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Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies
Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies travel length and breadth of Ireland during six day tour

As the school year quickly drew to a close and staff  and pupils across the country werewinding down in preparation for the much anticipated summer break, staff and pupils of theU14 Dulwich Harps Girls’ Gaelic Football team were doing the very opposite.  A group of 18Year 7-10 pupils from St Paul’s Academy, South East London, 2 pupils from St Thomas MoreCatholic School in Eltham and three female members of the SPA PE Department set off in theearly hours of  the  morning of  9th July on a  six  day Gaelic  Football  tour  to  Ireland.   Inpreparation for their tour to Ireland, the girls trained every Friday evening at SPA, as well ascompeting in a few organised blitz’s in North London in the lead up to their trip, in order to try and prepare themselves for the high skill  level and experience of the opposition they would face during their competitive fixtures in Ireland.

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

After a good night’s sleep and plenty of food in their stomachs, the Saturday morning gave the girls their first chance to engage in some competitive football with a blitz organised for them by the host club.  Eager to display their Gaelic Football skills and show everyone what they could do, the group of 20 were split into 2 teams of 10 for the blitz.  Both teams performed exceptionally well, winning 2 games and losing 2, one by just a single point.  Everyone who watched the girls from SE London play did so in amazement with all commenting on their girls’ high levels of skill, knowledge and understanding of the game as well as commending them for the enthusiasm and passion with which they take to the field and play every game.

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

Saturday afternoon gave the girls the chance to do something that it is safe to say none of them have ever done or even dreamt of doing before; milk cows!  The group were given the opportunity to go to a milking farm and experience first-hand what it is like to milk a cow.  After the initial shock of the sheer size of the cows, which most the SE London girls had never even seen in real life before, the fact that there was muck everywhere and the fresh smell of ‘the country’ passed, the girls soon got into the ways of country life and got stuck into milking the cows.  This is one Saturday afternoon activity which the girls won’t get the chance to experience again anytime soon and memories they are sure to cherish forever.

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

Sunday was the girls’ official sightseeing day and with the beauty that the emerald isle has on offer, the girls were spoilt for choice.  The highlight for the group was a trip to the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher.  The girls made light work of trekking to the top and stood in awe at the fantastic cliff top views, making sure to take a few selfies or two along the way!  That evening the girls got the opportunity to play a full 15 aside competitive game against their host club Fergus Rovers; something the girls had travelled the whole way to Ireland to do due to lack of full competitive fixtures for them in London.  It wasn’t surprising then that the Dulwich Harps girls took little motivating and revelled at the thought of winning their first full size competitive game.  Led in midfield by their ever reliable and exceptionally talented captain Laurette Kedze, the Dulwich girls got off to a good start, recording a few points.  The addition of the new Year 7 pupils to the squad proved a wise choice as even they got in on the action early on with corner forward Antonia Adu scoring a great opening goal.  The girls continued to battle hard during the first half, however, they soon began to struggle with the host clubs ability to score points from range, something the SE London girls have struggled to master up to this point.  Down by 5 points at half time, the Dulwich Harps girls could have let the game slip from their grasp.  However, the team rallied together and after some very honest and motivational words from the small but mighty full back Derin Mabifa, the girls returned to the field, determined to take the game back into their own hands!

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

Every girl on the pitch battled hard for every ball, epitomising in physical terms the St Paul’s Academy motto and ethos of ‘Never give up, never let up!’  The experience shown by the teams older players such as Laurette Kedze, Natalie Alberto, Princess Bassey, Derin Mabifa and Jennifer Ogunfunmilade, coupled with the energy and enthusiasm of the teams Year 7 and 8 pupils such as Osayande Eghaghe, Shiella Idehen, Antonia Adu and Yemi Francis meant the girls soon found themselves back on level terms following two points from Jennifer Ogunfunmilade as well as a goal from Natalie Alberto.  As the final whistle loomed and both teams fought hard, the Dulwich girls, from the boot of Jennifer Ogunfunmilade did something which they could never have dreamt of doing a year previous and that was score a point from long range.  As the girls held possession, Jen lined up her shot, kicked the ball over the bar, meaning the girls went one point in front and soon after the sound of the referee’s whistle was welcomed with elated cheers by all in the Dulwich camp.  At that the SE London girls celebrated their first win in a full size competitive game of Gaelic Football over a talented Clare team.  Following a lot of dancing and singing, something that has almost become synonymous with this lively group of girls, the touring party were able to reflect on an historic win and one that proves hard work and resilience pays off.  Led by the philosophy of school Principal Mr Pat Winston that ‘Losing is not an option’ (LINAO), it was clear that the girls were not going to leave Ireland and finish their tour anything but victorious.

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

The girls ended their trip with a tour of Croke Park on Monday 13th July followed by an overnight stay in an outdoor activity centre in South Dublin.  Ending the tour with all girls sharing the last night together was a perfect end to a tour which thankfully unfolded into a fantastic experience for all involved.  The girls returned to London from Belfast City on the evening of 14th July with all girls tired yet enthused and driven by their experiences.  All of the time and effort that it takes to organise and undertake such a trip is made worthwhile seeing all 20 girls from SE London revelling at the opportunities they’re given to develop their Gaelic Football skills, delve into Irish culture as well as educate and entertain all they meet with their passion for life and the game.  Pupils are driven to continue to play Gaelic Football, with many working hard to one day hopefully represent London.

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

Such a trip would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the unwavering support of a few key figures.  These include SPA Principal, Pat Winston, Chairperson of Dulwich Harps GAC, Tom Denning, Anne McLoone, Niall McCann as well as the Dulwich Harps Men’s and Ladies Senior teams who, with the help of Michael Hogan and family at The White Horse Bar in Peckham helped the girls raise much needed funds for their trip at their recent race night.  A huge thank you to Ace coaches for providing such hassle free travel throughout the trip.  The girls would like to say a massive thank you to both Killeavy GAC and Fergus Rovers GAC from Lissycasey for accommodating them, ensuring every detail of the trip was accounted for and for the unbelievable hospitality shown to both pupils and staff during their stays in Armagh and Clare.  The girls will look to stay in contact with their host families with both clubs very welcome as guests in London anytime they wish.

