Principal’s Blog – 11th September 2015

Teacher Letter

Life Cycle

In August a number of former Minsthorpe students completed the Tour de Yorkshire, covering 240 miles in three days in order to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and the Prince of Wales Hospice following the tragic death of Kevin Edwards from pancreatic cancer in April 2014. Andrew and Richard – Kevin’s sons – were joined by Greg Turford, Chris Cowling, Jamie Stokes, Mark Boulton, Gregg Barker, Ryan Johnson, Davie Greenhough and Stuart Eades. These ‘old boys’ are a testament to the spirit of charity that runs through Minsthorpe students.

Applied Learning

In August, Public Service students gained the highest ever grades on the Level 3 BTEC course. Students between them achieved 6 Distinction* and 4 Distinctions – with no student achieving less than a Distinction.

Obviously that kind of success has worked its way down to the recruitment of this year’s Post 16 cohort with a record 31 students enrolled onto Public Service courses in Post 16!

The new Preparation for Apprenticeship course has been launched this year and is running with 8 students, all of whom should be looking to gain a full apprenticeship placement by the end of this academic year.

Rugby – more than a game

Taylor Goodwin and Todd Bethell have both been offered contracts to play as part of the Wakefield Wildcats Academy – fantastic news for two really good lads! Rugby is a great preparation for life – how teams win shows something of their character, but how they lose shows all of it. Make us proud, lads!

Feliz Dia Del Maestro

September 11th is Teachers’ Day in Argentina and this is a day when students pay tribute to their teachers. The day also honours former president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento who championed education for women and children. Teaching is the best job in the world!