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Vitality SuperLeague Netball Rewards Trip

Saturday 11th March saw a group of the SPA Netball girls, alongside coaches Miss Duffy and Miss Stone, attend the LondonLive, Vitality Netball SuperLeague clash between Surrey Storm and Hertfordshire Mavericks at the Copper Box Arena, Stratford.

As a reward for their continued hard work, dedication to their sport and success on the court, the group of Year 7 to 10 pupils enjoyed a brilliant day out.  Travelling by DLR from Woolwich Arsenal to Stratford, the girls enjoyed some food in Westfield Shopping Centre before venturing to the Copper Box Arena.  En route the girls were able to engage in some sightseeing as they strolled through the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Upon arrival at the Copper Box the girls had time to enjoy some entertainment in the form of dancing as well as closely observe both teams extensively warm-up.

Guaranteed to always be a fast paced and physical encounter between these two superleague rivals, our SPA girls were not disappointed by the display of netball they received on the night.  All of our girls revelled in the opportunity to see elite level netball up close.  Students thoroughly enjoyed the game, which saw reigning superleague champions Surrey Storm run out the game 67 to 45 winners, while all the time taking mental note of the ways in which they can further improve their own performances.

The status, physicality and professionalism of these elite level female athletes has further inspired our SPA Netball girls to work hard.  It has given them the determination and belief that perhaps one day they themselves can make it as an elite athlete and superleague netball player.  With the SPA Netball girls putting in some wonderful individual and team performances of late, there is no doubt that the future of netball at St Paul’s Academy is indeed a bright one.  Aim high ladies!

SPA GEOG & Peabody Ambassadors

October 2016 saw the SPA Geog department design a hoodie, one that would promote and raise the profile of the subject to younger year groups, but also showcase the amount of fieldtrips that subject did in an array of different environments. The second stage of this process was to install 20 Geography Ambassadors that would be role models but at the same time gained skills and qualifications to place on their CV.

Kevin volunteering in October 2016 along the River Cray promoting the Geography hoodie prototype.

I am proud to announce we have received sponsorship for the hoodies, we have found a local supplier linked to our students, and provided the ambassadors with an accreditation in ‘young leadership’ to place on their CVs, which will pay dividends when applying for college and employment. The Geography department took two days of interviews to select 23 Geography Ambassadors. We witnessed over 40 interviews and a high quality of applicants, which meant much deliberation and a challenge to choose our final students. The two key questions were: How would you promote Geography? Why should you be an ambassador?. Let me introduce the final students who will represent Geography and Peabody as ambassadors!

The Geography and Peabody Ambassadors from Year 10 and Year 11 in their new hoodies.

Geography and Peabody Ambassadors

 

Name

Temi Adebola

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Temi attempts all challenges with a high energy and motivation. She is a natural leader who inspires others with a bubbly enthusiasm.

Why chosen?

Achieving a B academically and has been a role model this year in volunteering with Thames21. The way Temi can inspire others is the reason we have included her as an ambassador. She has lead by example during volunteering excursions with Thames21 in the River Cray.

View why Temi wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_TpdoFnWao

Quote from a student

‘She is a confident leader who takes charge and acts both autocratically and democratically to decide what is best for her team. She volunteers to help others and takes charge effectively.’

 

 

Name

Shanelle Shim

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Shanelle is an inspirational character who engages with all tasks. She leads through leading by example and is a team-player that energises a group with her enthusiasm. She is a vibrant character that can be seen singing at a camp fire.

Why chosen?

Achieving an A/B academically and she is an excellent public speaker. Shanelle’s thirst to attempt new challenges and engage a group to achieve is why we have included her as an ambassador.

View why Shanelle wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQnFmINiyDk

Quote from a student

‘She has a great sense of responsibility and she can work really well with people and is a pleasure to be around.’

 

 

Name

Lilly Towner

Year

10

Characteristic trait

 Lilly is passionate in her beliefs on the environment and promotes this positively to anyone she engages with. She is able to develop rapport with many different social groups and has a constant happy demeanour that energises the people around her. She has a thirst for living life to its fullest.

Why chosen?

Lilly already volunteers for outside agencies for the school. Lilly is a keen environmentalist and believes in promoting the sustainable use of our environment and working towards greener futures. Lilly’s ability to communicate with different people from a wealth of backgrounds is why we have included her as an ambassador.

View why Lilly wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagCyn5Y5Kc

 

Name

Kwabena Adu-Gyebi

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Kwabena has a high determination and motivation to achieve. He leads by succeeding in tasks and is an asset in promoting the school in the local community.

Why chosen?

Kwabena has be an integral part of volunteering in Year 11. He delivered gifts to sick children on Christmas Day and was one of the inspirational students last year who won the £10,000 trip to Wales. Someone with these characteristics will naturally lead students in bettering themselves.

View why Kwabs wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu_r-h8tiic

Quote from a student

‘He is very good at talking and leading.’

 

 

Name

Nathan Sinclair

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Nathan is a caring and helpful individual who will not leave a room without aiding others. He is the first to participate in a task whether it is washing up or attempting a physical challenge. This mentality inspires others to follow suit. He is the nicest guy you could meet.

Why chosen?

Nathan is drive to achieve in any environment that he finds himself it. He is a confident leader who brings out the best in other people. Nathan throws himself into task and can work effectively as part of a team or independently. He is a natural public speaker and a born-leader. We have included him to be a role model to younger years. He was one of the inspirational students last year who won the £10,000 trip to Wales.

View why Nathan wants to be an Ambassador at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw7t-TcUvPg

Quote from a student

‘He is hard working and co-operative in a team and gets involved which is helpful because he ties into the productivity of the group.’

 

Name

Anna Alves

Year

11

Characteristic trait

 Anna is a passionate geographer. This passionate and caring attitude is addictive to the students around her. She cares a high energy and determination to achieve.

Why chosen?

Anna is pivotal in the role of promoting Geography to younger year groups. She is a catalyst in raising the profile and showcasing Geography in reality. The ability to inspire others is the reason she has become one of our ambassadors.

View why Anna wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqY2Lf0U9p4

 

 

Name

Klaudia Kaluza

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Klaudia is outgoing, has a sense for adventure, embraces challenges with a sheer determination and is very intelligent. Klaudia has had a passion for Geography since I have known her and this is unrelenting in everything she does for the subject. She is a natural leader who is an asset to all that she embraces- a natural leader.

Why chosen?

Klaudia is one of the faces of Geography. She has participated in every event; including volunteering, winning the £10,000 trip to Wales, camping, Swanage, to name but a few. This emersion within all events in Geography makes her key in embracing others to study it. The sense of adventure will continue to develop trip activities to provide a fresh approach to outdoor learning.

View why Klaudia wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujjjC2pfTHs

 

 

Name

Amy Krens

Year

11

Characteristic trait

 Amy is one of the friendliest people you can meet. She has a caring attitude for anyone who has the fortune to meet her. She has a natural ability to communicate effectively with all and has an infectious passion to be the best she can be. She is gifted with being a leader and is always smiling which energises others to do well.

