ISA Runner Up

March 26th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

As a member of the Independent Schools Association, pupils at St Joseph’s, Launceston have many opportunities to show their talents on the national stage in a wide range of disciplines, from sports to the Arts. In the most recent addition to the school’s busy calendar of Extra Curricular opportunities, pupils were given the opportunity to take part in the National ISA Shakespeare Monologue competition against entrants from all 513 ISA member schools, and we are delighted to announce that Year 7 pupil Ben Hodgson was runner up with his dramatic delivery of a monologue from Macbeth.

 In what was an exceptional performance, judges felt that Ben successfully got to grips with the complexity of Macbeth’s feelings of guilt in his speech, and showed himself to be the embodiment of the troubled King. This was a huge success for Ben, and added to what has been a very successful year for him on the ISA scene: in Autumn, he was announced as a winner at the ISA National Art Competition 2018 in the Sketchbook KS2 and Under for his Year 6 work. A former Head Boy of the Junior School, it seems the sky is the limit for this talented young man.

 In total, 13 students worked for a period of 6 weeks to pull together a dramatic performance of a Shakespeare monologue of their choice. Drama specialists Jo and Paul Diffey supported students and led them from initial read through to the final filmed performance. Their rehearsals in the school hall were quite something to behold, and really showcased the exceptional dramatic talents the school if fortunate to possess. In their reviews, judges also mentioned Jack Joshua in Year 7 for his Midsummer Night’s Dream performance where he was celebrated as ‘a fun Puck’. A huge well done to everyone involved, and a big thank you to Mrs Kate Diffey for overseeing the whole process.

On Friday Design and Technology students from Year 9 and 10 visited Princess Yachts in Plymouth. They were met by two fantastic members of the team, who gave them a tour of each factory. They experienced different stages of the production process from smaller yachts at 40ft to larger yachts at 85ft. They were also lucky enough to be the first group of students to step inside a near finished boat, where they could see parts made in the factory, finished and in place. Vicky Clansey gave a talk on the apprentice scheme, where we discovered the range of apprenticeships and amazing opportunities available with this established global company. We had a truly fantastic day. Thank you Princess Yachts, we have come away inspired and educated.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza 2019

March 25th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery | News - (0 Comments)
Our annual Easter Eggstravaganza took place on Friday evening. The Junior School was buzzing with children trying to work out the Easter code to win their Easter prizes! Using their Easter passports they travelled around the Junior School searching for letters and taking part in egg-citing activities. Once they had successfully cracked the code they headed to the dining room to create their own crowns.
On Friday we also held an Easter bonnet competition. The bonnets were fantastic – well done to everyone.

Rainforest Cookies 🍪

March 20th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | News - (0 Comments)
Year 3 had a wonderful morning in the catering suite creating their own Rainforest Cookies. They have been learning about Rainforests this term and used ingredients they might find in the Rainforest. They cracked eggs, weighed ingredients and mashed bananas to create some fantastic Rainforest Cookies. Thank you to the Year 9 GCSE Food students who supported our Year 3 bakers.

Nursery Sports Day

March 19th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

Thank you to all the wonderful Nursery, Pre-School and Stay and Play children who attended Sports Day this morning. We saw some fantastic running, jumping and most importantly lots of very happy children. Thank you also to our group of Year 6 children who demonstrated races and helped to look after our young visitors.