Principal’s Blog – 18th September 2015

The Great North Run

The Great North Run

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September and was devised by former Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields and many participants use running in the GNR as a way of raising money for charity.

This year Emma Hitchins ran in the race and raised £468 for Harrison’s Fund – a charity that provides help and support for those who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Well done – we are all proud of you!

Log on!

Twenty members of Minsthorpe’s Sports and Fitness Team will be carrying a 90kg log to Pontefract via South Elmsall, South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Kinsley and Ackworth. There will be a further 20 members acting as "collectors" who will be with them in the villages and Pontefract gathering donations for the Price of Wales Hospice. They will set off from the Sports & Fitness Centre at 9.30am on Saturday and hope to arrive at the Hospice approx. 12pm. Give them a wave if you see them and put some money in their buckets!!

Crusher tackles!

Congratulations to the Year 9 rugby team for their emphatic win over the Cas B team. The score was 34-10 and Mr Max reports that we had some big hitters in the team and that we overloaded the opposition.

Brave New World

On September 18th 1917 Eton took on a new schoolmaster. His name was Aldous Huxley, the future author of Brave New World. He tutored Eric Blair, a student who later adopted the pen name of George Orwell. His is a triumphant story; barely able to read and near blind he still graduated from Oxford in 1916 and began a career in writing that led to his masterwork Brave New World which was published in 1932. The book paints a dystopian vision of a future where individual emotion, creativity, and impulse have been completely subordinated to the tyrannical state. Huxley’s message is one that rings warning bells probably more today than it did when he wrote it. The concern of Huxley with technology’s potential to remove humans from what is most human – love, friendship, struggle, happiness – is a message for now and for future generations, not merely his contemporaries.

Ray Henshaw