Tudor times for Year 5

November 16th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News - (0 Comments)

Year 5 Pupils


On Monday 14th November Year 5 enjoyed a Tudor World day in Falmouth. We spent the morning at the National Maritime Museum where we learnt about the difficulties of sailing a Tudor ship and all the exciting things they discovered. In the afternoon we went to Pendennis Castle for a Tudor time capsule workshop where we handled replica artefact’s and finally we had a great time investigating the Tudor Keep and trying on Tudor clothes. A big thank you to all those involved.

St Joseph’s School in Launceston, Cornwall has won the Outstanding Progress –Independent School Award at the sixth annual Education Business Awards ceremony in London. Hosted by former BBC presenter Moira Stuart OBE the ceremony took place at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday 10th November 2011.

St Joseph’s was shortlisted with four other independent schools nationally and Head teacher Mrs Susan Rowe, who attended the ceremony, said the tension was palpable as the citation for the winning school was read and she was absolutely delighted when St Joseph’s won. When interviewed she said “It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of the whole school. The award ceremony was excellent and to hear our name was thrilling. I am delighted for the staff, pupils, parents and governors of St Joseph’s and am so proud to be a part of this highly successful school.”

An element of the award that was particularly important to Mrs Rowe was that the school had not been nominated by anyone associated with St Joseph’s, but had been identified by researchers working on behalf of Psi and Education Business Magazine who scrutinized a wide range of statistics, ratings, local and national media reports and education case studies in order to uncover best practice from both state and independent schools.

Alongside the school’s outstanding examination results across all key stages and the exceptional achievements within both sport and music the award also recognised the remarkable amount of community fund-raising undertaken by the pupils and the level of respect the pupils have for each other and their school environment. The aim of the school to provide ‘A Firm Foundation For Life’ is clearly achieved. The award was sponsored by Espresso Education and Channel 4 Learning.

The school recently received the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Award for Excellence and is increasingly sought after. With a substantial increase in pupil numbers and a commitment to maintain small class sizes, St Joseph’s School combines broad, challenging, quality education with excellent pastoral care and extra-curricular opportunities.

For further information about the Education Business Awards please visit http://www.ebawards.co.uk/

The school welcomes visitors to come and have a look around the school and share in its unique atmosphere. There are scholarships awards available with the next examinations taking place on Saturday 14th January 2012 for both the Junior and Senior Schools. If you are interested in finding out more information please contact the Registrar, Rebecca Walker on 01566 772580 or registrar@stjosephscornwall.co.uk

James Martin chooses Launceston hopeful to compete in the
Red Tractor beef and lamb Mmmake it with Mince Challenge 2011

On 4th November, Beth Benyon (14) from St Joseph’s School, Launceston was announced as one of the talented finalists for the national search to find the country’s next top cooking talent for the Red Tractor beef and lamb Mmmake it with Mince Challenge 2011.

After receiving hundreds of entries from across the country, those that were shortlisted will take part in six regional heats in the hope of eventually being crowned National Champion of the Mmmake it with Mince Challenge 2011.

James and his fellow judges were blown away by Beth’s creative dish, Moussaka Stuffed Choux Buns and she will now go on to compete in a regional cook-off against fellow regional finalists in Bristol on Tuesday 15 November. James will judge the recipes live and each regional winner will then have the chance to be crowned National Champion and win the money-can’t-buy prize of spending a day with James in London, watching Saturday Kitchen live, meeting the guests and visiting some of the capital’s top restaurants.

The Challenge, which is led by James Martin and is free to enter, is now in its sixth year and aimed at 11-16 year-olds who are passionate about cooking, The Red Tractor beef and lamb Mmmake it with Mince Challenge is the ultimate competition which gives young people the opportunity for their culinary talent to be noticed. Every year the standard gets higher and higher and James Martin commented,

“I’m so impressed with the quality of entries that we have received this year. From innovative new recipes to modern versions of traditional dishes, all the entries have shown creativity and talent in abundance. This year, it has been harder than ever to choose our finalists but the shortlisted entries are hugely impressive and I have no doubt that they will all have bright cooking futures. I always look forward to the cook-offs and this year more than ever, I can’t wait to try the finalists’ beef and lamb recipes!

“The competition is something that I’m really passionate about as I think it’s so important to encourage kids to experiment in the kitchen and develop their food skills.”

St Joseph’s School in Launceston has been shortlisted to win the Outstanding Progress – Independent School Award at the Education Business Awards being held at the Emirates Football Stadium in London on Thursday 10th November 2011.

The school has been nominated for its excellent GCSE, Key Stage 1, 2 and Foundation results, its sporting successes; community fundraising; outstanding music success (performing at the Royal Albert Hall) and also for winning the 2011 ISA Award for Excellence. Perhaps the most important reason for being nominated is that the school has been recognised for producing confident, well-mannered students in line with the school’s philosophy of A Firm Foundation For Life.

Four other well-known schools nationally have been shortlisted alongside St Joseph’s including St Paul’s School London and Caterham School Surrey. Mrs Rowe, Head Teacher at St Joseph’s School said ‘We are delighted and proud to make the top 5 schools in the country nominated for this prestigious award. It has been a very exciting year for St Joseph’s and it was a complete surprise to hear we had been shortlisted. I am looking forward to attending the award ceremony in London on Thursday and I congratulate all staff and pupils whose work and dedication to excellence has led to St Joseph’s receiving this honour.’

St Joseph’s School is the only school shortlisted for an award from the South West Peninsula. The Outstanding Progress – Independent School Award is presented to the school that has made outstanding progress and offers an excellent standard of education for its pupils.  

St Joseph’s School is a small independent day school based in Launceston, Cornwall which welcomes boys and girls from age 3. There is considerable demand for places in 2012 and 2013, so visits to the school and taster days are advised. Scholarship awards are available with the next examinations taking place on Saturday 14th January 2012 for both the Junior and Senior Schools. If you are interested in finding out more information please contact the Registrar, Rebecca Walker on 01566 772580 or registrar@stjosephscornwall.co.uk

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