Ten Tors 2018

May 14th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery | News | Sports - (0 Comments)

St Joseph’s School Ten Tors team were once again outstanding in their efforts as they completed their 35 mile course faster than any other team assigned the same route. Their blistering pace saw them arrive home at 9:50 am, placing them in the top ten out of over 350 teams competing over the 35 mile distance.

The team was made up of Year 10 pupils Joe Allen and Max Darwall, as well as Year 9 students Olivia Collings, Darcey Courtney-Bridgey, Arlen Morell-Davies and Chloe Smith. They showed a real competitive edge throughout, and a sense of teamwork that had shone through in training. They walked the first 8 Tors before camping on the Saturday evening, ensuring a good night’s sleep before setting off again at the permitted 6am start time.

The team is trained by Mr Sam Matthews and Mr Paul Hine. Team manager Mr Matthews said “This team have worked incredible hard over the training period and I had every confidence in them to achieve this challenge. Whilst the challenge is not a race, finishing so early and being first in from their route shows what a strong group these pupils are in terms of mental and physical fitness. They were superbly led by Joe and had one of the finest navigators in Max to get them around the moor.”

Despite their exhaustion, Chloe and Olivia, and a very proud Mrs Smith, had time to stop for an interview with the ITV West Country news crew on hand, and it was apparent to all ITV viewers just how much the girls – and the whole team – had gained from this unique experience.

Headteacher Mr Oliver Scott said “I am so proud of all the children have achieved, and the efforts of our outstanding staff to provide these opportunities for our pupils. We teach teamwork resilience and independence as key values for at St Joseph’s School, and to see these exemplified by Mr Matthews and his team is fantastic. They deserve every credit for what they have achieved, their success is quite remarkable.”

Duchy Cross-Country

March 28th, 2018 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

The 4th Race for the Duchy Cross-Country series took place on Friday 23rd March with the last event for this season due to take place on Friday 27th April. Again St Joseph’s School took a very strong team with over 30 pupils from Years 3 to 6 taking part. 8 pupils finished in the top 10 of their respective race a great achievement. Well done to all of our competitors.

The AstroTurf facility at St Joseph’s School, Launceston came alive on Thursday 22nd March as the school played host to a wonderful selection of happy children from Otterham Primary, South Petherwin Primary & St Stephen’s Primary to participate in the inaugural St Joseph’s School Multi-Skills Festival.

A whole host of activities were arranged to test the pupils’ skills of target practice, balance, hand-eye coordination and much, much more. Children from Years 1 & 2 joined together with the main aim being to have fun!

Pupils from Year 6 took the lead to demonstrate to the younger children and all really rose to the challenge – staff were really impressed with their maturity and ability to take a leading role. The teams rotated between different activity stations and the Year 6 students encouraged them to try out the different sporting activities.

It was a superb morning and our thanks go to Mr Cardoo for organising a fantastic event – we can’t wait to host next year’s multi-skills, where we hope even more local schools are able to take part.


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 Café, Bude who kindly sponsored the new Netball dresses.

On Tuesday 13th March St Joseph’s hosted a Nursery and Pre-School Sports Day. With a feeling that Spring was finally here, the 3 and 4 year olds took to the start line full of excitement and enthusiasm. Cheering each other on and with support from Year 6 pupils the children had a fantastic morning and impressed the staff and parents with their energy and athletic skills.

We would like to thank Tiny Tots Nursery, Smart Start Pre-School and Ducklings Pre-School for attending our Sports Day.