The 2017 Golden Goat and Silver Sheep

Congratulations to all who entered the 2017 Golden Goat (Y7) and Silver Sheep (Y8) photography competition. The standard of images was incredibly high and all the judges were very impressed. Next year’s competition will no doubt raise the standard even higher!

Year 8 – The Silver Sheep

Best photo of an object from a story: Naomi Drury 8 Ward (runner up Patryk Smus 8 Alban)

Best Photo of a character in a book: Lucy Bishop 8 Ward (runner up Bella Thomas 8 Alban)

Most original and creative: Sebastian Bond 8 Ward (runner up Brandon Kavanagh 8 Clare)

Best re-creation of a scene from a book: Jack McMillan 8 Clare (runner up Ben Pearson 8 More)

Overall Winner: Zoe Sotto 8 Frances

My photo is inspired by the story of Snow White by the Grimm brothers. I included the iconic and infamous poison apple which causes Snow White to fall into a deep sleep after she takes a bite and I added some black to the apple to make it appear as poisoned. I wanted it to by the main focal point of the image so the only the apple itself is in focus. Snow White is shown lying on the grass to represent when she ate the apple and collapsed. I dulled the colour to show a more dismal and melancholy atmosphere, as if colour was her life.

Year 7 – The Golden Goat

Best photo of an object from a story: Becky Raymond 7 More (runner up Alexandra Woolnough 7 Ward)

Best Photo of a character in a book: Emily Glynn 7 Campion, Holly Lynott 7 Francess, Jessica Blake 7 Frances

Most original and creative: Grace Barham 7 Bede (runner up Emily Wilcher 7 Campion)

Best re-creation of a scene from a book: Alex Girdvainis Brown 7 Clare (runner up Alessandro Accogli 7 Theresa)

Overall Winner: Mia McPhillips 7 Ward

My photograph was inspired by Anne Frank’s time spent locked away in a top floor dark and damp secret annex owned by Otto Frank’s Company. In 1942, the electricity had to be turned off on the whole of Amsterdam during the night to prevent enemy aircraft bombing the houses. This meant that every evening Anne would write her daily diary extracts by candlelight. I have demonstrated this in my photograph by setting the candle alight and aimlessly placing matchsticks around the candle.

The photograph that I have taken also shows my Great Grandad’s original identity card which had been passed on through many generations. The identity card was required in order to collect daily food rations. The card was to be kept on you at all times throughout the war, although Anne was never permitted to leave the premises due to her Jewish faith.

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Sixth Form Ski Trip – February 2017

This February half-term 24 Sixth Form students, accompanied by 3 members of staff, skied in the Italian resort of Courmayeur. With plenty of snowfall in the weeks leading up to the trip, we were blessed with blue skies and sunshine for the majority of the trip. A fantastic time was had by all with lots of falls, laughter and progress made by all.

It is hoped that February 2018 will see a similar trip go ahead. Watch this space!

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Christmas Jumper Day update

Thank you to everyone who supported 13 Theresa and Udayan by taking part in last Friday’s Christmas Jumper day.  We raised £423!

Pictures of our winners can be found below:

https://drive.google.com/a/joa.herts.sch.uk/file/d/0B-MUsT3UbT8Zbk44ZTFSdDZUOUU/view?usp=sharing

Most festive forms: 7 Bede and 8 Ward

Individual winners: Year 7: Charlie Baird 7 Clare and Jenna Campbell 7 More

Year 8: Harry McVeigh 8 Bede and Freya Trendell 8 Frances

AND.…Mr Dwamena and Miss Fouhy – joint staff winners!

Thank you all! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017 from 13 Theresa

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!


Apostles of Mercy pilgrimage to Westminster

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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.’

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