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Professor David Holt talks to our students - posted 16th May

We were delighted as a school to welcome (Emeritus) Professor David Holt to our school today for an engaging talk on his journey through his life in the pharmaceutical, biochemistry and forensic science industries. David in his presentation traced his journey through science education, studying for a PhD, diagnosing causes of death for HM Coroners through to fake drug detection in the last decade. It was a memorable and vivid outline of a life fulfilled in Science!

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Final Fours ‘Dynamik National Schools Championships - posted 14th May

On Saturday 11th May our Under 14 girls Barking Abbey Basketball Team, supported by Greenhouse Sports, travelled the long road trip up to Manchester.  After being crowned the London champs at the regional finals they had secured a place at the final fours ‘Dynamik National Schools Championships’.  The girls got to stay in a hotel overnight and start the day with a slap up breakfast.  The event on Sunday was held at the National Basketball Performance Centre where the girls got to play in a very professional environment. 

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ECFA Women’s Premier Cup champions - posted 3rd May

A stellar performance from the Girls Football Academy has resulted in winning the ECFA Women’s Premier Cup for the second consecutive season. After disappointment in a final of different competition a month beforehand, it was Lauren George’s goal that was going to ensure these players bounced back. A game in which Barking Abbey controlled and had numerous occasions to seal the game, it was to be just the one goal and a clean sheet that enabled this great achievement.

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Debate Mate Cup - posted 2nd May

Our Year 7 and 8 Debate Teams have recently debated in the Debate Mate Cup at UEL's Stratford Campus. It was a day of thought provoking debate, where Barking Abbey won 4/6 rounds available. In addition, congratulations must go to both teams as we have just been ranked in the top 10 nationally and are on our way to compete in the national finals! The top 8 teams in the country will battle it out and compete in the final to be the National UDL Novice Champions of 2019. Well done to all students involved. 

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Jr NBA Programme in Italy - posted 1st May

60 of the top under-14-yr-old boys and girls from 24 countries across Europe and the Middle East were picked to attend the Jr. NBA programme in Italy. We are proud that a Barking Abbey student and Greenhouse Sports participant was one of only 4 UK players selected for this incredible opportunity.

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Barking Abbey ambassadors at Eastbury Primary - posted 30th Apr

On Thursday 4th April, 15 ambassadors from Barking Abbey went to Eastbury Primary School to talk with the year 6 students about life at BA. They talked about the difference between primary and secondary school teaching, the number of subjects they enjoyed and described a typical day at school. They also discussed with the students the importance of working hard in their SATS as they are used by secondary school to predict future results, and they also talked about the Best habits that they learn at tutor time. All 15 students spoke confidently and positively about their experiences at BA. The year 6 students asked many intelligent questions which our ambassadors were happy to answer, and the session ended with the year 6 students being asked about their future aspirations, which they wrote down and a display was made of their plans. Thank you to our wonderful ambassadors for helping to raise the aspirations of the year 6 students at Eastbury Primary.

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Margaret Hodge speaks to Year 8 students - posted 22nd Mar

On Friday 22nd March, our local MP, Margaret Hodge came in to speak to a group of Year 8 students who were passionate about tackling rising levels of Knife Crime in London. This was part of their PDC ‘Think Global, Act Local’ project and the students chose to invite the local MP in as their action method. It was so inspiring and helpful to hear what the local MP thought about this issue and the students felt very connected to her perspective! A true Labour party member for the people!

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Primary Music Day - posted 12th Mar

Barking Abbey Music Department hosted its first ever ‘Primary Music Day’ this term. We opened our doors to 70 primary school children for a day of music making and fun! The day began with a large choir rehearsal of the popular song ‘This is Me!’ followed by rehearsals for the orchestra and the ukulele players that came along. Our music students guided, mentored and also led some of the rehearsals with the primary children showcasing their BEST qualities and their Barking Abbey family ethos. The day was concluded with an informal concert for parents and carers in the main hall. All the primary teachers that accompanied the students expressed their enthusiasm for the day and said that they hoped it will become an annual event. We certainly hope so!

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