The following students are to be congratulated on achieving the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh award: Daniel S, Lucy D, Cian B, Ciara G, Harrison W, Hannah C and Roanna G
The gold award is demandin and entails a volunteering section for 12 months, a physical and skills section - one section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months, an expedition section for 4 days /3 nights and finally a residential section where participants undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
It has been a very successful summer for these Priory Academy LSST students.
Kieran Robson has had an incredibly successful year with Taekwondo. In addition to becoming British Champion at Yellow belt, he later became silver medallist at the recent Lincolnshire Championships Green Belt and then on 21st July became bronze Medallist at the Taekwondo World Championships in Birmingham at Blue Belt. In the last 2 years he has competed at 6 events taking four medals (1 x Gold, 1 x Silver and 2 x Bronze).
On Monday 2nd July, Ben Griffiths won a “highly commended award” for Community Champion – he fought off competition from many other nominated students from all over the county.
Over the last year, Ben has achieved a lot within many local communities and he has played a key role in community development for youths throughout Lincolnshire. Ben has been a part of the Lincolnshire Youth Council for over a year, and in that time has been a prominent contributor to the subjects addressed by the Youth Council, discussing with a range of parties how they can best appeal to young people, and help make a significant improvement to the quality of life of young people universally. He has also taken part in work with mental health organisations throughout his time with Youth Council. This includes work with Young Minds and, in particular, CAMHS. Throughout recent months, Ben has helped CAMHS develop their new marketing/media campaign along with his fellow Youth Councillors. He has also been involved in voice acting/advice in this campaign, allowing his voice to be used to help change young people’s lives, and help them escape some of the most difficult times in their lives. Following Ben’s work, he now holds the role of Vice-Chairman within the Youth Council, and is acting as Chair at the next meeting, therefore being responsible for a large part of the meeting, the agenda and the recording of tasks and responsibilities.
More recently, Ben has become an Ambassador for KOOTH, and has since gone through thorough training about a vast range of mental disorders, some of which were difficult to process, but working together with the rest of his team has continued to educate themselves on these life-ruining, or even life-threatening disorders. These range from depression, psychosis, and even up to suicide. Ben is currently playing a part in KOOTH’s new media project/campaign, in which he will be using his face, his voice, and his personal experiences (on video) to help console others going through difficult times, and to help them reach the other side. In the next few weeks, Ben will also be undergoing online training, and this will allow him to moderate KOOTH users online, as well as writing for the KOOTH online magazine, which will be read by hundreds, if not thousands of members of the community across the country, and will hopefully help them through troublesome times, and help people see hope, when they otherwise may have not.
Chloe Bancroft was recently successful in gaining a place on the two-day Siemens ‘Females Into Industry’ experience. It was a very tough selection process, with students from all over Lincoln applying for a very limited number of places. Chloe had a fantastic experience, working with Siemens apprentices and the engineering department at Lincoln College to produce her own product. She then had to evaluate the experience and give a presentation to families and teachers of the girls who had taken part. Chloe very much enjoyed her experience and is looking forward to the second part of it, which will take place in Year 9.
This weekend three of our students travelled to the English Schools' Athletics Championships at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium.
To even qualify for this event, the students have to gain a qualifying standard. These standards are incredibly challenging to achieve and there is a maximum of 25 students in each event. This by default makes them a top 25 student in England for their event. Previous competitors at this event have been Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and our own Abbie Donnelly, Catrina Thomas and Daniel Fleming. Once at the championships, the event is run professionally in order to prepare them for the transition to being an adult international athlete. The championships is sponsored by New Balance and they provide every athlete with a free rucksack for their kit. Athletes are required to check in before their event and have to be in the green room to be marshalled out to their event. There is even a parade on day two for all the athletes. They march out in their county teams and we sing the National Anthem. Hannah Molyneaux did not march out with the Lincolnshire team as she had to march with the other international athletes who had represented Team GB this season.
Charlie Smithers in Year 9 competed in the junior boys' 200m. Charlie doesn’t belong to an athletics club (as much as I’m trying to persuade him) and only trains at the Academy athletics club. His qualification for this event is through pure talent. He has worked tirelessly for weeks, every lunch time, training hard and focussing on perfecting his sprint start. He finished seventh in his heat and ran a personal best time of 24.10s. Hopefully now he will believe that he has the talent to achieve even greater things and get himself to Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club. Charlie also ran in the heat of the junior boys 4x100m relay, helping them to qualify for the final.
