Health & Wellbeing

 

Health and Wellbeing Relaunch

Most of you will know Ms. Gregory as our Food Technology teacher but this year she has taken on a new role as Director of Health and Wellbeing. The role has now expanded and the new remit is to embed a healthy eating culture across our school.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to sharing the latest guidelines for nutrition as well as lifestyle and cooking links. Students and their families will be able to access this via a new Health and Wellbeing section on our website.”

Until then, if you would like any information regarding Health and Wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Gregory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Spring Half Term 4 - 2022

Dear Parent/ Carers and students

We are just starting the second half of the Spring term, I hope you found the previous links helpful and informative and now is a good time to explore our health and fitness further.

Please follow the links below to find out about:

 

Nutrition

Finding your balance – Get portion wise! Follow the link for the latest guidance and downloadable resources

 https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/find-your-balance/portionwise

 

Healthy Eating

Last term we looked at healthy breakfast ideas, this term I share some links for healthy lunch box ideas for a variety of eaters.

For the kids!!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/school-lunch-recipes

For the adults too!!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/healthy-packed-lunch-recipes

 

Brown bread vs white bread!!

Do you know which is healthiest and why? Follow the link to find out what Nutritionist, Kerry Torrens has been telling the BBC about bread.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-is-the-healthiest-bread

Active Lifestyle

The benefits of walking are very beneficial to health, you don’t need any special clothing or equipment it is free!! You can walk with friends, in groups, or alone. Please see the links below for more information.

https://thedailymile.co.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/walking-for-health/


Spring Term 2022 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Dear Parent/ Carers and students,

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and New year with your families. In the New Year many of us make resolutions to be healthier and fitter. What better time to kick off our first link to articles for educating ourselves to make this resolution a reality!!!

Please follow the links to find out about:

Nutrition

The NHS– Follow the link to “The Eatwell Guide” which shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy balanced diet. You can also find tips for healthy recipes and general healthy eating support.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

8 tips for healthy eating – These 8 practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating/

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Healthy Eating

Make healthy breakfast decisions that are cheap, quick to prepare the night before and full of energy:

The best healthy overnight oats recipes | BBC Good Food

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/best-healthy-overnight-oat-recipes

Want to prepare your breakfast for the week on the weekend, for time efficiency?

Breakfast bar recipes | BBC Good Food

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/breakfast-bar-recipes

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Active Lifestyle

Physical activity on a regular basis is vital for health and wellbeing, the following link gives a wealth of information and further links to guidance for physical activity for all ages.

Guidance from the British Nutrition Foundation

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/an-active-lifestyle/how-much-physical-activity-do-i-need.html

 


Summer Term 5 - 2022

Dear Parent/ Carers and students

We are on our way to summer and now the weather is warming up it is a good time to ensure we understand the importance of hydration and as the evenings get longer it is a great time to think about incorporating more physical activity into our lives!!

Please follow the links to find out about:

 

Nutrition 

With the weather warming up, it is vital that we keep ourselves hydrated, but it is important to know understand the function of water in the body and why it is so important. The link below will take you directly to some downloadable resources all about hydration.

https://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/search-results?q=hydration

Below is a link to an informative video about the fnctions of water..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG5U0yJHX5o&ab_channel=TheFoodie

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Healthy Eating

Foodafactolife is an excellent website to access recipes, which can be categorised by age, length or skill level. There are recipes for everyone and can be a great way to cook with the children. The website also has many excellent resources about diet and nutrition. The link below takes you directly to the recipe page, but feel free to explore.

https://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/recipes/

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Active Lifestyle

BBC Radio 4– Short on time! Just one thing! Follow the link to Michael Mosely’s podcast and find some useful tips to improving your physical and overall health.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09by3yy/episodes/downloads

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Summer Term 6 - 2022

Dear Parents/Carers and students,

We are now into the summer season and the final half term of the year. Healthy Eating Week is celebrated 13th – 17th June this year and I have enclosed some links to the British Nutrition Foundation with resources regarding healthy eating for you and for the planet!!!

