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A Feast of Youth Gaelic Football

St Paul’s Academy in conjunction with Dulwich Harps GFC recently hosted a fantastic Gaelic Football Festival at the Academy, with Cavan Gaels, Killeavy GFC from Co.Armagh and The Downs GFC from Co. Westmeath, Thomas McCurtains GFC from London and Dulwich Harps in attendance. With thirty games of football played in the group stages and four exciting finals it was a pleasure to see so many entertaining matches played with great sportsmanship and competitiveness.

Dulwich Harps 1 girls’ made the Plate final and came out victorious over Cavan Gaels 2. Killeavy 1 narrowly missed out on the cup final with Cavan Gaels 1 taking the trophy with a one point lead as the final whistle blew. The boys’ plate final saw Thomas Mc Curtains take on the Downs and after a thrilling game, Thomas Mc Curtains, the visiting London team came out the winners! The eagerly anticipated cup final between Dulwich Harps and Killeavy 1 was a real delight for spectators with an excellent display of football from both teams. After full time the scores were level and unfortunately for one team the winner would be decided from a golden score. Both teams worked tremendously hard and fought for every ball, however, Dulwich finished lucky winners with Leslie Ariku scoring the final goal to them the lead and the winners’ trophy!

After plate, cup and medal presentations were made, all players, coaches and managers enjoyed a two-course sit down meal thanks to the magnificent restaurant staff at St Paul’s Academy.

Teams travelled back to Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, Addiscombe to celebrate Mass before an evening of entertainment, fun and laughter in the adjoining church hall. Food and refreshments were served throughout the evening, and thanks must go to our table quiz host, Niall Mc Cann, Dulwich Harps.

All in all, it was a most enjoyable weekend of Gaelic Football, with 140+ players, managers, coaches and supporters travelling from Ireland and London to take part in this fantastic event. Many visiting teams commented on the fantastic behaviour of all players’ involved showing great sportsmanship and fair play throughout the day. Congratulations to all players, coaches and managers who competed. 

Many thanks to everyone who supported the event and for those who assisted in any way, referees (Eddie Naughton & Catherine Burke), coaches, managers, hospitality team and our restaurant staff.  We are very grateful for the individuals who helped facilitate the event, for giving up your time and for the preparation in the run up to ensure the weekend was a success.

Special thanks to Tom Denning, Chairman of Dulwich Harps GFC, for his support of the Festival and to Michael Maher for the fantastic organisation behind the scenes of the 2017 International Festival. A wonderful weekend, superb tournament and a perfect opportunity to catch up with familiar faces and new friends from our visiting teams.

Eadaoin Devine

May 2017

Step into Dance 2017

On Friday 5th May 2017 a group of 10 students took part in the Step into Dance Greenwich ‘Spring Sharing’ competition which this year was held at St Paul’s Academy.  On the night our students competed against 10 schools from within the borough in an effort to get an audition for Step LIVE 2017! 

This year the event will be held at Southbank Centre on Monday 17 July 2017.  This event will be a celebration of Step into Dance’s 10 year anniversary which will make the occasion even more special and spectacular; something which our students would very much like to be a part of.  All students that took part performed brilliantly and to a very high standard. 

After the show other schools and members of the audience commented on how well our pupils performed on the night.  All of the pupils involved in Step into Dance have worked so hard over the last few months in preparation for this event.  Such hard work most definitely paid off and was reflected in their performance.  The next stage of the competition will no doubt be tough, however with their current level of commitment, diligence and passion we have every confidence in our dancers’ abilities and wish them every success in the future.  Well done to all those involved, keep up the great work!

Year 7 Greenwich School’s Netball Tournament Champions 2017

As the Year 7 Netball season draws to a close our girls have continued to grow in strength, confidence and ability since they first set foot on court in the colours of St Paul’s Academy in September 2016.  Throughout this academic year our girls have worked extremely hard at training to develop their individual skill levels as well as their ability to work together as a team; gelling as one cohesive unit.  This dedicated group of girls have performed exceptionally well in both Greenwich and Kent competitions throughout the year, learning from both their successes and defeats along the way.

Such hard work has paid off for our girls when on 27th April they were crowned Greenwich School’s Netball Tournament Champions 2017!  Entering the tournament the team were extremely focused and not only did they want to win the tournament but set themselves a goal of winning all of their matches with the aim of not even conceding a point!  The girls played all of the top schools in Greenwich such as St Thomas More, Eltham Hill, The John Roan and Blackheath High on the day.  First off the girls faced some tough opposition from St Thomas More but were able to emerge 2 – 0 winners.  Throughout the tournament the girls also recorded an 8 -0 win over The John Roan which lined them up for their final game of the tournament against Eltham Hill.  With their aim of trying to win the tournament without conceding a goal in sight, the girls made a good start to their final game.  However, despite their efforts Eltham Hill managed to score.  This only motivated our Year 7 Netball team to work harder and encourage one another.  On the final whistle the girls emerged as 5 – 1 winners over Eltham Hill.

As a result the girls were crowned Greenwich Tournament Champions, taking home their first, and most certainly not their last, trophy for St Paul’s Academy.  The team finished the tournament with a record of 17 goals scored and only 1 conceded; a massive achievement to say the least!  Our Goal-Keeper Alexa Higgins was also named as player of the tournament with Beatrice, Victoria and our captain Joelle Bent also putting in great performances on the day.

Well done girls on a fantastic season and start to your sporting careers at St Paul’s Academy.  We are all very proud of you and cannot wait to read about more of your successes in the future.

Year 7 Netball Team:

  1. Grace Faton
  2. Princess Ajabor
  3. Ruth Avarobe
  4. Kyah Clarke
  5. Alexia Higgins
  6. Rosaline Jusu
  7. Victoria Alabi
  8. Joelle Bent
  9. Beatrice Ogundele
  10. Bernice Nortei-Tettey
  11. Angel Okorosobo
First Love Foundation Foodbank Visit

Following our very own foodbank collection during the season of Lent, eight of our Year 10 and 11 vInspired Volunteer Student Ambassadors were invited to spend the afternoon of 28th April at the offices of the First Love Foundation in Tower Hamlets.  What inspired our students to work towards collecting for our local foodbank in Thamesmead was the inspirational work of those at the First Love Foundation.  The First Love Foundation is a foodbank based in Tower Hamlets, one of London’s most deprived boroughs.  However, it is no ordinary foodbank and during our visit, CEO Denise Bentley explained her foundations vision, impact and new approach to foodbanks:

‘First Love Foundation is about the whole person, not just hunger. Loving whole people in actions and in truth has driven us to expand on what it means to be a foodbank.  It is impossible to see the effects of food crisis and feel satisfied with just handing out food.  We took the time to find out what caused the crisis in the first place – for every person who visited our foodbank.  Then we adapted to address all these needs’.

In order to reach out and help as many people as possible in Tower Hamlets, Denise and her team rely on the help of referring partner agencies who are able to spot and refer those most in need to the foodbank.  As well as providing much needed emergency food, the work of the First Love Foundation reaches far beyond this service, providing advice and support as well as help with employment to all those who walk through their door.

Our student ambassadors listened intently to Denise as she presented to them the amazing work of her foundation and her vision for the future:

‘We have a vision for a more resilient Tower Hamlets.  Not satisfied with just handing out food, we have a 5 year plan to decrease the number of people needing emergency food support ever again.  Over the next 3 years we aim to increase the number of people living sustainable lives’.

