Commitment and effort in PE and school sport was celebrated at the annual Sports Award Assembly. The assembly for all year groups was an inspiring event with teachers, governors, pupils and special guests joining together to commemorate the sporting success of the pupils during the last year.
The guest speaker was Olympic boxer Natasha Jonas who presented the sports awards and celebrated the commitment, effort and contributions from the pupils in PE & School Sport.
2012 saw Natasha Jonas make history by becoming the first ever woman to box for Great Britain after it was decided that female amateur boxing would be involved in the Olympics for the first time. Natasha has gone on to win a silver medal at the European Championships, and represent England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Natasha is acting as a mentor for the school and is working alongside the pupils.
Coming from a deprived area to become an elite athlete, Natasha hopes that her story illustrates to young people the importance of having a goal and, that with a lot of dedication, you can achieve anything in life.
Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s, commented: “The Sports Assembly is an opportunity to reward those pupils who worked extremely hard at the various sports offered by the school during the past year. The assembly was a great success; it was extremely interesting to listen to Natasha who did a great job of motivating the pupils.”
“It is very impressive to see how the pupils get whole heartedly involved with PE and sport and as a result, this has been a good year for sporting success at Saint Paul’s,” said Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “Our pupils have put so much energy and enthusiasm into their sports and have been able to reap the rewards of those efforts and have seen their success reflected in the trophies they’ve won.”