Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition

On the 17th May our intrepid Year 9 and 10 students set off on their second Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition. After loading their rucksacks with tents, stoves and all equipment needed for their qualifying expedition, the group navigated their way through woodland and riverside paths on a circular route from Grange. Showing determination the group made it successfully up the steep scree path to the top of Castle Crag. At the summit they enjoyed the spectacular views of the Borrowdale Valley and Derwentwater and created a series of war memorial sculptures made from discarded slate.  The group succeeded in safely lighting their stoves and managed to boil water despite the high winds. Next time remember to bring some pasta!

Well done to all participants. Your outdoor skills are progressing extremely well.


CAFOD Thank You

Thank you to all the pupils who have raised a grand total of £2,349.01 through a series of non-uniform days.


Y11 Lakes College School Links Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to our Year 11 Lakes College School Links pupils who have each successfully completed a 2 year course in Hairdressing, Construction, Catering and Motor Vehicles.

Prizes for outstanding effort and achievement were awarded from tutors to Ryan Kerr for Motor Vehicles, Kieran Robinson for Construction and Jonathan Mills for Catering. Ryan Kerr and Cameron

Houghton also received prizes for 100% attendance and the Hairdressing students received a course award in recognition of their progression.

Well done to you all.


Healthy Food Award

St Joseph’s School is just one of two schools in Cumbria to have been awarded with the “Healthier Menus For Schools Award”. For many years we have been working with healthy and nutritious food; this is an extension of this work. Many congratulations to our Catering Manager Sandra Spedding and all of our kitchen staff for providing the school with quality and healthy meals.

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Bronze DofE Practice Expedition

Over the bank holiday weekend, the Duke of Edinburgh participants spent an action packed day on the fells surrounding Keswick completing their first practice expedition. Setting off in the rain and an early steep climb tested the resolve of the group. Thankfully the sun appeared later in the day and team skills shone as they worked together to learn new skills including map reading and campcraft. Pupils did extremely well rising to the challenge of pitching a tent for the first time and greatly impressed staff. Well done!

Promoting British Values

St Joseph’s School is proud of the work we do in ‘Promoting British Values’ – Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance.
As part of this work, in the run up to Easter all year groups were involved in a series of assemblies where the students were asked to reflect on the question ‘Are you prepared for life in modern Britain?’
The following PowerPoint Slide Show was used during the assemblies – please take the time to have a look, and if you have any views or questions, please contact Mr. Kinsella at the school.

UKMT Team Maths Challenge

Four pupils from year 8 and year 9 took part in the UKMT Team Challenge at Caldew School. The Team Challenge promotes mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills. Pupils competed against 14 other schools in the region. St Josephs team came eighth, which is a fantastic achievement.

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Prize Evening Guest Speaker Announced

We welcome back Nick Toner (Alumnus), currently studying at Oxford University where he is reading History and Politics.

Nick was an outstanding, high achieving pupil with all the admirable personal qualities we promote in St Joseph’s.


Our Prize Evening will take place on Thursday 2nd July 2015.

Further information will follow.

Thank you from CAFOD

cafodThis was money raised by all those who took part in the Sponsored Creative Writing in English and those who joined in the ‘Rich man, poor man’ meal and raffle as well as money from CAFOD boxes and Fairtrade Coffee Morning. Well done!