The sun was shining yesterday for the annual Year 9 & 10 inter-house Hockey competition. We are just waiting to add the Year 7 & 8 results before announcing the house winner! Well done to everyone who represented their house, it was a fantastic afternoon of Hockey 👏🏑
Thank you to the wonderful @NSPCC who gave a fantastic assembly to our Junior School today. The children were proud to have raised £104 during their wear something green & walk a mile challenge before half term & support the work of the #NSPCC #speakoutstaysafe @NSPCCLearning
Yesterday Year 1 had fun practising the names for parts of the body in French, with a Mr Potato Head dice game! Their pronunciation is brilliant. Mrs Scott is very proud! Well done Year 1.
French is taught from Reception Class to Year 6 at St Joseph’s with Spanish and German introduced in Year 7. There are many benefits for younger children learning an additional language. According to studies, foreign language learners also tend to have better-listening and sharper memory retrieval skills and it also increases their creativity, critical thinking skills, and flexibility of the mind. (source Schools Trust).
Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Max Green who has been awarded the Bude Waveriders Surfer of the Year Trophy, Max also won the Intermediate Surfers’ Surfer Trophy and his Surfing England Level 5 Pass proficiency certificate. This is a fantastic achievement. Bude Waveriders is the largest surf club in England with over 100 members of all ages. Max follows in the footsteps of previous winners of the trophy: Barnaby Cox, Stanley Norman and Ellie Turner who are all currently Great Britain representative surfers. Max finished 13th in this years national ‘Under 12 Grom Search’ and hopes to improve on this next year. Max has been coached by previous St Joseph’s Head Boy, Celyn Ensell-Bowen and previous Head Girl Beth Leighfield. Well done Max!
Breathe with me at St Joseph’s School
A fundamental breathing exercise is poised to become a global art movement, thanks to the efforts of the Danish-born, Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. He began the practice of conscious breathing about ten years ago after he suffered an emotional breakdown and has been steadily incorporating the technique in his work Breathing Watercolours, where the lengths and depths of his breathing guide the execution of his paint strokes, and subsequently, inviting visitors to his exhibitions to do the same.
‘After just two exhales of drawing these strokes, they would just look at me and say, ‘I have never felt my breath like this in my life,’ Hein recalls. ‘I’d been doing it for five to six years on my own, but to see other people reacting very strongly, when many just take for granted that we’re breathing, really made an impact on me.’
Inspired by that reaction, Hein invited audiences from around the world to paint their individual breaths. Painted in ultramarine blue, each linear brushstroke represents the exhale of an individual’s breath. Largely variable, due to each participant’s height and lung capacity amongst others, the result is a wonderfully diverse set of simple lines that powerfully stand together as a whole.
In Central Park New York Breathe With Me welcomed public participants to paint their breath with brushes and paint over six large canvas waves, spanning 600ft, that will wind their way through the heart of the park.
Breathe With Me takes together, today and in the future,’ Hein explains. ‘Ideally, it will encourage people to breathe together “
Last week as part of PSHEE, Year 1 used the Breathe with me techniques inspired by Jeppe Hein in their classroom. The results were beautiful and of course all unique! Well done Year 1.