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100th Anniversary of the First World War

October 20, 2014 in Front Page News by School

20141020112012_00001Come along & listen to our pupils and representatives from the local community, reading poetry & “Letters from the Past”

On Display will also be Artwork & War memorabilia

Tuesday 11th November at 7.30pm

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Forthcoming Event – 11th November 2014

October 8, 2014 in Front Page News by School

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and in recognition of the work of the armed forces in subsequent conflicts, our school will be hosting a major event.

Pupils from our school, as well as adults will be reading poetry and letters, written during the conflicts and after.  The event will also include music and there will be visual images/memorabilia.

This will be a major community event.

Further details will follow.

Year 11 Savio Retreat

October 1, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

‘Amazing’, ‘unforgettable’, ‘eye opening’, ‘emotional’, ‘fun’, ‘perfect’, ‘great’ – these were just some of the responses of the 44 Yr 11′s who went on the Savio three day retreat. ‘ ‘Absolutely one of the best experiences of my life’, said one. Others identified more specific ways in which it had helped them: ‘boosting self confidence and morale’, ‘I feel like a better person’, strengthened my relationship with many people’, ‘brought me and my class mates closer’. Everyone who went on the trip has said they would recommend it, so Yr 10 please ask any of the Savio group about their experience and don’t miss out next year.

Open Evening 2014

September 22, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

If you missed our Open Evening please contact Mrs Welsh who will arrange an appointment to visit the school.


St Joseph’s win Cumbrian heat of Make It! Challenge. Congratulations Year 9.

October 22, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr P Andrews

On Tuesday 21st October a team of eight Year 9s attended the Make It Challenge at Energus, Lilyhall. This is an annual, nationwide, inter-school event set up by The Manufacturing Institute and Nuclear Management Partners to encourage young people to consider manufacturing and engineering as a career path. This year the brief was to design and market a new, low impact nuclear power station, on a 1km square site at Sellafield. They also had to consider incorporating appropriate ‘green’ energy applications, taking into account West Cumbria’s natural resources, for example: wind and/or water. (Most of us decided solar wasn’t a worthwhile option!) They also had to build a model prototype from a construction kit, design a safety suit, posters and a website and consider other ways to market their power station.

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St Joseph’s helps to train ‘Future Teachers’

October 22, 2014 in Front Page News by School

One of our Assistant Headteachers, Mr Hughes, has been helping to train 15 ‘future teachers’.


The trainees having been recruited by the West Lakes Teaching Alliance, and our school is one of a number who will be supporting the trainees throughout their year of training..

Mr Hughes led them through a very demanding day and the two areas of focus were behaviour management and lesson planning.He has also delivered a training session to them on ‘questioning’ techniques.


School Reporter’s first assignment is a success

October 21, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs T Thompson

Our English Department has recently formed an alliance with Workington Town RLFC and we have been working with them as official reporters, working on articles for their website and the local newspaper.

Last Friday we were given the huge honor of attending the Wales ‘V’ Scotland International game at Derwent Park and reporting on the match. Prior to this the reporters also interviewed Peter Lupton , A Workington Town player who had just been named captain for Wales. The article was published on the town website and can be found by following the link.

The students Logan Barker, Nathan Dixon (Year 11) Rhys Burr and Aiden White (Year 10) have since produced a match report which will hopefully be published in the Times and Star Newspaper this Friday.


Packing Bags for New PE Kit

October 20, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

Thank you to all of the year 7 pupils who helped with the Morrisons bag packing event. You helped the PE department to raise a grand total of £775 for new kit and strips.


October Half Term Activities

October 19, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr M Dickinson

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Shoe Box Appeal for Convoy Aid Romania

October 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr T Nurse

An invitation to all tutor groups.

Convoy Aid Romania is a small West Cumbrian charity run completely by volunteers. For over 20 years they have taken shoe boxes full of love to seriously poor children, parents and elderly in Romania. Despite being part of Europe most of the population live in conditions comparable to those of the developing world. Perhaps you could make a joint effort to collect items for one or more boxes per tutor group. If every tutor group put together even one box we could donate 27 boxes!

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Tiger Boat Racing Raises Over £5,000 For Charity

October 16, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

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Pictured: St. Joseph’s School team, Workington, who finished in second place

The recent Tiger Boat Race at Derwent Marina, held by Bassenthwaite and Workington Derwent Rotary Clubs proved to be a huge success and a great day out for the family.

This year, the competitors compromised ten teams of ten rowers, each raising funds for charity and competing for a range of trophies.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

October 14, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

Thank you to everyone in the school for supporting our Macmillan coffee morning. A special thank you to the year 7 and year 10 pupils who helped to publicize and run the event. We raised over £360 which will be used to provide medical, emotional, financial and practical support to people living with cancer.

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Police advise motorists on the importance of wearing a seatbelt

October 10, 2014 in Front Page News by School

Police are reminding motorists that wearing a seatbelt can be the difference between life and death.

Read the full press release here. (Word Document)

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Gen2 Nuclear Stem Workshop

October 9, 2014 in Front Page News by School

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