For the past four weeks St Bonaventure’s has welcomed seven fantastic STEM subject Interns – students in their second year at University.

Arranged by the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance that’s based at St Bonaventure’s, the funded ‘Get Into Teaching Internship’ was a huge success.

The programme has been designed to increase the number of Maths and Physics teachers applying for Initial Teacher Training courses by giving Undergraduates in their penultimate year of study a taste of teaching.

Lead Practioner at St Bon’s, Emma Templeman said it was a chance for the young students  to see what life as a Science or Maths teacher in an outstanding, busy inner-city school was really like.

The Interns – Anthony Onwuli from Imperial College, London, Jamina Begum from The University of East London, and  Hazyefah Khan, Mohammed Umarjee, Naimah Haque, Aqeela Patel and Flora Anpu-Charles from London’s Queen Mary University said they had a fantastic experience at the school.
Ms Racon, Mr Adenekan, Mr Bennett and Ms Murphy, along with the Maths and Science teams have fully supported the Interns to actively engage in and deliver parts of Maths and Science lessons.

The Magnificent Seven have also been responsible for planning and delivering two exciting science fayre events for Year 6 pupils as well as  St Bonaventure’s boys, assisting at two Sports Days, helping in Mission Week, visiting a fellow alliance school on top of receiving a full and comprehensive professional studies training programme.

Ms Templeman went on to say: “We hope that the experience of teaching at St Bonaventure’s has been a rewarding and memorable one for the Interns and we hope to see them again in the classroom in the future .
“They have shown real potential and this is a fantastic way for talented students to get into teaching and to discover if it is the profession for them whilst earning a decent salary.”


School finishes for the summer after mass to celebrate the mass of our patron, St Bonaventure.

Students will be attending mass in St Antony’s Church and singing the new hymn and they will be dismissed afterwards from the church at 12.25pm.

Students will have with them a copy of the latest magazine packed with stories covering what’s been happening during  this busy term. A list of important dates is on the back cover with the return to school date in September that parents will find useful.

Mr Halliwell, the Governing Body, all staff and students wish you all a happy and restful summer.

See you all in September, refreshed and ready for the new academic year.

In Sanctitate et Doctrina.


It’s that time of year again when we showcase all the inspiring, beautiful work our Music, Art, Drama and DT Departments and their talented students have been working on all year.

The Summer Arts Festival takes place on July 5 with special performances and monolgues  from our  Drama  budding actors and the harmonious choir plus exhibitions from Art and Design Technology students.

A BBQ and refreshments on the Friary Lawn in the glorious sunshine is on the menu too.

Running from 4pm until 6.30pm, tickets are going fast and cost £5 for adults with free entry for Under 5s. Older children and students’ ticket are priced at £2. This ticket  will need to be shown at the BBQ.

The infamous Art auction will showcase some exquisite pieces with the chance to purchase and own a unique piece of artwork.

Proceeds from the event will go to ‘Creative Futures’ – a registered charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and young people through the arts.

Entrance on Thursday will be via the playground on St Antony’s Road. Cars will be allowed to park on this playground too as it’s permit holders only in virtually the whole of Newham now. So no excuse not to come and support this wonderful event!

The weather forecast looks good so what better way to spend a summer’s evening, with culture, music, art, beauty and nibbles and nosh….perfect!


Our Year 12 and Year 10 students sat intently listening to massively successful Irish businessman and bullionaire, Paul Coulson, who came in to speak today, July 3, about himself and his business.

Paul is the largest stakeholder and Chairman of  the Ardagh Group that produces bottles, cans and packaging and is hugely popular globally.

Paul, 66, spoke about his early life and growing up in Ireland and how he was educated by the Jesuits. His faith remains really strong and he maintains connections with brilliant Boston College – the Jesuit Catholic university in Massachusetts.

He chatted about the mistakes he has made and how he has learned from those mistakes. He added it was vitally important to always care for your employees and remain humble. He gave some excellent advice to our pupils and was very relaxed.

His savvy business eye has made him a multi millionaire  and he was happy to share his experiences with St Bonaventure’s today.

Students got involved and lots asked of questions after the session too.

Paul’s visit was part of the Speakers For Schools Programme.

