Once again, St Joseph’s have proved themselves to be the best primary school cricket team in Conwy. Last week, our team won the Colwyn Area finals and yesterday they came away victorious from the county finals. On Tuesday, they will play against the county winners from Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Anglesey and Gwynedd to decide the North Wales Champions. In recent years, we have narrowly lost out but, you never know, this could be our year.
It is great to see the continued success of our school cricketers. Over the years, many of the young players who have represented the school in these tournaments, have gone on to play for local clubs, county youth sides and to play adult league cricket. It goes to show that positive early experiences can lead to a love of, and commitment to, sport for life.
The sun was shining and our Year 3 first communicants were a credit to our school and their parents. Everyone read beautifully in a lovely celebration.
On behalf of the school, thank you to the staff and parishioners who prepared the pupils. Thank you to Fr Frank and John Williams, the church organist. Thank you to Kath Knowles for her beautiful flower displays in church. Thank you to the staff, parents and volunteers who prepared and served refreshments. Finally, thank you to Lisa Kelly who arranged the lovely cake and the kind gifts, for adults who prepared the children.
I’m sure all children and families have had a memorable day.
Grow in Love.
Each week we celebrate our ‘Disgybl yr Wythnos’ (Student of the Week) and ‘Cyflawniad yr Wythnos’ (Achievement of the Week). Whilst the former award celebrates those children who have an all round great week, for the latter, staff are on the look out for those special moments which bring a smile (and sometimes a tear).
This week’s ‘Cyflawniad’ winners highlighted the variety and importance of these awards. In Year 6, the winner was recognised for providing great leadership for his group on art activities in preparation for the Summer Play. In Year 5, a young man was praised for his beautiful singing voice, heard outside the staffroom during lunch - as a result he joined the choir! In Year 4, a special girl helped her new friend by searching all over the school, to find Mr Roberts, so that her friend could discuss her feelings. In Year 2, another little girl had great ideas and created wonderful artwork to decorate the class castle. Year 1’s winning boy celebrated working independently on difficult tasks. Finally, in Reception, a child’s perseverance on letters and numbers has started to pay off.
These awards make the winners feel special and, for the staff, they serve as a weekly reminder of the rewards of working with young people. Friday afternoons are a happy time in St Joseph’s.
As the World Cup got under way in Russia, our week ended with a sports dominated assembly.
Certificates were awarded to children in Year 6 who represented the school at the Diocesan Football and Netball tournaments, which took place last week, in Rhyl.
We also congratulated the 38 pupils from Years 3-6 who represented the school at the Diocesan Athletics Competition at Parc Eirias. Each year, in this event, we compete against larger schools and rarely taste much success. However, this year, we had a number of winners and Year 5/6 boys finished 3rd overall, as did Year 3/4 girls.
At the start of the week, we were blessed with beautiful weather for our annual sports day. Congratulations to all pupils for taking part, trying their best and doing so with a smile on their faces. Many thanks, also, to the PTA members who provided refreshments for parents - this was a welcome addition to our annual event.
Finally, we celebrated four award winners (see photo above). Jack and Sophia were winners of the Victor and Victrix Ludorum trophies for the pupils scoring highest overall in the Key Stage 2 Sports Day. (Points are awarded in each event for distance thrown or jumped and speed in races) Our second pair of winners were Josh and Sienna who were St Joseph’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. This second set of awards are in recognition of all round sporting achievement and inspirational attitudes to participation and competition.
Well done to everyone who played a part in our sporting success.
One of the recent requests, from our School Council, was to allow the children to have their lunch as a picnic when the weather was nice. Thankfully, Mrs Graham, our cook, agreed that we could try out Picnic Fridays and today was our first. All children (whether on sandwiches or school dinners) enjoyed their lunch together outside in the sunshine. This was a great success and we hope that we will be able to continue with this initiative. We are always ready to listen to ideas (from children and parents) which can make our school an even better place.