Over fifty pupils from St Joseph’s School participated in the annual Wadebridge Music Festival last week and won individual and group honours in a wide range of categories. This prestigious festival of Music and Speech runs for five days and includes speech, brass, choirs, instrumental and vocal competition classes.

The Junior Choir (Years 5 and 6) and the Senior School elite choir Canzonetta both sang beautifully and won their classes with distinction. Canzonetta  were also awarded the Townsend Cup and afterwards were given a masterclass with the adjudicator, Brian Husband on ‘The Bluebird’ by Stanford. The adjudicator’s comments included that Canzonetta featured a “very beautiful, focussed, gentle legato,” and telling them that they “engage most effectively, and sing with musicality, expression and poise.” Praise indeed for a very proud choir.

Many pupils also participated in instrumental and vocal classes. A special mention must go to Ben Hodgson who entered the festival for the first time and was awarded the Wadebridge Festival Singer of the Year.

Many congratulations to all the pupils who took part and a huge thank you to all the music teachers involved and the parents who came along and supported.

Well done to all of you!

Individual Wadebridge Prizewinners:

Year 4

Oscar Amankwah                                (Piano and Vocal)

Lowen Courtney-Bridgey                   (Piano)

Year 5  

Ben Hodgson                                       (Vocal)

Year 7

Alice Amankwah                                 (Piano & Vocal)

Fallon Gillies                                       (Violin, Piano & Vocal)

Year 8

Darcy Courtney-Bridgey                    (Piano and Violin)

Madeleine Marsh                                (Vocal)

Chloe Smith                                         (Flute)

Isabelle Thorns                                    (Piano and Vocal)

Congratulations to our Junior School Choir.

Winners of the Primary School Choir 2017 singing two contrasting pieces.

Well Done to Brontё

February 27th, 2017 | Posted by Annette Goswell in Events | News | Sports - (0 Comments)

Congratulations go to Brontё Stevens and her pony Southcroft Pimms who came 6th in the Great Trethew Point to Point Pony Race. This is only the second time they have taken part in Point to Point racing.

Juniors attend Life Skills Event

February 23rd, 2017 | Posted by Annette Goswell in Events | News - (0 Comments)

Life at St Joseph’s is not just a combination of academic and extra-curricular lessons, the children are also encouraged to be well rounded members of the community with an awareness of what is happening around them. As an important part of this, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) takes place from Nursery through to Year 11.

PSHEE education is defined by the schools inspectorate Ofsted as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. At St Joseph’s PSHEE is an exciting and essential element to all of the teaching and learning that takes place; this important and thought provoking subject is at the core of enhancing personal development and well-being and establishing a safe learning environment for all children.

As an exciting and hands on part of Year 5’s PSHEE curriculum the children visited Launceston Fire Station for a ‘Junior Life Skills’ event.

The aim of the event was to promote personal and community safety and this was achieved through practical demonstrations, promotional materials and informal discussions. The Exhibitors were the Fire Brigade, Road Safety, Western Power, Trading Standards, Railway Safety and the RNLI. All the presenters delivered the key PSHEE messages in an interesting, informative and enjoyable learning environment and the children benefitted from the time and care the Fire Brigade kindly put in to help them.

Always looking to make a difference, St Joseph’s pupils have been looking at how we as a school could make a positive change to the world we all share. And the shocking recycling fact that for each tonne of paper or card made from recycled pulp, 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill, 7000 gallons of water, 4200 kWh, 390 gallons of oil are saved and we can prevent 60 pounds of air pollutants  from entering the air that we breathe, prompted a major rethink of how the school treats waste.

As a school we had a large amount of paper, food and plastic waste, that was going to landfill. Realising this really couldn’t continue, St Joseph’s School Council spoke with school Bursar Mr Ian Barton and Estate Manager Mr Alan Thetford, and together they decided to join forces with Devon Contract Waste for our recycling and waste management. And from February 2017, the school is aiming for a Zero to Landfill target.

Pupils and Staff have embraced the initiative: new photocopiers and hi-tech print management software mean less paper is being wasted, and now when pupils print from their school provided iPads or the ICT suites, they can see the cost, both environmental and financial, of what they print. In addition, in the new dining room separate food and waste bins are provided so that the waste is sorted and lots of colourful posters remind everyone to think before throwing food waste into the classroom and outside bins.

We are looking forward to seeing how much waste is reduced and how we are helping the environment. A trip to the waste management plant is even planned for members of the School Council, who can then feedback to the whole school just how their hard work has helped the world beyond St Joseph’s, a world we all need to work together to preserve, protect and defend.