Christmas Gift Appeal 2017

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It's another record breaker as this year we raised a fantastic £3,887.23! Bringing our total since the appeal began, 15 years ago, to £47,759.03!

Once again the charity representatives were overwhelmed with the piles of gifts. They spoke of children in the homeless hostel and children whose parents are suffering imprisonment or from mental illness or substance abuse who would receive their only gifts from our students. Elderly people alone at Christmas and families without the means to shop for themselves and homeless young people who would now receive warmth, literally in the form of socks, gloves and sleeping bags, and symbolically in the knowledge that our students are thinking of them. Thanks so much to all our students for all they have done to raise such a phenomenal amount and thanks also on behalf of the 140 people who will now experience the true joy of Christmas.


St Mary’s official Christmas card competition winner revealed...

St Mary’s Art Department set all year 7 and 8 students the challenge of designing the St Mary’s Catholic Academy official Christmas card. The winning design has been created into a greetings card and will be sent to Directors, local schools and Parishes in the area to represent the Academy.

This was a home learning challenge and we have been really impressed with the entries. Cards were created using a variety of artistic medium and it has given students an opportunity to use their artistic skills for an end purpose.

Mr Eccles judged the finalists and we can now reveal the winners;

Congratulations to our winning entry by: Amelia Warchol, 7F Humanities Learning House.

Second Prize: Ruby Boardman, 8L Creativity and Enterprise Learning House.

Third Prize: Yzabelle Demegillo, 8R Comunications Learning House.

In addition, the Art Department wished to highly commend  Amy Wormald, 7B, for a stunning 3D entry.

Well done to all of the finalists whose work is displayed on the screens around college. Well done to all students who attempted an entry. Have a very Happy Christmas!

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.

Manchester Gallery Visit: Art, Photography and everything in-between…

Year 11, 12 and 13 Art and Photography students experienced North West’s renowned Manchester and Whitworth galleries. The visit formed an essential part of the Art and Photography curriculum learning experience. Students were exposed to art and photographic works of historical significance, educating students as to the culture, trends and society in both historical and contemporary society. Upon return to college, students will produce a visual and written response to their most inspiring works.

The  Manchester gallery boasted works by The Dutch Masters, L. S Lowry and Adolphe Valette whilst the Whitworth  gallery exhibited extensive  works by  artists such as William Blake, J.M.W Turner, Rossetti, William Morris and more recent works by Cornelia Parker, Michael Craig Martin, and print artist Barbara Brown to name a few.

For many, it was their first visit to an art gallery, it has opened the eyes and minds of our budding art and photography students as to future creative possibilities; watch this space! 

Students engaged in a full day of observation, taking notes as well as creating photo shoots and drawings within the galleries themselves; forming a critical part of their portfolio work.

We are impressed with all of our students who arrived ready for learning, were hardworking and respectful within the gallery throughout the day, truly and creatively demonstrating the St Mary’s way!

A very special thank you to Mr Hardy for organising a fantastic trip!


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

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