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Learning Technologies at St James

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, November 29th, 2013
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The St James governing body confirms the right of teaching staff to make professional decisions regarding the use of teaching resources including tablets and commercially provided software application to support learning.

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Devon Thelanderson-Smith is now Taekwondo/Kickboxing British champion!

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, November 29th, 2013
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Devon Thelanderson-Smith, year 9 recently competed in the P.U.M.A British championship in Swindon. He competed in sparring (Taekwondo/Kickboxing) and won the title in his weight class .So he is now the British champion 2013.
Earlier in the summer he won the junior championship and the Southern championship.
Devon is also a javelin thrower and has been ranked first in the country earlier years but after an elbow injury earlier this year, he has not been able to throw competitions this season. He has instead been concentrating on his martial arts which has obviously paid off. Well done Devon!

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St James Netball teams score double win!

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
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The St James School netball squad had a great win on Wednesday evening when they played against Clyst Vale. Despite it being an away fixture and possibly the coldest evening of the year so far, the year 8 team won 5-4 and the year 9 team also won 22-5 . The year 8 teams ‘girl of the match’ was Holli Castillo and the year 9 teams ‘girl of the match’ was Megan Aggett. Well done to all the girls, it was a fantastic effort by all!

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Christmas Concert Presentation

Posted in: Presentations on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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PSJ Wine Evening – 14th November

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
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PSJ have been at it again, fundraising for the PSJ Reward Fund. This time drawing on the expertise of one of our very active members, Claire O’Keeffe who works for Christopher Piper wines. On Thursday 14th November we opened our doors to 25 adults from PSJ and the St James community to enjoy music provided by one of our school bands ‘Driftwood’, taste wine and eat a fantastic meal prepared by the year 11 hospitality students. The event was a ticket only event which raised over £80 in profits for the PSJ reward fund. The fund has been created to target Unsung Heroes of St James, those students who do not usually get to go on trips.

This is what one of the participants, Jacky had to say about the evening. “From the bright lights of the St James auditorium we were transported to the mountainous vineyards of France, South Africa, Spain and Germany  during a relaxed, fun evening in which we sampled eight very different wines, followed by a big bowl of steaming pasta. It was fascinating to hear Claire from Christopher Piper wines talk so knowledgeably about wine making and tasting. Who knew that German Riesling could taste so good? We had a great time amongst very friendly company. Thanks to the organisers – particularly to Mr Farmer for organising, the year 11 hospitality team rustling up the pasta, Driftwood for the musical entertainment and of course to Claire for hosting a fantastic evening in, at times, quite noisy and undisciplined circumstances!”

If you fancy joining PSJ and coming along to the monthly meetings, then please let me know on Stephen.farmer@st-james.devon.sch.uk. Alternatively come along to one of the fun events we arrange throughout the year.  The next scheduled event is the PSJ Quiz Night on Thursday 27th March 2014.

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Ski Trip 2015 Letter

Posted in: Letters on Monday, November 25th, 2013

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St James student’s Martial Arts success.

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
St James student’s Martial Arts success.

Year 8 student Jacob Clark returned recently from the WTKA( World Traditional Karate Association)competition organised in Italy with a silver medal in the team points and two bronze medals in continuous. WTKA is an organisation which promotes Martial Arts and Combat Sport activities worldwide – in disciplines including Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu and Taekwondo.

During the past year Jacob has been awarded two gold medals, two silver medals, and three bronze medals, of which three were at world class level.

Jacob started his training aged 4 at Te-Ashi-Do self- defence, later moving on to mark 2 kickboxing; he has always been encouraged and supported by his father – himself a martial arts instructor and medal winner.

Jacob qualified for the national England squad after winning the silver medal at the WTLA Best of British competition and has now achieved a 3rd Brown Belt in both disciplines.

We all wish Jacob continued success in his martial art endeavours.

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St James students qualify to represent Exeter and District in X Country.

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, November 15th, 2013
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Exeter and district x country champs at Haldon forest. We had 8 students qualify for the next round on 4th December . The students will be representing Exeter and district v east Devon.

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Earn £’s for you and your school using EduVoice

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, November 15th, 2013
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St James’ students win first round of the English Speaking Union Debating competition ‘Youth Speaks’

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, November 15th, 2013
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On the evening of the 13th November, two teams of St James students took part in the Mid & South Devon area heat of the English Speaking Union’s Youth Speaks debating competition against teams from St Lukes School, Exeter, St Cuthbert Mayne, Torquay and Torquay Boys Grammar school. The event, hosted by St James, is an annual event that sees students compete against each other on a topic chosen by the English Speaking Union. This year’s topic was ‘Are celebrities detrimental to society?’ and students were expected to speak and question each other for 15 minutes.

The two St James teams were made up of year 10 students Ruari Mold, Owen Jones and Rory Irwin and Dixie Jordan, Collette Neave and Safa Quarishi. Dixie Jordan received the accolade of Questioner of the Event which was well deserved and testament to her quick thinking mind and astute listening skills. After five rounds of speaking, the St James team of Ruari, Owen and Rory were declared the joint winners with St Cuthbert Mayne, due to their use of humour, pertinent questioning and natural command of the stage. They will go on to compete against the winners of the North Devon heat in the branch final on the 4th December at St Luke’s School.

Claire Palmer, Teacher of English, who was overseeing the event, said of the boys’ achievement: “We are really proud of their success. This is the fourth year that St James have entered this competition and the fact we have won is due to the commitment that these boys have shown; practising every lunchtime and after school for the past two weeks with myself and Miss Hawken. We wish them every success at St Luke’s.”

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