On Monday 20th March, 20 year 8s along with Dr Wenman and Ms Haskings flew over to Prague for the second half of the Prague Exchange. During the week, the students stayed with their exchange partner's family and got to experience Czech culture whilst also taking part in some really tough Maths challenges.
During the week, the students visited all of the main tourist sites in Prague such as the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and the Castle, and tasted Trdelník, a famous Czech snack which is a doughnut filled with ice cream! They also visited the National Technological Museum and saw beautiful views of the city from the Petrin Tower. The students also took part in a Maths challenge with their Czech partners and got to experience how different life is in a Czech school compared to LSST.
The students had an amazing time and were sad to leave their partners on Friday. Thank you to Dr Wenman and Ms Haskings for leading the trip!
Team Fortitude have progressed to the next round of the Young Enterprise Programme! After a long night at Minister School members of LSST’s entry into the scheme picked up three of the eight available awards, Best Teamwork, Best Presentation and Overall Runners-Up. Now the team look forward to the County Finals where we’re sure they can carry on their run of success.
Team Fortitude will also be at The Waterside this Saturday 25th March selling their book and raising awareness for the scheme. Keep up to date on all of Team Fortitude actions by following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @FortitudeBooks
On the 10 March we were taken by Mr Huckins in a minibus to RAF Cranwell. Walking across to the flying centre building, we saw a number of aircraft lined up. In the briefing room, we were shown a video on safety in the Grob Tutor aircraft. We then got taught how to get out of the aircraft if there was an incident. The cadets were then sized for flying suits and asked to put them on. The safety person then fitted a helmet and we were given white flying gloves to wear. The final piece of equipment was the fitting of the parachute, which at first was uncomfortable but as you continued to wear it you forgot you had it on.
When called forward for our flight, I was escorted across to the aircraft, connected to the communications system and was helped to strap into the aircraft. The pilot asked if I was ok, then started the engine. We then moved along to the runway. The pilot was checking the aircraft as we moved and then we were off.
In the cockpit there was a great view of the countryside with all round visibility. The pilot then taught me turning the aircraft, then staying level. Both the pilot and I had a stick in front of us which controlled the aircraft. He could take control if I did something wrong, so there was no risk of making a big mistake. I quickly got the idea of how to turn the aircraft and make it go up and down, although this can make you feel both light and heavy. It was a great experience and being able to control a plane is the best feeling I have experienced so far in cadets.
Cadet Paige Goddard.
On Saturday 11th March, 58 members of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme arrived at The Priory Academy LSST ready to embark on their camp craft training in readiness the expedition season.
The day started at 0900 at Priory LSST Academy. The training was predominately aimed at the new Bronze Award students, however there were also 4 direct entrants from the Silver Award, and 4 direct entrants from the Gold Award. We also accommodated 8 students from The Priory City of Lincoln Academy. Saturday's training was located at the Go Outdoors retail shop on outer circle road. Go Outdoors provided a day's worth of training for our students that will prove to be beneficial for their expeditions. There were six stands throughout the day for the students to visit. These were: tent erection; cooking - menu selection; choosing the correct footwear; rucksacks – the wearing of and loading; Ccothing -choosing the correct attire for the expedition and free time. Each training station lasted 30 minutes. The Go outdoors staff passed on their wealth of knowledge and expertise to the students, providing them with useful tips in relation to embarking on their expedition. The free time was an opportunity for students to meet with their parents and purchase any clothing/ equipment ready for the expedition. This was at a greatly reduced cost a discount provided by Go Outdoors for Priory Federation students.
We returned to the Academy at 1500 where we began to put our newly taught skills into practice. We first pitched our tents for the night and practised folding our tents away as we would on an expedition campsite. Once the students were assessed on their tent erecting, they could prepare to start cooking.
The students were told to design a menu for their groups before their arrival on Saturday. This meant they had to work as a team to cook enough food for everybody to eat. This is a vital element on the expeditions to ensure that you have enough energy to keep going through the day. Groups' menus varied from pasta and rice to sausages and eggs.
The evening finished with a briefing from the DofE leaders and then a film in the lecture theatre.
Sunday morning started as early as 0600 for some students, others had a more laid back approach of getting up at 0715. Once awake and washed the students cooked themselves breakfast. A lot of porridge was consumed on this wet and cold morning. The students were then tasked with their administrative duties such as dismantling the campsite and clean up. This involved cleaning and handing in all the loaned equipment, clearing the area of rubbish and cleaning the Academy area. This year’s students were the first to finish before the stated time and be able to leave at exactly 1000.
