Principal’s Blog – 27th January 2017

Michael Jordan

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

The theme of my assemblies this week has been resilience – one of our 6Rs. Through discussing the experiences of famous resilient people such as Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Thomas Edison, Harland David Sanders and JK Rowling I have tried to get students thinking about the benefits of being resilient in the face of life’s inevitable challenges. At Minsthorpe we see the development of character as being every bit as important as examination success and we have an embedded Character Education programme here that offers both caught and taught opportunities within lessons, P&A time, after college clubs and sporting opportunities.

Howay The Lads!

The Year 10 football team showed great resilience in the titanic struggle against the team of giants from Garforth Academy two weeks ago, bouncing back from a deflating last minute equaliser from the away side and going on to win 4-3 after extra time. On the morning of Friday January 27th I spoke to the team just before they set off on the long trip north to Gosforth Academy. Win or lose, getting to this stage in the cup is an incredible achievement.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

There was a really good turnout of students and parents for the meeting on Thursday 26th January. The mock examination results were given out and a number of presentations and workshops were put on by staff to help parents help their children manage the tricky months ahead between now and the GCSE season in the summer. It was great to see so many parents give up their time to show support for their sons and daughters at this crucial time in their education. Success is a team effort and when students, parents and the college are able to work together in a supportive way, we give our young people every chance to achieve and to move on to the next stage in their lives.

Communication, Is The Name Of The Game!

If you’ve not already done so, can I please ask you to download the Schoolgateway app from your app store (Android and iPhone). It is totally FREE to you and will become our main way of communicating with you. We will use the app to keep you up to date with general messages from the college but also specific ones about your child. You can reply to us via the app totally FREE of charge.

Ray Henshaw
Principal