 

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

Dulwich Harps U14 Ladies

Carol Duffy

Outstanding athletics success at the ESAA National Championships

Year 9 pupil Micky Ashong has worked extremely hard this year to achieve a personal best in the 75m Hurdles in order to qualify for the English Schools’ Athletic Association (ESAA) National Championships. This event is the 4th largest athletics event in the world, and is held annually at Gateshead International Stadium in July. Nearly allthe UK Olympic athletics team members have featured in the ESAA Championships at some stage during their athletics career, so Micky knew this was going to be extremely tough going with strong competition to face.

After an outstanding performance at the London Schools’ Athletics Championship, Micky was selected by the London team manager to represent her county at this prestigious event in the 75m Hurdles – the only junior female athlete to be selected for this event!!

In the lead up to the event, Micky trained intensively to prepare her for the competition both in school and at her local athletics track in Eltham. At the competition, Micky ran close to her personal best with a time of 11.85s, narrowly missing out on a spot in the final.

Everyone at St. Paul’s Academy, in particular the P.E. department, are so proud of her achievements this year. We all know with dedication and even more hard work she can go on to have a phenomenal athletics career. Welldone Micky!!

Miss Stone

The boys’ Under 14 Gaelic football team
Champions of London! Dulwich Harps 5-13 (28) - St Kiernan’s 7-4 (25)

The boys’ Under 14 Gaelic football team were crowned champions of London on Saturday 4th July after defeating a strong St Kiernan’s team at the GAA grounds in Ruislip in what was a truly magnificent sporting occasion with both teams giving absolutely everything for their respective clubs.   

The game got off to a blistering start for St Kiernan’s as they raced into an early two point lead. By the 20th minute they had registered four goals and two points.

Our boys were struggling to get to grips with the intensity of the match and at half time we found ourselves eight points adrift and staring at a heavy defeat. If a never give up attitude was ever needed, it was needed in the second half which began rather positively as we managed three unanswered points to reduce the deficit to five. All of a sudden it seemed like it was game on!  

However, the revival was halted by St Kiernan’s in ruthless fashion as they pounced on defensive errors to score two goals in quick succession to leave a staggering eleven points between the teams with twenty minutes to go. Surely the game was now over as a contest!

But yet again the boys’ refused to throw in the towel and showed unbelievable character to drag the game back to level scores with three minutes remaining. To fight back from eleven points down was an incredible feat but we were in the ascendancy and looking for more. We actually looked like we could win the game when we should have been dead and buried.

St Kiernan’s were stunned and we took full advantage. Atta Gyedu will go down in Gaelic football folklore at St Paul’s Academy as he finished to the net with less than a minute left on the clock to put us into a three point lead. The final whistle signalled soon after which prompted wild celebrations. A long, hard season but the feeling to be a champion is well worth all the effort. Congratulations to all involved!

Michael Donnelly

Year 7 Girls' Athletics
SPA Girls’ excel in 2014 – 2015 sporting season

With the recent excitement and well-deserved increased media attention surrounding women’s major international sporting events such as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 1st European Olympic Games and the Netball World Championships taking place this summer, our girls at SPA have taken their inspiration from such elite female athletes and have been making headlines of their own across the country!

Thanks to the dedication and passion for sport of staff and pupils at SPA, the profile of girls’ sport at St Paul’s Academy has increased dramatically over the past 4 years, with pupils being afforded the opportunity to compete locally in borough competitions as well as further afield in regional and National events.  Female pupils at SPA have been competing on a regular basis, across a range of sports including athletics, netball, football, handball and Gaelic Football.  Not only this, but they are managing to make their mark wherever they go.

U13 and U14 Girls’ Football

During the 2014/2015 football season, our U13 girls’ team made it to the last 8 of the English schools’ competition and finished Kent Cup runners up.  A magnificent achievement for a young team with a lot of potential.  Our U14 team managed to go one step further and be crowned 2015 Kent Cup Champions, bringing the prestigious accolade home to St Paul’s for the first time in the history of girls’ sport at the school.  Toping their success off this season by also winning the Bromley Cup, it is clear that the future for girls’ football at SPA is very bright.  Well done girls!

Girls’ Gaelic Football

Girls’ Gaelic Football has also continued to develop significantly over the last number of months with over 35 U14 girls attending training on Friday evenings in conjunction with Dulwich Harps GAC.  The attitude, dedication and skill level of the girls who have attended the sessions is second to none.  Pupils have shown a keen interest to learn a new sport, develop their basic skills and enhance their knowledge and understanding of the game.  Due to the girls continued dedication and commitment to Gaelic Football within St Paul’s, a group of twenty pupils and three members of staff will be travelling to Ireland from 9th – 14th July on a Gaelic Football tour to Co. Clare.  Pupils will have a chance to visit various places of interest and to experience culture and life in a new country.  Pupils have already recorded a great victory this season by winning the Tir Conall Gaels Tournament in Greenford following a wonderful display of football and teamwork.  This bodes very well as the girls prepare to take on experienced players during their tour to Ireland; a challenge the girls are revelling in. 

