Year 8 Enterprise Day

As part of the St Mary’s Enterprise Programme, Year 8 had a day off timetable developing their entrepreneurial skills and being creative.  They worked in small groups, each one representing a company.  After deciding who was best for the job of ‘Managing Director’, each team chose girls to fill the roles of Finance Director, Sales Director, Marketing Director and Research Director.  Then, after some quizzes, videos and activities to inspire creative thinking and to learn about business and entrepreneurship, and in their roles, they tackled the challenge for the day.  They were set the task of creating a new environmental product or concept that might be developed in order to help schools to become more environmentally sustainable.  Having done this they then had to create a logo, a slogan, a range of coordinated marketing materials, undertake some basic finance calculations and put together a trade stand and a short presentation.  Quite a lot, all for one day!  The girls did themselves proud and proved to be highly creative, confident and great team workers.  Their ideas included an energy creation system built into moving doors, a waste disposal system, environmental learning aids plus ideas for reusing and recycling.

Presentations were of a high standard and the trade stands were attractive, businesslike and effectively displayed their work and ideas from the day.  The girls learned a lot about business and the process of creativity, but above all, had fun.  A great way to end the half term.

The teams were:

Group 1 Barbies; Ciara, Hannah, Olivia, Lydia, Orlaith

Group 2 McFlurries; Grace, Chloe, Phillipa, Emily, Amelia, Alicia

Group 3 Sabada; Rhia, Isobel, Casey, Jayde, Daya

Group 4 Tortoise; Emily, Tamsin, Olivia, Jazmin, Simran, Tate

Group 5 Snow Leopards; Zara, Annicke, Maya, Jemima, Lucy

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Best Presentation – Snow Leopards (right)

Best Teamwork – Barbies and Team Tortoise

Best Trade Stand – Sabada

Most Creative – McFlurries

Some of the girls’ comments from the day;

Daya “I liked being able to pitch our idea verbally”

Lydia “I liked the independence we had”

Tamsin “I liked setting up the stall”

Phillipa “The best bit was when the groups showed their day’s work”

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Christmas Extravanganza 2013

On Thursday 5 December the St Mary’s girls performed in a spectacular Christmas Extravaganza. The show was comprised of dancing, singing and instrumental and dramatic pieces, and show-cased the talents of girls from year 3 all the way up to year 13! The Prep Department choir opened proceedings with a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night” followed by an energetic performance of “Rock Around the Shops!”

Girls from Year Seven then performed a fantastic extract from “Annie” complete with convincing Stateside accents! Three girls from Year Nine wowed the audience with their beautiful ballet performance to “Halo” by Beyonce, Jenny in Year Ten played a stunning solo on her saxophone which was followed by an equally impressive piano solo by Year Seven pupil Loletta. Girls in Year Ten’s GCSE drama group then put on a superb performance of “The Perils of Pauline” by Paul King with a wonderfully expressive Alex portraying Pauline, a girl forever finding herself in unusual predicaments. The Year Six dance troupe then got us all grooving along to “Jingle Bells” before the Senior Choir rounded off the first half with “Jingle Bell Rock.”

The audience were treated to mince pies and mulled wine in the interval, warming them up suitably for a fun packed festive second half of the Extravaganza opened by the Year Eleven GCSE group’s edgy performance of “Flint St Nativity.” Year Seven and Eight’s dancers, led by Emily, treated us to a lively “All I want for Christmas” boogie followed by a beautiful version of “Part of your World” from The Little Mermaid sung by Year Nine’s Ellie. The audience then enjoyed a humourous Scrooge remake entitled “A Teenage Christmas Carol” starring girls from Year Six followed by an impressive piano duet from Year Elevens Jessica and Chloe. Jessica then played an outstanding Mozart piece “Fantasia in D Minor” before the Chamber Choir sang a haunting version of “In the Bleak Midwinter.” The fabulous evening was then rounded off with a good old fashioned sing along accompanied by a polished orchestra of varying ages. The Senior Hall was filled with the dulcet tones of students, parents and teachers alike merrily crooning along to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Winter Wonderland among others.

The first ever St Mary’s Christmas Extravaganza was made possible after a colossal effort from staff and students, and was the perfect way to showcase the diverse and plentiful expressive arts talents of the girls and, of course, to kick off the festive period!

You can see the fabulous film Mrs Williams made here.

Merry Christmas from all at St Mary’s

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