Year 9 & 10 Girls Football

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On Tuesday evening the year 9 and 10 girls represented Blackpool at Fuse football in the Female Football Festival. The festival was organised by Fleetwood Town Community Trust whose aim is to encourage girls in year 9 and 10 to participate in football.

There girls were competing against 4 other regional teams coming up against Preston, Rochdale, Fleetwood and Morecambe. The girls played with fantastic spirit and scoring some fantastic goals and were a credit to the school. We look forward to continuing our success as a team for the coming terms ahead.

A massive well done to all the girls involved. Natasha Brownwood, Aimee Morrow, Keeley Smith, Jessica Roberts, Katie Derby. Chloe Pendelton, Beth Slater and Princess Puno.

Sixth Form Ethos Day 2015

Just when the new Lower Sixth cohort felt like they’d settled into this new chapter in their academic career – the sixth form team, headed by Mrs. Burrough, set to raise the bar of inclusion and the sense of community across the Sixth Form in the inaugural outing to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for this year’s Ethos Day. 

Initially, the room was awash with the nervousness of the new students, pessimistic of what the day had to offer. This quickly changed as the day got started, and any apprehension was easily forgotten as the multitude of exciting, invigorating, team-building activities sought to bridge the students in the two year groups together.

During the sessions, the focus of the day was made ever-more apparent: St Mary’s continuous efforts to work toward their mission statement, the hallmarks of which – Catholic, Caring, Community, Challenging – were embedded into the activities and thus, instilled into the minds of the students.

After the excitement and fun of the team building activities, the focus turned to the Sixth Form’s mission to follow in the footsteps of Oscar Romero and strive towards a more prophetic community, speaking out to challenge injustice in society.

Students rose to the task of designing a shield that best represented the Sixth Form: challenging the students to consider the morals that epitomise the inclusive, friendly and welcoming Sixth Form community. Students were then welcome to stay on and experience the exhilarating rides that the Pleasure Beach had to offer – bringing a day full of excitement, amusement, and joy to a truly brilliant close, leaving the students more connected, involved and excited about the amazing opportunities our Sixth Form has to offer them in the upcoming year within the St Mary’s community.

Nathan Leahy (Year 12)

Liverpool, the place, inspiration our intention!

Our sixth form art and photography students experienced a day in Europe’s former City of Culture.

Students embarked upon personalised projects creating sketches and notes at City’s’ Tate and Walker Galleries, experiencing first hand masterpieces by artists Cezanne, Braque, Warhol and Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock along with Photographic work by Cindy Sherman, Gillian Wareing and Lynn Hershman to name a few!

Photography students were set an initial “Urban” brief, in which several photographic shoots were conducted across the City basing work on themes such as “the Abstract”, “Contrasts” “Architecture” and candid “Street photography”

Well done to our students who worked responsibly and collaboratively throughout the day and a special thanks to Mr Hardy who organised and ensured a safe trip.  

Year 7 win Harry Wynne Cup Competition

Year 7 won the Harry Wynne Cup with a 2 – 1 win over Highfield in an exciting final. It meant that they finished unbeaten in the competition conceding just one goal. 

St Mary’s started well with a 4 – 0 over Unity. They dominated throughout creating numerous chances with some fantastic free flowing football. Finney finished off great linking moves between Henshall and Powell, who were a constant threat. In defence Clacher and Herbert snuffed out any threat that Unity provided and were solid at the back. After half time Roper made several strong runs down the right hand side providing several goal scoring opportunities.

In their second game they beat South Shore academy 5 – 0 with an even better performance. Pacheco looked assured at the back and Dylan and Tyler Alunan twins were outstanding winning every tackle and providing great service to the front two. Fadairo dominated midfield going close several times, whilst Foster had several shots on goal.

Highfield had won both their group games 2 – 0 and looked a strong team. The first half of the final was nip and tuck, St Mary’s just edging it with several clearcut chances that were not converted. Helm looked very assured in goal.

0 -0 at half time and the first goal was going to be crucial. Unfortunately it was Highfield that broke the deadlock to take the lead. An early test in the season to see what response would come from the team. Heads certainly didn’t drop!! It seemed to take St Mary’s to another level and they deservedly equalised with a Henshall thunderbolt. They continued to dominate and took the lead when Henshall scored what turned out to be the winning goal. Despite some late pressure from Highfield St Mary’s hung on to register their first success.

A great team effort, all twelve players were outstanding, extremely well behaved and a credit to St Mary’s. A great start to what could be a very good season. Thank you to all the parents for their support and Erin Muir for her help.

Congratulations to Keegan Helm, Tyler Alunan, Dylan Alunan, Karl Pacheco, Fabio Herbert, James Clacher, Jack Roper, Corey Foster, Ryan Powell, Dylan Henshall, Matthew Finney, Jake Wilson, Sheick Fadairo.