Girls’ Handball

Another sport which is growing in popularity amongst our KS4 girls is Handball.  After last year’s success, SPA pupils were given the opportunity again this year to represent Greenwich Borough at the 2015 London Youth Games.   Following weeks of training, on the day of the competition at the CopperBox Arena, our girls played some excellent handball, with their hard work and skill resulting in them finishing second in their group.  The girls went on to play the eventual runners up of the competition in the semi-final.  The match was a closely fought contest but sadly our girls couldn’t record an infamous victory this time trying.  The girls finished 7th overall out of 24 boroughs who entered; a fantastic achievement for a hard working group of girls in this newly emerging sport

Athletics

A sport which has been popular amongst female pupils at SPA over the last number of years, yet one which we are now beginning to show total dominance in within our local area and across London.   This season, all three teams (Year 7, 8/9 and 10/11) have worked tirelessly throughout the year to achieve endless success, training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to develop their technique, strength and speed. This year, across both the summer and winter seasons, pupils have competed in over 50 different fixtures in various prestigious arenas such as Crystal Palace, Lee Valley, Battersea and Mile End.

With all the hard work in preparation for their competitions, the pupils have reaped the rewards and have had an outstanding season with many gold, silver and bronze medals collected along the way. In addition to this success, many individuals have achieved personal bests, one pupil has gained a scholarship with a local athletics club, eight girls were selected to represent Greenwich at the London Championships and one student has been chosen to represent London at the English Schools’ competition.

All of the success that the girls have achieved throughout the year is a reflection of the dedication and hard work that the coaches, managers and students have given towards athletics this season.  The assistance of the athletics sports leaders, in particular the year 11’s has been imperative to the teams’ success this year.

Year 7 Girls’ Athletics Squad

The girls had a tremendous start to their athletics season, beating all other Greenwich and South London schools to gain a place at the London Youth Games Sportshall Athletics finals. With hard work at training, the girls placed an impressive 4th overall at the finals of the competition. Moving to the track and field, the success continued with the girls placing 3rd in the finals of the Lee Valley indoor cup, and 6th out of 28 schools in the Lee Valley outdoor cup. In cross country, Year 7 pupil, Chancess Mwanabiele was selected to represent Greenwich in the London Schools Cross Country finals; a first in St. Paul’s athletics history. Adding to this success, the girls were crowned Cambridge Cup champions, ranked first at the Beryl Davis Cup and seven of them were chosen to represent Greenwich in the London Schools Athletics Championships. The year finished on a high with the girls winning the Greenwich Schools’ Cup, beating 11 other Greenwich Schools to be crowned year 7 champs. There have been some fantastic individual and team performances throughout the year, with many first places achieved in hurdles, 100m, 200m, 800m, 4 x 100m relay, Shot Put and High Jump.

Year 8/9 Girls’ Athletics Squad

The girls have had their ups and downs this season, and this is reflected in their performances throughout the year. The season started with an impressive performance at the Cross Country Championships, where 4 girls placed 8th overall. The athletics squad then went on to secure a place in the A final at the Lee Valley Indoor Cup and despite missing some members of the team, placed 2nd overall, narrowly missing out on first place by one point! At the Lee Valley Outdoor Cup the girls, again missing some members of the team, placed 7th out of 28 schools.

On an individual basis it has been an outstanding season with many wins and personal bests both on the track and field. There were some outstanding performances at the English Schools regional rounds, with impressive wins in the hurdles and relay. Two pupils were selected to represent Greenwich in the London Schools Athletics Championships, as well as the pupils placing 1st in the Greenwich Schools Cup. At the annual Beryl Davis Cup, there were again some impressive individual performances, notably in the hurdles, shot put, discus and long jump. One year 9 pupil, Michelina Ashong, has been selected to represent London at the English Schools’ Athletics competition in July – we wish her every success as she travels to compete with the London team. This is a fantastic achievement and a credit to all her hard work at training.

Year 10/11 Girls’ Athletics Squad

For the majority of the squad this has been their final year at St. Paul’s and so the mission was to go out with a bang. The pupils have worked hard both on the track and field to secure many wins and personal bests. The season started with the Lee Valley indoor cup, where for the first time in St. Paul’s history, the year 10/11 team made it to the A final of the cup. There were many impressive performances on the day and the team battled against tough competition from schools across Essex and London to place 3rd overall in the A final. The season finished for the year 11’s at the Lee Valley outdoor cup, where again they placed 3rd overall out of 14 schools.

For the year 10 members of the team, the season wasn’t over and individuals went on to compete at the English Schools regional rounds, Beryl Davis Cup and Greenwich Schools Cup, all of which saw dedicated and fantastic performances from the year 10 girls.

The whole squad have been fantastic ambassadors for girls’ sport and have helped to raise the profile for girls sport through their hard work and commitment to their teams at St. Paul’s.

Girls’ Netball

The current academic year has seen a dramatic increase in the participation levels of girls’ netball at St Paul’s Academy.  Beginning with Year 7 netball trials taking place at the end of August, every week over 50 pupils from years 7 to 11 have participated in regular netball training and matches, including Friday morning training sessions.  This year, Miss Duffy has managed to establish a Greenwich schools’ netball league for the very first time.  As a result, 7 schools across the Greenwich Borough are now involved in taking part in regular competitive fixtures across Years 7 to 11.  This has helped to significantly increase levels of participation within netball for all young girls.  With regular fixtures in the calendar and the girls extremely keen to train hard and win their respective leagues, the credibility and profile of the sport within the school and in particular among pupils is continually on the rise.

Kitted out in their first ever SPA netball kit, the Year 7, 8 and 11 netball teams have all had tremendous seasons, remaining unbeaten and winning their respective Greenwich School’s Netball Leagues out right!  This is a fantastic achievement for all girls involved and is testament to the hard work, determination and dedication that they have shown to their sport.

Year 11 Netball Team

Our Year 11 team set out a clear goal at the beginning of the season which was to win the Greenwich Schools’ Netball League.  Ensuring they remained a close knit team who have been dedicated to training as well as helping to coach younger netball players in school, recorded brilliant wins over The John Roan and Eltham Hill throughout the season.  As a result the girls have managed to remain undefeated all year, finally claiming some silver wear before they departed St Paul’s.  This a remarkable achievement for a team who struggled to record a handful of wins last season and something which all the girls should be very proud of! 

