What's been happening at MSJ?

Find out what has been happening this month.

The school started the 2014 New Year with a flourish which has continued over the Spring Term, with the recent months being exceptionally exciting and busy for the students at Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise College.

Much to the school’s delight a number of pupils were successful in their application for tickets to attend the Royal Observance Service at Westminster Abbey, London last week. This most prestigious event took place last week in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The service was attended by a wealth of VIPs from around the Commonwealth; these included Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who is an international child rights’ activist and a pioneer in the fight against exploitation of children and illiteracy. During the service The Queen delivered her address to the Commonwealth which was broadcast globally; after which the pupils were invited to ‘take tea’ at the Royal Overseas League. This was an amazing experience for the pupils, to be among a select group of children from around the country to attend such a monumental event was a real honour and something they will never forget.
Malcolm Rose, author of ‘Kiss of Death’ joined the celebrations, two weeks ago, as Mount St Joseph marked World Book Day. The event aims to help children explore the pleasure of books. Malcolm Rose gave an assembly to Year 8 and Year 9 students where he discussed his book series ‘Traces’ which is set in Bolton; Year 7 were treated to an assembly about ‘Kiss of Death’ which they are currently studying. These students were particularly delighted to have the opportunity to speak to the author about the book they are studying in more detail and to gain an insight into his inspiration.

After the assemblies, Malcolm Rose worked with some gifted and talented students across the school in a specialist creative writing workshop. During the week a number of students were also given the opportunity to visit Manchester Metropolitan University to take part in a creative writing workshop.

Last weekend, a small group of talented pupils from Mount St Joseph participated in the local heat of the Magistrate Mock Trial competition at Bury Magistrates Court. Hundreds of schools across the country take part in the competition which is arranged by the Citizenship Foundation. The MSJ Team, presented themselves superbly on the day; winning a trial. The team prosecuted and defended cases against other schools with a maturity that belied their years. The team had prepared well for the competition spending time at lunch and after school practicing their roles as lawyers and witnesses and worked hard to ensure they could prosecute or defend effectively. The judging Magistrates commented that ‘the young people from Mount St Joseph were a credit to themselves and to the school’.

The school runs a number of careers events supporting students in making choices about their futures; recently a number of Year 10 pupils were given the opportunity to attend an interactive career skills event at Event City, Manchester. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to consider different routes into various career sectors. In addition other students attended an arts career convention in Bolton; taking part in a wide range of interactive experiences designed to shape their future career plans, foster a love of art and support their current learning. At both these events pupils were able to meet with industry professionals and discuss potential careers enabling them to explore important issues such as choices of A Levels, progression routes to university and career options.

Year 7 students are looking forward to taking part in a multi activity weekend with PGL at Boreatton Park, Shropshire in July. The weekend is geared around meeting challenges head-on; working as a team; and increasing confidence. The trip will include a variety of activities such as; kayaking, high ropes course, quad biking, archery and aeroball.

Finally Congratulations go to Year 11 Student Megan Price who has been selected to play for England! Megan will be travelling to France to play for England in the Rugby Sevens. Everyone at Mount St Joseph wishes her and the England team Good Luck.