Blackpool Town Athletics

On a very warm and sunny Friday, pupils from St.Mary's competed in the Annual Blackpool Schools Athletics Competition at Stanley Park. All pupils performed really well in the hot conditions and did the school proud. Combining the boys' and girls' scores overall, St. Mary's placed 3rd. Well done to all involved.

Wonderful Week 2018 - Day 1 Update

Wonderful Week Day 1

Wonderful Week has got off to a great start with all the residential trips getting safely to their destinations; Barcelona, London and Scotland.

The Sport and Leisure group have been at Rock and River in Chorley where they have been raft building in the glorious sunshine. Half of the Year 7 students have been busy setting up camp at Waddecar  and enjoying a walk in the fields, while the other half have been playing basketball in school. The Xtreme Action group threw themselves into wakeboarding and swam with eels while climbing an inflatable assault course. Students in the Week of Culture group have created designs and had their hands painted with henna.


Year 3 Mass at Christ The King

Year 3 Mass at Christ The King
On Thursday of last week, our students prepared themselves to celebrate our annual Y3 Mass. As with every year, the choir were ready to sing and our Y9 volunteers prepared to guide and look after our visitors, but this year was different: we had a special guest. 

The Blackpool Family of Catholic Schools were proud to welcome Bishop Paul Swarbrick to celebrate this very special Mass, along with many other Priests of the Deanery. Fresh from their first holy communion, around 280 Y3 children gathered together for this very special occasion, the first time the Bishop had come to visit us since he was consecrated Bishop just after Easter. 

During his Homily, Bishop Paul spoke to us about the importance of getting along with each other. He told us that little things can very easily become big things. As it was the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, Bishop Paul used the analogy of a fire to demonstrate this: just as how it only takes a spark to create a fire, a nasty word or a small argument can grow beyond all control. He also spoke to the children about the Mass - he encouraged them to remember that the Mass is important to us because the Mass was important to Jesus. 

Every school played a vital part in the Mass, taking on responsibility for things like the readings and the prayers, and of course there was lots of fantastic singing. It really was a very wonderful and special occasion for all gathered. 
After the Mass, we all shared a picnic lunch together, including Bishop Paul, before heading back to our schools and Churches. Everyone gathered was given a prayer card to keep as a reminder of this special occasion. A fantastic day for all.

International Refugee Day

International Refugee Day photo on Blackpool Promenade

On the 20th June 2018, International Refugee Day over 60 people gathered together to join in with Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis to show support to people on the move. ‘Hope is the desire to share the journey of life, as the Caritas campaign reminds us. Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to share the journey! Do not be afraid to share hope!’ said the Pope encouraging us all to take action.

That’s exactly what we did! Not even the wind and the rain stopped the joined forces of St Mary’s Academy Student Council, Christ the King Primary Academy and Holy Family Primary School and some determined local parishioners in completing a walk to show their solidarity and support for migrants and refugees.  During our walk we laughed, sang, prayed but also heard five stories, four of refugee children CAFOD works with as well as heard a story of Lampedusa cross, a cross made out of a ship wreck - real life proof that not all who leave get to safety.

We took some serious steps to play our part adding 213.5 miles (a distance from Blackpool to Bristol!) to CAFODS’ goal of walking the distance around the Earth – 24,900 miles. Our commitment to walk the world will show world leaders meeting for crucial discussions in September how much it matters to all of us that refugees and migrants are treated with dignity and respect.

Massive thank you to everyone who got involved!

Aleks aka CAFOD Gapper.

Lancashire Girls Active Conference

Girls Active Conference 

On Friday 22nd June I took 5 girls to the Lancashire Girls Active Conference held at UCLAN.  The girls were Darci Shaw, Millie-Rose Morgan, Jessica Murphy, Olivia Hawkins and Jody Mcpherson.  We were lucky enough to hear Jenna Downing (Inline Skating World Champion) giving an inspirational speech about her journey to becoming World Champion.  She spoke honestly about the struggles and challenges she faced in what was seen as a ‘male dominated sport’.  Being ‘resilient’ was crucial to her reaching her target of becoming World Champion.  The overall message was that all girls can find a sport or physical activity they can enjoy and gain the health and fitness benefits from – it is just finding it!  

