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  • Arts Celebration Summer Concert 2018

    On the 20th June 2018, here at St Mary’s we hosted our annual Arts Celebration Concert showcasing the wealth of talent from the Creative Arts Faculty. 

    Concert goers were treated to an exhibition of GCSE art work as they arrived followed by performances from a variety of acts including St Mary’s Choir, Legally Blonde (a preview of the school production) as well as acts from Years 7 to 13 with sixth form student, Dillon Sharrocks stating the “talent was exceptional this year”.

  • Tenner Challenge 2018

    Groups of students have been given 10 pounds and are challenged to make as much money as possible for a charity.

    'Tenner' supports schools in providing learning opportunities that develop young people’s competencies and skills which underpin success in future education and employment pathways such as: Confidence, Resilience and Problem solving.

  • 24hr Fundraising Run for Niall 

    On 10th and 11th May, St Mary’s staff and students took part in a 24 hour run in memory of Niall Dearnaley who died last year. This event was organised by Niall’s younger brother Oran who wanted to repay the charity Once Upon a Smile for their continued support over the past year.  This charity provides bereaved families with support and care after the death of a loved one.

  • KS3 Easter Awards

    KS3 Easter Celebration Assemblies

    Just before the Easter break year 7 and 8 held their termly celebration assemblies to recognise amazing achievements that our students are making both inside and outside of school. This included a sporting award, an extended effort award, a positive contribution award and a head of year award. We also celebrated those students who achieved the STEM award which has been run by the science department. Well done to all the winners!

  • LaTasca

    La Tasca Trip

    On the 27th February and the 6th of March, two year 8 groups went to the Spanish restaurant ‘La Tasca’ in the Trafford Centre.

    As we walked in we were amazed by the unique decorations and furniture.  After we were seated, we received a menu that had a range of delicious different tapas.  There were so many interesting dishes it was hard to choose three! Some of the tapas included: Calamari, Croquettes, Meatballs, different types of Andalucian fish and many more! However, on the menu, all of the tapas were in Spanish, so the staff and teachers were helpful in explaining it all to us when it came to ordering.

  • Cafod Photobooth

    CAFOD Photobooth

    The R.E Ambassadors have been busy raising money for Lent this year by running their own ‘Photo Booth’. Students were invited to come along, dress up with their friends and have their picture taken will all money raised going to CAFOD. In total we raised £50! The photobooth will be back, watch this space….

  • World Book Day

    On the 1st March 2018, staff and pupils celebrated World Book Day by coming together, as a school community, to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

    In addition to this, Mrs McInnes, our school librarian, coordinated a range of World Book Day activities in the SSC at lunch time for all pupils whilst year 7 and 8 pupils were given the opportunity to take part in World Book Day quizzes and competitions during their English lessons.

  • Mott MacDonald

    Mott MacDonald Visit

    On Friday 2nd February St Marys welcomed visitors from Mott Macdonald to come and meet our Design, Engineer, Construct Level 3 students. The visitors from Mott Macdonald included Sarah Wilcock and Essam Beseiso who are civil engineers and Lorna Webb who is responsible for public relations. Alison Watson the curator of DEC! also attended the day. The visitors were given a tour of the school and were really impressed.

  • Rugby at St Mary's

    Rugby @ St Mary's 

    Both the year 7 and year 8 boy’s rugby league teams made it to the quarter finals of the North West Counties Cup last week. The year 8’s faced Wade Deacon away in a thrilling contest. After only 4 minutes the lads found themselves 16 points behind, but they showed great determination to get themselves back in the game. Flynn T showed fantastic strength and power to go the full length of the field.

  • Holocaust Memorial

    Holocaust Memorial Service

    6th form students Matthew and Dillon led the school in a series of reflections last week to remember the Holocaust and other genocides. Their work followed from participation in the Lessons from Auschwitz project and finished with a service on Friday morning in school. The key message from this year was “The Power of Words” and reflections from different form groups are being displayed on the fence at the entrance to the school on Manchester Road so that our wider community might share in our learning.

  • Year 7 Achievement Assembly

    We are very proud of our Year 7s, not only have more than half of them received their Bronze Badges but we have over a hundred Silver award winners, 19 Gold winners and 4 Platinum winners. What a year group!

