Blackpool Young People's Council

Nicole with her two election campaigners, Emily Ashworth and Katie Dziubinska
Congratulations to Nicole Burke who was appointed to the lead position in the Blackpool Young People’s Council.  Nicole, along with her two deputies, were appointed to the positions following votes lodged over the Internet and at the town hall.

It is a tremendous achievement for a Year 7 pupil to be leading a youth council who represent the views of 11 to 18 years olds in the town.  However, this is a testimony to a pupil whose intelligence, awareness of society and public affairs, and ability to articulate her views go beyond her modest years.  This recognition is thoroughly deserved.

The Blackpool Young People’s Council meet monthly at the town hall and discuss issues for Nicole to represent at the regional and national youth parliament meetings as well as acting on detail from the regional and national agendas.

Anyone who is 11 to 18 years old is eligible to attend the youth council meetings.  More information can be gained by clicking this hyperlink
Mr. R. J. Boak
Head of Year 7

ActionAid Update

Dieudonne Jean LouisYear 7 continue to support Dieudonne in Haiti.  Well done to all the Year 7 pupils who every week make a contribution at the end of their assembly.  They are making such a difference to Dieudonne and her family.  Year 9 are also currently looking at the possibility of sponsoring a child through ActionAid.

We haven't had any letters recently but we thought that you might like to read about Kimwetich from Kenya.  Mrs. Eaves and her family have sponsored for some years.  The boy who they were sponsoring has now left school.  ActionAid now puts their contribution towards the 'Next Step' initiative.  Click the read more button to find out just how important it is to Kimwetich and his family.

Year 5 Taster Day

ImageOn Monday 19th June 240 Year 5 pupils from seven of our Partner Primary Schools visited the College to see what life would be like at Senior School. The day was built around many of the subject areas that form part of the Year 7 curriculum.
Science – pupils looked Beetles and Bugs and pond dipping using the College pond
Drama – pupils tried to create pictures in their heads from words using a poem called The Visitor Textiles – Mrs Eaves did textiles technology with her group of students
Resistant Materials – the pupils learnt how to made key rings
Technology  - the classes looked at making gears with Lego
English -how to write a ‘mini-saga’
French - learning colours in French
Maths – measuring angles using the interactive boards

The schools sending pupils included -St John's Poulton, St John Vianney, St Cuthbert’s, Our Lady of the Assumption, St Kentigern’s, Christ the King and Holy Family. The pupils had a great day and the accompanying staff enjoyed their time with us. Our Year 10 Prefect worked very hard to make sure the day was a success and everybody commented on what a fantastic group of students these pupils are.  Please visit the Gallery to see more photos.

Sixth Form Wall Mural Pictures

ImageThis was a project undertaken by year 13 Art Students at a local children’s home offering respite for special children.  Mostly done in their own time the Art students [Natalie, Lorna, Emma, Kerry, Emily and Olivia] researched the needs of autistic children and then planned to use images and colours to stimulate and motivate them. By converting what was a disused office into a sensory room for the children to use this was an experience not to be missed. This was the first time most of the students had worked on such a huge painting, Each one having their own wall space and then linking each others work around the room was quite a challenge. As was painting and mixing colours of Emulsion and Acrylic paints that stain your clothes. However this was achieved most successfully and both St. Mary’s College  and the Children’s Home are very proud of their work. It was also lots of fun and seeing the children’s faces peering in through the windows as we painted their room was almost as good as seeing the room with all its cushions and lights sparkling at the official opening ceremony on Wednesday.  Please visit the Gallery for more images.
Mrs. P. Ormerod.