Following this the girls experienced 3 workshops – Jenna Downing led the first session which was Inline skating.   This was great fun and involved, all sorts of challenges, from creating a group caterpillar to completing mini jumps.  The second session was ‘Boxing’ led by Rachael MacKenzie who is the World Champion Thai boxer.  This was a great session were we learnt some boxing sequences, shot patterns and most importantly the correct technique.  Our final session was the most relaxing as we experienced yoga and relaxation techniques.  The girls thought this was great!

We all had a great day and the 5 girls are going to be our first ‘Girls Active Leaders’.  In September there will be an opportunity for more girls to become leaders.  The role of a leader will be to choose an activity they wish to deliver, advertise and recruit members to their club and deliver a 4-6 week programme of their activity either at a lunch time of after school.  This requires commitment and hard work but the reward of seeing students growing in confidence and enjoying what you are delivering is a great reward. (There will be a member of PE staff with students during all the session)   

The overall aim of the Girls Active Programme is to engage as many girls as possible in a diverse programme of activity in the hope that every girl will find something they can enjoy and gain the health and fitness benefits from it.  There will be no competitive element involved in these activities, the main focus being fun and enjoyment.  The 5 leaders are already keen a ready to go and have some great ideas around Yoga, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Dance and Boxing.  We also hope to get Genna Downing in to deliver some Inline skating sessions – Watch this space.

This is a very exciting time for girls PE and I hope all girls at St Mary’s can find an activity that they can enjoy, have fun and reap the fitness gains from it.

Mrs Roberts      


New Starters 2018

Here you will find information for the parents/guardians of students joining Year 7 at St. Mary's from September 2018. 

On the menu there are links to a Data Collection sheet, a Biometric consent form, a Medical form and a Free School Meal form.  Please complete and return these forms at the Parents Evening on the 28th June. It is vital that we have accurate information for your child before they start in September.

Transition Week

We are looking forward to welcoming your child during Transition Week from Monday 9th July – Friday 13th July 2018. 

The Academy day starts at 8:35 a.m. and finishes, for the Year 6’s, at 3:00 p.m. Pupils arriving at the Academy should make their way into the school building through the pupil entrance; staff and prefects will help to direct pupils. At the end of the day pupils leaving on foot will be invited to make their own way home at 3:00pm. Please note that home time on Thursday will be 2:30pm due to our early finish. Pupils being picked up by car will be escorted to the front of school at 3:00pm to be collected by parents. Please be aware that parking will be very difficult on site at this time and I would encourage parents to park close to the Academy and walk to collect your son/daughter from the front of school. Pupils travelling by public or private bus will wait in the school dining area until they are escorted to the buses at 3:10pm.

On Monday 9th July pupils will be introduced to their Form Tutor, will get to know the new building and will also be involved in some typical lessons and activities. Pupils should arrive in their primary school uniform.

During Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th pupils will be working with an external company to explore how they can make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. Year 10 pupils will also be leading sessions in conjunction with the company. As many of these activities will be practical please could pupils arrive on these days in their primary school PE kit and trainers. If a jumper or warm top is not part of your child’s normal PE kit please ensure that they wear their school jumper in addition to their PE kit.

On Friday 13th July pupils will participate in groups to complete a series of linked challenges. They should arrive in their primary school uniform.

Pupils will be required to bring a packed lunch on each day during the week. Pupils entitled to a free school meal will have a packed lunch provided. We will ask the primary schools for this information prior to the week. There will be no opportunity for Year 6 pupils to make any cash purchases at break or lunch.

In addition to their lunch please can pupils also bring a pen and a pencil.

Year 11 End Of Year Arrangements Reminder

Study Leave

Study leave begins on Thursday 7th June 2018. Until this time all students are expected to attend all lessons unless they have an exam or revision class. They will be given their leavers hoodies on this day. Post the 7th June students still may attend timetabled revision session. Please note they must be in full school uniform and sign in at reception (students have own paper and emailed copy).


Congratulations to all students in attendance and on time for their exams alongside the maturity and readiness with equipment needed. A reminder that students must attend all their exams to be able to attend their prom on the 27th June. Students who do not attend their examination will be liable for the examination fee. If an examination is missed for medical reasons a medical certificate from your Doctor will be required within 24 hours. This should be handed to the Main Office.

