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To nurture. To inspire. To achieve. Our students, in their turn, will carry the spirit of the College into the wider world.
To nurture. To inspire. To achieve. Our students, in their turn, will carry the spirit of the College into the wider world.

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Dear Parents

Just in case you are not ECHO readers I thought you would like to see what appeared in last Thursday's Echo. Despite the fact that our true results are 96% (Re-sits are not counted in the Government statistics) I am still delighted that we are the top achieving school in the city thanks to our dedicated staff, hard working students and very supportive parents.

Dee Owen
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St Mary’s College hosted the first round of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition on 1st December and a fine evening was enjoyed by schools from across the county. The St Mary’s College team – Nathan Taylor, Alex Lopez and Annie Ramkumar (all Year 10) – competed exceptionally well against 5 other teams from St Swithuns, Winchester College and Ryde School in the Jean De La Mennais Room.

The event is formal but friendly. Our Chair, Nathan, had the job of introducing and summarising a speech on ‘Greed Is A Positive Force’ by a member of the St Swithuns’ first team. Our ‘Questioner’, Annie, had to listen carefully and then challenge the speaker with a series of questions. Both rose to the occasion admirably. Our Speaker, Alex, was then introduced and questioned in turn by members of the Winchester College second team. Alex’s topic was ‘Should 16 Year Olds Be Allowed To Vote?’ and he spoke with great eloquence and humour, winning a prize for ‘Best Personality’ of the evening.

The event was deservedly won by Winchester College ‘B’ team, but all involved performed extremely well under such daunting conditions. Thanks must also go to Alice Lawton and Lucia Shiner (both Year 10) who acted as official time-keepers for the whole event.
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12/2/15
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Cross Country League race - St Mary's College
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Cross Country League race - October 2015
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We are delighted to invite all alumni to join us for our annual Founders Day Fireworks event on Saturday 28th November. The evening will include games organised by Year 6 and the ever popular Spooky Walk. Why not use this as an opportunity to catch up with old friends and teachers and see some of the exciting changes happening at the College?

Tickets are available from school reception.

Charlton House pupils gathered together with a very strong contingent of family and friends to give thanks for our HARVEST. 
The College students also gave thanks on Thursday. 
The grand shopping basket will be taken to City Centre to be distributed to those who sadly have no permanent home.

On Wednesday 4th November the Governors invite Staff and Parents to a social gathering in the White House. This will be an opportunity to say goodbye to Mr Lickley and to look around the new facilities, including the Arts Room, Science laboratories and Fitness Suite. 
The event will run from 5:30pm – 8:30pm with canapes served throughout the evening.
Everyone is welcome but for catering purposes it would be useful if you indicated your intention to attend by calling Sophie on 02380 671267

St Mary’s College welcomes all parents to visit us on Thursday 15th October. We will be open from 6:30pm (Head Teacher’s address at 6:45pm) until 8:30pm and would love to show you our new facilities. Come and meet the students and staff who will tell you about life at the College.

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It was wonderful to see all our last year’s past pupils on Speech Night and to celebrate with them the excellent results that they achieved in the Summer. (96% A*-C inc. English and Maths.)

Andrew Surman, a Premiership footballer with Bournemouth FC and past pupil of the school was very well received as our special guest. After presenting the prizes and congratulating the pupils, he gave a genuine and humorous speech about his time at St Mary’s College. He was very complimentary about his time with us as a student, thanking staff for the support they gave him, and delighted students by making himself available for photos afterwards.

Finally, Mrs Owen outlined the future direction of the school and the considerable commitment by the Brothers who have provided funds for our new facilities. 

Thanks go to James, our chef, and to the members of the Parents Association who supported the evening by providing refreshments and serving drinks to round off a very enjoyable evening.
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Speech Night 2015 - Andrew Surman
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Mrs Thom and Mr McPhillips took Year 5 and the Key Stage 4 Classicists to see the Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks at the Mayflower in September.  The show journeyed through the whole of Ancient Greek history.  The special 3D effects really added to the performance with spears shooting from the screen at one point.  

One student said: “This was a great introduction to the timeline of Greece.  It taught you about the wars too, which were interesting.” Andrew Briggs: Year 10 Classicist. 
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At the start of the Autumn Term, our Year 10 students enjoyed a challenging day of training provided by a representative of the English Speaking Union. The ESU runs the renowned Public Speaking Competition which St Mary's has entered for the past four years. The format is a variant on a debating competition, but with slightly different roles for each participant. Our students were put through their paces by a very experienced practitioner who quickly had them all up and giving speeches on challenging topics such as 'Private Education: Fair or Not?' and 'Should Violent Videogames Be Banned?' 

Mr O'Farrell hopes that this experience will lead to even greater success in this year's competition for those who go on to form the team, but knows that the added training in public speaking will be useful to all students in their future careers.
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