What an afternoon’s rugby!
The U15 fourteen man squad travelled to Worksop College this afternoon for their opening game of the Nat West National School’s Rugby Competition. Past experiences have shown that playing against any public school is very difficult given the time and level of coaching they receive on a weekly basis. With only fourteen players, two of whom were U14s it was going to be a massive ask to get anything out of the game.
We did ask the massive and of course with our boys we received it. Alex Watt (captain for the day) picked up the ball in broken play after 30 seconds, rounded three of the Worksop players to score under the post in under a minute! Wow!
Then came the most backwards and forward/nip and tuck game I have watched in a long time.
Worksop equalized within a short space of time and we then went ahead again.
They had a penalty try awarded and through a series of mistakes went two scores ahead.
A tough talking to at half time, saw us awarded a penalty try and then Worksop had a player sin binned which saw a momentum swing in our favour.
We had attack after attack and eventually we had our own penalty try awarded.
With less than 5 minutes to go, we scored again! The scores were tied 26 – 26 as both teams had missed one conversion; could Jess Wright slot the conversion? ……
No, the score remained 26 -26. With literally seconds to go we had a line out in our 22m area. Disappointingly we tried to run the ball out from our try line, dropped it and Worksop needed no invitation to drop on to it and score. The final whistle blew immediately after their conversion was successfully kicked. 33 – 26.
It was a difficult end to a fantastic match. The boys were not to know (as it’s never happened before), that had we cleared our lines and the score had finished level, the away team would go through; a doubly difficult pill to swallow after they had battled so valiantly with only 14 players for the whole game.
They should be very proud of their efforts.
Stand out players, if there could be, Alex Watt and Will Czajkowski.
Please congratulate the boys if you see them around the Academy.
Misters B and B
On Saturday 16th September, staff from the Priory Federation took part in the Oxfordshire Extreme Challenge in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Team captain, Mrs Hopkinson, persuaded Mrs Davis and Mr Dinnie from The Priory Academy LSST and Mrs Wilson and Mrs Eves from The Priory Federation to join her in the escapade.
The team met at the Academy at 4.30am to reach Oxford by 7.30am and start the first challenge shortly thereafter, where they had to call on their inner Bear Grylls to ramble 20km along the Thames undergrowth, bridleways and forest paths led by seemingly ex SAS personnel.
A quick pause to replenish calories was followed by a 30km bike ride through rolling countryside, interspersed with muscle burning hills.
Mrs Hopkinson and Mrs Davis sought extra challenge by trying a few more kilometres and four more hills, Mr Dinnie provided a supportive rear guard action and Mrs Wilson and Mrs Eves kept the humour going throughout. The team were so enthused, they even got away from the group leader. Bikes were then replaced by kayaks as the team took to the Thames for the home run. Clearly their reputation and enthusiasm preceded them as the kayak expert identified them as the “mad lot from Lincoln”. Wet, tired but adrenaline fuelled the team crossed the line shortly before 6pm and were back in Lincoln 18 hours after they started.
The Extreme Team managed to raise around £4000 for the NSPCC, with money still being donated. Following last year’s London Night Marathon, plans for next year’s event are already being discussed when they hope more staff can be persuaded to join them!
Thanks go to Mr Mammott, The Priory Federation and his wife, The Priory Witham Academy, for ferrying the team to Oxford and to Mr B, Mrs Wilson’s and Mrs Eves’s personal trainer.
On Friday the 8th September ten cadets travelled from The Priory Academy LSST to Royal Air Force Scampton for the inaugural Scampton Airshow.
