We are delighted to announce that JJ Donnelly of last year’s DAFC academy has just been voted EFSC Student-Athlete of the Month. Joshua (“JJ”) gained a place at the Eastern Florida State College on a scholarship and the report below is from the college’s own website:
Men’s soccer player J.J. Donnelly is the Eastern Florida State College Student-Athlete of the Month for October.
Donnelly, a freshman forward from London, England and The Abbey School, scored seven goals and notched four assists in eight games in October. He finished the regular season with a team-high 11 goals and added five assists.
The team finished the regular season 12-1-2 and play in the NJCAA Southeast District tournament.
On a beautiful autumnal day Year 9 students from the Abbey School again marked the centenary of the First World War with their annual visit to the Ypres Salient. The school visited a number of cemeteries as well as battlefield sites. At Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world, a wreath was laid on behalf of the school by Kiran Cornish, Katy Collins and Lucy Shepherd.
The visit also gave students an opportunity to see what trench warfare was like by visiting a recreated trench network and underground bunker whilst looking around the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Here students could experience first hand what a trench system was like and experience the living conditions so many soldiers faced. A final site visit to Hill 60 enabled students to see how some of the landscape was dramatically changed by the war by visiting two huge craters created as a result of massive underground explosions.
The students also spent some time in Ypres town centre where they were able to visit the Menin Gate and a Belgian chocolate shop. The day finished with the Last Post service under the Menin Gate which was a poignant way to end a fantastic trip, and enabled the school to pay their respects to all the men and women who gave their lives during the First World War.
The Abbey School’s staff and students were celebrating today as their results matched their predictions. 45% of students achieved 5 A*-C with English and Mathematics. Catrin Woodend, Headteacher, said “This is as a result of high quality teaching, excellent staff-student relationships and exceptional support for individual students, all of which have been key factors in achieving these results, alongside the focus, commitment and hard work of the individual students.
“The Faversham community will share our pride in the achievement of these students and wish them well as they progress to the next stages in their career paths. As a school, we are extremely proud of the achievements of all of our students, but particularly, the students who find academic study more difficult. Many of our less academically-able students have exceeded their target grades.”
The academy started well creating chances on a tough pitch and finally took the lead on the 27th minute through Alfie Paxman. A perfectly weighted pass from Kyron Lightfoot, who caused problems all evening, and showed some great footwork and skills. The academy continued to create chances and dominated the first half with Camberley struggling to create anything for themselves.
After the break Dover continued to press to get another goal and were finally rewarded 27 minutes through by Kyran Connolly converting from a well worked set piece. With a two goal cushion the academy were in full control until a harsh penalty decision when the linesman judged a handball for the ref to give the decision. After the goal was conceded, Camberley found belief and begun to cause problems. In the first minute of injury time Dover were dealt a huge blow when Camberley got the equaliser forcing the game into extra time.
The Abbey school has seen similarly excellent results to last year, with students achieving some exceptional results. The number of students achieving 3 good A-Levels has again jumped to over 65%. All of the students have been able to pursue their pathway of choice, whether employment, apprenticeships or the most popular choice of university, with well over 50% of students going to Higher education.
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