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  • Victorious in the BAE "Make it" STEM Competition.

    Published 28/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    On Thursday 28th November seven students took part in the “BAE Make it” STEM competition.  They arrived at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa to an unknown challenge in high spirits ready to take on anything BAE had to offer.  The challenge,which was set forth, was difficult in its own right but with the added complication of the marketing of their invention and finance solutions.  Needless to say the students set on with the challenge with the aim to win against the five other schools taking part from Lincolnshire. 

     

    Some challenges were faced and in the final moment before their Dragons Den presentation their model fell apart in their hands.  Even with this setback they held their heads high and presented their idea. With the end of their Dragons Den pitch nearing they finished off by reciting the song that they had made for their product.  After questions from the judges and suggesting that profits would go to charity they thought their time had ended.  After watching all the other schools' presentations it was left up to the judges. Finally the results came out that LSST had won unanimously, with their song being the cherry on the cake.  Our students showed what they are truly capable of even under pressure.

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  • A top national achievement for our swimmers

    Published 22/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    These girls had an AWESOME weekend competing for the Academy at the ESSA National Finals in London.

    Katie W stood in the parade to represent our team. Joining her was Mia C, Alexandra B and Hayva A.

    Qualifying 16th  (2.04.00) in the country for the 4x 50m freestyle relay, they were determined to get the most out of the visit and swim into the top 10 and be in the final.

     

    Last Monday the girls had told Mrs Hopkinson they thought they could get a 2.02 time which would get them into the final.  They put in a tremendous effort and got a 2.02.44 placing them fifth!!

    The girls and a band of parent supporters in the stands went wild!!!

     

    Other races went on as we waited out the tense moments before our final important swim.  They all agreed to shave a bit off each of their times and go for it.  It was a huge ask…it would mean PB’s all-round and they had already posted a two second faster time.

     

    In Lane 2 Mia dived in using her streamline the longest from her starting position. Lane 0 had a slight lead as they reached the end of the first leg.  Alex stormed in and held the lead alongside Mount Kelly, Sheffield Pennistone and Mayflower high from Billericay.  Next was Hayva and she swam a fabulous length, still holding the shared lead, and now Sevenoaks were coming through on the far side.  Such a tense takeover for all competing schools, as it really was anybody’s guess as Katie dived in.  We held on and held on but Mayflower had saved an absolute flyer for their last leg. It was all about the finish and that final touch.  To the naked eye everyone in the top 5 finished together.

     

    Heartbreakingly we came fifth again, but the top five were split by 0.6 of a second!  The girls were devastated at first.

     

    The girls had truly given it their all and were rewarded with a phenomenal time of 2.01.10 and fifth fastest junior girls team in the country and top state school in the junior girls event.

    The parents were beyond proud.  It was an absolute pleasure to team manage these girls.  However, on the warm up in the morning the girls were rendered nothing short of ‘useless’ after they spotted a certain person training in the dive pool - Tom Daley!  An amazing memory for them.

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  • CCF attend the Cenotaph for the Service of Remembrance

    Published 22/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    After arriving at the Academy for 0550hrs we started our journey to the London Cenotaph. We boarded the coach and got ready for a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the Academy in London in front of many veterans, highly ranked officers and members of the public.

    On arrival in London, running late and having to change into our parade uniform, and following a slight jog down the road to get to St Charles Street, we formed up and got ready to march to stand in front of the Cenotaph and lay the wreaths for the Priory Federation of Academies CCF. This was done very well by the cadets who presented them. Sqn Ldr Thompson was then asked to lay a wreath on behalf of the Royal Air Force.

    The service consisted of us standing and paying our respects whilst also listening to some readings and other formalities. I would like to formally thank Flying Officer Webster for his phenomenal catch of Corporal Alex Dickinson during the service who hadn’t eaten enough breakfast! I would also like to mention the RAF Regiment airmen who were positioned to guard the Cenotaph holding very heavy weapons for the whole service whilst not moving.

    After parading away from the Cenotaph, we took some photographs as a contingent and then proceeded to go to the RAF Club for lunch which was delicious and well deserved.

    We got changed back into our civvies and headed back to the Priory Academy LSST on the coach.  All, especially the staff (thank you), exhausted from a great day out.

    LCpl Clarke

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  • St Andrew's University comes to LSST.

    Published 21/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    On Monday 11th November we were visited by Ruth Ware, from the Admissions Department at St Andrews University, who came to talk to our Sixth Form about studying with them. She gave some background on living in the town, the history of the university and the wonderful traditions that have been passed down the generations.  The main focus of the talk was on the flexibility of the Scottish degree structure and on St Andrews’ approach to this in particular. In the first two years, up to three subjects can be studied, of which two must be from the same faculty. In the third and fourth years this choice is narrowed down to one (single honours) or two (joint honours) subjects. These options chosen in the last two years determine the name of the completed degree.