Denise and her team took time to answer the many meaningful and thought provoking questions of our students.  As our volunteer ambassadors gained a much greater understanding of the work of the First Love Foundation it began to open up their eyes to the potential impact that their actions, help and support can have on those in their community.

Feeling inspired and with our students ‘brain juices’ flowing overtime, pupils were then given the fantastic opportunity to help sort out all of the food in the warehouse of the First Love Foundation.  This was a challenge our students relished and in true St Paul’s style managed to sort through all of the 300kg of food and toiletries in record time; all done with constant laughter and a permanent smile on the faces of all of our ambassadors.

Being given the opportunity to engage with as well as see and hear the tremendous impact that the work of a charity organisation such as the First Love Foundation can have on a community truly inspired each and every one of our students.  The experience enabled pupils to realise their own potential and how they can use their own skills and qualities to make a real difference to the lives of others.  Here is what some of our students had to say:

‘Going to First Love Foundation was such an incredible and heart-warming experience.  I learnt so much about poverty and what causes it as well as what other people such as those who work at the First Love Foundation do in order to help them through it and it's so inspiring.  I learnt that helping people come out of poverty is not all about providing food but also providing the necessary support in helping them find a job and make them more self-sufficient which is what I saw at the foundation.  It was very fun and I really enjoyed helping to sort out the food with my peers and teacher.  I will never forget this day as it has definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things’ (Lora Umelue, Year 11).

‘I’m very proud of myself to know that I’m having a great impact on other people’s lives’ (Stephen Ola-Oni, Year 11).

‘Today was a very eye opening experience, I had a chance to view the hard work behind the food bank, specifically the First Love Foundation....I was able to see just how hard people have to work to pack and arrange the donated food, as well as checking for 'miscellaneous' donations (having taken on the role myself alongside my other vInspired team). Before taking on that task, we sat in the conference room to view the appalling statistics, as we gazed on outside of the building, you see the visual segregation of the wealthy people in the Canary Wharf buildings right next to the deprived town of Tower Hamlets.  Personally that was the real hard hitting fact that sustainability could be in arms reach yet so far away’ (Verona Okine, Year 11).

‘It’s a life-changing experience for me’ (Dylan Wiggan, Year 11).

Before leaving our students enjoyed some homemade ‘patties’ and chocolate cake which they had brought along as a gift for Denise and her team while picking Denise’s brain one final time.  Denise and her team were truly blown away by the unbelievable volunteering work, personalities, self-belief and drive of all of our students and the passion they display for helping others.  Denise told Miss Duffy, our vInspired Schools Co-Ordinator:

‘Your students are special, truly special and inspirational and I will never forget them, you should be so proud’.

Miss Duffy resonates every word Denise says and could not be more proud of each and every one of her student ambassadors:

‘The tremendous amount of volunteering work completed by our students simply exemplifies our schools belief of the importance of ‘Faith in Action’.  I am beaming with pride when I reflect on everything they have achieved and the insurmountable impact they have had on all those around them to date.’ 

Denise was so impressed by our students that she has invited them to help with a summer scheme project which she is delivering in Tower Hamlets.  This is an opportunity which our students are extremely excited about embarking on.  All at St Paul’s would like to thank Denise and all of her team at the First Love Foundation for providing our students with this wonderful, insightful opportunity and look forward to continuing to work alongside them in the near future.

‘To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us’

Pope Francis

SPA GEOG & Peabody Ambassadors’ Residential

 

 

The Geography department took two days of interviews to select 22 Geography Ambassadors. We witnessed over 40 interviews and a high quality of applicants, which meant much deliberation and a challenge to choose our final students. The two key questions were: How would you promote Geography? Why should you be an ambassador? Let me introduce the final students who will represent Geography and Peabody as ambassadors!

The Geography and Peabody Ambassadors from Year 10 and Year 11 in their new hoodies. Top left: Kwabena, James, Nathan, Precious, Una, Yetunde, Princess, Miguel, and Giovanni. Bottom left: Gareth, Luke, Marcell, Amy, Temi, Klaudia, Anna, Lilly, Shanelle and Eljay. Others missing: Stephen, Sammy and Chantal.

As part of the Peabody ‘Young leadership’ accreditation certificate the group attended a fully paid (courteous of Peabody) weekend residential.  The aim of this trip was to firstly work on team building and implement skills that underpin leadership and teamwork. Examples of activities embedding these skills included Blackout sensory walks in teams, building towers out of marshmallows, military drumming and an assault course carrying a bucket of water, to name a few.

Yetunde in the Blackout Sensory Walk.

Marcell, Gareth, Kwabena, James and Temi in the marshmallow building task.

The Peabody & SPA Geog Ambassadors learn military drumming. Check out their efforts at SPA Geog YouTube Channel.

The residential started on Friday 3rd March, with the group travelling with Mr Davis and Diana Webb to Lambourne End Outdoor Centre, and ended on Sunday 4th March. The company Oakley Adventures should be commended on a comprehensive program that worked towards building a rapport amongst the students and developing skills that underpins the Ambassador initiative.

http://www.oakley-adventures.co.uk/

Travelling to the centre: Klaudia, Amy, Precious, Una and Princess.

Diana and Mr Davis in the new leader hoodies.

These students epitomise the high quality and excellence that St Paul’s Academy exhibits, within and outside of the classroom. We can expect very exciting times in Geography with these students leading as role models. Congratulations to all for your participation and making the weekend enjoyable by the staff and teachers. A special mention needs to go to Caroline and Steve from Oakley Adventures for organising the event and Alison Wood from Peabody making this all possible.

For additional pictures and videos please see the Geography Blog (http://mrgdavis.blogspot.co.uk/).

#Where is your next Geography classroom?

The Great British Spring Clean

On March 3rd-5th 2017 saw the mark of the Great British Spring Clean over the UK. The event has one thing in common, to bring together different groups of people from around the UK to clean up the litter that blights our towns, cities, waterways and forests.

This event meant the first outing for the SPA Geog and Peabody Ambassadors from Year 11 and 10. They teamed up with Thames21 staff (Jess Becher, Joanna Barton and Chris Rose) with Mr Davis and Diana Webb to work on the Thames Road Wetland. It is unbelievable to amount of rubbish that gets congested along a stretch of the river and walkways. Please see details of the other events on the UK map below.

Shanelle enjoying the weather and making a difference to the local community. She is one of our outstanding Year 10 volunteers.

 

Temi and Klaudia (Year 11) picking up rubbish from the river bank.

 

It is a testament once again that these young people give up their time at the weekends to make a difference to their local community. The Thames Wetland benefitted from these students who picked up 19 bags of rubbish (including recyclable materials) with many containing clothes, electrical equipment and plastics in the river.

From the left (Nathan, Amy and Miguel) volunteer in the Thames marsh to pick up plastics and tyres. It really was tiring work :O)!

The group was split in two: with one half led by Chris in waders getting in the Thames Wetland marsh to pick up plastic and array of tyres. The other half led by Jess and Joanna picked up rubbish on the walk-way running parallel along the River Cray. Mr Davis and Diana were no onlookers. They worked on the rubbish in the river that had been trapped by a fallen tree. They were even able to remove a wooden pallet and garden fence from the waterway.

Kwabena litter picking.

 

Marcell felt the need to work on his muscles (there is always one).

