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At St Joseph’s our students play an active role in matters which will affect the student body as a whole. There are many ways in which students can get involved and make a difference, most notably being the Student Council, by becoming an Anti Bullying Ambassador or Eco Schools representative, or by becoming involved in the house system.
St Joseph’s College is committed to creating and sustaining a culture where bullying is not accepted or tolerated. As part of this ethos, a team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors take a leading role in the college’s anti-bullying approach.
The role of the ambassadors is to raise awareness in our community, of the issues around bullying and supporting individual students if necessary.
St Joseph’s ambassadors are made up of students from years 8-13 and receive the most up to date training through the national Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme and through support from the Local Authority’s lead on bullying. Further information on the Diana Award can be found on their website: www.diana-award.org.uk
The Anti-bullying ambassadors are very conscious of e-safety and the presentations from an evening they ran can be downloaded from the Parents section in the Download zone
The ambassadors’ objectives for 2013-2014 are:
1: Consistent awareness raising to embed the anti-bullying culture into school life
2: Rigorous recruitment of new ambassadors
3: Enhancement and development of the ambassador role within school
Your Anti Bullying Ambassadors
The St. Joseph’s Eco-Schools group meets every Thursday lunchtime in Sc2. Our aim is to try to create a more sustainable school, minimising our impact on the environment. We try to encourage people to reduce energy wastage and increase their recycling. During the spring and summer months we grow fruit and vegetables in our pop-bottle greenhouse. When ripe, these appear in the restaurant, thus reducing food miles. We compost the waste from this. We also encourage wildlife through the use of bird feeders and nesting boxes. We have taken part in initiatives run by the Keele University Sustainability Hub, aimed at educating people about the effects of waste on the environment and energy wastage.
St. Joseph’s has achieved the Eco-Schools Silver Award and written its own Eco-code:
St Joseph’s College operates a House System.
All students coming into year 7 will be allocated to a House in which they will remain until the end of Year 9. Each house has a different colour and symbol which is reflected in the House tie. Friendly and healthy competition between houses is encouraged on the sports field, in the classroom and beyond. Students can collect merits for their Houses for all manner of good deeds, for getting involved and for academic achievements. Each year group has elected student representation in the form of house captains.
Brother Kerrigan is an inspirational figure in school. He was the Head teacher at St Joseph’s between 1984 and 1990. From St Joseph’s he went on to Sierra Leone to take up leadership of the Christian Brothers’ Formation Community. It was here on the 10th April 1995 that he was caught in a rebel ambush and sadly lost his life.
Br. Dorotheus O’Donoghue was a very humble man born in Ireland around 120 years ago. Back in 1931, the Archbishop of Birmingham made a formal approach to the Christian Brothers inviting them to consider the possibility of opening a school in the Potteries. The Archbishop had the opportunity to buy a house called High Grove (which we now call the Brothers’ House).Brother O’Donoghue was the first Christian Brother to set foot on our school site and he was instrumental in the foundation of the school in 1932.
Nano Nagle was born in Ballygriffin, County Cork, Ireland in 1718. She is one of Edmund Rice’s great inspirations and founded the Presentation Sisters. Nano Nagle selflessly educated the children of Cork during the day and visited and nursed the sick by night. As a result, she became known in Cork as the Lady with the Lantern, the symbol of the Sisters of the Presentation worldwide.
Blessed Edmund Rice was the founder of the Christian Brothers some 200 years ago. His selfless and inspirational work as an educator is the reason why St Joseph’s College is here today and our school ethos is embedded in the work of this amazing man. We continue to be inspired by him and are encouraged to share in the vision and work of Edmund Rice.
Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi was born in Nigeria in 1903 and died in Leicester, England in 1964. He was an Igbo Nigerian ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1937. Those who knew him testify to his great love of God. Everyone who met him was touched by his personal goodness. He was a man of the people: he always put others before himself. He is a real inspiration to African Catholics because of him being modern and proclaimed blessed by the Church. Blessed Tansi is also the name of the school that we work closely with in Bo in Sierra Leone.
St Joseph’s College award -winning School Council meets every Tuesday at 12.35pm for half an hour. There are 2 representatives from every form in every year group. They are voted by their peers after they have given a short presentation of the skills they have and the ideas they would propose.
The Council is the voice of the students; they represent student opinion and recommend changes around the school that will benefit the school community. They play a very important part in all interview processes for new teaching staff and even for some support staff such as the librarian and learning support assistants. They are also on a panel for a local drugs charity called ReSolv, which produces materials educating young adults about the dangers of substance misuse.