Last Sunday thirty three Year 7 and 8 rugby players travelled to Leicester to enjoy a combined day of coaching, a question and answer session with the Tigers’ squad member Charlie Thacker – ‘little’ brother of Harry Thacker who was in the Tigers’ Squad to play against ‘Quins’ in the afternoon - and then watching the premiership clash of Tigers and Quins, culminating with a pitch side photo after the game.
The weather was dry even if the training pitch wasn’t. The Tigers’ coaches, Will and Jack, put the boys through their paces, concentrating on ball handling skills and organisation behind the ‘breakdown’, or chaos corner as it was dubbed! The boys did improve their ability to maintain depth and move the ball effectively through their hands and down the line into space.
Despite a change of venue and a little overcrowding, the Q & A session with Charlie Thacker went very well, with interesting questions being asked by the students; “What would like to be if you weren’t a professional rugby player?” – “A professional surfer!” and “What’s the hardest thing about being a professional rugby player?” – “Early morning training in the winter ….. every day!”
The boys managed to take full advantage of the full range of food outlets at Welford Road before taking their seats to watch an initially very tight and edgy game. Penalties were exchanged by both teams (9 – 6 at half time), until the Tigers eventually gained the ascendency in the second half and came away winners, 25 – 6.
Despite a late return, the boys all seemed to enjoy the day and take a good deal from their experiences.
Thank you to Mr Clarke, Mr Bradwell and Mr Moran for giving up all of their day.
The 11th of November is a national day to remember all those who have fought in various conflicts for our country. As a symbol of respect we, as a nation, wear a small red poppy. This shows that we have donated to the charity the Royal British Legion. The Royal British Legion is a huge charity supporting serving, ex-serving and the injured service personnel and the families and friends of those who have fought for our country.
So, to do our part for the charity, we as a cadet force took on the task of promoting the poppies and making them available to every student in the Academy. From the 1st November to the 10th of November, forty eights cadets made their way round the academy site during registration, period 2 and lunchtime to receive donations. The Royal British Legion is a fantastic cause that helps so many people and we feel privileged to represent the charity on their behalf. This year we managed to raise £863.13 as an Academy, compared with £516.39 last year. This will go towards helping injured service personnel, helping families and friends in their time of need, helping current and ex serving soldiers to have the best quality of life.
Thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to all the cadets who were the driving force behind the poppy donations. Two cadets deserve a special mention for selling poppies on two extra days to fill in for others. They were fully committed to selling the poppies and helped where they could - LCpl Leah Robinson and Cdt Josh Firth-Moore - excellent work.
Sgt Joanne Clark
On the 27th of November, thirteen cadets from the RAF section of the Priory CCF took part in the Air Squadron Training Trophy at RAF Cranwell. Sections from around the eastern area had to compete in six different disciplines to get into the national finals. However before we obtained a place we had to do a military knowledge test and score within the top 16 of 33 schools. This involved mainly questions about principles of flight, navigation, aircraft and the history of the RAF.
Leading up to the event, the members of the drill team met up several times throughout the academy week, to practise their routine and get it as good as it could be. Also, members of the DCCT team had to pass a weapon handling test to ensure that they were fit to shoot and knew all the correct drills.
When we got to RAF Cranwell, the fitness team had to immediately get changed into their training kit to take part in the 1.1 mile run around a track with other schools. The Priory members did very well in their heat achieving 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th places.
Later, a team of four cadets tackled aircraft recognition. The test itself involved being shown a photo of an aircraft and then having to choose between 8 different options of what it could be. The options varied from the name of the plane, perhaps typhoon, tornado and so forth, to the type of plane maybe fighter, recon, training. In our team, two cadets got an individual score higher than 50% and one even achieved a score higher than 70%.
Then, the first aid team was challenged in their event. Their task was to successfully and safely help to preserve life of the casualties involved in a given situation. This turned out to be a drunk female and a bleeding male. They used skills that they had learnt; to assess the situation and use their training to treat the casualties for the injuries they had. The team then split up to perform CPR, treat the bleed and calm the casualty down. The team did extremely well, narrowly missing out on 3rd place by one point.
