A Message From Mr Eccles

Dear Parents/Carers, 

After my first two weeks in post as the new Head teacher at St Mary’s Catholic Academy I wanted to write to thank you for your support in helping us to have a fantastic start to this academic year. The students look incredibly smart and have settled in well to their new timetables. Our new Year 7 are growing in confidence and have integrated well into their new Learning House and form families.

Bishop Michael visiting the Communications Learning House
It was a pleasure to welcome so many visitors to the academy last Thursday for the blessing by Bishop Michael of both new academy buildings and of the new Christ the King Church. The students were exceptional, the samba and wind band played the procession into the new building beautifully and all of the students watched as Bishop Michael blessed the doors to each Learning House. It was a great occasion to start a new era for the whole community as part of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy trust.

I have included a message from Mr Tierney, the new executive director of the trust with this letter. I have also included a message with this letter from Mr Slack the Academy manager regarding consent for photographs to be used in publicity and also a statement about data protection which we are legally required to provide you with.

I would like to finish by thanking parents, staff and students for their messages of support as I start my new role. This is my sixth year at St Mary’s and I feel immensely privileged to have the opportunity to take over here as Head teacher and continue leading the academy in working to provide an outstanding, holistic, catholic education for children in Blackpool. Our work with Mr Tierney and the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy trust will provide us with many exciting opportunities in the future and the staff and I are incredibly excited about the journey ahead in our new, blessed academy,

Yours sincerely,

Mr Eccles
Head Teacher

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Click here to read the letter from Mr Slack

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Sports Awards Evening 2014

Sports Presentation Evening 2014Unfortunately the Sports Awards Evening scheduled for Wednesday 17th Sept in school has been cancelled as not enough tickets have been sold to make the evening viable. The PE Department would like to thank all those pupils and parents that supported the school and the PE Department by purchasing tickets. You will be sent a letter with details of how to collect a refund. The evening will be rescheduled for July 2015. Please look out for further information about the rescheduled evening later in the academic year.

Many Thanks

PE Department. 

Parent Director Election

In the newly formed Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust we have provision for two parent directors which are currently both vacant. One of the parent directors must have a child at either Christ the King or St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy. The other parent director must have a child at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the academy on the day that nominations close. The post is for four years. More information is in the attached letter. 

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St Mary’s Academy Extra stretches out into the community

The Big Launch is Saturday 13th September and Thursday 18th September.

Academy Extra is an exciting new opportunity for local children to take part in Theatre School, Street Dance, Basketball and Football at a fraction of the cost. The clubs are focussed on encouraging participation whilst also developing excellence in a variety of skills. The coaches and instructors teach with passion and enthusiasm to ensure every child has a great experience in an encouraging environment.

Assistant Headteacher, Jeremy Mannino who devised the Programme said, “Academy Extra is inspirational and unique – we are welcoming children of all ages from all over Blackpool to experience exciting, engaging and healthy activities at a fraction of the cost elsewhere.”

Academy Extra promises four amazing opportunities to children in the community. The state of the art school will throw its doors open this coming Saturday at 9am with a series of clubs and activities.

Theatre School brings us top quality drama teaching. Coaches will teach acting skills, develop improvisation and have fun in creating sketches they can learn from. This will have a great impact on their social skills, passion for education and confidence.

Street Dance is all the rage at the moment – Academy Extra is delighted to be able to announce they have a Great Britain and World Champion as part of the coaching team to inspire the young children in the community. Coaches will teach amazing new urban dance skills, develop their improvisation and have fun in creating performances.

Basketball excellence is ingrained into school life with an ex-England coach on their staff. Girls and boys across all years have enjoyed plenty of success of the years and now Academy Extra is expanding the excellence by opening the sessions up to children from Key Stage 2.

Football for all will be open to children in Years1 and 2 and be lead by the outstanding coaches sourced through Clifton rangers Football Club.

In addition to the sessions, the groups will be working towards mini-performances and tournaments at the end of each term that parents will be invited to.

Academy Extra’s philosophy is ‘a window into a wider world’ – meaning that with the right encouragement and commitment, children can aspire to be excellent participants as well as outstanding people. Being a great basketball player or Street Dancer requires skill, passion, dedication and resilience - all transferable skills that will enable our next generation to be truly successful in life. “Academy Extra is about expanding the experiences our young people can have so they can truly live their lives to the full.”

Sessions for primary aged children begin this Saturday 13th September at 9am – check the website for exact timings. Sessions for older children begin on Thursday 18th September at 5pm – check website for exact timings. All are welcome to attend the first session free.