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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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Harry Potter event raises £200 for charity

Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 10:19 pm by Laura Mortimore

Potion making.

On Thursday 7th February, Abbeywood Community School invited children from the local community to help them celebrate Harry Potter Book Night. Around 50-60 children attended the event and enjoyed a variety of activities based around the popular books written by J.K. Rowling.

Butterbeer tasting.

Although the children enjoyed all of the activities available, it was clear to see that some had their favourites. For example, the Quidditch games using lacrosse sticks for broomsticks and hunting for the golden snitch were very popular as well as the Fantastic Beast hunt where children had to search around the hall for 10 different beasts. Once completed they could claim their chocolate frog and wizard card. On arrival, every child was given a ticket to receive one cup of butterbeer and many children returned for more throughout the evening, showing the popularity of the magical drink.

Debbie Swindail, Abbeywood’s librarian and organiser of the event, said:

“This was our third year of celebrating the work of J.K. Rowling and taking part in the Harry Potter World Book Night and as always I am very proud of Abbeywood’s student fundraising team. Every year they excel themselves and put on a bigger and better Harry Potter event. Everyone seemed to be having a magical time, young and old. It was fantastic to see the school filled with local children celebrating a great series of books and all for a good cause.”

The event raised a total of £224 which is going to two charities: The Royal British Legion and Children’s Hospice South West.

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 27). 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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