Year 8 Netball Team

This year’s Year 8 netball team, although a small squad have played some fantastic netball this season, putting in brilliant team performances to record victories of 16 and 17 nil over other Greenwich teams.  The girls have worked hard to improve upon their individual skills as well as their performances as a team.  Their enthusiasm, motivation and drive to want to succeed and excel has been evident all season.  With continued hard work this team will keep progressing as they begin competing in the Kent School’s Netball League and tournaments next season.  Well done girls and keep up the hard work!

Year 7 Netball Team

Our Year 7 netball team has continued to go from strength to strength this season.  Beginning with netball trials in August of last year, the girls have worked tirelessly to develop their netball skills and knowledge of the game, with each player immersing themselves in the sport.  The girls have gelled together effortlessly as a team and as a result have become a unit to be reckoned with.  The Year 7 team have remained undefeated in their Greenwich Schools’ Netball League this season, displaying wonderful performances across many of their games.  On reflection of the girls league performances it was incredible to see that throughout all of their games the girls managed to score 53 goals and concede only 4!  An unbelievable achievement, especially for a Year 7 team and players who were completely new to the sport at the beginning of the season.  The girls have recorded emphatic wins this year, one such victory being their brilliant win in the Greenwich Schools’ Netball tournament in early March.  The girls displayed some exceptional netball skills on the day and deservedly were crowned champions.  The girls won all of their matches, without even conceding a goal!  As a result of their success, the Year 7 A team qualified for the London Youth Games Finals and represented Greenwich at this prestigious competition on 24th March.  The team competed exceptionally well at this competition, winning four out of their seven matches and gaining some valuable experience on the way.  Our Year 7 B team have also been working really hard to further develop their basic netball skills and game play.  They have played a number of the other Greenwich schools towards the end of this season, winning all of their games. 

Kent Netball Emerging Schools Tournament

To finish off their season, the SPA Year 7 and 8 netball teams, accompanied by their manager and coaches Miss Duffy, Miss Stone and Miss Devine, travelled to Rainham School for Girls to take part in the Kent Netball Emerging Schools’ Tournament for the first time.  This tournament caters for those schools who are still in the early stages of netball development and who have not yet competed in any of the other Kent Schools Netball competitions throughout the year or in previous years.  Having convincingly won their Greenwich School’s Netball Leagues this season, this tournament was to present our Year 7 and 8 pupils with a new challenge and help to prepare them for the tough competition and high standard of netball that they will face when they compete in the Kent Netball competitions during the upcoming 2015/2016 season.

With both the Year 7 and 8 teams coming up against tough competition on the day, our girls knew that they were going to have to battle their way through gruelling competition if there were to emerge victorious.

First to compete were our Year 8 netball team.  With a squad of only 7 pupils on the day, it would prove to be a physical challenge for our girls with no subs to call on in case of injury or tiredness.  However, with a strong seven players to take to the court, the Year 8 girls knew that they had everything to play for and believed they could put in some positive performances; that is exactly what they did.  With 9 U13 teams competing in the Year 8 competition, our girls had to battle their way through 8 tough games on the day.  The girls got off to a good start beating Charles Darwin in their first game by a 2 goal margin.  The Year 8 girls continued to improve as the tournament went on, displaying some great netball skills, teamwork and support play throughout.  The last match of the tournament for the Year 8 team was against St Lawrence College.  Having dominated all of their games throughout the tournament, the SPA team knew that they would have to play some excellent netball if they were to overcome the challenge in front of them.  The girls got off to a flying start and ended the first half 2-1 up.  Leading 3-2 going into the final minute, if our girls were able to hang on and finish the game as winners they would manage to taint St Lawrence’s winning streak on the day.  However, unfortunately our girls were not to record their 6th win of the day but instead managed to draw 3-3 with this strong independent school side.  Nonetheless, this was a wonderful achievement for our girls who put in excellent performances to secure a draw.  Overall our Year 8 team performed exceptionally well on the day, winning 5 of their eight games, drawing one, losing one and finishing 3rd overall in the tournament.  A great achievement for a determined side who have worked hard throughout the season.

Unlike the Year 8 competition, the Year 7 team found themselves in a group of 12 schools, meaning to emerge as winners the girls would have to face and defeat 11 other Kent schools.  This was no mean feat, yet a challenge that our girls thrived on.  The SPA Year 7 netball team, with an exceptionally strong squad of 12 players to call on got off to a fantastic start, winning their first 6 games before lunch and winning them very convincingly at that!  Such victories boded very well for our girls and helped to enhance confidence and morale amongst the squad.  It also meant that other teams quickly became aware of this strong, emerging team on the day who were then seen as one of the teams to beat; a fantastic compliment for our girls.  Having recorded 6 fantastic victories, the girls knew however that they in no way could become complacent as they were to face the dominant and confident team from St Lawrence College.  With both teams entering the match undefeated on the day, the match was seen as ultimately the deciding fixture in this round robin structured tournament.  Both teams competed valiantly throughout, exchanging scores and making some vital interceptions and shots.  Although our Year 7 girls put up a great fight, unfortunately it was not to be for them and they were beaten by St Lawrence College.

This defeat could have made the SPA Year 7 girls waver in their efforts, however, testament to their resilient and determined attitude, it only helped to drive them on to succeed even more.  As a result, the Year 7 team went on to win all of their remaining matches and record 10 wins out of 11 on the day.  Such success was only as a result of the girls’ excellent attitude, athleticism, teamwork and will to win.  All of these attributes have been displayed throughout the season and granted the girls endless success this year.  The Year 7 SPA netball team displayed some excellent individual and team skill throughout all of their matches during the tournament.  Not only this, but numerous other members of staff from other schools praised our girls fantastic play as well as their enthusiasm and lively characters.  These are wonderful and much deserved compliments for our girls to receive.  Such success was only inevitable for this hard working, determined and talented team who will continue to progress and excel over the next number of seasons.  The success of both teams this season all bodes extremely well for the girls as they enter into Kent Schools competitions next season; a challenge which all the girls are eager to tackle.  We wish all netball players every success in their upcoming seasons.

