Avalon with 2186 House points.
Castille have 2131
Well done to all who took part in the House events throughout the year.
On Monday the 11th of July, 19 A-level Physics students, Mr Smailes and Mrs Gourlay set off from Lincoln, arriving into Geneva later that afternoon after a short flight from Liverpool Airport. After we arrived and checked in at the hotel, we visited a local restaurant near the centre of the city and started to take in some of the beautiful sights of Geneva.
The next day, we left very early from the hotel to get the coach to Chamonix-Mont Blanc, over the French border, where we were going to spend the morning and afternoon. We ascended to the Aiguille du Midi taking two cable cars, 3,842 metres above sea level, where we experienced amazing views and even snow in the middle of July, which was a surprise for everybody.
After exploring the terraces around the Aiguille du Midi, we descended back into the town of Chamonix, where we explored and had lunch. After lunch, we took the Brevent-Flègere cable car, and experienced more amazing views of the Alps. We travelled back to Geneva, where the snow at Mont Blanc had turned into rain and drizzle, meaning that we could not explore Geneva as much as we would have liked to.
On Wednesday, we took the tram to CERN, which is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, and we visited the Microcosm exhibit, where we were able to learn more about CERN’s experiments that take place at the Large Hadron Collider, as well as in laboratories all over the site. We then visited the Globe of Science and Innovation, which houses the main CERN visitor centre, and exhibits there included the first Web server that Tim Berners-Lee used to develop the World Wide Web and a globe showing the worldwide focus of CERN and the collaborative research that scientists, including those from the UK, partake in.
However, the highlight of the day was a tour around CERN, as well as an interesting lecture from a German physics lecturer. During this tour, we were able to visit the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid), one of the main detectors at the Large Hadron Collider, and we were able to look at the experiments being done that day through the control room. We also visited the underground datacentre and corridors of the CMS, and it was amazing to see how complex each part of the CMS is. After this, we took the tram back to Geneva Airport, where we flew back home late that evening.
Overall, the trip was an outstanding experience for all that went, and it was great to see the applications of our A-level Physics course and where many of the things we learn about were discovered.
On Saturday the 16th July seven students from the school chess club participated in the Lincolnshire Under 18s tournament. They were Thomas Trimble, Navi Naidoo, Chloe Shrage, Jakub Czarlinski, Joe Hancock, Charlie Beeston and Kevin Zou.
All of them played excellent chess against some very tough opposition in their first ever external competition and the organiser commented on how polite and charming our LSST players were and said they were a credit to the school. I think they all superbly demonstrated the school values of Courage and Courtesy. Thomas came joint fourth out of ten players in the year 9 - 13 category and Jakub came joint fourth out of twelve in the year 7 - 8 group. Well done boys, and well done to all seven students for taking part.
Chess club will be starting again in September and is held after school on Thursdays in the library for anyone who is interested in coming along. Beginners and experienced players welcome.
On Saturday 2nd July the RAF section cadets headed to the home of the RAF Regiment, RAF Honington for their summer camp.
The RAF Regiment is a very physical side to the RAF, as their job is to protect airfields around the UK and in areas of conflict. The training they undergo is extremely arduous, and involves a lot of mental and physical commitment. It was a pleasure to meet them and work with them day by day for the week. We also had a small insight into what life in the RAF Police was like, and got to experience many roles involved in it, including being a prisoner.
The camp began on Saturday. We travelled down to Honington in the morning, and had a drive on a coach of about 2 hours. When we arrived we picked our rooms, and unpacked our bags. We all had to have tidy rooms with correctly folded uniform, mainly to make life easier on camp, as well as to keep everything looking as good as possible - particularly uniform, as it needed to be in perfect condition, as it would be judged daily. After unpacking a larger air cadet contingent arrived from Edinburgh. We would be working with them for the rest of the camp. We were later briefed on what our camp would entail, and were split up into 3 flights (groups): Faith, Hope, and Charity.
On Sunday we travelled to IWM Duxford, a (mostly) air museum holding a variety of aircraft, ranging from a Concorde, to a Spitfire. We could either choose to complete a worksheet about the Battle of Britain or D-Day. It helped us get an insight into the history of the events, and also allowed for some competition and motive to complete them, as scores collected from the sheets would go towards an inter-flight competition.
