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Greenwich Active Learning Programme SportInspired Festival 2016

Working in collaboration with the charity organisation SportInspired as well as supported by our colleagues at Charlton Park Academy, Wednesday 18th May saw St Paul's Academy host of the 2016 SportInspired Festival.  This festival was in aid of national 'Give and Gain Week' and supported by Lloyds Banking Group who sent along 90 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.

With the majority of the activities on the day originally planned to be delivered outside, unfortunately mother nature was not too kind to us with regards to the weather and we were unable to avail of our vast outdoor space and facilities at St Paul's.  However, we did not let this phase us and despite the continuous rain all day, with some careful manoeuvring we managed to find the space to move everything inside.  As a result, it is safe to say that each of the 170 pupils whom we welcomed to SPA, across Years 3 to 8 throughout schools within the Greenwich Borough had a fantastic day!  All of the children had the opportunity to experience a range of new and engaging activities, such as tri-golf, boccia, new age curling and polybat, which hopefully will further encourage them to continue participation in sport and physical activity in the future.

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,

‘I volunteer for many organisations, Lloyds give us a wide range of opportunities.  This is a great opportunity for pupils, a great venue and even better volunteers in the shape of young 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 which was a delight to watch as well as enhancing their leadership, teamwork and communication skills to name but a few.  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, ‘It was challenging but it’s been a brilliant day.  I enjoyed the fact that I was able to make the children smile’ (Tareh, Year 9).

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

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 and 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!’

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 SportInpired for their continued help and support, Charlton Park Academy in helping with equipment and the training of our sports leaders, 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!

Step into Dance

On the evening of Friday 29th April our ‘Step into Dance’ team were involved in the Greenwich Borough ‘Spring Sharing’ at St Paul’s Academy. The 25 students involved had been training tirelessly since September for this event which marked the first stage in the Step into Dance audition process to get the chance to dance at the very prestigious ‘Sadler’s Wells’ Theatre in July.

Despite a total of 9 schools dancing in the Greenwich Borough alone and the standard particularly high across all participating schools, our students performed outstandingly on the night. Their energy and presence on stage was simply fantastic!

We have recently heard that we have been called for a second audition in hope of gaining a place on stage for ‘Step LIVE 2016’ at Sadler’s Wells in July! With a total of 1500 dancers and 149 performances to compete against across London and Essex, the next stage of the competition will be tough, however with their current record of commitment, diligence and passion we have every confidence in our dancers’ capabilities.

Well done and Good Luck!

Miss President and Mrs Hatton

Citizens UK

Citizens UK are an organisation of over 300 institutions nationwide.  They build alliances with other institutions including various faith groups, colleges, schools, trade unions and local community organisations. The purpose of Citizens UK is to take action on the nation’s biggest problems such as poverty, work employment, immigration, affordable housing and the living wage. They work as a union and help bring about positive change in the right way holding politicians accountable and pledging to work with them on the various problems at hand.

Over the past two academic years, St Pauls has been in a direct relationship with Citizens UK, during which time the partnership has succeeded in many goals, such as securing a meeting with Councillor John Fahy, the deputy Greenwich Council Leader; while in the meeting we put to Councillor John Fahy, would he help St Pauls and Citizens UK to acquirer future meetings with Councillor John Fahy and Peabody and Crossrail Network. 

Following on from that meeting, we also met Boris Johnson the current Mayor of London, in the ArcelorMittal Orbit and in this discussion, Citizens UK examined him on his plans for the local area and what his plans were for future employment creation; he replied with several answers which motivated Citizens UK to continue the campaign.

At the start of the new academic year Citizens UK met with St Pauls to take a trip to the local Sainsbury’s that has just been built. Whilst there we sat down with the deputy store manager. Throughout the meeting St Pauls Students represented Citizens UK and conversed about youth employment skills, and chances of work experience throughout the Sainsbury’s organisation.

Just recently, we met with Peabody and the Geography department of St Paul’s Academy and asked Peabody what their plans were with the local area and the plot of land they own, on Yarnton way, Thamesmead. They are planning to build 1000s of new homes, with 47% of them being affordable housing and social housing.

On the 25th April 2016, Citizens UK and St Pauls students had a meeting with Teresa Pearce, who is the shadow housing minister and MP for the local area, in St Pauls Academy. That meeting which included Mr Winston, the principal of St Pauls academy and students from across the year groups, saw us asking for possible youth employment places and to gain contact with other secondary schools that would be interested in becoming a part of Citizens UK and expanding its widespread unity and diversity. We negotiated and came to an agreement, and Ms Pearce said she would personally do her best to help get in touch with other secondary schools and youth employment companies and institutions.

