As part of our new Udayan Connect Project, each form class will be connected to a child at Udayan. During a pupil’s time at JOA, they will connect with these children through correspondence and support. We hope that this project will help our own children grow in gratitude for the lives that they have (their material wealth, and also the freedom to live with family) as well as raise much needed funds to enable Udayan continue its work.

Follow the links below to discover more about these children and the Udayan Connect Project:


For more information about Udayan’s mission, JOA’s relationship and to financially support these children please visit joa-udayan.co.uk/sponsor.


#RedWednesday 22nd November

Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom. Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and #RedWednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love. #RedWednesday will shine a light on Christian persecution but also highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.

JOA will be holding #RedWednesday on Wednesday 22nd November to support the work of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). ACN are an organisation who work for the rights of those persecuted for their faith around the world.

On Wednesday 22nd November, we are asking that pupils donate 50p (via ParentPay) to support the work of ACN, whilst also wearing an item of red clothing in solidarity with those affected by religious persecution. There will also be student led lessons and reflections taking place in RE lessons and in the Chapel.

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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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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End of Term Mass


Thank you to everyone who helped make our end of term, and end of year Mass so special – If you were there, that means you!

Some numbers:

1 priest.

1 alumni sound engineer.

1.5 hours of pack down

2 exhausted caretakers (see above and below!).

4 hours of set up.

5 readers.

6 sacristans.

7 pupil ministers of Holy Communion.

10 choristers.

14 actors.

15 musicians (pupils and staff).

16 ministers of Holy Communion commissioned (pupils and staff).

22 stage block movers and gazebo builders (pupils and staff).

Around 60 pupils contributed to prepare and contribute to the Mass for a congregation of 1024 members including pupils and staff (approx.). A real team effort.

A special thank you to those listed above and everyone who continued to pray for the sunshine and kept the faith despite the presence of dark clouds all morning.

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Food Bank Trip

“It is good to help others as the ‘Golden Rule’ is the foundation of our religion which teaches the importance of helping others. The Trussell Trust is a nationwide food bank which is helping people who have met troubled times giving them emergency food for three days. In the parable of the sheep and goats it says ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat’. We at St Joan of Arc have actively supported Jesus’s teaching by supporting this charity and we are helping our local community and wish to continue doing so. We would like to say a huge thank you to both year 7 and 8 for their tremendous generosity as they have truly helped so many people in the community. No doubt year 9 will be as great.”

Year 10 A.R.C Peace and Justice Group.

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Senior Citizen Party

Hello all,

The year 12 students from St. Joan of Arc’s ARC group (Active Roman Catholics) are raising awareness to organise a Senior citizens party this Christmas. This will take place at St Joan of Arc’s Hall on the 5th December. As Roman Catholics, Jesus taught us to love thy neighbour and by organising a Senior citizens part we are following the teachings of Jesus. We hope that the Senior Citizens enjoy the spread that we have put on and that they are reminded that there are people in society who think of them and they are not isolated nor neglected.

Photos of the event will be posted shortly.

Year 12 A.R.C Media group