Well done to the Junior boys’ rugby team who represented St Joseph’s at St Christopher’s on Thursday 18th October. The team were victorious against both St Christopher’s A and B teams, as well as drawing against Polwhele 7-7. The results left St Joseph’s top of the group, winning the tournament. Well done boys 👏
It was fantastic to see two former St Joseph’s Head Pupils side by side in the waves recently as they taught surf skills to current St Joseph’s pupil Max Green. While Celyn Ensell-Bowen was Head Boy from 2015-2016, Beth Leighfield was Head Girl in 2014-2015 and it is very apparent that neither has lost the skills of empathy, communication and leadership that made them ideal choices for their prestigious positions as Heads of School.
Over the course of the summer holidays, both pupils have taken time out from their studies to coach surfing on the renowned Bude beaches. Mrs Green, mother to Max and current St Joseph’s parent as well as Head of Art, said that “It was rather special (to see them) as they are both previous Head Pupils and just thoroughly great role models.”
Beth is no stranger to the waves having twice been Under 18 Girls British Longboard Champion, as well as coming 4th in the Under 18 mixed English Nationals. Her love of the waves has even affected her place of study: she has transferred from St Andrews University to Exeter University’s Penryn campus in order to be closer to the best waves. Celyn’s love of the sea is evident too, as he is starting a Marine Photography degree at Falmouth University in the Autumn of 2018.
Both Beth and Celyn have worked all summer sharing their skills with the children of Bude and teaching countless holiday makers how to surf. Mr Oliver Scott, St Joseph’s Headmaster, said “It is always a pleasure to hear how well our Alumni conduct themselves. Beth and Celyn were a pleasure to teach, and I am delighted to hear of their current successes. They are a credit to themselves, and really demonstrate the values we speak of here at St Joseph’s. Well done to them both.”
After a successful performance at Exeter Arena for the South West ISA Athletics, St. Joseph’s had an impressive 15 students qualifying to represent the SW team at the national event at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Our pupils competed in a range of track and field events and joined up with pupils from other schools to form relay teams. The conditions were perfect in comparison to previous years of either heavy rain or hot sunshine; all of our pupils performed fantastically in their events and should be very proud of their achievements.
A special well done to three pupils who won medals in their events, they were presented their medals by two British Olympic Athletes Jo Mersh and Martyn Bernard.
Ella Henry-Brock won Bronze in the Year 8/9 girls Javelin and threw a distance of 24.99m. Ella’s biggest success of the day was her high jump in which she became a National Champion, with a winning jump of 1.55m.
Lucas Drayton won silver in the Year 8/9 long jump where he jumped 5.61m, the winner had jumped 2cm more than Lucas to steal first place; a very close competition!
Harrison Shaw, our youngest member for the team, competed in the Year 4 boys group. Harrison was a key member for the relay team who performed strongly together finishing in second place and taking home the silver medal.
Well done to all of those pupils who competed and thank you for the support from parents. We are very proud of not only their performances, but also their determination and fantastic attitudes they displayed whilst representing St. Joseph’s School.
Harrison Shaw, Sam Thomas, Lowen Courtney-Bridgey, Thomas Harris, Louisa Smith, Robert Rosevear, Florence Scard-Morgan, Lucas Drayton, Will Collings, Kellen Lincoln, Pippi Harris, Daniella Stevens, Ella Henry-Brock, Chloe Smith and Hermione Hartigan
Congratulations to Year 3 pupil Harrison Shaw who has now officially signed for Plymouth Argyle Football Academy. Harrison was spotted by PAFC at the after School and holiday clubs that Argyle Community Trust run here at St Joseph’s and was invited to attend the Holsworthy LPTD. His coach said ‘Harrison is always a pleasure to coach’.
We look forward to watching Harrison’s football journey with PAFC ⚽