    Lots of our students attended and there was a useful question and answer session afterwards.

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  • Maths Week

    Published 11/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    The Priory Academy LSST is proudly participating in Maths Week England 11th - 15th November.

    It's finally here! Welcome to the first day of Maths Week England, friends! We thought you might enjoy seeing this map of who else is involved with you today and the rest of the week.

    The Mathematics Department in LSST are encouraging students to take part in quizzes and activities arranged throughout the week.

    We also would like to wish the O’Heck Yr 12 mathematicians the very best of luck in Ritangle 2019 a national MEI A-Level competition.

     

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  • U19s play in county netball

    Published 11/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    On Wednesday 6th Nov the U19 squad travelled to Stamford to play in the county netball round. It was an extremely cold day but dry, which was the main thing!  All the girls worked hard throughout the day and with some incredible shooting from our awesome attackers Bridee and Juliet the games were all incredibly close or we won extremely comfortably. There was also some fantastic defending on the day from Liv H, Ellie S, Tomiya and captain Jo M and the girls in attack , Yasmin, Courtney and Charlotte B worked well around the circle and down court to safely deliver the ball to the shooters, which at times became incredibly challenging against some top class opposition.

     

    Unfortunately the day did not go our way and we finished overall 4th out of 8 schools, with only losing two games, one of them by one goal and drawing with the team in 2nd place.

     

    A huge well done to all the girls who played and represented the Academy:

     

    Jo M – voted best player

    Courtney D

    Ellie S

    Tomiya H

    Charlotte B

    Yasmin R

    Juliet P

    Bridee K – voted best player

    Olivia H

     

    For some of these girls this will be their last time representing the Academy in a schools' qualifying competition.  They truly are a very talented and special group of netballers, who the department will miss. They are an incredible aspirational to our younger students and a very dedicated set of students who we hope will continue to inspire and play when they leave us at the end of the year.

     

    Thank you ladies……..

     

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  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh Success

    Published 10/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    Congratulations to the following students who have recently achieved their Gold DofE award. They will now expect to be invited to the Palace for their royal presentation in approximately 12 months.

    Ron Au
    Oliver Booth
    Laurent McCready
    Finn Johnson
    Fiona Lawson
    Eleanor Beswick
    Niamh Beck
    Grace Williams
    Adam Brooks

     

    The award requires the students to complete five sections of various lengths:

    Skills: 6 or 12 months
    Physical: 6 or 12 months (1 of each timescale between skills & physical)
    Volunteering: 12 months (or as a direct entrant 18months)
    Expedition: Practice of 4 days & 3 nights in wild country followed by an assessment (where students will work alone) for the another 4 days and 3 nights in wild country.
    Residential: 5 days in a new environment with no more than 2 people previously known to the student

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  • Y11s learn about careers in mental health

    Published 06/11/19, by Samantha Davis

    Leicester University Medical School held a taster day on Thursday 31st October, to give Year 10 and Year 11 students from the East Midlands 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 some group work, a tour of the campus and talks from current physicians about the role of psychiatrists in a modern care setting. The range of careers available to current students was discussed, as were the shortages expected in the NHS over the coming years. The highlight of the day was a simulation of a real psychiatric consultation, where an actor took on the role of a young man suffering from a range of mental health issues, including severe depression. It was a particularly immersive experience, as the doctor and patient were so believable. The students were also able to ask the patient any questions they thought would be useful in taking a case history and making a diagnosis.

    This session was made even more interesting by the fact that the psychiatrist conducting the consultation was Dr Qureshi, one of our alumni from 2009.

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  • Kieran's mountainous achievement benefits charities.

    Published 04/10/19, by Samantha Davis

    During the summer holidays, Year 10 student Kieran Beale demonstrated our academy values of resilience and aspiration as he ascended to the summit of Mount Snowdon. This fantastic achievement of climbing to the top of the second highest mountain in the UK involved walking 18 miles over rugged ground, climbing to the summit of 3555ft in just 3 1/2 hours then almost immediately turning around to return to Llanberis, descending in just 2 1/2 hours. This was all achieved in 25 degree heat. 

    In addition to this fantastic achievement, Kieran used the experience to raise £500 for the charity St John Ambulance. This money will be used for positioning more defibrillators in public places, thereby helping to save lives. We are very proud of Kieran and all students who work towards personal achievements and contribute positively to local and national charities.

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  • A World Challenge in Madagascar

    Published 17/09/19, by Samantha Davis

    Have you ever wondered what a lemur sounds like?

