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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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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Student Executive Committee 2016-17

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.

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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.

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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USA Ski Trip – February, 2016 – #JOAUSA16

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

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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.

 

Christmas Gift BAGS 2015 – Mission Complete!

Thank you so much for all your generosity. Many of our school families are themselves under considerable financial pressure, especially at this time of year, so it really is profound generosity we see in the pictures below of our very-own Santa-Sleigh (mini-bus).

For some families, the gifts donated by JOA are the only ones that they will receive this Christmas.

Well done and sincere thanks to everyone who contributed!

 

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