All of the success that the girls have enjoyed across all sports this year is a reflection of the tremendous hard work and dedication that both staff and students have shown towards ensuring the enhanced participation and development of girls’ sport at St Paul’s Academy.  Such success bodes extremely well for girls’ sport at SPA in the next academic year and throughout the coming years as teams now prepare to compete in more national and international competitions.  Congratulations to all girls involved and we wish you all every success in your future sporting endeavours.  #ThisGirlCan

Carol Duffy

Year 11 pupil wins vInspired Volunteer of the Month Award

Year 11 pupil Riana Morrison-Kirnon has been voted vInspired Volunteer of the Month in recognition of her dedication and passion for volunteering within and outside her school community.  As a vInspired Student Ambassador, Riana has managed to clock up 96+ hours of volunteering over the last academic year.  Riana has worked tirelessly, and often unknown to those around her, to commit her time and energy to helping others through a range of volunteering opportunities.  This year Riana has helped to promote and develop volunteering amongst her fellow peers at St Paul’s Academy, ultimately helping to enhance the number of students engaging in worthwhile volunteering initiatives.  Riana has managed to devote her time to doing this on top of all of her academic studies, personal extra-curricular activities and other volunteering commitments. These include helping to raise money for a range of charities as part of the school’s enterprise programme, geography volunteering as part of her Duke of Edinburgh scheme, helping with her local Boys’ Brigade as well as dedicating a large majority of her time helping to coach younger students as part of the school’s dance club/team.  Riana has used her talents and passion for dance to help develop the skills and enthusiasm for dance amongst younger students as well as her peers.

Upon receiving Riana’s nomination, the vInspired selection committee were absolutely blown away and overwhelmed by the amount of time Riana has dedicated to helping other young people both inside and outside of her school community.  The selection committee commented how they were, “so impressed with the way she is encouraging others to volunteer and she sounds like a wonderful role model for others- a testament to both the school and her community. We work with incredibly self-motivated young people every day and Riana really stood out to us for her commitment. We look forward to seeing her achieve her v100!”

Such praise and recognition for all of her hard work is long overdue for Riana who is a humble student volunteer and who understands that volunteering and helping others to achieve and lead better lives is a reward in itself and something which she evidently thrives on.  As a result of her achievements, vInspired have now asked Riana if she would speak at one of their staff conferences at the end of July and outline her experience as a student volunteer.  Riana is excited about this fantastic opportunity and looking forward to sharing her experience with others as well as continuing to build upon her professional network of contacts in this industry.  Riana has been a fantastic ambassador for volunteering and St Paul’s Academy and we wish her every success in her future endeavours and volunteering ventures.

Well done Riana!

Miss Duffy

SPA Netballers excel at Kent Emerging School’s Tournament

On Tuesday 23rd June, the SPA Year 7 and 8 netball teams, accompanied by their manager and coaches Miss Duffy, Miss Stone and Miss Devine, travelled to Rainham School for Girls to take part in the Kent Netball Emerging School’s Tournament for the first time.  This tournament caters for those schools who are still in the early stages of netball development and who have not yet competed in any of the other Kent Schools Netball competitions throughout the year or in previous years.  Having convincingly won their Greenwich School’s Netball Leagues this season, this tournament was to present our Year 7 and 8 pupils with a new challenge and help to prepare them for the tough competition and high standard of netball that they will face when they compete in the Kent Netball competitions during the upcoming 2015/2016 season.

First to compete were our Year 8 netball team.  With a squad of only 7 pupils on the day, it would prove to be a physical challenge for our girls with no subs to call on in case of injury or tiredness on the day.  However, with a strong seven players to take to the court, the Year 8 girls knew that they had everything to play for and believed they could put in some positive performances; that is exactly what they did.  With 9 U13 teams competing in the Year 8 competition, our girls had to battle their way through 8 tough games on the day.  Pupils competed against 8 other Kent schools on the day including Charles Darwin, Bennett Memorial, Ravensbourne School and the dominant St Lawrence College.  The girls got off to a good start beating Charles Darwin in their first game by a 2 goal margin.  The Year 8 girls continued to improve as the tournament went on, displaying some great netball skills, teamwork and support play throughout.  The last match of the tournament for the Year 8 team was against St Lawrence College. 

Having dominated all of their games throughout the tournament, the SPA team knew that they would have to play some excellent netball if they were to overcome the challenge in front of them.  The girls got off to a flying start and ended the first half 2-1 up.  Leading 3-2 going into the final minute, if our girls were able to hang on and finish the game as winners they would manage to taint St Lawrence’s winning streak on the day.  However, unfortunately our girls were not to record their 6th win of the day but instead managed to draw 3-3 with this strong independent school side. 

Nonetheless, this was a wonderful achievement for our girls who put in excellent performances to secure a draw.  Overall our Year 8 team performed exceptionally well on the day, winning 5 of their eight games, drawing one and losing one.  The girls managed to record victories over Charles Darwin, Valley Park, Thamesview, Ravensbourne and Harris Academy Beckenham and finished 3rd overall in the tournament.  A great achievement for a determined side who have worked hard throughout the season.

