Co-Curricular Collaboration and Partnership Programme
As well as the whole year group activities, there are many regular joint events between St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School, including music, sport, drama and debating, and trips within London and further afield. Many of the schools’ joint societies run shared events, which this year have included a BioMed Society talk, a Joint Politics event, a translation masterclass and a Maths battle.
Pupils from both schools bring along their shared interests and skills for joint music concerts and drama productions including this year’s outstanding presentation of the classic musical Kiss Me Kate and cultural activities such as the African and Caribbean Societies of both schools’ joint trip to the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton.
Pupils came together for a Medical Networking Event, joint quizzes and maths and cooking competitions. In December, a group of pupils from both schools travelled to Fort William, Scotland, for snow and ice climbing and learning winter skills.
St Paul’s School has developed an extensive community partnership programme, which not only has a positive impact on the wider community but also provides opportunities for pupils from both St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School to volunteer alongside one another and to learn new skills.
One of the highlights this year was a joint presentation and discussion with the St Paul’s School Values Committee, the St Paul’s Girls’ School Consent and Respect Committee and both schools’ Feminism Societies with the Year 8 pupils of St Paul’s Juniors. The older pupils spoke about what feminism means and how it has affected their lives, as well as how stereotypes have impacted their time at school and what we can do to create a positive culture in all three schools. They then broke into small groups to allow for questions and debate. Here are some of the comments from the St Paul’s Juniors boys after the talk:
“I think the talk was really helpful because it helped us understand things from all angles.”
“I found the talk very informative, especially when we broke into groups as we could ask our own questions to find out the proper answer.”
It is in opportunities such as this, where the energy and enthusiasm provided by the older pupils inspires the younger ones and creates an environment where understandings of all sorts are born. We believe it is these understandings which ensure that our pupils are prepared to take their place and contribute positively to society.