On 2nd October Queen Mary’s braced itself again for the invasion of hundreds of mini Frenchmen as it celebrated European Day of Language and Culture. Joining the mini-Messieurs were other imaginative outfits including snails, a turkey, polish dancers and a German Bierkellnerin to name but a few.
Within the Design Technology curriculum, the Year 5’s have begun a tasting mission to establish whether shop bought cookies or home-made cookies are better.
They have tasted a range of ‘shop bought’ biscuits and discovered their tastes, textures and appearance.
Queen Mary’s was delighted to welcome the Vacation Orchestra (VaCo) to the school to run a workshop with Key Stage 2.
With a 12 piece orchestra including the Flute, Oboe and Double Bass, the young musicians presented their instruments to the girls to allow them to experience the breadth of instruments available to them at Queen Mary’s. Playing pieces from the Musicians of Bremen originally written by the brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, the children were able to sing along and participate in the story. Anna Staveley on Cello (Year 8) and Arabella Jaques on Violin (Year 5) were kindly invited to participate within the orchestra to give them the fantastic experience of playing along with a top class orchestra!
Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe is once again jumping for joy after receiving this year’s exceptional GCSE results. The independent girls’ school achieved a fantastic 93.10% A* – C pass rate for those who sat 5 GCSEs or more. Many departments within the school including Science and Languages are celebrating a 100% pass rate with several achieving 70% or more A*/A grades..
After a year of academic change within the school, the number of A*/A grades over all academic disciplines increased to 49.2%, which is up nearly 10% on last years results.
During last week, the girls of Year 7, 8 and 9 were transformed into a stunning array of felines for the musical ‘Cats’.
Mr Mistoffelees and friends took over the Great Hall belting out classic numbers such as Memories, whilst creeping around the stage in cat-like disguise. Flora Grafton’s performance as Grizabella the Glamour Cat, ensured there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, but we were soon perked up again by Libby and Georgia’s dancing display as Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer as mischievous burgling cats!
In honour of the 70th anniversary of D-Day celebrations, Queen Mary’s was delighted to experience a stunning air show directly above the school. The local pilots were practising for a display they are performing locally and used the air space above the school to fly in perfect formation for our enjoyment.
The Year 4 girls have enjoyed baking their own break buns in the Food Technology kitchen. As part of their DT curriculum, which began in Year 3, they have been sampling break from all around the world (including pitta bread, naan bread, croissants, focaccia and bagels).
On April 27th 2014, Polly (Year 10) and her lovely young horse Benjamin Brush won BE100 at Northallerton Horse Trials. They were first off on the Sunday morning in Section H and led from the dressage phase on a score of 26.5. They achieved a clear show jumping round and a fast round a cross country.
Queen Mary’s is exceptionally proud of two of our Year 8 & 9 parents, Mrs Grafton and Mrs Patrick who are taking part in the Coast to Coast charity walk. On 30th April, they will be leaving St Bees in Cumbria to walk for 11 long days to reach Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire, covering around 20 miles each day. They are walking to raise money for PPR brain tumour foundation and also Hearing Dogs – both of which make a huge difference to people locally.