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On Wednesday the 22nd of November Aid to the Church in need organised a day to wear red to raise awareness of the persecution which is experienced by thousands of people around the world for simply wanting to practice a faith. It was great to see so many of our pupils support the cause and show their solidarity for those who are being persecuted for their faith. Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Our pupils clearly demonstrated this teaching by wearing it red. A huge thank you for your generosity as we were able to raise over £900.
It was a great privileged to be part of the Rome Pilgrimage this year. It was wonderful to see our pupils taking such pride whilst celebrating their faith. It was a brilliant opportunity to allow our pupils to engage further with their own spiritual development and was lovely to see how excited they were when seeing the Pope. They were brilliant representatives of our school.
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.
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.
and remember the Apprenticeship Exhibition on 24th and 25th November www.skillslondon.co.uk at ExCel
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.
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.
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
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.