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Musical start to Christmas season for St. Mary's students


Pupils at St. Mary’s College made a musical start to the Christmas season when the school staged its annual carol concert. Staff, students and their families gathered at a packed SS Peter and Paul Church on Liverpool Road to enjoy the atmospheric service in the 100-year-old building.

The concert - which was partly candlelit - featured a selection of readings, carols and musical performances co-ordinated by the school’s Director of Music, Andrew Byers, and Religious Studies Teacher, Christine Hearty. The musical pieces included seasonal selections from the St. Mary’s orchestra and chamber choir as well as solo performances from pupils.
The traditional event finished in a traditional way with members of the audience invited back to the school for mulled wine and mince pies.
Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented, “The carol concert is always a very popular event and a really enjoyable way to herald the start of what is a very special time of year. I would like to pay tribute to all the staff and students whose hard work and musical talent helped to make the evening so memorable, and to their families for supporting the concert so enthusiastically.”
Along with St. Mary’s annual spring concert at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, and the summer Proms in the Park event, the carol concert is one of the most important events in the school’s musical calendar.


Stylish evening for St. Mary's Sixth Formers


St. Mary’s College Sixth Formers stepped out in style at the annual winter ball recently. School blazers and ties were left in wardrobes at home as students donned dinner jackets, suits and stylish dresses for the glittering occasion at the Marriott Hotel in Liverpool, which this year had a Hollywood theme.

Over 100 pupils from across St. Mary’s wide catchment area attended the ball which is one of the highlights of the school’s social calendar. Various ‘Oscars’ were awarded during the evening, including Best Dressed Male to Tom Purcell and Best Dressed Female to Bethany Doyle.

The event was organised by a committee of students chaired by Olivia Mallinson with the help of Head of Sixth Form, Carole Killen. Other committee members were Emma Van Breemen, Erin Donagh and Mia Foley.

St. Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented, “The committee did an excellent job with the organisation of the ball. They co-ordinated everything from publicity to seating plans and even booked a photo booth, which proved to be a big hit on the night. This event is always a very good opportunity for our Sixth Formers to take an evening away from their studies and get together with their friends to celebrate this special time of year. As ever, the 2014 event was a first-class occasion, with all the students putting a lot of thought, time and effort into dressing up and making it an evening to remember."

“As ever, the 2014 event was a first-class occasion, with all the students putting a lot of thought, time and effort into dressing up and making it an evening to remember.”

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