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Yet another successful few days of sports and dance activities were held at St Joseph’s in the lead up to the Christmas festivities. More than 150 spaces were filled as we hosted sessions in Dodgeball, Multi Sports, Drama, Dance and Racket Sports. We even had time for a last day party which included games such as pass the parcel and musical chairs! The camps, which were partially funded through the County Council HAF (Holiday Activity Fund) which provided places for qualifying children were organised by Our sports development officer David Wise who commented; “I cannot praise the children and our team of Coaches and volunteers highly enough as we had such a good time after such a tough year and it was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves”.
Our next activities will take place during the February half term holidays.

BEBRAS Competition 2021

For the first time this year, all students from Year 7 up to Year 10 took part in the worldwide BEBRAS competition organised by Oxford University and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. 

Last year 2.5 million students from 56 countries took part in the annual Bebras Challenge, including nearly a quarter of a million from the UK. 

What is it about? 

The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students in a fun series of puzzles. Computing is all about problem solving and computational thinking and the students got a chance to try their hand at solving interesting problems online under timed conditions. 

For example, a challenging problem for 16 to 18-year-olds could be based on recursion and fractals or coming up with logic rules for setting up a sensor for a farm for irrigation.  

Winning joint prizes for Best in School were Year 10s Danny Cuthell and Daniel Fletcher who are studying GCSE Computer Science, followed closely by William Light. 

An impressive 8 amazing students managed to get a Gold award which means they were in the top 10% of the UK. This also means they were invited to participate in the very prestigious Oxford University Computing Challenge, which takes place in February 2022.  They were Daniel Fletcher, Daniel Cuthell, William Light, Olivia Reynolds, Rebecca Cuthell, Parker Ward, Chloe Habicher and Jenson Tinkler. 

The top 25% participants in our school also received Distinction certificates and the top 50% got Merit certificates. 

I am sure you will all join me in congratulating all the students who took part and wishing the 8 students who got into the Oxford University Computing Challenge good luck!  

Mrs Roberts, Computing Department


A week of almost wall to wall rain didn’t stop our holiday activities from being a huge success again as almost 100 places were filled for sessions that included Drama, Dance, Football, Cricket, Dodgeball and Multi Sports.
Our Sports Development Officer Mr Wise commented; ” We are so lucky to have our indoor facilties here at St Joseph’s and they enabled four days of vibrant and fun activities to take place’. “The sessions were very well attehded as usual and we finished off with a Halloween themed day”.
Our camps will return for the christmas holidays with exact dates to be confirmed very soon.

New Computer Lab

Last week we opened our beautiful, new, state of the art Computer Lab. The Lab is part of the next phase of our site redevelopment and contains all brand new, high spec computers for our students. They’ve really enjoyed using the new space since it opened.

The Computer Lab follows the opening of our Creative Hub last year which is a bright, modern, flexible space for our students to use during practical subjects.

We are currently investing over £200,000 in our new Performing Arts Centre which is due to open to students before Christmas and will provide new changing rooms, toilets and practice spaces for dance, drama and music.

#living #loving #learning

SEND ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair

Join us for the 2021 virtual SEND ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair

This year’s event will be held online from 18th to 22nd October 

Preparing for adulthood can be an anxious time for families of young people with additional needs and disabilities. In order to help families plan and know what options and support are available, we are pleased to announce Cumbria’s popular ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ fair is back again this year!

Aimed at families of young people with SEND from age 13 to 25, we have a full programme of live webinars across the course of the week, all available on Microsoft Teams. The full list of webinars will be available on the SEND Local Offer website from Wednesday 13th October. Have a look at the webinar timetable and plan which webinars you would like to attend.


We have worked with parents/carers and young people to plan this year’s event. Each webinar will be presented by an expert in their field, who will explain all about their service, who it is for and how to access it. There are webinars on apprenticeships, interview skills, supported living options, day opportunities, health and mental health transition from child to adult services, continuing health care, social and sporting opportunities, as well as presentations with post 16 colleges, drop-in sessions with SEND Alliance Cumbria, the new parent carer forum, and much, much more.


