We are delighted to announce that one of our Year 10 students, Timo Pask, travelled to Andorra before the half term and undertook a certification to become one of the youngest Qualified Snowboard Instructors in the world at only 15. The course and examination was hosted by the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) who flew in one of their top coaches to oversee the pre-training and examination which lasted for 6 days in the resort of Soldeu.
Not only did Timo pass to become an instructor, but came top of the group which, other than himself, had an age range of 26 to 46, scoring the highest mark possible. In theory this means that Timo can now teach snowboarding in the vast majority of ski resorts around the globe, although his age is a restricting factor. However, he was put to work at the resort during the half term week after his successful examination result the previous week teaching a mixed group of total beginners ( mid-teens to adults).
Timo will continue with his snowboarding to hopefully achieve even higher levels with the CASI organisation. Yet despite his achievement Timo has emphasised that he is keen to continue to try hard in his studies for entrance into the Sixth Form, particularly in his favourite subjects of Maths and ICT.
We can only therefore wish him well for what is hopefully a bright future.
Abigail Hannan (7.2) won the Under 13 Girls’ section of the UK Chess Challenge Megafinal in Boston on Sunday 11th March. She had to play against six other girls from the county and I’m sure everyone in the LSST Chess Club, who knows what a formidable opponent Abigail is, feels for these six other girls! Her success at the county level means that she will go on to compete in the Northern England Gigafinal this July in Manchester, and after that the next step is the national stage. Could Abigail be a future National Chess Champion? We hope so – good luck, Abigail!
On Sunday 18th March staff and sixth formers will be pulling on their running shoes and competing in the Lincoln 10K in order to raise money for our three chosen charities: Teenage Cancer Trust; Water Aid and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance. For some of the staff it is their first time completing such a distance. If you would like to sponsor them then please follow the link https://www.justgiving.com/teams/PrioryLSST
On Friday 2nd February, all students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 took part in the 2018 National Number Day. At The Priory Academy LSST this involved students participating in a numeracy-based activity at the start of every lesson. We had nearly 800 entries and the activities generated lots of interesting Maths based discussions amongst both the staff and students.
The ranking for House points were as follows:
1st place – Castille
2nd place – Avalon
3rd place – Sempringham
4th place – Alexandria
A winner was drawn out of a hat…
Well done to Evie Springer in 7.1, who will be receiving her prize shortly.
As the event was such a success we will be repeating National Number Day next year, so keep counting!
Three Sixth Formers were interviewed by Sarah Walton from BBC Look North recently. The focus of her interview was on Lincoln University’s bid to open a Medical School and touched on recruiting GPs, particularly in the Midlands.
Daniel Volak and Robert Walters (Year 13) took part in a GP work experience placement scheme for ‘Aspiring Doctors’ last year. The Nottingham University scheme aims to support students in gaining an accurate picture of General Practice. It involves a 5 day structured placement to give students’ valuable observational experience and understanding of the work of GPs and other healthcare professionals in general practice. Pre and post placement workshops at the University support the students’ preparation and learning whilst on placement.
Robert commented ‘the work experience provided by Nottingham University gave me opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. I was able to spend 3 days in a GP medical practice, allowing me to experience first-hand the activities and difficulties within an NHS establishment. Shadowing a GP was invaluable as I was able to observe consultations, understand the doctor-patient relationship and understand what makes a good doctor.’
Molly Loonam (Year 12) is due to take part in the scheme this year, she says ‘as well as securing lots of valuable experience from the scheme, I also hope to have the opportunity to ask all of my questions directly to someone who has been through the whole process themselves. I understand that there is a significant difference between the theoretical ideas of what being a General Practitioner involves and the practical skills and challenges that you would have to face, therefore I am hoping for the scheme to be insightful by giving me the experience I cannot gain through simply reading and research- something I am very grateful for’.
On Wednesday 7th February, a small team of six motivated dual-linguist students travelled to Mansfield to partake in a Business Language competition. We left the Academy around 7.30, and after a few wrong turns and a lot of jokes, we arrived safely and very excitably at the venue - Joseph Whitaker School.
Once we were settled at our tables, the morning began with icebreakers and speeches from fluent foreign language speakers who were very inspiring and set the atmosphere for the event. All the schools were mixed around and after a few(awkward!) introductions, everyone was happy and we took part in a Eurovision contest... however the teachers won against roughly 42 other students... Oops! There was a guest speaker who also came in and gave a small talk on events management and how he used languages in his career of band events etc. This had the whole room buzzing with business ideas which was useful because once he had finished, the tasks were explained and we were off!
Overall, there were five tasks to be completed with set deadlines which meant that our team had to allocate jobs and time slots which worked very well. The stress of it all and the laughs that we had were the pushing factors through the day. Our tasks were as follows: Set up si German interview questions that you can ask a fluent german speaker (who came round later and we had to record his answers...) ; Create a 30 second radio jingle to be performed in front of the hall ; Produce a model on A3 card that shows the set up of our 'Glastonbury Style' music even which had to be labelled in our chosen languages (German for us!) ; Design answers in German to set questions that were asked by the Council later on in the day; Produce a pamphlet that explained our headlining band and the music festival itself.
