LIFE_at_SMC_March_2010 by xiangpeng


									  St. Mary’s College

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Oxbridge Offer
Congratulations to Patrick Scott who has received a conditional offer
from OxFORD university.
Patrick has secured a place to read English at Worcester College, Oxford.
Interestingly, he is our first St. Mary’s entrant to Worcester College however
he will join a long tradition of students who have progressed on to Oxbridge
colleges. We currently have students at Oxford Balliol, Keble, and Queens colleges, and we also have
students at Cambridge colleges, Downing and Emmanuel.
Patrick says, “I was obviously extremely pleased about receiving an offer from Oxford. Achieving a place
at any university requires a lot of hard work and support from those around you. St. Mary’s provided me
with excellent support throughout the application process from the experienced guidance team through to
the tireless enthusiasm of the English department. I think that because of the support St. Mary’s provides,
any pupil, who is prepared to work hard, has a real chance of gaining a place at a prestigious university”.

Musical Success
Talented Music student, Elizabeth Ann Robinson has received FOUR UNCONDITIONAL
OFFERS, all with scholarships, from Trinity College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, The
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Northern College of Music (with an
                 entrance Scholarship of £3000!)
                    Elizabeth has taken both her Music and Music Technology AS and A2 levels a year
                    early achieving grade Bs. Elizabeth came to St Mary’s with a grade 8 in trumpet
                    and cornet and has since gained grade 7 in piano. Last year she gained a grade 8
                    distinction on French horn. In Year 13 Elizabeth continues with a very busy schedule,
                    She is the principal French Horn of the Halle Youth Orchestra and rehearses with
                    them each Sunday. Elizabeth has now finished her auditions and has chosen to
                    study at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She is also studying
                    for a Performance Diploma and is receiving tutoring at SMC for her Grade 8 ABRSM
                    Theory and Piano.

Coming Soon!
                          ‘The Piano Project’ goes to Edinburgh
                          It’s official! ‘The Piano Project’ will be showing at the Edinburgh
                          Fringe Festival summer 2010!
                          Devised in the summer of 2009 and first performed here at the College, ‘The
                          Piano Project’ is a piece of multimedia theatre inspired by the tabloid coverage of
                          the story of Andreas Grassl - dubbed ‘the piano man’ by the British Press. From
                          6th to the 17th August 2010, ‘The Piano Project’ will be performed daily at 2.30 at
                          The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8BA.

SMC Youth Theatre Launch
The SMC Youth Theatre will start in September 2010.
Each year the Company will produce a run of public performances of a contemporary text in The
O’Neill Theatre. Later on in the year, the Company will devise a piece to perform at The Edinburgh
Fringe Festival.
The Youth Theatre will run on a Friday evening and will be open to 16-25 year olds across the Ribble Valley
and East Lancashire. The Youth Theatre Company will be selected through an audition process and places
will be limited. If you have an interest in Contemporary Theatre Practice and Performance then be sure to
look out for the first wave of application forms which will be released in May 2010.
Textiles Workshops
In October, AS Textiles and Fashion students were fortunate enough to
participate in a workshop with Priscilla Jones an international textiles artist.
                                    Students created wire structures to support their coursework in Unit
                                    One. Curators from Gawthorpe Hall also came in and worked with
                                    A2 Textiles and Fashion. They brought in pre-1900 garments and
                                    accessories from the Kay Shuttleworth Collection.
                                    One of the curators involved is returning to
                                    college this term to see how the students have
                                    been inspired to produce their own fashion

Work Experience In Lille
Lisa Waddington, French student, spent her October half term working at
the Holiday Inn Express in Lille.
Lisa worked from 8am till 2pm helping with breakfast service, cleaning up the dining
area (vacuuming, clearing the buffet) and helping to set out tables for the people who dined in between
conference meetings. The rest of the day was less of a set structure which gave Lisa the opportunity to
talk to employees and to practise her language skills. In her free time she met with the other students
who were also on work experience. Lisa found that not only working in a French environment but being
totally immersed in the culture certainly opened her eyes to the real France and how people use the
                       language on an everyday basis. Overall the experience has significantly improved
                       Lisa’s listening skills and also improved her French accent which will help towards
                       becoming fluent.