On the 28th April 2016, Citizens UK organised the Mayoral election campaign at the Copper Box arena at the Royal Olympic Park, in Stratford, East London. The 6000 people strong event put across the questions of the nation to the two leading London mayoral candidates from both parties: from Labour Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith from the Conservative party.  Citizens UK put across the three main problems facing the London and country wide, they were: affordable housing, the immigration crisis and the London living wage. Throughout the night those topics were discussed by both mayoral candidates who gave their opinion and outlined their plans on our questions.

St Pauls that night were part of 6000 people which included our Gospel choir and the key spokesperson of St Pauls, Dylan Wiggan.  Later that night he gave a powerful testimony on housing in the local area and overwhelmingly moved the crowd to applause.

 

 

Where did you say your Geography classroom was?

Year 8 attended a Thrills Workshop at Thorpe Park as a taster of the type of topics that students would study at GCSE. Topics included environmental sustainability, recycling, creation of Thorpe Park on reclaimed land and the location making it a success. 

Aaron R in Year 8 summarises the day as 'A very educational and fun day out, I am very grateful.' 

'You only live once so make the best of this 

Geography field trip' (Iyanu).

'The trip encouraged teamwork and helped the students express themselves and get a better understanding of geographical concepts. It also allowed students to build a rapport with the teachers' (Maurice K).

What made this experience memorable is that after the workshop students were allowed free range of the park's rides and attractions. Due to it being a school day there were less than the usual 50,000 tourists that the park holds on a Fright Night in November. Daisy D and Vivienne J suggest, 'When you have a chance at this Geography trip take it!'

'Thorpe Park is the best' (Eden D). 'Just go and have fun in Thorpe Park' (Yav B).

Th day included travel by New Enterprize coaches which was subsidized by the Geography department. When we arrived in Chertsey (home of Thorpe Park) the students were able to attend rides of their choice for 3 hours before their workshop. To see the latest attractions please visit the Thorpe Park website- https://www.thorpepark.com/ or see the site map below:

 

Please do not take my word about how exciting and exhilarating the day was, have a listen to the students and their comments.

'Geography real-life is like an adventure and lesson at the same time' (Jevon).

'Greatness comes when you have the Faith to face the fears inside you' (Eunice F).

'The time of your life at Thorpe Park' (Lennox Y).

'Face your fears...if you dare :OD' (Ayomide A). 

'The Scariest rides are the ones that you remember' (Adetayo O).

'Fun, educational and down to the point' (Jameel). 'New experiences in life' (Christian D).

Adrian concludes with a 'Thank-you'. I would like to thank the students for being brilliant ambassadors for the school and giving a lovely experience to the staff. Congratulations Year 8 on a fantastic day. My gratitude must also extend to Ms Gaffney for organising the trip and to Diana and Mark for help support. Invaluable members of staff to provide an unforgettable experience to our children.

To see more visit the Geography Blog: http://mrgdavis.blogspot.co.uk

Year 11 G&T Student Tawab Mousavi crowned WTKA Inter-Continental Champion

Congratulations to Tawab Mousavi, a pupil on St Pauls Academy Gifted and Talented PE and Sports Programme, who has just been crowned Lightweight Inter-Continental Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion. Tawab has added this title to the National title he won in emphatic fashion in November last year.  

His journey to becoming an Intercontinental Champion began when his natural ability for Muay Thai Kickboxing was identified during a Physical Education class at Nemesis Gym in Erith. Thanks to the partnership between St Paul’s Academy and Nemesis Gym, Tawab was able to continue his training there through a scholarship system and will go on to fight in Germany as a member of the English National squad for a World Title in May.

We at St Paul’s Academy are hugely proud of what Tawab has achieved in a relatively short kickboxing career thus far and wish him every success at the World Championships in May.       

Citizens UK at the CopperBox Arena

​Year 10 geographers attend the Citizens UK CopperBox Arena to watch the Mayor Electorates speak about issues affecting their future as citizens in London.

6000 students, staff and politicians join as a community to debate current issues affecting London residents at the CopperBox Arena.

 

The picture about is the conclusion to a series of workshops, presentations and active learning of students at St Paul’s Academy with Citizens UK this year. This was a fruitful relationship in which empowered the students to engage in local issues such as affordable housing and the London Living Wage. A highlight of this and one that really showcased how our students are assets to our school community, was consolidated with Dylan Wiggins producing an amazing speech to a sell-out 6000 strong crowd of students and politicians at the Copperbox Arena. This can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzigbrejchk&feature=youtu.be&t=2h31m21s On Thursday 28th April students from Year 10 Geography, Choir members under the expert guidance of Claire Viner and Richard Mayne and Diana Webb’s outstanding Citizens UK work group supported and celebrated Dylan’s achievements. Richard Mayne will elaborated further on in this later on in the piece.