Archie Richardson in Year 12 has had an incredible athletics season leading up to this weekend. Archie was put into the faster of the three heats and is a year younger in his age group than the other senior boys. He ran an incredible 1m57s for his 800m and did himself proud finishing seventh.
Hannah Molyneaux, attending her fifth English Schools' Championships, competed in the senior girls' shot put. Hannah spent last week in Hungary competing for Team GB at the European Youth Championships and finished fifth. This had filled her with confidence coming into this weekend and she won convincingly, putting the shot an amazing 13.41m. No other athlete in the competition threw over 13m. Hannah claimed the gold medal, her fourth gold at this event (the fifth medal is silver).
It was an absolute pleasure to travel with our students and the rest of the Lincolnshire team. I am sure if you see them you will congratulate them. They deserve it.
On Wednesday 27th June seventy seven students travelled to Yarborough Athletics Stadium for our last athletic event of the season. We returned as Lincoln and Gainsborough Schools Athletics Champions once again. This makes us the strongest school in the Lincoln and Gainsborough area for 9 out of the last 10 years of the competition. This success does not come by accident and is a true reflection of all the hard work our squad puts in to their performance. We are very fortunate to have some exceptionally talented students, many of whom train outside of academy hours. However, the majority of our squad do not belong to athletics clubs and they have spent hours and hours at lunch time and after school getting themselves ready for this event. Their commitment to athletics is to be celebrated alongside their success. A demonstration of how hard they have worked- three of our high jumpers, who only train at the Academy, jumped personal bests at this event.
Our students really gain a lot of confidence from their participation and, in many cases, success. As a result the Academy holds a very strong reputation for this sport in the area.
In this competition each student takes part in an event and gains points for the position in which they finish. With eleven schools competing, each event holds a maximum point score of 11 for the winner. We finished the day with 879 points! The team in second place, William Farr School, finished with a total of 775, making our win a very convincing one.
As well as being crowned as the overall champions, we are also the year group champions in seven out of eight categories (and finished second in the other).
On the 23rd - 27th June, a group of Year 12s went to the Peak District. It was a very warm weekend for it and perfect weather, however they needed loads of sun cream as we would probably have got sunburnt a lot more than we did! We walked about 16-18k each day for about eight hours per hike. The first day we were all full of energy getting ready to get out of the bus after a two hour bus drive there. We had to carry all of our gear, clothes, tents and food for the four days all in one bag, which was slightly heavy! We had pretty flat ground for half of the day through fields which was very scenic and we got to understand more about the map and land. Nearing the end of the day we climbed up Mam Tor, which was quite a big hill and quite steep! Then some of us lay on our backs and slid down the rest of the hill going down the other side of Mam Tor to get to the campsite, which was really fun! There were a lot of vertical hills we had to climb up which varied from a 200m climb to a 2k climb, being all pretty difficult and a challenge to climb, but we got to the top eventually, just in time to have a break. The scenery was beautiful when we got to the top because you should see how far we had climbed up and all the valleys that we had walked across.
On the second day we still had a lot energy, with energy bars getting us through it! We went through some fields and then climbed up Jacob's Ladder which was fairly steep! It was a challenging hill as there were many steps…. Once we got to the top we had our lunch and then continued on to Kinder Scout, which was a very puzzling part of the Peak District because you could get lost very easily, as when you are on the top you can’t see the other side where you have to be. All you see is more land. We managed to find our way out of Kinder Scout at the end, however we ended up having two team members getting stuck in the bog which was kind of like quick sand! It ended up being a really funny memory to take back. Once we got off Kinder Scout, we ended up meeting another Gold DofE group who were lost so we took a route down some rocks, which was pretty scary at first but with a lot of teamwork and support we ended up getting down safely and getting back to camp whilst the sun was still out.
