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Nialls Day
Niall’s Day

On Thursday 18th May our school community came together in prayer, reflection, sport, cake, sadness and joy to celebrate the life of Niall, a wonderful student who died suddenly on 7th May.  The whole community has been deeply saddened by tragedy in the last few weeks but has come together to provide support, love, hope and light to one another and Niall’s family in their time of greatest sorrow.  May he rest in peace.

Stars
Balloon Release - Stars in their Eyes

On Friday 5th May 2017, Staff and Students at St. Mary’s Catholic High School came together as a community to celebrate the life of our student and friend Caitlin.

This day was known as
‘Caitlin’s Day’

Caitlin tragically passed away on Wednesday 26th April after a short but brave and determined battle against cancer.

DofE
Y9 Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

77 of our amazing Y9 students participated in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition at the weekend. Students who attended the expedition showed great determination, resilience and grit. We are very proud of what you achieved over the weekend. Well done to all involved #challengeaccepted

Cracking Chemistry
St. Joseph's Cracking Chemistry

Students from St Joseph's joined Miss Boardman and our Science Ambassadors for their Cracking Chemistry during Science Week. Students took part in chemical reactions and flame tests. They also saw demonstrations including the screaming jelly baby, elephant's toothpaste, the whoosh bottle, coloured flame tests and static electricity.

The Big Bang Fair
Big Bang Fair 2017

35 students attended the brilliant Big Bang Fair 2017. With over 150 stands with careers advice, engaging activities in many fields of science and engineering, students got hands on with employers and universities to promote jobs and degrees they might like to pursue. GSK and Red Nose Day gave us an insight into malaria, Sellafield intrigued students with activities about nuclear power, students saw shows by the Gastronaught, and we learnt survival skills at our final workshop plus much more.

Creative Writing
Y10 AS Creative Writing

The Year 10 AS Creative Writing group were fortunate enough to be taught by one of the school's gifted A Level students: Grace Corey. The group are working towards an AS Creative Writing qualification and have to write their own original pieces. Grace came into one of the sessions to inspire creativity and flair in the pupils' writing. Grace used one of her own examples with the students and they now have to craft their own piece loosely based on ideas generated by Grace.

Lets Sing
Lets Sing 2017

Since January, St. Mary’s choir which includes pupils from Year 7 – 10 have been practicing hard for Lets Sing!. This year there were over 65 pupils in the choir and all enjoying themselves singing. The biggest challenge this year was learning Baba Yetu, where we had to sing in Swahili and learning the song Rockabye which was chosen for the St. Mary’s choir. For this song we had the challenge of rapping and singing in three part harmony – and we all liked the challenge.

Year 7 Rugby
Y7 Rugby

The Y7 Rugby team continued their strong start to high school competition by winning their latest fixture 32-20 at St Edmund Arrowsmith

Attendance at training has been excellent all year and the number of games has allowed many students to play a sport that is new to them. Thomas Haseldine was the latest player to make his debut after earning his place through regularly attending training and showing a willingness to listen and develop his game.

Water Polo National Finals

On Thursday 17th March Miss Montgomery and Miss Wilson travelled to Northampton with eight girls, in preparation for the Water Polo National Finals, which the team had qualified for. After a challenging journey the team arrived at Northampton School for Boys, all members of the party were incredibly impressed with the sports facilities the school had. During the first game St Mary’s competed against Notting Hill and Ealing High and continued the fine form they demonstrated in the qualifying rounds with a 6-2 win.