This project is now firmly underway with Year 8 and on September 22nd and 23rd, fifteen students were using iPads and green screen filming technology in a range of activities designed to improve their literacy and oral skills. The theme for the first event was ‘natural disasters’ and students produced some powerful, literary pieces on tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. This was the first of a number of regular events for this group and the results of this iniative will be published in national research. Thanks to Ms Gibson and Mr Ruston for organising this.
European Day of Languages
This was an initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, in 2001 and has been celebrated every year on 26th September. The aim of the day is to promote the importance of plurilingualism and the benefits of a lifelong language learning that can start at any age. At Minsthorpe we firmly believe in the value of learning a second, third (or even more) language and have celebrated language learning all this week. In the weekly staff briefing two teams of staff sat the Eurovision Quiz that students will do doing in P&A time. Mr Sleigh and Mrs Thompson proved themselves to be incredibly knowledgeable about past Eurovision winners and their native language. By contrast, Mr Jamen and I, sadly, did not know our Lys Assia from our Sertab Erener!
Friday September 25th was the World’s Biggest Coffee morning. Minsthorpe, like many other schools, offices and homes across the UK, took part in this event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. In our very own Minsthorpe Bake Off, staff produced a vast array of baked delights and showstoppers that were eaten with their coffee. A total of £437.81 was raised on the day. Many thanks to Kirsty Jackson (Minsthorpe’s very own bakefester) for organising this event and to all the staff bakers and the staff who donated so generously to this very worthy cause.