Beyond the Classroom
'..students relish the opportunities to explore, investigate and develop their skills' OFSTED 2014

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

At St Joseph’s we place great emphasis on enriching and enhancing the learning of our young people by encouraging them to try new challenges and experiences that will develop them as individuals beyond their academic studies. Staff at St Joseph’s gain huge satisfaction from dedicating time, energy and expertise to develop passions that will last a life time.

Whilst St Joseph’s has a wide reputation for sporting excellence, above all we encourage participation in sport for all. Our main sports are rugby, netball, hockey, cricket, athletics, basketball, badminton, rowing and tennis.

Music is at the heart of this happy school with our orchestras, choirs and various ensembles performing inside the school, across the community and even internationally. Our dramatic productions win plaudits for their flair and ambition and are always highly enjoyable for all.

If an individual shows a particular talent we will do our utmost to foster, encourage and promote that talent whatever the field. We are immensely proud of the award winning performances of many of our pupils but always encourage fair play and perseverance in addition to a winning mentality.

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St Joseph’s College is incredibly proud to be an accredited ‘Directly Licenced Centre’ which means we control the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme within the College.

We are delighted to be able to offer our students the opportunity to participate in the scheme as follows:

Year 10 – Bronze Award
Year 12 – Silver Award
Year 13 – Gold Award

Enrolment begins in September and activities will start straight away. All activities should be finished, or close to completion BEFORE the summer expeditions. Training for expeditions will take place on Saturdays within the Spring term with the expeditions themselves taking place in the late Spring/Summer.

Please visit the Download Zone and the Duke of Edinburgh website for further information and for a suggested kit list.

 

The Brother Kerrigan Library underwent a complete refurbishment in 2013, providing students with a contemporary, up-to-date space in which to study and read.

‘The focus on reading goes across the entire school, as can be seen from the high number of books borrowed from the library and the enthusiastic support for several book clubs and the school-wide reading review forum. ‘ OFSTED 2014

Resources

As well as a comfortable, modern study area, the Library provides students with access to ICT facilities. There is also an extensive range of resources on offer to help aid learning and to encourage independent study.

This includes a large catalogue of non-fiction books on all the different subject areas. Additionally, students are able to explore topical magazines, newspapers (both hard copies and via our Kindles), maps, leaflets and study guides. There is a designated careers section in the Library, which allows access to online careers software, higher education information and details of job opportunities, apprenticeships and gap years. All of our resources are constantly being reviewed and updated.

Library Lessons
All students in Years 7 and 8 receive fortnightly Library lessons. In addition to reading and spending time discovering the wealth of exciting fiction books we have on offer, pupils are taught basic study skills and regularly complete creative writing pieces and other reading-based activities. The lessons are intended to complement every other subject studied at St. Joseph’s – literacy is the thread that runs through each and every lesson.

Extra-Curricular Activities
A number of extra-curricular activities and events take place in the Library throughout the school year. All students are welcome to join in. The current schedule of activities is as follows:

Wednesdays 8am-8.45am – Book Bunch Review Club.
A place to talk about books, share our favourites and upload reviews onto our very own Book Bunch website.

Wednesday lunchtimes – Scrabble and Chess Club. For complete beginners right through to professionals!

Thursdays 8am-8.45am – Early Birds Reading Club.
Students are invited to come along for 45 minutes of quiet reading. The school Librarian will be on hand to help with reading suggestions.

There is also an ever-changing timetable of special one-off activities and events that take place throughout the year. Students will be notified when these are happening. Recent examples include visits from authors and our involvement with the Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Awards.

Please visit the Library’s bespoke homepage, where you can view our latest books, search the Library catalogue and much more. You will also find a link to our Book Bunch Review Club website – please feel free to browse.

Extended Schools provision from Year 7 to the Sixth Form

We have an extensive extra-curricular programme to suit all interests at St Joseph’s College including sports, music, drama, cooking clubs, first aid and art and craft courses. The wide range of provision available enhances the broad and balanced curriculum which we offer.

We also like to engage parents in learning with our Family Learning courses which include Family Forensics, Family Technology, Family Sign Language and many more courses.

The timetable for our extended schools programme can be found on the right hand side of this page. For further information please see Mrs Jones, our Extended Schools Coordinator who can be found in the exams office and contacted by telephone on 01782 418215