Principal’s Blog – 9th June 2017

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Testing Times

On Tuesday June 6th Minsthorpe observed the National Minute’s Silence for the victims of the terrorist attack in London the week before. We are not avoiding having difficult conversations about the state of the world at the moment because we know that these testing times are causing great concern for our young people. Older people like myself have been through such harrowing times with the IRA attacks in the 1970s and 1980s – but we have to remember that for the younger generation events like this have not happened in their lifetime and we have to be open and honest in our discussions and also add a sense of perspective and reassurance and to stress that the terrorists involved represent a sick ideology that reflects themselves but nobody else.

At this time schools have a really important role to play in demystifying some of the questions that are being asked and to just enable young people to ask open and honest questions – and get open and honest answers to them. At present the most important thing is not how people voted in Brexit or who is a Christian and who is a Muslim. It’s our family, it’s our community and it’s our humanity.

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

On Thursday 8th June Mrs Fallon, Mr Dowey and 13 Key Stage 3 students visited the University of Huddersfield to take part in iDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award). This award is the digital equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students completed various digital tasks online in order to earn a Bronze Award. If students can complete their 4 badges by the 23rd June 2017 they will have the opportunity to meet Prince Andrew and receive their awards.

This is an exciting and excellent opportunity for our students to gain new skills and inspire them and allow them to influence others to become digital learners. Technology is forever advancing and our students are the future, therefore we need to best prepare them for life after Minsthorpe!

Adieu Year 11

Friday 9th June was the last official day at Minsthorpe for Year 11. Students had a farewell assembly to mark their five years at Minsthorpe and it was an emotional time for many of them. Of course, students will still be in and out of the college for their remaining examinations and for their results in August and we hope that many will be joining us as Post 16 students in September. We wish every Year 11 student every success for their future careers.

Ray Henshaw