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12th December 2016

A selection of children from across KS2 were selected to take part in a swimming festival at the John Charles Centre. The 19 pupils were able to compete in races against other schools in events which matched their ability. The events ranged from 10m beach ball races all the way up to 25m races. Although the children wanted to win it was pleasing to see smiling faces at the end of each event. It was also pleasing to see the pupils behaving beautifully through out the event.

Mr Mercer
10th December 3016.

Although the weather was perfect for running and the course was flat, the mud made for a testing time for the boys and girls of St Josephs.  It was pleasing to see that all the children turned up and all of them ran well. The course seemed longer than the usual 1800 metres but this didn’t prevent all of our entrants finishing the race which not all the other schools competitors did. Once again it should be emphasised that this run was for Y6 children and we had 5 children from Y4, 2 from Y5 and only 1 from Y6. We now have a bit of a break with the final run being at Leeds Grammar School.

Year 6 girls choreographing a dance to Nutbush City Limits, by Tina Turner.

All credit must go to the children who turned up for the second race of the series. The morning started off cold and sunny but ended up raining heavily making the already challenging 1800m course even harder as approximately 250 pairs of feet churned up the ground. The course starts off with a steady incline which in itself can tire the limbs out. Then it’s into a wooded area emerging into a long stretch of running which although downhill can sap the energy out of tired legs. This part though showed how the children have come on in judging how to run a longer course. There was no walking at this point and they even lengthened their stride as they approached the finish line.
This was a race for the Year 6 children so for these Year 4, 5 and 6 boys and girls who take on the challenge of running such a hard event a great big “Well-done”
On Thursday 10th November, 8 of our Y4 children had the opportunity to go to South Leeds Academy and try trampolining, this was in partnership with the JESS cluster.

When we went trampolining, it was really fun! Other children and I went in the teacher’s car to get there.  I got to sit at the fount with the teacher.
When we had arrived there, children from South Leeds Academy were going home.  We went into the hall where the trampolines were.
First we went into partners and practiced our routines.  I did things such as pike, tuck and many other things.
I felt proud of myself because I managed to do a back flip!  Not even my sister can do that!
After having a fun time at South Leeds Academy, we came back to school safely and all in one piece.

By Waana Mwangala Y4

On Thursday some of my class went to a Trampoline taster at South Leeds.  It was fun we did cool moves. I made a routine called Double Mix Up! We were in blue t-shirts. Mr. Mercer had a go it was funny. We went in Mr. Mercer’s car and drove back to school after we went home.

By Aleeya Kerbelker Y4
Cross Country
On Saturday 15th October 2016, the school's cross country team from years 4,5 and 6 participated in race at Middleton Park

Well done to all those who took part in it!
Anna Corradini Year 6
(School Council)