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  • County Champions

    Published 12/02/19, by Samantha Davis

    Last week our KS3 and KS4 boys’ and girls’ badminton teams played in the County Championships at Ruskin Academy, Grantham. The competitions were divided into two sections with the winners of both sections playing against each other in a final; only the team to win the final would be awarded the title of County Champions and would be invited to the Regional Badminton Finals in Nottingham.

    The standard of all competitions were extremely high and some well fought matches were played on the day. The KS4 girls’ team were successful in reaching the final of their competition, narrowly beaten to a place in the Regionals by KGGS 1. The KS3 girls’ team were unbeaten in the final by their opponents Priory City of Lincoln Academy and were awarded County Champions. The girls are training hard and looking forward to competing in the Regional Round of the National Competition in March.

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  • U19 Netball

    Published 01/02/19, by Samantha Davis

    On Saturday 26th January we took the U19 netball squad to the Regional Schools Netball Tournament in Leicester to compete against the other top nine schools in the East Midlands. This team is full of experienced players with a huge amount of talent. Some of the team regularly play at county or regional level and some of the team only compete for our academy team so a huge achievement to make it this far! We first faced Wellingborough and despite our confidence and enthusiasm going in to the game, their defence were just too strong and powerful. Final score 4-8 to Wellingborough. The girls were an absolute credit and held their heads high going into the next game determined to do themselves proud. And that’s exactly what they did…. We played Repton and the game was fast paced, but the girls continued to hold on to the ball and link up cleanly down court final score 9-6. Wahoo! What a great feeling to get a win that they had worked so hard for. Two more games to go and the girls needed to win them to be in with a chance of going through to the semi-finals. Wow! We were in store for an incredible third match! Loughborough High were really strong and throughout the match we were neck and neck until we broke their centre and ended at half time one goal ahead. Sadly the girls just couldn’t hold onto the lead and with lots errors that just didn’t go in our favour we lost the game 9-12. With one game left the girls were really disheartened but gave their all in the final group game against Notts. With some incredible defending throughout the game the girls tried their best to keep the ball out of the Notts attacking circle, but the Notts team were just incredible on court and powerful. Final score 10-3 to Notts.

    We then qualified for 5th and 6th play offs.  This is where we met a team from the other league who finished in a similar position. Ironically we met Carre's Grammar school, the other school from Lincolnshire who had also qualified for this round. We had played a warm up game against them in the lead up to this competition and only travelled with six players due to some of the girls work commitments where they well and truly beat us, (disappointingly). So as you can imagine this felt like a final to us. As always the girls lifted their heads and went out to win. They were absolutely incredible from start to finish and despite being absolutely exhausted, worked their socks off to win 12-3!!!

    Well done ladies. A well- deserved 5th place overall!

    What a wonderful bunch of incredibly talented young ladies we have representing us. They are all fantastic role models for our aspiring U14 team. For some of them this will be their final game representing the academy, (Kate A, Chloe F and Hannah M) From our department can we just say it’s been a huge honour to coach you throughout your academy years and we wish you all the best for your netball future ladies!!!

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  • U14 Regional Netball Winners 2019

    Published 01/02/19, by Samantha Davis

    Last Saturday, a squad of Year 8 and Year 9 girls from The Priory Academy LSST competed in the U14 Regional Schools Netball Tournament in Leicester against the top nine schools in the East Midlands. Their preparation was excellent and they trained with determination in the lead up to the competition.

    The U14 section was divided into two, resulting in the squad playing four other teams in the preliminary rounds. The tournament was of a high standard and the squad faced tough competition. Following a cold night the courts were a little icy in spite of salt being sprinkled over the surface. The players had to quickly adapt their game to the playing conditions with movement towards the ball and shorter passes. Disappointingly the first game was narrowly lost 4-6 to a well-rehearsed and determined Oakham.  The initial loss did not deter the fighting spirit of the squad who went on to win the next game against Trent convincingly 11-6. With one of our players holding a recent injury, the squad then had to demonstrate their versatility with numerous position changes at half time in the final two games of their section. Following another win against Nottingham Girls' High 11-8, the girls went on to win their last round against Nottingham High 10-6 securing their place in the semi-final.

