St. Mary’s College looked back on the achievements of pupils during the school's Centenary year at its Prize Giving & End of Centenary Year Celebration on Monday 9th December 2019.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was the spectacular setting for the event, which saw us welcoming former Head Girl Jane Barrett as the VIP guest speaker.
Jane - one of the first girls to join St. Mary’s when it went fully co-educational in 1989 - is one of the founding directors of award-winning, London-based management consultancy, Cadence Innova.
In her passionate and well-received speech, Jane said that the values she acquired at St. Mary’s have gone on to shape the values of her company, and she stressed the importance of equality and diversity, positivity, resilience and team work in achieving success in any area of business.
Meanwhile, in his speech Principal Mike Kennedy looked back at the highlights of St. Mary’s 100th birthday celebrations.
These included a Centenary Mass of Thanksgiving & Celebration Dinner at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in June at which the special guest was former pupil Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Other celebrations included a concert at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall which featured more than 100 former students playing alongside current pupils, and a special centenary production of the school’s Proms in the Park event.
Elsewhere, guests at the ceremony were told that during 2019 St. Mary’s had maintained its tradition of both academic excellence and encouraging achievement in sport, music and many other extra-curricular activities.
Mike Kennedy reported that St. Mary’s had enjoyed another successful summer in terms of public examinations, and was again the highest attaining school among the 36 Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese.
However he stressed that it is the breadth of subjects that pupils study, and the range of other activities on offer to them, that makes St. Mary’s so special.
For example drama highlights of the year had included very well-received productions of plays and musicals as diverse as Lord of the Flies, Greek tragedy the Trojan Women and gangster caper Bugsy Malone.
There was also success to report on the sports field, with the school’s rugby team winning the Lancashire Plate and the football team matching their achievement as winners of the Sefton Football Cup.
Not to be outdone, St. Mary’s girls netball team were Sefton League and Tournament winners, with their younger counterparts being Merseyside finalists in a number of age groups against much larger schools.
Other highlights of the year included school trips to Germany and to Lourdes, and continued success for pupils in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme and the college’s popular and thriving Combined Cadet Force.
In his address the Principal also highlighted pupils’ efforts in support of a wide range of charity fundraising projects at St. Mary’s during the year.
And there was also praise for staff, governors and parents for their contributions to life at the college, and the many successes highlighted during the ceremony.
Summing up the year Mike Kennedy said: “2019 has been a very special year for St. Mary’s and, as always, prize day is a great opportunity to recognise the successes of our pupils who continue to maintain the high-achieving traditions of the school, academically and in many other fields.
“I want to say congratulations to all our prize winners. You have achieved well and with credit. But I also want to congratulate everyone who is part of the St. Mary’s community - it is your values and your character that are the real achievements being celebrated here today.”