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The Abbey News Term 1, issue 16, 2012

The Abbey School A Business and Enterprise Academy

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Welcome to our new Year 7 students

As one year ends a new chapter begins. We have welcomed 157 Year 7 students and they have made the best impressions on staff—they are smart, polite and have settled in very well. INFORMATION

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STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENTS/ INFORMATION

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STUDENT/ PARENTS’ INFORMATION

The vast majority of Year 7’s came back as guides at the Open Evening on Wednesday 26 September. We had huge numbers visiting the school. We received the highest numbers ever in our three Open Mornings with lots of parents and pupils from primary schools further afield than normal i.e Challock, Chilham, Herne Hill and Sittingbourne primaries. We now have 32 feeder primaries. I have been visiting primaries to meet Year 6 students and their parents in the last few weeks; I still have lots more to visit in the coming weeks!

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Key Term Dates: 5 Nov: Staff Training 6 Nov: Students return 7 Nov: 6th Form Parents’ Evening 16 Nov: Children in Need 21 Nov: 6th Form Open Evening 28 Nov: Year 10 Parents’ Evening 3 Dec: Year 11 Enterprise Day 6 Dec: KS3 Pantomime Trip 17 Dec: Year 7 trip to Lille 19 Dec: Carol Service 21 Dec: Break up for Christmas Holiday

CALLING ALL PARENTS! We invite you to join our PTFA (Parent Teacher Friends Association). If you are interested please email cnewton@abbey. kent.sch.uk or contact the school on 01795 532633

So for this term we have had some wonderful events: The Swale Pride Awards (see page 6); the Year 7s have had a ‘Learning to Learn’ day; each Year 7 student met their Year 8 buddy over breakfast in the Dining Hall; Year 7 have also completed their Charity walk and had their photo taken with Natalie King Olympic Torch Bearer and had their photos taken with a real Olympic torch. I hope you enjoy the newsletter and I would like to extend a special welcome to new Year 7 and their parents. Mrs C Woodend Headteacher


Learning to Learn Day Year 7 Learning to Learn day took place on Friday 14 September. The event was held on the school field with a variety of tasks that the students had to complete as teams. The tasks were designed to encourage team-building and to show students that there are different ways of learning. Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and gained useful experience that they can apply in the future.

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Breakfast Buddies On Friday 12 October, Year 7 pupils had the opportunity to meet their Year 8 ‘buddy’. This was the first time they have met since the Year 7 pupils started their journey at Secondary School. Students had the chance to meet up and talk about their experiences over breakfast.

Sponsored Walk On Friday 14 September, Year 7 students took part in a Sponsored walk for JDRF (diabetes charity) and students raised over £800. Year 7 pupils were treated to a visit from an Olympic torch bearer (Natalie King) to start them off! The top sponsors are: Luanan Wildish Jack Cutting James Relf Molly Stemp Ben Davis Callum Gay Bradley Church Tiarnan O’Connor

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Official Opening of 3G Pitch Grassroots sport in Faversham received a significant boost on 19 July following the opening of a Floodlit All-Weather 3G Pitch funded by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. The opening will allow The Abbey School to offer a quality leisure facility to their students and the local community, one that is sorely needed in this area, which is renowned for its youth football culture. The school worked in partnership with the Kent FA to secure a £390,081 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m. Simon Finlan (Director of Sport The Abbey School) said: “Without the support of the Kent FA and The Football Foundation this project would never have materialised. In these times of austerity we needed all of the help we could get to raise the funds required for a facility of this scale. Thanks to their support and guidance along with the backing of our MP, Hugh Robertson, the town of Faversham will now get a Floodlit 3G All-Weather Pitch, that will help develop football both within the school and in the community as a whole. We would also like to acknowledge the significant funding kindly given to the project by local charities Bensted and the Queenborough Fisheries Trust.” Catrin Woodend, Headteacher, said: “We have worked for 3 years to make this dream a reality. The Abbey School and the community of Faversham are exceptionally proud of this new facility. It will further enhance and support the academic progress and sporting achievements of all our local young people. We have a duty to nurture our very talented youngsters to ensure they become successful ambassadors, not only in their sport, but also in life. We are very grateful to The Football Foundation, the FA, and our MP Hugh Robertson, for recognising the importance of this project and supporting us wholeheartedly.” Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility complete and ready for use by the local community. The dedication and hard work of The Abbey School and the Kent FA over a number of years has resulted in the successful completion of this project. “Now the important work begins to ensure the facility remains sustainable and benefits as many people as possible. "None of this would be possible without the crucial cash provided by our funding partners The FA, the Premier League and the Government.

