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Exhibition puts exam artwork in the spotlight

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St. Mary’s College in Crosby recently mounted a special exhibition showcasing the work of its A level and GCSE art students. Families and friends of the young artists were invited to view a range of pieces that the students have submitted as part of their course work for the exams.
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The library of the school was transformed into a gallery for the exhibition - called simply ‘Change’ - which included an exciting range of paintings, prints, photos, sculptures and installations. St. Mary’s has a thriving art department and staff say the standard of work this year was particularly good.  They now have high hopes that this will be reflected in the exam results in August.
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Head of Art David Rasores-Parry commented, “This year’s exhibition is the culmination of five, six and in some cases seven years of effort by our talented and creative students. They have used their own experiences - as well as their knowledge of other times and cultures - to produce a hugely individual, eclectic and diverse range of work which is by turns beautiful, dramatic and terrifying. The standard across the board is exceptionally high, and many students have been so prolific or ambitious in scale that we couldn’t fit all of their work in. We are very proud of the work they have produced and also the effort they have put into the subject.”
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St. Mary's teacher to address international conference

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St. Mary’s College Latin teacher Dr James Thorne has been invited to speak at a prestigious international classics conference in the summer. He will address the International Ancient Warfare Conference 2015, which takes place at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth from June 29th until July 2nd. Dr Thorne is an internationally respected expert on ancient warfare and one of the foremost authorities on Julius Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul.
 
Prior to moving to St. Mary’s he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester and the University of Wales. He also leads tours to historically important Gallic sites in France and Belgium. Dr Thorne has spoken at a number of high-profile conferences over the years, including events as far afield as Spain. His topics have included the changing face of Roman imperialism and the development of the structures of the Roman Empire, a subject he has also analysed in a number of scholarly journals and encyclopedia articles.
 
The title of his Aberystwyth address is ‘Grand strategy in the early Roman Empire - walking the walk and talking the talk’. Dr Thorne commented, “I am delighted to have been asked to address this important gathering of experts in the classical world. It will be a great opportunity to meet up with some of the distinguished scholars in this subject whose work I have read and greatly admired over the years.”
 
Dr Thorne’s speaking engagement follows hot on the heels of another classics success for St. Mary’s, the college’s outstanding production of the Sophocles tragedy Ajax. This earned such rave reviews that the actors were asked to travel to Greece in early summer to perform the play at a festival at Ancient Olympia, an invitation they were sadly unable to accept due to their upcoming exam commitments.

 
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