Another day, another whole host of activities, adventures and antics to report on for Wonderful Week day two.
In the morning, the Duke of Edinburgh group set off for their expedition to Rivington in order to successfully accomplish their Bronze Award. Meanwhile in London, a stunning performance of Les Misérable was enjoyed on Monday evening by a very excitable bunch. Today they have delved into the depths of history at the National History Museum and been wowed at the Science Museum. In Scotland, they have hit the ground running (or should I say walking) after enjoying a hike in the hills, followed by archery and the climbing wall. In Waddecar, the campers in Year 7 enjoyed their first night in the wild and have developed their survival and team building skills.
Over in Manchester, the Sports and Leisure group visited the red side of the city as they toured Manchester United’s stadium, Old Trafford. In Blackpool, there was some serious ‘monkey business’ and ‘clowning around’ as groups visited Blackpool Zoo and the Blackpool Tower Circus.
Back at St Mary’s, there has been a passion for fashion as budding designers crafted mood boards and sketched designs worthy of even the most fashion conscious critic. In the dance studio, contemporary dance has taken over as they perfected different routines and skills, including scissor kicks, floor rolls and head kicks. Lilly-May commented that, “I’m having so much fun and there’s so much to do. We are learning lots of different styles and I’m learning a lot!”
It’s been cupcakes galore in the Bake Off group as they made some culinary delights to tantalise the taste buds. Students have been experimenting with flavours, including strawberry, blueberry, toppings and buttercream. Over in Prop Making the realms of fantasy have been delved into with many creations, including the likes of Stormbreakers, Makonde daggers and Infinity Gauntlets. “We’re having a really exciting time. It’s really fun to meet new people and to do something so creative,” Ethan and Cyprian commented. Meanwhile, the Sixth Form team have enjoyed exploring apprentice workshops from the likes of BAE and the Civil Service.
Needless to say that today has been jam-packed full of adventures and we expect tomorrow to be even bigger and better!
Although the weather may not be wonderful today, it has truly been a wonderful start to Wonderful Week here at St Mary’s. With coaches galore, an abundance of residential trips waved goodbye to Blackpool as they safely set off to enjoy their residential trips. The Barcelona group were the first to say adiós in the early hours of the morning, followed by the city setters to London, the happy ‘glampers’ to Scotland and the first half of the Year 7 campers to Waddecar.
Meanwhile, back at St Mary’s the school bubbled with excitement as students enjoyed their first day of activities. The delicious scent of cookies tempted passers-by, the ballet group perfected their pirouettes, first aid classes were skilfully mastered, challenges and team building activities were accomplished and creations were designed, crafted and perfected. Outside of school, sixth formers were put through their paces and called to attention by the army as other Wonderful Week groups enjoyed wet and wild adventures at Blackpool Wake Park and Rock and River. Needless to say, it has been an eventful first day and we are so excited to see how the rest of the week unfolds!
On Thursday 20th June, St. Mary's hosted the annual Year 3 Celebration Mass outside in our amphitheater space. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing (and causing havoc with the candles and Altar cloths) and everyone was in fine voice for our celebration. Fr Jim, the Dean of Blackpool Deanery, celebrated the Mass alongside Fr Janusz, Fr Andrew and Fr Masaki, and the children were joined by teachers, governors and special guests.
This was a Mass with a difference: as it is the Year of the Eucharist, and in anticipation of the feast of Corpus Christi, we ended our Mass with a Blessed Sacrament procession through St. Mary's and Christ The King schools to Christ The King Church. It was wonderful to be part of such a fantastic celebration - a first for our community - and to see all the children from Christ The King school pause to watch us all walking by. We ended in Christ The King Church with Benediction surrounded by the wonderful flower carpets that children from all of our schools had worked hard to create. We were even given a prayer card to take home with a picture that matched the flower carpet design!
We had a fantastic time and a lovely celebration, and were very pleased to take part in such a special event to mark the Year of the Eucharist.
On a sunny afternoon at St Bedes Blackburn St Mary’s Year 7 football team battled hard but fell short at the last hurdle and finished Runners Up in the Lancashire Cup Finals. Against three of the best sides in Lancashire they won two games and lost one.
The first game was against Archbishop Temple, Preston and they started really strongly dominating the early stages with Whiteside and Turner creating several chances. It was inevitable that they would score and eventually Turner bundled the ball over the line to make it 1-0. At this point, they took the foot off the gas and let the opposition back in the game. They equalised soon after, game on. Their heads didn’t drop and they moved up a gear and scored a deserved winner when Turner slotted home his second. Some great saves from Kudlak ( an able deputy for the injured Henshall Flynn ) ensured the final score remained 2-1.
The second game was against a very physical and determined Haslingden side, who started very well and won most 50/50s. However the goal of the tournament changed the game completely. Picking the ball up from the Gudlak, Shaw then played a series of passes with Lees and Campbell before slotting home from close range. Lees then also produced an outstanding finish placing the ball in the top corner to make it 2-0. Surely the game was over. Haslingden didn’t think so and they dominated the rest of the game. Thain and Kudlak and the hardworking Burgess held strong and prevented the opposition scoring.
