It is a great honour to recently have been accepted onto the highly prestigious Sutton Trust US Programme. After a long and intense application process, the Sutton Trust team selected 150 applicants from state schools across the country based on a mixture of academic attainment, extracurricular activities and a demonstrated interest in US study and it is incredible to be selected among some of the most talented students in the country.
A place on the Programme means I will be travelling to the US this summer to stay at Yale University, as well as visiting a number of other colleges, including Harvard for a US university fair. It gives me a chance to see some of the world’s best Academic Institutions and will give me a taste of what studying in the US would potentially be like through a first-hand experience of campus life.
Beyond the Summer School, the Programme is responsible for giving state school students from across the UK a chance to study in the US. The team at the Sutton Trust are some of the best in the world at guiding students through the application process and helped many to achieve fully funded scholarships to a vast number of US Universities. The team also make it possible to attend many additional residential activities across the country, such as one in London this past holiday at UCL, and offer fantastic support to the participants throughout.
This is an opportunity like no other and I strongly encourage anyone interested currently in Year 11 to apply next year. I have always been interested in study in the US and the Sutton Trust has made a far-fetched idea into a potential reality, presenting me with possibilities over the coming years that I never thought would be possible.
Students from Year 9 and 10 have recently taken part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge. From this 1 hour competition, several of our students progressed to follow-on rounds.
These follow-on rounds are for those students who – from an initial entry list of roughly 200,000 students – scored in the top 5,500.
Praise must go to: Jack Bell, Oliver White, Laurence Beswick, Robert Lambert, Scott Taylor, Joe Bartle, Josephine Hannan, Annan McGlade, Zachary Peutrill and Leo Moss for getting this far.
However, particular praise must go to Taha Ahmed (Year 9) who was one of the 50 highest scorers. He sat a 3 hour paper, and lost just 7 marks along the way – answering six extremely challenging maths questions. He recently met Mrs Hopkinson, who presented Taha with his medal and book prize.
More information about the Maths Challenges can be found here
On Thursday 4th May, twelve students from Year 10 were given the opportunity to visit Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University. The day served as a taster to Russian language and history and rounded up the Gifted and Talented course in which we participated last year.
Dr Sara Owen welcomed us when we arrived in the morning. She gave us key information on the college, applying to Cambridge and university in general, before taking any questions we had. Two Russian language undergraduates then gave us a tour of the college; we were shown around accommodation, facilities, including the impressive auditorium, and the library.
After a fantastic lunch in the buttery we were introduced to Dr Susan Larsen, Director of Studies for Modern and Medieval Languages. She gave us two hour-long sessions on Russia, the first being on its language. We were introduced to the alphabet and we learned how to say what our names were, working our way through a comprehensive booklet full of interesting vocabulary. The second lesson discussed Russia’s history, particularly the Stalin era and the development of the Soviet Union. This entailed watching some interesting depictions of the USSR in both contemporary and modern Russian film media.
That concluded our day at Cambridge, all of us having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a great opportunity to learn about Russian language and history, as well as university in general.
Follow this link to find out what staff at Fitzwilliam College thought of our day!
The Geography Department were really lucky last week to have the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program accessible for students to use all day. A Google representative guided students and staff as they lead their Geography classes through various virtual reality expeditions using Google Cardboard viewers. They were able to look inside a volcano, travel through world biomes, visit Antarctica and climb Mount Everest. It was a busy day!
The Duke of Edinburgh Long Service Award is presented to those individuals who have completed more than 10 years voluntary contribution to the Duke of Edinburgh award. Mr Brazinskas fell well inside the criteria after volunteering with the award for 28 years and is still actively involved today.
On the 23rd March Mr Brazinskas and his wife were invited to St James’s Palace to be presented with his Long Service Certificate. The award was presented by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, shown above exchanging pleasantries. Mr Brazinskas, a man of few words, managed to speak to his HRH for more than five minutes - a real coup as HRH had places to be. Mr B and his wife were shown around St James’s palace and not just the public rooms, a rare treat which they both thoroughly enjoyed.
