Mock Trial Competition

Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 21st March fourteen St Mary’s students had a brilliant day at the Mock Trial Competition at Burnley Magistrates’ Court. This involved role play of a court case in a real magistrates’ court against other schools. The team involved defence and prosecution lawyers, a legal adviser, witnesses, a defendant, an usher, a journalist and a team of magistrates. Miss Ellarby would like to thank all of the team – you were all absolutely fantastic!  

St. Mary's Celebrate World Book Day

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On Thursday 5th March, St Mary’s celebrated World Book Day in style! All week long, the English Department enticed students into the world of books with competitions, quizzes and challenges, starting on Monday with the ‘Willy Wonka Quote It’ game, in which students had to present Mrs Birchall, Miss Ellarby and Mrs Stuart with a famous quotation from Roald Dahl’s famous books. Students who took part enjoyed their prizes…Willy Wonka style sweet treats! 

By Tuesday, students were being asked to ‘Fall In Love With Reading’, and dozens of students queued up outside of the LRC to swap tales of their favourite books for the gift of a new book to dive into! Miss Ellarby and Miss Lovatt were impressed with how many of St Mary’s book worms took part.

Wednesday saw Mr Eccles lead a team of book loving teachers in their quest to beat our students in an interactive quiz all about books…but unfortunately, Mr Eccles, Mrs Hall, Mr Brown, Mrs Burdekin, Mr McVittie and Mr Myers weren’t good enough and were beaten by Jemima Bradley, Jakub Antczak and Molly Crunden…..Well done! A massive thank you to Mr Heyes for his wonderful presenting skills…Ant & Dec need to watch out!

Throughout the week, Mrs Williamson and Mr Baugh had planted QR codes all around school, which lead to games and interactive challenges via students’ mobile phones. Were you able to crack the codes?

And finally, World Book Day itself was a huge hit, as staff and students dressed up as their favourite characters to show their love of reading! There was an array of fictional characters, from The Mad Hatter, Harry Potter, Where’s Wally, Snow White, Peter Pan and William Shakespeare, and Mr McLaughlin devised an exciting quiz in which students had to hunt down the teachers in fancy dress to find the answers! Even Mr Eccles embraced the day and came to school as Professor Dumbledore. Congratulations to Chantelle in Year 10, who was chosen by Christ The King students to win the fancy dress ‘Best Costume’ award. She was presented with a hamper full of books and chocolate treats by Miss Preston, who ran the competition, and who admitted that it was a really tough job being part of the judging panel with so many amazing costumes!

Throughout the day on Thursday, Stuart Hill, award winning author of the Icemark Chronicles, joined us and worked with Years 7, 8 and 9. Students heard all about how Stuart became an author and got to hear some exciting pages of one of his best-selling books. Please see Miss Bamber, who organised the visit, to purchase one of Stuart’s books.

Whilst all of this was going on at school, Miss Webb, dressed as The Wicked Witch of the West, took a group of KS3 students to Preston North End’s football stadium to be a part of ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth tour’, a showcase of some fantastic authors including: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Cathy Cassidy, Cressida Cowell, Jonny Duddle, Danny Wallace.

We hope that everybody enjoyed the week, and that it inspired lots of you to pick up a book and fall in love with reading!

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St Mary's Journalists at the SSAT National Conference

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On the 4th and 5th December, four budding journalists from St Mary's will be making their way to Manchester for the annual SSAT national conference. Focusing upon 'The Learner' in the 21st century, the conference will feature a range of experts and academics from across the globe presenting the latest thinking in education. The student team will be reporting back on their experiences but were tasked with producing blogs about themselves in advance of the event. To find out more about the event and read their blogs, please visit:

There'll be more about this fantastic trip from the students in coming weeks too! 

Amnesty International Youth Awards

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Congratulations go to Sam Lovell, Tia Brown and Zahra Shahsavari of 9Z2 English. They have all been highly commended for their entries to the Young Human Rights Reporter competition. They each researched a human rights topic of interest and submitted their final articles to the national competition.