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What's happening at St Joseph's? Seventh edition

Summer Term 2019

Fun at our recent inaugural House Day event
Fun at our recent inaugural House Day event
This has been a relatively short term, but so much has been packed into it!
 
Alumni Reunion
We were delighted to welcome back over 60 former pupils and members of staff to our event on Sunday 30 June. Thank you to everyone who managed to come along, it is always such a pleasure to welcome you back to the College. We hope that you enjoyed looking through the archives, speaking to Marjie Thorne – who is currently writing a book about the College, meeting Mr Colpus – the Headmaster and the Head Students – Hugh and Angelica, reminiscing about your happy times at the College and seeing for yourself all of the changes across the College. We have already had great feedback from the attendees about the lovely refreshments too!
 
We shall confirm the date of the next Alumni Reunion shortly. This promises to be a bumper event to tie in with the 125th anniversary of the College in the next academic year.
 
Houses
We were recently delighted to host our first ever House Day. This consisted of a number of engaging and challenging activities led by the Problem Solving Company from a Challenge Carousel to Maths based Escape Rooms.
 
The keenly-contested House Cup was awarded to Hummel this year. Well done to Jennings, Dixon and Richardson Houses for their part in this friendly and healthy competition.
 
Congratulations to the winners of the Prep House swimming galas – the winners this year were the Koala and Dixon Houses.
 
Jennings House were the proud winners at our recent Sports Day.
 
STEM
This term, two of our pupils were one of ten finalists to present to hundreds of people at CogX - the Festival of AI and Emerging Technology. CogX is one of the most influential AI event in Europe and therefore being invited to present at this industry event is a major achievement. They are developing an app to provide education to children around the world who are unable to attend school.
 
Events
At the start of the Summer Term, the award winning children’s author, Ali Sparkes, visited the College to speak to pupils from Year 5, 6 and 7 about her ‘Car Jacked’ book and then carried out a writing workshop with Year 7.
 
We were also thrilled to host students from the College Notre Dame de France in Paris for the second year. They enjoyed staying with their exchange and joining in lessons at the College. We love that our relationship with this College is flourishing and offering our pupils such wonderful opportunities with their French friends.
 
This is always a very busy term for events. We have enjoyed our traditional events such as Prep and Senior Prize Giving ceremonies, Sports Awards Dinner, Art Exhibition, PA Picnic, Sixth Form Ball, Year 6 Come Dine With Me, May Procession and Junior Production. We recently held our annual Year 5 Day (when over 70 children who are considering joining St Joseph’s in Year 7 visit us for the day) and Prep Year 5 Day, and held very successful showcases for LAMDA, zumba and ballet.
 
Trips and clubs
The pupils enjoy their trips which greatly enhance what they learn in the classroom. Just some of the visits this term include the Early Years visit to Odds Farm Park, Year 2’s trip to the River and Rowing Museum, Year 3’s visit to Winchester Science Centre and Year 8’s trip to Amsterdam. The pupils took part in many varied trips and activities during our Enrichment Week in June.
 
Lunchtime and after school clubs are also thriving, with the introduction of new clubs such as coding club and zumba lessons.
 
Sports Results
In tennis, Year 8 girls remain unbeaten, winning 12-0 against St Gabriel's School, beating Bohunt 8-4 in the Aegon Tennis Cup. In tennis, the Year 9 and 10 girls have been unstoppable this season with a chance of making it to the Nationals having beaten Maiden Erlegh 10-2 in the Aegon Tennis Cup.
 
In the athletics league the Year 7 to 10 boys and girls have notched up some impressive performances and rankings in their various events.
 
One of our pupils competed in the Marlow Regatta and gained a win in his doubles race. 

We are continuing to encourage seamless education across the College (from rising 3s through to A Levels) and we recently held our first Sports Day for pupils in Years 3 to 10 at Palmer Park. It was wonderful to see all the students taking part in a variety of events and the many parents who attended to support. The performance and House spirit was excellent across all year groups and many longstanding records were broken. The results were: 1st - Jennings, 2nd - Hummel, 3rd - Dixon and 4th - Richardson. The Early Years, Reception and Infants held their own Sports Day which was also lots of fun for all of those involved!
 
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