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Marymount Matters LEGACY & MEMORIES

december bulletin


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Welcome from the Headmistress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01

Legacy & Memories Living the RSHM Mission Through the School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 02 Finding Our Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04 Becoming Marymount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06

The RSHM Sisterhood Sr. Bernadette Crook and Sr. Mary Catherine Walsh . . . . . . . . . . . . 09 Sr. Breda Shelly and Sr. Michelle Phelan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sr. Catherine Vincie and Sr. Mary Jo Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Marymount Main Events The Alumnae Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The PA Summer Barbecue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The New STEAM Hub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Faculty News Welcome New Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 The Difference a Teacher Makes: Mr. Jeffery Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20



Happy December! Our RSHM identity encourages us to be a school that seeks to share God’s love and celebrate creation. This underpins our responsibility to consider how we move forward respectfully to steward and sustain resources and beauty on our campus, in our community, and in the world. We are inspired to use our gifts to make the world a better place, just as the Sisters of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary have done for nearly two centuries. I am proud to announce that our STEAM Hub was officially opened and blessed in a ceremony on November 21st. We were thrilled to have Emma Turpin, Class of 1999 and Senior Team Leader at Google Creative Labs, as an inspirational presenter to launch the space into action. This flexible space will be home to our active, engaged, interdisciplinary Middle School learners. It will help them take advantage of an inspiring setting, connecting them to the Marymount garden in a way that was not imagined when this original structure was built in the late 1960’s as a library! What has stayed the same over 60 years is the very nature of a Marymount girl in her IB studies. They remain quite naturally explorers, dreamers, doers, makers, and clever problem solvers. They are willing to take risks, make mistakes, grow in confidence, celebrate their diverse backgrounds and be themselves. We are grateful for all of you and others who join us in this vision and continue to believe in the bold spirit of Marymount. My best wishes for a wonderful Christmas season and may God continue to bless our school community throughout the New Year. Warmly,

Margaret Frazier Headmistress


l i v i n g t h e r s h m m i s s i o n t h ro u g h t h e s c h o o l  

Director of Spiritual Life, Mrs. Emma Burke, considers the importance of reflecting on our history in order to sustain our future.


Living the Sisters’ Mission The spirit of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) lives on in the School through our traditions, trips and community. We will be forever grateful to our pioneering Sisters for the sacrifices they have made to build such a special School.


he School community connects with its roots in a variety of ways. One of the most powerful experiences is the annual Grade 9 Retreat to Béziers. This retreat is so important for the students and staff as we connect to the history of the RSHM and Marymount Schools across the world. Throughout the trip, our girls walk in the steps of Fr. Gailhac and learn how he came to be the founder of the RSHM. We visit the Mother House in Béziers and learn about Fr Gailhac’s work to lift women and girls out of poverty and restore their dignity. There is also an opportunity to learn about the very first RSHM Sisters after whom our Houses are named; Mères St. Jean, St. Constance, St. Felix and St. Croix. The students explored the town, saw where Fr. Gailhac was born, prayed and studied. They also visited the crypt for a special time of prayer, along with glimpsing the relic of his heart and viewing his ‘death mask.’ The RSHM history comes alive and helps students and staff to understand their own faith journey in relation to the goals and mission of the Sisters.   Back in Kingston, the mission and goals of the RSHM are fully embraced by the School and are woven into our daily lives. Building a personal relationship with God and helping others to ‘have life to the full’ are two goals that underpin our retreat programmes, Masses, and Guided Prayer sessions. The student School Goals Implementation Committee organise and co-ordinate many events to promote the goals throughout the academic year, focussing particularly on supporting  the work of the Sisters in the African missions.   We were fortunate to have some of the Sisters living with us here on site in Kingston until fairly recently. Our links with them remain strong and Sisters such as Sr. Mary Jo and Sr. Catherine Vincie play a crucial role in guiding and advising the School as Governors. Sr. Catherine Vincie was able to offer a unique insight into her vocation when she met with Grade 7 and answered their varied questions about what life is like as a member of a religious congregation. She surprised many pupils with the revelation that she loves hiking, watching soccer and playing the organ. The girls were thrilled to have their own private organ recital in the Chapel!   A unique aspect of belonging to the Global Network of RSHM Schools is the opportunity for students to take part in International Festivals. This year, we have already been to Rome for the Leadership Conference which focussed on the RSHM and the saints as inspiration. Fr Gailhac and Mère St. Jean were used as role models and their leadership qualities were discussed. We were also lucky enough to attend a public audience with His Holiness Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. All of these experiences bring us back to our roots and ensure that we continue to honour and sustain the legacy of the RSHM.


