Principal’s Blog – 19th February 2016

Children's Mental Health Week 2016

Children’s Mental Health Week

The UK’s first Child Mental Health Week ran from 8th-15th February 2016 and it has highlighted the importance of – and early intervention with – children experiencing psychological difficulties. Wakefield has responded in a collective and positive way to the recommendations set out in the government’s Future in Mind report (2015). The focus in Wakefield will be to support children and young people at the earliest point in their life, at the earliest point in their problem, and support mental health and wellbeing in children and young people through prevention and awareness raising and providing an early intervention response. I am pleased to announce that Minsthorpe will be spearheading the Future in Mind plan in the South East and will host a counsellor and a primary practitioner at the college who will offer support to Minsthorpe students and to all schools in the SESKU area. Over the next five years we hope to help build up a sustainable outreach service that will help young people – and their families – live their lives in a way that nurtures positive mental health and wellbeing by providing support sooner, rather than later.


The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘building resilience’. At Minsthorpe we have been promoting this for some time through the growth mindset that we encourage all of our young people to adopt. Resilience is one of The 6 Rs that make up Learning The Minsthorpe Way. We teach our students that failure is not something to fear as it is another important learning experience and an opportunity to bounce forward from life’s challenges.

Choices, choices

Wednesday 8th February saw the Year 8 Preferencing Evening. The college was packed with parents and students beginning their options process for Key Stage 4 all asking questions about courses and qualifications. It was a busy and buzzy night with staff fielding lots of questions from parents and students alike about where GCSEs can lead to – a great evening!

I spy, with my little eye

On February 19th, 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, a city in north-central Poland on the Vistula River. The father of modern astronomy, he was the first modern European scientist to propose that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun. However, the extremely dense scientific nature of his work meant that his theory was not widely circulated and it was not until the early 17th century that Galileo and Johannes Kepler developed and popularized the Copernican theory, which for Galileo resulted in a trial and conviction for heresy. Following Isaac Newton’s work in celestial mechanics in the late 17th century, acceptance of the Copernican theory spread rapidly in non-Catholic countries, and by the late 18th century it was almost universally accepted. Amazing work considering Copernicus worked with the naked eye – Galileo was the first person to look at the heavens with a telescope and he was born 20 years after Copernicus’ death!

Ray Henshaw