Tanzanian Link Visitor

On Monday 6th July, we welcomed Paison Mwkalinga into school. Mr Mwkalinga is a secondary school teacher from Tanzania who is visiting Cumbria as part of the Tanzanian Link. He visited lessons, spoke with staff and students and even taught Swahili to some Year 8 pupils.

We discovered that there are many differences between the school systems in Tanzania and in England – not least that class sizes over there are enormous compared to here, usually with between 90 and 120 students in one class! Another interesting fact is that in Tanzania all lessons are conducted in English, which is the THIRD language of staff and students!

Mr Mwkalinga was very impressed with our ICT facilities and also with the very warm welcome he received from everyone he met at St Joseph’s. Thank you to everyone that made his day in school such a positive and enjoyable experience.

Mrs Lightfoot
Head of MFL

Sponsored Walk for ‘Headway’

On Sunday 5th July, Mr Nurse, Mr Redhead, Callum Gardiner and thirteen friends, did a sponsored walk for a charity called ‘Headway’. The walk was 6 miles in total, from St. Joseph’s to Maryport Aquarium. ‘Headway’ improves the lives of people who have suffered from brain injuries of any kind. Callum Gardiner is very keen to support it because of the way it helped his Dad. Please support the boys as they seek sponsorship money.

Prize Evening 2015

Celebrating the achievements of it’s pupils St Joseph’s Catholic High School held it’s annual Prize evening on Thursday 2nd July.

Over 125 pupils from all Year groups were recognised for their work throughout the year.

The guest of honour was a former pupil, Nicholas Toner who has just finished his studies at Oxford University and will soon be starting work at a Public Relations firm in London. Mr Ryan, Headteacher described Nick as a fantastic role model for the younger pupils stating that not only was he extremely hard working but he also had a real sense of ambition and pushed himself always to give his best.

The reoccurring theme in Nick’s speech, was ambition. He challenged the pupils to aim for their dream job and not be deterred by possible failure. He stressed the importance of resilience and achieving well at school, messages all the pupils took on board.

Mr T Ryan Headteacher.


Ever wanted to learn to juggle? Have a go at Archery? Maybe tightrope walk? What about play Tennis like Andy Murray?
If that is the case, or if you would like your child to have a go at a whole variety of Sporting and challenging activities over the Summer holidays then you have come to exactly the right place as St Joseph’s School Summer Camps are providing a whole range of things to have a go at over the Summer break.
From a day of coaching and competitive play at Workington Cricket Club, to a Fishing trip and three day Tennis Camp the list is endless and is guaranteed to provide great opportunities for children of all ages to develop a whole range of skills  in a friendly and safe environment.
To see what is on offer and to download an application form please click below.
 For further details please contact David Wise on 07742547767 or dw@stjosephs.Cumbria.sch.uk

Year 11 Leavers’ Prom

Venue: The Greenhill Hotel Wigton.
Date: Tuesday 7th July 2015.

The programme is as follows:

  • 17:00 – Students can meet outside of the school (or in the hall if it’s raining).
    Parents are invited to come along.
  • 18:00 – Students depart for The Greenhill Hotel. Students can organise their own transport or travel by bus if they booked and paid for their seat.
  • 18:45 – Hotel grounds, the time for pictures with friends, family and staff (if raining, Hotel gallery)
  • 19:30 – The Meal.
  • 23:00 – Bus to St. Joseph’s or self arranged transport.
  • 23:35-23:45 – Arrival back to St. Joseph’s

We are all looking forward to celebrating a most enjoyable and successful 5 years together.


Race for Life 2015


The race is on Sunday 12th July at the Sheepmount in Carlisle. It starts at 11am.
This year there are 109 members of the school community – students, teachers and support staff taking part.
Sponsor forms have gone out and there will also be a Just Giving page where people can sponsor by clicking here.

You can also donate by text:

To donate by text, text  JOES53 followed by the amount £ to 70070


Summer Concert

You are welcome to join us for what is always a fantastic end to the school year.

You can reserve a ticket with the school office + remember there is no cost.

Thank You,

Mr Ryan

Summer Concert

Netball Team Succeed Again!

third in County

Following the success in April, St Joseph’s Year 7 netball team was selected to represent Allerdale at the Cumbria School Games on the 10th of June in Carlisle.

It was a great day, with fab weather (maybe even too hot!) and a superb atmosphere.

St Joseph’s won all the matches except one, the last one, and were ranked third in Cumbria. Everyone played to the best of their ability, especially the new players to the team who had not had any match experience.

Demi Elliot had great success coming second in the shooting competition, but the highlight was when our very own Hannah Kurzyk O’Donnell was chosen as overall player of the tournament.

By the Year 7 Netball Team

University Visit

GSCE P.E and Sports Science students visited the University of Cumbria on Tuesday 16th June to gain key information about Higher Education and to help make important decisions about life after school. We attended interactive workshops, met staff and current students and had a tour of the campus. Pupils gained a lot from the visit and feel inspired to study sport at university.

Ambition and Challenge

The teaching of ‘financial management’ has been recognised by the Government to be very important for all young people.The ‘challenge’ is for them to learn an important skill and we are encouraged to ‘start young’ with them.

I am delighted that St Joseph’s has seized the initiative and is leading on this way in our area.
St Joseph’s is only a small number of schools in Cumbria to have received this important recognition.


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