Senior musicians shine in Carmen! performance
Pre-Preparatory pupils amazing swimming effort
FoLMS Host Summer Ball
Preparatory Production impresses
Sixth Formers Art talents wow at Lincolnshire Show
Summer BBQ enjoyed by Boarders
Another academic year comes to an end and I hope you agree it has been a most positive and pleasing year.
Today’s end of term service allowed us the time to reflect on the many successes that have come your way this year. There has been much to celebrate, and all these successes have been achieved with a strong sense of purpose, commitment and dedication from the pupils and staff. Many congratulations to all. We value everyone's contributions equally and you are all part of what makes Lincoln Minster School so special.
Some highlights include:
Our Choir supporting Collabro in their concert in February and performing Carmen with other United Learning schools last week, our Sports Leaders achieving their level 1 award, our new KS3 Equestrian team having an extremely impressive debut season, several STEM challenges completed with Sparks, the University of Lincoln and the RAF. Not to be outdone Drama has produced two magnificent productions – Cryano De Bergerec and Beauty and the Beast – and the Art Exhibition, simply breath-taking!
This is only a small flavour and I could go on. There have been so many individual successes as well, so I appreciate this is just the tip of the surface. However, it reminds us all how involved and engaged our pupils are and the opportunities they are presented with.
Often, I am asked what I like most about being Headmaster at LMS. The answer is I get a real joy in seeing our pupils achieve, attain targets, overcome challenges and supporting each other. There is a real sense of camaraderie and togetherness. And these traits are certainly going to be needed for our Operation Olympus team who set off to Nepal next week, where they will not only hope to set a Guinness world record for the highest altitude hockey match ever recorded at 5400m, but they will leave a hockey legacy at each village they visit on their route up the Himalayan mountain range.
I have to say, in all my time in education I have never come across such an amazing project that encompasses teamwork, detailed preparation, dedication, partnerships, mentoring, physical challenge and a world record to boot. Good luck TEAM OLYMPUS.
All of this does not just happen and to make this possible, it is down to an extremely hard-working staff body who go beyond what is asked.
At this time of year, we say farewell and a huge thank you to two colleagues moving on from the Lincoln Minster Senior community.
Leanne Twidale is relocating after two years at LMS where she has been a valuable member of the SEN team. Leanne will be studying a Masters in Applied Theatre.
Ian Barker, following two years teaching Science at the Senior site, retires (for a second time). Ian looks forward to continuing his cricket umpiring in the Lincolnshire leagues.
Joining us in September, I am pleased to say, is Jane Stone who will be the School’s Bursar. Jane is moving to us from RAF High Wycombe where she is the Chief Finance Officer.
Lincoln Minster will not rest on its laurels and will continue to move forward in all aspects of school life. We cannot stand still. Next year we are integrating accelerated learning and the values of self
and peer assessment across the whole school. As well, further whole school initiatives will include integration of our international students, growth mindset, enhanced data tracking and GMAT provision. More to follow on these aspects.
It leaves me to thank you all for the support you have given to Lincoln Minster School over the course of this academic year. The School continues to be a joy to lead and there is so much more to look forward to together.
May I wish you all an enjoyable and restful summer and I look forward to you coming back refreshed and ready for the challenges that lie ahead next year
A message from Headmaster Mark Wallace
Welcome to the June edition of Messenger
Messenger | June 2019
As we come to the end of this academic year, it is with great pride that I can look back at the many achievements of the children. They have worked so hard and the many values that have been on display throughout the year have particularly come to the fore as we end the term: resilience when tackling a particularly tricky problem whether it is in class or a problem between friends; courage in coping with changes; love and honesty towards all members of the school community; appreciation and happiness for each other and all the opportunities they are given within the school, which strengthen their character and their ability to make the most of every aspect of school life.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their hard work this year for continuing to provide the best education for the children. I am so proud and privileged to lead the Pre-Prep and Prep. The teamwork and dedication of staff, no matter what their role, in making sure our children are thriving educationally, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually is second to none.
I would also like to thank all of you for your support this year. A great deal of what we do in school cannot be achieved without you and your co-operation and backing. Many thanks and we look forward to working closely with you again in September.
Finally, I would like to wish all children who are leaving us at the end of this academic year all the very best on their journey. I know that they have all had a great start here at Pre-Prep and Prep and know that they will go on to achieve great things in the future.
We wish all the very best to staff leaving us and thank them for their commitment to the school and their relentless focus on making sure our children have the very best education and experience.
Have a wonderful summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again in September.
Mrs Fiona Thomas
Head of Prep
Head of Prep Fiona Thomas
This brilliant Downton-meets-Poirot musical production brings comedy, song, mystery and 1920s' dance routines together in one scintillating performance.
