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ST MA RY ’ S CAT H O L I C C O L L E G E A Specialist College for the Arts & Applied Learning

newsletter Christmas 2010


O gifts could be more wanted or needed than those in the carefully wrapped shoeboxes which left St Mary’s in this special season of goodwill.

Hundreds of shoeboxes filled with toys, trinkets and sweets are now on their way to children across the world as part of the annual Operation Christmas Child Appeal. Students in St Mary’s and our partner primary schools have again made a magnificent effort to send a little Christmas spirit to some of those who need it most. And our annual hamper appeal to help members of our local community has also been a great success.

Thank you to all who donated, and a happy, holy Christmas to all!

Year 7 students with some of this year’s shoeboxes


EE inside for Mamma Mia! and Fairytale Frenzy picture specials. Plus much, much more..!



EHEARSALS are now well underway for our major Arts production of 2011… the foot-tapping hit musical Back to the 80s. Be sure to book your seat for the four-night run in February. Tickets go on sale early next term!

Coming soon to a theatre near you!

Photo courtesy of Matthew Davies, Year 10

It’s farewell to Canon, and welcome to our new Chair of Governors S

T MARY’S bids a sad farewell to Canon Brendan Hoban, who has been our Canon Hoban Chair of Governors for 19 years. He is retiring and will take a well-earned rest, while our new Chair, Mr Tony Mossman, takes over the demanding role of chairing the many Governors’ meetings and overseeing the running of the college. Headteacher Mr Tony Boyle said: ‘Canon Hoban has done an amazing job, and I would like to express my deep gratitude. The role of Chair of Governors can be extremely challenging at times but Canon has always provided a safe, guiding hand. St Mary’s has benefited from his great wisdom. We are very sorry to lose him, but wish him well in his retirement.’ Canon Hoban also retired from his job as parish priest of Sacred Heart Church, Moreton, earlier this year. Mr Mossman has been a Foundation Governor for 10 years and has been a valued member of numerous committees. He retired in 2006 after 43 years in central and local government ~ including 27 years working for Headteacher Mr Tony Merseyside Police. Mr Mossman, a Boyle welcomes Mr Tony parishioner of English Martyrs’ Church in Mossman, our new Chair Wallasey Village, said: ’I am delighted to of Governors take up this appointment and to be working with Mr Boyle and everyone at St Mary’s.’ He is married to Mrs Christine Mossman, who is a learning mentor in our Bosco Centre. If you have any concerns you wish to bring up with Mr Mossman, please email: or ring the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Jenny Gallagher, on 0151 639 7531.

Star hosts of Wirral’s Employer Awards


HREE St Mary’s students became stars themselves when they hosted the Wirral Star Employer Awards ceremony at New Brighton Floral Pavilion. The annual event pays tribute to companies who have helped young people across the borough prepare for the world of work. Bromborough-based training company Life Choice, Atlas Fire and Security of Wallasey, West Kirby Library and Wallasey-based fashion designers Repooc Couture were all voted Star winners by Wirral teenagers. Guest speaker Mark Nuttall of Unilever, whose company employs 80 apprentices, said: ‘Creating work positions for young people can mean so much. It really does change people’s lives.’ The evening was organised by Wirral’s 14-19 Partnership Team.

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Pictured at the Wirral Employer Awards 2010: Sixth Formers Leon Search-Kearney, Jamie Toner and Joe Callaghan

Gee Walker’s words of inspiration to St Mary’s Mrs Walker with some of the prizewinners

A mother’s pride


MOTHER who publicly forgave her son’s killers told hundreds of St Mary’s students: ‘Always strive to be the best you can be.’

Gee Walker, mother of murdered student Anthony Walker, addressed a hushed sports hall as Guest of Honour at our annual Presentation Evening. She told an audience of 1700 students, parents and staff that her son was ‘living proof’ that one person can change society. She said: ‘One person can affect a family. A family can affect a community. And a community can affect a nation. My son is living proof. He had the makings of a great man.’ Turning to the students she said: ‘To all you achievers, I want to say I am proud of you as a mother. Always strive to be the best you can be.’ Mrs Walker made national headlines when she refused to hate or condemn the two youths responsible for the death of her son at a Huyton bus stop in 2005. Before presenting prizes and certificates she spoke of Anthony’s legacy, the Anthony Walker Foundation, the Liverpool charity set up in his memory. Mrs Walker said her son had been an INCE Anthony’s death at the ordinary boy, raised by ‘Godly age of 18, the Walker family principles’ who worked hard at his has worked to create in his studies and had a part time job at memory a legacy of peace and McDonald’s. He cared greatly for his reconciliation. Gee and her family, especially his sisters, and once daughter Dominique have gave his earnings to help her buy a travelled widely to spread their better car. At the time of Anthony’s message of racial harmony, and death, Mrs Walker made a muchthe organisation publicised statement of forgiveness. She they founded in said: ‘My son died as a consequence of Liverpool now hate. This is why I cannot hate ~ if I hate, works with then I am a victim also. I believe that young people where there is life there is hope. We through sport, must never give up trying to make the As a token of thanks music, and world a better place. Love, compassion Mrs Walker was education. and forgiveness can overcome so much. presented with a The International Slavery mosaic of the famous I know this is hard, but it is what I believe’. Museum, Liverpool, also houses school portrait of Headteacher Mr Tony Boyle said: ‘It The Anthony Walker Education Anthony was a great honour and privilege to Centre. welcome Gee Walker to our Presentation Evening. Her amazing spirit and An ordinary Liverpool family compassion is an inspiration to all the had a dream. students and staff of St Mary’s.’ The Anthony Walker Foundation SEE PAGES 20~24 was born. FOR FULL PRIZEWINNERS


