Views and observations from St Joseph's College's team of bloggers, including staff, students and the occasional special guest.
At St Joseph’s College we believe in preparing students to perform confidently, independently and creatively upon the global stage. We pride ourselves in empowering young performers and artists to achieve great success and draw breath from the incredible resources of language, communication and performance. Recently our students have enjoyed success within LAMDA and we very are pleased to announce that our first cohort of ATCL performers, who sat Trinity examinations, took performance to a whole new level.
In any school leadership is critical, as is the inclusion of students as part of that leadership. The position of prefect is a position of responsibility and one which provides an important connection between pupils and staff. Our Year 6 prefects represent eight different teams: Digital Leaders, Play Leaders, Peer Mentors, Eco-Committee, Media Ambassadors, House Captains, Lunch Hall prefects and the Learning Council.
As the response to the Government’s consultation on ‘schools that work for everyone’, expected this spring, draws near, so the debate over the opening of new grammar schools and the issue of selective v non-selective education in state funded schools continues.
This week, Arts Council England is celebrating the 3,000 Artsmark schools who are ‘putting arts and culture at the heart of education’. St Joseph’s College has been part of the Artsmark community for 10 years, retaining the highest level of Gold awarded by Arts Council England.
Information Communication Technology has been replaced on the National Curriculum by Computing. The aim being to provide pupils with a clearer understanding of how computers, software, the internet and search engines actually work.
When choosing the best school for my son and daughter, I looked very carefully at the opportunities they would have. Opportunities not only academically but in extra-curricular activities, such as music, sports, languages and adventure.
As our Prep School children take to their new and exciting adventure playground, it’s a good time to reflect on the importance of outdoor learning – whether that be in the school grounds or further afield on school trips and excursions.