- Headteacher introduction to December 2019 Newsletter
- Countdown to Christmas
- Christmas Card
- GCSE Art
- Sir Robert McAlpine Grassroots Campaign
- Poland Visit
- Guardian Angel Celebration
- Bright Spark
- Spiritual Development
- Re-Start a Heart Day
- Leyland Community Radio LTD
- Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale
- Dementia Café
- Annual Presentation Evening
- Careers Fair
- Careers Talk
- Eco Council
- Poly Tunnel
- Remembrance Day
- Service to the Community
- Faith in Action
- Fashion Exchange
- Kindness Club
- Guardian Angels
- Cross Country
- Sports Hall Athletics
- L. Baker - Boxing
- K. H. McCabe - Tennis
- M. Gradwell - Trampoline
- Sports Leadership Academy
- Boys Football
- PE Inter house - Super Learning Day
- Girls Football
- LSM Post
Welcome to the Christmas edition of our newsletter.
Once again we have enjoyed a busy and action-packed term. It is our aim to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to enjoy a varied selection of activities over and above their timetabled lessons. We understand our responsibility to raise good citizens – young people who can make a positive difference to society – and hope you can see how we’re attempting this at St Mary’s.
When you look at the range of events, it’s no wonder that we’re all a little tired as we reach the end of term! I’d like to say a special thanks to all the staff who work so hard to provide these opportunities for the pupils, selflessly giving up hours of their own time to enable each individual’s light to shine.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter and, on behalf of all here at St Mary’s, I’d like to wish you all a very peaceful Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year. Many thanks for your continued support.
Remember to scroll right to the bottom to view the LSM Post, the Newsletter written by pupils for pupils.
Mr P Thompson
The Christmas season was well and truly kicked off in style on Wednesday 11th December with the annual Christmas concert. Named “Countdown to Christmas”, the evening was exactly that. It was a fantastic event which showcased the wealth of talent we have here at St Mary’s. It was incredible to have over 70 pupils performing from across all year groups. The performances spanned all three performing arts disciplines of music, drama and dance in front of an audience of over 150 people! It was most certainly a lively, busy and festive evening!
There were so many highlights that it would be impossible to mention them all here. However, I would like to commend all of the performers and readers for their outstanding performances, dedication and commitment to this important aspect of school life. Pupils worked extremely hard attending weekly rehearsals since September in preparation for the concert, not to mention the countless hours spent rehearsing at home. All the hard work paid off as the evening was a great success and demonstrated our school motto in action, to “Let your light shine.” The pupils certainly did let their light shine and it was also particularly poignant to look out from the front and see the school community gathered together, encouraging one another and singing Christmas carols together. The atmosphere was electric and extremely supportive with cheering and encouragement from the audience which added to the warm and positive feel of the evening.
Musical performances included a rousing rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by K. Salmon (7), an outstanding drum performance by M. Hackett (11) as well as key stand out musical performances by W. Laithwaite (10), G. Handyside (9), M. Dean (10) and A. Cruikshank (8). Other moments included impressive dances from year 7, 8, 9 and 10 as well as a tap dance by E. Craven (11) and an epic dance battle featuring D. Barker (9). In addition, the year 10 performing arts class performed a modern version of the nativity which highlighted the fact that we need to remember the true meaning of Christmas rather than focussing on the materialistic side of the season. J. Hayes (10) and W. Bober (10) starred as Mary and Joseph and brought the gospel story alive in a fresh and relevant way for all, alongside N. Burns (10) and K. Rimmer (10) who guided us through the story in the style of a BBC news report. As well as all of these performances, the audience were treated to a brand new piece performed and written by J. Crook (10) and M. Ormrod (10) for electric guitar and drums which wowed everyone!
There was also plenty of opportunity for the audience to get involved too and they performed particularly well in a version of “12 Days of Christmas” including some quite challenging actions which had to be performed at high speed! It was particularly amusing to see our head teacher, Mr Thompson, and Fr Jonathan getting into the Christmas spirit by trying their best to keep up with the actions.
A special thank you must also go to Anthony, our school chaplain and his team of readers who helped tell the Christmas Story through readings and reflections, whilst lighting the advent wreath and adding figures to the stable. It is such an important aspect of our annual Christmas concert to include the re-telling of the first Christmas and the students did us proud through their participation in this.
