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Year 7 -9 Trampolining Competition

On 2nd February, our Year 7-9 Trampolining squad travelled to Harris Academy in Greenwich for their very first competition of the year! The team had been training for months on end to learn and perfect their routines with the help of Miss Caney and our Year 11 Sports Leaders Niah Isles- Broughton and Lee-Andre Audain.

The team were very nervous on the journey down to Harris Academy as this was the first time that any of them had competed against students from another school! As we walked into the Sports Hall at Harris Academy and saw their students warming up on the trampoline, it was clear that we had tough competition! Despite this, our students remained focused and Miss Caney and Miss President reassured them that their hard work and determination to succeed during training was soon to pay off!

Students’ had been selected to compete in either the Novice, Intermediate or Advanced category in the competition and had to perform their solo routine in front of both the judges and the other competitors. They only had one chance to get it right!  Despite the pressure, all competitors rose to the challenge and performed their routines with poise, control and confidence. It was clear that the students’ from Harris Academy had competed before but in the end 4 of our students managed to place! Our St Paul’s winners were:

Laschar Williams (1st Place – Advanced)

Chenade Hennell  ( 2nd Place – Intermediate)

Mechal Kinfat (3rd Place – Novice)

Everyone in the team was excited and encouraged by this result! The team have so much potential and this is a huge step forward for our Trampolining team as we have been waiting for a long time for an opportunity to showcase our skills! We are already looking forward to our next competition!

Trampolining Club runs every Tuesday after school from 3.30-4.30pm so if you think you have what it takes to compete in our team, then please come along!

Congratulations to all those involved. A fantastic first competition!

Miss Caney

 

Year 7 Sportshall Athletics

In mid-November we welcomed Woolwich Poly and St. Ursula's year 7 and 8 Athletics teams' to compete in a friendly Sportshall Athletics competition. Overall St. Paul's placed first for year 7 and 8 boys, as well as year 7 and 8 girls.

 

To add to these successes, and following in the footsteps of last year’s Sportshall London Champions, the year 7 boys' and girls' teams have made it through to the semi-finals of the London Youth Games Sportshall competition. The event is due to take place in early March at the Copper Box Arena, Stratford. We wish them the best of luck in the quest for the finals!

Year 7 Lee Valley Indoor Schools Cup

In the final week of half-term, the year 7 athletics teams had their preliminary round for the LVISC. This was the first big competition for our year 7 squads, who were remarkable on the day both in attitude and performance.

Both teams finished in first place, seeing them through to the semi-final in mid-march. There were some first-class performances on the day including Osayande Eghaghe – 1st 60m, Atta Gyedu – 1st 200m, Grace Mbakam-Nitcheu – 1st 60m Hurdles, Max Gayle – 1st 60m, Vera Umelue – 1st 200m,  Phil Makinde – 1st High Jump, Tunde Ajidagba – 1st Shot Putt, Nana Gyedu – 1st Shot Putt and first place for both teams in the 4 x 200m relay - what an impressive set of results for their first competition!

Congratulations to all involved in the year 7 athletics squads.

Miss. Stone

Year 8/9 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final
Year 8/9 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final

Following in the footsteps of our year 10 and 11 athletics teams’ success, the year 8/9 athletics squads faced tough competition in the preliminary and semi-final rounds, to earn a place in the Lee Valley Indoor Schools Cup finals.

The pupils were excellent throughout the competition, with some outstanding performances by Micky Ashong – 1st 60m Hurdles, Lora Umelue – 1st Shot Putt, Kareem Isiaka – 1st 300m and a win for the boys 4 x 200m relay team.

Overall the boys placed 3rd in the A final and the girls placed 2nd, narrowly missing first place by 1 point in the B final!! Congratulations to all involved in the year 8/9 teams.

 Miss. Stone

Year 10/11 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final
Year 10/11 Indoor Athletics Lee Valley Final

The indoor athletics season has got off to a fanatic start for St. Paul's Academy this year. Both the boys' and girls' year 10/11 teams made it to the final of the Lee Valley Indoor Cup.

On Wednesday 15th October the teams travelled to the competition accompanied by Mr. Innocent and Miss. Stone. This was possibly going to be the last athletics competition for the year 11 pupils to participate in with their GCSE exams fast approaching, so they were determined to go out on a high.

