Very well done to Year 1 pupil Willow for her wonderful piece of writing describing her day out at Lanhydrock. Mr Scott was very impressed when she proudly showed her work.
While Remembrance Day is always a moment for reflection and commemoration, 2018 had added poignancy as it marked the centenary of Armistice Day. Remembrance parades and services were held around the world, and her in Launceston many pupils of St Joseph’s School paid their respects to those of the town who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War and subsequent conflicts.
Pupils from Year 3 to Year 11 we involved in the parade, and were proud to take their part in the community’s display of remembrance. Head pupils Lucy Dickson, Joseph Allen, their deputies Morwenna Parkhouse and Alec McDonald and Year 10 pupil Chloe Smith read the names of many of those immortalised on the town’s War Memorial.
In doing so, they followed pupils from Launceston College who similarly paid their respects. All pupils did extremely well. The decision to have the voices of the children of the town’s schools read the names of men who were not much older than children when they died was a moving moment for all in attendance.
As Headteacher, I am very proud of all of those who took part.
Remembrance Day shows such a strength of community in Launceston, and we are honoured to play our part in ensuring that those who lost their lives in the mud of Flanders and beyond are not forgotten. Through acts such as this, with so many of our pupils taking part, we can make sure that, as Binyon urges, ‘at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.’
Community and partnership are key values at St Joseph’s School, Launceston and all involved in the Junior School are delighted this has now been recognised on the national stage with a nomination for Excellence and Innovation in Partnership at the Independent School’s Association Annual Awards.
St Joseph’s is one of only three schools to have made the final in this important category, one that shows both the value Independent Schools can bring to their community, and the value of working with others. The nomination recognises the hard work of the teaching and non-teaching staff in engaging with the local community, and working far beyond the classroom.
The school has worked hard over the past year to increase community access to resources and talents during the school day and beyond, something that is set to develop further in the coming year. Stand and Play, managed by the outstanding Mrs Hampton, has become a highly popular addition to the community offering for pre-school children, and allows children to develop in the outdoor setting of the orchard and outdoor classroom. Meanwhile, use of the school mini buses, hosting multi-skills and pre-school sports days and hosting maths teaching workshops, as well as science outreach and MFL offerings are key to community involvement.
Seeing the maturity with which Year 6 help children from local preschools and younger primary children at these events has been inspirational.
Headteacher Mr Scott said “I am delighted to see the hard work of so many outstanding members of staff recognised with this nomination. Whether we win at the Awards Ceremony or not, it is a credit to the willingness of those involved with St Joseph’s to go that extra mile that is recognised here. Well done to everyone involved. My thanks to the good people at the Independent Schools Association for recognising their hard work and passion.”
I am delighted to be able to announce that Mrs Caroline Skerry, our inspirational Year 4 teacher and all round St Joseph’s star, has made further waves in the world of science – her specialist subject, but just one of many at which she excels. Never one to stand still, Mrs Skerry has been in the process of applying for Leading STEM Educator status, and we have just had word that she has been successful.
The wise people at STEM Learning who have overseen her application wrote that “This application clearly demonstrates the change in practice and growth in confidence that the CPD you have undertaken has upon you, your colleagues and your pupils. We are pleased to award Leading STEM Educator.”
STEM Learning is an organisation with the stated goal of “working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” a laudable goal and one that we very much buy into here at St Joseph’s.
I am looking forward to seeing Mrs Skerry continue to inspire young people throughout the forthcoming academic year and beyond: well done Mrs Skerry, we are all very proud of you.