On the third day we had not as much energy, but were raring to go as it was the last night! We started our walk climbing up the same hill we had climbed up the day before, but this time we headed left and went down a stone pathway for about 3k. Then we went through fields until we got to a big upper field where we had to climb 200m up as it was very steep and felt like more than 200m! We all eventually got to the top and started walking through the lake reservoir which was so scenic and beautiful. We continued for a further 6k through the lake reservoir. We started walking through fields and seeing all the sheep.
Then we approached the final day. When we looked up we realised we had to walk up the hill that we had slid down on Mam Tor, which was going to be interesting! As we had been walking for three days in a row now, we were a little bit tired, so we did take a couple of breaks. However, we were determined to get to the top so we fought through it. Once we got to the top of the hill we went to the other side of the hill, and were walking through some fields with the lovely hot weather! We then went through forests with shade which was really nice after being in so much heat. The walking was quite hard, but everyone was quite peppy and we had a sing-a-long whilst we were walking to keep the positive vibe. We had a few water stops as it was up to 37 degrees and therefore very warm. We ended up meeting the van in Edale at around lunchtime and we stopped for a break but then realised we were able to leave and go home!
I thoroughly enjoyed the few days we were in the Peaks as we got to see the beautiful scenery and spend time with new and amazing people, who were very funny and kept up a positive vibe for the whole time, which made the experience worthwhile.
On Friday we placed fourth in the Northern Final for Rock Challenge which is an incredible feat considering we have never managed to place before. There was some stiff competition from other schools but Hannah’s Story proved to be the most emotive performance with the judges struggling to give feedback when asked for their thoughts. We had amazing support from the audience and it was lovely to see so many staff and students there. Our students did us proud and showed courage beyond their years. Special thanks go to Mr Walker for stepping in last minute to improve our set (we were complimented on our set function so thank you!) and our expertly lead Year 12 stage crew (some of whom who were drafted in the day before!).
We couldn’t have done it without the organisation and encouragement of Mrs Boiling, Miss Bush, Miss Dickinson and Mr Stones and the financial help from Mrs Hopkinson and the Priory Association.
Here is a list of the other awards we won: Award of Excellence for Concept; Excellence for Drama; Excellence for Choreography; Excellence for Soundtrack; Excellence for Entertainment; Excellence for Lighting; Excellence for Stage Crew; Excellence for Stage Use; Excellence for Visual Enhancement.
Bring on next year!!
The Rock Challenge Team
Leeds University Medical and Dental School held a taster day on Friday 29th June in their state-of-the art facilities. The purpose was to give Year 9 students from across the region an idea of the breadth of careers available to them in a health care setting, and the sort of qualifications required to get into those roles.
The visit involved practising lots of practical skills: looking down ears with an otoscope to see if a patient had a perforated ear drum or just lots of wax; learning how to analyse an x-ray or ultrasound image, in some cases to find out what the patient had swallowed; practising CPR and using a defibrillator on a patient who’s stopped breathing.
The highlight of the day for many was the chance to use a Moog Simodont Dental Trainer. This is an incredibly realistic device that simulates a dental drill in 3-D. We all got the chance to try and drill out an area of decay, and it included using a mirror for hidden features and even the noise of the drill itself. Fortunately there was no patient to scream when we got it wrong!
The day was a great success. We had a great time and we are all now aware of the range of jobs we could look at in the future, including ones we didn’t know about before, such as audiology and radiography.
On the 20th and 21st of June, a group of KS4 food and nutrition students went to the Lincolnshire Show to take part in the Schools' Challenge. Over the past 18 months our healthy eating campaign has progressed from nothing to something that has impacted the canteens and influenced students and staff to eat healthier. With the campaign at an all-time high we took this opportunity to compete in the Healthy Schools category for the second year. With an unexpected presentation on the first day we persevered and managed to pull it off with half an hour's warning. We were able to impress the judges and prepare them for the high standard of work yet to come. After two long days of explaining our campaign to as many people as possible we managed to pull a first place out of the bag and win our category. We are incredibly proud of the team and all their effort that has gone into this project. We can’t wait to carry on the HELP Yourself campaign and hope to bring the trophy home next year for the second time.
We would like to say a big thanks to Mr Goffe for all of his help and support throughout this process and to anyone that has shown an interest, supported us or done anything to help or influence the campaign.