Set in the 1920s and steeped in legend and intrigue, Magpie Manor is in a great state of disrepair and Lord and Lady Pica must take drastic action to save their crumbling manor house. The clan is gathered and together with Mr Fortune the bank manager and his bumbling assistants, they come up with a plan to sell off the family silver. But as the rich and famous guests arrive for the auction ball, strange things are occurring and when the family heirloom is unveiled, it has disappeared! Inspector Spectre is straight on the case, aided by none other than Agatha Christie and it seems that everyone has a motive from the servants and cheeky tradesmen to Cousin Rupert and his grasping American fiancée. But will the thief be caught and can Magpie Manor be rescued from impending disaster?
Join the flapper girls and their family and Charleston your way through this pacy, energetic mystery musical with fantastic songs, a humorous script and a fabulous twist!
Preparatory School Teacher
Mystery at Magpie Manor
Willow Weaving with Sherwood Pines
Year 6 enjoyed a brilliant trip to York. After a quick visit to the National Railway Museum they saw a mesmerising performance of Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre. It was incredible. Mr Burton
Preparatory pupil Olivia D competed in the County level 3 Gymnastics competition in June and was awarded the beam champion trophy and came second in bars. She was placed 4th overall and is now one of the best gymnasts in Lincolnshire. Well done Olivia!
Congratulations to pupil Frances W upon getting a Distinction in her Grade 1 Trumpet exam!
The campaign goes on!
Our JRSOs, Aya and Grace, have been campaigning to improve road Safety in and around the Prep Site on Church Lane. They have been grateful for the support of Karen Lee, our MP. They have received a response from the council which is encouraging, but does not go far enough.
You can voice your support by voicing your concerns to the council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln City are proud to announce a new ground-breaking partnership between the Football Club and Lincoln Minster School.
This new partnership sees a new cohort of Academy Scholars boarding at Lincoln Minster School whilst undertaking academic studies, in addition to their LFE course, giving them the best possible options for both their educational and sporting futures.
The students will utilise the expertise and fantastic facilities on offer at Lincoln Minster School in a top-class, high achieving educational environment alongside their sporting development in a collaboration in what is the first of its kind for the Imps and rare amongst clubs, even at a much higher level. Four Scholars will be taking A-Levels in English and Maths as well as one student completing his Irish Leaving Certificate, with the others taking an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), which is the equivalent of half an A level, whilst staying on campus.
Simon Grocott, Deputy Head in charge of Curriculum at Lincoln Minster said that the partnership is an important one for the school going forward.
“It’s a huge partnership for Lincoln Minster, it helps our community links and to be able to put this partnership together with Lincoln City is really exciting. A big part of it is really the fact we’re offering those students a real opportunity that they won’t get elsewhere.
“Lincoln City have recruited some of the students off the back of the A-Level offer that we’re able to provide, rather than just taking the traditional, triple BTEC that all of the students get offered at this level.”
Ian McGowan, Assistant Head for Co-Curricular and External Relations at Lincoln Minster is also excited to work with the new Scholars and to see them develop over the coming years as they live at the School and work with the Football Club.
“It’s exciting for the footballers to have a nice, stable base to be able to concentrate on studies as while pursuing a potential successful career. The 16-18 scholars will be predominantly based in one of our boarding houses and they will be studying an A-level or another qualification within the school alongside trying to become a professional footballer.”
There have already been notable sporting alumni from Lincoln Minster School, Bassingham based Indy Car racer Jack Harvey, Rugby Union stars, Jordan and Ryan Olowefela as well as world level swimmer Elizabeth Simmonds all completed their studies at the school.
Simon Grocott is now looking forward to potentially adding footballers to the list of sporting achievers as they help nurture them over the coming years.
“The sporting alumni that we’ve had in the past have had an adapted curriculum and thanks to that we’ve been really able to help those progress in their chosen sports. So, we’re definitely hoping the same can happen with Lincoln City and we’re wishing them all the best.”
Jez George, Head of Football at Lincoln City, said this could just be the tip of the iceberg of what promises to be a long and fruitful relationship.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to develop a partnership that can be hugely beneficial to both parties, with such a high achieving, top class educational establishment as Lincoln Minster School.”
“Soon after I arrived at the Club, Liam (Scully, CEO) and Danny (Cowley, Manager) told me about the school and introduced me to their Headmaster, Mark Wallace. I could not have been more impressed and I knew immediately that we had to find a way to partner with them. Twelve months on, and many meetings later, we are so delighted to have developed this relationship to such an extent that we will now have our Scholars living on their site and being educated by their staff.”
“We are always searching for ways in which we can differentiate ourselves from our competitors and this is achieved by our partnership with Lincoln Minster School. This partnership now enables us to offer a unique and bespoke education provision for every Scholar, alongside their BTEC National Diploma, to ensure that boys with the appropriate academic profile and capabilities can take A levels.
“Moreover, our Scholars will benefit from the environment created for their students and allow Lincoln City’s Academy to become associated with a top-class establishment, with a fantastic national and international reputation, which is what we want to emulate.
