Wath Comprehensive School 24 – 59 The Priory Academy LSST
Last week the Under 15s rugby squad travelled to Rotherham for their next fixture in the national cup.
Despite being reminded of the importance of switching on mentally as well as warming up physically, the boys conceded a try straight from the start as they weren’t paying attention from the kick-off or the resulting lineout, allowing Wath to score a try in the right-hand corner…
However, the boys responded well and soon levelled the scores once they had their hands on the ball. Continued pressure and good supporting lines were rewarded when Will Czajkowski crossed over on the left for the first of his five tries. Jess Wright was unable to add the extras.
Not long after this, LSST took the lead which they would hold for the rest of the game after Matt Marriott picked up a dropped ball by Wath and ran forty metres along the right touchline to score. Jess slotted the resulting conversion.
Despite taking the lead, the boys were never able to fully extend it in the first half and let Wath in for their second try following a knock on. Straight from our re-start though, the boys put the gap out to 9 points as Rory Standish collected the kick-off, ran through a Wath tackler, and offloaded it to captain Alex Watt to score on the right. Jess added the extras.
Another try soon came for LSST as the ball was moved through the hands to the left and finished in the corner by Alastair Jones. Jess missed the conversion. Despite this, Wath soon forced themselves back into the game with continued pressure and they scored under the posts following a series of penalties given away by LSST.
The first half finished on a high though as Will Czajkowski received the ball following some good hands by the boys and dotted down under the posts for his second try - with Jess adding the extras. 17 – 31 at halftime. However, the second half started exactly the same as the first and an unorganised LSST defence let Wath in for their fourth, and thankfully, last try in the corner.
Following this, the boys’ defence tightened massively and LSST scored four unanswered tries. The first being Will Czajkowski completing his hat trick when he was tackled but not at his legs, meaning he could just overpower the attempted maul and go over under the posts. Jess made the conversion. Not long after this, a lovely gliding fity metre run from Joe Connolly in the middle of the pitch led to a high tackle by Wath, and from the resulting penalty Henry Everett darted over in the left-hand corner. Jess converted the kick.
The match finished with two further tries from Will Czajkowski, the first being when he pounced from less than five metres on a kick that had been successfully charged down by Luke Vinter, and the second when he broke through the Wath defensive and ran from the halfway land for his easiest score of the day. Jess was successful in both conversion attempts.
Man of the match – Will Czajkowski
Honourable mentions – Rory Standish, captain Alex Watt, Joe Connolly, and Jess Wright.
Thank you for releasing the boys to play. They were a credit to the Academy both on and off the field. Thank you to Mr Barker as well for coming with us.
Well done to all who took part- students and staff. The standard of cooking, presentation and creativity of the cooking and costumes was very high. This made picking the winners an extremely tough decision to make. All participants will receive house points for their house. The winners are as follows:
Student Cake/ food winner - Wiktoria Sikorska - 7.7 Sempringham;
Student Cake/ food runner-up - Owen Hanson-Church - 7.1 Sempringham;
Student Costume winner - Adrian Robson – 7.6 Alexandria;
Student Costume runner-up - Harriett Mountain & Niamh Monahan 7.8 Castille;
Staff Cake/ food winner – Mrs Wilkinson;
Staff Cake/ food runner-up – Mrs Cavill.
Jcacob Fletcher 7.8 Castille
Michael Dick 7.4 Avalon
Azteca Ridgeway-Adams - 8.1 Sempringham
Megan Duarte – 7.1 Sempringham
James Niven - 7.7 Sempringham
Megan Duarte – 7.1 Sempringham
Isobel Gregory 7.2 Castille
James Niven - 7.7 Sempringham
Aaliyah Cox - 7.8 Castille
Flynn McClumpha - 8.7 Avalon
Murray Wilson, William Bayes-Green and Gabriel Berezin - 7.8 Castille
Charley Holmes - 7.8 Castille
Elena Newbrook - 7.9 Alexandria
Jamie Morgan Brown – 7.2 Castille
Eve Baxter 7.3 Sempringham
Matilda Gillespie - 7.3 Sempringham
Sophie Davenport - 7.2 Castille
Aaliyah Cox - 7.8 Castille
On Wednesday last week, the Under 19 Netball squad travelled to Stamford High School to compete in the 2017 County Championships. Having gained a place in this round by winning the district championships, they were full of confidence. The tournament was slightly different to previous years as it was played in the form of a round robin instead of two leagues with semi-finals and finals. This meant instead of a possible total of five matches, there were in fact eight matches, with no rest between games. This would really test the girls' fitness levels.
The competition level was exceptionally high and our squad, mainly made up of Year 12s, was by far the youngest squad there. We started very strongly, beating our local rivals, Lincoln College, convincingly. Throughout the tournament, the girls showed real talent and great drive to perform at their best. In total we won five of our eight matches. We only lost to the eventual winners, runners up and narrowly (by one goal) to the third place team. Even these matches were very close. So, of the nine teams present, we finished a very respectable fourth.
