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Kings Priory School 01 Students ‘Positive about dyslexia’ Dyslexia is a much talked about but often little understood learning difficulty that affects a person’s accurate word re...

19th October, 2017

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. Three year 10 students; Erin Bourne, Becky Wiggins and Katherine Skinner took advantage of the recent Dyslexia Awareness week to do just that by running a quiz for Academy students.

Photos of celebrities were on display around the building and students were asked to name them and spot the link between all of them, namely that they all had dyslexia.

Erin produced slides for our Academy TVs and the posters and then the 3 students had a slot in each Chapter assembly to speak about dyslexia and the competition.

The competition was won by Evan Travis in year 7 and he won the prize of a £10 Amazon voucher.
A great round of applause goes to the three year 10 girls for their enterprising and generous spirit – well done!
 

Kings Priory School 02 Ex Student Weightlifting Success Ex-Academy student, Carys Harper, continues with her amazing sporting success having started at MidKentCollege only a co...

18th October, 2017

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.

She has just been awarded a support grant by Kent Sport.org which supports athletes in full-time education with the costs associated with training and competing at a national level.
Weightlifting was introduced as an option for the Academy’s Wednesday afternoon’s Enrichment programme 3 years ago and we were lucky to be able to secure the coaching expertise of ex-Olympian weight lifter (and parent of an ex-student!), Matt Vine.
He has worked wonders with the students and within a short space of time, SAA students were not only entering local, then regional and national competitions but coming home with clutches of medals!

Carys soon made her mark as an extremely accomplished weightlifter and is currently ranked no.1 in Great Britain in the Under20 class. In her most recent competition, she won a silver medal in an Open Competition held at Crystal Palace international sports centre.

As part of her college sports course, she has returned to St Augustine to provide coaching support to our current students.
 

Kings Priory School 03 Academy holds Macmillan Coffee Morning Macmillan Cancer Support, the national charity, holds a ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on an annual basis in September...

4th October, 2017

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 funds for this well known and important charity.

At the Academy, we regularly take part in the event and host our own Coffee Morning. This year, two of our senior students, Nisa Limbu and Lily Hartfield organised our event at the Academy. To enable the maximum amount of money to go to the charity, the two girls went out and about in Maidstone and managed to get donations of cakes from Sainsbury’s, Tesco and a Nisa Local. More yummy items were kindly provided by 3 of the teaching staff at the Academy and several students.

The tables were positively groaning with cakes and biscuits of every description and on the day, Miss Lay and the Senior Student leadership team ran the event with the other students descending on the goodies as if they hadn’t eaten for a week!

In the end, the final total that was raised was a magnificent £120 for the charity. A huge ‘well done’ goes to the student organisers, the student and staff cake makers, the very generous local shops and not forgetting all the wonderful people who bought and consumed all the items. Thank you all!

[Photos were taken by Ethan Lane - Year 11]

Kings Priory School 04 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 Acade...

28th September, 2017

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 School Award. This award was in recognition for actively encouraging students to take part in the programme and for the largest percentage of students – 22% - that graduated from the programme this summer out of all the schools in Maidstone.  So well done our Year 11 2017 leavers!!

We will continue to work closely with NCS this year and hope that our current Year 11 cohort will engage in this fantastic programme.  NCS will be attending the Parents Information evening for Year 11 on Thursday 19th October (details to follow) and will be back in school in January for students to find out more.

Kings Priory School 05 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 prima...

18th September, 2017

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 our annual Open Evening. Keen to investigate a new school for their children for next September, our visitors were able to visit the whole building and see a huge range of displays, meet the staff, ask questions, try out equipment – and even do some experiments in the Science labs!

On Saturday morning, there was another chance to visit and our student tour guides were pleased to have Sunday to rest after their busy Thursday evening and Saturday morning expertly showing visitors around and answering questions.

One visitor was so impressed that he emailed the Academy to say: “Just wanted to thank everyone who facilitated and contributed to the open evening today. Both of my children dragged themselves in with the enthusiasm usually reserved for a funeral and came away really buzzing and excited! Our guides, Ellie and Hannah were thoroughly helpful, invisible when we wanted space to look around and materialising on the spot when it came to guidance or when we had questions for them. They really did the school redit. Many thanks to all the students and teachers who gave up their evening”.

If you missed the events or did visit and want to see us at work on a normal working day, you can book a tour on a Thursday morning starting at 9.15am: just ring Reception on 01622 752490 to book.

Kings Priory School 06 Results day! A queue of anxious students had congregated early outside St Augustine Academy this morning waiting for the doors to ope...

24th August, 2017

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. As brown envelopes were cautiously opened there were tears of joy and group hugs as hopes of progressing on to their new paths in life were realised.

Jason Feldwick, Academy Principal, said that he was delighted that students had gained some really excellent results and had a special mention for Betty Bastable who had achieved a stunning list of 5 A*, 3 A and the new top grade 9 in English and Maths.
She was joined by a group of other top achievers; Bianka Babrian, Mary Morris, Jonathan Atkins and Napsugar Novak who also gained clutches of superb grades.

Overall, 54% of students gained 5 A* - C grades with 69% achieving grade 4 or higher in English and 50%  with Maths at grade 4 or higher. Well done to all our students.

Kings Priory School 07 ‘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...

20th July, 2017

‘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 amazing views of endangered species of endangered species and a great glimpse at the gorillas’ behaviour and a more gentle experience walking with lemurs through their enclosure. A great day was had by all, with a huge thank you to Ms Gibbons, Ms Carlo and Mr Eaglestone for their time and support on the day celebrating and praising the excellence of our students.

Kings Priory School 08 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 Foo...

19th July, 2017

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 twelve of their chosen items to sell at the end of term 6 in aid of Cancer Research UK. Every student did an amazing job and produced some scrummy food! This project has been a collaboration between Food Technology and Enterprise, organised by Miss Gibbons and Mr Muir.

Each class had an allocated day on which they sold their products over the two weeks and on each of the four allocated days, large numbers of students and staff came in to show their support and doing an amazing job! A few staff and students came back for more as well!

Through this small project, students had set themselves a target of £100. Year 8 exceeded this target by £30.28 at the end of the second week. However, further collections of loose change in students’ and staff pockets, purses and wallets has meant that at the last count, the total was rapidly approaching £150.

Year 8 has done an amazing job and every penny donated will make a huge amount of difference to this very valuable charity. Well done everyone!

Kings Priory School 9 Academy Gardeners 7 Elm have spent this term growing a variety of flowers and vegetables in the Academy’s specially designed raised beds...

19th July, 2017

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 had to clear all the weeds from the beds and make the sure soil was ready for planting.  

They designed one bed with a range of summer bedding out plants and the rest were planted with vegetables, including pumpkins, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, broad beans, peas, french beans and sweetcorn.  They also sowed carrot and radish seeds.  This week they harvested their first radish.  

Throughout the term they have maintained the beds by weeding and watering the plants.  The only downside was the local squirrels developed a taste for the strawberries which meant the students were deprived of their delicious crop!
 
 

Kings Priory School 10 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...

19th July, 2017

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, teamwork and communication skills. Among the range of activities on offer, students had the opportunity to take part in climbing, aerial runway, problem-solving and Nightline – where students are blindfolded and have to complete an obstacle course just by listening to each others’ instructions!

The most popular activity by far was the 3G swing, where pairs of students are winched up to a great height and let go in a giant swing. Other favourites included the aerial runway zip wire, the scrapheap challenge and the high equilibrium balance beam.
All students had a fantastic time and were willing to go out of their comfort zones as well as being fantastic ambassadors for the Academy. Huge thanks go to Mr Fishman for the mammoth amount of work involved in organizing the trip and he was ably assisted by Miss Dean, Mrs Downs, Mrs Foulsham, Mrs Francis, Mr Morrish and Mr Morrison.

Kings Priory School 11 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 ins...

19th July, 2017

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 event from student, Jack Malone.

“On Tuesday 11th July, two representatives from the University of Kent came in to help us with our future choices involving where we will go when we leave the Academy and what we want to do when we reach 18 years old.

They talked about options that we had never even considered or even heard of which was quite confusing. However, I think it gave me more options and things to think about if I can’t go down the pathway that I’m aiming for.

We were also told about who we can talk to about going to university and in groups, we outlined the positives and negatives of asking different people. We were then all given the opportunity to research about university life and ask the representative questions about what we can do there.
Overall, I found the day educational and fun and I think it helped me a lot with future choices and aspirations.”

Kings Priory School 12 Awards Evening Celebration The annual Lower School celebration evening always means that the Academy’s Main Hall is packed with students, their fam...

