New Head Teacher

April 1st, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

St Joseph’s School, Launceston are delighted to announce that Mrs Sue Rowe will take up the post of Head Teacher starting from September 2011.

Mrs Rowe has been the Head of the Junior School at St Joseph’s for 8 years and the school are confident that with Mrs Rowe and Mrs Mann (Deputy Head) working very closely together, the school will continue to move forward and provide an excellent education for all its pupils.

Mrs Rowe (pictured above with St Joseph’s pupils) said “St Joseph’s is a highly regarded school that provides an excellent education for all its pupils. It is a privilege to have been appointed as Head Teacher and I am very much looking forward to working with staff, parents and governors towards even greater success.”

Chairman of Governors, Mr John Marshall said “I am confident that with her love and enthusiasm for St Joseph’s, the school will continue to thrive. Mrs Rowe has received huge support from all the pupils, parents and staff at St Joseph’s and I hope that the school will continue to progress and succeed.”

St Joseph’s School is a small independent day school offering a challenging and high-quality education with excellent pastoral care and extra-curricular opportunity. The school currently has 221 pupils attending and welcome boys and girls from age 3 to 16.

Places are still available for entry to St Joseph’s School in September 2011 and for further information please contact the Registrar, Miss Rebecca Walker on 01566 772580.


Members of the Senior Chamber Choir have already had an amazing start to their 2011 concert season. The first concert of 2011 was to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall where the choir shared the platform with the Town Band, LADS, the Launceston Male Voice Choir together with two professional singers: Darren Jeffery and Shelley Coulter-Smith.  

More recently, the choir entertained a well and truly packed Victory Hall at Lewdown.   The audience there was treated to a musical feast from the choir and orchestra, as well as some wonderful solo performances from Bethany Hulme-Teague, Naomi Gillies, Lily Robinson, Amy Marks and Penny Tilsley.   

Canzonetta was privileged to be invited to sing at the opening of the Town Hall by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and the girls were really excited when her HRH came up onto the stage and chatted with them about their experiences at the School Prom in the Royal Albert Hall last November.

The Chamber Choir took part in a concert last week with the Triggshire Wind Orchestra, raising funds once more for Macmillan Cancer Support.    This is the second time both groups have worked together for this charity.   The audience was clearly delighted with the amount of talent on display by both groups and planning is already in hand for their next joint venture.

As always, very many thanks to all those parents and staff who have come and supported the choir at their various concerts.   Thank you too, to all those who have helped by transporting car-loads of children to and from concerts – and have either fed them between school and the event or have invited them to stay over night.    We wouldn’t be able to put on these concerts for charity without your help and support.

Year 1 visited Lawrence House museum to look around the Victorian kitchen.

They were fascinated by the tin bath and enjoyed hearing about family bath night in front of the range!

They handled an old iron and kettle and were very surprised at how heavy they were. They quickly realised that wash day entailed a lot of hard work without our modern machines.

The children also worked in the Toy Room and ordered toys in a time line from over 100 years ago to present day, learning about the different materials they were made from.

Thank you to Sylvia Wright for such an informative and enjoyable visit.

Well Done Annie!

March 15th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

Congratulations to the Head Girl of Junior School Annie Westlake who raised over £100 last weekend for Red Nose Day by canoening 10 lengths of Alder lake, Lewdown.

Cross Country

March 12th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

On Friday, 11th March 2011, thirteen Junior School students participated in the Landrake Cross-Country.  This course takes in three ‘Cornish’ miles of countryside and includes steep hills, a saltmarsh, mud and undulating terrain.  The weather this year was kind to the runners as the sun was shining. 

The St Joseph’s pupils warmed up thoroughly and were ready to go. 657 pupils (years 3-6) started the race, the time was ticking. Our runners never gave up and completed the course confidently, although some of them where very tired when they finished.

Congratulations to Michael Barton who came 3rd, an exceptional achievement for a year 5 pupil (pictured above) and Alex Hellyar who finished in 16th place.  Lulu Howells was the 10th girl to finish, excellent for a year 4 pupil.

The other Pupils finished in the first half of all the runners: Harvey Fry 93rd, Archie Sparrow 95th, Ava Diamarid-Hall 101st, Molly Barton 169th, Elysia Endacott 219th, Laura Sant 240th, Macie John-Gardner 262nd, Maxwell Wilkerson-Hunt 286th, Kate Barrett 289th and Sam Luckhurst 302nd.

Thank you to all the parents for their support and to Mr Marsh who completed this difficult course with a smile on his face.