Principal’s Blog – 5th February 2016

Future Stars 2016 Champions

Demolition Job!

In one of the most amazing and brutal defensive displays we have seen in a long time, our Year 11 rugby students beat Malet Lambert 40-0. The Hull side boasted a Wigan Centre and an England Hooker but they were unable to stop the steamroller that is the Minsthorpe rugby juggernaut. Well done, lads!

With great powder comes great responsibility

On the evening of Wednesday February 3rd I waved goodbye to the staff and students going on the annual ski trip to Austria. This is an incredible opportunity for our young people to learn life lessons in a very different environment. Skiing involves the mastery of equipment and demands that you think ahead. It also allows young people to learn from failure, surpass their limits and achieve things they never thought possible.

And here is the news

Ella Simmons in Year 7 has been selected as the winner of the College’s entry for the BBC School News Report competition, having written a really fantastic article that was filmed for the BBC. Well done, Ella!

Venimus, Vidimus, Vicimus!

Like Caesar, Minsthorpe can say that we came, we saw and we conquered at the Future Stars competition hosted at Hemsworth Academy on February 4th. The away supporters of staff, students and parents saw our talented contestants take the first three places in a sharply contested competition against a very talented Hemsworth opposition. Alex Wood took joint third place with the Hemsworth singing duo of Sophie Haworth and Toby Hall. Second place went to Ebony Holmes who gave us a haunting rendition of Ed Sheeran’s The A Team. The worthy champion was Leah Brough with her beautiful and melancholy version of Martina McBride’s Concrete Angel. What talent we have!

Medgar Evers – an unsung hero

On February 5th 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the murder of African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, over 30 years after the crime occurred. Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Mississippi on June 12, 1963. Evers lived a life bookended by segregation. From the institutionalised racism of his childhood to the heart breaking discrimination he experienced at the hospital on his final day – dying of a bullet wound, he was initially refused treatment because of his race – segregation was a defining part of his life. But in between those bookends, he fought for change and remains today cherished as one of the foremost champions of the American civil rights movement. The national outrage over Evers’s murder increased support for legislation that would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Whilst a number of all-white juries refused to convict Beckwith (despite his boasting of committing the murder) Evers’s determined widow fought to see justice served and her tireless campaigning saw new evidence come to light in 1989 and a racially diverse jury convicted Beckwith for a life sentence in 1994.

Ray Henshaw
Principal