Faith in Action

Faith in Action is about raising students’ aspirations and developing valuable skills for further education and employment in a range of activities.

At St Paul’s Academy, we believe in putting our Faith into Action. Students are encouraged to take part in many fundraising activities as well as actively supporting in the community. The generosity of our community is astounding, as are the ideas our students come up with to raise money.

Our Christmas and Feast Fayres are our two biggest fundraising events of the year. Before the fayres, form classes spend a PSHE lesson exploring Catholic social teaching, thinking about why we do charity work and which charity they would like to support. They then work together to come up with ideas for their stalls and do the preparations. You can expect to see food from around the world, jewellery, Christmas cards, Play-Station competitions and many other fun activities.

During Lent, we take part in the Big CAFOD Walk as well as CAFOD’s Be Bright campaign for harvest. Throughout the year, we also have odd socks day in anti-bullying week, Christmas Jumper day and on our cultural dress day students make a charitable donation.

As a school, we also support the local community through our school food bank. Students are asked to bring in items for the food bank throughout the year. During Advent our Key Stage 4 students use a reverse advent calendar to put together a Christmas hamper for school families who access the foodbank.

Our Key Stage 3 students collect Christmas presents which we deliver to Bexley foster care for children who may not receive presents at Christmas.

We pride ourselves on the range of local, national and international charities we have supported through enterprise activities, again reflecting our commitment to Catholic social teaching. Some of the charities we support are:

  • The Mizen Foundation
  • Greenwich & Bexley Hospice
  • The Anti-Bullying Alliance
  • Macmillan
  • British Legion
  • MIND
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • The Childhood Trust

We also put our faith into action through our work in the community. The Youth St Vincent de Paul Society [YSVP] visit Weybourne care home each week spending time doing activities with the residents and talking with him. The YSVP also run our school food bank.

Our school garden club also visited Weybourne Care Home last summer to do gardening with the residents where our students helped to harvest some of the vegetables.