Year 9 Watford District Premier League Final 2019/2020

After five gruelling games in the ultra-competitive world of District Premier League Football, the Year 9 Boys found themselves in joint top spot in the league, which earned them a place in the League Final. St Michaels were the opposition and having beaten them already in the league confidence was high. A slow and lacklustre start saw the Year 9’s under pressure early on but thankfully a breakaway Harrison Chick goal settled the team. St Michaels equalised almost immediately but the players responded well and took the lead again after a robust challenge on the goalkeeper By Arjen Gajar lead to the ball finding its way into the net. Again, St Michaels equalised almost immediately from a back-post header with the half finishing at 2-2.
Knowing that the half time team talk would be crucial, the experienced Mr Gallagher roused his players and made 3 tactical changes for the second half. St Joan’s started the second half on the front foot and were rewarded with an outstanding counter attacking goal. The ball was played out from the back to Travis McKenna on the left wing, who had the vision to spot the run of Harrison Chick charging through midfield. Harrison stormed through the defence and slotted the ball home. 3-2. With the end of the game fast approaching, St Michaels threw everything forward (including their goalkeeper and centre back) but the defence stood firm. With seconds left on the clock, Giacomo Viazanni found himself one on one with the last defender. He bullied the defender off the ball, got his head up and picked out the run of second half substitute Gabriel Neves. Gabriel duly rounded the goalkeeper and calmly slotted the ball into the net to spark jubilant celebrations. 4-2 winners and District Premier League Champions!
Well done to all of the Year 9 Boys involved, who have been a credit to the school through their effort, performance and attitude throughout the year. Roll on next season!

Mr Sweeney’s 24 Hour Cycle Challenge

Congratulations to Mr Sweeney who managed to cycle from St Joan of Arc School, Rickmansworth to the five cathedrals of Northampton, Nottingham, Norwich, Brentwood and Westminster in 22 hours! Thank you to everyone who donated. It’s not too late to donate now!

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Last week our Year 10 GCSE students visited ‘Butler and Sons’ butchers on New Road Croxley Green

Steve Butler kindly demonstrated how to debone and portion a whole chicken. Thank you

Then yesterday the students deboned and portioned their own chicken and they made chicken bites. some also made a chicken stock. In their forthcoming lessons they will make  hunters chicken, chicken wrapped in bacon stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese and spicy buffalo wings from their whole chicken.

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Year 10 GCSE students visited the FOOD: Bigger than the Plate  exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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It explored how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.

This exhibition took us on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it posed questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways.

On the evening of Tuesday 21st June, three of St. Joan of Arc’s finest sports students attended the TRW SSP Sports Awards at Watersmeet. This is an annual event that is attended by school’s from all over the partnership, including – Rickmansworth, St. Clement Danes, Parmiter’s, Royal Masonic and Francis Combe, alongside over 38 primary schools.


All nominees and guests were treated to a foreword by Olympic medalist and Great Britain’s most successful gymnast ever – Beth Tweddle!

Huge congratulations to all three of our nominees, who were all rewarded for their commitment on the night (details below).

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MARIO TURTURICI (Y11) – 3rd – Young Official of the Year

Mario came third in this award for his commitment to his football refereeing, both inside and outside of school – refereeing numerous school matches throughout the year after qualifying as a referee last year. Well done, Mario!


CALUM GOODCHILD (Y13) – 2nd – Outstanding Leader of the Year

Calum was the runner-up in this category for his help in running the Year 7 Rugby team at St. Joan’s and for being so committed in the build up to this year’s Chess Cup match. Well done, Calum!


MARLI JESSOP (Y8) – WINNER – Key Stage 3-5 Outstanding Achievement Award

Marli beat off competition from Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students from across the partnership to land this award. This was well deserved, for Marli’s national representation throughout this year, as well as continued commitment to PE and Sport at St. Joan’s. Huge well done, Marli!