Pupils knew they were up against tough competition from schools across London and Essex with the boys going through to the B final and the girls going through to the A final. The pupils put on an outstanding performance with wins in boys 200m (Osas Evbosomon) and Boys 4 x 200m relay (Osas Evbosomon, Nicholas Kama, Sesan Orimolusi and Luke Ndudim), as well as second place for girls 300m (Gemma Mullings), girls 200m (Kirsty Anane), boys 800m (Denola Ayanbule, girls Shot Putt (Anika Olalere), Girls 4 x 200m relay (Micky Ashong, Kirsty Anane, Jennifer Afodume and Shannon Nicolas) and Boys High Jump (Kyle Lazarus).

Overall the boys placed 1st in the B final and the girls placed 3rd in the A final. This is a huge improvement on last year’s results with the girls progressing from the B to the A league for the first time ever in St. Paul’s History, and the boys qualifying for the final.
Congratulations to all involved in the year 10/11 teams.

 Miss. Stone

Netball news

In late October the year 7 and 8 netball squads travelled down to Charles Darwin School in Kent to play some friendly warm-up matches in preparation for their forth coming Greenwich League games. Both teams had been training since the start of the school year and this was the first time many of the year 7 girls had played a full competitive game of netball.

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Both squads faced a strong opposition and work tirelessly throughout the games to stay on top. The year 7 game ended with a win for Charles Darwin 10-6, but the 7’s showed great potential for their up and coming games against Greenwich Schools. The year 8 game was extremely close, and the girls were tied after the first quarter. After a tough team talk the girls pulled out all the stops and finished with a 9-5 win, with star shooter Tareh Omajuwa coming into form and scoring 8 out of the 9 goals.

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All pupils’ behaviour was exemplary throughout the games and they were a credit to the school.

Netball news.

Netball news.

Congratulations to all girls involved, a brilliant start to the netball season.

Miss Stone

Annual Solemn Requiem Mass

We returned to school after half-term in November, which is the month of Remembrance, we were honoured to be the only school invited to take part in the Annual Solemn Requiem Mass for all Deceased Police Officers.  This invitation came about as a result of the close links we have with the Metropolitan Police, particularly through the Police Liaison Team and The Cadets.  Ms Maestri and Ms Webb took a group of students to Westminster Cathedral for this very poignant occasion. 

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

 

Gaelic Games success for St Paul's students
Gaelic Games success for St Paul's students

Irish TV.ie has recently visited St Paul's Academy. A documentary has now been produced highlighting our success in Gaelic Games and the role that teachers recruited from Ireland have played in supporting our school improvement agenda.   

Irish TV documentary video.

Primary School ‘High 5’ Mixed Netball Tournament
Primary School ‘High 5’ Mixed Netball Tournament

On Tuesday 7th October 5 local primary schools travelled to St Paul’s Academy to contest the inaugural Primary School ‘High 5’ Mixed Netball Tournament.  Schools in attendance on the day were:

Alexander McLeod (Abbey Wood)
Our Lady of Grace (Charlton)
St Patrick's (Plumstead)
St Peter's (Woolwich)
St Thomas A Beckett (Abbey Wood)

Although having only been trained in what was a brand new sport for most pupils since the start of September, this was not evident in the level of talent and enthusiasm shown towards the game of netball from all pupils on the day.  Each team played one another with all games closely contested.  As the competition progressed it was evident to see the gradual progress that pupils were beginning to make in terms of both skill level and confidence in applying their skills in a game situation.

With the competition nearing the finals, two teams began to emerge as strong contenders to be named champions of this inaugural competition; Our Lady of Grace, Charlton and St Peter’s, Plumstead.  Both teams contested their first encounter with great energy and confidence.  Each school worked hard and with nothing between the teams the game ended in a draw at 3 goals apiece.

Also showing excellent levels of skill and potential on the day were the two Abbey Wood primary schools, Alexander McLeod and St Thomas A Beckett. These teams reached the plate final to play off for third and fourth place.  On this occasion Alexander McLeod emerged victorious with a great 6-1 win over St Thomas A Beckett.

