Mrs Hudson was very impressed at the effort the Year 6 class put in to their recent topic homework on dinosaurs and fossils!
The children created masterpieces from lego, impressive cakes, clay, print and a variety of artwork. Children also created films, presentations and animation. Great work Year 6 what enthusiastic group of palaeontologists!
The Pre-Prep Science Club had fun with chromatography last week on Thursday after school. The children used marker pens on filter paper to draw pictures and make patterns. They then suspended their work over a cup so that is just dangled into the water. We watched the water make it’s way up the paper taking the ink with it. The results made beautiful butterflies once they had dried 🦋
Thursday 17th January was St Joseph’s second Year 9, 10 and 11 PSHEE Themed Day, introduced to ensure the very best experience for the children of the Senior School. Year 11s spent an active and thought provoking day visiting Exeter University with their tutors Mr Duff and Mrs Diffey, an inspirational visit as they prepare for Post-16 education. They were able to explore the campus, learn about the courses on offer and gain an understanding of university life and one possible path in their life after St Joseph’s.
Year 9 and 10 remained in school and took part in The St Joseph’s Apprentice challenge – designed to draw out many different skills that will be essential in the future lives. They were set the task to design a new facility for St Joseph’s, and had many focused tasks to complete throughout the day. These included persuasive writing, event planning, design and construction and even creating a radio advertisement.
The day encouraged team work as well as developing skills that are essential when looking at future employment. The final task of the day was to present their idea in the boardroom to St Joseph’s Headmaster Mr Scott and school Bursar Mr Barton, both of whom were very impressed with the creative ideas the pupils came up with. Pupils stood up very well in the face of some tough questioning as their ideas were tested in this challenging environment.
The groups spent a great amount of time and effort on their projects and constructed some impressive models to support their ideas. Well done everyone!
As part of our Able, Gifted and Talented programme within the Mathematics department a group of Year 8 pupils are spending the day at Plymouth University. They are attending the IET Faraday Challenge Days which are cross-curricular activity days covering Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). They give students the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. The event is set up and run by a team of STEM professionals, our future engineers are having a great day so far!