Well done to the boys who represented St Mary's at the recent Basketball tournament for Blackpool Secondary Schools. The fixtures were played at Unity and the squad of six players gained a 100% record in their matches. The students' attitude and performances were excellent throughout the competition.
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.
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.
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.
Competition to get free Fairtrade stuff just by clicking the link below and good luck: Fairtrade Advent Calendar
While you're entering this competition each day, we'd like you to think about just where your shirts, t-shirts, jeans and trainers etc. are being made this Christmas. There are alternatives to a mass produced, cheapest is best - profits come first way of living and we think this video is worth a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwuQbmLCTEc&t=155s .
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.
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
Year 7 won the Blackpool League finishing unbeaten in all three games and not conceding a goal. The Tournament was made even more poignant as all the teams celebrated Remembrance Day wearing poppies at the start and Highfield students doing prayers.
In the first game they played Highfield and a goal by Burgess in the first minute set the tone for the game. In a one sided game St Mary’s dominated from start to finish scoring eight goals without reply. Campbell, Wallace, netted the other goals whilst Gill also scored with a contender for goal of the season.
In the second game they played St Georges. Despite constant early pressure they could not break down a well organised defence. Lees and Smith dominated the midfield whilst Gudlak and Dabija played well in defence. An own goal and a strike from Smith ensured a 2 – 0 win.
In the final game it was a winner take all situation against Montgomery as both teams had won their games and had identical goal difference. It was a very tense affair with chances few and far between. Thain, Goodison and Shaw were outstanding in defence. St Marys began to dominate in the second half and were rewarded when Lees stabbed in from close range. However it took an amazing save from Henshall Flynn in the dying minutes to ensure victory.
A great team performance after the disappointment of the previous evening.
Congratulations go to Nicholas Henshall Flynn, Jacob Gudlak, Ethan Shaw, Christos Thain, Gabriel Dabija, Luke Smith, Alex Lees, Jake Wallace, Jensen Burgess, Lucas Goodison, Xavier Gill, Connor Campbell.
Save money with our Book Fair Gift Vouchers!
Book Fair Gift Vouchers are the simple, secure way to ensure your child gets the books they want when the Book Fair arrives, if you would prefer this method of payment to giving them cash.
- Even better, you’ll get an extra 20% for free when you buy online – that means you’ll get a £6 voucher for only £5, a £12 voucher for only £10, a £30 voucher for only £25 and so on.
- The school will earn rewards for free books on the full value of the voucher, rather than the discount price.
- Once a purchase has been made, you will receive the voucher in an email which can be printed and given to your child – much safer to carry than cash!
- Vouchers can be purchased up until midnight on the day of collection of the Book Fair. PLEASE QUOTE OUR FAIR ID NUMBER: 1026931
Please visit www.bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/parents for further details or contact Mrs Anne Williams, our school librarian, who will be delighted to assist you.
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.