The competition drew to a close and, as predicted, the final decider of the day was contested between Our Lady of Grace, Charlton and St Peter’s, Plumstead.  Having drawn 3-3 in their first encounter, the final was to be an interesting affair in terms of who would be crowned champions.  Both teams entered the final somewhat more cautious compared to when they had previously lined out against each other.  It was clear that players had learnt from their earlier mistakes and made sure to employ new tactics in their play.  Each team worked hard in defence and as a result the first half ended goalless.  Again the second half proved neck and neck and with both teams managing to score this time, the score ended 1-1 after full time; extra-time was called for!  A mix of nerves and excitement filled the air, in particular from the St Peter’s pupils and staff as winning this final would mean St Peter’s as a school winning their first ever primary school competition, a feat that was now finally within their grasp.  Some positional changes going into extra-time from St Peter’s proved to be the pivotal moment of the final.  Changing up their attack and defence enabled them to open up a flurry of scoring opportunities, with two paying off.  As the final whistle blow and the game ended, so did St Peter’s long wait to be crowned local sporting primary school champions for the first time!  The elation on the faces of both staff and pupils from St Peter’s was clear for all to see.  All of their hard work had paid off and they left worthy winners on the day.  Much credit must also go to Our Lady of Grace who put in some fantastic netballing performances during the competition.  The final scored read St Peter’s (Plumstead) 3, Our Lady of Grace (Charlton) 1.

Each pupil who participated on the day was a credit to their school in terms of their behaviour, skill level and sportsmanship displayed throughout the competition.  Several stand out performances were noted from all schools, with members of St Paul’s Academy PE Department very impressed with not only how quickly pupils had picked up the game of netball, but also the high level of skill that they were able to effectively demonstrate on the day.  All in all, this proved to be a very successful first ever primary school netball competition held at St Paul’s Academy, and is something which is hoped will continue for many more years to come.  With the introduction of netball into primary schools in the local area, this will ultimately help to improve the overall level of netballing skill and participation within the Greenwich Borough; something which is continuing to develop at present because of events like this.  Thank you to the staff and the PE Department of St Paul’s Academy for all of their help and support, in particular Mr Donnelly for organising the event, Miss Duffy and Miss Stone for assisting on the day as well as all staff and coaches who have helped to train pupils over the last number of weeks in preparation for the competition.  A special mention must also go to our Year 11 Sports Leader, Abena Opoku who did an excellent job in helping to umpire games throughout the competition, well done!

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Carol Duffy

Association for Physical Education Quality Mark with Distinction

In November this year the Physical Education Department applied for the AfPE Quality Mark. An award that is given to schools who demonstrate outstanding commitment to improvement in Physical Education and Sport.

We are therefore delighted to announce that the PE department have been awarded the ‘Association for Physical Education Quality Mark with Distinction’, a bench mark and industry standard for high quality teaching and delivery of sport.

The AfPE Quality Mark recognises the outstanding quality of work, endless effort, dedication and passion for physical education and sport at the school. The award ensures that all pupils will be entitled to a high quality statutory physical education curriculum from 5 to 16 years of age. We hope in turn it will raise the profile of the subject and the school, both locally and nationally and will promote the high quality work that is being undertaken on a day to day basis.

As a department we feel that high quality physical education and sport makes a difference to the learning and experiences of all children and young people, both within the subject and more widely across the curriculum.

This is a fantastic achievement for the school, congratulations to all the PE team for their positive efforts and continued hard work. 

Student success at PIXL

In January 2014 St Paul’s began working with Apples and Snakes, the leading performance poetry organisation in Britain. They helped the school to establish a relationship with renowned spoken word poet Joelle Taylor who ran a series of inspirational poetry workshops and assemblies for all year groups.

In May, Joelle held auditions for a poetry team to represent the school at the WORDCUP Final. The WORDCUP celebrates spoken word poetry in schools across the Olympic boroughs. Foyre Jalloh, Nimatu Marah, Maroulla Bradshaw and Alex Tweedale were among the students chosen to be coached by Joelle and Will Tyas (the shadow poet) for 3 months to prepare them for the final.

During an amazing and highly competitive final at Stratford Circus theatre, the St Paul’s team performed their poem, ‘In the Air’, to an audience of teachers, students, poets and artists. They received standing ovations for their performances from both the crowd and the judges and were honoured to be announced as poetry champions on the day. The judges said they were blown away by the team’s beautiful writing, team work and tight performance skills. The team were told that they could easily compete at a national and international level as spoken word artists.

