Year 8 Ypres trip 2016

Ypres Trip 2016On a beautiful sunny spring day Year 8's from Abbey School took part in their annual visit to some of the Cemeteries and Battlefields of the First World War. Students were able to see the Spiritual. Moral and Social impact of the war in Britain, France and Belgium, as well as comparing how Germany, Britain and Canada commemorate the First World War In a slight change from previous years the school visited Vimy Ridge in France as well as the Ypres Salient in Belgium. Vimy Ridge, just outside the French town of Lens saw many Canadians fight and die as part of the Allied Forces. The land was given by the French Government for Canada to build a memorial to all Canadians who died in the First World War. Students were able to look around the monument as well as visit some of the excavated tunnels and recreated trenches to give them a real insight into trench warfare.

England Rugby Team train at Twickenham

A selected group of year seven and year eight boys were fortunate enough to be invited to watch the England Rugby Team train at Twickenham. It was a great experience for the boys to visit the home of English Rugby, for most this was their first experience of professional rugby. The trip will hopefully inspire the boys to lead by example in their own upcoming fixtures. Next year the school hopes to secure tickets for one of the 6 Nations matches as in previous years.

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Year 9 Football Tour to Barcelona – The Lloret Cup 2016


Over the course of the weekend the boys were scheduled to play at least three group games, take a tour of F.C. Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium and spend a day P1relaxing on the beach. It was a fully packed schedule and the boys were kept busy all day every day!


Day 1: We left The Abbey School at 9:00am and drove to London Gatwick. We then boarded our plane to Barcelona. The boys were really excited and for some it was their first time both abroad and on an aeroplane! We then took a coach south with our travel rep from Barcelona to Lloret de Mar where our 4* hotel awaited us. Once settled into our rooms we had our evening meal and the usual team meeting in preparation for Friday’s opening game.

2Awe and Wonder Spiritual Photo Homework Competition 


As part of their RE homework, and this term’s study on Religious Philosophy of meeting God through nature, Y10 have been challenged to take a photo of the natural environment reflecting its Awe & Wonder.


This could be anything at all:1
• A landscape
• A sunset/sunrise
• Clouds
• A seascape
• Plants
• Animals

To inspire you, here is a photo of a sunset on the grounds of the Abbey School, taken by our very own Miss Day.


SMSC BVPhotos need to be emailed in to your RE teacher by the 07 February 2016. The winning photos will be displayed around school, and on the website.The taker of the overall winning photo will get a £10 Amazon get snapping!

Critically Acclaimed BBC Documentary Maker Speaks to Students About Syrian Migrant Crisis

James Routh is a critically acclaimed filmmaker with an enviable reputation in the UK television industry.  He has made documentaries and drama-documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Five and the Discovery Channel, with much of his work airing around the world.  James’ television career began on a live political discussion show for the BBC.  He then worked for several years as a freelance producer/director for some of Britain’s leading independent production companies.


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In his latest documentary, “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis”, made exclusively for BBC1, James filmed brothers Chris and Xand Van Tulleken discovering what conditions are like for migrants in Europe during winter and witnessing the medical and humanitarian response to the refugee crisis.


Mr Cooper’s Y9 Form Group, along with Media and Religious Studies students, had the opportunity to quiz James on how the experience had impacted on and changed him, how he balances truth with the demands of media censorship, and how he goes through the physical processes of film making and editing.


James was very impressed with our students and said, “They asked some deep and really good questions. They were really engaged and switched on and are a credit to their teachers and the school.”



Reflect on the Cultural Significance of Peace in World War 1

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2A selected group of year nine pupils attended an interactive workshop at Maidstone War Museum this week. The school trip is part of the Peace Fields international project celebrating the 100th year since World War 1 and the famous Christmas day truce. Pupils were educated through a fantastic role play from army recruiters and volunteer nurses. The3 comprehensive session explained the war and what young men and women experienced during this time. Pupils had the chance to handle weapons from the war and try on various uniforms from different ranks. The whole experience of the three workshops has provided a great learning opportunity, allowing the pupils to remember the importance of the Great War to Britain


Year 11 Rugby Photo

Year 11's finish their school rugby careers with a fantastic 66-14 win over Barton Court and remain unbeaten in their final season.





The Peace Field ProjectThe Peace Field Project

The Abbey School is pleased to announce that we are a Lead Hub School for the National Children’s Football Alliance Peace Fields Project.

Mr J Long who will be the PFP project manager at school details
“This is a great project that covers so many cross curricular areas and will really help our pupils see the link between sport and history”.

The project will involve many students from across the school with trips to Greenwich University, Maidstone War Museum and even a trip to France to visit the iconic Flanders Fields. Pupils work from across the project will be displayed at a exhibition event held next summer, a primary school football tournament where the Army  and Royal British Legion will be present, numerous cross curricular displays of our pupils work including, Cooking, Art, Dance will be on show. The highlight of the day will be the official twinning of The Abbey Schools Field with Flanders Peace Field. Please follow the link to the NCFA’s Peace Field website for more information.


For more information on the Peace Field Project click here.

Performing Arts StudentsAn ex-student of The Abbey School, Tom Inge, gave up his time between auditions, rehearsals and his stint on the West Side Story audition panel to deliver a talk/question and answer session for some KS5 Performing Arts students.

Tom gave the groups a run down on the professional audition process as well as information on studying the arts at university and college level. Tom has had a successful career since graduating from The Abbey with Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts, completing his college qualification at ‘Performers’ then gaining employment in the industry.

More Able and Talented AssemblyEdited

Brightside is a charity that helps young people access the education and career pathways they might not have believed were available to them. They want to make sure that it’s talent, not background, that determines the education opportunities and careers that are available to young people.


Around 40 of our more able and talented pupils from years 9 and 10 were selected to take part in an online mentoring project. This project is only being rolled out to 2 other schools in Kent  so presents a unique opportunity for our students.


The Brightside Trust  are offering the group the chance to be part of a 10 week project and competition. Brightside Trust representative, Alice Gravells, came into school to speak to students in an assembly about the challenge, through which they will be able to put together online resources to help other young people. Their work will be entered into a competition, professionally edited and then published on Brightside's website. As part of their involvement in the project they will have access to a dedicated online mentor from a University or Business to help advise them on the project and on their academic and career aspiration.

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