Leavers’ Day

Thursday 21st June will be the official final leavers’ day and will be busy! Students are invited to attend form at 8.35am, followed by Mass and ‘breakfast’ in the Sixth Form area. They will be given autograph books as a small gift from the school. It is our tradition to dress smartly on the leavers’ day so that good photographs can be taken, please ensure FULL UNIFORM is worn. Our final assembly will then take place with Prom tickets available for collection from all those who have completed all their exams (product design students will collect theirs post exam on the 22nd). Students should be off site by 12pm at the latest.

The Prom

The prom is on the evening of Wednesday 27th June with arrival between 5.45pm – 6pm at St Marys with a prompt 6.30pm departure to the Venue until 11.30pm. Tickets have been be on sale from May and will remain so until the first week in June. Students will also have received an email in their school email address with a google document requesting dietary/allergy information and emergency contact details. Please complete this form and submit the information at your earliest convenience to ensure the smooth organisation of the event. Details of the venue will be issued to parents on the night.

Return of Books and Lockers

All books should be returned direct to subject teachers before or on 21st June unless any department has made other arrangements. Please do not leave them at Reception. Lockers need to be emptied, with any queries regarding keys/access to their Pastoral Managers Office by the same date, if not before. Lift passes need to be returned to the main office.

Examination Results

Students will be able to collect their results between 9.00am and 12noon on Thursday 23rd August from the Main Hall. If students are unable to collect their results in person then a self-addressed, stamped envelope must be given to the main Office, before the end of June. No results will be given out over the telephone. If parents are collecting results for your son/daughter, he/she will need to give written permission. If results are not collected on the specified day then it will not be possible to collect them until the school re-opens in September from Reception. Staff will be on hand to discuss Sixth Form course options in the light of results on the day.

Certificate Presentation Evening

There will be a formal Certificate Presentation Evening in November to which parents and students are invited. We hope as many students as possible will attend this first opportunity for reunion and celebration of their success. Formal awards from individual departments as well as whole school trophies will take place at this event. We will be in touch early in the autumn term when the calendar has been finalised, but information will also go out through the sixth form so ask a friend who is staying for details or check the school website. There will be limited space for this event – first come first served! Last year was the best turnout ever, and the school hall was full.

On behalf of all Learning Houses, year 11 tutors and teaching staff can we wish all students continued success in their examinations and good luck for the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact the schools main office if you have any queries about these arrangements.

The Unremembered Project

The Unremembered project was set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and try to ensure that all war memorials across the world have at least one wreath for the anniversary on November 11th 2018.  

The unremembered project asked if we could be part of a wreath making process that was completed by 8w1, 9w1 and 9aHi1 

All the wreaths were sent off to the unremembered project and one has been displayed in the National Army Museum in London which was visited by Commonwealth leaders last month.
Mr Gillespie visited the museum on Thursday 17th May to see the wreath being presented and listen to some of the dignitaries speeches. These are some pictures of our wreath on display.
Unremembered project St Mary's wreath


Academy Extra Actors and Designers Show Off Their Fabulous Skills.

Academy Extra Showcase posters

As a child did you ever imagine performing on stage in front of an audience of over 150 people? Or does even the thought of it fill you with nerves? 
Well, if the amazing young actors and designers of Academy Extra were nervous on the evening of Thursday 17th May, they certainly didn't show it! It was on this incredible evening when Academy Extra held our annual showcase and this year it was bigger and better than ever. 
Every single child who attended covered themselves in glory as they confidently and skillfully performed 7, YES 7!, shows in front of a huge audience. The showcase was full of fun, laughter, energy and enthusiasm and everyone had such a great time. 
A huge thank you must go to Matthew Hodgkiss in Year 10 for his impressive role as Technical Director and Mr Heyes, Mrs Evans and Miss Caton for their commitment and energy in ensuring Academy Extra continues to be a wonderful experience for the young people of Blackpool. 
Roll on next year!


Nepal 2019

Nepal 2019
Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12 and interested in going to Nepal in 2019 for an incredible trip of a lifetime? 

If you are, or would just like to find out some more information about what the Nepal trip involves, please come and find Mr Mannino, Mr Heyes or Miss Anderton for more detail and information on how you can get involved. Application for all deadlines are June 2018.