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.
During module one, students across the Priory Academy LSST took part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot. The ballot decides what members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign in 2018. The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a youth organisation in the United Kingdom, consisting of democratically elected members aged between 11 and 18. Formed in 2000, the parliament has around 600 members, who are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government and service providers.
Over 1300 students from the Academy took part in total over the course of two weeks of voting in forms, with transport emerging as the most popular issue, closely followed by a curriculum for life. These priorities were reflected in both the local and national results, with over 129,000 and 131,000 votes respectively for each issue across the UK. As such, both of these issues are being debated in the House of Commons by the UK Youth Parliament. The Lincolnshire Youth Council will also be considering whether or not to begin a local campaign on one of these issues based on the results for Lincolnshire at its next meeting on 2nd December.
Thank you very much to everybody who took part!
On Friday 8th December, four CCF cadets embarked on Round Two of the National CyberCenturion competition. The cadets had to coordinate, collaborate and then defend against cyber intrusions. An excellent performance from our cadets, who over four hours managed to problem solve using their knowledge of cyber security and teamwork to prevent a cyber-attack. Round Three will be in the New Year over the weekend 19th to 21st January 2018. The cadets are placed in the top 100 teams for round two.
CyberCenturion is a competition that is led by Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK and mirrors the US CyberPatriot competition, a major US STEM education program presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and created by the US Air Force Association.
Many of you will remember this year that during the period running up to Remembrance Day, cadets at The Priory Academy LSST were selling poppies and poppy merchandise. The poppy is the national symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died or been injured in conflicts across the globe. The use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance originates from the aftermath of World War One, where poppies later grew on the battlefields of France. Today the Royal British Legion are the main promoter and manufacturer of the poppy. They raise money in support of members and veterans of the British Armed Forces.
Every year the Academy sells poppies for this great cause to remember those who have been killed or injured in conflicts around the world. It is with great pleasure we can reveal that this year we raised a fantastic £780.94!
A huge thanks to everyone who donated to this cause, as it will make a huge difference to the Royal British Legion. A further thanks must go to all the cadets who donated their time to sell poppies, without whom none of this money would have been raised.
Written By Cpl Rushmere
On Tuesday 28th November 2017 at Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Grantham The Education Business Partnership held its prestigious Investors In Education Awards event. Schools and colleges nominate employers whom they feel have gone above and beyond what is required of them to inspire young people during the previous academic year. The exceptional employers nominated are then invited to attend this prestigious event and receive an Investors in Education Award in recognition of their work.
Heidi was specifically asked to attend this award ceremony by the founder and CEO of the EBP, Elaine Lilley. Upon meeting Heidi at an event, Elaine realised how engaged she has been in NCS (National Citizen Service) and impressed in how she is continuing with the programme alongside charity work for Cybersmile. Heidi was asked to speak to the audience of business people about NCS and her experience.