Saint Mary's CatholicVoluntary Academy


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6/7/2020. A day in the Life of St.Mary's CVA. It was wonderful to welcome 70 of our pupils today. Here are some of the photographs from their day.

Today Keyworker B group have been learning about mummification. Can you guess who the mummies are?

Children from Keyworker B group have created a pupils' newsletter containing recipes, fun days out, word search and prayers. They wanted to share this with their friends who are still at home.

29.6.20 Mrs Brassington's key worker group have been into forest school today to build a bug hotel to attract minibeasts. We layered rocks , stones, moss, twigs, sticks, pine cones, grass and leaves.

I Have a Dream -After watching Marin Bashir on Celebrity Supply teacher talking about Martin Luther King, we wrote our own speeches using his famous words..."I have a dream"

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Key Worker Group - An extra effort was made today for our "Rainbows" topic!

Key Worker Group - This week our focus has been RAINBOWS. We have completed lots of science experiments to make rainbows. We have talked about absorbency and how to change the density of water using sugar! It was great fun!


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Rainbows - Ava sent a rainbow picture to Christie Hospital to cheer up the patients.

Key Workers in school. This week we have been all about 'Bubbles.' We have blown away our worries, made bubble glitter bottles, written bubble stories and even tried to put ourselves into a bubble!!!

25/03/2020: Pope Francis requested all of us to say the 'Our father' at 11.00am today. Darcey and Emily show us how to do it. Thank you girls. God Bless

RAMAYANA DANCING - to mark the Hindu festival Holi and the start of spring we have taken part in some tradtional dancing and drama.

RECYCLING AND PLASTIC WASTE - Mrs Longdon came to talk to us about how we can prevent so much plastic polluting our environment and harming animals.

WORLD BOOK DAY - we all brought our favourite book to school to share with everyone. We had lots of fun reading!!!

ASH WEDNESDAY - Fr Daniel came into school to distribute ashes to the children, staff and parishioners.

14.2.20 MENTAL HEALTH WALK - Despite the rain the whole school enjoyed a refreshing walk in the Torrs. The children said they loved spending time with their friends, us all being together and getting some fresh air!

Severn Trent Water Workshops - Everyone in school has been involved in finding out about how use water, how it is made available to use and ways in which we can save water.

Thank you to Mrs Wilson for coming into school today to explain her role within St. Mary's Church and the wider community. The children really enjoyed their session on learning about community.

Mrs Barber, who is one of our governors and a parishioner kindly volunteered to decorate a learning extension room. Thank you for all your hard work.

13.12.19 ELF DASH - Today we helped to raise £180 for Bluebell Wood.

ADVENT MASS - The children lead mass with beautiful reading and singing. It was a wonderful way to begin the New Church Year.

26/11/2019:The Ks2 Chaplains visit 'The Wellspring Centre,' in Stockport, to hand over warm clothing and sleeping bags to people who are homeless. Thank you to all our school and parish families for donating all theses iterms.

Birds of Prey! We were lucky to welcome four Birds of Prey to our school. We saw a Peregrine falcon named Oslo, which is the fastest animal in the World. This falcon can reach a high speed of 240mph! We were also allowed to hold a tiny owl called Spud. He flew around the hall and between Mrs Brassington's arms to demonstrate the small spaces he could fly within. A barn owl named Twilight and a Hawk named Geoff also came to demonstrate different characteristics of birds. All of the children were amazed and transfixed at the birds and learned a wide range of facts about their characteristics and how they fly.

As part of National Youth Day, which is the day in the Church's calendar dedicated to celebrating young people, we kick started the day with whole school 'Wake up, Shake up!' We then did our morning prayer all together to start the day.

Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service arrived from the Briars to day to give our reception children a copy of their own bible.

CAFOD - Class 3 took part in a Cafod workshop about refugees

CAKE SALE - Well done to Emily, Darcey and Esme (with the help of Mrs King) for running a cake sale to raise money for a charity very close to their hearts, Blythe House. They raised over £50. Thank you so much for your support.

JUDAISM - This week throughout the school the children have been studying another faith... Judaism. Class 1 found out about the festival of light called Hannukah. Class 2 learnt about the special meal shared at Shabbat. Class 3 have found out about the special book called the Torah and Class 4 found out about Jewish New Year called Rosh Hashanah.

