Charlie has been an exemplary Priory Student over the course of the year in Science and this piece of homework epitomises the ideal Priory Student.
She has applied an exceeding amount of effort in an open ended homework project. Charlie rose to the occasion and demonstrated a work ethic that all could be proud of. The result was an outstanding piece of cross stitch on the Solar System which has now been framed and will be prominently displayed within the Academy.
Very well done from Mr Smailes and Mrs Mellor
The Childnet team are a group of LSST students (from Year 8 through to Year 10) who for the past year have been training to become Digital Leaders as part of Childnet’s Young Ambassador programme. Tasked with the role of inspiring safe, positive and creative use of technology in the school community they have been working this year to empower young people to use the internet in the best possible way and to get the most from it.
The team are also keen to reach out to parents - therefore, they would like to invite you to their presentation evening on Monday 11th July from 6.00pm until 7.00pm in the Old Hall. What makes this talk very special is that it is written and hosted by students and designed to support you in supporting your child! They will be giving practical advice on issues such as security settings, understanding the different types of social media being used and how you can get involved in what your child is doing online.
The event is completely free and we hope that you are able to attend.
On Thursday 24th June, the RAF cadets took a trip to Navenby Primary school, to help them with their Armed Forces day.
The cadets hosted a round robin of different activities the children could enjoy. There was, Team Building, Drill, MTA, Blindfold Trail, Camping and Navigation, Mixed activities, Aircraft and Fitness. A day filled with fun!
Each activity slot was 45 minutes long, allowing time to explain and debrief the activity.
In the mixed activities lead Cdt Emery lead the activity really well. Her group split the year into two groups and played a variety of parachute games with them such as, shark and life guard and ball games. This activity, although not really related to cadets helped the younger children to learn to play together as a team, whilst having fun, which is a vital part of being in cadets.
In the team building exercise LCpl Jacques lead her team through two sorts of activities. One was to get the group through a spider’s web made of rope and the other one was a ball game, which they had to pass around them without it touching the floor or their hands. This game proved to be challenging for some of the children, as they did have a tendency to drop the ball a lot. The first activity helped the cadets to work as a team to get their group through the web, it helped them to be able to overcome obstacles to finish the task.
The MTA group had the most challenging activity, which was to build a stretcher for the bag to be able to be carried on. However, the groups all completed the tasks successfully and were able to carry the bag with out it falling off the stretcher. This activity, helped the groups to not only work as a team, but to also listen to the leader Cdt Atkin had chosen. It also helped them to incorporate their own ideas and opinions to the group to help with the construction.
The Drill activity was funny to watch as the children were lead by LCpl Danes. This is because although they were all trying really hard with the sequences it made me laugh how they weren't in time. However, it was lovely to see that they all had smiles on their faces and were all joining in, really enjoying it.
"This is the best day of my life... the best activity ever", was what one of the children said after doing the blind fold trail, which proves they had an amazing time. The fitness and aircraft and camping and navigation were also really popular. LCpl Taylor did a fantastic job of teaching the children navigation and needs a huge shout out because he was really friendly and helpful to the children when they didn't understand.
At the end of the day the children all had huge smiles on their faces and the Cadets all did an amazing job of leading their activities and making the day enjoyable for the children.
The Cadets Should be very proud of what they managed to deliver to the Navenby Pupils. Staff from the school were constantly praising our cadets for fantastic work. Well done to all cadets!
Written by LCpl Cannings
On Friday 17 June two groups of students from our Year 9 German and French classes took part in a series of workshops that were designed to introduce them to the study of linguistics and enable them to recognise patterns within grammatical structures. The key objective for the day was for students to devise their own language using the knowledge and understanding that they had acquired in the first two workshops. They had to consider whether their nouns would subdivide into different categories and what would govern those categories, for example gender, meaning or some other determiner. Students had to come up with a series of verbs and decide to what extent these verbs would change depending on who or what was doing them. Many groups even formulated a range of different tenses with clear examples of how each verb group should be formed in the various time frames. Our students showed huge amounts of creativity and imagination, coming up with a range of highly innovative tenses. A particular favourite was the “regretful past”.
