Principal’s Blog – 7th July 2017

School Diversity Week

Celebrating Diversity

Many of us celebrated the life of the MP, Jo Cox in the Great Get Together weekend on June 16th-18th 2017. Famously, Jo said during her inaugural speech to Parliament, "We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us." In this spirit the Student Council and the College Action Teams have been fantastic in assemblies over the past 2 weeks promoting diversity, specifically our work with Barnados and the DfE in raising awareness of LGBTQ issues.

They put together the following PowerPoint and delivered it to Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 – School Diversity Week – Just Like Us! Assembly

They are now collecting Diversity Week pledges at social times and P&A time. This has been organised to tie in with the School Diversity Week that has run nationally from the 3rd to the 7th of July 2017 and we will be posting on Twitter and Facebook to promote our message of acceptance and tolerance further – Just Like Us

Awards Evening

Our annual Awards Evening for Years 7-10 took place on Wednesday July 5th 2017 and what a night it was. This is one of my favourite Minsthorpe events as we celebrate the effort and achievements of our students. The Main Hall was packed with proud family members who had come to show their support for the youngsters who have shown such resilience, effort and excellence over the year. This was their night, their time to shine and everyone was so proud of the students and the people that they are becoming. Support was the keynote theme of the evening as it also gave the award winners the chance to remember the teachers, family and friends who have supported them. The support we receive is vital to our development, but we should always be prepared and willing to support others as well as acknowledge those who have supported us this far. Day in, day out, Minsthorpe shows that support is a value that we live our lives by because, as the old African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Sports Day

Another of my favourite events took place on Friday July 7th. Once again it was a great spectacle. A huge thanks goes out to the staff who supported the event, the PE staff who marshalled and directed and to Mr Mann who organised the whole shebang like a military operation. It was a day of fun, joy and achievement and our students, as ever, rose to the occasion.

At Minsthorpe we believe in the value of sport as the importance of sports and games in school goes far beyond just the physical benefit of activity. By supporting each other in the various events you could see that staff and students were deepening and strengthening their relationships and this pays dividends back in the classroom.

Ray Henshaw