ARMISTICE DAY 2019 - The whole school, children and staff, went to the Memorial Garden in High Lea Park to observe a 2 minute silence. We also laid some poppy wreaths. Amy read her own poem about Remembrance and Zofie read 'In Flanders Field'. The children were very respectful.

Amy's Armistice Poem - Limping

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ECO WARRIORS - Our team have written a newspaper report highlighting the importance of looking after our world.

Please come to our Christmas fair on Friday 29th November!

5.11.19 BAPTISM Today Class 1 and 2 have been to church for a special baptism of our class babies. The children were the parents and God parents and Fr Daniel joined us to lead the ceremony. We have all been very focused in learning about the signs and symbols of baptism. Afterwards we returned to school for a celebration party!

Lily donated her hair to Princess Trust this week. Well done Lily we are very proud of your wonderful act of kindness.

Walk to School Week. Thank you to all the children who walked to school this week. We had a very large turn out of children who used our 'Walking Bus' and other drop off points on Wednesday to walk to school.Thank you to all the adults who supported this event.

As part of our theme on Encounter and ‘Homelessness’, the senior chaplaincy team visited the Well Centre to hand over all our food donations. They were quite saddened to see so many people queuing for food. The Well Spring representative informed the children that the food we donated would feed the people they saw for a week. The children reflected on their visit and have written some of their thoughts on our liturgical wheel. Here are some of their thoughts, ‘I felt sad to see so many homeless people but also grateful for all that I have, I felt happy in helping people to have a warm meal, it made me think how lucky I am and that I shouldn’t take what I have for granted.’ Tuesday 22nd October 2019

17.10.19 A team of 3 from Class 2 took part in the Map Quest event at Buxton Pavilion Gardens.

11.10.19 CAFOD Thank you to Paul who came to tell us about the 'Brighten Up' initiative by CAFOD and how we can support it to help children across the world have access to something as simple, but precious, as water. Money boxes will be going home to allow us to collect small change to make a big difference!

11.10.19 FAIR TRADE TUCKSHOP Today we held a fairtrade tuckshop for the whole school. All money raised will go to charity. Thank you to the Fair trade Councillors for their help.

4.10.19 CHILDREN IN NEED RAMBLE - Well done to the whole school for taking part in our walk to Mousley Bottom. We were so lucky with dry weather, giving us the chance to enjoy our amazing surroundings and think about the children we will be able to help with our donations. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported us.

2.10.19 Well done to our Year 3 & 4 boys football team who won the event today! We are proud of you!

MACMILLAN COFFEE AFTERNOON. Thank you to everyone who came to support this event. It was an absolutely amazing turn out. We have raised a fantastic £207.50 for Macmillan. Thank you for your generosity and donations of such delicious cakes!

STAND UP DERBYSHIRE! Today all classes had a very active day to promote a healthy lifestyle. This included Play doh Disco and Yoga in Class 1, a jumping register and throwing and catching counting in Class 2, drama in an active English lesson in Class 3 and a Maths Challenge Circuit training in Class 4 and

As part of the global climate protests, four pupils designed posters to encourage action on climate change.

We welcomed Father Kevin, parents and parishioners into school to celebrate Mass with us at the start of our new school year.  The children from Class 4 lead the prayers and readings and everyone sang beautifully.  It was such a special way to welcome everyone back to school.

School Mass 16th September

10/9/2019.High Peak Kids Council meeting. St.Mary's hosted eight schools in the first meeting of the new school year. They have set an agenda based on local environmental issues and how this impacts on the global community. Next week they will have the opportunity to visit the council.

18/7/2019: Leavers assembly. Farewell to Year 6 and God bless you all on your next journey.

17/7/2019 Teddy Bears' Picnic. Reception had a wonderful time with their special friends on the Teddy Bears' Picnic.

17/7/2019 Recycle with Michael (Salvation Army) Day. Thank you for the fantastic support in helping to collect recyclable clothes and shoes.The children have all been involved in learning about the importance of recycling and charities throughout the day.

15.7.19 - Some pictures of Class 4's production 'Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits'. Well done Class 4, you were fantastic!

