Principal’s Blog – 20th May 2016

  • Year 8 Science Fair Image 1
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  • Charles Lindbergh With The Spirit Of St. Louis


Tomorrow’s World

On Thursday May 19th I had the privilege of judging the two winners of the Year 8 Science Fair. Students from the two halves of Year 8 have been working on a major scientific development of their own choice and presented this to an audience of their peers, teachers and proud parents. Their showcases were incredible, featuring investigations on an amazing array of scientific subjects. Using models, props and visual aids students were confidently able to explain a whole range of complicated topics ranging from head transplants, rocket technology, evolution, artificial hearts, immunotherapy, antibiotics, light bulbs, eyesight and the brain! The students were incredible and a credit to the college, their parents and themselves!

7.3 are All In

7.3 are the star P&A group in the college having achieved a 100% attendance record for the week 9th-13th of May. Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. Only 12% of students with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths, compared to 68% for students with attendance greater than 95%. In the wake of the disappointing High Court judgement over parents taking students out of school for term time holidays, Minsthorpe is proud of these students and immoveable in its conviction that students need to be in school as every day counts.

Flight of Fancy

At 7:52am on May 20th 1927, American aviator Charles A Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York to make the world’s first solo, nonstop flight between New York and Paris. His is a tale of derring-do and in his small, flimsy monoplane, the Spirit of St Louis, he flew continuously for 33½ hours, having to hold his eyelids open and hallucinating that ghosts were passing through the cockpit. His flight had a massive impact on people – even the first walk on the moon does not come close – and it led directly to a boom in air travel as, suddenly, everyone wanted to fly. Lindbergh emerged from the virtual obscurity of a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame and went on to become an author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. His is a story of the power of self-belief and hard work.

Ray Henshaw