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St Mary’s Shoe box Appeal

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Today was the deadline for the Shoe Box Appeal and Year 8 have done such a fantastic job. They have brought in so many boxes and I’m really proud of them. Miss Owen, Head of Year 8.

Rugby Report

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It was a busy day of rugby at St Mary’s today with 3 teams and 3 Rugby Ambassadors all taking part in a variety of activities. The Rugby Ambassadors Ben Jubb, Alex Histed and Jack Pilling attended a Scrum Factory course at Kingston Park in the morning, a course which now enables them to coach and officiate the scrum effectively. Continue reading

Thurston Visit

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36 Year 8 students set off for Thurston Outdoor Education Centre on Monday 9th October for a week of activities in the Lake District. The group split into 3 groups for the week on arrival at the centre (Langdale, Grizedale and Yewdale) and completed a series of activities through the week with the instructors and members of staff. The students all had the chance to do abseiling, kayaking, paddle boarding, a mountain walk, cave exploring, indoor climbing, sailing, jetty jumping, night walks and the ever popular ghyll scrambling. Each member of the group was pushed to their absolute limits, either by the activities or the weather! A great effort by all students to support each other and work together to overcome every challenge put in front of them.

Well done to all students and staff involved!

Mr Hook, Mr Welford, Mrs Currey, Miss Golby

Rugby Ambassadors Course

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3 St Mary’s Year 10 students attended Kingston Park today to take part in the first module of the RFU Rugby Ambassador’s course. The course is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of students to enable them to become coaches and referees both inside and outside of the school in the future and has been previously been an incredible support for the growing rugby clubs in school. Ben Jubb, Jack Pilling and Alex Histed were chosen for this year’s course thanks to their outstanding commitment to rugby in school. The first module was a Level 1 Rugby Refereeing course held at Kingston Park. The students worked hard in workshops all morning to improve their knowledge and confidence, before using their skills to referee the Year 7 & 8 Festival taking place at Kingston Park in the afternoon. The boys all received excellent feedback for their refereeing and were complemented by other members of staff on their confidence and decision making. Upcoming modules will cover Level 1 Coaching, Scrum Factory and Rugby Ready and will enable the students to lead coaching for Year 7 & 8 students in the future, something which will be a great help as rugby club continues to grow!

Mr Hook

The Year 10 football team travelled to Walker on Wednesday for their 2nd league fixture of the year. After making a winning start to the season against Benfield confidence was high.

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Y10 Football vs Benfield

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St Mary’s hosted Benfield today in their first league game of the 2017-18 season. The boys started brightly and took a deserved lead when some good pressure from Jamie Mundy led to a simple tap in for Sam Lievesley. Benfield hit back quickly and despite a fine save from Joe Ferguson the attacker quickly followed up to tap home the rebound. A defensive mistake from a Benfield goal kick then left a simple 1v1 for the Benfield striker and he made no mistake, slotting the ball past Joe to make the score 2-1. St Mary’s didn’t let their heads drop and were driven forward by the new central midfield pairing of Alex Warton and Jack Pilling. Ben Jubb made a tremendous run down the left and played a fantastic cross to Jamie Mundy. Despite his size Jamie rose above the defence and finished superbly to level the score with an excellent header. St Mary’s started to dominate possession and began to attack regularly, taking the lead with another well taken Jamie Mundy goal to make the score 3-2 at half time.

Ethan Kortenbach settled well at centre half alongside John Carr and the pair worked well to keep Benfield at bay in the early stages of the second half. More excellent work from the midfield set Jamie through again and he made no mistake to make the score 4-2, completing an excellent hat-trick. Benfield wouldn’t go away and quickly got back into the game however, with a well taken finish making the score 4-3. St Mary’s continued to attack well and Jamie Mundy scored his 4th, finishing nicely after the Benfield keeper had blocked his initial shot well. Caleb Lowery and Toby Caisley came on and both were fantastic, making countless interceptions and doing their best to hold on to the lead with some excellent tackling. With 5 minutes to go Benfield piled on the pressure and only an outstanding save from Joe Ferguson kept the score at 5-3, diving full stretch to his left and getting fingertips to the ball to tip it round the post. Benfield had their rewards shortly after when a rash challenge gave away a needless penalty. An excellent finish buried the ball in the bottom corner leaving St Mary’s a nervous 4 minutes to hold on to seal their first win in 3 years. The boys worked hard and despite some nervous moments clung on to seal the win 5-4.

There were some excellent performances from all involved, particularly Jamie Mundy (4 goals)and Ethan Kortenbach, but Alex Warton making his first start in central midfield was a deserved Man of the Match for his all- round display.

MOM – Alex Warton

The team:

Joseph Ferguson, Will Campbell, John Carr, Ethan Kortenbach, Thomas Storey, Matthew Dyter, Jack Pilling, Alex Warton, Ben Jubb, Sam Lievesley, Jamie Mundy, Toby Caisley, Damon Baghi, James Keller, Joshua Williamson, Caleb Lowery, Daniel Hawkins.

Mr Hook