14th July, 2017

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 awarding of certificates, rewards and trophies to some of our hardest working students.  Before taking their seats in the Hall, all our visitors were able to enjoy a colourful display of work in the foyer comprising of examples of fascinating and imaginative pieces by students in Creative Media, Art, Textiles and Design Technology.

This year’s guest who presented the prizes was Peter Bleksley whom many of the audience knew from the TV series ‘Hunted.’ He also gave a fascinating and cautionary address to the audience which described his life story from ‘bad boy’ to undercover policeman including a spell in a psychiatric hospital before finding his niche as a writer and actor. None of this fascinating story glorified any of his past life but was used as a motivational talk for the students to encourage them to be committed to what they want to do in life, to be truthful and to strive to do their best.

He then helped Mr Feldwick present the awards. As well as subject awards for students from year 7 – 9, there were Enrichment and Chapter awards for outstanding students who have made significant contributions to their Chapters. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of 3 very special awards: The Woodard Board prize, awarded for the most significant contribution to the Christian ethos of the Academy went to Kyran O’Connor The winner of the Trevor Pearless Award for great endeavour and resolution was Imogen Cates and Victoria Laniyan was the very worthy recipient of the Oakwood Shield for Academic Achievement.

Interspersed with the awards were musical items from talented guitarist Levente Vas and a vocal duet from Hannah Lee and Morgan Mooney. Congratulations go to all of this year’s worthy award winners.

Please check our gallery at the end of this term for a selection of photos for the event.

Kings Priory School 13 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 Pri...

14th July, 2017

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 of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities.

During the day, the pupils from West Borough, St Michael’s and Kings Hill schools learnt about the first Ferris Wheel and were able to build their own using the KNEX construction system together with a motor to make it spin independently. They then attended 5 sessions about Forces led by year 9 St Augustine Academy students which included the use of spaghetti and marshmallows to illustrate the differences in strength between cubes and pyramids!  The day culminated in the challenge for the pupils to build bridges to cross a 1.2m span and hold a 1kg mass.  Each team was provided with 30 newspaper  ‘STIXX’ and 50 cable ties with which to build their bridge with the winning team’s bridge holding an amazing 16kg weight!  The hundreds of STIXX had been made by Academy students over the previous days out of a mountain of newspapers kindly donated by staff and the Kent Messenger without which the project would have collapsed – unlike some of the magnificent bridges made by the primary pupils!

Please check our gallery at the end of this term for a selection of photos for the event.

Kings Priory School 14 Korfball star Year 10 student , Alix Richardson, started playing Korfball during year 3 in her primary school and then joined a local...

14th July, 2017

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 years ago, she was selected for the England Korfball team.

Alix has recently returned from playing in the World Cup as part of the Under 17 team where they won a bronze medal after being beaten by one point by the Chinese Taipei team. Well done Alix!

Kings Priory School 15 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 ‘good...

14th July, 2017

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 students who will now be going a little further out into the ‘real’ world for the next step on their lifepath.

The regular venue for the event is the Maidstone Hilton who provide a lovely atmospheric setting for the evening complete with a special meal and the in house disco. As usual, there were a variety of methods of transport that were used to ferry the students to the hotel followed by thirty minutes of frantic group photo opportunities around the venue’s entrance before the guests were invited in for the dinner.

Staff and students mingled throughout the evening sharing memories of Academy life over the last 5 years but probably the major highlight was for the year 11s to show off their amazing dresses and suits. All the female students seemed to have found the most incredibly beautiful and colourful evening dresses and the boys were almost unrecognizable in their sharp suits, waistcoats, polished shoes and even some with bow ties!

During the dinner, students voted for some special awards including Prom King (Brad Hilton) and Queen (Jasmine Hewitson), best dress (Elycia Vallins) and best hair (Millie Sparrow). These prizes were given out by the organizer of the event, Mr Mason and delivered with his usual touch of wit which was much appreciated by all present.  

Finally, tearful goodbyes were exchanged and the now ex-year 11s were off to begin a new chapter in life. We hope that they will keep us informed of the future exciting events in their lives.

Please check our gallery at the end of this term for a selection of photos for the event.

Kings Priory School 16 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

29th June, 2017

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 cancer research.  Although the weather was a bonus in setting the right atmosphere for the event, it did make the conditions very hot to run in.  
The students and staff had the option whether to run or walk 1, 2 or 4 miles.  There were some students who completed the whole 4 miles with Brad Ryan setting the pace. Most students opted for the 2 miles.

It was great to see both students and staff taking part in this event and this will hopefully become an annual event for the Academy.  There are still a few more sponsorship monies to come in but so far, the total is an amazing £3084.15 for the charity. Two students raised £55 and £75 each but the individual student who raised the most was Connie with over £200 to her name.
A fantastic ‘well done’ to everyone who took part!

Kings Priory School 17 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

27th June, 2017

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 opportunity to contribute to the first Maidstone International Arts Festival. The Festival is designed to showcase local talent and workshops, performance days and exhibitions will feature both local and international artists and performers well to provide inspiration and challenge.

Based around the theme of Mars, which is the next stage of space exploration, Mr Freed’s students came up with a series of marvellous pastel artworks which show their interpretation of the ‘red planet.’ The use of pastels as the medium allowed the students to give the artworks a very atmospheric, hazy feel which gives the feeling of floating in space around the planet.
The artworks are displayed in a vacant shop near Wilko and will be on display until 16th July.

Kings Priory School 18 May Madness As the Academy is part of our local community, we like to be offered the opportunity to take part in local events – espe...

9th May, 2017

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 ‘May Madness’ event!

Run by the Methodist Church in Maidstone, the event was designed to raise money to help with the Church’s restoration fund.

Four members of our Senior Student Leadership Team together with Mr Muir and Ms Thomas were running a stall with two games for the public to try their hand at and a teddy was also waiting for his new home at the end of our raffle! The students also persuaded people to buy ice creams – not an easy task on a very chilly day!  

All monies raised went to the church and contributed to their final total of over £800. It was also a marvellous opportunity for us to continue to raise our profile by advertising the Academy as well as publicising our tours, starting on the first Thursday in June.

Kings Priory School 19 Weightlifting Champion Visits Recently, our students who are members of the Academy’s Weightlifting Club and others who have chosen it as an Enrichmen...

9th May, 2017

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 from a champion.

Medal winning European Championship Weightlifter, Mercy Brown, came along to St Augustine to inspire our student weightlifters. She started the sport aged 15 as part of a PE lesson at school and is now studying Sport Science at University.
Amazingly, Mercy can almost lift her own body weight and she won a Bronze medal and set a new British record in 2016 at the IWF World Junior Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Her next target is the 2018 Commonwealth Games and she’s going for Gold! If Mercy wins the medal, she’s promised to bring it to the Academy to show our students.

We’ll be rooting for you, Mercy!

Kings Priory School 20 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...

9th May, 2017

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 understanding two huge events in world history; World War II and the Holocaust.  In Berlin, students visited The East Side Gallery (the longest remaining part of the Berlin Wall), Checkpoint Charlie (the site of the last crossing between East and West Berlin) The Holocaust Memorial and the Topography of Terror Museum (a museum exploring the history of the Holocaust, housed in the former Gestapo headquarters) and The Reichstag (the German Parliament).  In between these educational visits there was time to visit Berlin Zoo, a traditional German restaurant and the Mall of Berlin (the largest shopping centre in Germany).

Following our two days in Berlin we travelled to Krakow in Poland.  Krakow is a medieval city not destroyed during World War II and so provided the perfect contrast to the modern and hectic cityscape of Berlin.  In Krakow we visited Oscar Schindler’s factory, the market square (housed in a 14th Century building) and, of course, Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp.  Despite the harrowing nature of these visits, many students came out with a renewed sense of fortune for being alive, rather than an over whelming sense of sadness due to the events that took place there between 1940 and 1945.

The students were an absolute credit to themselves, the Academy and their families.  Despite the large amount of walking (we covered around 25 miles in four days!) the students did not complain (much!) and had enjoyed, what was for many of them, their first trip abroad without their parents and carers.

Well done to all the students and thank you for making our jobs so easy when we were there!

Mr Gibbs & Mrs Downs

Kings Priory School 21 Prayer and Reflection Space St Augustine Academy has built up a strong link with a local organisation which aims to develop relationships between lo...

9th May, 2017

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. CAST – Churches and Schools Together – set up a prayer and reflection space in the Academy’s Chapel and over the week, they were visited by 425 students from years 7 to 10. The Chapel was set up to provide 7 interactive, creative and thought-provoking starting points for an activity.  The students were able to use their time in the Chapel as a space to stop and think and reflect on themselves, their lives and the community that they’re a part of. This event has now become a regular annual activity on the Academy’s calendar and is looked forward to as a little oasis of calm during a busy school day.

Kings Priory School 22 ‘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 Pe...