                      Lisa says “I would definitely recommend this experience as there is no substitute
                      for actually going to France and practising your language and it was so much fun!
                      I will certainly be staying in touch with many of the students who were also doing
                      their work experience in Lille”.

English Department Trip to
Stratford Upon Avon
English students were offered the opportunity to visit Stratford
Upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, to see the sights, soak
in the atmosphere and see a production of Twelfth Night by
the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Students arrived by coach, ate lunch in local cafes, went to local museums, saw the
church where Shakespeare was christened and walked the streets of Stratford in the
                       lovely sunshine whilst waiting to see the performance that
                       evening. Some students went to visit his house, others to
                       Falstaff’s Museum. The performance started at 7.30pm, starring
                       Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) and James Fleet (The
                       Vicar of Dibley). Everyone thought the production was fantastic,
                       with rave reviews from the students. An exhausted ride home
                       on the coach followed!
Trafford Centre Visit
National Diploma, Travel & Tourism students organised a visit to the Trafford Centre in
November ’09 as part of their coursework for ‘Unit 8: Planning and Managing an Event’.
                                  The students were responsible for selecting an event then planning the
                                  promotion, collection of money, coach hire and any visiting speakers.
                                  The students chose to aim this trip at our Travel and Tourism National
                                  Certificate students which would help support their coursework for ‘Unit
                                  4: Customer Service’. Whilst there they had a talk on customer service
                                  from the education team and had a tour of the security office and CCTV
                                  Our National Certificate students will be out on two weeks work
                                  experience beginning 1st February and the Diploma students are taking
                                  a trip to Beacon Fell to cover a Unit on ‘Countryside Tourism’.
                                  Both year groups will also be going to visit Leeds Metropolitan Tourism
                                  faculty with funding provided by Aim Higher.

A Day In The Life
Five Business Diploma students from St Mary’s
College spent the day at Daisy Group plc in Nelson
in December.
                                   Daisy Group plc is a
                                   strong player in the UK
                                   telecoms market and
                                   has more than 40,000
                                   It is a leading provider of integrated voice and data services to the
                                   small-medium business market.
                                   The morning started off with a tour of Daisy communications where
                                   students were able to see how Daisy Group plc operate. They were
                                   taken through the different aspects of the business such as the sales
                                   and marketing team, operations team, and new product development
                                   team. Students also met the learning and development manager who
                                   explained how employees are trained within the business and how they
are continually motivated with various incentives.
The students then heard how local entrepreneur Phil Ashton from Escape Properties has developed his
new property business. They also heard the story of Nathalie Parker Smeeth and how she successfully
started her new business Wow Design.
The students got a chance to meet the main manager at Daisy and then completed a team activity
whereby roles were allocated between the team and the students had to prepare a pitch together for the
launch of a new mobile phone. As well as gaining real insight into how businesses operate it enabled
them to apply their knowledge in a real context and learn new skills in the process.