Why chosen?

Amy is another face of SPA Geog. She has been involved in all activities that have been implemented by the department. Amy has a sheer determination to succeed which is shown in volunteering, completing the Night Hike and winning the Wales trip. Amy will inspire, lead by example and convey the passion that the Geography department is looking for.

View why Amy wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bJChFAOW5M

Quote from a student

‘She is very ambitious and tries her best to take part in the opportunities presented to her.’

 

 

Name

Eljay Etienne

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Eljay is motivated to succeed in all that she embraces. She is an intelligent geographer who achieves academically and physically in all that she is involved in. Eljay is a natural public speaker and a leader amongst the students. She is outgoing, embraces adventure and is passionate about the subject.

Why chosen?

Eljay is another face of Geography. She has participated in every event; including volunteering, winning the £10,000 trip to Wales, camping, and completing the Nightline Hike. Eljay will inspire other students by leading on events and implementing the skills she has gained to others.

View why Eljay wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTil_iA1H18

Quote from a student

‘She has overcome shyness and reaches out to others by inspiring them.’

 

 

Name

Miguel Jardim

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Miguel is naturally inquisitive which leads to him being a resolute and intellectual individual. Miguel leads with wit, a drive to succeed and is an asset to the community and Geography department. He is academically gifted and has an attitude that never gives up.

Why chosen?

Miguel will inspire others through his intelligence in the subject. He is adept in topics like ecosystems and this inspiration to read around the subject is integral in inspiring younger students. His aspirations to develop knowledge on Geography is an important catalyst to instil in younger students. It will provide students with a keenness and eagerness to view Geography in reality; one that Miguel himself has in abundance.

View why Miguel wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aNarjp6hwA

Quote from a student

 ‘He is always hard-working, always completes homework to a good standard, always contributes in lessons and isn’t afraid to show people how intelligent he is.’

 

 

Name

Luke Everett

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Luke is quiet and a methodical student but do not underestimate he ability to inspire others. He is known by the Geography department to one of the most inspirational characters in Year 10. He passion in Geography drives others around him to seek achieving the same goals. Luke is one of the most resolute and confident leaders I know.

Why chosen?

Luke was chosen due to his passion and his ability to be a team-player. His confidence to pursue decisions methodically and to quietly lead a team of individuals makes him key to the ambassador scheme. He will inspire students with his passion for the subject.

View why Luke wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d8jCcqLFWw

Quote from a student

‘He stops people from getting distracted and refocuses them. He is a caring individual.’

 

 

Name

Gareth Macbean

Year

11

Characteristic trait

Methodical, conscientious, resolute and intelligent. Gareth is a credit to the Geography department and is a student who immerses himself in the life of the subject outside of the classroom. He inspires teachers and students alike. His ability to challenge himself daily is one of his defining strengths.

Why chosen?

Gareth has been chosen to be a role model to students who tackles adversity. He leads by example, overcomes obstacles and continues to strive forward. This resilience in a student is an example of strength that will encourage others to follow.

View why Gareth wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFTrIWE8kJ4

 

 

Name

Giovanni Vasa

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Giovanni is a noble and charismatic individual who instils harmony to the group of people he participates with. He is friendly and caring of people’s needs and consistently positive. He is driven by ecological sustainability and cares for his community and the environments around it.

Why chosen?

Giovanni has a passion for the environment. He is also a peace-keeper, someone who cares about the world and making it a better place to live. These attributes show moral, social ethical values tha are important when creating a project and are needed to be instilled in future generations of ambassadors.

View why Giovanni wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7X370rzVHg

 

 

WINNER OF THE JACK PETCHEY AWARD- NOMINATED BY HIS PEERS

Name

James Douse

Year

11

Characteristic trait

James has many positive features. He is loyal, motivated, and resilient to change. He never gives up until he achieves his goal. He is fearless and raises to challenges or obstacles faced against him. His skills are already being developed through his part-time job.

Why chosen?

James through his part-time job has a set of skills unique to the group that will benefit others; skills such as team-work, a high work ethic and communication with different social groups. His passion for Geography is clearly evident and he is key to unlocking this desire in younger year groups. His resilience and strength will create a positive role model to other students. He works hard in tasks to inspire others and leads by example.

View why James wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFWYe_C3Lks

Quote from a student

‘He has already got a job and he’s resilient and never gives up. So he’s just a great role model.’

 

 

Name

Precious Appiah

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Precious entertains challenges – whether it is physical or mental – with a smile. Her friendly and caring attitude is infectious. She is also driven and motivated to achieve in all activities. Precious unifies a team and leads it by example. She is academically gifted and an asset, both to the school and outside environments, whereby she communicates effectively with different groups of people.   

Why chosen?

 Precious is one of the most gifted students I have met. By her sheet passion and enthusiasm for Geography she is integral in raising the profile of the subject. Both teachers and students alike can build a rapport with Precious and she will be a catalyst in bringing the subject to a new height in the future.

View why Precious wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWfg-0NuDPw

Quote from a student

‘Precious is a key participator as she is hard-working and enthusiastic about learning.’

 

 

Name

Yetunde Kehinde

Year

10

Characteristic trait

 Yetunde is academically gifted and this underpins her ability to achieve. She is a motivated and determined individual who inspires and instils this belief in other people. She has joyous spirit which is infectious to those around her.    

Why chosen?

Yetunde is very good academically and a natural public speaker. She will engage and enthuse students through fun and underpinning the values needed to become an ambassador. In this way she is integral for the sustainability of the project.

View why Yetunde wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utisuRtzUm4

Quote from a student

‘She is confident and has achieved very good and consistent grades in Geography. Whatever she puts her name to, she achieves and always commits to. She is inspirational!’

 

Name

Una Mracajac

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Una is a quiet individual but she is not outspoken. She is incredibly talented – both academically and as a team player. She inspires others but just working hard. Her passion for Geography drives others around her. She is one of the friendliest and caring students you could know.     

Why chosen?

Una was chosen due to her passion for Geography and the talent she displays, both within and outside the classroom. She works hard independently but is also collaborative and a team-player. These are all features needed within our Ambassador scheme.

View why Una wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2UCH1jvkhU

 

Name

Princess Emeanuwa

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Princess is the most polite, friendliest and caring individual you can encounter. Every challenge or task is attempted with positivity and a smile. Other character traits include being trustworthy, loyal and respectful. She is also academically gifted in Geography. A quiet but not outspoken leader.    

Why chosen?

Princess has a passion and motivation for Geography. She is able to work effectively within a team environment or independently. Princess leads by example and this strong character is a role model we wish to bestow on students in Year 9 and younger. She will be an important catalyst in attracting new students to GCSE Geography.

View why Princess wants to be an Ambassador at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX27XWj6r-M

Quote from a student

‘She is a valuable, trustworthy and all-round nice person!’

 

 

Name

Stephen Ola-Oni (awaiting an updated photo)

Year

11

Characteristic trait

The perfect gentleman. He is the friendliest guy you can meet. He has a positive manner in which transfers to all that come into contact with him. Stephen is well-mannered, caring and dedicated to completing a task effectively. He is naturally gifted as an academic and a leader. He has an enthusiasm and drive not seen in many people.