    Some of our Gold and Platinum badge winners can be seen in the photos along with a blazer lapel loaded with Achievement badges. Well done to our Platinum winners: Charlotte, Joel, Milo and Andrew #PROUD

    We also completed our Prize draw and three deserving students went away with High Street vouchers for £5, £10 and £20!

  • Badges

    Y8 Achievers

    Over 220 of our Year 8s have now achieved their Bronze Award and over 90 have their Silver Award. This shows the dedication to learning and to always being their best that we see daily from Year 8.

    We are very proud of our over 30 Gold winners and our 2 Platinum winners, some of whom are pictured. To have 4 badges so far is a huge achievement.

    We made our Prize Draw and our three lucky winners received high street vouchers for £5, £10 and £20!

    Well done Year 8 #Proud

  • Christmas Concert Review
    Written by Emily Worrall

    After weeks of preparation, our students put on a mind-blowing performance on the night of the Christmas concert. Pupils from Year 7 – 13 dedicated their time to perform for their friends and family. The 6th formers were very helpful and made sure that the students were well prepared so that everything would be amazing on the night of the show. When the night finally came the students were really nervous but they were ready to finally show off their true talents to the audience that were waiting in the lower school hall.

  • Year 8 History Trip to the Imperial War Museum North

    Last week the History Department took the whole of year 8 on a visit to the Imperial War Museum North.

    Year 8 you were a credit to St Mary’s – super young people, engaged and eager to learn – well done Year 8.

  • Special visit from Hannah Russell MBE – British Paralympic Swimmer.

    On Monday 11th December we were extremely excited to welcome Hannah Russell double Paralympic champion, World and European Champion Swimmer, to our school. Hannah has a birth condition known as extreme myopia, which restricts her vision to a distance of around one metre but she has never let that stand in her way of achieving her childhood dream of becoming a swimmer.

  • Celebrating Year 7
    Celebrating Year 7

    Can you believe they have done a year at St. Mary's already?

    Our End of Year Celebration Assembly started with the video of the year and ended with a wonderful performance from 7R of what has become a very special song to us - Ariana Grande's "One Last Time", they have left a number of staff a little teary!

  • Celebration Year 8
    Celebrating Year 8

    What a wonderful year 8 we have had. On Wednesday the students came together with their tutors, House Leaders and Mrs Lomas  and Mr Newton to celebrate so many achievements. The year group continues to be committed to excellence in all that they do whether it be in the classroom, in the sporting arena, on the stage, in the community or even just around school.

  • Amazing Athletes
    Amazing Athletes

    Our Year 7 Boys and Girls athletics teams gained an excellent Team Bronze Medal at the Gtr Manchester Schools Games.

    Representing Wigan Schools, they competed against the best two schools from each of the Gtr Manchester Boroughs at Sportcity, Eastlands.

    Each student had to complete the 100,800,Long jump, Javelin and relay.

  • Quarry Bank Mill
    Year 7 Quarry Bank Mill

    All of our Year 7 students experienced a visit to Quarry Bank Mill with the History Department this week. We learned about the Mill’s connections to our local history and we were inspired with ideas ready to design a British History Theme Park to consolidate the years’ learning. Thanks to all of the staff that helped to make this visit a success!

  • Nuclear Workshop
    Nuclear Workshop - Hotel Football

    Miss Boardman took 10 Key Stage 3 students to the Innovation in Nuclear STEM workshop at Hotel Football in Manchester. The European Nuclear Young Generation Forum held a conference in Manchester and wanted to demonstrate the opportunities available to young people and engage them in challenging science and engineering activities.

  • Welcome Day
    What a Welcome Day!

    260 Y6 students joined us for our Welcome day looking nervous and excited. After our assembly they went off to form and met their new tutors and were very quickly making new friends, learning the St Mary’s way and thinking about what they can do to make us all #ProudToBeMarys.

  • Energiser Workshop
    Energy engineering workshop for KS3

    Approximately 120 students from Year 7 and Year 8 had the opportunity to attend an exciting engineering workshop run by an external visitor to school.

    Students considered what an engineer does and what skills they would need to become an engineer. Students were surprised by the huge array of different types of engineering careers, such as in textiles, agriculture, communications as well as the more well-known areas such as aerospace, mechanical and civil engineering.

  • Taster 2017
    Welcoming Year 6

    The taster days for our Year 6s are in full swing! Students have had a range of exciting lessons from cookie mining to drag-racing, ukuleles (with a special guest!) to art workshops and everything in between.

