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01 Lights, cameras, action! Students at St Augustine Academy gained first-hand experience of the world of television media when they were the subject of a news report by BBC Southeast Sport. 02 “Please sir, we want some more!” The annual tradition of producing a Christmas Musical at St Augustine Academy is one which seems to attract bigger audiences every year and this year was no exception as... 03 Planning for a career This month, the Academy hosted the Department of Work and Pensions Schools Team who delivered sessions to our Year 7 cohort looking at why we go to school and the link be... 04 Christmas Fayre This year we hosted the seventh annual Christmas Fayre at the Academy. We had a range of stalls selling amazing Christmas goodies and presents that would fill stockings t... 05 Cadbury World After a successful visit last year, this week Mr Muir took his Year 9 and Year 11 Retail Business class to Cadbury World to experience every aspect of a major company at... 06 Business Breakfast Last week the Academy hosted a Business Breakfast, where we invited local employers, the Academy Council and universities to visit the Academy to forge new links 07 University Day The Academy had a treat last week when a group of students and lecturers from the Kent Universities group visited the Academy to give our grammar stream students a taste... 08 Drama workshop This month, the GCSE drama students had the opportunity to work with the artistic director of Splendid Productions, Kerry Frampton. 9 Careers & Guidance Day The whole of Year 11 arrived to school on the last day of term one looking extremely smart and professional, albeit a little nervous too, 10 Wheelchair rugby As an inclusive school, the Academy has students with a range of different abilities. Currently, two boys use wheelchairs and an event which 11 The Army comes to the Academy Students in our year 7 Science grammar stream took part in an exciting STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) activity where they 12 Student gains role in West End show Year 8 student, Lottie Cook, has gained a fantastic opportunity to appear in the cast of the well-known West End show, Matilda, 13 Macmillan Coffee Morning A regular feature in the Academy calendar is our Macmillan Coffee Morning in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. 14 Open Events Our two annual Open Events for potential new year 7 students were even more popular than ever this year. 15 Bluewater Business trip After last year’s very successful tour around Bluewater as part of their year 9 Retail Business course, this year it was the turn of the 16 European Day of Languages 2018 17 GCSE Exam successes St Augustine Academy students had been nervously queuing up outside the front door of the Academy for half an hour before they were let in to collect their exam results t... 18 Awards Evening Celebration The annual Lower School celebration evening always means that the Academy’s Main Hall is packed with students, their families and staff, all looking forward to the awar... 19 PROM 2018 The Maidstone Hilton hotel provides a lovely atmospheric backdrop for one of the major events in the Academy’s calendar. It’s an evening of very mixed emotions as we... 20 Race for Life While most of the country was sweltering in hot workplaces or lying in the garden soaking up the sun, Academy students in their droves were running around a baking hot pl... 21 STEM day Our highly popular annual STEM events at the Academy took place again at the start of July. With even more local primary schools taking part this year, three days were se... 22 This Academy rocks! “A huge ‘congratulations’ to the cast and crew of this year’s Summer Show, ‘Schools Will Rock You’, for an outstanding performance. 23 Codes & Cyphers at the Castle Last Thursday, the winners of the Maths Department’s ‘Codes and Cyphers’ Challenge, Mrs Thompson organised a very special day out at Dover Castle. 24 Super Summer Fete When at the Academy as a student, Lewis Muir was always heavily involved in arranging & running major events such as the Christmas Fayres, Summer Fete on the sports field... 25 Dance Workshop Last Friday, our Dance teacher, Mrs Kearns, had a very special treat lined up for students. 26 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Licence From 1st April 2018, St Augustine Academy has become a Directly Licenced Centre, meaning that over the next three years we can continue to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s... 27 Italian food masterclass Students from years 9 – 11 recently had the chance of a lifetime – a visit to Italy to take part in a four day long masterclass in Italian food and with the added bon... 28 Year 8 Spanish tapas tasting Students in Year 8 Spanish lessons were given the chance to try some typical Spanish delicacies as part of the current topic of food. 29 ‘Got to Dance’ extravaganza This year our production of ‘Got To Dance’ was packed full of GCSE dances, dance solos, trios, group dances and different musical interludes performed by students fro... 30 Ofsted Success Our latest Ofsted Inspection took place on 20th-21st February 2018 and we were delighted to receive a second endorsement from the Inspectors – we are GOOD 31 CAST provide a space to reflect CAST – Churches and Schools Together – are a local organisation which aims to develop relationships between local churches and secondary schools in Maidstone. 