Principal’s Blog – 27th May 2016

  • Rocket Science
  • Sleeping Student


In space, no one can hear you grow!

On Wednesday 25th May, 8.5 did the last of their measurements of the space seeds that were germinated on the ISS. The plants are looking healthy and are growing well – we await the corresponding measurements of the plants that remained on the space station. The Rocket Science project has been organised by the UK Space Agency and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening. It aims to enthuse young people about space and gardening and could help scientists understand more about our ability to grow food in orbit. Over a period of 35 days, the students have monitored the height, colour and leaf development of the seedlings. They have recorded their findings on a chart and will send their results to be analysed by professional statisticians and scientists from the RHS and UK and European Space Agencies. After half term, we should have the results.

The Breakfast of Champions!

GCSEs are in full swing and every morning the college provides a free breakfast for Year 11 at 8am in the Carnegie. Please encourage your sons and daughters to get into proper sleep patterns and ensure that they have good breakfast on the day of an examination so that they hit the ground running.

English Schools County Cup

Students from Years 7-10 took part in the English Schools County Cup Round 1 fixture held at Thornes Park Stadium on Wednesday May 25th. Despite the wet weather the students were well behaved, competitive and represented the college very well! In both track and field, students bagged a number of medals and the team showed great resilience and were a credit to the college and themselves. Full details of the medal winners can be found on the website – well done everybody!

The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon was born in Maryland on May 27th, 1894. Hammett left school at age 13 and took a series of low-paying jobs, eventually landing at Pinkerton’s detective agency. He worked as a detective for eight years and turned his experiences into fiction that set the mould for later writers like Raymond Chandler. Hammett’s deadpan description of violent or emotional events came to be known as the "hard-boiled" style of detective fiction. His stories are full of memorable one liners and quotes. This, from Sam Spade – the private detective hunting for the jewel-encrusted statuette – is one of my favourites. "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some people turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all." At Minsthorpe, we turn up our sleeves!

Ray Hanshaw