Goodbye to Miss Preston & Mr Baugh

The English Department would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Preston and Mr Baugh for their dedication and enthusiasm over the years they have worked with us here at St Mary’s.

Miss PrestonMiss Preston started at St Mary’s as an NQT in 2012 and both students and staff alike immediately recognised what a wonderful teacher she was. She has inspired students across all Key Stages and her love of Literature has been passed on to her students through everyday teaching, her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and her many reading initiatives. We wish her the best of luck as she embarks on her new journey at a school closer to her home and family.

Mr BaughMr Baugh first joined us at St Mary’s as a PGCE student in 2014; however, he was no stranger to the school as it was at St Mary’s that he spent 7 years as a student before going on to study at Oxford University. Unable to stay away, he joined our teaching staff and has inspired his colleagues and students with his vast knowledge and vocabulary ever since! Mr Baugh has thoroughly enjoyed teaching all age groups, and also stepped outside of English to teach A-Level Politics. We wish him every success as he moves on to focus on his A-Level teaching at a 6th Form College.

The Royal Shakespeare Company - Backstage Pass

On the 17th of January, Miss Webb, Miss Pollett, Caleb Barker and Jack Lambshead went on a four day trip to the home of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. The purpose of the trip was to complete a backstage work experience programme with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the four days were packed with things for us to see and do!

Caleb decided that the area that he wanted to work in was Stage Management; this meant that he had overview of the whole stage and performance - if something went wrong, Caleb was first point of call. He had to know what everyone else was doing, for example costume, prop and tech, and ensure that the show ran smoothly. To help Caleb truly understand what it means to be a stage manager, he was also able to shadow a stage manager back stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre during a performance of The Tempest.

Jack’s area was technical, which involved sounding and lighting. He had to design and create programmes for the performance, to ensure that the stage was lit to match the director’s vision. Jack had to run the lights throughout the performance, ensuring that cues were met and that the show ran smoothly.

The boys spent four days learning the craft and working with some of the leading experts within their two areas. The ultimate aim was for the students to create a performance of the Tempest, to be performed by RSC actors. The final product was a huge success and all of the students who participated should be incredibly proud of themselves.

In addition to everything that we learnt over the 4 days, we were also given some time to explore Stratford and the Shakespeare theatres. We had a guided tour, where we were lucky enough to visit the birth place of William Shakespeare, and the school he attended; we watched The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; we visited a number of exhibitions and we participated in some drama workshops.

The trip was a truly amazing experience – the boys learnt a huge amount in just four days, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the Royal Shakespeare Company for allowing us the opportunity to get to know the works of backstage a little more.

7A1 Christmas Cards

Year 7 have been studying Charles Dickens and the Victorian Era, this half term. 7A1 have designed and created a selection of Victorian Christmas cards; here is a sample of their superb creative skills. Miss Glass
Christmas Cards

7A1 Design Their Own Games

Throughout this term, 7A1 have embarked on a journey through time with Katniss Everdeen, to a Dystonian dimension where the candidates from District 12 battle for survival, to satisfy the greedy appetites of the rich. The students of 7A1 have designed their own games to battle over, in class. Natalie Wrigley and Kelsey Riley have cleverly remastered the timeless, family fun filled game: Monopoly! Devising their own set of gaming rules, they have created a very popular game, where each student has to battle and collect points, in order to 'get out of school.' A big well done to all students in 7A1 who have produced some great games! Miss Glass