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).
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!
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.’
Finally got round to compiling some photos and video footage from February’s trip to The States. Enjoy!
Following the conclusion of the recent election and a series of interviews on Wednesday, I am pleased to announce the committee for the next academic year.
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.
Here are this summer’s Boys’ fixtures for Athletics, Cricket and Tennis…
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! 🙂
Check out our journey: @JOA_Skiing on Twitter using the hashtag: #JOAUSA16
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.