Congratulations to the Year 10 Model UN team on their fantastic success last Friday. All 11 students spent the day arguing, negotiating, reporting and writing resolutions with other schools from across Bucks. The topic this year was especially challenging and dealt with The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. After an incredibly busy day of international politics and diplomacy, the students emerged victorious. Congratulations to Qi, Ellen, Aneet and Sara for their first place awards; Isabelle and Loletta for their special mentions; and Millie for writing the winning resolution. You all worked so hard for this and we are very proud of your wonderful achievements.
Year 13 Jess has been shortlisted for the second year running for the MediaMag Production Competition, she is one of the five students shortlisted for the Short Film section, which means she will be attending the Awards screening at the BFI Southbank on 5th July. Last year she won the Film Opening section.
You can watch Jess’s film at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUXCemo_d08
Well done, Jess!
New Head Girl Team announced
Following careful scrutiny of the votes cast Mrs Ross was delighted to announce that Lizzie M will be the Head Girl for the coming year. Her deputies will be Georgie and Maddie and Games Captain is Isadora.
New House Captains were also voted for and congratulations go to Libby, Alice, Amy and Lauryn.
The new team were introduced and the old team thanked in the traditional St Mary’s flag ceremony, followed by celebratory cake the next day.
Mrs Ross said: “Many thanks – and a small tear shed – to the exceptional outgoing team – you have been amazing girls – but so excited to be working with such an impressive team next year. Thank you to all of you, girls.”
In April the Gymnastics squads from Senior and Prep schoold travelled to Southampton to compete in the Southern Region Acro competition.
It was a very long day of competitions, leaving school at 6.30am and returning at 7.00pm but the team performed some fantastically creative routines, some of which will be performed in the Gym and Dance show at the end of term.
After some brilliant performances, Anna and Claudia were awarded a silver medal in the regional category
Charlotte and Hallie performed an amazing pair routine and were awarded a silver medal for second place in the National competition –amazing!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Our Year 10s had a very creative and innovative session developing new product ideas to launch and market. The Enterprise Day focuses around helping the students to develop entrepreneurial skills and unde
rstand business ideas; judging from the range of new product ideas and communication materials that the girls developed, it was obvious that they are, indeed, becoming very ‘business aware’. From monthly subscriptions to ‘Petbox’, boxes full of treats for your pet; a range of ‘Lazy’ products to make life so much easier; Glampy Wampy – a very exclusive service for glamping; a step charger that charges mobile devices as you exercise; a mirror to tell you what to wear based on weather conditions and a portable multiple device charging unit. Some of the teams had put together some excellent marketing materials and presented and communicated their ideas very clearly. The teachers came along to vote for their favourite company, with “Petbox” being the overall winner, well done girls!
E Safety 2017
Every year the UK Safer Internet Centre supports Safer Internet Day and this year their theme was “Be the change: Unite for a better internet.” St Mary’s participated by giving an assembly to students on Wednesday morning followed by a presentation to parents in the evening, which was very well attended by parents of students across the school age range.
This year we are promoting the use of the internet to show, produce and create videos and images, but also to make people aware of the issues that surround uploading these to the internet. The internet is a very positive place for students to learn from and to produce their own media. However, we also have to be aware of some issues that arise when images are posted online. For example, they could be misunderstood or challenged online by others. An image or
meme that shares a joke might be very funny to the person who created or shared it, but might not be appreciated by others who see it and could even be considered offensive. Positive images
can help build a reputation; negative impressions can destroy one.When posting images be aware of your surroundings, think if the picture contains references that may provide information about where you are. Turn off your location settings on your phone, so that you do not post your location when posting an image online. Think before you post. Look at your privacy settings in each app you use. Remind your child that if they see anything offensive or upsetting online then they should report that content or user to the service. Young people should always tell a trusted adult if they are worried about anything online that has worried or upset them.
Not only were students told about the ways in which to use images online, so were parents. Parents were also asked to question what pictures they post of their children. Cbeebies posted a short video with the following guidance:
“Don’t post photos that might embarrass your child when they’re older
Ask permission before posting photos of someone else’s child
Don’t post photos of your child in school uniform, or outside their school, to avoid identification
Ask friends and family not to tag themselves in photos of your child
Consider what’s in your profile information and the other updates you post
Never post nude or nearly nude pictures of your child, even if you think you’re sharing privately
If you’re posting pictures of your child in recognisable places, turn off location tagging
A good rule of thumb: only post pictures you would be happy to share of yourself”
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