“Without doubt, this partnership and the provision of A levels and boarding has been instrumental in being able to sign a number of our Scholars, and the way in which they have accommodated our need to deliver the Irish Leaving Certificate for one Scholar has been amazing.
“There are several other potential projects which we have discussed with Mark and Ian, which can be ground breaking for Lincoln City, and will further strengthen our partnership in the future.”
Lincoln City and Lincoln Minster School
unveil new partnership
The Big Camp
Last Friday the Brownies got picked up by Miss Skelton and Miss Simpson and we walked across to Pre-Prep. It was a ten minute walk to Pre-Prep. When we got there we pitched the tents and I was sleeping with Grace and Emmie. It took us 20 minutes to pitch our tent.
After that we walked down into town and went to PIZZA EXPRESS!!! At Pizza Express I had dough balls, margarita pizza and chocolate brownie. We then set back off for camp.
When we got back we had loads of free time and played on the pirate ship, followed by s’mores and hot chocolate and giant marshmallows around the camp fire!
Miss Skelton called us and we got into our PJ’s and met in the hall. We all did build a bear and then went to bed- it was 11 o clock!!!
Next morning we got out of bed and had some pancakes cooked on the campfire for breakfast. We played while we were waiting to be picked up.
We were sad to go home!
LMS Pupil and Brownie
The Brownie Sleepover
On Friday 19th, the LMS brownies went to Pre-Prep for a camp-out. Bear in mind some of the girls had never slept out or camped out before.
When we got there we got into groups and built a tent or a den, we all had to work as a team while doing this. A couple of hours later, we set off down the hill to Pizza Express. We all really enjoyed our dinner and as we got to the hill we did a traditional challenge where we run up the hill. When we got to Pre-Prep we put all of our belongings in our tent and we had some free time. (In this time we played lots of different fun games). At about 8 o’clock, we sat round the fire and made smores that everyone really liked. Before we went to bed Miss Skelton surprised us with making our own teddy. Everyone managed to get some sleep. When we got dressed, we all had another play. Afterwards we all helped to lay breakfast out to cook over the camp fire. Surprisingly breakfast over the fire is very tasty. After breakfast we all had to clear up after ourselves and wash up in the kitchen. Sadly some of our parents came so we had to go.
On this brownie trip I had a lot of fun. I would like to say thank you to Miss Skelton, Miss Graves and Mrs Wood for taking us on this trip.
LMS pupil and Brownie.
Friday 21st June was the best day and night ever with the brownie sleepover and Pizza Express was brilliant too. The s’mores and the big marshmallows were amazing - they were the biggest marshmallow I have ever seen! I love the build-a-bear cat that I made. It was the best time of my life!
Thank you Miss Skelton, Miss Graves and Mrs wood.
LMS Pupil and Brownie
The Preparatory School children have been enjoying their new play equipment, generously funded by FOLMS and installed courtesy of Mr Simon Grantham.
Thank you. We love it!
All of the Prep pupils and staff.
Success of LMS Sports Leaders course
Find out more about Sport at LMS
The Sports Leaders level one course has been a huge success this year at Lincoln Minster school. Twenty pupils across Years 9 and 10 signed up to the course at the beginning of the school year and all pupils passed and were accredited with this qualification whilst exceeding expectations from tutors and also the sports leaders organisation.
One sport that has been introduced to school this year is wheelchair basketball. In preparation for the Corporate Lincolnshire CEO League Challenge, 11 Leaders were trained up to officiate matches; Kim D, Megan F, Will F, Leo K-W, Spencer C, Amaya C, Abigail W, Ellen W, Archie H, Issie W and Suzanne W. This involved a two hour session where the leaders had to learn the rules and then how to push and move in chair and then play a game. The leaders then had to officiate matches consisting of adult teams from companies such as the Police Service, University, Lincolnshire Co-Op, Fire Service and our own LMS team to name but a few!
This was a big commitment for the leaders as the league ran over four sessions, each lasting three hours in the evenings. The first week of the league matches was particularly busy with our leaders officiating 45 games over 150 minutes!
As well as taking part in the wheelchair basketball the leaders have also been involved in working with the local school games coordinator and leading a number of her school games events this year. This has included a Year 3 and 4 red ball tennis tournament and also a multi skills quick sticks hockey festival. These involved local primary schools taking part in the activities whilst the leaders helped organise, support, officiate and work with the primary pupils. Our sports leader pupils have received fantastic feedback not only from the organiser but also parents from a number of the local schools. LMS will be running a level 1 and Level 2 Sports leaders course next year.
Mrs Mackender and Miss Snowden
Teachers of PE and Games
Outdoor Learning in Pre-Preparatory
Outdoor Learning this term has been full of awe and wonder. As the flowers bloomed and the blossom fell from the tree.... we explored!
