The Clandon Park Run 2017 has successfully taken place. Over 300 runners took part in the 10K or 4K runs, the 10K run taking in beautiful parts of the Clandon Park estate, including the lake, usually closed to the public.
Many thanks to:
• The individuals and companies who sponsored the run
• If you donated money to cover the costs of putting on the run
• The members of the PTA who helped with the organisation of the run
• The helpers who gave their time on the day, either around the school and marshalling on the course
• Andy Colebrook who used the laser cutter to produce the medals
• The Earl of Onslow for allowing us to run through Clandon Park
• Our fabulous runners!
A special mention to Moira and Kat from Kelly’s Storage Charity Events who kindly provided the infrastructure to allow the run to take place. The expertise and experience they brought to the run was invaluable.
There is still time to make a donation to the Clandon Park Run 2017. All the money raised is going towards funding a new IT Suite. A £20 donation from all of the families at George Abbot would raise £20,000, currently funds raised stands at: £12,386.
Rotary Club Schools’ Concert
On Thursday 16 March, the Music Department took just over 80 students, along with two other schools, to perform in a charity concert for the Rotary Club of Guildford at GLive. The programme featured a wide range of musical acts from students across all year groups.
The evening kicked off with a couple of popular numbers from the recent school production of We Will Rock You, followed by a beautiful guitar solo from GCSE music student Song. Next up, the George Abbot Male Chorus entertained the audience with She Said by Plan B featuring dancers with choreography by Ms Haste.
The Chamber Choir then performed a fantastic and tricky arrangement of Our Love Is Here To Stay by Gershwin, followed by a violin and cello duet from A-Level music students Ella and Harriet. The Only Louder choir demonstrated some great choreography skills with their version of Superstition. The concert finished with the George Abbot Big Band performing Copacabana and Big Spender, featuring Ellie.
The students were fantastic throughout the entire day and rehearsals leading up to the show. The Music Department is very proud of all of them.
ski trip to sestriere
Lots of sun, even more snow and a ton of smiles, it must be the George Abbot Ski Trip! Forty pupils from across all ages enjoyed an incredible week of skiing and snowboarding.
The long coach ride didn't even come close to dampening the spirits of the young snow sport enthusiasts as they arrived to a snow covered resort. Six days of near perfect conditions awaited for them to perfect their skiing and boarding techniques. After five hours on the slopes the evenings were filled with quiz nights, movie nights and ice skating to name but a few of the activities on offer.
A huge thank you to the staff and everyone involved: 321Ski - the tour operator - Tom, our incredible 321Ski Rep, the Sestriere ski instructors and last but by no means least, the students themselves.
101 students from the Dance Department recently competed at the annual Rock Challenge dance competition at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley. This was the first time we had competed at this venue against schools with a history of success. Our team gave an outstanding performance. We were very proud to achieve SECOND PLACE, plus six awards of excellence in Choreography, Performance Skills, Entertainment, Video Performance, Stage Use, and Lighting. Photos to follow.
Our annual Christmas Concerts took place on the 5th and 6th December and were of an extremely high quality over both nights, with some stunning solo and group performances. Well done to everyone involved!
English School's Swimming National Finals
After qualifying for the ‘Finals Day’, the Under 13 and the Under 15 Boys Medley Relay squads had the opportunity to compete at the London Aquatics Centre which is the pool used in the London 2012 Olympics.
The competition itself included the top 30 fastest swimming teams from schools across England. George Abbot qualified in 13th and 18th respectively. The calibre of schools competing was incredible. George Abbot is very proud to announce that both teams finished top of all the state schools in the competition; a fantastic achievement. Huge congratulations to the teams.
engineering & eco students
An amazing story of adventure and inspiration landed on our doorstep in the form of a solar powered Tuk-Tuk to motivate the George Abbot Engineering students and Eco-team.
Engineer Naveen Rabelli, aged 35, set off from Hyderabad, India in February 2016 on a seven month journey that finished at Buckingham Palace after completing a 6,200 mile overland adventure. Naveen had the dream of making this journey from age 8, and it has at last become a reality. His passion and desire to undertake the expedition in an environmentally friendly way, as well as to prove that solar energy transportation can work was wonderful and truly impelling.
google expeditions pioneer programme
Year 9 students look around a Buddhist temple seeing sights such as the offerings to the Buddha, the meditation position and lotus flowers showing that life constantly changes.
graduation ceremony - September 2016
A wonderful graduation ceremony held at Holy Trinity Church. Good luck to all our new Alumni who have now left the school to move on to the next phase of their life.
Gcse results - summer 2016
Students and staff at George Abbot School are celebrating fantastic GCSE results. We are pleased as they show improvement for the school in a year when GCSE results have dipped nationally.