The students were able to listen to the two Mayor candidates (Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan) in the lead up to the London Mayor Elections on May 5th. The Year 10 in particular drew on knowledge that links into their WJEC GCSE curriculum on ‘Theme 1: Challenges in the Built Environment’. The topics that were of interest included affordable housing, youth employment and the London economy, in particular the London Living Wage. All topics are of vital importance on their future lives. A recent article in The Guardian has suggested the average age of youth moving out to buy their own properties has now reached the age of 34 years. This coincides with over 5 billion pounds being paid by parents in 2016 for their children to access the housing market.

One of the core campaigns debated by the electorates after moving speeches by some of London’s student population.

 

Both politicians have pledged commitment to tackle London’s housing crisis and have supported many of the proposals presented by the community action group Citizens UK. The group used students from around Newham, Stratford and as far reaching as Abbey Wood, to give inspiring speeches on how housing, migrant status and job security were factors that affected their lives today. Lateef Lawal summarises the evening perfectly by quoting:

‘‘Attending the CopperBox Arena made me more aware of the current issues affecting immigrants for asylum status in London. Witnessing the Mayor Electorates allowed me to understand issues of housing, employment of youth and the London Living Wage. I never realised the amount of teenagers with the potential to shape London’s society for the future. Working with Citizens UK has allowed me to be a decision-maker and open the eyes of MPs, like Theresa Pearce, on issues such as improving local housing in Thamesmead. I felt empowered by being a voice that could be heard."

St Paul’s Academy students outside the CopperBox Arena.

Hearing the London Mayor Electorates outline their terms of tenure in relation to the proposals of Citizens UK was an invaluable experience to our children. However, it would naïve to assume this was the most defining moment. To promote sustainable change we must engage and empower our students in issues of this significance. It is paramount to facilitate more of these experiences for our students – who are active members of the London community – to become the citizens that are the catalysts of change. Dylan Wiggins depicts one of these citizens whose powerful speech captivated the audience and he is a future star in the making!

Citizens UK

Citizens UK are an organisation of over 300 institutions nationwide.  They build alliances with other institutions including various faith groups, colleges, schools, trade unions and local community organisations. The purpose of Citizens UK is to take action on the nation’s biggest problems such as poverty, work employment, immigration, affordable housing and the living wage. They work as a union and help bring about positive change in the right way holding politicians accountable and pledging to work with them on the various problems at hand.

Over the past two academic years, St Pauls has been in a direct relationship with Citizens UK, during which time the partnership has succeeded in many goals, such as securing a meeting with Councillor John Fahy, the deputy Greenwich Council Leader; while in the meeting we put to Councillor John Fahy, would he help St Pauls and Citizens UK to acquirer future meetings with Councillor John Fahy and Peabody and Crossrail Network. 

Following on from that meeting, we also met Boris Johnson the current Mayor of London, in the ArcelorMittal Orbit and in this discussion, Citizens UK examined him on his plans for the local area and what his plans were for future employment creation; he replied with several answers which motivated Citizens UK to continue the campaign.

At the start of the new academic year Citizens UK met with St Pauls to take a trip to the local Sainsbury’s that has just been built. Whilst there we sat down with the deputy store manager. Throughout the meeting St Pauls Students represented Citizens UK and conversed about youth employment skills, and chances of work experience throughout the Sainsbury’s organisation.

Just recently, we met with Peabody and the Geography department of St Paul’s Academy and asked Peabody what their plans were with the local area and the plot of land they own, on Yarnton way, Thamesmead. They are planning to build 1000s of new homes, with 47% of them being affordable housing and social housing.

On the 25th April 2016, Citizens UK and St Pauls students had a meeting with Teresa Pearce, who is the shadow housing minister and MP for the local area, in St Pauls Academy. That meeting which included Mr Winston, the principal of St Pauls academy and students from across the year groups, saw us asking for possible youth employment places and to gain contact with other secondary schools that would be interested in becoming a part of Citizens UK and expanding its widespread unity and diversity. We negotiated and came to an agreement, and Ms Pearce said she would personally do her best to help get in touch with other secondary schools and youth employment companies and institutions.

On the 28th April 2016, Citizens UK organised the Mayoral election campaign at the Copper Box arena at the Royal Olympic Park, in Stratford, East London. The 6000 people strong event put across the questions of the nation to the two leading London mayoral candidates from both parties: from Labour Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith from the Conservative party.  Citizens UK put across the three main problems facing the London and country wide, they were: affordable housing, the immigration crisis and the London living wage. Throughout the night those topics were discussed by both mayoral candidates who gave their opinion and outlined their plans on our questions.

St Pauls that night were part of 6000 people which included our Gospel choir and the key spokesperson of St Pauls, Dylan Wiggan.  Later that night he gave a powerful testimony on housing in the local area and overwhelmingly moved the crowd to applause.

