Senior Choir star on BBC Spotlight

January 11th, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Music - (0 Comments)

Many of you will no doubt have seen the Senior Chamber Choir perform on BBC Spotlight in the days leading up to Christmas.   You may even have seen us on The Big Screen in Plymouth during late night shopping prior to Christmas!   We had been invited  to record some of the music we had been preparing for our Carol Service and on the day before the end of term, we went to the church of St Peter and the Holy Apostles in Plymouth to take part in the recording session. What an amazing church – and what an acoustic!    We had the most fantastic time exploiting this acoustic to our advantage and wallowing in the beautiful sound reverberating around the church.    Following run-throughs for sound and camera positions, we recorded a number of carols –  The Holly and the Ivy, Away in a manger, Fanfare and A Coventry Carol.   We also recorded Let there be peace on earth with the Plymouth Area Police Choir with whom we have sung on many occasions – our next being at Central Methodist Church, Launceston on Friday, 5th March. Without a doubt, this was a fantastic experience for the girls and one which they will remember for many years to come:  the excitement of the cameras and the experience of recording, the friendliness of all the BBC staff and the amazing acoustic all made a wonderful and memorable impression upon all of us.


Well done to Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2 for the fabulous production of 'Whoops-a-daisy Angel' which took place in the school hall. As always these special events can only take place with the help and support of many different people, so the Early Years Team would like to thank all the parents who responded so positively to requests for costumes and props. The children have really loved wearing their costumes and were sure you will agree they look superb in their finery. We would also like to thank Mrs Hayward for her kind assistance with the lighting. Of course, such a musical undertaking would be impossible without the able leadership of our talented Musical Director Mrs Nicki Smith. Thanks also go to our junior colleagues who often helped with the heavy job of setting up the stage. All the members of the Early Years Team Mrs Budden, Miss Davey, Mrs Kemp, Mrs Bourner, Mrs Worden, Miss Clemence, Mrs Wright and myself have played their part, with ideas for staging, costumes, creating props and other things too numerous to mention. But the final and most important mention must go to our wonderful children who have worked so hard over the last few weeks learning the songs, words, the dances, the moves and how to cope with an audience. We have all had such fun and hope you enjoy watching the performance as much as we did preparing it. We would also like to thank Coombe Valley Nursery and Treetops Nursery for attending the performance. Mrs Marks (Early Years Co-Ordinator)

Children In Need

December 2nd, 2009 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events - (0 Comments)

St Joseph's School raised £389.90 this year for children in need. The children and staff are pictured above making penny lines in the playground to see which group could make the line the fastest! Of course all the pennies were donated to children in need. The children also held a cake sale and dressed up in aid of the charity. Well done to all.

Thank you Friends of St Joseph’s

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

Everyone at St Joseph’s School would like to say a huge thank you to The Friends of St Josephs who organised the most fantastic Christmas Fayre last week raising an amazing £2,188.The day started at 8am when the hall was a hive of activity as the stallholders arrived to set up everything from the most delicious Baileys Brioche pudding tasting to jewellery stalls and tombolas galore.  The Junior choir entertained everyone with their rendition of Christmas Carols while the Seniors Wii bowling caused many giggles and not too many strikes !  A fantastic morning was had by all, thank you to everyone who supported the Fayre, and thank you to everyone who gave their own time to ensure it was a success.  

Year 5 Visit Buckland Abbey

November 10th, 2009 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

On Tuesday 20th October, Year 5 visited Buckland Abbey to study Sir Francis Drake as part of our history topic this term.  When we arrived we were amazed at how beautiful it was and although it was raining hard, the buildings were still breathtaking.
The barn was the School Room, as well as the clothes room and after putting our stuff away we met our guide June.  June asked us lots of questions before we had our snack. 
Because it was raining we when into the clothes room first and tried on some beautiful Tudor dresses. We wore shifts that are like long white skirts that go under your dress and jacket.  Ladies wore stockings under their dresses as well as hats and bonnets on their heads.  Boys would put on baggy puffy shorts with a jacket and a lovely long cloak.
The big barn was our next stop.  It was huge with a massive cider press.  The monks would store their food and carts here.  Next, after lunch, we visited to the house were Sir Francis Drake lived.  We watched a video about his life and travels, it said that he died of the Bloody Flux and was buried at sea in a lead coffin. We also saw his drum and his treasures.  In the Great Hall were some spy holes high up on the wall were the monks use to watch people.  The second floor had been made to look like a ship with the food the sailors would have eaten.
The strangest thing we saw was a portrait of the last of Drake’s family to live in the house.  Where ever you walked the eyes of the lady followed you.  Despite this spooky lady we all had a great time at the Abbey and learned lots about Sir Francis Drake.
Amber, Gisele, Pearl , Holly, Imogen, Kate, Grace F, Grace W and Tanna,