Following our very successful fundraising event back in March by Year 7 who raised a huge £1581.70, subsequently matched pound for pound by the Academy, we have purchased and installed two new defibrillators on the academy site.
I am sure you will join me in congratulating the students who worked hard to gather sponsorship money and thoroughly enjoyed their challenge on the 24th March in order make this happen.
Due to the success of the fundraising, not only were we able to purchase two defibrillators for the academy site but we have also been able to donate a sum of money to The British Heart Foundation.
Year 9 and 10 Food and Nutrition students have been working hard since February. The aim has been to increase the awareness of and importance of healthy eating throughout the wider academy community. The Year 9 students have carried out research and have designed a media campaign ready to be launched at the start of the new academic year. Year 10 students have put their knowledge of ingredients and cooking skills together to create healthier recipes for use in and outside of the Academy. Please visit the following share point link for further information.
On Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 15 students had the opportunity to display their work at the Lincolnshire Show. This being our first time competing we were entering the unknown. The competition was fiercely fought in the secondary school category. It was obvious to see that a lot of hard work and commitment had gone into all of their work and displays. Our students performed admirably taking on the challenge of manning the stand, explaining their work to the other schools and the general public. On the second day four students did a presentation to the judges and answered questions. The judges were impressed with our display and the presentation. Unfortunately we didn’t place in the top 3. However we have learnt a lot and will back bigger and better next year. A special thanks to Mrs Stubbs for all her hard work to get us ready for the show.
I found that going to the Lincolnshire show was a great experience to show off our hard work from throughout the year and to teach others. We spent time on the stall and wandering around the show, which for me was a great experience. It gave us a real chance to understand what is really produced in our local areas.
On the second day we had to present what we have done to three judges. This gave us a chance to showcase our work and explain everything we have learnt. I felt this helped reinforce my learning.
Hayley Pankhurst 10.8
We asked students in Year 7 to write a postcard from one fictional character to another. Many of the postcards were very imaginative and prize winning entries included a card from Asterix the Gaul to his friend Obelix, advice on parenting from Harry Wormwood (the revolting father in ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl) to Harry Potter’s mean Uncle Vernon and chocolate related news from Lewis Carroll’s Alice, who is apparently on holiday in Belgium, to Pippi Longstocking. Everyone who entered won a point for their House – well done!
The Academy's knight has undergone a transformation! As you may recall, he was rather pale and uninspiring when he arrived. Now though he is resplendent in a coat of arms that perfectly embodies the values and ethos of the Academy. There were so many fantastic entries to the design competition that we couldn’t choose a single winner. The final design took the most creative elements from the hundreds we received, and it was then down to some of the Academy’s most talented artists to realise this collective vision. As you will see from the pictures, all of their contributions and effort have resulted in a fantastic miniature medieval ambassador for the Academy.
Resplendent, LSST’s knight is already out and about in Lincoln. His quest has already taken him to the Lincolnshire Show and from there he will go on to be displayed at The Collection until 3 September, before all of the knights designed by local schools are reunited in the Waterside Shopping Centre. He will then return to The Priory Academy LSST in October.
If you get a chance, do go along and see our creation and the other knights that are dotted around Lincoln to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln Fair and the signing of the Charter of the Forest. A list of where they can be found is http://www.the-ebp.co.uk/knights. You can also see all of the knights from the schools who have participated http://cvp.photoshelter.com/gallery/170613-The-EBP-Lincoln-Knights-Education-Trail/G0000sniGXYulmpw.
Congratulations to the Year 7 artists, who are Athena Eng 7.4, Alice Herring 7.4, Millie Lawson-Lyon 7.5, Chloe Bancroft 7.9, Tallulah Jenkinson 7.4 and Lottie Giles 7.2.
Special thanks to the Year 12 artists who brought the designs to life. These were Miriam Hutchinson, Anna Sayles and Jodie Halsall.
We were delighted to finally receive the full written report from last month's Boarding Ofsted inspection which graded us as outstanding in all areas. It is wonderful to have the quality of our boarding provision recognised and it is a much deserved accolade for our fantastic boarding team, the whole Academy which supports boarding and also for the boarders themselves who the inspectors described as 'inspirational'.
The inspectors said that we are outstanding because:
According to the inspectors:
While one parent said,
Although we are 'outstanding' the report noted that,
This constant drive to improve remains amongst all staff and we look forward to taking the boarding provision here to new heights over the next few years.
On Sunday 11th June this year’s Bronze DofE group completed their qualifying expedition.
We arrived at the Academy at 0745 on Saturday 10th of June and many of the groups were frantically photocopying maps and route cards for our weekend ahead. By 0915 we left the Academy and each group were dropped off at their individual starting points. Although there was a small shower, the weather conditions were good. Each group had their different routes with different experiences for each of us, including swearing primary children and lost radios!
From 1610 the groups steadily started to filter into camp, set up tents and cooked their dinner. There were games of splat, capture the flag and a group search for lost items.
The next day, groups woke up, had breakfast and packed tents away, the earliest group leaving camp at 0730. Everyone had a chance to navigate to their finishing points where some were then picked up and taken to Clumber Park where all groups met. After ice-creams and a toilet break we got back on the mini-buses to travel back to the Academy and did our “kit husbandry” where everything was cleaned and handed in. By 1800 we had finished and we were all ready to go home after a long weekend, and back for school the very next day.
