Hairspray is a Hit at the Grand Theatre!

On Wednesday 11th February, the cast of HAIRSPRAY performed as part of School’s Alive at the Grand Theatre. They were a credit to the school and both of the numbers they performed were a huge success with the audience, so much so that they even got a mention on Radio Wave this morning from Hayley Kaye who compered the event. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students; gaining valuable experience of Performing in a professional theatre and ideal preparation for the Musical which takes place immediately after half term 25/26/27th February. Thanks to all the students for their hard work, excellent behaviour and consummate professionalism.

Miss Lloyd.

Grow Your Own Club

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Our "Grow Your Own Club" are making a good start on the growing season this year. Despite the cold weather, Mrs Law and a brave group of students have been meeting regularly to weed and prepare for Spring. We were joined recently by workers from the "Grow Blackpool" charity who provided us with recycled compost to fill raised beds with.

Well done to all the students who have been volunteering and serving our school community by their help with the garden area. Any students interested can come along to the garden area at lunchtimes on a Mon, Tue or Wed. Or they can see Mrs Law for more information. We are also always grateful for any donations of old tools or seeds you may have lying around at home and no longer want. Please get in contact with Mrs Law if you have anything that you can donate to our gardening club.

Consecrated Life Trip

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A group of 14 year 9s and 10s went out on Friday to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for a conference on ‘consecrated life’. This was part of the ‘Year of Consecrated Life’ which has been called by Pope Francis and which had inspired various events across the country. The idea is to expose young people to the idea of religious life as an alternative to other career paths they might be considering. Our trip followed an input by various religious sisters and priests to our year 13 in General RE.

The day in Liverpool was hosted by brothers, sisters and priests from all the main religious orders such as the Dominicans, Faithful Companions of Jesus, and the Benedictines, to name but a few. Inputs enabled young people to find out more about their backgrounds and motivation and there were also workshops and stalls giving more information about the work they do and where they do it. The morning was interspersed with music and video, during which the young people were encouraged to ‘strut their stuff’, at one stage following the lead of a full habited Dominican priest! There was also an input from Abbot Christopher Jamison who is the national coordinator of vocations and also the star of a BBC series called The Monastery.

All of this took place in what is perhaps the most modern and visually stunning cathedral in the country. It was an interesting day and one which really opened our eyes to what religious life is like.

Mr. Stewart

The Year of Consecrated Life Celebrations at St Mary's

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A workshop, led by the Chaplains and members of religious communities from the Diocese of Lancaster, was held at St Mary's on the 4th February. The main portion of the morning was the religious priests, sisters and brothers telling of their different callings to God. They then answered questions as a whole panel from the gathered Yr13 group. The aim of the morning was not only to educate about Consecrated Life, but to get the young people to evaluate where they were in what will undoubtedly be the most important year of their lives so far. Stress was placed on the Universal calling from God (or vocation) to be the best person you can be. Those that could stayed on to do the same with lower school students, and special thanks go to Miss Lee's Yr11 class, and to Mrs Stuart's Yr8s. Behaviour throughout the morning was exemplary and all students were a credit to the Academy.