Why chosen?

Stephen has been chosen because he is passionate for Geography. He is already an important component in the life and soul of the school. He is a public face of the school, is a school mentor to Year 7s, a sports leader and part of the Year 11 leadership team. For a team to thrive you need Stephen at the helm driving others forward.

View why Stephen wants to be an Ambassador at:

Quote from a student

‘He is very inclusive and contributes to the ambassador sessions. Stephen is really dedicated and an effective leader.’

 

 

Name

Sammy Bennett (awaiting an updated photo)

Year

10

Characteristic trait

Sammy poses many character aspects that many envy. He is a pure gentleman; polite, respectful, loyal, trustworthy, puts others before himself and intelligent. He is a quiet but effective leader. He works hard with a motivation and determination not seen in many people. Students and teachers alike value his contributions. He is adventurous and adopts a resilient confidence in the face of challenges. A model student.

Why chosen?

Sammy is your model student. He has engaged in all activities that I have placed in his path and succeeded with ease. He has been an integral member of volunteering and has conquered (one of a few out of 20 students) the Nightline Hike over 30 miles in 12 hours. He is physically fit and academically brilliant. These features will bring brilliant students, like himself, to Geography.

View why Sammy wants to be an Ambassador at:

Quote from a student

‘He is hardworking constantly and is very understanding and easy to talk to, he makes me smile and is a creative individual who puts others before himself.’

 

 

 

Name

Chantal Shrestha (awaiting an updated photo)

Year

10

Characteristic trait

 Chantal is a model student. Academically she is one of the brightest in Geography in Year 11. She is quiet but a natural leader who is hardworking, conscientious and understanding. She is friendly and caring for those around her and inspirational.

Why chosen?

Chantal is an asset to Geography. She puts others before herself and leads by example. Her brilliance academically will inspire others to have a harder work ethic and determination to achieve. She is passionate about the subject and will lead younger students with her experience and skills.

View why Chantal wants to be an Ambassador at:

Quote from a student

‘She is a very inspirational character in my life. She is very understanding and never makes me feel uncomfortable when I ask her questions she knows easily. Chantal is extremely hard working but never gets recognised.’

 

So WHY be an Ambassador?

Many of you are asking the benefits of the scheme. What do you get? What does this mean to your development? Here are some of the ways we intend to improve students’ lifestyles for promoting the subject:

  1. FREE Ambassador hoodie courtesy of Peabody;
  2. Accreditation worth the equivalent of one GCSE in ‘Young Leadership’ – would be sought after from employers and college/universities alike;
  3. Residential worth £300 FREE OF CHARGE;
  4. Reward trips – see Geography Blog for details – TBC however GoApe and assault course to name the upcoming events;
  5. The chance to be a role model to younger students and lead events such as volunteering and going into primary schools;
  6. The chance to deliver passion and topics to younger years and make a difference.
  7. Deductions on further trips- TBC Iceland and camping.

These students are already assets to the school community as they can be witnessed is an array of different environments; sport leadership, V-Inspired, Debate Mate; winners of Jack Petchey. As Geography and Peabody Ambassadors, these students will not only be catalysts in the development of Geography - past one that is merely tokenistic – to one of intellectual appeal, but will also make an immeasurable difference to Thamesmead with Peabody. Watch this space and see these students shine.

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures, especially of students REWARD trips and outside learning experiences. Please congratulate your child or those of you who teach these students if you see them!

Hit your target by studying Geography!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAG8-fym0h8

#Where is your next Geography classroom? 

SPA Geog Year 8 Chislehurst cave adventure

Have you ever experienced something that goes bump on the night? Do you ever feel a chill from something unexplained? Do you believe in places that are haunted? These were all questions that Year 8 were asking themselves on the bus from St Paul’s Academy to Chislehurst Caves. It has been rumoured that the caves are haunted by the ghosts of its past; the dog that used to search for bodies in the 1890s tourism barking; the horse where the stable collapsed inside the cave neighing; and the lady who was drowned in the pool. No longer are challenges allowed to stay overnight in the caves given the consequences of the people who tried. But the trip would go smoothly…right?!

Year 8 students looking scared and nervous as they enter the start of the caves where the map is located.

Please see the link below for an insight into the place the students visited:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INHG6QSjbnQ

It has also been shown on the program ‘Most Haunted’ which can be seen on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guQg3CMVbzY

The trip explored the caves created in the various different time periods; the Saxons, Romans and the Druids – which are supposed to be the most haunted due to the human sacrifices to the Gods. In the Second World War over 15,000 civilians were residents in the cave in case of bombing from the Germans. The students were walking in the footsteps of those before them.

Students clung to each other weary of sounds of a dog barking, the feeling of a child’s hand holding theirs and nothing was there and the chill on the backs of their necks from a sudden change in temperature. The experiences that led to these were when the tour guide took the teacher’s lanterns and left the group in the pitch blackness of the cave. The students’ only friend was the person (if you had proof that it was human) next to them. They were awoke from the images of the darkness by the sound of the gong hitting the large cymbal. This, I can guarantee you, caused a mass panic and strong screams from the Year 8.

 Year 8 students at the Druids’ scarification chamber. Are they all our students?

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures, especially of students REWARD trips and outside learning experiences the sites above will provide you with these.

#Where is your next Geography classroom? 

SPA Geog African Adventure Challenge with Year 10

 

Within the Geography department we welcome students who are assets to their Year group. These students are the first of the school to become Ambassadors of Geography in Year 10 and are shining role models to younger year groups. I have no doubt the three students who have entered the African Adventures will aspire to top grades in the New curriculum at GCSE Geography and hopefully make it to the finals of the competition they have entered.

Year 10 students Yetunde (far left), Princess and Precious have entered the African Adventures competition to win a trip to Kenya.

The aim of the African Adventures’ School Geography Challenge is to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges facing many of the world’s LIDCs (Low Income Developing Countries). Our three students took part in a decision-making exercise, which focused on the impacts of El Nino flooding in Kenya. They first identified the impacts of flooding that they believed to be most significant, before deciding how they would spend an allocated budget on emergency aid to the region. They then completed an Aid Action Plan which justified their decisions and spending, making implicit links between the impacts and the aid they chose (please see the photo below). These resources were focused around one of our Kenyan partner projects, The Walk Centre; a community-based NGO located in Nakuru.  

The African Adventures’ School Geography Challenge is providing the opportunity for schools from around the UK to showcase their budding and motivated geography students. The ten best entries will be shortlisted and those students will be invited to attend a final, as part of a team of four, to undertake a live challenge and compete for the incredible prize of a trip to Kenya in June/July 2017 with two staff members! As part of the trip, the group will visit The Walk Centre and see first-hand the work being done there, with the support of African Adventures, to overcome development challenges and improve the lives of many. Our students will find out whether they have been successful in their bid to make the Finals in February.