Last but certainly by no means least was the performance by the staff choir. A fun, festive and fancy performance of “Jingle Bell Rock” saw staff from numerous departments dancing, singing and jingling across the stage impressing many in the audience who were cheering and chanting teachers’ names as they performed! Many thanks to Mrs Coates, Miss Corris, Mrs Danson, Miss McConville, Mrs Salmon and Mrs Webb for an excellent performance. The costumes were great too!
Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank all of the students who took part and made the evening so special. It has been a privilege and an honour to work with these children to prepare performances, grow confidence and showcase talent. As well as the children, I want to thank parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends and all who came to support the ongoing work of the music department. All that is left for me now is to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful new year.
Mr J McMahon
Head of Music
Pupils in Year 7 have been busy creating designs for the school’s Christmas card. They have produced some very creative and skilful designs based on the theme of the Nativity. Mrs Drew the Pastoral leader for Year 7 had the very difficult job of selecting the winning design to be published. After much deliberation she selected the design by T. Berry for first place, L. M. Jeffs second and C. Chen’s design third.
Pupils from the Year 10 GCSE Art group have recently visited Runshaw College for some specialist Art workshops. The first group attended the ‘New approaches to drawing’ session where they were able to explore the technique of dry point etching on different surfaces, with excellent results.
The second group took part in a ‘Photography and Digital Art’ session where they learnt how to develop black and white photographs and experiment with layering images.
These trips have proved extremely successful in widening the students’ knowledge of different media and techniques to add to their coursework portfolios.
St Mary’s was absolutely delighted to be the beneficiary of the Sir Robert McAlpine 150 Grassroots Campaign. Sir Robert McAlpine are a major player in the world of building and civil engineering and celebrate their 150-year anniversary in 2019. Their grassroots campaign allowed employees to nominate worthy causes for help and assistance. One parent, Mr Cross, nominated St Mary’s and suggested the 150 Campaign may wish to consider assisting the school’s SEND department. As a result, school received 10 C-Pen Exam Readers – a valuable aid which allows pupils to have exam text read to them. The SEND department have benefited hugely from such a generous act (an investment like this would ordinarily be well beyond their allocated budget) and we would like to thank Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and, of course, Mr Cross, for thinking of the school in such a way!
During the October half-term, 40 pupils and 4 members of staff (trip leader Miss Wilson, Mrs Blundell, Miss Siezckowski and Mr Walsh) visited Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland for RE and History curriculum enhancement.
The party met early on Friday, 18th October, to meet the coach that would take us to Manchester airport. On our arrival in Poland we were taken to our hotel where we dropped our bags and met our tour guide for the afternoon. We had a four hour walking tour around the Jewish quarter in Krakow where we visited the Remuh synagogue. We all visited the cemetery of the synagogue which, along with a cemetery in Prague, is the only existing pre WW2 Jewish cemetery on mainland Europe. We learnt about how the Nazi’s destroyed the Jewish cemeteries and smashed gravestones. We were then taken to the Galicia museum for a hot chocolate and a rest where some of our pupils got talking to a Holocaust survivor in the café. We then visited the area that was the Jewish ghetto during WW2 and our guide explained how hard life was for Jewish people during this time. Our tour finished in the square that has 68 chairs to represent the 68,000 Jews that were murdered when the ghetto was liquidated. That evening we had a meal at the hotel and an early night.
On the Saturday we had an early start as we were picked up at 7am to make the journey to Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, where we were met by our tour guides for the day and split off into two groups. The weather added to the atmosphere at Auschwitz 1 as when we got to the famous Arbeit Macht Frei gate it was a very foggy cold morning. Our tour guides were amazing with so much knowledge and a real talent for explaining things to our pupils, many were very moved by the testimonies that were heard throughout the tour.
At lunch we boarded the bus and made the short journey to Auschwitz-Birkenau. The pupils recognised the entrance to Birkenau straightaway. We were given access to the watchtower, which gave pupils the view of the whole of the camp so they could see how big it was. We visited some of the barracks to see the conditions prisoners slept in and then made our way to the famous ‘ramp’ where the deportees were sorted. We made the journey that the prisoners would have made down to the gas chambers and crematorium. The pupils noticed the stones that had been left on the steps of the gas chambers and made links to the previous day with the stones that had been left in the cemetery as a way of remembering the dead. We made the walk to the block that was used for the prisoners, who would be kept alive, and followed their journey seeing where they would have been tattooed and had their hair shaved. This tour was one of great reflection and the pupils were so interested and asked lots of thought provoking questions. At dinner we said prayers of remembrance for all the people who had lost their lives during the Holocaust and shared our experiences of the day.
