Ofsted Good

 

St Mary's Catholic High School in Astley is celebrating today after Ofsted rated the school ‘Good’, recognising that the ‘school has been transformed since the last inspection as a result of intelligent and determined leadership’.

The inspectors described how ‘leaders, including governors, have secured evident and significant improvement throughout all aspects of the school, most particularly in the behavior of pupils, their attendance, the quality of teaching and the achievement of disadvantaged pupils’.

Lourdes2019

 

During Easter week, a group of sixth form pupils gave up their time to volunteer during the HCPT Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

HCPT is a charity which takes disabled and disadvantaged children to Lourdes for a week of fun, prayer, singing and dancing. It is one of the most travelled pilgrimages in the world, with groups from across England, the USA, Europe and the West Indies joining the fun.

Investors Challenge

St Mary’s Business students were invited by the University of Manchester to attend a Student Investor Challenge at the Whitworth Hall. The challenge was designed to test students' capabilities under the pressure of a real-time stock market experience. The 5 Business Studies students represented St Mary’s impeccably from the first to the last minute. We arrived at Whitworth Hall for a sharp 10 o’clock start, competing against 25 other schools from the Greater Manchester region.

Halle

On Thursday 4th April 11 boys from Year 7 and 8 attended the Halle Presents Boys Sing! This was the first time this has taken place. The workshops were led by two inspirations leaders, Stuart Overington who is the Director of the Halle Youth Choir and Ben Sawyer. This workshop had some really great songs and all the boys were singing in harmony. It was great to attend an excellent workshop and make such good progress in a short amount of time.

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Students from Years 9-11 had a once in a lifetime trip to Iceland over the Easter holidays. Students were treated to waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, lava, hot pools and ice cream! Three days jam-packed with sightseeing were well-received by all. Sunday's early start did nothing to dampen spirits and students landed in Iceland to be transported to the Bridge between the Continents followed by the Reykanes Lighthouse.

Lets Sing

Let’s Sing 2019 was another amazing evening. 60 pupils from Years 7-11 performed some excellent songs: Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis, The Greatest Show and This is Me from The Greatest Showman and St. Mary’s own song this year was Go the Distance from the film Hercules which had solos by Ben and Megan. The boys choir made up from Year 7’s and 8’s also performed a song on their own ‘Don’t Stop Me Now' by Queen – this was a first for them at Let's Sing!

 

St Mary’s pupils and staff celebrated books and reading on World Book Day Thursday 7th March.

Staff members displayed posters telling everyone what they are currently reading and forms held discussions about what they were reading and what their favourite books are.

In the library there was a Big Book Quiz with 15 students getting all 30 answers correct and winning a prize. There were signed books, stationery and maltesers.

Crafternoon Club in the library was also World Book Day themed with students learning a book-binding stitch, saddle stitch, and making their own keepsake notebooks.

National Careers Week

National Careers Week 2019 #NCW2019

During national careers week our staff have been sharing their career journeys with pupils and linking careers to the lessons they have been delivering.  Y8 have been exploring Labour Market Information (LMI) and have been matching their skills and interests to future employment opportunities.

 

On Tuesday 5th March, pupils from Years 7–9 went to watch the Halle for Youth Concert which had a theme of Conflict and Resolution.
We heard the amazing Halle orchestra play some great pieces such as:

  • Mars from The Planets by Holst
  • The Imperial March from Star Wars by John Williams
  • The Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner
  • The 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky

It was an amazing experience to be at The Bridgwater Hall and watch a large orchestra play a variety of different pieces.