On Saturday Mrs Swaby was fortunate enough to accompany our athletes to Norwich to take part in the Anglian Schools Championships.
Charlie Smithers (Year 9) was first to compete in the 100m sprint. Due to an on/off injury, Charlie was the only competitor to use a standing start. All other students used the crouch start or blocks. This however, did not have a detrimental effect and he successfully came third in his race with a time of 12.0 seconds. His greatest achievement of the championships though was in the 200m where he came second with a time of 24.6 seconds. This means he now qualifies and has been selected for the English Schools' Championships on the 13th and 14th July alongside Hannah Molyneaux and Archie Richardson in Year 12.
Ben Eagle (Year 8) should also be congratulated for his performance in discus. Leading up to the day in training his spin had not been going so well and through nerves, his practice throw ended up in the cage. However, on the day everything came together with him producing a P.B. of 30.07, a future English Schools' Champion in the making.
Emily Crookes (Year 8) admitted to starting off way too fast on the first lap of her 800m race but came home in a commendable 4th place with a time of 2.26 minutes. Still an amazing result at the Anglian Championships.
On Thursday 14th June , seven members of the CCF Priory Academy from Priory Witham and Priory LSST took the RAF100 Baton on an arduous march from Priory Witham Academy to Waddington All Saints Academy – a total distance of 6.6km. One of the RAF 100 Baton Relay’s main aim is to INSPIRE young people and these cadets certainly played their part in this.
The baton arrived from RAF Cranwell at Priory Witham at 1000 and was presented to an assembly of Priory Witham Year 9s, CCF and Air Cadets along with students from the Jon Egging Trust. After a presentation on the Royal Air Force and the aims of the RAF100 Baton Relay, the baton was taken around the academy track by members of Witham Year 9 and CCF Cadets.
Once finished Priory LSST and Witham CCF members were handed the baton to march from Priory Witham Academy to Waddington All Saints primary academy. Great credit should be given to the cadets as it was a fairly breezy warm day but all made good steadfast progress along Brant Road and up the long Station Road hill into Waddington. At All Saints Academy the cadets handed the baton over to the primary school children, who gave a loud cheer to the cadets as they left the hall.
Every lunchtime for the whole week of 21st -25th May a group of fourteen dedicated students from Years 7 and 8 came to the Library and played chess. The games were timed, 10 minutes for each player, which adds pressure. They played a different opponent every day and it was a Swiss style tournament so students accrued points through the week (3 for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss and 0 for absence) and the winners were determined by the highest number of points. There were some very exciting games!
The winners were:
Abigail Hannan – 15 points
Patrick Bambridge – 13 points
Aiden Read – 12 points
Well done to all the students who took part, and keep practising for next year.
On Wednesday an athletics team travelled to The South Kesteven Stadium in Grantham for the regional final of the Track and Field Cup competition. Two of our squads had qualified for this event, the junior girls (Y7 and 8) and the inter girls (Y9 and10).
Our students were, as ever, beautifully behaved and put incredible effort into their events.
There were lots of personal bests gained during the event, which demonstrates the level of commitment that they have for athletics. Nine personal bests in total.
A special thanks to two of our team, both in Year 7, for being supersubs. They were called on at the last minute when team members were poorly. They both did a fantastic job of filling in events in which they’ve never competed before.
At the end of the day, all scores accounted for, the junior girls finished in a solid fourth out of seven and the inter girls won! They are Regional B Final Champions. Well done to all participants.
On Wednesday 2nd May, the school librarians held the Book Buzz event. A while back, we each got to choose a book from a list of twelve. After receiving these books we had to read them by the time of Book Buzz, for the themed activities. However, the day it was meant to be held, we were all at home looking out at the endless acres of snow. Then after a lot of planning and rescheduling, the event was postponed to the 2nd May.
We went to separate rooms with other students who chose the same book as us, and took part in activities. You could recreate the book cover, write a section from the point of view of a side character, or plan a film version of the book you chose. At the end of the afternoon, prizes were awarded to students with the best interpretation of Miriam’s novel.
This year a special guest came in to give us an inspirational talk about her book. It was Miriam Moss, author of Girl on a Plane. This was by far the most popular book, chosen by 88 students to read. She told us about how she turned her terrible experience of being on a hijacked plane into a novel. She showed us interesting footage of the plane and read us a sample of her book.
Her book is available to borrow from the academy library for those of you who have not read it.
Thanks should go to Mrs Coggan and Mrs Allan for organising this event and also to Mrs Hopkinson for funding it.
The Priory Academy LSST played host to the Primary School Games on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June.
This annual event encourages the Lincoln and surrounding primary schools to enter a team to take part in an Olympic style athletic schedule. Pupils compete in track events as well as long jump and throwing events.
