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Girls Attend Tribute To An Inspirational St Marys Alumna

Grace and Scarlet, Year 13, and Millie and Isabelle, Year 12, were invited to St Hugh’s College, Oxford for a symposium in honour of the late Gwyneth Bebb, a former Old Girl of St Mary’s (1906 – 1908).

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Grace and Scarlet, Year 13, and Millie and Isabelle, Year 12, were invited to St Hugh’s College, Oxford for a symposium in honour of the late Gwyneth Bebb, a former Old Girl of St Mary’s (1906 – 1908). Gwyneth Bebb is considered a pioneer of the legal profession as the first woman to graduate with a First in Jurisprudence from Oxford, the only woman in an undergraduate class of 400 men, and for arguing Bebb v. The Law Society (1913), ultimately opening the legal profession to women in Britain. We first heard from Professor Senia Paseta, of St Hugh’s, on the remarkable life and impact of Gwyneth Bebb from being denied her degree because she was a woman, to being given membership at Lincoln’s Inn and being awarded an OBE for her war work in 1921.

The panel of speakers were

excellent and very engaging, giving lots of funny anecdotes about their time in the legal profession including the first female Advocate General for Scotland, the Rt. Hon Elish Angiolini DBE QC and the Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP.

All panellists gave thought provoking and inspirational advice to guests. One of our favourite pieces of advice was from Carolyn Kirby OBE, the first woman to be elected President of the Law Society, who advised the audience to “never be afraid to be the first person to do something, someone has to be first”. Another was from Nicky Morgan, who encouraged us to “be brave – say yes to opportunities, then figure out how you’ll do it, find people to help you and persevere.” A wonderful day and a fitting tribute to the lasting impact of a St Mary’s Girl.

Dr Sigman Visits St Marys For A Talk On Parenting The Demanding Generation

On Thursday evening we were delighted to welcome Dr Aric Sigman to St Mary’s, Gerrards Cross, to talk about ‘Parenting the Demanding Generation’ and the importance of a more joined-up approach to parenting children today.

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Dr Sigman, is a health education specialist, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood and has also worked on teenage health education campaigns with the Department of Health. He
is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Scientist awarded by the Science Council.
Dr Sigman gave a thought provoking presentation based on the premise that aims, valuebased parenting leads to better-adjusted, more competent children, at all

developmental periods including preschool, school age and adolescence. The talk explained how and why this is the case and included the importance of values and boundaries in child development. He stressed that parenting includes not only parents, but also the other figures of authority in a child’s life, including teachers and he was vocal in the belief that parents should stand
shoulder to shoulder and in partnership with their child’s school. Parents commented that the talk was very beneficial with lots of practical advice.

Welcome To Our New Headmistress, Mrs Adams

We are delighted to welcome our new Head, Mrs Patricia Adams, to St Mary’s.

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Mrs Adams was formerly Academic Deputy Head at Blackheath High School for Girls, which, like St Mary’s, is an all-through school for girls aged 3 -18. She has a wealth of experience in girls’ education, having previously worked in Senior Leadership at Norwich High School for Girls, Oxford High School, where she was Head of Upper School and Head of Spanish, as well as Headington School, Oxford, where she held the position of Head of Modern Languages.

Mrs Adams read Modern Languages at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, studied for her masters in Applied Linguistics at Essex University and returned to Oxford for her PGCE teaching qualification.

Mrs Adams has a clear educational vision that is closely aligned to St Mary’s. Reflecting on her appointment she commented “It is an extremely exciting time to be joining St Mary’s. I look forward to supporting the environment where each individual girl learns and grows, reinforcing both the pastoral and academic provision that prepares them to be committed, resilient and compassionate individuals. I am keen to develop this vision whilst placing a sense of joy and excitement of learning at the heart of the School.”

Excellent GCSE Results

In the face of the reformed GCSEs our students once again returned an impressive set of results.

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With all results significantly above the national average, there was cause for celebration across the board. 50% of our students achieved the top grades in at least five subjects. Science results were particularly impressive: in Biology 88% of grades were 7-9 (A/A*), 55% of all Chemistry papers were graded 7-9 and for Combined Science the level was 67.5% at 7-9. Religious Studies achieved 92% of the grades at 7-9 and 100% 6-9.