Inclusion Explosion Exhibition
Our first year Liverpool Hope BA Hons Education & Inclusion Students hosted an ‘Inclusion
Explosion’ Poster Presentation on Monday 7th December.
                                   A selection of academic posters and concepts from Liverpool Hope
                                   University students currently studying at St Mary’s were on display.
                                   Students and staff were invited along to view, discuss and chat about
                                   ground-breaking inclusion concepts in society.
SMC Oscars
A touch of Hollywood came to St Mary’s College when
media and film students held their third
annual ‘Oscar’ award ceremony.
                                    Students, family members and
                                    staff gathered in the O’Neill
                                    Theatre to watch a showcase
                                    of students practical projects
                                    and mini ‘Oscar’ statuettes
                                    were given out to winners. Hosts for the evening were Scarlett
                                    Jepson, and Muhammad Patel, who won the film journalism award
                                    Other winners were: Best Overall Project – Hannah Darbyshire,
                                    Beth Eddleston and Ivy Sala for film sequence. Best Sound Editing
                                    – Blake Blackburn, Danny Moore and Josh Hilton for ‘Ghastly’. Best
Editing – Hannah Darbyshire and Matt Clarke for ‘Entity’. Best Cinematography – Lewis Holgate, James
Howard, Laura Howarth and Tom Gudgeon for ‘Isolation’. Mise En Scene Award – Gemma Bland, Luke
Shufflebottom, Grace Rewaj, and Lauren Schofield, for ‘Fixed On You’. Most Creative Project – Joe
Kenyon for ‘UFR’ music magazine. Best Music Magazine – Chloe Giltrow-Shaw for ‘Off The Record’.
Music journalism award - Holly Smith for ‘In-d’. Best Storyboard – Emma Nicholson.

Raising Awareness
Students from the Health & Social Care and Early Years courses
worked together to raise money for this year’s Children in Need Appeal.
                                     Students collected donations and sold
                                     raffle tickets, raising £165. This enterprise was in addition to the
                                     hard work that went on to collect donations for Maundy Relief,
                                     a local charity supporting the homeless and those in poverty.
                                     Students gathered toiletries, foodstuff and toys donated by staff
                                     and other students. A total of around 50 Christmas boxes were
                                     filled and beautifully decorated by the group. They were very
                                     gratefully received by Maundy Relief and will have made a huge
                                     difference to many Christmases.

Christmas Collection
     During Advent all the students visited the Chapel in their tutor groups to reflect on the
     meaning of the Christmas season.
     Following on from the reflection they were asked for contributions to help people less fortunate than
     themselves. A total of £700 was raised, which will go to CAFOD to pay for healthcare training in the
     third world.

SMC Environment Group Collection
The College’s most recent collection organised by our SMC’s Environment Group,
in aid of the Haiti Earthquake Appeal raised a total of just over £656.
All money raised will be sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Christmas Music Events
A number of music events were organised by our
Music department to lead us up to the festive period.
                                   The annual SMC Christmas
                                   Concert took place in the O’Neill Theatre in the College on Monday 7th
                                   December. The SMC Brass Group travelled and performed carols and
                                   Christmas music in the Trafford Centre on the 10th December. Friends
                                   and family were invited to attend a PIANO ‘SHOWCASE’ CONCERT
                                   by our talented SMC musicians, on 14th December 2009 and our
                                   Community Carol Concert was on Thursday the 17th December in the
                                   main Dining Hall where local residents also joined us.

Prize Night
St. Mary’s hosted its Annual Prize Night and Music
for Christmas at King Georges Hall on Tuesday 15th
December 2009.
                                  The evening was
                                  attended by Prize
                                  winners and family, V.I.P. guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of
                                  Blackburn, Head Teachers from partner schools and our guest speaker
                                  Professor Kevin Kendal BSc, PhD, FRS, Director of the Birmingham
                                  Fuel Cells Group, School of Engineering, Birmingham University.
                                  Chairman of Governors Mr Paul Reynolds delivered opening remarks
                                  followed by an annual report from Principal, Mr Kevin McMahon. The
                                  Brass group played a range of Christmas Music and Student Governor,
                                  Rebekah Mason offered a vote of thanks.

