At St Mary’s, all of our students have the opportunity to discover the legacy of the Classical world. Although rigorous at times, the lessons are fun and aim to encourage the students to think critically about how the Classical world has influenced the modern-day world in terms of language, literature, art and architecture.
The course encourages girls to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. Students acquire knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of the classical world, and develop awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times.
The Geography Department prides itself on its enquiring approach to the study of Geography, and students are encouraged to question what happens in the world around them.
Students cover a wide range of topics, including local geography, climate, energy, the developing world and globalisation.
Learning is brought to life in a variety of ways. For example students put their newly acquired skills into action by becoming weather forecasters and presenters, carry out local studies working with Essex Wildlife Trust on Biodiversity, and spending time with a visiting speaker from Oxfam, taking on the role of aid workers.
The History Department at St Mary’s is committed to encouraging a curiosity and love of learning, which will build an enthusiasm for history that will last a lifetime.
Every student is encouraged to think critically and creatively, and we aim to create an environment where everyone is stimulated and challenged. Students are encouraged to make sense of the world they live in by examining the past through thought-provoking, engaging and challenging lessons. This level of commitment to historical education produces consistently excellent examination results.
Latin is introduced in a lively way with the aim in Year 7 being to teach comprehension of the Latin Language for reading purposes. Students quickly learn basic Latin grammar and to translate simple Latin passages with confidence. The students often comment that learning Latin helps them to improve their English vocabulary.
We build students’ reading skills and vocabulary through exposure to Latin, with most students sitting an Entry Level Latin exam (OCR) at the end of Year 8. Year 9 students then follow a shortened Classical Studies course with units of work on Greek literature including Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, Everyday Life in the Ancient World and a look at Greek pottery.
RS encourages students to become aware of the world around them and to consider ethical issues that affect us all. Modules include Beginnings: Myths and Founders, Holy Books and Churches, Festivals and Rites of Passage and Martin Luther-King.
To find out more about the different subjects we offer please do come along to an Open Day or arrange a private tour.