Last week, on a warm and muggy June evening, 23 of St. Mary’s most talented students performed in a live extravaganza to showcase their outstanding talents. In an event run by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, and alongside various other schools from the Blackpool area, students performed an act from Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet. Over the past three months, the students involved have met up every Monday evening to prepare, explore, direct, understand and act out key scenes from the play. The finished result was magical and really demonstrated an understanding of some of Shakespeare’s most complex characters. The students performed their scene live in the bandstand area of the park in front of three different live audiences and tackled the theme of conflict with real passion. Alongside St. Mary’s were some standout performances of Macbeth by Our Ladies of the Assumption and more work on Romeo and Juliet by St. Cuthberts and Thames. Those who attended described it as a ‘magical’ evening and Miss. Bamber described it as, ‘A night I would never forget.’ Although it is hard to imagine topping the evening’s events, students have already begun to think about performing in The Grand Theatre next year, as part of the 2 year project. Well done and congratulations!
On Wednesday 24th June we held our Annual SVP Sleep Out. This year 12 students joined Mr Eccles and other staff members to experience what a night sleeping rough on the streets might be like. Everyone created their bed for the night using cardboard, in a bid to be resourceful this created quite a feeling competition. It was an evening which was enjoyed by all. Tony from Streetlife came down to visit and share in the evening and to say thank you for what we were doing. The students were asked to raise money by sponsorship for the event and all money raised will go to Streetlife and Blackpool food partnership. St Mary’s SVP group and both of these charities have a long standing relationship which we treasure. It is important for the young people to get involved with these events to develop a better understanding of local issues. The night was cold but we all managed to get a bit of sleep in preparation for PE day the next day.
PE Day began with each Learning House performing a Haka, Mr Marsh and the Creativity and Enterprise Learning House won following their fantastic routine!
Students then took part in a range of activities including basketball, bench ball, football and cricket. Throughout the day students were actively involved in supporting their Learning Houses and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. The weather stayed fine and a wonderful day was had by all.
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Congratulations to our three teams of students who took part in Blackpool's very own computer programming competition "Hackpool". The students were a credit to the Academy with one of the teams winning the entire competition! The prize included a Raspberry Pi computer and a chance to program the lights on Blackpool Tower at next year's illuminations! The winning team members were: Aaron Roberts, Sam Martin, Cameron Eva, Joe Lang, Jake Nelson.