Sixth Form Take Silver

ImageWhile some students were throwing snowballs, three teams represented St. Mary's in the Blackpool Area Rotary Design & Technology event held at St. Annes YMCA on Friday 3rd March.  Over 45 teams of four took part in the competitions three age catagories in which the students were required to design and make a flashing beacon.  The time allowed for completion of the task was four hours.  At the end of the duration each group was required to demonstrate their design to the judges and other competitors.

In a hard fought competition the Sixth Form team made up of Arran Gallagher, Thomas Killoran, Sean White and Liam Callager came second with their pendulum switch design.  The other two teams made up of Robert Kerrigan, Rebecca Rogan, Ben Hall and Alice McKenzie in Year 9 and Olympia Gianfrancesco, Tom Sweeney, Sean Smith and Jasmine Todd, successfully completed the task but were unplaced in the competition.  In the Staff competition Mr Sirkett's team came first.

All the students enjoyed the competition and wanted the opportunity to try again.  Check out the gallery for photographs from the event.

SPAIN 2006

ImageOn 16th February 14 students set off on a five day break to the Costa del Sol as part of their Travel & Tourism or Geography A level course. The Geography team, led by Mrs Thomasson and Ms Riley, was looking at the land usage around Torremolinos and Benalmadena Costa as examples of urban growth. The Travel and Tourism Group with Mr Robinson and Mr Slack were completing a piece of coursework on the facilities in and around Torremolinos and the excursions available to clients staying in the area. We flew from Blackpool International Airport to Malaga and then picked up a mini-bus to take us to our splendid accommodation at the Hotel Natalie – known for its extensive facilities and free water. In the few days we were there we visited the caves and beaches at Nerja, the ‘white village’ of Frigilliana, the city of Granada, the ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada, the commune of Benalmadena Pueblo and the cable car ride behind Arroyo de la Miel. There are some photos of the groups working, snowballing, swimming, ten-pin bowling but fortunately none of the Karaoke evening. Planning is now well underway for the next trip; any Year 11 students would be well advised to get their options sheets in early if they wish to join the expeditions next year.

Please visit the Gallery section for the photos of  Spain 2006

Castlerigg Manor

ImageOn January 30th some of our Year 11s went to Castlerigg Manor on our annual retreat.  The group gained a lot from a range of activities which helped them to explore how we live and our relationship with God and each other.

Highlights of the trip include the walks in absolutely freezing temperatures, the Thursday night disco, some lovely quiet prayer time in the Chapel and Mr McDonough's convincing table-tennis victory over Stephen Townsend!

Please visit the Gallery for more photos