St Joseph’s pupils past and (nearly) present were singing together for the First Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall last week as they took part in the BBC Proms Youth Choir. The girls had all been part of St Joseph’s prestigious Canzonetta choir during their time at St Joseph’s, and it was this experience that provided the platform for their selection as part of Cornwall Music Hub.

The girls taking part (L to R) were Naomi Gillies, Daisy Cooper, Florence Losasso, Hannah Carnegie and Rosanna Rowe, with Frankie Gilbert kneeling. Naomi left St Joseph’s in 2012, Hannah in 2013, Frankie in 2014, Daisy and Flo in 2015 while Rosanna left just this summer. They said of St Joseph’s highly renowned former Director of Music, Mrs Elisabeth Mann and her husband Jonathan “We all want to say a big thank you to you and Mr Mann, none of us would be here tonight if it wasn’t for you and our Canzonetta experiences!”

The BBC Proms Youth Choir recruits up to 350 young singers from various choirs and music hubs from every corner of the UK, who then rehearse in their local areas with their own leaders across the year.

As the performance approaches, the BBC holds a four-day intensive rehearsal residency: this year, 2017 the Proms Youth Choir is made up of singers from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Choir, University of Birmingham Voices, selected singers from the Cornwall Music Hub, the Black Country Music Education Hubs and the London-based Proms Youth Choir Academy.

Rosanna Rowe added “It was a wonderful experience. I’ve learnt so much… I don’t know if you know John Adams’ Harmonium or not but when you hear you’ll realise how crazy it is. Both time and key signature changes nearly every bar and the rhythms are just obscure! Not to mention how high it is…it was intense but great fun. It also splits into 12 different parts so you have to concentrate like mad. I sung 1st Soprano. Flo and Daisy were 2nd Sopranos and Frankie, Hannah and Naomi were Altos. It’s been a massive challenge but I’ve definitely learnt a lot!”

Very well done to all the girls involved, and to Mrs and Mr Mann for their work with the choirs over the years. With the appointment of Mr Peter de Blois as St Joseph’s new Director of Music, all involved in the school look forward to a bright musical future for the school.

Sports Day 2017

May 17th, 2017 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery | Sports - (0 Comments)

The sun shone for St Joseph’s Sports Day 2017 which was held for the first time at Exeter Arena Athletics track, the same venue used for the ISA South West Athletics competition.

This new venue enabled both Junior and Senior Sports Day to run on the same day, more runners to participate per race, field events to run simultaneously with track events and the discus and triple jump events being able to run for the first time for senior school pupils.  There was a fantastic supportive atmosphere between the different year groups as well as creating role models for the juniors to aspire to as they move up through the school.  There was also fantastic support from spectating parents.  The level of competition was extremely impressive and pupils were very enthusiastic to take part in as many events possible to win vital points for their houses.  Performances were inspired, with an impressive total of 8 previous school records broken and the juniors now have school records in place that they will also be aiming to break in future years.   Please see the document links below for a full list of school records including the new 2017 junior records.

The PE department would like to thank all staff who made this day possible including the bus drivers, kitchen staff, staff who remained at school and all the staff at the event on the day. 

A special congratulations to Senior Trerice House and Junior St Catherine’s House who won the competition overall. The only disappointment of the day was the performance of the staff relay team, who were beaten by two of the pupil teams!



A lovely first meeting of the Chess Club here as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award. Well done to Year 10, looking forward to more meeetings, and hopefully more sunshine, soon.

It is a beautiful morning on which to welcome everyone back for what will be a busy and exciting term here at St Joseph’s. I look forward to seeing staff, students and parents soon, and hope everyone has had a lovely Easter break. 

WW2 Experience

December 13th, 2016 | Posted by Annette Goswell in Events | Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

Years 4 and 6 are engrossed in a WW2 Experience today