The Priory Federation cadets had been offered the chance to volunteer on for the committee of Scampton Air Show. This was a nationwide Air Cadet Camp which enabled 360 cadets to attend. We were the only Combined Cadet Force to attend the camp and to be even more unique, we had three army cadets attend. Over the two days our cadets were split down to different flights in which we were tasked with jobs in order for the air show to function. These jobs included, promoting air cadets, VIP duties, manning crowd lines, offering feedback forms, admission duties and many more. All of these roles were essential for the air show to function and our cadets worked alongside the regular Royal Air Force and civilian contractors. The weekend was a huge success and our cadets thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Hopefully we will return back next year to once again represent the Combined Cadet Force and The Priory Federation. Please congratulate the following cadets for their impeccable standards and hard work whilst at RAF Scampton: Sgt Fiona Lawson, Cpl Abi Emery, Cpl Alan Middleton, LCpl Max Haywood, LCpl Ben Rushmere, Cdt James Boyce, Cdt Christian O'Boyle, Cdt Lewis Emery, Cdt Luke Butt. Also thank you to Sqn Ldr Thompson, Fg Off Summers and Plt Off Sam Lynch from The Priory Ruskin Academy for taking us to RAF Scampton.
A fantastic weekend enjoyed by all.
CWO Callum Frances
Priory Federation CCF Senior Contingent Cadet
Yesterday afternoon the U18 boys played Worksop College who have recently returned from their pre-season training camp at Loughborough University. A new team, a new enthusiasm to do well.
The boys knew they would be ‘up against it’ as inevitably players play with players from other schools at club level. At this moment a special mention and thanks should go to Tom Shaw and Jayden (new boy) Harvey for ‘volunteering’ to play in the front row. We don’t seem to have more than one this year!
The game didn’t start according to plan when from their kick off we dropped the ball giving the opposition possession deep in our half. Through applied pressure Worksop did score the opening try. However, as is The Priory Sporting Way’ with all our academy teams we never give in or up. Worksop’s discipline left a lot to be desired and eventually we gained a penalty in front of their posts which we duly ‘slotted’. More ill-discipline on their try line resulted in a yellow card for one of their second row players giving us more of an opportunity to attack. Jasper answered the call and scored a superb try from a pre-arranged penalty move. The game ebbed and flowed and and the coaching staff of LSST would have taken the score of 8 – 15 at half time. Not to be, the tricky right winger managed to wiggle through some tackles and go in under the posts to make the final score at the interval, 8 – 22.
The final result did not reflect the game, played for much of the second half in Worksop’s bit. Tired tackling opened the way for a triple of tries late on and the yellow carding of Jasper for a marginal ‘tip tackle’ meant we played the remaining 10mins with 14 players.
I could not have been prouder of the boys, both in their effort and commitment and perhaps more important to me, the way in which they conducted themselves before, during and after the game. There are some fine young men amongst their number.
Final score was 8 – 50, but that is the main reason we play.
Thank you to all the boys mentioned below, Mr Taylor for giving up a free to help me, Mr Bradwell and Mr Nuttall for coming along to support along with the parents who turned up as well.
Gregor Hinchcliffe 1
Josh Barratt 2
Alex Morgan-Smith 2
Tom Shaw 2
Jacob Taylor 3
Ross Carleton 8
Alex Oliver 9
Finn Johnson 1
Jago Onians 1
Tom Osbourne-Day 1 (Captain)
Will Robertshaw 1
Matthew Davies 8
Marcus Dawkins 8
Jasper Nilssen 8
Aiden Lockwood 9
Will Wright 9
It is difficult to believe that only four months ago the students and staff were preparing to embark on their Sports Tour of South Africa, and in particular Cape Town and Pilanesburg Game Reserve near Johannesburg.
The tour went very well with Mrs Porter taking on the role as Party Leader from Mrs Bentley who was unable to tour on this occasion. Mrs Porter coped fantastically well with the challenge despite one or two changes taking place whilst out there. The students embraced all their challenges with enthusiasm and a 'never give up' attitude during most of their fixtures. The boys in particular found it tough going playing some very good teams from around the Cape area.
First Fixture against Stellenbosch High School
The site seeing and cultural visits play a central part in the tour (this was the sixth to South Africa) and they again did not disappoint. Highlights were: the visit to Khayelitsha Township; a cable car trip up to the summit of Table Mountain; ferry to Roben Island; not to forget the day's surfing at Muizenburg!