8/7/2019 KS1 visit Blue Planet Aquarium.Lots of fun and laughter was had by all on or summer trip. The children loved watching a range of fish and sharks being fed by divers and learning about rock pools and the larger oceans.

6/7/2019 The Summer Fair. A great day was had by all. Thank you to all who supported this event and to the PTA for organising it. Here are are some of the lucky prize draw winners on the day.

5/7/2019 Evelyn and Grace from Class Three hand over the St.Ralph Sherwin CMAT Liturgy Wheel to St. Anne's. We completed a liturgy with St. Anne's and discussed the importance of our natural Rosary beads and how they link to our school.

3/7/2019 Ted from Class One adorns the St. Ralph Sherwin Liturgical Wheel with the rosary beads he made from conkers. This represents our school of Saint Mary's and our love of outdoor learning.

On Wednesday 26th June, a group of year 5 and 6 pupils attended the quadkids event. They had lots of fun and tried out some new events.

Tuesday 25th June - A group of Class 3 children played in a tennis tournament at Pyegrove tennis club in Glossop. Well done for playing so well!

Sunday 23rd June 2019. As part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rodsley both Mr Lobb and Mrs Chapman, as representatives from our school, completed a 5 mile sponsored walk to Rodsley with Bishop Patrick. On completion of the walk, mass took place in a barn next to the birth place of Saint Ralph Sherwin. The money raised by us will go to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Thank you to Mr Stone for being part of the team at the family fun day to help raise money for local children’s charities on Saturday 22nd June . Working in partnership with High Peak Schools Sports Partnership and New Mills Football Club.

Sunday 9th June 2019 First Holy Communion. Thank you to all the children who came along to celebrate and support their fellow pupils today in the sacrament of First Holy Communion.Many of the parishioners commented on how beautifully you all sang. A big thank you to everyone who helped to make this day such a memorable occasion.

New Mills Carnival

Despite some very wet and cold weather, the children did us proud in their turn out and effort for this years carnival. The PTA, along with SNS Trees created a fantastic float on the theme of 'Ghostbusters'.  So fantastic that we were awarded Best Float by the carnival commitee.  Who you going to call???.......


Friday 7th June 2019,'Today not Tomorrow,' - Answering the Call of Discipleship. Pupil Celebration and Inspiration day for St. Ralph Sherwin CMAT. Children from St. Mary's joined our partner schools in a fun filled and spiritual day at Derby Football Ground. They had the opportunity to; ask Bishop Patrick McKinney a range of questions, learn about our charity Bluebell Wood and explore engaging and fun ways to pray with former pupils. The children were excellent ambassadors in representing our school and to acknowledge this they all received gifts. Well done to you all.

24/5/2019 Class 4 organised a political campaign based on what they could change within the school setting. They held elections and debated each parties strengths. The pupils then had the opportunity to vote for their favourite party.

Kwik cricket - Award for 'Team of the week'.

Tri-golf - award for 'Spirit of the game'

Forest schools session on how to use bow saws correctly. The children are thoroughly engaged in applying their knowledge on health and safety as they cut tree branches.

After mass today all St. Mary's pupils crowned Mary in the May procession. Children laid flowers at the statue of 'Our Lady' and sang beautifully as they processed from church and to the grotto.

After much deliberation and consultation the School Councillors organised for all pupils to vote on which piece of trim trail equipment they would like. Today they helped to celebrate the installation of our new climbing wall. A huge thank you to the PTA for funding this fantastic resource for the children to enjoy.

Year 6 celebrated the end of SATS by having fun in the park with year 6 children from other schools.

The children in KS2 have produced some beautiful artwork in their art club. They have been learning all about paper quilling and have created their own pictures using only paper.

Forest School activity afternoon


Four class three children visited Buxworth Primary School for a Forest Schools activity afternoon and had a fantastic time investigating the river.

17/4/2019 During the holidays Charlie's grandparents, Mr and Mrs Fuller came into school to set up the school telescopes. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Easter Activity Day

11/4/2019 The School Council organised the toy and book sale to raise funds for CAFOD.

4/4/19 - Four children from Class 3 had a lovely afternoon at the Lenten art project day at Saint Margaret's in Glossop. They created some lovely artwork and made new friends with children from other schools in our MAT.

