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Celebrations as girls receive A level results!


We are delighted that once again our Year 13 students have achieved an impressive set of A level results.

28% of all grades achieved were A*/ A (higher than the national average), 55% A*/B and 86% A*/C. The Extended Project Qualification entries once again achieved very impressive results with 67% graded at A* or A and 83% A*/B.

The girls now move on to a range of universities, including Liverpool, St Mary’s London, Birmingham, York, Cardiff and Exeter to study a wide range of subjects such as Dentistry, Law, English Literature, Equine Business Management, Politics and Economics, Real Estate Management, Criminology and History

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. A special mention goes to those girls with straight A*/A grades.

Mrs Ross commented, “It is so good to see the girls set fair for the next stage of their lives, to see the validation of all the work done by them, their parents and their teachers and to see them going off proud and confident as they embark on the next stage of their lives”.

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A Pantastic Production!


Pantastic!

Congratulations to all of KS2 and their teachers on a wonderful production of Peter Pan in Pantastic. It was a visual delight with beautiful, bright scenery and stunning costumes. The acting and singing was superb, with many girls learning huge amounts of lines for the production. With truly moving sentiments about friendship and family there cannot have been a dry eye in the house at the end! For more photographs see our facebook page.

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Impressive results at STEM Olympics


Impressive Results at STEM Olympics

A team of four Year 8 students competed in the STEM Olympics at Wycombe Abbey. Over 100 students from the Chiltern and Buckinghamshire area entered this all day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Olympics competition. The challenges ranged from pure maths and application of science concepts, to practical skills and quizzes. The day was intense but our team took on each task with gusto and had very pleasing results. They had the fastest boat in the “Solar so Good” challenge and won 772 Smarties by using their maths skills to get the closed answer to the number of Smarties in a jar (their calculation was 784). Overall, it was an exciting day that stretched the girls and showed them how well they could do in a variety of challenging tasks. Congratulations to Siyona, Polly, Phoebe and Lucy for their effort and excellent results in this competition.

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Sports Days!


Sports Days!

Senior and Prep Sports Days were very hot occasions this year but it did not stop our girls from performing brilliantly, and supporting each other as always.

Prep Sports Day started with a warm up for all of the girls which was followed by a series of events including throwing, high jump, egg and spoon races and track events, culminating in the House relay in which all the Prep girls participated. There were some excellent performances, including in the always competitive and fun parents’ races! The standard this year was very high in both the track and field. Phelix, Year 6, cleared 1.35m in the high jump, which is a new school record. We were delighted to welcome the new Headmistress for September, Mrs Adams, to present the medals. The overall winners were Temple West/Woodpeckers.

Sports Day for Senior House was also a lively occasion with some great field events in the morning, and competitive track events in the afternoon. As always, House spirit was in abundance, and the girls all supported each other, and their teachers! The winners of this event will be announced in a whole School assembly. It was fantastic to see the entire School competing in the open 1000 metres at the start of the day. There were a number of school records broken, with Freya Harrison clearing 1.45m in the high jump. There were many highlights and it was a great event. Well done to all staff and students for their achievements.

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Year 7 students victoriously attack Warwick Castle!


Thursday 21 June, was the momentous day that 45 Year 7 students victoriously attacked Warwick Castle. They were put through their paces by the drill master where they learnt the art of war, battle strategy and sword fighting, in their training to become knights. They worked as a team to walk in formation and learnt how to protect the King. They discussed different sword fighting techniques that they would need to parry, acted out by their own teachers. Then they went to the Trebuchet Master who gave them the low down on how to fire a this mighty beast of a machine. They learnt the engineering involved in creating, building and firing this device. The Trebuchet Master then gave them advice on how a trebuchet could be used to cause chaos and mayhem in the castle, like throwing over barrels full of bees or snakes, or even the decapitated heads of any emissaries sent to seek peace! After a short break for sustenance the knights of St Mary’s were ready for the off. First, they scouted out the area, discussing how well defended Warwick Castle was, with its high stone walls, ditch, arrow slits, crenellations and machicolations. Then they discussed what had happened in their siege of the castle (in the previous 2 weeks). How they had used their trebuchets, mangonels, ballistas to cause disorder inside the castle. However, they were wary not to destroy the castle, as they wanted to own and use this glorious castle themselves in the future once they had conquered it! They discussed their use of scaling ladders and siege tower, which had failed due to the ditch surrounding the castle. They discussed their attempts at mining the castle but the lack of right angles in their castles towers had saved the walls from collapsing. Finally, it was time to attack by the simplest of methods: walking through the open gates of the barbican! Luckily for them the portcullis’ were not in working order and they did not find themselves trapped in the killing zone, with murder holes and soldiers above them, with arrows and several buckets of human waste to drop on their heads. And so, the St Mary’s knights made it on to the Bailey. To secure their victory they walked the walls to admire their achievements and took a quick tour of the dark, damp gaol.

