Principal’s Blog – 17th July 2015

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Music Hath Charms

On Thursday July 9th Minsthorpe students performed in the annual Summer Concert. The array of talent was astonishing, as was the range of musical styles on offer. The performances included virtuoso rock guitar solos, duets, funk, soul, indie, choral pieces and ballads! We saw the last performances at Minsthorpe by Year 13 students, Jack Thomson and James Sewell – axe heroes both – but also the rise of some prestigious young talent who are going to provide Hemsworth with some stiff opposition for years to come in the Future Stars competition. There were so many accomplished performances, but for me, the stand out one of the night came with an incredibly moving rendition of ‘Concrete Angel’ by Leah Brough in Y11 – I have never heard of this song before and her rendition of it stunned the audience into silence.

Many thanks to the staff who also gave musical performances and to those who came to support on the night. Dean Jones was, as ever, an assured compere (and played a wicked slide trombone) and a big, big thank you goes to Claire Kelly who orchestrated the evening superbly.

Sports Days, Achievement and Effort Awards, Sports Awards – Minsthorpe does have talent and we are proud to celebrate the achievements of our multi-faceted students!


No school stands still and today we will be losing a number of talented staff. In Science we bid farewell to Alex Warburton and Claire Brown and to Nicola Evans, David Ridgeway and Sarah Trowers from Design. Anne Howlett and Donna Richardson leave us from Maths and Alex MacIntyre, Matt Nolan and Adam Raistrick depart from Humanities. We always celebrate the promotion of Minsthorpe staff and wish the retirees all of the very best. However, as one door closes, another one opens and staff leaving is part of the cycle whereby schools continually re-invent themselves. In September, I will be providing some introductions to the new staff who will be joining us and bringing new ideas and enthusiasm to Minsthorpe.

The national problem of the under-funding of schools means that we have also been forced to lose 16 members of the Associate Staff – the hard working backroom boys and girls who are key to the function of the college. We are deeply saddened by this and thank these staff for the service they have provided us.

Year 6 South East Rounders Event

On a more positive note, Minsthorpe in partnership with the Police Service, WDH, Wakefield Council, Change 4 Life and Hemsworth Arts Community Academy hosted the yearly Year 6 feeder primary schools event on Friday July 10th. It was a great event, well attended and played in a great sporting spirit. Our SSPO, PC Simon Newton, said "On behalf of the Police and partner agencies today I just wanted to drop a quick note of thanks to the College for accommodating the event and to Laura Trusdale for all her hard work in assisting in with the organisation. A big thank you go to the fantastic Year 10 students who umpired today. All the feedback has been incredibly positive and the students have shown MCC in the best light possible. The weather was great and we all have had a fantastic day!"

Minsthorpe a Un Incroyable Talent!

On Tuesday July 14th the college held the annual Bastille Day Talent Show for Year 7. Students wrote and performed plays, music and dance acts all in French and all of the acts tied their performance into the work they have done this year on perfecting pronunciation. This year, for the first time, we also invited Year 5 students from Carlton and Upton to perform their acts as well. Il était magnifique!

Year 7 and 8 Graduation Ceremony

Minsthorpe works in partnership with Edge Hill University – the current University of the Year – to offer school-centred initial teacher training. In addition we are proud to be a part of their Schools’ University Partnership. Edge Hill works with schools and their communities, to promote excellence and actively drive up and realise the aspirations of children, young people and their families by recognising, rewarding and celebrating creative, innovative and meaningful activities which provide vital opportunities for children and young people to flourish across the many pathways they follow in both their personal and public lives. On Wednesday July 15th in a fantastic Graduation Ceremony over 150 Year 7 and Year 8 students received Bronze, Silver or Gold Certificates. Some were awarded the coveted Platinum Award and 10 exceptional students were awarded University Colours. For each level of recognition, students have engaged successfully in a range of leadership activities and we were proud to see so many prize winners go up to receive an award and it shows the calibre of students that we have at Minsthorpe.

Ray Henshaw