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  • Celebrating Year 7

    Celebrating Year 7
    Celebrating Year 7

    Can you believe they have done a year at St. Mary's already?

    Our End of Year Celebration Assembly started with the video of the year and ended with a wonderful performance from 7R of what has become a very special song to us - Ariana Grande's "One Last Time", they have left a number of staff a little teary!

  • Celebrating Year 8

    Celebration Year 8
    Celebrating Year 8

    What a wonderful year 8 we have had. On Wednesday the students came together with their tutors, House Leaders and Mrs Lomas  and Mr Newton to celebrate so many achievements. The year group continues to be committed to excellence in all that they do whether it be in the classroom, in the sporting arena, on the stage, in the community or even just around school.

  • Amazing Athletes

    Amazing Athletes
    Amazing Athletes

    Our Year 7 Boys and Girls athletics teams gained an excellent Team Bronze Medal at the Gtr Manchester Schools Games.

    Representing Wigan Schools, they competed against the best two schools from each of the Gtr Manchester Boroughs at Sportcity, Eastlands.

    Each student had to complete the 100,800,Long jump, Javelin and relay.

  • Quarry Bank Mill

    Quarry Bank Mill
    Year 7 Quarry Bank Mill

    All of our Year 7 students experienced a visit to Quarry Bank Mill with the History Department this week. We learned about the Mill’s connections to our local history and we were inspired with ideas ready to design a British History Theme Park to consolidate the years’ learning. Thanks to all of the staff that helped to make this visit a success!

  • Science Trip

    Nuclear Workshop
    Nuclear Workshop - Hotel Football

    Miss Boardman took 10 Key Stage 3 students to the Innovation in Nuclear STEM workshop at Hotel Football in Manchester. The European Nuclear Young Generation Forum held a conference in Manchester and wanted to demonstrate the opportunities available to young people and engage them in challenging science and engineering activities.

  • Welcome Day

    Welcome Day
    What a Welcome Day!

    260 Y6 students joined us for our Welcome day looking nervous and excited. After our assembly they went off to form and met their new tutors and were very quickly making new friends, learning the St Mary’s way and thinking about what they can do to make us all #ProudToBeMarys.

  • Energiser Workshop

    Energiser Workshop
    Energy engineering workshop for KS3

    Approximately 120 students from Year 7 and Year 8 had the opportunity to attend an exciting engineering workshop run by an external visitor to school.

    Students considered what an engineer does and what skills they would need to become an engineer. Students were surprised by the huge array of different types of engineering careers, such as in textiles, agriculture, communications as well as the more well-known areas such as aerospace, mechanical and civil engineering.

  • Welcome Year 6

    Taster 2017
    Welcoming Year 6

    The taster days for our Year 6s are in full swing! Students have had a range of exciting lessons from cookie mining to drag-racing, ukuleles (with a special guest!) to art workshops and everything in between.

    It has been great getting to know our new Year 7 students and we are getting very excited about them coming next week on the 29th June for the Welcome Day. Students will be arriving at 9.30am for a day of getting to know each other, finding their way around and having lunch.

  • Caitlin's Day

    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.

  • Duke of Edinburgh

    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

    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.

  • History Museum

    People History
    The People’s History Museum 

    Students in Year 9 were invited on Friday 10th March to visit and work in partnership with The People’s History Museum in Manchester. The museum looks at the history of working class protest and equality. Students were invited by the curators of The People’s History Museum to ‘take over’ the museum and took part in a range of workshops and archive sessions. Students accessed the archives and examined original documents.

  • Science Ambassadors

    Science Ambassadors
    Student Science Ambassadors

    11 students were successful with their applications to lead in science with activities to give back to their community. These students have shown a commitment to science and will support with the Super Science Fair this week and lead on projects with our linked primary schools.

    Well done from Miss Boardman.

  • ABA Training

    ABA Training
    Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training

    On Thursday 2nd March, 15 students from across different year groups attended Matthew Moss high School in Rochdale to complete their Anti Bullying Ambassador Training, in association with the Diana Award.  It was an eye opening experience and all of our young people came back more determined than ever to combat bullying within our community.

  • Graphene Lecture

    Graphene Lecture

    HAP students visited the beautiful Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester with Miss Boardman to experience a lecture on graphene by the team who won the Noble Physics Prize for the creation of graphene. Students were immersed in the chemistry and revolutionary applications of this amazing new material.

  • Lego Challenge

    Lego Challenge
    STEM Club - Lego Challenge

    On Monday 6th March St Mary's STEM Club took part in the Tomorrows Engineers - Lego Robotics Challenge. The pupils, who attend STEM Club on Monday nights had to complete a series of challenges on the day to compete in the competition. The challenges included programming Lego robots to compete various tasks in a 'space' environment. Students had to take part in group presentations where the students discussed what robots may be like in the future.

  • Dayne Weston

    Dayne Weston
    Dayne Weston attends McAuley House Assembly

    On Wednesday we had Dayne Weston from Leigh Centurions join the McAuley House assembly. He came into St Mary's to speak about a charity that is dear to his heart called 'Ben's Wish'. The charity is raising funds for a local 10 year old boy called Ben Robinson from Leigh who has cerebral palsy and has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia.

