Welcome back! A brand new year, a fresh start and a chance to stay on the right path. The ties have changed, gold for Year 10 & 11, green for Year 9, purple for Year 8 and red for Year 7. Around the site, you will see the new one-way systems and the building work happening.
There is help available for anyone in need due to anything from P&A mentors, safeguarding team and head of year.
Last year’s Year 11 did extremely well in their exams and were able to increase the college’s percentage basics score, they have moved successfully on to Post 16 pathways.
This year’s focus for the College Action Team is mental health as we think this is a big issue that we need to address. Throughout the year we are going to raise awareness through assemblies, set up support groups and organise other events.
On Friday 2nd February we are running a day to promote NSPCC Number Day.
At Snack Break 2 in M2 we are holding a quiz, in M3 we are running a sweet shop, a raffle, you can decorate a ruler and play Connect 4 with your friends. We are also having a ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar’ competition as well. As well as this in the Old Sports Hall we are running ‘Beat the Goalie’.
Make sure you bring some extra change to donate to the NSPCC and help raise awareness.
What is the NSPCC?
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a non-profit charity dedicated to the protection and well-being of children. In 1987 the NSPCC launched the 1-2-1 telephone helpline service for children who are being bullied or in a crisis.
They also provide a service called NSPCC NetWare, this service tells parents and children about what ages should be on certain apps and social media websites;
If you feel that you need to talk to someone about any issues then let a member of staff know.
Thursday December 21st was the last day the Soup Kitchen was in operation before Christmas, so Minsthorpe staff took a stash of goodies down to the site at lunchtime. The volunteers were really grateful and asked us to pass on their thanks to the staff and students at the college. They especially liked the box of biscuits as it was their Christmas Lunch Day that day, too.
On Friday we took the remainder of donations to the Food Bank. Staff and students donated over 70 cans, cereals, pasta, boxes of biscuits and Christmas goodies this week. There is also a toy with a post it from a student wishing them Merry Christmas. Minsthorpe is a truly amazing place filled with such generous and caring people.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Thank very much for the generous donations to the Food Bank and Soup Kitchen that we received. Photo attached of the collection this morning.
We are to drop loads off this morning and hopefully again over the next two Fridays.
We intend to keep donating and encouraging students to do so if they are able and the collection point is in Reception.
Thank to everyone again, you are all so generous.
At this festive time of year, many people suffer, they suffer in pain and suffer in silence. At our college students and staff are pulling together to create a charitable service to help local food banks at this pressurising time.
Many people in our local community need the help from these places of hope, we urge you to please donate, we hope that everyone in college could just give back one thing then people in the local community could benefit and be grateful.
Suggested donations include items such as:
- Toilet rolls
- Drinks e.g. tea, coffee, sugar, UHT milk and dilute fruit juices
- Jars of sauce e.g. bolognaise, pasta and curry
- Tins e.g. soup, fish, meat (such as corned beef), beans, vegetables, tomatoes, ravioli, hoops and fruit
- Packets e.g. dried pasta, instant pasta, rice and potatoes with sauces
- Cooking e.g. stock cubes and gravy granules
- Desserts e.g. rice pudding and custard
- Biscuits e.g. sweet and savoury
- Toiletries e.g. soap, shampoo, shower gel, shaving foam, toothpaste and toothbrushes
In additions to all the items listed above foodbanks are requesting extra Christmassy thing including parcels of Christmas puddings, mince pies, chocolate and biscuits.
Soup Kitchen Notes
Items that are really needed by local soup kitchens are tea, coffee, sugar and corned beef for their hash, this is because they are expensive and really need 4 tins per pan. Other than that anything else would be great.
Meet Ted, he is a 82 year old man, he lives in his bungalow in South Kirkby, he lives on his pension, this amount cannot cover his living costs. In the bitter cold winter days he has to make the crucial decision between eating or heating, at his age warmth and food are all vital to his life. Without the help of local foodbanks in the community he may not get all the help he needs and deserves, raising 3 children. He now sits at home alone every day wondering why he is fighting against poverty at this stage in his life. Please help vulnerable people like Ted by helping this great cause this Christmas.
The College Action Team
In Post 16 we are so proud of the Year 13 BTEC Music students. As part of their coursework they have to plan, organise and put on a musical performance and what a show we were treated to on Thursday November 23rd. Students from Year 8 to Year 11 performed brilliantly, singing, playing the drums and the piano. A brilliant evening was rounded off by the BTEC students also performing as a group and as individuals. Well done to everyone involved – we have so much talent here at Minsthorpe.
Student Insight are a team created to show the student view of the many different activities and social events that happen in the college. The aim of this team is to inform parents about the range of events and activities that happen in the college – from concerts to parents evenings and from Shakespeare performances to careers fairs – and how these involve both staff and students. The Student Insight team will keep parents and carers updated on key events that happen via the college website every week. Please read our column every week and follow us on Twitter.