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Charity Night

November 21, 2014 in Front Page News by School

There will be various stalls and entertainment provided.
Raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity
If you come along you’ll get to see people getting their legs waxed for Charity.

Venue: St Joseph’s School Hall
Date: 4th December 2014
Start Time: 6:30pm
Ticket Prices: Adults: £3 Children: £2.50
Buy your tickets on the door




Friends of St Joseph’s Table Top sale

November 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr J Kinsella

fosjMany thanks to everyone who took the time to support the Friends of St Joseph’s Table Top sale, which was held in the school hall on Saturday 15th November.
Over £550 was raised in total, with the proceeds being divided between The Poppy Appeal, Help for Heroes and the Friends of St Josephs.
Our students felt the Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes were the most appropriate charities to benefit, especially following our very successful Remembrance Event held on Armistice Day.
The ‘Friends of St Josephs’ are a voluntary group of parents of pupils both past and present, who kindly donate their time to support our school; among other things, they raise money for resources and opportunities for our students that otherwise could not be funded. They also play a role in a number of high profile school events.
The Friends group meet once a month, and are always looking for new ‘recruits’ – please contact the school for more information.
We would particularly like to thank the following organisations for providing raffle prizes;  their generosity and continued support is very much appreciated by all:
Marshalls Butchers, Amanda Jayne Photography, Plaza Cinema, Extreme Fitness, Eclipse Bowling, Top to Toe Tanning & Beauty, Sellafield.

Anti-Bullying Week

November 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr J Kinsella

Every year the Anti-Bullying Alliance coordinate national Anti-Bullying Week; a week where children and young people, schools, parents and carers come together with one aim: to stop bullying for all.

This year we are calling on the school community to take action to stop the bullying of ALL children and young people – including disabled children and those with special educational needs – children who are significantly more likely to experience bullying in schools and the wider community.

Please take some time to view these fantastic resources, designed to offer advice and support to parents and their children.

Year 10 Assembly PP

Bullying UK Anti Bullying Week 2014 PP antibullingparents info topten
 Year 10 Assembly Powerpoint  Bullying UK Anti Bullying Week 2014 Powerpoint  Anti Bullying Parents Information

 Anti Bullying Top Ten Tips



Language Perfect Northern Championships 2014

November 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Ms W Lightfoot


Congratulations to all the Year 9 students who took part in the  Language Perfect Northern Championships!

The MFL Department are so proud of you!

A fantastic 14 awards overall and 9th place in this GLOBAL competition!

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Congratulations to YR10 Catering Students

November 14, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs C Hannah

Congratulations to the following Y10 students

who all passed their Level 2 Food Safety in Catering.

Excellent work Year 10.

Elizabeth Corless       Harry Douglas-Brown       Sarah Irving

Jessica McSherry

 Abbie Oag        Katie Tootle         Amy Turner           Chloe Weaver


Centre of Excellence for the teaching of Computer Science

November 13, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr T Ryan

We are delighted that once again our school is a Centre of Excellence for the teaching of Computer Science



Evening Remembrance Event on Armistice Day

November 12, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

With contributions from the English, History, Music and Art Departments this special Remembrance Event was a great success. After being drawn to pupils imaginative art work and table displays guests filled the School Hall to hear pupils read historical reflections, poems, excerpts from ‘Private Peaceful’ and some of their own creative work marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Students, some of whom were speaking publicly for the first time, spoke confidently, clearly with good expression and often very movingly. Some pieces, such as the experience of having a father in the armed services, were particularly well received. At intervals the clear and tuneful voices of the choir treated guests to period songs such as, ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’. There were several readings from important guests including a past student, cadets and school staff. The playing of the last post by a pupil and two minutes silence brought the evening to a close with refreshments. Many appreciative comments were made by guests. All pupils involved in any way were a credit to the school.


CAFOD Creative Writing Challenge

November 12, 2014 in Front Page News by Mr T Nurse


The English Department are inviting pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 to devote 90 minutes to writing a story on the theme of ‘A Christmas Gift’ during the week beginning 24th November. Each pupil will be seeking sponsors for their effort and all money raised will be spent on a CAFOD ‘Christmas gift’.

CAFOD reaches the parts many cannot reach such as remote villages where people get seriously ill simply for lack of clean water or die for lack of the kind of simple medicines we can buy from a chemist.

There are a range of projects pupils can fund including clean water, literacy projects, shelter, tools for farming, health training, medicines and help for those suffering from Ebola in West Africa. The exact projects will be chosen by a pupil committee of six: the winners of the most creative story in each year group plus the pupils in each year group who raise the most money.


Listen to St Joseph’s Pupils on BBC Radio Cumbria

November 12, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

Kyle McNichol, Laura Bennett and headteacher Mr Ryan talk to BBC Radio Cumbria about Remembrance Day and our school tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

November 5, 2014 in Extra Curricular, Front Page News by Miss C Keevil

Former students Luke Collins, Jack Palmer and Tom Hampson are brimming with pride after being presented with their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award certificates. The team have become a credit to the school by working exceptionally hard over the past twelve months. They have demonstrated a high level of persistence and commitment to the award, completing voluntary work placements within the community, learning new skills and improving on personal fitness. Well done!

For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme visit


Year 7 Castlerigg Friendship Days October 2014

November 3, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss C Keevil