The St Joseph’s PE department would like to thank the RFU coaches who have delivered some excellent Rugby to our KS4 girls, both in lessons and at extra-curricular club. The girls have covered tackling, uncontested scrums, line outs, kicking, and many more important game play skills. We now have the exciting opportunity to offer a girls pitch up and play experience which will be held at Supermarine RFC on Wednesday 29th March from 4-5pm. After this the girls will have the opportunity to stay on for the Supermarine girls club team training session from 5:30pm onwards.
An LTA coach will be delivering one off tennis lessons in PE lessons to year 8, 9, 10 & 11. The coach will also be providing an extra-curricular club on Thursday 6th April from 3-4pm. In term 5 there is also an exciting opportunity to join the St Joseph’s tennis club which will run every Thursday from 3-4pm on the MUGA with Miss Jones.
The College would like to congratulate Holly on her amazing success at the European Down Syndrome Open swimming competition. She won 2 Gold medals (50m front crawl, 100m front crawl), one silver (50m breast stroke), one bronze (50m backstroke) and a 4th place in the relay. Well done!
Following St Joseph Catholic College’s announcement last Wednesday 15 March of proposals to close down its Sixth Form from August 2018, the Principal Paul Hughes is keen to stress that the College is doing everything it can to ensure current year 11 students are being properly supported in finding an alternative Sixth Form or Further Education College place.
Mr Hughes said : "We have been speaking to providers of Sixth Form in the area and have gained their assurance that they are able to make places available for St Joseph’s year 11 students this coming September. There is a session planned on Thursday 23 March for providers to come into the College and talk to the students to help them make their decisions."
Declining numbers of Sixth Form applicants, coupled with changes in funding for post-16 education have led the board of governors of St Joseph’s to make the proposals, which are under consultation during the spring.
We are aware a petition to save the Sixth Form has been set up on change.org and currently has over 150 supporters, however, we would encourage people to use the official consultation.
Mr Hughes stated : "None of our current Sixth Form students will have their studies adversely affected by these proposals. Nor will any St Joseph’s students in Key Stage 3 or 4 be deprived of any opportunities as a result of the proposals.
Academic outcomes have not been as strong in the Sixth Form as in Years 7 - 11. Changing the age range from 11 - 18 to 11 - 16 will allow resources to be focused on improving the learning experiences and outcomes for these students.
Our aim is to become an outstanding 11 - 16 Catholic College, and to do so, we believe that we must concentrate our energies, resources and expertise on that age range.”
Two information sessions have been scheduled for parents and will take place next Monday 27 March from 5pm – 5.45pm and from 7pm – 7.45pm. Thereafter parents have until 2 May to submit their feedback on the proposals via the College website or via forms available at the College reception.