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S T M A RY ’ S CAT H O LI C C O L L E GE A Specialist College for the Arts

newsletter Christmas 2006

Christmas cheer! COMING SOON to a theatre near you

REHEARSALS are well underway for our latest Arts production! It will be just the thing to brighten up those dark February evenings. Watch out for details.



OY to the world ~ in a shoebox! Once again St Mary’s students and pupils at our partner primary schools have made a tremendous effort to make our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal a great success. Hundreds of shoeboxes packed with sweets, toys and treats (above) are now on their way to make this Christmas a really special one for children in poor countries who otherwise would receive either nothing or very little. So, a BIG THANK YOU to all who gave so generously. And thank you also to all those who donated to our annual SVP Hamper Appeal. A very merry Christmas to all!


ELCOME to the St Mary’s Christmas Newsletter. Our school has had an excellent first term since returning from the summer break. The hard work and commitment of the staff and the talent and generosity of our pupils have been apparent to everyone who has visited the school. In particular, our new Year 7 pupils have settled in very quickly and show every sign of being another year group in the finest traditions of St Mary’s. Everyone associated with our school is also delighted with our latest exam results. The end of Key Stage 3 national tests (taken by Year 10) and the A Levels taken by our Year 13 students both resulted in school record pass rates. The new Contextualised Value Added (CVA) measures used by the Government to monitor pupils’ progress place St Mary’s in the top five per cent of schools in the country. St Mary’s is now by far the largest school on the Wirral with more than 1,600 students (and the most popular in terms of parental preferences) and the Government has provided a further £5million to complete our facilities. Work on the new two-storey classroom building is proceeding well and will be completed in July 2007. This will provide 16 new classrooms for English, Maths and History and three new Design Technology workshops. The Government has also agreed to fund an extension to the office and reception area at the front of school which will provide much-needed extra working space for office staff, a new meeting and conference room and a reception area for parents and visitors. This will complete a £12million, four-year building programme which has provided St Mary’s with specialist teaching facilities which are second to none. We are also now well into our third year as an Arts College. Our Arts specialism has already provided tremendous opportunities in Music, Dance and Drama for all our students and the local community. As those who attended Presentation Evening, the Dance Festival and Music Evening will testify, pupils’ performances are of the highest quality. During Advent, we will focus on the Christmas message through assemblies, liturgies and the end of term whole school Mass. We will also be working hard on behalf of others, particularly the disadvantaged. Your support of the Shoebox Appeal, SVP hampers and fundraising for Maryland School, Nigeria, has been, as ever, most appreciated. P. D. Heitzman Headteacher Please have a happy and holy Christmas.

How are you really, we asked our school community

What our survey told us E

VERY student and member of staff at St Mary’s was asked to take part in our first-ever survey of personal well-being . . . and the results are fascinating.

The survey was one of our school’s responses to the Government’s national initiative Every Child Matters, and was the particular inspiration of pupil support teacher Miss Marie Kelly. Questions were aimed at discovering the true emotional well being of our school community, and how we might best support our most vulnerable members. Unhappiness of any kind is known to have a detrimental effect on learning and concentration. Miss Kelly said: ‘Although the survey results suggest that St Mary’s does not have as many problems in this area as the local and national figures, just undertaking the survey has reminded us that within our community, at any one time, there will be people who are not feeling happy, or well-respected, or confident. Our Christian mission is to reach out to people and to help where we can.’ Responses to the section asking: What do you find most difficult to cope with in school? placed exams and tests top of the league closely followed by ‘keeping up with work’. But given that the survey was carried out while sixth formers, Year 11 and Year 9 students were facing national tests, these results are not really a surprise. Coursework catch-up clubs have been established in an attempt to relieve some of the pressure that builds up at these times, and it will be possible to see in the next survey if these initiatives have had a significant effect on students’ levels of anxiety about their academic work. Miss Kelly added: ‘Pupils said they had found it most difficult to cope with their own moods, with the death of someone close, and sometimes with their relationships with others. This helps us remember that our young people are often facing personal difficulties in the midst of all the other challenges of adolescence.’ There were lots of very positive comments. More than 89% of students said they felt they had made good progress this year. The annual survey for the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), undertaken in the summer term, was even more positive. More than 94% of students in Year 7 and 93% in Year 10 said they felt happy in school. In Year 10, 85% of students said this was a good school, and in Year 7 the figure was 86%. In addition to this, 98% of teachers said they could recommend St Mary’s as a good place to work. Mrs Kelly said: ‘We know that when a person feels good about themselves, when they feel safe, and when they know themselves to be valued, they are more disposed to learn. It’s clear, then, that if we want to improve the learning environment for some of our most vulnerable young people, emotional well-being is an issue we need to explore further.’

