Sunday, 8 January 2017

St Paul's Advent Charity Appeal

SPA Geog and the Choir Fundraise for the ADVENT charity

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Kevin was an expert at talking to customers..

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.

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

Nathan proved popular 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.

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Cool customers in the classroom but can Year 11 skate on Ice?! You decide!

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Image result for bLUEWATER LOGOWithin 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 ( 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.

Left: 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. 

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

SPA Geog feature in 'The Living Thames' documentary with famous geographical presenters

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

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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:

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.

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GEOGRAPHY AMBASSADOR Interviews for Year 10 and 11

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

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.

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.

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SPA Geog FIRST OCR B Enquiring Minds River Fieldwork Trip with Year 10s

SPA Geog 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 shows off the Geography Hoodie whilst measuring river depth.

Year 10 measuring the channel depth and width of the river to work out the cross-sectional area.

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.

Year 10 measuring the channel width of the river and velocity of the river.

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.’ The students were also able to admire the work completed by the Year 11 on the weekend before.
Year 11 volunteering work creating a river wall to reduce erosion.

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