Finding Our Roots by Diya Asawa – Grade 9 On February 24, 1849, Mother Saint Jean and Fr. Jean Gailhac began the groundwork that founded the Marymount schools of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Almost two centuries later, in September 2019, Grade 9 set out on a journey to France, ready to learn about the roots of our School. As we walked into the Mother House of the RSHM, we couldn’t help but smile. In less than 24 hours we had almost missed our flight, sung our hearts out on the coach and doodled on paper table mats in a restaurant. The sun shone brightly above the Mother House, as warm and welcoming nuns greeted us at the door. The institute of the RSHM, situated in the historical city of Béziers, began as a shelter for women and an orphanage. Over the years it has founded and developed schools all around the world. The Mother House is adorned with stained glass windows, statues, and portraits. Our hearts skipped a beat as we walked along the same pathway that Mère Saint Jean and Fr. Gailhac walked on years ago. Then we all shared a moment of prayer next to a beautiful water fountain. We learned about Mère Saint Jean’s constant unwavering service to others, and Fr. Gailhac’s mission to spread love and education. After our four-day trip to Carcassonne, Béziers and Albi it was difficult to leave, but we knew that the following Monday we would return to school feeling more refreshed. The peaceful environment gave us time to wind down, bond with each other and reflect. I came away from the trip with a beautiful thought: no matter how diverse our grade is, we are all united by our shared experience in Béziers and common home Marymount! Photos credits: Isabella Hale and Julia Hwang




Becoming 1955


The Ballard Coombe mansion was purchased by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary to become the first permanent center for American education in England. Beginning with just seven students and seven teachers, the School has grown to over 270 day and boarding students taught by over 55 dedicated teachers.

Graduating Class of 1958

Graduating Class of 2019

In 1956, the Reverend Mother Gerard authorized the reconstruction of the former squash court into a chapel. All of the original benches are still being used today. Marymount continues to help empower each student to understand, live, and bear witness to her own faith in a respectful awareness of others’ beliefs. Today’s students represent over 42 nationalities and a wide range of religious traditions.

In 1961, the first Debating Society was established. Marymount girls today enjoy more than 18 activities and clubs, including a robust athletics program offering multiple sports opportunities each term.


1961 classroom

Students, then and now, are encouraged to stretch their thinking, take thoughtful risks, and embrace collaboration. The new STEAM lab (opened November 2019; see page 16) focuses on Science and its symphony with Mathematics, Art and Design, Engineering and Technology.

With an emphasis on educating students in a global context, language acquisition has always been an essential component of the School’s syllabus. In 2018, almost half our students earned a bilingual degree. Language Lab


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“Iconography has brought me much joy, peace, and understanding.” sister bernadette crook , rshm

October 6, 1932 – May 5, 2018

The Alpha & Omega = the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. They remind us that God is the beginning and the end of everything.

Christogram = a combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ.

The human skull = Christ was crucified at ‘Golgotha’, the place of the skull. This reminds us of Jesus’ humanity. In Jewish tradition it is said that Adam was buried here. In Christian tradition Jesus is referred to as ‘the second Adam’, his blood washes away our sins and we are saved.


An angel is holding a spear and a sponge. This is a reference to details from the story of Christ’s crucifixion. They are part of the ‘Arma Christi,’ the ‘Weapons of Christ’ that he used to overcome the power of death.

