We were very privileged to take some of our amazing pupils to the prestigious Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey in London.
The service was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal procession, a variety of ‘A List’ celebrities and well known politicians. Thanks to all the pupils who attended as you were an absolute credit to the school.
St Mary’s celebrated World Book day this year with a “Get Caught Reading” competition.
Students were seen all round school reading during social time. Those that got caught by a member of staff were entered into a prize draw. The first prize was a chocolate hamper. Mrs McInnes received hundreds of entries, and after school, Mr Dawson drew the 7 winners. They were all very happy to receive their prizes. There was a really nice atmosphere around school, with staff seeking out students who were reading, and students trying to get caught.
We also had a quiz and 5 winners have been picked from students who got all the questions correct.
Our Y7s were set the challenge to come up with a creative piece that reflected what they believe God to be like.
They were given the brief that their piece had to be unique, and include keywords from our last topic such as trinity, creator etc. We are absolutely amazed at the effort that has gone into these pieces. The artwork from our students has been incredible, every student has put their own twist on it and gone above and beyond. These are now going to be displayed in RE for everyone to see.
We are so proud of our students! Well Done Y7.
A Huge Congratulations to the St Mary's STEM club who WON the Regional Final of the 2020 LEGO Robotics challenge at West Lancashire College in Skelmersdale. The event is supported by many industrial partners including: The Royal Air Force, Rolls Royce, Network Rail and Tomorrows Engineers. The purpose of the event was to encourage more students to enter the world of engineering and other STEM related industries.
On the day students had to complete a number of activities. These included team tasks, presentations, interviews, a LEGO drag race and the LEGO table top challenge. Throughout the day the team worked well, consistently gaining high scores and managed to win a trophy in the table top challenge. The last award for the day was given to the overall winners of the event who would then be invited to represent the North West in the National Final held in the NEC in Birmingham. Despite stiff competition from eight other schools St Mary’s managed to WIN the Regional Final and took home the trophy. They will be competing again on the 13th March at the NEC against 51 other schools to try and become National Champions.
As ever, the team were very well mannered and mature. I would like to thank the organisers of the event for giving us the opportunity to attend and would also like to congratulate the students who took part. The students involved were:
The buzz about books has continued with several pop up reading groups this half term about the Bookbuzz books, which the year 7 students were gifted in October.
Various staff around school have been reading the books too, and ran lunchtime one-off sessions to meet with some of the students who had read the same book as them. We had some great discussions, on subjects as varied as what is the most amazing animal on the planet, and if you were making a film of your book who would you cast in the main roles. Everyone had fun, and quite a few biscuits were eaten in the process. It was good to discuss books we had read in an informal setting over lunch and meet new people with similar interests in the process.
Thanks to Mr Taylor and Mrs Managh for giving up their free time to read books and run some of the groups.
On the 6th February 2020 we held our 30th annual Careers Convention which was a huge success.
A big thank you to all the 129 different organisations who volunteered their time to provide specialist advice and guidance to our young people about their next steps in life. (Gatsby benchmarks 5+6) .
St Mary’s students remembered the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides in a series of events led by 6th form students Ellie Shepherd and Nicole Held. Students wrote their hopes and dreams for a positive future on card that was made into origami butterflies by Brother John. These butterflies took centre stage at our annual reflective service on Friday.
On the 16th January 2020 some Key Stage 4 students accompanied by the English Department visited the The Lowry to watch a performance of An Inspector Calls. Students said that the show was really good and that it helped them enormously with their studies. The staff at the Lowry were really impressed with our students and commented on this. Thank you to all the students for their fantastic behaviour and to all the staff who attended.
In the Year 10 North West Counties Quarter Final tie between St Mary’s and St John Fisher, the boys successfully made it through to the semi-finals and also qualified for the first round of the Champion Schools National competition. The scoreline of 40-12 doesn’t really show how tough the game was, particularly as St John Fisher took an early 6-0 lead and were in charge of the game for the first twenty minutes. However, in the lead up to half-time, St Mary’s managed to score two tries and in the second half were able to pull away in what was a clinical performance by scoring some well-worked tries. Nathan S and Flynn T-H claimed two tries apiece out wide whilst other scorers were Zac B-R, Jack E and Connor K.
The team will now play St Peter and Paul in the semi-finals and await a school from Cumbria in the first round of the Champion Schools competition. Well done so far boys!
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