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Welcome back to a new year and a new term. We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you all this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week Miss Tomkins hosted a short lunchtime assembly. We were lucky enough to be joined by the prep department as they waited to use the chapel for their nativity rehearsal. It was fantastic to have such an enthusiastic audience and we will think about inviting prep students on a more regular basis in the new year! As always there were many fantastic performances and again a few Year 7 debuts! Illan Stead and Thomas Finch demonstrated their piano skills and Milly Lloyd, Annie Wu, Janvi Dushianthan and Aria Munton demonstrated some fantastic vocals! Emily Cooney in Year 11 moved the audience with a smooth relaxed cover of Fields of Gold. Unfortunately we ran out of time and couldn’t hear from a couple more Year 7’s who were ready to show off their talents to the school. We very much look forward to hearing you next time! Well done everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark Jennings, Benedict Mall, Harry New and Augustin Sorel represented St Mary’s in the Southampton Schools Team Table Tennis League competition. The team's practice and hard work paid off, beating Testwood School 8 – 0, Cantell 6 – 2 and Bitterne Park 5 – 3. The second half of the league season resumes after Christmas, with St Mary’s in with an excellent chance of winning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to all our students who competed in the Hampshire Indoor Rowing Championship. They performed fantastically well.

Illan -3rd
Theo - 5th
Harman - 5th
Pavlos - 6th
Lewis - 4th (2nd in Southampton)
Seb - 4th (3rd in Southampton)
Borja - 6th
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Last term the whole school recorded 15 tracks to create our own school CD. The recording day went without a hitch as all year groups were well rehearsed and had a very professional attitude when working with the sound engineer.

After the recording day back in October, the tracks then needed to be edited and production of the CD could commence. A couple of weeks ago the CD’s arrived and they look and sound fantastic!! Congratulations to Ishani Raichura in Year 6 who won the artwork competition to provide the design for the front cover and to Jazmine Ohiwerei, also in Year 6, who came in at 2nd place to provide the design for the inner sleeve.

Well done to all the pupils from reception class through to Year 11 and thank you for your beautiful singing! Also a big thank you to all the instrumental players who accompanied the songs.
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Our student council participated in a Student Voice activity with Mrs Charlemagne, where they provided their feedback on various aspects of school life. Issues such as homework, learning, safety and relationships were discussed. Mrs Charlemagne was very impressed with their thoughtful contribution to the discussion and with their excellent ideas. We have decided to have a reward lunch with Mrs Charlemagne once per half term for students who are making exceptional progress in their studies. This will commence in January. Mrs Charlemagne's only worry is that this will not help with the post-Christmas diet! ... See MoreSee Less

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St Mary's Independent School updated their cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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After many years of dedicated service to the school, Alex Matthews has moved on to pastures new. Alex has a long affiliation with the school, having attended as a pupil at both Charlton House and the College from 1996 to 2005, achieving 12 and a half GCSEs at A*-C, thanks to the fantastic support of the teaching staff. He later returned as a freelance technician to assist in operations, prior to being employed as a member of staff in 2011. As well as his role in IT and site, Alex has supported countless plays and musicals over the years.

In true style Alex dug out his old school uniform and wore it to work on his last day. Most commented that Alex could still pass as a Year 11 student even after 12 years.

He will be missed, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
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We have received a lovely letter from the Wessex Heartbeat Charity for whom our students performed last week.

Dear Claire

I hope that you are well.

I just wanted to write and thank you for providing the excellent choir for our “Light up a Heart” event last Friday evening. The children were again a credit to your school and I am so sorry that we couldn’t have arranged warmer weather for you all.

Please pass on our thanks to Miss Tomkins for all her hard work with the choir and for taking time out on a Friday evening after school. Thank you once again for all your support and we look forward to working with you all at St Mary’s in 2018.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Best wishes

Tina Richardson

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Public Speaking Competition

Two teams from St Mary’s Independent School had a nerve-wracking, exciting and enjoyable night on Monday as they battled in the first round heats of the English Speaking Union’s Public Speaking Competition.
Teams from Winchester College and The Ryde School (two apiece) travelled to Southampton and competed with our Year 10 and Year 11 teams in the Jean De La Mennais Room for the honour of progressing to the district finals.

Our Year 10 team consisted of Nico Bray as chair-person (stepping in at the last minute due to illness), Molly Finking as speaker and Janek Codlin as questioner. Molly was introduced and questioned by one of the Winchester College teams, and Nico and Janek introduced and questioned students from The Ryde School. All overcame their understandable nerves and performed very well.

The St Mary’s Year 11 team – Alessandro Leoni (chair), Emily Cooney (speaker) and Jaden King (questioner) – benefited greatly from their experience in the competition last year. According to the judges, they were one of the three outstanding teams of the heat and were apparently only knocked into third place after some very intensive debate on the judging panel, who had awarded us the same arithmetic total as another team.

Gratifyingly, Emily Cooney was awarded an individual prize for ‘Best Speaker’ for her speech on ‘Why personal best is the most important measurement in sport’ and her impressive handing of her subsequent interrogation!

All in all, it was a very successful evening and, although naturally disappointed to miss out so narrowly on progressing to the next round, our students can hold their heads high and know that they have learned a great deal from their experience.
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Year 2 had a great resilience week, we created our own class superhero to remind us of all the great ways we are now thinking about our learning! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hampshire U16s Table Tennis Finals

Mark Jennings, Benedict Mall, Harry New and Augustin Sorel gained selection to compete for St Mary’s in the Hampshire Table Tennis Finals. All students competed fantastically well against the best teams in the County. All competitors won matches, narrowly missing out making it through to the knock out stages, losing against one school and drawing against the other.
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St Mary’s Celebrates Its Founder ... See MoreSee Less

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Throw back Thursday to some of the very first girls to attend Charlton in 1992. Can anyone identify them and tag them for us? We would love to know where they are and what they are doing now. ... See MoreSee Less

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Animal Rescue

Year 3 had a very special furry visitor who spent the day with them. Pom-Pom the kitten was found abandoned in Southampton and was handed in to a local vets. Year 3 created wonderful ‘Wanted- New Home’ posters which they displayed around the school.

Lucky Pom-Pom had a new home with a loving family very soon after as Constance decided she had to take her home! Pom-Pom is now ‘Poppy’ and after a difficult start in life is now living a well-deserved life of luxury and love.
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Happy Birthday Southampton FC 🎂🎉132 today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy 70th Anniversary to the Queen and Prince Phillip. ... See MoreSee Less

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