A brief history of Mr Brazinskas' dedication to the Duke of Edinburgh’s award:
He was instrumental in setting up of the DofE Award Scheme in 1995; inducting/training staff into the aims, ethos and philosophy of the scheme; ensuring students were completely clear on the history, aims and the overriding philosophy of the scheme before registering them for the award.
Mr Brazinskas has been instrumental in the smooth running of the award within the Federation of Academies. He is an individual one can always rely on. He has assisted and organised water based expeditions along with the normal walking expeditions. Mr Brazinskas is a qualified climber and on more than one occasion has acted as an assessor in the skills section. He is one of those unsung heroes who just gets on with it without complaint, financial reward, thanks and often leaving himself out of pocket in providing the candidate with equipment and sustenance, or going further in transporting the candidate to an expedition or residential. An unassuming character who is well deserved of recognition.
Over the years Mr Brazinskas has co-ordinated the DofE Scheme at The Priory Academy LSST and continues to support and deliver all elements associated with the scheme: working with students in expedition training; running First Aid Courses for students; working with and supporting other academies within the Federation; assessment of walking expeditions for both the Academy and other user groups; assessment of water based expeditions (Bronze and Silver levels); attendance of various training courses associated with the delivery of the DofE Scheme.
We would like to congratulate Mr Paul Brazinskas on his prestigious award and thank him for all his tireless efforts over the past decades.
Mr M Ginty
On Wednesday 26th April, ten year eleven students, myself included, travelled down to Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge for a Russian Taster Day. Following our early morning journey from The Priory Academy LSST, we were all keen to get started upon arrival and we went straight into a Russian language class given by Dr Susan Larsen, which lasted most of the morning.
This gave us an excellent opportunity to brush up on the Cyrillic alphabet before moving onto some common phrases - starting the basics, such as greetings and thanks, before moving onto some more complex expressions. We were then given an informative talk by the college admissions tutor, Dr Sara Owen (who it transpired had taught Tom Hiddleston during his time as a classics student), on applying to the university, before walking through the college grounds to the buttery, where we had the chance to further sample life at the university and eat alongside current students.
Upon returning to our classroom, Dr Larsen gave us a fascinating introduction to Russian film history, covering a diverse selection of media ranging from Soviet propaganda to 21st century musicals, accompanied by a brief insight into Russian history and culture, inspired by her earlier experiences in Russia. After this we were given a tour of the college by two fourth-year MML students to conclude our visit. Our journey back to the Priory Academy LSST gave us the chance to reflect on what had been a thoroughly enjoyable and useful day.
Last Friday 21 students from the Academy left for their practice Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award expedition. This challenge included three days of walking on average 15k in the area of the Peak District per day and camping for two nights. Although the weather forecast for the area did not look great most people were in an optimistic mood and once we left the Academy the minibuses took us to our starting point and when we arrived we split into 3 groups and started our first leg of the journey. After a couple of hours walking in the rugged terrain most groups got into a good rhythm and hours flew by as we walked our first day. Even after a few hiccups in navigation all groups arrived back at the camp site for 19:00 on time and we all set up tents, cooked our first meals and went to bed for some needed rest. The next day we woke up at 7:00 and all groups had left the campsite for 9:00 or earlier and by the end of the second day it was a relief to reach our meeting point of Monsal Head and go back to the campsite. When we arrived back at the campsite we made acquaintance with the local residents of the site, the peacocks, and although they may be seen as majestic creature it may not be the same for the noises they make at night and, after we had set up our tents for the second night and had eaten food, we went to bed to be kept up by the squawking of the birds and fireworks from the local village celebrations. After not the best night's sleep everyone was up for 6:00 eating breakfast and all groups were packed away in under 1hr 30 mins. The last day was hard with not everyone in the best mood but ending at Chatsworth House was a great reward for three days of hard work and the weekend’s weather turned out to be excellent. Overall the three days was a great experience for those who had done Bronze and direct entrants and has prepared us well for the qualifying expedition start in September.
