Principal’s Blog – 16th December 2016

Languages Food Box

Presentation Evening

On Wednesday December 14th we welcomed back students – past and present – to celebrate their successes in the Summer 2016 GCSE and A-Level examinations. Our guest speaker was Barbara Mawtus who taught at Minsthorpe from 1984-2013. Barbara is a much-loved former employee who still has strong connections with the college and many of our current and former students remember her with enormous fondness.

Hannah Abbott welcomed back many of her former Year 11 students, many of whom have stayed on as Post-16 students and Lynne Bigland paid tribute to all the hard work of the Post-16 students who left us in August. We are so proud of both sets of students who achieved such fantastic GCSE and A-Level results this summer.

It was a fantastic night of celebration in which we paid tribute to the pursuit of excellence that our young people have shown. The award winners were there because of their persistence, enthusiasm, hard work and their determination to succeed. And what a range of talent we celebrated – academic, sporting, linguistic, artistic, civic, spiritual and personal. At Minsthorpe, effort and achievement go hand in hand and I salute all of these young people, their achievements and the family and friends who have provided them with such valuable support.

Reverse Advent Calendar

The Languages team have been putting together a food box that was donated to a local soup kitchen. This is part of our usual Christmas hamper programme in which we donate food to those who need it at this time of year.

In Memorium

On Monday 12th December the college held a memorial ceremony for Spencer Walker in The Oasis, a garden that we dedicate to the memory of Minsthorpe students who have lost their lives. It was a moving tribute to Spencer attended by members of his family, close friends and members of staff. We planted a Nandina domestica (or heavenly bamboo) in his memory, an evergreen shrub that is native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. It produces bright red berries and foliage that will always remind us of Spencer in his trademark bandana. Thursday December 15th would have been Spencer’s thirteenth birthday and we held a special assembly for him with Year 8 students to honour his life.

Have Yourselves A Very Merry Christmas

It has been an enormously tough half term but one that has shown the strength of the bond that exists between the staff and students at Minsthorpe. Overall, it has been a long and tiring term and we are all in need of a break so that we can come back refreshed in January. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ray Henshaw