32 World Book Week adventure! Wow! What a fabulous adventure we have been on in Book Week. After being disrupted by the snow monster, we started the week with a relaunch of all our World Book week act... 33 Students Sign2sing On 8th February, year 7 & 8 students from St Augustine performed the song “Friends together” with the mass ensemble of 34 Bluewater visit Students couldn’t believe their ears when they heard that they were to visit Bluewater as part of one of their Academy courses! 35 Castles galore! In term 2 of 2017/2018, the Year 7s learnt about one of the most life changing periods in British history; 1066. 36 Duke of Edinbugh student success This year, seven students from St Augustine Academy completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award and were invited to a special Presentation Evening at the Kent 37 Amazing generosity of Academy students At the end of the Christmas term, a non-uniform day was held to raise money for a reason that was very personal to the Academy. One of our students 38 Seussical Super Show Last week’s Christmas show ‘Seussical the Musical’ played to two sold out audiences and was a huge collaborative success throughout the school. 39 Rugby future stars! The Academy recently fielded a new squad of year 9 boys in a rugby tournament who played - according to Mr Challiss – ‘amazingly well.’ Although, despite their bes... 40 Future Voices visit St Augustine Last week, some of our year 11 students had the opportunity to take part in a Future Voice workshop. The session was run by the Speakers Trust who are the UK’s leading... 41 Christmas with Resistant Materials After 5 weeks learning new skills,the Resistant Materials Enrichment group got into the spirit of this festive time of year by making 3D wooden models of presents and ot... 42 Cadbury World Trip On the 28th November 2017, Mr Muir and Mr Brown took their Year 9 Retail Business class to Cadbury World to experience every aspect of a major company at work. 43 Anti-Bullying Week Academy students took part in various different activities during the week to raise the issue of bullying. One group conducted a 44 Christmas has begun at the Academy! This week saw our 5th annual Christmas Fayre event. There were numerous stalls ranging from homemade gifts, tutus and 45 Generosity of Citizenship students Every year, the SAA Year 10 GCSE Citizenship students are challenged to raise money through sponsorship for the Shoe Box 46 Students focus on careers Recently, all the Year 11 students were off timetable and spent the day attending a variety of career workshops which were run by 47 Eucharist with year 7 students The Academy has a lovely welcoming Chapel within the main building which is used for a number of events and occasions throughout the year. Last week the St Monica’s Cha... 48 ‘Big First Aid Lesson – Live!’ Just in time for Bonfire Night, students in Years 7 and 8 took part in the St John Ambulance ‘Big First Aid Lesson – Live!’ The event, run by the first aid charity... 49 Harvest time at the Academy The last assembly of term 1 is always devoted to the Harvest Festival theme at the Academy with its celebration of food production and the donation of items to include in... 50 Students ‘Positive about dyslexia’ Dyslexia is a much talked about but often little understood learning difficulty that affects a person’s accurate word reading and spelling. 51 Ex Student Weightlifting Success Ex-Academy student, Carys Harper, continues with her amazing sporting success having started at MidKentCollege only a couple of months ago. 52 Academy holds Macmillan Coffee Morning Macmillan Cancer Support, the national charity, holds a ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on an annual basis in September at numerous venues around Britain to raise... 53 St Augustine Academy awarded NCS Champion School of 2016/2017. Last Friday, three representatives from the National Citizen Service came into the Year 11 assembly to present the Academy with the National Citizen Service Champion Scho... 54 Open Events draw in the crowds St Augustine Academy was definitely the place to be in Maidstone on Thursday evening as parents of pupils at local primary schools descended on the Academy in force for o... 55 Results day! A queue of anxious students had congregated early outside St Augustine Academy this morning waiting for the doors to open to collect their exam results. 