Murder at Minsthorpe!
The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated! As part of the transition work that we do with our feeder primary schools, on June 18th Minsthorpe staged a mock murder investigation in which Year 6 students used forensic evidence and their detective skills to work out the identity of the dastardly member of my leadership team what had done me in! Students from Minsthorpe have filmed a Crime Watch Special in which the ‘crime’ is reconstructed and a morning is spent looking at the means, motive and opportunity of my leadership team whose simmering resentments against me seem to have tipped one over the edge and into a murderous rage. Whew, talk about art imitating life! I do appear at the end of the event to reassure students that I am still drawing breath. Thanks to Mrs Adams for organising this excellent event and PC Newton and ‘acting WPC’ Mrs Brown for adding a touch of ‘The Bill’ to the proceedings. A big shout out also goes to the students from Minsthorpe who support the Year 6 students during the activity. The next Murder at Minsthorpe transition event takes place on July 2nd. Me, I’m laying low until the danger is passed!
United we stand, divided we fall
On June 26th 1945 the Charter for the United Nations was signed in San Francisco by 50 nations, establishing the world body as a means of saving "succeeding generations from the scourge of war." A month before retiring in 2006, UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, questioned its effectiveness, stating, "Sixty years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, and 30 years after the Cambodian killing fields, the promise of ‘never again’ is ringing hollow." However, no nuclear weapons have been used in warfare since Hiroshima and Nagasaki and better rates of child survival, greater environmental protection, improved human rights, health research and continuing work to eliminate poverty, among countless other achievements, are all examples of the UN’s success since its establishment. If we bear in mind that the UN is technically unarmed, poorly funded and has no truly enforceable mandate before we dismiss it as a failure, we have to acknowledge that it is better to have tried (and failed) than never to have tried at all.
A Farewell to Brian Dickinson
For 41 years Brian has been a great servant to this school – both as team leader for the reprographics team and as a staff governor. He joined us as a Workshop Technician in 1974 straight out of Wakefield Art College and he is the Stephen Gerrard of Minsthorpe – he has found a place that he truly loves and has never wanted to work anywhere else. It is sad for us to lose such a talented, supportive and likeable man. However, as I have said in Brian’s Leaving Card – you never leave a place that you love – you take part of it with you and leave part of yourself behind. All the staff, students and governors at Minsthorpe wish him a long and happy retirement.
Students do Home Learning at Minsthorpe. This gives us the opportunity to set extended tasks and to develop projects over a longer period than a normal homework task might allow. Attached is an example of a student’s work in Year 7. As you can see, Josie Wright’s response to her Home Learning Task is amazing! The stand is made from an actual tree branch which has been drilled in order to pass the wire through. It also has a wooden base and shelf both painted and varnished in autumnal colours (her words! I kid you not!). The light is also fully operational!