At the end of the day, after the main judges had scored everyone's entries, the other teams scored our models too... and we won!! We came overall winners of the event and everyone was so proud of both themselves and each other. Coming home with certificates, prizes, and smiles, the whole event was a success and very enjoyable experience- thank you, Mrs Erskine, for taking us and being an amazing help through the day
On the 30th January the CCF hosted one of the most important ceremonies in our cadet career- our attestation. This is where the recruits demonstrated their basic cadet training via short sketches performed in front of parents/carers and our seniors in order to become official cadets. We spent our cadet session rehearsing our script and making sure that the evening would run smoothly. Most of us were split into our sections (Army and RAF) and selected to perform drill, but some of us were put into much smaller mixed groups to demonstrate the other basic cadet skills: weapon handling, radio, first aid and weapon cleaning. All of these activities ran smoothly and we proved our capability well. After all the performances we had the beret ceremony where we all went to the front and formally received our headress and then a buffet where we had the opportunity to have photos taken and speak to members of staff; and then finally we all went home as full cadets. Now the RAF section will wear working blues around the Academy and both sections will have their berets to wear when appropriate, not to mention that we now have the ability to be promoted and achieve new cadet ranks and responsibilities. Being attested now opens up many more opportunities for us as cadets, like Adventurous Training week and all sorts of trips, and it means that we are all official members of the CCF.
On the weekend of the 24th & 25th February nineteen senior cadets spent two days working on producing all the evidence needed to accompany their three years training with the CCF in order to achieve their BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development (equivalent to one GCSE). The cadets have completed training in drill, weapons training, military knowledge, principles of flight, field craft (including infantry skills such as ambushes and battle orders) along with more general life skills including: first aid; navigation; living in the field; teambuilding and leadership.
The CCF promotes a disciplined environment within an academy where young people develop powers of leadership by means of military themed training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance and a sense of service to the community. The self-confidence and self-discipline required in service life are equally important in civilian life. In addition the CCF shows young people why the Armed Forces are needed and how they function, thereby raising awareness of defence and encouraging those interested in a career in the Services. For some students it is simply an opportunity to develop skills outside the academic environment which we hope will in turn assist them back in the classroom.
In addition, cadets will be given the opportunity to complete Adventurous Training (climbing, walking, canoeing, mountain biking and much more), high ropes, summer camps, visits to military establishments and museums, apply for courses, attend overseas camps and fly aircraft and gliders.
On 21st February the Year 12 and 13 A Level music classes went with Mr Billinger and Mrs Rees to the Royal Festival Hall in London to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, one of the set works for the A Level exam. The performance also included Debussy’s Printemps, the Left Hand Piano Concerto by Ravel and Idylle de Printemps by Delius.
Before the performance, there was the opportunity to attend a pre-concert talk with the conductor. This was a great chance for everyone to learn more about the piece itself, the conductor’s role in leading the orchestra and ask any questions. Ciara Goggin asked the first question, which was highly relevant and well-received.
Listening to and watching a live orchestra perform the piece was really inspiring and everyone was thrilled to be there, including the teachers. One student said the experience has encouraged her to want to become a conductor, and another student said that it helped him more fully understand the technical aspects of the piece. Hearing The Rite of Spring live gave it greater meaning and context and was definitely a very memorable experience. It is hard to imagine how much sound and volume an orchestra can produce until you are in a venue like the Royal Festival Hall. Everyone was also impressed by the Left Hand Piano Concerto, which was all played with only one hand and was originally commissioned by a soldier who had lost his right hand in the First World War. The whole experience was well worth the late night return (2 a.m.)
If you ever have the opportunity to hear the piece live, go!
Madeleine Maynes - Year 13
The annual academy musical took place just before half term and was a sellout success. This year’s show, ‘Oliver!’ saw Year 8 student Hugh Patten in the leading role, performing flawlessly and ably supported by Jak Morley from Year 10. Despite various illnesses taking place through the last term, all the cast soldiered on to perform superbly over the two night run. Evie Nicholson in Year 9 and Natalie Platts played Nancy and Bet, giving it lots of ‘Oom Pah Pah’ in their respective roles. Cameron Tindall and Alyssa Brock provided laughs and scene stealing, but it was Thomas Valentine from Year 12 who really ‘pickpocketed’ the show, giving a memorable performance of Fagin, making the part his own and clearly relishing the part. Once again the music accompaniment, led by Mr Billinger, helped create that professional sound and the students sang their very best each night. All the cast, musicians, lighting sound and backstage crews deserve praise and a well- earned rest over the half term for the effort and enthusiasm they showed. Well done to all!