Results Days 2020

AS and A level Results Day - Thursday 13th August 2020
GCSE Results Day - Thursday 20th August 2020  (Please click here for Sixth Form enrolment information

This year we will be running face to face results days for pupils in Year 11 and Year 13.
Year 12 pupils will receive their AS results via email at 8.15am on Thursday 13th August.
All Year 11 and 13 pupils should have received a letter through the post detailing arrangements for results day. We ask that you read this letter carefully. A reminder letter will also be sent out to you over the coming days.
Pupils attending on results day will be able to bring one other person with them into the Sports Hall to collect their results, there will be hand washing stations on entrance and exit points, and 2 metre social distancing must be observed at all times. In order to limit the number of people in the Sports Hall at any one time, it is vital that pupils arrive at their designated time and we ask that family members do not congregate outside the Sports Hall.

As a result of the summer exam season being cancelled, grades have been awarded differently this year. The link below takes you to a student guide written by Ofqual. This guide should answer any questions you may have about how grades have been calculated this year, the autumn exam series and appeals.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-guide-to-post-16-qualification-results-summer-2020

If you have any questions about arrangements for results day, please email Miss Jones. Please note that school email accounts will remain active for Year 11 and 13 pupils until 1st October 2020.

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Enjoy the summer break and take care,

Miss Jones

School Bus Update

Dear Parents and Students,

We are pleased to announce that as students return in September (Term dates available via our website) we will continue to run the SM1. As a direct result of our parental surveys, we are pleased to announce that a new school bus route, SM2, will be operational from the start of the new term in September.

Click here to view the new SM2 route
We have included for your reference the details of the current SM1 school bus
Click here to view the SM1 route notes and information

In keeping with the current guidance for public transport, children travelling on the school bus (as with any public transport) should WEAR A FACE MASK. If a student forgets their face mask, one can be purchased for 50p. We hope that you understand and will ensure that your child knows it is for everyone’s safety.

If Government guidelines change, this information may be updated.
Fare prices will remain the same in September.
Bus company: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: 07867 910136 (Martyn)

Student Success in Blackpool Music Service Competitions

Every year, Blackpool Music Service run two competitions for all primary and secondary schools in Blackpool - 'Pop Idol' for vocalists and 'Musician of the Year' for instrumentalists.

This year, the competitions could not take place in the usual format because of lock down so the music service ran the competitions virtually. Students were asked to send in videos of their performances during lock down (with parental consent). St Mary’s had three entrants - Grace Johny, Beatrice Davis and Charisse Villarino. The competitions were judged by Hayley Kay and Tracey Daniel.

We are extremely pleased to announce that all three students did incredibly well!

Beatrice Davis in Year 10 came 2nd in the Key Stage 4 Pop Idol competition with her beautiful rendition of the song ‘All I Want’ by Kodaline. She sang with real emotion and demonstrated her excellent performance skills.

Grace Johny in Year 8 came 1st in the Key Stage 3 Musician of the Year competition playing the piece Solitaire on the flute. Grace produced a very confident performance and demonstrated her superb ability on the flute.

Finally, Charisse Villarino came 1st in the Key Stage 4 Musician of the Year competition. Charisse played Debussy’s Clair de Lune on the piano and impressed with her incredible musicianship, showing a real involvement in the music.

The Blackpool Gazette have published an article about the competition which you can read here - https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/people/talented-young-singers-and-musicians-do-blackpool-proud-annual-pop-idol-event-2914551

I'm sure you'll agree that this is an amazing achievement and it is extremely encouraging to see our students achieving great things even during a global pandemic! Beatrice, Grace and Charisse should be very proud of their successful results. Well done!

Mr Hobbs

COVID-19 update July 16th

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am writing at the end of an interesting and challenging term to say the least! 
 
Can I first of all thank you for all of your support and understanding at this difficult time. There have been multiple changes and challenges along the way and your patience and support has been much appreciated.
I would also like to thank our students who have worked hard to try and keep up with remote home learning in really difficult times - we are all very proud of their efforts.
Finally I would like to thank our amazing staff who have worked tirelessly, cleaning, cooking, preparing the site, supporting the safety and wellbeing of students and planning learning and teaching whilst in lock down and to support our key worker and vulnerable children.
 
You will find a link to a detailed document with all of our plans for our return in September here.
 
Please read it carefully, it contains lots of important information for September. There may be a few more details we need to share with you before September so please keep an eye on your emails and texts during the second half of August in case we need to update you. 
 
All that remains is for me to wish you a pleasant summer, please keep praying for our community and stay safe,
 
Kind regards
Mr Eccles

Virtual PE Day

VirtualPEDay2020

Over the last week pupils and staff have competed in the SMCA Virtual PE day, running, cycling, walking and jumping for their learning house. There have been some fantastic individual efforts and it looks like you've had great fun as well! The winning learning house was simply the one with the most entries. As we all know there can only be one winner...

1st - Science and PE 
2nd - Creativity and Enterprise 
3rd - Communications 
4th - Humanities
5th - Maths & ICT

Thank you to everyone that took part. Hopefully next summer we will host our normal PE Day competition.

