Over the Easter holidays Mrs Woodend, Ms Haran and Mr Shepherd took a group of ten students to visit our partner school Taaone in Tahiti, French Polynesia. The trip was for ten days, with two days of travel to this remote island in the middle of the Pacific.
Students were selected after successfully submitting an essay on the topic of ‘Why is it important to be internationally minded in 2018?’.
The trip was largely funded with grants and awards from the British Council and European Commission, including €37,555 from the Erasmus+ programme. This meant we were able to heavily subside the cost of roughly £2600 per student to just £150, with other funding also available if students were unable to meet the costs.
The trip formed part of one of our Erasmus+ project titled ‘Languages for Future Employment’. Mr Shepherd and the MFL department have taught lessons linked to this project, and students have been working hard on the project since it began in September 2016.
On Thursday 29th March The Abbey School Year 9 Football Team set off to Barcelona on their first ever football tour. Over the next four days the boys were due to play in the well renowned Copa Santa Cup based in Lloret de Mar, Barcelona – a tournament consisting of 197 teams from across the globe, with teams represented from as far away as America, Argentina, Lebanon and Australia, as well as household European clubs such as Real Zaragoza, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan.
Over the course of the weekend the boys were scheduled to play at least four group games, 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 8:00am 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 Ceremony and first game.
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The League and Cup double for the Academy is a massive achievement meaning they are crowned as THE BEST Schools' Football Academy in Kent.
The players went through the whole season only losing one match which is another fantastic achievement.
On behalf of all the staff and students, congratulations to the Football Academy boys and staff for an outstanding double victory. The academy has grown in strength and numbers over the years and, as a school, we are rightly proud of this enormous achievement. They have shown courage, commitment and enormous determination.
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