    I’ll tell you now, every time you hear a car alarm from now on, just imagine a lemur, and that is almost 100% what they sound like!

    On Wednesday 17th of July 2019 a small group of students, most of whom didn’t know each other at all and two very professional teachers, embarked on a twenty-four-day life-changing experience to Madagascar with world challenge.

    Madagascar is a third world country, experiencing some of the most extreme poverty in the world. To help you to understand the condition people live in, here are some facts; almost a third of children aged between fifteen and twenty-four cannot read and write, Madagascar is the fourth most food insecure country in the world, and in 2015 forty-five thousand children were orphaned across the country due to Aids.

    Since 2014 World Challenge has sent over 50 teams to Madagascar to work with local charities such as Feedback Madagascar, to build, renovate and teach in schools across the country, collaborating with over 17 different communities, and if you’re reading this, you could be a part of one of those teams like I was.

    Despite the facts mentioned prior, one of the most extraordinary things about Madagascar is its population. Everyone is included and part of a massive community, from bus drivers leaving their vehicle to help disabled people to cross the busy city streets, to children lifting what I can only guess is triple their body weight to contribute to their family’s income working in the rice fields which span for miles. The world feels completely different in a country like Madagascar. Everyone you meet is ecstatic and passionate about what they do, and even those in the worst of conditions happily go about their life.

    When we set our feet on Madagascan soil for the first time, it was a strange and terrifying moment. For many of us, we had never been over nine thousand kilometres from home, but we were quickly reassured after an acclimatisation period, and over the first few days we began to get systems in place for how we would be handling money, dealing with food, and establishing plans for the activities we had ahead.

    Our first destination was the Ranomafana National Park, a tropical rainforest which is the exclusive home to the critically endangered Golden Bamboo Lemur (which we had the privilege to see), as well as many more exotic species of wildlife, from Ring-tailed Lemurs to the Mongoose, and even to the smaller (and admittedly more terrifying) golden orb weaver (That’s a spider by the way!). The rainforest is full of wildlife, and the greatest thing about it is how natural it is and , unlike being at a zoo, you get to see how animals interact with their environment and what they do to survive. It was here that we realised how beautiful (and cold!) Madagascar got at night, with stars littering the sky for miles.

    Soon after we completed our three-day venture into the rainforest, we moved on to a remote community in Ifanadiana, where we stayed for four days working with the locals to renovate three classrooms in a local primary/secondary school. Before we even began work, we received an emotional greeting from the school, who were already so appreciative of our arrival alone and after witnessing a traditional Malagasy dance, we began to get to know the people we would be working with, and for. For the rest of our first day at the school, we played with the children and may or may not, have been completely and utterly destroyed by their football team.

    The experience of renovating a school in the middle of nowhere, where the children and staff don’t even have what we would call proper toilet facilities, was truly impactful. The people we met such as our nineteen-year-old translator Matthew and the children who worked with us to help scrape and paint the school the colours of the Madagascan flag, were among some of the most inspirational people you could ever meet, and after days of hard work, and a few cooking lessons in-between, we were ready to leave, knowing that we had accomplished something truly special.

    Eventually, it was time to head to our greatest challenge, the mountain of Peak Boby, and the forbidden bridge (which may or may not be forbidden again- don’t ask) which was challenging for various other reasons than what we expecting. It was at our accommodation within the area of Andringitra that we noticed how food scarcity affected the country. Every day we dined at the hotel restaurant the food was subtly different, with meals varying in portion size and sides, even if you ordered the same thing as someone else – this is simply because of how limited food is in the country, and it is admirable to see how the people provide for you despite these conditions.

    On our trek up the mountain, we saw some of the most breathtaking views Madagascar had to offer, from the twin waterfalls to a sunrise unlike any other. It was a scene completely unique, and when it was time to descend, we knew we had seen things that we would never be able to see elsewhere.

    After conquering the mountain (or maybe it was the other way around!), we headed to the D’Anja community park, which is a narrow forest bordering the base of the three sister mountains, full of ring-tailed Lemurs and your fair share of Zebu. Here we learned about traditional practices of the ancient tribes who originally lived in Madagascar, and it is also where we discovered just what a Lemur sounds like. We also witnessed plenty of spiders, cacti, and oddly enough, a really big snake.

