Maths STEM day

January 15th, 2020 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

Tuesday saw Our Year 8 students, as well as a team of 6 Year 7 students, take part in the Faraday challenge day run by the Institute of Engineering Technology.

Students were in 6 teams for the day and had to tackle an Engineering problem set by Airbus. They took the problem from initial design to producing a working prototype, analysing and making changes to improve their design and finally giving a presentation evaluating the successes of their projects and areas for further improvement.

Everyone worked extremely well throughout. Miss McLean was pleased to see everyone having a role within individual teams and everyone contributing to the presentations at the end of the day. This was a tough challenge where students faced accepting failure as a key part of engineering solutions to real life problems. Everyone rose to that challenge and there was a competitive atmosphere throughout.

After a tough fought competition, Thomas, Phoebe, Melissa, Jack and Eddie were the winning team. Well done to all students for being such fantastic ambassadors of St Joseph’s and for being excellent engineers!

Ten Tors Training continues!

December 10th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

The Ten Tors training team went to the north part of Dartmoor for their 3rd outing this Autumn. As you can see from the pictures, the Okehampton area has many challenging hills and tors to climb. All pupils did very well in warmer, but windy and misty conditions. Their navigation is improving well, particularly with the help of ex-pupil Max Darwall who came out to help. The picture below shows the team walking up Steeperton Tor. Thank you to Mr Brown, Miss Hemingway and Neil Wraith for giving up their time to help.

Today our Pre-Prep children are spending the day at Lanhydrock House to find out about a Victorian Christmas. Here they are arriving this morning in the winter sunshine! Have a great day Reception, Year 1 and Year 2! 

A huge well done to all the St Joseph’s pupils who competed at the prestigious ISA National Swimming Championships in London on Saturday 30th November 2019. All those who represented the school at the inspiring setting of the London Aquatic Centre, home of the 2012 London Olympic swimming competition, had won through the ISA South West qualifiers. It was wonderful that seven St Joseph’s pupils travelled to the Olympic Pool to participate.

Just representing the school, and the South West, is a real honour and an accomplishment for every child. Congratulations to Year 8 pupil Olivia who came away with two fantastic medals: a bronze medal for the 50m breaststroke and a silver medal for 50m backstroke!

All of our pupils swam brilliantly with excellent first time swims in the Olympic pool, a setting that will certainly inspire them to every faster times as they continue their swimming. A great accomplishment for Rhys, Joseph and Rosie, and an event that saw new personal bests for Hollie, Louisa and Thomas.

Well done to all of the St Joseph’s swimmers for representing Cornwall and the South West with pride – a great achievement.

The Bossy King!

December 3rd, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

Yesterday at St Joseph’s we were treated to two fantastic performances of their wonderful Christmas play by our Pre-Prep children. This half term, our children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been working hard on their production of the ‘The Bossy King,’ and they didn’t disappoint when it came to the main events.

In the morning they performed to an excited audience of Key Stage 2 children and visiting preschool children specially invited from local nurseries, and in the afternoon the hall was packed with parents, grandparents, friends and family. The children really showed their excellent drama and singing skills, and the hard work their teachers and teaching assistants have put in really paid off.

Mr Henry Matthews, Head of Juniors, said “the children of Pre-Prep should be incredibly proud of themselves, all showing great enthusiasm, confidence and enjoyment on the stage which made for a superb event. A special congratulations must go to our Year 2 pupils who took on the lead roles of Narrators, The Three Kings, Shepherds, The Head Angel and of course the Bossy King himself played by Reuben. Well done to everyone involved and thank you for beginning the Christmas festivities at St Joseph’s with such a wonderful story.”

It was wonderful to see the children making the most of the many opportunities they have at school, and it was clear to everyone in the audience that with such talented children in the Pre-Prep, the future of the performing arts at St Joseph’s are certainly in very safe hands.