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Annual Solemn Requiem Mass

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

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass

 

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

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

Irish TV documentary video.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carol Duffy

Student success at PIXL

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

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

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

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

St Paul’s Academy Sports Awards 2014

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

Saint Paul's Academy Sports Award 2014.

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

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

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

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

Sporting highlights of 2013/2014

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

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

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

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

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

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

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

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

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

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

St Paul's Sports Award 2014.

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

Roll of Honour

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

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Summer Sports Scheme

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

Summer Sports Scheme image 4.

Summer Sports Scheme image 1.

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

Summer Sports Scheme image 3.

Summer Sports Scheme image 2. 

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

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

Summer Sports Scheme 5.

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

Summer Sports Scheme image 6.

Youth Sport Trust GOLD Partner School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carol Duffy

Sportshall Athletics Team

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Indoor Athletics Team

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

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

Netball squad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the photos from the tour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the photos from the tour.

Saint Paul's School Uniform Shop
School uniform shop opening times

The uniform shop is always open twice a week during term time on:

  • Mondays: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Tuesdays: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
     

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Should you wish to order by e-mail or telephone, please contact us on the details provided below. Your order will be processed and ready for collection three days from the date your order was received.

Payment for school uniform can only be made by cheque, cash or credit/debit card. View price list.

Uniform shop number: 020 8311 3868 ext 154

E-mail address: spa.shop@stpauls.greenwich.sch.uk

News update - Monday, 1st July 2013

Section 48 Inspection Report - St Paul’s Academy is an outstanding school, offering a highly effective Catholic education within a very inclusive community.

The Academy has recently had a Section 48 Inspection and the report has now been published. Click here to view the report.

Feile Peil na nOg: Derry 2013

We have returned from a magnificent weekend in Derry with South London, including 11 students from St Paul's Academy in the panel of 20, being crowned Division 4 All Ireland Champions. Ninety six boys' teams took part and South London were placed in Division 4 with 15 other teams.

South London opened the competition with comfortable victories over the two local teams Limavady Wolfhounds GFC and Dorie Trasna GFC. In our final group game we came up against Enniskillen Gaels of Co. Fermanagh; we had to win this game to progress in the competition and our opponents had an unbeaten record for the last two years! The game ebb flowed and flowed with both teams having the ascendency at different stages. With two minutes remaining South London trailed by a point but up stepped Will Ozono to score three unanswered points which helped us record a two point victory. This game was described by many of the large attendance as being the game of the tournament!

In the semi-final, South London recorded a comfortable victory against the Champions of Co. Westmeath, St Loman's and in the final they defeated Ennistymon of Co. Clare by 2 -12 (18pts) to 1 - 00 (3pts) to win the All Ireland title.

The South London featured on Marty Morrissey's programme The Championship Matters and the clip can viewed from the link: http://youtu.be/24kAu6IWkCs

Feile 2013 slideshow cover.

View the slideshow from the Feile.
 

Summer Sports Scheme: Monday, 12th August - Friday, 30th August 2013

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OFSTED Inspection: January 2013

As you will all be aware, we had our much anticipated Ofsted inspection on 23rd and 24th January. Schools now are only informed at lunchtime on the day before a two-day inspection is due to start as inspectors want to see what “normal” looks like. We think that this is a much fairer way of inspecting a school than giving weeks or months of notice, during which time staff anxiety levels would rise and panic would set in. With a no-notice inspection, staff and students are not thrown into a situation which becomes false, and therefore a much more realistic view of the school is formed by the inspectors.

However, ours was no ordinary inspection. Most schools of our size would expect one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and three additional inspectors, but we welcomed on the first day two HMI and two additional inspectors. On the second day, we welcomed four HMI, one additional inspector, a member of the policy team and the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove! Obviously, this came as something of a surprise, but we embraced the opportunity to show Mr Gove what a fantastic school we have and how proud we are of our community. This was the first time that Mr Gove had observed an Ofsted inspection first-hand and he appeared impressed by what he saw, however, there can be no doubt that the presence of Mr Gove and the extra inspectors added a different dimension to the inspection, as some staff had four adults, including Mr Gove, observing a lesson and students. Interestingly, some students also felt this pressure and were reticent about answering questions in lessons which were being observed in case they gave the wrong answers. This clearly demonstrates the close relationships between staff and students!

As far as the report itself is concerned, we are very pleased with the outcomes; the first statement made is that “This is a thriving and well-led academy” and the report goes on to say “This is an extremely welcoming place. Students are a great credit to themselves and to the academy. They are polite, friendly and helpful, and they behave superbly. They attend very regularly because they enjoy school and value their education”. The dedication of teachers was noted by the inspectors and it was seen that as a result of this, students “achieve well and leave with very good examination results”. We were also delighted that the excellent links we have with the local community were acknowledged.

Of course, we are never complacent and the inspectors rightly pointed out areas where we can improve. Our aim is to make sure we are outstanding in all areas and we are aware that, as we move from being a small school to being a much larger school, some new, more sophisticated systems need to be put into place. An example of this would be the need to evaluate the progress that different groups are making and we have recently appointed a new, full-time Data Manager, who will co-ordinate and analyse information from all Learning Zones, in order to give us a holistic picture about all students’ progress.

I would like to thank all staff and students, as well as parents and carers, for their tremendous support, not only during the inspection, but also on a day-to-day basis. The inspectors were hugely impressed by the positivity of the feedback they received from all members of our community and acknowledged that huge contribution this makes to the success of our Academy.

Click here to view the Ofsted Report.

Click here to view the article in the TES.

Patrick Winston
6th February 2013

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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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