St Bees School Newsletter – Full Circle Issue 8

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It is amazing just how the weeks fly past. It must be something to do with those eddies in the space-time continuum. It is all getting very exciting at school with September 6th rushing towards us! The new Reception room is now complete and is looking quite splendid.

We are welcoming the team from Full Circle this week. Danny Wang returned to catch up on the progress we have made to date. There will be a full interview with Danny in next week’s edition of our newsletter.

There continues to be a steady flow of new enquiries about the school and the fusion curriculum. We are also continuing to assess pupils for entry. We have also received some wonderful messages of support over the last few weeks. The latest was from Alistair Hayward who attended the school from   1945 to 1949. We are all very grateful for all the encouragement.

Our Weekly Challenge

As avid readers of our newsletter will know, our latest weekly challenge was a rather different challenge. You were challenged to write a story in no more than 150 words. The subject was taken from one of the topics from last week’s newsletter – The journey to the Sun!

All entries may either be emailed in or, if they are handwritten, they can be posted to:

St Bees School, Wood Lane, St Bees, CA28 0DS

The closing date for entries is 30th August. Go on have a go!

Forwards with confidence!   Mike Abraham

Visit from OSBs

OSB visit St Bees School Independent Education CumbriaWe had a lovely time hosting two Old St Beghians last week. Former St Bees neighbours, Becky Gilmore and Susan Lowrey were visiting the area and stopped by the School to have a look around and reminisce.

Becky attended the School from 1995 to 2001. After attending University Becky moved to Hong Kong. She now lives as a permanent resident and works in the Fashion Industry. When asked what her favourite area of the School was, it was appropriate that the answer was the art department.

Susan attended the school from 1995 to 2002 and now also lives in Hong Kong, teaching Biology in an International School. As we walked around the School we passed the Silver Bugle ‘Outstanding Musician’ award, an award Susan received back in 2002. After leaving the School in 2002 she studied Biology at Oxford (The Queen’s College). Following this she went on to Cambridge (Homerton College) to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education followed by a Master’s Degree in Education. Susan was also part of Summerfest for 15 years, both attending and then volunteering as she got older.

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome them both back to the School and to hear how fondly they spoke of their time here. We would like to wish them both well in their futures.


Gosforth Show

It has been a busy weekend for the School. We were in attendance at the Gosforth Show, which provided an excellent opportunity to meet people for a chat about the School opening on 6th September.

For more photos of the event, you can visit our Facebook page here.

St Bees Garden Show

onions st bees school gardening showOn Saturday 18th August, the St Bees Garden Show was held in the School Sports Hall.

Our Bursar, Jayne Scott, had the pleasure of handing out trophies. Trophies were presented for a number of different categories, including ‘Most points in Floral Art Design’ and ‘Best exhibit in Home Produce’.

Despite the difficult growing conditions this year, it was wonderful to see so many people in attendance. Among the extra-long carrots and the inflated onions, the 38kg marrow ballooned beyond all expectation.

Congratulations to all who took part throughout the day. We look forward to welcoming you back.




New Website

Some of you may have noticed that the new website is now up and running. We are using the same URL ‘’. News and events will be updated on here and newsletters will be uploaded onto the website as with the old website.

All swimming, golf and Business Management Centre information can be found under the ‘Bookings’ header at the top of the website. We ask that you please bear with us as we add the final touches to the new website.

St Bees Trier’s Sports Day

Image credit to Phil Blaylock

St Bees Triers at St Bees School Sports DayThe St Bees Triers hosted their inaugural Sports Day on the sports field next to Grindal.

There was no shortage of medals to be won as events included the women’s 100m, men’s 100m,
children’s teddy bear race as well as sports day favourites such as the sack race and three-legged race.

Well done to everyone involved.