One rainy summers afternoon, all of the children went to seek the garden for just one petal. We gathered in a circle, closed our eyes and turned our senses to this petal. What does it feel like? How does it smell? What happens when we rub it in our hands? Let’s blow it away and see what happens! We then went to gather more petals and made ourselves some beautiful perfume using sticks to stir and bash to release their scent.
We’ve had quite a few rainy sessions this term, however the children have really embraced it and many have discovered a new love for the rain. Year 1 & 2 enjoyed a walking together under an umbrella and finding out something new about their friend. This activity was lovely to stand back and watch as so much information was passed from one to another. Great team building!
We finished the school year by making a wood cookie. The children were asked to make it significant to the great outdoors. I think their feelings for the outdoors sum up our year perfectly and will hopefully inspire others.
Have a lovely summer break everyone!
Outdoor Learning Lead
A huge congratulations to Florence H who has just had some very exciting news - she has been accepted by RADA on their Theatre Production Course - this is more competitive than Oxbridge, so quite an achievement!
Those of you who saw Twelfth Night and Cyrano de Bergerac will be aware that Florence has had a burgeoning passion for all things backstage for a while. She decided to apply for RADA at the last minute following an Open Day visit, and, despite being interviewed on the last available date, has been offered a place.
Head of Drama
Lincolnshires Golden Apples
Congratulations to all pupils who were shortlisted as one of the finalists in the 2019 Lincolnshire Golden Apples Awards!
- Prep pupil Priyaa nominated for Primary Sports Person of the Year.
- Deputy Head Girl Olivia nominated in the category of Secondary Young Performer of the Year.
- Senior pupil Emily R nominated for all her hard work with Compassioante Minster in the Star Award category
- Sixth Form pupil Rhiannon A nominated in the STEM category
Some pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a production of Beauty and the Beast.
We had many rehearsals starting in January and ending with three performances at the end of June. The performance was directed by Mrs Fellows, the music was directed by Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Wafer looked after the props and costumes with our brilliant backstage staff and the lights with our great lighting assistants. There was a brilliant cast with Belle played by Georgia S, Mrs Potts played by Emily W and Beast played by Louis J.
We couldn’t have done the performance without the help of Mrs Fellows’ directing skills, Mrs Wafer’s props and costuming and Mrs Hutchinson’s help with the singing thoug
Year 8 Pupil
‘It has been so much fun working with the Drama department and I’m already excited about future productions. The cast and crew have been wonderful to work with and it’s really hard to believe they are only in KS3. The music for Beauty and the Beast is very difficult, I was proud of how everyone got involved with the singing. The final result was amazing- Very well done to all involved.’
Director of Music
Key Stage 3 Beauty &
The Beast Performance
Year 5 pupils Amelie P decided for her birthday that she didn’t want any gifts for her birthday and instead she wanted to donate the money to the homeless! She has been to the Salvation Army today she has helped them to make sandwiches and served these along with soup to those in need.
A lovely gesture Amelie.
Year 10 pupil Ellen, performed in Lincoln with her elite dance group from ‘Streetbeat Dance Studio’ raising money for local children’s charities and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Great causes to support and lots of money raised to support national and local children’s charities.
Well done Ellen!
Charitable Actions by pupils
Year 10 took part in a Pastoral Curriculum Day yesterday. Representatives of the Police, Safer Communities, Fire and Rescue and Positive Health delivered workshops on healthy relationships, internet safety, keeping safe in the community, substance misuse and how to avoid anti-social behaviour.
It was a fantastic day for all!
'I had an amazing day: the speakers were engaging and it was totally relevant'
'I feel like I know so much more after the workshops yesterday! I found the drugs one specially helpful as the speaker talked to us in a very down to earth way and explained the very serious consequences and dangers of drugs that I did not even know existed! I feel much more empowered'
'All the speakers were fun and kind. The best thing is that they did not 'baby us' like other adults sometimes do when talking about these topics'
'I really liked the workshops. My favourite one was the one about healthy relationships as I felt it was totally relevant'
Teacher of Languages
Year 10 Pastoral Day
What a lovely evening! Parents must have felt so proud when they saw how lovely each and every young person looked and conducted themselves at the Prom.
Libby, Grace, Immy, Pearl, Sacha, Amelia, Harriet and Jasmine put a lot of effort into planning and executing a very sophisticated evening and pulled it off with aplomb.
The staff at the Doubletree Hilton were very accommodating, the meal was excellent and the atmosphere provided by each and every Prom-goer was utterly enjoyable. Mrs Longstaffe, Mr Wallis, Mr Grocott, Miss Murray, Mr Baker and Mr McGowan thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the company of each Year 11 pupil.
It was a privilege for me to be there, to witness what fine young people they have become. I will miss them, but look forward to seeing many of them again in the new term. For those not returning, I hope they take away with them many happy memories of the time they have spent with us here. It would be lovely if they could keep in touch from time to time.