Please follow the links to find out:

Nutrition

Healthy eating Week:

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthy-eating-week/resources/

https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthy-eating-week/resources/recipes/  

Some students in Year 7 and 8 will be attending after school cooking sessions next week to celebrate healthy eating week.

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Healthy Eating                    

Jack Monroe is a celebrated author and creator of recipes designed for healthy eating on a budget, you may find these interesting and informative, especially in the current economic times we find ourselves in.

https://cookingonabootstrap.com/

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/16/jack-monroe-10-recipes

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Active Lifestyle

Yoga is a fantastic way to stay fit, to build your core strength and stamina. There are exercises for relaxation, flexibility and for feeling energized. Yoga can be completed at home and needs no special equipment. Please see links to online videos that you may like to try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AYKMP6rOE&ab_channel=YogaWithAdriene 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9ZRSpLTSu8&ab_channel=DanielaSuarez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WssC4WkmmW8&ab_channel=ElevateWithEmma

There are lots of videos on YouTube I have included 3 videos for beginners.

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Year 11 Transition Materials

 

Preparing for the transition to KS5

We have provided you with 10 weeks' worth of transition materials: use the weekly task sheet to access links to preparation tasks or reading material in the subject areas that link to your chosen subjects for KS5. Of course, you can try out tasks from any subject area because any form of study is beneficial in keeping you motivated, focused and prepared for your post 16 courses and pathways. This is your chance to give something new a try or further develop your interest in a particular subject you have studied at KS4.

Please check the CTK document carefully. Within it you will find the dates in the final week of June for Sixth Form Preparation Days (for offer holders), links to their Virtual School where you will find transition booklets for all CTK courses, to help you prepare for your post 16 studies. You can also download a free careers guide with activities and tips to help you find out more about your options after school. The booklet also has links to sign up for Virtual A Level and BTEC Taster Sessions.

Please click the links below to access the Transition materials for each week.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

 

Y11 also have access to this free online course:

Preparing For Your Future is a free online course to help 14-16 year olds build skills and careers confidence. The 5 courses will boost your skills and career confidence. Get a certificate for your CV when you complete each course! The courses will help you explore your strengths, your needs, and what you want to do in the future. You will feel much more confident about ways to get to where you want to be.

https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/employment-help-young-people/choices/online-skills-and-careers-courses/preparing-for-your-future-online-course/

 

 

KS4 Curriculum Fayre

 

Virtual Curriculum Fayre Information 2022

 

Click the links below to watch the videos

Curriculum Fayre Presentation - Miss Malone 

Preference Form - Pathway S

Preference Form - Pathway P

Preference Form - Pathway A

Head of Year - Mrs Grogan

Art

Business Studies

Design Technology

Drama

Food Technology 

French and Spanish

Geography

Science & Health & Social Care

History

Music

Physical Education/Sport

Textiles

Workskills

 

English Language & Literature

Religious Studies

 

 

 

               

 

Welcome to our Virtual Curriculum Fayre. This is the time of year when decisions have to be made about the courses that your child will follow during their final three years at St. Paul’s Academy.  The school will provide a curriculum which is broad and balanced so that the widest range of careers or further courses of study are available to students at 16+.

In this section of the website, you will find information about GCSE and BTEC courses that your child will study at Key Stage 4. You will also be able to watch videos about each option curriculum area which will give you an idea of what is on offer here at St. Paul's. Please use the menu options on the left to help you navigate this microsite. We wish you all the best as you make your choices for the next stage in your child's education.

