Message from the head of school - 3 August 2018

There have been a number of occasions in the past weeks where I have witnessed St Mary’s girls participating in activities and showcasing their talents and abilities. These have included, but are not limited to, the choir which achieved a significant level of excellence on the eve of Mandela Day, the exhibition of “women in 1958” curated by our girls in collaboration with BAHA, the variety of talent on display at the On the Edge festival, the hockey victories for the U16 A and 1st team in the Howell Pullen Tournament and the news about our squash girls and equestrian team’s overall success this season. I am in awe of what young people can achieve when they are presented with opportunities for self-development during their years at school.

There is no doubt that children thrive when they have adults who are committed to their well-being and development. Parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches are integral to children’s individual journeys towards identifying their reason for being and fulfilling their dreams.

The contract between parents and a school is vital in terms of creating an environment conducive to a child’s development. This relationship needs to be characterised by healthy communication, shared ideals and a focus on the best interests of the child. Recent reports in the press about conflict between parents and schools have disturbed me. Surely, parents and schools should work together to raise children and educate them to allow them to be their best selves. The St Mary’s community has achieved this outcome through collaboration and shared values between parents and the school.

I wish all our families a restful August holiday and I look forward to the girls returning with the promise of spring.

Deanne King

Head of School