On Monday the 5th December the Early Years and Pre-Prep children really got all at St Joseph’s and a packed auditorium into the festive mood with their production of ‘The Little Angel.’ It was a journey in story and song through all the enjoyable things associated with a Happy Christmas, finally arriving at the Bethlehem Nativity Scene. The newly upgraded sound and lighting meant the hall that was packed with the many parents and grandparents who attended in the afternoon performance saw their children given their very best possible venue to showcase their considerable talents.
The children all gave a wonderful performance after their dress rehearsal in the morning to the rest of the school. We are all very proud of them. Special thanks go to Mrs Kemp and the rest of our Early Years and Pre-Prep teams for all their hard work in putting together this festive spectacle for us.
On Thursday the 9th December the Prep department of the school put on their fringes and feathers, dusted off their spyglasses and joined the flapper girls, Inspector Spectre and a whole host of famous guests in performing to a packed audience the roaring 20’s thriller ‘The Mystery of Magpie Manor.’ The quality of the performing was outstanding and we were all very proud of them. The confidence, teamwork and opportunity to be part of something on this scale is something that will remain with the children for long after their makeup has been cleaned away.
There was a retiring collection for the Launceston Memory Café and the audience had the added treat of ice creams during the interval. A great evening was had by all.
Headteacher Mr Oliver Scott said he was proud of all the children who performed so confidently in front of their parents and guests and wished he could see it all again.
Cauliflower Card orders raised £96 – Thank you.
Preparations for the Friend’s of St Joseph’s Christmas Fayre are well underway.
Charlie Bear needs a middle name – Tickets for this and Raffle Tickets for some amazing prizes can be bought in Reception. You can pre-book a visit to Santa and/or to have your face painted at the Fayre or book for a free mini photo shoot at https://v1.bookwhen.com/maddielili. Be a Friend and Bake a Cake for the Fayre – details in Reception.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 26 November 10am to 1pm.
During the summer holidays Holly Whale appeared in Nicola Brice’s Ballet Show at the Sterts Theatre. This was followed by a week in Repton, Derby playing Euphonium with the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain cumulating in a fantastic concert.
Holly then spent a week at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint playing Trombone with Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines which ended with a great concert at the Naval base.
The rest of the summer was busy with rehearsals, a concert with Camborne Youth Band at Newlyn Fish Festival, a proms concert on Newquay Harbour with Mount Charles Band and a two day residential course with the Devon County Youth Brass Band.
Currently Holly is rehearsing for a concert with Camborne Youth Band on 16 October.
On 30 September St Joseph’s Year 10 Art, Textiles and Photography students had a day exploring the treasures of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. They were able to draw and take photographs from the wide variety of displays as part of the school’s commitment to ensuring the very best educational opportunities for all those in its care. It is an important part of a student’s Art education to have the time to look, observe, record and annotate, and to be shown these disciplines outside the classroom encourages inquisitiveness, as the students develop their confidence in making art in a range of media.
This was followed by a visit to Exeter Cathedral for the students to make further drawings whilst, experiencing the calming atmosphere the magnificent Gothic building affords, and enabling them to reflect on the day’s events. The trip certainly gave the pupils the opportunity to extend their education as they prepare for their GCSEs.
Mrs Green, Head of Art, said that a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and she is certainly looking forward to seeing how the students develop their ideas into a final piece of art. Year 10 pupil Hattie Loe said ‘we really enjoyed the freedom to discover the museum the trip gave us, and to have the time to draw there was so good. It was fun and we were learning at the same time;’ thoughts echoed by Elspeth Crozier as she said ‘the trip allowed us to see things differently, and will make a difference to how we make our art.’