Elite equestrian performers from over 300 schools qualified for and then gathered together at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire for the National Schools Equestrian Association championships over the long weekend of the 24th to the 26th October. The Queen Mary’s Equestrian squad had spent all year competing at qualifying classes and eventually 6 girls and 8 horses were eligible to make the long journey down. Not only were our girls competing against a number of international riders but they were considerably younger than most of the opposition, many of whom were 18 to 19 years old.
Five Queen Mary’s girls took part in the annual Young Musicians of the Year competition held at Holy Trinity Church, Ripon on the 17th and 18th October.
Adjudicated by Clive Harries, a well-known Associated Board examiner and all-round musician, the contest was open to anyone up to the age of 18 who lives or studies within 15 miles of Ripon.
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.