The girls were an absolute credit to the Academy and themselves. They are always a pleasure to coach, taking on every piece feedback and playing with a great determination to improve.
We look forward to next year, when the squad will be one of the older teams in the competition.
Chloe Freeman (captain)
Mrs Bentley and Mrs Porter
On the 18th October, the future medical students of The Priory Academy LSST travelled to North Kesteven Academy to participate in a workshop run by Nottingham and Leicester Universities in conjunction with the Medical Schools' Council. The aim of the day was to improve our students’ understanding of life as a medical student and provide more opportunities in terms of work experience and UKCAT and interview practice. Students were even lucky enough to learn some basic clinical skills like taking a patient history, which they then had to perform on complete strangers. Though awkward, it was a very interesting experience! Our students now have a better insight into what grades they need in order to get into medical school, the true nature of the course when they get there and the reality of becoming a doctor after that.
Multi-Instrumentalist Thomas Day has had his debut single The Fear played on BBC Introducing less than a week after it was released.
The track is all his own work – as well as writing the music and lyrics, he plays all the instruments and recorded and mastered it in his home studio.
“I uploaded to BBC Introducing on the Monday night just before going on holiday and couldn’t believe it when I got a phone call on the Wednesday while I was in Amsterdam,” said Tom, who is a Year 13 student at The Priory Academy LSST.
“Chris Berrow arranged to ring me back to do an interview, which all seemed unreal as it happened so quickly. Then when it was broadcast on the Saturday he described The Fear as the best thing he’d heard since he’d been doing BBC Introducing on Radio Lincolnshire. That was just amazing!”
The 17-year-old from North Hykeham has been playing piano since the age of four, and later took up violin and guitar. His earliest influences were the result of his parents’ eclectic musical tastes – including classical and traditional music, especially folk songwriter Steve Knightley, plus 1970s progressive rock.
Until now Tom has been playing covers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg and Catfish and the Bottlemen, performing at charity gigs in the Lincoln area. He won the LSST talent show in Year 10 with a cover of Ben Howard’s Empty Corridors. Over the past 18 months he has started writing his own material, putting together a small studio and teaching himself how to use music production software.
He already has more tracks under his belt – there is an EP to follow later this year.
Tom, is taking A-Levels in music, history and sociology and plans to study music production at university. He also teaches guitar at the Ultimate Rock School (URS) in South Hykeham.
The Fear is available on Amazon Music, iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify and other music platforms:
Radio Lincolnshire’s BBC Introducing featuring Tom was broadcast on Saturday October 28th and is available on BBC iPlayer.
On Monday 6th November students and staff at The Priory Academy LSST planted a Sessile oak sapling in the grounds of the Academy to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest.
The tree was donated to the Academy by the Woodland Trust as it launched its own new Charter to put woods and forests at the centre of people’s lives. Natalie Stephenson, of the Woodland Trust, said: “In 2017, we’ve hit a point when woods and trees are facing unprecedented pressures from development, pests and diseases and climate change. They risk being neglected, undervalued and forgotten. With more trees being cut down than planted in England for the first time in 40 years, it is essential we act now as a nation to protect the future of trees and woods for generations to come.”
The Charter of the Forest – a companion document to Magna Carta – was issued in November 1217 and helped to establish access and hunting rights for the King’s citizens. The Academy is now registered as a Tree Charter School and is committed to becoming part of the legacy of the Tree Charter, helping to create a stronger future for trees, woods and people.
The Octocentennial was commemorated with tree-planting events at all the Priory academies, as well as separate celebrations at Lincoln Castle.
On Friday 29th of September, twenty Year 12 and 13 students set out on the challenging task of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, which took place over 3 days in the area surrounding Bakewell, in Derbyshire.
We set off from The Priory Academy LSST at around 0800, with a two hour drive ahead of us. Each group had three routes to complete around Monsal Head, with the Monsal Head campsite being the base camp where we would return each night. The first route was the longest of the three; we covered seventeen kilometres, culminating in a very slippery and muddy ascent to the top of Monsal Head where our campsite was located. All that was left to do was put up the tents and set about cooking our evening meal in the drizzle as the sun set.
We woke on day 2 already tired, but enthusiastic about another day’s adventure. After hastily taking down the tents and packing up our bags, we headed out. The persistent rain couldn’t dampen our spirits, and we pushed on through a flatter day than the first, before having to face the even slippier trudge back up to the campsite.
Day 3 was definitely the most challenging. It included some slippery falls down steep hills, wrong turnings and tough walking, but knowing we were only fourteen kilometres away from completion kept our spirits high. Our walking culminated with a slow but steady trudge down the Monsal Trail, a tarmacked railway line which made our feet very sore! At last we were relieved to see our assessor waiting for us inside a tunnel to escape the drizzle, and we headed back together to the campsite for the final time. The steps up the side of Monsal Head seemed to go on forever, but at long last we were safe and warm in the minibuses again.