Clitheroe 2000 Award
Martin Shorter one of our Foundation Studies students has been awarded
the prestigious Clitheroe 2000 award.
This annual award is presented to a young person who stands out for his/her
remarkable commitment, resilience and public-spiritedness over a long period of time. Martin is a regular
server on the altar at St. Mary’s in Sabden and is also involved in many other extra-curricular activities.
Most recently he helped with the organisation of our annual Community Carol Concert held at the

Top Notch
Claire Ruth was our TOP student this year with FIVE grade As PLUS a Distinction for the
          Advanced Extension Award in English.
           Claire has also won a national award for coming FIRST in the country for her A-level English
           Language result. The 19-year-old was awarded the accolade by the Welsh Joint Education
           Committee, for gaining the highest marks of all the candidates who sat WJEC’s A-level English
           Language examinations in 2009. Claire was presented with a certificate and prize of £50 in
           recognition of this achievement. Claire, is now studying for a degree in English and French at
           Warwick University.
SMCs Got Talent
Wow... has St. Mary’s Got Talent! Singing, dancing, rock bands and
break-dancing all contributed to an exciting Christmas event held in
the theatre on 16th December.
                  This was the culmination of months of planning and
                  auditions. Judges were chosen, props and prizes
                  organised....but not a Simon Cowell in sight...thankfully!
                  A range of acts from both staff and students performed.
                  The judges (Mr.Melia, Ms. Barnes and Mr McMahon) had
                  a difficult job but awarded the runner up Silver Mask to
                  Ada Powers, a girl with a beautiful voice and the winner’s
                  Gold Mask to Ahdil Arif for his amazing display of wonderfully choreographed break
                  dancing, with a surprise Father Christmas appearance!
                  Nathalie, representative from the NSPCC was overwhelmed by the event and gave a
                  heartfelt ‘thankyou’ on behalf of the Society, explaining just how much the £400 raised
                  will help children and young people in desperate need, both at Christmas and beyond.

Farleys Sports Awards 2009
SIx of our current students have qualified for this financial award offered
by Farley’s Solicitors each year. To qualify, students must compete in a
sport at a National or International level. This year we have the largest
number of qualifying students than ever before.
             Sophie Ward is a member of Go-Shin Masters of Martial Arts Academy in Accrington.
             As well as competing in national level competitions, Sophie helps to teach two junior
             classes and a senior class.
             Sophie has earned the title of British Champion for two consecutive years, competing in the
             British Jujitsu Championships at Wolverhampton. Her gold medals were awarded for the
             category of Girls 15-17 (Continuous Fighting System). Sophie hopes to defend her title for
             a third year running in 2010. She has also competed in October at the 2009 United Nations
             International Jujitsu competitions at Blackpool. Sophie received three silver medals; for
             ground fighting, sparring and weapons’ kata. She is now hoping to raise funds to take part
             in next year’s competition which is to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sophie says “Go-Shin is a club that trains young people and adults and teaches them self discipline and
respect. They also train hard to provide a team worthy enough to compete for Great Britain and represent
England in world competitions.”

Robert Murray sails at a world class level. He is currently progressing towards the
2016 Olympics in the laser dinghy event and is already aiming for GOLD. Robert has
sailed for Northern Ireland for four years and for one year on the Great Britain squad.
During his time with the Northern Ireland squad Robert sailed in the Topper event
               and was the first ever Northern Ireland sailor to win a race at the World
               Championships held in Italy. From this, Robert has progressed on to
               Olympic class lasers which he has been sailing for two years. Again
               training, travel and equipment are expensive necessities but Robert says “I am willing to do
               whatever it takes to get a gold medal at the Olympics. I am dedicated to the sport and it is
               where my heart is and it has been part of my life for years and I love it.”
              The Farley’s Sport Award will go towards helping Robert on his way to achieving his goal.
             Shaun Conboy competes at a National Level in Climbing.
             His training can take place at least three or four times a week and can take him to Liverpool,
             Stockport, Manchester, Preston and Rochdale, usually on public transport. Shaun will be able
             to put the Farley’s Sports Award to good use to help cover his travel costs and equipment
             expenses and hopefully enable him to expand the times he can train and fulfil his potential.

