Parliament Week

The cabinet minister the Rt. Hon. David Gauke visited St Joan of Arc to help mark UK  Parliament week with Year 12 & 13 Students Government and Politic’s students.

We thank him for his time.

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#RedWednesday 22nd November

Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom. Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and #RedWednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love. #RedWednesday will shine a light on Christian persecution but also highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.

JOA will be holding #RedWednesday on Wednesday 22nd November to support the work of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). ACN are an organisation who work for the rights of those persecuted for their faith around the world.

On Wednesday 22nd November, we are asking that pupils donate 50p (via ParentPay) to support the work of ACN, whilst also wearing an item of red clothing in solidarity with those affected by religious persecution. There will also be student led lessons and reflections taking place in RE lessons and in the Chapel.

Year 12 Biology Field Trip

Earlier this summer the year 12 biology students visited the Amersham field studies centre to carry out different sampling techniques in woodland and in open ground.  The data obtained was analysed using several different statistical methods.  The weather was kind and we had a good day practicing techniques that could be examined in the A level exams next year.

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Geography Field Trip – Y10 & Y12 Students

On Tuesday 11th July and Wednesday 12th July our Year 10 and 12 Geography students visited different sites along The River Chess to explore the changing characteristics of the river and different areas of St Alban’s Centre to study changing land use. Despite the rain on Tuesday the student’s all did a fantastic job of collecting data using a range of methods that they will be tested on in their Geography GCSE next summer.

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World Wise Week Geography Quiz

After school on Tuesday 27th June the Geography Department hosted the Year 7 and 8 World Wise Week Geography quiz where over 30 students battled it out to become St Joan of Arc Geography champions! A huge congratulations to the winning teams:

Year 7: Cristina Gonzalez, Jenna Campbell Byrne, Ruby Beck and Gellian Legaspi.

Year 8: Gianluca Hill, Sebastian Bond, Sean Gubatanga, Matthew Huertas and Russell Coleman

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A.R.C Food Bank

A huge thank you to the generosity of pupils in year 7 and 8, they have collected over 144 Kilos of food for our local food bank and they have helped to reduce the shortages of items of food which families over the summer will be particularly grateful for. In addition the support in vouchers for shoes will help many to buy school shoes for their children for the new school year. Also I would like to thank our year 12 pupils who have organised for this to take place and donated the items on behalf of the school. It is truly great to witness our pupils living out the Gospel teaching ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ Lk 6:31.

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The 2017 Golden Goat and Silver Sheep

Congratulations to all who entered the 2017 Golden Goat (Y7) and Silver Sheep (Y8) photography competition. The standard of images was incredibly high and all the judges were very impressed. Next year’s competition will no doubt raise the standard even higher!

Year 8 – The Silver Sheep

Best photo of an object from a story: Naomi Drury 8 Ward (runner up Patryk Smus 8 Alban)

Best Photo of a character in a book: Lucy Bishop 8 Ward (runner up Bella Thomas 8 Alban)

Most original and creative: Sebastian Bond 8 Ward (runner up Brandon Kavanagh 8 Clare)

Best re-creation of a scene from a book: Jack McMillan 8 Clare (runner up Ben Pearson 8 More)

Overall Winner: Zoe Sotto 8 Frances

My photo is inspired by the story of Snow White by the Grimm brothers. I included the iconic and infamous poison apple which causes Snow White to fall into a deep sleep after she takes a bite and I added some black to the apple to make it appear as poisoned. I wanted it to by the main focal point of the image so the only the apple itself is in focus. Snow White is shown lying on the grass to represent when she ate the apple and collapsed. I dulled the colour to show a more dismal and melancholy atmosphere, as if colour was her life.

Year 7 – The Golden Goat

Best photo of an object from a story: Becky Raymond 7 More (runner up Alexandra Woolnough 7 Ward)

Best Photo of a character in a book: Emily Glynn 7 Campion, Holly Lynott 7 Francess, Jessica Blake 7 Frances

Most original and creative: Grace Barham 7 Bede (runner up Emily Wilcher 7 Campion)

Best re-creation of a scene from a book: Alex Girdvainis Brown 7 Clare (runner up Alessandro Accogli 7 Theresa)

Overall Winner: Mia McPhillips 7 Ward

My photograph was inspired by Anne Frank’s time spent locked away in a top floor dark and damp secret annex owned by Otto Frank’s Company. In 1942, the electricity had to be turned off on the whole of Amsterdam during the night to prevent enemy aircraft bombing the houses. This meant that every evening Anne would write her daily diary extracts by candlelight. I have demonstrated this in my photograph by setting the candle alight and aimlessly placing matchsticks around the candle.

The photograph that I have taken also shows my Great Grandad’s original identity card which had been passed on through many generations. The identity card was required in order to collect daily food rations. The card was to be kept on you at all times throughout the war, although Anne was never permitted to leave the premises due to her Jewish faith.

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