On Sunday we went to Schindlers Factory museum which is dedicated to showing what life was like in Krakow under Nazi occupation. Again, our tour guide was superb and had family members who had been in concentration camps during WW2. We learnt how propaganda had been used to enable the Nazis to carry out their plans and how some of this propaganda still resonates in society today. The museum was extremely hands on and enabled pupils to experience the sights and sounds of Poland in WW2. We spent the afternoon at Wawel Cathedral where we compared the similarities and differences between Jewish and Christian places of worship. While in the cathedral we lit candles for Miss Spruyt and loved ones who needed our prayers. By the time we left the cathedral the weather was warm and sunny so we went back to the main market square for some souvenir shopping and lunch.
On Monday morning, we walked to the Jewish quarter and stopped at the Galicia museum which has a photo exhibition of how the Jewish communities in Poland had been left after the war. Many photos show synagogues that had been destroyed, it also showed how many of the death / concentration camps have been made into memorials for all the people that died.
We were given the opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor who told her story of being a young girl of Roma descent during the war and how her and her community were persecuted, murdered or sent to concentration camps. Her and her Grandma were the only members of her family that survived the war and they were freed from a camp by a Nazi officer. Her testimony was truly inspirational and highly emotional for all. Pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions and some asked some very though provoking things.
After the talk we headed to a local shopping centre where pupils were given time to get lunch and do some last minute shopping before we caught the bus to the airport. We arrived back at 11pm that night, we were tired after many long days and lots of walking but full of ideas about what we had seen. This was an unforgettable trip for all involved, allowing pupils to experience modern history from some of the darkest days the world has experienced. The pupils were a credit to the school, so much so that we received an email from a fellow traveller who praised our pupils on the flight and when they were seen around Krakow and in Auschwitz. We feel that this experience was very valuable and can be used by pupils in their History and RE curriculum. It also gave the pupils an opportunity to become witnesses to the testimony of people who experienced the Holocaust.
On Monday, 16th December, Year 7 spent the morning celebrating an outstanding first term at St Mary’s, which has included a fantastic friendship day, a wonderfully wet trip to see the Blackpool lights, two terrific Dementia Cafés hosted – just to name a few!
Our Year 9 Guardian Angels helped run four different exciting activities: dodge ball, festive biscuit decorating, Christmas decoration making and making friendship bottles. Year 7s had the tough decision of picking just two activities to do out of the fabulous four on offer. It was lovely to see both Years 7 and 9 enjoying spending some quality time together.
This morning was the perfect opportunity for our Year 7s to thank our Year 9 Guardian Angels for their continued help and support this term. They have certainly made our transition to high school much easier than some of our Year 7s first anticipated.
As we continue on our journey through Year 7, our Guardian Angels will continue to guide us on our way.
As part of our whole school PSHCEE programme, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service delivered their ‘Bright Spark’ message to all year groups in advance of bonfire night. We need to be sure our pupils are aware of the various dangers and know how to keep themselves and others safe. This assembly is always a shocking one but the dangers are very real.
Spiritual development this term has involved two thirds of our Year 7 cohort visiting St Mary's church. They were given a mini treasure hunt of questions to complete, to allow them to explore the features of the church. There were lots of comments about many of the items that they recognised from discussions in their RE lessons. However, the biggest excitement was finding the hidden 'mice' amongst the furniture. Exposure and engagement with our church is something we are working hard to develop this year.
For the third consecutive year, on this day, the whole school community took part in ‘World Re-Start a Heart Day’. Our pupils were part of the 200,000 young people who received the ‘lifesaving hands only’ CPR training. This is an issue close to our hearts Patrick, our treasured site supervisor, was saved by a passer-by who was courageous enough to use amateur CPR skills. Once again, Patrick shared his incredible story with our pupils in the hope that they may be brave enough to save someone’s life, if ever in that situation. The event was presented by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.
St Mary’s have recently teamed up with Leyland Community Radio LTD and on 31 October we were invited to talk live on air about our community events. Our Head Prefects, Declan and Ece, were up early to share all our wonderful goings on and extend the invitation to join us.
This is something we will be doing at the beginning of each term and Mrs Pilling intends to take different pupils to undertake the experience and also to talk about different aspects of life at St Mary’s.