  • Annie


    School Production 2017

    When I found out that I was Annie I was so happy and shocked on how well I did and at first I didn’t think it was true. I didn’t believe it, but when I walked up to the cast sheet tears of happiness streamed down my face. I got the part! Ever since I was little I loved the role of Annie, she was sweet and clever and special.  I loved Annie and have seen it everywhere; on stage, TV, film and everything else!  If it wasn’t for my friends (especially Sophie) I wouldn’t have been as confident and certainly wouldn’t be doing Drama today.

  • Careers Convention

    Careers Convention
    Careers Convention

    On Thursday 9th February we held our 27th annual Careers Convention.  The Careers Convention was a great success; this year students from Year 8 to Year 13 attended, with over 110 exhibitors present on the evening.  At a time when there are over 573,000 young people aged 16 – 24 in the country unemployed, the purpose of the Convention was to give our pupils the opportunity to obtain the very best careers advice from experts in a variety of different fields of employment, training and Further/Higher Education. 

  • Taster Session

    taster session
    Health and Social Taster Session

    Lots of students attended the lunchtime options taster sessions to learn more about Child Development and Health and Social Care.  The students met baby Leo and baby Isabella.  They tried on the pregnancy bump and took part in an activity about healthy eating.  Year 12 students led the activities.  Thanks to Olivia Bowring, Leah Keenan and Emma Pickup for their help.  We hope the options session gave you valid information to make your choice.  Good luck.

  • Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
    Harry Potter Quiz Night

    At 3pm on Thursday the Student Support Centre was magically turned into Hogwarts. More than 30 students from all year groups, dressed in their finest Harry Potter themed clothes arrived for the Harry Potter Book Night Quiz. They were greeted by Madam Pince, the school librarian of Hogwarts, and sorted into their houses by Professor McGonagall, with the help of the sorting hat.

  • Holocaust

    Holocaust remembered

    Two sixth form students from St Mary's were chosen to take part in the Holocaust Educational Trust's lessons from Auschwitz programme. Chloe Allen and Izabella Cebula participated in seminars at Manchester University and visited the notorious concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau. They have used their experience and their learning to lead the commemorations of Holocaust remembrance at school.

  • Wigan Warriors

    Wigan Warriors
    Wigan Warriors Development Day

    On Monday 30th of January forty five of our year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students attended a Wigan Warriors Development day at Central Park. The students got to tour around Wigan's home of youth development and got to taste some of the first class coaching that they had to offer. Firstly, the year 7's and 8's had a 'wrestling' and 'contact' lesson in the fully padded specialist room, while the year 9 and 10 students took part in a gym session.

  • Paralympic Visit

    Paralympic Bronze Medallist Small wows pupils as he prepares for World upgrade

    Paralympian Andrew Small last week provided lucky students at St Mary’s with a unique insight into his career, encouraging them to join him and the rest of his British teammates on their journey to the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017.

    Small made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games last summer, claiming bronze in the T33 100m, and took time out from his bid to make this summer’s World Para Athletics Championships to stop by St Mary’s and treat them for their enthusiasm for athletics.

  • Random Acts

    Random Acts of Christmas
    Random Acts of Christmas

    Our pupils at St Mary’s have worked hard throughout December to make a difference to people’s Christmas in the local community. The school collectively collected dried and tinned goods for the Atherton and Leigh Food Bank, which goes to those in need this Christmas. Pupils made hampers for the SVP group at St Joseph’s at Leigh which have been distributed to families and pensioners to spread a little joy this Christmas time.

  • Christmas Concert

    Christmas Concert 2016
    St Mary’s Christmas Concert 2016

    After months of hard work and preparation by staff and students alike, the Christmas Concert was as brilliant as ever. With performances from students of all year groups performing a wide range of music, variety was certainly one of the most impressive parts of the show. From Green Day to Michael Bublé, Vaughan Williams to the Arctic Monkeys, the performances were each unique and amazing in their own way. St Mary’s is a fantastically talented school when it comes to music, and this shone through more than ever in the Christmas Concert.

  • London Trip

    Year 8 London Trip

    What an amazing time we had in London at the weekend. The trip started very early as we set off at 5am on a very icy Saturday morning. However, when we arrived in London, the sky was blue and the sun was shining brightly. This was perfect weather for our London Eye experience where we got to see all the famous landmarks in this fabulous, vibrant city. 

  • The Tailormade

    The Tailormade
    The Tailormade

    On Friday the 14th October we had an upcoming band come into school to perform to Y7 and Y8. The band were called ‘The Tailormade’ and were on a Drug Education, Peer Pressure & Life Skills themed school tour.  The lads have supported the likes of Ed Sheeran and Rebecca Ferguson, performing to over 20,000 in London, Trafalgar Square, as well as being invited to perform at The Brit Awards last year.

  • Open Day

    Open Day 2016
    Open Day

    What a great day we had!  The school was a hive of activity on Saturday 24th September when Year 5 and Year 6 students and their parents came to see what St. Mary’s has to offer.  The science show wowed our visitors and the Spanish tapas was a delicious hit.  Every department in school had planned activities to entertain and give a flavour of what life is like at St. Mary’s. 