3G Pitch Footwear Due to the nature of the synthetic surface of the 3G pitch, training shoes are not allowed to be used. This is because the flat surface of the shoe compacts the rubber crumb, leading to its performance being compromised. Moulded studs, blades and normal football studs are all allowed and encouraged. Astro turf trainers are only allowed if they are in good condition as, with wear, the dimples tend to get smaller which causes the same problem as regular training shoes. We understand that not all pupils will own suitable footwear for this new facility, which will reduce the opportunity for curriculum usage. In an attempt to solve this problem we are asking people to donate football boots that are no longer used to our PE department. This should allow us to stockpile a collection that can be lent out, allowing all classes to have access during PE lessons.


MFL Trips in 2013 The MFL department is delighted to announce the following exciting visits which have been organised for 2013: Barcelona, 13 February to 17 February for Year 9-11 Spanish sets; Paris, 12 April to 15 April for Year 9-11 French sets; and Normandy in northern France, 4 July to 7 July for Year 7 and 8 French sets. If you would like your child to participate, please return the letter and the deposit to secure your child’s place as soon as possible. Please speak to Mrs Laffargue for further details.

Dover Castle All Year 11 Historians visited Dover Castle as part of an important site visit for their GCSE controlled assessment. The visit was to gather important evidence to answer the following question: "How important is Dover Castle when studying the history of castle development?� Students visited many different areas of the castle and saw almost 2000 years of History. The students were also able to visit the underground Medieval Tunnels and gain a real insight into the way in which Dover Castle has changed from an Iron Age fort, to the 'Key of England' in the Middle Ages and also saw its use in World War 2.

Comenius Project On the 23 September, four students from The Abbey School spent a very successful five days in Germany as part of the latest Comenius trip. The students; Jake Salthouse, Kainaan Slater, Kieron Hogben and Rian Campbell got to experience the culture first hand, living with German families. The four International Ambassadors, who were accompanied by Mr Dannell and Mr Cloke, all had an excellent time and said how much they had gained from the experience. They got the chance to mingle with students from around Europe and visit many different places, including Cologne and it's historic cathedral. The German hosts all commented on how much they enjoyed hosting the boys and it seems many new friends have been made.

Latest Attendance figures

95.3% At this stage of the academic year we'd like to congratulate all students on achieving excellent attendance percentages! Well done all! If you would like to discuss your child's attendance please contact Mr Jago in the Attendance Department.


Ypres Trip 42 Year 9 students from The Abbey School visited the Ypres area of Belgium on a First World War battlefields tour. The trip also included visits to a few of the many cemeteries that are scattered around the Ypres salient including Langemarck German Cemetery and Tyne Cot, the largest British and Commonwealth cemetery on the Western Front. At Tyne Cot a wreath was laid on behalf of the Abbey School in memory of all who died during the conflict. The students also visited Essex Farm Dressing Station and its accompanying cemetery, where the famous 'In Flanders Fields' poem was written by Canadian John McRae. They also saw the grave of Valentine Strudwick, who at 15 years old (only one year older than many of them) was the youngest British soldier to die in the war. The strategically important Hill 60 and a recreated trench were visited where students could gain an understanding of what fighting on the Western Front was like. At Hill 60 students could see the physical damage caused by shelling and underground mines as the landscape still shows the scars from the fighting. The trip was completed with a visit to Ypres' town centre where the Menin Gate memorial to the missing and the Flanders Field Museum was visited, as well as a trip to a Belgian Chocolate shop. Students also had an opportunity to walk around the historic town square and see the way in which the town was rebuilt following its destruction during the war. The trip culminated with the Last Post service under the Menin Gate which was a poignant way to end a fantastic trip.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012! As a school community we are very proud of this year’s results. The class of 2012 have achieved the best ever examination results in Year 13 GCE and in Year 11 GCSE. The Headline figures are as follows:

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93% achieving two A to E grades at A level with the majority leaving to study at Higher Education or employment with training. 95% achieving five A* to C—this is a real ‘passport’ for our students to go on to fulfil their dreams and follow a career path. 47% achieving five A* to C with English and Maths. We were delighted with the English results which were a record high of 60% achieving A* to C despite all the problems with the English exam marking . Maths results were very pleasing with 50% achieving A* to C.

Sudoku Answers: Row 1: 3,2,4,6,1,5 Row 2: 6,5,1,4,3,2 Row 3: 4,3,2,1,5,6 Row 4: 1,6,5,2,4,3 Row 5: 5,4,6,3,2,1 Row 6: 2,1,3,5,6,4


Swimming star is inspiration at Olympic PRIDE Awards GB Olympic swimmer Chris Cook congratulated winners attending the Swale Olympic PRIDE Values awards evening at The Abbey School on Tuesday evening (October 9). The event, which was attended by more than 200 people, recognised gold medal-winning pupils and teaching staff across Swale at the KCC-backed PRIDE Values awards. Winners had received the top honour for demonstrating Olympic and Paralympic PRIDE values (Personal excellence, Respect and friendship, Inspiration, Determination and courage and Equality) at their schools or in the community. Gold medallists from the Kent School Games were also recognised at the event and were delighted to meet the Olympic finalist and double Commonwealth champion, Chris Cook, who is now retired, but continues to share the secrets of his success to inspire others. Mr Cook said: “It's fantastic to see so many of our young people stepping out of the crowd to show outstanding character and qualities. Having the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London was an incredible opportunity to inspire our young people to strive for their own success in life. “I feel so proud to see what Kent has created with these awards, as this for me is what the word legacy means, it's about supporting one another to realise our true potential and this is exactly what these awards do for all who have taken part.” Also attending the celebration were Faversham’s Olympic and Paralympic torchbearers Natalie King and Tom Middleton. The Abbey School hosted the event as one of only eight schools in the county designated to lead the Kent 20in12 Learning Programme. The programme uses the Olympics to create cross-curricular learning opportunities for children and The Abbey School was responsible for a cluster of 50 schools in Swale. David Shelley, a Year 13 pupil at The Abbey School, received his gold medal for volunteering as a junior cricket coach at Sheldwich and Macknade clubs. The 17-year-old said: “It has inspired me to take the next step on the coaching ladder and to continue helping out in sport where I can. He added: “It makes me feel very proud that others are recognising my efforts and that they appreciate the work I have put into coaching cricket.” The Abbey School’s Assistant Headteacher and Co-ordinator of Swale 20in12 Learning programme, Simon Finlan said: “I am delighted that The Abbey School’s reputation for excellence in sport led it to be selected as a lead school for the Kent 20in12 Learning Programme. “It was a privilege for the school to host the Swale Olympic PRIDE Values awards evening and to hear about the fantastic achievements of pupils and teaching staff alike. Their efforts will ensure the spirit of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics lives on.”


