Faith in Action Awards
Merseyside Science and Technology Winners
Our Lady's students had plenty to celebrate as they returned to school with the trophy for the Overall Winning Team at the Merseyside STEM Science and Technology Challenge Day, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University. 10 high ability students from Years 7 & 8 attended the Challenge Day, working in small groups together with students from schools in Merseyside to complete a variety of challenging activities throughout the day. These included programming a robotic car to navigate a series of obstacles; working with E-FIT and using modern police software to create facial composites of staff, and medical diagnostics, diagnosing several 'patients' while testing for diabetes. As a result of their exemplary work, in addition to being the Overall Winning Team, all students received a certificate, 5 were awarded plaques for winning individual events on the day, with Owen Hunt receiving an extra trophy for being a member of another winning team.
Young People Well Being Sessions
Sam Tyrer, a Mental Health Expert working in Skelmersdale, who is currently nominated for a National Award for his work on mental health, anxiety and resilience with secondary school pupils, delivered powerful sessions to Year 9 and Year 10 students in Our Lady's this week, with simple hints and tips on how young people can access mental health support if required. Children were able to discuss these issues and took part in a question and answer session following Sam's presentation. A copy of the slides is on our website.
Year 10 visits to St John Rigby College and West Lancashire College
All Year 10 students enjoyed taster day visits to both St John Rigby College and West Lancashire College earlier this month, giving them an opportunity to have first-hand access to information about future academic and vocational study options, as they sampled a whole range of college courses open to them post 16. The students reported experiencing a fantastic day in the colleges, which helped them to raise their aspirations and start formulating personal plans for the future. These are part of a full programme of careers education and guidance for Our Lady's students and will be followed up in school through individual guidance interviews with our Careers Advisers.
District Athletics: Record Breakers
Athletes in Years 7 and 8 broke all school records this July as they competed in the West Lancashire District Athletics Event at Robin Park, with Year 7 and Year 8 boys beating all competition from other schools to win the First Prize Trophies. We are also proud of our Year 7 girls who came second overall and of the many other young people from Our Lady's in Years 7 to 10 who finished on the podium in the top 3 in their individual event.