‘Christian mission is to reach out’

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As Kaleidos is set to revolutionise our school....

We’ve just clicked! S

T MARY’S is to be star of the show in a series of new videos for an educational website. A film crew from the RM computer company has interviewed and filmed students and members of staff using their new system of e-learning, DiscoverALIVE. The video clips will feature on their information website for other schools who are considering taking up the initiative. The multimedia product, delivered through Kaleidos Teaching and Learning Environment software, offers challenging and interactive lessons at KS3 in Maths, English, Science, Geography, History and French. The project is being spearheaded by ICT Coordinator Across the Curriculum, Mr John Hanson. St Mary’s was chosen as an example of good practice and we have received two e-beams for interactive whiteboards courtesy of RM. Headteacher Mr Heitzman said: ’We have been using DiscoverALIVE for a year, through interactive whiteboards, the school computer network and the internet at home. Over the next few years, we intend that homework and other work will be available in most subjects on the curriculum. This is truly an exciting and groundbreaking development.’ Log on to the RM website when the film clips go this space for details!

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Above : Year 7 logs on to DiscoverALIVE. Below left: Geography goes interactive with the help of Miss Joanne Mackay. Below right: Mr Heitzman faces the cameras.

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It was a week~long festival of music, art , drama

Arts world! It’s a small world, isn’t it?


T was the week the world came to St Mary’ the form of our first One World Festival.

Community Arts Co-ordinator Mr Tim Feak and sixth former Lizzie Whitely try on Indian saris

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We played host to Indian dancing, Latin American music, Jamaican poetry and our very own home-grown musical talent! Indian dancer Kajal Sharma danced for Prince Charles and Mrs Thatcher before showing her moves to St Mary’s students (above). Nigerian poet Diké Omeje gave masterclasses in his genre, and Hull-based MamboJambo (right) thrilled audiences with their salsas, sambas and blue grass banjo music. A Band Night (pictured on opposite page) raised £600 for our Nigeria Fund. St Mary’s Newsletter Christmas 2006

and we raised more than £700 for Africa charities!

Just some of the talented artists in St Mary’s who gave their time for One World Week St Mary’s Newsletter Christmas 2006

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More poetic justice

ICT CoCo-ordinator Mr Hanson and Year 7 poets

Head of Year 8 Mr Heffernan with English students


OETIC justice has been done in St Mary’s for the third year running in fitting celebration of National Poetry Day. Staff and students waxed lyrical in the school library for more than six hours in another non-stop marathon poetry recital.

We thrilled to offerings such as Mr Jordan’s Christmas Rap, school nurse Jane Campbell’s A Nurse’s Christmas Card, and caretaker Phil’s The Owl and the Pussycat (who went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat, if you remember). On a more scientific note, Head of Physics Mr Chris Brankin, with his interest in astronomy, gave us the full version of Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. Librarians Mrs Norma Hyde and Mrs Sue Simpson read their own compositions, as did a number of students. And Chinese teaching assistant Seow Chin Mah (known to us all as Chin, and pictured right) shared with us a poem from her childhood. National Poetry Day this year fell on the day before the Chinese festival of the Moon, when Chinese people everywhere celebrate with their families in a very similar way to our Christmas. They light lanterns, eat special food (Moon cakes) and children receive presents as they listen to legends about the Moon Lady.

月亮天 (in case you were wondering, that’s Chinese for Moon Day)

Denis extends a long but friendly arm of the law P OLICE Constable Denis Evans (left) is the friendly face of Merseyside Police in St Mary’s College, and staff and students are well used to his reassuring presence at events like Careers Day, or just when he pops in for a chat and a cup of tea. PC Evans, who is based at Moreton Police Station, is available to help with any concerns that students or parents might have, and if you wish to contact him, please ring 0151 709 6010. Alternatively, please ask at the school office or ring school on 0151 639 7531.

