On Wednesday 27th September, eight Year 13 historians made their way to Lincoln Drill Hall to attend a talk by Professor David Starkey as part of the Lincoln Book Festival, entitled “Arms and the Mind: The Victory of Bosworth and the Invention of Dynasty”. Professor Starkey is one of the country’s foremost historians and has become a familiar face on national television. Known for his sharp tongue and acerbic wit, Professor Starkey has been labelled “the rudest man in Britain”. Starkey’s likening of Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin, Hitler and Mao as well as certain comments made regarding women and Islam took some audience members by surprise. However, this did not detract from the deep historical wisdom that Starkey would expound that evening.
In front of a sold-out Drill Hall, Professor Starkey imparted a gripping narrative of the subterfuge and internecine conflict that would characterise English politics during the tumultuous period of the “War of the Roses”- it must be noted here that he in fact casts doubt upon the historical accuracy of this periodisation itself. Starkey vigorously questioned many of our assumptions about Tudor history and indeed the very nature of the claim Henry VII made to the throne of England. Starkey stated that Henry “of England” saw himself as a Lancastrian rather than a Tudor; he also claimed that much of the prestige of the House of Lancaster was more historical construct than reality. He sees the Red Rose of Lancaster as more of a propaganda tool craftily utilised to reinforce the Lancastrian challenge to the throne at Bosworth by placing the dynasty on an equal symbolic footing with the House of York. Starkey wisely claims that many of our presumptions of Tudor history have been blurred, singling out Shakespeare’s tetralogies as a key culprit in simplifying the state of English politics in the late medieval period by streamlining the narrative of familial conflict.
This talk follows on from one made last year by Professor Starkey at the Drill Hall, “The King is Dead: Royal Death and Succession under the Tudors”; this talk was similarly attended by numerous A Level historians. Seeing Starkey speak with such eloquence for the better part of two hours with no notes whatsoever was certainly remarkable. If Professor Starkey graces this city with his presence in the future, I would certainly recommend attending if you have even a passing interest in later medieval history or are simply enthralled by the prospect of such a prominent public intellectual visiting Lincoln. While you may disagree with some of his comments in the media, it is more than worthwhile setting aside a couple of hours to absorb some insight from one of the country’s best historians.
Kevin Rebello, Year 13
On Friday 29th September six cadets from The Priory Academy LSST went to RAF Cranwell for Air Experience Flying. This is a scheme that enables Air Cadets and members of the CCF to fly in an RAF aircraft with an experienced instructor. The cadets were instructed in the emergency drills for the “Tutor Mk1” aircraft. Each cadet than had to practise and then be tested on the drill for evacuating the aircraft in a case of an emergency, after being fitted for a flying suit, helmet and sick bag waited for their flight. The weather was only favourable for navigational flights. Aerobatics were not able to be flown due to the low cloud base. On Friday afternoon if you noted a number of aircraft flying over the Academy, these were Priory Cadets flying navigational flights over Lincoln. The cadets were being shown the basic controls of the aircraft, turning, climbing and descending. With the cadet actually then taking control of the aircraft, a number even flew over their houses. All the cadets had big smiles on their faces on returning to the departure lounge to change back into uniform. If you think you are capable of flying and would like to learn about aviation come down to the CCF on a Tuesday evening.
It’s always positive to hear about, share and celebrate the talents of our individual students. One such student is Alyssa Brock in our current Y11 who kept herself very busy over the summer break. We asked her to keep us updated on her exploits and she has kindly agreed to do so, briefly encapsulating her successes in the report below.
I was thrilled to be part of this year’s LATA production of Legally Blonde at the Drill Hall. I played the part of Elle's best friend, Margot, in all 5 shows and I loved every minute of it.
This was quickly followed by the Boston dance festival in which I competed in twenty three dance routines including Ballet, Modern, Tap, Character, Song and Dance and Vocals . Whilst most of these were solo routines, some were duets or group dances. I gained a first place in five categories and was also awarded a bursary for my song and dance routine in which I sang 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again ' which is one of my favourites from the Phantom of the Opera.
On my return from my holidays, I was pleased to hear that I had gained a scholarship place at Mary Magdalene church choir in Newark.
I’m sure we all wish Alyssa well in her future performances and competitions. We’d love to hear about more student successes and achievements, so please keep us informed. In the first instance let your tutor or Head of Year know and then maybe we can share your good news too.
