British Junior National Championships

Paulinas row towards medals

After qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta for the first time, Boat Club morale reached another high over the summer break. Rowers from the VII and VIII raced at the British Junior National Championships at the start of the holiday with some fantastic results. As is so often the case, the weather made rowing conditions difficult, but nonetheless the championship 8+ managed to power their way to a bronze medal. For some of the crew this was their last opportunity to race for St Paul's and they were delighted to end on such a positive note. Congratulations to all who raced.

Head Girl Team Building

Lots of rain, but many laughs

Once again the Head Girl Team headed off to Taunton for training at the Outposts Centre. They really felt that it helped them to bond, with challenging team building exercises and the joys of camping in the rain. It was a particularly memorable trip which included an eighteenth birthday celebration for Julianna, two very eventful train journeys, and Chessie getting much more acquainted than she would have liked with very cold water.  

Newnham Essay Prizes

Congratulations to Thea and Jones

At the end of last term, we announced the unprecedented success Paulinas had with their Newnham essay prize submissions. Over the summer, Thea and Rachel now in the VIII, attended the special award ceremony where they were presented with their prizes by Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College. Dr Sam Lucy, Newnham Admissions Tutor, said 'The field this year was particularly strong, with a record number of entries. Whittling that field down to the winners and runners-up of the eight prizes involved some hard decisions, but those chosen are well-deserved winners and should be extremely proud of their achievement'. Thea won first place in the Engineering Essay Prize with her piece on ‘Engineering in Medicine’. Rachel was awarded third place in the Biological Sciences category with her piece on cell division.

Christmas Concert

St Paul's take an operatic turn on the stage

Ever a highlight of the autumn term, the Christmas Concert on Tuesday opened with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice featuring fabulous soloists Caroline (VIII), Brooke (VII) and Tara (VI). Later Paulina Voices were joined by the Middle School and Senior Choirs to perform the traditional Gardner carols, a fitting end to a festive musical celebration.

New York Art Exhibition

A new corner of the world reaches a corner of the Marble

The Marble was lined with a range of images from the VIII’s recent trip to New York. The photos included black and white double-exposed street shots layered over the New York skyline, their own Instagram wall of coloured pictures of street art, food and the city lights, and caricature drawings of the New Yorkers in their element. 

Carol Concerts

It's a busy time for musicians!

The candlelit Great Hall and pre-concert mince pies all added to the Christmas spirit at the Carol Concert, which heard Cantamus perform the winning entry from the first St Paul’s Carol Competition. Eleven singers from Paulina Voices then rounded off their 2016 performances by leading the Guild of Mercers' Scholars Carol Service at St Mary Woolnoth Church.

British Rowing Indoor Championships

Paulinas were cheered on by members of the GB men's rowing squad!

Nicola in the VIII competed in the sixth form girls individual 2k event, and came away with a silver medal 2.8 seconds behind the winner; a time that would've also won the silver in the U23 event. The junior girls relay team the race over 50 meters ahead of second place. Olympic gold medallist, Mo Sibihi, presented the team with their gold medals.

Senior Chinese Lecture Day

Mao, Krushchev and the Sino-Soviet Split

Senior Paulinas studying Chinese Pre-U attended lectures on recent Chinese history, from the Civil War (1927-50) at Conway Hall. One of the most interesting lectures was about the Sino-Soviet Split, where they left surprised at the degree of difference in domestic policy between two countries which, theoretically, had the same ideology.

Principia Schools Conference

Paulinas meet Tim Peake and talk space seeds

After taking part in the RHS Space Seeds project last year as part of Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS, three senior Paulinas presented their investigation into the physical and chemical differences between the seeds, including their use of Raman spectroscopy, at the Principia Schools Conference at the University of York. They met Mr Peake, and discussed their project with him.

St Paul's Indoor Football Tournament

The future looks bright for St Paul's football

The beginning of November saw the arrival of the St Paul’s Indoor Football Tournament. With Pippa (VIII) acting as a sweeper in defence, enabling Lisa (VIII) and Freja (LV) to score some electrifying goals, the team won first place. For many of the players this was a fitting end to their football career at St Paul's.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The much-anticipated production of Shakespeare's classic comedy

After months of rehearsals, last week saw the The Merry Wives of Windsor take the stage. Complete with iconic rock songs and Christmas carols, the witty manoeuvrings of Mistresses Page and Ford took on new significance in our 1950s adaptation, and showcased the talents of our Paulinas and Paulines.

Bulgarian Concert

Paulinas take to the stage at Cadogan Hall

Paulina Voices joined forces with a choir from Francis Holland School to perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Brahms’ Psalm 13 at the Cadogan Hall. The concert was part of the Bulgarian Festival of Musical Culture and conducted by Martin Georgiev with the wonderful London Mozart Players. 

Scullers Head

Paulinas row to success

Four senior rowers has much success on the river when they competed in the Scullers Head. Despite tough conditions and strong winds, Nicola and Lara in the VIII came 3rd and 4th respectively in J18 singles, and Aurelia and Lucinda in the VII came 3rd and 7th in J17 singles.

