Remembrance Day 2018

November 16th, 2018 | Posted by Oliver Scott in Headteacher Blog - (0 Comments)

While Remembrance Day is always a moment for reflection and commemoration, 2018 had added poignancy as it marked the centenary of Armistice Day. Remembrance parades and services were held around the world, and her in Launceston many pupils of St Joseph’s School paid their respects to those of the town who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War and subsequent conflicts.

Pupils from Year 3 to Year 11 we involved in the parade, and were proud to take their part in the community’s display of remembrance. Head pupils Lucy Dickson, Joseph Allen, their deputies Morwenna Parkhouse and Alec McDonald and Year 10 pupil Chloe Smith read the names of many of those immortalised on the town’s War Memorial.

In doing so, they followed pupils from Launceston College who similarly paid their respects. All pupils did extremely well. The decision to have the voices of the children of the town’s schools read the names of men who were not much older than children when they died was a moving moment for all in attendance.

As Headteacher, I am very proud of all of those who took part.

Remembrance Day shows such a strength of community in Launceston, and we are honoured to play our part in ensuring that those who lost their lives in the mud of Flanders and beyond are not forgotten. Through acts such as this, with so many of our pupils taking part, we can make sure that, as Binyon urges, ‘at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

War Memorial Launceston

November 13th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

Today the Year 6 and Year 1 pupils visited the War Memorial in Launceston. The Year 6 children recorded names from the memorial and the wreaths to research as part of their topic on WW1. Both Year 6 and Year 1 also sketched drawings of the War Memorial. All of the children enjoyed their morning trip into Launceston to learn and research WW1.

Outdoor School

November 12th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | News - (0 Comments)
Last week the children at Stay and Play enjoyed creating explosive firework paintings. They also used torches to explore Moss Orchard hunting for bugs, insects and different plants 🐌🐛🐞
This week we will be talking and learning about hibernating hedgehogs. We will have the chance to create our own clay hedgehogs to take home!

Year 10 Work Experience

November 6th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News - (0 Comments)

Our current Year 11 completed their Work Experience placements during the school summer break. It is always enjoyable to listen to them enthusiastically relating their experiences. Before commencing the placement, many felt apprehensive and unsure about spending time with unfamiliar professionals in a working environment.

However, as always, the companies, organisations and schools who welcomed our students ensured that their time spent with them was both informative and enjoyable. All students felt a sense of achievement upon completing the placement.

It is interesting to see how the placements vary from year to year. Shani Harbour managed to secure a week long placement at Treliske hospital. The organisers informed me that over five hundred applications were received for about fifty placements. Shani is now considering following a career path that will lead her to become a qualified paramedic.

Emily Tucker successfully completed a week with Castle Vets which involved observation in the operating theatre. She says that it wasn’t as bad as she thought it would be! She is now looking to complete a second placement during Year 11 at an equine surgery.

Lily Truelove worked in the patisserie section in one of Rick Stein’s restaurants and other placements were completed at the National Trust, Nirvana Salon, Penmoor Nursery, NFU Launceston, Athelston’s and Cowslips craft centre.  Millie Turner, who is currently taking Photography at GCSE level, travelled to Birmingham to work in a studio with a  professional photographer.

Max Darwall spent a week with the architects CatchFrench Designs and came second in a competition to design a community area for recreational use. It was a real achievement to present and finish the drawings in just one week.

Issy Potts was very fortunate to secure a placement working with PHD students at the Queen Mary Hospital, University of London and another placement with an emphasis on science was acquired by Alec McDonald, who spent a week with a chemical engineering company.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who made this effort to secure placements for their own children and for other students from the school and once again to especially thank Jo Downs for the exceptionally high quality of the Work Experience  that she always provides for our students at her glass studio.

And so now to our current Year 10, our largest year group! I am fortunate this year to have Mrs Toulouse assisting me.
Kathryn Warren
Careers Coordinator

Cross Country for Junior Pupils

November 6th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News | Sports - (0 Comments)
Congratulations to the 12 Junior School pupils who ran during their half term in the first Duchy College Cross Country League Race of the season.
Year 5 and 6 race
Sophie Renfree 16 (1st girl)
Shannon Uglow
Freya Bailey
Indy Worth
Year 3 and 4 race
Harrison Shaw (1st boy)
Lowenna Harris
Isobel Willingham
Teagan Perry
Demelza Hallett
Oliver Uglow
Rhys Leeson
Henry Cox
Well done to you all.