During the dark winter months two teams of five Y9 students have each been designing and building go-karts to take part in this challenge. The design brief was supplied by Lincoln University as part of their Sparkler Go-Kart Challenge Project. The teams were supported by Mr R Jones and Mr T Walker together with a number of mentors from Siemens UK Ltd, undergraduate and postgraduate Mechanical Engineering students from Lincoln University. The teams have spent many lunchtimes and after-school sessions building their pedal powered vehicles. Each kart was built using a mixture of new materials, adapted components and supplied homologated parts, the creativity and variation in design solutions was quite fascinating.
On Wednesday the 10th of January they had an opportunity to test their go-karts in the Engine Shed against other Lincoln schools taking part in the Sparkler Go-kart Project. This involved a sprint event, with top speed measured by radar. A challenging slalom course followed by a 662 metre endurance race.
Despite early hitches, where LSST Team A had a burst tyre and LSST B had a broken pedal they performed well in all events. The outstanding team, winning all three events, were LSST Team A, led by Aaron Browne who was also the driver. They achieved a top speed of 18km/h and completed the 662m course in 3m8s. In second place was LSST Team B who achieved a top speed of 16km/h and completed the endurance in 3m59s. Third place overall went to Lincoln Christ Hospital School.
Hopefully the University will be aiming to run this event again in the future with the opportunity for us to defend our title. Well done to all who took part.
LSST Team A
Owen Jones 9.2
Nikith Nagaraj 9.6
Harrison Taylor 9.9
Melbin Biju 9.9
Aaron Browne 9.7
LSST Team B
Spike MacGregor 9.6
Oskar Wierzelewski 9.4
Hugh Collins 9.9
Kian Watkins 9.5
Leo Millar 9.4
On Wednesday December 13th the Academy’s choirs took part in their annual Christmas Carol Service at Lincoln Central Methodist church. The choirs participated in a number of festive carols from ‘We Three Kings’ to ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’. At the beginning of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ Jessica Clarke (Year 8) sang the first verse as a solo. She sounded beautiful, holding a candle in the darkness to create atmosphere. Each of the choirs sang their own carols, with the Senior Choir singing In the Bleak Midwinter and a Latin song ‘Gaudete’. Soloists for this carol were Lilly Platts, Ciara Goggin, Tom Valentine and Eleanor Willows. The Junior Girls' Choir sang a beautiful version of ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Carol of the Bells’. The Boys' Choir sang ‘Gloucestershire Wassail’ with solos from William Bain and Theo Sargent, both which were also of excellent quality.
These carols helped us all to get into to the cosiness of Christmas. To emphasise that Christmas is such a special time of year, we had a group of people read chapters from the Bible. From ‘God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head’ read by Abbey Alderman and Katy Cannings, to Lesson 9 being ‘St John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation’ read by Mrs Hopkinson (Head Teacher). W also had readings from Rachel Bell (Head Girl), Kevin Rebello (Head Boy), Mrs Davis (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Cameron and a parent and governor.
To finish off the Christmassy night, we had a magical solo from Alyssa Brock who sang an angelic version of the song ‘O Holy Night’. This was followed by a blessing from Revd Margaret Doughty to thank us all for coming and celebrating with her and the church.
Abbey Alderman and I would like to say a huge thank you, to Miss Smith and Mr Billinger for their continued challenging work and passion for all the choirs over the years.
In December Kieran Robson in Year 8 became the British Tae Kwon Do Champion for Boys (Yellow Belt). The competition took place at the Barclay Centre in Birmingham and involved Kieran having to perform a Yellow Belt pattern, for which he was awarded champion of his age group. We look forward to watching Kieran’s progress in this sport over the coming years.
We have had another successful term of fundraising activities at The Priory Academy LSST. We kicked off our fundraising efforts in September with the Macmillan Coffee Morning which was a great success. This was followed by our Children in Need non-uniform day which raised a massive £1870.61. Students have been involved in growing moustaches in aid of ‘Movember’, the Shoebox Appeal where we sent off an impressive 104 boxes to children all over the world and finally our festive Christmas Jumper Day where we raised £731.17 for Save the Children. Our Year 8 students were also visited by the British Heart Foundation to recognise the great efforts they put in to raise money last year for two academy defibrillators and a donation to the British Heart Foundation. A wonderful effort by all – well done.
Christmas has come to LSST with the Twelve Days of House. Monday started with trying to get Santa to the North Pole in a paper aeroplane. He ended up taking a few scenic routes but was safely delivered by Dylan Higgs Shallard.
On Tuesday students got the opportunity to decorate a bauble in their house colour. The art room was filled with glitter and lots of busy students. Amelia Wood designed the winning bauble which showed excellent imagination and creativity.
On Wednesday the students sent Christmas cards to Dr Who from famous characters. The winning card was from Hermione Grainger to Dr Who which was written by Rebecca James showing an excellent talent for writing.
Thursday saw students baking and decorating cookies. The winner will be announced next week but there are already some really creative designs.
On Friday, 62 students took part in a Christmas Kahoot with Tabitha Waller winning round one and Lucy Carmouche winning round 2 with their excellent knowledge of Christmas.
On Monday we saw 40 students test their fitness in the Santa bleep test. Max Cheseldine was the winner getting to level 11 with an incredibly quick time.
During the first 6 days of house, Year 7, 8 and 9 enjoyed a house assembly completing a quiz with some very competitive students and form tutors. We are looking forward to the next 6 days of house with plenty more activities for students to get involved in.
The RE block is a hive of activity on Thursday afternoons as students meet for the Philosophy Course and club. Here is what some of the students have to say (can you can spot the common themes).