31/3/2019 We had a lovely time celebrating Family Mass in Church with the parish. Canon Bowdren was very impressed with how well the children spoke and sang throughout the service.

29/3/2019 Well done to the children who achieved their Level 1 in chess. Thank you Mr Jones for coaching the children.

29/3/2019. During whole school assembly we celebrated the achievements of our fantastic netball team and their wonderful coach Katy Evans.

27th March 2019 - Our dodgeball team won team of the week for their sportsmanship and honesty - we are very proud of you!

25/3/2019 To celebrate 'The Feast of the Annunciation,' the children went on a pilgrimage to church. In addition to this children completed activities in class based around the story of The Annunciation.

Our netball team won the High Peak Hi 5 netball finals on Thursday 21st March. Well done team and well done too to their fantastic coach, Katy Evans.

21.3.2019 - Downs Syndrome Awareness Day. It was lovely to see that some of our children spontaneously decided to wear odd socks today to help raise awareness for Downs Syndrome.

Our netball team won the tournament on Wednesday 13th March, they also won the 'Best Team Spirit' award. We are all very proud of you!

The Chaplaincy group lead the younger children in prayer using the Stations of the Cross.

15/3/2019 Today in whole school assembly we celebrated the feast of St. Patrick.

15/3/2019 The Fairtrade Committee complete their fundraising challenge for the final Fair Achiever Award. Well done to you for all your hard work in achieving this award.

14/3/2019 Linda Ricketts from the NSPCC visited school today to talk to all the children about,' Speak out, Stay Safe.'

14/3/2019 Paul Ripley from CAFOD visited school today to talk about raising money during Lent for the people of Bangladesh. After the assembly all children completed classroom activities based on the CAFOD theme, 'Take the give it up challenge this Lent.'

Displays around school

Today we linked up via Skype with a school in Texas. Afterwards, the teacher passed this message on "I want to extend a special thank you from the students and staff at Asa Low for participating in the Skype with us on March 9. It was an amazing experience for our students to see and speak with you and your precious students from across the world. We loved sharing about our cultures, schools and more and especially loved the song you sang for us."

On Friday 8th March, the Fairtrade Committee organised a drama performance as part of 'Fairtrade Fortnight.' The committee have also organised a poster competition to raise funds for Fairtrade.

World Book Day 7th March. The children all dressed as their favourite characters from traditional tales. In the morning they were entertained by an arts company who performed 'Once Upon A Time.'

Fr. Daniel led the service on Ash Wednesday. The children gathered with the parish community in school to take part in this spiritual event.

Ruth George M.P. enjoyed her visit to school today. She was impressed with the questions that the children asked!

Thursday 14th February. Whole school mass was celebrated today by Fr. Kevin. The children's behaviour was outstanding, which is reflected in the comments from the parishioners and wider Church family.

KS 2 Forest schools session. The children have been learning how to light a fire using flint sticks and a lattice structure with lint. We then sat around the fire for hot drinks and biscuits.

The School Council led an Internet Safety assembly on Friday 8th February 2019.

Outdoor art at Thornsett Primary School

NSPCC Number Day 2019. All the children took part in fun filled mathematics activities throughout the day.

Our brilliant benchball team!!

On Tuesday 22nd January one of our governors Jo Barber came into school to help make a shelter in our forest schools area. We are very privileged to have experienced forest school practitioners within our parish.

Judaism with Jeremy. On Thursday 6th December the whole school participated in a range of activities about Judaism. The display celebrates the children's work.

Christmas eve Mass 2018

Sunday 16th December. As part of the preparation for Advent children have been thinking about others. The pupils have written Christmas cards for the elderly within the Church congregation. They handed the cards out at the end of Mass.

Friday 23rd November :The Fair Trade committee hold an assembly on how we can be just and fair.

Welcome to the gallery! Please enjoy browsing our photographs.

On Saturday 17th November St. Mary's school children supported the parish Christmas Fayre and helped to raise £105 on the chocolate tombola.

The children have all taken part in a range of activities for Anti-bullying week. During assembly today children from all classes had the opportunity to share their work.

Anti-bullying assembly

Remembrance poppy display

Our displays

Halloween disco