Girls’ Summer News

The autumn term has begun this week, and the first busy few days of meetings and inductions, and settling into Houses are well underway.  Returning girls have been sharing their news about the summer and as ever they’ve been up to some fantastic things during the long break.

Isabelle E, now in LVI, returned to New York for the second time to attend a six-week summer school at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre company.  Isabelle was training in the professional division summer intensive course. She had an incredible time and was challenged in every class; she was one of the youngest on the course, with students accepted from age 16-25.

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Issy Evans Dance

Last year’s two Head Girls, Lucy T and Ellie L headed to Lourdes for a week with eight other St Mary’s girls past and present to join the Order of Malta pilgrimage. They attended a different religious service every day, including 2 beautiful processions; one in the day and one by candle light. There was an inspirational Rosary service and a moving laying on of hands for the Hospital pilgrims, night prayers every night in the famous grotto was a highlight of the trip.

Meanwhile one of this year’s Head Girls, Kirstie S, continued her ongoing work with the UK Youth Parliament.  Kirstie is a member of the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth and Deputy UK Youth Parliament member.  She was invited to speak on the subject of body image before the Youth Science Select Committee, which took passion and conviction, and which she did with great talent.

Closer to home, Helena LB, now in LVI, took part in the National Citizens Service (NCS). She was involved in an ‘adventure’ week (which included an eleven mile hike, raft & buggy building and climbing activities) and a ‘skills’ week, and subsequently carried out a community project based in nearby Gillingham.

Helena and her team renovated an unloved area of ground near the town’s youth centre; their aim was to develop a pleasant, safe garden. As well as undertaking the physical work to clear the space, the team, “Burst of Colour”, also fund-raised for the project. Helena’s commitment demonstrates the grit, community spirit, and selflessness which are typical attributes of a St Mary’s girl!

Finally, alongside the superb GCSE results achieved by our UV cohort from last year, there was one standout A* gained by Tallulah C who took Latin GCSE while still in LV.  Tallulah’s commitment and hard work, as well as natural talent for the subject, resulted in her scoring an incredible 100% across all four exam papers.

Tallulah C, talented Latin Scholar

Tallulah C, talented Latin Scholar