Girls get a taste of Roman life at the Roman Baths

SMC pupils on Classics trip to Bath to see the Roman BathsOn 8th February, as part of their Enrichment Week, all the UIV girls ventured to the Roman Baths in Bath for an authentic experience of Roman Leisure. 

UIV pupils get to grips with outdoor first aid

Outdoor First Aid Training during enrichment weekIn preparation for their Bronze DofE expeditions, on 7th February the whole of the UIV Form spent a day learning about outdoor first aid from the fantastic Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team.

Fascinating CGA talk about careers in the art world

CGA TalkOur first Calne Girls' Association (CGA) talk of 2017 was given by 1993 Leaver, Clare McKeon, who spoke to the girls about her fascinating career in the art world.

Girls rise to the Enterprise Soapbox Challenge

Geography Soapbox Enterprise On Monday 6th February, as part of Enrichment Week, the girls from LIV and MIV Form welcomed Innovative Enterprise to the school and participated in the Enterprise Soapbox Challenge. This is a dynamic and cross-curricular workshop where the girls work together to imagine, plan, design, manufacture, package, promote and even pitch their own real soap products.

MIV pupils learn about Hindu Religion

Hindu Workshop during Enrichment Week activities On Tuesday 7th February we invited the Fun Learning Hindu Workshop to lead a session for our MIV girls for the third year running. Once again they did not disappoint but led a variety of learning activities which opened up for our girls the beliefs, teachings and practices of Hinduism and stretched their knowledge and understanding of Eastern religions.

Girls are hands on in 'Operating Theatre Live'

Operation Live - Enrichment WeekAt the start of Enrichment Week, the UIV girls were treated to a day in an operating theatre, set up in our own theatre.

Girls participate in Royal Society of Chemistry's Schools' Analyst Competition

Bristol ChemLabsThe competition was held on 1st February at the University of Bristol’s Chemistry laboratories, which gave us the invaluable opportunity to experiment with equipment and chemicals that we had never used before, as well as to see what students and researchers do and visit one of England’s most prestigious Chemistry Departments.

St Mary's Calne ranks in top 4% of schools in England for 'value added' scores

Dr Kirk with girlsIn figures recently published by the Department for Education (DfE) regarding 2016 A Level results, St Mary’s Calne gets the top score for its ‘value added’ – that is how much progress students who studied A Levels made between the end of Key Stage 4 (at the end of Year 11, after GCSE Levels) and the end of their A Level studies, compared to similar students across England.  St Mary’s Calne scored +0.41 for value added, well above the national average of 0.00, to be in the elite group of only 4% of schools in England with this value added score.

Solid performances from our Senior Debating Team

ESU Debating Round 2On Monday 30th January, the St Mary’s Senior Debating team competed in the second round of the National debating competition, organised by the English Speaking Union.

LVI Engineers build their products at Bath University

EES ResidentialLast week (commencing 30th January) saw our LVI team of Engineers (Aimee, Chloe, Florence and Victoria) visit the University of Bath for the residential component of the Engineering Education Scheme (EES).  We arrived with our materials, ready to build the product which has been designed over the last few months in collaboration with Schneider Electric engineers.

Poore Company Supper a huge success

Poore Company SupperPoore’s Company supper was a rousing success. The evening began with a bang as Martin S. Taylor wowed the Sixth Form with his up-close magic tricks, as an array of delightfully creative costumes based around the theme ‘2016’ filtered into the dining room.

Why Learn Languages?

'Why Learn Languages' workshop

On Friday 3rd February, 45 UV and LVI Form linguists from St Mary’s, along with six visiting schools, took part in the first ‘Why Learn Languages’ event, held in conjunction with Cambridge University. Four visiting lecturers from the Modern and Medieval Languages Faculty, along with Mrs Alison Auvray (mother of a LV pupil) came to speak to our budding linguists about why learning Languages is becoming ever more important in our post-Brexit world.