Kate mixes with Tennis Stars

June 6th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

Kate Marks from St Joseph’s School was given a tennis master class from three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker as her bid to become a Barclays Ball Kid entered its final stage. The 14-year-old St Joseph’s School pupil was one of 130 youngsters to be given expert tuition from Becker at the Barclays Ball Kids national trials at Westway Sports Centre in London. Up for grabs is the prize of starring alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and British number one Andy Murray at the O2Arena as one of 30 ball kids for the ATP World Tour Finals in November. Tavistock Tennis Club’s Marks demonstrated her talent in front of Becker and Murray’s former coach Mark Petchey and admitted it would be a dream come true to rub shoulders with the likes  of Federer and Nadal.‘It would just be an amazing experience to be at the O2 Finals, I really like the idea of being a ball girl and working as a team,’ said Kate, who beat off competition from 2500 other hopefuls to get this far. I would love the chance to see some of my heroes up close; Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are my two favourite players in the world so to meet them would just be incredible. ‘Novak has been pretty much unbeatable this year while Roger is a really good role model. It would be pretty nerve wracking to be a ball girl for them but I think I could cope, you just have to remember what you’ve been taught. ’The nationwide Barclays Ball Kids search began last November with Kate –who plays tennis three times a week –qualifying from the Exeter trial. And Becker, who along with Petchey will select the lucky winners, believes the lucky 30 are in for a treat they will never forget if they reach the O2.Boris Becker, who also won two Australian Opens and one US Open during his illustrious career, said: ‘I have been very impressed with what I have seen and I couldn’t believe the standard last year but this year it seems even better, kids like Kate have been amazing.’

Pictured above is Top tennis coach Mark Petchey with Kate Marks.

Write up courtesy of the Tavistock Times.

New Mayor for Launceston

May 26th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events - (0 Comments)

Pictured above is the newly elected Mayor, Rob Tremain and the Mayoress, Pat Tremain with Christopher Thorns and Beth Chadburn

On Wednesday 25th May, Chris Thorns and Beth Chadburn in Year 5 attended the election of the new Major of Launceston at the Town Hall.  Chris and Beth were very proud to be representing St Joseph’s and showed a keen interest in the election ceremony, particularly as they both represent the school’s own council.  Beth and Chris said that they found the whole event very exciting and felt immensely proud to be participating in such an historic occasion.  

The Independent School Association is an association of approximately 300 accredited schools nationwide. The association selects one school each year to receive its most coveted award, the Award for Excellence.

At the annual conference held in Bristol last week St Joseph’s School, Launceston was named as the winner of this prestigious award for 2011 which was presented by the Association Chairman Mr Arthur Bray. The school was represented at the conference by Mr Graeme Garrett and Mrs Sue Rowe.

The citation on the award reads: In recognition of outstanding public examination attainment in 2009 and 2010, excellent Key Stage 2 results, national recognition for music and ballet, contribution to the community through charitable fund-raising, high achievements in individual and team sports, success at all levels in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and a significant rise in pupil numbers’. 

Mrs Rowe, Acting Head, is delighted for all the staff, pupils and parents at St Joseph’s who have contributed so much in order to secure this award.

Mrs Rowe said “It is wonderful that achievements in so many areas have been recognised and we will continue to provide an excellent education with small classes and high expectations. I am particularly pleased that the citation recognises the high quality all round education provided at St Joseph’s for both girls and boys. For some time our academic results have been widely recognised as excellent but this award highlights the outstanding performance across the board.”

Over the past twelve months pupils from St Joseph’s have represented the school in National, Regional and County Competitions. The choir were invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall and the Junior Football and Junior and Senior Netball teams have won their respective leagues.

The huge success of the school has also been reflected by a 20% increase in pupil numbers over the last eighteen months.

Over the last two years pupils at St Joseph’s School have organised their own fund raising initiatives that have raised in excess of £6,000 for charity. This follows the school ethos of community spirit being at the centre of all we do.

With pupil numbers higher than ever, St Joseph’s School are looking forward to further success in the future.

Full Steam Ahead

May 9th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

St Joseph’s School Junior pupils from Years 1, 2 and 3 were delighted to be invited to Launceston Steam Railway to meet local author Georgie Adams. We were greeted by Mr Mann, who was going to drive the train for us and then Georgie read extracts from one of her books, ‘Wisher and the Runaway Piglet’.  She then accompanied us on the train as we travelled along part of the Kensey Valley, the setting for much of the action in her Railway Rabbits series.

The shiny red engine pulling our carriages was named ‘Covertcoat’ known as the red dragon to the Longears family who have named it ‘Spitfire’. Although fearful of Spitfire, several rabbits were bravely out and about on the day and were spotted by the children. There was however some dispute as to which characters they were!

Back at the station, Georgie read several more extracts from another story,’ Bramble and the Easter Egg’, before handing each child a signed copy of a book. Everyone was also given an Easter egg. What a wonderful ending to a really super visit that the children are still talking about.

Many thanks to Georgie Adams, Nigel  Bowman and Jonathan Mann for their time and generosity.

New ICT Suite

May 6th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

Picture above are Year 1 pupils hard at work in the New Junior ICT Suite which is now fully operational.

We are also in the process of creating a new Design and Technology facility which will be of great benefit to our pupils. This should be completed in time for the Autumn Term.

For more photos please visit our ‘Development Page’ which can be found under ‘About St Joseph’s’