 

 

SPA Netball Greenwich League Champs excel at Kent Netball Invitational Tournament

The SPA netball season has drawn to a close for this year with all teams across Years 7 to 11 recording tremendous successes both within Greenwich and throughout Kent.  The season saw all teams within Year 7, 8, 9 and 11 win their respective Greenwich School’s Netball Leagues.  Every team managed to complete a clean sweep, winning all of their matches and remaining undefeated.  This is an exceptional achievement for all of the girls involved in netball at SPA and is testament to the commitment, dedication and passion which the girls have shown to their sport throughout the season.  As the girls continue to work hard and improve, with many pupils now also playing club netball outside of school in the local borough, it is exciting to think how far pupils will go and how much they will achieve in their sport.

With the title of League Champions to their name, Thursday 21st April saw our Year 7 and 8 Netball teams travel to Rainham School for Girls, alongside their coaches Miss Duffy and Miss Stone to compete in the Kent Netball Invitational Tournament.  Having moved up from the Kent Netball Emerging Schools Competition which the current Year 8’s placed second in last year, players and coaches knew that competing in this higher level competition against some of the best schools in the county would be a challenge for all involved.  However, it was a challenge that the SPA contingent revelled in.

Having trained extremely hard all season to improve upon their individual and team performances, both teams took to the court to record wins in the first games with the Year 7’s defeating Trinity School Belvedere 2-0 and the Year 8’s defeating Sittingbourne Community College 7-0.  With both teams getting off to a steady start the girls continued to work hard for each other throughout the duration of the tournament, displaying some exceptional levels of skill, determination and team work.

Our Year 8 girls finished their U13 section of the competition having won 7 out of their 9 games, finishing third overall.  The girls missed out on the silver medal by a single point but with many of the girls displaying tremendous levels of skill throughout all of their games, some girls were approached and asked by the tournament organisers to attend the U14 Kent Academy Netball Trials which will take place in June.  This is a wonderful compliment and achievement for our Year 8 girls who have shown great dedication and commitment to netball during their two years at St Paul’s.  We wish the girls every success in their upcoming trials and look forward to watching them play even more great netball next season.

The U12 section of the tournament saw our Year 7 team battle their way through five initial matches, recording all victories along the way to eventually face Ashford School in the deciding game of the competition.  With both teams progressing through the competition remaining undefeated, the girls knew that they had to win their final game to lift the title.  The first half of the match saw Ashford take an early 2-0 lead.  However, the girls did not let this phase them and drawing on all of their experience gained throughout the season the Year 7 girls soon settled and got into their stride.  Some wonderful defensive interceptions saw the tables turn in this deciding game in the favour of the SPA girls.  The girls soon drew the game back to level terms and with our attack and defence linking up seamlessly the girls soon took a 4-2 lead.  Our Year 7 team continued to work hard, both individually and for each other to see out the game 4-2 winners to the delight of their coaches and the support from the Year 8 team cheering on the side-line.

This is simply a magnificent achievement for the girls and demonstrates how far both the players and the sport of netball itself have come at SPA over the last number of years.  SPA netballers are now challenging for honours at Kent County competitions as well as a number of pupils displaying the ability and potential to be selected for Kent County squads.  Pupils in Years 8 and 9 have also been attending Greenwich Netball Trials with many pupils hopefully selected to represent Greenwich at the London Youth Games Competition at Crystal Palace in July.

A special thanks must also go to Year 9 pupils Mira Umelue and Tareh Omajuwa who attended the Kent Invitational tournament and were fantastic sports leaders and ambassadors for St Paul’s on the day.  Both pupils have worked alongside staff all season to assist with netball training and fixtures and their dedication and willingness to help wherever possible is very much appreciated and acknowledged.  Well done girls!

Management and staff at St Paul’s would like to congratulate all of those girls involved in netball for all of their hard work and commitment to their sport throughout the season.  Well done girls on a wonderful end to a fantastic season and we wish you good luck in all your future sporting endeavours.  Keep up the good work!

Miss Duffy

 

 

Year 10 Royal Geographical Society Workshop

Many of you will be asking this simple question in the lead up to your options for GCSE. Why Geography? What does this subject contribute to my future? What careers does this lead to? 

The Year 8 students were asking similar questions as they approached their Options Evening in the Spring term. However, the students were fortunate enough to experience a workshop led by Geography Ambassadors for the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) who are currently studying Geography at St Mary’s University London. The RGS has begun to work in partnership with the St Paul’s Academy Geography department to raise student’s awareness of the role Geography can play in further education and careers within the profession. It is a common misconception amongst our students that Geography does not benefit future careers.

So: Why choose it? Why progress to A Level Geography? Why seek a career in Geography? 

The RGS University undergraduates have gone some way to removing the myth that Geography lacks a future. In fact more than ever the students are now able to grasp the fact that Geography is considered one of the most important areas of study in the 21st Century, especially within higher education such as Russell Group Universities.