Inside Christ’s halo (a symbol of his holiness) is the Cross of Salvation – only three arms are visible, they symbolise the Holy Trinity.


he impact of the RSHM, and of individual Sisters at Marymount cannot be underestimated. Each alumna who visits Kingston recounts a myriad of stories of lessons, Masses and other moments they remember with the Sisters with whom they shared a home. In these pages we will tell the stories of Sisters who have each left a legacy of learning at Marymount in their own way. Sister Bernadette, who donated the School’s defining icons, shown on the opposite page; Sister Mary Catherine, whose warmth and kindness inspired others to support bursaries at Marymount; Sister Bernadette, who brought together an archive of the School’s history taking us right back to 1955; Sister Breda, whose leadership spans so many Marymount schools; and finally Sister Mary Jo and Sister Catherine who continue to lead us as part of the Governing Board. We are delighted to thank each of these women, who have made their mark on our School.


was born into a family of artists in London. One of five children, she was educated after World War II by the RSHM in Upminster. She later moved to New York where she earned a BA in Art from Marymount College and an MA in Art from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary on September 21, 1950, and professed her first vows on March 26, 1952 in Tarrytown, NY. Sister Bernadette ran the art department at Marymount College on 71st Street in New York City and then began a lengthy teaching career which she balanced by her own commitment to creating art and being a part of the “art scene.” In the mid-1960s, she was actively involved in mission work in Africa, building and decorating churches in Mutare and Zimbabwe. She returned to the U.K. in the 1970s and brought her gifts to Marymount London, St. Anne’s Convent School, and Gumley House Convent School. After retiring from teaching and school administration, Sr. Bernadette’s work in the 1990’s was heavily influenced by her study of and fascination with Eastern Christian Spirituality and iconography. Her icon work was a deep expression of her vocation. She took on projects of large size and scope in many countries. One particularly special project for the Melkite Catholic Church in Galilee, Israel entailed the designing and painting of an entire iconostasis; this labour of love took nearly eight years to complete. Fittingly, Bernadette was leading an icon workshop with RSHM novices in Brazil at the time of her death. Her life and artistry are celebrated through the generosity of her family. We are grateful to have her spirit live through her artwork here at Marymount.

SR. MARY CATHERINE WALSH was born in Kilkenny,

Ireland in April 1916. “I was born into a very loving family. My parents taught me important aspects of life: the love of God, importance of peace in oneself and in society, and the need to love, respect and care for all people.” Despite some initial doubts, she entered into religious life in August 1934. “At first I thought I did not want to become a Sister: after all, I was a normal child and dreamed of doing many things in life, and I knew that becoming a Sister meant making many sacrifices. But when I felt sure that God was asking me to become one, my decision was simple. Aged 18, I went to America, determined to become a Sister.” A degree from Marymount College and then an outstanding career in the service of others followed. A teacher for many years, Sr. Mary Catherine also served as Mother Superior of Marymount New York and Mother Superior at Marymount Arlington, Virginia. She taught at Marymount School in Rome and then moved to London. “When our Kingston campus opened, I was asked to come over to take charge of our Marymount College Tarrytown students spending their “Junior year out” in London. I also taught English here, till I was appointed Librarian and later took charge of the Alumnae network.” She worked for her beloved Alumnae until her retirement in September 1999 and continued to be in touch with many through her final days here. “I have constantly felt the Love of God close by me all through my life. This is why I have been able to live a long and happy life, and I am very grateful to my parents, friends, teachers, students and fellow Sisters – to everyone who has been part of my life. Old age confirms my basic life-long beliefs: a personal relationship with God, peace in life, respectful appreciation towards people from all cultures, and the need to support those in need of help.” On August 19, 2008, Sr. Mary Catherine passed away, to be missed by many around the world. She was a friend and confidant to everyone who knew her. Her friends remembered her by saying: “Her quiet manner and her love of people endeared her to everybody… She was a great contributor to every aspect of life at Marymount and I am glad to say I knew her. Talk about the leaven in the bread! Sr. Mary Catherine’s is the face that comes to mind when I need a reminder of her kind of inner strength and calm reassurance… Her faith and devotion to her vocation truly were an inspiration to me.”


s i s t e r b r e da s h e l ly

Sr. Breda and Sr. Michelle were residents at Marymount until 2017.

