Last week we enjoyed a stunning performance of Scrooge – A Ghost of a Chance by the Key Stage 2 children at St Joseph’s. All the children performed amazingly and the audience were bowled over by their singing and acting skills. St Joseph’s is certainly now full of Christmas Spirit. A huge thank you must go to our wonderful children for their hard work, dedication and commitment to such a fantastic performance.
Well done to all those St Joseph’s pupils who competed at the ISA National Championships this weekend – a wonderful example of pupils competing at an extremely high level for their school. Having won through the ISA South West qualifiers, the team took to the road to compete in London – and came home with two gold medals, courtesy of Olivia Shute in Year 7.
Olivia managed to achieve the exceptional double of the Year 7 50 metre Backstroke title, along with the 50 metre Freestyle title. That she was able to achieve so highly was quite remarkable given the level of the competition, and a credit to the time and dedication she puts into her training and swimming out of school. She was not the only Shute to have medal success, however, as her younger sister Hollie was a key member of the squad that won Bronze for the South West in the 4x50m Freestyle category – a wonderful tribute to the sisters’ talent in the swimming pool.
As always, it is never just about those who step onto the podium, but about every member of the team, and qualification for the National Championships is a great achievement in itself, and one we will mark in the summer’s prize giving events. Very well done to Harrison Shaw, Ella Henry-Brock, Thomas Greet, Theo Marshall, Louisa Smith, Sapphire Bhatti, Marlo Downs and Jack Joshua, all of whom represented both St Joseph’s and the South West in the water.
Headteacher Mr Scott said “It is wonderful to see sporting success at such a level. Following our recent national success in the ISA Art Competition, it shows just what a standard the children here can reach. All of our swimmers have all done exceptionally well to qualify, and for Olivia and Hollie to gain the medals they have is just brilliant. Well done – very few children can say they are double ISA National title winners and it is a great achievement for Olivia to join such a select band. Very well done to all – everyone at St Joseph’s is very proud of them.”
On Saturday the 24th of November, St Joseph’s played host to a spectacular Christmas Fayre that brought together both members of the school community and those from further afield. The school’s newly formed PTA did an outstanding job organising everything from the wonderful array of stalls on show to the food, drink and activities that made the day go so well.
The school Hall hosted the majority of the stall holders, selling everything to make Christmas such a special time of the year. Games, goodies, clothes and stunning art of all varieties, as well as local wine, books, and flowers meant there was something for everyone, ensuring all those in attendance left with smiles on their faces.
Local pasties and other foods were also on offer, along with delicious mulled wine that lent the dining room a very festive aroma. Meanwhile, the children were entertained in all manner of ways: face painting, candle making, biscuit decorating, teddy tombola, lucky dip and more besides. Sweetie cones ensured energy levels were maintained for the younger members of the school community, while a spectacular array of cakes ensured parental appetites were similarly sated. Artisan breads, homemade jams, chutneys and more meant everyone had the opportunity for a yuletide taste sensation.
The hall filled at 12:30 for the prize draws, with the raffle having proven the hottest ticket in town. With prizes including a stay in a luxury shepherd’s hut at Landrend’s, a spectacular Jo Downs mirror, £100 in Tesco vouchers and the opportunity to Win Christmas (a package that included a tree from Homeleigh Garden Centre, a splendid hamper and vouchers for Philip Warren Butchers) amongst many other prizes that had been generously donated, the winners all left happy.
The final draw for the Barrow of Booze was awaited by a packed hall: £1 tickets meaning the lucky winner went home with a beautiful bright pink wheelbarrow, filled to the brim with wines, port, champagne, fizz and all manner of other drinks that would last through any festive season. The prize was won by a very happy St Joseph’s parent – one of many who went home already looking forward to next year’s event.
Headteacher Mr Scott said “The success of the Fayre is a real tribute to the hard work of the PTA and the many parents and staff who freely gave of their time to make this happen. Particular thanks to Mrs Cara Amankwah for her hard work as acting Chair of the PTA, and Mrs Dickson and Mrs Weymouth for their roles on the committee. It is wonderful to raise funds for both the Cornwall Air Ambulance and play equipment for the children. Nothing succeeds without hard work and careful planning, and I was delighted to have so many lovely comments about the Fayre. Quite apart from their purchases, the friendly family atmosphere and sense of teamwork is what I want people to take away from today, something I want the children to experience every day in school. St Joseph’s is a special place to work and learn, and I am very proud of everyone involved in making the Fayre such a success.”
Join us for festive treats this Saturday at our Christmas Fayre. Doors open at 10am. We hope to see you there 🎄