On Tuesday evening the Year 11 netball team faced a rival team QEHS. Last year both The Priory Academy LSST and QEHS Year 11 teams were crowned league champions after drawing in their final game of the season, so the girls were ready for a very tough match. It was a physical and fast game and with some strong defending from Ellie Stobie, Tomiya Hills and explosive power from Jo Moomba. The girls worked incredibly hard to stop the onslaught of passes into their strongest player on court, the GA. With 12 minute quarters both teams began to fade and make lots of mistakes but we continued to work hard. Unfortunately QEHS got a couple of goals on the bounce and confidence began to dip.
Final score 24-36 to QEHS
Players' player Ellie Stobie
Manager's player Ellie Stobie
Last night we played our 2nd league fixture against a very strong Branston team. The girls, still annoyed with their result on Tuesday, were determined to learn from mistakes and improve their performance. We started strongly and were leading going into the final quarter 27-21. Fitness became a test and the girls battled to keep possession. With some fantastic contesting in the circle from Sophie O'Boyle and Juliet Price the girls maintained their lead until the final whistle. What a fight!
Final score 32-31 win!
Players' player Ella Wood
Manager's player Juliet Price
A huge well done to the Year 11 team!
Jo Moomba, Yasmin Rickaby, Courtney Delaney, Juliet Price, Sophie O'Boyle, Becca Yell, Ella Wood, Tomiya Hills, Ellie Stobie and Katherine Hanrahan
Four of our students, Greg Colclough, Nick Hereros, Jacob Ainsworth and Matthew Clapham travelled to Burton Waters today where we hosted Stamford School who were the South Lincolnshire winners. What a fantastic venue and a distinct advantage as three out of the four boys play their tennis there.
As one court was ‘out of action’, both teams opted to play the two top seed singles first, plus the 3 / 4 seeded doubles. There are four singles games and two doubles, each just one set (tie break if needed).
Greg Colclough played their top seed who was a year below. Greg had an early opportunity to go a break up, but just couldn’t take it. The tables were then turned as he nearly lost his opening game to a very determined opponent 1 – 1. The next two games went on serve 2 – 2. Greg then seized on the opportunity given to him by some unforced errors by the Stamford player and went a break of serve up, 3 - 2 He held on to his serve, 4 – 2.
In the meantime, Nick Hereros was fairing a little better in his second seed singles match and very soon took a break of serve lead in the early games, eventually finishing a comfortable winner 6 – 4. Our third and fourth seed pairing of Jacob Ainsworth and Matthew Clapham (a late replacement), were finding it tough against two hard hitting Stamford boys. They were trying their hardest to make inroads into the early lead of Stamford, but in the end lost the game 6 – 1.
Back on Centre Court, the battle royal was still raging. Greg held his nerve despite receiving some fantastic serving from the other end and served out the game to win 6 – 2.
So after three games, 2 – 1 to LSST. Could an upset be on the cards?
Greg and Nick played their doubles and won pretty convincingly with some dominant play at the net by both players 6 – 2 making the overall score in games 3 – 1.
Matthew struggled in his singles match and really didn’t do himself justice. He is a much better player than the score of 6 – 0 suggests. 3 – 2 LSST.
So, whilst all this was going on Jacob was having an epic McEnroe / Borg encounter on Court One. As we joined play, Jacob was 3 – 5 down, staring down the barrel. He managed to break his opponent’s serve to stay in the game and bring the score to 4 -5. He then held his serve. 5 – 5! At this point Greg asked if his dad (who had come to support) could take him home? Did he have every confidence that Jacob was going to win? I didn’t - he had to stay. If the games went to 3 – 3, it would be a tie breaker shoot out to 10 points; in doubles, one player from the top seeds, one player chosen from the 3 / 4 seeds- Greg and Jacob!
So, possibly another match in less than a week that was putting years onto the coach!!
Where were we? Oh yes 5 -5 final rubber. So could Jacob break serve again? You betcha! Playing some solid, non-error tennis, interspersed with some fantastic winners, Jacob broke serve to make the score 6 – 5. Could he hold his nerve and serve out the match.........? Yes, he could. After some long rallies Jacob did eventually hold his serve and finished the game 7 – 5 ahead. U15 Lincolnshire County Tennis Champions.