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It’s the Real Thing (well, nearly) I T’S more or less the Real Thing! Year 9 students (above) find out from PHSE Co-ordinator Mrs Sally Giles what their ‘jobs’ will be in the PSE Real Game exercise which attempts to mirror real life. From hairdressers to veterinary surgeons, from HGV drivers to nursery nurses, the world comes to Year 9! As they become familiar with the game rules, students discover a bit of what the real world of work might be like, and what career opportunities are open to them if they work hard and make the right choices.

Tales from the riverban k S IXTH FORM

Geographers braved freezing weather and the icy waters of the Little Don River in the Peak District to collect field study data...but it was all part of a fun weekend which combined the delights of nature with those of the city centre! After making observations and counting fish in the river, they went to Barnsley to count traffic and carry out a study of land use. To round off all the hard work, they spent a day playing Aeroball, learning archery and tackling a piece of climbing equipment with the intriguing name of Jacob’s Ladder. Pictured are the students with Geography teachers Miss Joanne

Tripping the light fantastic in Bradford S CIENCE students got the chemistry just right when they visited two Bradford museums. The Museum of Colour offered a whole host of fun and learning activities with optical illusions and demonstrations showing how dyes work and how colour is used in road signs to make them more eye-catching. In the National Museum of Media, students ‘visited the Moon’, and explored the world of media and 3D effects. Verdict: Most illuminating!

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Fifty thousand runners ...with two from our school

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HE fog on the Tyne was nowhere to be seen as 50,000 runners took to the streets of Newcastle for the 2006 Great North Run. Instead, the runners battled the heat and the blazing sun to finish the famous half-marathon charity event. Among them were DT teacher Mrs Vanessa Morris and office assistant Mrs Joanne Peters who finished within a minute of each other with very respectable times of 2hours 6mins and 2hours 7mins. Said Mrs Morris: ’It was a brilliant day, the weather was great and just as we went over the Tyne Bridge, the Red Arrows flew over and then back again. The atmosphere was superb’. The pair (left) train regularly together and often take part in local 10km races. Their next big challenge will be the London Marathon in April 2007.

St Mary’s carries on camping S

T Mary’s has hosted the first Wirral Edmund Rice Camp for children. It was a week of fun and friendship for 25 children, which was organised and run by sixth formers and past students. Activities included swimming, sports, dance, drama, games, games and more games! If you are interested in joining the fun next year, please see Mr Brian Lally.

X marked the spot for Council E

LECTION fever gripped St Mary’s for a week as our new student councillors were elected. The turnout of 64% was better than the last two UK General Elections! The new School Council will meet regularly to discuss the issues that matter most to St Mary’s student community. Four of them recently attended the Youth Parliament at Wallasey Town Hall attended by the Mayor of Wirral and representatives of Wirral Council. St Mary’s School Council members are: Dylan Brannigan, Jessie Williams (Year 7); Matthew Quinn, Emma Moran (Year 8); Matthew Ross, Lucy Maddocks (Year 9); Daniel Williams, Charlotte Lee (Year 10); James Murray, Annie Cromwell (Year 11). Page 8

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History goes down a bomb Vikings, ghosts, dungeons and medieval armour... Story by Matthew Quinn Pictures by Katie and Laura Corlett


The Royal Air Force Bomb Disposal Memorial at the Eden Camp World War II Museum

t wasn’t quite on the same scale as the Viking Invasion, but St Mary’s pupils took the historic city of York by storm!