Please see the link below for an explanation of the project the students were involved in:

https://vimeo.com/171902126

What does the trip mean to St Paul’s Academy?

“In Geography we have worked hard to inspire the students that the subject is not defined by studying theory in the classroom. Through our slogan ‘Where’s your next Geography classroom?’ is challenges this notion and aims to provide the students with a wealth of experience studying ‘Geography in reality’. Winning the trip with African Adventures would provide the school with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a classroom – that for many of our students – is beyond their reach. It provides an international platform to our established volunteering initiative and takes the students a World away from the confines of a seat in classroom.” (Mr Davis).

“It would mean that we would have an opportunity to influence someone else’s life positively. To show them that someone cares for them and that every life is worth living, no matter what age you are.

We chose to get involved because we believe that we, as young people can be empowered to do something remarkable; not only for ourselves, but for someone else too.

We spent our free time after school, empathising with the Kenyan People of Nakuru, prioritising not only emergency aid, but also long term aid to further develop the country. Using the given resources as guidelines, we also used them to consider the social, economic and environmental impacts of a flood and the aid needed to counteract it. We hope to win the prize of a trip to Kenya because it is once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute by being a helping hand.

We have recently been successful in becoming Geography Ambassadors. This trip would be a prime example of geography in reality, taking our knowledge and applying it outside of the classroom. #Where Is Your Next Geography Classroom? (Hopefully, an African Adventure!)” (Princess, Precious and Yetunde).

Below is a link to the company we have much thanks to for providing the chance of a life changing opportunity to Kenya!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj7Vw9ecyi0

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures, especially of students REWARD trips and outside learning experiences. Please congratulate your child or those of you who teach these students if you see them! Let us hope we receive good news in February!

#Where is your next Geography classroom? (as the Year 10s say- “Hopefully, an African Adventure!”) 

Christmas volunteering at St Paul's Academy

Whilst many adults and children around Greenwich were sleeping and dreaming of Santa and presents, five Year 11 students alongside Year 12 - who returned from college to experience Christmas volunteering for a second year – participated, as St Paul’s Academy had arranged to deliver presents to Ronald McDonald House in Camberwell. All of the volunteers were dressed in various different types of Christmas attire! We even had a guest appearance from Mr Pat Winston, principal of St Paul’s Academy, and his wife Carmilita who were welcome additions!

Arriving at 8am at Ronald McDonald House Camberwell.

However, what made this trip so special this year was the extent of giving from students, staff and friends and families. This meant that we were able to deliver presents, not just to Ronald McDonald House, but also Lion Ward which looks after sick children with head injuries, and the Liver ward (Ray of Sunshine). Martin Shittu – who was a patient of Lion Ward for a lengthy period – was able to hand-deliver presents to children that are now in a similar position, and give back to the staff who were so kind and caring towards him. Donating to these children was the main reason that students and staff were motivated to get out at bed at 5am!

The many faces of Christmas at Ronald McDonald House – centre is the train map donated by money from St Paul’s Academy last year.

Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is run by the independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and is one of 14 Houses which provide free, ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at specialist hospitals across the UK. In this case, it supports King’s College Hospital London. This hospital has treated two former St Paul’s Academy students.

Santa’s little helpers delivering gifts to King’s College Hospital London.

Year 11 and 12 students with Melissa RMC staff from the house (centre) at King’s College Hospital.

The students helped allocate 400+ gifts to 24 different families and 26 children in Ronald McDonald House, many of whom were seriously ill, or were the siblings of these children that were away from home, and were therefore unable to celebrate the festive season at home, in the usual way. In addition, the students were able to walk to King’s College Hospital and hand-deliver presents to the Lion and Liver Wards unlike last year. The Year 11 and 12 students helped allocate presents to each family with individual gift bags or wrapped presents, with personalised cards and these were placed under the tree or placed into Santa sacks. The students also had time to give gifts personally to siblings in the house and create snow for a Winter Wonderland inside the dining area!

The Year 11 and Year 12 students with Mr Davis, Mr and Mrs Winston.

Delivering to the Lion Ward.

Organising gifts in age groups- all hands on deck for the students.

From the front- Gareth (Year 11), Habeeb, Maroulla, Kiara, Melissa (RMHC), Mr Davis, Miles, Klaudia (Year 11) Kwabena (Year 11), Lateef (Year 11) Eric, Stephen (Year 11) and Martin.

Making snow in Ronald McDonald House for siblings of sick children.

These students are truly a fantastic testament to the charitable work being completed by St Paul’s Academy and are an asset to the school community. An amazing day was had which truly reflects the Christmas spirit of giving to others during the festive season, and underpins the activities that contribute to the £10,400 raised for the advent charities in the Advent season 2016.

These students really are fantastic ambassadors of the commendable work that the school does to support local communities and raise money for different charities. Well done to all the students involved (Kwabena, Stephen, Gareth, Klaudia and Lateef) and the Year 12 students returning from college (Martin, Miles, Eric, Kiara, Maroulla and Habeeb). Check out the rest of the pictures on the photo album on the school TVs, St Paul’s website and the Geography Blog.

 

We have also be nominated for the Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund worth £300. Please vote for us at the link below for our chance to win!

http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/fund/profiles/st-paul-s-academy

 

Panathlon Challenge Event

Tuesday 17th January saw students from across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Kent & Chelsea come together to compete in the annual Panathlon Challenge Event at St Paul's Academy.  This sporting event, which caters for students with a special educational need, was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to engage in a range of new sports, learn new skills, make friends and have fun representing their borough. 

Students participated in a range of sports such as boccia, new age curling, polybat as well as a number of athletics events.  Students were forthcoming in expressing their opinion on how the day went, highlighting the wonderful time they had as well as the many new skills and lessons they learnt along the way. 

Michael from Team Bromley said, ‘At first I was feeling quite nervous but now I’m really excited.  My favourite event is new age curling and I can’t wait to do it again next year!’

Mo from St Paul’s Academy, representing Team Greenwich explained how ‘It’s not about winning it’s about having fun and trying your best.  Sport is really important to me because it helps me make new friends’.  While Robbie from Greenwich expressed how he would ‘like to do the Paralympics when I’m older!’

Teaching staff and carers accompanying students on the day were equally as positive and enthusiastic about the merits of such an event for the holistic development of pupils.  Debbie Raines, a teacher accompanying Team Bexley said, ‘I think these events are great.  Good for their morale and helps them work in teams.  Whether they win or lose they learn.’

The successful delivery of this event would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the help and assistance provided on the day by 23 or our Year 11 Sports Leaders.  Throughout the day students delivered a range of sporting activities designed specifically to meet the needs of the participants.  Not only did our students do a fantastic job but they also immensely gained from their experiences, developing a range of new skills as well as knowledge and understanding of working with students with special educational needs in a sporting context. 

Year 11 students, reflecting on their experiences commented:

‘At first I thought it was going to be simple and easy to interact with the kids.  I realised that it was harder than I thought but I am having a really great time.’ (Ping Cabanas – Year 11 Student).

