Advent Celebrations

Advent FestivalThe last two Thursdays have seen wonderful celebrations of Advent in different but inspiring ways. On December 1st, Christ the King church welcomed us to an evening of prayer and performance by our family of Catholic Schools in Blackpool. Each school shared their interpretation of Advent and why it is so important, as well as celebrating the end of the Year of Mercy. We saw drama, dancing and singing all in unique ways. The Primary schools, along with CAFOD opened our eyes to the theme of justice for the poor, which is a key motive in our Advent readings. The evening was a wonderful way of starting the Advent Season, and raised £71.31 for CAFOD.

The following week, the 8th December, St. Mary’s hosted the Advent Festival. In this, we heard readings from our Head Boy, girl and their deputies about the coming of Jesus, saw videos that opened our eyes to what we can do to prepare ourselves for his coming. We watched 3 fantastic performances by Academy Extra and were treated to some beautiful singing from the choir. The Year 13 Business Studies class helped with organising the evening and a special thank you to Mr Heyes who directed Academy Extra and Mr Marsh who arranged the choir. The evening raised £50.20 for SVP.

Acts Of Kindness Week 2016

AOK Week
The past week was Acts of Kindness Week which encouraged staff and students to anonymously do random acts of kindness to one another. This promotes the Catholic values the school strive so hard to set an example of. This week was the perfect way to celebrate the Year of Mercy, as in it’s simplest terms it is all about thinking a little more carefully about others. For the Year of Mercy, the Diocese commissioned a Sacred Heart Statue to be made that could then travel around all the schools in the area. We have had the statue during our Act of Kindness week which seemed incredibly fitting. The Chaplains visited Year 8 and 9 RE classes with the statue and did a presentation on what it meant and why it is so important to take part in the Year of Mercy. The Gaplains also went around the Year 7 tutor groups and talked to them about the Lampadusa Cross - a CAFOD campaign encouraging students to write messages of hope to the refugees. By talking and focusing on the refugee crisis, we are living out what Pope Francis wanted in this Year of Mercy. We also had a pupil led Mercy Team in school which consisted of Re-Generation members who led prayer in the 04 spaces and spoke in assemblies about what it means to have the statue in our school. They even designed their own T-Shirts! Thank you to everyone who took part in Acts of Kindness week and got involved with all the activities we had to celebrate having the Sacred Heart Statue here in the Academy for the year of Mercy.  

Congratulations to the U13's Girls Football Team

Under 13's Girls' Football Team
On Monday evening the U13's girl's football team played in the Blackpool Schools football cup at Stanley Park. The girls played 3 games in the league format, drawing with Baines and St.Georges and beating St.Bedes. In the final they played St.Bedes again though this time they were beaten 2-0. The girls were an absolute credit to the school and played some fantastic football. Well done girls!

 

6th Form Sports Academy Pupils get a visit from Cumbria University


On Tuesday Cumbria University visited SMCA to deliver a performance analysis session to the 6th Form Sports Academy. Pupils were required to measure their speed, analyse their technique and suggest changes to improve. They also learnt about the different sport courses on offer at Cumbria University. A great session enjoyed by all.