As we come to the end of another successful and enjoyable year at St Mary’s, I am writing to thank you for all your support for our school and our pupils. They say it takes a village to raise a child and we would not be able to achieve so much as a school were it not for the wonderful support we receive from our parents and families. 

I would like to thank our amazing PTA for all of their support this year, and in particular for this year’s wonderful Fun Day. The weather was certainly on our side and we enjoyed a fun filled day of activities, entertainment and delicious food. My thanks on behalf of the whole school community to all of our parent volunteers and especially to Mrs Ingram who has led the PTA so successfully this year. I would also like to thank Mr Jennings for his commitment to the school and the PTA over many years; he has fulfilled the role of Treasurer superbly and we are indebted to him for all that he has done. As he hands the reins over to Mr Ray we thank them both for their dedication to the PTA and the school. 

It was my great pleasure to welcome back some Old Simmarians to the school earlier this month. Ably assisted by Mr Tom Olding, the School’s archivist, our ‘old boys’ shared treasured memories of their time here at St Mary’s in the 1940’s and 1950’s. We enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by our Head Chef, Mr. James Abernethy, which also provided a great opportunity for the ‘old boys’ to meet with current pupils. They were incredibly impressed with the pupils’ impeccable manners and outstanding behaviour. It is my hope that our pupils will hold onto the friendships that they have made here at St Mary’s, and be able to remember their school days with as much fondness as our recent visitors did. We are very fortunate indeed to have a school community so rich in history that stretches back almost 100 years. 

It has been my great pleasure this academic year to get to know our pupils better, to share in their successes and challenges and to see them grow and develop. Whether in the classroom or on the sports field, they have worked incredibly hard to make excellent progress and it is an honour to be able to celebrate their successes with them at the end of an exceptional academic year. We have been grateful for your feedback on the arrangements for Prize Giving and the end of term events  this year, and have taken these on board in our planning for next year. We very much hope that the results will be welcomed by you as we seek to provide the very best experience for our pupils and families. I look forward to celebrating the results of the GCSE examinations with our Year 10 and Year 11 cohorts in August. I am sure that their hard work and commitment to their studies will be rewarded with some excellent results. 

In closing, I wish you the very best for an enjoyable and restful summer holiday, and I will look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

Mrs Charlemagne


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