‘Today was enriching, the children’s commitment was outstanding.’ (Aaron Innocent-Hill – Year 11 Student).

‘Today was a successful day through which I acquired many new skills.  I am grateful for this opportunity and happy that it’s one of the many successful events I have had the opportunity to participate in at SPA.’ (Micky Ashong – Year 11 Sports Leader).

‘The panathlon was a fantastic experience for me!  It was great to see everybody smiling and having a good time.  I learnt a lot from the event and acquired new skills such as non-verbal communication.  I really enjoyed myself and would definitely do it again!’ (Lora Umelue – Year 11 Sports Leader).

Our students were once again fantastic ambassadors for our school with many visitors commenting on the wonderful job they did in facilitating the delivery of the event.  Mr Akif who was responsible for managing our Sports Leaders on the day said, ‘Our Year 11 Sports Leaders are a credit to the school, themselves, their parents/guardians and teachers.  They remained committed to each activity they were designated to during the event which aided the consistent flow of events throughout the duration of the day.’

Occasions of this type show our students, staff and facilities at their very best.  It is also a huge reflection of our school ethos and values whereby we at St Paul’s Academy believe in providing students with opportunities which reach far beyond that of the taught curriculum.  We believe in providing qualities beyond qualifications and the Panathlon is just one example of how we achieve this.

SPA Geog and the Choir Fundraise for the ADVENT charity

First and foremost we wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and the best wishes for 2017. Before the Christmas break the newly appointed Year 11 SPA Geog Ambassadors combined with some with the School’s Choir went to Morrisons in Erith to raise money for the Advent Charity appeal. Under the expert tutelage of Ms Viner the Choir produced amazing vocals on various hymns and festive songs to the public and staff alike. The students – under the lead of the chocolate selling duo Mr Davis and Mr O’Connell – packed bags at the till for customers. Both the public and Morrisons’ staff commented of the fabulous singing of our choir and the politeness of the Ambassadors at the till. The fundraising co-ordinator from Morrisons commented that the Choir from St Paul’s Academy were ‘the best we have had this Christmas season!’. All students were a credit to the school and represented themselves as assets.

Kevin was an expert at talking to customers.

 

Year 7-11 members of the Choir sing hymns and Christmas songs at the entrance to Morrisons Erith.

Gareth gained many donations for his effort.

We celebrate the achievements of our Ambassadors and Choir on doing their bit to help raise money for the various charities support by the school. Please congratulate your child or those you teach if you see them. This year the students at St Paul’s Academy were raising money for:

  • St Ann’s Education Project in Kenya;
  • The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton;
  • CAFOD;
  • Thamesmead Food Bank’
  • Anerley Across: a charity which takes disabled people to Lourdes on an annual pilgrimage (www.anerleyacross.org.uk)’
  • The Christmas Tree Project;
  • King’s College Hospital: Haematology Department;
  • Cancer Research UK;
  • Weybourne Care Home.

 

Nathan proved popular with the customers.

 

Kwabena is a new recruit to volunteering but also gave up his time on Christmas Day to donate gifts to students.

The Year 11 Ambassadors of Geography and Choir raised an amazing £368 for charity in four hours. A tremendous achievement by all. Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography.

Anna was integral to giving out the St Paul’s Academy Newsletter.

James got into the festive spirit.

#Where is your next Geography classroom?

REWARD trip for Year 11 students

Within the Geography department we welcome students who are assets to their Year group. These students are the first of the school to become Ambassadors of Geography or have excelled in results in their Christmas Mock; being within the top 10 of the cohort. Year 11 have many accolades to their name within Geography; winners of the prestigious event to Wales, first to experience controlled assessment Swanage; and volunteers reaching milestones of 60 hours such as Lateef Lawal. It was felt because the students were cool customers – in terms of performing under pressure in exams and interviews – we would reward the students for their effort. Would they be as cool and calm on an ice rink?!

Year 11 who have excelled in the Autumn term from the left:  Nicolae, Stephen, Kwabena, Eljay, Joshua, Tarrick, Chantal, Gareth, Maureen, Tevin, Amy, Marcell, Anna, Nathan and James.

We celebrate the achievements of our Ambassadors. These are highlighted in a further article on the blog (http://mrgdavis.blogspot.co.uk/) and school website. However, this article is to credit the high achievers who have excelled academically. The students who push the Geography department forward to our goal of 80% A*-C. I have provided details of these students below. Please congratulate your child or those you teach if you see them.

Gareth, Chantal, Tevin and Marcell achieved an A in their Christmas Mock.

 

Anna, Amy Stephen and Kwabena achieved a B in their Christmas Mock.

It was quite a site witnessing 16 students – 14 of which skating for the first time – clamber along the side of the ice rink. An analogy that sticks in my mind is in the Disney Movie when Bambi enters the ice for the first time. Even the students would admit they were out of their depth. Wouldn’t this be correct Marcell and Tevin? Maybe some of the students should remain in their comfort zone of excelling at their studies?! But at least they attempted it unlike the teachers Mr O’Connell and Ms Gaffney who sought comfort in a hot beverage to watch the chaos. On a serious note, well done Year 11 for being assets once again to our department and you must be commended on your achievements.

Marcell representing the analogy Bambi on ice.

 

Even the railing couldn’t save Tarrick.

 

Amy, Maureen, Anna and Eljay- some of our finest Geographers and now Ambassadors.

 

Year 11 at Bluewater Ice Rink with Mr Davis and Ms Gaffney.

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details of events within Geography. For all the pictures – especially of select students falling over – please see the Blog.

Advent Charity Appeal raises £10,400.00+

We have now completed our Annual Advent Charity Appeal and focussed on charities in and around our community, nationally and internationally. This year the Academy decided to support: 

  • Sr Ann’s Education Project in Kenya
  • The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton
  • CAFOD
  • Thamesmead Food Bank
  • Anerley Across: a charity which takes disabled people to Lourdes on an annual pilgrimage (www.anerleyacross.org.uk)
  • The Christmas Tree Project
  • King’s College Hospital: Haematology Department
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Weybourne Care Home

During the Appeal, we held a sponsored Christmas Fun Run, a Fayre and a Talent Show, along with numerous other smaller activities and fundraising events.

This year, our Appeal raised in excess of £10,400.00, an outstanding achievement. I would like to thank students and members of staff who made the Appeal such a success.

This is the season of peace and good will; the time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas as well as a prosperous New Year.

Yours sincerely

Patrick Winston

Principal

Rewards Trip for Health & Well Being Ambassadors

On Tuesday the 6th of December, our Health and Well Being Ambassadors ventured to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford with Miss Devine to descend the world’s highest and, at 178m, the world’s longest tunnel slide.  As they travelled down the UK’s tallest public artwork, they passed through light and dark sections with London’s dramatic skyscape whizzing by! In the 40-second trip, students circled around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times as they weaved their way through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure.