As a teenager I thought about becoming a nun but I did not have any particular congregation in mind. I was educated by the Mercy Sisters. I met the RSHM through a family priest friend and the Sisters I met knew that I was interested in religious life, and they invited me to join them. So, I did not necessarily choose the RSHM — rather the RSHM chose me! It was a choosing that I thank God for every day. As an RSHM my life has been blessed in so many ways and I have had the privilege of meeting and ministering with/to many wonderful people. My many ministries in the Marymount Global community have been teacher (Marymount Rome, Quebec, New York, London), Principal (Marymount Rome, London), Business manager (Marymount Convent, Marymount Rome), Dorm supervisor and Head of Boarding (Marymount London). My first teaching assignment was teaching First Grade in Marymount Rome. I was then recalled to study where I earned a BSc in Mathematics, then later an MA in Math Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I was missioned to Marymount Quebec where I taught Math to High School students. In 1968 I returned to Rome and taught High School Mathematics and after two years was asked to be Principal of the High School. I returned to New York in 1980 and taught Mathematics at Marymount New York. In 1984 I was sent as Principal to Marymount Kingston where I saw the school grow and develop. I returned to Rome in 1990 and was there for the merger of Marymount/Notre Dame. Again in 1997 I was asked to go to Rome and be Business Manager at Marymount Villa Lauchli. It was a very challenging assignment and one that I was not prepared for. In 2003, when Marymount Kingston appointed its first lay head I was asked to go to London as an RSHM member of the faculty/staff/community. I retired from School ministry and teaching in 2007 but continued to live at Marymount Kingston and also continued to do my mission work from there for the RSHM in the developing world with Misean Cara - an Irish missionary organization - until I left in 2017. When asked to characterise a Marymount London girl, I would like to think that she is a fully integrated young woman, aware of her world and the people about her. I would see her as well educated; aware of who she is and the gifts she brings to her world; having a deep sense of the Holy; an eagerness to continue learning throughout her life; appreciating and respecting the diversity of the modern world and that she continues to give and to do in her particular situation that “all may have life.” I have so many strong memories of Marymount, including the liturgies and para-liturgical celebrations which were always creatively prepared, prayerful and inspiring. I fondly recall Mother Teresa’s visit to Marymount and the minicourse trips we went on to various countries. The drama department performances, Graduation and Graduation Ball were always exciting times. Important moments for me were breaking ground for the Anne Marie Hill Sports Center and when Marymount was recognized as an outstanding IB school and the IB was acknowledged as a University entrance qualification worldwide. My participation as a commitee member for the RSHM Network of Schools’ goals and criteria will always hold a special place in my heart. sister michelle phelan

Several factors shaped my decision to enter the RSHM. One of them was my contact with the Sisters and especially since I had two cousins in the RSHM Community. I liked the idea of an international Order. Over the years I devoted my life to teaching in the USA, France, Rome, and Colombia. I served in many other roles also, especially in England all of which I enjoyed. My life was greatly enriched by the people I worked with in all these countries. Marymount London is special. The students come from many countries and each one has some special talent to contribute to the school community. A true Marymount girl is in touch with those around her, sharing their interests and is willing at all times to promote and support the good of the School. I have many wonderful recollections from Marymount. Each year brings its own memorable moments. The end of the year activities draw together the highest aims of the School and the true Spirit is felt and made visible by the sharing that touches all. I pray that our Graduates will be Ambassadors for change and promoters for the good of our brothers and sisters in our common home, our beautiful Earth.


sister catherine vincie

Sr. Catherine Vincie says she had always wanted to enter religious life. “At first, I wanted to join the Maryknoll missioners,” she says, “but then I went to Marymount Manhattan College and met the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. I clicked very naturally with their charism or spirit, and so when it came to make a decision, I chose the RSHM.” Sr. Catherine’s three main passions are theology, music and education. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College, she went on to study at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Here she gained an MDiv with a major in organ; a doctorate in Liturgical Theology followed at the Catholic University of America. “Following my graduation, I taught at various graduate schools for five years and then obtained a full time position at the Aquinas Institute of Theology and Ministry in St. Louis, Missouri where I spent twenty years teaching in the Master’s and Doctoral programs.” In all, Sr. Catherine has spent 35 years teaching. In 2015 the RSHM asked her to serve as a Provincial Councilor of the Eastern American Province (of which Marymount London is an educational ministry) which is how this Sister came to sit on our Board. As a committed educator, she is excited about the educational program offered at Marymount London and the commitment to the education of the whole person in a globalized world. s i s t e r m a r y j o m a rt i n