Overall, this was a fantastic experience which challenged us all, but left us a stronger team and stronger individuals, with new friendships and lots of good memories.
On Friday afternoon 3rd November four Priory Academy LSST CCF Cadets played round one of CyberCenturion. After an initial problem with an incorrect password being sent, the team started six hours of competition with the first task of a Cisco Networking challenge. This competition will involve the team learning about networking, defence and cyber security. During round one, the team had to use their creativity, with communication and problem solving issues along with good teamwork and dedication.
Round two will be December 8th to 10th with Round three 19th to 21st January 2018. If the team scores enough points they will be invited to the National Finals.
CyberCenturion is a competition that is led by Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK and mirrors the US CyberPatriot competition, a major US STEM education program
Presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and created by the US Air Force Association.
On Thursday 19th October seventy Year 11 students from The Priory Academy LSST and The Priory City of Lincoln Academy departed on the history visit to Germany. The trip aimed to give us a fuller appreciation of the events that took place in Germany between 1918 and the end of World War II in 1945. The understanding we had gained in lessons was brought vividly to life by allowing us to follow a journey that mirrored the key moments in the rise of National Socialism. As such, we literally traced Hitler’s early footsteps in Munich, saw evidence of the Nazi party at the zenith of its power and popularity in Nuremberg, witnessed the depths of its depravity at Dachau, and finally visited the site of its ultimate downfall in Berlin. Two guides from Anglia Tours, Richard and Ian, did a fantastic job guiding us throughout.
We arrived at the Munich hostel late Thursday night, and the next morning Ian and Richard gave us a tour of the city. We saw a variety of interesting memorials and historic sites as we experienced the rise of the Nazi Party, and visited a fascinating museum about Munich throughout the this time period. Afterwards we were given free time during which we could explore the city to our own desire, and dined at the famous Hofbräuhaus München Beer Hall with traditional German food.
The next day we departed quickly to Dachau, the first concentration camp used by the Nazi Party. Though initially used to house political prisoners, the site later became central to Hitler’s Holocaust and visiting the camp was very thought-provoking. We drove to Nuremberg, where we observed the site of Hitler’s rallies and visited a documentation centre. That night we stayed in a hostel made from a refurbished section of a castle!
It was a long drive to Berlin, but we arrived in the outskirts of the city on Sunday afternoon. There we visited the stadium built by Hitler for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and come nightfall we had an audio guided tour of the Reichstag building. On the roof we could see all of central Berlin. After we stayed the night at a hostel, Ian and Richard gave us a tour of the city, taking us to such places as The Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, a documentation centre on the sight of the former SS headquarters, and the very moving Holocaust memorial. We were given free time in the Berlin Mall and ate at a local restaurant before departing back for England.
The trip was overall a fantastic experience, full of interesting sites to visit and cities rich with culture to explore. Our understanding of the rise and fall of the Nazi Party was significantly bolstered to help us with our studies. I would definitely recommend the visit to any GCSE history students.
A student's view: On Friday 6th October, fifteen Year 13 students began their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Yorkshire Dales for four days.
Friday started with registration at 0700 ready to travel to Dales Bridge Activity Centre, a four hour drive from LSST. Spirits were high and we arrived there at 1045. The groups double checked their Day 1 routes and began the walk up their first peak of the expedition – Ingleborough. Day one was a rough long wet day covering a total of 21km including a climb to the top of Ingleborough, 723 metres, then back down to the village of Ribblesdale where our first night's campsite (a field) was situated. All of the groups arrived at the campsite at around 2100 after two-three hours navigating in the dark.
Day 2 began at around 0700. Day two's peak was Pen-y-Ghent, 694 meters, and again distance covered approx... 23km. The groups by now were physically tired and had to continue to walk for another 8 hours. The day finished again with high spirits but sore feet and yet again in the dark and rain (campsite - a field)!
Day 3 was slightly less physically demanding,as the groups walked about 19km from Swarthgyl Farm to Hardraw: this gave the groups a chance to get to the campsite (another field) a bit earlier and time to recover for the last day. Finally on the last day the groups walked from Hardraw to Aysgarth (Water Falls) to finish the expedition. We all enjoyed the expedition and found it to be massively rewarding doing things we thought could not be done! Plenty of tears, but what an achievement. We are all now stronger mentally, as well as physically, with more confidence in our own abilities and looking forward to receiving our awards at St James' Palace in due course.
Mollie Heslop, Lia Clark, Daniel Smailes, Benjamin Skinner, Maddy Jackson, Callum Frances, Christopher fear, Cian Beck, Finn Johnson, Oliver Coulson, Farida Elseragy, Samuel Carlisle, Harrison Wood, Rachel Bell, Ciara Goggin, Katerina Downing, Ellie Dixon.
A gold DofE group follow a stone wall for navigation purposes, into the Valley of No Return