The next event was slightly different, as this required a formal inspection of our Wedgewood uniform and the performance of a drill routine. Our uniform inspection went without a hitch, and only minor mistakes were made during the sequence. Special congratulations should be given to the drill squad, as the examiner said it was one of the most flawless sequences that he had seen from our Academy.
Immediately after this was the command task. This involved the leader of the activity being given a brief and trying to get his group to finish the scenario. In this case the team had to get a box filled with unstable explosives through a “swamp” using flotation devices. The group performed well together, just narrowly missing out on finishing the task due to the pressure of time.
Lastly, four of the cadets were tasked with shooting the DCCT. This uses lasers which are detected by a computer. The team did quite well given the lack of practice they had had beforehand.
Overall, the Priory cadet force came 7th out of the 33 schools in the area. A special well done for the members of the team; Sgt Bethany Dyer, Cpls Jacob Taylor, Abbey Alderman and Katy Cannings, LCpls Stephen Anderson, Connor Danes, Abi Emery, Niko Czarlinski and Alan Middleton and finally Cadets Joe Chetwynd, Kate Atkin and Ben Griffiths. A special thanks is extended to FS Callum Frances, who was an exemplary team leader and the staff who took the time to train and take us (2Lt Mullins, Fg Off Summers, Sqn Ldr Thompson and Civilian instructor Mr Atkinson).
Staff personal development 18-19th November Kinder Scout via Jacob's Ladder.
After a successful seminar on the 18th the volunteers set out on a demanding day's walking in the dark peak district, but first we had to get there. Mr Stones, our intrepid minibus driver, coupled up the trailer and off we went via Mam Tor, as other roads had been closed due to bad weather (not a good omen). On arrival at Edale in the dark and poor weather conditions the first task was to pitch our tents. This was made even harder by muddy underfoot conditions, along with clouds heavy with snow filling the sky. The staff, as usual, got in amongst it and were soon comfortable. Then for dinner, which was taken early, and early to bed . On awaking the next morning we found the most picturesque view - the dark peak, now white. As the sun rose we started to warm up. We all made a hot breakfast ranging from bacon to porridge, then we were off on our day’s adventure.
Staff were representated across the Federation. Our winter warriors were: Mr Stones, Mr Copeland, Mrs Greenfield, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Wilkinson, Miss Spencer, Miss Harrison, Miss Heckford, Mr Dale, Mr Wyatt and Mr Ginty.
All adventurers were keen to summit Kinder plateau, which they all did. Well done to all. This day tested the best of us either relearning or just learning new skills and getting to know one another in an environment other than the classroom. The snow brought along with it new challenges such as map reading and compass work. All rose to the challenge and best of all enjoyed the experience too... so they tell me!
See below Miss Harrison at the top of Jacob's ladder with sun in her eyes and a smile on her face. If you would like to join this happy band of adventurers please speak to any of those listed above and I am sure they will give you an honest and unbiased opinion of the DofE award scheme, we are always on the lookout for new members to join us on our adventures, in supporting all of our students across the Federation.
Now for the long walk home. After summiting Kinder plateau with all staff safe and in good heart we set off down a now snow covered and slippery path. With plenty of stops and sure footed steps and strong hearts we rounded the corner into Edale where some staff found an outlet selling hot beverages and cake. This was welcomed by all and thanks to Miss Greenfield for sharing her Rocky Road. Now to the minibus and a slow but warm drive home back to LSST. All back safely after a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.
If you are interesting in joining the DofE Award within the Federation please contact any of the above or myself Mr M Ginty Priory Federation DofE Manager email@example.com
The School Library Scrabble Marathon was a popular event and students had lots of fun competing in this vocabulary game.
Every participant won a point for his or her house, and the winners in the final won 10 additional house points and a book prize each: Oliver Wiles (Avalon), Joshua Johnson (Avalon), Jakub Czarlinski (Alexandria), Charlie Beeston (Sempringham).
The overall winner was Chloe Shrage (Avalon) who got the highest score of 187 in the final round, so she gained 20 points for her house.
Each day of the competition, the person with the highest scoring single word won a book prize, and they were Harley Peutrill on Tuesday, Zara Sherwood on Wednesday and Jakub Czarlinski on Thursday.
