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  • 24hr Fundraising Run for Niall 

    On 10th and 11th May, St Mary’s staff and students took part in a 24 hour run in memory of Niall Dearnaley who died last year. This event was organised by Niall’s younger brother Oran who wanted to repay the charity Once Upon a Smile for their continued support over the past year.  This charity provides bereaved families with support and care after the death of a loved one.

  • Cafod Photobooth

    CAFOD Photobooth

    The R.E Ambassadors have been busy raising money for Lent this year by running their own ‘Photo Booth’. Students were invited to come along, dress up with their friends and have their picture taken will all money raised going to CAFOD. In total we raised £50! The photobooth will be back, watch this space….

  • Tina In The Back - The Turnpike

    What an amazing night it was on Tuesday 13th March when some fantastic bands performed at The Turnpike in Leigh. This was all planned, set up and organised by the Year 13 Music class. To start the night off past pupils Joe Walsh and Owen Murphy who are ‘Friend The Foe’ had been invited back to perform. They played a brilliant set, a mixture of some of their own original songs and some covers. It was great to have them back.

  • World Book Day

    On the 1st March 2018, staff and pupils celebrated World Book Day by coming together, as a school community, to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

    In addition to this, Mrs McInnes, our school librarian, coordinated a range of World Book Day activities in the SSC at lunch time for all pupils whilst year 7 and 8 pupils were given the opportunity to take part in World Book Day quizzes and competitions during their English lessons.

  • Paired Reading Programme

    On Friday 16th February a group of sixth form students attended St Ambrose Barlow Primary School to celebrate the completion of the 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.

  • Mott MacDonald

    Mott MacDonald Visit

    On Friday 2nd February St Marys welcomed visitors from Mott Macdonald to come and meet our Design, Engineer, Construct Level 3 students. The visitors from Mott Macdonald included Sarah Wilcock and Essam Beseiso who are civil engineers and Lorna Webb who is responsible for public relations. Alison Watson the curator of DEC! also attended the day. The visitors were given a tour of the school and were really impressed.

  • Holocaust Memorial

    Holocaust Memorial Service

    6th form students Matthew and Dillon led the school in a series of reflections last week to remember the Holocaust and other genocides. Their work followed from participation in the Lessons from Auschwitz project and finished with a service on Friday morning in school. The key message from this year was “The Power of Words” and reflections from different form groups are being displayed on the fence at the entrance to the school on Manchester Road so that our wider community might share in our learning.

  • Autosport Show

    Year visit International Autosport Show

    Last week St. Marys’ Year 12 Engineering Cohort visited the International Autosport Show at Birmingham NEC.

    Invited by the NCME of Bolton they had the opportunity to experience the latest in all forms of international motorsport vehicles and teams, more importantly they had first-hand experience of the cutting edge technology used to manufacture in this industry.

  • Jumper Day

    Christmas Jumper Day 2017

    By taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December 2017, Sixth Form students, Year 11 students and Staff at St Mary’s raised the fantastic sum of  £431.87  for the Save the Children charity.

    Thank you to everyone who wore their festive jumpers, donated cakes and money. Your support was much appreciated and we really did have a great time.

  • Senior Citizens Christmas Party

    Dear Staff &  6th Form Students, 

    Very many thanks to each of you involved in making this year's event so enjoyable.

    Thank you to the welcomers & parking guides,  cheerful in the zero temperature.

    Thank you to all who prepared & decorated the room;  the seating arrangement was excellent.

    Thank you to those who provided all the food & drinks & to the gracious servers.

  • Christmas Concert Review
    Written by Emily Worrall

    After weeks of preparation, our students put on a mind-blowing performance on the night of the Christmas concert. Pupils from Year 7 – 13 dedicated their time to perform for their friends and family. The 6th formers were very helpful and made sure that the students were well prepared so that everything would be amazing on the night of the show. When the night finally came the students were really nervous but they were ready to finally show off their true talents to the audience that were waiting in the lower school hall.

  • 6th Form Open Evening

    On Thursday 9th November we held our annual Sixth Form open evening. The school looked spectacular as departments showed off the subjects that they offer and the rich variety of skills and knowledge that our students learn along the way. From the magnificent works of art on display to the experiments run by the Psychology Department, it truly was a fantastic event. Who can forget the jelly baby wave machine!

  • Frankenstein
    The Frankenstein/ Jane Eyre Experience

    The Year 12 students were treated to a three hour lecture by Dr. Andy McInnes ranging from: English at university; The Gothic and Frankenstein and the Female Protagonist in Jane Eyre. The sessions were extremely enjoyable: the pupils gained a lot of knowledge about English Literature at a higher level. There were a lot of enthusiastic English students after the sessions and we are very grateful for Andy coming into school, this will be his second year running coming into St. Marys!

  • Leavers Ball
    Year 13 Leavers' Ball Friday 7th July

    The Year 13 students were joined by staff and governors to celebrate their time in the sixth form at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The evening started with a drinks reception followed by a lovely meal in the Trafford Suite. Rachel Ball and Adam Francis spoke, summarising their feelings about leaving; a mixture of relief and excitement. They also gave a number of awards and presents.

  • HCPT Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017

    During the second week of the Easter Holidays, 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 and respite .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.

  • Year 13 Celebration Service

    The Celebration Service for our Year 13 students who are leaving this year was held in St. Ambrose Barlow church on Friday 26th May. Father Paul led the service which looked back over the years the students have been at St. Mary’s both in the sixth form and, for many students, the high school before that.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • Catenian Speaking
    Catenian Speaking Competition

    Grace Corey and James Hall recently competed in the prestigious Catenian Speaking Competition in Manchester. Both candidates have been preparing for months prior to the competition ensuring that their speeches were fluid and fully informed. Their topics of discussion were: five minutes of fame and only believers can get into heaven. They competed against pupils from across the North West from varying sixth form colleges. Both candiates made myself and the sixth form incredibly proud!

  • Paired Reading
    Paired Reading Scheme

    A group of Year 12 students from our sixth form completed a Paired Reading Scheme with students at St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School today. The students had undertaken training with teaching staff at the local primary school and then completed an 8 week programme with individual students in between their lessons in sixth form.

  • New York
    @Marys2Manhattan 2017

    After months of planning and saving, the time had finally arrived to depart Manchester and make our way to New York. On arrival we were taken to our hotel with the help of our local tour guide, Senta. Following a speedy check-in we took a short stroll to Times Square which blew off the cobwebs from the transatlantic flight. It was then back to the hotel for an early night in preparation for Saturday.

  • Malaga
    A Level Malaga Trip

    Over the February half term Miss de Boer and Mr Lloyd took 6 A Level Languages students to the sunny Spanish region of Andalucía for a 5 day educational visit to immerse ourselves in the language and typical Andaluz culture!  After arriving at Málaga airport and settling into our hotel, we toured the city and sampled some typical Andalucían food in the Spanish sun.  

  • 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.

  • UCAS Evening
    Getting a step ahead.

    Great to see so many of our aspiring Yr.11 students and parents attending our UCAS (university application) evening. At St Mary's Sixth Form College we pride ourselves on the support provided to all our university (and apprenticeship) applicants leading to highly successful transition from our college. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • 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. 

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