For the language teachers involved in the day, the most rewarding time was during the presentations during the last lesson. It was so inspiring to hear a group of young people talking about language using highly sophisticated and advanced terminology, listening to them explain the grammar and structures of their own, invented language and witnessing the exchange of ideas between the various groups. This particular series of workshops was a new venture and, after seeing the outstanding results produced by our very talented students, it is one that we will definitely repeat.
We had over 350 students participating in the first part of our annual Sports Day, the rain held off and we even had some very sunny spells to brighten yup the day. Well done to everyone who took part in such a wonderful day. A special mention goes to the 21 students who have smashed the school record in their events this is an outstanding achievement and we are extremely proud of these talented athletes.
Priory Academy LSST - Record Breakers 2016
Year 7 Score Old Record
Amelia Brooks 200m 28.47 29.06
Emily Crookes 800m 2.36 2.4
Will Czajkowski 100m 12.5 12.78
Jennifer Horn Shot Putt 7.71 6.87
Harvey Skinner 1500m 5.06 5.07
Oskar Wierzelewski 300m 48.95 100
Year 8 Score Old Record
Alastair Jones 100m 12.32 12.59
Hugo Nilsson 300m 42.65 100
Year 9 Score Old Record
William Bell 800m 2.25 2.27
Daniel Copsey Hurdles 11.96 12.81
Cameron Ho 100m 11.71 11.78
John Walsh 300m 44.09 100
Madeleine Wood 1500m 5.0818 5.0855
Year 10 Score Old Record
William Corner Triple Jump 11.33 10.65
William Corner 300m 39.58 100
The Fallen Man- Lily Hood, 15
Don’t tell me,
What I want to know.
The heroes returned safe, from head to toe.
Don’t tell me.
The sun can shine another day.
Give me honesty.
I last saw him that summer day,
Flashes of sun on brass,
The reinforcement of a warm breeze,
Shielding me from the everlasting guilt that I…
I let him go.
He beamed at me, faintly waiting for the call.
The call to leave. To earn a living.
And whilst his naïve mind was set anticipating victory.
He had no idea.
How could he?
I could’ve said no. I could’ve stopped him but I…
I let him go.
A hundred agonies filled my mind.
Almost like a hundred knives sliced my memories.
Now? I’m but an outsider. His life began anew.
His life without me.
What was he feeling? Who did he think of last?
As the final bullet ripped his reality to darkness.
Did he think of me?
Like I think of him?
When I let him go.
On 28th April, 60 of our brightest mathematicians in Year 7 and 8 sat the Junior Maths Challenge. Pupils had one hour to answer 25 extremely challenging multiple choice questions.
Papers have been marked and a huge number of certificates will be awarded to our students this year. From the hundreds of thousands of entries from around the world, roughly the top 7% received a Gold Certficiate, 14% a Silver and 20% a Bronze. From LSST we gained 11 Golds, 15 Silvers and 19 Bronzes - so an absolutely fantastic achievement.
Special praise must go to those that have gained entry to the next rounds of the challenge, which they are sitting today:
Well done to all involved this year!
We arrived at school for 0730am “an early start” we were all soon sorted by Mrs Thompson and then loaded onto our respective minibuses. The journey was a short one as we were only going to Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Forest). All the groups were dropped off at their respective start points and after a short orientation and the realisation that this was our qualifier: and we were on our own with no staff support (oh dear). We set of in good spirits, we may not have travelled far from school, but the terrain was totally unfamiliar we had our map and route card which we had prepared during our training sessions. “I am glad I listened” we soon found our way on to the first foot path and made our first checkpoint. The weather was not on our side it seemed to rain the majority of the day not good for a June day. After some 16 kilometres’ of hard walking and a few minor detours (geographically embarrassed) we arrived out Walesby scout camp site our home for the evening. The staff showed us to where we would be pitching our tents we were not on our own as the campsite was full of cub scouts. Our bit of land was far enough away from the cubs to allow us a little peace. Once our tents were pitched we set about cooking our evening meal in the damp weather. A hot drink and a good meal made all the difference moral back and plenty of smiling and a quick game of catch then of for an explore of the campsite (not much here) then to our beds for a good night’s sleep. It seemed to rain all night which kept a few of us away most of the night.
