Wonderful Week 2018 - Day 5 Update

Wonderful Week Day 5 

It’s the end of a wonderful week! The Sixth Form were off bright and early to visit Edge Hill University. They enjoyed looking around the campus and discussed what the university could offer them. The Year 7 camp returned from camp today – they had a great time sat round a camp fire, learning about bush craft, archery and enjoying the countryside.

The Football group continued to work with Fleetwood Town and the Sports and Leisure group spent the day ice-skating and at the sandcastle water park. Meanwhile, the London trip group arrived back in school and created a beautiful display showcasing their trip.

In St Mary’s Bake Off, the students completed their mood boards, did presentations and then had a celebratory lunch for all of their hard work. After lunch the Star Baker awards were presented to students who had shown exemplary skills. Well done to all involved!

The Challenge finished a fantastic day with a camp fire with smores and tasted marshmallows. They had a wonderful day doing the following activities: kayaking, wobbly water park, paddle boarding, windsurfing, climbing tower, leap of faith and the zip line. It’s safe to say that the students took all of the challenges in their strides. The staff at Galloway Activity Centre were incredibly impressed with their resilience and willingness to try new activities.

After a late night, the Barcelona students came back to school today buzzing with stories about their fabulous experiences. Many students talked about how much they enjoyed the sights and the theme park! All students headed outside to finish off the day with a lovely game of rounders in the sunshine.

Face Your Fears had a great day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Extreme Action had another action-packed day at clip and climb. The props group had astounded both staff and students with the props they have made this week: they are learnt so much and clearly enjoyed their time getting creative. The Week of Culture group finished their week with a fashion show showcasing their wonderful new hair and makeup skills. Miss Abid and her sister very kindly brought in some dresses for the girls to wear and offered final makeup and hair masterclasses.

It’s truly been a wonderful week! We would like to thank all students for their participation in such a variety of activities and staff for organising such fantastic activities.

Wonderful Week 2018 - Day 4 Update

Wonderful Week Day 4

Today the Bake Off group have had a master class from Mrs. Flook on the art of cake icing and decorating. They then created their own fantastic designs including a unicorn, a sea themed cake and a mermaid.

The Week of Culture group have been preparing for their end of week fashion show tomorrow by having a dress rehearsal of makeup. They will be bringing in their own outfits and accessorising with scarves and jewellery.

The Year Seven group, who have enjoyed their time at camp, have now returned and today they visited the zoo.

Laser tag, the escape room and bowling was on the agenda for those participating in Sport and Leisure today after an exciting day at Chill Factore yesterday. Henry set the fifth fastest time up the climbing wall – a staggering 17.3 seconds. The instructors were amazed that Henry had no climbing experience and the determination and resilience he showed to get onto the awards board. Well done Henry!

Fears continued to be conquered by facing sharks at the Sea Life Centre and the darkness of the Tower Dungeons for both I Love Blackpool and the Face your Fears groups.

The finishing touches were being put to the props today by their group as they painted and soldered.

The Xtreme Action group have been out at Stanley Park on the high ropes course and the football team have continued their coaching with Fleetwood Town.

Sixth Form pupils have spent the day preparing for their visit to Edge Hill University tomorrow.

The students who have been to Barcelona and London are making their way home today and we look forward to hearing all about their experiences tomorrow.

Wonderful Week 2018 - Day 3 Update

Wonderful Week Day 3

Creepy Crawly Roadshow
Today the ‘Face Your Fears’ group have conquered lots of fears by holding lots of unusual insects and animals. All of the students had the opportunity to hold the animals and learn all about them. After break they took part in an eating challenge where the students tasted lots of interesting things. They were really surprised at some of the foods that they liked which they had presumed they would have hated!

The Challenge!
It’s been another day full of challenges in Scotland! The students have enjoyed playing laser tag, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, zorbing, archery – not to mention playing on an inflatable water park! All students are having a fabulous time and are looking forward to another fun-filled day tomorrow!

St Mary’s Bake Off
Today was bread day! The bakers enjoyed learning the skills of needing and proving to get the perfect loaf. They also made some dough which they later used to make pizzas for their lunch – yum!

Prop Making
Lots of hard work has gone on today in props! The students have worked fabulously on the intricate details of their props now that they have completed their main designs. We are really looking forward to seeing the completed props at the end of the week.

Xtreme Action!
Students and staff have had a great day at the Chill Factore in Manchester. They spent time on the climbing wall and in the snow park. They are all really looking forward to tomorrow’s activity of the high ropes!

The footballers are all looking rather tanned after another day in the sunshine. Fleetwood Town FC have bene working with the students on their passing, dribbling and shooting. Another great day had by all!

Sports and Leisure
The Sports and Leisure group have had a wonderful day at the Chill Factore and The Trafford Centre.

I love Blackpool
Once again Blackpool has not disappointed! All students have had a wonderful day at a variety of locations: Blackpool Tower, the Sea Life Centre, The Dungeons and the zoo.


Wonderful Week 2018 - Day 2 Update

Wonderful Week Day 2

This morning the Week of Culture group had a make-up master class and then tried out their skills on each other. The group are now experts at applying eyeshadow and false eyelashes.

One half of Year 7 visited Blackpool Zoo whilst the other group continue to enjoy their time at Waddecar Scout Camp. The in school football group have continued their coaching with Fleetwood Town.

The Bake Off group have been busy making delicious cupcakes and decorated boxes to deliver them in. Lightsabres, shields and swords were some of the creations the Prop Makers were busy putting together today.

The Sport and Leisure group have spent the day visiting Manchester United and doing a spot of shopping at The Trafford Centre. The Face your Fears group have all survived the zombie maze and are looking forward to a creepy crawly roadshow tomorrow.

Sixth Form pupils have recovered from their Army experience yesterday and have spent the day preparing for university visits tomorrow.

The Xtreme action group have spent another successful day at Blackpool Wake Park taking part in a range of water sport activities. The Challenge group have spent the day in Scotland, kayaking and sailing.

The I love Blackpool group have visited all the top attractions in Blackpool and have enjoyed learning about the history of Blackpool tower.

Pupils in London are looking forward to watching a performance of 42nd street this evening.

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.