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St. Mary's College looks back on a year of achievement


St. Mary’s College looked back on another successful year at its annual prize day recently.  Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was the spectacular setting for the event which was held as an evening ceremony for the second time.

The VIP guest at this year’s event was former pupil Mike Cunningham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, who is responsible for police forces in the north of England as well as national initiatives relating to police leadership and efficiency. In a well-received speech the former Chief Constable of Staffordshire said that the fundamental values he had acquired at St. Mary’s had been invaluable in helping him to deal with challenging situations throughout his police career.

Earlier at the ceremony guests had heard Principal Mike Kennedy say that during 2014 St. Mary’s had maintained its tradition of both academic excellence and encouraging achievement in sport, music and many other extra-curricular activities. Highlighting the importance of this ‘whole person’ approach to education Mr Kennedy said, “Our key aim is to nurture a wide variety of talents and to develop latent potential wherever we find it. Equally importantly, school should be a place where young people acquire the skills and values they need to guide them throughout their lives.”

Reviewing the year Mr Kennedy said that St. Mary’s had enjoyed another successful summer in terms of A-level and GCSE results. He also looked back on a number of other highlights including the Proms in the Park music and fireworks extravaganza, a sell-out production of the hit musical Grease, several successful foreign trips and a range of charity fundraising initiatives.
The Principal also put the spotlight on the achievements of former St. Mary’s pupil Fran Halsall, who won gold medals at both the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the European Championships in Berlin this year.

Mr Kennedy commented, “Prize day is a great opportunity not only to celebrate the numerous successes of our pupils, but also to salute the range and variety of their achievements. I would like to pay tribute to their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm, and the support they received from their families and our staff, governors and trustees, which helped to make all the successes of the last 12 months possible.”


St. Mary's pupils enjoy Pyrenees ski trip


The oldest ski resort in Spain was the destination when a party of more than 50 pupils from St. Mary’s headed off on the school’s annual ski trip recently. The students - accompanied by eight members of staff - were based in La Molina in the Pyrenees in the province of Girona.

Back in 1943 La Molina was the first Spanish resort to install a ski lift, and the country’s first ski school opened there a year later. Over the last 70 years it has hosted many important winter sports events. including top skiing and snowboarding competitions.
At the time of the St. Mary’s visit, many ski resorts across Europe were struggling because of a lack of snow. However, La Molina’s extensive snow-making facilities ensured the Crosby students were able to maximise their time on the slopes, enjoying around five hours of skiing each day. These busy days in the open air were followed by equally busy evenings of social activities back in the hotel including bowling, a fancy dress disco, a pizza night and swimming and pool parties.
Party Leader, Derek Williams, commented: “This was a very successful trip. thanks in no small part to the quality of the facilities, from the hotel through to the ski instruction. And against the background of the problems that other resorts were experiencing, the fact that our students were able to ski at every session was a real bonus. They enjoyed hours of fun on the slopes, and once again it was a pleasure for my colleagues and myself to take them as we received so many positive comments about how well behaved and well mannered they were.” 

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