Not convinced?! 

Have a look at the Geography Blog via the school website to view the video made by Ambassadors from the Royal Geographical Society. This was made just for you as Year 8 St Paul's Academy students and your parents.

Through the workshop the students are now more aware that some of the following careers can be achieved after studying at college and university:

  • Weather forecaster;                                       
  • Soil conversationalist;
  • Coastal engineer;                                          
  • Hydrologist;
  • Accountant;                                                  
  • Financial adviser;
  • World Challenge Expedition Leader;          
  • Financial Risk Assessor;
  • Earth Scientist;                            
  • Hazard predictor;
  • Documentary presenter (we all know Bear Grylls, David Attenborough and Michael Palin!);              
  • Urban planner;
  • National Geographic Publisher, Photographer or Camera man;
  • Property Consultant;
  • Surveyor;                                                      
  • Architect;
  • Or Laywer!                

Many of you may actively be questioning that some of these careers actually seek Geography as a subject in their recruitment of potential employees (yourselves in the future). So let me break down 5 points for you:

1. Geography is seen as the top 10 subjects to study and is quoted by The Telegraph as being a top 10 degree to be studied.

2. Geography is actively a sought after subject for careers in finance, accountancy, being a lawyer and bankers. Why? This is due to the nature of fieldwork and topics that give you analytical. mathematical and problem-solving skills. 

3. Russell Group Universities - that is the top 20 universities in the UK seek students who have studied Geography at A Level for recruitment. Click Here-  http://russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/

4. Michael Palin (Patron of the Royal Geographical Society) quotes: 

'Geography students are among those gaining greatest satisfaction from their studies, and geography graduates have a relatively low level of unemployment. It's no wonder there is a growing demand to study the subject at university. This is underlined by the Russell Group of Universities, along with the Minister David Willetts MP, who both recognise geography as one of the key "facilitating" subjects for entry to degree level study.'

5. Geography will provide opportunities to build new skills in fieldtrips, you will get to experience the subject in real life and volunteering will help build your CV. Have a look at what we have done as a Geography department below:

Year 10 in 2014 Camping at Downe in Biggin Hill- volunteering and extreme activities weekend. Ask Year 10 this year about their St Paul's Shanty Town Project.

Technopop Year 11 trip to look at community projects, sustainable energy and conservation at Westfields in Stratford.

 

Geography Reward Trip to Thorpe Park for students who have volunteered over 20 hours in their local communities. Your KS4 taster trip means we will be taking 30 Year students in April to visit the Park. Will this be you?

Volunteering in Thames Wetlands.

Current Year 11 students hedge laying at Foots Cray Meadows. Ask these students for details- where is your classroom?

A previous student and his brother (current Year 11) constructing marginal habitats in a River. What will you do in Geography today?

I have highlighted 5 reasons to study Geography but don't take my word for it. Listen to some of the professionals interviewed by the Royal Geographical Society about 'Why Study Geography?' Visit the Geography Blog to view the videos.

The course outline is also located below but changes mean:

  • Two fieldwork opportunities outside the school (one human and one physical). Year 10 are off to Swanage in June to study coasts for 4 days;
  • Opportunities to build your CV by volunteering and being able to view Geography in reality (as seen above);
  • To develop analytical and problem-solving life skills;
  • A potential trip (still at planning stages) to Iceland.

Other subjects are no doubt interesting but where else can you discover these experiences? 

After the workshops with the RGS Ambassadors and the raise awareness of the careers and pathways Geography has to the offer, the only question on the minds of Year 8 and the Year 7 students entering the summer term is:

Well done Year 8 for being fantastic ambassadors for the school, The RGS university undergraduates were very impressed with your behaviour and knowledge on the subject. You would be assets to our every growing Geography curriculum and the subject itself. Join Geography today.

Year 10 Citizens UK Presentation Workshop

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Students experienced a Citizens UK workshop with Year 10 geographers last term. Please see the other article on details of this event. This has focused on parts of the curriculum relating to ‘Theme 1: Challenges in the Built Environment’ at GCSE. This experience was invaluable to our 15 students who participated as they had an opportunity to voice their thoughts on the housing regeneration in Thamesmead with Peabody Housing Association.

The students on Monday 25th April will present on integrating ideas for the regeneration and sustainability of the Thamesmead area to a panel of judges; Mr Winston, Mrs Bryan, a Citizens UK representative and Greenwich’s local MP Theresa Pearce. The teams have been divided into classes and asked to speak about the following topics:

  • Ms Gaffney’s class: Creating a new commercial economy in Abbey Wood – Shopping districts.
  • Mr Davis’ class: Sustainable estates.
  • Mr O’Nullain’s class: Sustainable and affordable intergenerational communities.
  • Mrs Cooper’s class: Sustainable communal spaces in Southmere Lake.

