulations go to all involved but particular congratulations go to team Hamilton, and Emma who won the individual event.
On Sunday our U11 and U13 cricket 6s teams performed with credit against tough opposition at the Glenalmond 6s, and though no trophies materialised, Mr P and Mr Rawson were pleased with how their cricketers played.
Monday brought Common Entrance into sharp focus as our Form 8 pupils sat their mental arithmetic paper. They looked calm and composed before the CD play button was pressed and I am pleased to report the same can be said as the test was completed. With our CE candidates into their stride, Tuesday brought about their French Listening and Speaking exam. An exhausting day for Madame Syme in particular was made all the easier by credible performances from all involved. Très Bien! Meanwhile, we released Reception class into the community and they reconvened in Galashiels Police Station as part of their ‘People Who Help Us’ project. Mrs Currie and Mr Millar pretended to be unfamiliar with the Police Station! Also on Tuesday, Form 1 headed off to Bowhill with Miss Renwick and Maddy to learn about the function of a country estate, and in the evening representatives from Borders College Elite Performance Squad arrived to work with several boarders on their cycling skills.
Mrs Rawson opened up the Friends Common Room to parents of Kindergarten pupils for coffee on Wednesday morning, which no doubt impressed Mrs Douglas Miller of the Good Schools Guide as she toured the campus writing copious notes. Here was a lady who could not have been more thorough in her gathering of information, and we are confident that she will provide a report on St. Mary’s to make us proud in the next publication.
Borders College cyclists returned for their second session in the evening, and despite a busy fixture programme having taken place during the afternoon, the tutors were impressed by the energy levels shown amongst their tutees.
Congratulations to Isla (A team) and Jessica, Mhairi and Eliza (B team) for their victories in the Dandylions teams against their WOSPS counterparts. See website for match reports.
Results from the UKMC were published, and please see Dr Morgan’s report on how our Forms 8 and 7 pupils performed with four golds, seven silvers and seven bronze awards. Dr Morgan is right to be proud of the best results St. Mary’s have produced since taking part in this annual competition.
Well done to Rosie and Elsa, who represented the Borders U12 Hockey Team at the regional U12 Final in East Lothian, and on the same theme, we wish Hannah C and Jessica (Captain) the very best of luck as they compete for the South in the U14s District Competition this weekend.
It was a pleasure to welcome Fr Wulstan Peterburs, Headmaster of Ampleforth, and Registrar Helen McKell https://www.ampleforth.org.uk/ to St. Mary’s. They were shown around the campus by Molly S, Archie Mac, and Anna M, and it was a mutually informative meeting between us when they returned to my office. They were extremely complimentary of the school.
On Thursday evening, the Board of Governors convened, whilst elsewhere on campus, St. Mary’s held a Royal Wedding tea party to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Harry and Meghan this weekend. Not to be outdone, Kindergarten are holding their own Royal Wedding tea party in the woods this morning. Meanwhile, Form 4 conducted an assembly in the Morrison Hall on meeting challenges with a series of role-play, informative anecdotes, and guidance, focusing on Felix Baumgartner, who parachuted into the earth from the stratosphere. Parents and pupils alike will have taken on board the clear message that Mrs Scott Aiton and her class were trying to put across, that we must face up to challenges, big or small, if we are to reach our own individual potential. I then had the pleasure of awarding a book token to Hannah F, our latest Accelerated Reader millionaire. We now have 25 in the school! As I conclude my blog, Form 7 have headed off to Edinburgh on their annual art trip with Mrs Hardie, Miss Wood and Mrs Lewington.
Have a good weekend.