Since the final, the teams have performed on Reprezent FM, at assemblies for all year groups and, most recently, at the PiXL Celebration event at Central Hall in Westminster. They are a hugely talented group of writers and performers that the school is incredibly proud of.

St Paul’s Academy Sports Awards 2014

What a fantastic year across the board for sport it has been at St Paul’s Academy.  We have had some outstanding performances and successes in many of our teams and on Friday 5th September staff and pupils came together to celebrate the many sporting successes of the last academic year.

Saint Paul's Academy Sports Award 2014.

Since becoming an academy, St Paul’s has grown tremendously in terms of sporting prowess and in its reputation for success.  As a result of competing at such a high level, pupils have been afforded the chance to travel and delve into new cultures, as well as experience competition at an elite level.

Throughout the year, teams compete in a range of competitions, tournaments and events across the country.  In recent months, teams have had the opportunity to compete in the Féile Peil na nOg in Ireland and in venues such as the Copper Box Arena in London and the Crystal Palace International Sports Centre.  With the range of activities on offer broadening rapidly, the current extra-curricular clubs provide the pupils with choice and variety.

Staff have worked tirelessly to offer the best extra-curricular opportunities to the pupils of St Paul’s Academy.  At present the school offer throughout the year; Football, Netball, Gaelic Football, Handball, Trampolining, Athletics, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Dance, Cricket, Martial Arts and Fitness Club.

Not only have the pupils of the academy presented the Royal Borough of Greenwich, but have also had the opportunity to represent Dulwich Harps, the London Region and compete at National Level in a variety of sporting fields.

Sporting highlights of 2013/2014

Some of the highlights of the last academic year include our Year 7 boys’ football team becoming the first Year 7 team at St Paul’s Academy to win the Kent County Cup, beating Oakwood Grammar School of Maidstone 5-0 as well as making it into the quarter-final of the National Cup.  The Year 7 girls’ netball team were crowned Greenwich Netball Champions and represented the Greenwich Borough in the London Youth Games held at Crystal Palace for the first time.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

In Gaelic Football, for the first time a group of U14 girls travelled to the North of Ireland on a three day tour with 3 members of the team also getting the chance to represent London in the All-Ireland Gaelic Football Blitz.  A magnificent achievement for a group of girls who only began playing the sport for the first time a few weeks previously.  The boys’ U14 Gaelic Football team recorded their most successful year to date.  This tremendous squad of players conquered all before them in London and in Ireland collecting a grand total of 8 trophies along the way.  In May the team travelled to Ireland on seven-day tour where the boys were unbeaten in all of the seven games that they played.  The two major highlights of the season were winning division 3 at the Féile Peil na nOg competition in Co. Mayo and the Division 1 John Egan Memorial trophy in County Kerry.  The Féile Peil na nOg victory means that the team will now represent South London in division 2 next season when the competition moves to Co. Wexford.

In girls’ football the U16 team won the Bromley Cup for the first time with a 4-0 home victory in the final against Bullers Wood.  The Year 9 boys’ football team were crowned Kent County Champions, beating Oakwood Grammar School of Maidstone in the final.  For the first time, a group of 16 Year 10 girls were selected to represent the Greenwich Borough in the London Youth Games Handball Competition held at the Olympic Copper Box Arena.  With only 6 weeks training behind them, this did not deter the girls and they put in magnificent performances throughout the competition.  The girls made it to the quarter-finals and were only narrowly beaten by a tough Brent team 1-0 in extra-time.  The girls finished 5th overall out of 22nd London Boroughs which is an excellent achievement considering the short amount of time they had to train for the competition.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

This year saw tremendous success for our girls’ athletics teams in particular.  The Year 8 team were crowned champions of London as well as the Year 8 and 9 girls coming 2nd out of 30 schools in the Lee Valley Outdoor Schools Cup.  The Year 8 girls broke three Lee Valley records in this meet in the 300m, 100m and Year 8 relay.  Four of the girls were also selected to represent the Greenwich Borough for the London Schools competition.  The season finished with all teams attending the Beryl Davis Cup and the Greenwich Schools Athletics Cup, both held at Sutcliffe Park.  There were some outstanding performances on both days with several gold medals taken home.

