In an exciting addition to the Senior School extra-curricular offer that adds so much to the life of the school, students at St Joseph’s School have been working with drama specialists for 6 weeks to prepare monologues for a entry into the prestigious ISA Shakespeare Monologue competition.
 
The pupils have been put through their paces to produce dramatic productions from a wide range of the bard of Stratford’s most famous plays, and will be ready to film entries after half term. This week students benefitted from one-to-one coaching sessions, and a filmed dress rehearsal, in preparation for their final pieces. 13 students have been involved from Years 7-11 and the standard has impressed all those fortunate enough to see the pieces as they near completion.
 
Headteacher Mr Scott said “We are delighted to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity to the students, and to have such talented specialist coaches is of real benefit to the children. I was so impressed with Ella Henry-Brock’s delivery of Juliet’s final speech, it really transported me to gloom of the Capulet tomb. I cannot wait to see all of the final pieces after half term. Well done to all taking part.” This is the first time St Joseph’s have entered the competition, and it has been great to see so many students involved. Best of luck when the winners are announced.

Rainforest Assembly by Year 3

February 12th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | News - (0 Comments)
It was Year 3’s assembly today and what a fantastic job they all did. The class have been learning all about the rainforest so they told us lots of facts, acted out a story about how we should all look after the rainforest and finished with some super singing! All of the children did a brilliant job of learning their lines and spoke very clearly throughout.
Super work Year 3!

Under the microscope

February 12th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News - (0 Comments)

Yesterday during Science our Year 4 pupils were looking at different samples under the microscopes in the Junior Science Lab. The pupils were looking at the sample, then imagining what it might look like under the microscope before focusing the microscope to see what it actually looked like. There were some fascinating results. Great work Year 4!

Science Workshop For Local Schools

February 7th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News - (0 Comments)

St Joseph’s school is committed to working with local partner primary schools.  Last week, our outreach was lead by our wonderful Year 4 teacher and Lead STEM Educator Mrs Skerry, who delivered a Science Workshop to children from many local schools based on Rockets. The 70+ children took part in a round robin of different activities, with each activity prompting the children to apply their logic and intuition to think about how their rockets would move and launch.

Our fantastic Year 4 class independently ran each activity for their younger peers, demonstrating excellent science knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding for the children they were working with, while at the same time adding depth to their own learning.

One visiting pupil described one activity as ‘It’s actually magic’ as they succeeding in launching a rocket using alka seltzer!

A huge thank you goes to the enthusiastic budding scientists found in the Year 1 and Year 2 pupils from St Giles on the Heath Primary, South Petherwin Primary and Otterham Primary. Everyone at St Joseph’s hopes to see you soon at another primary outreach event!

ISA National Football

February 7th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

The under 14’s performed very well on our annual trip to Nottingham for ISA football last week. Staying overnight at the University of Nottingham prepared the students well. They were well motivated for the tournament despite half of the squad being a year younger than most opponents. The team made their way to the Shield Final, where they lost 2-0 but had some fantastic performances along the way and many goals scored. Well done to Daniel, Robert, Callum, George, Will, Harry, Robin and Henry for representing the school so well. ⚽️