Principal’s Blog – 22nd January 2016

  • Year 8/9/10 Trip to English Institute of Sport
  • Year 7 Trip to English Institute of Sport
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono


Sporting Excellence at Minsthorpe

Monday 11th January saw students from Years 8, 9 and 10 visiting the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS) where the students had a tour around the facilities and were able to watch Jessica Ennis-Hill and her team in training for Rio 2016. They then received two high quality coaching sessions in athletics and boxing. The students’ behaviour was exemplary and they really did make an outstanding impression on the staff at the EIS and definitely showed our college in an impressive light.

On Thursday 14th January Year 7 students also visited the EIS and got the cook’s tour. This time they saw most of the Team GB Boxing team in training for Rio 2016, and, also the GB Disability table tennis team – also training for Rio. The students were given facts and figures about the venue and were given an insight into the excellent facilities that our local area has to offer for sport. In the afternoon the students had both basketball and volleyball training sessions followed by an eagerly awaited run around the indoor athletics track along with some races against staff. The students again showed an excellent standard of behaviour and maturity and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Year 7s were all also invited to a summer fitness camp run by Sheffield international venues.

Thanks to Hannah Bird for organising this excellent trip and to Kevin Crewe for driving the minibus and also to one of our PE Teacher Trainees, Joe Sidebottom, who also helped with supervising the students. Our students always do us proud on visits like this.


On 22nd January 1981 the magazine Rolling Stone published a portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the front cover. Liebowitz’s now-famous photograph is all the more poignant for having been taken on the morning of December 8, 1980, just twelve hours before Lennon was assassinated and this picture is the final portrait of him and Yoko together. The actual final photo of John was taken a few hours after Liebowitz’s, by a fan waiting outside the Dakota, John and Yoko’s Central Park West apartment building. That photo captured John immediately after signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman, the man who would shoot him dead some six hour later. John Lennon was the first of the Beatles to die, and his shocking murder truly ended an era. But even though nearly four decades have passed, Lennon’s legacy lives on and on – in the music he created, in his musically talented family and in the call for world peace that he sounded, still resonating today. He may well have been a dreamer but he dared people to imagine a better world.

Ray Henshaw