The students contribute significantly to the UK with the amount of litter illustrated above. A further 20 car tyres were removed from the area also. Most of this litter had been here for some time so the improvements have been made permanent. We were also fortunate enough to make the Bexley Wildlife website for our contributions.

Rubbish collected from the Thames Wetland.

 

Chris Rose (Thames21), Shanelle, Miguel, Kwabena, Marcell, Amy, Natahn, Klaudia, Diana Webb (SPA), Temi and Joanna (Thames21).

http://www.bexleywildlife.org/thames21-and-st-pauls-academy-make-great-british-spring-clean-impact/

 

At any Thames21 event there is always one that can't get out of their waders. Well done Amy!

Lent Charity Appeal 2017 raises £5,000.00+

We have now completed our fundraising during the Season of Lent and focussed on charities in and around our community, nationally and internationally. This year the Academy decided to support: 

  • Children with Cancer
  • Macmillan Nurses
  • Don’t forget the Kids
  • The Stroke Association
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals
  • MIND
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
  • The Greenwich & Bexley Hospice
  • The South London Special League

 

During the Appeal, we held a Fayre, a lesson Buy Out, and a sponsored Rowathon, along with numerous other smaller activities and fundraising events.

This year, our Appeal raised in excess of £5,000, an outstanding achievement. I would like to thank students and members of staff who made the Appeal such a success.

As we approach Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, we are looking forward to a fantastic Easter festival during which we participate in a greater way, and meditate on the events of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection for the salvation of humanity.

We wish all members of our community, friends and supporters, the renewal that comes from the Risen Christ and a restful time with your families.     

Yours sincerely

Patrick Winston
Principal

SPA Rowathon 2017

Wednesday 5th April saw us host our annual Rowathon event which we were taking part in this year in aid of the mental health charity Mind.  Our Year 7 students, along with our Sports Leaders in Years 8 to 11 came together during Lent to raise both money and awareness of better mental health throughout the community of St Paul’s Academy.  In preparation for the event our Year 10 and 11 vInspired Volunteers, alongside Miss Duffy worked extremely hard to raise money and get all participants enthused and motivated for the event, all the while raising awareness of mental health.

Getting in early on the day to set up, our volunteers were perfectly prepped and ready to take on the challenge ahead.  In order to set ourselves a physical challenge and to help keep everyone motivated towards achieving a shared goal, on the day we aimed to travel the equivalent distance from Abbey Wood to Paris.  This set the bar at 276 miles, a challenging, yet achievable goal for our dedicated and committed St Paul’s Academy students.  First up on the day was our Year 7 students.  Totally committed to the cause from the outset, our Year 7 students worked extremely hard throughout the morning to tally up a combined total of over 80 miles, getting us hypothetically half way between Dover and Calais.

Venturing into the afternoon with everyone’s spirits still high, it was now the turn of our Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 Sports Leaders.  Bringing their competitive nature to the fore and never shying away from a challenge, all of our Sports Leaders showed extreme grit and determination in an attempt to clock up as many miles as possible; creeping ever closer to their final destination of Paris as the afternoon went on.  Never wavering in effort as the day progressed on, our students and vInspired volunteers enjoyed a range of music being played throughout, accompanied by impromptu sing-alongs and dance routines.  In true St Paul’s Academy style, this was sure to keep everyone smiling while sweating and enjoying raising money and awareness for such a great cause.

As the end of the day loomed and all of the distances achieved were collated, we had 20 miles to run, cycle and row in an attempt to get us to the capital of France.  Epitomising our school sporting moto of ‘Never Give Up, Never Let Up’ our vInspired students did just that!  Needing to achieve a distance of 276 miles, our students put in one final team effort and totalled an impressive 278.82 miles!  As the landmark was achieved the jubilation and ecstasy expressed by all of our wonderful vInspired volunteers and students illustrated just how much theirs, and the efforts of everyone who had supported the event, physically and financially meant to each and every one of them.  Not only did our students raise a magnificent £340 as a result of our Rowathon event, they also managed to help raise awareness of the importance of better mental health and issues which affect many in our own community.  Promoting the concept of a healthy body, healthy mind was most certainly achieved as a result of our Rowathon event.

Well done to everyone who took part in and supported our Rowathon event in aid of Mind.  A special mention must go to our fantastic vInspired Student Volunteers who once again were wonderful ambassadors and role models to all at SPA.  To leave everyone with one final note, always remember, ‘it’s ok not to be ok’, seeking help and reaching out is the first step to achieving better mental health.

 

Year 7 Students collect for local Foodbank

At the beginning of this half-term our Year 7 students attended an assembly presented by the CEO of the charity First Love Foundation and a special guest who has greatly benefited from the work of this charity.  First Love Foundation give food, support and advice to local people in the Tower Hamlets community who are in crisis.  Each person is given an emergency donation of food (enough for 3 days) and the help they need to resolve their crisis.  All food is donated by the local community via schools, churches, individuals, businesses and at supermarket collections.  They believe that emergency food support is only the first step in someone’s journey out of crisis.

Our Year 7 students listened intently as Denise Bentley (CEO) and Lorna Scully shared with them their powerful, sincere and thought provoking stories of both struggle and triumph over adversity.  Both of our guests were humbled by the welcome they received from our students, right through to the kindness and attentiveness which they were shown, saying how ‘it was an honour and pleasure’ for them to visit St Paul’s Academy.

As a result of this inspiring assembly, our students were motivated in their challenge to collect as many items of both food and toiletries as possible for our local foodbank in Thamesmead throughout the season of Lent.

Over the course of the Lenten season, our Year 7 students, along with a number of our Year 10 and 11 vInspired student volunteers worked tirelessly to collect and donate as many items as possible.  Each Friday after school our student volunteers counted and kept a detailed record of all of the items which were collected each week.  This helped us to focus our collection much better and make sure that we were providing our foodbank with the essential items that they needed.  It is with great delight and pride that we are able to report that we have managed to collect a total of 413 items during this time!  This is a fantastic effort and one which will make a huge difference to the lives of so many people in our local community.  The representatives from the Thamesmead Foodbank were so grateful for all of our hard work and generosity.  

Collecting for our local foodbank has been an extremely worthwhile experience for both staff and students and one which we hope to do again in the near future.  Our Year 10 and 11 vInspired Student Volunteers now look forward to hopefully visiting the First Love Foundation headquarters in Tower Hamlets to see first-hand the fantastic work which this charity organisation does.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to support this extremely worthwhile initiative.  We hope that it is something which we can help to support again in the near future and illustrate once again our St Paul’s Academy ethos of Faith in Action.

 

Sportshall Athletics

Wednesday 22nd March saw our year 8 sportshall athletics teams travel to Crystal Palace National Sports Arena, along with team managers Miss Stone and Mr White, for the London Youth Games Sportshall Athletics finals. Having taken top spots in both their semi-finals in early March, the boys and girls teams were heading in to the finals with a medal in mind. 

Having narrowed the teams down from 500 schools who had entered, to the final 8, both teams were up against fierce competition from the start. 

The boys team were up against tough competition, in particular from Campion School of Havering. Having faced them in the semi-finals and beaten them, the boys knew that a gold was within their reach. All of the boys put in an excellent effort in their track and field events, however the final relay resulted in the Campion School just gaining enough points to pip the boys at the post, putting the SPA boys in to 2nd place.