Congratulations to the students, all of whom have achieved even better results than they dreamed possible.

Mrs Ross, the Headmistress commented, “I am delighted with these impressive results.  The students’ hard work and commitment have been well rewarded in what has been an uncertain and difficult environment with the reformed format of the exams.  Congratulations also to our dedicated team of teachers who work tirelessly to help our students achieve these impressive results.”

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.

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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”.

Prep Department At Youth Speaks Competition

On Thursday 5 July, two teams went along to the first Junior Youth Speaks, held at Thorpe House School.

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On Thursday 5 July, two teams went along to the first Junior Youth Speaks, held at Thorpe House School. The Year 4 team, made up of Leyla, Marina and Isabel, chose to speak about children disconnecting from the great outdoors when they found out that 3/4 of children spend less time outdoors than prisoners.

There was also a Year 5 team that consisted of Madison, Holly and Serene. After being inspired in English, these girls chose to talk about the decline of orangutans in the wild. Both teams spoke excellently, really showing off their talents in public speaking, a skill that is invaluable to them for the future.

Model UN Conference For Year 8

A Sixth Form Team lead by Orlaith, Year 12, organised a Model United Nations event for Year 8 at the end of Trinity Term.

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A Sixth Form Team lead by Orlaith, Year 12, organised a Model United Nations event for Year 8 at the end of Trinity Term. Students were paired up to research their country’s stance on a range of topics from Age of Marriage and Employment to Freedom of Speech and Equality. The topic for debate and therefore to find a resolution for was: “Strengthening UN coordination of safer access to the internet for children”. A series of moderated discussions, expertly led by

the team of Sixth Formers, and strongly debated by the Year 8 delegates, rejected a proposal by Nigeria and later accepted a proposal from Malaysia. All countries views were closely represented by their delegates which was challenging for some if their own personal views were different from the country they were representing. Congratulations go to Lana for winning the best delegate award for her skills of perceptive questioning, research and overall contribution to the event.

Speech Day And Art Exhibition

Speech Day was a wonderful affair on Saturday 7 July.

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Speech Day was a wonderful affair on Saturday 7 July With lovely musical accompaniments, informative and entertaining speeches, a wide array of well-deserved prizes and an incredibly interesting talk by our guest speaker, former St Mary’s student, Nicky Connell. Nicky spoke about her work in emergency nutrition for various charities providing humanitarian response. It was

also an opportunity to say a very fond farewell to our wonderful Headmistress Mrs Ross as she retires. Following Speech Day, guests were able to peruse the fabulous artwork completed by girls from Nursery through to Sixth Form at the annual Art Exhibition. The standard of work this year has been simply stunning. Congratulations to Mrs Douglass, Mrs Brown, and all the girls.

A Pantastic Production!

Congratulations to all of KS2 and their teachers on a wonderful production of Peter Pan in Pantastic.

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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.

Impressive Results at STEM Olympics

A team of four Year 8 students competed in the STEM Olympics at Wycombe Abbey.

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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.

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.

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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.

Year 7 Students Victoriously Attack Warwick Castle!

Thursday 21 June, was the momentous day that 45 Year 7 students victoriously attacked Warwick Castle.

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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

New Head For St Marys School Gerrards Cross

Mrs Patricia Adams has been appointed Head of St Mary’s School in Gerrards Cross. She replaces Mrs Jean Ross, who is retiring at the end of this academic year.

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Mrs Patricia Adams has been appointed Head of St Mary’s School in Gerrards Cross. She replaces Mrs Jean Ross, who is retiring at the end of this academic year.

Mrs Adams was formerly Academic Deputy Head at Blackheath High School for Girls, which, like St Mary’s, is an all-through school for girls aged 3 -18. She has a wealth of experience in girls’ education, having previously worked in Senior Leadership at Norwich High School for Girls, Oxford High School, where she was Head of Upper School and Head of Spanish, as well as Headington School, Oxford, where she held the position of Head of Modern Languages. 

