Year 3 and 4 had a fabulous time on their school residential at Moorland Hall in May. A yomp up Gibbet Hill to play games could have been ruined by the massive downpours but the St Joseph’s children are a hardy lot and the saying ‘ There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’ certainly applied. They were all wearing their outdoor school clothes so stayed dry and warm. The rest of the residential’s weather was more clement allowing the children to swim in the outdoor pool, do the leap of faith, make dens, stack crates and learn fire lighting techniques. We all had a wonderful time – thank you Moorland Hall.
Year 1 have been designing and creating their own paper mache hot air balloons with Mrs Hawke. Today they have started to paint and bring their designs to life. The hot air balloons are looking fantastic. We look forward to seeing the finished results!
On Wednesday 20th June 12 St Joseph’s School pupils travelled to Birmingham to participate in the highly prestigious ISA National Athletics competition, having recently qualified via their successful performances at the ISA South West event.
It was wonderful to see the strength of St Joseph’s representation, and huge congratulations to Ella Shaw, Louisa Smith, Jack Woods, Thomas Harris, Daniella Stevens, Alice Amankwah, Florence Scard-Morgan, Pippi Harris, Kellen Lincoln, Harrison Shaw, Jude Bunyard and Josh Thomas who all represented the school so well both with their fantastic performances and attitudes.
A special mention must go to Year 5 pupil Jude Bunyard who ran in the 4x100m relay where he was selected to represent the South West team with 3 other members from our area. They finished second, winning a silver medal. Well done Jude, you did brilliantly!
Finally congratulations to Year 10 pupil Ella Henry-Brock who became National Champion, winning the Shot putt at the competition. She achieved further glory when winning a silver medal in the high jump. Amazing work Ella!
Year 9 have been researching different educational models and designing their own dream schools. They will be presenting them to the class in English as a Speaking and Listening activity. We have discussed the merits of democratic schools and explored the Rudolph Steiner education system. There was much delight in finding schools where you don’t actually have to go to lessons! The schools students designed were innovative and original. They varied from having an intense sporting focus to being based wholly on an outside education experience. Amongst other things students designed menus, mapped the school day, created a behaviour policy and on their iPads designed the schools in 3D so we actually got ‘walked’ around the schools in the presentation.