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St. Mary's science enthusiasts head for Royal Society Exhibition


Students from St. Mary’s travelled to London last week to learn about the latest cutting-edge developments in science and technology. Fourteen enthusiastic members of the school’s Science Club visited the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition at the organisation’s Carlton House Terrace HQ just off The Mall, close to Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Society is the world’s oldest and most celebrated learned society dedicated to the sciences. It was founded in 1660 and its Presidents have included iconic names such as Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Isaac Newton.
The Summer Science Exhibition is widely regarded as a must-see showcase for British innovation, focusing on everything from antibiotics to x-rays. Visitors are able to enjoy hands-on experiments, panel discussions and a wide range of family activities.
St. Mary’s College now has close links with the Royal Society after last year it became the first school on Merseyside - and only the second in the North West - to be recognised as an Associate School by the organisation.
The St. Mary’s students were accompanied on the London trip by Head of Science Bob Johnston and his colleagues Linda Clark and Liz Shaw. Mr Johnston was making his final college trip as he retires this summer after teaching at St. Mary’s for 39 years.
He said, “It was a fantastic experience for these pupils to visit the home of British science and see some of the exciting research that is in the pipeline. Travelling to and from the capital in a single day was a long and tiring journey, but well worth the effort thanks to the quality of the exhibition.”


Proms in the Park hits the right note

Talented music students from St. Mary's were the stars of their spectacular Last Night of the Proms music and fireworks extravaganza at the weekend. For the fourth year in a row, the school presented the Proms in the Park concert at our Blundell Park Games Field, watched by an audience of almost 3,000 family members, friends and local music lovers.
The event - sponsored by National Tyres and Autocare - showcased the musical skills of around 250 students from the college and its preparatory school, The Mount, and was conducted by Director of Music, Andrew Byers. There was also a special guest appearance by the choir from English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Litherland.
The compere for the concert - which built up to a rapturously received 1812 Overture firework finale - was popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, Roger Phillips. He introduced all the old favourites from the famous Last Night of the Proms concert at  the Royal Albert Hall. These included Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (Land of Hope and Glory), Jerusalem, the Fantasia on British Sea Songs written by Proms founder Henry Wood and, of course, Rule Britannia.

Earlier in the evening, many audience members had arrived at the Blundell Park Games Field early to enjoy a picnic in the open air before settling down to enjoy the musical entertainment.
Principal, Mike Kennedy, said, “Everyone at St. Mary’s is very proud of the Proms in the Park concert which is one of the most ambitious events organised by any school on Merseyside. Despite mixed weather in the run-up to the event, the sun shone for us on the day, helping to make this year’s concert another outstanding success. I would like to thank all the performers and audience members for supporting the event and making it an evening to remember. As ever, the concert was a wonderful way to highlight the importance of music to life at St. Mary’s, and a rousing way to end the school year.”

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