Jack Petchey Achievement Awards

Sir Jack Petchey CBE founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and assist them in achieving their potential. The Foundation supports programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25 in London and Essex and have invested over £110 million in such schemes.

At SJP we are involved in the Achievement Awards which is a peer recognition scheme operating not just in schools but in grass roots youth clubs, youth organisations and uniformed organisations.

This year we have recognised through student and staff nominations nine students and one Leader. The young award winners choose how best to spend their £250 award money to the benefit of the school and leaders can apply for a small grant fund.

We are proud to be able to announce this year’s successful Award winners!

Nicholas Matthews has been nominated for his commitment to the school community, in particular his commitment shown to supporting the technical aspects of events and productions. Nicholas has demonstrated his technical expertise willingly, often staying late on numerous occasions to light the stage, enhancing performances with light and sound. Nicholas makes a considerable contribution to the SJP school community and is held in high esteem by all those who have the pleasure of working with him.

Ifeanyi Uzor is recognised for his impressive commitment to the development of KS3 Basketball. Through hard work and dedication he has developed into an outstanding school performer and is now sharing his expertise with the younger years. He attends all school practices, coaching his peers as well as officiating games both in school and at external fixtures. He has proven to be an outstanding role model and is an invaluable asset to the PE Department.

Abbey Carroll is an excellent role model. She gives her time endlessly to support student performance and the staff of the SJP PE department. Abbey single-handedly plans and runs football training sessions for girls. She has volunteered to coordinate this Year’s Football Week and in addition is undertaking her Level 1 Football Coaching Qualification. We are exceptionally thankful and proud of Abbey’s effort and dedication to developing her younger peers.

Sophie Broadhead is nominated for donating her hair to the charity Little Princess Trust so that her hair could be made into wigs for children with hair loss. We would like to commend Sophie for this generous act and for thinking of others before herself.

Matthew Rogan has been nominated for his outstanding commitment to the ICT Department. Matthew devotes his time to working with students in our Discovery Centre, delivering ICT lessons. He offers much expertise including covered animation, graphic design and video editing tasks. Matthew has been sharing this expertise with Year 9 classes, supporting the teacher in their delivery of lessons and working one to one with students. He is ambitious and is currently working on setting up a group to edit the International schools e-magazine, in addition to running a lunchtime coding club. His effort and enthusiasm to help others and share his passion is boundless.

Leo Tu has been nominated for his dedication in developing young mathematical minds. Last year he ran an extension class for Year 6 students in one of our local primary schools. He supports the maths department, preparing students for maths challenges and offering extension activities. Despite studying 5 A Levels he always finds time to offer his knowledge and share his mathematical passion.

Jenna and Danni Bidwell are nominated for their continual commitment to important events and occasions in our school calendar. This has involved singing in our school choir at Mass and other services throughout the year. In addition, they volunteer to help behind the scenes for school productions and contributed a considerable amount of time to preparing the set for our High School Musical. In their own time, they help out at a local Residential Home.

Abbie Subavathan is a fantastic role model to her peers. Abbie’s bravery and positivity in the midst of coping with cancer is incredible. Throughout multiple medical procedures to save her leg, chemotherapy and being wheelchair bound, Abbie has remained focused on returning to school and where possible is in attendance. Abbie remains undeterred to participate in lessons and embrace school life. We are very proud of Abbie; we commend her strength of character and look forward to celebrating future successes and improved health in the future.

Leaders Award: Jemma Coleman

Jemma is an outstanding individual who continually puts others’ needs first. Nothing is too much trouble for Jemma. She has led our student mentoring schemes for many years, coordinating one to one mentoring for Year 7 & 8 students to help them in transition from primary to secondary school and any support they need. She organises Form buddies for Year 7 tutor groups to help them get to know each other. In addition, she has given up her time to mentor our Gifted & Talented students and organise competitions and events to provide stretch and challenge. Jemma has also worked and led our Youth Health Champions in their campaigns, supporting the health and wellbeing of students in our school community in addition to coordinating PSHE sessions for the students to develop. Jemma volunteers to attend our PTA meetings, attending and supporting events. In addition to Jemma's teaching responsibilities she has also run a dance club for many years as well as volunteering to support school trips. Jemma is a fantastic colleague who strives to support everyone with whom she works and every child in our community. Her positive impact is felt across the school and in our local community.'

