Science Challenge: Energy Efficient Houses


Year 8 girls take part in Science Challenge

Girls in Year 8 were invited to take part in a Science Challenge this term. The topic this time was Energy Efficient Houses. The girls made their own model energy efficient houses and explained the ways in which the houses worked. Well done to Emma, Sophia and Ruby.

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Success at Youth Speaks Competition


Success for St Mary’s at Youth Speaks

This year’s Rotary Youth Speaks competition began on Friday 20th January with much success for St Mary’s, whose Year 9 Intermediate team go forward to the next round, while Senior team member Avneet  won Best Speaker in the competition. Hosted this year at St Mary’s, this annual national public speaking competition gives young people the opportunity to write and deliver their own speeches in a formal environment. In teams of three, the pupils work together as a Chair, Main Speaker and Vote of Thanks. The Main Speaker speaks for six minutes on a topic of their choice, while the Chair introduces the speaker and the topic and the Vote of Thanks sums up the main points.

This year’s topics included, from the Intermediate teams, ‘Opinions’ by the St Mary’s Year 9 team (Khyati, Kat and Cara), ‘Why? The eternal question’ from the St Mary’s Year 7 and 8 team (Polly and Lucy, Year 7, and Daisy, Year 8), and ‘Terrible Technology’ from the team from Thorpe House school. The Senior Section was between ‘A dangerous woman is a great woman’ from the St Mary’s Year 10 team (Ruby, Millie and Avneet) and Thorpe House with ‘Interminable Irritations’.

The judges praised the competitors particularly this year for their strong teamwork, uses of pause and changes of tone of voice, humour and interacting with the audience. Avneet  proposed a particularly powerful Vote of Thanks, which earned her the Howard Enzor trophy for the Best Individual Speaker in the competition. The judges praised Avneet not just for the way she presented, but also for the content of her speech. This trophy returns to St Mary’s for the second year running, having been won by Annicke last year.

Congratulations to all the speakers and best of luck to the Year 9s who go on to compete again in the next round of the competition.

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Professional golfer, Annabel Dimmock, talks to our girls


Professional golfer, Annabel Dimmock, gives talk to our girls

We were delighted to welcome professional golfer, Annabel Dimmock, to St Mary’s today. Annabel talked to our Gifted and Talented Sports group about being a professional athlete, the highs and lows of her profession and how she prepares for tours and travelling. Annabel emphasised to the girls the importance of organisation, self discipline and most importantly loving and enjoying their chosen sports. Great inspiration and motivation for our girls!

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Under 13 Gymnasts claim second place


Under 13 team claim second place at ISGA 4 piece competition

Our Under 13 Gymnastics squad performed brilliantly this weekend at the ISGA 4 Piece Gymnastics Competition in Cambridge. After completion of a set vault – (handspring flat back) and a voluntary vault – (either squat through or handspring) followed by two floor routines, the team were awarded second place overall!
Individual medals went to Anna for 6th place and Charlotte for 2nd place, amazing girls!

The team will compete again at the BSGA Southern Region Floor and Vault competition here at St Mary’s in 2 weeks time where they will also be joined by the Under 19 team. Good luck, girls!

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Year 4 went shopping!

Year 4 went shopping!

One of Year 4’s Maths lessons this week focused on calculating money. The girls  went ‘shopping’ and it turns out they are very good at spending money! What an interesting way to encourage their understanding of money and amounts.

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BSGA Regional Milano Gymnastics Competition


BSGA Regional Milano Gymnastics Competition

Congratulations to Charlotte in Year 6 and Tilly, Holly and Daisy in Year 5 for fantastic performances over the weekend at the BSGA regional Milano gym competition. The girls competed in floor, vault and a group sequence and came third overall. Well done girls!

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Year 3 and 4 Thinking Skills lesson

Year 3 and 4 Thinking Skills Lesson

Years 3 and 4 enjoyed a Thinking Skills lesson. The girls were given a range of materials (card, tape, lollipop sticks and a plastic bag) and had to make a boat that would help the “wooden man” cross the water. Year 3 had to make their boat last 10 seconds in the water and Year 4’s creations had to hold him for up to a minute. These activities formed part of the girls’ STEM activities for Thinking Skills.

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Parents’ Sports Sessions

Parents’ Sports Sessions

As we begin the new year many of us have resolutions to get fitter and healthier, and how better to kick start that than with some parents’ fitness classes using our fantastic facilities here at St Mary’s.

The events will be in a friendly atmosphere, led by our staff and student leaders and is a great chance to socialise with friends and other parents, whilst setting a great example to your daughter by getting involved in sport.

The events are free of charge, please click here to access the sessions on offer.

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Bletchley Park visit for Year 8


Bletchley Park visit for Year 8

Year 8 students went to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. They were given a tour of computers from 1940 to today, seeing Tunny, a Lorenz machine, Colossus, WITCH and lots of old hard drives that do not store much data! The girls then had the chance to use old BBC computers to program their own snake game. Miss Snaith was trying to beat all the girls’ times, but unfortunately at 173 seconds only came in 3rd place. However, St Mary’s School tops the museum’s board so far this year! The girls also used Python to have a go at programming Siri.

It was a great trip for the girls, seeing how computers used to look and learning programming skills. We see some budding technologists of the future amongst them!

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