Yr 1 & Yr 2 Travel Back in Time

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

Last Friday, Year One and Year Two stepped back in time at Lanhydrock house to investigate their class projects for this term. Year One explored the Children’s Wing of the house and found that life experienced by Victorian children of more than one hundred years ago was very different from that of children today. However, many of the toys seen in the Day Nursery were recognised by the children and modern versions of them still played with by our children today.
Year Two explored the domestic side of Victorian life, with special reference to the type of  food that would have been eaten then, how it would have been preserved and prepared for the table. Life without a fridge and a freezer was actually seen to have been possible, at least for the more affluent Victorians! Our thanks go to Mr John Carter and Mrs Nina Bryan for driving the minibuses and accompanying us on our visit around the house.
Mrs Sue marks

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.