We have been involved with events for Sports Relief all week. Even though the Kenyans have nothing to fear, a number of our hardy staff took part in a sponsored run on Tuesday and the Wednesday saw a netball tournament followed by a football tournament on the Thursday. Not to be outdone, the students took part in running, football, rugby, dodgeball and headball competitions on the Friday. Even before the sports day Years 7,8,9 and 10 have raised £421 from payments just to take part in the events and staff and students will also have raised more money throughout the week. I’ll give you the exact total raised after the Easter break.
The girls team was unfortunately placed 5th out of 6 in the Yorkshire Cup Festival. However, as a team and on an individual level, the students learned some good lessons on Thursday afternoon. They really toughed it out against some big strong inner city schools. Strong performances throughout by Ella Johnson and Molly Raikes.
The boys team beat Abbey Grange in a Yorkshire Shield semi-final at home 40-24, showing character to come back from being two scores down at half time. Strong performance by Dan Allen (MOM) who ran the show in both halves.
Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep
On Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th, twelve students from Minsthorpe students performed in the Honley Shakespeare Festival. Ten Kirklees schools, plus MCC, are putting together Shakespeare’s fantastic tale of responsibility and conflict, Henry V. The students have been working very hard on this wonderful ensemble piece and we wish them every success. Minsthorpe has an excellent reputation for the teaching of Shakespeare due, in no small measure to the dedication and passion for the Bard’s work by our very own Sal Thompson. Our work has not gone unnoticed and the University of Nottingham, Tate Learning and the Royal Shakespeare Company have involved Minsthorpe in the TALE (Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement) project that is looking at how the teaching of Shakespeare can enhance the ongoing professional development of teachers and improve the learning of their students.
Beware the Ides of March
Well, March 15th has come and gone, thankfully without incident! ‘Beware the Ides of March’ comes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and is the soothsayer’s message to Caesar, warning him of his impending death. The Ides of March didn’t signify anything special in itself – this was just the usual way of saying "March 15th". However, as a date it now seems to be associated with an infamy that goes beyond the murder of Caesar in 44 B.C. It also saw a devastating cyclone that killed over 200 sailors in Samoa in 1889 and the abdication of Czar Nicholas II of Russia in 1917. In 1939, Germany occupied Czechoslovakia on this day and it was also the date of the rainiest day in recorded history in 1952 when 73.62 inches of rain fell on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. On this day in 2003 a new global health scare was reported for the very first time – a respiratory disease that had broken out in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and China. The disease was called Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (or SARS). Talk about having a bad day!