Principal’s Blog – 11th December 2015

  • Scrapbook Challenge Image 1
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  • South Elmsall & Moorthorpe Remembrance Service


Scrapbook Challenge

The picture montage gives you an idea of some of the excellent work that students are doing at Minsthorpe under the Scrapbook Challenge initiative. Students have put together their own scrapbooks of ideas and images about what British Values and The Minsthorpe Way mean to them. As you can see the work that students have produced is excellent and we are proud to showcase it.

Poppy Appeal

You will see from the scrapbooks that remembering those who have served in the armed forces is important to the students at Minsthorpe. Each year students from the college lay a wreath at the war memorial. On Tuesday December 8th we received a letter from Graham Lawrance, the Local Honorary Organiser for the British Legion, thanking us for the £135 that was raised from the poppy collection at the college. Students at Minsthorpe observe every minute’s silence impeccably and are hugely respectful of those whose lives have been cut short by war and terrorism. Their thoughtfulness makes me proud.

The Sound of Music

We saw some fabulous events at the college this week. On Wednesday December 9th the college hosted the Happy Days Christmas Concert and the little ones treated a packed audience to a Nativity Story that did not leave a dry eye in the house. On Thursday December 10th the astonishing talent of our students was showcased in the Music Department’s Christmas Concert. Every year I am awe struck by the quality of the musicianship that we have in the college.

Until every child is safe

UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The organisation has fundamentally changed the way that children are viewed and treated, making us see them as human beings with their own set of rights instead of passive objects of care and charity. UNICEF has achieved a great deal – from reducing child mortality to extending education – but, on this anniversary, it is important to recognise that much still needs to be done: too many children are suffering and still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers.

Ray Henshaw