20th April, 2017

‘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. Students across both Key Stage 3 and 4 not only performed a range of excellent routines and musical items but also ran the sound, lighting and stage management for the show.

For some, the concert was a first chance to perform in public at the Academy. However, fresh off the back of their debut public performance at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the St Augustine Academy Choir were in full swing with 15 students singing harmonies. The Elite Squad in Dance showed us that their commitment over the past year has seen them grow in numbers as well as talent! Several groups of dance students had prepared intriguing routines which played out as mini dramas.  Soloists in both Music and Dance stepped into the spotlight and wowed our audience with exceptional performances.

As always, we would like to thank everyone for attending this event and supporting our students in celebrating their hard work and commitment to the performing arts.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the show: Photos

Kings Priory School 23 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.

19th April, 2017

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. The Academy’s  Autism Resource Centre is known as the ARC and they decided that a good way to help raise awareness was via the stomach! Staff and students organised a cake sale to raise some money and more importantly- awareness of autism. The money raised will be used to buy books and magazines for ARC students to use. The grand total raised was a fantastic £92.50 just during one day, selling at both break and lunchtimes. Thank you to all students and staff who worked so hard to make this event such a great success.

Kings Priory School 24 Maths Camp Carroty Wood in Tonbridge was the venue for another of our very popular and hugely successful residential maths camps fo...

31st March, 2017

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.

The students spent a total of 8 ½ hours on 5 key B grade topics over the course of the weekend, even starting at 8.00am on Saturday and Sunday.  The students took part in outdoor adventurous activities  which included hanging from, then moving across, high ropes and low ropes. Bushcraft skills also featured with fires being made from materials at hand and then being lit using traditional, Scout style methods!.  Several students overcame a number of fears by completing these challenges; especially trying to catch a bar whilst jumping off a wooden pole 5 metres in the air!

However, the main point of the camp was to increase the students’ mathematical skills and the success of this was reflected in some excellent test scores at the end of the day.  A fantastic but tiring weekend was enjoyed by all.  Thank you to all the staff and students who took part and gained so much from  the weekend.
 

Kings Priory School 25 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/He...

31st March, 2017

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 Centre.  The students, who have all shown an interest in working in medical or healthcare related professions, had the opportunity to try out various medical procedures in the simulation suite.  They took blood samples, checked pulses, fitted medical drains and even attempted the tricky task of performing laparoscopic surgery!  The students also had the chance to speak to professionals first- hand about the various career areas they were particularly interested in and the most appropriate career progression routes. It was a really enjoyable day and will hopefully inspire the students to continue with pursuing their interest in working in medicine and related healthcare professions.

Kings Priory School 26 Sign2sing triumph St Augustine Academy has a weekly ‘Enrichment’ lesson which enables students to choose non-curriculum activities on a te...

31st March, 2017

Sign2sing triumph

St Augustine Academy has a weekly ‘Enrichment’ lesson which enables students to choose non-curriculum activities on a termly basis. One of the activities offered is probably unique amongst Maidstone schools and is always popular and that is learning to ‘sign.’
 
Mr Hewett, a member of the teaching staff, leads the Signing Choir and they have just taken part in the annual ‘sign2sing’ annual event organised by the Deaf Health Charity, SignHealth, which raises essential funds to help vulnerable deaf children and adults.

After much rehearsing in small groups, Thursday was the day that all year 7 & 8 Academy students performed the song “Together” with the 280 students ably lead by Mr Hewett and his Signing Choir. The feeling amongst the company in the Hall was one of elation and togetherness which  was amply demonstrated during the chorus “ Put your hands up.”  This performance was a once in a life time opportunity to come together in order to raise money for the deaf health charity.
 
Students, choir and staff left the hall with smiles on their faces, having had fun and also having raised a substantial amount of money for the charity.
 

Kings Priory School 27 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, s...

31st March, 2017

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. This strenuous feat was of their own choosing as they had signed up to take part in a national competition, the Tenner Challenge. Mr Muir, an ex-student, ran the Challenge at St Augustine and after submitting a business plan to him, the successful students received £10 each from the Tenner Challenge. They had four weeks to trade in the Academy to make as much profit as they could and then at the end pay back the £10.

After submitting their logo, advertisement, sales pitch and a picture of their stall, Mr Muir then sent these to Mentors asking their Mentees to vote for the best business in each category.

On the last day of trading, parents and carers were invited to attend a final session where they could purchase items from the students and then listen to a presentation and awards ceremony.  Students each gave a short speech about their business, and certificates were awarded to recognise their development in key enterprise skills and their hard work.

Two businesses had decided not to take the profit from their enterprise but to donate it to charity. This generous gesture will see Cancer Research and the MS society receiving their donations cheques next term.

Students have worked very hard this term and have continued to grow their confidence and their enterprise abilities. They now have a basic understanding of handling money and also being able to have the confidence to talk to members of the public - which most children of their age  find very hard. A huge well done to all that took part!

Kings Priory School 28 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

21st March, 2017

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 competing in the annual Mock Trial Competition at Maidstone Magistrates Court.  The students had to take on the roles of the people you would find in a court during a real trial.  This meant they became lawyers, magistrates, witnesses, reporters, artists and even a suspect.

Despite successfully defending the suspect in two trials, neither team was able to win the overall competition, despite coming close.  It was, however, a hugely successful day in terms of developing their Citizenship skills and knowledge of the justice system in the UK.  

Special mentions should go to our team of lawyers who did a fantastic job of arguing  the relevant points in the case in difficult circumstances:  the lawyers were India Capsalis, Stan Bastable, Joe Gibb, Victoria Laniyan, Alfie McCarthy, Alicia Ford, Oliver Duey and Caitlin Davidson. Mr Gibbs, the Citizenship teacher, said that ‘all students who participated in the competition were an absolute credit to the Academy and will always be champions in my eyes!’

Kings Priory School 29 Unity Bands Cancer touches many lives, age is no barrier. As a school we are constantly looking at ways we can encourage our student...

13th March, 2017

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 support - whatever that might be. As the Academy community is representative of the wider community, it is a disease that many  students and staff have first- hand experience of within their families. Not surprisingly, it was decided that we would support World Cancer Day on 4th February.

Senior students took on the challenge of selling 200 Unity bands to support Cancer Research UK. Many students & staff were soon seen sporting the multi-coloured bands and the result was a magnificent total of  £213.40  that was raised for the charity. Well done everyone!

Kings Priory School 30 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 t...

10th March, 2017

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 are spread over the entire week!

Monday presented the difficult task of matching autobiography titles to the appropriate member of staff. There was a lot of interest in what proved to be a tricky quiz. However, the winners were Joshua Croft and the team of Amylia Kellick and Elise Burchell. Students were also asked to design their own autobiography cover and the winner was Tia Homewood.

Tuesday was Book Speed Dating; students had 1 minute per book to quickly look at the blurb & cover and skim some pages before  moving on to the next book. At the end of the game, several students had discovered books they wouldn’t have otherwise seen – a great exercise if you don’t know what you want to read!

Party day arrived on Wednesday with the Mad Hatters Tea Party. This exclusive, entry by invitation only event was for the top 2 readers in each group (chosen by their word count) to celebrate their reading achievements. Students received a Golden Ticket as an invitation and there was a lot of anticipation as to who would receive one. The Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit (aka: Mrs Black, Mrs Pinnock and Mrs Probets) were in attendance, naturally.

The table was decorated with teapots, and students were treated to goodies such as Party Rings, Mini Rolls, M & Ms, Rainbow Drops, Chocolate Marshmallow Lollipops, Raspberry and Lemonade Squash.

Thursday was a day for everyone to dress up as a book character. The amazing range of very carefully crafted and created costumes left onlookers speechless. The staff who also dressed up were also making sure that they were really getting into the mood of this special day. The cake sale in the Library at lunch that day offered lots of homemade goodies and donations by staff and students, Declan Wilson and Cameron Dymott. Twix cake bars made by Mrs Pinnock’s Mum were very popular and Mrs Pinnock was Wicked Witch of the West whilst Mrs Probets was Pinocchio.

The remaining cakes were sold on Friday to encourage theScavenger Hunt completion entrants who scoured the Academy buildings for book title clues and whilst each entrant was rewarded with a cake, the winning team of Amylia Kellick, Heather Brookes and Tia Homewood managed to find all the answers in the right place!

Our events were so innovative and enjoyable that other school Libraries have contacted us to say that they especially liked the idea of the Mad Hatters Tea Party and want to do it at their school next World Book Day.  These schools were as far away as Manchester and Bristol. The people at Accelerated Reader and Renaissance Learning also like the idea.

We are still counting the monies raised throughout the week but we can announce that £69 alone was made by the Cake Sale. Last year, the proceeds of the week funded the library for the next year – will it do so again this year? Watch this space!

