Excellent Results for Prep Girls in Chiltern Art Competition

Excellent Results for Prep Girls in Chiltern Art Competition

We were delighted that so many of our girls were awarded places in the The Chiltern Decorative and Fine Arts Painting Competition. Sophie in Year 6 was the overall Gold winner, Daniela and Lucy, also in Year 6, were commended and the Schools Prize went to Maya in Year 5. The standard was incredibly high and with over 450 entrants our girls did tremendously!

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Coding at Legoland for Year 9


Year 9 Coding at Legoland

Last Friday the Year 9 students enjoyed a trip to Legoland, not for the rides but for an educational workshop on programming! Utilising the LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Sets the girls were put into pairs to build and program their own interactive model to bring it to life. This was a wonderfully interactive session which required collaboration and consolidated the Year 9 ICT syllabus, covering key computing topics such as algorithms, Boolean, repetition in programs, debugging and inputs and outputs. It was an incredibly useful and enjoyable session, which fully engaged the girls – much more fun than the rides!

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Science Week at St Mary’s


Science Week

Last week was Science Week and the whole school was alive with experiments from Early Years to Year 13. Many of the experiments were carried out across year groups with the older students working side by side with younger girls.
On Monday Years 3 and 4 were out and about collecting different colours from nature. On Tuesday Year 5 were busy with a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge based on a real transportation problem facing farmers living on the mountains of Nepal. They built a model to transport as many tomatoes as possible down a mountain without squashing them. Some designs used chutes, cables and pulleys and the girls successfully transported the tomatoes a distance of at least one metre, without squashing them! Wednesday saw Year 6 make a floating garden to grow crops, this exercise was based on a real life challenge caused by climate change in Bangladesh.
There was also a Prep Department House Event. This activity aimed to explain the importance of camouflage. The Houses had to collect as many pieces as they could of coloured wool or string (which represented worms from an area of ground) in Oakdene Hall. They competed to see who collected the most worms. The colours were analysed to find which colours were collected the most. The girls found that the camouflaged worms were collected less frequently than the other coloured ones. Kingfishers won as they collected the most worms. The girls then put their findings into a bar graph.
Two key events which combined the efforts of the Prep Department and Senior House were the annual Science quiz and the Science Challenge. In the quiz every student answered a wide variety of Science and fun questions to see who has the best depth in Science. Prizes will be awarded to the House with the highest total points from all participants in both Prep and Senior House. In the Science Challenge the girls were given a small amount of clay and a few straws and were asked to use their skills to build an animal that could support the most weight. There was also a prize for the best looking animal. The results were amazing. Several of the animals were so strong that they required extra weights to test them to destruction. As with last year it turned out that the Prep team built the winner!
We were also delighted that Geraldine Newman, our Science Technician who retired last year, came back to judge the competitions.

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Year 10 Humanities Day


Year 10 Humanities Day

On Wednesday 1 March 12 of our Year 10 girls took part in the Edgbaston High School Humanities Day, where they were involved in a series of workshops led by a range of academics and employees in Humanities-based professions. They were enthralled and entertained by a talk from Natalie Haynes, an author and regular on BBC Radio 4, as well as columnist for the Times. The highlight of the day, however, was a talk from Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who held all the students spell bound as he told them of his record-breaking accomplishments and gave a fascinating insight into his career. Fiennes’ message – that hard work, commitment and motivation can lead you to fulfil your dreams – inspired them all.

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