 Click the image below to view the Curriculum Booklet 2022-2025

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Videos

 

 

VIDEO - Student guide to google classroom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxNLaWm74g&ab_channel=LATITTrainer

VIDEO - Completing assignments

https://youtu.be/-ChUk7G6-8A

WEB PAGE - Google education support- Turn in an assignment with options --> Computer / Android / iPhone & iPad

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020285?hl=en&ref_topic=10298088

VIDEO - Use your phone to turn in your Google Classroom homework https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCIWMZDhRik&ab_channel=MaestrangTechy

https://vimeo.com/487495535

VIDEO - How to submit work on google classroom using a laptop or computer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG2CvuUMzcs&ab_channel=NewlandsSchool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfB-w4C_2TU&ab_channel=Ryan%27sTechTips

Examination Results 2020

SUMMER 2020 HEADLINES

  • 80% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics
  • 61% of students achieved a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics
  • 84% of students achieved a grade 4 or better and 66% of students achieved a grade 5 or better in English
  • 86% of students achieved a grade 4 or better and 74% of students achieved a grade 5 or better in Mathematics
  • English Baccalaureate Average Point Score has increased to 4.44
  • Attainment 8 score has increased to 51.12
  • Progress 8 score has increased to +0.21 which places us in the above average catergory for schools nationally

  

Click here to view our Examination Results booklet 2020

Year 6 - 7 Transition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Learning: January 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Conserve the Environment

 

 

Year 9 students for a third time in two months help conserve the local wetlands along Thames Road in Dartford. The students worked in small teams to cut down reeds to allow sunlight to penetrate the water and encourage new growth. This reed material was then used to create marginal habitats along the water’s edge for rare species of water voles and newts.

The other group collected rubbish that had been washed downstream along the River Cray that had collected in the storm drain. In addition, the groups cut back brambles to further release growth from other species. The management of this unique ecosystem has provided the area with a new lease of life and could not have been done without the tremendous effort by all the students. Well done Year 9!

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Year 9 group participated in conserving the environment with Thames21

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Year 9 Yoga

 

Year 9 students were given the opportunity during form time on Wednesday to participate in a Yoga session to promote Health and Wellbeing. The idea is to reduce stress of entering the GCSEs qualifications - including exams and revision - and adopt techniques that can promote mindfulness in times of anxiety. The students are aiming to continue participation in a six week course from January, adopting the skills and techniques they embraced today.

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Year 9 group participated in taster Yoga session for promoting health and wellbeing. From the left: Shanique, Pia, Ishika, Palak, Tanveer and Stevie with the instructor Katie

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Year 9 Jack Petchey Award

 

Year 9 Kai Walker won the October Jack Petchey Award. Both staff and his peers nominated him in a voting system for each form. Students voted for which student, out of the Top 10 on BehaviourWatch, they believed should be rewarded such as accolade.

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Kai Walker winner of the Jack Petchey Award for October.

 

Please find the comments from staff and students below:

Kai Walker has returned to school this year ready to excel at GCSEs. He is engaged and motivated to learn which is why he has won this award. Kai produces excellent work both within and outside the classroom and this has shown through his behaviour points collected this year. Throughout the academy he has become an asset to the lessons he is in. His peers and classroom teachers have voted him in Year 9 to receive the award.

Kai will be taking two of his friends and the Top 9 other students on BehaviourWatch to Lazertag at Greenwich Peninsular next Wednesday to spend the reward money. Miss McNamara (aka sharp shooter) will also be taking part in the event, which looks like it will be well attended by students who have excelled across the academy this year. Well done to all top 10 students below:

- Tia Walker (AL)

- Ifeoma Udema (MY)

- Abubakar Sesay (9JB)

- Gerda Gelzinyte (9MK)

- Emanuela Ojiako (9MY)

- Tanveer Kaur (9JP)

- Blessing Oduntan (9MY)

- Kai Walker (9DA)

- Warith Kolawole (9RP)

- Palak Sharma (9RP)

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Kai shaking hands with his form tutor Mr Le Matti

 

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Shaking hands with his Deputy RSL, Mr Davis

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Kai wih his RSL, Miss McNamara

 

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Thames 21- 19th November

 

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students in minus 2°C temperatures volunteered in the Thames Road wetland to cut back reeds to improve biodiversity for flora and fauna. As like the other group they were a credit to their local community on the 19th November and were commended again as being one of the best schools Thames21 works with.

