Year 11 Leavers - Sam Brown & Sister Maureen Awards
This week we said a fond farewell to our Year 11’s. During the Year 11 leavers celebration we awarded the annual “Sister Maureen” and “Sam Brown” awards.
Victoria Sosin was awarded the Sam Brown award. Victoria’s contribution to sport has been fantastic, showing commitment and enthusiasm which is praiseworthy in itself. She has been a wonderful role model in terms of sportsmanship for many of our other students.
The Sam Brown award has been handed out at St. Mary's since 2008, to recognise the outstanding sporting contribution of one student. Sam is a former student at St. Mary's who tragically lost his life, the week after he left St Mary's for his GCSEs. He was an extremely talented sportsman and we have this award to remember Sam's life.
Mia Patmore was awarded the Sister Maureen award. Mia was nominated for the award by a number of different staff for her service to St Mary’s. Mia’s contribution to the ethos of our academy community has been wonderful and she has shown commitment and enthusiasm. She has been a great role model for many of our students.
Sister Maureen was born in Blackpool in 1932 and attended Layton Hill Convent as a pupil along with her two other sisters. She entered the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1953 and following her studies at Oxford University returned as a teacher of Science at Layton Hill Convent. In 1966, she became the Headmistress of the Convent and guided Catholic Education in Blackpool through an amalgamation with St Joseph’s College and then All Saints School. She became the Headteacher of the largest Catholic secondary school in England in 1982, she led 1,800 students, 120 full time teachers and four sets of ancillary staff.
During the late sixties and early seventies, it was still difficult for young Catholic girls to break free from the very traditional career path that was the accepted norm at this time. Sister Maureen, however, was instrumental in making her students really believe that they had the talent, skills and confidence to become high achievers. There are hundreds of Blackpool girls, who attended Layton Hill Convent, who are grateful to her for inspiring girls to go on to higher education and build their own futures.
Congratulations to Mia and Victoria, these awards are very well deserved.
We wish all our Year 11 students the best of luck in their future endeavours and hope to see many of them joining us in our sixth form in September.