On the 1st March 2017, Blackpool & Lancashire Local Authorities will inform parents of the secondary school their child has been allocated to. Not all parents will necessarily receive their first choice of school. For September 2017, the full allocation of 210 student places has been made at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy. If your child has not been allocated a place at St. Mary’s and you would like to try to secure a place for them please follow the process in the attached document. We would strongly advise you not to reject the place at the school your child has been allocated until you hear the outcome of the Appeals process. Further information is available here.
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.
On the 7th February, eight of our year 9 students took part in the BAE Systems Make It Enterprise challenge. The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It campaign is a programme of education-business linked activities designed to support the curriculum and to create partnerships between schools and manufacturing partners.
The Make It Enterprise Challenges are one-day events held across the North West, which are supported by a host of business partners including BAE Systems.
We attended the event at Ribby Hall and our team set up their own manufacturing business in a competition to create a new product. They were judged on their understanding of the design brief, the successful completion of key tasks; including everything from prototype design to marketing and their enterprise skills. The team pitched their product in a "Dragon's Den" style finale, where they were grilled by four 'Dragons' from BAE. It was a great experience for everyone involved!
Well done to Harry Shaw, Lexie Moat, Graceil Tinoy, Jess Hill, Joe Kirk, Christian Johnstone, Tasha Lees and Callum Sankey.
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.