By Abigail Emery
CCF Cadets are the first to complete the the Cosford Two Day March.
On Friday 21st April 2017, 14 cadets accompanied by the senior staff, were headed to Cosford for a world renowned marching event, the Cosford March. Many were fresh from their day at Beckingham range. We arrived at 1930 and went straight to the accommodation. It wasn't five star but the small dormitories for the females and the stone gym floor for males was just sufficient enough.
After setting the packs down everyone got some shut-eye before the arduous walk the following day. We rose at 0530 to some people’s disagreement and swiftly headed off to breakfast. We had a good English breakfast with the exception of the scrambled egg, which worryingly I thought to be porridge. We began our journey at about 0750 to start the first day of 20km. The two teams led by 2Lt Mullins and Fg Off Summers withstood the walk well with the exception of a few blisters and a small nose bleed (from myself) and were in good spirits at the water stop and for the remaining march. We sang a wide array of morale boosting songs. As we arrived back at Cosford we were welcomed by a marching band which finished the march off wonderfully. We all bandaged up the blisters for the second day ready to carry on.
The pace on the second day may have been significantly slower but everyone pushed and carried on. Very unfortunately one cadet was deemed unable to continue late on in the second day but even the length they walked is a very good accomplishment. Blisters forming, mood dropping, it seemed it would never end but as the glorious gates drew near we all had a sense of pride with what we had done. We crossed the line and became the first CCF contingent in the UK to complete the new Cosford march syllabus.
On Thursday 30th March to Sunday 2nd April, sixty Year 8 cadets from across the three Lincoln academies began their CCF experience with a four day Easter camp over at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy.
During the first two days we spent most of our time in the classroom learning the basics for Saturday and Sunday. They were both really long days from 0800 – 1730 and we learnt how to pack our bergen and found out useful tips such as always pad out the bottom of the bag. We covered the rank structure for both RAF and Army. Outside, we spent time learning and perfecting our drills. It was fun doing practicals in First Aid with the resuscitation dolls. We worked out the pros and cons of different shelters in which we would sleep and how to build them in preparation for our outdoor exercise. Nothing would prepare us for team building which was tricky because we had to transport a plastic ball (a bomb) from one place to another without it rolling away or falling. We made lots of notes in our notebooks to prepare us for the next exercise.
Saturday and Sunday was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had because we got to learn loads of new skills that will come in handy for when we become more experienced in the CCF. I had a great time in the field with all my equipment and eating out of ration packs which was really cool because we had to assemble our cooker, mess tins and light our block of gel on fire with our matches. Ration packs were better than I thought they would be. We built our bashers using trees and para cord, which was really hard because we had to sleep in a lean-to. At night we played games such as capture the flag which was one of the most tactical games I’ve ever played in my life because it felt like it was real life. After that game we headed off back to have a group talk with Sqn Ldr Thompson and then we went off to sleep.
The cadets had an intensive training program that enabled them to experience a wide range of cadet activities. These activities taught them new skill sets that they will use for the rest of their cadet career. The feedback from the cadets about the camp was that it was one of the best experiences they have ever had and they can’t wait to get started into the cadet syllabus every Tuesday. The 60 Year 8 recruits we took performed exceptionally well and presented themselves superbly. The staff were incredibly proud of how far the cadets came during the four days.
I’d like to thank the Contingent Staff and Senior cadets for their help over the four days. Without them, the camp would not have taken place.
Written by Recruit Hayden Cann, Recruit Paige Taylor and CWO Frances.
On the morning of the 23rd March 512 young people collected their Gold Award Certificates at St. James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex. Amongst the successful 512 recipients were:
Sophie Hockenhull and Daisy Gresham former students of the Priory Academy LSST.
The two young ladies throughout their award were inspirational and aspired to do great things
“One of life’s greatest pleasures is doing what people say you cannot do”