Unlike the Year 8 competition, the Year 7 team found themselves in a group of 12 schools, meaning to emerge as winners the girls would have to face and defeat 11 other Kent schools.  This was no mean feat, yet a challenge that our girls thrived on.  The SPA Year 7 netball team, with an exceptionally strong squad of 12 players to call on got off to a fantastic start, winning their first 6 games before lunch and winning them very convincingly at that!  Such victories boded very well for our girls and helped to enhance confidence and morale amongst the squad.  It also meant that other teams quickly became aware of this strong, emerging team on the day who were then seen as one of the teams to beat; a fantastic compliment for our girls.  Having recorded 6 fantastic victories, the girls knew however that they in no way could become complacent as they were to face the dominant and confident team from St Lawrence College.  With both teams entering the match undefeated on the day, the match was seen as ultimately the deciding fixture in this round robin structured tournament.  Both teams competed valiantly throughout, exchanging scores and making some vital interceptions and shots.  Although our Year 7 girls put up a great fight, unfortunately it was not to be for them and they were beaten by St Lawrence College.

This defeat could have made the SPA Year 7 girls waver in their efforts, however, testament to their resilient and determined attitude, it only helped to drive them on to succeed even more.  As a result, the Year 7 team went on to win all of their remaining matches and record 10 wins out of 11 on the day.  Such success was only as a result of the girls’ excellent attitude, athleticism, teamwork and will to win.  All of these attributes have been displayed throughout the season and granted the girls endless success this year.  The Year 7 SPA netball team displayed some excellent individual and team skill throughout all of their matches during the tournament.  Not only this, but numerous other members of staff from other schools praised our girls fantastic play as well as their enthusiasm and lively characters.  These are wonderful and much deserved compliments for our girls to receive.

Such success was only inevitable for this hard working, determined and talented team who will continue to progress and excel over the next number of seasons.  The success of both teams this season all bodes extremely well for the girls as they enter into Kent Schools competitions next season; a challenge which all the girls are eager to tackle.  I wish all netball players every success in their upcoming seasons.

 

Miss Duffy

 

Year 7 Results

  • Charles Darwin:  3-2 (WIN)
  • Bennett Memorial:  8-2 (WIN)
  • Walderslade Girls:  6-0 (WIN)
  • Hugh Christie:  3-0 (WIN)
  • The North School:  8-0 (WIN)
  • Oasis Isle of Sheppey:  5-0 (WIN)
  • King Ethelbert School:  9-0 (WIN)
  • Meopham School:  12-0 (WIN)
  • Ravensbourne School:  3-0 (WIN)
  • Harris Academy Beckenham:  5-1 (WIN)
  • St Lawrence College:  1-8 (LOSS)

 

Year 8 Results

 

  • Charles Darwin:  3-1 (WIN)
  • The North School:  3-2 (WIN)
  • Valley Park:  2-1 (WIN)
  • Thamesview:  9-0 (WIN)
  • Ravensbourne School:  5-3 (WIN)
  • Harris Academy Beckenham:  5-1 (WIN)
  • St Lawrence College:  3-3 (DRAW)
  • Bennett Memorial:  0-4 (LOSS)

 

 

 

Our Sports Leaders are born leaders: Leading on and off the field

On Friday 15th May, 20 of our Year 8 and 9 Sports Leaders, along with Sports Leader Co-Ordinator Miss Duffy, attended a physical activity and health promotion day held at the Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich.  This event, organised by the youth organisation ‘SportInspired’ aimed to engage 220 Year 4 primary school pupils from the local area in a range of new sports and physical activities.  Their mission is to tackle apathy and inactivity in children by connecting communities using the power of sport.

On the day of the event, the role of our young sports leaders was to act as mentors for a group of approximately 10-12 primary school pupils whom they were in charge of for the duration of the event.  The sports leaders were given the responsibility of taking pupils around 6 different activities throughout the day ranging from football to fencing, dance and tennis.  Our St Paul’s Academy pupils revelled in the opportunity of demonstrating their natural leadership skills.  Pupils took charge, motivated the primary school pupils and got totally involved throughout the entire day.  Pupils used this as an opportunity to interact with the primary school children and build upon their own skills and confidence.  Pupils also gained a greater knowledge and appreciation for the role that a teacher must play and how each pupils needs must be catered for.

Each pupil excelled in their role and were fantastic ambassadors for St Paul’s Academy.  The event organisers, volunteers and primary school teachers and staff in attendance praised our pupils’ efforts endlessly throughout the day, commenting on their enthusiasm, good manners and leadership skills.  Pupils demonstrated that they have the capability of leading both on and off the sports field and should be highly commended.  Well done to all of our Year 8 and 9 Sports Leaders who were involved in the event, all of whom are named below:

Year 8

  • Fitzpatrick Urrea
  • David Ozobia
  • Samuel Osei
  • George Zulke
  • Mira Umelue
  • Alex Barnes
  • Eberechi Paul
  • Elizabeth Oke
  • Destiny Oladipo

Year 9

  • Breanna Thompson
  • Micky Ashong
  • Laurette Kedze
  • Daniel Eaton
  • Tony Wadajo
  • Lora Umelue
  • Kareem Isiaka
  • Jennifer Ogunfunmilade
  • Verona Okine
  • Stephen Ola-On
  • Lennox Ogodo

U14 Girls' Football team are Kent County Champions

St Paul's Academy recorded a fantastic 2-0 win over Rainham SFG to secure the Kent U14 Cup for the first time in the school’s history.

St. Paul’s opened the brightest of the two sides, and in the 10th minute Oke hit the post after a penetrating run through the centre of the Rainham defence. Micky had the best opportunity for St Paul’s when a free kick flashed just wide of the post, and shortly after the impressive Mary Grace went on a great run before the defence crowded her out.

St. Paul’s then went close with two efforts from Jennifer and Mary Grace, and but for the superb Rainham goalkeeper, St. Paul's could have been out of site.  St. Paul’s ended the half the better with Elizabeth Oke flashing a long distance free-kick just wide.

The second half began in the best possible fashion for St. Paul's scoring their first goal after 30 seconds, after Mary Grace made a storming run down the left flank, crossing the ball into the box which wasn't dealt with properly and resulted in an own goal.

