18 students and 3 staff enjoyed a wonderful History trip to Berlin during February half term. They visited several sites of Nazi history such as the Berlin Olympic Stadium, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Wannsee Villa, where the fateful decision to instigate the Final Solution was made. They also experienced more recent Berlin history at the Wall and Checkpoint Charlie Museum, as well as enjoying the sights and culture of Berlin on a walking tour and at restaurants every night. The students were a credit to the school and it was such a success that the History Department hopes to make this an annual trip.
As part of St. Mary’s commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January), over 800 students viewed the Anne Frank Exhibition which was in school during the last two weeks. Eighteen Anne Frank Ambassadors were chosen from Year 8 to lead the tours, and they did a wonderful job of telling the heartbreaking story of Anne Frank in a professional and considerate manner. They are pictured here at the end of the exhibition.
St. Mary’s also organised the Blackpool Schools’ Holocaust Memorial Service which took place at St. Annes Synagogue on 27 January.
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.
Congratulations to Leon Withington 7C and Chris Wheelhouse 7M who have been selected to represent St. Mary’s on a government funded visit to the World War One Battlefields in October 2015. The standard of entries from KS3 pupils was very high but the two Year 7 boys’ letters stood out for their originality and interest. Well done!