Students at The Abbey have been given a fantastic opportunity of performing at the Formula One, British Grand Prix. With the event being televised, the performance will not only be seen by a 10,000 person live audience, but also by the millions of viewers watching at home. On the day, the performance will take place in a performance area in the middle of the Grand Prix track, at the centre of all the on-going action.
During the half term, the 48 students taking part in the trip were put through their paces in a week long rehearsal process, during which they were taught the routine by the professional choreographer from the external company leading the project, ‘Pro Excel’.
The students were in for a bit of a shock at the beginning of the week with the rehearsal process being similar to that of semi-professionals. They were pushed to their limits and challenged in ways that they hadn’t come across before. Katia, the choreographer, had extremely high expectations and worked each and every student very hard. Although the students found this difficult to handle in the first couple of days, by day three, each and every one of them had become accustomed to it and were taking on the challenge with everything they had.
Pupils from The Abbey School met pen pals at their partner school in France.
The modern foreign language department took a group of Year 7 pupils to Hazebrouck, in northern France, Faversham’s twin town, where they were welcomed by teachers and town hall representatives.
The 11 and 12-year-olds have been exchanging letters with their French counterparts at the College Fernande Benoist and have been learning about school life in Hazebrouck, where pupils don’t wear uniform, or attend school on Wednesday afternoon, in common with the rest of the country.
Teacher Mrs Aribi led the party of 49 pupils who had the opportunity to practise their French speaking skills and experience life in the French school system.
Every year in June, the Art Department displays a selection of work at the ‘Fleur de Lis’ Museum.
This year’s exhibition includes a range of work produced by Year 7, 8, 12 and 13 students.
The exhibition is free to view and open during the week from 10am - 4pm and on Weekends from 10am - 1pm
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A penalty save saw Dover Athletic Academy beat Brentford Griffins away to secure a place in the Football Conference Youth Alliance final.
Goalkeeper James Tonkin’s decisive save put the Academy side through to meet Leatherhead in the final. The Dover squad won 7-6 on penalties, crushing the Griffins’ dreams.
The match at the Griffins’ home ground in Feltham on Wednesday (11) got off to a slow start with both sides having their fair share of chances but without a breakthrough. Academy manager Mike Sandmann said: “In the first half both teams cancelled each other out and we never got going.”
After halftime, the score remained at 0-0 but there was drama with 40 minutes to go as the referee showed the Academy’s Connor Miller the red card for dissent. Sandmann said: “It was a terrible decision by the ref and it should have never been a sending off.”
Mrs Aribi has allowed our year 7Frg and 7Spg to make contacts with young French and Spanish students of their age.
First our contacts with Hazebrouck has been maintained over the years after a series of exchanges visits and this was renewed this year with a class of year 7 being able to write in French to students, who replied to them in English.
They talked about their family, home and school life following the curriculum taught in class.
Same was achieved by Mrs Aribi who made contact with a new school in Seville, Spain. Students exchanged letters writing in Spanish about their family, home and school life and received letters written in English from their Spanish students.
A group of pupils from The Abbey School have been presented with a Diana Award by Ricky Rayment who starred in TOWIE.
The six pupils were recognised for their work in helping newcomers to the school to settle in, supporting vulnerable pupils and taking the lead on anti-bullying. They are also passionate charity supporters and have raised money for Macmillan and Cancer Research at school fund raising events.
The youngsters, who are aged between 12 and 14-years-old, visited New Hall School in Chelmsford, Essex, where ex-TOWIE star Ricky Rayment presented them with the Diana Active Volunteer Award.
An athletics squad from The Abbey School leapt ahead in a Super 8s contest to come first in the Herne Bay & East Coastal School Sports Partnership group.
The Year 7 boys have now qualified for the Kent School Games finals on June 16 at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford.
A team of eight boys had to compete in a mix of field, track and relay challenges, which involved 75m hurdles, 100m, 200m, 800m, long jump, high jump, javelin, shot putt and 4x100m relay.
All schools in Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury attended the contest, which was held on Tuesday (24) at Canterbury Academy, with The Abbey School finishing second overall.
Pupils at The Abbey School have been working with Brightside, a charity that helps to propel youngsters into top universities and blue chip careers.
The Abbey School is one of only six in Kent to take part in an online mentoring programme that equips pupils with the skills, know-how and confidence to breakthrough barriers to achievement.
Now the charity has selected The Abbey School pupils’ careers’ podcast to be put on the Brightside website, which has over 1.6 million hits a year.
As part of the programme a team of pupils, age 13-14 years put together a humorous podcast, titled Yet to Decide, which features weird and wonderful careers, with the message that youngsters should keep an open mind about options.
The Dover Athletic Academy in partnership with The Abbey School were crowned the best academy team in the country last night after their 5-1 win against Leatherhead in the Football Conference Youth Alliance final.
Two goals from Kyron Lightfoot and a goal each from Ira Jackson, Alfie Paxman and Ben Cardwell saw the academy team storm to victory at the ground of Sutton United FC on Wednesday (25). Kyron Lightfoot was named the man of the match for his outstanding performance on the night, when he scored two goals and assisted in two more.
Speaking after the victory, manager Mike Sandmann said: “I couldn't be more proud of the academy players today after winning the final. Their development from the start of the season to now has been incredible. They deserve full credit for the win and their work ethic and determination to improve throughout the season has been a pleasure to see.”
Sandmann said that after two years with the academy side, some players would be going into Dover’s first team for pre-season, with the aim of progressing to the first team using the skills they had learnt at the academy.
Pupils from The Abbey School have visited the battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War.
The emotional journey took the group of 50 pupils firstly to the site of the battle of Vimy Ridge, outside the French town of Lens, where in April 1917, 3,598 Canadian troops fought and died as part of the Allied Forces.
They saw the memorial to the Canadian troops, as well as evacuated tunnels and recreated trenches.
The group, led by The Abbey School’s head of history Gareth Storey, then visited the Ypres Salient, where pupils Kian Skinner 12 and Holly Best 12 laid a wreath at the German cemetery of Langemark.
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