The weekend provided essential training and experience for the students before their expeditions. I'd like to thank all of the DofE volunteers for providing the weekend's training and for all of the staff at Go Outdoors for their valuable training. Without the adult staff support, these training weekends could not go ahead.
Gold DofE participant - Year 12
On Friday 3rd March, the Academy hosted a TEDx event which was organised by a group of Sixth Form boarding students. The event took place under a license from TED, an American non-profit organisation that is devoted to spreading ideas in form of short, powerful talks. As a way of creating a global community TED allows motivated people to take the initiative to organize TEDx events - independently organised TED events – elsewhere, under the supervision and guidance of the TED team.
TEDxPrioryAcademyLSST was the first TEDx event hosted at the Academy and it involved 5 live talks and four pre-recorded TED talks. The event was scheduled for three periods of the day, with each session (with three talks) corresponding to one of the periods. Students who signed up to come had the opportunity to meet inspiring people and experience the unique atmosphere of inspiration, innovation, critical thinking and openness.
These are the live talks that formed a part of the event:
The event was very successful and hopefully fulfilled the purpose of sparking conversations that matter and introducing the students to fascinating new ideas. The event might become a legacy of the students and take place on the Academy annually, depending on the initiative of future students!
As soon as the team finishes editing, the filmed talks will be available on YouTube and the pictures on Facebook. For more information about the event, you can visit the official event profile (https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/22111 ) or the event Facebook profile (https://www.facebook.com/TEDxprioryacademylsst-267532913678503/ ).
On the 25th and 26th February cadets from years 11, 12 and 13 completed a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development, which is a qualification that counts as an extra GCSE. This helps translate skills learned in cadets over 3 years into a qualification which will be recognised in the civilian world, allowing them to stand out from others. This can help when applying for jobs or university, as it is a qualification which is earned beyond the usual academy hours, meaning those with it have volunteered and given up their own time to earn it. With the help of an information book and external instructors, the cadets completed different sections of a course sheet, each containing at least two pages of questions. Each section gave 10 points towards the 60 needed to pass, with cadets drawing on their own past experiences to gain points from practical activities, such as navigation.
On Saturday all cadets had arrived at school by 8:50am, to begin promptly at 9am. The instructors gave a brief introduction to the course and what both days would contain, before moving the cadets to the computers in the Year 13 study area to begin their coursework. As we went through the sections, the instructors gave us an introduction to one or two questions, before the cadets returned to their computers to complete the question. The instructors were around throughout the first day to assist any cadets if they were stuck on a question, as well as to check answers to ensure they would be sufficient to get the marks. The first day finished at 4pm, at which point the cadets had finished all but one of the sections required to pass the course.
On Sunday, the cadets finished the last section of the course, giving them the 60 points total required to pass. After a short break the cadets moved onto a practical leadership activity, which was a game of Kriegspiel. This is a military board game based on a French invasion of Britain in 1809, designed to be played with two large teams, with both teams having infantry, artillery and cavalry commanders. This involved having a map of Lincoln and being given various objectives to either defend or attack and take over. The game lasted over two hours, with the French team being victorious over the British.
Despite giving up their weekend, both days were rewarding for the cadets who attended, as they achieved a new qualification that translates well into the civilian world, as well as having more to write about on their CVs. Having this qualification is also important for Year 12 and 13 cadets who plan on attending university, as having a military-based qualification will make them stand out from other applicants. Thank you to all of the external staff who ran the event on Saturday, and to all of the instructors who gave up their weekend to assist in running the two day course.
On Wednesday 9th March twenty Czech students accompanied their LSST exchange partners to school for the day, for the start of the 2017 Prague Maths Exchange.
The day saw 40 students (divided into ten groups of 4) take part in the several rounds of tough maths problems against one another. Watching all the students interact so well together was fantastic, with the effort and determination throughout the day infectious. Friendships were forged, pizzas were shared, and numbers were crunched. After four closely fought rounds Team 6 - consisting of James Ghest and Jan Konopnicki (from LSST) and Jakub Seidl and Adam Bortlik (from PORG) - were declared winners.
Tomorrow sees the Prague Students exploring Lincoln and the Cathedral, before spending Friday in lessons with their exchange partners.