If you are interested in visiting Warwick Castle with your family this summer, Warwick Castle would like to thank the school for taking Year 7 to visit them this year, by giving all our parents the opportunity to visit for half price. You do not need to have a daughter who is currently in Year 7 to take them up on this offer. You just need to book online with the code ‘SCHOOLS2018’.

 Terms & Conditions

  • 50% off adult / child daytime entry to Warwick Castle from 26 May 2018 – 3 Sept 2018 and all weekends dates in June & July 2018.
  • Discount can only be redeemed online. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or concession or for tickets bought over the phone or on a walk up basis on the day.
  • Admission prices are subject to change
  • Discount is up to 10 people per transaction
  • Child ticket is aged 3-11. Under 3s are free of charge
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over
  • Car parking charges apply and parking is subject to availability
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Trip to Condover Hall


Trip to Condover Hall

Year 5 and 6 spent an adventure-packed long weekend at Condover Hall in Shropshire last weekend. The weather was beautiful and the girls took part in a whole host of activities from buggy building and high ropes to wacky and wet fun and abseiling. They had opportunities to develop their problem solving and team work skills in an initiative skills sessions, and a healthy level of competitiveness was evident during mini-olympics and the run around quiz. It was great to see the girls and the teachers challenge themselves to try all that was on offer and a brilliant time was had by all! A special mention too, to Mrs Carney who abseiled for the first time and thought she may need a little “help” off the edge, but she did it!

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Smooth Enterprise Day for Year 8


Smooth Enterprise Day for Year 8

This week the Year 8 students had their Enterprise Day challenge. This year, their task was to make, market and sell healthy smoothies, to kick start healthy eating week at School. The students also decided to donate all proceeds from the day to Liberty’s Legacy, a charity funding bone marrow research.  The students were briefed before Enterprise Day by Mr Fernando and Mrs Roberts on budgets and ingredients, so as to reduce food waste and keep costs per team low. Each group was given a budget of £8 to spend in total. The day started with the teams selecting their team leader and other roles, and then coming up with creative team names which included: Tropical Galaxy, Fruit Attack, Schmaker, Groovy Smoothie, Shnabelle and Onflavour. Once this was done the students had to make an A4 leaflet that promoted their company as well as healthy eating. The students were also required to make an infomercial and a jingle to go with it, which allowed them to use their ICT and media skills. During break time the students carried out market research by asking other students and teachers a myriad of questions to facilitate their marketing and production. With this information in hand, the teams were able to come up with reasonable pricing and appropriate marketing techniques to lure their customers. Afterwards, the teams were sent to the Food and Nutrition room to make their smoothies.  During the second half of lunch the teams began to sell! It was pleasing to see the teams using innovative methods to sell their product, which included charging different prices to different customers and taking the products to the customer when footfall was low.  All teams managed to sell out within the first 15 minutes. The girls managed to make £67.45 for their chosen charity. The students then presented their infomercials and jingles along with their powerpoint presentations on how they got on throughout the day. It was very hard for Mr Dodd to judge the teams as they were all exceptional.  Ultimately, team Groovy Smoothie beat team Tropical Galaxy by one point and emerged victorious. Well done to Sarah, Verity, Katie, Ambi and  Molly. Congratulations also go to all the teams for their hard work on a very competitive Enterprise Day.

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Building Bridges in Year 4


Building Bridges in Year 4

In their Thinking Skills lesson this week, Year 4 were busy constructing newspaper bridges. They worked in teams on the STEM task, which required a variety of skills to successfully complete the bridges, which had to be strong enough to hold 1kg. Some of the girls chose to focus purely on the structural side in order to achieve the strongest bridge, whereas others also included an aesthetic element in their design. Great teamwork, girls!

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Year 7 Trip to Lulworth Cove


Year 7 Trip to Lulworth Cove

On Tuesday Year 7 ventured southwest to the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. On arrival, they were met by an informative Lulworth Ranger who explained the main features of the area, as well as highlighting why the region is a World Heritage Site. Pupils then visited Stair Hole and Lulworth Cove itself, learning about the geology and formation of each landform. They were introduced to the idea of erosion and how it is constantly affecting the coastline. After a picnic lunch and a quick ice cream, Year 7 braced themselves for the uphill coastal path to Durdle Door. The views were breath taking and a welcome break was taken so that the famous arch could be sketched and appreciated. After the downhill walk back to the coach, we started the long journey home. Happy but tired after a busy and informative day.

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Runners up in National Carnegie Competition


Runners up in National Carnegie Competition

Congratulations to our Year 7 Carnegie Shadowing Group, whose video entry on their favourite book was chosen as runner up in this nation wide competition! The task was to create an 80 second video showcasing their favourite book from the Carnegie Shortlist. The girls chose ‘Wed Rabbit’ by Lissa Evans and used a camera drone to record their video.
The School’s library will receive a free set of     books as a prize. Well done, girls!

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