Sport & The Arts
At St Margaret Mary Catholic School we have made a pledge to develop the Performing Arts as part of the well-rounded curriculum. Further to this, as a Catholic school, it is our duty to embrace, promote and develop every child’s God given talents. Whether children decide to perform on stage or help out behind the scenes the creativity of our children is embraced.
Each year group has timetabled dance sessions throughout their week and music lessons are delivered by a specialist teacher. Our extracurricular timetable includes dance, drama and choir; furthermore, we also offer private music lessons to children from Yr 1 upwards.
Our school participates in many festivals, these include the Shakespeare Schools Festival and Carlisle District Music & Drama Festival. Children have the opportunity to celebrate the richness and depth of human expression in all of its forms.
Through creative expression, children learn to comprehend our world better and are therefore better equipped to navigate the challenge beyond at Secondary School. The Arts helps build the confidence of our children and the talent that children discover through the arts can form habits which transcend all areas of study. Our school offers children the chance to grow and express themselves to their peers – this again is developed further through the arts.
Over the course of the year our children perform in many productions, both in school and on a professional stage. These performances give them a chance to showcase their acting, singing and dancing skills.
Our extensive playing field and array of sports equipment enable us to offer a wide variety of sports including: athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross country, hockey, netball, rounders, football and rugby.
Our school has many sport teams ranging from gymnastics to football. Our extensive after school clubs allow access to many sports outside of the curriculum and our children participate in various competitions and festivals across the school year.
Furthermore, our children also get the chance to dance in professional festivals across the school. We believe it is our duty to ensure that our children get the chance to showcase their talents and develop their skills.
All pupils follow a physical education programme that aims to promote health and physical development. Competition is encouraged through internal house competitions and fixtures against other schools and through the involvement with the Cluster Sports Partnership.
Activities also include Irish dance, cheerleading, cycling and swimming. We also ensure that, as well as promoting sport and competition, we focus on healthy living and each child is trained in first aid.
The highlight of our sport calendar is Health & Fitness Week - this is a whole week dedicated to sport. Not only does this include our sports day and Race for Life event, but it allows our children a taste of new sports such as boxing, taekwondo, canoeing and archery.