Mr Halliwell commented: “The students really appreciated the visit and I know it has inspired a lot of them to follow their dreams, do well and make a difference in the world.”

Year 6 students from St Edward’s Primary School in Upton Park came in to school today, June 29, for an exciting science lesson with our Agnus Dei Year 2 university STEM undergraduate Interns.

The ten and eleven year olds really enjoyed their lesson and made ice cream and carried out various tasks and experiments whilst having a lot of fun.

Certificates were given out at the end of the morning session and one of the Interns, former St Bon’s student, Anthony Onwuli  remarked: “They were all really keen and loved getting involved. Hopefully today’s lesson will encourage them to begin to love science and whet their appetite.”  He added. “They had three challenges and had to construct three structures, a high tower, a ledge and a bridge with prizes given out to the best pupils. Myself and my colleagues were really impressed with them and hope they loved their lesson.”

The Interns looked very comfortable teaching and took to their new roles wonderfully.



Domas Vazgys from 7 Forest proudly displays his certificates for being ‘Best in Year’and ‘Best in School’ as he took part in the UK Maths Junior Challenge.
8 Gregory’s Selorm Amenu was the ‘Best in Year’ for Year 8.
Thirty boys took part in the challenge organised by Miss Finlay and they received their certificates today, June 28, 2018.
Most of the group are seen pictured here.


Meet the new House Captains representing Atkinson, Bell, Colman, Forest, Gregory, Heath, Wall and Kolbe.

Marcellus Youpa-Ryan will be representing Atkinson
Ernaldo Krasniqi – Bell
Brian Bagalwa  – Colman
Jeremiah Ojan – Forest
Nigel Aris – Gregory
Michael Lozano  – Heath
Ethan Onyait  – Kolbe
Torron Phillip  – Wall


Today we welcomed eighteen new members of staff in to school for an induction day.

Some of the staff have already started and some will be joining St Bon’s in September but today was a chance to all meet each other, meet other members of staff and have a tour of the school with students.

Fifteen came together for a group photo on the Friary lawn this morning, June 25, and we look forward to them joining us in September.

The staff are; Ms Ahmad, Science, Ms Ahsan, English, Mr Czernuszka, Science, Mr Duphey, Geography, Mr Fitzgerald, Science, Mr Higgs, Science, Mr Imrith, Maths, Mr Leith, Site Supervisor, Ms Logier, Science, Mr Maduabueke, Maths, Ms Mehegan, Social Sciences, Mr Morrice, Geography, Ms O’Neill, MFL, Mr Pigott, Maths, Ms Purdue, Geography, Ms Warren, Music, Ms Wolton MFL and Mr Brobbey, Science.

What a year this is turning out to be.

Another tournament, another trophy for our remarkable Year 8 sportsmen.

This time the trophy was golden and glitzy and resembled the famous World Cup.

Our Year 8 futsal team won the Genesis Futsal tournament, winning their three group games against Little Ilford School, East London Science School and Brampton Manor Academy before beating Oasis Academy 5-3 in the semi finals.

The final was a great game which ended 4-1 to St Bonaventure’s, Divin Mubama with 2 goals, Joel Mputu with 1 and Mekhi Charles-Armstrong finished off an incredible passage of play for the goal of the day.

Enos Duah received the keeper of the day award and Divin Mubama was named player of the tournament.

What an achievement and what a year Mr Firth is having!






Today, June 21, we gave out the remaining two Jack Petchey awards to students.

June’s award went to 13 year old Noah Myers for his excellence both academically and athletically. He is a real team player who helped secure the win for St Bon’s at the Worcester final of the National handball Championships recently against Pate’s Grammar School. He has also just been selected to represent London in Manchester for his basketball skills playing for the London Lions.

The final 6th Form award of the school year was presented to former St Angel’s student, 17 year old Elizabeth Oluga who joined our Year 12 in September.

Elizabeth picked up her certificate for the work she has done with TELCO this year and she has impressed staff with her caring, gentle nature. She was also praised for the way she supported a student through a really traumatic time earlier this year, visiting him in hospital and was a good friend to him too. “A Bon’s girl, through and through” added Mr Halliwell.

Well done and we look forward to seeing them along with ten other worthy winners receive their gongs at the glittering awards ceremony at the O2 on September 25.