The girls excelled on both the track and field, but were pushed to their limits by the ladies from Sacred Heart School, Southwark. It was a battle to the end with both schools putting out fantastic efforts in all events. Going in to the final 4 x 2 lap relay, the girls from St. Paul's knew it was a must win and they did exactly that, with smooth change overs and a passion for gold.

With both schools waiting on edge for the results, St Paul's were announced victorious and received their well deserved gold medal and winners plaque.

Well done to all of the members of the year 8 teams!!

Girls: Tarila Yinfaowei, Marian Owusuwah, Tolu Lekuti, Rebecca Maddy, Juanita Agholor,Lase Osiyemi, Joyce Odugbo and Eseosa Omonkhua.

Boys: Juan Ondo Mecha, Luke Ogodo, Jamai Baskh-Weston, Daniel Ogunade, Nevan Broughton-Isles, Prince Malumba
Chris Ngome and Botemi Adetula. 

Greenwich Basketball League

To enhance the profile of basketball in St. Paul’s Academy and to further increase the participation levels within all year groups, Mr Kwabi was able to create a Greenwich Basketball league.  This league involved the participation of schools within the Greenwich Borough in regular competitive basketball fixtures throughout the academic year including Woolwich Poly, John Roan & Thomas Tallis.

 

Year 7

The league kicked off with the Year 7s playing their first round of tournaments on the 24th January.  St Paul’s started off well by beating John Roan 11-2 and continuing their good form with another win against Thomas Tallis 18-0 but unfortunately losing to Woolwich Poly 9-2. They ended the day 2nd with 6 points trailing Woolwich Poly by 3 points.

The second and final round of tournaments was hosted on the 14th March and St Paul’s again started off with a good win over John Roan 8-3.  Their fine run of form continued against Thomas Tallis with an impressive win of 16-2.  The game that could potentially decide who would be crowned Champions of the Year 7 Greenwich League was between Woolwich Poly and St Paul’s.  After an intense game with last minute rebounds and blocks ended as 4-4.  Both schools were tied with 13 points each and the league would have to be decided on another match between the two schools.

A great start by Woolwich Poly handed them the lead and with 2 minutes gone they were up 7 points to 1.  St Paul’s fought back hard and were able to perform brilliantly but unfortunately too many shots missed meant that the game finished with Woolwich Poly winning the game 11-7.  As a result, Woolwich Poly were crowned Champions of the Greenwich Basketball League with St Paul’s finishing runners up.  This promising group of talented players have shown great potential in representing St Paul’s Academy and we look forward to hearing about further successes in their future sporting endeavours.  Well done boys, keep up the good work.

Vitality SuperLeague Netball Rewards Trip

Saturday 11th March saw a group of the SPA Netball girls, alongside coaches Miss Duffy and Miss Stone, attend the LondonLive, Vitality Netball SuperLeague clash between Surrey Storm and Hertfordshire Mavericks at the Copper Box Arena, Stratford.

As a reward for their continued hard work, dedication to their sport and success on the court, the group of Year 7 to 10 pupils enjoyed a brilliant day out.  Travelling by DLR from Woolwich Arsenal to Stratford, the girls enjoyed some food in Westfield Shopping Centre before venturing to the Copper Box Arena.  En route the girls were able to engage in some sightseeing as they strolled through the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Upon arrival at the Copper Box the girls had time to enjoy some entertainment in the form of dancing as well as closely observe both teams extensively warm-up.

Guaranteed to always be a fast paced and physical encounter between these two superleague rivals, our SPA girls were not disappointed by the display of netball they received on the night.  All of our girls revelled in the opportunity to see elite level netball up close.  Students thoroughly enjoyed the game, which saw reigning superleague champions Surrey Storm run out the game 67 to 45 winners, while all the time taking mental note of the ways in which they can further improve their own performances.

The status, physicality and professionalism of these elite level female athletes has further inspired our SPA Netball girls to work hard.  It has given them the determination and belief that perhaps one day they themselves can make it as an elite athlete and superleague netball player.  With the SPA Netball girls putting in some wonderful individual and team performances of late, there is no doubt that the future of netball at St Paul’s Academy is indeed a bright one.  Aim high ladies!

SPA GEOG & Peabody Ambassadors

October 2016 saw the SPA Geog department design a hoodie, one that would promote and raise the profile of the subject to younger year groups, but also showcase the amount of fieldtrips that subject did in an array of different environments. The second stage of this process was to install 20 Geography Ambassadors that would be role models but at the same time gained skills and qualifications to place on their CV.

Kevin volunteering in October 2016 along the River Cray promoting the Geography hoodie prototype.

I am proud to announce we have received sponsorship for the hoodies, we have found a local supplier linked to our students, and provided the ambassadors with an accreditation in ‘young leadership’ to place on their CVs, which will pay dividends when applying for college and employment. The Geography department took two days of interviews to select 23 Geography Ambassadors. We witnessed over 40 interviews and a high quality of applicants, which meant much deliberation and a challenge to choose our final students. The two key questions were: How would you promote Geography? Why should you be an ambassador?. Let me introduce the final students who will represent Geography and Peabody as ambassadors!

The Geography and Peabody Ambassadors from Year 10 and Year 11 in their new hoodies.

Geography and Peabody Ambassadors

 

Name

Temi Adebola

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Temi attempts all challenges with a high energy and motivation. She is a natural leader who inspires others with a bubbly enthusiasm.

Why chosen?

Achieving a B academically and has been a role model this year in volunteering with Thames21. The way Temi can inspire others is the reason we have included her as an ambassador. She has lead by example during volunteering excursions with Thames21 in the River Cray.

View why Temi wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_TpdoFnWao

Quote from a student

‘She is a confident leader who takes charge and acts both autocratically and democratically to decide what is best for her team. She volunteers to help others and takes charge effectively.’

 

 

Name

Shanelle Shim

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Shanelle is an inspirational character who engages with all tasks. She leads through leading by example and is a team-player that energises a group with her enthusiasm. She is a vibrant character that can be seen singing at a camp fire.

Why chosen?

Achieving an A/B academically and she is an excellent public speaker. Shanelle’s thirst to attempt new challenges and engage a group to achieve is why we have included her as an ambassador.

View why Shanelle wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQnFmINiyDk

Quote from a student

‘She has a great sense of responsibility and she can work really well with people and is a pleasure to be around.’

 

 

Name

Lilly Towner

Year

10

Characteristic trait

 Lilly is passionate in her beliefs on the environment and promotes this positively to anyone she engages with. She is able to develop rapport with many different social groups and has a constant happy demeanour that energises the people around her. She has a thirst for living life to its fullest.

Why chosen?

Lilly already volunteers for outside agencies for the school. Lilly is a keen environmentalist and believes in promoting the sustainable use of our environment and working towards greener futures. Lilly’s ability to communicate with different people from a wealth of backgrounds is why we have included her as an ambassador.

View why Lilly wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagCyn5Y5Kc

 

Name

Kwabena Adu-Gyebi

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Kwabena has a high determination and motivation to achieve. He leads by succeeding in tasks and is an asset in promoting the school in the local community.

Why chosen?

Kwabena has be an integral part of volunteering in Year 11. He delivered gifts to sick children on Christmas Day and was one of the inspirational students last year who won the £10,000 trip to Wales. Someone with these characteristics will naturally lead students in bettering themselves.

View why Kwabs wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu_r-h8tiic

Quote from a student

‘He is very good at talking and leading.’

