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Our Priory School Chess Team were again successful in Round 2 of the regional Butler Cup U14 Chess Competition on Thursday 14th February. The team of 4 showed great strength as they won 3 out of 3 matches against Uckfield College, Windlesham House and Westbourne House. They go through to the Butler Cup competition final in May! Chess club is open to all for free, and takes place in S4 with Mrs McCrae after school every Thursday. All students are welcome!
We have received an urgent message from East Sussex County Council about a drug that has been supplied to students at another East Sussex Secondary School. It is believed to be synthetic Xanax (Alprazolam). Medical professionals believe the drug may also have contained Fentanyl. This is a man-made drug that mimics the effects of natural opioids such as heroin. It is reported that this drug may be available in tablet form and is being sold to teenagers very cheaply. The effects of taking this drug may be more damaging than natural opioids and can include dizziness, fainting, hearing loss, loss of consciousness, coma and even death. We have asked tutors to talk to all classes about this drug and hope that you will too. We believe that being open and honest about drugs, which may be available in our community, really is the best way to keep our students safe.
National Apprenticeship week is 4th-8th March and in partnership with Apprenticeships in Sussex, East Sussex County Council will be holding two Apprenticeship Roadshows events, plus a number of pop-up events across the county. Download the flyer Students, parents and carers will be able to meet local employees, training providers and current apprentices at the roadshows and there will be panel discussions on the different types of apprenticeships and levels available. The event details are : Tuesday 5 March - Eastbourne Town Hall, 5-7pm Wednesday 13 March - Hastings Library, 5-7pm 5-7pm Employers and training provider stalls 5.30-6pm Traineeships and Apprenticeship talks 6.30pm-7pm Higher and Degree Apprenticeships talks Visit www.c360.org.uk/NAW2019 to book on to the roadshows, for up to date information, and to find dates when Apprenticeships in Sussex will be popping up in Hailsham, Lewes, Newhaven, Crowborough, Heathfield and Uckfield.
Gardening Club will begin again on Wednesday 6th of February 2019 and is open to all KS3 (Year 7,8 and 9) students. Jobs we will be doing outdoors are potting on strawberries, making newspaper plant pots ready for Spring and building a new planter - indoors we will make garden designs and bug houses. If students wish to attend, please contact Mrs Hockin in the Design and Technology department. Spring Update Over 2018 the Food Technology department successfully developed a small vegetable garden in the staff quad. With help from Forest School and the Gardening Club we had an abundance of crops! All the staff and students who have worked in the garden have enjoyed sowing, growing and learning about how the gardening year works. The Forest School have also built living willow screens that have now matured; these are both sculptural and give privacy to staff who wish to sit outside during their break. Both the Gardening Club and the Forest School diggers have been issued with a “Gardening Passport” which lists the new tasks they have undertaken as they dig, compost, sow seeds and thin out tender seedlings – all a learning experience that could help them in future should they choose to go down the route of professional or home gardening. The garden has been initially set up for elements of Science on the KS4 curriculum. Sustainability, organic farming, vitamins and air miles are all part of the KS3 curriculum – how better to illustrate this than with our own organic veg plot! On the KS4 curriculum, Year 10 students in Food Tech have compared chard and rocket from the garden against identical shop bought and packaged vegetables, testing them for vitamin C with some very illuminating results. Home grown really is best! There are connections for the garden with many subjects taught at Priory, from Science (Biology and symbiotic relationships), Geography (soils and substrate) to Classics – there is an Acanthus growing in the bee garden, which is the leaf design on the Corinthian columns in Greece and Rome! Here are a few before and after shots of the garden just to show how well it has developed through last year. The pictures were taken in January, April and July. Here is fruitful July! During the summer vacation the garden vegetables spilled over. The veggie box pictured below contains Swiss chard, runner beans, courgettes, cucumber, rhubarb and herbs, all picked in August and taken to the Lewes Community Chef, Robin Van Creveld. Robin helps local families learn how to cook nutritionally balanced and affordable family meals. What better place for our crops, than in his pots!
Priory is proud to support Safer Internet Day, which this year is being held on Tuesday 5th February. There are some excellent resources for parents and carers on this page including films, top tips, conversation starters and much more. Our own page on online safety is here and includes a handy Staying Safe Online poster to download.