Principal’s Blog – 15th January 2015

Minsthorpe Field Centre Sign

Built to Last

In the 1970s Minsthorpe had an outward bounds/field centre at Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire – some of our older readers might even remember going there? Sadly the centre eventually closed and fell into disrepair. However, about fifteen years ago, David Hepworth and his brother, Robert – a former Minsthorpe student – retrieved the sign from the centre that was, by then, lying in ruins. The sign had been made by woodwork and arts students at the college and, as you can see from the photograph, it has stood the test of time. When students make something at Minsthorpe, it stays made!

Go Girls!

On Thursday January 7th the Year 9 girls rugby team were runners up in the Wakefield Cup Competition, losing to Castleford, in the final. The girls played a fantastic game and it is no disgrace losing to the national champions. As losing finalists, the girls get an automatic invite to play in the upcoming Yorkshire Cup. Girls’ rugby continues to go from strength to strength at Minsthorpe – well done girls!

Beauty and the Beast!

On January 15th 1831, Victor Hugo finally finished his book The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Whilst his primary reason for writing the novel was to increase the public appreciation of old Gothic structures that had become the object of vandalism and neglect, the story still has an important resonance today. Through the story of Quasimodo we are made to think again about our notions of beauty, goodness and imperfection and are invited not to judge people just by how they look.

Ray Henshaw