South West ISA Swimming

October 6th, 2009 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

South West I.S.A swimming

On Tuesday 29th September a squad of 22 swimmers travelled to Penzance Pool to compete in the South West I.S.A. Gala. The pupils warmed up thoroughly, Josie Kane, Sammy Rivers and J-J Young gave excellent advice as well as motivating the whole team so swim their best. Everyone who swam did very well and their where many improvements of personal bests during the day. Congratulations to J-J Young, Amy Searle and Tanna Rundle who came first in their races.

St. Joseph’s V Shebbear

September 30th, 2009 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

On Wednesday 30th the Junior netball B team played Shebbear. Fortunately we won 2-1 well done B team. Everyone played brilliantly!

St Josephs term starts with a BANG!

September 28th, 2009 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events - (0 Comments)

Explosions, coloured flames, shattering frozen objects and copious amounts of foam were just some of the spectacular demonstrations witnessed by students and staff.

On Tuesday 22nd September pupils and staff of all ages gathered to watch the lecture "A Pollutants Tale", given by Dr Tim Harrison from Bristol University.  The demonstrations illustrated information about the atmosphere's composition.  They included the properties of liquid Nitrogen, the effects of Carbon Dioxide on solution pH and the combustion of Hydrogen.  All the students and staff enjoyed the informative and humorous lecture.

Harriet Dawson, Yr8

Science Day

September 25th, 2009 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

Superb Science Day

The whole school were privileged to welcome scientists from the Chemistry Department of Bristol University visit us for the day to give children from the early years up to year 11 and truly magnificent science day.

The children watched in amazement as colourless liquids were mixed turning them yellow; as igniting dragster fuel fumes caused jets of powerful blue flames; they saw the scientists make their own oxygen;  eggs being “fried” in liquid nitrogen; as well as freezing flowers, rubber tubing and  bananas.  We observed bubbling liquids changing colour through a spectrum; we even held the most coldest substance causing it to heat up and make a gas. But what the children enjoyed best of all was seeing individuals jump out of their skins when the hydrogen explosion resounded throughout the school hall.

Year 5&6 also spent time experimenting in the lab mixing liquids to make solids and mixing exact quantities of liquids to predict the timing of a colour change.

We are delighted that Tim, a lecturer in Chemistry at Bristol University and Ben, a research scientist, were able to spend time at St Joseph’s in between their busy schedules.

A very big thank you to Mrs Marks, Junior Science Coordinator, for organising the visit.

The Roman Invasion

September 24th, 2009 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events - (0 Comments)

The Romans Invade St. Joseph's School!

Exeter Museum brings history to life in a fantastic educational day for years 2 and 3.

The children and staff all had a fascinating day and learnt so much about their way of life.

We tried on clothing and jewellery, wore armour, held shields and swords, smelt a variety of oils and spices then enjoyed crushing them to make the most delicious aromas.

Sam was wonderful at the sling shot! The children then went on to fight the Britons on the school field. There was some debate about who won the battle. Mr Newton, Chief of the tribe suggested that the Romans definitely won.

A very big thank you for all the parents who joined in with the battle and helped support the children.