Illuminate – Advent 2016

As Christmas approaches we are all probably rushing around trying to get everything in place to make this one the best yet. We go and buy lots of lovely things to give to the people we love. We buy special food and drink to celebrate with and we spend hour upon hour wrapping gifts for the special people in our lives. Do we stop to think about the joy we are bringing to the lives of others? Are we the light to others? Do we shine light and illuminate things around us? This Advent we will be exploring the themes of the Advent Wreath-Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. We will be reflecting on where these themes are found in Christmas story and also in our world today. Advent and Christmas are a time of us to think about how can we be the hope to others. How can we bring peace, love and joy to others?

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St Mary’s Christmas Concert

Over 100 students took part in our wonderful Christmas concert which took place on Tuesday evening. Choir, orchestra, folk ensemble, jazz orchestra, KS3 band, chamber choir and chamber strings performed festive favourites to an appreciative audience of over 350 people.  Below is a selection of photographs from the evening.

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Year 9 Boys Football

St Mary’s hosted St Cuthbert’s in the City Cup Quarter Final in an early morning Saturday kick off. The game started well with both sides passing the ball around nicely on the wet pitch. Kevin Palliser Bosomworth made 2 fine stops early on, showing good bravery to come out and smother the attackers. Jack Pilling went on a mazy run in the opposition penalty area and, despite being clipped, managed to stay on his feet and put the ball right across the middle of the goal. Unfortunately no St Mary’s attackers could get on the end of the cross and the chance was gone. St Cuthbert’s scored after some excellent link up play from their front two, but at 1-0 at half time St Mary’s were still right in the game. St Mary’s almost had a dream start to the second half when Ben Jubb went on an outstanding run from just inside the opposition half. Using excellent strength and skill he managed to beat 4 St Cuthbert’s defenders and his shot beat the keeper, only to come to a sudden halt inches from the goal line when it became stuck in a patch of mud. St Cuthbert’s rubbed salt in the wounds shortly after with a poachers finish from the striker despite Kevin Palliser Bosomworth making an excellent initial save. St Mary’s kept working hard but began to tire towards the end of the match due to a shortage of substitutes. St Cuthbert’s took full advantage and scored 3 quick fire goals in the last 5 minutes to leave the score 5-0, a scoreline which definitely didn’t reflect the closeness of the game.

It was an excellent effort from all of the boys who took part and was easily their best performance of the season so far. Jack Pilling and Kevin Palliser Bosomworth put in fantastic performances, but the man of the match was Ben Jubb for his excellent all-round game in central midfield, breaking up countless opposition attacks and contributing well when going forwards.

Mr Hook

The Team: Kevin Palliser Bosomworth, Matthew Dyter, Alex Warton, James Keller, Thomas Storey, Muizz Shiekh, Jack Pilling (Capt), Ben Jubb, Ethan Kortenbach, Daniel Hawkins, Muizz Sheikh, Harry Buggy.