Marc Etherington has been playing both Ice Hockey and Inline Hockey
for 10 years and in that time has succeeded twice as British National
Champion (with his club team) and twice as European Cup winner (at
club level). Marc now captains Manchester Phoenix U18s Ice Hockey team in
Manchester and West Coast Wasps U19s Inline Hockey team. For the last three
years Marc has been a core member of the junior Great Britain Inline Hockey
team and in the last twelve months has travelled abroad three times firstly to
play in Canada with the Manchester U18s with seven wins (no losses and no
draws), followed in July to Philadelphia with team Great Britain to compete on
the 2009 AAU Junior Olympic games, finishing second and returning home with a silver medal. Most
recently in September, Marc travelled to Austria with team GB to compete in the 2009 IISHF European
Championships finishing in silver medal position.
Marc has accumulated over 300 trophies and medals to date, including an award for outstanding
achievement in Sport from his previous school. He is thrilled to receive a Farley’s Award as an
acknowledgement of all his hard work and this grant will help to support his significant equipment and
training expenses.

             Karl Billington is a member of the Blackburn Harriers and Athletic Club.
             Karl is a talented athlete who is currently ranked 22nd nationally at 3,000m on the track and
             5th in the rankings for the North West Region, a significant achievement as the youngest
             Karl is also ranked 11th nationally for 5,000m and 2nd in the North West Region and again is
             the youngest athlete.
              At the age of 16 Karl competed internationally for England at the Home Country Cross Country
              fixture in Scotland. Karl has also competed in numerous other events including six this year,
bringing him national recognition in a very short space of time. During this time Karl has also received
the International Award from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Sports Council in recognition of winning a
place in the National Team. Karl’s dedication keeps him busy in training and competition and he also helps
young children coming into athletics through the ‘Startrack’ programme which he says “is invaluable when
encouraging young children to pursue a healthy and active interest in sport.” Karl will be able to use his
funding through the Farley’s Sports Award to continue competing.

Sam Yates has been a member of the Ribble Valley Junior Athletics
Club for three years, his main event being the 800m. Sam will be joining
the Newham Essex Beagles next year to enable him to enter higher level events.
During the last three years Sam has competed all over the country and in Malta
where he won four gold medals and a bronze.
This year Sam has represented Lancashire in the Lancashire Cross Country
championships and is currently the 400m champion and 800m silver medallist.
Last year Sam was ranked 3rd in the North West and 11th in the UK. Sam trains up to ten times a week
with his athletics team in addition to his own daily training plan. He has already travelled abroad with his
team and is hoping to travel much more. Sam is proud of being made a Sports Ambassador and is hoping
to travel abroad to Kenya in 2010 to advise younger sports ambassadors. Sam was awarded this position
for the hard work and commitment he has shown whilst volunteering in Primary Schools. Sam is fully
dedicated to his sport and has his sights firmly set on the future. He says “I can assure you that I will work
hard to reach the goals in my five year plan.”
Jaguar Assembly Plant and the School of
ICT at Liverpool John Moores University.
On Wednesday 18th November our A level ICT students went
to visit the Department of Computing at Liverpool John Moores University and the Jaguar
Assembly Plant at Halewood.
At the Jaguar factory students were given a tour and were able to watch vehicles being produced on the
ultra-modern computer automated production line. John Moores University has an excellent record for
producing highly employable graduates. A lecturer from the Department of Computing gave a talk and
tour of the department, and then the students took part in a practical ICT activity.
The University has excellent computer laboratories and support facilities. There are over 900 students
studying on full-time degree courses or the Higher National Diploma within the department. There are
also over 70 research students working in research areas which include Distributed Multimedia Systems
and Security, Neural Computation and Statistics and Applied Artificial Intelligence.

Lessons From The Holocaust
37 of our students are off on an annual trip to Krakow in
Poland from 21st to 26th February.
                        Students will be visiting the former Jewish
                        area of Krakow and the Jewish Ghetto, to
                        see how the Holocaust affected lives.
                        They will also visit Oskar Schindler’s factory (as seen in Schindler’s List), Plasow
                        Concentration Camp and Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum.
                        The students will learn more about the Holocaust and how such an event can
                        teach us significant lessons for today.