I chose the RSHM when I met three of our Sisters at University where I was studying at the time. We were all in the same year training to be teachers and I loved their sense of fun, their openness and acceptance of people and their commitment as young religious woman for whom commitment to Jesus was at the heart of their lives. I wanted to be part of what made them happy, joyful young women. I became friends with them, visited them at their community and slowly felt that this was where I could best live out my life – with others who were committed to living in community; who shared a desire to make God the centre of their lives and who were prepared to serve others in any way they could. So, I joined! I am a part of the Northern European Province – composed of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France. While Marymount Kingston is in England, it is part of the EAP, and my contact with the Eastern American Province has only been through my involvement in the four European Marymount Schools. I have been engaged in education within the British school system for the last 45 years. It is since Sister Kathleen Fagan invited me to join the Marymount Board that I really began to be involved in all Marymount Schools and Fifth Avenue. I am currently on the Boards of the four European Marymount Schools. I also co-ordinate the Global Network of RSHM Schools across the world. This is a superb ‘retirement’ job and I just so love visiting the schools and working in whatever way I can to support the tremendously high quality of education they offer. When I think of characterising a Marymount London girl, I’m proud of the RSHM vision, values and traditions that have underpinned her education. She is a global citizen with an open heart and mind to value and respect difference and learn from it. She is an aspiring leader who is proactive in her quest for knowledge and understanding and has a deep desire to serve and make our world a better place for all. Finally, she is a reflective, broadminded, eager learner who knows her value and the value of each one. Governors play an important role in articulating and upholding the vision of RSHM education that has inspired generations of young women. We work with faculty to ensure the highest quality of education we can offer in order to best prepare our young women to be global citizens. We work with other Governors to serve the vision of Marymount education that will inspire and transform lives so that ‘all my have life.’ I agreed to be a governor because I believe that the RSHM vision of Catholic education is the best in the world, and because it lays the foundation for our students to be women of clarity, strength and energy for service to our world.

Sr. Catherine and Sr. Mary Jo currently serve as Governing Sisters.

“I believe that the RSHM vision…lays the foundation for our students to be women of clarity, strength and energy for service to our world.” –

sister mary jo martin


The Alumnae Reunion SEPTEMBER 2019

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“It was so wonderful to re-visit my home

away from home, I still refer to it as the three most memorable years of my life! Marymount truly is a

special place and there is a warmth within the walls of the school and the people who are there.”

On Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th, 2019, Marymount welcomed over 50 alumnae and past staff to our winter reunion. Friday began with a taste of school life as alumnae were treated to ‘Fish on Fridays’ in the dining hall. After lunch, some of the group toured the grounds, while others remained in the Main House to experience a lesson with Mr. Ripp and Ms. Holland. That evening, the Alumnae returned for a champagne reception and laughter filled the air. The stairs in the Main House embraced clusters of people grouping together to take iconic photos up against the steps. On Saturday, students and alumnae engaged in a student


panel discussion. This gave the alumnae an opportunity to ask students about their experiences as a Marymount girl today. At the end of the session a daughter of one alumna put their hand up and wished that she become a Marymount girl! This was followed by another tour, a prayer service with a signing of the Alumnae book in the Chapel, and concluded with a wonderful lunch. Overall, the large group of Alumnae that attended, ranging between Classes of 1969 and 1999, finished the weekend feeling positively nostalgic, and we wish to see them all again soon.


The PA Summer Barbecue JUNE 2019

The sun shone once more on our lawns as the community gathered together to celebrate the beginning of another exciting year at Marymount. While parents enjoyed the refreshments, students and their siblings bounced in the Bouncy Castle, competed in Last Man Standing and challenged each other at Crazy Golf. Special thanks go to the NHS Eco-Schools Committee who displayed their and the School’s commitment to sustainability, handing out free Marymount bamboo toothbrushes to the families who attended.

