The buzz about books has continued with several pop up reading groups this half term about the Bookbuzz books, which the year 7 students were gifted in October.

Various staff around school have been reading the books too, and ran lunchtime one-off sessions to meet with some of the students who had read the same book as them. We had some great discussions, on subjects as varied as what is the most amazing animal on the planet, and if you were making a film of your book who would you cast in the main roles. Everyone had fun, and quite a few biscuits were eaten in the process. It was good to discuss books we had read in an informal setting over lunch and meet new people with similar interests in the process.

Thanks to Mr Taylor and Mrs Managh for giving up their free time to read books and run some of the groups.



St Mary’s students remembered the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides in a series of events led by 6th form students Ellie Shepherd and Nicole Held. Students wrote their hopes and dreams for a positive future on card that was made into origami butterflies by Brother John. These butterflies took centre stage at our annual reflective service on Friday.

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On the 16th January 2020 some Key Stage 4 students accompanied by the English Department visited the The Lowry to watch a performance of An Inspector Calls. Students said that the show was really good and that it helped them enormously with their studies. The staff at the Lowry were really impressed with our students and commented on this. Thank you to all the students for their fantastic behaviour and to all the staff who attended.    

Year 10 Rugby

In the Year 10 North West Counties Quarter Final tie between St Mary’s and St John Fisher, the boys successfully made it through to the semi-finals and also qualified for the first round of the Champion Schools National competition. The scoreline of 40-12 doesn’t really show how tough the game was, particularly as St John Fisher took an early 6-0 lead and were in charge of the game for the first twenty minutes. However, in the lead up to half-time, St Mary’s managed to score two tries and in the second half were able to pull away in what was a clinical performance by scoring some well-worked tries. Nathan S and Flynn T-H claimed two tries apiece out wide whilst other scorers were Zac B-R, Jack E and Connor K.


The team will now play St Peter and Paul in the semi-finals and await a school from Cumbria in the first round of the Champion Schools competition. Well done so far boys!

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Holocaust Exhibition

On the 16th December, 6th form students accompanied by the History Department visited the recently opened Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at Huddersfield University. Students participated in a series of workshops under the theme of “Humanising the Holocaust.” We were particularly fortunate to spend the afternoon with Holocaust survivor Trude Silman who inspired us with her life experiences. Her key message that everyone deserves life, work and dignity will stay with us all for a long time. Many thanks to Mrs Richardson for organising another brilliant visit.

By taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13th December 2019, Sixth Form students, Year 11 students and Staff at St Mary’s have been raising money for the Save the Children charity.

Thank you to everyone who wore their festive jumpers, donated cakes and money. Your support was much appreciated and we really did have a great time.

OAP Party

On Tuesday 10th December the Sixth Formers at St Mary’s hosted a party for Senior Citizens from our local parishes. We had over 60 guests and we enjoyed a lovely buffet, games of bingo, raffles, solo and group singing of Christmas songs and more. Thank you to all the guests that came along, it was lovely to share this experience with you at Christmas.

Christmas Concert 2019


The annual Christmas Concert is a time for us to celebrate and showcase what our talented students have achieved since September.

Throughout the evening the audience was entertained by students from Years 7 to 13 who played, sang and acted. All students have worked hard and have dedicated their time to rehearse.

On Wednesday 4th December Mr Jones and Mr Anderson took a group of our Year 10 Engineers to visit NICE PAK in the centre of Wigan. NICE PAK are one of the largest manufacturers of wet wipes in Europe.

The students met with several key personnel from the company to discuss their job roles and their individual career journeys.
They were spoken to by the Factory Manager, Head of Planning and the Head of Health and Safety as well as a number of Engineering Specialists who were in charge of Production, Maintenance and Operations.
After the very insightful talk the students were given the opportunity to take a tour around the new 44 million pound factory.
This allowed the students to witness the manufacturing process first hand from start to finish.
Both students and staff were amazed by the scale of production with over 4.2 million packs of wipes leaving the factory each week.
This would not be possible without an automated production line.
The pupils were able to see a variety of robots in action, making, packaging, boxing and loading the products ready to be delivered to customers.
Overall the day was a fantastic insight into a state of the art facility and I would like to take this opportunity to thank NICE PAK for allowing us to visit.
The students were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the day.


To mark Remembrance and the 75th anniversary of key campaigns in 1944, the History department organised a series of events to commemorate the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces today and in the past. Our school community has numerous personal connections to the Armed Forces and this year we aimed to involve as many staff and students as possible in the act of Remembrance. Throughout the week Year 11 and Sixth Form students sold Poppies, pin badges and other Remembrance items at break and lunchtimes to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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