Curriculum / Options Evening
FAO Year 8 Parents / Guardians
On Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at 6pm we are holding a Curriculum / Options Information Evening for all year 8 parents / guardians. For further information please refer to the ‘Letters’ page of the school website or contact the school reception.
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It was a real pleasure to have you all here… your students were well behaved, engaged and tutors enjoyed teaching them.Andover College
The school’s positive ethos and high quality relationships between all sectors of the school’s community enable developments to take place and improvements to be made. Students rate the teaching, guidance and support they receive very highly.School Improvement Advisor (SIA) April 2015
This is an inclusive and caring school in which all feel valued. Pupils readily identify with the Catholic ethos of the school and feel proud to be part of its community.Section 48 – 2011
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Combined Events 2017On Monday 15th May we took 8 students to Marlborough College to compete in the County Combined Events Competition. Athletes from around the County came to take part in a Pentathlon Event (Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot, High Jump and 800m) looking to score as many points as possible within each event. This event is used as a qualifying event for the South West Championships which will be taking place on the 24th and 25th June at Yeovil Arena. We a very wet and windy start all competitors had to dig deep when competing in the first couple of events, luckily the weather dried up during the afternoon allowing for some big performances. We were very fortunate to have Mrs Emmett come along with St Joseph’s to support our team during the course of the day! Kieron Appleton and Lewis Leftwich finished the highest of the St Joseph’s athletes with Kieron finishing 2nd and Lewis finished 3rd; both should have a high chance of being selected for the SW Championships. Results of the day were as follows: Year 8 Boys Lewis Leftwich 3rd Jack Dobie 4th Year 9 Boys Jack Whitton 11th Josh Dyer 16th Year 10 Boys Kieron Appleton 2nd Owen Taylor 6th Ed Nash 10th Year 10 Girls Mary Reodique 5th
Area Sports DayOn Thursday 4th May St Joseph’s took part in the annual Area Sports competition down at Five Rivers Athletics Track. This is the main athletic event of the season where students are able to compete against the best in Salisbury and look to gain qualification through to the County Championships in June. The weather was on our side with the day staying dry and cool throughout, making it perfect racing conditions. During the course of the day students from years 7-9 took part in a variety of track and field with our year 10 and 11 students making the trip down after school to compete. We had a high number of students make finals this year along with many of them making the podium. St Joseph’s also had 2 Champions with Olly Ashcroft winning the Minor Boys Javelin and Kieron Appleton winning the Inter Boys Hurdles. Due to the high number of students making individual finals St Joseph’s also finished high within the team events with both the Junior and Inter Boys finishing 2nd. All students who finished in the top two have now been selected for the County Championships with students who finished 3rd place being selected as a reserve. Congratulations to all students who took part. Details of our highest performers are below (* indicating students selected for the County Championships). Minor boys *Olly Ashcroft 1st Javelin Minor Girls Angel Hanna 4th Javelin Junior Boys *Josh Dyer 2nd 100m, 1st 200m Fernando Silver 4th 100m Lewis Leftwich 3rd 800m Relay 2nd (Josh, Fernando, Jack, Lewis) *Jack Whitton 2nd Triple Jump Will McDaniel 3rd Discus Inter Girls Mary Reodique 3rd Discus Inter Boys Owen Taylor 3rd 800m, 3rd Triple Jump Relay 2nd (Ed, Kieran, Owen, James) *Sosi Lagilagi 2nd High Jump Stephen Buckett 3rd High Jump *Kieran Appleton 1st Hurdles County Athletics Championships will be held at Swindon on Saturday 10th June (Junior, Inters), with Minors competing on Wednesday 28th June. Letters for competitors to follow.
St Joseph’s teachers walk 57km for a world without dementiaMr McHale and Mr Blake of St Joseph’s went on an epic day’s adventure in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The pair walked 57 kilometres around the Salisbury area in a time of 13 and a half hours. Pupils, staff, friends and families raised £560 in sponsorship for the teachers’ efforts. Pupils also learnt about the important work done by the Alzheimer’s Society during assemblies with Martin Plimsoll a local volunteer for the charity.
Another successful year for the shoe box appealWe would like to thank Mrs Prior for her amazing efforts in organising this year’s shoe box appeal. This is an annual appeal that hopes to give a present to children in war torn and desperate environments. The appeal asks that people provide as many happy things for the children and place them in a shoe box that will be shipped to some of the loneliest and desperate young people in the world. There are videos that can be seen on line and the look of sheer joy on the children’s faces makes it worth all the effort. We, as a school managed to raise a total of over 45 boxes and a bag of extras that just wouldn’t fit. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those families and individuals that were able to contribute, no matter how small the contribution! A special thank you goes to Mrs Cullis and her form 7T who produced 10 boxes between them.
