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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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Prizes won at Literary Festival writing competition

Prizes won at Literary Festival writing competition

Congratulations go to several of our girls who won prizes or were commended after entering the Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Competition, as part of the villages’ Literary Festival in May. The girls were given three quotes; “Aftermath”, “To die will be an awfully big adventure” JM Barrie (from Peter Pan) and “One way to make the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure” William A Feather, American publisher and author, and were tasked with writing a piece of prose or poetry based on one of these.

Winners in the Prose section were as follows; Molly, Year 7, in first place, Jasmine, Year 6, in second place, Daisy, Year 9, in third place and Georgina, Year 6 was highly commended. In the Poetry section, Saana, Year 9, was first, Jessica, Year 9 was second, Chloe-Marie, Year 9, was third and Cara, Year 9, was highly commended. The girls were all invited to receive their prizes at the Memorial Hall in Chalfont St Giles, and were able to read their pieces aloud to the festival-goers. Congratulations to all these girls, brilliant writing!

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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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