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Hallé Project Adopt-A-Player

Since January, St. Mary’s and three of our partner primary schools, Astley St Stephen’s, St Ambrose Barlow and Boothstown Holy Family have been involved in an exciting musical journey with the Hallé Orchestra.

At St. Mary’s 30 Year 7 students have been working hard in three workshops to create their own composition based on Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 and specifically working on the 4th movement. We were very lucky to have Helen  - one of the 1st Violin players from the Hallé who led all the workshops and inspired all the pupils involved. In our composition there was a variety of different instruments which were all played by the pupils brilliantly.

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Careers Convention

Careers Convention

On Thursday 8th February we held our annual Careers Convention.  The Careers Convention was a great success; this year students from Year 8 to Year 13 attended, with over 130 exhibitors present on the evening.  The purpose of the Convention was to give our pupils the opportunity to obtain the very best careers advice from experts in a variety of different fields of employment, training and Further/Higher Education. 

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Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald Visit

On Friday 2nd February St Marys welcomed visitors from Mott Macdonald to come and meet our Design, Engineer, Construct Level 3 students. The visitors from Mott Macdonald included Sarah Wilcock and Essam Beseiso who are civil engineers and Lorna Webb who is responsible for public relations. Alison Watson the curator of DEC! also attended the day. The visitors were given a tour of the school and were really impressed.

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Rugby at St Mary's

Rugby @ St Mary's 

Both the year 7 and year 8 boy’s rugby league teams made it to the quarter finals of the North West Counties Cup last week. The year 8’s faced Wade Deacon away in a thrilling contest. After only 4 minutes the lads found themselves 16 points behind, but they showed great determination to get themselves back in the game. Flynn T showed fantastic strength and power to go the full length of the field.

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Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial Service

6th form students Matthew and Dillon led the school in a series of reflections last week to remember the Holocaust and other genocides. Their work followed from participation in the Lessons from Auschwitz project and finished with a service on Friday morning in school. The key message from this year was “The Power of Words” and reflections from different form groups are being displayed on the fence at the entrance to the school on Manchester Road so that our wider community might share in our learning.

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Autosport Show

Year visit International Autosport Show

Last week St. Marys’ Year 12 Engineering Cohort visited the International Autosport Show at Birmingham NEC.

Invited by the NCME of Bolton they had the opportunity to experience the latest in all forms of international motorsport vehicles and teams, more importantly they had first-hand experience of the cutting edge technology used to manufacture in this industry.

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Duke of Edinburgh