 

Kings Priory School 31 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...

3rd February, 2017

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, sounds and on screen action of the Harry Potter Studio Tour. The students were able to explore the on set experiences of the 'Great Hall'; 'Diagon Alley'; and 'The Hoggwarts Express Train'. All the students were a credit to the Academy and had a fantastic time learning about how the backstage magic of the films is created.

Kings Priory School 32 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 th...

26th January, 2017

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 who saw some of the games on TV in the Paralympics last summer would have quickly realised that the sport lives up to its nickname of  ‘murderball’ owing to the extreme speed, agility, power and apparent total lack of fear that is shown by the players during matches.

Therefore, it was very exciting for fourteen of our year 7 students to have been given the opportunity to take part in wheelchair rugby at Northfleet Youth Centre last week. They  took a bit of time to get used to the sport chairs and started off very cautiously but by the end of the 2 hour session, they were much improved and very quick off the mark. They all enjoyed taking part alongside a peer who uses a wheelchair around school and were able to extend their awareness of wheelchair users through this experience. They are looking forward to a follow up session in 2 weeks time.

Kings Priory School 33 Fundraising for Maidstone Shelter

10th January, 2017

Fundraising for Maidstone Shelter

Feeling inspired after the talk given by a representative from the Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter at our Carol Service in December, students took part in a non-uniform day on the last day of term 2.

The event was organised by Ms Lay and her Senior Student Team who took on the hard work of collecting in all the money for the charity.

Hardly surprisingly, on the day, outfits included a proliferation of Christmas jumpers and headgear which set the mood for the festive holiday break. As usual, students and staff unanimously supported the event and a marvellous total of £809 was raised for the Shelter.

For further information on the work of the Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter and the valuable work they do with the town’s homeless population, go to www.maidstoneshelter.org.uk.
 

Kings Priory School 34 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 ha...

14th December, 2016

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 appoints a full time vicar so it was a change of setting. The event was also open to parents and carers, many of whom came along to listen and join in with students and staff. It was not just the students and parents listening & singing the carols, but also the signing choir conducted by Mr Hewett who led the whole audience in ‘Mistletoe & Wine.’ Individual readings were interspersed with the carols and were read by year 7 & 8 students.

The Service was led by Reverend Lavender of St Andrew’s, Barming and St Nicholas at Allington and Mr Feldwick.  A second visitor taking part was representing Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter and she gave the students an entertaining and interactive picture of the work they do without detracting from the seriousness of the plight of the homeless of Maidstone.
As a measure of support for this great local charity, the Academy students will be raising funds for the Shelter.
A huge ‘thank you’ goes to Mrs Downs, Head of RE, for organising the whole event.

Kings Priory School 35 Peter Pan Extravaganza ‘One of the most enchanting performances that has ever taken flight within St Augustine Academy’.

14th December, 2016

Peter Pan Extravaganza

‘One of the most enchanting performances that has ever taken flight within St Augustine Academy’.
‘Peter Pan the musical’, an amateur production presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd., took to the stage last week with a cast a crew of over 120 students from years 7 – 11. A truly magical experience for all, with excellent performances throughout. Our Academy council Chair, Mr  Reidy, said:

‘From the opening, strong performances were evident and the production worked exceptionally well with all aspects of a uniformly high quality. Acting, singing, dancing, lighting, set design, costumes and make-up, stage management and scene changes were all carried out with equal professionalism.

As always, students involved put in 100% effort and achieved excellent performances. However, particular mentions have to go to Mollie Sunnucks as the ‘everlasting boy’, Peter Pan, Molly Capon & Poppy Howell who shared the role of Wendy and Isaac Lee & Daniel Saunders performing one night each as the dastardly Captain Hook.

The Performing Arts department would like to thank everyone who came to the production and supported our young people. We wish you all a very merry Christmas, God Bless.

Click here for the photo gallery of the production.

Kings Priory School 36 Three Weightlifting Champions! On Saturday at Oxford, the St Augustine Academy weightlifting team did a fantastic job of clearing up the trophies at th...

29th November, 2016

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 Championships.

They all won 1st place in their body weight categories with Carys Harper (yr 11) gaining a personal best in the clean & jerk of 62kg and 40kg in the snatch. Toby Dean of year 9 lifted 45kg in the clean & jerk and 38kg in the snatch whilst year 7 star, Kyran O’Connor, managed 21kg in the clean & jerk and 15kg in the snatch at his first competition!
Well done and congratulations to the terrific trio!

Kings Priory School 37 Christmas starts at the Academy Last Thursday evening saw the official start to Christmas at St Augustine with the ever popular Christmas Fayre taking p...

29th November, 2016

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.

The canteen was packed out with 14 stalls run by local crafts people and 2 stalls – ‘Stockingfillas’ and Refreshments – run by students. The event was organised by Ms Lay and the Senior Student team who were also responsible for running the 6 games that had taken over the entrance foyer.

These games were run with all profits going to our Chapters’ charities which are Porchlight (helping vulnerable people and the homeless in Maidstone), Dandelion Time (Kent’s charity for children and their families fragmented by trauma, abuse and neglect) and Slideaway (bereavement support service to children and young people in West Kent). The games included water, shredded paper, hooking bags containing small presents and trying to throw ‘burger shaped’ dog toys into bins so a lot of hilarity was involved! There was also a raffle, kindly run by a parent, with prizes generously donated by parents and staff.
The monies raised are still being counted but an email received the following day from a stall holder summed up the atmosphere of the whole evening: ‘Thank you for a very well organised and enjoyable evening . Please keep me on your list for future events. Your pupils are very polite and helpful. A lovely school.’
 

Kings Priory School 38 ‘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...

23rd November, 2016

‘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 subject requires, Citizenship students complete a number of fundraising activities throughout the year. Over the last year, students have raised money for Mental Health Awareness, Marie Curie, Help for Heroes and Samaritans Purse.

This term, the year 10 students have been getting involved with the ‘Shoe Box Appeal’ which many charities, organisations and companies also take part in. The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe and Africa  who live in a world of poverty. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.

The students had undertaken a number of ‘challenges’ to raise money through sponsorship to enable them to purchase the contents of their shoe box that would be sent abroad to a family in need. They each had to raise a minimum of £10 per student per box and this proved a simple task for the students. A bike ride by 3 boys for an hour each on a static bike raised £131 whilst a 10k walk and ‘no internet’ for 24 hours brought in £115. Two days surviving on food to the value of £1 each day left a group of girls with £58 and a sponsored silence for 12 hours raised £35. Finally – and more extremely – two brothers had their heads shaved and were rewarded by sponsorship of £180.These sums of money were then used by the students to purchase a range of small items that would fit in the shoebox that they had decorated with Christmas wrapping paper.

Cameron Barrie, one of the bike riders, said that their one continuous hour of riding each was ‘enjoyable but also quite tiring. We want to thank everyone who made a donation to help us put a smile on the faces of those who are less fortunate than us this Christmas. Thank you to Mr Gibbs for giving us this opportunity.’ Mr Gibbs, our Citizenship teacher, then took the completed boxes to the Samaritan’s Purse warehouse in Ashford where they will be flown to the recipients’ countries. 

Kings Priory School 39 We will remember Each year, the Academy takes great care to remember the sacrifice made by servicemen and women and civilians not just in...

15th November, 2016

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 British Royal Legion Poppy Appeal is always well supported by staff and students and this year, it was the responsibility of the Student Leadership team to take the poppies around the classrooms to collect donations for the iconic symbol of remembrance.

Paper poppy petals decorated the door and main desk in the Library, and in the Autism Resource Centre (ARC), they had a special commemoration. Mrs Kedge explained the  origins of  Remembrance Day to students and Connie (year 9) then read out a short piece entitled ‘Why do we wear poppies?’

The 2 minute silence – originally instigated by George V on 11th November 1919 – was observed throughout the Academy with students standing in classrooms in reflection.

Kings Priory School 40 Students support MIND charity The theme of the week for the end of term 1 was Mental Health awareness and students

3rd November, 2016

Students support MIND charity

The theme of the week for the end of term 1 was Mental Health awareness and students were encouraged to focus on how the stigma around mental illness can be so debilitating.

Chapter assemblies were addressed by a year 11 student who was brave enough to speak of her family’s struggles with mental illness and who led the fundraising . She reminded other students that 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems every year and that it can be very difficult for sufferers to seek help for a number of reasons. Their illness can be treated as a joke by some whilst it can also be isolating as people may feel they can’t seek help even if they are lucky enough to live in an area where sources of help and advice are available.

The student decided that she would actively try to make a difference both by talking openly about mental health and by raising money for important charities such as MIND. This charity provides support through helplines, advice, access to therapies, crisis care and they also campaign to raise awareness amongst the public.

