I doubt a day goes by at Queen Mary’s without at least one competition, trip, or other exciting activity taking place either externally or within the School itself. You need only glance at Petypher’s page of the House Trumpet to gauge how much is fit in. The events dominating this half-term’s inter-house calendar were Table Tennis, Chess (which is still ongoing) and Cross Country. All seemed to run without a hitch and by the end of it Darby managed to come out on top. However, there is still plenty of opportunity for the positions to change with house points representing a large proportion of the overall scores.
After the one-week break, it was nice to come back to School to experience the fully-operational lunchtime catering service. Queuing was a bit slow at first, but soon became much more efficient and I think I vouch for everyone when I say the food is of a very high standard, with the Christmas dinner on the last Thursday being no exception.
A lot of musical talent was unveiled in the recent charity busking week which took place during break and lunchtimes. With notable performances from the likes of the QMGS Skiffle Group, a substantial amount money was raised for World Vision – a charity with aims to improve education for girls in less developed areas of the world. The annual Carol Service was as spectacular as ever, with memorable pieces from the Handbell ensemble.
Personally, I will remember this half-term for its Arctic Warfare weekend, which added itself to the long list of successful training weekends, thanks to the work and effort of Alex Jones and Reece Bhatoe. Driving back to Farchynys from Llanfachreth on the Saturday, we encountered a fierce rainstorm which felled trees, twice blocking our path. I think Mr Ridler is due some recognition for his completion of a fifty-point turn in a minibus on a narrow country lane during the storm, barely avoiding the need for a new rear tow-bar on multiple occasions.
The assembly on the last day proved a fitting end to another thoroughly exciting term. A return of the Handbell ensemble along with Mr Matley’s famed Christmas Quiz delivered entertainment for all the pupils before they journeyed home for an assuredly enjoyable Christmas break.