College Closed? Snow Problem!
When recent snow storms hit the country, forcing the College
to close, our students were still able to access important class
notes and revision papers via the Internet with St. Mary’s own
i-learn system powered by Moodle.
              Staff continually added new content for students to access from home, vital for those
              students revising for exams. This content included word documents, PowerPoints,
              quizzes, support forums and pod casts. Our staff went the extra mile, working from home
              and communicating with students to assure, support and answer any concerns. Some
              brave staff trekked into college on the Friday to ensure that the College was able to
              operate fully for examinations on the Monday.
              During the four days we were closed over 400 students accessed materials via i-learn and
              the server had 17,423 “hits” during the bad weather. The system was also invaluable in
              keeping staff and students informed regarding any closures, with daily updates and advice
              of what to do and when to return.
Playing For Success at Ewood Park
St. Mary’s students have been involved in this highly successful
project run as part of a Community Education programme.
Several primary school children and year 7 secondary pupils, attend after school every week and have a
lot of fun whilst helping to enhance their numeracy, literacy, ICT and social skills.
Our students have been working alongside the youngsters, acting as mentors and encouraging them. Jo
Watson, who runs the scheme was very impressed with their commitment and is grateful for their support.
She said: ‘Please keep up the supply of student mentors, they do St. Mary’s College proud’.
All were recognised at a presentation evening held at Jack’s Kitchen on 1st February and certificates
were awarded to Danni Ervine, Heena Parkar, Heena Majeed, Waqas Ilyas and Uzma Kausar.

SMC Media goes to the Big Apple!
At the end of February, Media and Film students are off to ‘New York, New York’ to sample the
sights and sounds of this bustling city, which is a first time experience for the Department!
                Throughout the five-day trip the students will be treated to a NBC Studios Tour, a TV and
                Movie Location tour and a visit on Broadway to see the all-singing, all-dancing
                Mary Poppins production.
                Of course sight-seeing is a must when in the Big Apple, so a trip to the Empire State
                Building and a ride on the Liberty Island Ferry is also on the itinerary.
                If that isn’t enough, we will be watching a screening of an up and coming film in the AMC
                25 Cinema complex on Times Square which has a whopping 11 floors and 25 screens –
                obviously they do everything ‘super-sized’ across the pond.
                This trip is replacing the annual 3 day Media and Film London visit which has run for over
                15 years, so hopefully New York will prove just as popular and just as exciting for years to
                Keep your eye out for photos from this amazing trip that will be on display on-line and in
                college soon!

Taking the Law into their own hands!
On Monday the 8th February the Law department are also taking 30
students on a three day cultural trip to New York City.
The students will visit all the usual sights of New York, such as The Statue of
Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Ground Zero and night visits to
Times Square, possibly a Broadway Show. The law students have been invited
to see for themselves how the justice system works in a criminal court, take part
in a seminar and witness a trial, as well as a tour of the United Nations building.
A visit and tour around the NYC University Justice Department, will give the students an insight into how
law and the justice system are taught overseas.
These prove to be invaluable visits for the students, a chance to take in the culture and see the
differences and indeed similarities of the justice system and how those who are employed within the
system carry out their jobs. A significant numbers of St. Mary’s student take Law at university and
subsequently progress on to a career in the legal profession.
Work Experience Opportunity
Student Joseph Mullin, has secured himself a work placement this March
to work in India, Thailand and Singapore alongside a foreign envoy for
three weeks.
Joe will be assisting with preparations for an international conference in Singapore.
Joseph says “The experience gained from this placement will be invaluable.
The work will allow me to witness the implementation of policies and gain cultural awareness by learning
outside the classroom”. Joseph’s tutor added “This is a fantastic opportunity for
Joe which will help towards his ambition of being a barrister”.