To aid the teams in preparing for the competition, a renowned lecturer Alberto Galindo from Ravensborne College helped prepare the students through a workshop on presentation skills. The students commended both Alberto and Citizens UK representative for their guidance on presentation skills and the elements of the success criteria. The teams are relishing the challenge that awaits them next week. With the prospect of the winners heading to a three hour aerial assault course at Go Ape who wouldn’t be inspired?!

Year 7 Boys’ Gaelic football

The new season began on Saturday 16th April when the newly formed team travelled to Wembley to compete against the very best clubs in London. The event was superbly organised by Tara GAA club who provided fantastic hospitality throughout. The team played three fixtures on the day, winning one and losing two. Despite losing two games, the boys’ enjoyed competing and showed wonderful commitment and desire throughout the afternoon. Well done to all involved.

Year 10 geographers win the Wide Horizons’ National Competition

I am writing to inform you of an incredible achievement by some of our Year 10 Geography students. They entered a competition called #SharingAdventures by Wide Horizons, which involved the students producing a 1 minute video on the benefits of a residential in Wales and the effect on their lives and the local community. This competition was against over 250 UK secondary schools.

It is with great pride that I can reveal that our students have won 1st place in the competition which means a one week residential in Wales worth over £10,000. The five day residential Adventure Learning experience will enable the students to engage in a number of outdoor adventures including canoeing, gorge walking and rock climbing. The location will be located along the River Dee, situated on the edge of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

Figure 1 Mountain Walking in Snowdonia.

During the visit the students will be participating in activities such as:

  • Rock Climbing and Bouldering
  • Abseiling
  • Scrambling and Weaselling
  • Mountain Walking
  • Underground Exploration
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain Biking
  • Low ropes course
  • Shelter Building

Figure 2 Gorge Walking at the Wide Horizons Centre.

To see more at the Wide Horizon Ty’ny Berth and Bryntysilio Centres at http://www.widehorizons.org.uk/sharingadventures#sthash.FNTWm0hu.dput

Mrs Cooper’s and Mr Davis’ Geography classes joined forces to create the videos that WON the competition. If you would like to view the winning videos please visit the Geography blog (http://mrgdavis.blogspot.co.uk), the school twitter account or the SPA Geog YouTube Channel and subscribe. Please see the winning teams below:

Team 1- Ahmed, Demi, Kwabena, Nathan, Fabrizio and Gareth.

Team 2- Tony, Steve, Folarin and Joseph.

Team 3- Melanie and Fay.

Team 4- Breeana, Victoria, Elizabeth, Laurette and Jessica.

Team 5- Amy, Maureen, Eljay, Megan and Ieva.

Congratulations to all students for their tremendous achievement and I hope they thoroughly enjoy the £10,000 trip to Wales. Please check out Show My Homework or the Geography Blog for the competition from Action For Conservation on working with National Wardens in Pembrokeshire. The competition is open to Year 9, 10 and 11 students.

The different faces of the Geography classroom

Whiz, bang and pop are great describing words that summarise the different faces of the Geography classroom in the Year 8 scheme of work ‘Plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes’. Students this year have had a varied program of activities to help visualise topics and consolidate their learning. This has ranged from the use of boiled eggs for showing the different layers of the Earth to actively surviving an Earthquake disaster by crawling out of the classroom!

Through active learning – within and outside of the classroom – students have been able to experience different roles associated with Geography. As seen in the photo below, students had, and excuse the pun here, a cracking time creating earthquake proof buildings to protect a real-life egg (which was in fact personified as a human being). Many were successful in the Mr Davis shake test, however if you were Benjamin or Aaron the yolk was literally on them. Ok, ok, I shall stop!

Nana, Fareedah, Sam, Atta and Posi posing with their earthquake proof building.

Benjamin and Aaron’s shake test was unsuccessful.

Other ways that the Geography staff have worked towards inspiring the students was through volcanic eruptions using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar with red food dye. This allowed the students to assess viscosities of different magmas. With 8E we were also successful in creating a volcanic bomb using diet coke and mento sweets. To witness these experiments and more photos please visit the Geography Blog at (http://mrgdavis.blogspot.co.uk). Videos of the students erupting their volcanoes are also on this site.

Students as part of a homework were asked to make their own volcanoes and there were some incredible designs. Our Year 8 winner has won a funded place to Thorpe Park. Have a look at her incredible model below.

Well done Sophia in 8E!

The first Geography fieldtrip of 2016 was aimed at consolidating the whole unit studied with a visit to the Natural History Museum. To see this article look on the school website and Geography Blog. A group of 60 Year 8 students caught the train to London to enter the world of plate tectonics, eruptions and earthquakes. With the addition of the earthquake experience the students had to use their way home to literally, in the words of Taylor Swift, ‘shake it off shake it off’! Too much?!