A level results - summer 2016
George Abbot Sixth Form and staff are celebrating the continued excellent performance of their Sixth Form students in A Level examinations.
Tanzania trip - summer 2016
Tanzanian students working on the foundations for three new classrooms
sports day - June 2016
A great success. Students in Y7-10 competed in athletics events, House against House to take home the Sports Day winner’s cup! All students competed competitively but also graciously with fantastic behaviour being displayed throughout. A special mention goes to Finley Winter (Phoenix) for breaking the Y8 boys school discus record with a mammoth score of over 30m. Huge congratulations go to our house winners Phoenix, whom take home their sixth successive win.
Thank you to all involved including the PE department for their enthusiasm and commitment to sport and physical activity.
George Abbot student wins zonta award - May 2016
Rebecca Simmonds, a Sixth Form student at the George Abbot School, has been awarded the Zonta Club of Guildford’s “Young Woman in Public Affairs” (YWPA) Award. She was presented with the award by Hilde Bartlett on behalf of the Club President at a recent ceremony held at the School. Hilde commented: “I am so pleased that our winner this year has come, for the third time, from George Abbot School, as the school has become very dear to my heart over the years. The teachers at the school are so very devoted and only want the best for their young students and to help them aspire to their highest potential”.
eco school - may 2016
Eco school students planting beautiful tulips donated by parents. Thank you for the support parents have given to the Peace Garden with the contributions of compost and bulbs. A special thank you to Lavender Hill Company in Farnham for the stone bird baths, planters and continued support.
dementia friends - april 2016
Year 11 students and the Key stage 4 PSE staff all recently became Dermentia Friends.
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Students are wearing their badges with pride and now certainly are more aware of the community that surrounds them.
music department concert
Back in March, the George Abbot Music Department took 75 students to performance in a concert at GLive in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Guildford and three other schools.
The ticket sales helped raise money not only for the Rotary Club, but also for the Department. The programme was varied including everything from Bruckner's Locus Iste, sung beautifully by the Chamber Choir, to Sing Sing Sing by Louis Prima performed very energetically by the George Abbot Big Band!
Well done to all the musicians and dancers involved, they were fantastic!
clandon park run 2016
It's happened! The Clandon Park Run mudfest is over - finished! We had around 600 runners taking part and we have raised £6762 profit for the refurbishment of our new science labs.A huge thanks to all parents and students who helped in a multitude of ways.
china trip - april 2016
12 George Abbot students from Year 11, 12 and 13 spent 6 days at our partner school in Shanghai, Jin Yuan High School, before moving on spending 3 days in Beijing where they visited the world famous Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.
commonwealth day - march 2016
Guildford recently marked Commonwealth Day at George Abbot School with a gathering of some local dignitaries.
Headteacher Mrs Cooper and students joined the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, council leader Paul Spooner, the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff of Surrey to raise the commonwealth flag.
Eco conference - March 2016
George Abbot School recently held its very first Eco-Conference. An event where local schools shared ideas on helping to save the environment. The aim of the event was to raise the awareness and initiatives for WWF's Earth Hour. The conference was a process of sharing ideas and learning from others. George Abbot was lucky enough to have a band called 'Sour Kix' who are WWF ambassadors, they performed as part of the conference to help celebrate Earth Hour. They appeared on TFI Friday last November. A hugely successful event
interview day - march 2016
George Abbot’s annual Year 10 Interview Day was held on Friday 4 March. The event is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the students and the PSE team of teachers. Students were all taught about the various aspects of applying for jobs, filling in application forms on-line and putting together a CV. Once that was complete they moved onto interview technique.
This year the event was sponsored by Qubix, leaders in business analytics and to whom George Abbot School is extremely grateful to for their generosity which allowed the event to go ahead.
We would also like to thank the 39 local employers, parents and school governors who turned out to give these young people a taste of ‘real life’, what it is like to be interviewed for a job by a total stranger. Firm hand shakes, eye-to-eye contact and clear speech were the order of the day.
fashion show - march 2016
Thank you for all the support of the Fashion Show, a wonderful evening was had by all - We are pleased to report that we have raised about £2000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Frimley Park Hospital. Photos available from PhotoViva: www.photoviva.co.uk/gabbot2016
View the gallery for further images from the event.
rag week - February/march 2016
Year 12 annual RAG Week. This year the charities chosen were: Great Ormond Street Hospital, Teenage Cancer Trust and Save the Children (Syrian Crisis).
whole school production - blood brothers February 2016
Please see below some wonderful photos from the hugely successful production.
