Congratulations to the U14 and U16 netball teams who competed in the National Netball tournaments at Malvern, St. James. The teams competed in the pool competitions initially and faced tough oppositions throughout the tournament. The U14 team went through to the plate competition after the group stages and battled hard to win their first semi-final game. They then faced a tough opposition in the finals, and lost marginally to Hull Collegiate despite playing some fantastic netball. They finished 2nd in the plate competition and battled until the very end of their final game. The U16s came 2nd in their group stages only by goal difference. They went on to play an extremely tough quarter final and unfortunately lost 5-4 to the team who came 2nd overall. We would like to thank Vicky Innes for the extra coaching sessions which helped the teams prepare and Kirsty Davis who travelled with us and umpired at the tournament.

Well done to all the U16 team members who were Tillie Cholwill, Kitty May, Emma Honey, Ava McDiarmid-Hall, Bella Russell, Ella Henry-Brock, Sharni Harbour and Molly Barton.

Well done to all the U14 team members who were Belle Ferguson, Darcy Courtney-Bridgey, Issy Thorns, Lowenna Head, Ellie Tucker, Pippi Harris, Maddie Marsh and Holly Kerslake.

A special thank you goes to Sandymouth Cafรฉ, Bude who kindly sponsored the new Netball dresses.

Junior Inter-house Netball

February 26th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News | Results | Sports - (0 Comments)

Wednesday 21st February saw the annual Junior inter-house netball tournament being played. The conditions were perfect with a warm winter sunshine adding to the success of the event. The competition was hotly but fairly contested with great sportsmanship being shown all round. The standard was very high and the results were as follows:

1st- Michael’s

2nd- Catherine’s

3rd- Thomas’s

4th- Dominic’s

A big thank you go to our PE staff for organising the event and ensuring it ran smoothly as always.

Today 33 pupils travelled to Haldon Forest, Exeter to compete in the ISA South West Cross Country event. Despite the wet and windy weather conditions the pupils were full of enthusiasm!

After a tough run and competition from schools from across the South West we had a fantastic 9 pupils finish within the top 10 which means they will all qualify to go to the ISA National Cross Country event later this term.

Year 3 pupil Harrison Shaw came 1st place in the U10 race and Year 8 pupil William Collings came 1st place in the U14 race.

Both the U12 girls and U14 boys both won their overall team events and were awarded the team trophies ๐Ÿ†

Congratulations to all who competed today and good luck to those going through the National finals ๐Ÿ‘

On Sunday 21st January 10 students travelled to London after qualifying for the ISA National Swimming Gala to represent the South West. For some this was their firstย  opportunity to swim in the same world class arena that the Olympians of 2012 graced 5 years ago, for others this has been an annual competition in recent years.

Unfortunately two students Ella and Olivia succumbed to illness and were unable to compete on the day.

We are very proud of all of our students who swam superbly and had a fantastic day of competition. The atmosphere and experience of swimming in the London Olympic pool is one they will remember forever.

Well done to Eddie Cartwright, Sapphire Bhatti, Olivia Shute, Hollie Shute, Megan May, Mary Dowling, Tom Greet and Marlo Niekes.

A special congratulations to Year 6 pupil Olivia Shute who won three medals on the day โ€“ Silver for 50m backstroke, bronze for 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 200m medley relay.

At a time of great change in GCSEs nationally, one thing has remained constant: an exceptional 90% of GCSE pupils at St Josephโ€™s School, Launceston, gained the required 5 passes at grades 4-9 and A* to C including Maths and English that makes up the new national benchmark.

This year sees the first cohort graduating with their Maths and English results graded 1-9 instead of A*-G, and the pupils in both subjects did very well under the rigorous new examination system. The removal of controlled assessments for GCSE English has national implications, and pupil Mary Martinโ€™s level 9 in English Language was one of only a handful awarded nationally.

Four pupils gained over half of their results at the highest grades of either A*, A, 7, 8 or 9 which is an excellent achievement for those individuals and St Josephโ€™s as a non-selective school.

Strengths highlighted within the results this year at St Josephโ€™s were Science, Music and Economics.

Headmaster Mr Oliver Scott welcomed the results saying โ€œIt has been a testing time with all of the changes we have seen nationally, but I am extremely pleased with the results the children have achieved. Each of them has a great deal to be proud of, although their achievements over their time at St Josephโ€™s will always be measured by more than just examination results. I am delighted to see that we maintain such a high pass rate, and look forward to further successes for all those receiving their results today. My thanks go to pupils, parents and staff for all they have done to ensure the children enjoy a great start in life, and I am looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September.โ€

St Josephโ€™s recent Prize Giving evening showed the confidence and achievements that pupils take with them when leaving the school, aspects of their characters that the children will take forward as they move on to their next challenges.

These excellent results demonstrate the effectiveness of high quality teaching and small class sizes on offer at St Josephโ€™s. The school has achieved a consistently high standard of examination results for many years now, but it is not complacent and will seek to build on this achievement.

Very well done to the class of 2017.