 

 

Name

Nathan Sinclair

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Nathan is a caring and helpful individual who will not leave a room without aiding others. He is the first to participate in a task whether it is washing up or attempting a physical challenge. This mentality inspires others to follow suit. He is the nicest guy you could meet.

Why chosen?

Nathan is drive to achieve in any environment that he finds himself it. He is a confident leader who brings out the best in other people. Nathan throws himself into task and can work effectively as part of a team or independently. He is a natural public speaker and a born-leader. We have included him to be a role model to younger years. He was one of the inspirational students last year who won the £10,000 trip to Wales.

View why Nathan wants to be an Ambassador at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw7t-TcUvPg

Quote from a student

‘He is hard working and co-operative in a team and gets involved which is helpful because he ties into the productivity of the group.’

 

Name

Anna Alves

Year

11

Characteristic trait

 Anna is a passionate geographer. This passionate and caring attitude is addictive to the students around her. She cares a high energy and determination to achieve.

Why chosen?

Anna is pivotal in the role of promoting Geography to younger year groups. She is a catalyst in raising the profile and showcasing Geography in reality. The ability to inspire others is the reason she has become one of our ambassadors.

View why Anna wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqY2Lf0U9p4

 

 

Name

Klaudia Kaluza

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Klaudia is outgoing, has a sense for adventure, embraces challenges with a sheer determination and is very intelligent. Klaudia has had a passion for Geography since I have known her and this is unrelenting in everything she does for the subject. She is a natural leader who is an asset to all that she embraces- a natural leader.

Why chosen?

Klaudia is one of the faces of Geography. She has participated in every event; including volunteering, winning the £10,000 trip to Wales, camping, Swanage, to name but a few. This emersion within all events in Geography makes her key in embracing others to study it. The sense of adventure will continue to develop trip activities to provide a fresh approach to outdoor learning.

View why Klaudia wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujjjC2pfTHs

 

 

Name

Amy Krens

Year

11

Characteristic trait

 Amy is one of the friendliest people you can meet. She has a caring attitude for anyone who has the fortune to meet her. She has a natural ability to communicate effectively with all and has an infectious passion to be the best she can be. She is gifted with being a leader and is always smiling which energises others to do well.

Why chosen?

Amy is another face of SPA Geog. She has been involved in all activities that have been implemented by the department. Amy has a sheer determination to succeed which is shown in volunteering, completing the Night Hike and winning the Wales trip. Amy will inspire, lead by example and convey the passion that the Geography department is looking for.

View why Amy wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bJChFAOW5M

Quote from a student

‘She is very ambitious and tries her best to take part in the opportunities presented to her.’

 

 

Name

Eljay Etienne

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Eljay is motivated to succeed in all that she embraces. She is an intelligent geographer who achieves academically and physically in all that she is involved in. Eljay is a natural public speaker and a leader amongst the students. She is outgoing, embraces adventure and is passionate about the subject.

Why chosen?

Eljay is another face of Geography. She has participated in every event; including volunteering, winning the £10,000 trip to Wales, camping, and completing the Nightline Hike. Eljay will inspire other students by leading on events and implementing the skills she has gained to others.

View why Eljay wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTil_iA1H18

Quote from a student

‘She has overcome shyness and reaches out to others by inspiring them.’

 

 

Name

Miguel Jardim

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Miguel is naturally inquisitive which leads to him being a resolute and intellectual individual. Miguel leads with wit, a drive to succeed and is an asset to the community and Geography department. He is academically gifted and has an attitude that never gives up.

Why chosen?

Miguel will inspire others through his intelligence in the subject. He is adept in topics like ecosystems and this inspiration to read around the subject is integral in inspiring younger students. His aspirations to develop knowledge on Geography is an important catalyst to instil in younger students. It will provide students with a keenness and eagerness to view Geography in reality; one that Miguel himself has in abundance.

View why Miguel wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aNarjp6hwA

Quote from a student

 ‘He is always hard-working, always completes homework to a good standard, always contributes in lessons and isn’t afraid to show people how intelligent he is.’

 

 

Name

Luke Everett

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Luke is quiet and a methodical student but do not underestimate he ability to inspire others. He is known by the Geography department to one of the most inspirational characters in Year 10. He passion in Geography drives others around him to seek achieving the same goals. Luke is one of the most resolute and confident leaders I know.

Why chosen?

Luke was chosen due to his passion and his ability to be a team-player. His confidence to pursue decisions methodically and to quietly lead a team of individuals makes him key to the ambassador scheme. He will inspire students with his passion for the subject.

View why Luke wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d8jCcqLFWw

Quote from a student

‘He stops people from getting distracted and refocuses them. He is a caring individual.’

 

 

Name

Gareth Macbean

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Methodical, conscientious, resolute and intelligent. Gareth is a credit to the Geography department and is a student who immerses himself in the life of the subject outside of the classroom. He inspires teachers and students alike. His ability to challenge himself daily is one of his defining strengths.

Why chosen?

Gareth has been chosen to be a role model to students who tackles adversity. He leads by example, overcomes obstacles and continues to strive forward. This resilience in a student is an example of strength that will encourage others to follow.

View why Gareth wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFTrIWE8kJ4

 

 

Name

Giovanni Vasa

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Giovanni is a noble and charismatic individual who instils harmony to the group of people he participates with. He is friendly and caring of people’s needs and consistently positive. He is driven by ecological sustainability and cares for his community and the environments around it.

Why chosen?

Giovanni has a passion for the environment. He is also a peace-keeper, someone who cares about the world and making it a better place to live. These attributes show moral, social ethical values tha are important when creating a project and are needed to be instilled in future generations of ambassadors.

View why Giovanni wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7X370rzVHg

 

 

WINNER OF THE JACK PETCHEY AWARD- NOMINATED BY HIS PEERS

Name

James Douse

Year

11

Characteristic trait

James has many positive features. He is loyal, motivated, and resilient to change. He never gives up until he achieves his goal. He is fearless and raises to challenges or obstacles faced against him. His skills are already being developed through his part-time job.

Why chosen?

James through his part-time job has a set of skills unique to the group that will benefit others; skills such as team-work, a high work ethic and communication with different social groups. His passion for Geography is clearly evident and he is key to unlocking this desire in younger year groups. His resilience and strength will create a positive role model to other students. He works hard in tasks to inspire others and leads by example.

View why James wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFWYe_C3Lks

Quote from a student

‘He has already got a job and he’s resilient and never gives up. So he’s just a great role model.’

 

 

Name

Precious Appiah

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Precious entertains challenges – whether it is physical or mental – with a smile. Her friendly and caring attitude is infectious. She is also driven and motivated to achieve in all activities. Precious unifies a team and leads it by example. She is academically gifted and an asset, both to the school and outside environments, whereby she communicates effectively with different groups of people.   

Why chosen?

 Precious is one of the most gifted students I have met. By her sheet passion and enthusiasm for Geography she is integral in raising the profile of the subject. Both teachers and students alike can build a rapport with Precious and she will be a catalyst in bringing the subject to a new height in the future.

View why Precious wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWfg-0NuDPw

Quote from a student

‘Precious is a key participator as she is hard-working and enthusiastic about learning.’

 

 

Name

Yetunde Kehinde

Year

10

Characteristic trait

 Yetunde is academically gifted and this underpins her ability to achieve. She is a motivated and determined individual who inspires and instils this belief in other people. She has joyous spirit which is infectious to those around her.    