Wishing you all a lovely summer
Head of Year 11
Year 11 Leavers Prom
Congratulations to Year Nine pupil Gabriel for being joint winner of the English
Speaking Union's Performing Shakespeare Competition 2019. The National Final took place in London on the 21st June, with over twenty schools from across the country competing. Each school entered a monologue or duologue, with pupils performing in front of a packed audience in the beautiful setting of Dartmouth House in Mayfair, the ESU Headquarters. The standard of performance was extremely high and we were absolutely thrilled to hear Gabriel's name announced!
Gabriel performed a monologue from Much Ado About Nothing, taking the role of Benedick in Act 2, scene 3, in which the character struggles with the transformative power of love upon his best friend, Claudio. Gabriel introduced the piece by explaining how he had been intrigued with the juxtapositions in Benedick's character - vain, self-absorbed and arrogant, but also witty, charming and passionate.
The day was also attended by the other pupils from Years 7-9 who had taken part in the Internal and Regional Heats. As well as supporting Gabriel, they also enjoyed a professionally run workshop looking at using vocal and physical skills to convey character.
In addition to preparing for the competition, Gabriel has also been performing as Gaston in the KS3 production of Beauty and the Beast.
Head of Drama
LMS Pupil Wins ESU's
Year 2 have had a wonderful day learning the art of willow weaving with Karina and Bob from Sherwood Pines Forestry Commission. They’ve all shown great determination and resilience whilst making their own tension tray to take home.
Well done Year 2 and special thanks to Karina and Bob for a great day!
A HUGE amount of badges have been achieved over the last couple of weeks. From Explorers to Year 2, between them 141 badges have been awarded! From Duckling and Water Skills awards to 1000m this equates to 5,705m in total as well as many water confidence badges!
Well done Pre-Prep - we are so proud of you!
Amazing night of glitz and glamour at
FoLMS Summer Ball
Friends of Lincoln Minster School hosted a massively successful Summer Ball, at DoubleTree by Hilton on the Brayford pool, raising around £9,500 for FoLMS and Compassionate Minster!
"We had a great time enjoying live music including our own Senior student Olivia who entertained us over welcome drinks. The Ball Committee would like to thank the Hilton for staging such a great evening as well as the generosity of all those parents who donated auction lots and raffle prizes and helped raise a record amount of money for the school and the school’s charities."
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Year 2 did not let a week of rain faze them whatsoever! They kitted themselves up and explored YSP in their waterproofs and wellies and absolutely loved it.
We enjoyed discussing each sculpture and listening to each other’s interpretations of what the artist might have been aiming for.
“I enjoyed looking around the park. My favourite one said “all schools should be art schools”. I loved looking for the sculptures that no one else could see” - Eva
“I enjoyed going across the river on the stepping stones. I spotted a real cow on the hill. My favourite sculpture was the ‘junk trees’ - trees designed using toilets, sinks and other unwanted furniture” - Michael
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Year 2 had the pleasure of the woods being brought to school this week. Karina and Bob, Bushcraft Rangers from the Forestry Commission, visited school and taught them the art of Willow Weaving
All of the children made a tension tray, learning how to bend and manipulate without snapping the willow. They looked at why willow was a good material for weaving and how to prepare it before doing so.
They children really enjoyed it, despite it having its challenges along the way. The rangers were really impressed with their determination and perseverance and particularly impressed with the teamwork and encouragement the children showed to each other.
“It was really fun! It was quite hard! Karina and Bob are really nice and helpful!” - Archie
“It was really easy and good fun! To bend the willow we had to pretend we were driving a bus. The end of the willow is called the butt and the top is called the tip” - Casey
Well done Year 2!
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Key Stage 3 pupils take on STEM
challenge at BGU
On Tuesday 12 of our Key Stage 3 pupils went to Bishop Grosseteste University for the day. We attended a STEM Challenge workshop run at BGU completing a number of challenges designed to develop innovation, team working and problem solving, in addition to using some great technology. Over the course of the day, the pupils were able to diagnose patients symptoms, looking at X-rays, and blood samples and testing urine samples for diabetes. They used police software to identify a criminal using an EFIT programme, the Deputy Lieutenant speaking at the end of the day commented that none of the criminals would get away with their crimes based on the quality of work done in that workshop. The students were judged on their performance in each activity and we gained four third places, four second places and two first places.
"The day was even better than I expected. It would be worth doing again. It was interesting to see how the EFIT police software worked."
Very well done to all who participated.
Head of Science
Find out more about our Senior School
Pupils shine in Carmen!
performance in London
A group of our musicians from all year groups (7-13) travelled to London on Wednesday to take part in the “Sing Carmen” project. This was a massive event held at the Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park involving schools from all over the country.
This was the culmination of months of rehearsal and, although some of the music was tricky, our pupils rose to the challenge splendidly, increasing in confidence as they became more familiar with the chosen choruses. The vocal workshop led by Camille Maalawy from the Voices Foundation was an added stimulus and inspiration for our preparations.
