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).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


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!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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! 🙂

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

USA Ski Trip – February, 2016 – #JOAUSA16

Check out our journey: @JOA_Skiing on Twitter using the hashtag: #JOAUSA16

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

On Thursday 11th February, 80 St. Joan of Arc students (Years 8, 9 & 10) set off on the trip of a lifetime. Flying into Boston Logan International, we made our way up to the White Mountains to the town of Lincoln in New Hampshire. We spent two days skiing Loon Mountain and three days skiing Cannon Mountain. On Sunday 14th February, there was certainly no love in the air as it was -29°C (-41°C with wind chill) – the coldest day in New Hampshire since 1934! Despite this, most students still skied, with a break every 20 minutes to thaw out and drink hot chocolate. Après-ski activities throughout the week included bowling, cinema and ice skating.

On Wednesday 17th February, we made the six hour journey south to New York City – visiting a shopping outlet en route before heading to the district of Queens to see St. John’s University beat De Paul University (from Chicago) in their first victory of the season. Thursday 18th was a pretty hectic day, with all 92 of us walking to, and going up, the Empire State Building, followed by an amazing lunch at Mary O’s (Courtesy of Elizabeth and Thomas McEvaddy’s auntie who owns the bar), a short ride to the 9/11 Memorial to reflect, a short walk to the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Our day concluded with a trip to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square with the highlight of the night being the dancing of a number of students (and staff!)

Friday 19th was our last day in the states and we took in a few of the sights on guided bus tours – taking a walk through Central Park, visiting the Grand Central Terminal, driving down 5th Avenue, visiting Strawberry Fields – amongst other things.

Throughout the trip I was absolutely thrilled to have members of the public, including staff at the hotels, compliment us, not only on our accents, but also the behaviour and attitude of all of our students. All 80 students were an absolute credit to themselves, their parents/carers and St. Joan’s and I hope they all take away hundreds of memories, as well as new friendships and a love for skiing and traveling.

 

Girls Football success at Arsenal!

What an exciting day all round!

On the 7th December, as part of the Arsenal in the Community initiative, Arsenal Ladies and Hertsmere Borough Council’s commitment to delivering football and educational sessions in the borough, we were lucky enough to be invited to the first Arsenal Ladies Double Club Tournament!  This was held at Arsenal’s Training Centre in London Colney, which is generally NOT open to the public!

As per the Double Club model, teams from across the area competed in both a football tournament and a classroom based literacy session at the Training Centre. The classroom session and the tournament carried equal weighting towards the team’s overall score.

Our Girls won 2 out of the 4 games that we played.  Playing with sheer determination, teamwork and sportsmanship.

In our classroom based activities, the girls took part in a range of educational literacy based activities.  To finalise, each team had to prepare a discussion topic to present to the other schools, with arguments for and against.  Our topic area was related to the new FIFA 16 now including woman international teams.  The girls’ presentation was unbelievable, I could not have been prouder!

We finished 1st overall in the competition!!! WELL DONE GIRLS!!!!

As if that was not all enough, the Girls were then introduced to international female football icon Kelly Smith, where they were given the opportunity to ask her questions and take photographs with her.

It was an incredible experience for the girls and a day, I hope, they will remember for a very long time.

Miss Beament

This slideshow requires JavaScript.