Why chosen?

Yetunde is very good academically and a natural public speaker. She will engage and enthuse students through fun and underpinning the values needed to become an ambassador. In this way she is integral for the sustainability of the project.

View why Yetunde wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utisuRtzUm4

Quote from a student

‘She is confident and has achieved very good and consistent grades in Geography. Whatever she puts her name to, she achieves and always commits to. She is inspirational!’

 

Name

Una Mracajac

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Una is a quiet individual but she is not outspoken. She is incredibly talented – both academically and as a team player. She inspires others but just working hard. Her passion for Geography drives others around her. She is one of the friendliest and caring students you could know.     

Why chosen?

Una was chosen due to her passion for Geography and the talent she displays, both within and outside the classroom. She works hard independently but is also collaborative and a team-player. These are all features needed within our Ambassador scheme.

View why Una wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2UCH1jvkhU

 

Name

Princess Emeanuwa

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Princess is the most polite, friendliest and caring individual you can encounter. Every challenge or task is attempted with positivity and a smile. Other character traits include being trustworthy, loyal and respectful. She is also academically gifted in Geography. A quiet but not outspoken leader.    

Why chosen?

Princess has a passion and motivation for Geography. She is able to work effectively within a team environment or independently. Princess leads by example and this strong character is a role model we wish to bestow on students in Year 9 and younger. She will be an important catalyst in attracting new students to GCSE Geography.

View why Princess wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX27XWj6r-M

Quote from a student

‘She is a valuable, trustworthy and all-round nice person!’

 

 

Name

Stephen Ola-Oni (awaiting an updated photo)

Year

11

Characteristic trait

The perfect gentleman. He is the friendliest guy you can meet. He has a positive manner in which transfers to all that come into contact with him. Stephen is well-mannered, caring and dedicated to completing a task effectively. He is naturally gifted as an academic and a leader. He has an enthusiasm and drive not seen in many people.

Why chosen?

Stephen has been chosen because he is passionate for Geography. He is already an important component in the life and soul of the school. He is a public face of the school, is a school mentor to Year 7s, a sports leader and part of the Year 11 leadership team. For a team to thrive you need Stephen at the helm driving others forward.

View why Stephen wants to be an Ambassador at:

Quote from a student

‘He is very inclusive and contributes to the ambassador sessions. Stephen is really dedicated and an effective leader.’

 

 

Name

Sammy Bennett (awaiting an updated photo)

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Sammy poses many character aspects that many envy. He is a pure gentleman; polite, respectful, loyal, trustworthy, puts others before himself and intelligent. He is a quiet but effective leader. He works hard with a motivation and determination not seen in many people. Students and teachers alike value his contributions. He is adventurous and adopts a resilient confidence in the face of challenges. A model student.

Why chosen?

Sammy is your model student. He has engaged in all activities that I have placed in his path and succeeded with ease. He has been an integral member of volunteering and has conquered (one of a few out of 20 students) the Nightline Hike over 30 miles in 12 hours. He is physically fit and academically brilliant. These features will bring brilliant students, like himself, to Geography.

View why Sammy wants to be an Ambassador at:

Quote from a student

‘He is hardworking constantly and is very understanding and easy to talk to, he makes me smile and is a creative individual who puts others before himself.’

 

 

 

Name

Chantal Shrestha (awaiting an updated photo)

Year

10

Characteristic trait

 Chantal is a model student. Academically she is one of the brightest in Geography in Year 11. She is quiet but a natural leader who is hardworking, conscientious and understanding. She is friendly and caring for those around her and inspirational.

Why chosen?

Chantal is an asset to Geography. She puts others before herself and leads by example. Her brilliance academically will inspire others to have a harder work ethic and determination to achieve. She is passionate about the subject and will lead younger students with her experience and skills.

View why Chantal wants to be an Ambassador at:

Quote from a student

‘She is a very inspirational character in my life. She is very understanding and never makes me feel uncomfortable when I ask her questions she knows easily. Chantal is extremely hard working but never gets recognised.’

 

So WHY be an Ambassador?

Many of you are asking the benefits of the scheme. What do you get? What does this mean to your development? Here are some of the ways we intend to improve students’ lifestyles for promoting the subject:

  1. FREE Ambassador hoodie courtesy of Peabody;
  2. Accreditation worth the equivalent of one GCSE in ‘Young Leadership’ – would be sought after from employers and college/universities alike;
  3. Residential worth £300 FREE OF CHARGE;
  4. Reward trips – see Geography Blog for details – TBC however GoApe and assault course to name the upcoming events;
  5. The chance to be a role model to younger students and lead events such as volunteering and going into primary schools;
  6. The chance to deliver passion and topics to younger years and make a difference.
  7. Deductions on further trips- TBC Iceland and camping.

These students are already assets to the school community as they can be witnessed is an array of different environments; sport leadership, V-Inspired, Debate Mate; winners of Jack Petchey. As Geography and Peabody Ambassadors, these students will not only be catalysts in the development of Geography - past one that is merely tokenistic – to one of intellectual appeal, but will also make an immeasurable difference to Thamesmead with Peabody. Watch this space and see these students shine.

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures, especially of students REWARD trips and outside learning experiences. Please congratulate your child or those of you who teach these students if you see them!

Hit your target by studying Geography!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAG8-fym0h8

#Where is your next Geography classroom? 

SPA Geog Year 8 Chislehurst cave adventure

Have you ever experienced something that goes bump on the night? Do you ever feel a chill from something unexplained? Do you believe in places that are haunted? These were all questions that Year 8 were asking themselves on the bus from St Paul’s Academy to Chislehurst Caves. It has been rumoured that the caves are haunted by the ghosts of its past; the dog that used to search for bodies in the 1890s tourism barking; the horse where the stable collapsed inside the cave neighing; and the lady who was drowned in the pool. No longer are challenges allowed to stay overnight in the caves given the consequences of the people who tried. But the trip would go smoothly…right?!

Year 8 students looking scared and nervous as they enter the start of the caves where the map is located.

Please see the link below for an insight into the place the students visited:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INHG6QSjbnQ

It has also been shown on the program ‘Most Haunted’ which can be seen on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guQg3CMVbzY

The trip explored the caves created in the various different time periods; the Saxons, Romans and the Druids – which are supposed to be the most haunted due to the human sacrifices to the Gods. In the Second World War over 15,000 civilians were residents in the cave in case of bombing from the Germans. The students were walking in the footsteps of those before them.

Students clung to each other weary of sounds of a dog barking, the feeling of a child’s hand holding theirs and nothing was there and the chill on the backs of their necks from a sudden change in temperature. The experiences that led to these were when the tour guide took the teacher’s lanterns and left the group in the pitch blackness of the cave. The students’ only friend was the person (if you had proof that it was human) next to them. They were awoke from the images of the darkness by the sound of the gong hitting the large cymbal. This, I can guarantee you, caused a mass panic and strong screams from the Year 8.

 Year 8 students at the Druids’ scarification chamber. Are they all our students?

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures, especially of students REWARD trips and outside learning experiences the sites above will provide you with these.

#Where is your next Geography classroom? 

SPA Geog African Adventure Challenge with Year 10

 

Within the Geography department we welcome students who are assets to their Year group. These students are the first of the school to become Ambassadors of Geography in Year 10 and are shining role models to younger year groups. I have no doubt the three students who have entered the African Adventures will aspire to top grades in the New curriculum at GCSE Geography and hopefully make it to the finals of the competition they have entered.

