Two of our Sixth Form girls have completed their ABRSM diplomas, one on the cello and one on the saxophone. This post-Grade 8 qualification requires candidates to learn and perform a substantial repertoire of technically challenging music, so it is a fine achievement for them both. One received a merit and the other a distinction.
St Mary’s continues to produce excellent prize-winning scientists. Three teams of St Mary’s girls took part in the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls 2018, their challenge being to use engineering to solve one of the problems that face us in the 21st century. Two of our Year 9 girls took first prize in the 11-14 age category with their system of automated robots designed to clean up oil spills at sea. One of our other Year 9 teams scooped second place with their project on sustainable living. Both teams went up to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on 17th March to present their projects and receive their awards. The winning team received a cheque for £500.
Girls from the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth returned on 16th February 2018 from their half term trip to Washington. The girls visited Congress, and had the exciting opportunity to witness the Senate in action, as well as taking a tour of the Supreme Court. The trip also involved a visit to Tysons Mall, the Hard Rock Café, and the all-American experience of a basketball game. The trip finished with a visit to the National Constitution Centre and Independence Hall, where the American political system was born, and a viewing of the iconic Liberty Bell.
Congratulations to two of our Year 8 girls who have won £100 for the school in the Windsor St George Rotary Club Bright Ideas competition. The competition invites entrants to submit plans for innovations that could make life better in the borough, and attracts participants from schools all around the local area. They have decided that the money will go towards improving our Pet Shed.