The non-uniform day on the last day of term, which also involved the assistance of the Senior Student Team, was devoted to raising money for MIND and a fabulous £763 was the final total at the end of the day. Well done to all students and staff who supported this event.
 

Kings Priory School 41 Charity Coffee Morning The newly formed Senior Student Team has tackled an important fundraising event by putting on a Macmillan Coffee Morning...

14th October, 2016

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.
Staff were asked to donate cakes – homemade or otherwise! – and some were donated by parents as well the ones carefully created by students themselves.
They set out the cakes and drinks on one of our market stalls in the West Block breakout area at break and lunch and managed to sell all their cakes and drinks. 2 students also ran a deceptively simple but infuriatingly difficult game which raised further funds whilst a collecting bucket was taken around the Academy persuading students to donate all the loose change in their purses and pockets.
In the end, the Team had managed to raise £120 for the very worthy national charity. Head Boy, George Hall, said that it was ‘a good introduction to organising an event in the Academy and we were all delighted we got such a great result.’

Kings Priory School 42 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...

14th September, 2016

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 Silver School Games Mark award. This award is part of a Government led awards scheme and it also highlights St Augustine’s commitment to the promotion and development of leadership within  the Academy by giving students the opportunity to develop as young leaders. The Academy achieved a Bronze award for their work in 2014/2015 so it is a fantastic achievement for the students, staff, and the Academy to have exceeded this by achieving a Silver award for their hard work in the year 2015/2016.

Kings Priory School 43 GCSE Exams Success Apprehension turned quickly into happy, smiling students at St Augustine Academy this morning as they collected their e...

1st September, 2016

GCSE Exams Success

Apprehension turned quickly into happy, smiling students at St Augustine Academy this morning  as they collected their exam results. The culmination of a lot of hard work by the 102 year 11 students resulted in a 12% increase from the previous year in the results for students achieving  5 A*-C (including English & Maths).


Progress in English remained high for the 4th year running and there was also an improvement in progress in Maths from the previous year.


Principal. Jason Feldwick, stated that ‘I’m delighted that the hard work and effort from all of our students has been rewarded by this great set of results. Congratulations go to all of the students and their teachers.’

Kings Priory School 44 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...

21st July, 2016

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 to be given the chance to complete it this year. Not only was the placement a chance to work at No.10 Downing Street, but it coincided with perhaps the most momentous week in British politics for many decades.

She started the week working for David Cameron and finished it working for Britain’s second female Prime Minister, Theresa May!  Abbi's week included meeting Mr Cameron, witnessing his farewell speech at PMQs from the viewing gallery alongside his staff, meeting Theresa May and attending many interesting meetings.  Abbi said "the week in Parliament has been a  real eye opener. It has definitely allowed me to understand more about British Politics and has put me in good stead to begin my Politics A Level in September".

Chatham & Aylesford MP, Tracey Crouch, found time to meet with Abbi and discuss potential career paths and future work experience. Abbi's enjoyable work experience confirms that across the country there is a growing interest and engagement in Politics amongst the younger generation. We wish Abbi great success in her further education and career and perhaps in the not too distant future, Abbi will be adding ‘MP’ after her name!
 

Kings Priory School 45 Spectacular Fund Raising Year 10 students from Mr Gibbs’ Citizenship class excelled themselves last Friday by raising a spectacular amount of mon...

28th June, 2016

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.


The team of students consisted of Mary Sobayo, Emelia Duey, Becki Smith, Matthew Maplesden, Muna Limbu, Neewa Subba and Katrina Perry and they decided that the charity to benefit from their efforts would be ‘Help for Heroes.’


Friday was a non-uniform day with students paying £2 each for the privilege of wearing clothing of their own choice and this was supplemented by the sale of cakes and sausage rolls that they had made themselves - although a big thank you goes to Ms Gibbons for the hard work and assistance that she gave to the venture.


At the end of the day, donations were counted and the students were delighted to discover that their efforts had been rewarded by the magnificent total of just over £1000 which had been raised for the charity! Well done ladies and gentleman of year 10!
 

Kings Priory School 46 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...

28th June, 2016

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 one in the UK, two times European medallist and one of the first females to box for England, Hannah Beharry spent an hour with the students.


She was visiting the Academy as it runs the best attended satellite boxing gym in 2015/16, not just in Kent but in the entire UK based on the average number of students attending over a 25 week period.


Sparring and passing on tips and techniques, students were totally focussed on learning as much as they could from the champion. The club was set up by Academy teacher, Chris Gibbs, who runs it with the assistance of Lee Owen of Westree Boxing Club in Maidstone and is one of the most popular after-school activities run by the Academy.


Hannah chose to walk away from a life of crime at the age of 17 and got involved in boxing and from then on has achieved fantastic sporting success which has spurred her on to devoting much of her time visiting schools, motivating  and mentoring young people to change their lives for the better.


The training session finished with Hannah giving medals to Callum Ashton (gold) and Ryan Wade (silver) who had impressed her with their effort and technique during the session.
 

Kings Priory School 47 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...

14th June, 2016

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. They aim to encourage young people to engage in creative writing by running  workshops and national poetry & writing competitions for young writers across the UK.

However, if that wasn’t enough,  this time Esther applied on behalf of Academy students for their  ‘25 Wishes’ competition – and won a wish! She had a very generous wish for pads, pens, pencils and books for our students and is pictured here with some of the goodies!

Esther writer

Well done and thank you to Esther.
 

Kings Priory School 48 Drama Year 11 students have been studying 2 complex and widely contrasting pieces for their GCSE exam and over the last 2 wee...

23rd May, 2016

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 audience of parents and guests and once for their exam moderation in front of an examiner.

‘Blood Brothers’, written in 1983 by Willy Russell, has been a West End success but  ‘The Basset Table’ could not be more different. Written in 1705, the language of this Restoration drama is a real challenge for the performers and the story is’ filled with characters who revel in their gambling, and their story is one in which deceit, not love, conquers all.’

The photos show them in costume as they bravely spent a day walking round Brighton during the Festival on the Saturday before their first performance trying out the wigs and make up that the students would have to wear.

As with all our Academy productions, their obvious success is rooted in many staff and students working together to achieve the highest level of professional performance.  Much hard work and an enormous commitment with regard to time and effort went into their performances. Mr Collin, Lead Teacher for Drama, said ‘I would like to thank all those involved for their contribution.  The talent of our students is never in doubt and it is a true credit to them to see how their hard work has developed their pieces into their final performances.’

Kings Priory School 49 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 intens...

12th May, 2016

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. Generously funded by the Woodard Corporation, the aim is to maximise the students’ key exam skills so they can achieve their full potential in their GCSEs.


Building on the students’ existing levels of knowledge gained  from their weekly Academy lessons and with their exams looming, an additional 20 days of intensive GCSE workshops have been delivered by an external provider, PET-Xi, a national company  specialising in high-impact motivational programmes.

Kings Priory School 50 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 Carro...

9th May, 2016

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 weekend for an intensive Maths revision course. As with the first group, the revision had a little added extra – an equally intensive outdoor activity course!
 

Challenges included clambering up poles, along ropes suspended high above the trees, jumping across to trapezes and very carefully making their way up a terrifyingly high climbing wall. There was also a little calming swimming as a relaxation after the intense outdoor activities.
 

Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and yet again, showed that a weekend such as this can be an innovative way to increase those vital exam results.

Kings Priory School 51 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. Or...

14th April, 2016

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, the aim of the visit was to increase their culinary abilities in cooking Italian dishes by learning techniques from local experts in Sorrento.

As a bonus, the students were also able to visit 2 major cultural sites: Herculaneum and Pompeii which were both buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. They saw the heart-breaking sites where skeletons of people and animals had been preserved by being encased in the volcanic flow. This contrasted with the ruins of buildings which still show amazing wall paintings and coloured marble and mosaics.

However, the cooking was their main focus and what could be more traditional than pizza? The students took part in a pizza making masterclass which culminated in an evening meal where they ate their creations whilst being entertained by traditional Italian dancers.

A visit to a Mozarella farm  was the venue for a demonstration of how the cheese is handmade by owner Maria and then their lunch was eaten under the lemon trees which produced the main ingredient for the owners’ own Limoncello – an Italian lemon liqueur.
The nearby olive oil farm was a 400 year old family business and students first toured the olive groves then tasted the different oils.

Their final culinary challenge was to practice making gnocchi which are small, soft dumplings which are usually served in a tasty sauce.  

The students returned enthused by what they had taken part in but, unfortunately, failed to bring back the amazingly sunny weather that they had also enjoyed in Italy!


As well as the photos on this page, there is a Gallery of photos taken by Ms Dean, Ms Gibbons and Joshua Clarkson.

