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#shedeserves success at St Mary's

Yzabelle with her winning creation

Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 25th February to 10th March and after being inundated with artwork, stories about inspirational women and competition entries, the Chaplaincy team were able to put finishing touches to the Fairtrade board, filling it with student contributions. A lot happened over the course of the fortnight, kicking off with a makeover to our Fairtrade stall. This meant lots of new stock including iced tea, Dairy Milk and, the massively popular, 'Oh so scrummy' flapjacks. The competition to 'Design a Divine' was judged and the winning bar created, with Yzabelle (pictured here along with her winning bar and badge) being crowned the winner. She had the opportunity to sample her very own fiery chilli chocolate bar. Completed artwork from the 'Colour and Chat' group now adorns the walls and International Women's Day was marked with a moving tribute to our staff and student's favourite inspirational women being shared from the Chaplaincy twitter @SMCA_Chaplaincy. Yet another Fairtrade Fortnight success #shedeserves!

A Level Results Day - Thursday 16th August 2018

A Level results will be available from 8am on Thursday 16th August for Year 13 and 9am for Year 12 in the dining hall.

Students with University places should bring their UCAS number and have a think about how to use Clearing (if you miss your offer grades). These details are available via UCAS.  
 
Please check what you need to do for student finance too.
 
Please can all students be reminded that the slip showing your results should be kept very carefully.  Certificates from examination boards are not available for collection until the end of October.  Year 13 students who are leaving St. Mary's need to remember to collect these important certificates. Watch the homepage for information.

 

A Level Results Day 2018

A Level Results Day 2018

St Mary’s Sixth Form students once again produced an excellent performance in their A Level examination results, carrying on the trend of previous years. A Level results saw a record-equalling 99% pass rate. 40% of all grades were at A*/A or Distinction* / Distinction, with 75% of grades above a grade C.  100% of students achieved 2 A Levels or equivalent passes, with a remarkable 99% of students achieving 3 A Level or equivalent passes.

There were many superb performances from students on the day. Aiden Ronson achieved 3 A’s and  1 A* and will attend King’s College, London to study Politics, Natasha Sieradzki achieved 2 A’s and 2 A*’s and will go on to study at Durham University. Jumael Zafar, who achieved 2 A’s and 1 A*, will now study Biomedical Science at Lancaster University. Toby Ashton achieved 3 A*s and 1 A and will go to Durham University to study Engineering. Students were quick to praise the Academy Sixth Form and staff:

Toby Ashton said “I am genuinely over the moon at the moment. My 7 years at St. Mary’s has been absolutely fantastic and I have loved every minute of it. I am now looking forward to attending Durham University to study Engineering”.

A delighted Jumael Zafar praised the support he received from the Academy: “I feel proud of the grades I received today. My time at St. Mary’s has been absolutely wonderful because of all the support I received from the amazing teachers. Without them I would not have been able to achieve this. I cannot wait to now get started on my Biomedical Science degree at Lancaster University”

Aiden Ronson was also keen to praise the teachers saying: “I am so pleased with my results. I could not have done this without the dedication and support from my brilliant teachers here at St. Mary’s. I will miss St. Mary’s so much, but I am now looking forward to attending King’s College, London to study Politics. 

Natasha Sieradski added “I am so pleased with how I have done and could not have asked for better. My seven years at St Mary’s has been incredible and I could not have got the results that I have without the continuous support from my teachers. I am looking forward to studying Law at Durham University”.

Head teacher Mr Simon Eccles was incredibly proud of students at the Academy:  “I am so pleased with our students and their achievements which are a result of hours of hard work and dedication by them. I would like to thank the team of staff at St Mary’s who supported and prepared the students so well, through providing innovative, high-quality lessons and in supporting students on their learning journey.  I would also like to thank our parents who have worked with us over the years in supporting the students and the Academy. I wish our students every luck in their futures.”

Unusually for schools and colleges in the region St Mary’s Year 12 students were also celebrating today. St Mary’s is the only sixth form college in the area to continue allowing all students a wider choice of four AS subjects in Year 12. This helps students have a better perspective of how they are progressing in their chosen subjects and the results were very pleasing with a 92% pass rate and over 58% of all grades at higher A-C or Distinction or Distinction *grades, with 19 subjects guiding students to higher A/B or Distinction * / Distinction grades.

