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Y10 Castlerigg

Castlerigg Trip 2017On Monday 20th November, a group of 32 students set out on a week- long adventure to Castlerigg Manor, our Diocesan Retreat Centre in the heart of the Lake district. Despite the awful weather that meant getting out and about in the hills fairly challenging (and very muddy!), the group had a fabulous time together, making new friends, learning new skills, and reflecting on their St Mary’s Journey so far.

We experienced some powerful prayer times in the Chapel, played lots of games, had a rather unusual fashion show, created drama, artwork, bracelets, clay and keyrings, and many of us were taken in by Mr Riley, the “friendly terrorist” in our trade justice simulation game! A huge thank you to our Y10 students who really got involved and ensured we had a great trip, and to Mr Riley, Miss Webb and Miss Kay for giving up their week to accompany us.

Charity Christmas visit to decorate shelter

SVP Students decorating Shelter
The Youth SVP group made it's annual mission to decorate the StreetLife Shelter, in Blackpool town centre.  The trip was made in bitter conditions to the shelter by SVP members Mary, Erynn, Megan, Logan, Phoebe and Camille who decorated the shelter bea​​utifully.  They also took down bags of donated coats, shirts, trousers and thermals, all of which were gratefully recieved.
Mr Gibson

Gingerbread Learning Houses

On Thursday 7th December, seven lucky students from ‘The Re-Generation’ were selected to make gingerbread houses with a difference. Over the last half term the students had spent some time thinking about the importance of our school Learning Houses. The students used their reflections to design ‘Gingerbread Learning Houses’ and, as a festive reward, the students who came up with the best designs got to make them a reality- getting messy with icing, sweets and lots of gingerbread.

Once they had overcome the temptation to eat the ingredients Morgan Byrne, Grace Hartgen, Harry Ince, Matthew Tongue, Liam Bleasdale, Jemima Bradley and Emily Schofield created edible art representing our vibrant school community. You can see their brightly coloured efforts below- perhaps you can even guess which Learning House each design represents.

Whilst creating their houses, some of our year 7 students reflected on their time at St Mary’s so far; “Being part of St Mary’s means being kind to one another” reflected Morgan. Harry added that his first term at St Mary’s had been “amazing” and that being part of a Learning House community is important in making friends. When asked what was his favourite thing about St Mary’s so far Matthew enthusiastically answered “today!”, though I suspect the fact his pockets were full of leftover sweets may have gone some way in prompting his response!

Merry Christmas to all from The Re-Generation.

Snowdrop Planting for Donna’s Dream House

Snowdrop planting

On a wild and windy Wednesday in October, a small group of KS3 student braved the elements to head out to Stanley Park.  Our mission was to plant 1,000 snowdrop bulbs in a section of the park near the lake on behalf of Donna’s Dream House. We were one of 7 schools invited to take part in this event, which will not only extend the flowering season in the park for all, but will also create a beautiful “memory walk” for bereaved families who use the Snowdrop Centre run by Donna’s Dream House.

Our students did a fantastic job of planting the bulbs in areas where people will be able to enjoy them in the spring, as well as seeing lots of insects and bugs up close and friendly! They are very excited to return to the park in spring to see the flowers in bloom!

For more information about the work of Donna’s Dream House and the “snowdrop” memory walk in March, please visit their website www.donnasdreamhouse.co.uk