Our dance department had one of their most successful years to date.  19 of our year 9 students got through two stages of gruelling auditions, resulting in them getting the opportunity to perform at one of London’s most prestigious dance theatres, Sadler’s Wells.  Accompanied by Miss President, Miss Caney and Miss Nelson, pupils travelled across London to begin a day of preparation for the end of year StepLIVE! showcase in July at the prestigious Sadler’s Wells.  Being involved in an event like this and experiencing the inner workings of a professional theatre was an invaluable opportunity and gave our students a real insight into the world of performing arts.  The achievements of pupils this year bodes extremely well for our dance department in the next academic year where they are hoping for even greater success.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

The Year 8/9 girls’ athletics team were awarded team of the year at the awards ceremony on Friday evening with Mr Donnelly and Mr Maher being voted manager(s) of the year.

The final award of the evening to be presented was ‘The Spirit of Innocent Award’ given to the student who has shown commitment and dedication to sport throughout their time at St Paul’s Academy.  This prestigious award was presented to Septimus Kamara whose attitude and approach towards football and sport at SPA is something that was highly commended.

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

The awards evening highlighted the tremendous work being done by both staff and students across a range of sporting disciplines from local to national and even international level.  The sporting talent of our pupils at St Paul’s Academy is tremendous and it is evident that the school’s sporting ethos of ‘Never give up, never let up’ transcends through everything both staff and pupils do; encapsulating the school’s moto that ‘Losing is not an option’.  The numerous successes of the previous academic year bodes very well for the 2014/2015 sporting season where it is hoped even greater sporting success can be achieved across the board.

Roll of Honour

  Players’ Player Most Improved Managers’ Player
Year 7 Football David Ozobia Brandon Coffi Dafe Orogun
Year 7 Netball Kelsey Curtis Yemi Francis Eberechi Paul
U12 Gaelic Football (Boys) Jeffery Mensah Dayo Oluwasina-Ayomi Samuel Adenola
Year 7 Girls’ Athletics Alex Barnes Mira Umelue Dolapo Lawal
KS3 Basketball Cole Madondo Jamal Talabi Piolo Ravina
U14 Girls’ Gaelic Football Derin Mabifa Gemma Mullings Jennifer Ogunfunmilade
Year 8 Football Nestor Shako Declan Kama Kareem Isiaka
U14 Gaelic Football (Boys) Will Ozono Stephen Ola-Oni Enoch Osei
Girls’ Football Rachel Minvio Laurette Kedze Victoria Ezeanaka
Year 8 Boys’ Athletics Dara Shekoni Declan Kama Kareem Isiaka
Year 8 Girls’ Athletics Micky Ashong Gemma Mullings Mary-Grace Taiwo
Year 9 Football Will Ozono Joe Fadahunsi Sesan Orimolusi
Year 9/10 Girls’ Athletics CJ Emiaso Niah Isles-Broughton Kirsty Anane
Year 10 Netball Jessica-Atu Matola Bukola Francis Abena Opoku
U16 Gaelic Football (Boys)   Mohammed Koroma Derick Sopi-Nyarko
Year 10 Handball (Girls) Jessica-Atu Matola   Kirsty Anae
Year 10 Football Daniel Yaroson Musa Jamal Derik Nyarko
Year 11 Football David Omordia Rafai Corbin Denola Ayanbule

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Summer Sports Scheme

This summer saw a fantastic sports summer scheme take place at St Paul’s Academy which provided children between the ages of 5 and 11 with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sport and physical activities.

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Catering for the youth of the community, this scheme took place over 3 weeks, from 9:30am to 2:30pm each day.  Children were coached by members of St Paul’s PE Department who were also assisted by the school’s sports leaders Sports leaders were always on hand to help ensure the smooth delivery of the programme.  During this time, the children were exposed to a variety of different sports that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience.  Such activities include badminton, tennis, cricket, rounders, trampolining, tag rugby, Gaelic football and athletics to name but a few. These team sports helped the kids to forge new friendships, develop their communication and team work skills as well as improve their health and overall well-being which is crucial.  