Mrs Adams read Modern Languages at St

Catherine’s College, Oxford, studied for her masters in Applied Linguistics at Essex University and returned to Oxford for her PGCE teaching qualification. 

Mrs Adams has a clear educational vision that is closely aligned to St Mary’s. Reflecting on her appointment she commented “It is an extremely exciting time to be joining St Mary’s. I look forward to supporting the environment where each individual girl learns and grows, reinforcing both the pastoral and academic provision that prepares them to be committed, resilient and compassionate individuals. I am keen to develop this vision whilst placing a sense of joy and excitement of learning at the heart of the School.”

Trip to Condover Hall

Year 5 and 6 spent an adventure-packed long weekend at Condover Hall in Shropshire last weekend.

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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!

Smooth Enterprise Day For Year 8

Year 8 were busy this week planning, making and selling healthy Smoothies as part of their Enterprise Day Challenge, in line with Healthy Eating Week. The girls have decided to donate all proceeds to Liberty’s Legacy- a charity promoting bone.

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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.

Runners-up In National Carnegie Competition

Congratulations to our Year 7 Carnegie Shadowing Group.

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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!

Year 7 Trip to Lulworth Cove

On Tuesday Year 7 ventured southwest to the beautiful Jurassic Coastline.

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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.

Building Bridges In Year 4

In their Thinking Skills lesson this week, Year 4 were busy constructing newspaper bridges.

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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!

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.

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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!

Royal Wedding Celebrations

The whole School spent a wonderful lunchtime on the Cedar Lawn on Friday, celebrating the Royal Wedding in the sunshine!

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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!

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.

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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.

“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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

New Head Girl Team

Tuesday 8 May saw a delightful assembly to pass over the Year 13 leadership roles.

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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.

Year 4 Residential Trip To Flatford Mill

Year 4 took a fun and educational residential trip to Flatford Mill last week.

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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!

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.

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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!

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.

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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!

St Marys Year 7 Team Race Their Rocket Car At Raf Halton

On Tuesday, a group of Year 7 girls enjoyed a fun afternoon at RAF Halton. Their car won the Race for the Line event at School last month, thereby qualifying them to compete against other schools.

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On Tuesday, a group of Year 7 girls enjoyed a fun afternoon at RAF Halton. Their car won the Race for the Line event at School last month, thereby qualifying them to compete against other schools. They had to design a new car, benefiting from feedback they received in the qualifying stage, and then build and race the new rocket car. Whilst their car was being scrutinised to ensure it met safety requirements, the girls were able to

look around the museums at the Air Base and learn about the first ever flight simulator which was built in the 1930s, and used to train over half a million volunteers. The girls watched all the cars race and although they did not come in the top three teams, their car did very well – there is a video on our facebook page! The girls really enjoyed their day out and were thrilled to come back with a trophy for qualifying in the event

Year 7 Team Race Their Rocket Car At RAF Halton

On Tuesday, a group of Year 7 girls enjoyed a fun afternoon at RAF Halton. Their car won the Race for the Line event at School last month, thereby qualifying them to compete against other schools.

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On Tuesday, a group of Year 7 girls enjoyed a fun afternoon at RAF Halton. Their car won the Race for the Line event at School last month, thereby qualifying them to compete against other schools. They had to design a new car, benefiting from feedback they received in the qualifying stage, and then build and race the new rocket car. Whilst their car was being scrutinised to ensure it met safety requirements, the girls were able to look around the museums at the Air Base and learn about the first ever flight simulator which was built in the 1930s, and used to train over half a million volunteers. The girls watched all the cars race and although they did not come in the top three teams, their car did very well – there is a video on our facebook page! The girls really enjoyed their day out and were thrilled to come back with a trophy for qualifying in the event

Cologne Trip

During the last few days of the Lent term, ten students and two staff set off for the biennial Languages trip to Germany.

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During the last few days of the Lent term, ten students and two staff set off for the biennial Languages trip to Germany. We flew to Cologne and stayed in the Köln Rhiel hostel in the city centre. It was the first time we had used the venue and it proved to be an excellent base from which to explore the city. On the first morning, after a hearty German breakfast, we set off by tram into the city. We visited the famous Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and marvelled at its enormity and history. We sampled some Eau de Cologne and then completed a city trail on foot.