We saw most of the sights the famous city has to offer during our Year 7 History Trip. First on our list was a tour of the city and the Minster. We were stunned by the enormity and grandeur of both the cathedral and the ancient Roman Walls. We enjoyed a long cruise on the River Ouse, with the stiflingly hot sun to warm our backs and the tour guide informed us on many, many things about York’s history. ‘It was The York Dungeon was next, and it was terrifying! Learning about the death terrifying’ of Dick Turpin and the several hundred ways to torture people in the Middle Ages is enough to scare the pants off anyone who cares to visit it. On the chillingly cold Saturday night we ventured out into the rain to meet our guide for the Ghost Walk. One of the very spooky places we saw was the Plague House, where a little girl was starved to death hundreds of years ago. Her ghost is said to wander the halls of the house to this day. (After that, to warm our hearts, we watched Italy beat the stuffing out of France in the World Cup Final on penalties.) The next day we left our five star accommodation at the York Racecourse Centre for the Eden Camp World War II Museum where we saw, among many things, the bomb disposal memorial pictured above. Then it was on to the Jorvik Viking Centre to experience the sights and smells (pheew, disgusting) of a Viking settlement. We then went on to a room where people were weaving bracelets, making coins and showing us how to play Viking games. After that we went to the archaeological centre and joined a ‘false dig’ i.e. sand instead of mud, and plastic ‘finds’. Later we were shown real artefacts discovered 30m from where we were standing! On the way back from York we stopped off at the Leeds Armouries where we took part in a show and tried on all sorts of medieval armour which was very, very heavy! All around the cathedral, the saints and apostles look down...on St Mary’s students



RDINARY PEOPLE can do extraordinary things: that’s the message from Wirral Fostering Service. If you can answer yes to the following, you could soon be giving a home to a child who really needs your help. 1. Can you provide a safe, secure and loving family environment? 2. Have you got a sense of humour and positive outlook on life? 3. Are you patient, tolerant and good at solving problems? Be amazing ~ be a foster carer. Ring Janet Latham on 0151 666 4500.

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Fairytale beginning Natalie Taylor as Clara and Danny Bradford as the Nutcracker Doll wowed audiences with their interpretations of the Christmas classic fairytale ballet

Christmas toys that came to life St Mary’s own corps de ballet with Jill Cosgrove as the Sugar Plum Fairy (above). Page 10

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As The Nutcracker heralds a new era for our school, the 2006 Dance Festival is a tour de force


T was our second Dance Festival and what a thrilling, three -nig ht spectacular it was! First we enjoyed a special production of Tchaikovsky’s famous Russian ballet, The Nutcracker, with simply stunning performances choreographed by Miss Caroline Foster and Miss Leanne Luscombe. The evenings also featured pieces from our own dance students and from students of Upton Hall School Plessington High School, Wallasey School of Ballet and the Alison Clayton Dance School (left). (left).

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At the end of the decade fashion forgot B







Life on Mars? Or just the way they were WIN £10! Did you work out who they were? Post your entry into the ‘Eagle Eye’ box in the foyer. Prizes will be given on the last day of term to the three students with the most correct answers. A………………………………....….. B…………………………………...... C……………………………….....…. D………………………………...…… E………………………………...…… F………………………………...…… G..................................................... Name….…………………................ Form...............................................

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T’S an amazing picture ~ but what’s even more amazing is the fact that the seven teachers highlighted above still teach at St Mary’s!

The photo was taken in 1980, at the very end of the fashion disaster decade that most people of a certain age would rather forget. Hair was very important to Seventies’ fashionistas, (a word they’d never heard of ~ fashion victims was more like it) and the more hair, the better, apparently. Especially facial hair, hair in the case of men. Like the characters in BBC 1’s hit series Life on Mars, Mars after a hard day’s work the staff and students of St Mary’s would have gone home to chill (sorry, relax) to the latest episodes of Starsky and Hutch, Hutch Mork and Mindy and The Sweeney. Those were the days! But can you guess which teachers now stoically walk our 21st Century corridors with bad backs probably caused by wearing platform shoes? Life 70s style: TV detectives The Sweeney (left), Starsky Hutch (far right), the agony of platform shoes and Mork and Mindy St Mary’s Newsletter Christmas 2006