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Inspiring Curiosity…


n November 21, 2019, Marymount officially opened and blessed our eagerly anticipated STEAM Hub. Marymount had the pleasure of welcoming back Emma Turpin (Class of 1999) as our guest speaker. Emma started her Marymount journey as a Grade 6 boarder and her first classroom was originally located in the very space she was speaking! After studying International Relations and French at St. Andrew’s in Scotland, Emma’s curiosity led her through various roles, including intelligence profiling, advertising, and children’s TV script writing. Emma now works as a Senior Team Lead at Google’s Creative Labs, working on projects that call on her creative skills as well as her love of technology to tackle real-world dilemmas and encourage exploration. In addition to speaking to a Grade 7 Design class earlier in the day, she shared some of the activities she has worked on

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at Google, including programmes designed to bring extinct species back to life through Virtual Reality, and a Visual Arts project designed to help children explore Google’s ever-expanding database of art. These projects demonstrated the opportunities that curiosity, coupled with the STEAM interdisciplinary approach, could bring to our students, inspiring new ways of thinking about future careers. Formerly a faculty centre, this reimagined space has delivered exactly the form which our STEAM programme needs to thrive: flexible teaching spaces with mobile desks and learning walls so that students can work collaboratively to tackle global challenges. Each classroom is fitted with bespoke furniture which enables the rooms to be adapted to the students’ and faculty’s teaching and learning needs.


Students will continue to explore their subjects’ curricula, but through the STEAM approach, they will begin to break down the walls between classrooms. By holding a “STEAM Day” at the end of each Semester, students will be able to combine all that they have learned across their subjects. They will either embark on the challenge to tackle real-world problems, such as finding solutions to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals or get hands-on in discovering the newest developments within the STEAM world.



HOW DOES THE NEW SPACE COMPLEMENT MARYMOUNT’S CURRICULUM? The STEAM Hub, accompanied by the School’s recently refurbished Fab Lab, has created an inter-disciplinary creative digital space for Marymount’s 21st century student. The journey of the STEAM approach to learning will begin in Grade 6 and carry throughout the rest of Middle School, with the mission to spark the student’s intellectual curiosity. Alongside their lessons, Marymount girls will be given various opportunities to develop their own enthusiasm for STEAM, where students will continue to be encouraged to stretch their thinking, take thoughtful risks and embrace collaboration. This will be supported by project-based learning, inspiring guest speakers and excursions, making use of all that London has to offer.

“Be curious: try different things,

be adventurous. If you know what you want to do, that’s fantastic,

but if you don’t, celebrate that -

this will make you more

curious, and if you’re curious, you can do anything.”

Emma Turpin, Class of 1999


w e wa r m ly w e l c o m e o u r n e w fa c u lt y to t h e m a r y m o u n t fa m i ly









Economics, Geography

Biology, Science


Psychology, TOK, Philosophy

Physical Education, Sports Sciences

Geography, Social Studies

Religious Education

Science, Design, Mathematics

World Languages

The Difference a Teacher Makes‌ Every student has memories made at School that have shaped her life in some way. For some, it is the shared experiences with friends, for others, it is the inspiration a teacher brings to their classes. Mr. Jeffery Harris was one such teacher. He first came through the Marymount doors shortly after the School was founded in 1955. A request was made to the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) for a pianist to accompany a performance of the Christmas Carols at the school. The Academy recommended the services of a young piano student, and that request marked the beginning of a life-long, close association between Jeffery Harris and Marymount. Alongside his work at the RAM, Mr. Harris provided the musical accompaniment for countless Masses, concerts and

musicals, as well as Graduations, of course. Many alumnae associate him with Pomp and Circumstances March Number 1 which he played at the very first Graduation Ceremony at Marymount. He continued to play at this event each year until his retirement. Mr. Harris passed away in 2003, and the Marymount community lost a respected colleague, gifted musician, and friend. In 2010 the School was generously gifted a piano by a Marymount Alumna in memory of Jeffery Harris. This gift has enabled students to perform on a concert-quality instrument in the most beautiful of settings. The piano is used often, and all those around get the opportunity to hear the sounds of students playing. The School is extremely grateful for this gift and the beautiful piano takes pride of place in the Main House Parlour.