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Not only did the young people of the community benefit from engaging in this scheme but current pupils of St Paul’s Academy were also given the opportunity to enhance both their personal and professional skills.  A core group of Year 10 and 11 pupils were on hand each day for the duration of the 3 weeks to help assist with coaching the young people who attended the scheme.  In doing so they were able to enhance their own personal communication, teamwork and leadership skills while at the same time continuing to enhance their CVs.  One pupil, Christopher Kudehinbu stated:

“As a sports leader I took this chance as a way to better my leadership skills and decided to help out in the running of this scheme. My role was to help the PE department in coaching and assisting them in running the activities. In summary this year’s summer sports scheme was a great and entertaining event that everyone relished and enjoyed.”

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It was clearly evident to see the benefits that can be gained by working in close collaboration with each other and utilising valuable resources to help engage more young people in sport and physical activity within our community.

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Youth Sport Trust GOLD Partner School

St Paul’s Academy has been awarded the Youth Sport Trust GOLD Partner School status for its commitment to PE and school sport.

The Youth Sport Trust has recognised our commitment to delivering high quality school sport and improving the PE experience for every young person through PE and school sport. There are a whole range of educational, health and wellbeing benefits from delivering high quality PE and school sport and we see on a regular basis that when sport is delivered well it can transform the lives of a whole range of pupils.

View St Paul's Youth Sport Trust Gold Partner Certificate.

School Improvement continues at St Paul's despite significant changes from Central Government.
Gaellic girls in front of sign "You are now entering free Derry"
‘Dulwich Harps U14 Gaelic Girls on Tour’ Ireland, July 2014

Wednesday 16th July saw a group of 20 under 14 girls from St Paul’s Academy and St Thomas More travel to the North of Ireland on a three day Gaelic Football tour for the first time.  Representing Dulwich Harps GAA Club, the aim of the tour was to provide pupils with the opportunity to improve individual Gaelic Football skills and to play against teams in another country, to develop community links between London and Ireland and to visit places of interest in Ireland; from start to finish the girls were certainly able to do this and much more.

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The party of 20 pupils and three members of St Paul’s Academy Sports Department (Miss Duffy, Miss Devine and Miss Buckley), left St Paul’s Academy at 6am on Wednesday morning and it was non-stop from there.  Upon landing in George Best Belfast City Airport, the party travelled by coach to the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.  Here the girls were provided with a very warm welcome and were given the opportunity to both see and use the world class sporting facilities at one of Ireland’s top sporting universities.  The team took part in a magnificent training session on the indoor state of the art 3G.  The training session was led by two top county players, Mags McAlinden (Armagh) and Joe McMahon (Tyrone).  The girls learnt so much from their experience, listening to and questioning both county stars on their knowledge and expertise of Gaelic Games.

Following their training session, the girls had a chance to tour around Belfast City Centre, taking in the sites and getting to do some very important retail therapy before travelling to Tyrone to meet their host families.  The girls received a huge welcome upon arriving in Tyrone and commented that the rural setting of Dunamanagh now ‘looked like Ireland and Emmerdale!’  The girls quickly settled into their host family homes and were taken back by the never-ending amount of food for dinner and breakfast that they were provided with.

On Thursday, our team travelled to the Centre of Excellence in Gervaghy, Tyrone to play in a blitz organised by Owen Mooney (Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football Development Officer) and the Ulster GAA Council.  Each game was to be 7 a-side, with Dulwich fielding two teams.  The girls got off to tremendous start, beating neighbouring club Trillick Firsts with a score line of 5-4 to 1-12.  The girls comfortably won their next two matches with Dulwich B Team narrowly losing their final group game by 3 points.  The girls then played in a 15 v 15 game against Trillick.  This proved to be the show piece of the day.  This was the first time our girls had played on a full size Gaelic Football pitch and as a result their fitness, skills and level of determination were all firmly put to the test.  Both teams battled hard from start to finish, exchanging the lead throughout the first half.  When the half-time whistle went, we were down by 3 points (2-1 to 2-4).  This just gave our girls the determination and drive to work even harder and each and every one of them stepped it up a gear in the second half.  The girls battled hard for every ball, supported each other and demonstrated in its best form the sporting motto of St Paul’s Academy, ‘Never give up, never let up!’  In the last few seconds of the game, Jennifer Ogunfunmilade broke out of defence and stormed up the pitch.  She was supported by Gemma Mullings, Natalie Alberto, Ellie Davie and Princess Bassey in attack.  Jennifer blasted the ball at goal but unfortunately hit the side netting.  With that the final whistle went and the girls found themselves on the wrong side of a one point defeat (3-4 to 3-5).  The level of skill, determination, team work and sportsmanship demonstrated by every member of the squad on the day should be highly commended.  Members of the Ulster GAA council and the other teams present were extremely impressed with the ability of our girls and congratulated them on their efforts.