We woke to the vision of fog and mist with drizzle in the air, not a good start. Well we had to get on: so we set about making breakfast porridge seemed to be on the menu for most. We had an early start time so all the groups were staggered ensuring we were not following each other. We set of in good spirits tents packed and knowing we would be finishing at Columba Park some 15 kilometres’ away not far, but it is when you’re carrying more than a third of your body weight in your rucksack. Well it had to be done if we were to complete our expedition phase of our bronze award. They day seemed to flyby interrupted by the odd torrential down poor, during the day we saw most of the staff out and about on foot or bicycle reassuring knowing the staff were also getting wet and they were on hand if we needed them. Well the moment had arrived our final check point and pick up point. A minibus loomed into sight a pleasant site at that. We boarded the bus and we were taken to Columba Park Visitors centre, yes the weather now improved. We unloaded our rucksacks and were told we could go and get a drink or an ice cream which we all did. It was then time to head back to Lincoln the journey was a quiet one as we were all very tired. On our return we were asked to clean all our equipment to a very high standard and hang our tents to dry in the indoor range, we also cleaned the minibuses. All this done within the hour of return (Team Work) an extremely enjoyable and rewarding expedition I can wait for my Silver bring it on.
During the May half term two students in Year 10 travelled to Peterborough by train to take part in a work experience week specialising in logistic trades in the RAF. The week was run by the RAF and The SmallPeice Trust to encourage more girls into STEM careers in the forces.
It consisted of lots of team building exercises and group tasks, learning about; catering, fuel, movements and mechanical transport. Whilst learning about these branches of the RAF we learnt valuable skills such as: communication, team building, leadership, problem solving and also adapting to new situations.
The whole week was based around one aim which was set at the start of the week - to deliver aid and extract 800 UK nationals from a country which had been hit by a 7.1 earthquake.
On the Tuesday students planned their operation and looked at various information to make important decisions and then over the rest of the week they looked at the practical side of their plan.
On the Friday the girls presented their calculations and planning on how they would relieve and improve the situation in hand. They presented their ideas to RAF personnel to whom they asked lots of questions about the military lifestyle and information about their particular job in the RAF. This gave them valuable insight and information as to what career path they would like to pursue and whether or not they would like to experience a career in the RAF.
The two students from LSST thoroughly enjoyed their stay at RAF Wittering and experienced a highly valuable week which has taught them new skills and made them new friends.
You don’t have to be a cadet to get involved with these opportunities offered by the RAF and The SmallPeice Trust, and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves regardless of whether or not they were thinking about having a career in the RAF. The week overall was highly recommended to their peers. Have a look on the SmallPeice and the Royal Air Force website to find out about more opportunities.
Written by Fiona Lawson and Jo Clark.
On Friday 20th & Saturday 21st May the Army Section of the CCF had a two day field exercise in Beckingham Training Camp.
On the first day, we practiced hand signals and different ways of moving around. The weather was perfect and we revised camouflage and concealment where we applied Camo Cream to our faces, and concealed our helmets using grass from our natural surroundings. The Corporals were given a chance to lead large groups of people for the first time and were able to do so successfully. After this, we practised patrolling in pairs in preparation for the following day. By this time, everyone was hungry and was issued their ration packs and cooked their own food, for some this was their first time. When everyone had finished their meal, we practiced patrolling in silence using all their knowledge we had learnt that day. Finally, as everyone had been using their weapons, we had to strip and clean them. Everyone then got ready for bed, trying to get a good night’s sleep so as to be ready for the following day.
We were woken in the morning at 6am and quickly got ready for the day ahead of us. As it had been raining the previous night, the ground was damp and wet so everyone had to wear their waterproofs. We were given a brief lesson about section attacks and planned for what we were going to do. It was then time to put all the skills that we had learnt and carry out a section attack. Everyone was issued 60 rounds to fire and were excited for what was to come. Carrying out the section attack was fun and we were able to take over the enemy base.
When we had finished we cleaned the weapon again, packed up, and left to go back to school. Everyone was tired but had enjoyed the trip and were looking forward to their showers!
Cdt Zou and Cdt Holland