    It has been great getting to know our new Year 7 students and we are getting very excited about them coming next week on the 29th June for the Welcome Day. Students will be arriving at 9.30am for a day of getting to know each other, finding their way around and having lunch.

  • Stars
    Balloon Release - Stars in their Eyes

    On Friday 5th May 2017, Staff and Students at St. Mary’s Catholic High School came together as a community to celebrate the life of our student and friend Caitlin.

    This day was known as
    ‘Caitlin’s Day’

    Caitlin tragically passed away on Wednesday 26th April after a short but brave and determined battle against cancer.

  • DofE
    Y9 Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

    77 of our amazing Y9 students participated in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition at the weekend. Students who attended the expedition showed great determination, resilience and grit. We are very proud of what you achieved over the weekend. Well done to all involved #challengeaccepted

  • Cracking Chemistry
    St. Joseph's Cracking Chemistry

    Students from St Joseph's joined Miss Boardman and our Science Ambassadors for their Cracking Chemistry during Science Week. Students took part in chemical reactions and flame tests. They also saw demonstrations including the screaming jelly baby, elephant's toothpaste, the whoosh bottle, coloured flame tests and static electricity.

  • People History
    The People’s History Museum 

    Students in Year 9 were invited on Friday 10th March to visit and work in partnership with The People’s History Museum in Manchester. The museum looks at the history of working class protest and equality. Students were invited by the curators of The People’s History Museum to ‘take over’ the museum and took part in a range of workshops and archive sessions. Students accessed the archives and examined original documents.

  • Science Ambassadors
    Student Science Ambassadors

    11 students were successful with their applications to lead in science with activities to give back to their community. These students have shown a commitment to science and will support with the Super Science Fair this week and lead on projects with our linked primary schools.

    Well done from Miss Boardman.

  • ABA Training
    Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training

    On Thursday 2nd March, 15 students from across different year groups attended Matthew Moss high School in Rochdale to complete their Anti Bullying Ambassador Training, in association with the Diana Award.  It was an eye opening experience and all of our young people came back more determined than ever to combat bullying within our community.

  • Lecture
    Graphene Lecture

    HAP students visited the beautiful Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester with Miss Boardman to experience a lecture on graphene by the team who won the Noble Physics Prize for the creation of graphene. Students were immersed in the chemistry and revolutionary applications of this amazing new material.

  • Lego Challenge
    STEM Club - Lego Challenge

    On Monday 6th March St Mary's STEM Club took part in the Tomorrows Engineers - Lego Robotics Challenge. The pupils, who attend STEM Club on Monday nights had to complete a series of challenges on the day to compete in the competition. The challenges included programming Lego robots to compete various tasks in a 'space' environment. Students had to take part in group presentations where the students discussed what robots may be like in the future.

  • Dayne Weston
    Dayne Weston attends McAuley House Assembly

    On Wednesday we had Dayne Weston from Leigh Centurions join the McAuley House assembly. He came into St Mary's to speak about a charity that is dear to his heart called 'Ben's Wish'. The charity is raising funds for a local 10 year old boy called Ben Robinson from Leigh who has cerebral palsy and has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia.

  • Annie

    School Production 2017

    When I found out that I was Annie I was so happy and shocked on how well I did and at first I didn’t think it was true. I didn’t believe it, but when I walked up to the cast sheet tears of happiness streamed down my face. I got the part! Ever since I was little I loved the role of Annie, she was sweet and clever and special.  I loved Annie and have seen it everywhere; on stage, TV, film and everything else!  If it wasn’t for my friends (especially Sophie) I wouldn’t have been as confident and certainly wouldn’t be doing Drama today.

  • Careers Convention
    Careers Convention

    On Thursday 9th February we held our 27th annual Careers Convention.  The Careers Convention was a great success; this year students from Year 8 to Year 13 attended, with over 110 exhibitors present on the evening.  At a time when there are over 573,000 young people aged 16 – 24 in the country unemployed, the purpose of the Convention was to give our pupils the opportunity to obtain the very best careers advice from experts in a variety of different fields of employment, training and Further/Higher Education. 

Assistant Headteacher - Director for Key Stage 3
Assistant Director for Key Stage 3
Year Leads
Year 8 - Mrs M Hurst