New Mayor for Launceston

May 26th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events - (0 Comments)

Pictured above is the newly elected Mayor, Rob Tremain and the Mayoress, Pat Tremain with Christopher Thorns and Beth Chadburn

On Wednesday 25th May, Chris Thorns and Beth Chadburn in Year 5 attended the election of the new Major of Launceston at the Town Hall.  Chris and Beth were very proud to be representing St Joseph’s and showed a keen interest in the election ceremony, particularly as they both represent the school’s own council.  Beth and Chris said that they found the whole event very exciting and felt immensely proud to be participating in such an historic occasion.  

The Independent School Association is an association of approximately 300 accredited schools nationwide. The association selects one school each year to receive its most coveted award, the Award for Excellence.

At the annual conference held in Bristol last week St Joseph’s School, Launceston was named as the winner of this prestigious award for 2011 which was presented by the Association Chairman Mr Arthur Bray. The school was represented at the conference by Mr Graeme Garrett and Mrs Sue Rowe.

The citation on the award reads: In recognition of outstanding public examination attainment in 2009 and 2010, excellent Key Stage 2 results, national recognition for music and ballet, contribution to the community through charitable fund-raising, high achievements in individual and team sports, success at all levels in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and a significant rise in pupil numbers’. 

Mrs Rowe, Acting Head, is delighted for all the staff, pupils and parents at St Joseph’s who have contributed so much in order to secure this award.

Mrs Rowe said “It is wonderful that achievements in so many areas have been recognised and we will continue to provide an excellent education with small classes and high expectations. I am particularly pleased that the citation recognises the high quality all round education provided at St Joseph’s for both girls and boys. For some time our academic results have been widely recognised as excellent but this award highlights the outstanding performance across the board.”

Over the past twelve months pupils from St Joseph’s have represented the school in National, Regional and County Competitions. The choir were invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall and the Junior Football and Junior and Senior Netball teams have won their respective leagues.

The huge success of the school has also been reflected by a 20% increase in pupil numbers over the last eighteen months.

Over the last two years pupils at St Joseph’s School have organised their own fund raising initiatives that have raised in excess of £6,000 for charity. This follows the school ethos of community spirit being at the centre of all we do.

With pupil numbers higher than ever, St Joseph’s School are looking forward to further success in the future.

Full Steam Ahead

May 9th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

St Joseph’s School Junior pupils from Years 1, 2 and 3 were delighted to be invited to Launceston Steam Railway to meet local author Georgie Adams. We were greeted by Mr Mann, who was going to drive the train for us and then Georgie read extracts from one of her books, ‘Wisher and the Runaway Piglet’.  She then accompanied us on the train as we travelled along part of the Kensey Valley, the setting for much of the action in her Railway Rabbits series.

The shiny red engine pulling our carriages was named ‘Covertcoat’ known as the red dragon to the Longears family who have named it ‘Spitfire’. Although fearful of Spitfire, several rabbits were bravely out and about on the day and were spotted by the children. There was however some dispute as to which characters they were!

Back at the station, Georgie read several more extracts from another story,’ Bramble and the Easter Egg’, before handing each child a signed copy of a book. Everyone was also given an Easter egg. What a wonderful ending to a really super visit that the children are still talking about.

Many thanks to Georgie Adams, Nigel  Bowman and Jonathan Mann for their time and generosity.

New ICT Suite

May 6th, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

Picture above are Year 1 pupils hard at work in the New Junior ICT Suite which is now fully operational.

We are also in the process of creating a new Design and Technology facility which will be of great benefit to our pupils. This should be completed in time for the Autumn Term.

For more photos please visit our ‘Development Page’ which can be found under ‘About St Joseph’s’

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.