On October 5th and 12th Year 7 and 8 students took part in the FA ‘Football Experience’ at St George’s Park National Football Centre in Staffordshire. This included a 2 hour coaching session from UEFA 1 Licence coaches and a tour of the amazing facilities that host the England National Football teams. The students were also extremely fortunate to have visited at the time that the Argentinian Rugby team were there training, as well as the England U21 football team! At one point even Gareth Southgate wanted to become part of the Minsthorpe team! The students were superb throughout and gained a valuable insight into the lives of some of the top athletes.
This week the Under 12’s Girls Football Team won the West Yorkshire County Cup for the second year running. They played in a tournament against some really competitive teams with the highlights being a 9-1 victory over Trinity Academy and a 6-0 victory over Temple Moor. Well done to the girls!
Restart A Heart
Friday October 16th was European Restart A Heart Day and the whole of Year 8 received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as part of an annual educational campaign that aims to improve the very low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Last year over 11,000 students were trained in CPR in one day and the target this year is to reach more than 15,000 students and to provide them with the skills that they need to help save a life. We are proud to take part in initiatives like this and it shows how broad the education that students at Minsthorpe receive is.
On October 16th 1854 an obscure lawyer and Congressional hopeful from the state of Illinois named Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech which outlined his views on slavery, which he called "immoral" but he was unable to convince Kansas from voting a pro-slavery candidate to Congress in November. Lincoln continued his law practice and also began to make a name for himself in national politics and earned increasing support from the North and abolitionists across the nation. Lincoln was a thoughtful and soft-spoken man who used words sparingly but to great effect. After becoming the first Republican president ever, Lincoln led the Union to victory in the Civil War and ended slavery in America. His great skill lay in his ability to energise and mobilise the nation by appealing to its best ideals while acting "with malice towards none". I like the idea of remaining true to one’s principles whilst acting honourably towards others.
The funeral of Ryan Beal took place on Thursday October 15th and those of Alexandra Binns on Friday October 16th and Terrie Kirby on Monday October 19th. Everyone at the college is thinking of their families and friends at this sad time. Representatives from the college were in attendance to pay our respects.