St. Mary's 6th Form Sports Academy begins with a bang!

Sports Academy
It has been a highly successful first half term for the 6th Form Sports Academy pupils. Already pupils are qualified FA Level 1 coaches and have completed the Young Leaders Handball qualification. We have secured funding from Lancashire Sport to deliver a Handball club for KS4 & 5 pupils next half term and are looking forward to completing the FA refereeing badge, Young Orienteering Award and a visit from Cumbria University to take us up to Christmas.

If you would like anymore information about this amazing academy please see Mr.Reidy in the PE Department.

Celebrate reading at our Book Fair!

Scholastic Reading Contest

It is with great excitement that we can announce a  Book Fair will be arriving in our Academy’s  Learning Resource Centre in November, with lots of new books for pupils and their families to browse and buy !

WEDNESDAY, 9TH – WEDNESDAY, 16TH NOVEMBER, 2016

There are over 200 titles to choose from, and with prices starting from just £2.99, there is sure to be a book for everyone.   Books can be purchased using cash or, if you prefer, you can buy discounted Gift Vouchers to give to your child at bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/parents. 

For every book purchased , your child will be given a free raffle ticket and one lucky winner will win £25 worth of books to spend at the Book Fair on books of their choice.

In addition, every book purchased can help to get FREE BOOKS for our library, so we would very much appreciate your support 

Thank you very much.

Mrs Anne Williams
Librarian

 

Climate Change Debate

Climate Change Debate
On Friday 14th October, St Mary’s had the pleasure of welcoming guests Paul Maynard MP and Gordon Marsden MP into school for a big debate on climate change. More than 60 year ten and eleven students turned up to witness members of Mr Baugh’s year twelve politics class debating the motion “This house believes that climate change cannot be tackled within our current economic model.” To make things even more difficult, each student was asked to argue the position opposite to their own beliefs on the issue in order to develop their critical thinking skills.

To open the debate, Mr Baugh outlined the motion and invited our special guests to provide their response to the topic. Six students then presented their argument, after which Mr Maynard and Mr Marsden had the opportunity to put questions to them to explore and critique. After intense deliberation, our guests judged in favour of the opposition based on the strength of their argument. We finished up with tea and cake and the chance to congratulate the brave speakers who had their first venture into politics.

Our event was arranged as part of of CAFODs “Speak Up Week of Action” and was one of hundreds of events across the UK involving young people interacting with their local politicians to raise the issue of climate change. This event has demonstrated that Climate Change is a hugely important and current issue for our young people and that the spark of interest in politics and current issues is very much alive in the younger generation. 

 

Ghana Fundraising

Ghana PCs
This week we received some exciting news from one of the schools we support in Ghana, St Clement’s Junior High School. Using the money St Mary’s students have raised for the Ghana schools during academic year 15/16, they have been able to buy 10 computers which now make up their ICT laboratory. No longer are students just taught ICT theory, they can now put this theory into practice.

Sister Angela, a teacher at St Clement’s Junior High said that students were very, very happy and wished to express their gratitude to all at St Mary’s.

Miss Jones and Miss Hetherington will visit Ghana for the second time in February 2017 and this time will be accompanied by Mr Allen and Mrs Gregson. Over the next few months Miss Jones and Miss Hetherington will visit assemblies and will be asking for students support in preparing for the next visit.