Year 8 have had only one tournament this year due to poor weather; they won two games and drew one. Year 7 have displayed excellent talent with their fielding and batting skills, with great performances from Eliza Wood, Niamh Brewer and Izzy Martin. Captain Holly Kirrage has shown excellent leadership skills.
Rounders got underway during Term 5 with fixtures taking place against nearly every school in the district. This is the second year of a new format for how the fixtures take place. We now have a host school on a weekly basis and two other schools travel to this venue. This has proved more competitive and given the girls more of a challenge as they play in a mini-tournament format.
During this academic year 16 Year 9/10 girls have taken part in a Sky Living for Sport project and the Girls Fitness Club. The girls were inspired by a guest Olympic wheel chair champion Steve Brown who talked about his life in sport and took them for a sports
Throughout the year this club has had the opportunity to take part in a variety of sports from boxercise, circuits, fitness sessions, and Zumba.
A new girl’s fitness club has started this term for Key Stage 4 students, with many new health and fitness classes being offered to the girls. Students will take part in a number of motivational classes so they can see what fitness classes are available within the community. The first class was Wednesday 2nd March, which was a circuit training class. After Easter the girls will have the opportunity to work with an ex-Olympic athlete, taking sessions in a new project called ‘Motiv8’.
The Year 7 boys have made a great start to their first ever softball campaign. Having only ever played the sport this year they have competed well against all schools. Two narrow defeats against strong Q.E and Herne Bay High sides highlighted the boy’s ability to compete at a high standard. They managed to secure overwhelming victories over both CCW and St Anselms, showing their class. The team has made significant progress with their technical ability and tactics and look forward to continuing the sport throughout the summer.
The Year 8 Boys Softball Team has been a work in progress this season. We have had a strong core of excellent players who have adapted well from softball in PE lessons to competitive intra-school softball. Students such as Jacob Tucker, Lewis Smith, Alfie Gramson, Henry Balfour, Harvey Sainsbury and Danny Partis have been integral to this process. As it stands we have played 4 games, winning convincingly against Spires Academy and narrowly losing to Archbishops, Herne Bay High and QE. The boys are looking forward to our last game against Barton Court and feel that strong progress has been made throughout the summer. If the boys stick together they will certainly have a strong squad in Year 9.
Over the past 4 weeks, our Year 11 boys have had the opportunity to be coached American Football during their core PE lessons. The sessions were delivered by members of the East Kent Mavericks and have been a great success. Areas of the game that were covered included the role of a Quarter Back, blocking, scrimmaging, catching, and the all important throwing technique.
All students who took part thoroughly enjoyed the experience with a handful of them requesting details on how to take things further. This is definitely something that we’d like to do again, in conjunction with “The Mavericks”.
The Year 7 Boys Athletics team performed fantastically well at the Super 8's Athletics Competition. Every school in the Canterbury and Herne Bay Districts were in attendance and we managed to finish 2nd overall! We were the best team in the Herne Bay and Coastal Partnership and therefore we've qualified for the Kent School Games Finals - an unbelievable achievement!
Mr. Nuttall said of the Boys’ achievement: "I'm unbelievably proud of these eight boys. They have managed to compete against some of the best athletes in the district and as a team they've produced a fantastic set of performances. Every one of them contributed positively, and it was a joy to see them achieve such success. We have put a lot of time and effort into our athletics curriculum and after school Athletics Club and it shows that the hard work pays off! Athletics is such a great sport for young people as there is the opportunity for everyone to be successful in their chosen events. We are really looking forward to the finals in June."
In the girls Super 8’s team top performers were Izzy Martin and Niamh Brewer.
The Abbey School Girl’s Football Club have been offered an amazing opportunity to be coached by a Gillingham/England football coach over a 10 week period. This club has served as motivation for many girls from all year groups. This will give them the chance to join this club, learn new skills and be inspired by the coaching. This has led to a selection of girls being invited to trial at the club.
Unfortunately, the U13s lost their first cup game, although they will be playing many friendly matches over the next year. We have a tournament coming up soon in Gillingham. Within the team we have some very competitive players, including a Year 7 student, Romy Mount, who has already displayed excellent ability in our matches.
The U14s have their first cup match this week and many other District matches over the next year. This is also a very strong team who are captained by Lauren Hunt they work well as a team.
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 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 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.
There has been a change to the regular format of the netball fixtures and a more structured approach has been implemented to try and give netball in the district a much needed boost. Thus far the concept has taken off and pupils are having regular bi-weekly fixtures against a host of other schools. Participation rates for netball have also increased with attendance at the netball club being at an all time high, which is great to see.
Netball Club has continued on a Tuesday after school. It has been good to see Year 7 girls turning up each week. A special mention goes to Beth Foot and Molly Stemp in Year 10 who have been helping to run the sessions.
What an impressing start the Year 7 team have made so far, a dream team in the making. In their first tournament they won one, drew one, lost one, then their second tournament they won all three games. There are many talented girls in this squad whose performances shows a range of perceptual skills with accurate passing and movement around the court. A great start! The Year 7 netball team are: Niamh Brewer, Phoebe Wells, Sophie Molton, Hannah George, Shakira Butler, Francessca Towers, Mercedes Adams-Howse, Erica Courtney, Niah Stemp and Hannah Spillett.
At present the team are undefeated winning all their games so far. Their performances show a wealth of skills and tactics. Ruby Scott is the star player with her outstanding shooting. This is a team to watch who gel well together. The Year 8 Netball team are: Ruby Scott, Tily Kirby, Emmie Walsh, Olivia Pickard, Katherine Stonor, Emily Wanstall, Alisha Turner, Ellie Timms, Izzy Wiggins and Kia Drake.
The Year 7 football team have made a strong start to their season. A well battled game secured them a competitive draw away at CCW. They dominated the game away at St. Anselms for a 7-1 win and this was followed by an impressive win away at Simon Langton. They head away in the Kent Cup to face Brockhill next week. Mr. Long describes this Year 7 side as one of the best he has seen; they have huge potential to do well over the next 5 years.
The Year 8s had to wait a while to compete in their first game due to cancellation of fixtures, however there were no signs of rustiness when they smashed CCW 5-2, and an excellent team performance allowed Abbey to control the game throughout. Goals from Tom Goldsmith x2, Danny Partis x2 and Alfie Gramson secured the win. The Abbey’s next game eclipsed that memorable night in Istanbul all those years ago, which saw Liverpool come from 3 goals down. Their opponents were Simon Langton; Langton had the better of the first half capitalising on defence errors they took a 3 goal lead into half time. An inspirational team talk by Mr. Crittenden and 4 goals later Abbey led 4-3. However, with a minute left to play Langton broke Abbey hearts by scoring with the last kick of the game. Goals from Tom Goldsmith x2, Danny Partis and Alfie Gramson. With games to go, there is still lots of room for improvement but the team are moving forward and showing great belief heading into their Kent Cup fixture.
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