Principal’s Blog – 12th June 2015

  • Paris Trip 2015
  • New Age Kurling
  • Happy Days Family Day
  • Anne Frank


Minsthorpe étudiants sont magnifiques!

Cultural exchanges are a vital for the education of students at Minsthorpe. During half term 37 very excited Year 9 students along with 5 members of staff set off on an epic journey to Paris. They arrived at the Château de Grande-Romaine in time for dinner and the students enjoyed the evening activities which included a fantastic bin-bag fashion show! Saturday was spent exploring the beautiful sites of Paris including The Eiffel Tower, a trip down the river Seine and an afternoon in Montmartre. Following another fun-filled evening at the hotel the group spent a hot, sunny Sunday at Disneyland! The behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm of all students throughout the trip was exemplary and they were truly a credit to the college and their families.

New Age Kurling and Boccia

This is new to me too! New Age Kurling is a form of the original curling game, but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface such as a sports hall, grass, carpet, vinyl, rather than on ice. Importantly, the game can be played by both able-bodied and disabled people of all ages. Boccia is a disability sport where players aim to propel balls close to a target ball. Two sides compete as individuals, pairs or as a team of three over a set number of ends. Points are accumulated over the course of a match to find a winner.

On Friday June 5th Minsthorpe students from Years 7 – 10 competed at the DeLacey Academy in a qualifying tournament for the upcoming West Yorkshire Youth Games. In the Boccia event we came 2nd and 3rd. In the New Age kurling we came 1st! The students were an absolute credit to Minsthorpe with real competitiveness in their events but, more importantly, the social integration with the opposing players was excellent. All of the students involved have special needs and this was a massive learning experience for them. Minsthorpe is now the team that represents the Wakefield area in the Youth Games and we are proud of their achievement here.

When You Wish Upon a Star

The Happy Days Children Centre Annual Family Day will be held tomorrow, Saturday 13th June, from 10am – 12 noon in the Sports & Fitness Centre. This year’s theme is Disney, and the team are holding a sponsored dress up and dance for Macmillan Cancer Research. There will be various stalls raising money for Happy Days too. Do pop in and support what is always a great event for the whole family.

The Diary of a Young Girl

On June 12th 1942, a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam was given an autograph book for her 13th birthday. The aspiring writer decided that it would be better used as a journal. Her name was Anne Frank. Less than a month later, she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis and hid in rooms behind her father’s office. For two years, the Franks and four other families hid, fed and cared for by Gentile friends until their hiding place was betrayed to the Gestapo who arrested the families in 1944. The Franks were taken to Auschwitz, where Anne’s mother died. Anne and her sister were transferred to another camp, Bergen-Belsen, where Anne died of typhus a month before the war ended. After the arrests, friends in Amsterdam searched the rooms and found Anne’s diary hidden away and the seemingly every day, innocent thoughts of a teenage girl were published in 1947. But they weren’t so every day: they were the thoughts of a young girl in a unique position to make the world understand what it was like to have to hide your entire existence and live in fear because others judged you as being less than human. Her diary has since sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages.

Ray Henshaw