Remembrance Day 2017
St Michael’s Catholic Academy held their traditional Remembrances services for all year groups on Friday 10th November. Each year group gathered in five separate acts of Remembrance to commemorate the sacrifice of those who have fallen in all conflicts.
The services were beautifully marked by prayer, film, reflection and a poignant version of Abide With Me led by the Academy Choir.
Each Pastoral Manager recited the Ode of Remembrance with a minutes silence observed by each and every member of the school community.
The most touching part of the service was the distinctive ending where every student wrote their thoughts and prayers on a poppy which was placed in the Cross of Remembrance. Mr Scott, Assistant Principal, Miss Paterson, School Chaplain, and Miss Hutchinson, Music teacher, would like to thank members of the Liturgy Group and choir for leading the event as well as all students for their exemplary conduct and reverence. Mr Scott said, “The Remembrance service is a high profile event on our Academy calender, as well as our commemoration of the World War One Centenary. Our students are fully aware of the sacrifices of our fallen for the freedoms that we enjoy today. Our students’ contribution to the event was quite simply outstanding and it is an event they will never forget.”
Pearl of Africa
The Ugandan Children’s choir visited St. Michael’s again on Friday 6th October 2017. They brought colour, life and music to the Academy building. Throughout the day they performed with Year 8 students, teaching them traditional African drumming, singing and dancing. They also performed for the rest of school during lunchtime outside on the field. They brought crafts that were handmade by themselves and the school they come from in Uganda.
The concert on the evening was open for staff, students and the Billingham Community. The choir performed songs and dances wowing the crowd from start to finish! The Academy raised over £1800 for the choir which will allow over 100 students to attend the Ugandan school for a year! Massive well done and thank you to all who performed and donated!
Students from St. Michael’s Catholic Academy were out in force for the Stockton Sports Awards, where once again they did not disappoint. The Academy had finalists in U16 Female Sport Achiever of the year, U16 Male Sport Achiever of the year and Team of the year. Students having a fantastic night picking up many honours!
The big winner of the night for the Academy (pictured centre) was 14 year old Melody Jones being crowned Female U16 Sport Achiever of the year. Melody is a champion in the making. She has fantastic sporting characteristics and a great desire to win. Melody competes on the schools swim, football, netball, cross country, cricket, athletics and rowing team and has received many honours along the way! She has competed Nationally for the Academy 3 years running and has made several regional school finals. Melody was also selected to represent the North East at the National School Finals in the 200m fly and relays winning 2 National bronze medals.
Outside of school Melody swims for BOSSS and is a member of the England talent program where she trains 22 hours a week and has won numerous medals both regional and National level. Melody competes at National level and won two silver medals in the 200m and 100m butterfly at 2016 National finals. Posting a time that would qualify her for British Championships. Showing true class and talent Melody has qualified for British Championships later this year.
In the male category England wheelchair basketball star Liam Readle won highly commended athlete of the year, for his continued outstanding achievements. Liam and Melody are true role models to younger students, their desire for sport and winning is second to none, they are true team players leading by example. Their talent and skill is widely known within the Academy and other students aspire to their talent and achievements.
Other finalist on the night include 12 year old National swimmer Leoni Jones finishing 6th in the female U16 Athlete of the year. Erin Donnelly again a National Swimmer finishing 5th in the same category. Gabriella D’Ambrosio international show jumping was the Academies final representative in the Female U16 athlete of the year who finished an impressive 4th at the age of 13.
On top of individual sporting excellence St. Michael’s had 2 National school teams also represented in team of the year section. The National swim team (pictured right) Melody Jones, Erin Donnelly, Laura McCluskey, Erin Flynn and Anya Cullum have competed at the Queen Elizabeth London Olympic pool for 3 consecutive years finishing as top state school in the Country. They were rewarded 4th best team. Narrowly being beaten by the National IZB team (pictured left) Liam Readle, Jacob Tempest, Morgan Rose, Dan Kelsey, Erin Donnelly, Annabelle Harrison, Szakera Las and Leoni Jones who finished 6th best in the United Kingdom.
St. Michael’s PE teacher Miss Leighton said ‘It was another fantastic night celebrating phenomenal achievement and dedication to sport. All students are a huge credit to the Academy and individually have super sporting CV’s and honours. I am extremely proud and honoured to work with such inspirational students who show the exceptional talent we have within the Academy.
A budding young chemist has discovered the formula for success after receiving the top award at a ceremony to recognise academic excellence and achievement. Former St Michael’s Catholic Academy student Tom Nimmo, 17, who swept the board with an impressive haul of 11A* grades in his GCSEs, returned to school to be hnoured with the St Michael’s Award – the highest accolade that the academy can bestow. Click here to read the full article.
Happy New Year from St Michael’s
It was a very busy end of term for St Michael’s in the run up towards Christmas. Click here to see some of the things we got up to.
Melody Jones a role model student from St. Michaels Catholic Academy has enjoyed a fantastic summer in swimming. 13-year-old BOSSS swimmer Melody competed in her first National Finals in Sheffield, achieving 2 sliver medals in the 100m and 200m Butterfly. Swimming to 3 personal best times in all butterfly events. Melody’s outstanding achievements have seen her being selected for the England Talent Programme for the 2nd year running.
A brilliant ambassador for the Academy, Melody has also helped the Academy Swim Team qualify for their 3rd consecutive National finals in the Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Pool, in London.
PE teacher Miss. Leighton said ‘St. Michaels are immensely proud of Melody’s had work and determination to succeed in both swimming and Academy life. We are extremely proud of Melody’s amazing achievements and we look forward to her extraordinary success in the near future. Melody’s success is down to her hard work and commitment and it is fantastic to see her dedication to training and competing pay off. Melody has achieved fantastic honors she should be very proud of”