Great to start the week with such a positive tone: Mrs Macaulay speaking to the Senior School in assembly about the importance of perseverance and how we learn invaluable lessons from our ‘failures’, while Mr Matthews’ Junior School assembly focused on friendships and how important respect is in our daily lives. Following on this theme, I answered the knock on the door during lesson one to be confronted by a charming group of Year 8 girls armed with their iPads and wanting a few words on what friendships meant, and what makes a good friend. Part of a lovely project for their year group assembly, so I have Miss Hemmingway to  thank for that, though it will be but one small part of a bigger film project, showing just how adept the children have become with their technology. Never a dull moment: next up, marketing meeting!

Well done to Year 11 for their hugely impressive GCSE results. Despite gloom in the national picture, 90% of St Joseph’s Y11 pupils achieved at least 5A*-C grades including Maths and English, and it was lovely to see every pupil receive results they should be very proud of. Well done Year 11!

The final night of We Will Rock You was a fitting conclusion to the three night, and one day, run of the musical We Will Rock You in the school hall. I was so proud of everyone involved, and to hear so much praise for everything the children and staff achieved was quite something. Thank you to everyone involved, and to all those who came to take their seats in the audience. A quite remarkable effort, closer to a professional show than a school play. These really are the days of our lives.

Do remember to log on to when making online purchases, set up an account and select Friends of St Joseph’s School Launceston, Cornwall as your good cause. Then, each time you shop online the participating retailers will make a donation to the Friends. Over £160 has been raised to date, thank you to all who have used the site so far. Simple, effective and free: and supporting the Friends, who support the school.

Do make sure you buy your tickets for the school production of We Will Rock You; it is sounding fantastic in rehearsal and the lighting and sound upgrade for the hall (thank you to the Friends!) will mean this really is a spectacular event! Tickets are available via reception, please don’t miss out on a chance to see the best of the music and drama the school has to offer! Tickets will also be available at Senior Prizegiving. Any help manning the bar or any other assistance on any evening would also be gratefully received.