I sent them straight home for a rest, as this Thursday they travel to Leicester Grammar for the Midlands Final. Next stop could be Centre Court.
All the boys were an absolute credit to themselves and the Academy, I am so pleased for them. If you see them around the Academy, please congratulate them and wish them well for Thursday. I think they will need it!
What an afternoon’s rugby!
The U15 fourteen man squad travelled to Worksop College this afternoon for their opening game of the Nat West National School’s Rugby Competition. Past experiences have shown that playing against any public school is very difficult given the time and level of coaching they receive on a weekly basis. With only fourteen players, two of whom were U14s it was going to be a massive ask to get anything out of the game.
We did ask the massive and of course with our boys we received it. Alex Watt (captain for the day) picked up the ball in broken play after 30 seconds, rounded three of the Worksop players to score under the post in under a minute! Wow!
Then came the most backwards and forward/nip and tuck game I have watched in a long time.
Worksop equalized within a short space of time and we then went ahead again.
They had a penalty try awarded and through a series of mistakes went two scores ahead.
A tough talking to at half time, saw us awarded a penalty try and then Worksop had a player sin binned which saw a momentum swing in our favour.
We had attack after attack and eventually we had our own penalty try awarded.
With less than 5 minutes to go, we scored again! The scores were tied 26 – 26 as both teams had missed one conversion; could Jess Wright slot the conversion? ……
No, the score remained 26 -26. With literally seconds to go we had a line out in our 22m area. Disappointingly we tried to run the ball out from our try line, dropped it and Worksop needed no invitation to drop on to it and score. The final whistle blew immediately after their conversion was successfully kicked. 33 – 26.
It was a difficult end to a fantastic match. The boys were not to know (as it’s never happened before), that had we cleared our lines and the score had finished level, the away team would go through; a doubly difficult pill to swallow after they had battled so valiantly with only 14 players for the whole game.
They should be very proud of their efforts.
Stand out players, if there could be, Alex Watt and Will Czajkowski.
Please congratulate the boys if you see them around the Academy.
Misters B and B
On Saturday 16th September, staff from the Priory Federation took part in the Oxfordshire Extreme Challenge in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Team captain, Mrs Hopkinson, persuaded Mrs Davis and Mr Dinnie from The Priory Academy LSST and Mrs Wilson and Mrs Eves from The Priory Federation to join her in the escapade.
The team met at the Academy at 4.30am to reach Oxford by 7.30am and start the first challenge shortly thereafter, where they had to call on their inner Bear Grylls to ramble 20km along the Thames undergrowth, bridleways and forest paths led by seemingly ex SAS personnel.
A quick pause to replenish calories was followed by a 30km bike ride through rolling countryside, interspersed with muscle burning hills.
Mrs Hopkinson and Mrs Davis sought extra challenge by trying a few more kilometres and four more hills, Mr Dinnie provided a supportive rear guard action and Mrs Wilson and Mrs Eves kept the humour going throughout. The team were so enthused, they even got away from the group leader. Bikes were then replaced by kayaks as the team took to the Thames for the home run. Clearly their reputation and enthusiasm preceded them as the kayak expert identified them as the “mad lot from Lincoln”. Wet, tired but adrenaline fuelled the team crossed the line shortly before 6pm and were back in Lincoln 18 hours after they started.
The Extreme Team managed to raise around £4000 for the NSPCC, with money still being donated. Following last year’s London Night Marathon, plans for next year’s event are already being discussed when they hope more staff can be persuaded to join them!
Thanks go to Mr Mammott, The Priory Federation and his wife, The Priory Witham Academy, for ferrying the team to Oxford and to Mr B, Mrs Wilson’s and Mrs Eves’s personal trainer.
On Friday the 8th September ten cadets travelled from The Priory Academy LSST to Royal Air Force Scampton for the inaugural Scampton Airshow.
