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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Year 7 Football
|Year 7 Netball
|U12 Gaelic Football (Boys)
|Year 7 Girls’ Athletics
|U14 Girls’ Gaelic Football
|Year 8 Football
|U14 Gaelic Football (Boys)
|Year 8 Boys’ Athletics
|Year 8 Girls’ Athletics
|Year 9 Football
|Year 9/10 Girls’ Athletics
|Year 10 Netball
|U16 Gaelic Football (Boys)
|Year 10 Handball (Girls)
|Year 10 Football
|Year 11 Football
View the Sports Award 2014 image gallery.