Inter-House Music

Inter-House Music

On Thursday, the Senior House Inter-House Music competition took place. Girls from Year 7 through to Year 13 contributed musical pieces from piano, flute and clarinet to beautiful singing performances. We were delighted that Cecily Redman, former St Mary’s student and Deputy Head Girl, who is now a singing teacher here at St Mary’s, was able to judge the competition. Cecily was more than qualified to oversee proceedings, having recently graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with an MA and DipRAM in Musical Theatre with Distinction. Cecily commented, “I was pleased to hear such a variety of music and I was very impressed with the standard of performances. It was delightful to see how well the students performed, the confidence they displayed and the pleasure they took from participating”. Congratulations to Temple West, who were the overall winners.

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Eco Swap Shop


Eco Swap Shop

Last Friday our team of Eco Warriors, with girls from Prep to Sixth Form, held “The Big Swap Event”. As part of our School’s commitment to reducing landfill and educating pupils about a more circular economy, students and teachers were invited to bring in any unwanted items from home, in order to swap them for something they might use more regularly. The response was amazing and girls from across the School were delighted to be able to take home a new toy or item of clothing, whilst helping to reduce landfill. Our Year 8 Maths students used their maths skills to calculate the amount of landfill that had been saved and it came to 12.85m3. So, a very worthwhile event!

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Impressive Performances at Model United Nations Conference


On Sunday, 15 students from Years 11 and 12 participated in the Model United Nations Day, which was held at Dr Challoners Grammar School. 

MUN is an educational simulation and academic activity in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. It teaches participants researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.  The aim is to engage students and allow them to develop a deeper understanding of current world issues.

Participants in Model United Nations conferences are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent. At the end of a conference, the best-performing delegates in each committee are recognized. 

Our students gave speeches, in front of up to 130 people, on “Conventional Weapons”, the “Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar” and the “Ongoing Human Rights Situation in Crimea and Sevastopol”. They worked incredibly hard and threw themselves wholeheartedly into an unfamiliar, and somewhat daunting, situation. 

Emily was congratulated for making an excellent speech, and Isabelle won the Highly Commended Delegate award.

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More Gymnastics Success!


Our School gym squad continued their impressive run of success last Sunday. This time the U11 and U14 teams both won Silver medals for their performances at the BSGA Floor and Vault Competition, which was held at St Mary’s. Well done, girls!

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