Pre-Sessional and Year 10 Residential Trip
Abbey College Cambridge Pre-Sessional and year 10 students journeyed to sunny (and unseasonably warm!) Norfolk for a week long residential course. Accommodation for the week was the magnificent surroundings of Letton Hall a grand stately home. Students were formed into teams and asked to tackle a series of challenges, including planning and cooking meals for the whole group, short story writing, and an Apprentice style business challenge. All activities were specially designed to develop their communication, leadership and team working abilities – all skills that will be vital for success in their future studies and further on into employment. There was also plenty of time for the students to cut loose by going go-karting, taking part in the archery competing, playing ultimate Frisbee, tree top trekking and enjoying some Segway riding!
‘Alliance to Armada’ with Abbey Inspires
Abbey College Cambridge History tutors supplied the highlight of this week’s ‘Abbey Inspires’ evening lecture programme. Students took on the roles of opposing naval commanders to reinact the iconic 1588 battle between the British Navy and Spanish Armada. Students learned about the events leading up to the battle, all of which will be covered in the A Level syllabus. Dr David Shah, Head of Humanities, was impressed by how much the students immersed themselves into the battle role-play, commenting ‘I certainly enjoyed the students getting into the roles of the historical characters (e.g. Chiara’s rebellious Francis Drake, Patrick’s ever-more nervous Medina-Sidonia and Kala’s scarily convincing Philip II!).’
Students embark on final Duke of Edinburgh training expedition
This weekend our Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates embarked upon their final training expedition by camping, trekking and canoeing in the wild and windy Cambridgeshire countryside. This expedition was the last before their qualifying expeditions later in the year, where theys will journey across a wild, unfamiliar area for up to four days whilst working as part of a team trying to navigate, camp and cook for themselves (with mostly remote supervision by some Abbey staff). The Duke of Edinburgh is a globally recognised qualification that develops a student’s skills and confidence. It is very highly valued by both universities and employers alike. Abbey College Cambridge is a Duke of Edinburgh Directly Licensed Organisation, providing both Gold and Silver awards. Find out more by visiting the Duke of Edinburgh site here.
News Round Up from #AbbeyCamClubs and #AbbeyCamSports
• Dr Julian Davies, College Principal, kindly donated a field outside his house as a ’dark sky’ site for our astronomy club. Students were able to watch and capture some stunning images of the Orion Nebula.
• Congratulations to Badminton team players Ning and Nattalyn. They have both started playing for a local team in the Newmarket Senior Badminton League. We wish them the best of luck.
• The Movie Review Club, run by House parent Will, have been watching ‘Ready Player One’. Hear what they thought about it on our Facebook page.
• New clubs starting this week – Graphic Design Club with house parent Mark every Sunday, and a student led Physics Club every Wednesday after school.