The 4th November saw our doors open for our second Baby and Toddler Nearly New sale. Again, a team of School Ambassadors, made up of pupils from all year groups, supported the event, welcoming our visitors, serving refreshments and assisting with the set up and dismantling of the stalls. The event raised money for school whilst supporting our community in providing for their young at an inexpensive cost. Stall holders were also able to raise money for themselves. This is an event which is growing in popularity and as we continue to advertise we believe it will grow from strength to strength.
St Mary’s Catholic High School has teamed up with the Alzheimers Society to host a Dementia Café on the first Thursday of each month. As part of Year 7 Friendship Day, all our pupils undertook their Dementia Friend Training, and form by form pupils are putting their training in to practice by taking on the role of School Ambassador Dementia Friends. Our first café was a huge success receiving very positive feedback. Social media engagements reached a record high of over 3,000 people. It was a wonderful event, supporting some of our communities most vulnerable, and we look forward to future cafes: 2:30-4:00 pm every first Thursday of the month. As of January, the Alzheimers Society will withdraw their support and we will take this event on ourselves, however they will continue to advertise our cafes and we fully intend for this to become a permanent fixture in our school diary.
For the second year running, on behalf of Lancashire County Council, ‘Performance in Education’ delivered their road safety ‘Streetwise’ performance to our year 7 and 8 pupils. The performance was part fulfilment of our PSHCEE curriculum, designed to enable our pupils to keep themselves safe. It was a fabulous show, enjoyed by all and it will certainly make our pupils think twice about their actions, behaviour and decisions when they are by the roadside. Further extending awareness, LCC have invited us to design a road sign banner which they will produce and gift to us free of charge. Pupils will use a PSHCEE lesson in December to design their Pedestrian Safety Banner. A class vote will determine which two designs will go through to the final and staff will vote for the overall finalist. Considering our specific school needs we have focused the theme of the banner on ‘considering others first! e.g. Students, other pedestrians and the neighbours’.
Hosted at St Mary’s Church, our prize giving presentation paid tribute to past and present pupils. It was lovely to see so many leavers from the summer return to collect their GCSE certificates. The guest speaker was Pat Spruyt, mother of our much loved and dearly missed Maths teacher, Miss Spruyt. Pat was inspirational in the way she described how she has dealt with Miss Spruyt’s passing. There was certainly a very clear message in her address, that we must all embrace and be grateful for every day placing our trust and faith in Jesus. Simply. Fully. And without reservation.
Our annual Careers Fair is continuing to be a success; over 25 providers attended to support our young people in exploring their post 16 options. The event was well-attended by our Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils and pleasingly this year, a small number of people from our local community also took advantage of the opportunity to speak to the visiting local training providers and businesses. This is something St Mary's plans to build on in future events. Again, all local high schools received an open invitation to attend and the event was well-received by all who attended, with a variety of stalls from local colleges to higher education institutions and local businesses all represented. Many pupils received valuable guidance as they form their ideas on their future.
A new addition to the event was our team of Year 8 School Ambassadors; they were tasked with looking after our visitors, guiding them in to school, helping them set up and serving refreshments throughout the evening. This aspect alone received a many very positive comments from our visitors.
On Friday, 22nd November, Year 11 Sociology students listened to a brilliant careers talk from the Women's Refuge in Preston. Miss Buddington spoke to pupils in depth about the services that the refuge provides for women who are fleeing from abusive relationships. It was an incredibly insightful session, hearing about the trauma that some women may face, as well as what the refuge do to address the consequences of the abuse that they endure and suffer. Year 11 pupils felt inspired by the Women's Refuge and found the work that they did admirable. It was a fantastic opportunity for Year 11 students to have a perspective on where their Sociology GCSE could take them.
The Eco Council have been working hard to ensure that we are able to achieve our “Bronze Award” towards the Green Flag by Christmas. As per the criteria of the Bronze Award, we as an Eco Council must inform the whole school, as well as parents and guardians of the actions that we plan to carry out during the rest of this academic year. After the completion of our environmental review, we have decided that the following actions must be addressed within our school, to ensure that we are a more environmentally friendly school.
Our first action is to reduce the amount of single use plastics that we use, as a school, predominantly through the single use plastic bottles that are sold in our school canteen. To try and solve this, the Eco Council will be carrying out a small survey in form time. Using the data that is generated, at our next meeting we will decide on how we can best reduce the amount of single plastics that are used within our school canteen.