Upcoming Events A


PAR Parents


Past Parents

Networking Forum A





TO ATTEND: tickets are free, please register via the website, email invitations or contact the Development Office.

Open to the whole community, this forum will encourage students and young Alumnae to network with experienced members of the community on the theme of journeys. This is to reflect the RSHM’s goal “to awaken a consciousness of social justice” in our community. The evening will consist of a panel of experienced professionals from the Marymount community who will reflect on their careers, followed by a Q&A and then a networking reception. All are welcome, please keep an eye out for invitations via email.

Marymount 65th Anniversary Gala PAR





Past Faculty



Young & London Alumnae Reunion

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7-9pm University Women’s Club (2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB)




Saturday, May 2, 2020 Marymount London TO ATTEND: £125 per person, please register via the

website, email invitations or contact the Development Office.

This all-singing all-dancing night celebrates all things Marymount! Dinner will be followed by an auction then dance, and is open to the whole community. All funds raised will support sport at Marymount. Keep an eye out for more details via email!




Friday, May 22, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm TO ATTEND: tickets are free, please register via the website, email invitations or contact the Development Office.

Alumnae and faculty of all classes are welcome to this reunion in the heart of London. This fun social event also provides a space for alumnae to catch up with their friends, teachers and house parents as well as network with one another. We would be delighted to see you there!

PA Summer BBQ A






Saturday, September 5, 2020, 12 noon - 4:00 pm Marymount London TO ATTEND: tickets are included in the PA membership

fee for current parents, and £10 for alumnae, past Marymount parents and past faculty. Please book via the website, email invitations or contact the Development Office. For the first time, the Summer BBQ is opening its doors to past families and Alumnae. This event is an enjoyable family day at Marymount, with games and entertainment for all ages as well as a delicious barbecue with plenty of choice and the PA’s wonderful drinks and cake stalls. A chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, welcome back returning families and welcome new bringing together the whole community for a day of fun in the (with any luck) sun.

Marymount Merchandise The Parents’ Association has put together a lovely collection of Marymount goodies available to order online. Whether it’s a beanie for your child, a hoodie for your Marymount sister or indeed a pair of branded PJ pants for you at home, these items are delivered to your door. Visit the School website at and follow the Alumnae area to Marymount Merchandise to see the Marymount collection! to place an order , or find out more , emai l alumnae @ marymountlondon . com


Thank you! What is clear from this edition of Marymount Matters is that generations of RSHM Sisters and of the Marymount London community have made the School what it is today, and we have much for which to be grateful. Your support, whether as a parent, student, governor, benefactor or friend of the School (past or present) means a great deal to us. Amongst Marymount families, 18 Grade Representatives and four members of the Parents’ Association (PA) Executive Team dedicate in total over 3,000 hours a year to make events such as the PA Summer BBQ and the Christmas Fair the great successes that they are. That doesn’t include all of the cake-baking, social-organising and stall-manning that takes place amongst the rest of the parent body! All of this friend- and fund-raising meant that this year £20,000 was donated by the PA towards the STEAM Hub furniture, transforming the space. Dozens of Alumnae make the trip to Marymount every year to share their experiences and speak to students over informal lunches, evening events, careers fairs and even one-to-one for university choices and careers advice. The knowledge they impart makes a huge impact on our students because of the history they share: they are all Marymount girls. Our lay Governing Board, who have taken on the responsibility of carrying the School into the future, volunteer their expertise for the benefit of each student, continuing to grow the gift which the Sisters planted with just seven girls in 1955. The legacy of this generosity is the School we create together: a caring, generous, international community committed to the education and empowerment of girls. As the RSHM step back from the day-to-day running of Marymount schools around the world, it is up to the individual school communities to ensure we sustain our schools and the RSHM Network into the future, so “that all may have life, and live it to the full.”

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Marymount Matters, December 2019  

Marymount Matters, December 2019