Mr Lally remembers the 70s I

T might seem like the dim and distant past to you, but ‘old’ Mr Lally remembers the 70s like they were yesterday. By his own admission, he spent much of them (while training to be and becoming a teacher) going to discos in flared trousers, two-tone platform shoes, getting his long hair feathered and hanging around with someone called ’Wedge’ who was named after the shoes, but is now known to us as Mr Polachowski. In those pre-iPod days when tape recorders were huge and cassette players were cutting edge, Mr Lally gave much time and effort to taping the Top Ten off the radio and going to see live bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Faces and Free. He even saw the legendary Cat Stevens perform live but, in a picky sort of way, not realising the star was about to make history by giving up music and becoming a devout Muslim, didn’t enjoy it. Mr Lally didn’t watch much TV back then (too busy socialising) but he always made time for Monty Python’s Flying Circus ~ no videos or VCRs! He went to ‘the pictures’ a lot. One of his favourite films was ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ starring Jack Nicholson. He also spent a lot of time supporting his beloved Manchester United and played football himself for obscure Lancashire teams like Standish and Parbold. (Mr L hails from the Pie Capital of the world, Wigan, where he is quietly proud to have been a regular at the famous Wigan Casino, later the home of Northern Soul.) It’s hard to believe, but Mr Lally once worked in a bakery to earn money while he was a student. He said: ‘I managed to break the bread machine. I also worked as a postman and once sat in my mate’s house all day, but still got paid!’ (He’s not recommending that as a course of action for anyone else). He was also a cook at a motorway café. Now we know why they had such a bad reputation back then! Said Mr Lally: ‘My generation was a lot more politically active than students are now. I got involved in protests against the Vietnam war and basically caused trouble and tried to change the world.’


Mr Duffy: the ‘feudal’ years W

HEN Mr Duffy decided to teach history, he probably couldn’t imagine the day when he’d be part of it himself! But the past is a foreign country, and they do things differently there, as the famous quotation goes. The 70s Mr Duffy knew was a very different place to 21st Century Wallasey. He said: ‘Well, to put it mildly, it was the decade that fashion forgot. Men had hair longer than their girlfriends and wore trousers that looked like tents. It was a fashion wasteland of flares and bumbags.’ Perhaps there were just two things in popular culture that kept him sane: one was The Rockford Files TV detective series. (’The car chases were incredible! It was the only decent thing on television’) and the other was the music of Bruce Springsteen. He was driving down to see his girlfriend (now his wife) in the summer of 1975 when Springsteen’s Thunder Road came on the radio. He said: ‘I was so impressed I pulled into the hard shoulder. It changed my life. The Ramones were also a godsend. The first LP (a big, black, vinyl round thing) was 29 minutes long with 14 songs ~ the perfect antidote to all the progressive rock and glam rock nonsense that was going on. I’m a huge fan of The Jam, too. Music has always meant a great deal to me.’ It was a good job Mr Duffy had good music to take his mind off, in his words, the ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ sitcoms which dominated TV schedules back then, programmes like Love Your Neighbour about a black family moving into a white neighbourhood, and Are You Being Served? about the unusual goings-on in a department store. Seventies’ technology was, to use Mr Duffy’s description, ’feudal’. The first VCR was produced in 1979 and St Mary’s had just one machine for the whole school: ‘It was huge. There was great competition among the staff to use it. Nothing else changed, really. There was the oil crisis in 1973 so nothing new could be invented.’


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Thumbs up for healthy eating H

EALTHY eating gets the thumbs up from St Mary’s students as a new points award system rewards its first winners.

And spotting the healthy foods on the school menu is now easier than ever, thanks to the specially designed thumb pointer system pictured above, so that students can tot up their bonus points quicker than ever. The Perspex pointers were designed and made by Year 11 Graphics Group students in our Design Technology department. A red thumb means No Points, amber means Some Points and green is best of all with Good Points. The winning students, from Years 10 and 11 ate their way healthily to fantastic prizes which they received on Presentation Evening. Christopher Rayne carried off an iPod nano and flat screen monitor, Ian Lightfoot chose a camcorder, Rebekka Kelly won a prize worth £50 and Louis Holbrook received a New York smoothie maker...which all goes to prove that points make prizes! The scheme is sponsored by school caterers Sodexho and MerseyVend, who supply the healthy drinks and food items to our vending machines.

Pictured above are Sodexho Catering Manager Ms Lesley Bantang and some of our Healthy Eating winners who scored the most points using their cashless dining cards.