The second day of our tour was finished off by taking in the sites of Derry City.  The girls were able to tour the walled city and learn about some of the history of this iconic city of culture.  Day three of our tour saw the girls return to Belfast where they were given the opportunity to tour around the brand new Titanic Quarter Exhibition.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed this experience.  The touring party returned to St Paul’s Academy Friday evening tired but exhilarated by their experiences.

Each host family commented on how well behaved, courteous and polite our pupils were throughout their stay and what a credit they are to their families and their school.  Pupils were saddened to leave but looked forward to returning to Ireland soon and plan to stay in touch with their host families who looked after them so well.

Each member of the coaching staff is so proud of what the girls have managed to achieve in such a short space of time.  The girls were so well behaved throughout and made the trip such an enjoyable one for all involved.  The experiences gained from such a tour will be built on throughout the next season and girls are already looking forward to next year’s Gaelic Football season which is brilliant to see.

The touring party are very grateful for the unstinting support from our partner club, Dulwich Harps, in particular Tom Denning and Anne McLoone.  A special mention must also go to Owen Mooney (Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football Development Officer) and the Ulster GAA Council for their support in the run up to and during this tour.  Thank you to Alison Moffitt (Sports Development Officer, UU) and the University of Ulster for the use of their facilities.  A massive thank you must also go to the families in Dunamanagh and Glenmornan, Co. Tyrone for hosting our party during their time in Ireland.  Thank you to Ace Coaches for the brilliant transport they provided over the three days.  Finally, a special thank you to Mr Winston for his unwavering support in helping to promote Girls Gaelic Football within St Paul’s Academy and giving the girls the opportunity to experience their first tour to Ireland, from which they have gained immensely.                                                            

Carol Duffy

Sportshall Athletics Team

On Tuesday 1st April, a squad of 15 pupils in Year 8 represented the Greenwich Borough in the London Youth Games Sportshall Athletics competition held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Pupils faced tough competition from 7 other London boroughs, with the girls battling hard against last year’s winners and the boys striving to retain the title for a second year in a row. The pupils trained hard for the event, meeting at 7am every Thursday for the past 4 months to prepare them for the tough competition. The squad came out victorious and beat the other boroughs to take gold. There were some fantastic individual performances from pupils including: Dara Shakoni – 1st in shot putt; Mary-Grace Taiwo – 1st in 2 lap; Kareem Isaka – 1st in 6 lap; Gemma Mullings – 1st in 4 lap & Lennox Ogodo – 1st in Standing Long Jump; as well as the girls placing 1st in both the obstacle relay and 4x2 lap relay and the boys coming 1st in the 4 x 2 lap relay.

 

Mr. White was ecstatic with the boys’ results, “They knew the standard from last year, they wanted to beat it and exceed it, which they have done.

“It’s a massive deal for the school. We’ve put a lot of effort into athletics in the last two years and the standard has improved massively. Now we are getting rewards. We are hoping to see more students attend as many of these clubs as possible going forward.”

Miss Stone was equally pleased with how her girls’ team rose to the occasion. “The girls trained really, really hard this year. We came fifth last year and I think it gave them the drive and ambition to win because the boys won last year.

“They stepped up to the mark, trained hard and got their just reward today. We train every Thursday morning at 7am and then we have competitions throughout the season.”

Congratulations go to the following pupils on their success: Breeana Thompson; Micky Ashong; Mary-Grace Taiwo; Shadele Brown; Gemma Mullings; Lora Umelue; Natalie Alberto; Beverley Antwi; Lennox Ogodo; Kareem Isaka; Dara Shekoni; Nestor Shako; Gbenga Jubrill; Seyi Olatunji and Declan Kama. 

Indoor Athletics Team

The months of March and April saw the Year 8 & 9 Indoor Athletics teams compete against tough competition to gain a place in the Lee Valley Finals. A mixed team of Year 8 and 9 girls won the ‘B’ final at Lee Valley Athletics Centre against tough competition from various London and Essex based schools. The boys’ team were just pipped to the post by one point in the ‘A’ final, but broke the Lee Valley 4 x 200m record by 4 seconds with a time of 1 minute and 39.6 seconds. This is a huge improvement on the results from last year where the boys placed 5th and the girls did even make the finals!!