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On the button! Success story for Milo A T last, an easy way to pay for students’ lunches, trips and performance tickets! Parents can now log on to St Mary’s website, follow the easy instructions and pay directly, without the need to hunt for change and the worry of sending large amounts of cash into college. ParentPay is a safe and secure web payment service that accepts credit and debit card payments, or cash payments at any PayPoint in local retailers or the Post Office. Parents with computer access can even check that their child is making healthy choices for lunch! Log-in details were sent out by letter earlier this term, but you can get a reminder by emailing Bursar Mrs Sheila Moyes: Alternatively, please ring her on 0151 201 4502 (direct line). For more details go to:


ILO McAleny tells a good tale...but that’s by no means the end of the story! Her entry for the World Book Day 2011 Short Story Competition, At School, was judged to be the best in St Mary’s and will be entered into the national competition along with stories by fellow Year 8 students Nathan Corrigan, Shimal Némat and Katharine Quinn. Above: Milo is congratulated by English teacher Miss Girven.

‘Magic’ weather on the Wirral Way


AGIC’ weather on the Wirral Way again made the day a pleasure for our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award hopefuls. For 19 years running, the November walk has been graced with good weather, some sunshine and no showers! The Year 9 group, pictured above, walked the 13 miles from West Kirby to Hooton as a taster for future tougher trials! Page 4

Autographed: a St Mary’s prospectus to raise funds for charity


HEY wanted. They wished. And they got! It was the day Christmas came early for hundreds of St Mary’s students.

Top boy band The Wanted arrived in our college theatre to deafening screams….and delighted us with an impromptu performance of their hits with the help of Sixth Formers Rachel Wickham-Jones and Alice Budworth. The visit was part of the band’s Live and Lost with BlackBerry tour for Channel 4 in which they had to make their own way from Dover to Leeds with only their BlackBerries and their fans to help them. When Rachel contacted the band on Facebook, they took up her offer of calling at St Mary’s to help raise money for our sister school in Nigeria. She said: ‘It’s just been incredible. I can hardly describe it. The boys are amazing. We love them so much!’ Irish band member Siva Kaneswaran said how beautifully the girls sang during a quick rehearsal of their hits ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Heart Vacancy’. He added: ‘It reminded me of how we were when we started out. It’s really nice to help them raise the money for their sister school’. The girls plan to raffle signed items and photographs to support Maryland School, Chito, Benue State, Nigeria, where 450 students are taught in overcrowded conditions with few or no educational materials.

Left: A special moment for Hollie Brook and band member Max George

Filming with Jennifer Skeggs, Rebecca McGarry, Rachel Wickham-Jones and Alice Budworth

First St Nary’s Theatre, then the following week, The X Factor studio!

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WE CAN FIX IT! St Mary’s students at Wirral Met College, Twelve Quays campus. The course offers a BTEC qualification in Motor Vehicle Studies

The play’s the thing

Year 10’s Elyse Bennett and (inset) grandfather Peter


LYSE Bennett’s grandfather Peter has made a special gift to St Mary’s English Department...the entire DVD collection of Shakespeare’s plays, as screened by the BBC. Mr Bennett, a retired Vauxhall worker, would like as many students as possible to benefit from the valuable discs. Elyse’s English teacher Mrs Angela Braid said: ‘We are delighted to receive such a wonderful gift, and I can promise we will make very good use of them’.

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Game of snap for Africa


EAR 8 students have used their skill and judgement to make a ‘snap’ decision to help our partner school in Nigeria. With Liverpool University student Maria Johnson they created four unique matching pair games which will aid learning at Maryland Secondary School, Chito, Benue State. The ’Snap’ games are themed for flags of World Cup teams, Marvel Comics superheroes, Sponge Bob characters and Premiership team badges. Maria, who left St Mary’s Sixth Form two years ago, is studying for a degree in Sociology and has been working with our Bosco Centre as part of her qualification.

We saw the Pope!