  • Year 7 First Day

    Welcome to Year 7!

    Our new Year 7 pupils made a great start to their school life at St. Mary's.  They looked marvellous in their uniforms and really made us proud of them.  After a Welcome Assembly with Mr Dawson and Mrs Brahms they spent time in form and getting their photos taken before going off to lessons.  

  • Word Millionaires

    Word Millionaires
    Word Millionaires trip to Waterstones

    This academic year the whole of Year 7 have been participating in the Accelerated Reader Programme in the Library. Students have been taking quizzes on all the books they read. This generates a word count for all the books they have read. 10 St Mary’s student have read over a million words this year, and as a reward these students were invited on a trip to Waterstones in Deansgate, Manchester with Mrs McInnes and Miss Putt.

  • DofE Expedition

    Y9 Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition

    Well done to the 51 Y9 Duke of Edinburgh students who braved the weather and completed their qualifying expedition.  Students demonstrated great resilience and teamwork to self-navigate across 20 Kilometres of tough terrain. We are very proud of what you have achieved throughout the award this year. Congratulations on your achievement!

  • Welcome Day

    Welcome Day
    Welcome Day and Evening

    What a wonderful Welcome Day and Evening we have just had.

    Our Year 6s arrived bright and ready to work and they got so much from today. We were really proud of the way that they got "stuck in" to tasks and rose to the challenge of meeting new people and making new friends.  They have found their way around, had lunch and got to know their tutor.  This evening they have seen our talented Year 7 and 8s in their Annie performance and had the opportunity to introduce their tutor to their parents.

  • Micro:Bits Are Go!

    Micro:Bits Are Go!

    Y7 have been getting to grips with their free BBC Micro:Bits in Computing lessons over the past few weeks.  The Micro:Bit is a free mini computer that is being given away to every Y7 in the country by the BBC.  In lessons we have been learning how to program our Micro:Bits to perform tasks such as displaying messages, displaying images and modelling simple games like rock paper scissors.  The device has loads of cool features such as a built in compass, Bluetooth and accelerometer (tilt sensor).

  • Transition Tasters!

    Transition Tasters
    Transition Tasters!

    Our Year 7s for 2016 have been paying us some visits in the last few weeks to try out some lessons and spend some time in school with us.

    We have seen all of our children and are delighted to Welcome them as our new students.  Children have completed experiments in Science, learned new Spanish words and completed chocolate investigations in History.

  • Lego Challenge

    Lego Challenge
    STEM club triumph at LEGO Mindstorm Space challenge competition

    On Wednesday 25th May Dr Rosser, Mr Jones and six KS3 students attended the LEGO Space Challenge North-West finals which was hosted at the Catalyst museum in Widnes. The students involved on the day were: George Baylis, Ciaran Coll, Rohan Mannion, Christian Robinson, Megan Smith and Annabelle Pollitt-Walmsley.

  • RAF Workshop

    RAF Tasters
    Year 9 RAF Engineering Workshop

    On Friday 27th May Dr Rosser arranged for the touring RAF engineering workshop to come into school to inspire half of Year 9. The students who were in Science, all saw this fantastic workshop. The presenters described the career opportunities within the RAF for engineers.

  • France Trip

    France Trip
    Y7 to 9 France Trip

    Students from Year 7 to 9 enjoyed a wonderful 5 day visit to France over half term. Even the rain couldn't dampen the spirits as students screamed their way around Disneyland Paris' finest attractions. The day rounded off with dancing and singing to the character parade and a delicious meal in Planet Hollywood. We travelled into Paris where the rain had caused the river to be too high for our cruise on the Seine. However, students did get a good view of the Eiffel Tower whilst eating ice creams!

  • Duke of Edinburgh

    Duke of Edinburugh
    Duke of Edinburgh

    Well done to the 56 Y9 students who completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Practice expedition at Waddecar. We are very proud of what you achieved over the weekend and all of you showed great resilience #ChallengeAccepted

  • Y8 Uni Visit

    Bolton Uni Visit
    Y8 Bolton University Visit

    On the 13th of May a cohort of Y8 students visited the University of Bolton for an action packed day. Students participated in a University quest, attended a lecture, attended various workshops and finally watched a theatrical performance. The whole experience was planned to give students a flavour of University life and raise aspirations. Well done to the students involved!

  • Science Week

    Science Week
    Science Week

    Great turn out from students in year seven to sixth formers helping out and getting involved in our science fair. Students presented and manned lots of different projects sharing their expertise. Sixth formers dissected a heart and showed younger students the different chambers and functions.

  • Space Engineer

    Space Engineer Visit
    Talk from Space Engineer

    KS3 Students in the astronomy club and sixth form students enjoyed a talk on space telescopes from a space engineer. We discovered details about the Hubble and Kepler Telescopes and found out about the development of the new James Webb Space Telescope.

Assistant Headteacher - Director for Key Stage 3
Assistant Director for Key Stage 3
Year Leads
Year 7 - Mr S Barnes
Year 8 - Mrs L Lomas
Year 9 - Mrs H Beeley