Last module the CCF sent three individuals to undertake the Senior Cadet Instructors Course (SCIC) at Beckingham Training Camp. The course ran twice over a two week period. One was held from the 3rd of February to the 10th of February, whilst the second ran from the 10th to the 17th of the same month. SCIC is a course available to Cadet Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) who are completing their senior syllabus. It builds on the skills that they learn from the Method of Instruction course and qualifies them to instruct cadets. This year Sgt Alex Day, Sgt Joanne Clark, and Cpl Charles Dean went on the course, all of whom passed.
Sgt Day describes his experience below.
“On arrival, I was sent to the Cinema to register. This is where I made my payments and received my name tag, billet number, and was assigned to a section (a team of 8 people). I went to my billet (accommodation) and met with the people I was sharing it with. At 2050 hrs, we reported back to the Cinema to receive a brief welcome and introduction to the Course by Captain Wright, the officer in charge of the course."
In the morning, we had a billet inspection at 0645 hrs before heading off to breakfast at 0700 hrs. Each section had been allocated a room where they would both be taught and instruct for the week. We went straight into the course by being told about our first teaching lesson. Due to small error, I was given Rifle Drill: Shoulder to Slope Arms. It didn’t go to well as I was unfamiliar with Rifle Drill and my Section Commander, Sgt Witcomb, thought I was ACF, hence the lesson I was given. Fortunately, I was able to re-take my lesson after lunch when everyone else had done their own lessons and I passed. We were then given our lessons for the next day, mine being Skill at Arms: Weapon introduction, Parts overview, and Normal Safety Precautions. This I was comfortable with and we had the rest of the evening to plan our lessons.
On the following day we taught our lessons,which I passed first time. We then had a “Pocket Lesson”, a lesson designed to make us plan our lesson with limited time- in this case 45 minutes to plan a First Aid lesson. We were to teach it in groups, where mine had to teach Open Fractures. After that, we were given our lessons for the next day, mine being Map and Compass: Route Cards. We then spent the rest of the evening preparing for this.
The next day, we all taught the lessons we had been allocated and following this we had another pocket lesson, this time being Military Knowledge. In the afternoon, we got our lessons for the Wednesday, so we went to the armory to receive our rifles, with webbing (a load carrying system, it allows you to carry essential pieces of kit closely to you), water and lesson materials, and headed off to our training area.
The lesson I was given was Field Craft: Section Attacks. I went to the area where it would be taught. I spent a lot of time looking at the area I was going to teach it in so I could best plan how I would carry the lesson out. Following this we returned to camp and had time to plan the rest of the lesson.
On the Tuesday, we set off back to the training area and with Sgt Witcomb we practised patrolling and reaction to effective fire. Following on from that, we went to our lesson area so that we could set up our lessons, to see whether they would work or not, ready for arrival the next day. We headed back in the evening, and again, spent the rest of it planning the lesson.
In the morning, everything was prompt so that everyone could get their lessons prepared. We went around the training site, taking part in each of our sections' lessons, and before going to the next activity, which for me was patrolling, we would break off to our area to set up, ready for when my section finished patrolling. In my lesson I got to act as the enemy in a defensive position using blank ammunition. Once all lessons were taught we all headed back to our administration area where we would be sleeping that night.
In the admin area I was told that I would be Section Commander of a Reece Patrol (a patrol with the aim of gathering intelligence), which would be happening that night. At 1400 hrs I reported to the briefing room with the other Section Commanders, and was given my brief, including the area password, my section’s objective, rules of engagement and required action if we were spotted. Section 2’s objective was to move to and observe a presumed enemy defensive position. After the brief, my second in command and I were given a night vision sight, which I fitted to my rifle.
At 1815 hrs, we set off for our patrol, where it was almost pitch black, and raining heavily. On patrol, we used personal role radios (PRRs) to communicate between us as well as hand signals. If a car was spotted headed in our direction, I would say, “White Light. White Light,” and we would all stop moving and get down on the ground. We proceeded through and along woodland, coming across obstacles such as roads, fences and bridges. Once at the Forward Rendezvous Point (FRV), I ordered Delta Fire Team (half of my section) to cover the direction we came from, and Charlie (the other half) to cover myself and the point man (rifleman in front of section commander), while we crossed an open field to observe the enemy. We crawled on our fronts across the field to a covered position. As I was the one with the night vision, I observed the enemy and had my point man write down what I was seeing. On a few occasions, the enemy would scan the area with a spot light, where we would have to get our heads down into the ground to avoid being spotted. After I was happy with what we got, the two of us headed back to the FRV. However I wasn’t going to leave yet, so I ordered Delta to move along the hedge line to another position, which was perpendicular to the one I was previously in, to see if there was anything I couldn’t see from my position. I ordered them back, and we made a return patrol back to the administration site at 2045 hrs. Our mission was successful, and our information was passed on to the higher personnel so that they could plan for the next day. That night, we were on shifts for sentry duty (guarding the administration site whilst others slept).