Miles and Jane on the Philosophy Course: As A Level philosophy students, Jane and I were enthusiastic about participating in the Jacobson Program (a 10 week philosophical discussion course), led by a philosophy lecturer affiliated with Nottingham University. We have thoroughly enjoyed the course as it takes an informal discussion-based approach to many thought provoking topics. Recently we discussed the ethical implications of organ transplants, a topic which attracted a wide range of opinions. The current group is composed of 10-20 students from Year 9 to Sixth Form and the expression of a wide range of opinions enables us to enhance our discussion skills or simply appreciate the beliefs presented within the group. The course has a flexible approach to topics discussed, decided by the group the week prior. Also, we have posh biscuits.
Anna and Morgan on the Philosophy Club: The Philosophy Club is a welcoming relaxed environment, comprising a collection of people who from the outside look very normal, munching biscuits, talking away and laughing with each other. On the inside, however, it is a very different story. We discuss a whole range of concepts or controversial topics, that can span all the way from politics and current affairs to whether we can know anything at all really exists. Because the club is led by sixth formers, students get a greater say on what is discussed each week, so we can discuss topics that we’re alternately interested in. Let’s take our most recent discussion, chaired by current Head Boy Kevin Rebello, who asked, ‘Is it ok to disobey a law that is morally wrong?’ What started off as defining a few key words, analysis of language used and learning about the real-life philosopher Thomas Hobbes, quickly transformed into a jury of six students – and Mrs Stephens – debating not only the question but a whole plethora of matters related to the question. We discussed and debated the Catalonian Referendum, the Zimbabwean military ‘coup’ and the ethics of Scientology – and made cases for our opinions as we delved deeper into the question. It was an incredibly fun time, and during it I learnt about a range of socio-economic issues I didn’t even know existed. I also learnt a lot about how laws are made and kept in this country and worldwide – and I made some great friends too. Given that several of our current Y13 members have been attending since Y9, it can't be denied that Philosophy Club is both an enjoyable and enriching experience. I can say personally that over the years it's helped me to become more confident in expressing my ideas, as well better at distinguishing a good argument from a bad one - both skills which are useful in areas beyond philosophy. Plus, Mrs Stephens provides a fantastic supply of biscuits - including cookies!
At the Boarding Christmas Party last night some of our Czech students presented every boarder and guest, over 70 people, with their own personalised packet of homemade traditional Czech biscuits.
They had spent several hours in the boarders’ kitchen over the weekend secretly cooking and decorating the biscuits. As the photos show each and every biscuit, over 200, were beautifully decorated.
They were delicious!
A massive thank you to Johana, John, Katerina, Lucie and Natalie for creating such a memorable and perfect start to the festive season.
On Monday the 11th of December, the Year 7 girls represented the Academy in the Lincoln and Gainsborough 5-aside football competition at Branston Community Academy. After arriving at the venue via minibus, we did a short warmup and before we knew it, we were playing our first match. The Priory City of Lincoln Academy were our first opponents and with some incredible defending from Charley Holmes, Niamh Foggarty and Aimee Killeen in goal we won the match 1-0. It was a tough match with Lincoln Academy being a very strong team. We left that game feeling confident for the rest of the games. After a short break, we were back on the pitch to play Lincoln Minster (also a fabulous team.) Despite some great possession from our team and hard work by Aaliyah Cox to keep hold of the ball up front, we just could not score. However in the last few minutes of the game Minster got a penalty and we went onto lose that match 1-0 to Minster despite a valiant effort from all team members. Straight after, we played The Priory Pembroke Academy in a great match! With some lovely work midfield from Grace Baker and Gracie Jean Kinton up front we went on to score two goals. We won this game 2-0 and left the pitch feeling pleased with our effort.
Three teams had won two games and lost one game so the winner came down to goal difference and we narrowly missed out coming 3rd place. A massive congratulations to the winners of the tournament- City of Lincoln Academy.
A huge thank you to Mr Pilborough and Mrs Porter who took us to the tournament and Branston for being fabulous hosts.
Year 7 squad:
Players' player and match report written by: Charley Holmes
An early start to the day when cadets from The Priory Academy LSST, The Priory City of Lincoln and The Priory Witham needed to meet at 0720 to leave at 0730, for the visit to the National Army Museum in London as part of their military knowledge syllabus. Along the way we met with the cadets from The Priory Ruskin who then joined us.
Once we arrived at 1130, we were given booklets to fill in and guide us around the museum. It included many sections which explored the British civil war, both World Wars, the impacts on society, civilians and soldiers, the medical side, uniform and weapons advances (from using swords in combat to state of the art rifles in modern day warfare) throughout history. Cadets were given an hour before lunch at 1300 to get grasp of the layout and to make a start on their booklets, followed by a further two and a half hours.
After spending a total of four hours discovering new facts about our military history in a modern and interactive way, we found the most interesting thing was how the home effort has grown to be such a big part of warfare both during (home effort in WW1 and WW2) and afterwards (dealing with PTSD and injuries from recent wars/conflicts such as Afghanistan).
The museum staff commended us on our good behaviour and manners. On the coach journey back we stopped at Peterborough services causing us to have a six hour journey back.
All in all the cadets thoroughly enjoyed their day and learnt lots about the military’s history. This is very important because it teaches us about countries past and present, and how war has shaped the way society is now.
Cpl Owen Frances, one of the Academy's CCF cadets has claimed the runner's up award in the Combined Cadet Force National Photography Competition. Owen is a keen photographer and has taken it upon himself to develop his talent through photographing and videoing the various events in which the CCF participate. The picture used for the competition depicts a senior cadet firing on the 100m range at Beckingham Training area in April 2017. Owen’s photo will be published on the CCF website and he will receive £100 of camera vouchers to assist with his development.