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Fantastic Gymnastic Results!


BSGA Milano Regional Championships

Many congratulations to our gymnasts who competed in the BSGA Milano Regional Championships this weekend. They all performed brilliantly, with the U16 team winning the competition and the U11s coming second.

We were delighted to host the prestigious British Schools Gymnastic Association, Milano Trio south region finals competition last weekend. Several local schools competed; Wycombe Abbey, Dr Challoners High School, Maltman’s Green and Beaconsfield High, as well as schools from across Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Bucks. The U16s team comprised Freya, Poppy and Charlotte, whilst Tilda, Hollie, Rosie and Maya were in the under 11 team. All participants performed individual floor and vault routines and then a group routine. Our Under 16s scored the maximum possible for their group routine choreography, which was put together by Emily in Year 12. Both teams now go on to compete in the BSGA National competition in Stoke on Trent on 16-17 March. Well done, girls!

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Prep “No Electricity” Day


Prep “No Electricity” Day

The Prep Department has a team of “Eco Warriors” who have spent the last two weeks promoting ‘switch off fortnight’, which culminated in ‘No Electricity Day’ on Friday 1 December. 

‘No Electricity Day’ was a bid to raise awareness of climate change and to help encourage the girls to become more eco- friendly. Throughout the day all computers, printers, interactive white boards and even lights were switched off to highlight how much electricity we use, but also to see how well we can survive without it.  The girls found it strange not being able to switch on lights or use the interactive whiteboards, but enlightening too as they did recognise how reliant we all are on electricity. Year 1 wrote stories by “candlelight”, Year 2 learnt about the world using a giant map, rather than the IWB, and Early Years learnt the story of Christmas using puppets. The challenge going forward is to see how we can reduce our electricity consumption on an ongoing basis and perhaps chat, read and play board games, instead of relying on TV or the internet for entertainment.

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Impressive Results for Prep Gymnasts at ISGA Gym Competition


Congratulations to our Prep gymnasts on their impressive performances at the National ISGA 2 Piece Competition in Stamford. The Under 9s were Challenge Cup champions and the Under 11s came 4th. The girls did incredibly well with some excellent individual placings, 3rd for Lily-May, 4th for Olivia and 6th place for Eden. An amazing achievement considering this was the first competition for some of them. Miss Connell, Year 1 teacher and U9 and U11 Gym Coach, accompanied the girls and was justifiably proud, not only of their fantastic performances but also because both sets of judges complimented her on “the wonderful team and how smiley they all were.”

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We Will Rock You!


We Rocked!

The audience at Thursday and Friday evening’s performances of “We Will Rock You” were rocking along with the cast and orchestra. It was a brilliant show with excellent acting, some great comedy, impressive singing and fabulous accompaniment by the school orchestra. Huge congratulations to the Expressive Arts Department on a fantastic production.

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New York New York!


Over half term students from Years 7 – 11 enjoyed an Expressive Arts trip to New York. It was a wonderful experience for the girls who were able to see some of the world’s best performers in dance, drama and music as well as viewing some exclusive art work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They also had time for plenty of sightseeing, taking in the key New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Ground Zero. The girls sang in Trump Tower to a very appreciative audience and had a very engaging Broadway workshop, which was very useful in inspiring their artistic and performing aspirations and skills.

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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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