Pope Benedict greets the crowds


OPE Benedict is really cool ~ that’s the official verdict of St Mary’s students who travelled to see him at a special rally in Twickenham. Ten students and our College Chaplain, Mr Lenny McEvoy, gave up a night’s sleep to arrive early at St Mary’s University College where they witnessed first hand the pontiff’s address to COOL POPE: Emma Moran and the young people of Britain. Shay Collins at the rally The sun shone on the 3,500strong crowd and the event was crowned by music, song and the Pope’s words to the young. He invited them to become ‘saints of the 21st Century’. He said: ‘When I invite you to become saints, I am asking you not to be content with second best.’ The Pope also paid tribute to the ‘outstanding contribution’ made by College Chaplain Mr Lenny those who devoted their lives to McEvoy and St Mary’s teaching and education. Mr McEvoy students who travelled to Twickenham said: ‘It was a truly inspirational occasion, a very special day for us all.’

‘I invite you to become saints’

Welcome to our new Chaplain


Chaplain Mr Lenny McEvoy

VERY warm welcome to our new Chaplain, Mr Lenny McEvoy, who has joined St Mary’s staff. Lenny ~ as he prefers to be known ~ is now a central part of the spiritual life of the college, organising the prayer programme for student and staff assemblies and running the many retreat days for Years 7 to 13. Lenny brings a wealth of experience to the job. He worked for Merseyside Police before becoming a lawyer, specialising in commercial property law. He then trained and worked as a teacher of RE and Politics before joining the Youth Ministry of the Holy Ghost Fathers in Salford. Lenny, who is married to Kerry, has two children, Louis aged 14 and Ava, 10, and lives in Cheshire. He said: ‘I am very much enjoying being able to get to know everyone at St Mary’s, and I hope people know that my door is always open. I think my job is about supporting both students and teaching staff and providing one more pair of sympathetic ears.’ Page 7

Journey’s end Mr Archer raises £1,800 for charity in epic cycle ride


ADDLE sore but triumphant, Mr Colin Archer parked his trusty bike at John O’Groats after cycling the full length of Britain to raise money for one of his favourite charities.

He did it! Mr Archer at the famous fingerpost which shows the shortest distance of 874 miles to Land’s End

It was an epic achievement for the ICT teacher who runs St Mary’s Youth Club and organises our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. He pedalled a thousand miles from Land’s End in Cornwall, taking 17 days to complete the famous journey and raise £1,800 for Hope and Homes for Children which finds families for orphans in Africa and Eastern Europe. Mr Archer has written a highly entertaining blog about his experiences en route, which chronicles many interesting encounters. In his first entry Mr Archer, well known on D of E expeditions for his careful About a third of the way...on preparation, writes: ‘At Land’s End I felt like Stevie G the Severn Bridge near waiting in the tunnel, anxious to get on with the Bristol game. After the compulsory photos, and fuelled by a full pirate’s breakfast at Penzance, I set off. I’d done all the preparation, everything was in order, except I’d forgotten my cycling gloves!’ Since the gloves are essential equipment for long distance cyclists, he had to stop to buy some. Along the way he pitched his tent at campsites, wherever available, and also stayed at the odd B&B. He took refreshments at many roadside truck stops and cafes, meeting a variety of characters, and also the many other people doing the Land’s End~John O’Groats journey either the same way or vice versa. His last entry reads: ‘The Glorious Twelfth yesterday – traditionally when the Scottish grouse hunting season starts. I’m wearing all my bright clothes, and trying to look as ungrouselike as I can. Thank you all for your support and for your pledges for Hope and Homes for Children, which is a very worthwhile charity. I cycled along from Wick along the A99, around Sinclair Bay with its sandy beach, past Freswich and rolled into John O’Groats at about 1.30pm. End of the line. Boom! Boom! Job done. Can’t wait to get home.’ Read the rest of Mr Archer’s blog at:

Taking care in Andalucia Mountain top challenge for Dave in Andalucia, Spain

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T MARY’S caretaker Dave Grimes swapped his usual duties around our college for a long and winding road in the hot and dusty mountains of Spain...all to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice. As one of the oldest competitors in the Al Andalus Trail, he proved how tough he is by completing the famous event over five gruelling days, and also helped to raise £700 with friend and cotrekker Carl Joyce. Sixty-year-old Dave said: ‘The camaraderie on the trail was amazing. We had a really good laugh every night. It was very tough going, but the days were more about mental strength than physical strength.’ Dave has kept himself at the peak of fitness by regular cycling and running, and is no stranger to physical challenges. As a young man, he was a regular soldier with the 3rd Royal Green Jackets for 10 years, and saw active service in Northern Ireland several times.


AIRYTALE Frenzy was the name

of our Key Stage 3 pantomime complete with all the heroes and villains we all know and was an evening of marvellous fun and entertainment…oh yes, it was!

