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. ⚽️

Impressive homework Year 6

February 6th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Gallery | News - (0 Comments)

Mrs Hudson was very impressed at the effort the Year 6 class put in to their recent topic homework on dinosaurs and fossils!

The children created masterpieces from lego, impressive cakes, clay, print and a variety of artwork. Children also created films, presentations and animation. Great work Year 6 what enthusiastic group of palaeontologists!


Well done to all 8 teams who participated in the ISA South West Football Tournament today. Mr Matthews and Mr Cardoo were impressed with the enthusiasm, football skills and team spirit from all the children today.
Congratulations to Trinity A team for coming 1st, St Michael’s for 2nd and the St Joseph’s team for 3rd place. We are waiting for confirmation but it is likely that the top 3 teams have qualified for the ISA National competition.
Well done everyone ⚽️

Scientists at work

February 6th, 2019 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in News - (0 Comments)

The Year 11 Single Award Chemistry class had a great practical lesson making nylon this week. This is part of the organic chemistry section of the syllabus with nylon being formed from 1,6 diaminohexane in water and sebacoyl chloride in cyclohexane as part of a condensation polymerisation reaction. It is a really tricky practical and the nylon needs ‘teasing out’ of the layers between the two chemicals to form long strands of nylon which can be collected on a glass rod. Some food colouring was added to give the red polymer.’ Great work Year 11.