The start of any new academic year is always very busy and this year has been no exception.  I am really pleased to report that Year 8 students have settled back into life at St. Mary’s with great ease. They really are a credit to the school, their parents and themselves.  With the first term of Year 8 over, it is now a good time to reflect on their achievements so far and to focus on what they need to do in order to achieve success over the rest of this academic year. As the Head of Year 8, I am really proud of all their achievements and, most of all, the positive attitude that they display in all aspects of school life on a daily basis.

There has been sustained academic and pastoral progress made by the students during the first part of Year 8, as well as clear evidence of personal satisfaction and enjoyment of school life. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to Abby Kelliher in 8I.  Abby is a very talented young tennis player. She balances her studies with a hectic tennis-training schedule. She plays for the school under 13 girls football team too. Abby’s talent has even been recognized at national level. This year, she has represented Team GB at many prestigious tennis tournaments across Europe. Recently, Abby returned from the ‘Tennis Europe Tournament’ in Turkey, where she reached the semi-finals. This meant that Abby finished in the top 4 out of 64 other elite European players at this event. This is an outstanding achievement and she should be very proud of her amazing success.

Mr Gray

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