Year 10 ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ Visit – 7th December 2018

Teenage Cancer Trust

Important Notice for Parents of Students in Year 10

Please be aware that on Friday the 7th of December we have the privilege of welcoming the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ into College. They will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with students and will ensure that young people know where support can be accessed if and when they need it. We recognise that many of us are effected by cancer in a range of ways and we will offer support during and following the session if needed.

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs as we are aware that this may cause distress to those affected by the issue.

Kind regards,

Jeanette Collins
Assistant Principal

Autumn Term Non-Uniform Day – Friday 16th November

Minsthorpe Community College

The Student Leadership Team has decided to hold a non-uniform day to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week and to support causes chosen by the College Action Teams.

The charge for all students attending College in non-uniform is £1.00.

We must stress the following:

  • No fancy dress
  • No hats for students in Key Stage 3 and 4
  • No extremes of fashion including clothing which has slogans/offensive writing or innuendo
  • No excessively high heels
  • No jewellery other than simple stud earrings

Mr D Lloyd
(Associate Assistant Principal)
On behalf of the College and the Student Leadership Team

Post 16 Parents Evening – 29th November 2018

Parents Evening System Logo

The Post 16 Parents’ Evening is to be held on Thursday 29 November 2018 – 3:30pm–7:00pm. The event will be held in the Science and Technology Block.

This will provide an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers to discuss their progress. We (the Post 16 Pastoral team) will also be available should you wish to discuss any issues with us, as well as the Careers Lead, Mr Dowey, who will be available on a ‘drop in’ basis for consultation and advice about University applications and career planning.

We very much look forward to seeing you on this evening, but would remind parents that even if they are not able to attend, all students are expected to attend and have one-to-one discussions with staff (as stated on the Learning Contract).

We ask that you make an appointment with your child’s teachers via the ‘Parents Evening’ System. Please see instructions below. If you would like to call to make an appointment, please contact the College.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Lewis
Assistant Principal – Post 16

Mr D Lloyd
CCTL – Post 16

Mrs S Marshall
ACCTL – Post 16

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Map Out Your Future – 20th November 2018

Map Out Your Future

On Tuesday 20th November 2018, we will be holding our Annual Careers Fair, which your child will have the opportunity to visit during the day. The event is to be held in the New Sports Hall, next to the Sports & Fitness Centre.

Parents/Carers of students in Years 10, 11 and Post 16

The event aims to offer our Year 10, 11 and Post 16 students the opportunity to meet with representatives from various occupational areas to gain an insight into the world of work. It is designed as a taster session, so that students can visit stalls to gain as much information as possible to support them with their future career choices. The information provided on stalls include: entry into specific employment sectors, different training available and the typical work involved.

Students will also be able to speak to the College’s Careers Lead for any information/help they may require during their allocated time slot.

Parents/Carers of students in Years 7, 8 and 9

This year, the running of the day has changed and we are trying something new. The event is normally for Years 10 – Post 16. As part of the CEIAG standards, we are to include all students with regards to access to Careers. We have invited students from Years 7 and 8 to an ‘Introduction into Careers’ session. The students from Years 7 and 8 have been given a specific 15 minute time slot during the day.

Students in Year 9 have been invited to the after college session. Please note this is on a voluntary basis

ALL students have been invited to the after College session on a voluntary basis. This session is for any student who has an interest in returning to speak to the stallholders. Please note, any student in Year 10 or 11 who have been requested for Intervention will need to seek permission from the teacher first to attend the after college session.

Parent/Carers Invite

We would like to invite all parents and carers for students in ALL year groups to attend a special drop in session from 2.30pm – 3.00pm. This will give you an opportunity to meet the stall holders yourself and ask any questions you have regarding your child’s future plan.

If you are able to attend this drop in session, please contact the College by Telephone on 01977 657600 and leave a message for Mrs Ruth Simmons to confirm your attendance.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Important Notice for Parents of Students in Year 7: Road Safety Performance – 12th November 2018

The Riot Act

Please be aware that on the morning of Monday the 12th of November we have the honour of hosting the ‘Riot Act Theatre Company’ in College where they will be presenting their annual Road Safety Performance.

This highly engaging, multi-media theatre event promotes key road safety messages to Year 7 students and will:

  • Raise awareness of the danger of roadside distractions from music, phones and friends
  • Help students to identify and cope with peer influence and peer pressure
  • Promote safe, responsible and positive behaviour amongst students on the home to school journey

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs.

We hope that the messages delivered will ensure that your child is safe when on or near the roads.

Bonfire Night Talk For Year 7 Students – 24th October 2018

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Please be aware that on the morning of Wednesday 24th October we have a visiting speaker from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service speaking to all Year 7 students.

The focus of the talk will be around the theme of ‘Bonfire Night’ and will include some images of injuries sustained that your child may find distressing.

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs.

We hope that the messages delivered will ensure that Bonfire Night is a safe and happy experience for your child.

Post 16 Information Evening – 18th October 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

We are holding our Post 16 Open Evening for all current Year 11 students and their parents/carers on Thursday 18th October 2018. This is a valuable opportunity for you to see first-hand the courses available in Post 16 and what students can expect in terms of the Post 16 experience.

