Multi-Skills success at St. Joseph’s Boys School

Year 10 students at St. Joseph’s enjoyed a week long ‘Multi-Skills Academy’ aimed at brushing up on their literacy and numeracy skills while also reconnecting with classmates and getting ‘fighting fit’ for the summer term ahead.

Students took part in numerous activities throughout the week including daily reflection; motivational talks; options discussions; accelerated reading; Skill School; advice on nutrition, well-being and national citizenship before being tested on their sporting skills through coaching in rugby, football, karate, self-defence, circuit training, boxing and problem-solving.

Over 100 students participated and enjoyed the programmes delivered by school staff and outside agencies and included former professional footballer Mikhail Kennedy; representatives from HURT; Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum; City of Derry and Ulster Rugby and Team Torres Martial Arts. The school also acknowledged the support given by Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre in providing daily reflections and well-being start to each day.

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Ciara Deane, Vice Principal said: “We were delighted to welcome all our students back to school this week and they wasted no time in getting down to business.

Karate master Sean Leonard putting St. Josephâ€TMs Year 10 students through their paces this week.

“In particular I’d like to acknowledge the outstanding effort of our year 10 students who have some very important decisions to make in relation to GCSE selections in the coming months. With that in mind, we thought our boys needed to be focused and challenged to reconnect with their classmates and also get the opportunity to brush up on their literacy and numeracy skills so that they felt ready for the challenges ahead in the summer term – hence the Multi-Skills Academy.

“Everyone has come through a difficult year with Covid and it was great to see smiles on faces again. Huge credit must go to all who put this together and made it such a success, one of many we hope to hold this school year.”

MULTI SKILLS ACTIVITIES. . . . .Pictured during this weekâ€TMs Multi Skills Activities at St. Josephâ€TMs Boys School are Ms. Rachel McIntyre, students Matthew McGuinness and Emere Sahin and Mo Mahon. The event saw a full weekâ€TMs activities at the school involving Year 10 pupils participating in a †̃recovery curriculumâ€TM focussed programme to welcome students back after lockdown. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Practising their karate skills are Year 10 students Calvin Brown, Tony McLaughlin and Calum Deery.
Ethan Devine and Shane Moran pictured during this weekâ€TMs Multi Skills Activities at St. Josephâ€TMs Boys School. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Classroom assistant Paul Gill assisting Year 10 students Odhran McDaid and Cathal Mullan with the †̃Build It Egg Drop Challengeâ€TM during St. Josephâ€TMs Year 10 Multi Skills Academy this week. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
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Students taking part in rugby coaching at St Josephâ€TMs Boys School under the guidance of Ulster Rugby and City of Derry Rugby Club coaches.
Teachers Margaret Quigley and Fiona Harrigan pictured before giving out t-shirts to launch this weekâ€TMs Year 10 Multi Skills Academy at St. Josephâ€TMs Boys School.