Principal’s Blog – 9th December 2016

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Home Learning Pays Off

At Minsthorpe we have moved from homework to home learning and, in doing so, we have watched the learning grow. Bad homework is a drag for both students and teachers – it might produce a big pile of marking but often having failed to encourage much in the way of learning. Staff now consciously set longer term extension tasks that stimulate and engage students with the topic in hand and, often, the whole family joins in as well so the learning is inter-generational. Have a look at some of the Year 7 work that was handed in last week.

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Learning, Fun and Rugby – The Wakefield Trinity!

Year 9 Flex students have been attending Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for the last 6 weeks on a learning skills programme run by the rugby league club. Students have learned lessons in teamwork in The Wildcats Learning Zone that included how to safely drop an egg, the quickest way to stack drinks cups and how to peg out washing! The students also interviewed the Chairman, Mike Carter and learned how the grass was mown in Victorian times. Learning was never this much fun in my day!

The M Factor!

Thursday night saw an outstanding Christmas Concert. We were treated to an incredible night of musical variety that ranged from choral music to thrash metal to post-modern disco! It was simply astonishing and a massive thanks go to the music department, Dean Jones, the compere beyond compare and Claire Kelly who masterminded the whole event. From Year 7 to Year 13 Minsthorpe really does have talent!

Farewell, William

The funeral of William Patrick was held at St Mary’s Church in South Elmsall on Monday 5th December 2016 at 1:45pm. Many Minsthorpe students and staff joined with William’s family to pay their last respects. It was a beautiful, moving service. The college granted a leave of absence to students who wished to attend the funeral and their behaviour was impeccable and respectful. William was a very able, high achieving student who was held in high esteem by everyone who taught him. He had a strong circle of friends and his loss has been deeply felt at the college.

After the funeral William’s body was laid to rest at a private ceremony at Carr Lane Cemetery and then the mourners went on to a reception at the church hall.

At the college we send our warm messages of sympathy and support for William’s loved ones at this time. We intend to hold a memorial service in The Oasis at the college and to plant a Lebanese Cedar Tree there as a tribute to William, his life and his achievements. The choice of this tree is an appropriate one as in mythology and symbolism the Cedrus Libani is thought to represent purity and eternal life. Farewell, William, we will not forget you.

Ray Henshaw