The Priory Federation cadets had been offered the chance to volunteer on for the committee of Scampton Air Show. This was a nationwide Air Cadet Camp which enabled 360 cadets to attend. We were the only Combined Cadet Force to attend the camp and to be even more unique, we had three army cadets attend. Over the two days our cadets were split down to different flights in which we were tasked with jobs in order for the air show to function. These jobs included, promoting air cadets, VIP duties, manning crowd lines, offering feedback forms, admission duties and many more. All of these roles were essential for the air show to function and our cadets worked alongside the regular Royal Air Force and civilian contractors. The weekend was a huge success and our cadets thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Hopefully we will return back next year to once again represent the Combined Cadet Force and The Priory Federation. Please congratulate the following cadets for their impeccable standards and hard work whilst at RAF Scampton: Sgt Fiona Lawson, Cpl Abi Emery, Cpl Alan Middleton, LCpl Max Haywood, LCpl Ben Rushmere, Cdt James Boyce, Cdt Christian O'Boyle, Cdt Lewis Emery, Cdt Luke Butt. Also thank you to Sqn Ldr Thompson, Fg Off Summers and Plt Off Sam Lynch from The Priory Ruskin Academy for taking us to RAF Scampton.
A fantastic weekend enjoyed by all.
CWO Callum Frances
Priory Federation CCF Senior Contingent Cadet
Yesterday afternoon the U18 boys played Worksop College who have recently returned from their pre-season training camp at Loughborough University. A new team, a new enthusiasm to do well.
The boys knew they would be ‘up against it’ as inevitably players play with players from other schools at club level. At this moment a special mention and thanks should go to Tom Shaw and Jayden (new boy) Harvey for ‘volunteering’ to play in the front row. We don’t seem to have more than one this year!
The game didn’t start according to plan when from their kick off we dropped the ball giving the opposition possession deep in our half. Through applied pressure Worksop did score the opening try. However, as is The Priory Sporting Way’ with all our academy teams we never give in or up. Worksop’s discipline left a lot to be desired and eventually we gained a penalty in front of their posts which we duly ‘slotted’. More ill-discipline on their try line resulted in a yellow card for one of their second row players giving us more of an opportunity to attack. Jasper answered the call and scored a superb try from a pre-arranged penalty move. The game ebbed and flowed and and the coaching staff of LSST would have taken the score of 8 – 15 at half time. Not to be, the tricky right winger managed to wiggle through some tackles and go in under the posts to make the final score at the interval, 8 – 22.
The final result did not reflect the game, played for much of the second half in Worksop’s bit. Tired tackling opened the way for a triple of tries late on and the yellow carding of Jasper for a marginal ‘tip tackle’ meant we played the remaining 10mins with 14 players.
I could not have been prouder of the boys, both in their effort and commitment and perhaps more important to me, the way in which they conducted themselves before, during and after the game. There are some fine young men amongst their number.
Final score was 8 – 50, but that is the main reason we play.
Thank you to all the boys mentioned below, Mr Taylor for giving up a free to help me, Mr Bradwell and Mr Nuttall for coming along to support along with the parents who turned up as well.
Gregor Hinchcliffe 1
Josh Barratt 2
Alex Morgan-Smith 2
Tom Shaw 2
Jacob Taylor 3
Ross Carleton 8
Alex Oliver 9
Finn Johnson 1
Jago Onians 1
Tom Osbourne-Day 1 (Captain)
Will Robertshaw 1
Matthew Davies 8
Marcus Dawkins 8
Jasper Nilssen 8
Aiden Lockwood 9
Will Wright 9
It is difficult to believe that only four months ago the students and staff were preparing to embark on their Sports Tour of South Africa, and in particular Cape Town and Pilanesburg Game Reserve near Johannesburg.
The tour went very well with Mrs Porter taking on the role as Party Leader from Mrs Bentley who was unable to tour on this occasion. Mrs Porter coped fantastically well with the challenge despite one or two changes taking place whilst out there. The students embraced all their challenges with enthusiasm and a 'never give up' attitude during most of their fixtures. The boys in particular found it tough going playing some very good teams from around the Cape area.
First Fixture against Stellenbosch High School
The site seeing and cultural visits play a central part in the tour (this was the sixth to South Africa) and they again did not disappoint. Highlights were: the visit to Khayelitsha Township; a cable car trip up to the summit of Table Mountain; ferry to Roben Island; not to forget the day's surfing at Muizenburg!
Definitely the best ever set of surfers Mr Brazinskas has seen on any tour.
Heading north for the last few days of the tour meant a change in the climate and chance to relax at The Valley of the Waves at Sun City outside Johannesburg. Mr Clarke was very disappointed that the infamous vertical drop slide was not in operation this trip! Probably THE highlight was seeing so many wild animals during the two game drives at Pilanesburg, in particular the black rhino. This is really rare in contrast to the white rhinos in the Park.