Principal’s Blog – 7th April 2017

  • Tempest In The Park Students
  • Mini Convoy


Model Citizens

Last week a dog slipped its lead at the South Elmsall railway station and, sadly, was killed by a train. I am so proud of the four Minsthorpe students who immediately went to the aid of the dog owner and, having appreciated how devastated he was by the incident, called the police requesting that help be immediately sent out for him. A member of the public informed the college of the kindness and thoughtfulness of these students, praising them for the quick thinking that could have prevented this situation becoming even more of a tragedy.

O Brave New World

For the third year in a row, thirteen Minsthorpe students impressed audiences at the Honley Shakespeare Festival with this year’s performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. The Festival moved to an outdoor venue in Beaumont Park, Huddersfield, where ten schools collaborated to produce the entire play. They performed in the evening of Friday 31st March against the stunning backdrop of the Bandstand.

Our students, from Years 7, 8, 9 and 12, learnt and devised a scene from Act Three in rehearsals over the last eleven weeks, and wowed the large crowd of parents (and curious members of the public) with their enthusiasm, projection and emotion. They developed resilience, resourcefulness and respect by demonstrating exceptional team-work skills, and supported each other throughout the whole process. Well done to all of the students involved and to Miss Wildman and Mrs Keith for helping in rehearsals and over the festival evening. Special thanks go to Sally Thompson whose passion for Shakespeare fires the students up and encourages them to greater and greater heights every year.

Year 10 Mock Interviews

Last week all Year 10 students had a mock interview with someone from a business. This is a great preparation for the trials of a real interview and our students were an absolute credit to the college and the interviewers praised the quality of the students’ CVs, their composure and said that the standard this year was the best yet. We really prepare students for the world of work.

Women And STEM

Also during last week, Ms Hart took 10 Year 10 girls to an event aimed at exciting, informing and sparking girls’ curiosity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths put on by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. The girls were a credit to Minsthorpe, getting engaged and having a go at everything from Candy Floss making (chemical engineering), Virtual Reality machine (Computer Science), to guessing the equations for a Human powered glider! The feedback from the girls was very positive – one stating she "didn’t realise how many opportunities there were for her" and others saying they "definitely want to go to University now". Others got a taste in careers they had heard of, including Radiography and Ocean Engineering – designing submarines! This is what we do at Minsthorpe – we help build dreams and open up doors for our young people.

A Tribute To Brad

A former student, Brad Parish was buried on Friday March 31st at St Luke’s Church in South Elmsall. Brad loved classic Mini cars and it was touching to see a flight of Minis turn up to provide him with a Guard of Honour on his final journey. Brad was a lovely lad, full of fun and we will miss him.

More photos of the Mini convoy can be seen on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

Ray Henshaw