The evening involved many of the male cadets from LSST organizing, amongst ourselves, a 'bulling party', in which one person hosted (in their room) and we had fun with music, and laughed the night away while also being productive. We improved our parade shoes, layer by layer with polish in order to make them shinier. The process takes months in order to bring them up to the best standards, so the bulling went on for several hours. It was a very fun and, unique at the least, experience for everyone.
Monday 4th July was a particularly busy day. The morning entailed an RAF Careers officer coming into Honington to speak to us about all of the different jobs in the RAF, in which there are currently 59, a shocking number. After a small presentation, we were set teamwork tasks in this session, including tasks such as building the smallest possible tower (using all the pieces) of a building set, and more. After this we moved on into Honington's gym to do a range of leadership tasks. Some examples are having a group on a mat and flipping it without touching the floor, having a leader command you to walk to a location, with obstacles in the way, while you are blindfolded, and more. This was a valuable experience, as it meant we had to begin to work as a team within our flights. Our time scores were also put towards the inter-flight competition.
Tuesday was RAF Police Day. We were lucky enough to tour the custody cells in the police building, and see what it was like to be arrested, and were able to ask any questions we wanted. Later that day, we had to work as a team to solve a murder, we had to search a house, investigate the murder scene by looking for clues, interviewing suspects, and more. It was an amazing and enjoyable experience, and everyone was able to identify the killer. We later enjoyed bowling in the evening, it allowed us all to have some social time with everyone in our camp, and have some overall fun.
On Wednesday we had our camp photo took with a Buccaneer and were able to spend the rest of the day with the RAF Regiment. We spent the morning, after the camp photo, learning about the tracking school the Regiment have to go through. We had to be very observant to succeed. It entailed finding hidden items (very well hidden!), as well as finding out what had happened before by looking at some imprints in some sand. It was amazing how much we could figure out with tiny intricate details. We were later able to explore the different weapons the Regiment use, as well as the vehicles. It was very interesting to get a feel for the weapons, as well as the vehicles.
Thursday was a very different day. We had all 3 meals of the day from an MOD ration pack, and we had to cook all of our food. The day was spent on the field doing a range of activities with the Regiment including methods of movement, camouflage and concealment, finding hidden objects, and more. We learnt the do-s and don't-s with many things in the field, including avoiding getting 250 press-ups, like myself.
Friday was our final day of camp. It began with a drill competition that we had been preparing for the entire week, as well as our uniform for the event (including our polishing and ironing in the upcoming evenings). Hope won the event, but everyone did very well. We then went swimming and had a fun game of water polo, of which Hope won yet again. It was a great experience, and was a real highlight for our teamwork throughout the camp. We spent a few hours in town later on, having a general good time to finish off the camp. In the evening we had a disco which had lots of fun activities to do, as well as comical 'paper plate' awards being given out, as well official awards, including 3 from LSST CCF, in which we are very proud of as a contingent: Cdt Alan Middleton gaining 'Male Cadet of Camp' and Sgt Callum Frances receiving 'NCO of Camp', and Cdt Owen Frances receiving 'Hardest working Cadet'. We got back to accommodation to a surprise pizza delivery, a great was to conclude the camp.
On Saturday, we packed up the bus ready to leave, prepared our rooms to tip-top condition and said goodbye to our new Scottish friends, who were due to leave an hour later.
Overall, everyone enjoyed the camp, and many, including myself, simply cannot wait for next year's camp.
Cdt "Griff" Griffiths.
On Wednesday 6th July at 6:45 in the morning, 90 Year 8 and Year 9 students set off to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London. After a 3 hour long journey we finally arrived. We started out by having a picnic in the summer sun outside the Tate Modern Museum. Then, after a quick walk down Southbank, we arrived at Shakespeare’s famous theatre – The Globe.
We were then split into three groups, each with an experienced guide. We got a chance to sit up in the gallery (some could argue the best seats in the house) and watch some professional actors rehearse for the Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some of us even got the opportunity to go all the way down to the yard where the less wealthy ‘groundlings’ or ‘stinkards’ enjoyed the show, many years ago for only a penny!
