Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament

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On Friday 17th March two teams from St Mary’s competed in the annual Rotary BAE Systems Technology Tournament held in Lytham St Anne’s. The teams were given the challenging of engineering a motorised device that was required to move electronically down a tunnel, move pieces of wood and reverse back to the start of the tunnel. The teams had to brainstorm, discuss and design different ideas and solutions to produce a portfolio of work, they then had to spend 3 hours manufacturing and testing their final motorised device. Both groups produced some interesting and creative solutions which they then tested against other teams from various different Blackpool Schools and Colleges. A big well done and congratulations to the Y11 KS4 team who came second in their category.

Thank you to both teams for competing on the day:

KS3 team: Jess Hill, Michael Woof, Antonia Harris, Lewis Dyson.
KS4 team: Jamie Rimmer, Rylie McGeever, Sophie Woods, Aliesha McLaughlin.


Year 4 Primary PE festival

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On 17th March the PE department held a primary festival for year 4 students from our feeder primary schools. Students developed their team work through a bench ball competition as well as a ''street dance' session led by Lexi Moat (yr9). The day was a huge success. Thank you to all our year 9 ambassadors - Annie Wills, Darcie Lovell, Jessica Duffy, Lexi Moat, Ellie Whitmore, Emily Schofiled, Roberta Rogers-Smith,and Khuslen Gantulga, your help and leadership was greatly appreciated. 



Flame Trip

At 6:15am on Friday 10th March, a dedicated group of 17 students boarded a coach to London for the Flame trip. Along with our friends from Cardinal Allen School, Fleetwood, we made the long journey down to our Capitol City for an intensive 2 days of sightseeing and attending the Flame Youth Congress in Wembley Arena. Mr Conway expertly led the group around all the sights of London, informing us of the history of many great monuments and buildings . Our tour included a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Natural History Museum and an evening walk past the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames & London Eye and Buckingham Palace. We were all worn out after a long day of travelling and exploring, and the burger at Planet Hollywood for dinner was welcome reward!

Our day on Saturday was spent in Wembley Arena for the Flame Congress. We joined 10,000 other young people in the arena, and the atmosphere was electric! We heard from many great speakers, including Cardinal Bo from Myanmar (Burma), who spoke of the difficulties his country is having with the birth of democracy, civil war and the persecution of minority groups. He reminded us of the power of hope in the face of difficult times, and to remember to value our diversity. We also heard from Fr Augusto from CAFOD, who shared his story and his memories of Pope Francis with us and told us of the importance of listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Rise theatre performed some moving drama pieces, including a story of hope told from inside a real boat that had carried 32 refugees to safety, and award- winning musician Matt Redman performed many of his songs in between the speakers and during our time of prayer. It was a wonderful, uplifting and inspiring trip. We hope the lessons learned will encourage our students to continue helping others & share the important messages we heard with others.


Year 11 Castlerigg

A wonderful group of 28 Y11 students kicked off Lent in style with a retreat to Castlerigg Manor. We were there for Shrove Tuesday (and were treated to lots of tasty pancakes!) and Ash Wednesday, where we were joined by Bishop Campbell for a reconciliation service and the distribution of Ashes. Bishop Campbell also stayed with us on Thursday: watching our dramas, answering questions in “grill the Priest” and treating us to a personal reading of his Pastoral Letter for Lent at the end of our Mass.

The week was the perfect opportunity for our students to “get away from it all” and have the time out to reflect on the important few months ahead of them, with GCSEs and beyond into their future. Our staff and the Castlerigg team were impressed by our students’ maturity and creativity, and the fantastic response they gave to each activity: never has it been such a challenge to persuade some of them to leave the quiet sanctuary of the Chapel and go to bed! Thanks to a great group of students for engaging so well with every opportunity for both fun and reflection, and to the wonderful Castlerigg team for leading us in such an honest, open and authentic way!