Our Pre-Forces group are busy gathering valuable
information and experiences from various uniformed
organisations at the moment.
There has been a recent visit to Blackburn Fire Station to gain an
invaluable insight into how the station operates.
                   The Police dog handler visited the College with his
                   dogs to outline the role of a handler and following
                   on from that the RAF paid a visit to run through
                   some fitness testing with the group and some of
                   our students on our National Diploma in Sport
                   joined them.

Science visit from St. Augustine’s
Imelda Higginson, Head of Science and Paul Tomlinson, Head of Maths at St Augustine’s
RCHS visited St Mary’s College for a day on Thursday 28th January 2010.
                              They managed to visit lessons and take an active part wherever possible.
                              They said it was ‘nice to be able to tell pupils first hand about the excellent
                              facilities and the lovely caring ethos at St. Mary’s’ and went on to comment
                              that ‘it was enjoyable to see so many of our past pupils settled in at St.
                              Mary’s and doing so well.’
                              The visit was of great benefit to all involved and served to strengthen the
                              link between the school and College. We look forward to building on our
                              partnership in the future.
Young Creatives
Two students from St. Mary’s College have been selected from a fierce,
national field for an elite and exclusive dancing opportunity.
The two, Sammie Storey and Jen Smith have both been chosen to join only ten
successful applicants from the whole of the country, for the Young Creatives
Project which is run by Youth Dance England.
Both girls won through a gruelling selection process where they had to apply,
then audition at the Royal Opera House at the beginning of January. They have
just heard that they have succeeded and will now work with a professional choreographer to devise a
piece of work which will be showcased at the Royal Opera House.
Jen is no stranger to choreography as her devised piece ‘Dying To Remember’ which is a moving tribute
to a mother/daughter relationship was the work which both girls performed for their auditions. Sammie
and Jen are taking A2 Level Dance at the College which in recent years has achieved the highest Dance
results in the whole of the North West. This initiative is just one of a whole range of opportunities for
students which includes a Dance Academy, working with Ludus Dance Company and regular workshops
and performance opportunities with professionals.

International Baccalaureate
This year has seen the introduction of our International Baccalaureate Diploma
Programme with 12 students enrolling for this challenging, rigorous but
extremely rewarding course.
Apart from studying seven curriculum subjects students have also been involved in several activities
since September. They have attended a one-day Theory of Knowledge conference, a day’s induction at
Manchester University Library and three days preparing for their Voltage Project. This is a long term project
run in conjunction with Lancaster University. The students have been divided into two teams and each has
                        had to devise a business idea to raise money for good causes (see below).
                       One group is working to send a young orphan to University in Rwanda and the
                       other will use its profits to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The projects are
                       designed to continue and both groups attended a Gala Celebration Evening at
                       Blackburn Rovers this month to give presentations and receive feedback on what
                       has been achieved so far. IB students are also encouraged to adopt an international
                       perspective throughout the course and one student, Laura Connor has already
                       secured a work experience for next summer, working for a hospice in South Africa.
                       Maybe she’ll be able to take some time to enjoy the football as well!

St. Mary’s Students win Award for
Social Enterprise.
Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU) hosted a gala
event at Ewood Park on Thursday 28th January.
            Eleven teams from around the county competed and our
            students came away with the award for sustainability
            with their recycling project. The students created
            shoulder bags out of donated curtaining and furnishing
            fabric and new bracelets and necklaces made from old jewellery. £200 worth of goods have
            been sold in 6 just weeks. The aim now is to sponsor a Rwandan orphan through university.
            ‘We are privileged in this country to benefit from free education up to eighteen but in Rwanda
            all schooling has to be paid for. We want to give a young orphan a chance to get a degree
            and we will be able to communicate with them and learn about their development. We live
            in a global world and want to widen our knowledge on a personal level’ said one of the
            International Baccalaureate students involved in the project.

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