Charity Week Update

Sleep outA month ago, the entire St Mary's community came together to take part in a wide range of activities led by the LVI for Charity Week 2020. Once again, I should like to thank the LVI for the part they played in organising all of the activities,

Planetarium inspires Pupils

PlanetariumAs part of the school's British Science Week activities, on Thursday 12th March we were treated to an experience in a mobile planetarium. In the morning, children from local primary schools came to be inspired by a wonderful display of stars and guided through some of NASA’s most famous missions, notably Apollo 11.



The UK Government published its guidance on 2 July for the full opening of schools in September and it is hopefully reassuring to you that the guidance states, 'Given the improved position, the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

The safe return to school of all our pupils in September is clearly a priority and we have a very detailed plan in place which we will continue to work on and adapt over the summer to ensure it meets the evolving regulations. The health, safety and well-being of our community are at the forefront of all our plans.

Our Risk Assessment is available to view here so that all members of the School Community are fully informed about the measures we have in place. All measures are, of course, in line with the Boarding Schools’ Association Covid-safe Charter.

The FAQ section of the Parent Portal has been updated and will be updated again in mid-August to keep you informed about our plans for September.

Research suggests that children are less likely than adults to catch the virus, pass it on or fall seriously ill because of it. Returning to school is vital for children’s education and well-being and the measures we are putting in place minimise risk. We are really looking forward to having the girls back on site in September.


Covid-Safe Charter

Covid-Safe Charter (Chinese translation)






The Science behind Pyrotechnics

pyrotechnics lectureOn Wednesday 11th March, as part of our Science Week activities, we were treated to an exploration of the colourful and explosive world of pyrotechnics with Matthew Tosh as he deconstructed the STEAM behind firework displays for us in two fantastic lecture-demonstrations.

Geography Fieldwork in Calne

Geography CalneThis term in Geography the LIV (Year 7) have been focusing on the topic of ‘Settlement’. As part of this work we spent this week’s lesson in Calne investigating its history; from the early wool trade to the Harris Pork factory. 

Exploring the wonders of our blue planet

Helen ScalesOn Tuesday 10th March, to celebrate British Science Week and our final talk of the 2019-2020 Lecture Programme, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Helen Scales, a marine biologist, writer and broadcaster to Calne.

Girls represent Australia at Modern United Nations

From the evening of Friday 6th March, till the Sunday afternoon, six of us went to the MUN (Model United Nations) Conference at Kingswood School Bath, to discuss some of the pressing issues faced by today’s society. 

Girls enjoy Company Supper

Osmund Supper

Osmund Company Supper took place recently and a spirit of 'Keep Calm and Carry on' was very much evident.  The girls had put a lot of effort into their costumes for the theme of 'You are what you eat' and it was lovely to have the Company together enjoying themselves.  




Science Sessions enthuse visiting Primary School Pupils

PriestleyOn Tuesday 10th March, pupils from Priestley Primary School were treated to a fantastic afternoon of Chemistry here at St Mary's Calne. 

Girls enjoy Sanskrit play at Oxford University

SanskritOn Monday 9th March a group of 13 LVI (Year 12) girls went with Mrs Ross and Miss Aherne to Queen’s College, Oxford to watch a Sanskrit play – The Middle One. For the first time in Oxford, the Faculty of Oriental Languages was producing and performing a play in this Ancient Indian language – written at some point after 1500BC.

1970 Leavers reminisce at Reunion

We were especially pleased to host a reunion lunch last Sunday, 8th March, on behalf of the Calne Girls' Association, for 26 Leavers from 1970. 

Girls compete in Science MasterChef Challenge

MasterchefThe eagerly awaited Company Cooking Competition took place on the evening of 9th March - one of our many British Science Week activities! This year (as Prue and Paul were busy!) the challenge was a MasterChef Invention Test.