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Towie star presents pupils with Diana AwardTOWIE star presents pupils with Diana Award

Friday, April 19, 2016

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.

Abbey School Proud to Support Anti-Homophobia Day

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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.

SMSC Logo British ValuesBritish 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.

Pupils careers podcast to feature on national charitys websitePupils’ careers’ podcast will go national

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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.

Staff taught a footballing lesson by Year 11

IMG 3250School 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.

Pupils make emotional journey to YpresPupils make emotional journey to Ypres

Thursday, May 11, 2016

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.

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.

Faversham Swimming Club

Faversham’s Glorious Gala

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).

Year 9 Football Tour to Barcelona – The Lloret Cup 2016

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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.

Improving School Communications with ParentMail

We have been upgraded to PMX – ParentMail’s latest platform.

For parents, the latest version of ParentMail means you can easily pick up school messages on your smartphone by downloading the free ParentMail App on Android or iOS.

  • Access ParentMail even when there’s no network connection.
  • No need to search through your busy personal inbox for school messages.
  • Instant access – no need to login to complete forms or read messages.
  • In-app ‘notifications’ help make sure things don’t get missed or forgotten.
  • Help preserve your data allowance.

To use the latest version of ParentMail all you need to do is verify your account. Over the next few days, you will be sent either an email or text message from ParentMail when you receive this please just follow the instructions below.

If you have both a mobile number and an email address registered on your account, you will receive a registration invitation by text and email. You can decide which way you register – but you will only need to register once.

Mobile registration:

Please click on the link from the text message and follow the verification process. You will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.

Email registration:

Please click on the link from the email and follow the verification process. As above, you will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.

The ParentMail website has also changed to https://pmx.parentmail.co.uk/

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

If you have any issues or queries with the process please contact Mr P Stiles via the school office as soon as possible.

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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.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b073jh6b/frontline-doctors-winter-migrant-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.”

 

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