One of the highlights of the trip was undoubtedly the visit to the Lindt chocolate museum on the Rhine. We had an excellent guided tour and learnt lots of facts about the chocolate and its production. With Easter only a few days away, the gift shop proved a very popular place to spend some euros!

We were all up early the next day for a morning of language lessons at the Hommer Sprachschule in Koblenz. We were made to feel most welcome and the girls enjoyed doing some work on numbers and holding conversations in German. We then paid a lunchtime visit to Cochem, a beautiful medieval town on the banks of the Moselle before continuing our journey by coach to Burg Eltz. The rain did not stop us enjoying the fairy tale castle and our guide certainly brought the past to life with some very interesting stories and facts!

During the evenings, we enjoyed a delicious German dinner, followed by some diary writing and table tennis! On the last evening, we had use of the disco room for some music and dancing and the girls put on some entertainment in German for each other! Fun prizes were awarded and it made for a memorable last evening.

The final day was spent at one of Germany’s top theme parks, Phantasialand. Spirits were not dampened by the changeable weather and much fun was had by all! All too soon it was time to collect our luggage from the hostel and make our way to the airport for the homeward flight. It was a long last day, especially with the flight delay, and ten tired but happy girls were reunited with their parents in the early hours of Good Friday!

Miss Betteridge and I were most impressed throughout the trip with how much effort the girls put into using their German. They all entered into the spirit of the trip wholeheartedly and were great ambassadors of the school.

Auf wiedersehen and I look forward to planning the next trip for 2020! By Mrs Glenister

Second Place And Best In School For Prep Art Work

Congratulations to our girls in Prep who entered the Chiltern Decorative and Fine Arts Society annual painting competition where the theme was “My Favourite Day.”

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Congratulations to our girls in Prep who entered the Chiltern Decorative and Fine Arts Society annual painting competition where the theme was “My Favourite Day.” Scarlett, Year 6, and Ava, Year 5 were both commended for their paintings, and out of several hundred entries from across the Chilterns, Chiara, Year 5, was awarded second place, and Maya, Year 6, was awarded Best in School. These girls attended a prize-giving ceremony at Chalfonts Community Library where their beautiful work was displayed. Lots of other girls were also awarded certificates for innovation or for having their work commended. Well done, girls!

Holly Year 8 Wins Second Place In Isa Essay Competition For St Marys School

Congratulations to Holly, Year 8, from St Mary's School in Gerrards Cross, who won second place in the Independent Schools Association's Max Gate English Essay Competition 2018

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Congratulations to Holly, Year 8, from St Mary’s School in Gerrards Cross, who won second place in the Independent Schools Association’s Max Gate English Essay Competition 2018. She wrote a detailed, philosophical

and convincing piece on ‘Which is more important, numbers or words?’ The judge also commented on her technical structure and how readable her essay was, displaying sound reasoning on a demanding topic. Well done, Holly!

Holly, Year 8, Takes Second Place In ISA Essay Competition

Congratulations to Holly, Year 8, who won second place in the Independent Schools Association's Max Gate English Essay Competition 2018.

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Congratulations to Holly, Year 8, who won second place in the Independent Schools Association’s Max Gate English Essay Competition 2018. She wrote a detailed, philosophical and convincing piece on ‘Which is more important, numbers or words?’ The judge also commented on her technical structure and how readable her essay was, displaying sound reasoning on a demanding topic. Well done Holly!

Promising Students Attend Oxbridge Conference

On Monday 27 March, four of our promising students attended an Oxford and Cambridge Admissions Conference held at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

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On Monday 27 March, four of our promising students attended an Oxford and Cambridge Admissions Conference held at the rather lovely Epsom Downs Racecourse. As well as picking up to tips about how to succeed in the competitive admissions process, the students were able to select sessions from Oxford and Cambridge subject specialists on a range of courses from Medicine to Law, Oriental Studies and Anthropology. Meanwhile staff were given up to date advice on how best to support their students with their applications.The students who attended were very enthusiastic about the day and found it extremely useful.