On the day it was interesting for our pupils to see the evolution of the logistics of all the other elements of the production and for them to work so closely with professional operatic soloists and instrumentalists. We really did end up with a “music drama”, which of course was the whole point.
The high quality of our pupils’ performance and demeanour was commented on by several of the professional musicians there; they should all feel justifiably very proud. Well done indeed!
Teacher of Music
Introducing our new website!
A new school websiute has been launched with a fresh look and feel, and a more efficient menu layout, the new site gives visitors the opportunity to navigate with ease. Delivering a fully responsive experience, the website gives users a seamless transition from desktop to mobile browsing, and intelligently pulls the latest content from our blog for users to access quickly and easily.
"We wanted to introduce a refreshed website that will improve the user experience and through its use of imagery really capture what the school is all about. The website is constantly evolving and we have some additional exciting features coming soon including a new digital admissions process currently in development and a detailed fixtures calendar for parents which will be launched ahead of the new academic year.
It's been an exciting year with the recent launch of our Parent Portal and our new range of prospectuses, the website is another platform on which we can promote our school and engage with our various audiences - from parents of pupils currently at the school, to alumni and prospective families and businesses."
Director of Marketing and Communications
Photos from Mrs Wrights 4th of July party to celebrate the end of the school year and say goodbye to Catherine Carlton-Ridenour who is returning to America. Catherine was worried that she wouldn't get to celebrate Independence Day so we made sure she could!
The LMS Music Department are running a Music GCSE Course open to any Lincoln Minster School pupils in Years 9 or 10 from September 2019, and also to external pupils for a termly cost of £430.
The course will be ran weekly, during term time, Wednesday's 4pm-6pm in the Harper Building at Lincoln Minster School, over two years.
he minimum level required is Grade 3 on an instrument/voice, although it is expected that each candidate perform music of Grade 4 or above standard by the performance exam at the end of the two year course.
The course followed will be Edexcel GCSE Music and is weighted 30% Composition, 30% Performance and 40% Listening and Appraising. Classes will be taught by specialist teachers from Lincoln Minster Schools and you will also benefit from performance opportunities during your time on the course.
Register your interest in a place on the course here
Commences September 2019
Pupils work exhibitied in Somerset House
LMS pupil Amber-Star has been involved in the National Saturday Club run by University of Lincoln over the last year - it’s part of a network of about 70 clubs - many of which (like Lincoln) focus on Art and Design.
“Art & Design Saturday Clubs give Members experience of working with media and practices that are used in the creative sector. Through exciting Club programmes and Masterclasses with art and design professionals, Members learn about the diverse educational and job opportunities that can lead to exciting careers.”
The University of Lincoln National Saturday Club went to Somerset House in London where the work of their group was exhibited - and what an achievement for all involved to know their work has been exhibited at one of the top creative venues in the U.K.! Students were presented with certificates of achievement for their work over this academic year.
Parent Mrs McCormack said:
"The work is stunning and a remarkable team achievement. It will also soon go on tour of 20 Chinese cities (more for the young artists to add to their CV’s!) alongside other work being exhibited by University course leader Dave Bramston - who is the energy behind the Lincoln course."
Children in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 undertook an exciting challenge to produce healthy breakfast items and snack on the go.
Reception sampled a variety of fruits and designed the winning combination for a breakfast muffin. This was raspberry, blueberry and banana oaty muffin.
Year 1 researched energy boosting and nutritional value fruits and vegetables to create a selection of smoothies. Mr Peel from Stokes of Lincoln sampled and helped decide their favourite smoothie which was Spinach, cherry, raspberry and yoghurt. Very tasty!
Year 2 tasted a selection of dried fruit in preparation for a trekker bar. A healthy snack for on the go which ties in brilliantly with our Outdoor Learning programme. Their winning combination was raisin, cranberry and banana chip.
Twelve children from Year 1 and 2 participated in the Lincolnshire Show School Challenge where they presented this fantastic project. They had to be at the show on both days, talking to members of the public about their work. This concluded with a presentation to judges who were impressed with all that we have been doing.
Well done everybody! A great team project!
Lincolnshire Show 2019
This term saw the final of the Staff/Parents vs Students Squash match of the the 2018-19 Academic Year. Another wonderful turnout of parents, staff, including Mr Osborne and Mr Wallace, and pupils with matches played in great spirit.
Once again,the Staff/Parents came out on top winning 31-15!
Congratualtions to Staff/Parent Captain of the night Mrs Hulance who collected the trophy from School Captain Tom M.
The Junior England Squash rankings for June are now live and we are so proud to announce Year 5 Pupil Priyaa has been ranked 15th in Girls U11 for the whole of England and number 1 seeded in Lincolnshire! What an outstanding achievement Priyaa!
Well done for all your hard work and dedication!
LMS Squash News
This month we hosted another brilliant music outreach day including students from The Meadows and Westgate Academy. Students took part in a wide range of activities from Junk Percussion drumming to a Blues instrumental piece. Great fun was had by all, as shown in the quotes below and we look forward to working with more amazing schools in the new year!
