Step into the Gap with the Gaplains


Hannah will be visiting Ethiopia

I’m Hannah and I’m preparing to travel to Ethiopia in a weeks time. I will be visiting HIV AIDS , climate change and livelihood projects, meeting students and street children. I may also (hopefully) have the chance to get involved with traditional music and art classes!

I’m so thrilled to have spent my first term at St. Mary’s gathering the skills and confidence needed to go overseas and hopefully make a difference to the lives of the people I meet.

Thanks so much everyone for your continued support and be prepared for me to ask to visit some classes on my return!

James will be visiting Cambodia 

On the 25th January to the 12th of February I will be visiting projects including:

  • Sre Khmer a Cambodian agricultural Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to supporting sustainable socio-economic development.
  • Village Support Group an NGO in Battambang supporting those affected by the Khmer Rouge civil war.

I will be sharing messages from parishes in England, which are being sent to Cambodia through CAFOD’s Cambodian Connect2 programme. I look forward to sharing the important human stories of CAFOD’s work with everyone here at St Mary’s on my return and inspiring others!

Year 11 Basketball Team – Champions!

Year 11 Basketball Champions
The St Mary’s Year 11 Basketball Team won their fixtures in the recent competition at Montgomery to take the Blackpool Secondary Schools’ Tournament title. The whole squad performed well in their games but special praise must go to Matthew West. He not only scored the majority of St Mary’s baskets but dominated the opposition with his ‘driving’ dribbles. The squad consisted of the following boys;- Victor Emefe, Ronan Barratt, Matty West, Toby Chick, Tom Hampson, Sam Martin and John Illnum.

The Royal Shakespeare Company - Backstage Pass

On the 17th of January, Miss Webb, Miss Pollett, Caleb Barker and Jack Lambshead went on a four day trip to the home of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. The purpose of the trip was to complete a backstage work experience programme with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the four days were packed with things for us to see and do!

Caleb decided that the area that he wanted to work in was Stage Management; this meant that he had overview of the whole stage and performance - if something went wrong, Caleb was first point of call. He had to know what everyone else was doing, for example costume, prop and tech, and ensure that the show ran smoothly. To help Caleb truly understand what it means to be a stage manager, he was also able to shadow a stage manager back stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre during a performance of The Tempest.

Jack’s area was technical, which involved sounding and lighting. He had to design and create programmes for the performance, to ensure that the stage was lit to match the director’s vision. Jack had to run the lights throughout the performance, ensuring that cues were met and that the show ran smoothly.

The boys spent four days learning the craft and working with some of the leading experts within their two areas. The ultimate aim was for the students to create a performance of the Tempest, to be performed by RSC actors. The final product was a huge success and all of the students who participated should be incredibly proud of themselves.

In addition to everything that we learnt over the 4 days, we were also given some time to explore Stratford and the Shakespeare theatres. We had a guided tour, where we were lucky enough to visit the birth place of William Shakespeare, and the school he attended; we watched The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; we visited a number of exhibitions and we participated in some drama workshops.

The trip was a truly amazing experience – the boys learnt a huge amount in just four days, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the Royal Shakespeare Company for allowing us the opportunity to get to know the works of backstage a little more.

Y12 Science Trip – Water Park Adventure Centre

Science Trip
On Friday 2nd December Y12 Science students and Science staff went on an A level consolidation and team building weekend to Water Park Adventure Centre in the Lake District.

On Friday evening students took part in study skills sessions and later in the evening played pass the parcel (thanks Mrs Murray).

On Saturday, students went ghyll scrambling and took part in A level Science booster sessions. Saturday evening was spent videoing the SMCA Sixth Mannequin Challenge; keep your eyes on the website for further details.

Sunday morning was spent climbing, canoeing and kayaking. Both staff and students had a fabulous time and we look forward to taking next year’s Y12 Scientists.

For more details about A level Science please contact Miss Jones.  You can see more photos from the trip in the gallery.