Chloe: “I found the Chemistry talk really helpful as it honed in on more detail about interviews on how to get in, and what the course would entail. This was especially helpful as it gave more information than what is published online.”

Annicke: “The medicine at Oxford talk was very useful as the speaker had a lot of experience with Admissions. Hearing opinions and advice from a current student also helped, as they were recently in the same position as you.”

Scarlet: “The day overall was highly beneficial in helping me to decide what course I would like to apply for. There was a lot of insight into the application process, university life and the course specifics, which has helped me to understand the whole Oxbridge process more clearly. After listening to multiple lectures, the Philosophy, Politics and Economics course stood out to me specifically, and I also liked the interactivity of questioning “what is dishonesty” in the Law lecture. Overall the information I have gained from this day will help me out infinitely during the application process.”

Grace: “I found the lecture on how to make my application especially valuable, as it told me how I should write my personal statement and removed any ‘interview myths’ that I had heard prior to this day. In terms of the subject lectures, I particularly enjoyed the Philosophy, Politics and Economics lecture as it consolidated my ambition to go to Oxford and it made me more motivated to work hard and get there, as I really liked what the course entailed.”

Model United Nations At Haileybury College

Congratulations to our Model United Nations team who performed brilliantly at Haileybury College's MUN conference over the weekend.

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Congratulations to our Model United Nations team who performed brilliantly at Haileybury College’s MUN conference over the weekend. The theme of the event was “Open Mind, Open World” with topics from the Myanmar situation and Ocean Litter, to Truly Representative Governments and Tax Havens being debated. A special well done to Chloe who was awarded Highly Commended Delegate award for her work on the Environment Committee.

Year 6 Easter Activities

The Year 6 girls have been busy getting in to the Easter spirit!

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The Year 6 girls have been busy getting in to the Easter spirit! 6C visited Swarthmore House and sang a selection of songs beautifully for the residents, before working with them to make some very striking Easter Bonnets. 6H were busy too, working closely with the Nursery and Reception girls to find clues to complete a puzzle before completing some Easter activities with them. Well done, girls!

St Marys Netball Teams Through To National Finals In York

Congratulations to our Year 6 and 8 Netball teams who both made it to the National finals of the ISA netball tournament!

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On Friday 9 March, the Year 6 and 8 teams attended the regional competition in the Independent School’s Association Netball tournament. The Year 6 team was undefeated throughout the competition and got through to the final. They lost 6-5 in a very close and exciting game of

netball to Knightsbridge. The Year 8 team came second in their group competition. They won convincingly against The Mount School in the semi-final and lost to St James in the final. Both teams have now qualified for the National finals this weekend in York. Amazing netball, girls!

Maths In Action

The Whole of Year 10 travelled to London on a very cold and snowy day to attend a GCSE Maths in Action Day.

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They listened to a variety of inspirational speakers from very different backgrounds; teachers, lecturers, mathematicians, a TV presenter and also a maths populariser and YouTube sensation. The aim of the day was to show how mathematics is embedded in all that we do, in ways we may never have thought of.

Some of the demonstrations were on topics that one might expect like code-breaking in WWII and how the Enigma code was broken. Although the girls found this topic interesting they were certainly more captivated by how that led to the discovery of passing and receiving information over the internet and messaging. They were especially impressed by the demonstration that drilled a hole in a CD to show that the information could still be read by the CD player and therefore the CD could be played as normal.

The girls had the opportunity to play games and discover how mathematics can be used to win games based on the ancient game of Nim. The mathematics behind the chances of winning in a game show were demonstrated and also how mathematics can be used in magic too. One of the sessions was aimed directly at how to study and revise for GCSE exams; some of the girls have already adopted one of the recommendations to create a mistakes book to try and eliminate repeating errors and learn from them instead.

Another presenter described the mathematics involved in the flow of chocolate in a chocolate fountain. Her study then led her to analyse the flow of food sauces and custard and the findings from this research have led to the improvement of bullet proof vests – who would have expected that!

Can we believe everything we read in the papers? This session showed how the media constantly misuse, misinterpret and abuse statistics in order to dramatise and create headline news. This opened the eyes of our girls to the potential pitfalls of listening to and acting upon sensational claims we see every day on TV and the internet. Understanding how data can be used to influence society is certainly something that will affect all of our lives in years to come.