St Mary's Reading - July 2 Update

Dear pupils,

This is your final reading booklet of the academic year. This week you should spend your 30 minutes reading time each day working through Reading Booklet 12.

Reading Booklet 12is an extract from ‘Jaws’, a novel written by Peter Benchley. It tells the story of a great white shark that preys upon a small resort town. In the chosen extract, a woman goes for a swim alone but little does she know that she is being hunted…

READING BOOKLET 12 DOCUMENT LINK

Please remember to keep a record of your reading in your St Mary’s Reading Record. You can include any reading you do during the summer holidays. Bonus points for this.

Keep reading and take care.

Miss Jones

COVID19 Update 10th July

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s),

As you know the government released its advice for school reopening in September which you can read here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

We are delighted that St Mary’s will be able to reopen in September and we are really looking forward to welcoming our staff and students back into our community.

We have been working hard to develop a strategy to enable students and staff to return safely in September. The key parts of our plan will include:

  • Students working in groups or bubbles which will learn and have break together. Our plan looks at students working in year group bubbles.
  • Staggered start and end times to the day to reduce the amount of mixing of these year group bubbles.
  • A phased start to the year, with Year 7 and 12 coming into school for the first few days to allow them to settle and integrate into their new environment.

We have completed most of our detailed planning now and we are preparing some communications to explain the details to our students' parents and staff which we will send to you before the end of term.

Our Year 10 phase 3 provision, along with our key worker provision will continue next week. As per government guidance our key worker provision will finish at the end of term. I would like to thank all of our staff who have worked in this provision, the parents who have given so much for our community at this time and the students who have worked hard and behaved excellently during this time. 

I hope you have a pleasant weekend, we will be in touch next week with the final details in time for September,

Stay safe and keep praying,

Mr Eccles

 

New Bus Route Proposed For Second School Bus and Information for SM1 Bus in September

Dear Parents and Students,

We have attached two documents for you.

  1. In an exciting development, we have the opportunity for a new school bus route proposed from Blackpool South, to town, Bispham and to school. Please see more details of the proposed new route for SM2 and, importantly, please COMPLETE THE SURVEY to indicate whether or not your child / children would be likely to use this service.
    Please note that this is not yet a definite new route – we need the support of parents to make it viable for the coach company to put this service on for our children.
    Click here to view the proposed SM2 route

  2. We have included the details of the current SM1 school bus that has been successfully running.
    Click here to view the SM1 route notes and information

For your information, each document includes details of the additional steps taken by our school bus company to minimise the risks to your child on their way to and from school.

Please note that in keeping with the current guidance for public transport, all children travelling on the school bus (as with any public transport) MUST WEAR A FACE MASK. If a student forgets their face mask, one can be purchased for 50p.

No child will be permitted to travel without a face mask. We hope that you understand and will ensure that your child knows it is for everyone’s safety.

If Government guidelines change, this information may be updated.

Fare prices will remain the same in September.
Bus company: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: 07867 910136

St Mary’s Reading – July 1 Update

Dear pupils,

To support you with your 30 minutes reading each day, this week I am sharing Reading Booklet 11with you.

Reading Booklet 11is a short story from the writer Anthony Horowitz. In this horror story, a boy gets his photo taken at a train station, in a sinister photo booth that produces pictures that foretell future events. As usual, there are some activities to have a go at once you have completed the reading task.

READING BOOKLET 11 DOCUMENT LINK

Please remember to keep a record of your reading in your St Mary’s Reading Record. You can print the document and hand write the information or save a copy and complete it electronically.

READING RECORD LINK

Please keep in contact with St Mary’s library team using the email address below;

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Keep reading and take care.

Miss Jones

COVID19 update 3rd July

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s),

As you will know the government produced its guidance yesterday outlining plans for reopening schools in September. It is a very long and detailed document  with some clear guidance and  some areas left for school leaders to interpret in relation to their school building and local area. You can read the full guidance if you wish here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

Some key points are:

  • Schools will reopen to all students in September.
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene (catch it, bin it, kill it) will be of utmost importance.
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements will need to be in place.
  • School will need to minimise as far as possible social contacts between students. In effect this may mean students having staggered start and finish times. 
  • Schools will need to try and keep year groups apart by operating “bubbles” which will not be allowed to mix within school. Bubbles may be as large as the whole year group for older year groups and as small as a class group for younger year groups.  
  • Everyone will need to share any information about COVID19 symptoms and cooperate with the test track and trace system. 

We are now working with our staff and directors to develop a solution to allow St Mary’s to reopen in September.  As always the health and safety of your child will be our primary concern as we plan how to minimise the risks presented by the COVID19 virus, whilst making sure that your child receives the best possible education. We may need some information from you as part of this process, if this is the case we will contact you by text and email to ask for your help. 

We will need some time to develop these plans and get them right, so it may be towards the end of next week before we can update you; thank you for your patience in this regard. 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming students back to our Academy and returning it to the vibrant catholic learning community that we all know and love and we will make sure that we develop careful and detailed plans to allow this to happen. Thank you for your ongoing support,

Stay safe and keep praying,

Mr Eccles