Wear it pink dayWear it pink day is the national fundraising day for breast cancer. The school contributed with all members of staff dressing with a pink theme for the day. In addition, teachers and students were asked to bake cakes for a cake sale. There was only one entry from the students, from Belen in 7T. The cake was entered into a raffle and managed to raise £12.40. The keen bakers in the staff managed to put on a fantastic spread of cakes, and those who didn’t manage to cook were in a perfect position to judge their favourite, at the cost of a small donation to charity of course! The final scores were added up and 3rd place went to Mrs Fenwick, second place went to Miss Hooper and the win was secured by Miss McKenzie with her show stopping pink parcel cake with a white bow. In total the school raised £123.25 for this fantastic charity.
Christmas Lunch at St Joseph’sChristmas Lunch will be offered to pupils and staff on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December 2016 The seasonal menu will offer traditional roast lunch, dessert and a soft drink of your choice. Please let us know in advance if you require a vegetarian option The tickets are priced at £3.00 and are available to purchase in advance from the school dining room
St Joseph’s raise funds for Macmillan cancer support charityFriday 30th September saw the annual Macmillan cake sale. Macmillan are a fantastic charity and fully deserve the support of the school with their nurses offering support to cancer patients. With that in mind, the students and I am sure the parents, excelled themselves with their generosity towards the cause. By 8.15am the first cakes arrived in the food room and by the start of the school day the room was full of delicious homemade, and shop bought, cakes. Break time came and the cakes went! The students were incredibly generous and a huge thanks must go to Mrs Prior, Miss Fawcett, and the students that offered their help. By the end of the time all the cakes had been sold and the shelves were bare. Fortunately the till was full and in total with the donations of the staff the school is in a positon to donate over £320 to this fantastic charity. I thank all those who helped and I can’t wait for next year’s event already! Mr Sibley
Another successful fundraiser for Help for Heroes by Vincent HouseVincent House celebrated the feast day of St Vincent de Paul through a huge number of activities, all designed to raise money for the local charity, Help for Heroes. Year 7, 8 and 9 led the way with plenty of cake sales and raffles. Across the house there were some really unique ideas by the pupils to captivate their school peers, including bottle flipping (apparently a new craze), apple bobbing and even a stall where you could pay to hear the 9V girls give you a compliment. 11V ran the music for the day and helped create an enthusiastic atmosphere throughout, whilst 10V were particularly successful in their car washing at lunch time, raising the most money for the house from a single event. A special mention should be said for Jake Ford, 11V. Since Year 7 Jake has led the way in raising money for a number of different charities. Not many people keep up the good work all the way through their 5 years with us and as a result I would like to say thank you and well done Jake for all that you have done for Vincent House. The total raised is currently £287.20 and will be donated to Help for Heroes based in Tidworth. The charity raises funds to support servicemen and women injured in the line of duty. Through the links established with the charity, a select group of pupils will soon have the opportunity to visit the infamous Tin Hut Volunteer Hub and Tedworth House Recovery Centre to gain a better insight in to how the money raised is directly supporting others. One final thanks to all pupils and staff that supported Vincent House on the day. Your generosity was outstanding as always. Mr A Blake Head of Vincent House
Stonehenge VisitOn Monday 26.09.16, the entirety of year 8 attended a visit to Stonehenge. We arrived after a noisy coach trip and divided into 3 groups, in which we would switch around at hourly intervals, not forgetting lunch in between because who can forget lunch? Our three subjects were Art, History and Geography. History was in the heritage tourist centre containing historic artefacts, this was particularly enjoyable as one of us was able to hold the staff which had a deer’s head on the top. We boarded a mini bus to head up to the stones for our Geography task where we got our work booklets ready. Unfortunately it started to rain so we completed the activity verbally as our booklets were drenched. We completed a tourist survey and identifying landmarks surrounding the stones. After lunch headed back to the stones for the final activity: Art. Art was very amusing where Miss Mallows set an enjoyable task of drawing the stones using a view finder to help create perspective and applying tone and texture. We considered the composition using the rule of thirds and cameras to capture the stones. Overall I enjoyed my trip to Stonehenge it was a great mix of fun and education. Cody Netton 8M
Huge Success for Race for Life!This year St Joseph’s held its first Race for Life in order to raise money for cancer research. The afternoon got off to a great start with a mass warm up on the courts. Year by year they were called up to the start line and the race began! Amongst the race were obstacles such as a net crawl, hay bale hill, tyre run and a water works station. This gave the pupils more challenges and made the race a fun event. The staff also enjoyed the afternoon as they were armed with water pistols which the pupils enjoyed due to the hot weather. Overall the race was a huge success with pupils raising over £3,200 and was greatly enjoyed by all!