INSPIRED Ways to Rio is building on the excitement and legacy of London 2012, INSPIRED Ways to Rio is an exciting programme to encourage children and young people to increase their participation in physical activity and sport, the arts, and personal development. By combining these elements, INSPIRED Ways to Rio is a programme running in Kent in the academic year 2015/16 that will contribute to children’s wellbeing in an innovative, fun and supportive way, leading up to the Rio Games. The Abbey School will be involved as it has previously been a lead school for the 'INSPIRE' programme, led by a member of PE staff, Danielle Muckian who is the current Lead School Co-coordinator. This will be an excellent opportunity for all involved.
The Academy have had an extremely successful season finishing 2nd in their league, only a point behind the winners, and losing the least amount of matches.
Academy player Joshua Donnelly will be going to Florida at the end of July to start his two year full scholarship at The University of Florida. The Academy will also progress captain Harry Priddle and Simbrashe into the 1st team as they start pre season with them working hard to gain a contract and showing real progression in the Academy.
Former Academy star Sean Raggett recently represented England U21 C team in a match against The Republic of Ireland; a fantastic achievement.
The Academy will be travelling to Costa Blanca on 5th July to represent the school in an international tournament which they hope to be successful in. We recently won the Pro Soccer mini league which runs throughout May and June with local schools and clubs.
All Academy players have passed all their academic subjects. Additionally, they have recently helped out at the Year 5 Football Festival, which was extremely successful and included 8 local primary schools competing for the shield.
Recruitment for September 2015-16 season has been the best yet, with 40 students representing the Academy in the Sixth Form. This number is still on the increase as more and more players would like to join. As such, the reputation of the Football Academy is extremely strong.
On Thursday 18th June, six Year 9 boys were involved in the annual King’s School 6-a-Side Cricket Tournament. Eight local schools took part in the day’s proceedings and for the first time in a couple of years, it was a rain-free day. Our team consisted of Joe Cox, Henry Winslade, Jack Sandy, Tom Mitchell, Patrick Lyle-Condon and, from Year 8, Zac Benfield.
Joe Cox was like a wizard at the crease, the bat being his wand, and he led by example; clearly relishing the captaincy which he was awarded prior to the day. Zac Benfield was not at all out of place playing against others a year or more older than himself for which he deserves credit.
We were well and truly beaten in our first match against a strong Q.E. side but came close to beating both Kent College and Canterbury High, losing out in the last over in each of these games. Our final match was against St. Anselm’s which we narrowly lost again.
During this academic year forty girls have taken part in a Sky Living for Sport Project. The girl’s were taught leadership skills within P.E. lessons and then they took the activities into the playground. The project culminated with ninety Key Stage 1 pupils taking part in a morning of activities in our Sports Hall.
The Super 8’s Athletics Team were outstanding this year and for the first time ever The Abbey School progressed through to the Kent School Games finals competing at high quality standards against schools like Kent College and Kings. They will be representing South East Kent in the Kent School Games finals on 25th June.
UPDATE: We went to Medway Park to represent our region of Kent. Abbey School Year 7 girls and Q,E Year 7 boys attended the games as one team representing East Kent. All the girls performed well , with Amy Foad coming 2nd overall in long jump. The girls had to run a relay medley with Q.E boys and so the two rival schools worked together as one team. A fabulous day for ALL students!
Cricket throughout the district has been slow this season with few schools entering the district league. Despite this, the Year 7s have competed against a very strong Canterbury High side, played well against both Queen Elizabeth’s and Herne Bay High. The highlight of the season has been that 90% of the boys have never played hard ball cricket before. They have competed in competitive cricket fixtures on a grass wicket, kitted out in pads, helmets and gloves for the first time! It has been a pleasure to witness the boys’ development from never playing cricket, to starting to look like cricketers. Long may this tradition of Abbey School boys stepping up regardless of their experience.
The premise behind this mixed Rounder's Gladiator event was to allow pupils who do not usually represent the school at sport to have the opportunity to. The team consisted of four Year 7 boys and five Year 7 girls. The team competed against QE, Spires and Canterbury High. The team did fantastically in their first game losing to Spires by a score of 3 rounders. The team went on to get their first win against Canterbury High with some excellent back-stop to first base combinations that were even noted by other staff at the event. The team narrowly lost to rivals QE by just one rounder. Overall the team finished joint 3rd. This was a great event that was enjoyed by all the students who took part.
This year has been our most successful year to date with regards to individual students being selected for the Canterbury and St. Augustine’s District Athletics squad to compete at the Julie Rose Stadium in the KSAA Championships. We had seven students who all reached the required standard in their events; Jacob Tucker (long jump), Chloe Anderson (high jump), Ethie Scott (100m), Henry Winslade (shot putt), Tom Gates (800m), Will Gates (400m) and Josh Ogunle (high jump). This is an incredible achievement for these students and they deserve all the credit they have got.
Captained by their intrepid leader, Ben Heudebourck, our all conquering East Kent Year 7 Boys Dodgeball Champions travelled to Canterbury High for an Indoor Athletics Gladiators event. They were joined by the Girls’ team who were silver medallists at the same Dodgeball event and who were captained by Bettsie White. The Boys and Girls combined for this event into one team.
Over a number of obstacle courses and relay events our gladiators smashed all who lay before them, tore up the Sports Hall floor and came away with gold medals around their necks. It was a superb performance by the whole team and a lot of fun was had.
The Year 7 and Year 8 athletics teams have suffered at the hands of the weather this year. With only one fixture happening to date, the students have struggled to compete and get into the swing of athletics. At the Herne Bay High fixture against Herne Bay, Spires, and Kent College there were some great performances. Zac Benfield secured 1st in the Javelin, Archie Lee 2nd place in Discus, Braden Folse managed to gain 1st place in the High Jump, Charlie Robinson came 2nd in the 300m and the relay team of C. Fentiman, B. Folse, C. Robinson and L. Nicholson finished 2nd. Overall the boys finished in 3rd place.
The girl's team also recently competed at Herne Bay High School against three other schools. Some notable performances from the event belong to Lauren Hunt Year 8 (2nd in the Discus), Amber Dowling Year 8 (2nd in the Long Jump) and Amy Foad 2nd in the Javelin. Overall the team combined with the boys finished 2nd behind Kent College. This was an excellent overall team performance.
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