Excellent dance and drama was Above and right: also provided by students from Sacred Heart School, Moreton, and SS Peter & Paul’s, New Brighton

Pointing in One Direction? Maybe some of these Year 7 students will rival The X Factor boy band in a few years’ time...

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T was the day we proved that we’re not averse to making time for a rhyme, or giving rein to the poetry in our souls (or in books or on the internet!) On National Poetry Day, Betjeman rubbed shoulders with Willy Russell, Shakespeare with D H Lawrence...and many students and staff read out their own original compositions. It was fanciful, it was friendly, it was FUN!

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Waxing lyrical (again!) for Poetry Day

Poets’ Corner Picture Special Page 11

Keeping our own council!


TUDENT power will change St Mary’s ~ and that’s a promise! Welcome to this year’s newlyelected members of our College Council, who meet regularly to represent the student voice within St Mary’s. The Council was appointed after a week-long election campaign in which every student had the chance to vote. Each year group, from 7~13, has two representatives.

Student power: Members of St Mary’s newly-elected College Council

Full List of College Council Members

YEAR 7: YEAR 8: YEAR 9: YEAR 10: YEAR 11: YEAR 12: YEAR 13:

Cameron Nicol, Gemma Williams Harry Woltman, Anna Hughes Coery Shakeshaft, Lauryn Dudley Patrick McDowell, Elyse Bennett Matthew Hanlon, Shimal Némat James Ali, Shay Collins Daniel Platt, Róisín Fattorini

What they said to the electorate ‘Spanish ‘Our voice ‘Try my hardest’ and slush’ matters’


have loads of new ideas. ‘I would love to find a teacher for those who want to learn Spanish. I would also like to get more flavours of slushes, such as cherry bubble gum and Vimto. I am always willing to improve our school!’ Gemma Williams Year 7

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EING a Year Rep is about finding our voice. And believe me, this can be quite a daunting task when you’re new and sitting in a room full of Sixth Formers and Year 10s, but I did this because it matters that we have our say.’ Harry Woltman Year 8


would like to take a major part in the College Council. I will listen to all your ideas and try my hardest to make sure your requests are put into place. ‘One idea I have is to try to get us more dinner time activities for bad weather.’ Corey Shakeshaft Year 9

‘Fresh ideas’

‘Honest leadership’

can promise you that I will listen to you and try my best to get your points over to teachers and work together to resolve any issues. ‘I am a very approachable person and I think I can make a change and help you out.’

will listen to Year 11. You can rely on me for fresh ideas and dedication, to support and care and represent your views. No one will ever have the passion, aspiration and determination to change our school like I do.’

Elyse Bennett Year 10

Shimal Némat Year 11

T’S about honest leadership. I’ll tell the college council what you want me to tell them and I’ll make sure your concerns are heard. We should be able to look back in July and see the achievements we’ve made together.’ James Ali, Year 12

‘Make a change’






Part of St Mary’s Arts4U Programme

Four page souvenir

MAMMA MIA! It’s the full cast of our feature performance in this year’s Dance Festival.

UR 2010 Dance Festival stunned audiences over three nights with spectacular performances, including a special presentation of the Abba-inspired musical, Mamma Mia! The festival brought together community arts groups St Mary’s Strictly Dance, and Move It, The Lucy Clayton School of Dance, Wallasey School of Dance and students from Weatherhead School, as well as many of our own Dancing Kings and Queens from Years 7 to 11who made up the cast of Mamma Mia!


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ALSO STEPPING OUT at our Dance Festival were Alison Clayton School of Dance, Wallasey School of Ballet, St Mary’s Strictly Dance and Move It community dance groups and Weatherhead School.

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The style that Jack built Top magazine accolade for former student


TYLISH Sixth Former Jack Murray has made his mark on the fashion world within weeks of leaving St Mary’s. The 18-year-old student from Wallasey is one of the three Best Dressed Real Men in Britain 2010, according to Esquire magazine. Jack, who was always noted by teachers and classmates for his unique dress sense, was in Liverpool city centre when he was stopped and photographed by the Esquire style scouts. He easily made it into the last 12 of the competition before judges voted him third behind a fashion PR guru and a head tailor, both from London...odds heavily loaded against him, in our opinion! Jack, who is currently studying English at Edinburgh University, says his sartorial inspiration is drawn from both ends of the spectrum. ‘On one end there’s the mad professor kind of look, and on the other a certain Gothicism’ he said. He is a full-blooded advocate of charity shop chic, garnering most of his wardrobe from the bargain rails, and the rest he ‘steals from elderly relations’. Jack will be very much missed for his regular contributions not only to St Mary’s Newsletter but for his hilarious and Jack as Ryan in last year’s production memorable performances in every of High School Musical major school production of the last six years, in particular Dracula Spectacula, Bugsy Malone, High School Musical and earlier this year, The Wiz.

