Music & Art From Lockdown

A recording by the JoA Advanced Band during lockdown. Each student listened to a guide track with headphones and recorded their part which was then mixed together.
The students involved were:
Niamh Lloyd-White
Shauna Meehan
Becky Raymond
Ben Pomeroy
Euan Petrie
Catherine Pomeroy
Eve Colson
Santiago Liano
Holly Borlaise
A vocal recording by Niamh Lloyd-White, Carlita Rahaman, Ellie Creedon, Mrs Lloyd-White and Miss Marshall. Each part recorded individually during lockdown.
Artwork created by students to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, accompanied by Tuxedo Junction from the Advanced Band.

Year 9 Watford District Premier League Final 2019/2020

After five gruelling games in the ultra-competitive world of District Premier League Football, the Year 9 Boys found themselves in joint top spot in the league, which earned them a place in the League Final. St Michaels were the opposition and having beaten them already in the league confidence was high. A slow and lacklustre start saw the Year 9’s under pressure early on but thankfully a breakaway Harrison Chick goal settled the team. St Michaels equalised almost immediately but the players responded well and took the lead again after a robust challenge on the goalkeeper By Arjen Gajar lead to the ball finding its way into the net. Again, St Michaels equalised almost immediately from a back-post header with the half finishing at 2-2.
Knowing that the half time team talk would be crucial, the experienced Mr Gallagher roused his players and made 3 tactical changes for the second half. St Joan’s started the second half on the front foot and were rewarded with an outstanding counter attacking goal. The ball was played out from the back to Travis McKenna on the left wing, who had the vision to spot the run of Harrison Chick charging through midfield. Harrison stormed through the defence and slotted the ball home. 3-2. With the end of the game fast approaching, St Michaels threw everything forward (including their goalkeeper and centre back) but the defence stood firm. With seconds left on the clock, Giacomo Viazanni found himself one on one with the last defender. He bullied the defender off the ball, got his head up and picked out the run of second half substitute Gabriel Neves. Gabriel duly rounded the goalkeeper and calmly slotted the ball into the net to spark jubilant celebrations. 4-2 winners and District Premier League Champions!
Well done to all of the Year 9 Boys involved, who have been a credit to the school through their effort, performance and attitude throughout the year. Roll on next season!

GCSE D&T Papermill Trip

GCSE D&T pupils visited Frogmore Papermill. They had the opportunity to make their own piece of handmade paper, understand printing processes and explore the oldest working papermill in the world with a very cold tour round the mill.


European Languages Day

The MFL Department is proud to announce the winners of three competitions launched to celebrate European Languages Day on 26 September.

Year 9 essay-writing competition The winner is Joseph Hoy who wrote a well-researched, concise and engaging article about the importance of learning a foreign language. You can read the essay in full HERE

Second prize goes to Thomas O’Sullivan and third prize was awarded to Charlie Ambrose.

KS4 Photo competition – Students in Key Stage 4 and 5 were asked to submit a photograph along with a description of the photo in French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Judges chose winning photos that were engaging and descriptions that were interesting and linguistically accurate. You can see the winning entries HERE

Winners of both competitions have been awarded Amazon shopping vouchers thanks to the generosity of the PFA.

1st Prize – Naleli Nonyane (French – Year 10)

2nd Prize – Lucy Ashcroft (French – Year 11)

3rd Prize – Alana Williams (Italian – Year 11)

Highly commended – Becky Raymond, Nicole Singh, Ceri Thomson and Charlie Beeton

KS3 – Idioms competition – Students in Year 7 and Year 8 were asked to submit an illustrated idiom in a foreign language. We had lots of wonderful entries, and the Year 7 winners were Emil Zych (first prize), Jack Pikavance (second prize) and Ellis Burke (third prize). Year 8 winners were: Aliki Kotsialos (first prize), Jakub Polewczyk (second prize), Cassie Lamb (third prize)