Definitely the best ever set of surfers Mr Brazinskas has seen on any tour.
Heading north for the last few days of the tour meant a change in the climate and chance to relax at The Valley of the Waves at Sun City outside Johannesburg. Mr Clarke was very disappointed that the infamous vertical drop slide was not in operation this trip! Probably THE highlight was seeing so many wild animals during the two game drives at Pilanesburg, in particular the black rhino. This is really rare in contrast to the white rhinos in the Park.
Archie Moss has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Arkwright Scholarships Trust. Archie passed the tough aptitude tests set by the Trust before being invited to attend an interview at Sheffield University in April.
The Arkwright Trust administers Britain’s most prestigious engineering scholars’ programme, for which students of STEM subjects in this country can be selected. They have been awarding scholarships for over twenty-five years and their aim is to inspire and nurture the country's future leaders within the engineering profession. Their scholarships support students throughout further education and encourages them to pursue Engineering or Technical Design at university, or through a higher-level apprenticeship, and to take up future careers in the field.
Arkwright Trust Engineering Scholarship will now fund Archie through the sixth form, and potentially university, with a yearly grant along with one-to-one mentoring and advice from past Arkwright Scholars and other professional engineers. He now also has access to a wide range of enrichment events and opportunities, including industry-based engineering experience days and technical lectures.
LSST has been an Affiliate School to the Arkwright Scholarships Trust for many years and Archie follows in a long line of successful applicants.
The Priory Academy LSST team retained the trophy in the Sheffield Law Society Mock Trial Competition on Wednesday where they were the defence in a war crimes case at the “International Criminal Court.”
Kevin was able to carefully construct a legal argument to open the defence of Mr Azzurro who was charged with committing three war crimes between July 2002 and December 2003. They were:
Using good research the Priory Academy LSST team was able to show that there was no evidence to prove a direct link between Azzurro and the recruitment of child soldiers. The LSST students had clearly understood the points made in Iain Morley’s book “The Devil’s Advocate. How to be seriously good in court.”
Our witnesses stood up to questioning well and Kian was able to dismantle the prosecution case. Overall, the team worked hard to apply their skills under pressure.
Many thanks to Mr Frith for his expert legal advice, Mr Martin-Brundle-Strawson for his encouragement and taking them along and Mrs Billett for all her support.
Staff and students from the Academy are currently undertaking the three week long World Challenge Expedition. This entails jungle trekking, camping and assisting in local projects. The group have just returned from Siem Reap after 6 days working on a project. The students have done an amazing job working in high heat and have made substantial progress helping the local community build a new school. A full report will follow in September after their return.
On Sunday 2nd July the RAF section cadets headed to where the Royal Airforce Aerobatic Team (Red Arrows) is stationed in the UK at RAF Scampton for their summer camp. The Royal Airforce Aerobatic Team is a very important side to the RAF, as their job is to display the best pilots that the RAF has to the rest of the world. This includes the 4,700 displays that the Red Arrows have performed worldwide.
The camp began on Sunday. We travelled down to RAF Scampton in the afternoon, and thankfully the journey was short since the summer camp was based in Lincolnshire this year. When we arrived we had rooms allocated and unpacked our bags. We all had to have tidy rooms with correctly folded uniform, mainly to make life easier on camp. After unpacking we went to dine in the Junior Ranks Mess and practised drill to ensure all cadets were on the same level and in time with each other. Then we prepared uniform for the remainder of the evening for the following day.
On Monday we visited the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC) and the Fire and Rescue Service based at Scampton. There we could interact with the personnel in order to gain an understanding of what the daily jobs included. The men working at the ATC have a very strenuous task since they have to ensure no planes crash into each other and update the pilots on the weather if it’s changing dramatically or whether the air speed and direction are correct to enable a safe landing. Also the exams for this profession have one of the lowest pass rates from all the courses that the RAF provides. Subsequently we then were shown by the Fire and Rescue Service the many tools and how to use them to get people out of a car accident. These devices turned out to be heavier than I expected so there is no surprise why the F&R Service spend so much time in the gym.