‘Charity shop chic’

And the winner was

Above: Jack’s style wooed the Esquire judges, who included Harrods head of menswear Jason Broderick, international designer Roland Mouret and T4 presenter Jameela Jamil


IRST prize should, of course, have gone to Jack, but the actual winner, who carried off £35,000 worth of prizes in the Harrrods-sponsored competition, was Ross Hancock, right, a 34-year-old head tailor from East London.

New fashion sense for Sixth Form


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Pink jinks

Colourful characters who decided to Wear It Pink for the day


HE whole of St Mary’s turned bright pink with pride as students and staff raised a mighty £1,072 for breast cancer charities! First there was a week-long sale of pink items at Science teacher Mrs Sandra Nettleton’s stall on the M1, with everything on offer from pink pens to fuschia feather boas and cerise sweeties. Then, for the princely sum of 50p, every student was given the pink privilege of wearing something to celebrate National Wear It Pink Day. And our PE Department invited staff to take part in a sponsored lunchtime netball match. (The ladies won 9-0!) The money raised will be split between Breast Cancer Care and Clatterbridge Hospital Research Trust.

Volunteers and customers at Mrs Nettleton’s Pink stall

The goal is beating cancer

Team spirit with a goal in power against cancer!

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ESSONS learned in Auschwitz should change the world, say students who have walked in the footsteps of millions murdered by the Nazis.

The infamous gates of Auschwitz death camp. Arbeit Mach Frei means Work Makes You Free

Concentration camp horror ‘should never happen again’

St Mary’s Sixth Formers joined a group of 200 North West students on a pilgrimage to the former concentration camp in Poland which is still, for many people, the ultimate place of horror. They flew from Manchester to the place where at least a million Jews were gassed and starved during World War II. It is now preserved as a memorial to the dead and a reminder to the living of the evils of ethnic hatred. History students Joe McDowell, Charlotte Nugent and Jessica Eastwood have now shared their impressions of the day-long visit and feature in a video made by Wirral Globe journalists Stephanie Cureton and Dave Gennard. Joe, 17, said: ‘It‘s as if everything was frozen and stopped when the Nazis left. There are no animals, no birds, everything is still. It’s all on such a human scale, the barracks, the buildings, and it makes you realise how easily it could happen again if we forget the past.’ He added: ‘The question of 'why' was important to me. It is incomprehensible. I'm still trying to understand it.’ Charlotte said: ‘Auschwitz was shocking. It makes you realise that it’s not just a number, it actually happened. People should be able to see it for themselves so it doesn’t happen again.’ Jessica added: ’It was completely different to everything I had in my head. It was surreal, bizarre. Auschwitz is a little town with stone buildings and huge houses with grass in front of them. The worst bit was standing in Gas Chamber II. It was a very emotional place. You could almost hear what happened there. It was really horrible.’ The students walked through the huts, crematoria and rooms containing possessions left by the prisoners ~ thousands of pairs of shoes, suitcases and other items. You can hear their impressions by visiting the Wirral Globe website at

Did you know?  Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi death camps.  The cynical slogan ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (pictured top of page) greeted all who passed through the gates. It means: ‘Work Makes You Free’.  Others who died in the camp included Polish and Soviet political prisoners, Gypsies, homosexuals and people with disabilities.  More people died in Auschwitz than the British and American war losses combined.  A Star of David was placed above the entrance to the gas chamber and a sign painted which said in Hebrew: ‘This is the Gateway to God. Righteous men will pass through’.  About 60 million Reichsmarks (about £125 million today) was generated by slave labour in Auschwitz.

These evocative pictures were taken in Auschwitz by Sixth Former Joe McDowell. Top: Prisoners’ official ID photos. Above: A menacing boundary sign. Left: Thousands of shoes are a chilling reminder of the horror

Charlotte Nugent, Joe McDowell and Jessica Eastwood are interviewed by Stephanie Cureton and filmed by Dave Gennard of The Wirral Globe

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Prize Winners 2010 Guest of Honour Mrs Gee Walker with Sixth Form prizewinners

Helen Roth Memorial Award Lewis Lynch

Unilever Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Philip Makinson, Charlotte Roberts

Richard O’Neill Memorial Award Stephen Pollard, Daniel Bruce John Hardman Memorial Award

Matthew Quinn, Chantelle Wilson

Tom Carew

Headteacher’s Award

Sean McKeon Memorial Award

Joseph McDowell, Lucy O’Hare

Charlotte Kinnear

Governors’ Award

Ron Roberts Memorial Award

Milo McAleny, Ross Mather, Tabitha Tinkler-Ferguson, Ashley Britton

Connor Hodgson Olive Jordan Memorial Award Michael Fisher Jane Hurst Memorial Award Joshua Dickin-Navein Bosco Award Joel Maddocks, Ashleigh Cotton