The girls all agreed that the day had been incredibly beneficial and enjoyable!

International Women’s Day

On Thursday our girls came together in assembly to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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On Thursday our girls came together in assembly to celebrate International Women’s Day. In this centenary year of women obtaining the right to vote and in light of recent Hollywood scandals and the World Economic Forum predicting it will take 217 years to close the gender pay gap, it seems that recognition of this day is more important than ever. The theme of this year’s day is to ‘Press for Progress’. Orlaith, Chloe, Lucy, Olivia and Grace in Year 12 shared with us how they intend to do this, ranging from celebrating the achievements of women to maintaining a gender parity mind-set. Most importantly, our girls took away the key message that they should never allow their gender to hold them back.

Year 6 And 8 Netball Teams Through To National Finals

Congratulations to our Year 6 and 8 Netball teams who both made it to the National finals of the ISA netball tournament!

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On Friday, the Year 6 and 8 teams attended the regional competition in the Independent School’s Association Netball tournament. The Year 6 team was undefeated throughout the competition and got through to the final. They lost 6-5 in a very close and exciting game of netball to Knightsbridge. The Year 8 team came second in their group competition. They won convincingly against The Mount School in the semi-final and lost to St James in the final. Both teams have now qualified for the National finals this weekend in York. Amazing netball, girls!

Eco Swap Shop

Last Friday our team of Eco Warriors, with girls from Prep to Sixth Form, held “The Big Swap Event”.

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Last Friday our team of Eco Warriors, with girls from Prep to Sixth Form, held “The Big Swap Event”. As part of our School’s commitment to reducing landfill and educating pupils about a more circular economy, students and teachers were invited to bring in any unwanted items from home, in order to swap them for something they might use more regularly. The response was amazing and girls from across the School were delighted to be able to take home a new toy or item of clothing, whilst helping to reduce landfill. Our Year 8 Maths students used their maths skills to calculate the amount of landfill that had been saved and it came to 12.85m3. So, a very worthwhile event!

St Marys Eco Warriors Work To Save Landfill Space

Recently, St Mary's School's team of Eco Warriors, with girls from Prep to Sixth Form, held “The Big Swap Event”.

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As part of our School’s commitment to reducing landfill and educating pupils about a more circular economy, students and teachers were invited to bring in any unwanted items from home, in order to swap them for something they might use more regularly. The response was amazing for The Big Swap,

and girls from across the School were delighted to be able to take home a new toy or item of clothing, whilst helping to reduce landfill. Our Year 8 Maths students used their maths skills to calculate the amount of landfill that had been saved and it came to 12.85m3. So, a very worthwhile event!

Inter-House Music

On Thursday, the Senior House Inter-House Music competition took place. Girls from Year 7 through to Year 13 contributed musical pieces from piano, flute and clarinet to beautiful singing performances.

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On Thursday, the Senior House Inter-House Music competition took place. Girls from Year 7 through to Year 13 contributed musical pieces from piano, flute and clarinet to beautiful singing performances. We were delighted that Cecily Redman, former St Mary’s student and Deputy Head Girl, who is now a singing teacher here at St Mary’s, was able to judge the competition. Cecily was more than qualified to oversee proceedings, having recently graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with an MA and DipRAM in Musical Theatre with Distinction. Cecily commented, “I was pleased to hear such a variety of music and I was very impressed with the standard of performances. It was delightful to see how well the students performed, the confidence they displayed and the pleasure they took from participating”. Congratulations to Temple West, who were the overall winners.

Impressive Performances At Model United Nations Conference

On Sunday, 15 students from Years 11 and 12 participated in the Model United Nations Day, which was held at Dr Challoners Grammar School.

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MUN is an educational simulation and academic activity in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. It teaches participants researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.  The aim is to engage students and allow them to develop a deeper understanding of current world issues.

Participants in Model United Nations conferences are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent. At the end of a conference, the best-performing delegates in each committee are recognized.

