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SportInspired Festival 2017 Greenwich Active Learning Programme

Working in collaboration with the charity organisation SportInspired, Friday 12th May saw St Paul's Academy host the 2017 SportInspired Festival once again.  This festival was in aid of national 'Give and Gain Week' and supported by Lloyds Banking Group who sent along 60 of their employees to volunteer at the event.  This event was specifically targeted towards those pupils in Years 3 to 8 within the Greenwich Borough who have a special educational need.  The aim of the festival was to help instil a love of sport and physical activity in these pupils who may not ordinarily be given the opportunity to engage in such activities as often as they would like.

Utilising our top-class sporting facilities at St Paul’s we were able to deliver 6 different physical activity sessions for our 150 plus students in Years 3 to 8 who attended the festival.  The children had the opportunity to experience a range of new and engaging activities which included Tri-Golf, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Dodgeball, Athletics, Dance and Polybat.  Participation in what were new sporting activities for a number of the students will hopefully help to further encourage students to continue participation in sport and physical activity in the future.

The enjoyment felt by each of the students who participated in the festival was clearly evident to see throughout the duration of the day.  Pupils enjoyed learning new skills, making new friends as well as getting the opportunity to work alongside our numerous Lloyds Bank volunteers and Sports Leaders.  Thomas, a Year 7 student from St Paul’s Academy said:

‘I don’t usually like sports but today has been really fun.  My favourite sport was the New Age Kurling’.

One of the greatest highlights of the day was the unbelievable work carried out by each and every one of the 40 St Paul's Academy Sports Leaders throughout the entire duration of the day.  All of the external companies who were in school as well as all of the other staff from our neighbouring schools who attended the event simply could not praise our Sports Leaders highly enough.  One Lloyds Bank employee commented saying,

‘It was excellent, everyone was great and I was really impressed with the Sports Leaders’.

It is definitely safe to say that our young leaders more than stepped up to the mark, were true leaders in every sense of the word and were simply awesome across the board!  This is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by our sports leaders over the last number of months working extremely hard to prepare themselves for this event.  As well as ensuring that all of the kids participating in the event had an enjoyable day, all of our Sports Leaders have gained immensely from the event which is something we also set out to ensure.  All of the Sports Leaders notably grew in confidence as the day progressed as well as enhancing their leadership, teamwork and communication skills to name but a few.  One motto which our Sports Leaders believe in at St Paul’s is that ‘Great leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders’ and leaders in their own right is exactly what our students became on the day.  Providing our students with such valuable and worthwhile opportunities is crucial to ensuring their holistic development.

Reflecting on their experiences of the festival, our SPA Sports Leaders expressed how during the day there was ‘a great aura around the room’ (Verona, Year 11)

‘This event has really taught me how to be a leader.  It has been character building’ (Michael, Year 9).

‘The kids are very enthusiastic and inspirational’ (Dan, Year 11).

‘Today has been a joyous day and I never thought I would meet such wonderful young people’ (Nana, Year 9).

‘It’s great to see that my efforts are making people happy, the day is really coming together’ (Stephen, Year 11).

Students who participated in the event from schools throughout the Borough of Greenwich also liked how they got the chance to work as a team and learn to play new sports on the day.  One Greenwich primary school teacher commenting on their overall experience of the festival said:

‘Thank you so much for inviting our school to take part in the festival, the children absolutely loved it and it was organised perfectly! The best school sport event I have ever been to! The team you had were amazing and so supportive of the children the whole time. Just a fantastic day and one they will remember. Thanks again, already looking forward to next year!’

Taking the opportunity to come along and see our festival on the day, our Vice Principal, Ms Malone commented:

‘It’s just fantastic!  Listening you can just hear the sound of pure joy around.  So many people helping too.  I look at these volunteers (Sports Leaders) and I mean they look like members of staff!’

Such positive feedback simply reflects the overwhelming success of the day which was visibly enjoyed by all parties involved, be that pupils, staff or volunteers.  As a school, St Paul’s would like to thank SportInspired for their continued help and support, our numerous sports providers who assisted in the delivery of our many sports, all of the Greenwich schools who participated on the day as well as all the employees from Lloyds Bank who helped to make the day truly memorable.

We look forward to continuing to build upon such positive working relationships as well as ensuring that a legacy for inclusive engagement in sport and physical activity for all is achieved.  An event such as the SportInspired Festival simply illustrates the power of sport!

 

Miss Duffy

 

Outdoor summer season competitions

With a successful winter athletics season coming to an end, the St. Paul's Academy athletics teams have now embarked on their outdoor summer season competitions. Pupils in the year 7 & 8 teams kicked off the season in tremendous fashion at the annual Cambridge Cup, held at Sutcliffe Park. 

Both the year 7 & 8 girls' teams took home gold after battling against local Greenwich schools Thomas Tallis, Colfes, Corelli College, Blackheath High and Eltham Hill. One week later and the same success was repeated for the year 7 & 8 boys' teams, who claimed gold against Colfes, Thomas Tallis, Eltham College, Corelli and St. Mary Magdalene. 

4 new trophies in one week for the athletics teams is a fantastic achievement!! Well done to all of the pupils involved - let's hope this success continues throughout the summer season. 

Miss Stone 

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
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.

 

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.

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. 

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!

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.