Chrismas volunteering at St Paul's

Whilst many adults and children around Greenwich were sleeping and dreaming of Santa and presents, eleven Year 11 students alongside three members of staff and an elf (Aine Allen, Flora Martins, Gordon Davis and Niall Allen) from St Paul’s Academy were getting up to help volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in Camberwell. All of which were dressed in various different Christmas attire!

Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is run by 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 London which has treated two of our own students.

The students helped allocate 200 plus gifts to 14 different families and 26 children, many of whom were seriously ill, or were the siblings of these children that were away from home and unable to celebrate the festive season in the usual way. The Year 11 students helped allocate presents to each family with individual gift bags or wrapped presents with personalised cards and these were placed under the tree. The students also had time to give gifts personally to Jordan and Hailey (seen in the pictures above) and create snow for a Winter Wonderland inside the dining area!

These students are truly a fantastic testament to the charitable work being completed by the school 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. 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 (Habeeb Lawal, Francesca Moore, Jade Jacobs, Maroulla Bradshaw, Kiara Cevallos, Morejoy Mbang, Alastair Arierta, Cameron McDonald, Lauren-Anne Dowling, Miles Oke, Adunonla Sunday-Martins and Niall Allen).

Click here to see the piece written by the Ronald McDonald charity about the volunteering by St Paul’s Academy students.

Natural History Museum visit by Year 8

The first Geography fieldtrip of 2016 was to the Natural History Museum, a group of 60 year 8 students and 6 members of staff caught the train on the morning of January 18th into London. Students got to explore the museum and consolidate their learning on plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes while competing a booklet. In the earthquake section students got to experience what it would be like to be in a real life earthquake, they said afterwards it helped them to understand how scared people must feel during an earthquake. After lunch the students had some extra time to explore different parts of the museum before they went to an interactive workshop where they learned about how volcanoes occur, the different types of lava and the ways in which earthquakes are measured.

The students were keen to get involved in the workshop, displaying their knowledge and understanding by answering all of the questions correctly! The students’ behaviour was fantastic, two members of the public approached staff praising the students for the exceptional behaviour. The trip was very interactive and it helped student was a fantastic experience for all involved. #where’syournextclassroom

SLUM10 Project a Success

Gareth MacBean quoted “Dream you can achieve your dreams”, which seems a fitting quote to celebrate 6 years of St Paul’s students camping at Downe in Biggin Hill. For many of the Year 10s, camping was a first experience and one that they excelled at. What was especially impressive was the manner or which they did this at 2°C (out coldest experience to date). This adventure saw many impressive moments: Lateef Lawal achieving 39 hours of volunteering which exceeds the record set by Year 10s, Anesu Chikunda receiving the award for Downe volunteering from staff and Nicolae Chelmenciuc tackling his fear of heights on the aerial assault course.

Year 10 using saws and clippers to clear undergrowth and chop down trees.

The students were split into teams and completed various activities in which to earn points. The teams achieved points for working together, perseverance and winning tasks. These included riddles, bushtucker challengers, volunteering, shelter building and fire lighting. On the Saturday the Year 10 students cleared an area of land from brambles and trees to prepare it for a new activity at the campsite of a Tomahawk throwing range. As a reward for embracing the Slum10 SPA Geog Project the students enjoyed an aerial assault course. Congratulations to the Year 10 for an incredible weekend which could not have been successful without the support of Mr Pinkerton, Diana Webb and Mark Verrall.

Anesu and Keion collaboratively chopping down a large tree.

#Where’s your next Geography classroom?

Year 8 Netball Team Crowned Greenwich School’s Netball Tournament Champions

Tuesday 22nd March saw Year 8 Netball teams from across the Greenwich borough come together at St Paul’s Academy to compete in the annual Year 8 Greenwich School’s Netball tournament.  Having remained undefeated in all of their league games to date, our Year 8 netball team were confident of putting in some impressive individual and team performances on the day.  However, in order to be crowned champions the girls knew that they would first have to overcome some determined opposition from the opposing teams of Thomas Tallis, Eltham Hill and The John Roan School. 

The girls got off to a flying start in this round robin competition, beating The John Roan School 14-1.  Next up saw the girls face an Eltham Hill side with a very strong defence.  However, the girls did not let this phase them and continued to work hard, persevering in both attack and defence to end the game 6-0 winners.  The final game of the competition for the SPA girls was against Thomas Tallis.  This was one of the only teams which the St Paul’s girls have not currently faced in the league so far this season.  As a result this left a certain degree of uncertainty amongst both players and coaches in terms of the opposition that they would be presented with on the day.  The final match proved a tougher test for the St Paul’s Academy squad.  Although, once again, the girls did not disappoint, displaying some exceptional play, teamwork and resilience to finish up their final game of the day 9-3 winners.