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Unilever Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement



HCA Awards sponsored by St Mary’s Home College Association

BRONZE: Finley Morris, Francesca Long, Gabriella Jones, Lily Burke, Morgan Edmonds, Samantha Davies, Christopher Kalogritsas, David Nagle, Jake Gargan, Kayle-Anne Sands, Lewis Kenwright, Sophie Saunders, Adam Woolsey, Courtney Saville, Noe Bersier, Tara O’Brien, Alix Quinn, Charlotte Allen, CharlotteAnne Fildes, Daniel Shankland, Erin Nuttall, Eve Eaton, Georgia Penny, Hannah Roscoe, Holly Rooney, India Kirkham, Jessica Foulkes, Joanna Robinson, Laura Hoey, Lauren Walker, Lily Dootson, Matthew Davies, Matthew Hanlon, Megan Bowly, Melissa Chapple, Molly Gartland, Molly Mason, Rebecca Farrelly, Shimal Némat, Vanessa Nokes, Jason Hill, Joshua Nolan, Siw Cattle, Alan Williams, Rachel Lavery, Sean Holsgrove SILVER: Liam Garnett, Shaun Fletcher GOLD: Connor McKenna, Daniel Bruce, Elisha Carter, James Toner, Stephen Pollard PLATINUM: Lucy Griffiths



Alex Stormont, Josephine Ruiz Kieran Williams, Katie-Jane Perry


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

Daniel Walsh, Lily Burke Kieran Hamm, Lauryn Dudley Erin Marsh, Liam Garnett Katie Brunt, Sean Noonan



250 HOURS:

Adam Krimou, Aimie Whiteley, Anthony Greenwood, Charlotte Kinnear, Daniel Platt, Grace Argyle, Katy Stanley, Kelly Adkins, Philip Taylor Emily Smith, Jessica Herndlhofer, Anthony Peters, Callum Rutherford, Daniel Howe Alan Williams, Grace Merrall, Lauren Wylde, Rebecca Reed, Róisín Fattorini Daniel Bruce, Ella Hornby, Lauren Sanderson, Natasha Heaney, Stephen Pollard, Vikki Rainford Kate Burnett

YEAR 10:

Asha Wade, Daniel Massey, Richard D’Arcy

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

Aaron Keating, Stephanie Johns John Perry, Leah Carruthers Matthew James, Megan McAllister Jasmine Owen, Joshua Robinson

100 HOURS: 150 HOURS: 200 HOURS:


Community Service Awards and Awards for Youth Leadership sponsored by Lions International

APPLIED LEARNING AWARDS HAIRDRESSING Amy Brunt, Kiya Ormond BEAUTY Natasha Harland, Veronica Nerantzoulis


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Prize Winners 2010 BRONZE


Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards are presented nationally



Peter presents prizes to two of our younger students

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Prize Winners 2010 PHYSICS


Finley Morris, Milo McAleny Kayle-Anne Sands, Sean Clarke Jack Jones, Millie Locke Holly Rooney, Stuart Dunlop

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

Jake Waters, Rebecca Openshaw Kirby Conway, Thomas McDermott Patrick McDowell, Tabitha Tinkler-Ferguson Daniel Massey, Shimal Némat

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

Abigail Bruce, Joseph Clarke Hannah Ridge, Ross Mather Rachel Robertson, William Harding Ciaran Gregory, Vanessa Nokes

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

Callum Bradford, Katharine Quinn Alastair Nokes, Melissa White Alexander Meyer, Hannah Brown Megan Bowly, Richard D’Arcy

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

Connor Woodhouse, Eleanor Regan Joshua Stride, Rachael Kinnear Craig O’Neill, Eleanor Herndlhofer Ruth Parry, Thomas Best

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

Aaron Gibson, Bethan Blanchfield Ellise Taylor, Reece Howard Amy Robinson, Paul Campbell Dylan Brannagan, Jasmine Owen

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

Dominik Bruzda, Samantha Davies Marnie Melia, Ryan Brocklebank Liam Garnett, Tara-Leigh Duncan Mark Hughes, Tara Smith

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

Abigail Bruce, Lemuel Dalis Megan Smith, Stephen Pickles Anna Marsh, Steven Cassidy Laura Hoey, Matthew Hanlon





Katie Clarke, Warren Atkins Liam Nugent-Murray, Melissa Kazara Miranda McCabe, Ryan Greenwood Charlotte Sale, Jack Trafford

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

Carl Whittam, Nicole Stasik Danielle Burns, David Power Ben Scotland, Jessica Garvey Kate Croft, Patrick McLeod

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

Alexandra Smith, Jack Dunne Catherine Breen, Stuart Rutherford Jessica Chard, Matthew Gibbins John Bargh, Megan Wilson-Edwards

