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Last Updated: 19/10/2018 15:48:35

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The girls are winging their way back to you today and tomorrow. They will be very tired after the longest half term of the year but happy to see you after a productive and fulfilling time. The House song competition was fitting to round up to the week and half term. I hope that you managed to see it live, however if not it is on YouTube for all to see. The girls sounded stunning and they should be very proud of what they achieved. Lauren patiently and kindly taught them the song and was awarded the Conductor's prize – the girls were so pleased for her. Jenna accompanied them on the piano. They celebrated with a McDonald’s run organised by Beth, Cecile and Patricia.

The girls were well-represented in presentations during Routh on Mondays. We are delighted that Lucy Lyu was made an Honorary Scholar following her impressive GCSE results, a full sweep of A* grades and Tina was awarded her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Last Wednesday the L4th took part in the annual Malvern Field day. With fabulous weather Chloe, Eve, Charlie, Olivia and Peony enjoyed the views of Malvern and surrounding countryside from the top of the hills, they managed to complete the walk in excellent time returning happy and smiling, an achievement of which they should be proud.

The U4th enjoyed a day out too with the CCF day and the Silver Duke of Duke of Edinburgh students on their practice expedition. They were also very lucky with the weather. Long may it continue, hopefully well into the holiday!
The week previous was our Chapel week. We started with Ruby taking the reading in Routh Assembly. Vidhi wrote and delivered a hard hitting Chapel speech on the topic of Action Aid raising funds for women and girls experiencing rape in times of war and crisis. It was also the charity proposed by her for the school Own Clothes day. Mary supported her by reading a poem in Chapel. Beth and Tina completed Chapel week reading at our Holy Communion service.

The first grading session was very good with half the girls achieving a Commendation for engagement. They work very hard and are a credit to you.

Please be reminded that the girls return in winter uniform. Please also check sixth form suits – trousers should be long enough to touch the back of the shoes and skirts on the knee. Shoes should be leather and strong enough to withstand the winter weather – not ballet style. It is advisable to have a winter coat – school coat for juniors, a tailored overcoat for 6th form.

Remembrance Service is on Sunday 11th November. Parents are welcome at either service.

Where there are siblings across year groups, they may attend the same service, preferably the earlier one. Those in the Chapel Choir will be directed by Mr McKelvey separately.

Our Monitors have done a sterling job helping to settle and run the house. After the break we are planning an in house party, family breakfasts and our Christmas formal. The girls may wish to bring a fancy dress costume and a dress for the Dinner and Disco.
The blog is available on the school website for you to read an update of the house activities. It is written by our 6th formers.

Emily and Ruby have been working hard to organise a house hoodie for the girls. The design is modern and looks fabulous. Emily has also organised the updating of the house crest. The Latin beneath it reads “second to none”. Please check with your daughter if they have expressed an interest in purchasing the hoodie – the cost will go on the next School bill. I am sure that you will all agree that the design is excellent.

Enjoy a lovely half term break with your loved ones. I look forward to seeing your daughters again after their well-deserved break from School.

Best wishes
Mrs Tweddell

26th September 2018

Last Updated: 26/09/2018 08:19:41

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Another School year has begun, and we could not be more excited to welcome all the new girls into Mary Windsor. There was no better way to do so than our annual Mary Windsor House party. Our new Monitors did a great job with creating a lovely atmosphere through a variety of fun games such as Q&As, our own version of “Chubby Bunny”, and many more that gave us the opportunity to get to know all the new girls and show them our famous Mary Windsor spirit.

Everyone is settling in to the School routine, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped having fun! Many Mary Windsor girls went to the Alton Towers Trip last week, spending the whole day enjoying all the rides and attractions the park had to offer; this weekend, the Birmingham shopping trip offered a chance to explore our nearby city. Other than that, all the girls have been working hard; it is nice to see so many older girls giving advice or helping younger girls with their revision.

Overall, it has been a fantastic start to the year and we look forward to all the inter-house competitions such as House Song and House hockey coming up later this term.

- Patricia Blessing


End of Academic Year Review - 2nd July 2018

Last Updated: 02/07/2018 12:47:14

When I look back over another year to write this review I find it hard to believe that the girls have managed to accomplish so much in such a short time. We have soldiered through several large snowfalls that kept us on campus and delayed our Christmas party, the inevitable grey skies and English rain but more recently the driest sunniest June that we can remember. Led by a strong monitor team who have shown just how to inspire and motivate the girls in a positive way, our “families” have worked and played hard. We have had yet another amazing year in Mary Windsor.

On appointing our Head of House Viktoriia R, she said “I will not let you down,” True to her word she has been simply marvellous. Assisted by Katie P-R and Michaelia Y we have enjoyed many fun events such as the welcome party and now traditional lip sync battle, our Christmas formal at Grafton Manor, a Disney party, afternoon tea to celebrate the royal wedding and our summer garden party where this year we had pizza baked fresh in an outdoor wood fired pizza oven. Other house events have included pizza and pop nights and the formal leaver’s meal at the Ewe and Lamb. There has been plenty of baking and a huge effort put into our “invention” cake for the bake off led by Ruby N.

The monitors have also put forward some good teams for inter-house competitions. A highlight this year was winning the senior cross country competition. This was a team effort where each member ran a good race to collectively accumulate the points to win. Special mention is owed to Olivia C, who came third in the senior race, and Natasha M who came third in the junior race. We also came a very close second on Sports Day again showing that the Mary Windsor spirit can work wonders.

