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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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Abbeywood student becomes kickboxing world champion

Posted on Friday 23rd November 2018 at 6:52 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Liam Holden with trophy and medal.

Abbeywood Community School student Liam Holden has recently been crowned junior kickboxing world champion at a tough competition which was held in Venice, Italy.

Liam, who has been kickboxing since he was 6 years old, is now 13 and competes in about ten tournaments a year, both here and abroad. The world championships that took place in Venice between 16th and 23rd September saw over 1,000 competitors from 64 countries battling it out to be named world champion. With the temperature in Italy being a toasty 26 degrees and the arena not being air conditioned, it was tough conditions for Liam to fight in, however, having trained in similar conditions, he was well prepared for the tournament.

Liam won his fights every day of the competition, beating opponents from Hungary, Argentina, Slovenia and Russia. On Saturday 22nd September he faced a player from Ireland in the final. His opponent was tough, but Liam was in control from the beginning and maintained good scoring all the way through the fight. After a week of fights, Liam was crowned Junior kickboxing World Champion. His mum Kelly, who was there supporting him during the tournament, said

“I don’t think I could ever explain the emotions I felt when Liam stepped out to fight in his final, and when they lifted his arm as the winner, it was one of the proudest moments of my life! I was so pleased for him, he works and trains so hard and gave up his whole summer to train every day.”

Liam can’t quite believe his success, saying:

“It still hasn’t really sunk in that I am world champion; it was just the best feeling to stand on top of the podium hearing the national anthem being played!”

More: Further success for Liam in the Bristol Open »

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Students visit graves of local WW1 heroes

Posted on Thursday 8th November 2018 at 8:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Tom and Anish at the Menin Gate.

Two Year 11 students from Abbeywood Community School recently travelled to Belgium and France as representatives for the legacy project that is being run by University College London alongside the government. Tom Wallington and Anish Kataria spent three days in October exploring battlefields and seeing key sites from World War 1, with the main focus being around the battlefields around Ypres and the Somme valley. They were accompanied by their teacher, Miss Traynor, who said:

“Both students were exemplary and their behaviour and conduct was positively commented on, both by the hotel and the trip organisers. It was an amazing trip and one that we hope to be able to carry out again with younger students.”

Now that they have returned from the trip, the idea is that Tom and Anish will come up with their own legacy project in order to share their experiences of the battlefields with the other students at Abbeywood.

Miss Traynor’s account of the trip is reproduced below…

On the Friday evening, before our departure, we spent some time researching soldiers from our local area who we would try to locate during our time on the battlefields. The two soldiers we came across were Alfred Luke Cannon and Duncan J Thompson. Alfred was from Southmead and Duncan lived on Filton Avenue.

On our first day, we visited Lijssenthoek and it was here amongst the many, many graves that we discovered the only woman in the cemetery (and only one of five commemorated in cemeteries), namely, Nellie Spindler. This cemetery in particular showed us the diverse nature of the people fighting in the war – different nationalities, religions etc. who were all buried together as comrades.

On day two, we visited the Somme valley which witnessed some of the bloodiest battles of the war, with as many as 50,000 casualties on the first day. Whilst here we also visited Thiepval memorial where Alfred Cannon is commemorated. At Thiepval, there were also some elements of the Shrouds of the Somme, which will be soon be shown in its entirety in the Olympic Park in London. This will commemorate the 72,000 missing soldiers from the Somme battles. That evening, we visited the Menin Gate, which was an emotional experience. Hearing the bugles which perform the Last Post was spine tingling. Anish was lucky enough to present the memorial wreath from our group and did an excellent job.

More: Visit of Tyne Cot cemetery and memorial »

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (Jun/Jul 2018)

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 at 1:15 am by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

June has seen the arrival of summer as the sun has shone down brightly on the village of Stoke Gifford. Here’s what has been happening this month.

St Michael’s Church

St Michael’s enjoyed their yearly ‘Church on the Green’ on Sunday 24th June where there was a large turnout to enjoy stories, songs and a picnic. This was then followed by the England v Panama game being shown in the Auditorium.

Local residents may have noticed the scaffolding that has gone up around the church tower. Work is continuing to be done to repair parts of the building and the scaffolding is expected to be up for approximately 11 weeks.

Coming up in July is the family fun and World Cup Final event. On 15th July, the St Michael’s Centre is hosting a fun day on The Green starting at 1pm. A BBQ will be provided and guests are asked to bring drinks and accompaniments. Afterwards, the World Cup Final will be shown in the auditorium. All ages are welcome to attend.

More: St Michael’s School and Abbeywood School. Key dates for July. »

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