We had an amazing response to the foodbank appeal which we conducted shortly before Christmas. You donated 942 items in total, which is amazing. A HUGE thank you to all staff and students from those who will benefit this winter. It really does have a massive impact on people in our area.
Miss Tunnard and FACT
Bookbuzz was a joyful event! All of Year 7 came to the New Hall on the afternoon of Friday 7th December and Mrs Hopkinson introduced our visiting author, Curtis Jobling. Curtis was a really entertaining speaker and had us in stitches! He encouraged us all to keep on practising our hobbies and one day we might be able to do the things we love as a job. He did this with writing and art – not only has he written many books for children, he was the designer of TV shows ‘Bob the Builder’ and ‘Raa Raa the Noisy Lion’. If you would like to see some original artwork he drew while he was here, come to the Library and have a look!
‘Haunt: Dead Scared’ was the novel by Curtis which was on the Bookbuzz shortlist and more than seventy students chose that one. It is a spooky story about a boy who gets killed in an accident and comes back as a ghost but only his best friend can see him. They have to solve a mystery together and there are some very scary bits in the story, as well as some dark humour. There were fifteen books to choose from on the shortlist, and at the beginning of Year 7 the students had all made their choices and soon received their books to read as a gift from the Academy, so they had time to read them before this event. After listening to Curtis speak we all separated into groups of students and English teachers who had chosen the same books to do creative work based on the books we had been reading. You can see a couple of lovely pieces in the picture above!
Bookbuzz is a celebration of reading we do with Year 7 every year and it is a really positive way to get everybody reading and talking to each other about books. It is organised by the Library but couldn’t be accomplished without the hard work of all the English staff and the support of other staff and some older student helpers- a big thank you to everyone involved. We had some visitors from Pembroke Academy this year so it was really nice to meet them and our students made them welcome – well done to Year 7 for showing Curtis and all our visitors how lovely you are. Many thanks also to the Learning Support Department which paid for the books and the Priory Association which paid for the author visit.
Well done to all who took part. The standard and creativity of cooking, presentation and costumes was very high yet again. This made picking the winners an extremely tough decision to make. All participants will receive points for their House. Keep an eye out for the Valentine's cook-a-long competition coming soon. The Christmas winners are as follows:
Student Cookies – Jack ALEXANDRIA;
Student Presentation – Imogen SEMPRINGHAM;
Student costumes – Michael AVALON;
Special effort award – Charlotte CASTILLE;
Staff winner – Mrs E French.
Yesterday evening the Years 7-10 Boys', 7/8 Girls' and 9/10 Girls' teams played badminton against QEHS (Gainsborough) at home. All students played a singles match and a doubles match to 21 points. The match results were outstanding. Please see the statistics below;
Games – 36 Total
Priory LSST 32 QEHS 4
Points – 756 Total
Priory LSST 740 QEHS 445
Such an amazing result! Well done to all the students who played
On Friday 16th November, a team of five cadets took part in the CyberCenturion competition, hosted by Northrop Grumman in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK. This is the second year in which the Priory Federation CCF has entered the competition. The competition focuses on cyber security across a variety of operating systems. This includes: Windows 7/8/8.1/10, Windows Server 2008/2016, Ubuntu 14/16, and Debian 8. The competition relies on the organisers sending us multiple images (in this context, also known as virtual machines) and a specification for each one. The specification includes a multitude of general policies which need to be enforced on the image, as well a few forensics questions. Quite simply, the more of those policies you enforce, the more points you receive.
With a difficult start, the cadets obtained a fantastic sum of 160 points out of 200 possible (Windows 10: 92 points, Ubuntu 14: 68 points). This places our team in 65th place out of almost 200 teams. A great well done for the team for their efforts!
On Friday 9th December, the Cyber Centurions team took part in the second round of the Cyber Centurions Competition.
The virtual machines had the following operating systems during this round:
They each came with a specification including a multitude of general policies which need to be enforced on the image, as well as two or three forensics questions. The more policies enforced based of the specification, the more points were awarded.
In total the team achieved an amazing 206 out of a possible 300 which placed them in 37th place out of almost 200 teams. I hope the cadets look forward to the 3rd round on the 11th of January.
Following Kieran’s continuing success we can now report that on 4th November 2018 Kieran won the Gold Medal for Tae Kwon Do blue belt for boys at the British Championships held in Birmingham. This makes him the British Champion at blue belt.
Last year he won the same competition but that was at yellow belt.
