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SPA Netball Greenwich League Champs excel at Kent Netball Invitational Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Duffy

 

 

Year 10 Royal Geographical Society Workshop

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

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

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

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

Not convinced?! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Volunteering in Thames Wetlands.

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

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

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

The course outline is also located below but changes mean:

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

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

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

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

Year 10 Citizens UK Presentation Workshop

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

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

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

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

Year 7 Boys’ Gaelic football

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

Year 10 geographers win the Wide Horizons’ National Competition

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

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

Figure 1 Mountain Walking in Snowdonia.

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

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

Figure 2 Gorge Walking at the Wide Horizons Centre.

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

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

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

Team 2- Tony, Steve, Folarin and Joseph.

Team 3- Melanie and Fay.

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

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

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

The different faces of the Geography classroom

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

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

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

Benjamin and Aaron’s shake test was unsuccessful.

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

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

Well done Sophia in 8E!

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

Chrismas volunteering at St Paul's

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

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

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

These students are truly a fantastic testament to the charitable work being completed by the school and are an asset to the school community. An amazing day was had which truly reflects the Christmas spirit of giving to others during the festive season. These students really are fantastic ambassadors of the commendable work that the school does to support local communities and raise money for different charities. Well done to all the students involved (Habeeb Lawal, Francesca Moore, Jade Jacobs, Maroulla Bradshaw, Kiara Cevallos, Morejoy Mbang, Alastair Arierta, Cameron McDonald, Lauren-Anne Dowling, Miles Oke, Adunonla Sunday-Martins and Niall Allen).

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

Natural History Museum visit by Year 8

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

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

SLUM10 Project a Success

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

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

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

Anesu and Keion collaboratively chopping down a large tree.

#Where’s your next Geography classroom?

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

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

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

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

Well done ladies!

Year 8 Netball Team

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

Miss Duffy

Year 10/11 indoor athletic report

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

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

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

 

Year 7 indoor athletics

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

The finals however were a different story…

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

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

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

Super Start for Stupendous Sevens

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

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

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

Year 8 Athletics

The year 8 boys and girls athletics teams had an outstanding first year at St. Paul’s Academy and came back in September 2015 ready to win lots of medals and break records. The indoor season started with both teams qualifying for the finals of the Lee Valley Indoor Schools Cup in the year 8/9 competition. Knowing they were up against pupils from year 9, both teams worked tirelessly throughout the qualifying rounds, semi-finals and finals, giving their best in all the events. On the day, it was an extremely tough competition with the boys placing 5th overall in the ‘B’ final and the girls placing 4th overall in the ‘A’ final.

The sportshall athletics competition however was much more of a success. In the year previous the girls had finished in 4th place and the boys had won the competition outright, being crowned champions of London 2015. Both squads qualified at the local and regional rounds to make the London Youth Games finals, held in the prestigious Crystal Palace National sports centre. On the day the competition was extremely close and both teams put in every effort to ensure they produced excellent results. After battling it out against 8 other schools, the girls made a huge improvement on the previous year’s result and bagged 2nd place – finally taking home a well-deserved medal. The boys were pipped to the post by Platanos College from Lambeth who scored only 3 more points than our boys!

Well done to all the pupils involved in the year 8 indoor athletics season. 

Year 11 Volunteer along Foots Cray Meadows

Year 11 students from St Paul’s Academy Geography department completed another volunteering experience with Thames21. Many of the students now exceeding 30 hours of volunteering to add to their CV statements for colleges and potential part-time jobs this summer. Habeeb Lawal is now the student with the most hours at 54 within Geography. Congratulations on such an achievement Habeeb.

Students shovelled mulch into wheel burrows to lay along footpaths that had been eroded by tourists. Yet again St Paul’s students have been accountable for maintaining and enhancing the local community near the school. 

Marcus McGlave
Past pupil, Marcus McGlave, class of 2015 agrees pro contract with ARSENAL

Marcus McGlave, a past pupil of St Paul’s Academy, class of 2015, has agreed his first professional contract with ARSENAL Football Club.  Prior to this Marcus has also achieved in the classroom, securing 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C before embarking on his professional football career.

In a statement released by the club, they commented on Marcus saying,

‘A talented defensive midfielder with a keen eye for a pass, Marcus is an England under-17 international. He first joined Arsenal at under-six level, and has gone on to represent the club at under-21 level and to train regularly with Arsène Wenger's first team. The promising youngster is also a mainstay of the Gunners' under-18s and has featured five times for the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League this term. Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Marcus on his new contract and looks forward to his continued progression with the club’.

To reiterate the words of those at Arsenal, everyone at St Paul’s Academy would also like to congratulate Marcus on this wonderful achievement and important milestone in his life.  We would like to wish him every success, health and happiness for the future and look forward to following Marcus’ career as he continues to grow and develop both as a person and a professional athlete. 

Well done Marcus.

