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Schools’ career advice scheme set for expansion

Posted on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 9:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mayor Tim Bowles with a group of students and teachers outside Abbeywood Community School.

West of England mayor Tim Bowles visited Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School on 20th May, where he took the opportunity to announce plans for the expansion of a scheme designed to inspire young people and make them better prepared for the world of work.

The Careers Hub initiative was launched by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership in September 2018, to initially work with 25 schools and colleges across the region.

Thanks to a successful start, the Hub has now been awarded a further £166,000 from the Careers & Enterprise Company, allowing it to work with all 70 mainstream schools and colleges across the West of England.

The schools and colleges will be supported to improve knowledge and understanding of career opportunities and experiences of the workplace for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their future careers.

Research has shown that young people who have regular, meaningful contact with employers while at school are more likely to find employment or pursue further education or training.

Regional mayor Tim Bowles said:

“The Careers Hub is at the heart of my ambition for economic growth that benefits every resident. I want all our young people to realise their potential, by ensuring they know what the world of work can offer them, and that they have the right skills for our region’s employers.

“I’ve visited a number of the Hub schools and it’s fantastic to see how we’re nurturing and developing the raw talent of our region’s young people.”

More: Hub has helped improve careers provision at Abbeywood »

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Electrifying performance at Abbeywood School

Posted on Thursday 6th June 2019 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Stage production of 'Grease' at Abbeywood Community School.

By Rachel Land,  English teacher at Abbeywood Community School.

With a sensational ensemble and band to match, ‘Grease’ certainly electrified Abbeywood Community School (ACS)!

The world famous musical follows rebellious teenager Danny Zuko (Jay) and sweet Sandy Dombrowski (Emily) as their relationship struggles to deal with the peer pressures of Rydell High.

From the moment the cast burst onto the stage for ‘Grease is the Word’, the audience seemed utterly enthralled.

Emily shined as Sandy, as did the rest of the Pink Ladies, especially Gwen with her stellar performance as Frenchie and Anna as Rizzo.

Danny and Sandy.

All the expected and adrenalin- fuelled scenes were delivered to an impeccably high standard, from the fast-paced memorable high school dance off, the witty humoured comments from Jan (Caitlin), Sonny (Joe), Roger (Jacob) and Patty (Jolie) to the impressive solos of ‘Freddie, My Love’ (Eva) and the eternally catchy ‘Greased Lightning’ performed by the talented Daniel as Kenickie with help from Doody (William) and Danny!

The energy of the show never dropped with the ensemble of swaggering yet goofy T-Birds and the effortlessly cool Pink Ladies driving the pace – with the help of lots of hair gel and hairspray! The ensemble really helped the audience feel like they should be on stage, particularly during the famous Rydell High dance.

Costumes are at the heart of Grease – from the array of vibrant swing dresses to the bold leather jackets, the costumes are a fitting tribute to the 1950s. Well done to Mrs Davies and the many textiles students for their hard work!

The choreography throughout the show was phenomenal. Abbeywood certainly has many creative students (and teachers!).

And let’s not forget the two people who truly have (hopelessly) devoted many months into ensuring Grease was a success – Mr Jones and Mr Clarke. On behalf of all the students and the whole of ACS, THANK YOU!

Wow, ACS, you proved that Grease truly is the word.

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 20). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme gets under way at Abbeywood School

Posted on Thursday 16th May 2019 at 9:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme expedition by students at Abbeywood Community School.

More than 30 students from Years 9 and 12 at Abbeywood Community School (ACS) in Stoke Gifford have been training hard in recent months as the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award scheme has been introduced at the school for the first time. Cole Simpson, a teaching assistant at the school, is co-ordinating the scheme and is supporting the students as they work towards their qualifying expedition in July.

The DofE Award is very popular amongst young people around the country. It is available to people between the ages of 14-24 and consists of three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within each level, the participants need to complete four different sections – volunteering, physical, skills and expedition.

Mr Simpson said: “The school decided to run the DofE Award scheme to give students the opportunity to challenge themselves, give something back to the local community, improve their employability and help the wider community. I personally got involved because I like hiking and I wanted to be part of the expeditions. I also wanted to complete the award myself – although I am too old, so I am completing the sections anyway so I can fully understand the demands of DofE.”

After a successful fundraiser, the first Bronze DofE Award practice expedition was able to take place over the weekend of 16th and 17th March. The expedition saw the students using the skills they had learned and practised to make their way on foot from the outskirts of Pilning to Woodhouse Park Scout Camp near Almondsbury.

The kit needed for the expedition was bought with money raised at a quiz night held at Abbeywood Community School on Friday 1st March. The evening was deemed a huge success as over £300 was raised to go towards vital kit and travel costs for the expedition. The quiz was hosted by Abbeywood staff, Mr Clarke and Miss Sykes and organised by Mr Simpson, who said: “I would like to personally thank all those who supported the event. The money raised will go a long way in ensuring that the DofE Award scheme is successful at the school.”

More: Qualifying expedition set for July on the Mendip Hills »

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Post-16 at Abbeywood: “It’s more than just about getting grades”

Posted on Sunday 13th January 2019 at 7:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Lauren Brenton, standing in front of a sign for Abbeywood Community School.

Guest article by Stoke Gifford resident Lauren Brenton, a 17-year-old student at Abbeywood Community School who aspires to one day becoming a journalist, following in the footsteps of her grandfather. Lauren is hoping to study media, journalism and culture at Cardiff University from September.

For most young people, ‘Post-16’ or ‘sixth form’ conjures up ideas of meticulous essay writing and constant revision. It would be silly to say they were wrong, especially as the dread of exam season is nearing, but for us at Abbeywood Post-16 it isn’t all work and no play. With the amazing support from our heads of Post-16 and our tutors, we’ve been pushed to try new things we can have fun at, to make it two years we’ll never forget.

From sausage making to treasure hunts spanning the whole school to coffee mornings to relaxing yoga, the list goes on. If you had a chance to attend our open evening on the 8th November, you would’ve been able to speak to our students and staff about Post-16 and the opportunities that studying at Abbeywood Post-16 can give you. The abundance of extracurricular activities we are offered here is plentiful, with opportunities to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Access to Bristol being some of our most appealing options. If hiking up a mountain and camping isn’t your thing, there will definitely be something that will inspire you, whether that be our mentoring programme ran by Ella, a member of our student leadership team, or maybe the Envision programme that we’re lucky enough to have at our Post-16.

Whether you want to go to university, get a higher apprenticeship, take a gap year or simply get straight into the world of work, the whole of Post-16 and its team will be behind you. We like to compare ourselves to being like a second family for you to come and lean on for support. It really isn’t just about getting grades, it’s about shaping you into an individual who is able to be sent out into the scary ‘real world’ and be able to succeed and be happy with whatever career you pursue.

Obviously grades are important to us and we wouldn’t be at Abbeywood Post-16 if we didn’t think it was the best place for us to achieve the grades we all desperately want, but I can speak for all of us at Post-16 when I say it’s the experience of being an Abbeywood Post-16 student that drives us to succeed, and it’s one we can confidently say you won’t get at other Post-16 centres.

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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