On Monday 11th April the members of Miss Patten’s science club from last year were invited to the Otter and Butterfly sanctuary at Buckfastleigh to be presented with the schools Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award in recognition of the schools commitment to quality science provision. It was a hugely enjoyable day for everyone, and the children were even treated a talk on the work of the sanctuary. One of the true highlights of the day was coming face to face with some of the world’s most exotic butterflies. They also had encounters with inquisitive otters and watched them being fed whilst they showed off their swimming prowess underwater. The children were certainly very proud of their award as you can see.
Showing a real strength in depth for a small school, St Joseph’s School Launceston took 3 netball teams to this national event for the first time. Held at Malvern St James, on Saturday 5th March 2016, the U14 competition was organised as a league while the U16 was played as 2 pools followed by a knockout.
All 3 of the teams started strongly in their 7 minute each way matches. The U16 team scored 11 goals in each of their first 2 matches, supporting and encouraging each other throughout: their tactics paid off, and at the end of the pool they had won 3, drawn and lost 1 taking them into the cup knockout.
They met The Grange School in the knockout and, after a very hard fought match, the score was 11 all: the team organisers advised that we would go to a golden goal and unfortunately they lost! However, they should be proud to say they very narrowly lost to the subsequent winners and should take pride that they were quarter finalist of this national event.
The U14 Lightning team went from strength to strength, scoring over 75 goals in their 8 matches and only conceding 15. As they went into their final game against Claire’s Court the points showed that whoever won this game would win the event. Even under this pressure the team took a commanding first half lead to begin the second 6-2 in front, and they didn’t lose from this strong position. The U14 Thunder team again had a good start, their team spirit was strong and they played very well. When they came up against the Lightning team in an all St Joseph’s battle they tried superbly well and we saw a great level of determination from every member of the team.
We are very proud to say the U14 Lightning team were crowned the ISA U14 National Netball Champions for 2016.
Thank you to Vicky Innes for her input and expert coaching with all the teams over the last term, and to Imogen Eddison for her support at the event.
U14 Lightning Team – National Champions 2016
U14 Thunder Team
Following on from the success of 3 pupils at St Joseph’s gaining places in the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, a further two members of the Senior Chamber Choir and Canzonetta were successful in their auditions for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (NYCGB) which were held in November.
Rosanna Rowe and former pupil Cordelia Wood were awarded places in the National Youth Girls’ Choir of Great Britain. Following a record number of students auditioning for places in this choir, around 6 places were available across the UK for the Girls’ Choir.
The NYCGB comprises five constituent choirs for young people aged between 9 and 25: the National Youth Boys’ Choir for boys of ages 9-15, incorporating the specialist changing voices ensemble Cambiata Voices; the National Youth Girls’ Choir for girls of ages 10-15; the National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18; the National Youth Choir for mixed voices of ages 16-25 and the National Youth Chamber Choir for young professionals and those studying to become professional singers up to age 25.
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses which means its member can still sing with their regular choirs during the rest of the year. The two intensive residential courses provide excellent opportunities to develop vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.
St Joseph’s is extremely proud of the fact that, despite being a small school, it can proudly boast of having 9 pupils successfully auditioning for and taking part in national ensembles.
National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain: Cathryn Nuta [Tenor Horn, Year 9], Charlotte Nuta [Cornet, Year 9], Holly Whale [Euphonium, Year 9].
National Children Choir of Great Britain: Fallon Gillies [Year 6], Maddie Marsh [Year 7], Hattie Loe [Year 9].
National Youth Recorder Orchestra: Cathryn Nuta [Year 9]
National Youth Choir of Great Britain: Cordelia Wood [Year 8], Rosanna Rowe [Year 10]
If you have a talented son or daughter who would benefit from the musical opportunities at the School, please contact our Registrar, Rebecca Walker on email@example.com
Offer from Oxford for former St Joseph’s pupil
Great news for former St Joseph’s School pupil Bella Westlake as she aims for Oxford after securing a coveted offer to study at the world-renown institution. Bella, who left St Joseph’s with 7 A*s and 3 As at GCSE, is a real success story. This is shown as the place she has been offered is to study in the hugely competitive English Language and Literature faculty.
Bella said “I joined St Joseph’s in 2008, in Year Six. I enjoyed learning with my friends and teachers for six years overall, taking full advantage of the great teachers and extra-curricular activities. I am very grateful that my GCSE results reflected the education I received and the great deal of work I put in throughout my time at St Joseph’s. These have enabled me to apply for some of the best universities in the country. I was interviewed at Keble College, Oxford in December, and they have now offered me a place to read English Language and Literature in September 2016- something I am extremely proud of and grateful for.”
Everyone at St Joseph’s is extremely proud of Bella’s success, and wishes her well as she studies to gain the A Level grades she needs to take up her place. Well done to Bella for building on the Firm Foundation for Life that is the St Joseph’s School motto.