56 ‘SAA gone wild at Howletts’ 48 students got the opportunity to go wild at Howletts Animal Park at the end of this term. The students were treated to sites of endangered species and a great glimpse a... 57 Year 8 Food Enterprise Project Over the course of terms 5 and 6, Year 8 students have trialled and tested different products that they have made in Food Technology. They aimed to produce a minimum of... 58 Academy Gardeners 7 Elm have spent this term growing a variety of flowers and vegetables in the Academy’s specially designed raised beds. Before they could plant anything new, the class... 59 Year 7 Students Fun Weekend Over seventy students from Year 7 enjoyed a weekend of activities at the Kingswood Grosvenor Hall site near Ashford, all aimed at building students’ self-confidence, te... 60 Year 10 University Day A recent visit from ambassadors from the University of Kent to speak to our year 10 students proved to be useful and inspiring as can be seen from this report on the even... 61 Awards Evening Celebration The annual Lower School celebration evening always means that the Academy’s Main Hall is packed with students, their families and staff, all looking forward to the awar... 62 STEM builds bridges St Augustine Academy was a hive of activity in the first week of July with nearly 200 year 5 pupils from three local Primary Schools enjoying a fun packed day 63 Korfball star Year 10 student , Alix Richardson, started playing Korfball during year 3 in her primary school and then joined a local club. Since then, she just hasn’t stopped and 3... 64 Prom 2017 One of the major highlights of the Academy year, the year 11 Prom, is also one of the saddest as we all say a last ‘goodbye and good luck’ to the year group of studen... 65 Race for Life A gloriously sunny Wednesday afternoon saw the whole of the Academy take part in the ‘Race for Life’ to raise money for 66 Academy students at the Maidstone Arts Festival By invitation from the Maidstone Area Arts Partnership, Year 8 students from St Augustine Academy have had an amazing 67 May Madness As the Academy is part of our local community, we like to be offered the opportunity to take part in local events – especially when they are full of fun like the recent... 68 Weightlifting Champion Visits Recently, our students who are members of the Academy’s Weightlifting Club and others who have chosen it as an Enrichment option, were treated to a very special visit f... 69 Citizenship students visit Poland and Germany. During the Easter holidays 28 GCSE Citizenship and History students embarked on a study tour to Germany and Poland. The trip was designed to help students in understandi... 70 Prayer and Reflection Space St Augustine Academy has built up a strong link with a local organisation which aims to develop relationships between local churches and secondary schools in Maidstone. 71 ‘We’ve got rhythm’! This year’s sold out Music and Dance concert, ‘We’ve got rhythm’, was a jam-packed showcase of 75 students within the Performing Arts department. 72 World Autism Awareness Week. March 27th to April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Week and this was definitely not a week to miss for the ARC. 73 Maths Camp Carroty Wood in Tonbridge was the venue for another of our very popular and hugely successful residential maths camps for year 11 students. 74 Medics in the making It was action all day when ten students from the Academy had the opportunity to attend an all day interactive Medical/Healthcare event at Maidstone Hospital’s Academic... 75 Sign2sing triumph St Augustine Academy has a weekly ‘Enrichment’ lesson which enables students to choose non-curriculum activities on a termly basis. 76 Academy meets the Challenge Throughout March, 40 year 7 & 8 students have spent all of their breaks and lunches trading to the rest of the school, selling goods and providing services 77 Students on trial! Giving up a day of their weekend was probably a trial enough but 45 students from St Augustine Academy spent a Saturday 78 Unity Bands Cancer touches many lives, age is no barrier. As a school we are constantly looking at ways we can encourage our students to connect with others that might need a little... 79 WORLD BOOK DAY WAS A PARTY! The Academy always celebrates World Book Day in style and it is always a roaring success. In fact, it is so successful that the events cannot be contained in one day and... 80 The magic of Harry Potter The Performing Arts Department team took 88 of our year 8 St Augustine Academy students on our annual trip to the Warner Bros Studios last week to take in the sights, sou... 81 New Sporting Experience For Year 7 Students Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for athletes with a disability. It is practised in over twenty-five countries around the world and is a summer Paralympic sport. Anyone 82 Fundraising for Maidstone Shelter 83 Carol Service This year, our annual Carol Service was a fun filled event for year 7 & 8 students. It was held in the Academy’s main hall this year whilst our local Parish Church appo... 84 Peter Pan Extravaganza ‘One of the most enchanting performances that has ever taken flight within St Augustine Academy’. 