Our second action is to encourage a whole school push on litter and arrange litter picking events to ensure that we are a more environmentally friendly school. After analysing our environmental review, we realise that as a school we could be more mindful the litter that is produced at social times. To combat this, we aim to create eye catching posters which will be situated around school, in the hope that this will encourage less litter on our corridors and surrounding areas of school.
Our third and final action is to further educate our school community about the importance of saving water wherever necessary. We aim to do this through informative posters and to liaise with water suppliers about how we can improve our water usage as a school. As this action requires some external support, we predict that this will be our action that will be ongoing until the end of the school year.
We hope that with these actions being implemented by the Eco Council and with the support of the whole school, will enable us to achieve our first Eco Schools “Green Flag” Award.
Miss E McKevitt
Teacher of Humanities
Special thanks go to Mrs Bennison, Mrs Brown and Mrs Wilson who have set up and supported the function of our Eco Tunnel. Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, which challenges every human being to care for our common home (our planet) by growing in faith, hope and love. Pictured are some of our Chaplaincy Eco Ambassadors who support the Eco Tunnel a couple of lunch times per week. The vegetables and herbs that have been grown so far have been donated to the foodbank at St Mary’s Catholic Church.
Once again, St Mary’s were the only school to participate in the South Ribble Remembrance Day ceremony. Our senior pupils, Ece, Sophie, Declan and Oliver joined the armed forces and other local community groups as they processed through Leyland town centre and laid a wreath on behalf of the school at the cenotaph outside St Andrew’s. We then retired to St Andrew’s Church to take part in an ecumenical service to remember and commemorate the fallen. Following this, Mr Thompson and Mrs Blundell delivered a week of assemblies to all year groups to remind them of the greatest sacrifice previous generations have made for us.
Year 8 Chaplaincy and Faith in Action members wanted to give something back to our local community. Nine students travelled after school to our parish cemetery to remove leaves and rubbish from headstones. An hour’s work was completed and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Comments from the members of the public were also very positive. Word of mouth has also resulted in booking similar ‘acts of service’ in 2020, for year groups 7, 9 and 10.
Special thanks go to Jess and Eve who generously donated 17 luxury hampers to be distributed to NUGENT, St Catherine’s Hospice and the Women’s refuge. Both Jess and Eve wanted to bring the message of peace to various families this Christmas who would find this time difficult. Jess and Eve stated that “Christmas is a special time for families and we wanted to share our love with those who most needed it!
Special thanks goes to Chloe and Lewis who donated a ‘reverse advent calendar’ to a family that has been identified by Nugent, our Archdiocesan charity. Both Lewis and Chloe saved their pocket money throughout the month of November and bought luxurious treats and food items that would complement a traditional Christmas dinner. Both students wanted to bring the Christmas message of love and joy to the family at this special time of year.
A hugh thank you to all who bought tickets for the advent bouquet raffle held by Chloe and Lewis. They raised a fantastic £60 which has been added to their Cash for Kids Charity Champions total.
The second Fashion exchange took place at St Mary’s church in November. This event was in response to wanting to care for our common home as Pope Francis told us to do in his letter Laudato Si. Miss Wilson carried out extensive research on how fast fashion is one of the main areas of pollution in our world and as a result, wanted to be part of the change. This fashion exchange strengthens our relationships, not only with our parish, but also with our local community. Please check the school's social media channels for details of future events.
Taken from Proverbs 17, Ms Jones has led ‘Kindness’ workshops after school for our Year 7 students. They focused on how we can bring Christ’s love, joy and peace to our school and parish community. Pictured are many of the Christmas cards designed by this wonderful team and will be given to residents of Broadfield House.
It can always be a worrying time for people starting a new school, especially Year 7 students going into a big High School. Our Guardian Angel programme is very popular in our school community and it was a true blessing to witness so many of our Year 9 students who volunteered to provide friendship and support to our new year 7 students. This year’s focus was based on Ephesians 4:32 ‘And be kind and compassionate to one another’. This experience and spiritual journey embeds our Catholic Ethos and companionship between both year 9 and year 7 will be remembered for a lifetime.
