A mixed group of pupils from Year 9-11 enjoyed a great day out at Twickenham. With the Italians deploying some interesting tactics it made for an exciting first half which ended with England chasing the game. A quick flurry of tries from England after the break eased the pressure but Italy still managed to keep the game much closer than expected. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the game and the experience of an 80,000 strong atmosphere is something they will never forget.
On Wednesday 25th February 32 Year 7 and 8 boys and girls attended this years' District Indoor Athletics Championships. It was held at Herne Bay High's impressive indoor arena. Many local schools took part with the objective of finishing in the top two places in order to gain the chance to represent our district in the County Championships. Many of the girls came first in their activities, with outstanding achievements in running, jumping and throwing events. They qualified and went on to represent The Abbey School at the South East District championships on Wednesday 8th February in Medway at the Kent School Games final;
a fantastic achievement. Unfortunately, our boys fell just short of making it through. However, some outstanding performances came from Kyle Finch, George Colyer, Henry Goss and Sam Friday.
The Year 8 Basketball team had a terrific season. Superb numbers turned out for training each week and we won more games than we didn't, including a fantastic, memorable and truly spectacular victory over our local rivals, Queen Elizabeth's..! We never travelled to a fixture with less than the maximum allowance of 10 players in the squad.
Captain Kian Creed led by example, leading his troops into battle each week, Kieran Thompson and Xavier Hollands were both a disciplined hard working act, Guy Monsarrat broke into the squad and cemented his place whilst Jack Monk played like a child possessed every time he hit the court. The target next year will be to win a tournament and 80% of our league games; it's a big ask, but achievable.
The Year 9/10 team started slowly and we struggled for players in the early rounds of the league. However, we had a resurgence towards the back end of the season and went on to achieve some excellent victories in a number of very close games. The season finished in style with overall victory at the District Tournament, going undefeated in every game. Player of the season had to be Captain Bradley Rickard who was regularly the difference when it came down to those very tight games.
With the season getting underway after the Christmas break it was a very quick turnaround. We have a very promising group of Year 7 girls who have excelled at basketball. The first fixture was a baptism of fire as many had never played a competitive game of basketball before. Their first game was against a very experienced QE team consisting of mainly Year 9 students. The girls were very competitive and strived to do well never giving up. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough to win the game and the girls lost 32-10. Going into their second fixture the girls were up against St Anselm’s who unfortunately cancelled at short notice. The next competitive fixture the team faced was in the U14 District Tournament where they had several fixtures against a
variety of teams in the District. A total of eight teams entered the District Tournament.
The short nature of the games played to our advantage as the Abbey girls are quick of the mark. In their
first game the girls played Herne Bay High who were one of the better teams at the tournament. A fantastic performance from Tegan Young and Robyn-Rose Ross ensured an opening win with a score of 6-4. In their next game the team faced St Anselms. This was another great game with the Abbey getting off to a quick start reeling off six unanswered points. The team ran out 8- 2 winners. The last group game was
against eventual finalists and tournament runners up Barton Court. This game resulted in a draw with the Abbey girls unfortunate not to snatch a victory with a last gasp basket. This draw meant that the Abbey finished in 2nd place in their group which in itself was an amazing achievement. We went forward into the playoff final for 3rd/4th place. In the 3rd place playoff final we faced Community College Whitstable from the other group whom also finished 2nd behind eventual Tournament winners Simon Langton Girls.
CCW were a very strong team and only narrowly missed out on the final, so this was going to prove to be a big task. The girls however stepped up to the challenge and managed to stay in contention even taking the lead at the start of the game. They held their own as they had grown in confidence with the wins they had under their belts, with this new found confidence they took the game to CCW but unfortunately lost 8-4. Overall it was a fantastic team performance and the girls exceeded even their own expectations by finishing 4th overall, which was a very respectable position out of eight teams.
After winning both their full contact rugby festivals the girls teams are all fired up and ready for their rugby matches this term. Both teams have displayed outstanding performances.
The Girl’s Football Club is still very popular and being coached by an ex-England and Gillingham coach. She has been preparing the girls for their matches, yet many girls have just been enjoying the club and not competing in the team.
Two new satellite clubs have started this term for all girls to have the opportunity to experience two new sports during extra-curricular time. We have applied for funding to enable these clubs to start, meeting with Swale Borough Council and completing application forms. The money was granted and these clubs will be running until July. The clubs are Boxercise/Boxing and Trampolining!
The club ran through terms 2 and 3 for girls in both Key Stages. The club only really took off once it was being covered in PE curriculum time. It was nice to see the enthusiasm of year 7 and 8 girls attending.
Enter Club name here After School Boxing Club
Wednesday – 3.30 - 4.30pm
Abbey Sports Hall
For more information, speak to: Mrs Skelcher
Badminton Club has just restarted for term 4. We had an excellent turn out with 17 pupils across Key Stages 3 and 4 boys and girls. Fingers crossed that the numbers remain strong for the remainder of the term.
Zumba has been incorporated into Key stage 4 girls’ P.E lessons to boost motivation, enthusiasm and fitness levels!
The Football Academy have also been going from strength to strength. Here are some of their recent highlights:
Currently 2nd in the National Youth League and 3rd in the Academy League
3 Players signed contract forms for DAFC
6 players involved with DAFC first team, two making debuts this year
1 player to be offered a first team contract
4-5 players have had potential offers for American scholarships
6 players taking the gym instructing course level 2
Only one student has left the Academy – the best retention figures we have ever had
In June they travel to Spain to play in the Catalunya Cup (21 students attending)
Sean Raggett, an Academy graduate, has made FA Cup History by scoring the goal against Burnley to progress to the quarter final of the cup. Sean will play against Arsenal this coming Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
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.
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