A highlight of the summer for the Chamber Choir was a performance in July at the Whiteford Music Festival.  The choir was one of the main features of a fabulous Orchestral Proms night and shared the stage with the Radio Light Orchestra and the wonderful baritone Darren Jeffrey. 

This sell-out concert was witnessed by just short of 1,000 people as they picnicked in the park and enjoyed the spectacle. 

The festival is staged in a magnificent arched auditorium, set within beautiful parkland and is on a scale seldom witnessed by the girls in previous concerts, so there were some nerves in the hours leading up to the performance. 

However, in true St Joseph’s style, they all rose the occasion in a simply outstanding performance. So successful was the performance that the school received several messages of congratulations in the days that followed. 

Afterwards Mrs Mann said  “We knew it was going to be OK after the first song; I brought them off on a loud note and we could hear the amplified sound still ringing around!  We all had a really great time – and what a fantastic experience for the girls.” 

Well done to everyone who took part in an event that will remain in the memory for a long time to come.

For more information about the Whiteford Music Festival visit http://whitefordfestival.co.uk/performers_stjosephs.php

St Joseph’s School, Launceston has once again achieved GCSE examination results that are well above the national average and we are very proud of our pupils hard work. 

100% of our year 11 pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, (including Maths and English). With over 60% of the grades at A and A* , approximately three times the national average.  

As St Joseph’s continues to develop, welcome boys into the senior years, and invests in its infrastructure it is important to note that we aim to achieve not only excellent results, in a non-selective environment, but also happy, confident and hardworking young people who can enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities as well as the academic essentials.  

Headmaster Mr Graeme Garrett said:“These fantastic results reflect the endeavour of every pupil at throughout their years at St Joseph’s.  Everyone who works at the school is very proud and it is a definite team effort between the teachers, the parents and the pupils that ensures our successes.  Our pupils deserve these results for the commitment they have shown and it has been a privilege to help to nurture that success.” 

For more information please contact Rebecca Walker, Registrar & Marketing Co-ordinator01566 772580, registrar@stjosephscornwall.co.uk

Nico Gruzdev in Cinderella

August 16th, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

On August 11, 2010, in London, dancers from the English National Ballet’s production of ‘Cinderella’ attend a photo call to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the English National Ballet at The London Coliseum in London, England. St Joseph’s pupil Nico Gruzdev and his father Dmitri Gruzdev are two of the stars of the show.

St Joseph’s School, Launceston is extremely proud to announce its 2010 Key Stage 2 results and, again they were significantly above the national averages.  

All our Year 6 pupils sit the Key Stage 2 exams and 100% achieved Level 4. With nearly 60% achieving a Level 5.  Over the last 4 years about 60% of results have been at the upper Level 5.

It should be noted that St Joseph’s aims to achieve excellent results, in a non-selective environment, in the firm belief that pupils should have time not only to enjoy what they learn, but to enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities too.  

Headmaster Mr Graeme Garrett said:“This outstanding news consolidates our position as one of the Southwest’s most successful independent schools.  We’re very proud of all the hard work which has made these fantastic results possible, our staff are to be congratulated as are the parents, but the day belongs to the pupils, it is wonderful to see them justly rewarded for their commitment and endeavour.  It is a privilege to have been part of their success.”    

For more information please contact Rebecca Walker, Registrar & Marketing Co-ordinator01566 772580, registrar@stjosephscornwall.co.uk  

Senior Music Update

July 19th, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Music - (0 Comments)

  The musicians of the Senior school have had a very busy time over the past term.The summer season began with the ever-popular Music for a Summer Evening, in which our most experienced  soloists had a chance to perform to an appreciative audience. Highlights as ever, were performances of the girl’s GCSE compositions, and this year was no exception.   Heather Sampson’s Remember, for SSA choir and Polarity for clarinet and piano, together with Josie Kane’s Cascades and Contrasts,  were stunning -and would not have been out of place at an ‘A’ level performance evening.  Our soloists in our two private pupils’ concerts (Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 –11), were also every well received and over £96 was raised at these two concerts for our ‘Piano Appeal’.Members of Cantabile and Canzonetta enjoyed a day at the Royal Cornwall Show… and managed to gridlock the area by the School stand several times as they gave performances of their most popular pieces.   This was swiftly followed a day later by a concert at Altarnon church (so much warmer this time round!) in which over £400 was raised for the local church, and last week saw our annual concert in aid of the Children’s Hospice South West.  We were delighted to welcome Judy Pride, the CHSW area coordinator  to our concert this year. The Chamber Choir as always, excelled themselves, and Canzonetta had a chance to perform their pieces before their appearance at the National Festival in Birmingham. During this concerts – also our Leavers’ Concert,we thanked our superb outgoing Head Chorister (Josie Kane) and her Team (Natasha Routly, Amy Marks and Anna Tetley) and welcomed our new Leaders for 2010/2011:   Head Chorister – Grace Waterhouse, Deputy Head Chorister – Abi Logg and our new Team Leaders – Bethany Hulme-Teague, Amy Marks and Mary-Ann Screech.      

Team Leaders – Bethany Hulme-Teague, Amy Marks and Mary-Ann Screech.   Our soloists were also fantastic in both the Altanon and CHSW concerts and deserve a mention: Bethany Hulme-Teague, Lily Robinson, Heather Sampson, Josie Kane, Penny Tilsley, Estelle Langthorne, Katy Benyon, Grace Waterhouse and Abi Logg.

Although it’s nearly the end of term, we still have performances at the National  Choral Festival, the Launceston Show and the Whiteford Festival to come – no doubt this concert on Saturday, 17th July, will be a highlight for another extremely successful year for the Senior Chamber Choir in which over £3,000 has been raised for local charities and churches.   Very well done, everyone – and many thanks too, to all the parents who have made it possible for the girls to attend these concerts this season.