This year so far has seen a fabulous amount of girls down to Netball practice! Year 10 and 11 games are already well under way with some great results to show for the girl’s efforts. Year 9 have completed their first night of Central Venue Netball, winning 2 games, drawing 2 and losing only 1 – superb commitment and dedication shown throughout! Good luck for the next round on 21 January 2020. Year 8 have already played a couple of games, losing one and winning one – real motivation now to keep this up into 2020! We look forward to what the new year will bring, fresh fixtures, regenerated enthusiasm and as always, a real love for the game! Well played so far ladies!
On Saturday, 5th October, our Year 7-11 boys and boys Country teams competed at the annual South Ribble Cross Country event at Hutton. Well done to all pupils that took part. There were some excellent individual performances, most notably from M. Allchurch, H. Rainford and A. Hable in Year 7 and J. Winstanley in Year 8.
A huge well done to the A. Habel, M. Allchurch, H. Rainford, R. Cuthbert and J. Winstanley who have qualified to represent the South Ribble team at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships on 13th January at Witton Park, Blackburn.
A great event that our Year 7 and 8 pupils attend participating against other South Ribble Schools. Our pupils participate in a variety of events from running, jumping and throwing, needing to demonstrate their talents in these disciplines. All pupils performed really well against strong opposition with some outstanding individual performances.
In November into December, K. Hughes McCabe was given a wildcard into a ‘Tennis Europe’ competition in Norway. This presented an amazing opportunity for him and his ambition of one day becoming a professional tennis player. Well done, the school continues to be very proud of your achievements!
Well done to M. Gradwell who came Runner Up in her U12’s team event at the North West Trampoline Championships in Wigan on 23rd November. A fantastic achievement and one to be very proud of!
All of our Sports Leadership Academy members are working extremely hard completing their Lead2Employability award. They have been working superbly behind the scenes, leading a number of sports event/teams both in school and also in the local community. This term the Academy have been given more responsibility around school with each member completing a lunch duty at least once a week. This has enhanced opportunities available at lunch. Pupils are now able to pick between four different spaces to take part in physical activity; football on the AstroTurf; table tennis in the courtyard; a games room (pool / snooker / table football) in the dance studio and a daily activity in the sports hall. Keep up the hard work guys!
It has been a very busy term with football fixtures with all year groups playing in the South Ribble League against other schools in the district. Unfortunately, the Year 7 football team have had a number of games postponed during September and October - due to the weather. However; games against Priory and Balshaws have been pencilled in before the Christmas holidays. Star performer so far has been H. Rainford, who has also been selected to represent the U12 South Ribble District team.
The Year 8 football team have had another good start to the season, winning most of their first five games of the season and currently sit second in the league behind Priory. The team are also through to the 3rd round of the Lancashire Cup after beating Accrington Academy and then Fisher More of Colne in the 1st and 2nd round respectively. The team play either St Bede’s of Ormskirk or Darwen Aldridge Academy at home in the 3rd round, with the game due to be played at the end of January. A special mention to C. Evans, who has been the most consistent performer so far this season and has also scored some vital goals for the team. Congratulations also to B. Coxhead, S. Housley and J. Plowman who have been selected to represent the U13 South Ribble District football team; a fantastic honour, well done boys.
The Year 11 team were involved in yet another thrilling game v Balshaws away in November, with a superb 4-3 away win. There were some excellent performances, most notably from midfielder J. Lang. Goalkeeper T. Sheard and defender M. Lawrenson.
Badminton has been extremely popular this term with over 35 pupils at each session ranging from Year 7 through to Year 11. Due to popularity, this will continue to run after the Christmas break.
Well done to our Year 11 badminton teams who competed superbly in this year’s South Ribble tournament at All Hallows. The boys came runners up, progressing to the Lancashire Finals in Blackpool on 10th December. We wish the boys the best of luck.
Inter house has made a return this academic year with a focus on promoting British Values and cultural capital into our curriculum. This allowed our pupils to show core values through sporting activities (Respect, sportsmanship, fairplay and many other core principles). The best way to promote this event was through PE inter house to allow our pupils to experience a variety of activities as well as different roles that are part of sport in society. These included umpiring / refereeing, media reporting and photography through all of which our pupils got an opportunity to learn. The day ended with a presentation whereby our pupils received certificates and prizes for their contribution during the day.
Girls’ Football started the year on a high this term hosting an U14’s and U16’s indoor 5 a-side football tournament for local South Ribble Schools. The girls performed superbly, demonstrating talent, teamwork and sportsmanship throughout. The U16’s in particular battled some very strong opposition, coming 3rd overall on the night.