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

Luke Wellens, Lydia Clayton Alex Mather, Erin Kelly Shannon Howard, David Conlan Charlotte Ann Fildes, Matthew Gillespie




BUSINESS STUDIES Elliot Saunders, Robyn Ashton


Asha Wade, Kelsey Kwok

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE Elisha Collins, Melissa Jones





Annie Wood, James Tomassoni Hannah O’Connell, Jack Wood Bethan Simpson, Lewis Murphy Michael Nolan, Molly Mason

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

Ewan Maidment, Lily Burke Christopher Kalogritsas, Sophie Saunders Adam Woolsey, Amy Merritt Joanna Robinson, Matthew Davies

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

Lewis Daniels, Molly Horton Jennifer Briggs, Max Menear Elyse Bennett, Niall Crilly Hannah Ashwell, Nicholas Madden




YEAR 7: Lily-Mai Caldicott, Matthew Mulholland YEAR 8: Kieran Tarpey, Zoe Riley YEAR 9: Matthew Carney, Nicola Taylor RESISTANT MATERIALS Year 10: Daniel Laing, Emily Walsh GRAPHICS Year 10: Bernadette Greenwood, Connor Sait FOOD Year 10: Sean Noonan, Sophie Clark


Hannah Brown, Paul Campbell, Anna Marsh, Bethan Simpson, Tabitha Tinkler-Ferguson, Harry Walton, Eleanor Harrison

Subject Prizes are sponsored by St Mary’s Home College Association

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Prize Winners 2010

St Mary’s Swing Band provided some of the entertainment

Our Presentation


Abe Dobson Joshua Kavanagh

Sports Leader Awards


Katie Clarke Shannon Forsyth Eleanor Herndlhofer

ROUNDERS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: YEAR 7: Amber Walsh YEAR 8: Francesca Warren YEAR 9: Chelsea Crook

Football Association Junior Football Organiser Awards


Dylan Van Geffen Alastair Nokes Jamie Cumming Luke McMillan


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Leah McNay, Matthew Best Beth Hawitt, Kieran Hamm Kendell Carey, Kyle Scarisbrick Daniel Lewis


Jacob Shardey David Power Michael Fisher

Sixth Formers lead peaceful fees protest

Outside Wallasey Town Hall Picture courtesy of The Liverpool Daily Post


T MARY’S Sixth Formers were at the vanguard of a peaceful protest against the raising of university tuition fees. They were among 400 students from local schools who marched through Liscard and staged an energetic and impassioned demonstration against current Government policy. They assembled at the Conservative Party offices in Seaview Road before moving on to Wallasey Town Hall. Their actions were in stark contrast to last month’s violent scenes in London, which have been widely condemned by student leaders and politicians. The Wallasey demonstration prompted a member of the public to ring St Mary’s to congratulate the college on the excellent behaviour of our students, and said they were ‘ambassadors for democracy.’ Three Year 13 students Sarah Smith, Jamie Toner and Adam Durney were all interviewed on local radio stations and gave their views eloquently. Sarah, who was one of the main organisers of the march, said: ‘Many of us could not afford to travel down to London, so we decided to do something at home. I am against the Government’s plan to increase tuition fees. A typical student could rack up a debt of tens of thousands of pounds by the time they graduate, without any guarantee of a job.’ Like most of our current Year 13, Sarah, Jamie and Current St Mary’s Adam will not be directly affected by the rise in fees, Sixth Formers met up with former St which come into force in 2012, but are protesting as a Mary’s student point of principle. Kieran Fattorini (right) who is A further group of St Mary’s Sixth Formers travelled to studying Ancient the capital and joined the 50,000-strong demonstration. History at Birmingham They were among the first 500 students to lead the Universtiy peaceful protest march through Westminster. The following day, Sarah and fellow student Matthew Peters lobbied Wallasey Labour MP Angela Eagle about the fees issue and presented a petition of nearly 600 signatures.

‘Ambassadors for democracy’

Poetry in their souls and on our website!


UR own poets laureate have been chosen in celebration of National Poetry Day 2010. And you can read their imaginative verses in full on St Mary’s website. Key Stage 3 winner is Katharine Quinn for A Room of Wildest Dreams. Milo McAleny is Runner Up for In My Home and Connor Carr is Highly Commended forHomeless. Key Stage 4 winner is Kate Croft for It Might Have Been Romantic If I Hadn’t Died That Day with Runners Up Megan Hoey for I’ll Run and Lampros Kalogritsas for A Woman. Kieran Sands is Highly Commended with Heartburn. Sixth Form winner was Declan Wharton for Playtime Is Over and Runner Up is James Ali for The Con-Dem’d Nation. Highly Commended are Shay Collins for Matty Quinn and Matthew Quinn for Puppy. Go to and click on the link. Page 25

Maybe a career in the hair and beauty industry?

Showing their mettle for possible careers in maritime engineering...