So a winner takes all game followed against Morecambe, however St Mary’s had to win because of an inferior goal difference. In the first half both teams cancelled each other out in a very cagey affair. St Mary’s could not break down a very well organised Morecambe team and the opposition deservedly took the lead in the second half. Despite some great defending by Dabrija, Morecambe ran out 3-0 winners, a score that did not reflect the whole game. A disappointing end but the lads can hold their heads high. Thanks to Mr Reidy for coming to support and the parents that also turned up.
A tremendous first season at St Mary’s – Blackpool League winners, JETEX 5 aside Runners Up and Lancashire Cup Runners Up.
Congratulations to Nicholas Henshall Flynn, Jakub Kudlak, Ethan Shaw, Christos Thain, Luke Smith ( injured so missed final ), Alex Lees (Capt), Jake Wallace, Jensen Burgess, Connor Campbell, Gabriel Dabrija
St Mary’s progressed to the next round of the U13 Lancashire Cup with a convincing 60 run win over Kirkham Grammar School on a lovely spring afternoon.
Stanley Howarth lost the toss and St Mary’s were asked to bat first on a very interesting wicket. Sainsbury and Valentine opened the batting and got off to a steady start, playing positive cricket and running well between the wickets. The fifty partnership came up in fourteen overs with Sainsbury dominating the run scoring. When he was caught out for 28 he had provided a platform for the rest of the team. Howarth hit a quick 15 and Valentine weighed in with 10 enabling St Mary’s to reach a respectable 87 for 5 wickets.
Howarth opened the bowling and his pace soon had the Kirkham opening bats struggling. Waterhouse at the other was a perfect foil. Two wickets both bowled gave Howarth the chance of a hat trick. With batsmen trying to score from Waterhouse the ball was constantly in the air. A chance had to come and Graham took an outstanding catch at mid on to remove the Kirkham captain. Sainsbury too was then on a hat trick with two wickets both bowled. What followed was a magical display of leg spin bowling from Wilcox who took five wickets (all bowled ) for two runs to run through the Kirkham tail. He too was on a hat trick. A fantastic accurate bowling performance (9 wickets were bowled) with some amazing figures. A great start to the season.
Last Wednesday the Sports Academy pupils took part in the Kin Ball leaders course. This new and exciting sport tests all aspects of your fitness and is really good fun! Look out for the Sports Academy pupils leading sessions soon!
As we approach the end of the academic year I thought this would be a good opportunity to remind you that all pupils in years 7-11 will be required to wear the new style PE kit from September 2019. The new ‘Falcon’ style kit replaces the old red polo, blue shorts and blue socks that have been in St.Mary’s PE kit for over 10 years.
The new PE kit can be purchased from either Ragamuffins in Layton or from Bispham Clothing in Bispham Village.
Please see below the list of compulsory and optional items.
|Polo Shirt (C)
||Polo Shirt (C)
||SMCA Leggings / Shorts / Skort
(one item must be bought, multiples optional - These must be from the PE Kit range)
|Tracksuit Pants (O)
||Mid Layer (C)
|Mid Layer (C) This would replace the old rugby top
(C) Compulsory item (O) Optional item
Please note that the following items are not permitted to be worn:
- Coats / Jackets
- Tracksuit pants / leggings (other than the school PE kit tracksuit pants and/or leggings)
Boys will also require football boots if they are doing rugby (we will know more if this applies to your child in September when the teaching groups are sorted).
Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 25th February to 10th March and after being inundated with artwork, stories about inspirational women and competition entries, the Chaplaincy team were able to put finishing touches to the Fairtrade board, filling it with student contributions. A lot happened over the course of the fortnight, kicking off with a makeover to our Fairtrade stall. This meant lots of new stock including iced tea, Dairy Milk and, the massively popular, 'Oh so scrummy' flapjacks. The competition to 'Design a Divine' was judged and the winning bar created, with Yzabelle (pictured here along with her winning bar and badge) being crowned the winner. She had the opportunity to sample her very own fiery chilli chocolate bar. Completed artwork from the 'Colour and Chat' group now adorns the walls and International Women's Day was marked with a moving tribute to our staff and student's favourite inspirational women being shared from the Chaplaincy twitter @SMCA_Chaplaincy. Yet another Fairtrade Fortnight success #shedeserves!
Mr Simon Marsh, a former member of staff, resigned from St Mary’s in April 2017. Following his resignation he was referred to the Teacher Regulation Agency; the case was heard in February 2019 and the report published last Thursday. Prior to this neither the Trust nor St. Mary’s were able to comment due to the on-going investigation.
Having given due consideration to the report, over the last few days, we are satisfied with the outcome of this case and the proportionate response to the panel’s findings. The panel found allegations in relation to inappropriately touching pupils, and failing to follow previous management advice to be proven. They concluded that this amounted to unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute. The Secretary of State decided not to impose a prohibition order in this case.
The case highlights the strength of implementation of the school’s policy and procedures and the trust the pupils have in staff; confident to share their concerns.
Ellie Daley was part of the Air Cadets who met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to Blackpool. St Mary's are very proud that Ellie was chosen from her Air Cadets to represent them welcoming the Royal Couple.