Our students gave speeches, in front of up to 130 people, on “Conventional Weapons”, the “Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar” and the “Ongoing Human Rights Situation in Crimea and Sevastopol”. They worked incredibly hard and threw themselves wholeheartedly into an unfamiliar, and somewhat daunting, situation.

Emily was congratulated for making an excellent speech, and Isabelle won the Highly Commended Delegate award.

More Gymnastics Success!

Our School gym squad continued their impressive run of success last Sunday.

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This time the U11 and U14 teams both won Silver medals for their performances at the BSGA Floor and Vault Competition, which was held at St Mary’s. Well done, girls!

Under 9s Sweep The Boards At National Competition

St Mary’s under 9 Gymnastic team swept the board at last weekend’s ISGA 4 Piece Challenge Cup, at St Faith’s in Cambridge.

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The team, consisting of Olivia, Leyla, Lucy, Lily-May and Eden, competed as individuals performing one set and one voluntary floor routine and vault. All the girls performed brilliantly against gymnasts from ten other schools from across the UK, with Olivia taking the Gold, making her National Champion, Lily-May won Silver and Eden won Bronze! A fabulous achievement which led our girls to win over all as a team as well.

Youth Speaks Success

Last Friday, 19 January, our talented public speakers took part in the local heat of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition, hosted by Thorpe House School.

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Our Year 9 team triumphed in the Intermediate Section with their excellent team presentation on ‘Toxic Technology’, with Arabella as Chair, Ruby as Main Speaker and Emma giving the vote of thanks. They will now go on to compete in the Zone Final in Marlow on 1 February. Our Senior Team, from Year 12, did a fantastic presentation on the challenging topic of ‘Is Social Media Taking Over Our Lives?’ Their main speaker was Zamzam, with Ambar giving the vote of thanks. The Chair, Jazmin, was singled out for particular praise from the judges for her excellent teamwork and control of the meeting. Our Year 8 team also performed particularly strongly, considering they were new to public speaking. Chaired by Holly, with Ambi as Main Speaker and Siyona giving the vote of thanks, they spoke very eloquently on their topic, ‘Does Religion Degrade Women?’

Well done to all of these talented young ladies – they made us very proud.

More Success For St Marys Gymnastics Team

Hot on the heels of their recent success at the BSGA regional finals, St Mary’s School in Gerrards Cross had yet more gymnastics success last weekend.

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The under 9 gymnastic team swept the board at the ISGA 4 Piece Challenge Cup, which was held at St Faith’s in Cambridge. The team consisted of Olivia Sykes, Leyla Gottschalk, Lucy Broadberry, Lily-May Allan-Hatcher and Eden Simmons. The girls competed against

gymnasts from schools across the UK, performing one set and one voluntary routine for both floor and vault.  Olivia won Gold, making her National Champion, Lily-May won Silver and Eden Bronze, meaning that the team were clear winners of the competition overall.

Fantastic Gymnastic Results!

BSGA Milano Regional Championships.

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Many congratulations to our gymnasts who competed in the BSGA Milano Regional Championships this weekend. They all performed brilliantly, with the U16 team winning the competition and the U11s coming second.

We were delighted to host the prestigious British Schools Gymnastic Association, Milano Trio south region finals competition last weekend. Several local schools competed; Wycombe Abbey, Dr Challoners High School, Maltman’s Green and Beaconsfield High, as well as schools from across Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Bucks. The U16s team comprised Freya, Poppy and Charlotte, whilst Tilda, Hollie, Rosie and Maya were in the under 11 team. All participants performed individual floor and vault routines and then a group routine. Our Under 16s scored the maximum possible for their group routine choreography, which was put together by Emily in Year 12. Both teams now go on to compete in the BSGA National competition in Stoke on Trent on 16-17 March. Well done, girls!

St Marys Gymnasts Through To National Bsga Competition

Gymnasts from St Mary's School, Gerrards Cross, competed in the BSGA Milano Regional Championships last weekend. They all performed brilliantly, with the U16 team winning the competition and the U11s coming second.

