Three tutor groups in Year 7 have participated in a research project taking place within the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, based in the School of Education, is a pioneering research centre focussing on character, virtues and values in the interest of human flourishing. The Centre promotes and builds character strengths in the contexts of the family, school, community, university, professions, voluntary organisations and the wider workplace.
Nearly 400 secondary school students in Years 7 and 8 participated in this study across five schools in the United Kingdom. The aim of the study was to see if a greater sense of connection to and responsibility for other people would foster better wellbeing in those taking part, and whether the project would encourage students to connect with and help other people.
The intervention activities were delivered as part of the RE curriculum and as shorter activities during form time. The researchers have expressed their appreciation to the staff involved in delivering these lessons and tasks. On their visit to the Academy to administer the first questionnaire, they were very impressed with the students and with the organisation of the activity. Again, thanks to the students and staff who made that possible.
The Priory Academy LSST has become a featured school for Textiles Technology after Miss Atkinson posted some photos of Y10 Textiles work. They caught the eye of a D&T consultant, who was very impressed.
GCSE textiles students start the year exploring fabrics and textile techniques (construction techniques, decorative techniques, new technology such as laser cutting and sublimation printing). The techniques trialled allow them to discover how the technique would work/ be fitted in to a product.
Congratulations on the exemplary work!
At the end of last term the National Short Course Swimming Championships took place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
Five of our students qualified to compete in this prestigious competition, representing their clubs. In attendance were many from the GB Olympic squad, which meant our students actually competed in the same events as them.
Will Barber and Grace Wilson swam fabulous new personal best times in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke events respectively.
Also competing, fresh from Scottish SC Nationals, were Tara Haworth, setting a new 200m personal best, Abigail Burr and Bethany Walker.
Well done to you all and good luck in the upcoming County Championships.
On Tuesday 13th December students from across all year groups took part in the Academy’s annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Four different choirs, a vocal quartet, a string trio, soloists and the combined choirs delighted the congregation with a mixture of traditional and more modern Christmas carols. The standard of singing was excellent and the students were a real credit to the school. Soloists Ellie Martland and Florence Tosh sang beautifully and confidently and violinists Thomas Trimble and Thomas Osborne-Day really added to the atmosphere of ‘What Sweeter Music’. Our new venue of Lincoln Central Methodist Church was fantastic and we thank them for their hospitality. The congregation really enjoyed the service and we all left full of Christmas cheer and feeling like the festive season is now well underway!
On the afternoon of Friday 9th December the whole of Year 7 celebrated reading for pleasure in our annual Bookbuzz event. Each student chose one of 12 books as a gift from the Academy and then they had a few weeks to read them before the event. During Bookbuzz afternoon they split into groups of students and staff who had all read the same book to complete some fun, creative activities and prizes were awarded for the best work.
Most exciting of all, we had a visit from author Narinder Dhami whose book ’13 Hours’ was the most popular choice this year, with 74 out of 270 students picking it. She gave an inspiring talk about writing stories and then read us the first chapter of her new novel which hasn’t been published yet.
Thank you to all of Year 7 for their impeccable behaviour and lots of wonderful creative responses to the books they had been reading; and thank you to all the English staff for their enthusiasm and invaluable help with the event.
Looking forward to next year J
On Wednesday, 7th December at 7pm, the Old Hall played host to the Music Department’s Winter Recital; an opportunity for ensemble groups and soloists across all year groups to display their excellent musical ability. The students were fantastic, delighting the audience with familiar and unfamiliar works. There were a variety of musical pieces in different styles, from classical to jazz to popular music and performances included an assortment of instruments; strings, woodwind, brass, piano, voice and percussion. The evening was well attended and friends and family in the audience were very appreciative of the huge amount of talent shown. One parent emailed to say “Thank for a very enjoyable evening on Wednesday. The amount of talent displayed by the students involved during the evening was immense. …. the music staff have clearly provided a supportive environment where musical ability of all kinds is able to shine and flourish.” The Music Department as a whole, including instrumental and vocal teaching staff and students, worked very hard preparing for this event and it certainly showed. We can all feel very proud of the musical talent within the Academy.
Last Sunday thirty three Year 7 and 8 rugby players travelled to Leicester to enjoy a combined day of coaching, a question and answer session with the Tigers’ squad member Charlie Thacker – ‘little’ brother of Harry Thacker who was in the Tigers’ Squad to play against ‘Quins’ in the afternoon - and then watching the premiership clash of Tigers and Quins, culminating with a pitch side photo after the game.
The weather was dry even if the training pitch wasn’t. The Tigers’ coaches, Will and Jack, put the boys through their paces, concentrating on ball handling skills and organisation behind the ‘breakdown’, or chaos corner as it was dubbed! The boys did improve their ability to maintain depth and move the ball effectively through their hands and down the line into space.
