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St James’ Catholic High School London

: April 22, 2014 4:01 pm s 1 Comment

Aquinas Education paid a visit to the St James’ High School in London last week to take part in the schools ‘Deep Learning Day’. Craig Anderson(Managing Director), Ryan Miller(Senior Consultant) and Jermaine Jenas(Business partner Aquinas) all went along to support the staff and students for the day.

The children were all off timetable for the day and the school had arranged a fun filled, jam packed day of events including Jermaine and the Aquinas team. They had local dancers from the church giving a performance, guest speakers including rehabilitated ex offenders giving positive motivational talks as well as many other exciting inspirational opportunities for the children. The day was a massive success and Aquinas were very pleased to be a part of it.

Jermaine helped some of the students with some IT work, he joined in with PE sessions, he helped to run a session on RE talking about Nature/Nurture with a meaningful discussion being raised about whether his Footballing career was always the path he was going to follow or whether it was due to his hard work and dedication.

The day was to help the children to stay on track, to keep focussed, positive and to be guided in the right direction.

“Thank you for your generosity with your time and expertise yesterday. your input and work with our students and staff very much helped secure a very successful ‘Deep Learning Day’ for all concerned. Yesterday was an extremely positive learning opportunity for our students and having visitors to enrich and support this opportunity was invaluable. We have already had a great deal of feedback from staff and students who agree with my view, and tell of the fun and enjoyment they had, whilst undertaking their different learning activities.” Niamh Arnull (Head Teacher)

Aquinas Education/Foundation will be supporting The St James’ Catholic School in London and we hope to be involved with many more upcoming events!!

Aquinas Senior Consultant takes part in Guiness World Record.

: April 22, 2014 3:59 pm s Leave your thoughts


Our Senior Consultant Ryan Miller was witness last week to a record breaking challenge set by Southwark Primary School in Basford Nottingham, to beat the Guiness world record for the most people modelling clay in one venue at one time. 174 pupils took part on the day and it was a successful achievement for the children and the school,  one child told Ryan “This is the best day ever!!!” the students had a great time.

Firstly they were able to watch a big screen where they could see a professional potter giving examples of what the children could make with the clay and when the time began they had 5 minutes to make something of their choice.

Ryan’s favourite piece was a clay snail, “In 5 minutes she had done a brilliant job,  it was a very detailed piece of work in such a short space of time!”

On behalf of the Aquinas Foundation I would like to say a huge congratulations to Southwark school… keep up the inspiring work!

Wes Morgan Helps Pupils To Reach Goals!

: April 22, 2014 3:55 pm s Leave your thoughts


We are delighted to announce that Wes Morgan(Leicester City) will be supporting the Aquinas Foundation on our latest project… this project will be focused around Leicester Schools and will be awarded to pupils who show an improvement in class time and also in extra curricular activities within the school itself.

As a result of Wes Morgan’s performances towards the end of the 2011/12 season, he was awarded with the Leicester City captaincy ahead of the 2012/13 season. His impressive performances early on earned him a nomination for Championship Player of the Month for September. Wes will  helping to run a football coaching session for the children and will take part in a question and answer session for the students and parents. Watch this space for more information on project football 2014…

GB Swimming Project Was A Splashing Success

: April 22, 2014 3:54 pm s Leave your thoughts

Back in September The Aquinas Foundation launched its GB swimming project as an incentive for children in schools both primary and secondary to aim high and to work harder to achieve their goals within the school. The project included 10 schools from Nottinghamshire which took place on fri 31st jan and was a fantastic day proving to be a huge success for all involved.

We wanted this project to focus on aspirations and motivating the children to be the best they can possibly be!

The swimming lesson would be used as a reward for the 2 children who have shown an improvement in the schools chosen area and for the children who have had a significant turnaround showing a clear focus and determination towards a goal.

Both myself and my colleague Ryan from Aquinas paid visits to some of the schools involved to take part in intervention sessions with targeted groups within the school, we have learnt that this has had a very positive affect on the students and has given them a sense of drive and motivation in class.



I would like to thank Sasha Matthews who we are very happy to have on board supporting the Aquinas Foundation and what we stand for. Sasha has been swimming since the age of 7, becoming professional at the age of 13. Amongst many international event successes Sasha is a European junior Gold, silver and bronze medallist and the 2010 commonwealth games Bronze medalist we were very fortunate to have her there to help the children with the lesson.

Thankyou to Jamie Main. Jamie is the GB international coach and has held that title since 2009. He has coached swimmers who competed at the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympic Games. He is the current Nottingham Swimming Director of Coaching.

It was absolutely fantastic to have both Sasha and Jamie there with Sasha in the pool supporting the children and demonstrating the swimming and Jamie running the session.

One huge success story from our project on Friday was one year 8 student who has been suffering from severe anxiety which has made it almost impossible for them to attend school each day, giving them a very low attendance score. Since the project was launched and myself and Ryan attended the intervention session, the student has improved their attendance and the attendance score has soared to the highest it has been in a long time… this is something that makes us very proud at Aquinas and these are the reasons why we do what we do as a foundation.


