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”.
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.
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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”.
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.
Head of MFL
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.