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.

 

Girls in year 8 have been working incredibly hard in computing this year.

After successful completion of the cyberfirst girls competition, a number of students were invited to attend the Digital Her event at The Edge in Wigan.
The girls had the opportunity to talk with a number of women who work in the technology and computing sectors, highlighting career opportunities that are available and provide them with workshops in order to show what is involved in designing and working in the industry.
The girls had a great time and did some great work in APP Building, Team work and working with GCHQ in codebreaking.
It’s hoped that this will be the first in a long line of events for KS3 and 4 students to engage with the computing and industry.

Marys 2 Manhattan

After months of waiting, Friday 15th February 2019 had finally arrived and we departed Manchester on a short domestic flight to Heathrow, after a quick breakfast it was time to take a transatlantic flight to JFK. We arrived at our hotel situated in the up and coming area of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and after a speedy check-in we took a short stroll to Times Square which even in the daylight made a lasting impression on the students. It was then back to the hotel for an early night in preparation for Saturday.

Paired Reading

 

On Friday 15th February 2019, a group of sixth form students attended St Ambrose Barlow Primary School to celebrate the completion of the 6 week Paired Reading programme. The programme is a successful partnership between the St Mary's sixth form and St Ambrose Barlow where students support their younger peers with paired reading. A lovely ceremony took place where the children handed our sixth form students a certificate and gave a final thank you for their support.

Legally Blonde

Each year our school productions get bigger - bigger casts, bigger sets, and more musical numbers. We consistently aim to produce a performance that is to the highest of standards enabling the pupils involved to gain the experience of a full scale show…in a school!