85 Three Weightlifting Champions! On Saturday at Oxford, the St Augustine Academy weightlifting team did a fantastic job of clearing up the trophies at the Southern England Schools Weightlifting Champions... 86 Christmas starts at the Academy Last Thursday evening saw the official start to Christmas at St Augustine with the ever popular Christmas Fayre taking place at the Academy. 87 ‘SHOE BOX’ APPEAL Choosing Citizenship as an exam option at St Augustine Academy is not an ‘easy’ option. As well as all the usual reading, research and essay writing that every other... 88 We will remember Each year, the Academy takes great care to remember the sacrifice made by servicemen and women and civilians not just in World War 1, but in all conflicts since then. The... 89 Students support MIND charity The theme of the week for the end of term 1 was Mental Health awareness and students 90 Charity Coffee Morning The newly formed Senior Student Team has tackled an important fundraising event by putting on a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the end of September. 91 School Games Mark Award goes Silver! St Augustine Academy has shown dedication to the development of competition across the school and into the community and due to this dedication we have been awarded the S... 92 GCSE Exams Success Apprehension turned quickly into happy, smiling students at St Augustine Academy this morning as they collected their exam results. 93 Working at No.10 Downing Street! Unable to secure a place for her dream work experience placement last year when she was in year 10, Academy student Abbi Caine was delighted 94 Spectacular Fund Raising Year 10 students from Mr Gibbs’ Citizenship class excelled themselves last Friday by raising a spectacular amount of money for a popular national charity. 95 St Augustine Academy Welcomes Champion Boxer Students who attend St Augustine Academy’s ‘Golden Gloves’ Boxing club were in awe of their special visitor at this week’s training session. Nine times number on... 96 Student's Wish Comes True Year 8 student, Esther Gbadebo, is a very keen writer and has had her poems and creative writing displayed on the ‘Young Writers’ website. 97 Drama Year 11 students have been studying 2 complex and widely contrasting pieces for their GCSE exam and over the last 2 weeks have performed them twice – once for an audie... 98 YEAR 11 Intensive Revision Our year 11 students have been working even harder than usual recently as they have been taking part in some very intensive brain stretching revision sessions 99 Maths camp 2 Following on from the huge success of the first Maths Camp in February, a second group of year 11 students went to Carroty Wood in Tonbridge for a we 100 ITALY – Culture, Scenery and Food! A group of year 9 and 10 students had the trip of a lifetime in the Easter holiday when they enjoyed 4 days in Italy. Organised by Ms Gibbons, our Food Technology teacher... 101 Inter-Chapter Weightlifting Competitions Start St Augustine’s already highly successful Weightlifting Club is now starting a monthly series of inter-Chapter competitions which will act as a ‘taster’ for the youn... 102 Student wins Maidstone award Her story...from fighting for her life...to representing her country. 13th March 2001, Carys was born. 103 Spotlight Stars This year’s Spring concert, ‘Spotlight’, brought together two elements of the Performing Arts department into one showcase. The Dance and Music departments both pu... 104 Book Week Fun and Games! The Academy celebrated World Book Day again this year but didn’t just stop at one day – the whole week included activities which were designed to raise the profile of... 105 Radio Competition Heart radio have recently been running a competition to see how many listeners can identify the celebrities who’ve been recorded saying ‘who’s on heart?’ 106 Academy student qualifies for Olympic Trials Academy student, Callie-Ann Warrington from Maidstone Swimming Club, has qualified to swim at The British Nationals being held in Glasgow from 12th April 2016. 107 Maths Camp Last weekend, 26 students from year 11 attended a residential Maths camp at Carroty Wood, Tonbridge. The students spent a total of 8 ½ hours on 5 key B grade topics ove... 108 Students experience retreat A group of students were taken to Aylesford Priory on Friday 5th February to experience a Retreat Day. Accompanying the students was our Chaplain, Rev’d Kes, and du 109 Holocaust Memorial week During Term 3, students in Year 7 have been reading the novel ‘The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas’. As part of their studies into the key themes of the novel, all student... 