Which European country produces most bananas? The answer may surprise you A

WATCH THIS SPACE! This is the scene at the Sandy Lane side of St Mary’s where Phase Four of our £12 million building programme is coming to a close. We will soon be moving into brand new classrooms and DT workshops. Page 14

CTUALLY, it’s Iceland. Did you guess? Well, Year 10’s Bryan Solomon certainly did, and won a competition held on Open Evening. It was all part of the fun and games designed to interest and amuse prospective St Mary’s students. So how does possibly Europe’s coldest country grow fruit we associate with hot countries and desert islands? Well, the answer lies in the geothermal activity which bubbles so easily to Iceland’s surface in terms of geysers and other hot spots. The electricity generated is then used to heat massive greenhouses where banana trees flourish. The Healthy Eating Competition was a highlight of Open Evening, and pounds and pounds of fruit were munched by the visiting crowds. Many parents were pleased to see fruit replacing less healthy snacks and commented on the excellent food now available at St Mary’s. St Mary’s Newsletter Christmas 2006

Tributes in the Floral T

HE prizes glittered and so did the entertainment! It was our annual Presentation Evening in New Brighton Floral Pavilion when all the hard work and achievements of St Mary’s students is officially recognised.

Hundreds of students took to the stage to receive their awards from Guest of Honour Mrs Kathy Robertson (pictured left). And then we sat back to enjoy the first-rate performances from St Mary’s Brass Ensemble, the Sixth Form Singers and Arts College dance and drama students. Mrs Robertson, who is Headteacher of St Peter and Paul’s Primary School, New Brighton, shared with us her year-long experiences in the Sudan, Africa. She recently fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition by working with some of the world’s poorest people in the village of Nimule under the auspices of the Voluntary Missionary Movement and Liverpool Hope University and the Jesuit Refugee Service. Mrs Robertson’s role in Nimule was to support the developing education system, an experience she described as ‘life-changing’.

‘Life-changing’ experiences

Special Prizes 2006 Headteacher’s Award Daniel Bradford Kathleen Kane Kevin Lysaght

Governors’ Award for Citizenship

Princess Diana Memorial Award

Olivia Mason Danielle Moore

Jade McMahon

John Hardman Memorial Award

Olive Jordan Memorial Award

Michael Dunne Joe White

Amie Booth

Unilever Award for Outstanding Achievement

Unilever Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Leanne Daly Lucy Openshaw

Christopher Hay, Kate Ennis, Kathleen Kane

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Prizewinners 2006 ARTS COLLEGE AWARDS

Choreographer of the Year Hannah Thompson

Composer of the Year

Dramatist of the Year

Daniel Wood

Helen Webster


YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10: YEAR 12:

Ellie Davies, Christopher O’Connor Holly Thompson, Andrew Doughty, Carl Doughty Luke Evans-Jones, Sherilyn Cassidy Adam McKenna, Annie Smith Jamie Box, Stephanie Heathcote


Shaun Anglesey, Jessica Eastwood, Thomas Gibbins, Benedict Gillet, Jonathan Gregory, Laura McAllister, Joseph McDowell, James Murray, Lauren Prout, Shay Cannon Katie Menear (2) Grace Merrall (2) Laura Sanderson (2) Jessica Tolond (2) Joseph McGee (2) Roisin Fattorini, Daniel Platt, Heather Simpson





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YEAR 10:

Christopher Jones, Rachel Bruce

YEAR 11:

Daniel Bradford, Kathleen Kane

Rebekka Kelly, Louis Holbrook, Christopher Rayne, Ian Lightfoot

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

Sean Hepworth-Thompson, Camila Falencka Sean Holsgrove, Kirsten Weir Michael Skeggs, Georgia Hassall Christopher Jackson, Tania King

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Jack Candeland, Emma Moran Ella Hornby, Jamie Toner Jack Murray, Brittany Taylor Christopher Jones, Emmanuela Nerantzoulis

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:



Chantelle Wilson, Kieran Salkeld Katie Menear, Matthew Dooley Holly Donnelly, Karl Plant Abbey Catherall, Sean Descombes

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

Lucy O’Hare, Matthew Quinn Joseph McGee, Victoria Rainford Jennifer Edwards, Matthew Ridge Faye Stuart, Mark Ellis

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

Jennifer Skeggs, Matthew Quinn Christina Rushworth, Callum Rutherford Megan McCarthy, Tomas Bersier Sean Descombes, Jessica Bradbury



Camila Falencka, Gabriel Hobro Rachel Lavery, Alan Williams Matthew Walsh, Niamh Gregory Lisa Williams, Adam Birchall