Despite a change of venue and a little overcrowding, the Q & A session with Charlie Thacker went very well, with interesting questions being asked by the students; “What would like to be if you weren’t a professional rugby player?” – “A professional surfer!” and “What’s the hardest thing about being a professional rugby player?” – “Early morning training in the winter ….. every day!”
The boys managed to take full advantage of the full range of food outlets at Welford Road before taking their seats to watch an initially very tight and edgy game. Penalties were exchanged by both teams (9 – 6 at half time), until the Tigers eventually gained the ascendency in the second half and came away winners, 25 – 6.
Despite a late return, the boys all seemed to enjoy the day and take a good deal from their experiences.
Thank you to Mr Clarke, Mr Bradwell and Mr Moran for giving up all of their day.
The 11th of November is a national day to remember all those who have fought in various conflicts for our country. As a symbol of respect we, as a nation, wear a small red poppy. This shows that we have donated to the charity the Royal British Legion. The Royal British Legion is a huge charity supporting serving, ex-serving and the injured service personnel and the families and friends of those who have fought for our country.
So, to do our part for the charity, we as a cadet force took on the task of promoting the poppies and making them available to every student in the Academy. From the 1st November to the 10th of November, forty eights cadets made their way round the academy site during registration, period 2 and lunchtime to receive donations. The Royal British Legion is a fantastic cause that helps so many people and we feel privileged to represent the charity on their behalf. This year we managed to raise £863.13 as an Academy, compared with £516.39 last year. This will go towards helping injured service personnel, helping families and friends in their time of need, helping current and ex serving soldiers to have the best quality of life.
Thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to all the cadets who were the driving force behind the poppy donations. Two cadets deserve a special mention for selling poppies on two extra days to fill in for others. They were fully committed to selling the poppies and helped where they could - LCpl Leah Robinson and Cdt Josh Firth-Moore - excellent work.
Sgt Joanne Clark
On the 27th of November, thirteen cadets from the RAF section of the Priory CCF took part in the Air Squadron Training Trophy at RAF Cranwell. Sections from around the eastern area had to compete in six different disciplines to get into the national finals. However before we obtained a place we had to do a military knowledge test and score within the top 16 of 33 schools. This involved mainly questions about principles of flight, navigation, aircraft and the history of the RAF.
Leading up to the event, the members of the drill team met up several times throughout the academy week, to practise their routine and get it as good as it could be. Also, members of the DCCT team had to pass a weapon handling test to ensure that they were fit to shoot and knew all the correct drills.
When we got to RAF Cranwell, the fitness team had to immediately get changed into their training kit to take part in the 1.1 mile run around a track with other schools. The Priory members did very well in their heat achieving 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th places.
Later, a team of four cadets tackled aircraft recognition. The test itself involved being shown a photo of an aircraft and then having to choose between 8 different options of what it could be. The options varied from the name of the plane, perhaps typhoon, tornado and so forth, to the type of plane maybe fighter, recon, training. In our team, two cadets got an individual score higher than 50% and one even achieved a score higher than 70%.
Then, the first aid team was challenged in their event. Their task was to successfully and safely help to preserve life of the casualties involved in a given situation. This turned out to be a drunk female and a bleeding male. They used skills that they had learnt; to assess the situation and use their training to treat the casualties for the injuries they had. The team then split up to perform CPR, treat the bleed and calm the casualty down. The team did extremely well, narrowly missing out on 3rd place by one point.
The next event was slightly different, as this required a formal inspection of our Wedgewood uniform and the performance of a drill routine. Our uniform inspection went without a hitch, and only minor mistakes were made during the sequence. Special congratulations should be given to the drill squad, as the examiner said it was one of the most flawless sequences that he had seen from our Academy.
Immediately after this was the command task. This involved the leader of the activity being given a brief and trying to get his group to finish the scenario. In this case the team had to get a box filled with unstable explosives through a “swamp” using flotation devices. The group performed well together, just narrowly missing out on finishing the task due to the pressure of time.
Lastly, four of the cadets were tasked with shooting the DCCT. This uses lasers which are detected by a computer. The team did quite well given the lack of practice they had had beforehand.
Overall, the Priory cadet force came 7th out of the 33 schools in the area. A special well done for the members of the team; Sgt Bethany Dyer, Cpls Jacob Taylor, Abbey Alderman and Katy Cannings, LCpls Stephen Anderson, Connor Danes, Abi Emery, Niko Czarlinski and Alan Middleton and finally Cadets Joe Chetwynd, Kate Atkin and Ben Griffiths. A special thanks is extended to FS Callum Frances, who was an exemplary team leader and the staff who took the time to train and take us (2Lt Mullins, Fg Off Summers, Sqn Ldr Thompson and Civilian instructor Mr Atkinson).