Well done everyone J
On the 20th October 68 students from the Priory Academy LSST and the Priory City of Lincoln Academy set off to visit Berlin and Krakow on a deeply moving and unforgettable trip.
On our first day in Berlin we visited the German History Museum and we went through a brief tour of the early 20th Century in Germany (Weimar Republic and the early Nazis). We saw Nazi propaganda, Hitler’s table and a 100 billion Reichsmark note!
Next we went to the centre of Berlin, seeing the magnificent Reichstag Building and the Brandenburg Gate; it was strange to think this was once part of the ‘iron curtain’ that separated communism from capitalism.
We then visited the 1936 Olympic stadium, which was built by the Nazis. It was immense and imposing, built to resemble the Coliseum, with large statues and plaques to commemorate the winners of key events, including the USA’s Jesse Owens.
Next came a chilling trip to ‘Gleis 17’, the station from which thousands of Berlin’s Jews were deported to ghettos, concentration camps and death camps all over Eastern Europe. Today the site is a memorial to all those who were forcible deported and there were hundreds of white roses left in memoriam. This was followed by a trip to the Wannsee Mansion, the site where Hitler’s aides planned the ‘Final Solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem’.
The next day we visited many of Berlin’s memorials to those targeted by the Holocaust: the murdered Jews, the Roma and Sinti travellers and homosexuals. We then walked to the ‘Topography of Terror’, a fascinating museum about the Nazi regime. We walked past sections of the Berlin Wall to reach Checkpoint Charlie as well as visiting the site of Hitler’s bunker. Our last day in Berlin was topped off with a memorable trip to the Reichstag Dome to see Berlin at night, which was utterly spectacular.
Our time in Poland began with a tour around Jewish areas and synagogues in Krakow. We visited the Galicia Jewish Museum where we learnt about Jewish life and heard a harrowing story from a women born to Jewish parents in a ghetto. We visited the gates of Oskar Schindler’s factory, where he saved 2,000 Jews from death camps, as well as visiting the haunting Krakow Ghetto memorial and the memorial at the site of Plaszow labour camp.
On our next day we arrived at Auschwitz I in the morning and walked under the infamous gates proclaiming ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ – work sets you free. There is no way I can put into words the weight of what we saw there; seeing the piles of human hair and possessions stolen from prisoners was deeply moving. The afternoon saw a trip to Auschwitz II Birkeneau, the truly huge camp dedicated to the murder of Jews, gypsies and Poles. We then had a short memorial service to commemorate the murdered people and we each lit a candle, which seemed an appropriate manner to end such a harrowing visit.
Overall we all had a fantastic time on the trip, which was both interesting and moving, and I’m sure it will stay with us all for the rest of our lives.
Rhiannon Ackland in Year 11
On Friday the 11th of November, a group of five cadets along with Sqn Ldr Thompson and Wg Cdr Middleton travelled to London to partake in the national remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph. The Cenotaph is a memorial in Whitehall, London. The day started off with waking up extremely early and going to the Academy at about 06:00 where we would then be transported down to the train station. At 07:07 we got on our train heading towards London with all our uniform, along with some last-minute shoe shining. We were all quite nervous as to what to expect from the upcoming experience. The train stopped at King’s Cross station and we took the tube, a rather crowded tube, down to the Royal Air Force club (a fancy RAF hotel in Green Park).
Once we were in the RAF club we all put on our uniforms and made sure we were ready and looking smart for the ceremony. Following that, we unboxed the wreaths and began the short walk down to the Cenotaph. It was at this moment we realised what we were about to do. We were the first cadets to ever take part in the Cenotaph parade on the 11th. Not only did we represent the Priory Academy LSST, but we also represented the whole Combined Cadet Force. At 10:40 we formed up in the parade. This consisted of school children, military representatives, Western Front association members, the Royal British Legion and bagpipes. The ceremony itself began quickly, with the sound of the bagpipes as we walked down King Charles street and round to the Cenotaph. The ceremony consisted of speeches, poems, the Last Post and then laying of the wreaths. It was fantastic to see the Priory Academy LSST's wreath against the Cenotaph. Thousands of people will see it along with the Combined Cadet Force wreath. Once the whole ceremony had finished, we walked back down to the RAF club with a quick look at some sights on the way.
