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.
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,
Many congratulations to the girls who have just passed their Royal School of Church Music Dean’s and Bishop’s Awards. The following were all successful in the ‘Dean’s Award’: Holly Macartney-Filgate; Freddie Bowden, Abi Logg, Mary-Ann Screech, and Penny Tilsley all passed with Merit, whilst Bethany Hulme-Teague, Amy Marks and Grace Waterhouse, passed with Distinction.
The following girls were successful in the prestigious ‘Bishop’s Award, Natasha Routly: Josie Kane and Heather Sampson both passed with Distinction. The eleven girls were presented with their distinctive green and purple ribbons by the Dean and Bishop at a special service held at Truro Cathedral. Not only did the girls have to prepare up to four pieces of music to sing, perform aural and sight-singing tests, but they had to undertake a rigorous viva-voce exam and had to answer questions on the Church’s calendar, liturgy, suitable music for the different services and seasons within the church, compare, contrast and analyse anthems and discuss their musical experience and contribution within the choir too – no mean feat! Well done to them all.
St Joseph’s school show jumping teams have been out and about again and have been competing against schools across the whole of Devon and Cornwall.
This year we had two teams, Team A: Alex Reeve, Lucy Bruton, Charlotte Parnell and Lauren Jasper. Team B: Lauren, Charlotte and Alex again on different horses and Sophie Webber.
On The 3rd October both teams went up against the schools in Cornwall. On the day it was a bit hectic trying to get everyone organised but we all preformed really well under the pressure. Unfortunately Team A just missed out on being placed in a qualifying position but Team B came 5th and qualified for the next round again Devon and Cornwall.
The final night was held on Friday the 9th October. In this round the jumps were bigger and we would be competing against the top 12 teams in Devon and Cornwall. After having some coaching with our team trainer Andy Reeve we were all really exited about the finals. Everyone was nervous but all rode excellently. We got placed 7th overall and everyone had a great time. Well done to all. By Lauren Jasper Year 10 at St Joseph’s. Pictured above (Left to right) Sophie Webber on Holly, Lauren Jasper on Falco, Charlotte Parnell on Hazel and Alex Reeve on Tally
The year 7 and 8 hockey teams played Shebbear College earlier this term, the Year 8 team lost 2 -0 but it was a very close game and the year 7 team drew 0 – 0 a great start to their hockey fixtures. Both teams learnt a lot from the afternoon and they have continued to improve their skills and develop their understanding of the tactics used. well done to the girls and thanks to the parents who supported the teams.
Next hockey matches are v Launceston College on Wednesday 18th November 3.30-4.30pm at the college