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

Karl Davies, Leah Morris Jay McArd, Natasha Heaney Rebecca Mountfield, Connor Usher Jennifer Madden, Liam Breen


PHYSICS Richard Donnelly, Ella Redvers-Rowe Harry Murphy, Siw Cattle Jack Harrison, Rachel Waring Callum McKenna, Jessica Bradbury

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:



YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

Kieran Cahill, Jessica Eastwood Grace Argyle, Leon Search-Kearney Emily Merrall, Ashleigh Downes Nikki Johnson, James Murray

Ella Redvers-Rowe, Matthew Jones, Grace Merrall, Shaun Fletcher, John Kenwright, Kelly McGlynn, Danielle Ross, David Conlan Sean Thompson, Amy Ralph Joseph Callaghan, Chloe Graham-Kelly Maribel Andrews, Jay Saville Natalie Taylor


BIOLOGY Shay Cannon, Matthew Jones Jamie Collins, Rebecca Davies Jack Leckey, Abbie Brace Adam Dobbs, Eve Parrington

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

Keith Bond, Natalie Mearns Jacob Miner, Holly Thompson Sarah Middleton, Matthew Rylance Lewis McDonald, Annie Smith



Kate Duncan, Joshua Rylance Stephen Pollard, Alexander Howard Barrie Nelson, Rachel Campbell Oliver Bond, Jessica Burningham



YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

Lucy Keating, Andrew Fisher Lee Lavery, Kym Fearon Jenna Young, Matthew Walsh John McNicholas, Rachel Bruce

Jason Hill, Charlotte Roberts, Rebecca Reed, Louis Rice, Rachel Webster, Ryan Kelly, Ricky Robinson, Jade Carter

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:



Terri-Anne Cromwell, Darhyl Johnson

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10:

CHILDCARE Sarah Ives, Victoria Owen

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE Katy Halloran, Chloe Hayes

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Alice Woodward, Joe Brookes, Katie-Anne Daniels, Ryan Watson Andrew Vaughan, Hanna Moses Karl Billington, Gemma Rooney

Joseph McDowell, Lauren Rigby, Conor McKenna, Elisha Carter, Rachel Williams, Jack Harrison, (Graphics) Christopher Jones, Lauren Lynch, (Resistant Materials) Steven McMillan, Jake Carney (Engineering) Tom Jones, Lee Smith (DT Food) Richard Roth, Jessica Burningham

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BUSINESS: Christopher Bennett, Sophie Britton PE: David While, Laura Madden DT/GRAPHICS: Mike Hoey, Hannah Catherall DT/RES MATERIALS: Carl Fletcher, Laura Rainbow DT/FOOD: Jack Dempsey, Emily Nelson DRAMA: Jonathan McManus, Jenny Wright MUSIC: Daniel Wood, Rachel Squires ART: Josh Burns, Jenny Glover ENGINEERING: Sean Cafferkey, Jessica Dobbs HEALTH/SOC CARE: Victoria Taylor DANCE: Daniel Bradford, Elizabeth Whitely

Kevin Lysaght, Hannah Thompson Kieran Fattorini, Nicola Hamilton Christopher Hay, Maria Johnson Peter Harris, Leanne Daly Owen Plant, Kate Ennis Daniel Bradford, Leanne Daly Matthew Palmer, Kate Ennis Scott Lewis, Alexandra Rown Christopher Hay, Kathleen Kane Daniel Wood, Amy Platt Kevin Lysaght, Jacqueline O’Brien


Liam Comer Stuart Descombes


Rachel Murphy Jenni Oakes Lauren Pugh Christina Scanlon Hayley Stewart

100 hours 100 hours

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10: YEAR 11:

50 hours 50 hours 50 hours 50 hours 50 hours

Joe Brooks, Shay Cannon Connor Murphy, Katie Ann Daniels Michael Evans, Jess Forsey Thomas Flanagan, Gemma Rooney Nathan Brooks, Victoria Taylor

James Dath

Josh Barratt

Joe Brooks

Matthew White

James Murray

Mark Geggie


YEAR 7 Sharne Bennett Rebecca Langton Lydia Ruiter Jasmin Sheridan Joseph McDowell Shay Cannon

Ashleigh Hoolahan Rebecca McGarry Adam Salters Ryan Tsang Andrew Fisher Ashleigh Moore

