Eco-team’s special day out

The Academy’s Eco-Enrichment Team won a regional competition and enjoyed their prize – a fact-finding day on wind turbines.

The 11 Year 9s visited Danish renewable energy giant Ørsted’s base in Grimsby, in the shadow of its Dock Tower.

The team was given a short overview of Ørsted, which operates the world’s biggest windfarm from its East Coast Hub, before having the chance to make their own wind turbines.

They had a tour of its service operations vehicle the Edda Mistral before a buffet lunch with key staff.

The vessel had just returned from a stint in the North Sea maintaining Ørsted’s Hornsea One windfarm.

Mrs Cathie Bremner, who led the trip, said it had been an excellent day.

“The students were a credit to the Academy and enjoyed the trip,” she said.

They had won first prize in the Humber-wide competition run as part of a clean energy conference by NP11, the body set up by 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Ørsted tweeted news of the students’ success to its 13,500 followers.

Lauren Little, Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted, said: “We were delighted to host 11 students from The St Lawrence Academy at our East Coast Hub.

“It was a great day engaging the next generation to give them an insight into offshore wind and how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) can play an important role in unlocking some fantastic career opportunities.

“We loved their wind turbine creations and brilliant questions throughout the day.”


Ørsted, voted the world’s most sustainable company at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, employs 350 staff at its Grimsby maintenance base.

The St Lawrence Academy Principal Mike Adnitt thanked the firm for hosting the students and staff.

“They returned to the Academy full of enthusiasm about the day and what they had seen and heard,” said Mr Adnitt.

“We’re grateful to Ørsted and its team for making them feel so welcome and encouraging our students to think about STEM careers and, in particular, the wind turbine sector.”




Debate Club’s great day

The Academy’s newly-formed Debate Club participated in an all-day event with other North Lincolnshire schools.

Arranged to get the opinions of local young people, the North Lincolnshire Great Debate discussed transport / connectivity, drugs, litter and youth activities, all previously highlighted as priorities.
Maths teacher and Debate Club leader Mr Compton took our six representatives to the event at the Baths Hall, organised by the council and North Lincolnshire’s Youth Council.
He said it was a “great day” for the newly-formed club.
“We’re all pretty new to debating but it was great to get involved in discussions about topics as varied as youth activities, litter and drugs,” Mr Compton said.
“These are issues important to lots of local young people so for students at TSLA to be able to give their opinions was a great opportunity for everyone involved.”
Various workshops were held in the morning to help inform the students about the issues.

In the afternoon, a series of round table discussions, facilitated by youth council representatives, were held to gain an insight into the opinions of those present.
Year 10 Debate Club member Daniel really enjoyed the event.
“It was good to hear what other schools thought about different issues and the whole day was something I’d like to do again,” he said.
Top picture: Left to right, Daniel W, Shanice, Aisha, Daniel K, Nate and Sam, arrive at the Baths H all, primed and ready for debating to start.

Sky’s the limit!

Congratulations to Year 10 student Halle, the first from the Academy to be accepted on to a ground-breaking national leadership programme.

Young Event Hosts is a two-year development programme run by the Youth Sport Trust.

The initial events will see Halle travel to Sky Academy Studios in London – to experience what it is like to work in the media – and Loughborough University, where she will work with mentors to develop her athletic skills.

Halle was nominated by PE teacher Mr Oates who described her “one of our top performers” and a “role model” because of the way she embraces Academy life.

“Halle’s proved to be an excellent leader and the programme will offer an opportunity to build confidence and gain first-hand experience in a variety of roles,” he said.

Halle was interviewed online before being told she had been successful.

She thanked the academy and Mr Oates for their support and was looking forward to her trips to London and Loughborough.

She said: “I have always tried my best to take every opportunity given to me involving both sports and academic activities, even though I may not be particularly good at the activity.

“I have always been confident enough to speak in front of reasonably large audiences, however, sport has helped me to amplify that confidence.”

Halle delivered an assembly to Years 7 and 8 on the importance of wellbeing and staying active.

“Doing this made me feel empowered by the positive response it got from the younger students,” she said.

“This programme will enable me to experience new things and gain skills I can use in later life to help others.”

Mr Oates said Halle, who had 100% attendance last academic year, had used her experiences to produce an “amazing” transition booklet for Year 7 students.

“She offered support and encouragement for them to enjoy a warm welcome to the academy and helped to create a positive learning climate for them to flourish in,” he said.

“Through her high aspirations, work ethic and passion for school, Halle is creating a culture where others develop high expectations too.

“This is a very admirable quality in such a young person and she will rise to the challenge of the programme.”

Principal Mike Adnitt described Halle as an “outstanding student”.

“Halle is a polite, respectful and endearing student who has demonstrated a real passion for sport and leadership throughout her time here,” he said.

“We are all very proud of her attitude, demeanour and approach to everything she does.

“I would like to congratulate her on making the development programme and I wish her well on it.”

The programme provides young people with the opportunity to host a series of events alongside tailored training with experts, including experienced athlete mentors.

Sport Week Success

Exercise was combined with fun and fund-raising as the academy embraced the National School Sport Week.

A packed itinerary – put together by the PE team – ensured all year groups plus staff could participate in the initiative, now in its 11th year and organised by the Youth Sport Trust.

One of the highlights was a charity speed shot challenge, which took place on the 3G pitch during break time all week.

If a student hit the bar three times they won an extra go. Entry was 50p and the £40 proceeds will go to Lindsey Lodge Hospice. The winner was Lewis who hit the ball at 66 miles per hour.

Year 9 leaders delivered a fun exercise and aerobic session for Years 7 and 8.

Those year groups also enjoyed health and wellbeing lessons, which included rock climbing.

Other highlights included Year 9 sport science students going to North Lindsey College and participating in sporting leadership and teamwork activities; a rounders competition entertaining Year 8; and PE staff attending a yoga session in the sports hall.

Principal Mike Adnitt thanked everybody who had been involved.

“The week demonstrated, through PE and sport, our commitment to the wellbeing of our students and staff,” he said.

“It was a great success and I’d like to thank our PE team for organising it.

“I know there was a lot of fun during the week as well as opportunities to discuss wellbeing and how it benefits through active participation in sport.”

The Youth Sport Trust said the week saw like-minded schools, teachers, parents and young people show why PE and sport have an essential role to play in every young person’s development.

“Too many young people are missing out on the life-changing benefits of sport and play that would improve their health and wellbeing and equip them with the skills to thrive,” it said.

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Eco Warriors

Eco Warriors are a group in this time of climate change whom develop
projects which are created and driven by the students and have enabled them
to develop key skills. Not only do they showcase their efforts to local
primary schools but also take part in events such as The Lincolnshire Show
Schools Challenge, STEM clubs “Big Bang” challenge held at Loughborough
where the team won through to the national final to be held at ICC in
London. We have close links with Barton Waters Edge and have, visited Drax
power station, Bagmoor windfarm and will be visiting Lake Windermere. The
group meets formally each Thursday.