Diary Dates

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

We are still proud to offer four courses to ALL of our sixth form students.  Applications can be made via the link on our homepage and Sixth Form tab.  You can download a bespoke prospectus and or view subject sheet information for the many courses we offer (over 30).  Please email any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

 

Visit to New York City

During October half term, 24 excited students and 5 staff set off on what was going to be an experience of a life time – a visit to The Big Apple, America’s New York City!

Students were amazed when they stepped foot in Times Square for the first time, with the sky scrapers and neon lights fighting through the night skies. Macy’s, one of the largest department stores in the world, provided much needed refuge from the rain and students quickly discovered the delights on NYC shopping as they swapped their dollars for Michael Kors handbags, Converse trainers and Mac Makeup! Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. in Time’s Square was the dinner stop for the night, and all were pleased to rest their feet after what had been a fantastic, but long first day.

Day 2’s itinerary was packed full, so it was an early start. We headed over to The Natural History Museum, filming location for Night at the Museum, and home to Dinosaur bones, an enormous planetarium, artefacts from Native America and more! Central Park was our next stop, and the students loved watching the ice skaters on the famous Wollman Rink, featured in many films like Home Alone! The Boating Lake, Alice in Wonderland statue, carousel, horse drawn carriages and Central Park Zoo were some of the other sites we were able to visit. The day also offered a walk down the famous 5th Ave to the Rockefeller Centre, where students were excited to see film crews setting up their lighting and cameras ready for the forthcoming US Presidential Election TV coverage. And then it was onto Times Square, for some time in the giant Hershey’s chocolate store, before we headed over to Sbarro’s for a delicious Italian buffet.

It was perhaps the most exciting evening of the trip as students had opted to watch either a Broadway Show, Matilda, or to drive out of state to New Jersey to watch an NHL Ice Hockey game between The New Jersey Devils and The Chicago Blackhawks.

The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous Matilda was playing at Broadway’s renowned Shubert Theatre starring some of New York’s most talented musical performers. Mr Marsh, Miss Pollett and Mr Mitchell headed down with 16 of our students who chose the bright lights of Broadway as their evening’s entertainment.

“The show was amazing! We loved the theatre and couldn’t believe that we were watching a performance on Broadway!” Rachel Houghton, Year 12.

For the remaining 8 students, along with Mrs Lavis and Mr McLaughlin, it was off to New Jersey, the next state across from New York, to watch one of America’s most popular sports – the fast paced, skilful and sometimes rather aggressive Ice Hockey! Students were surrounded by giant foam fingers, die-hard fans proudly wearing their team’s jersey, hotdogs, banners and team mascots. “I couldn’t believe how big the arena was! And the game was so exciting – it was so fast and tough! I loved the atmosphere in the crowd; it was exactly what I imagined an American sports event to be like!” Adam Al-Sharifi, Year 11

Day 3 was perhaps the day we were all looking forward to the most, as we would be visiting some of NYC’s most iconic sites. The New York City Subway is world famous, and no trip to the Big Apple would have been complete without riding the notorious underground trains. We took the red line downtown from 42nd Street to The World Trade Centre, and the trip in itself was an experience. The 9/11 Memorial at the site of the Twin Towers was a moving experience for staff and students, and every single person in the group showed their upmost respect whilst exploring this beautiful remembrance site. We learnt how the youngest victim of the 9/11 attack was just 2 years old; we learnt how thousands of firefighters, policemen and medics lost their lives in attempt to save others; we learnt how there was only one single tree which survived the explosions, and this tree was now a protected national treasure, as it symbolised hope and regeneration.

After such a pensive and moving morning, some light relief was needed, so we headed over to Wall Street and to visit the famous Wall Street Bronze Bull, a symbol of financial power and prosperity. Rumour has it, that if you are to touch the bull, you gain financial good luck, so all made sure they got their turn with the 11 feet tall statue bull!

Just a short walk from Wall Street led us to Battery Park, and there she was, the iconic NYC landmark ‘Lady Liberty’, proudly watching over the city from her island on the Hudson River. A ferry took us across the Hudson and we were soon able to see the famous statue up-close...and we also got the most breath-taking view of the NYC skyline. “The Statue of Liberty was really cool! It was huge and the boat gave us a great view of the city.” Charlie Baker, Year 12

Our final attraction for today was one of New York’s most recognisable skyscrapers – The Empire State Building. The 102 story building stands 450 meters above the ground and gives amazing views of the city below. Beth expressed: “To experience the sights at night gives a different perspective of the city, as The Big Apple appears to the viewer as a vast sprawling of millions of tiny lightbulbs. It was a great way to end the last evening in New York.”

But... the trip was not over yet, as we still had a morning left to explore 5th Ave’s shops, Bloomingdales and Dylan’s Candy Bar. For those who had some dollars left, this was their last chance to purchase goods to remind them of their trip, although some of 5th Ave’s stores were slightly out of all our budgets: Tiffany’s, Dior and Cartier to name but a few!

Mrs Lavis, Mr Mitchell, Mr Marsh, Mr McLaughlin and Miss Pollett would like to thank every single student who came on the trip. Behaviour was fantastic, you were all great company and you were absolute troopers – despite the enormous amount of walking, you kept going with smiles on your faces and we really enjoying experiencing New York City with you!

“The sights are unbelievable! You don’t have enough eyes! The attractions are great and it is a once in a lifetime experience. You would never get a better offer.” Amelia Sokolowska, Year 10

“I loved the buzz of the city and exploring the sights. We were nearly swept off our feet by how much walking we did but it worth it for such a great time. Thanks again to the teachers.” Roza Mrozowska, Year 10

If you are interested in next year’s trip – New York 2017 – please see Mr Mitchell.

Congratulations to Natalia Luczak 8T – Winner of the Endeavour Award at the All Stars Awards Ceremony

Endeavour Award WinnerOn Wednesday 7th December Natalia attended the All Stars Awards Ceremony at Blackpool Sixth Form. Natalia is an exceptional athlete who competes for both Blackpool and Lancashire in the high jump and long jump. The awards aim to celebrate community sport in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. The judges were Gary Bower, Scott Cradle, Tim Craven, Lagan Makin, Gretar Steinsson and Isaac Towers. Natalia was a winner in 11-18 category and she won the Endeavour Award. Well done Natalia!

EFL Futsal Cup Girls/Boys Year 10/11

Futsal Cup
Last Thursday St.Mary's played in the Blackpool Schools U16's footsal competition organised by Blackpool Football Club at Stanley Park. Both teams did superbly well just missing out on winning the competition on goal difference. In the league format the boys played 4 games, winning 3 and losing 1 with the girls winning 2 and losing 1. They were a credit to the school.