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Year 9 students in their waders head towards the wetland for deep water habitat restoration alongside Diana Webb and PC Verrall.

The first group of students (shown below) were tasked with the activity of clearing the reeds from the wetland to promote greater growth from the water and improve biodiversity. This involved using bill hooks, shears and a slasher. This would also promote better light accessing the water and therefore increase plants and animals to the fragile ecosystem, including the endangered Water Vole. As you can appreciate this was a large task to be undertaken but students were compliment for the work completed by Thames21 staff.

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David, Michael, Sara and Sean use the tools to cut back the reed bed

Meanwhile, the other group were tasked with removing the reed roots from the water. This deeper water habitat restoration, which involved wearing waders as water levels were higher. Students were given similar tools and small blades to cut the roots from the river bed. You can see the activity completed above where Matteo gets to grips with using a slasher to cut back the reeds. Ray from Thames21 is giving him a health and safety chat and guidance on how to use the tool efficiently.

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 Sara using the slasher

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The group at work and the evidence on an amazing clearance job for water vole and other creatures to use the wetland habitat

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Chris from Thames21 gives the students (Tyler and Jayde) the guidance on how to remove the reed bed

The Year 9 DofE students did a fantastic job of clearing the wetland habitat of overgrown reeds and brambles to allow sunlight to penetrate the water and encourage new growth. The students have now achieved 10 hours of volunteering towards their goal of 3 months and have completed an array of different activities- both within and outside of school – meaning that they will soon achieve this part of the award. Activities have included creating a community garden within school, tending to the peace garden in the grounds with Dave the gardener, planting bulbs and wetland maintenance and enhancement. They have also learnt new skills, as you can see by Archie’s mastery in using the slasher above. A superb effort from all the students involved.

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Men in Black International

 

Men in Black International VUE Cinema Eltham

On the 12th of November 2019, a group of students from Year 9 accompanied by members of staff (Mr Davis, Ms Jeffreys and Mr Le Matti) went to the VUE cinema in Eltham to watch ‘Men in Black International’. This was a reward, for either applying for the student council or for being one of the most well behaved students in the year group!

We all had fun as well as enjoying the entire trip there! We had a few laughs whilst watching the movie and in general, we enjoyed the movie. It was jampacked with explosions, futuristic technology and aliens. Yes, I said aliens!

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Throughout the movie there were quite a lot of rather surprising things. We watched an incredible movie, (not going to spoil it for you) but it was absolutely amazing, especially the ending to the movie. Although I do want to tell you so badly, I don’t want to spoil it for you in case you have not watched it yet and absolutely hate seeing spoilers!

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Mr Davis complimented us as students by commenting that, “You were all exceptional on this trip.” We are grateful for the Year 9 RSL team of Miss McNamara and Mr Davis for organising this trip as a reward for our exceptional work since September!

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Written by Warith Kolawole - Y9

Thames21

 

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students were a credit to their local community on the 8th November. The students worked with Thames21 staff and volunteers to conserve a local wetland habitat along the Thames Road in Dartford. Despite inclement weather and low temperatures the Year 9 students were exceptional in volunteering and Ray Hudson from Thames21 remarked “It was one of the best groups he had encountered”.

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Year 9 students in their waders head towards the wetland for deep water habitat restoration

 

The first group of students (shown below) were tasked with the activity of clearing the reeds from the wetland to promote greater growth from the water and improve biodiversity. This involved using bill hooks, shears and a slasher. This would also promote better light accessing the water and therefore increase plants and animals to the fragile ecosystem, including the endangered Water Vole. As you can appreciate this was a large task to be undertaken but students were compliment for the work completed by Thames21 staff.

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Clinton using the shears, whilst Ketsia, Janet and Stevie clear cut reeds from the water to create bankside habitats for mice.