On Wednesday 7th June, 70 cadets from Years 8 and 9 departed to Walesby campsite. They were about to embark on two days navigation training, walking about 30km over the two days.
After arriving at Walesby Forest Campsite on the minibuses as group 2, we collected our bags before boarding the minibus again and travelling to Eakring. We parked by the road, before setting off to our start point, a nearby 'phone box. We came across our first turning, but ended up deciding it was the wrong one, when in fact, it was correct. We took the next right, which we decided was correct, taking a detour, and ending up in Rufford Country Park. With the help of Sgt Fearn, we found a new route and eventually ended up back on track. We arrived back at the campsite after about six to six and half hours of navigating, totalling 19-20 kilometers. After arriving back at camp we were soon instructed to put up our tents for the night. All recruits managed to get the tents up very quickly without too much struggle. It was a speedy set up and everyone was back doing their own thing after a short period of time. I know that after speaking to a few people, aligning the inner tent to the flysheet was slightly confusing, but the issue was easily resolved with the trial and error technique. Overall, day one was an eventful, yet fun and enjoyable day for everyone.
Day two was a very challenging day! We had to get up at 07:00 am, have our breakfast, pack our bags and then pack all our tents away before – all before 08:30am! We set off for our walk at 09:00am with our (heavy) rucksacks on our backs. We travelled 10 kilometers on day two with already shattered legs from the day before. Initially we walked 7 kilometers through Clumber Park to get to our destination, Manor Farm, which was on the other side of Clumber Park. When we arrived at Manor Farm we waited for our mini bus to come and pick us up, then it took us back to the place every section was supposed to meet. Rather kindly, we all got a well-deserved ice cream from our section leaders! After that, everyone put their bags in the van and we got driven back to the Academy where everyone had their various ‘clean down’ jobs to do. This entailed hanging the tents up to dry, cleaning the mini buses, unpacking kit borrowed form the Academy and then, thankfully we got picked up by our parents. Boy, did I sleep on Thursday night! I was exhausted from a very tiring but thoroughly enjoyable two day CCF camp. Bring on the next one!
Whilst on the expedition, we had to take four meals, two lunches, one breakfast and one dinner. As it was easiest to team up between people to carry the food between us, that’s what we did. My friend carried some rice and I carried the chicken korma. For breakfast we had porridge as it was easy to make and light to carry.
We made the food by using a trangia which consisted of pots and pans and a little pot where you can put the fuel and light it. It’s important to eat a good amount of food because if you don’t eat properly, you may get light headed and feel ill which isn’t good as you burn so many calories whilst walking and carrying your bag. Hydration is also extremely important because if you don’t drink enough water you could get seriously ill and become dehydrated.
On the expedition we learnt a variety of skills. Personally I enjoyed the two day expedition because I had the chance to work in a team. I also enjoyed it because I had never completed any walking before and it was a challenge to walk the entire distance. I learnt how to read a map and that working in a team is important to succeed. We also learnt the importance of space management in our tents. Finally we learnt the importance of communication in the group and listening to all people. Next time, I believe that I would make some changes to the way we worked as a team. Firstly we will need to practise our map reading skills a little bit more, secondly not overcomplicate our routes and stick to the most apparent route and finally walking at the same pace as the slowest person in our group.
No 50 and No 61 Squadrons' Association Service Sunday 11th June 2017
Four cadets and one officer from The Priory Federation CCF attended the No 50 and No 61 Squadrons' Association Memorial Service held during the afternoon of Sunday 11th June at Skellingthorpe. Two cadets LCpl Leah Robinson and LCpl Owen Frances had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of the The Priory Federation. CWO Callum Frances, Cpl Max Butterworth and Fg Off Summers joined with 1237 Air Cadet Squadron North Hykeham on parade. The event was attended by a diminishing number of 50/61 Squadrons' veteran. Also present was the President of the Association, Air Vice Marshall Nigel Baldwin CB CBE and the Mayor of Lincoln. A fantastic afternoon with some very poignant words spoken and memories relived. The cadets were a credit to the Academy and the CCF and should be proud of what they accomplished.
Four spitfires of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight conducted a fly-past over the Memorial during the 1130 hour. They were due to overfly the service at 1400 but due to forecast high winds flew over the Memorial early.
On Saturday 27th May, four Young Match Officials, two from The Priory Academy LSST and two from De Aston School all representing Lincolnshire travelled down to south west London in preparation for a meeting and workshops at 10.00am on Sunday at Twickenham, home of English Rugby. Thomas Osborne-Day and William Robertshaw were the two students chosen on this occasion for the commitment they had shown in successfully completing the RFU Level 2 Refereeing Course, officiating not only in academy fixtures, but also at county events throughout the season. William was heavily involved in the production of a RFU DVD which will shortly go out on the RFU website for all aspiring Young Officials to watch.
I am pleased and proud of the boys and the manner which they conducted themselves through the initial meeting, question and answer session with Aviva Premiership Referee Craig Maxwell Keys and finally in the four workshops. Both boys spoke confidently to both smaller groups and finally to a room full of their peers and RFU Officials about their experiences as referees and what they would like to see develop in the future for this scheme
The icing on the cake so to speak was to be able to watch England play The Barbarians in the afternoon before making the long trek back to Lincoln on Sunday evening.
I would like to thank Mrs Hopkinson and The Priory Academy LSST staff for supporting the boys.
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.