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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”.

  • Congratulations Prefects

    Congratulations to all the exemplary students who have been appointed as prefects this week.

    They are excellent role models and have shown an exemplary record of attendance, behaviour , uniform and commitment over the school years. As a team, they are dynamic and tenacious with many ideas of how they would like to make a lasting impact at school.

  • An Inspector Calls

    Prior to the English exams, Year 11 pupils were challenged by the English Department to a competition regarding their GCSE Literature set text 'An Inspector Calls'. The students had to find key quotes from the text that were placed around the Communications Block and recall key facts about the quotations they discovered.

  • 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.

  • Robots Lecture

    Robots lecture - Manchester University

    In February a group of year 9 pupils braved the weather and visited Manchester University with Miss Boardman and Miss Prescott for an interactive lecture on Robots delivered by the brilliant Proffessor Danielle George. Students received an engaging lecture linking science and engineering to create their very own robot orchestra.

  • 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.

  • Thackray Medical Museum

    On Monday 5th March 2018 the History Department took the Year 10 History cohort to visit the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds. The trip was an opportunity for students to be able to enhance their understanding of  how medicine has developed and changed over time.

    Year 10 you were a credit to St Mary’s. Well done – a great day had by all.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jumper Day

    Christmas Jumper Day 2017

    By taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December 2017, Sixth Form students, Year 11 students and Staff at St Mary’s raised the fantastic sum of  £431.87  for the Save the Children charity.

    Thank you to everyone who wore their festive jumpers, donated cakes and money. Your support was much appreciated and we really did have a great time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GCSE Results
    GCSE Results 

    Students, parents and staff at St Mary’s Catholic High School are celebrating achieving excellent results in their GCSEs.  This is the first time that students have sat the newly reformed GCSEs in Mathematic and English which are graded 9-1 rather than the traditional A*-G.  The new exams are significantly more challenging; controlled Assessment has been removed and there is more content with greater rigour.  The students have taken all of this in their stride and today marks the culmination of 5 year’s hard work before taking the next steps in their life.

  • A Level 2017
    A Level Results - Summer 2017

    The whole community of St. Mary’s Catholic High School is celebrating an outstanding set of A Level and vocational results.  This year is the first time nationally students have sat exams for the newly reformed A levels and St Mary’s students have once again achieved very highly indeed in a changing examination landscape.  Overall our students have attained  a 99% A* - E pass rate with a very impressive number at the highest grades.  In all, an outstanding 55% of grades were at  A*/A or their equivalent,  an excellent 70% were A*-B and an impressive 88% were A*-C or their equivalent.

  • Holyrood
    Holyrood Visits

    Year 10 child development students have been visiting Holyrood nursery to observe children playing.   This is research for their controlled assessment.  The focus is creative play and outdoor play.  It has been good to see inside the nursery and spend time with the nursery nurses and children. 

  • Music Service
    Wigan Music Service Ensembles Showcase 

    After three busy rehearsals in June, on Wednesday 5th July it was time for St. Mary’s and Oakfield High school to perform together a song written especially for both schools called ‘Stronger Together’. But before the performance there was a well-deserved tea at Pizza Hut!

    It was excellent to see both schools working together so well and really enjoying performing on the stage at Robin Park.

    Well Done to everyone who took part. 

  • Science London
    Science in the City

    On Saturday 1st July 2017, at a very early time of 8am, 34 students, full of excitement, embarked upon a very well anticipated journey, for what was sure to be a fantastic weekend in the capital: London!

    Soon getting past the exhaustion, we were on the motorway speeding towards London, listening to some music in the meantime. Excitement fuelled our energy, and having only stopped once for a quick break, before we even noticed, our destination was imminent!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Big Bang Fair
    Big Bang Fair 2017

    35 students attended the brilliant Big Bang Fair 2017. With over 150 stands with careers advice, engaging activities in many fields of science and engineering, students got hands on with employers and universities to promote jobs and degrees they might like to pursue. GSK and Red Nose Day gave us an insight into malaria, Sellafield intrigued students with activities about nuclear power, students saw shows by the Gastronaught, and we learnt survival skills at our final workshop plus much more.

  • Creative Writing
    Y10 AS Creative Writing

    The Year 10 AS Creative Writing group were fortunate enough to be taught by one of the school's gifted A Level students: Grace Corey. The group are working towards an AS Creative Writing qualification and have to write their own original pieces. Grace came into one of the sessions to inspire creativity and flair in the pupils' writing. Grace used one of her own examples with the students and they now have to craft their own piece loosely based on ideas generated by Grace.

  • Bath Fizz
    Charity - Bath Fizz Making

    Bath fizz making in production this morning.  Well done Health and Social Care students.  You have been amazing on the production line.  Thanks to the sixth formers for their help.  We are nearly ready for the sale for The Christie charity next week.

  • Coffee Morning
    H & S Coffee Morning

    Today the year 10 GCSE health and social students enjoyed helping at the coffee morning after mass.  It was a lovely event with the students learning from members of the community.

    Thanks to Sarah for accompanying the students and Miss Hall for organising today.

  • 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.

  • Netball Coaching
    Natalie Panagarry – Netball Coaching

    On Friday 3rd March pupils from St Mary’s Catholic High School were treated to a netball coaching session from England and Loughborough Lightening’s Natalie Panagarry, who kindly took time out of her busy schedule to provide students with this exciting and unique opportunity. Panagarry spent time discussing her success in netball with the students and explained the pathway she had taken to reach international level.

  • 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.

  • History Trip
    Year 11 GCSE History Trip: Hitler on Trial

    Yesterday Year 11 students who study GCSE History had the opportunity to take part in an interactive revision based workshop. Students played the part of the jury in a courtroom based interactive play - Hitler on Trial.

    Our students were a credit to St Mary's. Their behaviour was impeccable.

  • UCAS Evening
    Getting a step ahead.

    Great to see so many of our aspiring Yr.11 students and parents attending our UCAS (university application) evening. At St Mary's Sixth Form College we pride ourselves on the support provided to all our university (and apprenticeship) applicants leading to highly successful transition from our college. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • 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 4
Assistant Director for Key Stage 4
Year Leads
Year 9 - Mrs L Lomas
Year 10 -Mrs H Beeley
Year 11 - Miss A Rees