PUBLISHED: 11:24 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:24 07 September 2018 Basit Mahmood St Paul’s Way Trust School students raised over £20,000 for charity in the 2017/18 academic year. Picture: St Paul’s Way Trust School St Paul’s Way Trust School Students from a school in Bow Common have raised more than £20,000 for charity. The students at St Paul’s Way Trust School have been raising money for a number of charities,including a campaign in June 2017 to raise money to build a school for orphans in Syria, with the final amount raised amounting to £10,896.46.That bought the total for the 2017/18 academic year to £20,003.40.Staff at the school encourage students to get involved in charitable campaigns in the belief that it helps students develop feelings of empathy, a sense of resilience and a unique chance to develop their teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Year 13 student Tanvir Razzak said: “It is … [Read more...] about St Paul’s Way Trust School students raise thousands of pounds for charity.
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PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2018 Alex Shaw St Paul's Way Trust School pupils Jenny Hunyh, Alanna Alberto-Assis, Tahera Miah, Labib Khan and Bilal Ahmed. Picture: St Paul's Way St Paul's Way The headteacher of a Bow Common school has called his students’ results in their GCSE exams an “exceptional achievement”. Phil Akerman, in charge of St Paul’s Way Trust School in St Paul’s Way, said his Year 11’s results were “the best in our school’s history”.He did not provide information on what proportion of pupils achieved top grades, stating only that GCSE results were “significantly above the national average”.This summer’s GCSE and A-level results, Mr Akerman added, show “remarkable things really do happen when you combine your students’ potential, their hard work and their determination with great support from their families and a talented and committed teaching/tutor … [Read more...] about GCSE Results Day 2018: St Paul’s Way headteacher celebrates ‘exceptional’ grades
As rents go up in St. Paul, building more affordable housing will be a key way to house low- to middle-income residents. But it won’t be the only way. Preserving privately owned housing that already exists and is affordable — “naturally occurring affordable housing,” or NOAHs — may be just as important. Then there’s potential “displacement prevention” strategies, like giving tenants of privately owned apartment buildings more time to find new housing if rents go up after a building sale. And on a weekly basis, city housing inspectors are reviewing building condemnations to determine how many people are losing their homes as a result of city enforcement — as well as how to reduce that number. “Unfortunately, due to the very nature of the work that we do in (the Department of Safety and Inspections), we end up displacing tenants,” said Travis Bistodeau, a deputy director for the department. Bistodeau wants to see the city … [Read more...] about St. Paul’s Fair Housing work group has its work cut out for it
Cecilia Rodriguez used to turn bright red every time she had to talk to someone. Then the 15-year-old started working after school at Urban Roots, a St. Paul nonprofit that gives young people the opportunity to work in urban gardens, learn how to cook and work on conservation projects in the city. Her confidence grew. Her shyness dissipated. “Now I can talk to anybody,” she said. Cecilia is one of the lucky ones. While St. Paul has spent years working to expand after-school programs, it still cannot meet the demand — especially of low-income students and students of color, many of whom leave school in the afternoon and have nowhere to go. White students, especially those with higher incomes, are more likely to be aware of after-school programs and are more likely to benefit from those they attend, according to 2016 Minnesota Student Survey data compiled by Sprockets, a public-private partnership launched under former Mayor Chris Coleman. “In St. Paul, there are … [Read more...] about St. Paul’s underfunded after-school programs raise equity questions
Melvin Carter calls it visioning. Before a race, the young sprinter would imagine the start, his stride, his burst. The kick. Replaying these images in his mind, over and over, would help Carter become a state high school track champion in three events and earn a full-ride scholarship to college. In his long-term vision he could see national titles and Olympic glory. Nowhere in his mind was there a scene where he became the first African-American mayor of St. Paul. He may be the only one who didn’t see that. From the teachers, coaches and mentors who watched him grow from a gifted and hyper-engaged son of a St. Paul educator and a St. Paul cop, to those who’ve met him along his path to City Hall, Carter’s ascension from a child of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood to a mayor leading an increasingly diverse city of 300,000 is a natural continuum. “He was made for this,” says Delores Henderson, his principal at J.J. Hill Elementary School, where he tested … [Read more...] about Melvin Carter’s historic rise from Old Rondo to St. Paul’s ‘made-for-this’ mayor