The St Mary’s Year 11 Basketball Team won their fixtures in the recent competition at Montgomery to take the Blackpool Secondary Schools’ Tournament title. The whole squad performed well in their games but special praise must go to Matthew West. He not only scored the majority of St Mary’s baskets but dominated the opposition with his ‘driving’ dribbles. The squad consisted of the following boys;- Victor Emefe, Ronan Barratt, Matty West, Toby Chick, Tom Hampson, Sam Martin and John Illnum.
On the 17th of January, Miss Webb, Miss Pollett, Caleb Barker and Jack Lambshead went on a four day trip to the home of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. The purpose of the trip was to complete a backstage work experience programme with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the four days were packed with things for us to see and do!
Caleb decided that the area that he wanted to work in was Stage Management; this meant that he had overview of the whole stage and performance - if something went wrong, Caleb was first point of call. He had to know what everyone else was doing, for example costume, prop and tech, and ensure that the show ran smoothly. To help Caleb truly understand what it means to be a stage manager, he was also able to shadow a stage manager back stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre during a performance of The Tempest.
Jack’s area was technical, which involved sounding and lighting. He had to design and create programmes for the performance, to ensure that the stage was lit to match the director’s vision. Jack had to run the lights throughout the performance, ensuring that cues were met and that the show ran smoothly.
The boys spent four days learning the craft and working with some of the leading experts within their two areas. The ultimate aim was for the students to create a performance of the Tempest, to be performed by RSC actors. The final product was a huge success and all of the students who participated should be incredibly proud of themselves.
In addition to everything that we learnt over the 4 days, we were also given some time to explore Stratford and the Shakespeare theatres. We had a guided tour, where we were lucky enough to visit the birth place of William Shakespeare, and the school he attended; we watched The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; we visited a number of exhibitions and we participated in some drama workshops.
The trip was a truly amazing experience – the boys learnt a huge amount in just four days, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the Royal Shakespeare Company for allowing us the opportunity to get to know the works of backstage a little more.
On Friday 2nd December Y12 Science students and Science staff went on an A level consolidation and team building weekend to Water Park Adventure Centre in the Lake District.
On Friday evening students took part in study skills sessions and later in the evening played pass the parcel (thanks Mrs Murray).
On Saturday, students went ghyll scrambling and took part in A level Science booster sessions. Saturday evening was spent videoing the SMCA Sixth Mannequin Challenge; keep your eyes on the website for further details.
Sunday morning was spent climbing, canoeing and kayaking. Both staff and students had a fabulous time and we look forward to taking next year’s Y12 Scientists.
For more details about A level Science please contact Miss Jones. You can see more photos from the trip in the gallery.
Wednesday 18th January Futures Day
This is a dynamic Day for our students. Each year group will consider an aspect of their future:
Year 7 – Looking forward to new challenges, new friendships and year 7 camp.
Year 8 – The Real World – careers activities focus
Year 9 – Options Choices
Year 10 – Trip to UCLAN – Raising aspirations post 16, exploring new courses and places
Year 11 – Bespoke day organized to suit student future decision making
Sixth Form – University and Apprenticeship workshops
Mon 23rd Jan at 6pm Health Academy Launch
Year 11 and Year 10 students and parents / guardians are invited to attend the launch of our exciting new St. Mary’s Sixth Form Health Academy course on Monday 23rd January. There will be presentations from the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and staff from different healthcare professions will be on hand for discussions
This is an innovate development within our sixth form and a course to be taken alongside three choices of A level subjects. Our entry requirement is the same as that for our sixth form – A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at C or above, including grade 4 in English and in Maths.
Please note that students from all local High Schools are welcome to attend
Thurs Feb 2nd - Year 10 /12 parents evening
Parents are encouraged to attend the following subject consultation evenings for students in Year 10, and in our sixth form:
Year 10 and 12 Parents Evening runs from 4.00 – 7.30pm on Thursday February 2nd . The last appointment slot is at 7.00pm.
Letters will be sent home via students. Students are expected to ask staff for appointments, which are of approximately 5 minutes duration. Parents are welcome to contact subject teachers with any queries in advance of the evening that are likely to require longer discussion.