Congratulations to Catherina

Catherine WestheadWe are delighted to announce that Catherina Westhead, Year 13, has accepted a place with global accounts firm KPMG from October 2017 to train as an accountant via their apprenticeship opportunity. 

Catherina has been with St. Mary's since year 7 and has studied hard throughout her time here to gain excellent exam results; all her hard work has finally paid off with this amazing opportunity. 
Studying  A level Psychology, ICT and Business Studies in our sixth form, her interest in business and accounts was confirmed.
She was up against 28,000 other students and secured one of the 1,000 places available. Catherina will move to live and work in Birmingham in October 2017.  We wish her lots of luck in her new adventure. 


Pru Goals Cycle London Launch Event

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Thirteen Students attended the launch of the Cycle London event in a stormy Harrogate yesterday. The first stage of their cycling journey which will hopefully end in each one of them completing 46 miles, through the streets of London, culminating in crossing the line on The Mall.

And what a start – Dame Kelly Holmes!!!!

The day started with a brief introduction then a nutrition talk from the cycle land speed record holder, Guy Martin who explained what was needed to train then ride the race. It was amazing to see just what you could and could not eat to help you build up energy levels during the race. Dame Kelly Holmes also mentioned what she had done last year when she competed in the race for the first time.

The second session was on motivation which involved all students including Mr Mcvittie spending five minutes looking at times when they had to change their attitude and direction in order to achieve a new goal. This emphasised the start of this journey and how they were going to have to prepare in the forthcoming months. Some interesting examples and encouragingly everybody took part willingly.

The final part of the day was all about the bike. They showed us the bike, its features and then some safety tips. Then helmets on and out for a practice on the roads of Harrogate. Hopefully we will not have the same weather in july – wind , hail, snow! Everybody at least got a chance to sit on their bike and ride in convoy for a short time before the inclement weather beat us.

The bikes followed us home and have been stored at St Marys in preparation for the months ahead.

Good luck to all riders and we cannot wait to cross that line on the Mall.


Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament

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On Friday 17th March two teams from St Mary’s competed in the annual Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament held in Lytham St Anne’s. The teams were given the challenging of engineering a motorised device that was required to move electronically down a tunnel, move pieces of wood and reverse back to the start of the tunnel. The teams had to brainstorm, discuss and design different ideas and solutions to produce a portfolio of work, they then had to spend 3 hours manufacturing and testing their final motorised device. Both groups produced some interesting and creative solutions which they then tested against other teams from various different Blackpool Schools and Colleges. A big well done and congratulations to the Y11 KS4 team who came second in their category.

Thank you to both teams for competing on the day:

KS3 team: Jess Hill, Michael Woof, Antonia Harris, Lewis Dyson.
KS4 team: Jamie Rimmer, Rylie McGeever, Sophie Woods, Aliesha McLaughlin.


Year 4 Primary PE festival

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On 17th March the PE department held a primary festival for year 4 students from our feeder primary schools. Students developed their team work through a bench ball competition as well as a ''street dance' session led by Lexi Moat (yr9). The day was a huge success. Thank you to all our year 9 ambassadors - Annie Wills, Darcie Lovell, Jessica Duffy, Lexi Moat, Ellie Whitmore, Emily Schofiled, Roberta Rogers-Smith,and Khuslen Gantulga, your help and leadership was greatly appreciated. 



Flame Trip

At 6:15am on Friday 10th March, a dedicated group of 17 students boarded a coach to London for the Flame trip. Along with our friends from Cardinal Allen School, Fleetwood, we made the long journey down to our Capitol City for an intensive 2 days of sightseeing and attending the Flame Youth Congress in Wembley Arena. Mr Conway expertly led the group around all the sights of London, informing us of the history of many great monuments and buildings . Our tour included a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Natural History Museum and an evening walk past the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames & London Eye and Buckingham Palace. We were all worn out after a long day of travelling and exploring, and the burger at Planet Hollywood for dinner was welcome reward!

Our day on Saturday was spent in Wembley Arena for the Flame Congress. We joined 10,000 other young people in the arena, and the atmosphere was electric! We heard from many great speakers, including Cardinal Bo from Myanmar (Burma), who spoke of the difficulties his country is having with the birth of democracy, civil war and the persecution of minority groups. He reminded us of the power of hope in the face of difficult times, and to remember to value our diversity. We also heard from Fr Augusto from CAFOD, who shared his story and his memories of Pope Francis with us and told us of the importance of listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Rise theatre performed some moving drama pieces, including a story of hope told from inside a real boat that had carried 32 refugees to safety, and award- winning musician Matt Redman performed many of his songs in between the speakers and during our time of prayer. It was a wonderful, uplifting and inspiring trip. We hope the lessons learned will encourage our students to continue helping others & share the important messages we heard with others.