St Mary’s students launch new book at Chesterfield Library


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Five students from St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield are set to launch the school’s 150th anniversary book at a special event being at Chesterfield Library on Saturday 6 December.

The students are part of a marketing team helping promote sales of the school’s brand new book, which has been written by local author and the school’s former Bursar Leonie Martin.

Priced at £15.99, all proceeds from the book are being donated equally to Ashgate Hospice and a school in Burkina Faso, Africa, which St Mary’s established and continues to support.

Taking place from 1pm – 4pm in meeting room 2 at the Library, the students hope that shoppers in Chesterfield will drop in to the event to purchase a copy of the book as well as meet the author and reminisce with current pupils and staff.

Already the book, which is called St.Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield – Celebrating 150 years, has received more than 50 pre-orders from past pupils all keen to learn more about the school’s fascinating history.

The illustrated book, which features more than 300 pictures, tells the fascinating story of how much the school has changed over the past 150 years.

Sarah Garland (18), a member of St Mary’s sixth form and part of the book’s PR and marketing team, said: “We’re really excited about the launch. It is a chance to celebrate this brilliant book as well as the school’s anniversary. There is so much interest in the book from past pupils still living in Chesterfield that we hope they will drop into the launch event and share their memories of the school with us.”


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The book will be on sale at St Mary’s School from December and at various events throughout 2014/15. It is available to pre-order now by emailing


St Mary’s Catholic High School is also keen for people to get involved with the anniversary for this special year. After 150 years there are many great stories and even photos of the school’s remarkable students and their achievements. If you’d like to get involved by sending photos or any special memories that you have of the school, please visit the website: