Fairtrade Keepy-Uppy challenge

On Monday and Tuesday, it was the turn of Mr Boak to take up the Fairtrade Challenge. He set the benchmark of 43 “keepy- uppies” using the PE department’s brand new Fairtrade Football. This challenge attracted quite a crowd of students coming to watch their peers attempt to beat Mr Boak’s score. Our overall winner was Leo Hela, 10M, who JUST surpassed Mr Boak’s score with a total of 46. Leo receives his very own Fairtrade football as a reward for his efforts.


Fairtrade Friday

Our third Fairtrade challenge of the fortnight took place last Friday with the “banana challenge.” The competition was to eat a Fairtrade banana without using your hands in the fastest time. The time to beat was a very impressive 17 seconds, as set by Mr Webb (pictured above, competing alongside Mr Jones). Many tried, almost as many failed, but in the end 3 students managed to beat his time. The overall winner, with a spectacular time of 15.33 seconds, was Wesley Austin in Y8. Wesley has won himself a £5 voucher for the Fairtrade Shop- we hope he enjoys spending it!

Quayle Award

Last week Imogen Hill and Elaine Hussey attended the Blackpool Community Sports Awards at the Winter Gardens. Both pupils were shortlisted for the prestigious Quayle Award and Shield, a fantastic achievement in its own right as all local sports clubs and schools could nominate their children. We are delighted to announce that both girls went one better, winning both awards; a truly magnificent achievement.

Imogen has won regional, national and international awards for BMX racing. In 2017 she represented GB at the World Championships in the USA and has since become a member of the GB development squad. She is currently ranked 6 in the Elite Women's Category. 
Elaine's sport is Taekwondo. She is a multi medallist at junior events and has recently represented GB at the European Championships in Milan gaining first place! She has now been invited to compete at an international competition in Barcelona! Elaine's ultimate goal is to represent GB at the Olympics. 
Well done to both girls, we wish them well in future events.


St. Mary's Team Ski in France

The week before last 49 students and 5 staff headed out to Alpe D'Huez in France to ski for the week. What an AMAZING trip! The weather was superb and the snow conditions were perfect! Pupils learnt the basics of skiing over the first couple of days, then it was up on the mountains to take in the fantastic views and ski down to the base of the mountain! A truly brilliant trip. The pupils were a credit to the school! More photos are available in the gallery

Spanish Exchange Trip

When we arrived in Madrid I didn’t want to get off the plane - I thought of all the worst case scenarios. What if my family didn’t like me? What if they were serial killers? Or worse - what if they were vegan? However, as soon as I met my family I felt at home. At first it was difficult for us to understand each other but eventually I got used to understanding and talking in Spanish.

We explored the city, visited historical monuments, and I spent all my euros in Bershka (the quality of River Island but the prices of Primark). I also enjoyed the visits with school, we saw many great sights - Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park, the Temple of Debod, and Miss Lynch on a segway. I learned so much about Spanish culture, from the amazing food such as tapas, paella and churros, to the normality of coming home from school and being able to have a three-hour nap. I know that this trip has vastly improved my ability to speak in Spanish and now I am convinced that I will move to Spain in the future and spend my days drinking mojitos and dancing flamenco. ¡Qué increíble!

by Gemma Brown (Year 13).

New School Bus Routes Information

Dear Parent / Carer,

As you are aware Blackpool Council removed our school bus subsidy at the start of this academic year. To try and assist those parents that wished for their children to be dropped off and collected within the Academy grounds we invited bus companies to submit proposals to operate two services. Archway were successful in their submission and started running SM1 and SM2 this academic year. This is a private venture and is not subsidised by the Academy. Archway has decided that neither route is operating with enough numbers to present a good business case and they have therefore given notice that they intend to discontinue the service from Easter.

I am pleased to announce that Blackpool Coach Hire have offered to take over the running of the SM1 route. It has better numbers using it and they have agreed to adapt the route slightly to cover more potential student pick – ups. The route will operate at the same price and tickets will be available on the bus. The new company will operate this route starting in the new term. Details of the new routes are available on the Academy website.

Unfortunately the small numbers using the SM2 Fleetwood route has made it impossible to find a company willing to run the SM2 route. This will cease to operate after Easter. Good public transport links are available to the Academy from the areas this bus covers via Blackpool Transport and other public transport companies. A list is of bus routes that stop nearby St. Mary's is available here.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my own frustration at the impact the decision to remove subsidies has had for some of our students and the difficulties the cancellation of the SM2 bus will present. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy via the admin email on the website should you wish to raise concerns in relation to this matter,

Yours sincerely,

Simon Eccles.


Fairtrade Day 3

Fairtrade Day 3
It was the design a Fairtrade Sock competition, and a sample of the entries are pictured below.  If you still want to complete a sock then templates are available from the Chaplains right up till lunch on Friday.  We were impressed by the interest we have so far (about 50 blank socks have been handed out) and we are waiting with baited breath for the designs to come in.  Thanks go out to everyone who has taken a template, who will win the prize of a pair of Fairtrade socks?

Blackpool Schools Year 7/8 table tennis competition

Table Tennis Photos

St Marys Came second in the Blackpool Schools table tennis championships in both boys and girls at Stanley park sports centre yesterday.

The girls, despite a lack of experience, performed remarkably well with Victoria Sosin winning all her six games to become the Individual girls Year 7/8 champion. 

The boys also performed with credit, with most students winning at least one game. Jaimie Rutherford Kelly lost just one game to finish second over all and Marek Jasinski recovered from losing his first two games to finish fourth.

Well done – Chanel Smith, Ruby Challinor, Grace Dixon and Victoria Sosin. 

Will Scofield, Charlie Bohanna-Langthorne, Lewis Whittlestone, Dylan Warren, Jaime Rutherford-Kelly and Marek Jasinski.

Timetable For St. Mary’s Catholic Academy Appeals 2018

On the 1st March 2018, Blackpool & Lancashire Local Authorities will inform parents of the secondary school their child has been allocated to.  Not all parents will necessarily receive their first choice of school.  For September 2018, the full allocation of 210 student places has been made at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy.  If your child has not been allocated a place at St. Mary’s and you would like to try to secure a place for them please follow the process below.  We would strongly advise you not to reject the place at the school your child has been allocated until you hear the outcome of the Appeals process.

Click to view the Timetable for St. Mary's Catholic Academy Appeals

Updated Information on CCTV Cameras

Dear Parents & Pupils,

Thank you for your patience over the last 48 hours whilst we have been managing the situation created by the publication of screenshots from some of our CCTV cameras, in the media. Having dealt with the initial interest and spoken to a number of people to allay their concerns, I’m now in a position to give you a bit more information.  A link to the full letter is here.