Congratulations to Breeana Thompson, Micky Ashong, Mary-Grace Taiwo, Gemma Mullings, CJ Emiaso-Ogheneoro, Beverley Antwi, Dasisy Ochieng and Miss Stone for their success in the girls team, and to Kareem Isaka, Dara Shekoni, Will Ozono, Sesan Orimolusi, Enoch Osei, Jordan Brown, Kyle Lazarus, Seyi Olatunji and Mr White, for their success in the boys’ team. 

Netball squad

To finish off their netball season, the Year 7 Netball team battled local Greenwich schools including Thomas Tallis, St Thomas More and Harris Academy, Greenwich, to be crowned Greenwich Netball champions. The squad went on to represent the Greenwich Borough in the London Youth Games Netball tournament at Crystal Palace on 1st April 2014. The girls played extremely well and should be proud of their achievements so far this year. Let’s hope for even more success in the future.

Congratulations to Tareh Omajuwa, Dolapo Lawal, Kelsey Kurtis, Thembi Amone, Eberechi Paul, Mira Umelue, Tia Murray, Yemi Frances, Yetunde Kehinde and Daniela Baffoe.

Feile 2014 team.
Feile Peil na nOg: Co. Mayo 2014 – All Ireland Champions

The South London Under – 14 Gaelic Football team returned to Ireland at the end of June to compete in this year’s Feile. Following last year’s success, the team was promoted to Division 3; there were twelve students from St Paul’s Academy in the panel of twenty.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the final session of the three days of football which was staged at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Nearly 5,000 girls and boys took part in the competition. 

South London won their group games with victories over teams from Mayo, Monaghan and Sligo. In the quarter final they recorded a comfortable victory over Crosserlough of Co. Cavan. In the semi final, we came up against Athlone of Co. Westmeath; the game ebbed and flowed with both teams having the ascendency at different stages periods. At the end of normal time, the teams were level and there followed a period of extra time. The game continued to follow a similar pattern and when the final whistle blew, South London had prevailed by the minimum, a one point victory! The team then moved on to play Aughnamullen in the final. The game received considerable media coverage in both the local and national press.   

The Irish Independent reported: The boys Division 3 final was, for many the game of the day as South London stunned Monaghan’s Aughnamullen to record a 3 – 02 (11points) to a 0 – 08 victory, which equalled the best ever performance by a British team in the Feile. A 2 – 02 (8 points) haul from the hugely talented Will Ozono who recently signed a contract with Crystal place – lit up the final. 

The complete panel of players are to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication in the lead up to the tournament. Next year, Division 2!!

View the photos from the tour.

Feile Peil na nOg: Co. Mayo 2014 – All Ireland Champions

The South London Under – 14 Gaelic Football team returned to Ireland at the end of June to compete in this year’s Feile. Following last year’s success, the team was promoted to Division 3; there were twelve students from St Paul’s Academy in the panel of twenty.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the final session of the three days of football which was staged at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Nearly 5,000 girls and boys took part in the competition. 

South London won their group games with victories over teams from Mayo, Monaghan and Sligo. In the quarter final they recorded a comfortable victory over Crosserlough of Co. Cavan. In the semi final, we came up against Athlone of Co. Westmeath; the game ebbed and flowed with both teams having the ascendency at different stages periods. At the end of normal time, the teams were level and there followed a period of extra time. The game continued to follow a similar pattern and when the final whistle blew, South London had prevailed by the minimum, a one point victory! The team then moved on to play Aughnamullen in the final. The game received considerable media coverage in both the local and national press.   

The Irish Independent reported: The boys Division 3 final was, for many the game of the day as South London stunned Monaghan’s Aughnamullen to record a 3 – 02 (11points) to a 0 – 08 victory, which equalled the best ever performance by a British team in the Feile. A 2 – 02 (8 points) haul from the hugely talented Will Ozono who recently signed a contract with Crystal place – lit up the final. 

The complete panel of players are to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication in the lead up to the tournament. Next year, Division 2!!

View the photos from the tour.

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