110 Year 7 enjoy a fun filled STEM event All year 7 students had a chance to experience a range of exciting events presented by visiting students from Canterbury Christ Church University last Thursday. Based on... 111 Fitness suite goes live! “The Academy’s PE block contained 2 classrooms that were a great resource but were underused. So we decided to take on the somewhat daunting task of converting them i... 112 Staff and students’ Duke of Edinburgh Awards success! Mr Feldwick joined seven of our students as they received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award certificates at the Maidstone Panel Presentation Evening at Invicta Gra... 113 Christmas Carol Service Each year, the Academy staff and students completely fill St Michael’s Church for 3 consecutive days for our Christmas Carol Service with each day devoted to a differen... 114 Reward Assemblies This week, each Chapter has had a special, and uplifting assembly, devoted to acknowledging and rewarding students’ achievements. 115 Christmas 2015 Academy musical extravaganza The wicked witch, Tinman, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and Toto the dog means only one thing – this year’s production by students from St Augustine Academy w... 116 Carol Concert On Sunday 6th December, St Augustine Academy joined forces with two of our local primary schools to present a Community Carol service with Maidstone United Football Club... 117 Year 10 students va à Londres ! For twelve of our year 10 students, the recent day trip to London meant hard work but also an opportunity to improve their exam skills. 118 Remembering Service On Thursday 19th November we honoured many loved ones who had died in an informal service in the chapel. Just look at all the light and love left behind by those we carry... 119 Years 9 & 10 girls PE teams The girls football teams have recently been very successful. This popular after school activity has many committed students who regularly train and compete. 120 Billy Elliot theatre trip On Thursday 26th, a group of Year 9 students travelled to the Victoria Palace Theatre in central London to view a performance of the widely acclaimed Billy Elliot musical... 121 Year 10 Work Experience Parents’ Evening The Work Experience programme run at the Academy is a vital part of the curriculum for our year 10 students. It enables them to think in depth about their future career,... 122 Christmas Fayre 2015 Our 3rd Christmas Fayre held on 26th November was a great success with many stalls selling a range of gifts from jewellery, photographs and cards to small gifts. There we... 123 SAA Weighlifters win again! Congratulations are due to our students who took part in the London and South East Junior (under 21) Regional Championships a fortnight at Harrow School. Some of the bes... 124 Year 8 students get a taste of university teaching Year 8 students get a taste of university teaching Three students from Kent University recently visited the Academy as part of an interactive First World War project tha... 125 Exciting visit to EGX show. IT and Computing students from years 10, 11 and sixth form visited the EGX show held at the Birmingham NEC at the end of September. Students not only had the chance to 126 Results success In common with all secondary schools around the country, anxious students at the Academy were queuing outside the main hall to collect their GCSE results during the holid... 127 Lower School celebration evening – 15th July The annual Lower School celebration evening took place on a very hot evening last week. The Academy’s Main Hall was once again packed with students, their families and... 128 Sports Day ‘Monday saw our annual Sports Day take place. The whole day was a huge success with some amazing individual results and performances. A massive well done to all who t... 129 Academy Summer Fete Inspired by the success of our first Christmas Fayre at the end of 2014, our two Enterprise Ambassadors, Lewis Muir & Kayleigh Osina, decide 130 Primary schools’ STEM event St Augustine Academy was a hive of activity on the 8th July with 100 year 5 pupils from 3 local Primary Schools enjoying a fun packed day of STEM (Science, Technology, 131 SAA Golden Gloves Boxing Gym opening This year is the year of the glove! St Augustine Academy has secured £2000 worth of funding to set up a ABA affiliated satellite gym for boxing. 132 Academy Dance Showcase On Friday 1st May we celebrated an evening of dance, showcasing the work of performing arts students from years 7-11. This fantastic event was a culmination of work 133 Spectacular show at St Augustine Students in years 7 & 8 were recently treated to a spectacular Science and Technology show sponsored by BAE Systems and the RAF. 3 dynamic presenters gave a 45 minute... 134 St Augustine Academy Weightlifting Competition success St Augustine Academy in Maidstone is one of only a small number of schools around the county that have a weightlifting club with a team of keen and active students regula...