Over five hundred people attended over the two days and it is fantastic to enrich the primary pupils' experience by sharing our unique facilities with them.
This year the House Enrichment Team provided refreshments and sweetie games to raise money for their charities. We are delighted to announce £204 was raised for Air Ambulance and Water Aid.
On Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th June forty Year 8 and 9 cadets completed their two day navigation exercise. The aim of the event was to give the cadets an opportunity to learn and test their navigation skills in the real open environment. They were based around Sherwood Forest over the two days, walking on average 15km a day whilst learning to navigate. They camped overnight at Walesby scout campsite and learnt what to and what not to cook in a trangia for your tea after a long day of walking. The weather was kind if not sunny, and they finished the two days at Clumber Park being treated to an ice cream.
We are pleased to announce Mr Rees as our Mastermind champion for 2018! It was a closely fought contest with all contestants scoring highly in their specialist subject area and with Mrs Hopkinson kindly asking the questions. Mr Stones and Mr Sleight scored 10 points with their specialist subjects of Japan and Lincoln City. We have been informed that Mr Stones was so dedicated with his revision that he was revising minutes before! Mr Taylor and Mr Rees then scored 11 points with their subjects of Liverpool and the Vietnam war. The tie break of how many metres Steep Hill is was asked and Mr Rees was the closest. The picture above shows him with his prizes!
Thank you for your support. It was an enjoyable event and one we hope to repeat next year.
If any of you would like to reply with what you think the tie break answer is please feel free and we will award a prize to the closest.
Your Enrichment Team
On Friday 11th May a group of Year 9 GCSE historians went to Leeds for the day and visited the Thackray Medical Museum. In Year 9 we are currently studying 19th century surgery as part of the history of medicine and this is what the museum is all about. Two coaches left the Academy at 08:00 and embarked on a two hour journey to Leeds. On arrival two groups started with a talk called “Pain, Puss and Blood”, a reference to the three problems most associated with surgery: bleeding, infection & pain. We got to smell some very pungent smells from an operating theatre in the 1800s such as: ‘BBQ’ from the cauterising of skin, ‘cigar smoke’ from when the surgeons smoked during surgery in order to get rid of the “bad air”, and ‘rotting flesh’ from infected skin. This was soon replaced with the scent of carbolic soap which we wouldn’t want to wash our hands with today. The other groups at this time went around an interactive exhibition regarding the human body before taking a tour of the development of medicine during the Industrial Revolution and beyond – completing a booklet to help with our revision in the future. In this part there were lots of things to do such as testing your strength to see if you could be a surgeon at that time as well as artefacts from the development of medicine. Later we carried on upstairs to watch a video on very young Hannah Dyson having her leg amputated! After this, the group all went round together on a walk around the old streets of England and they got to be character who would be living in that time and say what they could afford in terms of medical treatment and how they would live. We gathered and learned lots of information on Robert Koch, Louis Pasteur, and many more. By Pip Burrows-Hodge
From the 4th to the 9th of May 50 Year 9 and 10 students went on a trip to Cologne, Germany. After a long and tiring coach journey, we arrived in Cologne on the Saturday and set about exploring the city centre. Everyone was in awe of the beautifully intricate spires of the cathedral and we all enjoyed the sunny weather. We were then given a two hour long tour of the city and, despite being rather exhausted, we were still all fascinated by what our tour guides had to say.
The next day we set out to discover some more of the Rhineland. We visited the very scenic Marksburg Castle and were given a tour in German. We all did our best to understand what our guide was saying and I think, on the whole, we were quite successful. That afternoon we visited a lovely little town called Boppard. Here we followed a town trail and, due to the heat, we were all extremely grateful when Mrs Rees offered to buy us all ice creams! A little later on, we went on an evening walk around Hiroshima Nagasaki park in the green belt of Cologne where we all enjoyed relaxing in the early evening warmth.
Monday morning saw us all heading out to the Sommerrodelbahn Tobogganing Centre in Altenahr. For many this was one of the highlights of the trip and was a lot of fun! This was followed by a visit to Bonn where our navigation skills were tested as we followed German directions around the main landmarks of the town. We were then shown a stunning new view of Cologne when we went on an evening river cruise of the Rhine.
On our final day in Cologne, we first visited the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art. This required us to view art in a slightly more imaginative way and some pieces made us think about things in a new way. We were then given some free time to wander around Cologne and to get lunch before visiting the Lindt Chocolate Museum. The guided tour here was much enjoyed by all as many free samples were available! We were then given one final opportunity to walk round the shops of Cologne. Our trip ended with an evening meal at the Hard Rock Cafe before we got back on the coach and headed home.
On behalf of everyone on the trip I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff involved for providing us with such an incredible opportunity and an excellent trip. Danke schön!