Despite another poor day of weather the St Joseph’s Summer Camp Tennis session still went ahead at Moorclose Green. Organised through the Moorclose Resident’s Association and local Councillor Stephen Stoddart and delivered by Sports Development Officer David Wise the session included a variety of Tennis drills and fun games finished off by a fun Doubles competition and despite the weather David was pleased with how it had gone. “Stephen does a fantastic job here throughout the year and he provides great opportunities for the children in this area to access Sport with Tennis only being a small part of that”. “Stephen asked me along to do this and even though we have got a little wet I think it has gone well and we are looking to develop things further in the future by maybe providing a regular coaching slot  throughout the year”.

David Wise – Sports Development Officer


As part of the Summer camp programme at St Joseph’s a GIRLS ONLY weekly session was held. The session was run in conjunction with the CUMBRIA SPAAF and led by their excellent Coach Megan Cook.
Aimed at girls over the age of 11 the sessions involved many different Sports such as Dance, Netball, Tennis, Hockey and Cricket and was even held when the School was closed when the group used Moorclose Sports Centre for Trampolining and Swimming.
Sport Development Officer David Wise said: “As we develop our range of holiday activities we are looking to ensure ALL age groups are catered for and as Girls over the age of 11 are one of our target groups we thought we would give this a try”. “Megan Cook has been excellent with the girls and the group has built steadily over the holidays and we are hopeful that we can continue so it can happen every holiday period as well as weekly in term time”.
David Wise – Sports Development Officer


Table Tennis made its first appearance at the St Joseph’s Summer camps recently ,and, as expected it was very well received by those taking part.
With two brand new tables on show and new bats and balls Sports Development Officer David Wise put the children through their paces with a couple of drills, skills and the rules before a fun doubles and singles competition ensued.
David said: “We were lucky enough to be awarded a grant from the local Neighbourhood Forum through the Cumbria Community Foundation at the start of the holidays and we have used it to update our equipment including these tables, bats and balls”. “They are useable indoors and outdoors, are proving to be a great addition to our existing equipment, giving us an extra Sport to have a go at and we will be looking to start an after School club in September with them as well”.
David Wise – Sports Development Officer


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

Race for Life 2015

A huge congratulation to all those who took part this year and a reminder that all sponsor money needs to be handed in by Friday.
Just Giving page where people can sponsor by clicking here.

You can also donate by text : TEXT JOES53 followed by the amount £ to 70070



With Wimbledon in full swing and the hopes of a nation resting firmly on the shoulders of a certain Andy Murray the year 5 and 6 classes at Our Lady and St Patricks in Maryport thought that they would get in on the act by hosting their very own “Mini Wimbledon” championships in their PE lessons.

With Coach David Wise at the helm official draws were made, courts were allocated and 5 weeks of intense training were put into practice as serve after serve, forehand after forehand and rally after rally ensued leaving onlookers gasping as the action rattled through at an unbelievable pace as Rhys “Rafa” Tyson, Jay “Djokovic” Wilmot, Callum “Agassi” Abram and Mikey “Murray” Worthington made it through to their respective class finals.

With everyone gathered round the finals proved to be a fitting climax to what had been two fantastic competitions as Jay and Callum prevailed to claim the official titles of School Wimbledon winners for 2015.

Coach and Sports Development Officer for St Joseph’s David Wise commented “It’s always good for PE lessons to tie in with what is currently in the public domain and Wimbledon is ideal for that”. “The events went really well and the standard was high so I am hoping we can do it again next year”.

Chill Factore Ski Trip

Ski Trip Manchester

On Saturday Head of PE, Miss. Kaye, led a group of 30 Year 9 & 10 pupils to the Chill Factore ski resort, high in the Mancunian Alps, in preparation for their GCSEs in Sports Science. Everyone picked up some silky skiing skills and had a really cool time. There’S NO stopping them now!

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.