Later we travelled to Newark Air Museum, holding a variety of aircraft, ranging from the Avro Vulcan B.2 to Westland Wessex HC.2. There the cadets were able to extend their military knowledge concerning the different type of planes. This helped the cadets improve their ability in differentiating between planes by looking out for their key characteristics. We spent the rest of day swimming at RAF Cranwell which included trying to pick up a black brick from the bottom of the diving end of the pool. This certainly came across as a severe challenge to most of the people who tried.
Tuesday 4th July was a particularly relaxed day. The morning consisted of some cadets including myself going gliding at RAF Syerston and others doing leadership tasks so that not only the cadets enhance their leadership skills but most importantly their team working skills. The gliding included a winch launch. This is the unpowered aircrafts known as gliders being pulled in by a cable usually from 1,000 to 2,500 metres long. This gives a rapid increase in acceleration and an adrenaline rush as you are being pulled by a high-tensile steel cable into the sky at a steep angle. The day finished with all cadets coming back together and going back to RAF Cranwell for high ropes. There we faced many mental obstacles like jumping from a platform placed 11m above ground, but gratefully all took that leap of faith and came back to the ground in one piece.
Wednesday was RAF Waddington Day. We were lucky enough to tour the Boeing E-3 Sentry and the flight simulator designed for the aircrew for that plane. This was very interesting to see how complicated the task of being one of the aircrew on the plane was, because there was a significant number of buttons each doing a separate role to intercept and analyse radio signals picked up from the radar attached to the top of the plane. We also visited the RAF Waddington Heritage Centre and received talks from the 54(R) Sqn about their role as part of the ISTAR organisation.
On Thursday the cadets who hadn’t been gliding went gliding and others went flying. This meant that most of the cadets managed to get the Blue Gliding Wings which is the start of the progressive system to go and fly solo in a glider. In the evening we went back to where we were staying in the barrack blocks in RAF Scampton to go to another heritage centre filled with rich and varied history, with the main squadron there being the 617 also known as the Dambusters.
Friday was our last day of camp. It began with a drill competition that all cadets were practising for all week, with each flight IC commanding drill in front of the SWO but before that the SWO marked everyone’s uniform out of 10 with each small mistake in the uniform lowering the score dramatically. With A Flight winning the competition we had the pleasure to see the Red Arrows practise their display choreographed by Red 1 -Sqn Ldr David Montenegro. After that we took a camp photo with the whole team and went flying once again. The day ended with awards being handed out as well as comical ‘paper plate’ awards given out as well, including the award for best male cadet gained by Cdt Butt and female cadet by Ridgeway-Adams.
On Saturday, we packed up and loaded out kit onto the buses but we couldn’t leave until we prepared our rooms to the condition that we found them in.
Overall, everyone enjoyed the camp, and many, including myself, cannot wait for next year's camp.
Cpl Nikodem Czarlinski
Mrs J Hopkinson was delighted to host the Award Ceremony at Federation House, where both adult volunteers and award recipients were presented with their certificates.
The photographs above show Mrs Hopkinson presenting the DofE silver award to Daniel Smailes who achieved the award by learning the guitar, volunteering and of course a three day expedition in the Peak District. Daniel is now in the midst of his Gold award. Other recipients of the silver award were Amelia Gresham and Ciara Goggin: both of whom learnt to play the piano as part of their skills section. Among the recipients were our adult volunteers to name a few: Mr Daniel Mullins, Miss Jo Heckford and Miss Jennie Harrison who received their introduction to DofE and their managing groups’ certificates.
Needless to say without our volunteers the award would not be as successful as it currently is. This year we have surpassed previous years by a large margin. Current passes are 50 plus with a further 25 expected by the end of August. Thank you and well done to all.