Mock Interview
Y11 Mock interview day

To enhance our Careers curriculum we had a variety of local employers come into school to work with our Y11 pupils. The focus of the day was to provide our pupils with valuable interview experience and face-to-face interaction with employers from the local community. Pupils received personalised feedback based on their interview that can be utilised to give them a competitive edge in the future. (Gatsby Benchmarks 2,5,8)

Sixth Form Give Back
Sixth Form Give Back To the Community 

As the Sixth Form Committee we wanted to give something back to the community at this time of year when many people are less fortunate than us. We contacted Atherton & Leigh Foodbank asking how we could help this Christmas. We then encouraged Sixth Form and Staff to donate to our ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ which we set up in the Sixth Form Study Area.

Seniors 2018
Senior Citizens Christmas Party

The sixth formers hosted their annual Christmas Party on Tuesday for members of our local parishes. Guests were treated to a lunch with drinks and entertained by singing from students. This was followed by a few games of bingo and the annual performance by Brother John. Our visitors made some lovely comments about the sixth formers and how welcome they felt.

A  number of guests have contacted school to thank the sixth formers. This quote sums up the comments from the parishioners: “I would like to thank you and all the team for a wonderful celebration on 11th December. It was a really enjoyable party and much appreciated by everyone. The students were brilliant, making us very welcome and looking after us so attentively. The singing was outstanding and just one of the highlights of the afternoon. Thank you for organising the event and please share this message with all concerned.”

We wish all our parishioners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Taster Day
Year 11 Taster Day

On Thursday 29th November our Year 11 students had another opportunity to sample life as a sixth form student at St. Mary’s. To follow on from their taster day in Year 10, students chose three subjects to try from the wide range of AS Levels and vocational courses that we offer. Staff delivered sample lessons from their course so students could find out what the subject involved and the areas they would study if they picked this course next year. In addition, students participated in a careers session to make sure that the sixth form team can support their aspirations when they join St. Mary's. The students also had a talk with Mr Rayner about how St. Mary's can further support their dreams and ambitions of university, jobs or apprenticeships.

Stem PlanIt
Green PlanIt Challenge

On Friday 30th November the ST Mary’s STEM Club took part in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Green PlanIt challenge final at the University of Salford. The challenge was to design a garden based on an area that is currently not being used around school. The team had 10 weeks to design, research and create a model of their garden and put a lot of time and effort into the competition. After looking around school for a suitable garden space the pupils chose the garden area around the back of the technology block. This area has a large space and would give the teams the chance to include multiple ideas into their design.

A taste of the continent

A taste of the Continent for Year 7

This half term year 7 had a taste of the continent with an international culture event that took place during one of their Spanish lessons. The pupils gathered in the dinner hall to experience some common European delicacies. On the menu there were a selection of cheeses from France and Spain, a traditional Spanish omelette, chorizo, olives and some chilled gazpacho.

Catholic Choir
Catholic Schools Choir Competition

Written by Hannah Goodier and Ella Doherty

On Wednesday 5th December, the chamber choir attended Cardinal Heenan High School for a choir competition. There were a variety of different choirs there, small, large, all boys and all girls. It was an amazing opportunity and experience for the chamber choir to learn and explore new songs and techniques that we could improve on.

Presentation Evening
Presentation Evening

St Mary’s Presentation Evening took place on Thursday 29th November 2018. This high profile event celebrated the academic and personal achievements of our Class of 2018 with invited guests, Charlotte Mackey and Tom Farrimond presenting the awards.

The evening saw staff, governors, parents, carers and the class of 2018 unite to reflect upon and celebrate in the many successes of the year group.

London 2018

Year 8 Annual London Trip

What an amazing time we had in London on the 24th & 25th November. 88 Year 8 students and 12 staff set off from school at 5am. After a quick stop at the services we arrived at the London Eye just after 11am. Split into several pods on the London Eye we got to see all the famous landmarks in this fabulous, vibrant city.

After the London Eye we enjoyed some free time in the Southbank Christmas Markets where we enjoyed some lunch before heading to our hotel.