This rewards trip was to congratulate and say a massive "Thank you" to all the Health and Well Ambassadors who generously give up their time to assist with our Health and Well Being Club every Thursday after school. Their hard work does not go unnoticed and without their relentless help, the club would not be such a success. Special mention must go to Samuel Ajayi's who was recently awarded the 'Jack Petchey' Award for his contributions to both the Health and Well Being Club and his consistent volunteering in our Summer Scheme project for Primary School children.

Our students finished off their trip with a tasty feast in Nando's- platters all round!

Many thanks must go to the following pupils for their fantastic efforts over the past few months. 

  • Stephen Ola-Oni
  • Vera Umelue
  • Mira Umelue
  • Lora Umelue
  • Micky Ashong
  • Divon Ball
  • Michael Ononye
  • Verona Okine
  • Faith Shoyomi
  • David Ozobia
  • Samuel Ajayi


Well done and keep up the good teamwork!
 
Miss Devine

SPA Geog feature in 'The Living Thames' Documentary with famous geographical celebrities

There have been historical achievements within the Geography department in the last two year; our first fieldwork nationally to Swanage, the students winning a UK competition to Wales with Wide Horizons and achieving our best ever GCSEs results with 71% A*-C. This has been continued with the release of the promo of the documentary called ‘The Living Thames’. It includes a small snapshot of St Paul’s Academy but in the full release it contains interviews with current and former students (class of 2013/14) on the power of volunteering within Geography.

TV presenter Chris Baines interviews Habeeb Lawal (class of 2015), current student Lateef Lawal, Qozeem Lawal (class of 2013) and Shannon O’Brien and Charlotte Cunningham (class of 2014).

The film crew took footage of the students completing this activity and interviewed Michael Heath (leader of Thames21) about the relationship with St Paul’s Academy. Mr Davis was also interviewed about the importance of volunteering as a medium to show ‘Geography in action’. After a brief introduction from the film crew, 5 former students were interviewed about the importance of volunteering (as seen above). All of these students hold the accolade of over 40+ hours volunteering in an array of different environments. The Lawal family have completed a total of over 200 hours as brothers in Geography. All students were a credit again for the Geography team and were excellent ambassadors for St. Paul’s Academy.

 TV presenter Chris Baines interviews Mr Davis.

Chris Baines who presents the living documentary is known most for the creation of Countryfile, which he presented between 1989-1992. He is also the UK's leading independent environmentalists. He is a horticulturalist, landscape architect, naturalist, television presenter and author.

It this famous presenter was not enough, please have a look at the link below as it includes another famous face, which underpins another significant milestone in the SPA Geog department:

https://youtu.be/o-n6wb509lo

The students will be invited to a red carpet event for the release of the documentary next year, with the potential to meet these famous Geography role models. An achievement for most of us –including the Geography teachers – beyond our wildest dreams.

Please see the Geography Blog and St Paul’s Academy website for more details.

#Where is your next Geography classroom?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, It's the Super Volunteers of St Paul's Academy!

During recent years a number of our students, particularly those currently in Year 10 and 11 have undertaken extensive amounts of volunteering work in a range of areas as part of their vInspired Student Volunteer Ambassador role.  In order to justifiably recognise and celebrate such fantastic achievements, vInspired, via an online blog, have reincarnated eight of our top student volunteers in the form of The Avengers characters to illustrate the true Super Volunteers that they are!  This blog highlights the unbelievable work that each of the students undertake on a daily basis in order to help improve the lives of others both within St Paul’s Academy as well as in their local community.  Each student aims to achieve their v100 award for volunteering 100 hours.  However, like true heroes, these superstars have gone above and beyond their V100s and have completely transformed their community. This is the amazing story of the Super Volunteers of St Paul’s Academy:


David Ozobia (Year 10) – v100+

David helps to deliver extra-curricular sporting activities at St Paul’s Academy.  As a school Sports Leader, David volunteers his time with the boys and girls school football teams, and is a school Health and Well-Being Ambassador.  One phrase to describe David – Unassuming superhero

Eberechi Paul (Year 10) – v100+

Eberechi is an extremely passionate and caring volunteer.  Eberechi always goes out of her way to help staff and students have an improved school experience. She delivers netball and athletics training sessions and events.  She truly shines when promoting and organising enterprise activities, she has helped raise thousands of pounds for our school’s designated charities each year.  One word to describe Eberechi – Passionate

Tareh Omajuwa (Year 10) – 103 hours

Tareh is a vibrant and hard-working volunteer who dedicates her time to putting a smile on everyone’s face each and every day.  Her positivity and love for life are her most precious characteristics, which rubs off on everyone she comes into contact with. Tareh works hard to help the school netball teams improve their skills by assisting with training and matches each week.  One phrase to describe Tareh – Pure sunshine

 

Mira Umelue (Year 10) – 183 hours

Mira is always on hand to assist, no matter how big or small that task may be.  
Mira volunteers across a range of clubs and areas at St Paul’s Academy and devotes her time and effort to each equally and generously.  Mira’s involvement as a V•Inspired volunteer has been pivotal to our school’s sporting and enterprise activities.  One word to describe Mira – Superstar
 

Michelle Asante (Year 11) – 125.5 hours

Although shy, Michelle’s impact in her local community is unquestionable.  The difference to her local community through volunteering is immeasurable.  Michelle has volunteered for a children’s summer reading project in Woolwich to teach children how to read and improve their reading skills. One word to describe Michelle – Proactive

Verona Okine (Year 11) – 103 hours

If you feel down, Verona is sure to put a smile on your face and turn any negativity into positivity.  Verona dedicates her time and energy to improving the physical, mental and social well-being of staff and students at St Paul’s Academy. As a school Sports Leader and Health and Well-Being Ambassador, Verona is passionate about promoting, educating and improving the health and fitness of all students at SPA.  One word to describe Verona – Irreplaceable

Lora Umelue (Year 11) – 133 hours

Every group, organisation and team needs a driving force and Lora is ours.  Lora’s passion, enthusiasm and dedication mean we would be lost without her!  She is often the person who is behind the concept and organisation of such events.  So much so Lora has inspired us to run our very own Race for Life event, which we will be holding at St Paul’s Academy on 30th November in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Lora is helping to train pupils to run the race as well as organising a number of enterprise activities to help raise money for this worthy cause.  One phrase to describe Lora – Our precious, quiet organiser; our driving force!

Stephen Ola-Oni (Year 11) – 224.5 hours

Stephen is unbelievably passionate about sport and encouraging others to strive to be the best they can be.  His passion and enthusiasm is infectious.  Stephen has assisted in the delivery of our school summer sports scheme, giving up his summer holidays to help young children in his local community engage in regular sport and physical activity.  As a member of the Jack Petchey Young Achievers Network Stephen engages in a wide range of volunteering and enterprise initiatives as part of the Jack Petchey Foundation.  One phrase to describe Stephen - One of a kind; a born leader!