The format of the evening will be as follows:

Time Event
5.30pm – 5.55pm Sign in and Refreshments in the Post 16 Block
6.00pm – 6.25pm Introduction and overview of the Post 16 provision in the Main Hall
6.25pm – 7.30pm Opportunity to meet with staff and current Post 16 students to ask about the different qualifications and courses in the Technology Block

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for the evening, and that we will be welcoming your son/daughter into Post 16 at Minsthorpe in September 2019.

Please could complete the slip in the document below and ask your child to return it to their P&A Mentor by Friday 12th October confirming your attendance and how many seats you require.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Lewis
Assistant Principal
Post 16 Achievement & Progression

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European Day Of Languages 2018

European Day Of Languages 2017

There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world. And behind each and every one of them lies a rich and diverse culture. That’s what the European Day of Languages (EDoL) aims to celebrate – by showing people across Europe how important languages are, and what fun can be had learning them.

On Wednesday 26th September schools all over the country will celebrating the European Day of Languages in different be ways. At Minsthorpe this year students will be taking part in activities to do with a range of languages in all different Curriculum Areas in college and in P&A time.

We hope that students have a great day and go home having learnt lots of words in lots of different languages. At home you could try to say ‘hello’ in a different language using this list:

Language Translation
French Bonjour
Spanish Hola
Italian Ciao
German Guten Tag
Greek Γεια σαζ (Yas as)
Swedish Hej (hay)
Czech Ahoj (ahoy)
Danish Goddag (gud-day)
Dutch Hoi (hoy)
Finnish Hei (hay)
Hungarian Jó napot (yon na-pot)
Icelandic Hallo
Norwegian Hallo
Polish Cześć (che-st)
Portugese Olá

Have a great day and enjoy having a go at another language!

Sally Hayes
MFL, Assistant Associate Principal

Year 7 Parent Mentor Evening – 27th September 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

Year 7 Parent Mentor Evening is being held on the 27th September, this is your opportunity to meet your child’s P&A Mentor. Please book appointments online. Please see the guide below. Any questions please contact the College.

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Principal’s Newsletter – September 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

Dear Parents and Carers

On behalf of the staff at Minsthorpe Community College, I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 college year!

We are looking forward to another year in which our productive partnership ensures that our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognise that in order to be successful in college, our children need support from both the home and college. We know that working with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

This promises to be a year filled with golden opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before! We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and a plethora of extra-curricular clubs and activities, performing arts activities, and sporting events certain to encourage our students to be involved and stay connected!

We look forward to a very positive and productive year together! We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at college activities and events whenever possible. We want…we need…and we value your involvement and support in your child’s education! Your active participation is key to the success of your youngsters during their time at Minsthorpe.

We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that s/he:

  1. attends college daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience;
  2. completes all home learning assignments given by teachers;
  3. reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills;
  4. shares college experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her college life;
  5. informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject;
  6. knows that you expect him/her to succeed in college.

What a summer it was, with students from Minsthorpe again excelling themselves at both GCSE and Advanced Level. Our GCSE results saw an improvement for the third year in a row with the College again posting a positive Progress 8 score – no mean feat given that this was the first year when all of the changes to the GCSE courses took effect. At Post 16, students achieved their best ever results with our A*-A grades increasing from 9% last year to 19% this year. Once again the vast majority of students in Year 13 who made a Higher Education application got their first choice university! Superb stuff and evidence of what we are doing here at Minsthorpe and proof that the College has a significant impact on student achievement over both five and seven years of education at the College.

The refurbishment of the College has continued over the summer and the second phase will be complete by December 2018. The Main Hall and Soc/Voc area is now complete as is the cladding to the canteen. Over the summer the builders have made excellent progress on the Carnegie block and the College is looking totally renewed leaving only the Maths Block and PE Block now to be refurbished. Our next bid for funding from the government’s Condition Improvement Fund will go in this December.

Continuing the day-to-day activities of the College in the middle of a £3.4m build has thrown up its fair share of problems it is safe to say but we have managed despite losing a complete block in the College for an entire year and two months when two blocks were out of commission. An exercise in logistics to be sure!

We have also used external funding to improve the designated social areas in Maths and English and have installed two new canopies to provide extra shelter for students. These spaces will also double up as outside teaching rooms as well. The College continues to seek external funding in order to improve the physical environment for your sons and daughters and for future generations who will attend the College.

Please know that we highly value home/college communication here at Minsthorpe. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and college activities, as well as other events and happenings. Please make use of the School Gateway App as this is the main channel of communication between the College and you.

Again, we welcome you to Minsthorpe and to our wonderful learning community. It is a place alive with much energy, enthusiasm and a high standard of excellence! It is, indeed, a place where opportunities abound! Here’s to a great new year as we work together to make our college a great place to work and learn each day! The wonderful Minsthorpe staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to work with you and we hope to see you in college at one of the many events that are in the document below.

Yours faithfully

R.P. Henshaw

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