Summer Concert

You are welcome to join us for what is always a fantastic end to the school year.

You can reserve a ticket with the school office + remember there is no cost.

Thank You,

Mr Ryan

Summer Concert

Netball Team Succeed Again!

third in County

Following the success in April, St Joseph’s Year 7 netball team was selected to represent Allerdale at the Cumbria School Games on the 10th of June in Carlisle.

It was a great day, with fab weather (maybe even too hot!) and a superb atmosphere.

St Joseph’s won all the matches except one, the last one, and were ranked third in Cumbria. Everyone played to the best of their ability, especially the new players to the team who had not had any match experience.

Demi Elliot had great success coming second in the shooting competition, but the highlight was when our very own Hannah Kurzyk O’Donnell was chosen as overall player of the tournament.

By the Year 7 Netball Team

University Visit

GSCE P.E and Sports Science students visited the University of Cumbria on Tuesday 16th June to gain key information about Higher Education and to help make important decisions about life after school. We attended interactive workshops, met staff and current students and had a tour of the campus. Pupils gained a lot from the visit and feel inspired to study sport at university.

Ambition and Challenge

The teaching of ‘financial management’ has been recognised by the Government to be very important for all young people.The ‘challenge’ is for them to learn an important skill and we are encouraged to ‘start young’ with them.

I am delighted that St Joseph’s has seized the initiative and is leading on this way in our area.
St Joseph’s is only a small number of schools in Cumbria to have received this important recognition.


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The annual St Joseph’s School Football competition for Year 5 and 6 children was held on the Astroturf on Monday the 15th of June with the event proving to be a fantastic showcase of the talent that the Workington area has to offer.

The focus of the competition was to encourage free flowing Football played in a competitive and respectful way and we got just that as match after match gave us fantastic teamwork, great goals and high skill levels with the 7 School squads of 12 players (boys and girls)  taking part working hard to make the latter stages.

With the matches superbly Refereed by year 10 St Joseph’s students Luke Mitchell and Cameron Smith we got down to the semi-finals with Group 1 winners Beckstone narrowly pipping group 2 runners up Seaton 2-1 and Group 2 winners St Gregory’s accounting for Group 1 runners up Our Lady and St Patrick’s 3-0 thus setting up an incredibly tight final which Beckstone won 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw.

Sports Development Officer for St Joseph’s David Wise said: “The level of play was fantastic and it was plain to see the influence of good coaching in the local clubs”. “The Referees were superb but their job was made far easier by the fair play on show”.

A big thank you also goes out to Ryan Whelan from the PE department, Luke and Cameron and Andrea and Lesley from the admin department.

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Spellbinding Awards Day

Spellbinding is a regional schools book award. Pupils throughout Cumbria select ten of the best books published in the last year to read and discuss so that they can ultimately vote for their favourite in an inspiring celebration awards day.

Naomi Gray, Aimee Murray and Molly Davies in Year 7 attended the awards day on Wednesday 10th June along with pupils from 21 other schools in Cumbria. They became engaged in critical conversations, arguing good naturedly about the shortlisted books and their favourite characters. Pupils were invited to take part in a poetry and art workshop led by Marvin Cheeseman an award winning performance poet and stand -up comic.

After much discussion and debate, the assembled masses of spellbinders voted for She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick as the winner of Spellbinding 2015. Well done to everyone who took part, it has been a successful reading journey creating lots of enthusiasm and excitement about books!

The annual Primary Schools Multi Skills Festival was blessed with some of the best weather of 2015 as 200 enthusiastic Reception age children descended on the Astroturf at St Joseph’s School on Monday the 8th of June. Based on the essential ABC’s (Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed) the festival was designed to give the children an event of their own in a fun, non-competitive environment where they could learn, practice and develop these vital skills and develop them they did as each group had a go at the 7 stations of activity.

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Celebration of the Arts

On Thursday 4th June we proudly celebrated the achievements of our pupils by holding an exhibition of Art GCSE coursework, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials GSCE final projects. We also presented Music and Drama performances, a fashion show and student photography. Thank you to all the pupils and staff who worked hard to make the evening a success.

‘Ambition and Challenge’

These two words often go ‘hand in hand’ and we have just had another outstanding example of how both of these are being promoted. This took place in Banklands and the event was on ‘Exhibition of the Arts’.
Over 20 staff and around 50 pupils were involved in a whole range of activities all designed to show case the talents of our young people.
The focus of the ‘Exhibition of the Arts’ was mainly on the GCSE Art and Design Technology work produced by our Year 11 pupils.
The event also offered the ‘challenge’ to be ‘ambitious’ in a host of other areas and both the staff and most importantly the pupils, seized the opportunity.
We had the ‘school band’ not just playing but arranging the ‘sound’ for the evening. We had pupils entertaining young children with a ‘craft table’. We had numerous musicians, dancers and actors all performing live to big audiences.
We had pupils taking responsibility for the photography, producing the programmes, serving refreshments and we had one pupil who was responsible for ‘overseeing’ the whole event – managing a whole host of adults and performers, something she did with confidence, maturity and success.
We challenge our pupils to ‘aim high’ to be ambitious, to push themselves and to take risks and on that spectacular night, we witnessed all this paying off.
I would also like to thank the twenty members of staff who gave so much in terms of planning and energy. Your work inspires children and your enthusiasm is infectious.

Mr Ryan

Ambition and Challenge

The school environment provides an excellent opportunity to visually promote both of these, through inspiring words and powerful imagery. The images below now welcome pupils to both the English and Modern Foreign Languages departments.

Nestle Business and Enterprise Competition – WINNER!

Nestle Winners

Congratulations to Scott Faulkner, Simone Armstrong, Stephanie Armstrong, Adam Kirkbride and Chloe Minshaw who each won a place on the Business and Enterprise Regional Assessment Day at Nestle Head Quarters in  Dalston.  These four pupils spent the day at Nestle and competed against year 10 pupils and sixth form students from other schools in Cumbria.  They were put through their paces by a team of business professionals who assessed their skills through a range of activities including team working, problem solving and finally individual interviews.

I am delighted to announce that Scott Faulkner was chosen as one of the two overall winners, Nestles were impressed by the enthusiasm he showed on the day and highly commended him on his work ethic and in how he tackled all activities using his initiative.  Scott will be given a fully paid two weeks work experience placement with Nestles this summer where he will have the opportunity to work in a number of different business functions including Sales, Marketing, HR, Production and Corporate Communications.


By Miss Jackson