Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

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Fairtrade Fortnight took place from February 27th - March 10th and St. Mary’s have been presenting the staff and students with various treats, all while taking them on a mini break around the world. Students had the chance to get their Fairtrade passport stamped for each different place they have been taken to.

To open the two weeks, the Chaplaincy Team held a Tiki Juice Bar, with Fairtrade ingredients from Latin America. The students were offered a drink for 50p with a choice of Traditional Handmade Lemonade, St. Mary’s Ice Tea, Strawberry Fizz and Appleade. The Juice Bar was a hit and set up the theme nicely to create excitement over what was to come next.

We then had hot drinks on offer; Fairtrade tea, hot chocolate and fudge hot chocolate. A drink on it’s own was 60p or you could have a hot drink and two fair break biscuits for £1. We offered this trip to West Africa - where Fairtrade chocolate is found at break in the Deli Bar. This offer ran for two days as well as selling all of our regular Fairtrade products.

Continuing in West Africa, we held a chocolate fountain with Fairtrade chocolate and the students had the opportunity to dip in skewers of marshmellows, strawberries and banana for £1 per skewer. This was a clear success with the students and the Chaplaincy team even got a little taste at the end!

To end Fairtrade Fortnight, we gave the staff a treat to Fairtrade tea and coffee with a Fairtrade chocolatey product, or fruit for those good people who have given up chocolate for Lent. Debs and Margaret, the angels who usually prep for staff brews at break time were given their own break as we took over to highlight to the staff what Fairtrade products are available in shops and a taste of a good brew and a proper coffee.

Personally, I have loved Fairtrade Fortnight and the efforts of the whole team, particularly Sarah, have paid off as we managed to draw attention to the Fairtrade Foundation and generate some attention and the chance to offer students something different. Remember we sell Fairtrade products at break everyday! What’s your favourite?




Year 10 FMSP Maths Feast: Winners!

Maths Feast Winners
On 13th March, four Year 10 mathematicians took part in the Further Mathematics Support Programme's (FMSP) "Maths Feast" event. This is a team event aimed at developing problem-solving, communication, and mathematical reasoning, and encouraging study of mathematics beyond GCSE.

I am pleased to announce that our team came out as WINNERS overall, storming to a very convincing victory by winning three of the five rounds of the competition against a variety of schools from Blackpool and Lancashire.

Congratulations on this excellent achievement go to:

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Academy Extra Showcase 2017

Once again the ever-growing Academy Extra project is pleased to announce another end of year showcase. Everyone is welcome to come and support the young performers of St. Mary’s Catholic Academy and students from other Primary Schools in Blackpool as they perform a variety of plays for your enjoyment. These will include a Primary school devised performance of ‘Rory the Bear 2’ and Secondary school performances of ‘Face’ and ‘Sparkleshark’.

The showcase will take place on the Thursday 18th May, starting at 5:30pm. There will be free entry to the event as we celebrate the incredible effort and talent of the young performers of Academy Extra.

We can’t wait to see you there!

St Mary’s student wins prestigious Arts Society Award!

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Congratulations to Ronan Barratt, year 11 for winning Blackpool’s Arts Society Award.

Ronan’s stunning self -portrait has been selected from hundreds of artistic and photographic entries to the Seasiders competition from schools across Blackpool and Fylde; Ronan is overall winner!

St Mary’s, as we know is brimming with creative talent and has won the coveted prize for the fourth time! The Art and Photography Department are extremely proud of the achievements of our students. It’s all happening on the 3rd Floor!

The news came as a surprise to Ronan; currently one of St Mary’s sporting talents. He has proven to be as successful on the drawing board as he is on the pitch! He is certainly one to watch in the future!

Ronan’s portrait, created using graphite pencil is one of a number of pieces entered this year.

In addition, Chloe Jewers (Year 11) has been highly commended by the Blackpool Arts Society for her safari inspired study of a Giraffe created in mixed media. Well done to Chloe. Amongst other students to be recognised this year for their creative efforts is Emilia Taraszkiewicz (Year 11).

Congratulations again to the winners and well done to the other finalists, Lewis Wood and Seanna Knight- Fraine (Year 10) and Ellie Hampson (Year 11).

Thank you to Miss Clark for presenting all artwork exhibited in the competition.

Prize winners are invited to attend an awards presentation evening on Wednesday 15th March at Blackpool Tower at 7pm.

The Young Seasider’s exhibition of Art and Photography is on at The Blackpool and Fylde University Centre Gallery, Blackpool and Fylde College, Park Road, until Thursday 30th March 2017.

Entry to the exhibition is free and it is open to the public from 10am – 7pm Monday – Thursday and Fridays from 10am to 4pm.

Year 8 Win Regional Indoor Cricket Finals

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Year 8 continue to break new ground - winning the regional indoor cricket finals at Stanley Park and thus qualifying for the county finals for the first time ever!  They won all three games comprehensively and now play the top seven schools in the county at Bolton Indoor arena later this month.

The first game was against BRGS where captain Dylan Henshall lost the toss and St Mary’s were asked to bat. Despite a slow start they managed a respectable total of 57 with Henshall undefeated on 30. A very tight bowling and fielding display limited the opposition to just 30. Waterhouse and M Joseph bowling well and Pachecco and Herbert outstanding in the field.

The second game was against Pendle Vale and after winning the toss St Mary’s bowled them out for just 22. Powell stopped everything behind the stumps and B Joseph bowled with increasing confidence. St Mary’s comfortably passed their score and posted a total of 60. Henshall again top scored undefeated on 28 with able assistance from Clacher.

A win or even a small defeat would have seen the team through to the finals but confidence was sky high and a clean sweep was their only goal. Despite losing the toss and getting their lowest score of the tournament (43 ) defeat was out of the question and they bowled Archbishop Temple out for 15. B Joseph outstanding. Henshall was voted man of the tournament.

Well done to – D Henshall, J Waterhouse, J Clacher, M Joseph, B Joseph, K Pachecco, R Powell and F Herbert.