Last week, a group of 21 Year 10 students, accompanied by Mr Webb, Miss Baxter and Miss Smith, spent the week at Castlerigg Manor in Keswick. The weather was chilly but sunny, the house was warm and we were all filled with joy and happiness at spending such a great week together. From the walks to the artwork, a powerful asylum simulation game to our prayer times, everyone got stuck in with every activity and had the best time building relationships and reflecting on their St. Mary’s journey so far. We even learned a new Hungarian game that none of us will ever forget - shimmying our way around the main lounge with everything we had!
A huge thank you to the superb team at Castlerigg Manor and to Mr Webb & Miss Baxter for giving up their week to accompany us on what was a fantastic week!
For those of you in either Year 10 or Year 11 who enjoyed Castlerigg and want to go back, or for anyone who missed out on the school trip and would like the Castlerigg Experience, there is an open Advent Weekend from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th December. More information can be found at www.castleriggmanor.co.uk
St Mary’s Academy was a sea of colour last week as staff and students came together to “brighten up” for CAFOD Harvest Fast Day.
On Monday and Tuesday, we had a bright coloured sweet shop at break times in the Deli Bar, selling Sherbet, Skittles and other brightly coloured sweets.
On Wednesday, some brave (or should that be foolish?) teachers put themselves in the firing line, as students paid to throw brightly coloured water balloons at them. A HUGE thank you to Mr. Allen, Mr. Webb, Mr. Ip, Mr. Thornton, Mr. Faulkner, PCSO Lizzie and Miss Smith who braved the cold and got absolutely soaked for this great cause.
Friday saw the whole school brighten up for CAFOD. Students came to school with neon or glitter makeup and accessories. The CAFOD team opened a “salon” at break and lunch, covering as many students as possible with neon face paint, nail varnish and glitter. It was fantastic to see so many students getting involved and raising as much money as possible for CAFOD.
The money is still being counted, so we don’t have a final total yet, but once it is all in, we will send it to the DEC for the relief effort in Indonesia following the terrible earthquake and tsunami that has devastated so many communities. A huge thank you to all who got involved, especially our CAFOD team who worked hard to organise the events and activities that took place throughout the week.
Last week we took a selection from our Rainbows group to plant snowdrops in Stanley Park. This was the second year in succession that we have joined other schools from the Blackpool area as part of our local work with the charity Donna's Dream House on Chapel St, in the centre of Blackpool, planting these wonderful blooms. They should begin to grow in about three weeks time and flower mid-January onwards.
Thanks to all at Stanley Park and Len (and all his team at the Dream House).