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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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!


GCSE PE Trip 2016

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!

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Girls gain qualification as Junior Football Leaders!!!

29 of our St. Joan of Arc students ranging from Years 7-11 were given the opportunity by Arsenal Ladies to gain the FA Junior Football Leaders Qualification.  The response from the girls was unbelievable and Arsenal Ladies said that it was the best turn out of participants that they had ever experienced from a school!

The qualification provides a basic introduction to leadership skills required when involved in football. The course introduces students to 4 areas: Assisting Football Activity Sessions, An introduction to refereeing, helping with a Team & Different Football Events – in addition to these areas, Respect, Promoting the Game & Developing the game were embedded during the Guided Learning Hours.

 

We are constantly striving to create young leaders in Physical Education at St Joan of Arc School and this course provided a really excellent introduction to Leadership skills and qualities that may be used within football and beyond to all areas in life.

 

Now the girls have completed the course that was run over two evenings afterschool, they will be expected to participate in 4 hours of volunteering and coaching in the community.  The girls were so enthusiastic and I was incredibly proud of them.

 

All girls are welcome to attend our Football club on a Thursday afterschool, which is led by Arsenal Ladies and NOW, our St. Joan of Arc students themselves!

Well Done Girls, Now get yourselves out there and start leading! 🙂

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