HAT will they be when they leave? A myriad careers were being considered by hundreds of St Mary’s students at our latest Careers Fair in the College Sports Hall. Advisors were on hand from the NHS, the Armed Services, the Maritime and Engineering College North West, universities, colleges and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). The Careers Fair is an integral part of our Year 11 Options procedure.

What’s all this here, then? Year 11 students try out the Merseyside Police uniform with PCSTOs Shaun Gilligan and Andy Edwards

Perhaps it’s the NHS for these Year 11s, here and right

Here and left: Finding out about careers in the Army and the RAF

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‘Pete The Feet’ in Olympic bid A

Snow Speed Ace: Peter finds his ski feet on the Vancouver slopes, with the aid of specially adapted ski boots

FORMER St Mary’s student who suffered horrific injuries in the Afghan conflict has been asked to serve his country once again.

But this time Lance Corporal Peter Dunning has been selected to join the Great Britain Disabled Ski Team. The 25-year-old former Royal Marine ~ now dubbed ‘Pete the Feet’ by his fellow team members ~ lost both his legs two years ago in a land explosion in Helmand Province. But he has never let the injuries break his spirit, first learning to walk again on artificial limbs, then training intensively to keep up his fitness levels. It was in recognition of his courage and determination that he was invited to attend this year’s Paralympics in Vancouver and won the honour of carrying the Paralympic Flame on its way to the opening ceremony. During his time there he improved his new skiing skills, and now he has his sights set on the Images of Peter 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Peter, who joined the Marines in 2006 a couple of years are currently after leaving St Mary’s, said: ‘When I first learned to ski it being used in Royal British was really hard, as with anything new, but once I was Legion appeals independent I found it more and more enjoyable and I knew I wanted to take it further.’ He added: ‘It was one of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team who first gave me the nickname of Pete The Feet, and it has just stuck with me now. Everyone in the team has their own name ~ some are more pleasant than others, as I’m sure you can understand, being in the military, and having such a black sense of humour!’ Peter has also found a new kind of team spirit away from the ski slopes...with his Wallasey-born fiancée Laura Burton. The couple were teenage sweethearts who went their separate ways, only to find each other again during Peter’s long recuperation. Peter actually proposed to Peter and his Laura during the trip to Vancouver, and they are now planning their fiancée Laura at future together. Peter has become a TV personality in his own right, the Vancouver since the explosion in which he lost a comrade and a second Paralympics where he popped the sustained serious burns. His rescue by air ambulance from the question battlefield and subsequent surgery was filmed as part of an ITV1 documentary. Images of Peter are currently being used to promote Royal British Legion Appeals and earlier this year he appeared with Right: Peter in 2006 when he was awarded the famous Royal Laura on an edition of ITV’s The Marines Green Beret Michael Ball Show.

Peter proposed to fiancée Laura in Vancouver

How we can support Peter’s bid to fly the flag for GB


Peter carries the Paralympic flame through the streets of Vancouver

T MARY’s PE Department is planning a series of sponsored events to support Peter’s plans to compete in the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, starting with a sponsored trampoline bounce. Parents and others can show their support by donating via the Just Giving website at And if you would like to discuss it with Peter or Laura, email them at Page 27

Follow our leaders! S

PORTS Leaders at St Mary’s are ahead of the field, and in a league of their own! To prove it, they have been invited to help run an event in February for a national golf organisation.

They impressed scouts from UK charity The Golf Foundation with their leadership qualities at a recent Playground to Podium Identification Day when they worked productively with more than 100 youngsters with varying disabilities. The event (pictured) was specifically aimed at spotting future Paralympians, while giving our PE students the chance to employ their sporting and life skills. One of the organisers, St Mary’s PE teacher Mrs Lisa Snelson, said: ‘It was hugely enjoyable. We are very proud of our excellent Sports Leaders who met the challenges of the day with great enthusiasm.’ Sports Leaders UK is a national award scheme for young people. A major component of the award focuses on commitment and voluntary work in the community. The Golf Foundation is a national charity dedicated to the sporting and social development of young people through golf.

Jonny scores with Stoke and ‘Match of the Day’


ORMER St Mary’s student Jonathan Walters scored a blinder when he transferred to Stoke City FC for £2.75 million. Striker and former captain of Ipswich Town, Jonny is proving to be a great asset to the Premiership team. In his first few games for Stoke, he has already become a regular scorer on BBC 1’s Match of the Day, displaying the skills he first used on St Mary’s junior and senior soccer teams! Jonny, aged 27, is married with two daughters and lives on the Wirral. His brothers Aidan and James and sister Samantha all came to St Mary’s. Plans are now in the pipeline for Jonny to run a special soccer sessions at St Mary’ look out for details!

Jonny celebrates after scoring his first goal for Stoke City Picture courtesy of

The Daily Mail

Plans for ‘soccer school’

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