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.

Trip To Castlerigg

Castlerigg November 2018

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


Year 7 win Blackpool League Competition

Y7 Bpool League Competition Winners

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.

Year 7 WinnersIn 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.

Scholastic Book Fair to be held in 1LRC from the 7th - 21st November, 2018

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.

Book Fair Gift Vouchers

  • 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 for further details or contact Mrs Anne Williams, our school librarian, who will be delighted to assist you.

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.


Introducing the St Mary's Girls Active Leaders

Girls Active Leaders: Grace Dixon, Annie Wills, Lexi Moat, Bobbie Harris, Caitlyn Rogers, Jess Murphy, Evie Wrigley, Olivia Hawkins, Jasmine Berrisford, Molly Hall.

The Girls Active Leaders team is made up of year 9, 10 and 11 students. They have all volunteered to give up their time to help share their enthusiasm and passion for sport. They will be taking a very active role in the PE department throughout the year from promoting, supporting and leading different sporting activities and helping to raise the profile of girls PE. Thank you to all the girls in advance for the hard work they will put in this year - You will make a difference!

Pictured are - Grace Dixon, Annie Wills, Lexi Moat, Bobbie Harris, Caitlyn Rogers, Jess Murphy, Evie Wrigley, Olivia Hawkins, Jasmine Berrisford, Molly Hall.


Snowdrops for Donna

Rainbows group planting snowdrops.

Last week we took a selection from our Rainbows group to plant snowdrops in Stanley Park.  This was the second year in succession that we have joined other schools from the Blackpool area as part of our local work with the charity Donna's Dream House on Chapel St, in the centre of Blackpool, planting these wonderful blooms.  They should begin to grow in about three weeks time and flower mid-January onwards.
Thanks to all at Stanley Park and Len (and all his team at the Dream House).

Warton Crag

Warton Crag

On the evening of Tuesday 11th September students in the Yr11 GCSE PE class went to Warton Crag near Carnforth; where they were videoed abseiling for their practical course-work. They were advised and guided by Mrs Perry, and Graham Little of 'Outdoor Education.'
The students start next week on a course of climbing in order to develop their confidence and skills before gaining further marks for the 'Individual Activity' element of their course.


Nepal Trip

Nepal Trip 2018

This July, St Mary’s Catholic Academy and Baines Secondary School took a group of students to visit the beautiful country of Nepal for 12 days for an unbelievable and once in a lifetime experience. 
Students stayed in the wonderful Kathmandu Guest House which is surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of Thamel, here students have time to relax and explore the local area, visiting all of the different shops, trying the local cuisine and speaking with the local community. During the visit, students embrace the culture of Nepal with visits to various different Hindu and Buddhist Temples, including Swayambhunath, the infamous Buddhist monkey Temple where they climbed a few hundred steps to see the incredible views of Kathmandu from the top and Pashupatinath Temple which is located on the banks of the Bagmati River where the students received Hindu blessings and rubbed shoulders with the local Holy Men. They also visited the Eco-Project Foundation which is an incredible organisation helping families by farming their own foods, building their own homes out of glass bottles and providing mothers and fathers with work to support their children.

Whilst out in Nepal, the students spent 4 days at Shubhakamana Academy where they completed a Teaching Project within the school. This was a really exciting opportunity for students to get involved with the community by providing exciting lessons for children of varying ages. This opportunity allowed the students to plan lessons of their choice; with a focus around conversational English and key words and terminology, allowed them to work with students from different schools and teach exciting and engaging lessons to the children in Nepal. On our final day of the School visit, Shubhakamana Academy put together a celebration event of dancing, singing, speeches and a lunch cooked by the school of local delicacies for us to sample together. The visit to the school really does make the trip very special and the St Mary’s and Baine’s students make lasting friendships with the Nepali children. 
Towards the end of the Nepal trip, we travelled down to Chitwan National Park where the students went on an amazing adventure involving a jeep safari where we saw various different animals including crocodiles, spotted deer, monkeys and a very rare sloth bear, a canoe ride with crocodiles (one of which jumped out of the water at us), washing and feeding the elephants, a walk through the jungle trying to spot wild animals, an elephant safari ride and a visit to the elephant orphanage. 

The students had the most incredible time, and if you would like to join the next Nepal group for summer 2019, or are interested in going out to Nepal in the future, please come and find either Mr Mannino or Miss Anderton for any more information or detail about this really special trip.


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!