Year 10 students Yetunde (far left), Princess and Precious have entered the African Adventures competition to win a trip to Kenya.

The aim of the African Adventures’ School Geography Challenge is to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges facing many of the world’s LIDCs (Low Income Developing Countries). Our three students took part in a decision-making exercise, which focused on the impacts of El Nino flooding in Kenya. They first identified the impacts of flooding that they believed to be most significant, before deciding how they would spend an allocated budget on emergency aid to the region. They then completed an Aid Action Plan which justified their decisions and spending, making implicit links between the impacts and the aid they chose (please see the photo below). These resources were focused around one of our Kenyan partner projects, The Walk Centre; a community-based NGO located in Nakuru.  

The African Adventures’ School Geography Challenge is providing the opportunity for schools from around the UK to showcase their budding and motivated geography students. The ten best entries will be shortlisted and those students will be invited to attend a final, as part of a team of four, to undertake a live challenge and compete for the incredible prize of a trip to Kenya in June/July 2017 with two staff members! As part of the trip, the group will visit The Walk Centre and see first-hand the work being done there, with the support of African Adventures, to overcome development challenges and improve the lives of many. Our students will find out whether they have been successful in their bid to make the Finals in February.

Please see the link below for an explanation of the project the students were involved in:

https://vimeo.com/171902126

What does the trip mean to St Paul’s Academy?

“In Geography we have worked hard to inspire the students that the subject is not defined by studying theory in the classroom. Through our slogan ‘Where’s your next Geography classroom?’ is challenges this notion and aims to provide the students with a wealth of experience studying ‘Geography in reality’. Winning the trip with African Adventures would provide the school with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a classroom – that for many of our students – is beyond their reach. It provides an international platform to our established volunteering initiative and takes the students a World away from the confines of a seat in classroom.” (Mr Davis).

“It would mean that we would have an opportunity to influence someone else’s life positively. To show them that someone cares for them and that every life is worth living, no matter what age you are.

We chose to get involved because we believe that we, as young people can be empowered to do something remarkable; not only for ourselves, but for someone else too.

We spent our free time after school, empathising with the Kenyan People of Nakuru, prioritising not only emergency aid, but also long term aid to further develop the country. Using the given resources as guidelines, we also used them to consider the social, economic and environmental impacts of a flood and the aid needed to counteract it. We hope to win the prize of a trip to Kenya because it is once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute by being a helping hand.

We have recently been successful in becoming Geography Ambassadors. This trip would be a prime example of geography in reality, taking our knowledge and applying it outside of the classroom. #Where Is Your Next Geography Classroom? (Hopefully, an African Adventure!)” (Princess, Precious and Yetunde).

Below is a link to the company we have much thanks to for providing the chance of a life changing opportunity to Kenya!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj7Vw9ecyi0

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures, especially of students REWARD trips and outside learning experiences. Please congratulate your child or those of you who teach these students if you see them! Let us hope we receive good news in February!

#Where is your next Geography classroom? (as the Year 10s say- “Hopefully, an African Adventure!”) 

Christmas volunteering at St Paul's Academy

Whilst many adults and children around Greenwich were sleeping and dreaming of Santa and presents, five Year 11 students alongside Year 12 - who returned from college to experience Christmas volunteering for a second year – participated, as St Paul’s Academy had arranged to deliver presents to Ronald McDonald House in Camberwell. All of the volunteers were dressed in various different types of Christmas attire! We even had a guest appearance from Mr Pat Winston, principal of St Paul’s Academy, and his wife Carmilita who were welcome additions!

Arriving at 8am at Ronald McDonald House Camberwell.

However, what made this trip so special this year was the extent of giving from students, staff and friends and families. This meant that we were able to deliver presents, not just to Ronald McDonald House, but also Lion Ward which looks after sick children with head injuries, and the Liver ward (Ray of Sunshine). Martin Shittu – who was a patient of Lion Ward for a lengthy period – was able to hand-deliver presents to children that are now in a similar position, and give back to the staff who were so kind and caring towards him. Donating to these children was the main reason that students and staff were motivated to get out at bed at 5am!

The many faces of Christmas at Ronald McDonald House – centre is the train map donated by money from St Paul’s Academy last year.

Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is run by the independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and is one of 14 Houses which provide free, ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at specialist hospitals across the UK. In this case, it supports King’s College Hospital London. This hospital has treated two former St Paul’s Academy students.

Santa’s little helpers delivering gifts to King’s College Hospital London.

Year 11 and 12 students with Melissa RMC staff from the house (centre) at King’s College Hospital.

The students helped allocate 400+ gifts to 24 different families and 26 children in Ronald McDonald House, many of whom were seriously ill, or were the siblings of these children that were away from home, and were therefore unable to celebrate the festive season at home, in the usual way. In addition, the students were able to walk to King’s College Hospital and hand-deliver presents to the Lion and Liver Wards unlike last year. The Year 11 and 12 students helped allocate presents to each family with individual gift bags or wrapped presents, with personalised cards and these were placed under the tree or placed into Santa sacks. The students also had time to give gifts personally to siblings in the house and create snow for a Winter Wonderland inside the dining area!

The Year 11 and Year 12 students with Mr Davis, Mr and Mrs Winston.

Delivering to the Lion Ward.

Organising gifts in age groups- all hands on deck for the students.

From the front- Gareth (Year 11), Habeeb, Maroulla, Kiara, Melissa (RMHC), Mr Davis, Miles, Klaudia (Year 11) Kwabena (Year 11), Lateef (Year 11) Eric, Stephen (Year 11) and Martin.

Making snow in Ronald McDonald House for siblings of sick children.

These students are truly a fantastic testament to the charitable work being completed by St Paul’s Academy and are an asset to the school community. An amazing day was had which truly reflects the Christmas spirit of giving to others during the festive season, and underpins the activities that contribute to the £10,400 raised for the advent charities in the Advent season 2016.

These students really are fantastic ambassadors of the commendable work that the school does to support local communities and raise money for different charities. Well done to all the students involved (Kwabena, Stephen, Gareth, Klaudia and Lateef) and the Year 12 students returning from college (Martin, Miles, Eric, Kiara, Maroulla and Habeeb). Check out the rest of the pictures on the photo album on the school TVs, St Paul’s website and the Geography Blog.

 

We have also be nominated for the Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund worth £300. Please vote for us at the link below for our chance to win!

http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/fund/profiles/st-paul-s-academy

 

 

Panathlon Challenge Event

Tuesday 17th January saw students from across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Kent & Chelsea come together to compete in the annual Panathlon Challenge Event at St Paul's Academy.  This sporting event, which caters for students with a special educational need, was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to engage in a range of new sports, learn new skills, make friends and have fun representing their borough. 

Students participated in a range of sports such as boccia, new age curling, polybat as well as a number of athletics events.  Students were forthcoming in expressing their opinion on how the day went, highlighting the wonderful time they had as well as the many new skills and lessons they learnt along the way. 

Michael from Team Bromley said, ‘At first I was feeling quite nervous but now I’m really excited.  My favourite event is new age curling and I can’t wait to do it again next year!’

Mo from St Paul’s Academy, representing Team Greenwich explained how ‘It’s not about winning it’s about having fun and trying your best.  Sport is really important to me because it helps me make new friends’.  While Robbie from Greenwich expressed how he would ‘like to do the Paralympics when I’m older!’