Since the beginning of the season the girls have worked extremely hard both individually and as a team to improve upon their skill level as well as their knowledge and understanding of the game.  Such dedication is paying dividends for this tight knit and talented group of netballers.  The girls have put in some impressive performances in their Greenwich School’s League games to date, remaining undefeated within Greenwich for the last 2 seasons.  With the girls now also competing in Kent county competitions this season, many playing for club teams in the North West Kent League and a number of pupils trialling for the U14 Kent Academy Netball Trials in May, the future of this exciting and talented team is certainly bright and we look forward witnessing many more successes for the girls in the near future.

Well done ladies!

Year 8 Netball Team

  • Gabby Mubiru
  • Grace Mbakam
  • Nana Gyedu
  • Beatrice Akomolafe
  • Claudia Bulgaru
  • Chancess Mwanabiele
  • Osayande Eghaghe
  • Shana Ajufo
  • Sheilla Idehen
  • Ouriya Angbore
  • Antonia Adu

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Year 10/11 indoor athletic report

During October and November 2016, the year 10/11 girls' and boys' athletics team qualified in the qualifiers and semi-finals to reach the Lee Valley Indoor Schools Cup B final. 

The boys also faced a difficult league, coming up against Sweyne Park, Westcliff High, Harris Crystal Palace, Bishop Challoner and The Lee Academy. With outstanding performances in 60m, long jump and relay, the boys placed 3rd overall. 

Undeterred by the strong competition from The Leigh Academy, Brentwood Ursuline, Robert Clack and Bancrofts, the girls worked extremely hard, putting 110% in to all their events. After an outstanding performance in the 60m, hurdles, 800m, shot put, and finally the relay which edged them in to first place, the girls were crowned indoor champions and took home the winners trophy! A brilliant end to the girls indoor season - huge congratulations to Micky, Mary-Grace, Lora (year 10) Princess, CJ & Vivian (year 11). 

 

Year 7 indoor athletics

Our year 7 athletics teams have had an outstanding start to their time at St. Paul's. Their indoor season started with a bang when both the boys and girls teams comfortably qualified for the "Lee Valley Indoor Schools Cup" after facing off competition from schools from across London and Essex. 

The finals however were a different story…

Having sailed through the first round and semi-finals, the year 7 boys team was confident that they would excel at the finals. Despite being up against excellent athletics schools such as Coopers Coborn, Brentwood, Haberdashers Askes and Westcliff High, the boys rose to the challenge. 

With a brilliant display of talent in the hurdles, shot put and relay, the boys placed 2nd to Haberdashers Askes who narrowly beat by the boys by 3 points. 

The girls faced tough competition in the A final from Coopers Coborn, Brentwood and Southend High A & B. Having already broken two LVISC records in the qualifying rounds in the relay and 60m, the girls knew they had a difficult challenge ahead of them but were confident they had what it needed to bring home the gold. 

Super Start for Stupendous Sevens

The Year 7 boys’ football team kicked off their footballing journey at St Paul’s Academy in earnest in September of this year.  This keen group of boys were immediately presented with a challenge when on only their second full day as students at SPA they represented the academy for the first time.  The boys faced a local team from Sidcup and on this occasion unfortunately lost 6-2.  Following this initial defeat the team, under the management and coaching of Mr Innocent and Mr Crinnegan regrouped and refocused and since then have never looked back.  The team have gone on an unbeaten streak in all friendly and cup matches since their initial outing, training and playing matches on a weekly basis.  Such training and experience of playing regular competitive fixtures has proved extremely productive for this hardworking and determined group of players.

Such hard work and commitment has certainly paid off for the boys as this season they made it to the fourth round of the Kent Cup, last 8 of English Schools’ and are still currently in the District Cup Competition.  In the National Cup the team played 8 games, winning 7 of those 8 games and unfortunately crashed out in the quarter-finals of the competition following a 2-1 defeat to Queen’s School of Watford.  Commenting on the defeat afterwards Mr Innocent noted that although it wasn’t the boys’ best collective team performance to date; that came coincidentally in round 5 with a 2-1 win against Howard School in Maidstone, Kent; this quarter-final fixture did however prove to be a fantastic game, showcasing tremendous power and sheer determination from the boys. 

The athleticism, technique and resilience displayed by the entire team during the earlier rounds of the competition unfortunately did not shine through as strongly for each and every player during their quarter-final defeat to Queen’s.  Despite their last 8 English Schools’ defeat, the Year 7 team are still currently in the District Cup Competition.  The team and management believe that they can end their season on a high by winning the competition and bringing their first ever piece of silverware back to SPA.  Having played 19 competitive fixtures to date, winning 18 and losing only one it is safe to say that the statistics are strongly stacked in this talented and hardworking teams favour.  We wish the team and management every success for the remainder of their season and look forward to hearing about many more successes during the boys next 5 years at SPA. 

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