Principal’s Blog – 29th January 2016

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Battle of the Bands

On Thursday 21st January the Minsthorpe Soul Band, featuring students from Years 9-13, took on 5 other schools in the annual Wakefield Battle of the Bands competition. Each had to perform a cover song and an original composition at the Unity Works music venue. As the battle was funded and organised by the West Yorkshire Police they requested that the original song was written to reflect an issue affecting young people in society. Minsthorpe’s song "The Risk" was composed by Meghan Clamp and reflected on the choices and decisions that young people face every day and the affect peer pressure has on difficult decisions.

In an exciting competition, judged by local celebrities and music journalists, Minsthorpe came out victorious winning the award for Best Original Song. The band loved the experience of performing at a professional music venue and are looking forward to claiming their prize of recording an EP at a local music studio.

The Soul Band will be taking part in the annual Future Stars competition alongside four other acts from Minsthorpe in their battle to against Hemsworth Academy.

Please come and support the students on Thursday 4th February at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy (6pm). Tickets are £1 on the door.


The Year 7 boys indoor 5-a-side Football team were crowned West Yorkshire Champions on Monday January 18th. We have never before won this trophy and this really is a massive achievement.

The boys beat off opposition from Hemsworth, Kings, Airedale, Calrton and St Wilfreds to be crowned Pontefract Champions. They then defeated Kettlethorpe and Crofton to be crowned Wakefield Champions. Finally, they then represented Wakefield at the West Yorkshire event and came out champions beating Morley, Netherall, Ryburn and Mirfield.

On Saturday 6th Feb they will represent West Yorkshire in the North of England Finals at the Trafford Soccerdome in Manchester. Go boys!

Martyrs’ Day

January 30th is Martyrs’ Day in India where those who have died for the nation are honoured. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948. Gandhi was instrumental in driving the British out of India. His non-violent protests and boycotts crippled England’s ability to control the populace and brought unwanted attention to one of the world’s last major bastions of colonialism.

More than anything else, historians say, Gandhi proved that one man has the power to take on an empire, using both ethics and intelligence. Other peaceful resisters such as Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama have emulated his methods in the years since, shaking up the dynamic of world politics in the process. They have shown that change is possible without having to resort to violence.

Ray Henshaw