Teaching staff and carers accompanying students on the day were equally as positive and enthusiastic about the merits of such an event for the holistic development of pupils.  Debbie Raines, a teacher accompanying Team Bexley said, ‘I think these events are great.  Good for their morale and helps them work in teams.  Whether they win or lose they learn.’

The successful delivery of this event would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the help and assistance provided on the day by 23 or our Year 11 Sports Leaders.  Throughout the day students delivered a range of sporting activities designed specifically to meet the needs of the participants.  Not only did our students do a fantastic job but they also immensely gained from their experiences, developing a range of new skills as well as knowledge and understanding of working with students with special educational needs in a sporting context. 

Year 11 students, reflecting on their experiences commented:

‘At first I thought it was going to be simple and easy to interact with the kids.  I realised that it was harder than I thought but I am having a really great time.’ (Ping Cabanas – Year 11 Student).

‘Today was enriching, the children’s commitment was outstanding.’ (Aaron Innocent-Hill – Year 11 Student).

‘Today was a successful day through which I acquired many new skills.  I am grateful for this opportunity and happy that it’s one of the many successful events I have had the opportunity to participate in at SPA.’ (Micky Ashong – Year 11 Sports Leader).

‘The panathlon was a fantastic experience for me!  It was great to see everybody smiling and having a good time.  I learnt a lot from the event and acquired new skills such as non-verbal communication.  I really enjoyed myself and would definitely do it again!’ (Lora Umelue – Year 11 Sports Leader).

Our students were once again fantastic ambassadors for our school with many visitors commenting on the wonderful job they did in facilitating the delivery of the event.  Mr Akif who was responsible for managing our Sports Leaders on the day said, ‘Our Year 11 Sports Leaders are a credit to the school, themselves, their parents/guardians and teachers.  They remained committed to each activity they were designated to during the event which aided the consistent flow of events throughout the duration of the day.’

Occasions of this type show our students, staff and facilities at their very best.  It is also a huge reflection of our school ethos and values whereby we at St Paul’s Academy believe in providing students with opportunities which reach far beyond that of the taught curriculum.  We believe in providing qualities beyond qualifications and the Panathlon is just one example of how we achieve this.

SPA Geog and the Choir Fundraise for the ADVENT charity

First and foremost we wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and the best wishes for 2017. Before the Christmas break the newly appointed Year 11 SPA Geog Ambassadors combined with some with the School’s Choir went to Morrisons in Erith to raise money for the Advent Charity appeal. Under the expert tutelage of Ms Viner the Choir produced amazing vocals on various hymns and festive songs to the public and staff alike. The students – under the lead of the chocolate selling duo Mr Davis and Mr O’Connell – packed bags at the till for customers. Both the public and Morrisons’ staff commented of the fabulous singing of our choir and the politeness of the Ambassadors at the till. The fundraising co-ordinator from Morrisons commented that the Choir from St Paul’s Academy were ‘the best we have had this Christmas season!’. All students were a credit to the school and represented themselves as assets.

Kevin was an expert at talking to customers.

 

Year 7-11 members of the Choir sing hymns and Christmas songs at the entrance to Morrisons Erith.

Gareth gained many donations for his effort.

We celebrate the achievements of our Ambassadors and Choir on doing their bit to help raise money for the various charities support by the school. Please congratulate your child or those you teach if you see them. This year the students at St Paul’s Academy were raising money for:

  • St Ann’s Education Project in Kenya;
  • The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton;
  • CAFOD;
  • Thamesmead Food Bank’
  • Anerley Across: a charity which takes disabled people to Lourdes on an annual pilgrimage (www.anerleyacross.org.uk)’
  • The Christmas Tree Project;
  • King’s College Hospital: Haematology Department;
  • Cancer Research UK;
  • Weybourne Care Home.

 

Nathan proved popular with the customers.

 

Kwabena is a new recruit to volunteering but also gave up his time on Christmas Day to donate gifts to students.

The Year 11 Ambassadors of Geography and Choir raised an amazing £368 for charity in four hours. A tremendous achievement by all. Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography.

Anna was integral to giving out the St Paul’s Academy Newsletter.

James got into the festive spirit.

#Where is your next Geography classroom?

REWARD trip for Year 11 students

Within the Geography department we welcome students who are assets to their Year group. These students are the first of the school to become Ambassadors of Geography or have excelled in results in their Christmas Mock; being within the top 10 of the cohort. Year 11 have many accolades to their name within Geography; winners of the prestigious event to Wales, first to experience controlled assessment Swanage; and volunteers reaching milestones of 60 hours such as Lateef Lawal. It was felt because the students were cool customers – in terms of performing under pressure in exams and interviews – we would reward the students for their effort. Would they be as cool and calm on an ice rink?!

Year 11 who have excelled in the Autumn term from the left:  Nicolae, Stephen, Kwabena, Eljay, Joshua, Tarrick, Chantal, Gareth, Maureen, Tevin, Amy, Marcell, Anna, Nathan and James.

We celebrate the achievements of our Ambassadors. These are highlighted in a further article on the blog (http://mrgdavis.blogspot.co.uk/) and school website. However, this article is to credit the high achievers who have excelled academically. The students who push the Geography department forward to our goal of 80% A*-C. I have provided details of these students below. Please congratulate your child or those you teach if you see them.

Gareth, Chantal, Tevin and Marcell achieved an A in their Christmas Mock.

 

Anna, Amy Stephen and Kwabena achieved a B in their Christmas Mock.

It was quite a site witnessing 16 students – 14 of which skating for the first time – clamber along the side of the ice rink. An analogy that sticks in my mind is in the Disney Movie when Bambi enters the ice for the first time. Even the students would admit they were out of their depth. Wouldn’t this be correct Marcell and Tevin? Maybe some of the students should remain in their comfort zone of excelling at their studies?! But at least they attempted it unlike the teachers Mr O’Connell and Ms Gaffney who sought comfort in a hot beverage to watch the chaos. On a serious note, well done Year 11 for being assets once again to our department and you must be commended on your achievements.

Marcell representing the analogy Bambi on ice.

 

Even the railing couldn’t save Tarrick.

 

Amy, Maureen, Anna and Eljay- some of our finest Geographers and now Ambassadors.

 

Year 11 at Bluewater Ice Rink with Mr Davis and Ms Gaffney.

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures – especially of select students falling over – please see the Blog.

Advent Charity Appeal raises £10,400.00+

We have now completed our Annual Advent Charity Appeal and focussed on charities in and around our community, nationally and internationally. This year the Academy decided to support: 

  • Sr Ann’s Education Project in Kenya
  • The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton
  • CAFOD
  • Thamesmead Food Bank
  • Anerley Across: a charity which takes disabled people to Lourdes on an annual pilgrimage (www.anerleyacross.org.uk)
  • The Christmas Tree Project
  • King’s College Hospital: Haematology Department
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Weybourne Care Home

During the Appeal, we held a sponsored Christmas Fun Run, a Fayre and a Talent Show, along with numerous other smaller activities and fundraising events.

This year, our Appeal raised in excess of £10,400.00, an outstanding achievement. I would like to thank students and members of staff who made the Appeal such a success.

This is the season of peace and good will; the time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas as well as a prosperous New Year.

Yours sincerely

Patrick Winston

Principal

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