On Thursday 21st April 2017 four of our Year 9 students went to the gardens to practise their juggling skills. This might seem a bit unusual, but a few weeks earlier they had been to Bishop Grosseteste University to meet world famous juggler, Colin Wright. This meeting formed part of a series of four Saturday morning workshops run by the Royal Institution which showcased Mathematics at its most exciting. The following report explains …
The first session was led by famous juggler Colin Wright who explained the maths behind the patterns involved with juggling. Students learnt lots of juggling techniques, but most importantly Colin Wright explained the maths behind the creation of the juggling patterns and sequences. He even managed to illustrate how it is possible to go back in time! Throughout the session Mr Wright touched upon some amazing elements of maths such as how he uses maths in his job to ensure that ships don’t crash into each other. Students commented that he was genuinely entertaining to listen to.
The second session, run by Katie Steckles, was heavily focused on ‘Noughts & Crosses’. It involved looking at the concepts of playing the well-known game on 3D shapes, mobius bands, and even adventuring into the world of 4D. Katie Steckles explained the concepts of Topology, an aspect of math devoted to shapes and space. The session was interactive and very enjoyable.
The third session was about ‘Areas, Ratios & Volumes’ and involved students proving area formulae for different shapes. This involved visualizing areas and resulted in some very complicated formulae. Furthermore, there was another activity based around using different shapes to prove volume formulae through ratios – a principle called Chinese Section Theorem.
The final session on 11th March covered how maths is used to predict patterns for weather, forest fires and many other natural occurrences. The session was based around calculating probabilities of certain situations happening, then attempting to recreate them – a process known as Cellular Automata. Students working in teams took into account many different weather situations and tree patterns in order to simulate the path of a forest fire.
Students commented on how much they enjoyed all of the four sessions, describing them as “unique” and “good fun”.
On Saturday 8th April two cadets from the Priory CCF RAF section departed from Heathrow to Larnaca airport, in Cyprus, to begin a two week visit to front-line RAF stations and Episkopi army base. The cadets arrived in Larnaca after a 4.5 hour flight and were soon met by multiple buses to take both them and the other 60 cadets to their accommodation in RAF Troodos. This intelligence station would see to provide the whole camp of 70 people (and the full time service personnel) with messing and facilities for the next 10 days.
The first day saw the cadets taking part in various ice-breaker activities, where each of the 4 flights (4 groups of around 15 cadets and 3 members of staff) would get to know who they would be living with throughout the stay. These included fully commissioned officers laying on skateboards and re-enacting the game “Hungry Hippos”.
The following few days included activities such as clay pigeon shooting with the Episkopi Garrison Gun club and taking part in the “Sparti Park” course – this was described by one of the test staff as being a “Go-Ape on steroids”. We also spent time visiting the Episkopi Army Base where we had the pleasure of meeting the dog handling team and the 2nd Lancaster Regiment. They took the time to show us some of their most recent weapon systems and we were also invited to visit the 2nd Lancs Officers Mess.
As of day 4, things became more relaxed. We spent time with the bomb disposal unit stationed at RAF Akrotiri, where we were able to drive some of the bomb disposal robots, and spent plenty of time enjoying some team building activities and playing volleyball on the beaches. The evening consisted of various Greek restaurants and barbeques as well as one night being spent in the bowling alley.
The tail end of the camp saw the cadets visit some of the more private areas of RAF Akrotiri. Here we were invited to see many different aircraft, with some including the C-130 Hercules, Tornado GR4, Typhoon FGR4, and the Griffin HAR2 – we were even given the privilege to see the CH-47 Chinook up close and personal. The majority of these aircraft could be seen taking off and landing just meters away from where we were on base.
On the final two days all 60 cadets took part in a yacht cruise around Pafos and its surrounding islands. During the cruise we were entertained by live bands and gymnasts as well as being given opportunities to swim, snorkel, and kayak in the Mediterranean Sea. We docked on a particular beach which is home to nesting turtles, and we were welcomed back on-board by a free barbeque. We finished the evening at another Greek restaurant where we were presented with our camp awards and with signed photographs and flags from all those who visited Cyprus. The very last day was welcomed with a large amount of cleaning, which was soon forgotten about when we arrived at the go-karting centre.
All those who attended made it clear that this was one of the best camps they have ever taken part in, and both myself and the others would highly recommend this to anyone who is currently a part of, or wants to join, any cadet force.
Rock Challenge this year was enjoyable for all and brought all ages closer together meaning that everyone became good friends. Our theme for this year was based on a child being bullied. A gymnastics section represented the bullies, a ballet section represented the water spirits who helped the child to escape from bullying and a contemporary dance section represented the angels comforting the bullied. Throughout this performance there were many duets and solos which received high praise from the judges for their technique.
The Rock Challenge team helped us if we had any worries and there were many fun activities during the day such as a teacher air guitar competition and many fun dances to learn.
Behind stage the student and teacher leaders kept us safe and helped us get ready for the dances. We really came together at Rock Challenge, all ages becoming friends.
Overall we won 14 awards, including leadership, choreography and set and became the Rock Challenge winners of the Lincolnshire area meaning that we are going to compete shortly for the next stage of the competition in Grimsby.
Rock Challenge was a very enjoyable experience and I would recommend it to everyone. Thank you to all of the teachers and students who made it so amazing.
