Bijay - Shubhakamana Academy Headteacher Visit

Bijay Visit 2020

On Tuesday 11th February, Bijay visited St Mary’s whilst over from Nepal for 2 weeks on an educational visit. He had an excellent day visiting a wide range of lessons including; English, Maths, Science, Art, Textiles, Music, History, IT and Computing. He also watched the Creativity & Enterprise Fairtrade assembly, met with the student council for a question and answer session, looked at the Lexonic work completed at St Mary’s, observed reading time with Year 8 and had a full tour of the Academy before going for Fish and Chips on the sea front. He’s had an absolutely fantastic day and could not sing the students and staff’s praises highly enough. Thank you for everyone who was involved in the day in some way. Miss Anderton.

Timetable for Appeals 2020

On 1st March 2020, Blackpool & Lancashire Local Authorities will inform parents of the secondary school their child has been allocated to. Not all parents will necessarily receive their first choice of school. For September 2020, the full allocation of 210 student places has been made at St Mary’s Catholic Academy. If your child has not been allocated a place at St Mary’s and you would like to secure a place for them, please follow the process below. We would strongly advise you not to reject the place at the school your child has been allocated until you hear the outcome of the Appeals process.

From 1st March 2020: Appeals forms are available from Mrs Holden by phoning 01253 396286 or by writing to: Mrs Holden Office Manager St Mary’s Catholic Academy St Walburga’s Road Blackpool FY3 7EQ

By the 10th April 2020: Appeal forms to be received by St Mary’s Catholic Academy, in order to be heard in the first round of hearings. Appeal forms can be submitted after this deadline but the hearing will not be held until later in the year. Any additional documents that parents/carers wish to provide (i.e. medical evidence or baptismal certificate should be sent with the Appeals Form.

By 22nd May 2020: Notification of appeal hearing will be sent to parents/carers.

By 17th June 2020: Appeals that have been submitted by 10 April 2020 will be heard by Independent Appeals Panels.

Year 8 Win Blackpool Schools' Basketball Tournament

Basketball Tournament Y8 Winners 2020

Year 8 boys won the Blackpool Schools Basketball tournament, going through the competition unbeaten, winning all three games.

Against a very tall Armfield side they started off very slowly, finding it difficult to win the ball back. However once they started to pass the ball around they soon exploited weaknesses in the opposition running out 10-4 winners.

The second game was against Aspire, who provided a stern test despite losing their first game. Good defence by Henshall Flynn and Stima ensured Aspire were limited to four points and great shooting by Hesketh ensured an 8-4 victory.

It meant that a draw in the last game against St Georges would make St Mary’s champions. However they saved their best until last with a convincing victory 12-2, with some amazing shooting by Dygas.

A great team effort well done to Rodrigo Stima, Nicholas Henshall Flynn, Dominik Dygas, James Hesketh.

Thank you to the sixth form helpers who refereed and scored – David, Kyle and Dan and also to all the teams that took part.

Year 8 Football Team Progress

Y8Football 2020

The Year 8 Boys’ Football team played away against Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School on Monday 20th January in the Lancashire Cup. The initiative was taken by St Mary’s early in the fixture and it was no surprise when they took the lead early in the first half. Although, BRGS did equalise, it was not long before St Mary’s regained the advantage, and then further extended the lead before half-time.

Despite a large amount of the possession in the second half, St Mary’s were unable to score again. Two goals being disallowed and the woodwork being struck on three occasions demonstrates the dominance by the away team in the second half.

Final score: 3-1 to St Mary’s

Credit to the goalscorers; Alexander Lees, Conor Campbell and Ethan Shaw. However, this was a thoroughly good, whole team performance. The boys will be at home in the quarter-final, which is to be played by 28th February.

Year 10 Basketball

Year 10 Basketball Team

Although St Mary’s Year 10 boys were not able to emulate their Year 11 colleagues, in winning their respective Basketball Competition, they did finish in a respectable position in the Blackpool Secondary Schools’ Basketball Competition.

Two narrow defeats, each by one basket, meant they finished third in the tournament that was held at Unity on Tuesday 21st January. The team were undefeated in their other fixtures.

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