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.
Congratulations to all the St Joseph’s pupils who ran at the ISA SW Cross-Country event at Haldon forest on Wednesday 25th January. All the pupils ran very well and there was great support and kindness shown throughout the event, as well as some very competitive running. St. Joseph’s won 5 team trophies; an amazing achievement by the Year 4 girls, Year 5 and 6 girls, Year 7 and 8 boys and girls and the Year 9 and 10 girls.
The 22 pupils who were placed in the top 10 have been selected to represent the South West team at the national finish at Princethorpe School near Rugby on Saturday 4th March. For a school of this size to have 10% of their pupils representing the South West is impressive indeed.
The pupils were: Michael Barton, Max Darwall, Henny Morrell-Davies, Ava McDiarmid-Hall, Lily Truelove, Emma Honey, Kellen Lincoln, Robin Smith, Will Collings, Peter Ray, Max Russell, Daniella Stevens, Chloe Smith, Ella Henry-Brock, Kitty May, Ella Shaw, Louisa Smith, Freyja Malin, Sophie Renfree, Shannon Uglow, Lowen Courtney-Bridgey and Sam Thomas.
Above and beyond the achievement of just taking part and being selected to represent the South West team, special congratulations should go to Michael Barton and Freyja Malin who were winners of their respective events!
For St. Joseph’s swimming team it was an early morning start as they headed to the prestigious venue of the London Olympic swimming pool to proudly represent the South West team in the ISA National Swimming Gala on Saturday 21st January.
With success that belies the school’s small size, St. Joseph’s School made up a large part of the South West team having performed brilliantly in the regional qualifying event earlier in the year. All St Joseph’s pupils from Nursery through to Year 9 have weekly swimming lessons as part of their curriculum, and with the support of dedicated swimming coaches the school has produced some outstanding swimmers.
There was a great atmosphere at the pool and passionate support from pupils and parents who had also made the journey from Cornwall to cheer pupils on from poolside.
While there were outstanding performances all round, special mention must go to Peter Ray who won a bronze medal in the Year 8 Boys’ Backstroke and to Molly Barton who won Silver in the Year 9/10 girls Individual Medley and also achieved one of the day’s best results with a Gold medal and a National Record for the back stroke.
Headmaster Mr Oliver Scott said “huge congratulations to all the those who took part in the event; for a small school to have such a number competing in a National Event is exceptional and I am very proud of the whole team, and the staff who have prepared them with the skills and determination to do so well. It’s great to see Launceston making such an impression at the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. Well done to everyone involved.”
This tournament took place on Wednesday 18th January at Trinity School, Teignmouth. St Joseph’s was represented by one team comprising of Year 5 and 6 and two Year 8 teams. The day was bright but cold, the players warmed up thoroughly and started to play with great focus and enthusiasm. The youngest team went from strength to strength, their patterns of play became quicker, their interceptions strong and balanced and they began to use the space well, they finished the afternoon with a great win!
The U13A team were unbeaten and scored over 45 goals during their 5 matches, they worked really hard, supporting each other well and demonstrating excellent skills. The B team started strongly beating Appleford School but were up against some tough opposition and they finished 4th in the competition.
Congratulations to all the pupils but especially to the U13A team, the winners of the ISA SW Netball Tournament 2017. This team have now been selected to play at the U13 National Netball Tournament which takes place on Sat 25th March at Oundle School near Peterborough.
Last year Bella Russell enjoyed playing County Netball along with Tillie Cholwill, Ava McDiarmid-Hall and Georgia Bolton. Last term she was delighted to be promoted to the next level, attending the Regional Academy in Truro. Bella went straight into the Regional Team for Cornwall’s Saints Club and her success is such that she has now been invited to join the Regional Performance Academy in Bath as an Affiliate which means training at Bath University twice a month. This RPA opportunity is excellent for Bella’s development and will lead to her being able to trial for Team Bath or Severn Stars U17 National Performance Foundation League Squads. Congratulations Bella!