Edexcel has announced that there was an error on the base data that was released earlier on in the year. They have now confirmed that the AS Biology exam 8BIO timetabled for Thursday 26th May AM, is actually on Thursday 26th May PM.
New seating plans are on Sharepoint and should this amendment result in a student now having a clash, please could they come to the Exams Office as soon as possible to resolve this.
Our group walked 14k on the Thursday, splitting the 14k into 8 shorter legs. It was quite hot, but we still managed to walk at a fairly fast pace, meaning we had longer breaks to sit down, and have something to eat and drink. The route we had planned was mainly through fields, and even though we had a few hills, a lot of it was downhill which was easier to walk on. We were the first group to reach the campsite, and soon our tents were up, and we were eating our tea together. On the Friday, we woke up around half six, and had cooked and eaten our breakfast before half seven. We left the campsite just before eight, and started our 12k walk. The route we had planned for this day was in the woods, and a few fields. The woods were quite muddy, but very fun to walk in. We met the minivan at the end of a road, and could have a well-earned rest until we got back to school. Once back, we were set the task of cleaning trangias and checking equipment before we were allowed to leave.
On Tuesday the 17th May, four science students from year 8 were given the opportunity to go to Nottingham University, it was an amazing experience. We took part in several competitions and were each awarded a certificate. There were two competitions during the day, both of them pushed our science skills to the limit.
We arrived at the University of Nottingham at about 9.30. The university is a bit of a maze so we had to ask a couple of people before we found our way to the massive chemistry block. When we arrived we went straight to the experimental area. We had an hour and a half to complete the SALTER’S competition. We had to do several chromatography and chemical tests, it was stressful but we worked as a team and managed to complete it. Finally it was time for a break and a chance to sit in the sun!
After Lunch we went back into the practical area again and we were set the UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE. This time we only had 40 minutes! Using different solids, including Iron Nitrate, Sodium and Potassium, we made as many different coloured solutions as possible, 5 was the minimum but we completed 9!
My favourite part of the day was when we had a university lecture all about loud bangs, luminous objects, combustion and other explosions. I have never been made jump so many times! It was really interesting and funny. Some of the lecturers really did look like crazy scientists. It would not have been as good if we hadn’t had the support of the teachers and helpers on the day so THANK YOU!
Maisey Baker 8.6
''It is a massive honour to be part of the Sutton Trust US Programme, and I never knew I could get this far – the application was so competitive, looking at both academic and extracurricular achievement, and interest in US higher education, and to be chosen as one out of 150 applicants who made it to the final stage is such a fantastic feeling.
As a result, I will be participating in a summer school in the US at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with me visiting Harvard University for a university fair. It is such an exciting feeling to know that I am going to be experiencing first-hand what a US university is like, and the experience of living on campus in one of the best universities in the world, if not the best for what I want to study at university gives me something to really look forward to after working really hard for my AS-levels.
In addition, the support that the US Programme offers is wonderful, with them holding many residential activities, such as one held in London during the Easter holidays, as well as all of the support that I could ask for when it comes to the actual gruelling process of applying to US universities.
This programme is a dream experience: I have always wanted to study in the US, but what the programme has done is made this dream a possible reality, as it allows me to see what the US has to offer, and to enable me to apply confidently to universities in the US.
All in all, this is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who is interested in studying in the US, and I would encourage everyone who is interested in US study to apply, as I can now confidently say that it has opened my mind to what the US can offer.”
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On Friday night the Year 13s enjoyed a memorable evening at the Lincoln Hotel with a 3 course dinner was followed by a casino night where large amounts of imaginary money was won and lost.
The first surprise of the evening, much to the delight of all the boarders, was the sight of Mr Liston arriving at the boarding house all the way from Kent and later at the Hotel we were also joined by Mr Hardy, Miss Betts and Mags so that the boarders were surrounded by all the staff who had played such a major part in their 2 years at The Priory.
The girls all looked fantastic and the boys were not too bad either! One of the most amusing moments of the evening was the look of incredulity on Toby's face when some of the girls ran upstairs worried that they only had 2 hours to get ready. Nearly 2 hours late Toby calmly sauntered up to his room and returned less than 15 minutes later looking suave, debonair and ready for the evening ahead.
A lovely 3 course dinner was followed by speeches from our outgoing Head Boy and Head Girl Yahia and Sabrina and they presented a range of awards including the much coveted matron awards for important areas such as, most mail over 2 years (Tiffany), tidiest room (Jake), untidiest room (Toby), most responsible (Sabrina), Mr Manners (James), Miss Manners (Wynnona), most improved (Fernando).
The evening ended with a casino, with our own special money, where the Queen's head appeared to have been replaced by a picture of Yahia and Sabrina. While Carla initially dominated the roulette table Mrs Millns enjoyed great success at the blackjack table. However by the end of the evening both had frittered away their early winnings and a big win on the last hand of the night at the blackjack table saw Yahia secure the highest winnings for the night, a mere £4000!
It gives me enormous pleasure to report on many of our students achievements at the weekend Regional Level Swimming Championships.