    Soon enough, it was time to head to Toliara, the tourist city within Madagascar, and home to plenty of Baobab trees. It was refreshing to finally have access to the facilities we take for granted back at home, such as a shower with mixer tap, or beds with actual mattresses. Here we ventured into the markets and brought Madagascan produce, including fruits which we had no idea what they were (But the Madagascan friend we met certainly did!). Once we had spent a day relaxing in a hotel resort, we moved to our final challenge - The Honko Mangrove project. Honko is a massive swamp where the ocean meets what can only be described as a desert, and I know what you’re thinking. The words ‘desert’ and ‘Madagascar’ don’t seem to mix, but trust me it was a desert with a surprising amount of crabs and a large swamp. Here we were tasked with renovating a boardwalk and creating a dock for canoes – which we got done with the help of a fellow World Challenge team. Honko was absurdly warm, and we spent the night cooking a relatively large feast with all the food we brought from the city. Afterwards, we sat on the dunes and watched the night sky.

    It was almost the end of our expedition, but we still had more to do, because now we were finally able to relax on the beach of Mangily. We spent our final days in Madagascar in beach apartments, taking part in snorkelling and whale watching throughout the day as well as spending time by the infinity pool in the Bamboo club.

    Before we left Madagascar we took a flight from Toliara airport back to Antananarivo, where our adventure began, where we spent the final day in a huge craft market, buying souvenirs and keepsakes, until we finally packed our bags for the last time and made our journey back to the UK.

    With all that said, if you are reading this, you are hopefully considering the Academy's next World Challenge expedition and I’d like to take this opportunity to offer some advice.

    First of all, live in the present. I know that when I was preparing for Madagascar I was terrified of malaria and all the other diseases that could exist there. But as long as you get the vaccinations and take your tablets whenever you need to, you are very unlikely to get ill. The most any of us ever got was travellers diarrhoea which passes after a day or two.

    That also applies to technology, I was really worried about not having a 'phone to call my parents on, but I feel that if I had a 'phone the trip wouldn’t have been the same. There is something so refreshing about being truly independent and you come back a far stronger and bolder person.

    Secondly, don’t worry about fundraising. If you want my advice, write letters asking for sponsorships then raffle what companies give you in support at tombolas. It works surprisingly well and if possible try your best to get a part-time job. The money comes in surprisingly fast if you get stuck in.

    Oh, and finally, if you do decide to go, travel light, and make sure you take some of those flavourings for water as well as some ear muffs because you may just hear some snoring whilst you’re camping!

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  • HELP Yourself

    Published 23/07/19, by Samantha Davis

    In January thirteen students from the Year 9 Food and Nutrition group volunteered to take over the HELP Yourself campaign from the original members who have just completed Year 11. It was a challenge to take over from where others have left off, but we were all on board and keen to follow in their footsteps after they won their category in the EBP Schools Challenge at the Lincolnshire Show. The focus initially was to rebrand the campaign with the new logo and make our material more professional. The criteria of the competition includes the academy food plan and brain foods. To be successful we had to work as a team and divided a range of tasks between us so we all did our bit. These tasks included an awareness session, house competitions, recipe development, preparing our allotment proposal, researching both brain foods and the academy food plan. We wanted to make the HELP Yourself campaign self-funding so we created a range of merchandise to advertise our brand throughout the Academy and generate funds. This culminated in the opening our of shop in the Tech concourse at lunchtime on Thurs 13th  and Fri 14th June. This helped prepare us for the Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June. We had the opportunity to man a stand, display our wears and explain our campaign to students from other schools, teachers, judges and the general public. The competition standards were very high this year. We achieved 3rd place in our category. The whole experience has been both challenging but enjoyable. We will continue to push our healthy eating and lifestyle campaign forward to make a difference to well-being of the academy community. We hope too that you enjoyed our next project - Health Wee- which started on Monday 1st July.

    Thanks

    The HELP Yourself team
     

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  • CCF Dining Out Night

    Published 22/07/19, by Samantha Davis

    On Wednesday 17th July 2019, the Priory CCF Dining Dut Night was held at the International Bomber Command Centre. Over forty cadets and officers attended alongside the Head teacher, Mrs Hopkinson.

    The evening began at 1800 when everyone arrived at the venue, dressed in their formal attire. We were then offered non-alcoholic drinks, just before our tour of the grounds. A guide showed us around the different gardens and various memorials laid there. We then walked up to the spire, which resembled a plane wing. This was surrounded by the names of many people who lost their lives whilst either flying a bomber or working in a station. From this point, there was also a beautiful view of the cathedral.

    Shortly after, we made our way up to the dining area, where we were to have our meal. It was a very traditional, formal dinner and we were served three courses from a menu; everybody really enjoyed it.

    Next, awards were handed out for those who had really stood out in the past year. Some of these awards included: Best drill and turnout; best shot and best cadet on each of the camps.

    The evening concluded with goodbyes from the senior cadets who were leaving, as this was the main purpose of the event. There were also many inspiring speeches read aloud by three of the leavers.

    Many memories were made, and we wish all the best for everybody’s future.

    Cdt Diamond

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