Yesterday saw the annual Junior Inter-house Netball tournament take place on the all-weather pitch. The weather was kind and children from Years 3 to 6 enjoyed an afternoon of friendly matches. The PE department were very impressed with the effort from all the teams involved. The winning team of the tournament were St Michael’s House with an amazing 20 points. Well done to everyone involved ??
PE Stars of the Month: the U9 rugby team are our collective PE stars of the month for November. They won the South West ISA Tag Rugby tournament and always work fantastically well as a team. Keep up the good team work boys ?
Well done to all those St Joseph’s pupils who competed at the ISA National Championships this weekend – a wonderful example of pupils competing at an extremely high level for their school. Having won through the ISA South West qualifiers, the team took to the road to compete in London – and came home with two gold medals, courtesy of Olivia Shute in Year 7.
Olivia managed to achieve the exceptional double of the Year 7 50 metre Backstroke title, along with the 50 metre Freestyle title. That she was able to achieve so highly was quite remarkable given the level of the competition, and a credit to the time and dedication she puts into her training and swimming out of school. She was not the only Shute to have medal success, however, as her younger sister Hollie was a key member of the squad that won Bronze for the South West in the 4x50m Freestyle category – a wonderful tribute to the sisters’ talent in the swimming pool.
As always, it is never just about those who step onto the podium, but about every member of the team, and qualification for the National Championships is a great achievement in itself, and one we will mark in the summer’s prize giving events. Very well done to Harrison Shaw, Ella Henry-Brock, Thomas Greet, Theo Marshall, Louisa Smith, Sapphire Bhatti, Marlo Downs and Jack Joshua, all of whom represented both St Joseph’s and the South West in the water.
Headteacher Mr Scott said “It is wonderful to see sporting success at such a level. Following our recent national success in the ISA Art Competition, it shows just what a standard the children here can reach. All of our swimmers have all done exceptionally well to qualify, and for Olivia and Hollie to gain the medals they have is just brilliant. Well done – very few children can say they are double ISA National title winners and it is a great achievement for Olivia to join such a select band. Very well done to all – everyone at St Joseph’s is very proud of them.”
On Saturday 10th November Ten Tors training for the challenge in May 2019 commenced. Thirteen pupils from Year 9 and 10 walked around 10 miles across a very wet Dartmoor! All pupils did very well in the testing conditions. Thank you to Year 11 pupils Max Darwall and Joe Allen for helping on the walk.
Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Ella Shaw who yesterday competed for St Joseph’s at the Millfield School Biathlon. The competition was tough but Ella excelled. She did particularly well in the run and finished in 2nd place overall. Ella is now looking forward to competing this weekend at the British Championships in Leeds. Well done Ella and good luck!?