Advent finishes with a flourish.

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It has been such a busy yet enriching week at St Mary’s. Students from St Mary’s, St Cuthbert’s and Academy Extra took part in our Advent Festival on Tuesday. It was a fabulous reminder of the true message of Christmas.

The Sixth form planned and ran a party for Pensioners from our local community and large numbers of students took part in trips and activities as a reward for all of their hard work on Wednesday as part of our ethos day.

In PSHCE on Thursday students took part in an inter house quiz:

As well as a celebration of a traditional Polish Christmas Eve and a round of chocolate bingo amongst other activities.

Students also presented their gifts from the money they had raised as part of the advent appeal which are delivered to those who need a bit of extra help and support through the festive season. Student’s raised a whopping (and record breaking) £3747.37, well done to them all and thank you for your generosity.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year on behalf of the staff, students and directors at St Mary’s.

Mr Eccles

Academy Extra make a great impact at Advent

Academy Extra Theatre group

Academy Extra Theatre School performed two inspirational dramas at the St Mary's Advent festival. The older students created a moving and funny portrayal of John the Baptist and the primary aged children told the story of Mary being selected by God to carry Jesus into our world. Well done to all who took part!

Hockey Champions!

Under 13 Hockey Champions
Well done to the St Mary's U13 Boys' Hockey Team who won the Blackpool Secondary Schools' Hockey tournament at Stanley Park . The boys achieved a 100% record in their fixtures which took place, last night, under flood-lights on the park's All Weather Pitches.

Congratulations to the following boys who were involved; Yr7 - Harry Shaw (L), Oskar Juscjyk (C), Lewis Callaghan (T), Yr8 - Nicholas Joss (F), Joe Lonsdale (R), Joseph Frankitt-Kennedy (L),

Parents' Evenings

 We hope to welcome as many parents as possible to our forthcoming parents' evenings:

Year 11 and 13 Parents' Evening - Thursday December 4th from 4 - 7 p.m.
Year 10 and 12 Parents' Evening - Thursday December 11th from 4 - 7 p.m.

We hope that as many parents as possible will be willing to complete the OFSTED questionnaire about St. Mary's Catholic Academy which will take just five minutes of your time. You will need your email address - guidance will be available in 0MI5 on the evening.

Application forms for Free School Meals have been sent out with Year 10 and 11 invitation letters. These can be returned directly to the local authority.