Sixth Form Open Evening

iPad Winner

Our Sixth Form Open Evening in October was a fantastic success.  We’d like to thank all of the Year 10 and 11 students who attended, both from St. Mary’s and a large number of other local High Schools, not forgetting their parents,  who all helped to make this a busy, productive  and record breaking evening. 

It was great to receive so many applications online via our homepage link!

The ipad prize draw was witnessed by the teaching staff in the following morning’s briefing, drawn by Mr. Eccles.  The winner was Matthew Ellis from St. Mary’s Year 10.  He said, “I was excited to come to the Open Evening to find out about what career opportunities are linked to Graphics.  History A level also looks amazing, exploring how the past can shape the future.”

Matthew said that this is the first time he has ever won anything, adding: ‘I feel happy and fortunate to be the winner, especially as I don’t have an ipad at the moment.”

Students from any local High School in Year 10 or 11 may wish to attend an informal evening on Tuesday 28th November from 4 – 5pm focussing on Sports Academy opportunities.  We will host a further general information evening later in the year for prospective candidates unable to attend or who have further questions.

In the meantime, external students are warmly invited to apply via our homepage link.  Current Year 11 students at St. Mary’s will receive subject discussions after the mock exams.

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

Sports Academy Information Eve - 28th November 4pm - 5pm

This is a unique, exciting and innovative course, tailored towards gaining nationally recognised coaching and leadership qualifications.

  • Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership
  • FA Level 2 Coaching Badge
  • FA Referee Badge
  • Young Leaders Handball
  • RFU Tag and Refereeing Level 1
  • Young Leaders Orienteering
  • Passport Golf
  • Kayaking Level 1
  • Basketball Coaching and Refereeing Level 1
  • Cricket Coach Support Worker Level 1
  • NICAS National Indoor Climbing Award Level 1

Qualifications act as a springboard for University applications and/or the world of work. Select 3 other complimentary A level courses.

Check out the course information sheet on the Sixth Form page of the St Mary’s website www.st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone (01253) 396286 and ask for Mr. Reidy for more information St. Mary’s Sixth Form, St. Walburga’s Road, Blackpool, FY3 7EQ.

Brighten Up AOK Week/ The Harvest

AOK 2017 messages

The week of 2nd- 6th October saw the school buzzing with not one but two events: Acts of Kindness Week and CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. For Acts of Kindness week, we encouraged all staff and students to go out of their way to be kinder to each other. Staff took part in a “secret act of kindness” style activity, where we left anonymous gifts and messages for each other, and students were encouraged to “throw kindness around like confetti.”

In order to support students in their acts of kindness, we ran a kindness sweet delivery service, where students could send a packet of sweets with a message attached to a friend, hand delivered by our Re- Generation team. On the Thursday, we also ran a kindness cake shop, where cakes were only sold in 2’s: one for yourself and one for a friend. We were blessed to have received a generous donation of cakes from Sainsbury’s supermarket to help this event be possible. All of these events had the added bonus of raising money for CAFOD, our Harvest Fast Day charity.

Throughout the week, students were asked to encourage, thank and support one another. One way of doing this was by attaching some of their  “kindness confetti” comments to our AOK board on the Street. As the week progressed, the board was filled with wonderful messages of support and appreciation for each other, including inspiring quotes and thank you messages for their teachers.

Wear Something bright day

The week culminated on the Friday with Harvest Fast Day itself. Students were encouraged to wear an item of bright clothing- be it a wig, a tie or bright shoes- all to raise money for this good cause. Students were also allowed to wear makeup and nail varnish, and the Chaplains (with the help of some wonderful sixth formers and members of Re-Generation) held a nail bar at break time to help students “brighten up” for the day. Mr Allen even allowed some students to give him a makeover with their neon paints- thank you so much, Sir!

Thanks to the efforts of AOK week and Harvest Fast Day, we raised a whopping £367.96 for CAFOD, which will go to help those most in need across the world. A huge thank you to everyone who took part in any of the events. We hope that spreading kindness won’t stop with the end of the week!

A Level Graphic Communication Workshop

A Level Graphic Communication Workshop

On Monday 16th October Blackpool and Fylde College came into St Mary’s to work with the Year 12 and Year 13 A Level Graphic Communication students. Michael Lambourne; the programme leader for Graphic Design and Visual Communication put together a workshop for the students looking at logo designing, rebranding and typography and looking at how to bring creative ideas to life.

This was a really productive workshop for the students and got them thinking outside of the box which will really help with their two Graphic Communication units and we are looking forward to working with Blackpool and Fylde College in future workshops and looking at visiting the College.