The Shakespeare School’s Festival 18th November 2015

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Demonstrate leadership

Work well in a team

Show effective presentation skills


Demonstrating a positive, can do attitude

Confidence in public speaking


As a Business and Enterprise College, what better way to show such capabilities than to perform a Shakespeare play in front of a sell-out crowd in a professional theatre?

This is what a group of 16 students from years 9 to 11 did on Wednesday 18th November.

The Shakespeare School’s Festival is an annual celebration of the work of our greatest English playwright. Schools from all round the country perform a variety of plays in professional theatres.

This is the fourth time St. Joseph’s has participated in the festival. Our play was, ‘As You Like it’, an almost farcical comedy of mixed identities and unrequited love.

As Shakespeare’s plays explore universal themes as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago, we decided to bring the play right up to date with skateboards, Avril Lavigne music and instead of a crown, a golden beanie!

Rehearsals started back in June and we practiced twice a week and the odd weekend to get to the point where we were ready to grace the vast stage and full house of Keswick.

What a performance! What an achievement! Not a cue or a line was missed; entrances were slick and the audience loved it.

To stand at the front of the stage facing an appreciative audience clapping and cheering made all the hard work worth it. It was an experience that I’m sure will stay with the students for a long time to come.


Ashcloud Apocalypse Week


Students and staff are participating in the Geography department’s Ashcloud Apocalyse event organised as part of worldwide GIS day. Over 18,000 are taking part in a data collection and mapping exercise which examined the impact of a potential mega eruption on the lives of people.

Each day after school we are showing films relating to the event in Banklands Hall.

Monday Volcano (12A)
Tuesday Dante’s Peak (12A)
Wednesday Supervolcano (12A)
Friday Pompeii (12A)

Come along to ICT 1 at lunchtime, Banklands after school or see Mr Hamilton or Mrs Williams for more information

A link to the Ashcloud Apocalypse website


Remembrance Evening Public Speaking

Remembrance Evening

 Speaking in public in front of an audience is not something that most people, let alone young people, find easy or enjoyable, and yet it is a really important skill.

There will be a time when you have to go for an important  interview or have to make a group presentation and it is our job in school to prepare you so you are ready to meet this challenge.

I was delighted that the pupils listed below seized the opportunity that was made available to them. You all spoke with confidence and assurance and you know what? next time will be easier.

Well done and thank you.

 Mr Ryan Headteacher


Amelia Edgar, Year 11

Scott Faulkner, Year 11

Simone Armstrong, Year 11

Abby Hymers, Year 11

Shania Wilson, Year 11

Daniel Kirkbride, Year 11

Adam Kirkbride, Year 11

Stephen Fitzsimons, Year 10

Joseph Christian, Year 10

Jayme Riley, Year 9

Makayla Pietersen, Year 9

Jade Adams, Year 9

Bethany Murphy, Year 8

Aimee Murray, Year 8

Stuart McCrickerd, Year 8

Ross Smart, Year 7

Macey Tunstall, Year 7

Kelsi Batey, Year 7

Ryan Dobinson, Year 7

Kyla Briscoe, Year 7

Braelyn Smith, Year 7

Nthan Mounsey, Year 7

Eve Graham, Year 7

Sam Blair, Year 7

Amelia Charters, Year 7

Cameron McGuinness, Year 7

Cole Perkins, Year 7

St Joseph’s Foreign Language Spelling Bee 2015/16

This week, all Year 7 students will be taking part in the French Spelling Bee Competition during their French lessons.  They have been given a list of 50 french words which they will need to be able to spell out using the french alphabet.

The winners of the class competition will go through to the next round in December.  The winners of Stage 2 will represent St Joseph’s at the Regional Final to be held in Manchester in March.

Extra sessions are being held in Room 2 at lunchtimes next week if you need some training!

Bonne Chance!

Ms W Lightfoot

Head of MFL

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Our School Needs You!


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon and we need volunteers to help with advertising, setting up and running it. Our school can earn FREE books for every book sold at the Fair so this is a great opportunity to stock our library with brand new resources.

If you can spare some time to help our school please let Miss Keevil know.

Many thanks

Celebrating Literacy!

Follow us on Instragram!

Parents and pupils can follow the latest news in pictures on our English and Library Instagram account. Follow stjosephsenglish for writing inspiration, recommended reads and to keep up to date with the latest events and competitions.

It is recommended students who follow have private settings on their own accounts.



A very well attended week of Football, Dance, Tennis, Dodgeball and many other Sports took place during the half term break at St Joseph’s Catholic High School as children aged between 5 and 15 from the Workington area and beyond got the chance to test out their skills in a fun and competitive environment.
With many of the younger children taking part for the first time Sports Development Officer David Wise was naturally delighted with the response; “It was very good to see such a huge amount of children attending this week, especially when you consider it’s only one week off from School and many people take this chance to go away before the winter weather sets in”. “I was especially happy to see a whole bunch of new faces attending our programme and look forward to welcoming them for years to come”. Continue reading

Year 11 Mock Exams

Dear Parents,

Please find details below, a letter and a timetable, of the Year 11 Mock Exams which are due to start on Monday 23rd November.  In addition we are also inviting you to attend the Year 11 Mock Exam Results Day on Thursday 10th December at 2.30.
Letter (.doc)
Timetable (.doc)