When we arrived back at the club, we changed back into more relaxing clothes and got ready for some lunch. The lunch itself was superb, the brownies for pudding being the highlight of the meal. However this break didn’t last long as we had to catch our train again to head back home at 14:15.
Words cannot describe how incredibly proud we are to represent the Academy at the ceremony but also how amazing it was to represent the whole Combined Cadet force. Out of 42 000 cadets in the CCF nationwide, we were the 5 cadets to represent them. It was a fantastic feeling and a once in a life time opportunity that we are so grateful to have had.
We would like to thank Sqn Ldr Thompson for organising the event and letting us go, and Wg Cdr Middleton for getting us access to the RAF Club. The 5 cadets who attended were: LCpl Alan Middleton, LCpl Abigail Emery, Sgt Joanne Clark, Sgt Alex Day and FS Callum Frances. If you see these five cadets around the Academy, please congratulate them on their fantastic achievement. The Academy was presented incredibly well and all should be proud of what they accomplished.
On Saturday 12th November we travelled in treacherous rain to Skegness to play in the Lincs county netball tournament. For some of our players this was the first time they have experienced netball at this level as last minute changes to our squad saw us take only 8 players and the team was now made up of 6 U15 players and only 2 U16 players. The girls positivity was fantastic and despite the miserable weather the team were looking forward to playing some netball.
We played a round robin tournament of 8 matches in total. Our first 2 games were against Stamford and Healing Academy. With some lovely fluent play down court by Millie Meyrav Lawless and Becca Yell, Priory dominated attacking possession and both games were easy wins without our defending players being stretched.
The girls' 3rd match was against KGGS and they worked incredibly hard. With some absolutely incredible interceptions from Hannah Molyneaux as GK to stop the ball from entering our defending circle, KGGS worked really hard to keep attacking and score. Final score 7-5 to KGGS.
We then went onto play Spalding, a team that were already intimidating due to the height and athletic stature of their players. Spalding were strong on court and the ball seemed to travel fluently down court between their players. Priory held on and kept battling for possession and with lots of pressure by Jo Moomba at GD and Yasmin Rickaby at WD we made it difficult for Spalding to score. Unfortunately they were too strong final score 8-3. A great score against a team who were favourites to win the competition.
Our 5th game was against local rivals QEHS, again a team full of tall players our squad were so determined to do well they were relaxed as they set up on court. With some outstanding shooting from Sophie O'Boyle who was fed the ball on point by Juliet Price, the Priory squad were unstoppable and despite QE's attempts to break our C, the girls continued to fight for every ball and pass with fluency and accuracy. Defiantly an enjoyable game to watch with a delightful victory of 13-8.
With the poor weather continuing we were cold, wet and tired and everyone seemed to be foot working or dropping the ball! In our final games we played Bourne and then EGS Horncastle, Bourne were incredibly strong and worked our defending pair Hannah and Jo really hard in the circle. Sophie and Juliet continued to play some lovely netball in the circle but their defenders were quick and frequently made tips to change the possession of the ball. With some lovely marking by Ella Wood and Becca Yell we tried frantically to stop Bourne's passing down court but they ran away with the game final score 14-8. With EGS Horncastle next our heads were down and this game was anyone's as we battled for possession. Hannah continued her fantastic interceptions and frustrated the attacking pair but despite the lack of possession if they had the ball they scored, final score 7-10 to KGGS.
Our final game was against Toll Barr Academy. This game we were in control of from the start and Priory dominated the centre court player by pressuring their players to make mistakes. Again and again Millie, Becca, Juliet and Sophie linked up play beautifully around the circle and the girls dug in to maintain possession and finish the competition on a solid victory. Final score 12-6 win.
Well done. The girls' final place was 5th overall. The placing does not match the performance you put in on the day and with such a superb victory over QEHS who ended up 3rd place it just shows you how close we were to qualifying for the next round. Unfortunately we don't qualify this time but as a team who was predominately U15 you were absolutely incredible!! The 2 U16 players Hannah and Millie were great role models on the day and it was a pleasure to see the support they gave to their team mates both on and off the court.
Player's player: Hannah Molyneaux
Millie Meyrav Lawless
Mrs Porter and Mrs Swaby