Royal Wedding Celebrations


Royal Wedding Celebrations

The whole School spent a wonderful lunchtime on the Cedar Lawn on Friday, celebrating the Royal Wedding in the sunshine! The girls enjoyed burgers and chips from the kitchen as a special treat, and lots of activities run by Year 13, including face painting and apple-bobbing!

In the afternoon Prep Department had lots of fun with their Royal Wedding activities including making crowns, decorating cakes,a special Royal quiz, and making their very own wedding dresses!

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Year 6 to ISA Netball finals in York


Year 6 to ISA Netball finals in York

On Saturday 12 May, the Year 6 Netball team travelled to York for the Netball National Finals. It was always going to be a tough day, with the top 20 schools in the country competing over the weekend. St Mary’s had a very tough morning of Netball, playing against some outstanding opposing teams. The team got better with every game and grew in confidence, showing fantastic resilience despite the scores not going their way. In the afternoon, the tournament was then split into; the trophy, the plate and the Bowl, based on how the morning games had gone. St Mary’s competed in the Bowl competition. The team’s opening game was outstanding. They showed how much progress they had made throughout the morning and played some excellent netball. They won their quarter final 6-1 and semi final 8-1. The girls met Alleyn’s Court in the final. They had played them in the group stages in the morning, and were narrowly defeated 4-5. It was an incredibly tense match that went from one end to the other. At one stage, St Mary’s were 4-1 up, and it looked like they were going to win it, but Alleyn’s Court came back fighting! The final score ended 7-8 to Alleyn’s Court but our girls played brilliantly. Well done to the team; Phelix, Kate, Megan, Kaia, Rehna, Scarlett, Lottie and Izzy.

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PGL Netball Tournament in Devon

PGL Netball Tournament in Devon

Last weekend Miss Wilkins accompanied five netball teams form Years 7 – 9 to the PGL Netball tournament in Devon, with each team playing six matches across the weekend. The results were mixed with some comprehensive wins, a couple of draws and some narrow defeats. The girls’ progress since September was very evident with excellent individual and team performances.

Prizes were awarded to several girls, as voted for by staff and students. Player of the tournament from Year 7 Sky Blue team was Lucy who showed dominance in her position of Goal Defence, outstanding talent and her level of commitment to the team and determination to succeed was admirable. Player of the tournament from Year 7 Navy team was Charlotte with an outstanding performance and great in her role as a captain; she improved hugely over the weekend to be a dominant player on the court. Player of the tournament from Year 7 Yellow team was Layla. Layla was determined and vastly improved her performances in all the matches. Her confidence improved massively over the weekend and she was a true asset to her team. Player of the tournament from Year 8 was Rachel after an amazing performance in the centre court, working hard all of the time and always being a team player. Player of the tournament from the Year 9 team was Ria with outstanding performances in all her games; Ria really stepped it up to perform for her team. Lana received an award for Defender of the Tournament for her excellent defensive display and huge amounts of progress. Cara and Arabella were rewarded for commitment to their team, hard work and determination, coaching and mentoring younger students, supporting staff with activities and generally being brilliant to have on the trip. Both girls were excellent leaders and supporters and their help was greatly appreciated. The Most Improved Player of the Tournament went to Sophie, having developed defensively and in attack to be an asset to her team, Sophie was amazing!

After all their matches, plus activities such as Jacob’s Ladder, abseiling and zip wire, the girls returned to School exhausted but happy and very much looking forward to next year’s trip!

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Prep Department hosts Grandparents Tea


Prep Department hosts Grandparents Tea

On a sunny Friday early in May, the girls in Prep were delighted to welcome their grandparents and special older people into their school. The visitors were taken on tours of the School with their grandchildren, treated to delicious cakes and cups of tea, and then listened to beautiful singing from all the girls, including a fabulous Mary Poppins medley. We hope everyone enjoyed this special afternoon.

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“Best Performance” at Maidenhead Drama Festival


“Best Performance” at Maidenhead Drama Festival

Spotlights Theatre, our after school drama club, competed at the annual Maidenhead Drama Festival on Friday 11 May at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. There were two performances of the plays ‘Round the World with Class 6’ by Nick Warburton and ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ by Paul King. The festival is a competitive event, where a total of 12 plays are performed across the week. These plays are performed by adult groups, youth theatres, and colleges. Not only do the girls have to perform well, they are also given feedback from an adjudicator at the end of the night in front of the audience – some of the girls were more scared of this, than performing! 

The comedy ‘Round the World with Class 6’ was performed by students in Years 7-9, and focused on a class of students who had an absent teacher, but had left them work to complete. The classroom suddenly gets turned upside down as they re-enact the circumnavigation of Sir Francis Drake in 1577. ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ is the tragic retelling of how the Jews were treated during the Second World War, and was performed by students in Years 9-12. The stylised performance showed how Jews were victimised and persecuted and how they were treated in the concentration camps. Two very different pieces, both with their own challenging tasks.

 We are pleased to announce that ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ was awarded ‘Best Performance of a Short Play’ at the festival. Well done to all of the girls involved in both performances, as they have spent the last few weeks in endless rehearsals, learning the lines and all with the impending examinations in mind.

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Prizes for Year 10 in 2018 Biology Challenge


Prizes for Year 10 in 2018 Biology Challenge

In mid-March, all of Year 10 Science Set 1 and several students in Set 2 competed in the 2018 Biology Challenge. This is a national competition administered by the Royal Society of Biology which aims to reward general biological knowledge rather than syllabus content. The results and grade boundaries have been released and we are delighted to report a fantastic haul of results: Gold award for Kat and Bronze awards for Ophelia, Maisie and Salma. Khyati, Amelia and Kaitlyn were highly commended, and Olivia, Riya, Rebecca, Freya, Millie and Jessica were commended. Fantastic news, well done to all these girls.

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New Head Girl Team


New Head Girl Team

Tuesday 8 May saw a delightful assembly to pass over the Year 13 leadership roles. The outgoing Head Girl team and House Captains handed over responsibilities and badges to the incoming team and the School flag was lowered by outgoing Head Girl, Lizzie, to be raised by our new Head Girl, Annicke. A lovely appreciation for the fabulous work that the students have undertaken over the past year and a warm welcome for those taking on the responsibilities.

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Year 9 and 10 to Model United Nations Final Conference


Year 9 and 10 to Model United Nations Final Conference

Congratulations to our Year 9 & 10 Model United Nations team who spent all of last Friday trying to solve the Global Food Crisis at Bucks County Model UN. With 10 essays written and over 20 speeches made on topics ranging from GM crops to food waste and climate change, they were eloquent, assured and the height of professionalism. Well done delegates! Special congratulations to Daisy, Saana and Millie for their awards!

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Imogen, year 4, wins Second Prize in IT Competition


Imogen, year 4, wins Second Prize in IT Competition

Congratulations to Imogen, Year 4, who won Second Prize in the Year 4 category of the Misbourne Matins Rotary ICT Competition. The competition was open to ten schools in the area and had over 1,000 entries. The children had to design a poster inviting people to a Sports Day event and include various IT presentation skills. Fantastic, Imogen!

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Year 4 Residential Trip to Flatford Mill


Year 4 Residential Trip to Flatford Mill

Year 4 took a fun and educational residential trip to Flatford Mill last week. Flatford Mill is famously immortalised by John Constable in his painting of The Haywain and the Mill is still recognisable. The girls had a very busy time shelter building, catching mice (humanely!) and studying them, splashing around in the brook and measuring the speed of it, and much more!

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