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Tuesday the 18th of January saw 64 key stage 1 children descend onto the sports hall at St Joseph’s School to take part in our annual Dodgeball event. The event is always one of the highlights of our sporting calendar and this year didn’t disappoint as the children treat us to 2 hours of exciting, very skilful and very energetic Dodgeball.

With over 20 matches completed it was left to both Beckstone teams to contest a very lively final with their A team coming through to become champions. With our year 9 sports leaders brilliantly Umpiring each match it was very much a day to remember.

Competition organiser and Sports Development Officer Mr Wise was naturally over the moon with proceedings; “It was so good to see that each School had put the practice in for this competition and the skills on show were amazing”. “These events are such a team effort from our site and reception staff, our PE department and sports leaders to myself so it’s always really good to see things come together successfully”.


As part of our recruitment campaign we are holding a virtual open evening with Sellafield Ltd for learners who are looking to start a Sellafield Ltd apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship in September 2022.

The event will run on Tuesday 25th January from 5pm to 6pm.

During the event you will find out detailed information about the Sellafield Ltd apprenticeships and degree programmes on offer and the application process. There will also be a Sellafield panel who will be on hand to answer your queries.

Book now by visiting: Webinar Registration – Zoom

For further information about Sellafield apprenticeships please visit: Sellafield Applications 2022 – Gen2


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


Tuesday the 7th of December saw 7 Primary Schools descend on St Joseph’s School to take part in our first ever Boccia festival. Related to Bowls and Petanque, Boccia is an inclusive sport that plays out in a similar way to Bowls with participants aiming to bowl  to get as close to the jack as possible.

Teams are made up of three players with each player bowling twice and with each School bringing 2 teams it was a non-stop 2 hours of competitive play with every child totally focused on their respective matches. With the clock ticking on and after 20 matches completed we arrived at the gripping final between St Patrick’s and Beckstone which Beckstone edged by a few centimetres!

As ever, organiser and Sports Development Officer Mr Wise was elated at the outcome; “Boccia is a wonderful Sport and it was so good to see these primary school children enjoying themselves whilst competing”. “As this was our first Boccia event I was a little nervous at how it would be received but the children absolutely loved it and with our year 8 leaders hosting the event so adeptly  my worries were very much allayed”.

Our next festival will be key stage 1 Dodgeball in January.


Tuesday the 16th of November saw 7 Schools, 14 teams and 112 children descend on St Joseph’s School sports hall for our first ever year 3 and 4Benchball competition. In what was the first taste of School representation and competitive action for most children the event turned out to be everything that we had hoped for. The sheer energy, sportsmanship, teamwork, competitiveness and skill on show was something to behold with the added bonus of expert leadership, officiating and organisation from our year 9 sports leaders.

Organiser and Sports Development Officer Mr Wise could not hide his delight; “I am sure that this was one of the best events we have ever held here”. “It was full of so many of the things that are so good about sport and it was played with so many smiles on the faces of the children taking part”. “The pandemic has denied this age group the opportunities that were afforded to the children before them and their pure joy and enthusiasm at taking part was very clear to see”.

The event came to a thrilling climax as Beckstone and St Gregory’s fought out a “next one wins” final with Beckstone taking the prize with an amazing throw and catch.

Our next event will be a BOCCIA competition on Tuesday the 7th of December.