Early morning on Sunday 12th June, 15 of our Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form students alongside Mrs Robson, Mr Grewcock and Mrs Veide boarded a bus to start our journey to Gelt Woods, Brampton Cumbria. The challenge of Gelt Gladiator 2016 was underway!
After successful participation in the Gelt Gladiator course in 2015, we returned to an even better event this year. The students faced a challenging mud obstacle course and a 6km run. Some students were new to this kind of event, while others clearly enjoyed the adrenalin, challenge and mud and were back for a second year. The course was a 6km trail through fields, woods, rivers and a whole lot of mud! With names such as The Shocker, Mud Crawl, Scafell Pike, Logging It and Avalanche, the 20 obstacles around the course provided challenges for all of us. We had to plough through thigh deep mud, wade through rapid rivers, carry logs through ‘mud mile’, scramble over cargo nets, whizz down an enormous slide into freezing water, crawl through trenches and as a final challenge scale the ‘Ninja Warrior’ style wall.
We were all bumped, bruised and caked in mud but most importantly smiling all the way around and buzzing to have completed the course. The Lordy Gladiators were excellent representatives of the Academy and showed real grit, resilience, determination and team-work. The first 10 runners through the finish were all from Lord Lawson – an excellent effort. A special mention goes to Luke Perrie who completed the whole course in a fantastic time of just 45 minutes. However, all of the students completed all 20 obstacles, some conquering fears of water and heights in order to do so. Other students had not run 6km before – let alone manage this and meet 20 obstacles on the way. All of the Lordy Galdiators should be extremely proud of their achievements.
A special thank-you goes to Miss Blackett for arranging the whole event and making it possible for the Lordy Gladiators to face and beat the Gelt Gladiator run. Already, we are looking forward to next year’s Gelt Gladiator challenge and there is even talk of some of us attempting the 10km route!
On Wednesday 4th May the lead Performers from this year’s Academy Production Lion King Junior visited Loft Music studios in Newcastle to gain recording experience and lay down vocals to some of the main musical show numbers.
The cast were as professional and enthusiastic as ever and recorded I Just Can’t Wait to be King, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Circle of Life Finale.
This was an incredible experience for the cast to work in a professional environment, gaining knowledge of the recording process and to experience what it takes to be a recording artist.
The Team at Loft Music Studio’s were so welcoming and supportive throughout the recording sessions. We would like to thank them for such a fantastic experience, we hope to visit again soon.
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Tuesday 12th April saw a real buzz around school with the visit by author Dan Freedman. Journalist and author of the Jamie Johnson football series, Dan has visited schools around the country and around the world. Year 7 students were able to find out first- hand what it was like for Dan to work for The Football Association and meet some of the world’s best football players.
Students also took part in a question and answer session in which Dan shared his knowledge of football and brought his books to life. A prize was given for the best question, and one lucky student won a football, a signed copy of Dan’s first book and a five pound note.
During the BIG TALK, Dan explained that as a young school student he didn’t think he was very good at reading and writing, but his love and passion for football inspired him to become a journalist and then a writer of fiction books for children.
There was a message for us all to ‘go for our goals’ as Dan’s determination shone through in overcoming setbacks to eventually publishing his first book.
Logan Carr year 7 said “He’s my favourite author, can’t be beaten. I was facing similar obstacles to Jamie Johnson’s character but he inspired me to carry on and now I’ve found my real place in a team.”
Students also really enjoyed the Creative Writing Workshop, and Dan inspired some of the students to produce writing above and beyond their everyday work. Several students also presented their writing to the class and each received a copy of a Jamie Johnson book signed by Dan himself!
Two students, Ellie Chipperfield and Kara Tinkler have been chosen to send off their finished draft to Dan to be published on his website. Fantastic work girls!
A great afternoon was had by all! Looking forward to the CBBC series of The Jamie Johnson books on our screens this summer!