Jack Petchey Speak Out

After many years of hard-fought competition in the Jack Petchey 'Speak Out' challenge, the school won its first regional title in April, with Bernice Bushell being crowned champion. Her powerful, deeply moving and inspirational speech 'The Cake That Changed My Life' drew praise from judges and audience members alike.

Bernice, along with selected Year 10 students, attended a Youth Speaks workshop in December, honing their public speaking skills. From this day, three winning students were chosen to go through to the next round, where they polished their speeches, gaining further coaching to compete in a 'Speak Off' to the whole of Year 9. Elizabeth Hassan, Shraddha Gosatkar and Bernice performed outstandingly but only one could be chosen for the regional final, and Bernice narrowly triumphed. We now hope that following her stunning victory in Essex, Bernice will be selected for the National Grand Final.

Ski Trip

Each year, in the February half term, year 11 students have the opportunity to spend 7 days in Italy skiing. The ski trip alternates between two Italian resorts, Piancavallo and Foppolo, located in the Dolomite Mountains. The ski trip is well established in the school, visiting these venues since 1996 and is excellent, yet safe resorts whereby your son / daughter will have a wonderful experience.

This ski trip includes:

  • Coach transport to and from the resort by Ski Cruiser coach
  • Six nights’ accommodation with full board, including hot lunches
  • Comprehensive insurance policy
  • Four hours' ski tuition daily from fully qualified ski instructors from the local ski school
  • Ski equipment hire included: skis, boots, helmets and sticks
  • Six day lift pass
  • SJP ski Hoodie
  • Evening activities such as; snow racket walking, pizza night, Disco, quiz and ice skating.

Enrichment Days

We aim to offer our students a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development. Our enrichment opportunities have an educational purpose and we seek to ensure that they are delivered to all children, regardless of social background, race, gender or differences in ability.

All students are entitled to the development of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes. To enrich the curriculum for the students at St. John Payne Catholic School, we offer a range of educational visits and other activities that complement students’ learning at school.

Our Catholic ethos, shared beliefs and values underpin all of the activities on offer. We strive to develop our students’ understanding and faith in everything we do.

We offer an exciting programme of Enrichment Days. The context of these days relates to our curricular and co-curricular provision. Our curriculum remains academic and challenging as students strive to make progress and develop skills and qualities readying them for their future careers and society.

The Enrichment Days will include school-based events, trips to museums and art galleries, and presentations from visiting speakers. They enable staff to offer activities beyond the classroom, opening minds and broadening thinking and perspective. All these activities are driven by a desire to offer students further opportunities to not only acquire new knowledge and understanding, but also to develop skills and habits which broaden horizons and strengthen character.

Lastly, the days offer an opportunity for us to strengthen our community, working with different students, Year groups and staff to foster and develop positive relationships.

SJP Enrichment Days 2018
Friday 13th & Monday 16th July

 Year Group  Year 7  Year 8  Year 9  Year 10  Year 12
 Date  Friday 13th July: Day 1 (Department Led)
 Activity  Activities TBC
(Possibly Harry Potter World)
 Geography Rivers Fieldwork /PE & Technology Rocket Building  Careers and Interview Day RS Day
 Department responsible  English / MFL  Geography / PE / Tech  Science / IT  Maths / Art  RS / BS/ Law


 Year Group  Year 7  Year 8  Year 9  Year 10  Year 12
 Date  Monday 16th July: Day 2 (Tutor Teams)
 Activity  International Schools Day Adventure Island
Reward Trip
 Danbury & Mersea Youth Camp
Chessington Trip
Reward Trip
Roadster Event
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