School swimming lessons with   a difference: an  Olympic coach

By Nottingham Post  |  Posted:  February 01, 2014

By Marcus Boocock



  • Top tips:   GB coach Jamie Main and GB swimmer Sasha Matthews  with primary school pupils Leo Albert, 8, Paris Burrell, 10, Maizie Smith, 8,  Jack Sanderson, 10, and Leah Allen, 11.
  • Taking plunge:  Sasha Matthews keeps a close eye on the  youngsters’ techniques.


SCHOOLCHILDREN dived in the pool to receive training from  Nottingham swimmer Sasha Matthews and British coach Jamie Main.

They gave an hour’s coaching on basic skills for  youngsters from five primary schools yesterday.

This was followed by an hour-long session for secondary school students, who  were given more challenging training.

The event at the city’s Victoria Leisure Centre was organised by the Aquinas  Foundation, which helps young people realise their potential.

Mr Main, who coached British swimmers at the past three Olympic Games, said  it was vital children learned basic skills.

He said: “We are teaching the primary schoolchildren some basic tips. It is  really important all children have the fundamentals of swimming.

“It is a life-saving skill but they  can also build their  self-confidence in the pool which can benefit them in  other ways as well.”

The foundation was set up in 2012 by former Nottingham Forest footballer  Jermaine Jenas and his friend from Clifton, Craig Anderson.

To date, they have run several football sessions for youngsters as a reward  for them doing well in school.

Yesterday was the first time they had run a session on a different sport.

They hope to broaden it  further with other sports.

Mr Anderson said: “Jermaine and I wanted to do something positive, so we  thought why not give youngsters the chance to have a go at sports.

“Originally, Sasha was coming to the swimming session on her own. It is great  we have got Jamie to agree to come as well.”

The first session yesterday saw two children go from Riverside Primary in The  Meadows, Southwark Primary in Basford, Arnold View Primary, Whitegate Primary in  Clifton and Dunkirk Primary.

Mr Main talked to the  children about different techniques before Miss  Matthews demonstrated it in the water and they had a go themselves.

Leo Albert, eight, of Dunkirk Primary,  said: “I’ve done lots of things like  front crawl. They are really good teachers.”

Paris Burrell, ten, of Southwark Primary, said: “It is really fun. I like  going swimming. It makes it even better to get training off Jamie and  Sasha.”

Whitegate Primary pupil Maizie  Smith, eight, said: “It is a really good  session. They are showing us lots of different things.”

The secondary schools included Carlton le Willows Academy, Holgate Academy in  Hucknall and Becket School in Wilford.


We will be catching up with the individual schools so watch this space for more information and follow up stories!

Be A Part of The Aquinas Foundation this Christmas!

: April 22, 2014 3:50 pm s Leave your thoughts

Since the Aquinas Foundation began in 2012 we have been extremely lucky with the support of our Celebrity friends, sports men and women. We have been successful in organising a number of programmes within a variety of our schools in the East Midlands. We are currently in partnership with some great companies who want to be a part of what we stand for. Because of the nature of our work and what we do, lots of people want to be involved.

Stratstone have made it possible for us to provide Land Rover Bikes to many of the schools we work with enabling the school to run projects which tackle attendance and punctuality. This has proved to be a huge success within the schools with one of the schools having the biggest turnaround from the worst attended school in Nottingham straight into the top 3!

Queens Park Rangers and England midfielder, Jermaine Jenas is the co-founder and trustee of the Aquinas Foundation. Born and bred in Nottingham Jermaine wanted to give something back to the city that he grew up in and where he learnt his trade. Jermaine has worked tirelessly to get the foundation launched. Jermaine will often lead question and answer sessions within the schools and is involved in many of our on going projects.

A massive thank you to Tom Huddlestone for opening the new sports facility at the Nottingham Academy on behalf of the Aquinas Foundation. The Nottingham Academy used to be known as the Greenwood Dale School, which Tom used to attend. To watch footage from the day visit our ‘video wall’.

Sasha Matthews won the Bronze medal at the 2010 commonwealth games in Delhi and has been swimming since the age of 7 becoming professional at the age of 13. Amongst many international event successes Sasha is a European junior Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist. We are proud to announce that Sasha will be joining us for our 2014 project in which 2 children from 10 school’s chosen by us, will win a swimming lesson with Sasha and some of her GB team mates!

This Year has been a fantastic year with some great projects running within schools across the whole of the East Midlands… Attendance projects have been going full steam ahead with schools improving their attendance scores ten fold! We have had many of our schools competing for their school football/netball/basketball teams in Nike kits sponsored by us at Aquinas! and students in some of our individually chosen schools perfecting their singing voices with the help of one of our singing coaches!

We are always welcoming new supporters to our charity and are currently in talks with a number of sporting celebrities from a wide variety of sporting backgrounds. We are also in the process of announcing some new exciting sponsorships, from companies who have witnessed the work that we have been doing within the schools of Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas. If you or your company would like to be involved in any upcoming projects or events with Aquinas Foundation please visit our website www.aquinasfoundation.com  and have a read of some of our success stories!

For any questions or queries contact rosie@aquinasfoundation.com

Chase the Rainbow…