UDAYAN CONNECT PROJECT

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.

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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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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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

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 ‚ÄėWay of Mercy‚Äô, starting at the Holy Door.

‚ÄúOn 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 ‚ÄėOur Lady Help of Christians‚Äô.¬†¬†Fr Mark said Mass and asked us to pray for him. At the Cathedral we followed the ‚ÄėWay of Mercy‚Äô, 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‚Äô, confessing our sins and attending Mass, we received an indulgence.‚ÄĚ (Mary Wheatley and Zoe Sotto)

Our Apostles of Mercy were encouraged to hope as Pope Francis expressed that we may ‚Äėexperience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.‚Äô

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