With great sadness, we report that Mr Alan George, former St Joseph’s College PE teacher and rugby coach, has died at the age of 71 following a stroke. Mr George first worked as a PE teacher at Oakhill in the early 1970s. He later moved on to the senior school, where he was instrumental in setting up the St Joseph’s College National Rugby Festival, which has become a leading annual event in schools’ rugby.
Artist Leo Bignell, an Upper Sixth Form student, has a growing fan base for his exquisite sculptures in cardboard and other materials. The beauty and painstaking detail of his creations has now been recognised by the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), and Leo has been named as one of the 20 most exceptional candidates in the RBA Star Students competition.
An on-going love for and commitment to the sport of Cricket at St Joseph’s College has been recognised with the inclusion of the school in The Cricketer Guide 2021, a register of the country’s top 100 cricketing senior schools.
‘Bravo, maestro!’ That is how St Joseph’s College Head of Music, Mr Guy Layton, addressed student James Hodgkinson on informing him he had been awarded a Merit in his ARSM diploma examination for Singing.
St Joseph’s College is excited to reveal the revamped structure of its popular and rapidly growing football programme.
Music, poetry and a private letter sent home from the Front during the First World War added to the beauty and solemnity of the Remembrance Service held in St Joseph’s College Chapel. The event took place in the presence of Sixth Formers and was simultaneously streamed around the school and to parents and friends.
St Joseph’s College has entered a partnership with Ealing Trailfinders RC that it believes will allow students a shot at the very highest reaches of rugby whilst offering the security of an entrée into another profession should a playing career fail to materialise or be cut short.
With so much to celebrate, St Joseph’s College students were hard-pressed to refrain from the good-natured hugging usually associated with results days. Instead, they allowed their smiles to say it all. Following the College’s superb performance across Level 3 qualifications last week, the Ipswich-based independent school has posted outstanding GCSE results.
St Joseph’s College Ipswich is rightly proud of its excellent attainment at Level 3, including record-breaking A-level and EPQ results awarded to students for their hard work before the Covid-19 crisis struck. The students’ dedication to their studies once remote learning became the new normal has also ensured they are now ready to move on to the next phase of their education or working life as resilient independent learners.