Kings Priory School 52 Inter-Chapter Weightlifting Competitions Start St Augustine’s already highly successful Weightlifting Club is now starting a monthly series of inter-Chapter competitio...

14th April, 2016

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 younger members of the club. The first of these competitions, which are open to all in years 7 & 8, was held at the end of last term and was efficiently and expertly judged by ‘veteran’ year 10 lifter, Sky Burns, assisted by Carys Harper and Joao Teodoro.

Due to the young age of the competitors, the criteria for judging was technique and not the amount of weight that they were able to lift. Congratulations go to the winner for this first event who was Sam Gladman in year 8 – well done!

It is intended that there will be a competition every month, either in the Academy or at an outside venue.

Kings Priory School 53 Student wins Maidstone award Her story...from fighting for her life...to representing her country. 13th March 2001, Carys was born.

14th April, 2016

Student wins Maidstone award

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Kings Priory School 54 Spotlight Stars This year’s Spring concert, ‘Spotlight’, brought together two elements of the Performing Arts department into one showc...

17th March, 2016

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 put the spotlight on to the brilliant talents that so many of our students posess across both of these areas of performance.

Students worked hard for four weeks on the performance, displaying to a packed audience a range of material that came from GCSE assessment and exam preparation for our current year 11 students and also new material created and performed by our talented students across both KS3 and KS4. All students were amazing an as can be seen from some of the pictures and each and every single student shone in their own spotlight moment on stage.

As always we would like to thank everyone for attending this event and supporting our students in celebrating their passion and commitment for the arts.

You can find more pictures in the gallery section.

Look out for our next shows in which will be ‘A Night at the Musicals’ in July and in December 2016, students will be taking to the skies with the classic tale of ‘PETER PAN’!

Kings Priory School 55 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 activiti...

9th March, 2016

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 books and reading not only for the serious business of learning at the Academy but also for the sheer fun and enjoyment of reading.


‘Shelfie Selfies’ gave students the chance to see if they could match photos of staff to pictures of their bookshelves, a more difficult task than it initially seemed but  George Sutton and Byron Sunnucks managed to match 10/18.


There was a book swap and a book party, matching book covers to a page from the book as well as a Scavenger Hunt. This led students on a frenetic hunt round the Academy, starting & finishing at the Library and taking in several other classrooms along the way where a cunningly hidden clue led them onto the next room. First to complete the hunt were Lola Trundle, Lee Bradley and Esther Gbadabo – well done!


The major event of the week was Thursday ‘s dressing up day where students – and staff! – arrived attired in the costume of a book character. We had a team of girls from ‘Grease’, Lola’s Mary Poppins and an impressive Willie Wonka costume was chosen by Jack Davies-Edwards. Spiderman and Iron Man also appeared along with Batman (Yasin Chouhury).   You didn’t have to look far on the day to answer the question ‘Where’s Wally?’ as we had 2 of those as well!


It was tempting to think that staff were dressed as their alter ego, in which case Mr Collin (Incredible Hulk) needs to be spoken to politely; we don’t want him getting upset -  whilst it was comforting to know that James Bond (Mr Gibbs) was ready to protect us from villains in his immaculate dinner jacket and bow tie.


The final event of the week was a cake sale with a wide range of yummy items, many made by their generous donors.
Extra thanks go to Lee Bradley, Lola Trundle, Lily Harfield, George Sutton & Byron Sunnucks for taking part in all the activities but a massive thank you is due to the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit (sorry- Mrs Pinnock and Mrs Probets) for organising the entire week which has resulted in a superb £720 for replenishing our book stock in the Library.  
Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the success of our book week.
 

Kings Priory School 56 Radio Competition Heart radio have recently been running a competition to see how many listeners can identify the celebrities who’ve been...

3rd March, 2016

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?’ Not to be outdone, Mrs McDonald and Mrs Waghorn organised the Academy version for World Radio week. Four members of staff were recorded – with great secrecy! – saying our slogan of ‘SAA believe in more.’It was then up to Mentor groups to identify the 4 mystery members of staff.

Great fun was had by all with 19 Mentor groups offering their solutions.  Many managed to recognise the first 2 voices but only Charity 8 (Mrs Thompson’s Mentor group) correctly identified Mr Morrish, Mr Mason, Mr Rickett  & Miss Maxwell.

There will be another instalment next term – watch this space to see the next winners!

Kings Priory School 57 Academy student qualifies for Olympic Trials Academy student, Callie-Ann Warrington from Maidstone Swimming Club, has qualified to swim at The British Nationals bein...

3rd March, 2016

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.  Callie-Ann swam 50m freestyle at the Kent County Championships at The London Aquatics centre in a time of 27.09 seconds.
 
However, not only are these Swimming Championships, they are also the Olympic trials for both Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Callie-Ann has been a member of Maidstone Swimming Club since the age of 7 and started swimming at Maidstone Leisure Centre when she was 16 weeks old.  It has also been her goal to achieve a National time and she would like nothing more than to be able to represent her country at the Olympics.
 
Congratulations to Callie-Ann on this amazing achievement.  We all wish you the best of luck for the trials in April.

Kings Priory School 58 Maths Camp Last weekend, 26 students from year 11 attended a residential Maths camp at Carroty Wood, Tonbridge. The students spent...

10th February, 2016

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 over the course of the weekend, even starting at 8.00am on Saturday and Sunday.  As well as trying to improve their Maths knowledge, the students also enjoyed a totally different challenge -  in outdoor and adventurous activities, which include high ropes, low ropes and bushcraft skills.  A number of the students bravely overcame a number of fears by completing these challenges; especially trying to catch a bar whilst jumping off a wooden pole 5 metres in the air!

The feedback from the students was excellent and many improved  their understanding of maths resulting in some excellent test scores at the end of the day.  A very innovative and fantastic weekend was enjoyed by all despite the resulting exhaustion and aching limbs!  Thank you to all the staff and students who took part.

Kings Priory School 59 Students experience retreat A group of students were taken to Aylesford Priory on Friday 5th February to experience a Retreat Day. Accompanying the...

8th February, 2016

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 during the day the focus was on looking at where self-worth comes from. Students practised some mindfulness tips and walked the labyrinth. The students were fascinated to bump into a real life friar and ask him some questions, mainly working out the difference between a monk and a friar. All enjoyed a sumptuous two course lunch in the magnificent surroundings of Pilgrims Hall. It was a great experience all round.

Kings Priory School 60 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...

8th February, 2016

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 students were challenged to work as a team and use available resources to create an appropriate memorial to the Holocaust.  Each Year 7 class was allowed to elect one group to represent their class at the final showcase on Wednesday 27th January to be judged by Mr Leatherbarrow, Reverend Kes and Mrs Baker.  In total, six groups competed in the showcase and, although the scoring was extremely close, the competition was won by a group from 7Holly. The winning students were:  Boklarka Babarian, Brandon Kelly, Louise Newell, Ivan Chubarenko and Rachel Barry. In second place were Mollie Sunnucks, Rebecca Lee and Keira Humphrey, with a little help from Amy John.  In third place were Jasmine Freethy, Lily Carey, Lucy Collier and Bethan Taylor.  The other finalists were Leo Allsep, Connor Underdown, Matthew Owen, Callum Demery, Mia Borkett, Lauren Stammers, Lauren Joy, Chloe Colegate, Lorraine Smith, Sarah Pilbeam, Alex Sabalionyte and Lauren Carr.

Overall, students responded really well to the Memorial Task and were able to produce a wide variety of memorials that sensitively and appropriately represent the tragedy of the Holocaust – well done everyone!

Kings Priory School 61 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...

25th January, 2016

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 the STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – students experienced lessons themed around Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes, the Olympics and ‘How to train a dragon.’

Science featured strongly in the Sherlock Holmes session where a murderer had to be tracked down by analysing blood spatter patterns and ingredients in a poisoned cake.  

The Olympics group made a replica Olympic Cauldron using carefully calculated hexagonal pieces and saw the effects of gravity on their individually designed parachutes for eggs – would they reach the ground unscathed or would there be a rather squidgy mess on the floor if their design didn’t protect the egg? The Olympic swimming pool water was also tested for a balance of acid & alkali safety.

Star Wars and Dragon training were biased towards Maths and there was a need for students to calculate co-ordinates, work with square numbers, break codes and to make astrological calculations.

As can be seen from the photos on this page and in the Gallery section of the website, the University presenters were totally in character with the appropriate costumes and props!

Students really enjoyed the themed sessions saying that the approach was fun and different to their usual lessons. They especially enjoyed  how each session had a group of activities which all contributed  to a ‘grand finale.’

Kings Priory School 62 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 t...

12th January, 2016

Fitness suite goes live!