“A brilliant day, It couldn’t have been any better” - Westgate Academy
“I learnt so much about music and had so much fun doing it!” - The Meadows
Great success of Music
Outreach day at LMS
Senior School News
Year 10 Maths pupils had a fantastic day attending Maths workshops hosted by a Universtiy of Cambridge lecturer this term.
This involved learning about how a Mathematician was successfully able to save his own life when trapped in a cave, and more recently how a Mathematician was able to help overturn a wrongful conviction.
Teacher of Maths
Senior School History Club pupils were challenged to make their own Benjamin Franklin flag, which they then used in a kite flying competition.
"This has been a great learning experience for the students. Not only have they had the chance to broaden their historical knowledge but also understood a major scientific discovery. "
Teacher of History
All Lincoln Minster School South Notts Hunt Pony Club team qualified for Pony Club Championships this weekend at Milton Park. Hattie P, Ellie H, Fenella H and Jasmine S.
Well done team!
LMS Polo Club Leader
Compassionate Minster, our social action group, has worked with Natasha Davis on a project for Lincoln's Refugee Week.
Natasha is a performance artist who creates poetic and challenging interdisciplinary material exploring identity, memory and migration. Her work has been presented in festivals in Europe and America and she is a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck and Brunel and a PhD student at University of Warwick.
Exploring the concept of 'Welcome Town' and working from 'Mansion of the Future' in St Mary's St, our Compassionate Minster pupils wrote and performed a poem based on their personal experiences of 'feeling welcome'. As always, they were praised by both the event organisers and the public for their maturity and empathy.
Head of Year 10
Year 7 on the lakes as part of Senior School Activity Day this week.
Aspiring pilots take to the skies!
Four aspiring pilots from Year 10 took to the skies in an AWAK simulator recently!
Tom, Spencer, Oliver and Samuel were invited by a current pilot to experience the thrill of flight and they had the time of their lives. Routes included Spencer flying down the strip in Las Vegas, Oliver taking the plane over Lincoln Cathedral, Sam flying under the Humber Bridge and Tom flying over his village close to the Belmont Transmitter. Mrs GB even had a go at taking off but she quickly let the boys takeover! Take offs, bumpy landings and even mid air refuelling….the experience was amazing. “One of the best days of my life” said one of the boys!
Head of Geography
Visit to the Carol Ann Duffy Poetry
Talk at Lincoln University
On Friday the 14th of May Year 10 English went down to Lincoln University to hear a lecture from Carol Ann Duffy whose poems feature in our GCSE poetry anthology. Until recently, she was the first female Poet Laureate, so it was amazing to meet and hear from such an important poet. I found it was a great learning experience because we could understand what the poet’s meaning and intentions were when she wrote ‘War Photographer’. She explained that she had read an exam script by a student who had interpreted her poem in a way that she hadn’t thought of and that she is really interested in our ideas because they help her to think in different ways. This gave us confidence to think about how to make annotations in our own poetry and, although she is so famous, she has a really good sense of humour.
Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go to a lecture to take it because it really does help with English poetry.
Year 10 Pupil
House Cup collected by Isobel W and Freya J
Victor and Victrix Ludorum collected by Tom M and Kimberley D
Senior School Sports Day 2019
During the last term our A Level Geographers united with students from other United Learning schools across the UK to undertake a fieldwork residential.
We arrived at the centre and were instantly greeted by the lovely fieldwork staff and our teacher for the course; Sam. Our first investigation was into ‘Changing Places’ within the town of Keswick, analysing the sense of place and the multiple indices of deprivation. Later we then interviewed the general public and overall got a feel for the place. In the evening we had a summary lesson to go over the theory of the data we had just collected. The food provided by the center was amazing and prepared us for the day.
On the second day of work we travelled to Silloth and Skinburness in order to compare sediment size and effectiveness of sea defences. The weather was just perfect for the few days we were there, allowing us to get accurate results whilst enjoying our time in a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Alongside all of our fieldwork and data collection we enjoyed a plentiful amount of free time in which we got to know the students from the other two schools Hull Collegiate and Richard Rose Academy in a beautiful setting.
In the Blencathra centre there were several recreational rooms in which we spent our down time arguing over Love Island and challenging each other at table tennis! As well as the dinners and breakfasts provided we were also able to craft our own packed lunches with foods provided and making our own hot drinks if we desired.
On our final day we trekked up a mountain in the morning before beginning our fieldwork for the day which included infiltration rates and carbon sequestration. The pre-breakfast mountain trek introduced us to more of this beautiful landscape including a view over Derwent water and Keswick and was rewarded with a full English on return to the centre!
Throughout the three days we learned valuable methodologies into how to conduct fieldwork, assisting us in completing our NEA, which we will be undertaking over the next few months, worth 20% of our overall grade. Furthermore our knowledge of topics completed during our lessons have been consolidated and put into practice in real life terms, preparing us for higher education and potential work, depending on our career paths.
