The Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition took place the weekend of the 22nd-24th March. It was perfect walking weather and all the groups navigated safely through the Lincolnshire Wolds. The cloudless nights saw the temperatures drop below freezing and so there were early starts all round on each day ensuring lots of good walking time could be had by all. Looking forward to the presentations.
Ethan, Year 11 student and air cadet with 17 (Coningsby) Squadron, is pictured with Headteacher Mrs Payne, holding two recent awards. As well as being awarded Cadet of the Year 2018, Ethan was recently presented with a certificate of merit by the Regional Commodore. This was as a result of first aid given by Ethan to an elderly lady who collapsed at the RAF Coningsby firework display. Summoned by members of the crowd, Ethan assessed the situation and sent another cadet for assistance while he put the lady in the recovery position and cleared and ensured the area around her was safe until an off-duty paramedic came to the scene. Ethan would like to be a paramedic in the future.
The Lost Words
Mr Binns, volunteer with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust kindly brought us a copy of ‘The Lost Words’ a beautifully illustrated book created by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris in October 2017 to celebrate once-common “nature” words – from acorn and wren, to starling and dandelion – that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary some ten years before. The book takes twenty of the words that have been falling out of use amongst children - such as adder, kingfisher and bramble - and brings them back to life, through the magical paintings of Jackie Morris and the 'spell poems' of Robert Macfarlane.
On the weekend of 11th – 12th October, Georgina Hadley took part in one of the five International Irish Dancing Championships that are held each year. Georgina produced an outstanding performance, gaining a position that placed her in the top twenty competitors on the international stage. A personal best gave Georgina 12th place overall (and also 4th British girl). Her hard work, determination and intensive training (up to 18 hours per week) has seen her gain 62 ranking places in just a year. She has qualified to represent England at the World Championships to be held during the Easter Holidays in USA next year.
Irish Dancing is an athletic art form that teaches true competitive spirit, resilience and determination as well as great comradery, respect and hard work. Georgina’s successes proves that nothing in life can be achieved without effort! Well done, Georgina. Below is a photograph of Georgina performing in the competition.
A couple of months ago Ian Scott (the LSCA Coach) put together and then entered a team of Lincolnshire students into the Junior Four Nations Chess League (J4NCL). This is the elite league for junior chess in the UK. All the other teams are based at chess clubs or chess associations and have significant coaching programs and funding behind them. One club, for example, has over 150 junior players, many of the teams have weekly grandmaster coaching sessions. The Yellow-Bellied Knights were the only team of privateers.
It has taken Ian Scott 4 years to find suitable players and he also coaches three of the four team members. In September the team, accompanied by Ian Scott, went to Daventry to compete in the J4NCL. The weekend consisted of 5 games for each team member (3 games on Saturday, 2 on Sunday). Each game averaged between 1.5 and 2 hours. The standard of the opposition was significantly higher than the last time that a team from Lincolnshire had played in the league so the Yellow-Bellied Knights were up against it. Other teams that entered were representing Wales, Manchester, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Chess in Schools (a heavily funded national organisation) to name just a few!
David Scott who has just started the Sixth Form at QEGS, has been a regular on the chess circuit for a number of years and beat his first International Master last year at the London Chess Classic. On the Daventry weekend, he played board one for the Yellow Bellied Knights so was up against the top player of all the other teams they faced. He came away with two wins, one draw and two losses. David was incredibly focused and put in a level of effort and concentration that would put many experienced adult players to shame. Playing Board One is not just about being the best player but also about leading the team. The result was the team came second out of twenty-two teams. David was an absolute credit to himself and his school. The other team members come from Boston Grammar School, LSST and QEHS (Gainsborough).
We are very grateful to Ian Scott who organises, supports, coaches and funds the team himself. Below is the successful team with David Scott in the middle of the photo, third from the left). Coach Ian Scott is standing next to David.