A delighted Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jennifer Burrough explained that: “Part of our success is due to the close family feel of our Sixth form. We offer a clear support system which enables every student to receive the targeted help they need. It is this care and pride in all of our students that makes our Sixth form unique.”

Enrolment for students from all Blackpool schools to St Mary’s remains open for applications and can be found through the Academy website at this link.

Any Sixth Form student who has not received their results today can collect them from the main reception on Monday 20th August from Miss Caton.

Active AOK Week

AOK 2018

Our sixth annual Acts of Kindness Week was celebrated earlier on this month.  Throughout the week we made over £100 for charity selling bracelets and lollipops.  We celebrated Mass with special prayers, with those in need of kindness in mind.  A recycling plastics project for the Year 7's was also launched with a bang, we've already filled a wheelie bin with bottles.  Staff also took part in a successful act of kindness week, with acts of kindness being carried out all over the Academy.

Adoremus National Youth Congress

Adoremus National Youth Congress

On Saturday 8th September, an enthusiastic group of students set out on an adventure to Liverpool to take part in the Adoremus National Youth Congress. Nearly 1,000 young people gathered in the Echo convention centre for a day of music, drama, talks and workshops on the theme of “Eucharist.” Guest speakers included Archbishop Vincent Nicholls and Katie Prejean (who came all the way from America) and testimonies from young adults who talked about their faith. We even heard a special letter that had been written to us on behalf of the Pope! To top it all off, the whole event was recorded for BBC Radio 4 and broadcast on Sunday morning. The day was part of a wider programme that ran across Liverpool for the whole weekend and finished with a huge procession through Liverpool. This was an event unlike anything seen in the UK for a long time: the last National Eucharistic Congress took place in 1908. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of such a historic event, and our student representatives did us very proud!

 

Blackpool is a Fairtrade town

Fairtrade logo

Blackpool has been awarded Fair Trade Town for the second term running. Since becoming a member of the steering committee to get this award St. Mary's has facilitated most of the meetings and been a central part of the town team. Our Fairtrade Co-ordinator, Mr Gibson, has acted as Schools Representative. We will be working closely over the coming weeks to share not only what we are doing in Fairtrade Fortnight but to publicise the work going on in the town also.

Blackpool Town Athletics

On a very warm and sunny Friday, pupils from St.Mary's competed in the Annual Blackpool Schools Athletics Competition at Stanley Park. All pupils performed really well in the hot conditions and did the school proud. Combining the boys' and girls' scores overall, St. Mary's placed 3rd. Well done to all involved.

CAFOD Brighten Up the Harvest Week

Harvest Week Events

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.

 

Creativity & Enterprise Learning House Advent Charity Mini Olympics 2018

CELH Charity Olympics
On Thursday 29th November 2018 the Creativity & Enterprise learning house held a mini Olympics to raise money for our advent charity. All forms took part enthusiastically and good fun was had by all. The events included bean bag balance races, three legged races, egg and spoon races, mini hurdles and crash mat carry races. There was also a form teacher 3 legged race which was won by Miss Machowiecka and Miss Baxter. The winning forms were:

  • 1st place: 9L
  • 2nd place: 10H
  • 3rd place: 11H

The top 3 forms were presented with trophies created on the laser cutter. Congratulations to all who took part. Thanks to Mr Webb for organising this wonderful event. Check out the gallery for more photos.

Donating to and Decorating at the Streetlife Night Shelter

Streetlife

On a very dark and dank afternoon on Thursday 6th December our SVP group made our annual pilgrimage to visit the Streetlife homeless night shelter. During the visit we learnt a bit about what the charity does and were given a tour of the facilities, before spreading some Christmas joy. Streetlife is a homeless charity that deals with young people aged 16-25 to which our students were able to donate £174.95, on behalf of the Blackpool Family of Catholic Schools. This sum was raised as a result of their joint Advent service the previous Tuesday. Thank you to Tony and all those who volunteer at the shelter at this time of year.