MIV Party

The VII throw the MIVs a night to remember

The MIVs were lucky enough to go to a pyjama party in the Great Hall. The annual MIV party, which is organised by the VII, saw the Great Hall transformed with beautiful star decorations, a photo booth, and enough balloons to entertain for hours.

Orchestral Concert

The spotlight was on the St Paul's orchestras

A delighted audience enjoyed performances by Sinfonia, Baroque Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, and the latter’s rousing rendition of three movements from Holst's The Planets, written whilst he was teaching here in the music department, gave the school's new set of timpani the chance to shine.

Living Library

Our VII bring the information to life for primary children

A group of enthusiastic VII students volunteered in the Living Library project, an outreach programme run with a local primary school. Groups of visiting Year 5 students  ‘take out’ a person as a dynamic, living library book and listen to their specially prepared presentation on topics ranging from female pirates to Egyptian mummies to the global history of chocolate.

Paulina Retains Foyle Poet Title

A poetic winning streak

Sophia in the VII has been one of 15 winners of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year award for two years in a row. Sophia’s poem entitled ‘diphenyl oxalate’ will be printed in The Foyle Young Poets 2016 anthology, chose by judges Malika Booker and W.N. Herbert from 6,000 entries. You can read it here

St Paul's in Hangzhou

Exploring southern China

Five Paulinas stayed on the beautiful campus of Hangzhou Dianzi University and took part in Chinese lessons with other international students. They visited Hangzhou School for the Deaf, where the students taught us both Chinese and Chinese sign language. Their last two days were spent sightseeing and shopping in Shanghai.

St Paul's at CERN

Cheese, chocolate and particle physics; it doesn’t get better than that. 

A group of seniors enjoyed a guided tour of CERN’s first particle accelerator, the Synchrocyclotron, and the superconducting magnet test facility by a CERN physicist. Other highlights included pots of fondue at a cheese factory in Gruyere; visiting the UN headquarters and Red Cross museum and visiting the Favarger chocolate factory.

Kingston Small Boats Head

The St Paul’s Boat Club took their races by storm!

The seniors won first place in the women's novice coxless quads and second place in the intermediate two coxed fours, beating some very notable clubs. A senior four achieved the fastest time in the women’s novice fours category in the afternoon and the seniors then dominated the J18 singles category taking second to sixth place!

Buenos Aires Exchange

Sun and spanish in Argentina

Three students from the VIII attended classes in Spanish every day and found the Northlands school environment to be very different from St Paul’s. As they toured the city (eating traditional foods such as empanadas, milanesas, steak and a lot of dulce de leche), the European influence was more evident than when they visited the Argentine countryside.

Jishukan Exchange

Four VII Paulinas travelled to the Land of the Rising Sun. 

The exchange with Jishukan High School in Toyohashi let Paulinas experience day-to-day Japanese life, from lessons in school to sleeping on futons, as well as getting a tourist's view through day trips to Tokyo and Kyoto. They were struck by the juxtaposition between the futuristic technology of the cities and the traditional aspects of their culture.

St Paul’s in New York

Twelve A level art students took a trip across the pond

Paulinas experienced the rich art scene of the Big Apple with a night-time photography session at the Top of the Rock, a talk by an independent gallery director, and a course in film-making gave precious insights into life behind-the-scenes of this vibrant, thriving art world.

St Paul’s in Dublin

The VIII historians report back, Irish whistle in hand…

The VIII historians went on the much-anticipated Dublin trip this easter. They visited Trinity College just after the main centenary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, saw various exhibitions, hurled at Croke Park, and returned with many memories and the odd tune on an Irish whistle (sorry Mr Bromley).

Higher Education News

A whole host of exceptional university offers

The VIII are busy finalising their higher education and gap year plans. All 11 US university candidates are choosing from institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. Oxbridge colleges offered 55 Paulinas places, as well as Russell Group universities and ten medical applicants securing offers from leading institutions.

Senior Art Exhibition 2016

Senior artists show off their creative projects of the last two years

The Senior Art Exhibition on 10 May celebrated their work of senior artists over the last two years. From a film of a dissolving terracotta bust to Surrealist ideas related to dreams to an ambitious mirrored installation on the Marble, some of the exhibition can be viewed here.

Woolf Prize Commendation

Pippa recognised in Newnham College’s prestigious English prize

Congratulations to Pippa (VII) whose essay on the presentation of female characters in Restoration-era plays was commended in Newnham College's Woolf Prize. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, the possible questions investigate the place of women in society and culture. You can read Pippa's essay here.

National Schools Regatta

Seniors qualify for final for the first time in 14 years

Paulinas competed against national and international clubs in the National Schools Regatta at Eton Dorney Lake. The senior 8+, racing in their new Empacher, qualified for the final for the first time in 14 years, finishing 7th overall. The senior 4+ finished third, just 0.35 seconds behind the next boat.