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St. Mary's event puts the spotlight on the aerospace industry



Sixth Formers at St. Mary’s were given advice on how to land a career in one of the North West’s most successful manufacturing industries recently. Airbus Design and Stress Engineer Daniel Holland was the VIP guest at the latest in a series of lunchtime careers lectures at the school. He was educated at St. Anselm’s College in Birkenhead - a school founded by the Christian brothers like St. Mary’s - before becoming a Higher Engineering Apprentice with Airbus, one of the global leaders in aircraft construction. In his current role he works on a wide variety of planning and quality issues across the range of Airbus aircraft, including the double-deck A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner.

In a thought-provoking and well-received talk, Daniel highlighted the importance of the aerospace industry to the regional economy. The North West Aerospace cluster is the largest in Europe, contributing over £7 billion to the UK economy - one quarter of the total UK aerospace turnover. In total there are around 800 businesses working in the sector across the region, employing more than 50,000 staff. Against this background, Daniel said that the industry is generating significant career opportunities, both within the frontline companies handling the major aerospace contracts, and in their supply chains.

St. Mary’s Head of Science, Natasha Sykes, said, “We’re very grateful to Daniel for taking time out to talk to our Sixth Formers. Hearing the experiences of someone from a very similar school background really brought the topic to life. It was also interesting to hear him say that companies in the aerospace industry are looking for people with ability, determination and a well-rounded education - exactly the type of students that St. Mary’s produces.”



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.”

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