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Meanwhile, the other group were tasked with removing the reed roots from the water. This deeper water habitat restoration, which involved wearing waders as water levels were higher. Students were given similar tools and small blades to cut the roots from the river bed. You can see the activity completed below.

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Deeper water habitat restoration.

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Simao cutting the roots of the reeds.

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Clinton using a bill hook to cut the reeds.

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Aisosa and Janet collecting the reeds to build habitats onshore for mice.

The Year 9 DofE students did a fantastic job of clearing the wetland habitat of overgrown reeds to allow sunlight to penetrate the water and encourage new growth. The students have now achieved 8 hours of volunteering towards their goal of 3 months and have completed an array of different activities- both within and outside of school – meaning that they will soon achieve this part of the award. Activities have included creating a community garden within school, tending to new tree saplings in the grounds, planting bulbs and wetland maintenance and enhancement. A superb effort from all the students involved.

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SPA Year 9 Student Council

 

Year 9 students at St Paul’s Academy have been incredible ambassadors to the year group with 14 of them applying to be student council members. Their role will be to suggest improvements to the academy, provide a student voice for their peers and be an integral component of the decision-making for their pastoral zone.

This is an important aspect of the Catholic ethos of the school by encouraging students to be stewards of their school community as well as providing an important feature to place on their CV for college and university.

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SPA Year 9 students interviewing for a school council position on Friday 1st November. From the left: Aliyah, Shanae, Tanveer and Funminiyi.

Students were interviewed by Mr Davis and Ms McNamara and were asked to perform up to a 3 minute speech on why they were the right candidate for the role, what would they change about the school and how they would do this. All students performed incredible and will make it a hard choice to whittle the numbers down to only three successful students.

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From the left: Patrick, Abu, Warith, Palak, Navreet, Ebe and Blessing interview on Thursday 31st October.

The successful candidates will be announced shortly and will have a measurable impact to the school community. Congratulations to all students who have interviewed and those students will be taken on a reward trip this November.

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Examination Results 2019

 

SUMMER 2019 HEADLINES

  • 64% of students achieved 4+ grades in English and Mathematics
  • 44% of students achieved 5+ grades in English and Mathematics
  • The average Attainment 8 for all students was 44.8
  • The EBacc average point score was 3.87
  • 24 students achieved 5 or more qualifications at grade 7 or above
  • 114 students achieved 5 or more qualifications at grade 5 or above
  • 156 students achieved 5 or more qualifications at grade 4 or above

 

SUMMER 2019 RESULTS BOOKLET

Google Classroom

 

Last academic year, we introduced Google Classroom and this is now our platform for setting all remote learning for students. Google Classroom is a class-organisation platform used by tens of millions of students and teachers around the world. It incorporates Google's core G-Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Drive, Calendar and other Google products).

Students can access everything they need for a class, including homework assignments, group projects, files, and even Google messaging system to communicate with the teacher or a member of staff.

How Google Classroom is used across the curriculum

Google Classroom is your child’s digital link to learning. Teachers use Google Classroom to share assignments, homework, coursework material and much more with students. Students will use their G-Suite accounts to complete assignments and receive feedback and communicate with their teachers.

During the current period of remote learning they will be able to engage in all lessons through Google Classroom.

Google Classroom offers benefits to students

Interaction with teachers and feedback - Each class and form group have a public stream for teachers to post announcements and a  private comment area for students to post questions and comments and receive answers from teachers. This gives teachers a very simple way to respond to student queries.

Access to resources - Students will be able to see additional resources on Google Classroom. This will support them in completing their assignments.

Assessment - Teachers use Google Classroom to set pre and post assignment quizzes. Students can see their grades immediately or after teachers review their answers.

Opportunities to engage with tutor activities - Students use Google Classroom to participate in PSHE activities, careers opportunities, reading and many other activities that help their progress both academically and socially; encouraging involvement, commitment, and high standards of work and behaviour.

 

For further information about Google Classroom, please click the links below:

https://www.stpaulsacademy.org.uk/at-home-learning#using-google-classroom

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