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St. Mary's pays tribute to 'Class of 2015'

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St. Mary’s College held a special event this week to celebrate the achievements of its Upper Sixth Formers who leave the school this summer. The Leavers’ Mass, held in the school’s O’Halloran Hall, was attended by many parents and friends of the students, and included the presentation of awards by former pupil and international development expert, Kieran Cooke.
Kieran - one of five Cooke siblings educated at St. Mary’s - is Partnerships Development Manager with Universal Learning Solutions, a not-for-profit consultancy that helps governments around the world to meet their global education targets. Kieran is taking the lead on an ambitious new strategy to help millions of children around the world to learn to read and write, and spoke to the Sixth Formers about his recent trips to Nepal and Uganda. 
At the leavers’ event students were honoured for their efforts in a wide range of fields including sport, music, drama, outreach, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and the Combined Cadet Force. It followed a day of fun activities, from balloon displays to practical jokes, and a farewell buffet lunch with their teachers.
Commenting on the event St. Mary’s Principal, Mike Kennedy, said, “The Leavers’ Mass is always an occasion for mixed emotions, and this was very much the case again this year. As always, we are sorry to be losing such an outstanding group of young people, but we know they are ready to move on to the next exciting stage of their lives. We wish them all every success, and look forward to hearing about their achievements in the future. We were particularly pleased to welcome Kieran Cooke to the event, whose career path embodies the principles of Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers, who created our school in 1919.”


St. Mary's Cricket Team welcome MCC XI

St. Mary’s College welcomed cricketing royalty recently in the form of a team representing the MCC. Founded in 1787, MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) is the world’s most active cricket club, owner of the iconic Lord’s cricket ground and guardian of the laws of the game, so it was a real honour for St. Mary’s to play them for the sixth year in a row.
Unfortunately however, the London club were just too strong for the Crosby team in a match played in fine weather at the Northern Club’s Moor Park ground. St. Mary’s scored a total of 137 all out in reply to the MCC’s 203, but according to Coach John Armstrong, there were a number of very positive aspects to the performance. These included a good spell of spin bowling by Scott Snaylam who also top scored with an innings of 41. Another spin bowler - Cameron Lawrenson - also asked serious questions of the MCC batsmen, while there were other encouraging knocks from Paddy Travers (27) and Jamie Essex (22).
John Armstrong commented, “In previous matches against the MCC we have drafted in a few old boys to play for us, but this time we took the decision to only pick players from our current first team squad. Bearing this in mind, I think the lads did very well against a strong MCC side which included a number of players who have competed at a high level in the game. As ever though, playing the MCC was a great experience for our students, and once again the Northern Club were excellent hosts in terms of the quality of the wicket, facilities and refreshments. We’re very grateful to them,” added Mr Armstrong.
The St. Mary’s first XI now have a hectic season ahead of them with two busy spells of matches separated by a break for the summer exams. The team will also be heading off on tour to the North East at the end of June.

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