By Emily Newton
On the 22nd March the cadets travelled to RAF Cosford to learn about the history of a variety of planes and the Cold War. We departed from the Academy at 0800 and arrived at RAF Cosford 1100. When we arrived we got taken to Hangar 1 and it was explained to us that we had to complete a task. This task was to make a missile/rocket out of paper and card. The aim was to make a perfect design, making it streamline but not too heavy so it would fly as far as we wanted it to. Once we had tested that our rocket worked, a competition was arranged with the rest of the cadets to see whose could fly the furthest without skidding. We had finished the competition by 1200 and then were given a booklet to fill in, whilst we searched for answers around the hangers.
At around 1300 we headed off for lunch where there was a café. All had the opportunity to buy hot food if they wanted. Even the café followed the theme on military as the chips were served in a mess tin! Everyone had finished lunch by 1400 so then we were sent off to look at the last two hangars (Hangar 2 & Test Flight) which I would say was the best two hangars of them all, due to the fact that Hangar 2 had a plane in which you could go and sit in the cockpit and also had some activities to do with science as well as planes. Next door to that hangar was Test Flight which had a Lincoln Bomber inside and also a Harrier which were standing next to each other. Most stayed in the hangar with the science activities and the plane in but a couple of us took a trip in to Test Flight to look at the Lincoln Bomber and take some pictures of it. We were then informed by the Flight Sergeant that we had to go back to the café ready to depart from RAF Cosford to make our way back home. All of us left the museum at 1500 ready for our two and a half hour bus journey home. We arrived at back at the Academy at about 1730. We formed up once we were off the coach and got dismissed by Squadron Leader Thompson.
Many Cadets said whilst being at RAF Cosford they had really enjoyed the trip there and would love to go again but spend more time being able to look around all the jets and learning about the history of planes and our country. A quote from Cadet Frances was “Whoa, it’s the Lincoln Bomber!” Anyone who saw him would have thought it was the first plane he had ever seen, even though he was surrounded by many.
The Priory Academy LSST entered the Lincoln Festival of Music and Drama with several choirs and ensemble groups, as well as many soloists, taking first and second prizes. The Chamber Choir and Senior String Ensemble came 2nd in their classes, and all other choirs and ensembles won their classes, with complimentary remarks being made about all the students competing. A particular highlight was the Boys’ Choir’s rendition of Uptown Girl, complete with choreography, which won them a large silver trophy!
Students then performed again the following week in the Music Department Ensembles Concert, showcasing their prize-winning performances to friends and family. The concert demonstrated the wide range of musical talent within the Academy and was well received by all who attended.
The annual Easter Cake Competition was held on Tuesday 28th March. Students were asked to bake a cake or set of cupcakes and then decorate them using an Easter theme. We had an array of entries and everyone did a fabulous job. It was a very hard competition to judge- as always. We had a floating mini eggs cake, a beautifully piped rabbit, a beautifully modelled Easter chick and of course the traditional Easter nest cupcakes! The students demonstrated a variety of different skills within their cakes or cupcakes and it was great to see all of their hard work reflected in their end products.
House points will be awarded for participation and for 1st, 2nd. 3rd and 4th. The winners are as follows:
1st Place- Ronya Edwards and Katie Frost 7.8;
2nd Place- Owen Frances 10.7;
3rd Place- Elise Urquhart 8.1;
4th Place- Leah Shrage and Maddie Snushall 7.2.
We also had some amazing cakes/cupcakes from:
Grace Green 8.3;
Amy Woods 8.2;
Lucy Brown 8.3;
Eve Watson 7.1.
Well done to all those who entered! We hope you enjoy eating your creations at home with family and friends.
Yesterday we attended the National Final of the Future Chef 2017 competition, a much to do affair with some of the country’s top chefs there to judge. Holly Blockley was one of 12 who reached this stage of the competition out of 9150 students who entered. This in itself is a massive achievement. Holly was nervous but managed to hold it together to do herself, parents, Academy and the East Midlands region proud. The standard of cooking was very high to say the least. Although Holly didn’t place in the top three the competition has been an incredible learning experience which will help her in studies in Food & Nutrition. The winner got to the regional heat three years in a row, eventually making the final and winning it. Holly does have the option of two more years to enter if her nerves can take it?
On Tuesday 28th March 2017 the Year 7 netball team played against QEHS. We had a great attack and we got some incredible interceptions throughout the game. Fantastic goals were scored by both LSST and QEHS. Our movement down the court was great and our defence were ready under the post to get the rebounds. There was great marking from both attack and defence. We were very close in the first three quarters with QEHS in front of us by 1 goal. Overall our score was 7-4 to them. Great job girls. You did really well!
Players' player and report written by: Amelia Robinson
Year 7 squad
On Friday 24th March, the GCSE History students from Year 9 visited the National Holocaust museum in Laxton. In the morning, half of the group listened to a Holocaust survivor - Ruth David - tell her story of her experiences and how she managed to survive such a terrible time as a Jewish child.
After a short lunch break, the other half of the students heard Bernard Grunberg’s story of surviving the Holocaust. The rest of the students looked around the interesting and informative Holocaust exhibition, which was situated throughout a series of rooms and corridors. This provided further insight into the events of the Holocaust and the history of the persecution of the Jews.
Finally, the students got a tour of the multiple gardens and statues, which were covered in white roses and plaques in remembrance of those who perished during the Holocaust. There were also multiple sculptures, for example a sculpture next to the pond of 2 children hiding represented how Jewish children at that time spent their childhood in hiding, instead of playing outside. We also each placed a stone on to a pile, which they hope will reach the figure of 1,500,000 stones, to represent each child who was wrongfully murdered during the holocaust.
Overall, the visit was very successful and informative and perfect for Awareness Day.
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!