Eminent Historian Prof. Jack Scarisbrick Visits A Level History Students


St. Mary's A Level History students were lucky enough to meet the eminent historian, Professor Jack Scarisbrick, this morning. They asked him questions about the European and English Reformation and found out his opinions about the Tudor monarchs. It was a real honour to have such a distinguished guest in school. The sixth formers were impressed by his academic learning and his commitment to Catholic theology. He was very dismissive of Hilary Mantel's portayal of St. Thomas More in Wolf Hall. He explained that his first academic research project had been into the life of St. John Fisher. The sixth form students have now had experience of degree level discussion. Several of them are planning to apply for History at University. 

A busy week for Year 11!

Year 11 Fancy Dress Day
As we returned after the Easter break, it was an enjoyable yet busy week for our Year 11.

On Wednesday it was our Year 11 and 12 Futures Day. After a motivational and inspirational assembly from Mr. Mannino, Year 11 students received their most recent grades and considered their plans post 16.

St. Mary’s were fortunate to be supported by not just our own staff but visitors from a range of colleges, employers, some from as far afield as Newcastle. All students attended an individual interview, with many discussing their choice of A level subjects within St. Mary’s Sixth Form.

After a Domino's lunch, Year 11 and 12 students joined together and chatted in the Drama Hall with many Universities such as Blackpool & Fylde, Liverpool, Newcastle, Northumbria, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield, UCLAN and Cumbria present. Employers such as BAE systems, the Armed Forces, and Apprenticeship providers were all present too giving our Year 11 and 12 the very best advice possible to help boost their futures and careers.

In the afternoon, depending on student pathways, Year 11 and 12 joined together for a wide range of workshops including budgeting skills, how to get hired, University life and life in the Armed Forces.

On Friday it was the traditional Year 11 Fancy Dress Day. As you can see from the pictures, many of the costumes were amazing. It was great to see so many enter the spirit of the event, which raised money for the Lenten charities.

After all the excitement of the week, Year 11 are now settling back down to their revision plans as the examination season draws near. 

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7W-1 Visit to Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens

Cobble Hey Farm
Just before the Easter break, students in 7W-1 experienced a wonderful visit to Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens , near Garstang. The visit was the highlight of our project-based learning journey on the theme of ‘Food for Thought’. Cobble Hey is a working farm, with a long history of offering educational visits to school and community groups, providing opportunities for truly hands on learning experiences. On what seemed to be the coldest day of the year, we trekked out wearing wellies and waterproofs, to find out what life on a farm was really like. Farmer Dave and Mrs Miller welcomed us warmly into their classroom in a barn! As the log fire kept us warm we learnt about the farming year, where our food comes from, crops and livestock and animal welfare. We planted seeds, saw pigs, goats, cows and sheep, held chicks and even fed some (very hungry!) orphaned lambs bottles of milk. The absolute highlight of our visit was seeing a lamb with its mother literally moments after being born—an awesome sight! Thank you to Cobble Hey for giving us all much ‘Food for Thought’ and a great day out!  

 

Revision Letter

Dear Parent/Carer, As we start the start of a new summer term we also approach the start of the public examination season. The first examinations begin on the 11th of May and we are working hard with students to ensure they have the support and help they need to succeed.

Individual revision plans

As you are already aware from our Year 11 revision launch all students were supplied with a bespoke revision timetable to follow over the weeks leading up to the examinations. Please can I ask that you support your child by ensuring they have a suitable place to revise at home and by checking they are keeping up with their revision as outlined in their plan. A large part of student’s success will now come down to the work they put in at home. If you would like a copy of your child’s plan emailing to you please let the school reception know via the contact details at the top of this letter.

Revision timetable

A revision timetable has been devised for after school sessions for Y11 which you will find on the back of this letter. Selected students will be asked to attend sessions in the subjects they need to focus on and must attend these sessions to maximise their chances in the exams. All other students will be able to attend sessions as advertised or can continue with their personal revision plan. There will also be a place within the Academy for quiet revision after school until 5pm and also on a Saturday morning from 9am until 12 noon should students require.

Study Season

The Academy study season will begin on the 22nd May following a celebration of our Y11 life at school so far There will be revision sessions and facilities available during school hours until after the last examination and we will be inviting targeted students for extra support where needed. If you wish to discuss this further please contact your child’s Senior Head of Learning House.

Finally I would like to thank you for your support of your child and St Mary’s during Year 11 and to wish our students good luck in their exams.

Yours sincerely,
Mr S Eccles Head teacher

Week Commencing Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
20th April 2015 MATHS
OPTION B
RS - F BAND CLASSES
SCIENCE
OPTION A (as incls Triple Science)
ENGLISH
OPTION C
MATHS
ENGLISH
OPTION D
RS
27th April 2015

MATHS
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RS - F BAND CLASSES

SCIENCE
OPTION A
ENGLISH
OPTION D
MATHS
ENGLISH
OPTION B
RS
4th May 2015 BANK HOLIDAY MATHS
OPTION C
ENGLISH
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MATHS
ENGLISH
OPTION B
RS
11th May 2015
Exams Start
EXAM - RS AM
MATHS
SCIENCE
OPTION A
EXAM - BIOLOGY PM
RS
EXAM - RS PM
SCIENCE
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EXAM CHEM - AM
MATHS
ENGLISH
OPTION C
ENGLISH
OPTION D
18th May 2015 EXAM - ENG LIT AM
MATHS
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EXAM - VARIOUS
SCIENCE
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EXAM - BUSINESS AM
EXAM - PHYSICS PM
ENGLISH
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MATHS
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