The webinars are all ‘open access’, so you don’t need to register or put in any details. Just click the link for the webinar you want to go to at the appointed time and the link will take you straight there.

Also this year, we have an Information and Advice section packed full of resources for families to explore. Again we have worked with parents/carers and young people to plan what resources would be most helpful. There are lots of things, from details of support from disability associations, right through to information on mental capacity, guardianship and deputyship, alongside resources from all of our brilliant webinar presenters.

Please tell your colleagues, friends and family, and we hope to see you there for a very exciting and informative week!

Cumbria SEND


St Joseph’s School Sports Development Officer David Wise is delighted to announce a four day holiday activity camp at the School during the October half herm break.  There will be a mix of sports and dance/drama days and bookings are taken through the email and phone contact details on the form attached.
PLEASE NOTE: The contact number is a new one.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: There is a reduction in costs for children who attend the following Schools in the St Joseph’s Sports cluster:
Students of St Joseph’s Catholic High School and St Michaels, Derwent Vale, St Gregory’s, Westfield, St Mary’s, Ashfield Juniors & Infants, Seaton Juniors, Distington, St Patrick’s, Our Lady & St Patrick’s (Maryport), Beckstone.
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Women in Mathematics


The North West Festival of Women in Mathematics is open to all KS4 and KS5 students of Mathematics (some sessions are only open to KS5 due to their content) but we would particularly like to encourage female students who might be considering studying Mathematics or a STEM subject at A Level or University. There are a number of online workshops over three weeks given by research mathematicians at various career stages.

In all of the sessions the host will introduce herself and give a brief biography of her career and research and there will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.

Here is a table of all of the sessions. You will need to register to attend any sessions individually

Teachers please sign up for the event (not students individually). We will then contact you with the Zoom webinar registration details before the event for you and your students to register


Name Title of Session age group Time Event Number
Professor Rebecca Shipley “Mathematics in Healthcare” all ages Wednesday 23rd June  1.30 – 2.30pm  8419
Eleanor Doman “Similarities and Scalings in Nature: An Introduction to Mathematical Biology” all ages Tuesday 29th June 5.30 pm and Wednesday 30th June 2pm 8425


Professor Louise Walker “Origami and the mathematics of paper folding” all ages Monday  5th July 10am and Tuesday 6th July 5.30pm 8430


Dr Demi Allen “A formula inspired by mice brains and playing darts on fractals” all ages Thursday 1st July – 11am  8429
Dr Yang Han Statistics and Data Analysis all ages Tuesday 29th June 10.30am  8421
Dr Anastasia Kisil “Mathematics, Resonance and Metamaterials” 16+ Thursday 1st July 7pm  8408
Dr Vandita Patel “Fermat’s Last Theorem and Beyond” all ages Thursday 24th June  10am  8420
Dr Vandita Patel “Decoding Mathematics” 16+ Monday 28th June 7pm  8410
Eleanor Johnstone “How to get to the edge of the atmosphere, the bottom of the ocean and everything else in between: using fluid dynamics to understand our world” 16+ Wednesday 7th July 1pm  8443
Guest Speaker plus a panel of female mathematicians  Final session plus Q&A  all Wednesday 7th July 7pm  8432


  • Showcase successful women in mathematics and statistics at various stages of their careers
  • Give participants an insight into the careers of female mathematicians, statisticians and operational researchers
  • Enrich participants’ knowledge of several interesting topics from mathematics and statistics

Who will benefit from attending?

This session is only open to KS5 maths students (and teachers) due to the level of mathematics involved. We would particularly like to encourage female students who might be considering studying Mathematics or a STEM subject at University.


In this workshop, the goal is to work in a group and build a 3D mathematical object. However, the instructions are all muddled up and in code! Decode the instructions and piece together the 3D object.

Please bring along lots of paper (coloured if you have it), compass (can make one with string if there isn’t one to hand, I will show how to at the beginning of the session), ruler, scissors, glue, pens and pencils.

Please note that this session will be delivered via a zoom meeting and participants will need to work together as a group to decode the problems. This means they will need to be prepared to speak and get involved in the sessions.


I have registered our school for all the relevant sessions and an email with joining links have been sent out.