Next, we were taken down to an interesting workshop in three rehearsal rooms, where we played a selection of different games to develop our drama skills and understanding of Shakespeare. The three groups focused on different aspects of the play ‘The Tempest’. One group focused on movement, another focused on speech and the last on hierarchy and social structure.
Finally, we looked around a museum dedicated to the globe and Shakespeare’s work. We were then given the chance to go to the gift shop where we could buy a number of Shakespeare memorabilia and souvenirs.
The highlight of the trip was being able to look around the theatre and experience what it was actually like to be there watching a play back in the Elizabethan age.
Everybody was well behaved and a credit to the school (and some even got to listen to Mr Murphy singing Frozen on the way home!). Overall, a fantastic day was had by all and will be remembered for years to come.
This year’s LYPBA Writing Competition winning entry has now been decided.
The competition was judged by Tarina Jones and Georgia Twynham, author of The Thirteenth Series. Here’s what Georgia had to say.
“Once again this year I have had the pleasure of helping Tarina Jones judge the LYPBA Writing Competition and without a doubt it was as much fun as last year. To my excitement there were more than twice the amount of entries (which means far more cake was eaten). We read so many amazing stories from unicorns searching for their wings to mothers who cooked the most awful meals. At one point I was extremely concerned that we’d never be able to choose a winner and the chances of us both agreeing would be slim.
Then we read Weronika’s sci-fi tale and were both blown away. A story that not only made me smile, but as last years’ winner did so well, left me with a feeling of completion - I can promise you getting that in 750 words is no mean feat.”
This year’s winner is Weronika Vesna Winiarska aged 12 years from The Priory LSST Academy. Our warmest of congratulations go to Weronika and she wins an iPad Mini. You can read the winning story in the Downloads section.
Watch out in April 2017 for details of the next writing competition. You never know, it could be you.
The penultimate House event of the year saw students from all year groups welly wanging in the middle of the running track. As Infinite Milers walked, jogged and ran around them, these wangers employed a range of techniques to launch their wellies as far as possible. We saw underarm, overarm and shot-put style throws, with varying degress of success.
Top wangers were:
1st place Aaron Browne (Avalon) 19.00m
2nd place William Jackson (Alexandria) 16.20m
3rd place Oliver Robertson (Alexandria) 15.00m
4th place Ocean Hunter (Avalon) 14.00m
Year 8’s chosen charity for the year is Cancer Research. On Tuesday 12th July they held a fête with each form manning a stall. With the incentive of sponging Mr Moss the year group raised £350.
On Monday 13th June, myself and a group of students in my year took part in an exciting day of learning the basics of Forensic Science used in real life crime scenarios.
We were all split into 5 teams and given the thrilling task of solving a murder case! Each member of the team was given a unique task to do; there was the Chief Inspector, Analyst, Lead Forensics, Forensics and Lead Detective and Detective. Throughout the day we completed a series of various activities such as using our detective skills to analyse a crime scene for clues that could help us solve a murder.
My favourite task of the day was when we got to analyse DNA samples that were taken from the “crime scene”. We were each given the opportunity to take a sample and carefully insert it into a bacteria mould, we competed with all the other teams to see who transferred the samples the best!
We also got to compete against each other in an interactive quiz where the speed of our answers gave us extra points for our team; it was really exciting!
Later on the day we also got to analyse fingerprints using different techniques we were taught and after a long day of analysing and deciding, 5 out of the 6 teams came to correct conclusion on who the criminal was, with one of the teams getting the highest score in the Britain!
Overall it was an amazing day and everybody had loads of fun whilst learning an awful lot!
The 2016 Great Priory Bake Off Summer Show Stoppers Competition was full of amazing entries!
We had sunbathing gummy bears, chocolate seashells, a sandcastle and a tropical paradise cake with a surprise treat hidden inside! All the students who participated demonstrated fantastic skill and imagination and it was a very hard competition to judge.
Thank you for all of your fabulous entries.
All participants will be awarded house points for their entries and further house points will be awarded for the winners below:
1st Place- Chloe Shrage 9.5
2nd Place- Bethan McRobbie 7.5
3rd Place- Alex Moseley 7.9
4th Place- Charlie Toop 8.5