Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was the spectacular setting for the event at which the principal guest was the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon.
In a well-received speech Archbishop McMahon congratulated pupils on their many achievements, and said how much he had enjoyed visiting St. Mary’s earlier in the year.
He also said that as well as pursuing academic success, it was important that students should incorporate Christian values into their lives by standing for truth, being givers rather than takers and acting as symbols of hope for the future.
During the event guests heard that in 2016 St. Mary’s had maintained its proud tradition of both academic excellence and encouraging achievement in sport, music and many other extra-curricular activities.
The success of this approach was evident from the ‘outstanding’ rating that the college had received from Archdiocese inspectors during the year.
Principal Mike Kennedy told the audience that St. Mary’s had also enjoyed another successful summer in terms of public examinations.
More than one third of A-level passes and almost half of GCSE passes were at the highest A* or A grades, with a fifth of the GCSE year group achieving ten or more A* or A passes.
Mr Kennedy also reviewed other highlights of the year including the Festival of Music concert at the Phil and the Proms in the Park music and fireworks extravaganza.
Audiences had enjoyed sellout productions of the Greek tragedy Electra and the hit musical West Side Story, while there had also been many sporting successes, including being crowned Sefton netball and athletics champions in 2016.
The Principal also highlighted pupils’ efforts in support of a wide range of charity fundraising projects during the year.
And there was also praise for staff, governors, parents and former pupils for their contributions to life at St. Mary’s, and the many successes highlighted during the ceremony.
Mr Kennedy concluded: “Our prize giving ceremony is a great opportunity to recognise the successes of our pupils who are maintaining the high-achieving traditions of the school academically and in many other fields.
“This year, what is particularly striking as usual is not only the number of such achievements, but their range and variety.
“These successes are, I believe, further evidence of the success of the St. Mary’s approach which is to focus on developing bright, confident young people who want to make the world better for others as well as themselves,” added Mr Kennedy.