Last week a selection of students from Years 4, 5 and 6 went to the North Cornwall Book Festival and had the opportunity to meet famous novelist Liz Kessler, poet Matt Windless and listened to traditional Cornish tales from Mazed tales. All the children had a fantastic time and especially enjoyed the drawing class given by Horrible Histories Illustrator, Martin Brown!
European Day of Languages
On September 26th, the whole school got involved to celebrate European Day of Languages. Some teachers adapted their lessons in order to include foreign languages. The Juniors played some games that included French instructions that pupils had to follow and Miss Hemingway taught them about sports played in different countries which they got to try out. Year 5 did some counting in Spanish as part of their Maths lesson with Mrs Jones. In History lessons, Year 7 pupils studied the story of Tollund man (Denmark), the Year 8s learnt about the Spanish armada, Year 9 pupils studied the Schieffen plan (Belgium, France and Germany), the Berlin wall was the focus of the lesson for Year 10 students and Year 11 students learnt about the Renaissance (Italy). In form time, Mr Cattell spoke in Polish as he used to live in Poland.
The canteen staff served some delicious dishes from European countries. The Italian lasagne was a hit! There was British trifle for dessert.
In form time, all pupils in the Senior school took part in a quiz which was tun by the House prefects. All Houses got points for getting involved. It was a very close contest but Trerice won by getting full marks.
The highlight of the day was the Cake Competition. We had 30 entries from Reception all the way to Year 11. Some of the cakes looked so amazing! We had several categories and the winners were as follows:
Elsie Crompton for best taste (with a gooey chocolate cake)
Ruby Kirkwood and Miss Betambeau for best icing (with a map of Europe and a Royal wedding cake)
Erin Dickson for best authentic recipe (with a Polish cake)
Edward Walters for best decorations (with flags decorated with sweets)
Will Rosevear and Mr Cattell for most imaginative (with the Colosseum and the Polish sandwich cake)
Rosy Renfree for most adventurous (with the Tower of Pisa)
The cakes were sold to collect money for our school charity and we raised £96. Kellen Lincoln, Arlen Morrell-Davies and Nathan Brent were amazing at helping to sell the cakes all day.
The Modern Foreign Languages Department was overwhelmed by how the whole school got involved and we feel it was a great success! We already have ideas for next year’s European Day of Languages.
Mrs Paton & Mrs Scott.
In what was a wonderful Junior School occasion, last week parents, grandparents and friends gathered to enjoy a wonderful Junior School Harvest Festival last week. Children throughout the Junior School performed poems they had written, shared pictures of their favourite fruits and sang songs of harvest to this very special, and very proud, audience. As always they were fantastic and of course everyone enjoyed the classic song ‘Big red combine harvester’. All involved with the Junior School and the wider St Joseph’s community are incredibly proud of all our children and each time they perform to an audience it seems to get better and better. We are now looking forward with real excitement to the Christmas Productions!
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Launceston Food Bank. They are extremely grateful for the generosity shown in supporting those so desperately in need of all that was donated across the school. A big thank you goes to Dylan, our Junior charity prefect who helped to organise the collection. Fabulous to see, particularly as he only joined the school in September. Well done to Mrs Houghton and all those involved in baking the beautiful harvest loaf as well as to the indefatigable Mrs Smith for producing such an event in the few short weeks since we returned in September.