In the morning at 0530 hrs, we woke up ready to pack everything away and receive a brief for the next plan of action. I was relieved as Section Commander so another could have the role. We were told that we would conduct a Section attack on the position which we had observed the previous night. I was part of Charlie Fire Team, who would be responsible for assaulting the position, while Delta gave covering fire from the position which I had previously used to observe the enemy.
Once ready we patrolled using the same route as the Reece Patrol to the defensive position. Delta began by shooting the enemy, so that we as Charlie could move up. We used a smoke grenade, which fortunately with the wind, spread across the entire tree line, was covering us as we moved up. We jumped over the walls of the defensive position, and assaulted to area, shooting at any enemy who were seen. We were successful in taking the position, so Charlie moved out the area, and formed “All Round Defense” for a regroup. Once Delta arrived, we checked ammunition and casualties before we moved back to the Admin Site.
When we got back, we waited for the other Sections to return, and then loaded our bergens (rucksacks) onto a van and we drove back to the camp. All the billets began packing away, ready to leave the next day. In the early evening, we all practised our closing parade which would be done before we left.
In the morning, we had breakfast and proceeded to the parade ground, where we all received our certificates from Captain Wright, after which we went to collect our belongings and leave.
Overall, I loved the experience that SCIC gave me. The facilities were great, including the food and showers (a few unreliable heaters though), and the people there were pleasant, enough that if we had any problems, they were willing to help. After every lesson, Sgt Witcomb gave very constructive feedback and asked for our own thoughts on how it went, before moving on to the next person’s lesson. I definitely gained more confidence on the course, and now know the proper ways of planning a lesson.”
On the 2nd March 2017 twenty four students from Year 7 and Year 9 competed to win the first ever Maths House Competition. The room was decorated in House colours and was filled with excitement. To begin with the mathematicians were given a questionnaire to get to know their team mates before they settled to watch an entertaining video about how the largest prime number was discovered. Then came a round of quick fire questions where Alexandria got off to flying start. In the problem solving round Avalon caught up and the two houses were equal as the event went into the final round. This was a relay event with a range of questions from previous UK Junior Maths Challenge competitions. Castille and Sempringham tried hard to catch the leaders but when the final scores were read out it was clear that Avalon had come first with just a one point difference between them and Alexandria. Overall, it was an intense afternoon which was much enjoyed by everyone who participated. Many new friendships were formed and several Year 9s commented on how good their Year 7 team members were at Maths. Mr Dinnie presented Avalon with the winning trophy and everyone received a chocolate egg for taking part.
World Book Day 2017 was celebrated in style in the academy library. We hosted a wonderful Balloon Debate which saw famous fictional characters Hermione Granger, Alice, Alex Rider, Sherlock Holmes and Katniss Everdeen descending rapidly in a hot air balloon on a collision course with a mountain. All of the ballast had already been jettisoned and the balloon’s occupants had reached the uncomfortable conclusion that if any of them were to survive, some of them would need to be thrown overboard. Five brave students played the parts of these characters and had to argue to defend their places in the balloon, in the face of some tricky questions and quite confrontational heckling from the audience. They all made a splendid show of it, but Dufie Oteng-Gyan was a worthy winner as Katniss Everdeen. Well done also to Athena Eng, Ronya Edwards, Harley Peutrill and Katie Frost and their back-up researchers who were on hand to give them some ideas if they got stage struck.
The Big Book Quiz was brilliant fun and included a ‘Missing Words’ round, a ‘Name the Narrator’ round, a ‘Decipher the Literary Haiku’ round and ‘Miss Hilley’s Teen/YA Fiction’ round. The Alexandria team came first, with Avalon a close second. Thank you very much to all students and staff who took part. You’ve all won points for your houses.
We had activities every lunchtime to celebrate the joy of reading and I hope all of our library users enjoyed the week as much as we, the staff, did J