“Out of a mountain of despair a stone of hope” came the famous words of Martin Luther King, which provided the inspiration for the gospel theme this week of having faith. Having faith, even just a little we are told in Luke’s Gospel will enable the followers of Jesus to do wondrous things. Members of 8F took the message of the gospel literally. Each member was given the challenge this week to collect one toiletry item in order to donate to the homeless charity – Streetlife. Streetlife works with many vulnerable young people aged 16-25 in Blackpool providing emergency accommodation and a wide range of support. Pictured above are members of 8F with their Form Tutor Mr Navesey and Miss Smith our Lead Chaplain receiving the toiletry items on Streetlife’s behalf.
Members of 7F recently took part in a sponsored silence in order to raise money for our partnership school in Ghana. Students raised an amazing £80.00. Throughout the silence students reflected on the information they had learned about our partnership school and the ways in which the money raised will be of benefit. The picture shows Sr. Philomena Grimley receiving the cheque on behalf of the Society for the Holy Child Jesus, the order which is involved with the Ghana schools.
Over Lent we had been learning about the Easter story and entered a competition on the Truetube website. The competition was to write a voice over script in the form of a piece of creative writing on the last supper and the crucifixion of Jesus. Well I'm pleased to announce that we had two shortlisted from 7Z1. Amelia Weaver who went on to win the competition and Megan Holman who was a well deserved runner up.
The prize was to have an all expenses paid trip to London to the recording studio to record her script professionally. Amelia and her mum enjoyed the day! despite it being tiring! Truetube were very impressed by Amelia's entry and the quality of her vocal skills on the day.
I am very proud of both students and the quality of the entries from all the students was very high. Well done Amelia!
The Religious Education Department at St Mary’s Catholic College has clinched a prestigious national award. Delighted staff and students have been awarded the Silver RE Quality Mark (REQM), which has been developed to recognise high-quality religious education in schools across the country.
The College’s hard-working staff and pupils are celebrating gaining top recognition for developing and implementing strategies that generate excellent RE and contribute to whole school improvement.
Head of RE at St Mary’s, Phil Allan, added: “The award recognises the good learning in RE, both in terms of examination results, and the high enthusiasm and enjoyment students have for the subject.”
Gaining the award was no easy feat for the school, as an assessor spent the day with the department’s senior staff, as well as pupils from all year groups. As part of the process, he also reviewed students’ work and subject surveys to get a true picture of the curriculum and progress. In his report, the REQM assessor said: “I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the students and their knowledge of what was required to make good progress in RE.”
He added, “It was a privilege to visit the school and meet the department and some of the pupils.” The assessor was particularly impressed by how Religious Education at St. Mary’s makes a powerful contribution to young people’s learning, providing them with chances to explore the big ideas and questions of religion and belief.
Headteacher Stephen Tierney said, “The College places a great emphasis on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all students alongside academic excellence. I’m delighted that the great work of the RE Department has been recognized and affirmed through this process.”
The REQM has been developed to celebrate quality Religious Education. The Religious Education Council of England and Wales provides support and monitors the quality of the award.