Mr Challiss, Head of PE reports:

“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 into a Cardio Gym, as a department, with no other outside help."

After knocking through an opening in the middle and creating a walk through, myself and my team spent countless early mornings and evenings painting and improving the space into a lovely new gym. We have used our old gym’s equipment as well as adding new cross fit equipment to keep up with modern times. A new media Hub and ICT equipment means students can train and improve their personal fitness both in lessons and during club times. The TV and yoga zones are already proving popular with our students who are even more motivated to get fit! We will continue to add new equipment and update the area throughout the year to maximise its potential.”

Kings Priory School 63 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 Mai...

21st December, 2015

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 Grammar School on Wednesday 16th December 2015. They were joined by over 200 other students from the Maidstone area who also were awarded for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Paul Lewis MBE from Kent Search and Rescue gave a talk about the impact of the Award on his own life and how it can benefit so many young people. Congratulations to Isaac Anscomb, Jonathan Atkins, Abbi Caine, Mae Durant, Ben Martin, Ben Steer and Callie-Ann Warrington. As an additional surprise presentation, ahead of the 60th diamond anniversary of the Award next year, certificates for long service in volunteering as leaders were also awarded; this included Mr Fishman for helping with the Award for seven years, and Ms Seale for five years’ service. Well done to all involved!

Kings Priory School 64 Christmas Carol Service Each year, the Academy staff and students completely fill St Michael’s Church for 3 consecutive days for our Christmas C...

18th December, 2015

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 different Chapter. Years 7 & 8 students formed a choir which sang a number of carols and were then joined by the full congregation for a couple of old favourites – Good King Wenceslas and Ding Dong Merrily on High. The Academy’s ‘Signing Group’ also sang – and signed – a carol during the service directed by Mr Hewett.

Each service was officiated by Rev’d Kes who also contributed a beautiful rendition of ‘The Snowman’. A further surprise for all present was another solo; the classic ‘Last Christmas’, this time performed by Ms Lay which was hugely applauded and cheered by everyone! Several students also contributed readings and bravely sang solo verses of carols with a memorable solo from Ben Piles of Year 7.

This year, the valuable work done by the Academy’s support staff and their vital contribution to the smooth running of the Academy was acknowledged by the awarding of the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ shield which was accepted on their behalf by Mrs Jones and Mrs Bradshaw.

The centre piece of Wednesday’s service was the presentation of a cheque by our Senior Head Boy, Lewis Muir and Senior Head Girl, Taqiyah Mefla, to a representative from the Maidstone Winter Night Shelter charity. Taqiyah said that the Academy ‘would like to thank the Maidstone Winter Night Shelter charity for all the amazing work they do and for giving us the opportunity to raise £267 for you. Thank you also to everyone who attended the Carol Service at All Saints Church last Sunday and helped us to raise such a fantastic amount of money for such a worthy charity.’

 A huge thank you was also due to all the staff who helped to make the services run smoothly as well as to Mr Spanner, our intrepid accompanist on both the church organ and piano.

Kings Priory School 65 Reward Assemblies This week, each Chapter has had a special, and uplifting assembly, devoted to acknowledging and rewarding students’ achi...

18th December, 2015

Reward Assemblies

This week, each Chapter has had a special, and uplifting assembly, devoted to acknowledging and rewarding students’ achievements.

Under the spotlight have been the vital attendance figures for each Chapter with individual Mentor groups being awarded certificates for good overall attendance. However, there is also a select group of  143 students from all Chapters who have managed 100%attendance. This is vital to making the maximum use of students’ learning time and is also rewarded by individual certificates to those students.

The other group of students being rewarded at the assemblies were those who have excelled in various subjects and these were given their well earned enamelled subject badges.

Congratulations go to all students who received an award at these assemblies.

Kings Priory School 66 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 prod...

15th December, 2015

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 was ‘Christmas 2015 Academy musical extravaganza.’ Last week’s evening performances of this ever popular classic show delighted audiences of parents and two more shows during the day enabled hundreds of pupils from West Borough, Archbishop Courtenay and St Michael’s Primary Schools to enjoy a fantastic Christmas treat.

Fifty one students from St Augustine and a number of staff worked together tirelessly for several weeks rehearsing the production until it reached the superb standard of performance that is now expected of Academy productions.

Poppy Howell and Morgan Mooney in years 8 and 7 shared the lead role of Dorothy and the Scarecrow (Ryan Gudge), Tinman (Emily Gerrish) and Byron Sunnucks as the Cowardly Lion completed the team of main characters who all excelled themselves with their humorous and sensitive portrayals. Izzy McNally played the Wicked Witch with amazing venom and did an excellent job of frightening the audiences, even completely disappearing in front of their eyes as she melted away with the help of cunningly designed props!

Director, Paul Collin, said: “the talent of our students is never in doubt but its development is the result of many hours of rehearsal on their part and huge amounts of effort and energy. They fully deserved every minute of their applause.”

More pictures can be found in the picture gallery here.

Kings Priory School 67 Carol Concert On Sunday 6th December, St Augustine Academy joined forces with two of our local primary schools to present a Community...

10th December, 2015

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.

They were rewarded by a magnificent audience of 200 who turned up on a grey and damp Sunday afternoon. This year our theme was homelessness and our collection was for the Maidstone Winter Night Shelter. We are really pleased to have been able to collect £273 for a very worthy cause.

Joining the Academy students were the school choirs of St Michael's and Archbishop Courtenay Church of England Primary Schools. They all sang "Christmas Never Comes" and congregation was really moved by this beautiful song.

Our Academy signing choir under Mr Hewett also joined the massed choir for the singing of the ever-popular carol, ‘Away in a manger.’

Friendships were deepened and acquaintances made over a mince pie after the service.

Well done to all our students who took part.

Kings Priory School 68 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 the...

2nd December, 2015

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. Mr Fishman, Lead Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages at the Academy, took the students to a GCSE revision day at the City Temple Conference Centre designed  to help improve their exam skills through a range of interactive activities. Some of the activities included tackling high-level reading and listening comprehensions and a list of 40 phrases to get an A*in speaking and writing. The Academy is looking forward to seeing a boost in the final grades of these students when they sit their final exams.

Kings Priory School 69 Remembering Service On Thursday 19th November we honoured many loved ones who had died in an informal service in the chapel. Just look at al...

2nd December, 2015

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 in our hearts now.

Kings Priory School 70 Years 9 & 10 girls PE teams The girls football teams have recently been very successful. This popular after school activity has many committed stud...

2nd December, 2015

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. This week is the culmination of their last few matches as they have reached the finals of the local league that was held on Tuesday 1st December at Maplesden Noakes School. Despite a valiant fight, our team didn’t win but came a creditable 3rd. Well done!

Girls Netball is also up and running. The girls are showing great commitment and are improving their skills at every training session. They have yet to win a game but match success is on the horizon before long!

Kings Priory School 71 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 perfor...

30th November, 2015

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. The trip was a great success, with students thoroughly enjoying the spectacle and giving a fantastic account of themselves and the Academy. The performance assisted their study of the film and stage story, and provided students with the opportunity to engage in learning in a holistic and captivating way. Some students were even reduced to tears by the emotion of the performance, as many empathised with the tale of Billy as he confronts the reality of the 1984-85 miners’ strikes, the loss of his mother, and the resistance to his becoming a ballet dancer and chasing his dreams. Much fun was had by all!

Kings Priory School 72 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...

30th November, 2015

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, research possible placements they would find enjoyable and useful to undertake and then go out and find that placement! The programme is run by Ms Thomas and all year 10 parents were invited to attend a short meeting last week where the whole programme was explained to them. They also had the opportunity to ask questions and to collect an information pack with all the relevant documents that they will require once their child has found their own placement.

Kings Priory School 73 Christmas Fayre 2015 Our 3rd Christmas Fayre held on 26th November was a great success with many stalls selling a range of gifts from jewelle...

30th November, 2015

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 were also a range of games run by students which raised money for our Chapter charities: Porchlight, Slideaway and Dandelion Time. The most popular game, ‘Hook a bag’ ran out of prizes and the ‘Stocking Fillas’ stall which spread over 3 tables, was vitually cleared of its stock! 3 stalls were run by students who have been taking part in the ‘Academy Dragons’ Enrichment activity and this was their first chance to put their newly learnt skills to the test and sell their products. The organising team of Senior Head students was assisted by Ms Lay and Ms Thomas and our visitors were greeted by Christmas music and a festive atmosphere with Santa hatted students running the stalls. Several parents very kindly donated raffle prizes and the fantastic prizes meant that the raffle stall sold a huge number of tickets.

Kings Priory School 74 SAA Weighlifters win again! Congratulations are due to our students who took part in the London and South East Junior (under 21) Regional Championsh...