    The girls then met a team they had played several times before with players who were well known to them - Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Gainsborough.  Both teams had secured a win against the other in the lead up to the competition, so there was everything to play for.  The squad was aware that to secure a place in the National Finals, they just had to win this game.  Although the opposition put up a good fight, it was not enough to overcome the cohesiveness and determination of our squad members. The girls gradually increased their lead and on the final whistle (result 13-8) a cheer went out from our players for the win and acknowledgement that for the first time in the academy’s history, the U14 squad had been successful in reaching the National Finals!

    On entering the final, the squad had something to prove to the opposition. We faced Oakham again and having lost our first game to them by two goals, we needed a win. There were very few mistakes made by either team but we had definitely learnt by the ones we had made in the first game. Unfortunately, it seemed that every time our players extended the lead, Oakham would pull the score back. However, this time Oakham had left it too late (result 9-7), resulting with a regional tournament win for the Priory Academy LSST!

    The staff involved and parents who came to watch were all so proud of their achievements on the day. We cannot wait to see how they perform in the national finals in Hertfordshire in March where they face the other seventeen top U14 school netball squads in the country!

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  • Online Safety Mark Success

    Published 21/01/19, by Samantha Davis

    An Assessor from the South West Grid for Learning recently visited The Priory Academy LSST to review our online safety provision. The Assessor met academy staff, parents and carers, governors and students and was pleased to find that the Academy provides a high level of protection for users of digital technologies.

     

    Following the visit the Assessor reported that:

     

    ‘A whole academy approach is a term which is used a lot, however in the case of The Priory Academy LSST it is clear that there is a whole academy approach to online safety with good leadership from the Trust, governors and the academy leadership team which is welcomed by staff, students and parents alike. Integral to this is the work by digital leaders and the online safety group. The overall attitude is a very positive one and seems to be one of empowerment rather than policing/prevention and this alone is significant. Students are overall very positive about the approach the Academy takes to online safety and the education, support and guidance that they receive.’

     

    Ron Richards, Lead Assessor for the 360 degree safe Online Safety Mark congratulated the Academy on its success and commented that it was re-assuring to know that the Academy had put a lot of thought and effort into improving the online  safety of the staff and young people, by addressing these important safeguarding issues.

     

    The South West Grid for Learning Trust provides the internet connection and a range of other services to schools across the SW region and, as the lead partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, is at the forefront of national and international developments in online safety.  To enhance these services, they have developed a tool to help schools address online safety issues, not least the changes to Ofsted inspections, which include a stronger focus on safeguarding. The online tool allows schools to evaluate their online safety policy and practice and then suggests how the school might do more to protect young people and staff.

     

    To apply for the 360 degree safe Online Safety Mark, schools have to reach a series of benchmark levels when they complete the online self review. The evidence is then verified by a visit from experienced Assessors.

     

    The prime benefit of using the review and applying for the Online Safety Mark is that it does not focus on the individual aspects of online safety such as technological solutions, but instead it integrates online safety into school policy and the curriculum, challenging teachers and leaders in the school to think about their provision and its continual evolution.

     

    Schools are expected to show that they have provided a high standard of online safety education and awareness for all staff , students / pupils and also for parents and carers, to ensure that these users of digital technologies can be safe online – whether they are in school, in their homes or out and about using mobile devices. 

     

    Online Safety Certificate

     

     

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  • Cookie Cook-a-Long Competition

    Published 09/01/19, by Samantha Davis

    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.

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  • Bookbuzz

    Published 08/12/18, by Samantha Davis

    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.


     

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  • Fantastic Response

    Published 01/12/18, by Samantha Davis

    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.

    Many thanks

    Miss Tunnard and FACT


     

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  • Badminton Success

    Published 30/11/18, by Samantha Davis

    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

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  • CyberCenturion Round 1 and 2

    Published 21/11/18, by Samantha Davis

    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:

    • Ubuntu in which the team got 66 points:
    • Windows 10 with 68 points;
    • Windows 8.1 with 72 points;

    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.

     

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  • British Champion at Tae Kwon Do

    Published 21/11/18, by Samantha Davis

    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.

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  • Priory Association Quiz Night

    Published 18/11/18, by Samantha Davis

    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.

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  • 25th Anniversary Celebrations

    Published 18/11/18, by Samantha Davis

    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!

     

     

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