2nd Half Term 2016

This half term was another extremely busy one on both academic and non-academic fronts.

It began with, arguably, the biggest QMA event of the year – the Fireworks evening – except that this year, the event was moved to early evening, with the aim of making it more ‘family friendly’. This change, as well as the traditional raffle and wide array of fun games and stalls, made it yet another hugely successful event.

The following weekend saw the CCF’s annual Remembrance Day parade. The contingent conducted themselves extremely professionally, paying tribute to those who had fallen, as well as representing the school and town with pride.

Every day at Queen Mary’s presents new opportunities. Nevertheless, this half term was outstanding in terms of the supra-curricular activities that have been available. Students of all years were given the chance to broaden their academic horizons through Philosophy, Politics, Art and DT trips, to name a few, and also display their academic talents in a variety of events, including the Maths and Physics Olympiads and the Chinese speaking competition.

In terms of house and sporting competitions, this half term saw the start of house basketball and the much-dreaded house cross country.

The term ended with the extremely enjoyable Carol Service on the final Wednesday evening, and Christmas assembly on the last day. Having not attended the Carol service since Year 8, I was pleasantly surprised at the impressive flair of Mr Vause and Miss Sullivan, with the joint talents of the QMGS and QMHS choir and band executing an assortment of impressive works. The Christmas assembly ended the calendar year in high spirits with Mr Matley’s quiz and the Skiffle group, in particular, failing to disappoint.

I look forward to reporting on hopefully another term full of opportunities and successes, despite it being my own last full term at this school.

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