Faversham Swimming Club held their heads high when they competed in the Sheerness Ron Crowder Memorial Gala at Sheerness-on-Sea. They came away with 24 top-three placings and plenty of personal-best times.
Faversham’s gold medal winners included Emily Holt (girls’ 16 years 50m freestyle and 14 years 50m backstroke), Amy Coupe (girls’ 13 years 50m backstroke), Eva McIntyre (girls’ 13 years 50m breaststroke), Kia Drake (girls’ 14 years 50m freestyle), Molly Stemp (girls’ 16 years 50m breaststroke), Ryby Scott (girls’ 13 years 50m freestyle) and Scott Pearce (boys’ 10 years 25m backstroke).
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 relaxing 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.
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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.
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.”
Tuesday 17th May was International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Abbey School students and staff were proud to wear bright or multi-colored ties, scarfs, socks, tights and hair accessories to celebrate, recognise and connect with these issues, as well as to show tolerance and understanding.
British Values of individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance are not just what we do at the Abbey School, they are a fundamental core of who we are. They are a key foundation which makes every child’s experience at the Abbey School rich, meaningful, varied, and safe.
School staff were taught a footballing lesson by the Year 11 boys' football team in a fundraising fixture to raise money for their prom and yearbooks. To use a footballing cliché, it was a game of two halves; sadly for the staff, a game of two halves dominated by the students. In front of a large crowd the students came away 7-1 winners. The game was played in great spirit, but from the outset it was clear the students were in no mood to go easy on their older opposition. First half goals from the Belcher twins and Adam Benfield saw the Year 11s head into the interval with a commanding 3-0 advantage. With the proverbial mountain to climb, and despite a valiant effort in the second half, the staff were unable to get back into the game with the Year 11s scoring 4 further goals through Adam Benfield, Tom Gates, Ed Tucker and Marshall Wratten. The staff finally got on the score sheet through PE teacher and Head of Year 10 Miss Muckian. With the teachers always the underdogs, sadly there was no Leicester City style fairy-tale as the Year 11s finished the game with their final goal.
Football and the prom was the winner as a large amount of money was raised for the July celebration.
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.
On 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.
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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