On Thursday 22nd September 10 students were invited to Lincoln Cathedral to take part in a Question and Answer session with the American Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun. The Ambassador was appointed by President Obama and had been an early internet pioneer after graduating from Harvard.
The students were asked about their views on issues associated with American policy. The Ambassador argued that the British and American public were similar in their views about foreign policy. He commented that we were both divided about whether we intervened too much or too little in the world. He used the example of the Rwanda genocide in the 1990s to make the point that despite failures in Iraq and Vietnam, America should try to intervene as a force for good in the world. He mentioned the health workers from Britain who risked their lives in Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola as an example of positive international intervention.
The Ambassador was a highly polished speaker and dealt with our concerns and hopes about the United States. The lack of gun control was confronted. He tried to explain that many Americans see guns in light of the fight for freedom from colonial rule and that the constitution reflected this. He acknowledged that UK audiences could never accept this explanation.
Perhaps the most engaging part of the session was when Mr Barzun explained how he had to visit the Oval Office to get his instructions as a first time Ambassador from the President. He took a note pad and pen and eagerly awaited Obama’s priorities. When asked, President Obama looked up and said, “ Listen ……”
On Saturday 24th September, a team of Federation staff took part in the Shine Marathon Night Walk for Cancer Research UK in London. Mrs Hopkinson, Mrs Davis and Miss Creaser represented the staff from The Priory Academy LSST and they were joined by Mrs Bramwell Smith (Lincoln), Mrs Czajkowski (Witham), Mrs Hill and Mrs Wilson (Ruskin) and Mrs Coster, Mrs Greenhalgh, Mrs Wilson (Federation). The group were allocated a 9.25pm start and joined 17 000 other power walkers, striders and strollers to raise funds for this vital research.
Several bottles of water, many flapjacks, protein bars and biscuits later the team completed the marathon course in slightly over 9 hours, finishing in the early hours of Sunday morning Nursing a number of blisters, stiff joints and aching muscles, the team kept each other going throughout the night singing along to a musical compilation to keep spirits high.
The team set themselves a target of £1000, but with sponsorship money still coming in and pledges even yet being made, the grand total is expected to exceed £3000. Mrs Hopkinson, Mrs Davis and Miss Creaser would like to extend their thanks to all who have supported their efforts.
Priory LSST Year 9 away to Priory City of Lincoln on Wednesday 21st Sept.
LSST made a lively start with most of the play taking place in the City half .
We broke away through the City defence several times but lost our composure in front of goal and spurned the chances with Lewis Smith and Jess Wright both missing the goal.
City had a good chance on 8 minutes. They split our defence but shot over the bar without troubling our keeper Kiar Foster.
LSST responded again and again forcing corners and breaking through. We were then caught offside once or twice in our eagerness to get the first goal.
Foster was called on again and needed to be alert in punching a ball clear from a corner when under severe pressure, then into action again when dealing with a 1 on 1 situation which saw the ball go wide of our post.
Generally our defence were strong , well run by Hayden Ward and Matty Clapham in the centre and assisted by good performances from Joe Williamson and Joe Pavier at fullbacks.
Toby Fielding was working hard in midfield , breaking up City attacks and playing some good passes through to our forwards, one for Lewis to take on their keeper but he played the ball wide of the post.
Carter Hewitt replaced Matty Clapham in the centre and worked well with Haydon.
The first half ended 0-0 with both sides creating chances , some good saves and some disappointment from some forwards from a lack of control in front of goal.
City started the second half fired up. They were strong and for several minutes kept LSST pegged in their own half. Max Baker making one very special block for a corner when it looked as though City would score.
Lewis linked up well with Bradley Rainey and Alistair Jones resulting in a chance for Lewis , who beat 3 players but only found the side netting.
Finally after 40 minutes Lewis latched onto a ball from Max and calmly beat the keeper from 10 yards - 0-1.
Joe Williamson , carrying a knock from the first half, was replaced by Matty at left back.