The Christmas Concerts were held on the 8 & 9 of December and featured soloists, small ensembles and some of the department's larger extra-curricular groups. All of the students performed brilliantly and the shows were a really spectacular event. Congratulations to all involved, both on stage and behind the scenes!
A BIG thank you for all who came along to support at the Christmas Craft Fair last weekend, it was wonderful to enjoy such a popular and festive event. Thanks go to all who helped organise and coordinate the event and to all those who ran stalls and involved students in the activities. The Music Department performed beautifully on the day and really added to the Christmas spirit, so our thanks go to them too.
The total amount raised from the Fair was £6,000, a brilliant sum. All proceeds from the Fair will benefit the refurbishment of the Science labs.
Thank you all once again for the magnificent level of support for the school.
operation Christmas child
Students loading shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
bbc good food show
In November forty students from Years 9,10,11,12 & 13 went on the BBC Good Food Show trip at the Birmingham NEC. This trip gave the students a wonderful opportunity to see and taste new and different foods from around the world. Many of students had books signed by TV celebrity chefs. Throughout the day students could stop and watch demonstrations and learn about different cooking methods and equipment. The afternoon brought excitement as we had front row seats to watch Paul Hollywood make a spiced plum pizza and stilton bread. The students on this trip were a credit to the school and their families as their behaviour was exceptional.
economics target team 2.0
Year 13 Economics students competed for a place in the George Abbot Economics Department Target 2.0 team. The 5 students pictured were chosen from amongst a cohort of most able applicants and have been preparing and practicing with their teacher for the national competition run by the Bank of England.
senior school prize giving October 2015
It was a pleasure to award so many of our students in Yr12, and Yr13 for their success at GCSE an AS level at our Senior Prize Giving event. We were privileged to have the presence of the company of Peter Gordon who kindly presented the award and prizes as well as sharing an inspirational speech that encouraged students to seek a future in something they love. Many parents and staff were able to join us for the evening to make it a really special celebration of achievements this year.
"Directing Grease was an incredible experience, all the Staff in the Production Team, the Cast, Crew and Band were phenomenal in their commitment, support and talent! Since the show I have been inundated with emails of congratulations about the show, and would like to thank all the staff, students and their families who supported us and helped to make Grease the outstanding success that it was." Miss Green - Director & Head of Drama
KS4 boys badminton team March 2015
Congratulations to the KS4 Boys team who came third at the Surrey Schools games.
rag week 2015
Yr12 students raising money for Young Epilepsy and Harrison's Fund
ski trip February 2015
Hugely successful trip to Folgaria Italy.
Christmas concerts 2014
Photos from the spectacular Christmas Concerts 2014
Operation Christmas child
See photos from this year's Operation Christmas Child project
premier provider award
The Surrey FA unveiled a ground-breaking new programme at George Abbot
gcse examinations 2014
Record results results achieved at George Abbot School
A Level examinations 2014
Excellent performance continues for A Level Sixth Form Students 2014
isle of wight - activities week 2014
Fabulous trip during the recent activities week.
ww1 battlefields 2014
Y10 History trip to the WW1 Battlefields near Ypres in Belgium
sports day 2014
Superb Sports Day, a total of 11 students broke school records!
All weather pitch official opening
Matt Jarvis recently opened our superb new Astro Ptich. Matt is an England and Premiership footballer who plays for Premier League club West Ham United.
interview day 2014
Three hundred Year 10 students recently took part in our annual Interview Day.
choir students paris trip april 2014
In April, 70 George Abbot Choir Students from across all year groups travelled to Paris to perform three concerts representing the school on an international stage. The first concert was at the Fondation de Rothschild, a pensioner's residence, the second on the main stage at Disneyland Paris and the third in the Jardin du Luxembourg, an open-air bandstand to an audience of hundreds. A wonderful experience for the students!
Freiburg, Germany march 2014
Pupils from years 9, 10 and 12 enjoyed a wonderful week in Freiburg on the annual German Exchange. A fun-filled week of developing language skills as well as cultural immersion also included city tours of Freiburg and Basel, bowling, ice skating and a snowy outing to the Black Forest and Feldberg.
Stunning performance of The Witches at The Electric Theatre. If you did not get the opportunity to order official photos at the performance please go to Photo VIva: http://www.Photoviva.co.uk/your-photos
g live 2014
G Live concert was in aid of the Rotary Club, Guildford. Photos by Castle Photography Studios.
A photo account of the Y13 Trip to Iceland
back to the 80s school Disco
Never before has so much neon been seen on display in the Raynham dining hall
Mrs Richings and Mrs Sellors Abseil the Spinnaker
duke of edinburgh
An array of images from various expeditions