MFL Spelling Bee competition

As languages are a key element in the GCSE curriculum, the MFL team has entered the school in the national Foreign Language Spelling Bee competition for students in Year 7. This helps students to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in Spanish. During the competition, students have to translate words from English and spell them out loud in Spanish.

After five weeks of preparation where students learnt 100 words in Spanish, the school competition took place on Tuesday. Year 7 students performed brilliantly and the atmosphere was thrilling.

After an outstanding performance from all the 12 year 7 participants, Zosia Newton, Charlotte Sarmiento and Esther Soroye will represent St. Paul’s Academy at the Regional competition!!

Everyone at St. Paul’s Academy, in particular the MFL department, are really proud of all participants and their dedication.

Well done everyone! And good luck to our winners for the next stage!!!!

BFI Film Academy Documentary Residential

The Documentary residential is running in London in January and February. Students get to come to London and make a documentary, screen it in a cinema, attend masterclasses with industry experts including BBC3's Stacey Dooley and Double OSCAR winner Simon Chinn and attend the BFI Future Film Festival.

The course costs £50 for all training, food and accommodation although those from low-income backgrounds are eligible for a bursary.

View all the behind-the-scenes activity from last year's residential

This is a nationwide opportunity and open to all 16-19 year olds from any background.
Download the flyer and  application form. Application closes on 2nd December.

Examination Results – Summer 2015

It has been another excellent year for St. Paul’s Academy. Our first large cohort of 240 students and notably, our first cohort to begin their studies on our new campus, have achieved a magnificent set of results.  

Top 10 students

We are delighted to announce that 72% of the cohort achieved 5+ A* – C grades including English & Mathematics. This shows a significant rise of 10% on last summer’s results. This year, schools across the UK have been met with huge challenges in terms of changes to courses and grade boundaries; staff and students at St Paul’s have risen to these challenges at a time when many schools are increasingly struggling. In English, 82% of the cohort achieved A* – C grades and 83% made 3 or more levels of progress from KS2-KS4. In Mathematics, 80% of the cohort achieved A* – C grades and 84% of the cohort made 3 or more levels of progress from KS2-KS4. Three levels of progress is the national expectation which means that many of our students do far better than their KS2 primary school data would suggest. In Science, 58% of the cohort achieved 2 or more A* – C grades.

Other particularly notable achievements include Religious Studies, where 80% of the cohort achieved A* – C grades; these include a phenomenal 21 A*s and 49 As. We have also seen a significant rise in our History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages results which has increased our Ebacc score to 29%; this is a notable increase on last year’s score and proves that we are heading in the right direction with our progress in our Ebacc combination of subjects (English, Mathematics, 2 Science qualifications, MFL and History or Geography). In terms of non-Ebacc subjects, our Textiles Technology and Product Design results demonstrate very pleasing progress this year.

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St Paul’s Academy’s results are flourishing for many reasons. In our most successful subjects, early completion of controlled assessments and coursework has been an important factor; students are increasingly thoroughly prepared for their terminal examinations, including being given an extensive programme of trial examinations. Our school is fully inclusive: all students have been given the opportunity to attend booster sessions, be they after school, during the Easter and half-term breaks or at weekends. The dedication of our teachers and the time they have given to our students has been fundamental to our improved results. We view education as far more than academic progress alone; students are welcome to use the facilities from 7am until 5pm and a significant part of our students’ success comes from knowing that they are part of a caring community.

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As you may be aware, schools are very much judged on the performance of their students who receive Pupil Premium funding compared to those who don’t. It is our pleasure to announce that at St Paul’s, we are closing this gap significantly with 68% of our Pupil Premium students this year achieving 5 A* – C grades including English & Mathematics, compared with 75% of the rest of our students.

Year 10

It is without doubt that our examination success also comes from the fact that we enter many of our students early for their examinations. In fact, 90 % of our Year 11 cohort started their final year at St. Paul’s with at least one A* - C grade already ‘banked’. In a time when many schools are wary about early entry, we are delighted that we are making the right decision to enter students for examinations in Years 9 and 10 if they are ready for this.

In the light of this, we are thrilled with our Year 10 results, which included some fantastic success stories. In English Literature all 27 students who were entered early achieved A* – C grades. All 130 students who were entered early for Mathematics achieved A* – C; these grades included a remarkable 20 A* and 26 A grades. In Religious Studies, 47 out of 48 students achieved A* – C, including 11 A* and 23 A grades. 25 out of 27 PE students and 44 out of 46 Additional Science students achieved A* – C grades. These are incredible achievements for both staff and students; they bode extremely well for summer 2016 and mean that these students are able to begin their final year at St. Paul’s with high levels of motivation.

St Paul’s Academy has achieved a superb set of results. We are a school committed to teamwork, collegiality and community. Our continued success is due to students, staff, parents and carers all working together to provide the very best for our young people.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Patrick Winston

Principal

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