On Monday evening, the St Mary’s team enjoyed great success at the first round of a Public Speaking Competition organised by the English Speaking Union. Natasha Howls (chair), Grace Chaplin (speaker) and Anna Godsell (questioner) travelled with Mr O’Farrell to the Bournemouth School for Girls and performed with confidence and clarity in a highly nerve-wracking setting. Grace spoke eloquently on the topic of ‘The jury system is outdated’ and Natasha and Anna introduced and questioned a speaker from the Thomas Hardye school in Dorchester on the topic of ‘The media control the way we think.’ The heat was won by Bournemouth School for Girls, but the St Mary’s team finished as runners-up, meaning that they go forward to the Regional final in Salisbury on January 12th.
to educate the young and
“to make Jesus Christ better known and better loved”.
- Jean de La Mennais
Form 8 helped the College celebrate this years Founders Day Mass with a re-enactment of the events in the the life of Jean de la Mennais. This mirrors similar events that take place within the global network of Mennasian schools. More details about the life of our Founder can be found on the Brothers website at:
www.lamennais.org/fr/ or www.brojames.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/JMDLM.html
Year 8 had their retreat day on Monday 21st November. The whole year went to Wisdom House, run by the Daughters of Wisdom, for their day of reflection. The main theme for the day was God’s creation and our stewardship. The students first received a talk from one of the sisters about the reasons why Wisdom House was founded. Then the students spent the day exploring their creation theme. They collected fallen leaves from the Abbey grounds and park and produced beautiful pieces of art work with them. One group produced a huge tree using their leaves – it looked fantastic!
London, Paris, Milan and now St Mary’s,the ‘cat-walks’ of the fashion industry had better watch out! Friday evening saw the College Sports Hall transformed into a professional fashion house, with lights, music and ‘cat-walk’. Parents and students from Charlton House and St Mary’s College enjoyed an entertaining evening watching and participating in the show. Parents were able to enjoy a drink and browse the Craft Fare afterwards in the Dining Room. Thank-you to the Staff and Parents Association for all their support and hard work setting up the event. Thank-you also to Mrs Yates for organising the show and Mrs Young for the organisation of the Craft Fair.