Last Friday saw twelve teams pit their wits against each other to try and win first place at the Priory Association Quiz night, a now regular feature in their fundraising calendar. Teams enjoyed cheese, drinks and nibbles whilst wrestling with questions ranging across the entire curriculum, albeit very loosely based on school subjects. At the end of the evening the senior team managed a fifth place, narrowly beaten by Mr Perry and his family, who in turn conceded third place to the Maths team, not on their usual winning streak! The victors this time were visitors to the Academy, which of course the home teams would insist was the plan all along!
The evening raised over £300, a sum for example, which The Priory Association have donated in the past to pay for Rock Challenge transport, Bookbuzz author visits, athletics vests and final touches for the proms.
The Priory Association will always welcome support to assist in their fundraising endeavours and further information can be found on our website under the Parents tab. Meanwhile they will be in attendance at Senior Prizegiving later this module and have already started planning next year's Summer Ball provisionally scheduled for July 13th 2019 at the Hilton, building on last year's phenomenal success.
After months of preparation and rehearsals, the day finally came for both staff and students to represent themselves at the Lincoln Drill Hall for the 25th Anniversary of the Priory Academy LSST. Staff and students met at the location in the early afternoon of Saturday 20th October and participated in a demanding session of rehearsals, choosing lighting and organising the formal entrances and exits. Students did an excellent job of representing the Academy and behaved in an exemplary manner throughout the day; they were a credit to themselves and the Academy.
As the concert drew closer, nervous and excited faces could be found across the venue. This concert succeeded in bringing together students, past and present. It succeeded in joining together children with a range of talents, including singing and dancing. It was not only a display of talent, but an exhibition of the Academy’s key values and the great way in which both students and staff can come together to celebrate the LSST family.
The concert began with Mr Crocker proving to be a fantastic compere who got the audience thoroughly involved in the fundraising evening. The stage was set and a range of acts began to flood on stage. The night saw a diverse range of talent, with solo artists and groups performing on a professional level to the impressed audience. Those in attendance were taken through various genres of musicals, performed by students in previous academic years. As well as this, the onlookers were told Hannah Brown’s compelling story through the dynamic dancing of last year’s Rock Challenge Team. Their captivating movement brought a tear to the eye of many in attendance. Their work, along with the effort made by others participating in the concert, was recognised by Lincoln City Manager, Danny Cowley, who recorded an empowering video on the importance of the arts in education.
As the evening drew to a close, all students returned on stage to sing the final song, Do You Hear the People Sing. It was an excellent way to round up a fantastic night of performance and this was recognised by a standing ovation.
Congratulations to all those who took part in the event. You helped to make it a great success which was enjoyed by staff, students, parents and carers alike. As well as this, a massive thank you must go to the staff involved in making the event possible, as well as the sponsors who supported the concert. We look forward to another 25 prosperous years of the Academy!
Having started scuba diving as an extra curricular club here at the Academy, Alex recently completed his confined pool skills in the academy pool and then progressed to an open water course at Girton sailing club. This now means that he has qualified as a PADI open water diver. Alex is one of only a few of his age in the country about to obtain a master scuba diving certificate which is the highest recreational level available, achieving master level at just 13 years old. The youngest anyone can achieve this qualification is 12, so this is an exceptional achievement. In total Alex has completed over forty five open water dives, as well as his advanced water course, alongside his rescue and first emergency responder courses. Well done Alex and we look forward to hearing more of your successes.
On Wednesday the Academy’s Under 19 netball team travelled to Stamford High School for the County Netball Championships. The team should have been full of confidence, but we had two last minute changes to the team due to injury which meant we were playing with the bare seven required. In a tournament with only one break for rest, playing seven matches on the bounce would be extremely demanding for a team with no substitutions to make.
We started the tournament with a rematch against Dean's College (aka Lincoln College) who we had played in the district tournament. The team took the first four minutes to settle their nerves but by the start of second half they broke the college team’s attack turning over possession and taking the lead. From that point they forced errors on the opposition and scored at every opportunity. By the final whistle the score was 15-9.
The team were so impressive to watch. They dominated every match they played except one. Winning six from seven matches. They only lost to Carres Grammar, a match towards the end of the tournament where our lack of substitutes really had an effect. Carres finished the tournament as runners up and had a squad of 12. We finished this game 6-8.
Despite an awful day of weather and a team of just seven players to play an incredible amount of netball, we are pleased to say that the team returned to the Academy victorious. They are county champions once again and are heading to the regional championships in January. They were an absolute joy to watch, coach and spend the day with. They are a group of students who represent our Academy with pride and determination.