Eco-Schools Bronze Award

November 25th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | In The Press | News - (0 Comments)
Congratulations to our newly formed Eco Committee who in less than a term have already achieved the Bronze Award! Working with Mr Cattell and Mrs Jones, the Junior and Senior committee have been given this award to recognise their achievement in working towards a sustainable future for the school. The Junior and Senior committees each have action plans and now have varying targets to work towards. The next steps for the councils are:
1- To present their audits and action plans on a display somewhere in the school – watch this space!
2- To meet as a full Council, inviting governors as well as staff, and work out their first steps in addressing our action plans and making sure real change is effected in the school.
Well done to all of our enthusiastic Eco members: we look forward to working with them to achieve the Silver Award.

Children In Need 2019

November 19th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in In The Press | News - (0 Comments)

Last Friday, schools around the nation raised money for Children In Need. St Joseph’s school decided to take on the feat of collectively achieving the distance of Cornwall’s coast which is a massive 483 km. Throughout the day all students from Reception Class right through to Year 11 used the rowing machines, treadmills and bikes to reach the target. The Junior School pupils collectively swam 27 km during their swimming session, giving the rest of the school a great kick-start to the challenge. With great efforts and red faces we managed to swim, cycle, run and row a victorious 531km (330 miles) and raise over £280! Well done to everyone who participated and thank you to all who donated.
Ellie Tucker – Marketing Prefect

Full Steam Ahead

September 26th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in In The Press | News - (0 Comments)

We love this article recently published in the A+ Education Guide written by our very own Mrs Skerry!

Former pupil Zola Courtney has released her debut single ‘Nothing to lose’ ! A song about self-acceptance and “being honest about who you are”.
 
Congratulations Zola Courtney we are all so very proud of you and this fantastic single!
 
Zola joined St Joseph’s at age 3 and when leaving at the end of Year 11 secured a place on the Music Performance Course at The Brit School in London. Over the past two years Zola has been spending time writing and performing in London and LA working with a number of different producers and songwriters.
 
You can watch the full music video below. We look forward to hearing more music from Zola when she releases her first EP!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUDy9t7J0CY&feature=youtu.be
A Firm Foundation with St Joseph’s GCSE results.
 
Year 11 Students at St Joseph’s School in Launceston were celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results in 2019.
The results highlighted the remarkable academic achievements of the pupils at this leading non-selective Cornish independent school where small class sizes and excellent teaching saw 91% of grades at levels 4-9 and 89% of pupils gaining at least 5 grades at Level 4-9 including Maths and English.
 
This shows the strength of the school and the hard work of pupils who achieved such good grades. While staff were delighted to see fully 18% of grades at the new upper levels of 8 and 9 – an outstanding achievement by any measure – it was the success of every pupil that mattered to every teacher.
Headteacher Mr Oliver Scott said “St Joseph’s is a school where children of all abilities can flourish, and I am delighted to see so many success stories here today. I am very pleased indeed that under the tough new GCSE system we have seen year-on year improvement and we now have 37% of all results at grades 7-9, which is a great reflection on the staff and students here at our school.”
 
“It cannot be stated enough that leaving Year 11 is about more than GCSE grades – however good they may be – and it is the confidence the children gain through their time here, and the friendships they form that they take also with them into the wider world. I am immeasurably proud of all of our Year 11 pupils for everything they have done here at school, and we shall will miss every one of them a great deal.”
 
Whether joining in Reception like Nico Gruzdev or into Year 10 as was the case for Alec Macdonald, the results demonstrate the benefits St Joseph’s can provide for any pupil. This cohort of Year 11s had a reputation for being a strong team, and of working together to get the best out of one another.
 
Looking at the GCSEs achieved by the class of 2019, this certainly showed that the Firm Foundation for Life that the school aims to provide for every pupil has been built for each of those leaving St Joseph’s this summer.
 
Congratulations to our GCSE class of 2019.