Head of Geography
UL schools unite for A Level
Geography Fieldwork Residential
Wheelchair Basketball at the Senior School
The Social Science department took part in two Master Classes at Bishop Grosseteste University. The Sociologists participated in a class on surveillance and the social media. They firstly had to design a housing development in which they could keep constant surveillance on all residents at all times, allowing the use of technology. They then had to design again but this time with no technology but the same level of surveillance. It led to some interesting discussions and was enriching to go beyond the specification and use Sociology in a different context.
The Psychology students took part in a Master Class on Developmental Psychology. Students got the opportunity to evaluate different language development tests and consider the long term effects of early childhood attachment and the predictive value of early testing for personality. By far the most memorable part was when we were introduced to the therapy dog Roxy. We found out how therapy dogs are used to aid child development both emotional and language. Myself and the students both liked the idea of therapy dogs visiting LMS before exams to reduce stress. I am now frantically trying to calm my puppy so he can qualify as a therapy dog, then we can impress Mr Wallace and hopefully have our own LMS therapy dog.
Teacher of Social Sciences
LMS Social Science
Impressive year for LMS Tennis
Lincoln Minster tennis teams have had another successful year. They have been involved in many tournaments including an independent school tournament at Queen Margaret’s in York, a district league and LTA AEGON matches. The pupils have enjoyed weekly tennis lessons from Eastgate coach Sam Bass, And have been very enthusiastic and motivated to play tennis throughout the year. LMS has many teams including under 13 boys and girls and under 15 boys and girls And also a senior boys, girls and mixed team.
One of the highlights this year has to be being nominated and winning the education and also the tennis school of the year awards the Lincolnshire tennis awards earlier in the year. The school then went on to be nominated for regional awards. Tennis at LMS
This year saw the second year of the school run the Road to Wimbledon tournament. It was very greatly received with 38 boys and girls participating across Key stage three. This tournament is still running and in July George B and Bridie M, the winners of the tournament and Jack N and Frankie G, the runners up will go on to compete at the next round. The national final is eventually played at Wimbledon!
As the tennis season comes to a close we are very proud to have finished district runners up in the under 15 and under 13 boys league and county runners up in the LTA National Schools AEGON tennis with both the under 13 and under 15 girls.
Well done to all the players that have participated this year in training, matches and showed dedication to their sport . We very much look forward to watching the continuous growth in tennis at LMS next season.
Teacher of PE and Games
Boarders attend Lincolnshire Show
Messenger | March 2019
Boarders from The Mount House enjoyed a day at Lincolnshire Show
"The boarders had a wonderful time exploring all the Show had to offer alongside house dog Wilfred. Wilf always watches over his gang and is always willing to represent LMS!"
The Mount House
The Mount House band performing for their adoring fans on a rainy evening!
Progress in the Mount House garden
Enjoying a pasta pesto supper
Spanish pupils arrive in Mount House
The Mount House saw the arrival of Spanish pupil Iker in June, who will shortly be joined by his siblings for a short term at the school.
On his first night he lost a tooth and was visited by the tooth fairy, who left him a lovely card.
Our three boarding houses came together to enjoy a bbq in the sunshine at Eastgate House
Boarders Summer BBQ at Eastgate House
This month it has been difficult to choose a Musician of the month as there has been so much Music going on from Music at the Lincolnshire Show to the fabulous performance of Beauty and the Beast. We are very proud of everyone who has taken part.
Two pupils in particular have caught our eye; Georgia S and Reyna D. They both gave up their day off from school to come and perform music in the school tent at the Lincolnshire Show. Performing together and separately, from the quality and professionalism it is hard to believe they are only in Year 8. Separately, Reyna has impressed us with the confidence and musicality she has shown playing drums in the newly formed Jazz Ensemble. Georgia has impressed us with her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, performing her solos with musicality beyond her years. Very well done ladies and thank you so much for all of your contributions musically- the perfect music role models.
Georgia S & Reyna D
Messenger | April 2019
Pupil who consistently shows good manners, thoughtfulness and consideration for others
The Form Community Certificate is awarded to an individual who is consistently, kind, polite, helpful and friendly to others.
The Form Contribution Certificate is awarded to an individual who is involved in numerous aspects of school life.
Trinity Term Awards
3D - Grace W
3M - Jed B
4C - Max H
4T - Anouk J
5D - Theo P
5H - Harris B
6B - Frances W
6T - Aya D
3D - Riley M
3M - Henry H
4C - Rufus B
4T - Alice H
5D - Harrison M
5H - Connie M-F
6B - Jake B
6T - Sam C
Certificates & Awards
Trinity Term Awards
Reception - Annie T
Year 1 - Eve B-P
Year 2 - Mikey B
Reception - Hannah S
Year 1 - Cooper M
Year 2 - Rikhil S
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