Girls report on their triple success at the start of the netball season!

Netball Match Reports

SJA V St Margarets


Thursday 26th September



In the match against St Margarets we managed to leave in victory winning 18:7.  We are very pleased with the outcome.  Ellia, our Goal Attack, played exceptionally well, and her shooting was really on form. All the team played really well together and we were very pleased with our final result!

Elizabeth Mcevaddy- Year 8


Year 10

We were very pleased with our final score, winning 18-5 overall.

I (Sofia Franek) played the position of Centre.  I defended the ball from the opposition and controlled the ball within the court well.

The position of Goal Attack was played by Emma Corkery, who attacked towards the ball and whose shooting was on top form.

Goal shooter, was played by Antonietta Catalanotto.  She did a great job of getting herself free in the circle and grabbed every opportunity she could to get us another goal.

Olivia Martin played at Wing Attack, passing the ball beautifully down court and feeding great balls in to our shooters.

Katie McCartney played at Wing Defence, marking her player and making some excellent interceptions.

Charley Hickey played excellently in defence, getting some excellent rebounds and defending her partner excellently.

Brogan Davis provided some excellent passes and showed excellent defensive skills.

Overall the match was a huge success and we all felt very proud of our performance and result at the end of the game.

Sofia Franek- Year 10



First Quarter:  After the first quarter JOA girls were down by 2 goals.  We all discussed that we needed to communicate more in order to be more successful.

Second Quarter: By the end of the second quarter our shooters were back on form.  We were winning by a few goals, as Ciara Mullane and Amy O’Sullivan did a fantastic job defending at the other end.

Third Quarter: Becky McClaughlin upped her game and stuck to her player like glue.  Bonnie was an excellent Goal Attack, creating excellent space and utilizing her players around her.

Forth Quarter:  Georgia and Niamh continued to work well in the circle and defence was tight between Lucia, Ciara and Bonnie.

Our Final score was 20-14, well done girls!!!

Taylor O’Dwyer- Year 11

Cheerleading gets off to a ‘Flying Start!’


Girls from Years 7-9 started their 8 week long cheerleading programme at St. Joan of Arc this Monday. Two cheerleading coaches from Saracens Club are teaching the girls at JOA. A great start to the programme with cheer choreography, Pom-Poms and stunts. The 8 week programme will culminate in a cheerleading competition and opportunities for the girls to perform at the Saracens Rugby club match intervals. Additionally, we are hoping the girls will perform their finished piece in the annual JOA dance show in March 2014. Well done girls and keep on cheering!



Extra-Curricular Attendance PRIZE DRAW!!!

As an extra incentive for students to attend extra-curricular sports and activities, the PE Department is offering raffle tickets to students who attend extra-curricular sports clubs. Therefore, if you attend 2 different clubs per week, you will receive 2 raffle tickets for that week – the more the merrier and the more tickets you have, the better chance you have of winning!

These tickets will be entered into a prize draw, to be drawn at the end of every term, with the winners winning great prizes and privileges from the PE Department such as skiing lessons, paint balling etc. (Prizes TBC at a later date).

There will be one prize draw per year group (7-10) making your chances of winning even higher!

Get yourself down to as many extra-curricular activities, whether that be to compete as part of a team, socialise with friends, or to keep fit and increase your chances of winning these great prizes!

Extra Curricular Activities

All Extra Curricular Activities run at St. Joan of Arc are open to all pupils throughout the year and there is a comprehensive fixture programme involving District, County and National Competitions. All Extra Curricular training takes place after school and will usually be completed by 4.30pm to 4.45pm. When competing in a midweek fixture pupils will be transported too and from the fixture.

Our Saturday morning fixtures of football and rugby for the boys will start at 9.00am and when necessary transport will again be available. Usually returning to school around 12.30pm depending on where the fixture is taking place. Any pupils requiring the bus for these Saturday fixtures is asked to sign up in the PE office by the Thursday of the week of the fixture. The mini bus will depart school at 8.30am sharp!

Parents are welcome to watch and support their son/daughters competing at fixtures afterschool and we have strong and positive relationships within the local district and in the county built over numerous years focusing on respect and sportsmanship from both the pupils and the supporting crowds. With our main aim to provide pupils, both from our school and others, with a safe and enjoyable environment within which to experience competition, and obviously win as often as possible! We thank you in advance for your support of this ethos and look forward to the new season ahead.


Mr Simpson (Head of PE)