London 2018

Year 8 Annual London Trip

What an amazing time we had in London on the 24th & 25th November. 88 Year 8 students and 12 staff set off from school at 5am. After a quick stop at the services we arrived at the London Eye just after 11am. Split into several pods on the London Eye we got to see all the famous landmarks in this fabulous, vibrant city.

After the London Eye we enjoyed some free time in the Southbank Christmas Markets where we enjoyed some lunch before heading to our hotel.

Cupcakes and Classics Book Club

The Cupcakes and Classics group is up and running. We are part way through our first reader ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee. We are all enjoying discussing events and characters and questioning aspects of the text. Our discussions are made all the more delicious by the occasional cupcake! We meet approximately every two weeks.

Mosi Year 7

Year 7 MOSI Trip

This week, the Science department took the whole of Year 7 to MOSI in Manchester to experience exhibitions about electricity and energy. The day was extremely valuable in allowing the students to have hands-on experience doing activities we aren’t able to do in school.

Remembrance

Remembrance Week

To mark Remembrance and the centenary of the end of the First World War, the History department organised a series of events to commemorate the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces today and in the past. Our school community has numerous personal connections to the Armed Forces and this year we aimed to involve as many staff and students as possible in the act of Remembrance. Throughout the week Year 9 and 11 students sold Poppies, pin badges and other Remembrance items at break and lunchtimes to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Open Evening
Sixth Form Open Evening

On Thursday 8th November we held our annual Sixth Form open evening. The school looked spectacular as departments showed off the subjects that they offer and the rich variety of skills and knowledge that our students learn along the way. From the magnificent works of art on display to the experiments being run by the science department it truly was a fantastic event. After the Year 12 band opened proceedings,  Mr Dawson and Mr Robinson delivered talks on what makes St Mary’s Sixth Form special and why we believe that our curriculum best supports our students. It was a really positive evening with many students commenting on the passion of our staff and how they can tell that they go ‘the extra mile’.

BookBuzz
Bookbuzz comes to St Marys

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in Year 7 students.

Students in our year 7 have all had the chance to choose a book to take home and keep, from a shortlist of 17 books selected by BookTrust. After a few weeks of waiting, and some help from students with organising the books, the first cohort of students have received their books, and the rest of year 7 will be receiving theirs in library lessons over the next 2 weeks.

Barcelona 2018

The annual Barcelona trip set off at 5am prompt on Friday October 19th, and it did not take long until the songs were blasting out on the coaches and the girls especially enjoyed their versions of popular Oasis songs. The 26 hour coach ride was going to fly by, (no pun intended) if this energy was maintained throughout.

A huge well done to the Eco-Team!!!

On 11th October 2018 5 members of the Eco-Team (Luke, Matthew, Lily, Eva, and Hollie) attended the annual Eco-Conference for the Wigan district. St Mary's Eco-Team had been named the 'inspirational' school for the 2018 conference with regards to the #NewToYou scheme they have started within school. 

Year 12 Parental Support

Year 12 Welcome Evening

Last night parents of our Year 12 students were invited in to discuss all things Sixth Form. Despite the miserable weather outside the Drama theatre was packed as Mr Robinson delivered a talk about Sixth Form life. He spoke about the new personal tutoring system and the proven success of the VESPA model which has been adopted. He also spoke about how to get the most out of every college day whilst maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Mr Rayner shared information on destinations, how to be successful this year and what support is available. The talk was rounded off by discussing the importance of good attendance, key dates through the year and what advice our Year 13 leavers would offer to our new students!