Principal’s Blog – 13th November 2015

  • South Elmsall & Moorthorpe Remembrance Service
  • Year 7 5-a-side Champions


Lest We Forget

It was my honour to represent Minsthorpe Community College’s staff, student and parents at the civic Remembrance Service held at the South Elmsall and Moorthorpe War Memorial on Sunday November 8th. Two rising stars of our Student Council in Year 7, Cobey and Poppy, laid the wreath. As ever, students observed the two minute silence impeccably on Wednesday November 11th, showing the respectful nature of our student body.

Murder at the Cathedral

The Year 9 rugby team had a superb win in the final of the Division 2 championships East v West. They beat Cathedral by 24-8, putting in a huge defensive performance in the wind and the rain before blowing Cathedral away with some superb free flowing, expansive rugby.

5-a-side Champions

The Year 7 football team were crowned Wakefield outdoor 5-a-side champions on November 12th. Having topped their group with 3 wins out of 4, they went on to beat Kettlethorpe in the quarter finals, Freeston in the semi-finals and then Carleton in the final. Pictured are the successful Year 7 team with their trophy – well done, lads!

An Inspector Calls

In July 2015 we were given the green light to form a Primary Multi-Academy Trust by the Department for Education and we are currently working with Carlton Junior and Infant School as they convert to an academy as part of the Minsthorpe Multi-Academy Trust. In order to test our readiness to form an alliance, hopefully with more and more of our primary feeders, the DFE sent an Education Advisor to the college on Friday November 13th to look at the educational provision that we provide at Minsthorpe. I’ll report back on his findings next week. Let’s hope Friday 13th is not unlucky for us!!

Friday 13th

Friday 13th is instinctively linked to bad luck, strange happenings and a hockey-masked murderer in a slasher flick of the same name. Folklore historians suggest that Friday the 13th actually comes from two separate superstitions rooted in ancient history: the evil of the number 13 and the bad luck of Friday – each with a string of mythical narratives of their own. Paraskevidekatriaphobics have a morbid fear of Friday the 13th but, in reality, it is just a day like any other that we have allowed ourselves to associate with negative taboo superstitions like not walking under ladders, keeping clear of black cats and not breaking mirrors. Nothing bad is any more likely to happen today than any other day – fingers crossed!

Ray Henshaw