At St Paul’s Academy we are extremely fortunate to have amongst us some of the best young student volunteers any school could ask for.  The time, effort and dedication all of these students show on a regular basis in helping to make their school and the community of St Paul’s Academy a better place is remarkable and extremely admirable.  Events which our student volunteers have recently been involved in include our school Health and Well-Being Day, Sports Day, SportInspired Disability Games, SportInspired Community Festival as well as a range of enterprise activities.  As part of our school Advent Charity Appeal students have organised their own Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK which will take place on Wednesday 30th November.  These über volunteers not only endlessly give of their time to help others but they do so while all the while making sure that they keep up with their studies.  As a Catholic faith school our student volunteers epitomise our belief in ‘Faith in Action’.

In the words of their teacher and vInspired Co-ordinator at St Paul’s, Miss Duffy ‘They are all shining examples of model students and exceptional ambassadors for St Paul’s Academy. I couldn’t be more proud of everything they have achieved and how they have grown as young people.  The difference which they make to our school community is immeasurable.’

In order to see the blog and articles in full please visit https://vinspired.com/blog/the-super-volunteers-of-st-pauls-academy

SPA Geog Ambassador Interviews

Want to receive rewards for promoting Geography?

  

  

Want to boost your CV with being a role model and ‘young ambassador’ for Peabody?

 

Interview:

Produce a 3 minute (no longer) pitch on the following two questions:

  1. What makes you a positive role model in the subject you love?
  2. How can you promote the subject to younger year groups?

 

INTERVIEWS TO BE BOOKED WITH MR DAVIS - starting at 3.30pm Thursday 1st December 2016 in the large meeting room in the management corridor.

Criteria to attend interview:

  • Immaculate behaviour record;
  • Maintain a C2 or above grade in all tests;
  • Be able to devote time to volunteering and weekend trips;
  • Raise money for the Geography department through charity fundraising;
  • Complete a ‘young ambassadors’ accreditation from Peabody.

 

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SPA Netball Teams meet England Netball Star Zoie Humphrey

In October our girls’ Netball teams had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a netball masterclass under the guidance of England Netball star Zoie Humphrey.  In August of this year Zoie represented England at the Indoor Netball World Cup in Australia.  Earning their place in the final against the might of New Zealand, Zoie was pivotal in helping her team secure victory over the Silver Ferns and return home as World Champions!

With such netball experience and expertise under her belt, our girls were eager to work alongside Zoie in helping them to improve their netball skills and game play.  The girls enjoyed an hour long practical session with Zoie where they worked on creating space, set plays and match play.  Zoie also took the time to speak with the girls about important issues facing girls in sport as well as the importance of nutrition in sport and getting a balance between sport and studies.  Zoie answered any questions pupils had and it was extremely evident to see how much each pupil enjoyed and valued being a part of such a special opportunity.

Such an experience has helped to inspire players, giving them an increased drive to work hard and improve during every training session and game.  We would like to thank Zoie for giving up her time to come and work with our St Paul’s Academy Netball teams and hope to work alongside her again in the near future.

SPA Netballers get 2016/2017 season off to a sensational start

Finishing off the 2015/2016 season in style with all year groups winning their respective Greenwich School’s Netball Leagues as well as our Year 7 team being crowned Kent Invitational Schools’ Tournament winners, the girls, along with coaches Miss Duffy and Miss Stone were confident of a good start to the new season.  However, never complacent, the SPA Netball contingent know that there is always room for improvement.  As a result, September saw our greatest number of girls taking part in netball at SPA to date with up to 75 students spanning Years 7 to 10 taking part in netball training and competition each week.  This an exceptional feat and illustrates how much the popularity of the sport has grown amongst girls at St Paul’s in recent years.

Each of our 4 teams in Year 7 to 10 have got their Greenwich School’s Netball seasons off to winning starts, recording wins over Eltham Hill, Thomas Tallis and Harris Academy Greenwich:

Year 10

vs Eltham Hill (Won 5 – 4)

Year 9

vs Eltham Hill (Won 12 – 1)

vs Thomas Tallis (Won 23 – 5)

Year 8

vs Eltham Hill (Won 10 – 1)

vs Thomas Tallis (Won 10 – 1)

A special mention must also go to our Year 7 Netball team who have recorded their first two wins in the Greenwich School’s Netball League against Harris Academy Greenwich (12 – 4) and Thomas Tallis (12 – 6), remaining undefeated.  The girls have been working really hard at training each week to try and improve their basic netball skills as well as working on their match play and tactics.  With continued hard work this team have the potential to achieve countless success; watch this space!

Our Year 9 girls have already competed in their U14 Kent Netball tournament for this year at Rainham School for Girls, finishing an improved 5th place in their group.  On the day the team secured victories over Sackville School, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School and Invicta Grammar.  Such success bodes well for this dedicated team in their upcoming season. 

With such a great start to our Netball season we are excited to hear of more successes for all our teams.  Each team still have to play challenged fixtures against Blackheath High School, St Thomas More and The John Roan with our Year 10 girls competing in their Greenwich School’s Netball Tournament at the end of January.  We wish all of our Netball teams further and continued success in the New Year.  Well done girls, keep up the great work!

 

 

  

SPA new 3G pitch development

The process which has seen the development of a brand new, state of the art 3G pitch development at St Paul’s Academy began in May 2014, when initial meetings were held with the Football Foundation and the London FA about the possibility of funding being secured for a new full size 3G football pitch.

Following lengthy negotiations, and an extensive football development plan being produced, the Football Foundation decided to award the school £422,093 which is one of the largest sums of money the Football Foundation has given out in their recent history.

The strength of the Football Development Plan helped to secure this funding, as well as an agreement by St Paul's Academy that we will work closely with local football clubs and the FA to provide the local community with use of this top class sporting facility.  Teviot Rangers and Charlton Athletic will be our primary partners on the facility and the London FA will use the site to provide courses for coaches.  The facility will also provide the local community with much needed employment opportunities through new coaching roles being created as a result of increased activity, refereeing as well as pitch management.

One of the greatest benefits of this new facility is that now St Paul's Academy’s own football teams have a stable venue for training and home games all year round.  In recent years our school has suffered from serious drainage issues which has resulted in games being played away from home on a regular basis.  This facility will now put an end to the uncertainty of fixtures being played and provide our pupils and staff with consistency in terms of training and matches.

FieldTurf are the company who were successful in securing the contract for this development.  Their work is carried out in the UK by S and C Slatter, who have carried out projects at a number of UK Football clubs including Sutton United, Leatherhead FC and Tamworth FC as well as a number of schools.  With the development of our new full size 3G pitch in such safe hands, we as a school community are looking forward to the completion and grand opening of the development on Monday 12th December 2016. 

Year 10 Fieldwork at River Cray

There are many challenges that are facing our young people; the changing goal posts in education, the prospect of more content to topics in Geography and the erosion of 25% coursework. Nonetheless, this has not deterred Year 10 who embarked on their first fieldwork studies which will be tested in their terminal exams for the first time next year with the new specification OCR B Enquiring Minds. In their visit to Foots Cray Meadows on the 7th November with Thames21 I cannot remember many that were with such adverse temperature. This did not deter them. This trip enhanced their learning within the classroom on hydrology. The point of this excursion was to introduce students into data collection against a hypothesis and for many of the class was a first experience at measuring field data.