The second half saw both sides really going for it and Natalie and Elizabeth began to pull the strings in midfield. However St. Paul’s were shading both possession and goal scoring chances.  St. Paul’s put the icing on the cake 13 minutes from time when Laurette's ball in wasn’t dealt with by Rainham, allowing Micky to pounce and fire the loose ball home to seal the victory and put the game out of reach for Rainham.

Ultimately, St. Paul's Academy were very comfortable in the closing stages of the game, keeping the Rainham team contained in their own half and not allowing them any opportunity to breach the St. Pauls defence.

Congratulations to all the girls involved. We have had a fantastic year which has seen us win the double! Mr. Bingham and I are beyond proud of our girls. They have brought the profile of girls football to another level at St Paul’s. Bring on next season!

Judy Buckley & Joe Bingham

London Youth Games: Year 7 Sportshall Athletics Competition

Having successfully battled through the Greenwich borough rounds and the regional rounds at the Olympic Park’s Copper Box, both our year 7 boys’ and girls’ Sportshall Athletics Teams secured well-deserved places at the 2015 London Youth Games competition.

Pupils had been training hard on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in preparation for the event which took place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Tuesday 24th March. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were outstanding throughout the day, not only in their display of sporting talent, but also in their behaviour and conduct – a true asset to the school.

The girls’ team faced tough competition from 7 other schools, but remained focused and driven despite all but one of the athletics team competing in the LYG Netball competition on the same morning!! Regardless of this, our girls maintained their passion to succeed and pushed on to come fourth overall in the competition.

Trying to follow in the victorious footsteps of our last two years at LYG Sportshall competitions, the boys’ team were determined not to be beaten and achieve the ‘three-peat’ they had been training so hard for. Even though they were up against phenomenal talent from 7 other schools, the boys got the gold they were so desperate to achieve and were crowned champions of London.

The pupils’ skill level has gone from strength to strength so far this year, and these achievements are a testament to the tremendous amount of hard work they have put in to training both before and after school. The future looks extremely bright for these young athletes!!

Congratulations to all pupils involved – bring on the summer season!

Miss Stone

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

As part of the St Paul’s Academy vInspired Volunteer initiative, four of our Student Ambassadors were selected to represent St Paul’s Academy at the vInpspired Student Ambassador Conference on Thursday 26th March in Whitechapel, London.  David Ozobia (Year 8), Eberechi Paul (Year 8), Moshood Azeez (Year 11) and Riana Morrison-Kirnon (Year 11) accompanied Miss Duffy to the event were it was hoped that pupils would gain a greater insight into the world of volunteering, helping to inspire them to motivate and encourage other young people to get involved.

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

This conference was an opportunity for staff and Student Ambassadors to network and enjoy interactive training and workshops.  Pupils got the opportunity to hear from Tony Gallagher (Ofsted) about the impact volunteering has on students and how it can be embedded to support Ofsted framework requirements. 

Pupils also got the chance to share experiences and ideas on creating volunteering opportunities with other like-minded young people.  Pupils listened intently to guest speakers such as David McQueen, an international speaker, awards host, facilitator and TV presenter who works with some of the top companies in the private and third sector.  Pupils were inspired by his experiences and stories as well as the way he was instantaneously able to capture and maintain the attention of his audience.  Pupils also heard from young entrepreneur Bejay Mulenga who they spoke with at length about his journey through school and then into the world of work and enterprise. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

Pupils were given the opportunity to work with pupils from other schools, most of whom were in sixth form and share and exchange their ideas and experiences of volunteering and their own personal visions for the future. Students looked at leadership and communication skills and how their volunteering work could help them when they go to apply to university or for jobs.  Pupils were afforded the chance to develop their own community project which they would like to set up in their local community or school.  Our SPA students decided that the issues that they wanted to tackle most were anti-social behaviour and stereotyping. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

Pupils planned their project and then pitched their idea to a panel of judges.  The organisers and vInspired volunteers on the day were so taken back and impressed with our pupils that they would like them to apply for a £500 grant to help fund their project. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

All four pupils should be congratulated for the level of maturity, passion and enthusiasm that they demonstrated on the day.  All pupils were fantastic ambassadors for St Paul’s Academy and should be highly commended for the manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the day. 

vInspired Student Ambassador Conference

It was clearly evident how enthused and inspired all pupils were by their experiences and it is very exciting to see what these four future superstars will do in the near future; watch this space!  If anyone would like to get involved in the vInspired volunteer programme please see Miss Duffy or likewise please check out our personalised website on: http://stpaulsacademy.vschools.vinspired.com

http://stpaulsacademy.vschools.vinspired.com

London Youth Games: Year 7 Netball Competition

Recently being crowned Year 7 Greenwich School’s Netball Tournament champions secured our talented Year 7 Netball team at St Paul’s Academy a place at the inaugural London Youth Games competition; an exciting opportunity for our pupils to represent both SPA and the Greenwich Borough at this prestigious competition. 

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

Pupils travelled to the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace on Tuesday 24th March to take their place as one of the 33 competing London Boroughs in the Year 7 Netball competition.

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

With 6 out of our 7 first team players also competing in the Sportshall athletics competition on the same day, ensuring pupils were focused and prepared, both physically and mentally for each of their matches was not going to be an easy feat.  Despite this, our strong SPA Year 7 team started the competition well and although losing their first two games 3-2 and 2-1 they definitely showed their high levels of skill and competitive spirit, proving that they deserved their place in this competition.  After a tough morning of competitive fixtures, our girls made it through to the group games in the afternoon session of the competition. 

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

Here they won two out of their three games, beating Hammersmith 2-1 and Southwark 5-1 in their final group game.  Overall a magnificent performance by an extremely talented, committed and driven team who are continuing to progress week in and week out.  Pupils will have to wait to hear from the competition organisers to find out what position they finished overall but a valiant performance throughout all games was clearly evident.  Pupils demonstrated excellent teamwork and individual performances on the day with umpires and coaches from other boroughs commented on the talent of our pupils. 