Gradually LSST seemed to take more control of play , chances were being created, Max and Jess combining to put Lewis through but he fired over the keeper ..and over the bar.
Bradley found a bit of space , played some good football and then scored past their keeper from 18 yards…0-2
City tried again and Kiar was called into action , determined to keep them out but was eventually beaten …1-2
We then saw a period of immense pressure where LSST scored 3 times, firstly by Toby with a stunning strike after beating 3 players ,then Lewis and Toby combining for Lewis to slot home and then Jess to beat 2 players and score to make it…. 1-5
City replied with another long ball and scored…2-5
Finally with the last minute up, Jess scored again to beat a tired City team…2-6
LSST seemed to finish stronger than City and had a better second half but a good game played by both sides in a good spirit.
Well played boys. A good team performance.
Mr S Fearn
Priory LSST vs Priory Lincoln
Last night the Y10 netball team played against The Priory City of Lincoln. The match started well, with fluent passing down the court thanks to Rebekah and Jo who soon delivered the ball into the shooting circle where Sophie put up some amazing shots. There were several great interceptions from Katherine and Ellie in defence, as well as a number of quick and accurate passes from Ella and Courtney. The final score was 52-6 to the Priory – well played girls a super game!!
Final Score: 52-6
Player’s Player: Rebekah Yell
Match report written by Juliet Price Year 10
The students embarked on their DofE gold qualifier Thursday the 8th April. The location chosen was the North Yorkshire Moors (navigation particular difficult on the moors). The groups navigated some eighty plus kilometres over the four days, carrying upwards of a third of their body weight in stores and food; 25 kilos in some cases (not for the faint hearted) returning to LSST late yesterday evening. This expedition sees the gold cohort complete their final expedition. In the group were:
Georgina Spray, Rowan Wait, Sophie Armitage. Molly Riple, Jo Killeen, Drew Kearsey, Abbey Gould, Amy Kempster, Frances Gray, Lucy Dawson, Hannah Copsey, Charlotte Ripley, Tim Ho, George Baker, Roanna Guest, Katie Gilman-Abel, Lola Sharrock and Ellie Hackett.
I would just like to add it was a great pleasure to listen to our students whilst driving back, hearing them discuss their futures and what university they had chosen and career path they wish to travel down: truly inspiring as was all their actions over the four days.
Bethany Walker achieved a bronze medal and a personal best in the 50 Breaststroke.
Bethany also qualified and swam in 4 other events.
Tara Haworth swam in 4 events and reached the final (top 10) in three of them in which she swam new personal best times.
William Barber swam in the 100 freestyle and into the final in a time of 56.87.
Abigail Burr qualified and swam in the 200 Individual Medley.
Immediately after, the following week:
English National Championships
I am delighted to report we have two National Champions amongst us.
Bethany Walker and William Barber are National Champions in 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke respectively receiving fabulous gold medals.
Abigail Burr achieved a silver medal in the 400 Freestyle, as did Lauren Woods in the 200 Fly and a personal best time.
These Nationals had many swimmers from Lincolnshire and some of them have achieved this level for the first time. Furthermore, so many really attacked their races and produced personal bests which is ultimately what they set out to do, even if they didn’t go home with a medal. They are:
Grace Wilson- swam a personal best in the 200 Breaststroke and into the final;
Benjamin Broughton- qualified for the 100 Freestyle;
Elissa Gratton- 4th in the 200 Fly and a personal best;
Lauren Woods- also competed in 2 other events and produced a personal best to make the final in the 400m
Abigail Burr- 2 further events, narrowly missing the medals coming 4th in the 50m Fly
William Barber- also competed in 4 other events and made the final in all of them with personal best times.
Bethany Walker- also qualified and competed in the final for the 200 Freestyle.
All of these swimmers have achieved remarkable standards in their sport, particularly when they train as many as nine times a week and some of them also had GCSE and A-levels to fit all this around too. Huge congratulations to you all.
Sixth Form student Aaron Whetton has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Arkwright Scholarships Trust after passing tough aptitude tests and attending an interview at the University of Sheffield.
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.