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 On Sunday 14 January, St Mary’s School in Gerrards Cross hosted the prestigious British Schools Gymnastic Association, Milano Trio south region finals competition. Several local schools competed; Wycombe Abbey, Dr Challoners High School, Maltman’s Green and Beaconsfield High, as well as schools from across Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Bucks. St Mary’s entered teams for both the U11 and U16 categories and both teams excelled themselves, with the U16s winning their category and the U11s coming

second. The U16s team comprised Freya Harrison, Poppy Metcalf and Charlotte Sykes, whilst Tilda Sykes, Hollie Harris, Rosie Marshall and Maya Raja were in the under 11 team. All participants performed individual floor and vault routines and then a group routine. The St Mary’s Under 16s scored the maximum possible for their group routine choreography, which was put together by Emily Firman, Year 12 St Mary’s student. Both teams now go on to compete in the BSGA National competition in Stoke on Trent on 16-17 March.

Prep “No Electricity” Day

The Prep Department has a team of “Eco Warriors” who have spent the last two weeks promoting ‘switch off fortnight’, which culminated in ‘No Electricity Day’ on Friday 1 December.

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‘No Electricity Day’ was a bid to raise awareness of climate change and to help encourage the girls to become more eco- friendly. Throughout the day all computers, printers, interactive white boards and even lights were switched off to highlight how much electricity we use, but also to see how well we can survive without it.  The girls found it strange not being able to switch on lights or use the interactive whiteboards, but enlightening too as they did recognise how reliant we all are on electricity. Year 1 wrote stories by “candlelight”, Year 2 learnt about the world using a giant map, rather than the IWB, and Early Years learnt the story of Christmas using puppets. The challenge going forward is to see how we can reduce our electricity consumption on an ongoing basis and perhaps chat, read and play board games, instead of relying on TV or the internet for entertainment.

St Marys Goes Electricity Free For The Day

The Prep Department at St Mary’s School, Gerrards Cross, has a team of “Eco Warriors” who have spent the last two weeks promoting ‘switch off fortnight’, which culminated in ‘No Electricity Day’ on Friday 1 December.

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The Prep Department at St Mary’s School, Gerrards Cross, has a team of “Eco Warriors” who have spent the last two weeks promoting ‘switch off fortnight’, which culminated in ‘No Electricity Day’ on Friday 1 December. 

‘No Electricity Day’ was a bid to raise awareness of climate change and to help encourage the girls to become more eco- friendly. Throughout the day all computers, printers, interactive white boards and even lights were switched off to highlight how much electricity they use, but also to see how well they could survive

without it.  The girls found it strange not being able to switch on lights or use the interactive whiteboards, but enlightening too as they did recognise how reliant everyone is on electricity. Year 1 wrote stories by “candlelight”, Year 2 learnt about the world using a giant map, rather than the IWB, and Early Years learnt the story of Christmas using puppets. The challenge going forward is to see how they can reduce their electricity consumption on an ongoing basis and perhaps chat, read and play board games, instead of relying on TV or the internet for entertainment.

Impressive Results For Prep Gymnasts At ISGA Gym Competition

Congratulations to our Prep gymnasts on their impressive performances at the National ISGA 2 Piece Competition in Stamford.

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The Under 9s were Challenge Cup champions and the Under 11s came 4th. The girls did incredibly well with some excellent individual placings, 3rd for Lily-May, 4th for Olivia and 6th place for Eden. An amazing achievement considering this was the first competition for some of them. Miss Connell, Year 1 teacher and U9 and U11 Gym Coach, accompanied the girls and was justifiably proud, not only of their fantastic performances but also because both sets of judges complimented her on “the wonderful team and how smiley they all were.”

We Will Rock You!

We Rocked!

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The audience at Thursday and Friday evening’s performances of “We Will Rock You” were rocking along with the cast and orchestra. It was a brilliant show with excellent acting, some great comedy, impressive singing and fabulous accompaniment by the school orchestra. Huge congratulations to the Expressive Arts Department on a fantastic production.

New York New York!

Over half term students from Years 7 – 11 enjoyed an Expressive Arts trip to New York.

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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.

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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 7s Get Enterprising!

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’.

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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.

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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

Up Close With Creepy Crawlies!

The girls from Nursery to Year 5 enjoyed a visit from the Zoo Labs.

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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!