Friday 27th May marked the end of the current Year 13’s time at St. Joan of Arc. To celebrate this, all students congregated at Our Lady’s Church for mass before being treated to a buffet, courtesy of the PFA (our sincere thanks, once again, go to the PFA for helping to fund this) followed by a Leavers’ Assembly in which subject awards were handed out.
We wish all of our Year 13s the very best of luck in their summer examinations and wish them the very best in their future endeavours!
This year as we are celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy, fifty students have committed to being Apostles of Mercy. On Monday the 9th and 16th of May, several of these Apostles of Mercy from year 7, 8 and 9 went on a pilgrimage to Westminster Cathedral. The purpose for our pilgrimage was to to give them the opportunity to follow the ‘Way of Mercy’, starting at the Holy Door.
“On Monday the 16th of May we went on a pilgrimage to Westminster Cathedral. Before the pilgrimage, we prepared for our journey by going to confession at school and going to Mass at our local parish ‘Our Lady Help of Christians’. Fr Mark said Mass and asked us to pray for him. At the Cathedral we followed the ‘Way of Mercy’, starting at the Holy Door and then following the ‘Way of Mercy’ route, reflecting on different aspects of mercy at various stations around the Cathedral. At these stations we read some information about the different acts of mercy and prayed. By going through the Holy Door, following the ‘Way of Mercy’, confessing our sins and attending Mass, we received an indulgence.” (Mary Wheatley and Zoe Sotto)
Our Apostles of Mercy were encouraged to hope as Pope Francis expressed that we may ‘experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.’
On the Evening of Thursday 5th May, 37 of our latest cohort of Year 10 GCSE PE students made the 200 mile trip north to Yorkshire for three nights to experience some of the most breath taking landscapes that planet earth has to offer…
Below are a selection of photographs of our students Orienteering and Rock Climbing in the Yorkshire Dales. 76% of the grades obtained on the trip were in the top band – meaning these students have really boosted their practical grades – making those tired faces in school on Monday morning worthwhile!
The committee will officially take up their positions in September, but will be doing some work towards next year in the coming weeks, including their first full committee meeting next Wednesday after school.
Thanks once again to all students that applied and took part in the selection process and thanks to all students and staff for their support.
The 2016 Gym and Dance Show has come around again and all dancers are set and ready to go for tomorrow evening’s performances. Just so everyone is aware here are the runnings for tomorrow!
11am Rehearsals will start in the hall. All dancers will meet at the hall and remain there for the duration of the day.
After School, pupils can go home after school as normal however staff will be on site and dancers will be based in the 6th form block to prepare for the show. We will be offering pizza as we always do and ask that you bring £2 if you would like some!
Tickets are on sale in the PE office. Year 7 and older tickets are £4. Younger than Year 7 £2.
The audience will be allowed to enter the hall from 5.45pm for a 6pm start and we expect the show to go on until 7.30/7.45pm.
We cant wait for another fantastic show of performances from our pupils and hope you can make it!