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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.”
There was much excitement and lots of smiling faces on GCSE results day. Amidst the confusion over the new grade system the results that we achieved were very impressive.
More than 50% of all of the results were graded at the A*/A and 9, 8 and 7 levels and over 80% A*-B and grades 9-6. 45% of our students achieved at least five A*/A grades and nearly 60% of the girls achieved A*-B and 9-6 in seven or more subjects.
Seven subjects, Biology, Chemistry, Business and Economics, Geography, Music, Spanish and Further Maths all achieved A*-B for all entries. Maths and English, which are both under the new banding system, saw several girls achieving grade 9s, meaning that nationally these girls are in the top 3.5% and 3.3% of results respectively.
Congratulations to the girls who achieved straight A* and A grades in their subjects, and also to those who worked hard to achieve results above their expectations.
Mrs Ross, the Headmistress commented, “I am so delighted with the results that the girls have achieved. Their hard work and commitment have been well rewarded in what has been an uncertain and difficult environment. Congratulations also to our dedicated team of teachers who work tirelessly to help our students achieve these impressive results.”
We are delighted that once again our Year 13 students have achieved an impressive set of A level results.
41% of all grades achieved were A*/ A (considerably higher than the national average), 69% A*/B and 88% A*/C. These results were particularly pleasing as they were accomplished within a climate of uncertainty where the format and specifications of the exams had been changed.
Five subjects recorded 100% A*/A grades, namely Biology, Business Studies, Art and Design, Spanish and French.
The Extended Project Qualification entries were once again all graded at A* or A.
The girls now move on to a range of universities, including Imperial, Newcastle, Brighton, Loughborough, Southampton, Nottingham, Bristol, Exeter and St Andrews to study a wide range of subjects such as Architecture, Politics and Economics, English, History, Geography, Spanish, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Electrical Engineering.
Nearly half of our students achieved A*-B in all of their subjects and a special mention goes to those girls with straight A*/A grades. These results are a tribute to the hard work of the girls and the strength of our teaching staff who work tirelessly with each individual to ensure they achieve their optimum results.
Whole School Gym and Dance Show
This July the School held its biennial Gym and Dance Show, a wonderful event that showcases gymnastics and dancing of all types across the entire school. From Early Years Ballet all the way up to Sixth Form routines, this show was an absolute joy to watch and a brilliant display of the amazing talent we are lucky enough to have at St Mary’s.
Emma Mitchell at Speech Day
Our annual Prize Giving was, as always, a fantastic event and we were delighted to welcome speaker Emma Mitchell, a Member of the Coxless Crew who completed the Pacific Ocean row from America to Australia in January 2016, setting two world records. Emma was inspirational to listen to and spoke to our girls about resilience, and also humour! Both key ingredients in tackling any challenge head on. Congratulations to all the girls on their prizes, and sincere thanks to all the speakers, singers and instrumentalists.