Events were all crammed into the full 3 days of the bank holiday weekend, heats and then finals in the searing heat of Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
Bethany Walker won 6 gold and 1 silver
Tara Haworth 1 gold2 bronze
Will Barber 1 silver/3 bronze
Abigail Burr 1 silver
Lauren Woods 1 bronze
Finalists: (top 10 in the Region)
And also qualified to compete at regional level:
All competitors must be exhausted but immensely proud of themselves. Congratulations to you all.
Congratulations to Leo (Y7), who will represent the school in the National Finals of the Languages Spelling Bee in Cambridge, in July.
He was one of three year 7 students – including Juliet and Dylan – who represented the school at the Regional Finals of the Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee at Corby Business Academy on Wednesday, 13th April. They were competing against 80 other students from across the East Midlands out of an original 5,600 students who started the competition back in September 2015.
The standard of competition was extremely high and all 3 students performed very well in their French and German heats. In the German competition, Leo entered a tie-break for a place in the final and succeeded in gaining a place in the final play off. Against very impressive competition, Leo came fourth overall in the German competition and will now represent the school at the national finals in Cambridge in July. Juliet and Dylan also put in strong performances, but weren’t lucky enough to reach the finals.
Well done to our three regional finalists – they have taken spelling to a whole new level!
On Thursday 21st April, 18 Year 8 students - along with Mr Hardy and Mrs Moat - began the long journey to Prague. Leaving at 5:30am from Lincoln Train Station, we were beginning the second half of the Maths Exchange programme. Prague students (and their teachers) had already visited Lincoln, and stayed with students families, the month before.
It was an early start but three train journeys and a flight later, and we were in Prague - being collected and ready to enjoy a first, but perhaps somewhat nervous, night with our host families.
On Friday one of the Prague teachers (Mr Rufr) took us on a tour of the City. It is a beautiful place: lots of intricate old architecture, street entertainers, and a 'melting pot' of different cultures some might say! We soon learned the British Pound goes a long way in the Czech Republic, which was a good thing, as there were so many tasty street snacks and treats to enjoy. Mrs Moat particularly liked the long spiral crisp skewer thing, but Mr Hardy was too dedicated to his fitness to consider indulging in ice creams and donuts!
Pupils stayed with their host families over the weekend, and the efforts of the families to provide a fun and varied Prague experience was overwhelming. Pupils enjoyed trampoline parks, museums, zoos, science centres, and so much more.
Monday of the trip was spent in school, taking part in the second round of a maths challenge. Comparing the two schools proved interesting: the PORG school has no uniform, just 200 students, a table tennis table immediately outside the staff room! Seeing students from both countries working so well together at solving challenging maths questions demonstrated the positives of such experience. Students returned to their host families to spend one last night together.
Tuesday was a busy day - returning home using trams, buses, planes and trains. A few hours waiting here and there provided times to get lunch, buy presents, or lose a boarding pass or two. Luckily Easyet weren't in a rush that day!
It was a tremendous few days away, and a hugely successful exchange. Seeing the English and Czech students forge friendships has been humbling, and strengthened ties between the two schools. Pupils have been praised by the public for their impeccable behaviour along the way, and plans are already in place for next year's programme.
A big thanks must go to all those who made this year's trip a success: Student Finance, Student Reception, our students families, the Prague teachers, the Czech families, cover teachers, and the students themselves. Oh - and also to Mrs Moat, who now deserves some rest!
The Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition took place in the Peak District on the 22nd-24th of April. There were 3 teams from the Priory Academy LSST and I think it's safe to say we all had a wonderful time. We arrived on the Friday morning with our huge rucksacks and we were all full of energy and ready to go walking. After the 2 hour journey we were off loaded from the bus and began our long walks.
The weather was absolutely lovely and we were walking around a gorgeous lake and then venturing further into fields and up and down hills. On each day we walked for around 15km and it has definitely been one of the best things I have done before, I really enjoyed every aspect of the weekend. Even the difficult things like putting up our tents and waking up to sheets of ice on them were very fun. It was cold in the mornings and often the waking wasn't easy but it has definitely strengthened our friendships and definitely made me more confident with reading a map and using bearings. I
am very excited for the real expedition in September. I'm sure it will be just as successful as this past weekend. On behalf of my group and the other 2 groups we would just like to thank all of the staff involved with organising the weekend and making it as brilliant as it was. I have thoroughly enjoyed this weekend and have found a new love and passion in walking.
During the Easter break Michaela from Y7 travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland to take part in in an International Judo Sportif competition. Competitors from 14 different countries attended the tournament from varying age groups. Mikaela fought the Scottish National Champion as well as other strong contenders from some of Britains top clubs, winning all her bouts to become Sportif International Judo Champion for 2016 in her age category. An amazing achievement!
Mikaela then went into a heavy training camp for four days in Scotland before returning to Sheffield to take part in the British Schools Judo Championships. There were 750 competitors from all over the country competing for the title, but after some very hard bouts (and two weeks of competition and training) Mikaela managed to summon up the energy and strength to become the Y7 British Schools Judo Champion 2016.
A hard, but fantastic two weeks’ worth of competition for Mikaela. A big congratulations to you from everyone at the Academy. We look forward to hearing of your future successes.