Finally the three girls also squashed into my car for a meeting at the Chateau Impney where they arranged a superb Ball along with WG. The Grand Ballroom was a wonderful venue, the food excellent and company even better. They and the rest of the 7 strong monitor team have gained the respect of staff and pupils alike.

On the charity front, Mary Windsor made a major contribution to the overall School donation from Own Clothes Day for “Save a Childs Heart” This was a charity chosen by Alia D who delivered a very poignant speech in Chapel accompanied by Lauren M leading the prayers. In addition, Emily L and Ruby N drew beautiful pictures of our house pets and made them into cards for sale in aid of local animal rescue centres.

The house song theme this year was girl’s names and we performed 'Mary Did You Know?' by Pentatonix accompanied by the violin (Helen Z), flute (Emily S) and piano (Nicole Z). Anna H conducted a very beautiful performance. Both senior and junior house drama continued to be strong with Patricia B (playing Charles), Lauren M (Ruth), Anastasia O (Madame Arcati) and Maria S (Elvira) performing an extract from the play Blithe Spirit. The initial nervousness soon disappeared as they took their first steps on the stage. The performance was impressive and we were very proud of them. As we were of our courageous junior girls – Gerry G, Teya I, Niya P, Anissa T, Elsa T and Sara-Maria P performing a scene from The Visit.

House music competition, held this year in the newly renovated Routh Hall provided an evening of entertainment as well as competition. Maria S, Anastasia K and Lauren M sang Diamonds by Rihanna, and Anna H accompanied them on the piano for the ensemble competition. Emily performed Handel’s 4th movement on her flute during the solo competition.

Lower 4 A and B teams won the House badminton – a very proud moment when Nicole F-S and Nancy R were awarded the silver trophies. The juniors also won the house tennis. Laetitia de B and Sara-Maria P took part in Junior House Debating, both arguing a good case and competently answering questions from the floor. Alia D and Scarlett B represented us for the seniors. Both teams narrowly lost in the final.

This year we welcomed Miss Popescu onto our tutor team, although we are already saying ‘au revoir’ as she and her dog Paddy 2 move within the school to take up a resident post in the new Webber house. I thank all the team and our housemother Miss Fletcher now in her 32nd year! The girls and I owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Our tutors work extremely hard to ensure that the girls perform to the best of their ability as well as helping to make our house a home.

Academically the girls proved themselves with strong effort grades throughout the year. At the fourth form assembly prizes were awarded for athletics Tash M, drama Anissa T, fencing Elsa T who also achieved 2nd in the county, and tennis Borislava M. At Mark Reading Viktoriia R won the TOK prize, Laetitia de B The T.E. Godwin cup for the most improved junior speaker and Olivia C The Best Army Cadet. Roxanne was awarded a prize for French at Commemoration.

At our final assembly House cups were awarded this year to Olivia C for Sports, Lauren M for Drama, Emily S for Music and Emily L and Ruby N for Art. Senior Contribution to House Life went to Maria H, Langdale Cup for 4th form contribution to Gerry G, Katie P-R the Wallis bowl for effort in the house community, the Musgrove Award to Kate K and the Fazel Cup for Upper Sixth who has achieved academically and contributed to House life to Anastasia O. Our Head of House next year will be Lauren M assisted by Harriet F and Ruby N. We also celebrate 3 school monitors, Alia D, Kate K and Anna H. Our congratulations to Alia Derriey who has been appointed Head Boarder.

Finally, this year’s leavers have had a very close and strong year group identity. Fifteen strong each one has been enthusiastic and influential in the house, talented and inspirational. They have forged lifelong friendships. Boasting a wealth of academic and extracurricular ability, their contribution to the house, determination, spirit and care for those around them, many for the full five years, will be sorely missed. They have led a very happy house and been excellent role models to the younger girls who show such promise under their tutelage. They should be happy in the knowledge that they have well and truly made their mark upon Mary Windsor and I personally thank each and every one. I wish them love, success and happiness as they embark on an exciting future in their chosen field.

Mrs Tweddell





22nd June 2018

Last Updated: 22/06/2018 09:52:06

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Mary Windsor Summer Party

On Friday the 8th of June, Mary Windsor held their summer party. This was our last House party before we all leave for the summer break. The Lower Sixth organized fun games for all the girls to play (as well as teachers too) such as bean bag racing, musical chairs, guess the song and much more.

Mrs Tweddell had arranged a person to bake fresh stone baked pizzas for all of the girls which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. After which, the games commenced within our House families, with sweets for prizes. Each family also received a bag of sweets for their enthusiastic participation in the games.

The summer party was a great time for the Fifth Form and A level students to take a break from exam stress and enjoy time with their housemates. For the A level students, it was their last event within the House before they leave for University.

We ended the party with an all-time favorite of Mary Windsor which is dancing together as a House. We are looking forward to the celebrations of Commemoration next week.

Vidhi Ahluwalia


21st May 2018

Last Updated: 21/05/2018 08:14:09

Royal Wedding in Mary Windsor

On Saturday, 19th May, the entire British population watched the marvelous Royal Wedding. Mary Windsor found this dream ceremony a fantastic opportunity to come together.

Vidhi (L6) organized a British spread of cucumber sandwiches, strawberries, scones, jam and clotted cream to enjoy every girls' dream to marry her Prince Charming.

Meghan Markle looked splendid in her historical dress. Her stunning five-metre veil contained the floral symbols of all 53 countries in the Commonwealth.

The wedding was emotional, and both bride and groom seemed to be overwhelmed. Even in Mary Windsor, some tears of happiness and excitement were shed.

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