30th November, 2015

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 best lifters from a number of London schools and universities competed.  Our students were placed in groups against young adults and yet held their own.

The headline success story focussed on Carys Harper (year 10) who won a gold medal beating an 18 year old and a 21 year old on their home ground!

The following students also lifted superbly: Tom Capeling, Harry Mannering, Izzy Rundle and Matthew Abraham. More would have gained medals but this competition used a slightly unusual grouping of competitors which unfortunately meant that some of our students had to compete against much older university students.

 

However, the Vice president of the European Weightlifting federation was very impressed with our students and are looking at supporting some of them in the future.

Kings Priory School 75 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...

12th November, 2015

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 that they are running with selected schools in the county.

Our year 8 History groups were the lucky recipients of this visit and their lessons were led by 3 graduates including one whose specialism is history.

The lessons took the students back to the outbreak of war and, working from contemporary eye-witness accounts, they discussed the reactions of ordinary people to the events that were happening once war had been declared.  They then wrote a letter or diary entry from the viewpoint of a new recruit to the Armed Forces or one of their relatives which incorporated the results of their discussion. This produced some very moving accounts which highlighted the worries and fears of a generation for whom life was about to change for ever.

Kings Priory School 76 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...

7th October, 2015

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 experience the latest gaming technology first hand but also play a number of games that were still “in production” and not yet available to the general public.

The gaming industry is an important part of the British economy and is continuing to grow and become even more important with each new game or app that’s released. The show gave students the chance to talk to representatives of Universities who offer courses in Computer Games Design and other creative technologies, and also to those already in the industry – such as Syndicate, pictured here with three of our students.

Kings Priory School 77 Results success In common with all secondary schools around the country, anxious students at the Academy were queuing outside the main h...

7th September, 2015

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 holiday. Year 11 students Jack & Thomas Webb, Sophie Beirne, James Brooker and Bence Babrian  achieved some of the highest results with a delighted Sophie saying that her results were ‘better than I hoped. I’m really happy that I’m on my way to becoming an architect now!’

The Principal, Jason Feldwick, congratulated all the students on their hard work, not just the year 11 students but also the year 10s who had all taken English Literature and Science. Taqiyah Mefla gained an A* in English achieving a magnificent, and almost unheard of, full marks in her English prose paper whilst only losing a few marks on her poetry paper.

Kings Priory School 78 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...

22nd July, 2015

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 staff eagerly awaiting the awarding of certificates, rewards and trophies to some of our hardest working students.  Our guest for the evening was Sarah Gold, Digital Designer. She gave an inspirational speech which highlighted some of her amazing accomplishments, whilst also really underpinning for our students what hard work and never giving up on your dreams can achieve. She then helped Mr Feldwick present the awards. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of four very special awards: The Woodard Board prize, awarded for the most significant contribution to the Christian ethos of the Academy went to Ellissia Allsep, whilst the Sam Edwards Trophy for Art was awarded to Tiegan Waghorn. Joint winners of the Trevor Pearless Award for great endeavour and resolution were Eleanor & Imogen Cates and Jonathan Atkins was the worthy recipient of the Oakwood Shield for Academic Achievement. Izzy McNally gave a beautiful performance of ‘Pulled’ from The Adams Family musical as a musical interlude. Congratulations go to all of the 102 award winners.

Kings Priory School 79 Sports Day ‘Monday saw our annual Sports Day take place. The whole day was a huge success with some amazing individual results and...

22nd July, 2015

Sports Day

Ms Lay reports:

‘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 took part this year and thank you to everyone that helped out to make the day run smoothly.  It was an extremely close fought contest throughout the day with the final placing decided on the track.

  1. First place with 810 points were Faith.
  2. Second place with 800 points were Hope.
  3. Third place with 660 points were Charity.

Congratulations to Faith on their performances!

Watch this space for information on Sports Day 2016 extravaganza!!!’

Kings Priory School 80 Academy Summer Fete Inspired by the success of our first Christmas Fayre at the end of 2014, our two Enterprise Ambassadors, Lewis Muir & Ka...

17th July, 2015

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, decided to organise our first Summer Fete. Despite still being students – in Year 10! – they took on the complex and hugely time consuming task with just a little extra help from Mr Attra and Ms Thomas. 21 stalls were booked for the day and were a mix of professional stalls and ones created and run by St Augustine students. One of the Academy stalls was run by a group of year 7s who had planned their activity – Soccer Stars – which involved scoring goals which their goalie, Mr Stedman, gamely attempted to stop. The remaining Academy stalls were run by an intrepid group of year 10 students who had not only spent 2 days creating the stalls and games but had also taken all the equipment and tables over to the field – and back again at the end of the fete. There were visits from West Borough and St Michael’s Primary schools and all Academy students also came over to the field to enjoy the Fete. A sizeable amount of money was raised and an enormous thank you was due to the two students for their Herculean efforts!

Kings Priory School 81 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...

8th July, 2015

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, Engineering and Maths) activities. During the day, the pupils from West Borough, St Michael’s and St Mark’s learnt about the first Ferris Wheel and were able to build their own using the KNEX construction system together with a motor to make it spin independently. They then attended 5 sessions about Forces led by year 9 St Augustine Academy students. To the younger pupils’ surprise, spaghetti and marshmallows were used to illustrate the differences in strength between cubes and pyramids!  The day culminated in the challenge for the pupils to build bridges to cross a 1.2m span and hold a 1kg mass.  Each team was provided with 30 newspaper  ‘STIXX’ and 50 cable ties with which to build their bridge. The hundreds of STIXX had been made by Academy students over the previous days out of a mountain of newspapers kindly donated by the KM & Downs Mail without which the project would have collapsed – unlike some of the magnificent bridges made by the primary pupils!

Kings Priory School 82 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...

16th June, 2015

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. The gym has now been created and on Thursday 8th June the ribbons were cut and the gym officially opened. The Golden Gloves Boxing Gym at SAA is designed to unearth the next generation of amateur boxers. The gym is non-contact and is focussed on technique and fitness rather than fighting. The gym got off to a very successful start with 44 students attending the first session. St Augustine Academy is the only school in the south east to have an ABA affiliated gym and the gym is open every Thursday from 3.30 – 4.30, with all students being welcome, even if they have never boxed before. Will you be the next champion of the world?

Kings Priory School 83 Academy Dance Showcase On Friday 1st May we celebrated an evening of dance, showcasing the work of performing arts students from years 7-11. Th...

12th May, 2015

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 from dance lessons, enrichment and extra-curricular activities. The students worked incredibly hard in preparation for the show, and displayed an exceptional passion and dedication to the subject, with some students dancing in as many as 9 pieces!

The show consisted of a variety of dance styles, from Contemporary to Musical Theatre, and was a wonderful testament to the talent that can be found at St Augustine Academy. See more of the photos in our Dance Showcase gallery.

Kings Priory School 84 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...

23rd March, 2015

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 show packed with amazing facts, figures and demonstrations which completely engaged the students from the moment they entered the hall.

Lots of interesting information about what the RAF does led on to items such as ‘self-healing’ planes inspired by the structure and properties of the skin of small amphibians and a fantastic demonstration of lasers using smoke and mirrors – literally – to see the lights.

 Students got hands on experience when they volunteered to try out virtual reality goggles and made a bulb covered lab coat light up powered by a dynamo equipped, student pedal powered bike.

Also demonstrated was a theremin which is a type of electronic musical instrument operated by the performer passing their hands between 2 antennae.  This produces rather eerie sounding music which has been used by rock bands and for some TV & film music.

The final demonstration showed what appeared to be a simple metal tube lying on a desk. However, this Rubens’ tube is filled with propane gas and when the gas is lit and a music source is attached to the tube, it produces  a visual display of sound waves.

Comments from the students included: ‘it was an  awesome experience’, ‘they were truly inspiring’, ‘they made me want to think about being an engineer’ and  ‘it was an energetic and enthusiastic presentation filled with lots of laughter.’

Kings Priory School 85 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 c...

11th March, 2015

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 regularly entering competitions.

Last week, seven members of the St Augustine Academy Weightlifting Team travelled to Oldbury, West Midlands to take part in the British Schools Championships. This national event is very well attended with lifters from all over the country including the Glasgow Gladiators who are part of the Scottish National Team.  The standard at the competition was very high with Scottish and English records being set and broken. It was a great experience for the students from the Academy, who have only been training as a team since September 2014 and who achieved fantastic results and a number of ‘personal best’ records.

Four silver medals were achieved by Matthew Abraham, Eron Murray, Carys Harper and Dan Vine.  Bronze went to Adam Patient and Stan Martin. Joe Reilly just missed out on fourth place, only losing to competitors who had qualified for the Commonwealth Games!

You can find more images here.