Lilly Towner shows off the Geography Hoodie whilst measuring river depth.

 

The Year 10 measure the river width and record velocity by dropping in floats to the river.

The students completed various qualitative and quantitative data methods, such as field sketches and calculating the depth and width of the river channel. Students received a health and safety chat with Thames21 then spent the remainder of the day within the River Cray in waders collecting data.

The Year 10 measure the river width of the river using tape measures.

This was an extremely productive day and Year 10 were able to apply theory to an outdoor classroom. It also meant invaluable skills learnt for fieldwork collection for their exams. This was applied to homework and answering the hypothesis through data analysis: ‘The River Cray gets deeper and faster along the river channel as it progresses downstream.’

#Where will your Geography classroom be?

 

Year 11 Volunteering with Thames21

The Year 11 Geography students who are keen to be part of the NEW ambassadors’ scheme for Geography participated in a volunteering visit to Foots Cray Meadows on the 5th November with Thames21. This trip embraced a new member of volunteering scheme and an honouree Geography student Nikola who now has completed 10 hours. Nikola is a hard-working and dedicated member of the volunteering initiative who has excelled in her first two trips to the meadows (seen bottom right). For others it was the first time volunteering in the local community, such as Gareth (far left) and James (second left). Where will St Paul’s opportunities take you?

The first task of the day was to replenish the supply of willow from trees alongside the river to use in the creation of river walls to minimise erosion. This involved the use of saws and bill hooks to cut the tree at the base of the branches but with enough space for regrowth. For many of the students this was the first time that they had experienced willow coppicing and they learnt about the ecology of the plants whilst working with Thames21 staff. Year 11 got to branch out their skills from this excursion- excuse the pun and poor attempt at humour!

As you can see from the picture below, the students worked hard to generate enough resources for the next task. Unfortunately this meant transporting the willow sticks 2 miles to the other end of the stream.

The second part of the day the students use the waders to start to build the willow river wall. The reason for this activity was to minimise the force of hydraulic action on the river cliffs at the side of the river. Much of this part of the bank had been eroded by the force of the river and accelerated by dog walkers allowing their pets to enter the river. In combination this had created footpath and river cliff erosion. This was particularly useful for the students as they were able to witness ‘Geography in reality’ from theory learnt about Rivers in the classroom.

The Year 11 students split into different teams – one group in charge of creating a new soil layer to replace the eroded material with soil and river pebbles and the other to build the wall. You can witness the extent of the erosion of the bank in the picture above.

As you can bear witness to below, the Year 11 students have taken ownership of the River Cray and personally reduced the erosion along this stretch of water. Another incredible achievement by St Paul’s students and in particular representing the SPA Geography department as assets to the local community. This was commented upon by various members of the public.

I will leave the students to reflect the thoughts on the current excursion.

# Where’s your next Geography classroom?

 

SPA Geog Year 8- Field Trip to Thorpe Park

As a taster for Geography at GCSE and to consolidate their classroom learning 40 year 8 students were taken to Thorpe Park for an interactive educational workshop. The day started early arriving at the park at about 10am where the students initially had the opportunity to explore the park and enjoy some of the rollercoasters. 

An all-time favourite ride with the students is Swarm a wing rollercoaster. Some students even queued longer to sit in the front seats to be further thrilled and terrified by this 59 miles per hour ride. 

After lunch the students attended an hour long educational workshop about the development and location of the park. The interactive workshop also included elements of the history of Thorpe Park and the employment the park brought to the local community. They also spoke about the positive things the park did for the local environment. Students were very engaged and showed a keen interest by asking lots of questions. 

The student’s behaviour was fantastic and they thoroughly enjoyed the field trip. Thankfully all phones and glasses survived the day!

St Paul's pupils join the fight against cancer

As part of our enterprise specialism, our pupils at St Paul’s Academy have decided that they would like to raise money in aid of Cancer Research UK by organising and taking part in their very own Race for Life as part of our Advent Charity Appeal.

In conjunction with our annual Christmas Fun Run, the event will take place on Wednesday 30th November around the local Abbey Wood area of South East London.  It is expected that around 200 plus students across years 7 to 11 will join forces with teachers to take on cancer and walk, jog or run in aid of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.  Our Health and Well-Being Ambassadors, Sports Leaders and vInspired Student volunteers have teamed up to help make this event happen and raise as much money for Cancer Research as they can.

Working alongside Miss Duffy and members of the PE Department, our student volunteers have taken the lead in ensuring this event is a success:

“The students have been the driving force behind promoting and organising this extremely worthwhile event.  The passion and commitment they continuously show towards volunteering and helping to raise money for charity is exceptional.  Our students are our greatest resource.  Their passion and vision is what drives us at SPA and so supporting them in their endeavours is extremely rewarding.”  (Miss Duffy, vInspired Co-Ordinator at SPA).

In order to prepare for the event, our über volunteers have been working alongside students in our Health and Well-Being club as well as a number of our other sports teams to help make sure they are ready for race day.

“As a sports specialist school we feel that one way which we can make a difference to not only the lives of our students but to those in our local community who are battling cancer is by taking part in a Race for Life event.  We are not just raising money for this worthwhile charity but we are also improving our health and fitness and our overall health and well-being at the same time.  So it’s a win-win situation for everyone!”  (Verona Okine – Year 11 vInspired Student Volunteer and Health and Well-Being Ambassador).

“Most of us know someone who has been touched by cancer and we all have our special reasons for taking part and wanting to help more people survive.”  (Lora Umelue, Year 11 vInspired Student Volunteer and Health and Well-Being Ambassador).

“This is our Race for Life, this is our Faith in Action.”  (Micky Ashong – Year 11 vInspired Student Volunteer and Health and Well-Being Ambassador).

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help fund vital research.

Schools across the UK are being invited to hold their own Race for Life events in aid of the charity.  They can choose a day that fits with the term calendar and pick a distance which suits the age and abilities of all pupils.

Rachel Carr, head of Race for Life, said: “Race for Life Schools is a fantastic way to have fun, get fit and save lives. Young people today are the generation who could see ground-breaking treatments and cures for cancer in their lifetime.  They will be the researchers and lifesavers of tomorrow.  But first, we need them to be the fundraisers of today – and walk, jog and run to help beat cancer sooner.”

For more information regarding our St Paul’s Academy Race for Life event, please contact Miss Duffy (carol.duffy@stpauls.greenwich.sch.uk) or speak to one of our vInspired Student Volunteers about how you can get involved.

If you would like to donate to this cause then please do so via our JustGiving page:

http://www.justgiving.com/st-pauls-academy30-11-2016

or see Miss Duffy for a sponsorship form.

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Sport Specialism

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Learning outside the classroom

Sport at the Academy is the catalyst for an enriching and stimulating learning experience. Engaging with our extended communities through sport is a magnificent enhancement to our unique education.

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Enterprise Specialism

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Creating a 'can do' attitude

Creating a 'can do' attitude Enterprise Education is fundamental to Saint Paul's Academy's development, allowing students to develop different skills, which will enhance their potential in later life.

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