On Tuesday 28th June Years 5 and 6 went to Plymouth Pavilions to listen to the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert was called MusicMix and featured the full 60-piece orchestra. We listened to orchestral music from Haydn and Brahms as well as popular TV and film music including Doctor Who and The Incredibles. Towards the end of the concert everyone in the audience sang ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ accompanied by the orchestra. We all had a great time and it was a wonderful opportunity to participate in a live orchestral event.
On 6th of July the curtain went up at the Town Hall, on St. Joseph’s School’s production of the musical ‘Fame’. Staff and pupils put months of hard work into the production which played to sell-out audiences on both nights.
The musical tells the story of the hopes and aspirations of a group of young students at PA, a school for performing arts. This scenario gave ample opportunity for St Joseph’s pupils to show off their singing, dancing and acting skills in a production which bubbled with energy.
There were strong performances from the lead characters: Abi Logg as the actor Nick Piazza, Grace Waterhouse as actress Serena Katz, Harriet Dawson as ‘comic’ actor ‘Joe’ Vegas, Lucy Bruton as the tragic Carmen Diaz, Millie Boardman as hip hop dancer Tyrone Jackson and Grace Hocking as the strict English teacher Miss Sherman, all of whom sang and acted with great panache. There were some tremendous song and dance routines from the whole cast, every individual performing with infectious enthusiasm.
The team behind the scenes including Directors Jemma Bateman and Rosemary O’Brien, Music Producers Ashley Withey and Elisabeth Mann, Choreographers Teresa Sparrow, Jane Gardner and Sarah Watson and the Production team Tracey Ivell, Rebecca Walker and St Joseph’s pupils are to be congratulated on a highly professional production which was clearly as much fun to perform as it was to watch.
A fantastic year of achievements was celebrated at the annual Junior Prize Giving at Launceston Town Hall at the end of the Summer Term 2011. The school welcomed parents and families and the Mayor and Mayoress of Launceston, Mr and Mrs Tremain.
The evening began with a charming music concert by the Junior Orchestra accompanied by Mr and Mrs Jones. This was followed by Year 2’s performance of Let’s Go Fly A Kite and shortly after the String Group performed Fiddle Time.
Next up the Year 6 class performed Wavin’ Flag followed by the Junior Chamber Choir performing I Can See Clearly Now.
The music concert ended with 3 songs by the whole Junior School Choir. All of the children sang and performed beautifully.
The pupils and parents were delighted when Mr Jo Absolom (Guest Speaker) known, for his acting roles in The Bill, Doc Martin, Silent Witness and many other TV shows spoke about his acting career and encouraged pupils to follow their dreams.
The evening concluded with an award ceremony where a number of pupils received prizes for their fantastic achievements throughout the school year. Mr Absolom presented the children with their awards.
Pictured above is Mr Jo Absolom presenting the Stephen Body Sports Cup For All Round Endeavour to Year 5 pupil Michael Barton.
Pictured above is the newly elected Mayor, Rob Tremain and the Mayoress, Pat Tremain with Christopher Thorns and Beth Chadburn
On Wednesday 25th May, Chris Thorns and Beth Chadburn in Year 5 attended the election of the new Major of Launceston at the Town Hall. Chris and Beth were very proud to be representing St Joseph’s and showed a keen interest in the election ceremony, particularly as they both represent the school’s own council. Beth and Chris said that they found the whole event very exciting and felt immensely proud to be participating in such an historic occasion.
Pupils and staff from St Joseph’s enjoyed the last week of term and celebrated the beginning of the festive period with a Christmas Lunch.
Pictured above are Year 7 Pupils Tom Bolton, Edward Clark and Joseph Helps with Mr Colin White – Maths Teacher.