During recent years a number of our students, particularly those currently in Year 10 and 11 have undertaken extensive amounts of volunteering work in a range of areas as part of their vInspired Student Volunteer Ambassador role. In order to justifiably recognise and celebrate such fantastic achievements, vInspired, via an online blog, have reincarnated eight of our top student volunteers in the form of The Avengers characters to illustrate the true Super Volunteers that they are! This blog highlights the unbelievable work that each of the students undertake on a daily basis in order to help improve the lives of others both within St Paul’s Academy as well as in their local community. Each student aims to achieve their v100 award for volunteering 100 hours. However, like true heroes, these superstars have gone above and beyond their V100s and have completely transformed their community. This is the amazing story of the Super Volunteers of St Paul’s Academy:
David Ozobia (Year 10) – v100+
David helps to deliver extra-curricular sporting activities at St Paul’s Academy. As a school Sports Leader, David volunteers his time with the boys and girls school football teams, and is a school Health and Well-Being Ambassador. One phrase to describe David – Unassuming superhero
Eberechi Paul (Year 10) – v100+
Eberechi is an extremely passionate and caring volunteer. Eberechi always goes out of her way to help staff and students have an improved school experience. She delivers netball and athletics training sessions and events. She truly shines when promoting and organising enterprise activities, she has helped raise thousands of pounds for our school’s designated charities each year. One word to describe Eberechi – Passionate
Tareh Omajuwa (Year 10) – 103 hours
Tareh is a vibrant and hard-working volunteer who dedicates her time to putting a smile on everyone’s face each and every day. Her positivity and love for life are her most precious characteristics, which rubs off on everyone she comes into contact with. Tareh works hard to help the school netball teams improve their skills by assisting with training and matches each week. One phrase to describe Tareh – Pure sunshine
Mira Umelue (Year 10) – 183 hours
Mira is always on hand to assist, no matter how big or small that task may be.
Mira volunteers across a range of clubs and areas at St Paul’s Academy and devotes her time and effort to each equally and generously. Mira’s involvement as a V•Inspired volunteer has been pivotal to our school’s sporting and enterprise activities. One word to describe Mira – Superstar
Michelle Asante (Year 11) – 125.5 hours
Although shy, Michelle’s impact in her local community is unquestionable. The difference to her local community through volunteering is immeasurable. Michelle has volunteered for a children’s summer reading project in Woolwich to teach children how to read and improve their reading skills. One word to describe Michelle – Proactive
Verona Okine (Year 11) – 103 hours
If you feel down, Verona is sure to put a smile on your face and turn any negativity into positivity. Verona dedicates her time and energy to improving the physical, mental and social well-being of staff and students at St Paul’s Academy. As a school Sports Leader and Health and Well-Being Ambassador, Verona is passionate about promoting, educating and improving the health and fitness of all students at SPA. One word to describe Verona – Irreplaceable
Lora Umelue (Year 11) – 133 hours
Every group, organisation and team needs a driving force and Lora is ours. Lora’s passion, enthusiasm and dedication mean we would be lost without her! She is often the person who is behind the concept and organisation of such events. So much so Lora has inspired us to run our very own Race for Life event, which we will be holding at St Paul’s Academy on 30th November in aid of Cancer Research UK. Lora is helping to train pupils to run the race as well as organising a number of enterprise activities to help raise money for this worthy cause. One phrase to describe Lora – Our precious, quiet organiser; our driving force!
Stephen Ola-Oni (Year 11) – 224.5 hours
Stephen is unbelievably passionate about sport and encouraging others to strive to be the best they can be. His passion and enthusiasm is infectious. Stephen has assisted in the delivery of our school summer sports scheme, giving up his summer holidays to help young children in his local community engage in regular sport and physical activity. As a member of the Jack Petchey Young Achievers Network Stephen engages in a wide range of volunteering and enterprise initiatives as part of the Jack Petchey Foundation. One phrase to describe Stephen - One of a kind; a born leader!
At St Paul’s Academy we are extremely fortunate to have amongst us some of the best young student volunteers any school could ask for. The time, effort and dedication all of these students show on a regular basis in helping to make their school and the community of St Paul’s Academy a better place is remarkable and extremely admirable. Events which our student volunteers have recently been involved in include our school Health and Well-Being Day, Sports Day, SportInspired Disability Games, SportInspired Community Festival as well as a range of enterprise activities. As part of our school Advent Charity Appeal students have organised their own Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK which will take place on Wednesday 30th November. These über volunteers not only endlessly give of their time to help others but they do so while all the while making sure that they keep up with their studies. As a Catholic faith school our student volunteers epitomise our belief in ‘Faith in Action’.
In the words of their teacher and vInspired Co-ordinator at St Paul’s, Miss Duffy ‘They are all shining examples of model students and exceptional ambassadors for St Paul’s Academy. I couldn’t be more proud of everything they have achieved and how they have grown as young people. The difference which they make to our school community is immeasurable.’
In order to see the blog and articles in full please visit https://vinspired.com/blog/the-super-volunteers-of-st-pauls-academy