London Youth Games – Year 7 Netball Competition

Pupils gained a tremendous amount of valuable experience from taking part in this competition.  All of this bodes extremely well for the future of netball at St Paul’s Academy, especially as the girls aim to compete in the Kent competitions next season.  We wish the girls every success in their remaining Greenwich League fixtures and are excited about what they can achieve in the future.  Well done girls!

Miss Duffy

Netball

Girls’ netball at St Paul’s Academy is continuing to go from strength to strength as all teams remain unbeaten in their Greenwich School’s League games to date.  This is testament to the tremendous amount of hard work the girls are putting in to committing to training three plus times a week, including early morning training sessions. 

Our Year 7 A team have enjoyed great success in winning the Year 7 Greenwich School’s netball tournament in early March.  Five teams took part from the Greenwich Borough and our girls displayed some exceptional netball skills on the day.  The girls won all of their matches, without even conceding a goal!  Special mention must go to Osayande Eghaghe, Gaby Mubiru and Claudia Bulgaru for playing some brilliant netball on the day. 

As a result of their success, the Year 7 A team have now qualified for the London Youth Games Finals and will represent Greenwich at this prestigious competition on 24th March.  The team is continuing to work hard in preparation for what no doubt will be a great opportunity for the girls to develop their netball skills even further.  Our Year 7 B team also took part in what was their first ever competitive tournament. 

All players did exceptionally well and ended the competition in 3rd place, missing out on 2nd position to Eltham Hill by one point.  Such success bodes extremely well for netball at St Paul’s Academy as the Year 7 A and B, Year 8 and Year 11 netball teams all aim to finish the season as Greenwich School’s Netball League Champions.  We wish the girls every success in their sporting endeavours.

Miss Duffy

St Paul's Academy London Regional Winners

The Trading Standards Institute Young Consumers of the Year Competition is a unique competition for schools and youth groups in England, Scotland and Wales. The competition is organised by the Trading Standards Institute and its Consumer Education Liaison Group; it allows teams of four 14-17 year olds to compete in a knockout consumer quiz. Each team completes an online quiz and the top two scoring schools are selected locally within their borough to participate in a regional final; in this case London. In these events, the best local schools compete in a knock-out knowledge-based quiz in a bid to be crowned ‘Regional Champions’ and represent the school nationally.

Four students from St Paul’s Academy (Nimatu Marah, Tyreece Jacobs, Damian Gorecki and Stpehen Tipper) completed an online quiz to try and gain a place in the Regional Final. Together with Harris Academy Greenwich they were successful in securing a place scoring the highest in the borough with 68 out of 80. The students took part in the regional final on Friday 20th March at City Hall with other local schools that had been successful in securing a place.

The students were successful in their semi-final match, seeing off competition from the previous winners of last year’s competition, St Saviours to go through to the Regional Final (results seen below).

The students continued to excel against Lampton Academy who had two sixth form teams in the final and Islington Police Cadets. Although a closer competition in the earlier rounds, a team-effort between the students and excellent individual performances in the specialist questions led St Paul’s to be crowned London Champions by a 20 point margin. St Paul’s Academy is the first Greenwich school in the history of the competition to be successful to reach the national stages.

The students will now compete against seven other teams from around the UK in a two day event facing eight challenges to be honoured as ‘National Young Consumer Champions’ and the chance to win £1000 for our school. We will wish them well and congratulate them on a job well done so far.

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is the world’s largest youth speaking event, working with over 18,000 year 10 pupils in 550 state schools in London and Essex each year. Now in its ninth year, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!, working in partnership with Speakers Trust, a UK-wide charity that provides training in confident communication and public speaking, has provided more than 120,000 young people with public speaking training and the chance to take part in the London and Essex-wide competition. Key to the success of the competition are the 37 Regional Finals. In these evening events, the best speakers from local schools deliver their speeches in a bid to be crowned ‘Regional Champion.’

One event takes place in each region/borough across London and Essex, hosted by a local school. Competitors will have between 11/2 and 3 minutes each to deliver a speech on any topic of their choosing, and a panel of high-profile judges from the community will rank speakers based on 3 criteria: Content, Structure and Delivery to decide on a winner, runner-up and a third place finisher. A local VIP (usually the Mayor or MP) presents certificates to all the speakers and the prizes to the top three winners.  These are prestigious events, typically attended by around 100-150 people.

The Greenwich Regional Final will be held on the 25th of March 2015 at St Pauls’ Academy in the evening.

 

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

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

A party of players and their families from St Croan's GAA Club in West Roscommon has recently visited the Academy and taken part in a Gaelic football tournament which was organised by Dulwich Harps GAA Club.

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

Alan Grogan, a member of our Mathematics team, is a member of the St Croan's Club and arranged the event. We were delighted to welcome North London Shamrocks and Thomas Mc Curtains Club to take part in the festival of football. There were two tournaments at U12 & U14 level and 100+ players took part with every team playing four games.

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

St Croan's were the winners of the U14 tournament with Dulwich Harps coming runners up; in the U12 event the roles were reversed with Dulwich Harps winning the tournament and St Croan's coming runners up.

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

Roscommon team visit St Paul's Academy

 

Year 8 Boys’ District Cup Winners

On Tuesday 24th March 2015, the year 8 boys’ football team travelled to Biggin Hill to take-on Charles Darwin school in the final of the Bromley District Cup. The final game of the season ended in a 3-1 victory for St Paul’s Academy with Bolagi Williams scoring the opener and Lekan Orimolusi adding two goals in the second half. The trophy was presented to the team captain, David Ozobia with both teams showing great respect for one another after a well contested match. The boys are now hoping to build on this success in September when they will begin the new season as year 9 students. 

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