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St. Mary's students help to promote Liverpool to Spanish tourists


Pupils at St. Mary’s have been using language lessons to help to promote Liverpool City Region to tourists from Spain. As part of their Spanish course work the Year 9 students created leaflets and brochures in Castilian which put the spotlight on many of Merseyside's top attractions. Thanks to football, ‘Los Beatles’ and almost 20 scheduled flights from Spanish cities to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, many thousands of Spaniards visit Liverpool City Region every year.
St. Mary’s Spanish teacher Ann Nichols was so pleased with her pupils’ efforts that she contacted tourist authority Visit Liverpool to tell them about it. Staff at the organisation were also impressed by the high standard of the work, and immediately invited the students to visit their Albert Dock tourist office where the leaflets were put on display. During their visit pupils learned about the services that the authority provides to tourists from all over Europe and beyond.
They also discussed the career possibilities of the tourism sector with staff, and the benefits of foreign language skills in this and other industries.
Ann Nichols commented, “The students produced this literature in class as part of project work on the topic of holidays and tourism, and both the tourism professionals and I were really impressed with the results. Visiting the tourism office and talking to staff really brought the subject of the topic to life, and the icing on the cake was to discover that their leaflets are being snapped up by eager Spanish tourists.”


Philharmonic concert date for St. Mary's students


Talented young musicians from St. Mary’s College in Crosby will perform at one of the region’s most prestigious concert venues later this month. The school is staging its annual Festival of Music at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 20th March.
More than 250 pupils will take part in the showcase event as part of a range of musical ensembles from the college and its preparatory school, The Mount. They will include the award-winning Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Stage Band, Baroque Consort, Show Choir, Chamber Choir and Mount Concert Choir. There will also be a special guest appearance by the choir from English Martyrs Catholic Primary School.
The unusual and ambitious repertoire for the concert will include the iconic tone poem Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, excerpts from Handel’s The King Shall Rejoice and the complete Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst. The audience will also be able to enjoy the Second Waltz from Jazz Suite No 2 by Shostakovich, and music from the blockbuster movie 1492 - Conquest of Paradise by Greek composer Vangelis.
The concert will be compered by popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips, and conducted by St. Mary’s Director of Music Andrew Byers, supported by colleague Colin Johnston. Mr Byers commented, “I’m delighted that we’re heading back to the Philharmonic Hall for the 17th year in a row because performing on its famous stage is an experience our students never forget. At the moment we’re very busy rehearsing for the event, but it will be worth all the time and effort to make it an evening to remember for musicians and audience members alike.”
Tickets for St. Mary’s Festival of Music - priced at £12 for adults and £6 for children and seniors - are available from the Philharmonic box office on 0151 709 3789, via the venue’s website at or from the college on 0151 924 3926.


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