National Space Centre trip


National Space Centre trip

This week Years 5 and 6 were very excited to visit the National Space Centre in Leicester. On arrival at the exhibition they spent some time learning about how astronauts live in space and some fun facts about the planets. They then had an exciting presentation in the planetarium which focused on the training and dangers faced by astronauts. There was also a workshop where the girls learned about the various rovers which have landed on Mars, before using some software to program Lego NXT rovers to navigate rocks and find aliens (without running them over!). The trip finished with an elevator ride to the top of the rocket tower, passing by some huge space rockets and landing on the top floor to find out all about the first moon landing. It was a packed visit, both fascinating and great fun.

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Year 7s get enterprising!


Year 7 Enterprise Day

Our Year 7s had a great time last Friday on their Enterprise Day. The girls came dressed for business and were certainly in ‘professional mode’.

In the morning they had to construct buildings out of newspapers, unfortunately only one of the buildings was sturdy enough to remain upright for any length of time, it was, nevertheless, a great exercise to build teamwork and get the girls thinking laterally.

The next task was for each team to design a toy to capitalise on the Christmas sales market. There were lots of ideas; a mobile phone specifically targeted at children, collectible toys and also a mixture of products based around the idea of slime. Once they had decided on the product the students then had to decide how to sell and advertise their product. At the end of the session the girls had to present their ideas and each and every one spoke to the whole group of Year 7 girls, fantastic experience in building confidence for public speaking.

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Harvest Walk for RAHAB


Harvest Walk for RAHAB

Girls from Years 6 to 13 took part in a 10km Harvest Walk on Tuesday 3 October to raise money.

Money is being raised for two causes this year during Harvest time. RAHAB, Uganda to pay for five girls to go to school and Mulemi Community School Zambia, to raise funds to build classrooms and resources to use in the classrooms.

Both of these schools have had representatives from St Mary’s help support them over the last year, and as a school community we want to continue supporting them as much as we can.

All the girls completed the 10km walk cheerfully and in good time, trekking through Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles, and back again.

You can still donate to this worthy cause here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stmarysgx2017

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Up Close with Creepy Crawlies!

The girls from Nursery to Year 5 enjoyed a visit from the Zoo Labs. The girls learnt about the habitats of various animals including African snails, a jungle lizard, a snake and a tarantula! They were delighted to have the opportunity to hold them too and weren’t in the least bit scared!

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Careers Fair for Year 12


On Friday 29 September, our Year 12s ‘kick-started’ their higher education research with a visit to Emirates Stadium for a University and Apprenticeships Search Fair. There were inspirational and informative talks from the universities about how to write a personal statement, apprenticeships and applying to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. There was also a good range of companies offering higher and degree apprenticeships. One student commented, “I learnt that there are so many more opportunities available to me than I thought, it was great to find out,” whilst another said “it gave me a clearer idea of where I want to go and made me realize how many options there are out there.”

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