The Abbey School pupils make cakes for good cause Delicious cupcakes and refreshing drinks were enjoyed today at The Abbey School in an event to raise money for cancer charity Macmillan. The school took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, a UK-wide event, where people meet up and make a donation to Macmillan in return for refreshments. In 2011 there were 51,000 people who signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £10 million. An array of cupcakes and muffins with exotic flavours such as cherry and coconut and apple and cinnamon were on offer at The Abbey School and there were plenty of chocolate treats too. Staff and students at the school were joined by Faversham mayoress Rosemary Simmons for the occasion, which raised £150 for Macmillan. They were served by members of the Abbey School Football Academy, with the cupcakes being supplied by Year 10 and 11 pupils, who had made the treats in their Food Technology lessons. Food Technology teacher Verna Gordon said: “It was great that pupils were able to prepare cakes for a real event and for such a good cause. The ingredients used to make the cakes were donated by Premier Foods of Ashford, who were holding their own coffee morning. It’s lovely to think that the school is linking up with businesses and others in the community by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.”

Purple for Students raised money with a non uniform day for a local homeless charity, Porchlight and staff and students wore purple for the day. Porchlight have taken part in PSHE Focus Days and the School Council voted to support them this academic year. Premier Foods also donated tortilla wraps to sell which have been going down well! Mrs Sands one of our very supportive parents, donated some hand crafted birthday cards and all proceeds have gone towards the charity.


Improving communication with parent/carers

Extra Curricular Clubs MONDAYS: Boys Football: All Years, Sports Hall, 3.30-4.30pm Film Club: All years, Media Studies, 3.30-4.30pm

For those of you that are Twitter fans, you can receive all the latest news and information about events by following @abbeyschool

Girls Football: All Years, Sports Hall, 3.30-4.30pm TUESDAYS: All stars book club: All Years, LRC, 3.30-4.15pm Business Studies VIP, Business Studies students, B4/B3, 3.30-4.30pm Art Club: KS3 pupils, S1, 3.30-4.30pm Girls Netball, All Years, Sports Hall, 3.30-4.30pm

Fascinating facts you may want to know!   

Spanish Club, All Years, C17, lunchtime

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WEDNESDAYS: Lazerlight: All students, B1, Lunchtime

Gardening Club: KS3, Greenhouse, 3.30-4.30pm Street Dance Club: Boys, All Years, Girls’ Gym/Main Hall, 3.20-4.30pm Badminton, All Years, Sports Hall, 3.30-4.30pm

Butterflies smell with their feet The only English word that ends in ‘mt’ is dreamt Laughter is a proven way to lose weight It is impossible to lick your elbow Ants never sleep Althaiophobia is the fear of marshmallows Light from the sun takes eight minutes to reach the earth The electric chair was invented by a dentist

Sudoku

Fill in the grid in such a way that every row and column and every 2x3 box contains the numbers 1-6 Answers on page 2 at bottom of the page

Sign up to Parent Mail

Table Games, All Years, LRC, 3.30-4.15pm

Throughout the year the school has been improving its systems for communicating with parents. ParentMail is an email system which parents can sign up for. It enables the school to email documents such as letters, newsletters and calendars of events directly to THURSDAYS: Two Thirty Clubs: at 2.30pm parents, thus reducing printing costs and ensuring that the information gets through more every Thursday, sign up efficiently. with Mrs. George in the School Office

Buses Stagecoach Number 3 to Boughton and Number 638 to Seasalter via Hernhill/Yorkletts Please note that these buses will no longer drop off or pick up students from the London Road bus stop. After the half term holiday students will be dropped off in the morning at The Mall bus stop and collected after school also from The Mall at approximately 3.35pm.

The parents/carers of over 400 pupils have now signed up for this and we urge other parents that have email accounts to sign up when new codes are sent home. Parents/ carers who have notified us that they do not have an email address will still continue to receive paper copies of documents.

Book Review Read any good books lately? Why not share books you have read with others by filling out the book review form on the school website. It’s simple, log in, select LRC from the student menu and click on ‘write a book review.’ Fill in the boxes, writing as much or as little as you want and click on submit. There will be a £10 book prize for the best review submitted before 1 st December .


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