YEAR 8 Liam Hewitt Adam Krimou Jennifer Munn Richard Squires Alexandra Howard Katherine Burnett

Molli-Ann Jones Joseph McKeown James Soundie Phillip Taylor Daniel Bruce Jessica Tolond

Luke Carroll Timothy Griffiths Liam O’Neill Michael Saunders Martika Taylor Jay Saville Jack Murray Jenna Young Niamh Gregory Jamie Toner

YEAR 10 Christine Evans Emma McQuillan Thomas Hughes Stephanie Groves

Niamh Gregory John Kenwright Timothy Griffiths Anton Miner Neil Gregory Christopher Hay Andrew Buckley

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Keiran Comer Anton Miner Lavinia Roberts Gemma Stevenson Matthew Ridge Matthew Rylance Mark Ridgeway Barrie Nelson John Kenwright Brittany Taylor Paul Gregory Kimberley Toner Callam Morgan

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Tough act for arts students after Holocaust trip


Visiting the death camps

U S C H W I T Z , December 2006: St Mary’s Art and Drama students walk in the footsteps of more than a million Jews and prisoners of other nationalities who died there at the hands of Germany’s Third Reich. It was a sobering and thought-provoking experience, and part of a wide-ranging project on the Holocaust. The students will be producing art and performance work for an exhibition in school, based on their visit and Drama students will perform their own piece next month at the Wirral Schools Holocaust Remembrance Day event at Pacific Road, Birkenhead. To round off the three-day trip, students also visited the nearby Polish city of Kraków. Fundraising events, including a Stars in Their Eyes evening, were held in school to help pay for the trip. Pictured below left: Beneath the Auschwitz entrance sign ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ ~ ‘Work Makes You Free’.

In sombre mood (above) and laying flowers at a memorial to the dead

Right: Seeing the full horror of camp conditions

Language of success S

WAHILI isn’t quite on the curriculum yet at St Mary’s...but we have one student who can string a few sentences together! Year 7’s Vanessa Nokes learned the African language specially for a national competition. She spent four weeks practising her vocabulary before heading for London to join 300 other hopefuls in the final heats in Kensington’s Olympia. The annual competition sponsors interactive classrooms for children in Africa, an example of the many educational partnerships being pioneered with less developed countries. The experience for Vanessa, who is now learning German at St Mary’s, was unforgettable in any language!

HEKO! (Swahili for well done!)

Left: Vanessa in London, where she heard a few Cockney phrases to add to her knowledge of Modern Languages. St Mary’s Newsletter Christmas 2006

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Another ‘starry’ night

Right: Year 10’s Luke Bennett stepped into Cat Deeley’s shoes (not literally of course!)


FTER the success of our first ‘Stars In Their Eyes’, the showstopper returned to St Mary’s by popular demand. This time the top spot was taken by Holly Thompson (above left) as Cher with the Shoop Shoop Song. There was lots of talent on show, with songs from the sixth form (above right), special versions of ‘Chicago’ (below left), Christina Aguilera (far right), and, representing the Drama, Dance and Music Departments, Miss Freeland, Miss Johnson and Miss Luscombe as Atomic Kitten (below right). Health & Social Care teacher Mr McCarthy and teaching assistant Mr Doherty were almost unrecognisable as half of the Mamas and Papas (rig (rig ht ) .

Walking together at Anfield

West Ham fan helps hospice LUNCHTIME supervisor and West Ham fan Mrs Sylvia Rutherford braved the Liverpool and Everton supporters in St Mary’s and collected more than £200 for Claire House children’s hospice. The money will be used for art materials. Thank you to all who donated!

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BIOLOGY students Chelsea Price, Sophie O’Toole and Ella RedversRowe took part in the BA Crest Award North West Competition for young scientists which was held at Liverpool Football Club, Anfield. Their project (right) was a scientific look at diet, nutrients and their effects on our well-being.

St Mary’s Newsletter Christmas 2006

Christmas 2006  

This is a newsletter for St. Mary's Catholic College. The author of the newsletters is Mrs. E. Webster. This publication is copyright St. Ma...

Christmas 2006  

This is a newsletter for St. Mary's Catholic College. The author of the newsletters is Mrs. E. Webster. This publication is copyright St. Ma...