It has been a busy autumn term to date for Minsthorpe’s Student Council, who in response to Student Voice organised the College’s first ever Charity Week from the 10th to the 14th November. The Student Council arrived at the decision to support the following worthy causes due to their direct impact on Minsthorpe students, past and present, and their families:
- Meningitis Now in a bid to raise student awareness as a result of a Year 9 suffering in early childhood;
- Teenage Cancer Trust due to one ex-student’s current condition;
- Caudwell Children who are sending a Year 11 student and his family on a Destination Dreams holiday to America due to his younger sister’s heart condition;
- Children in Need to the 14th November;
- Year 11 Passport to Prom through a Year 11 Sponsored Silence
The Chairs of the Student Council, Grace and Karl, are understandably pleased with the students’ achievements of raising £2026.13! Karl in Post 16 and Chair of the Student Council said "Although Minsthorpe’s Student Council has a long history of fundraising, this is the first year that we’ve concentrated our efforts in to one week. We hoped to increase the number of students involved, activities on offer and funds raised."
Joint Chair Grace added "Our non-uniform day this term will not be held on the penultimate Friday, but rather as a finale to a full week of fundraising activities held across the College, involving all year groups competing to raise the most money, from 2.45 – 4pm daily. Not only are we now in line with the rest of the country’s fundraising efforts to support the Children In Need Appeal, we can also support additional charities that are close to the hearts of our community."
After several discussions around who would be prepared to sit in a bathtub of baked beans, the Student Council approached Curriculum Areas and requested they host events after College that students could pay to either spectate or participate in. The programme on offer appealed to different ages and tastes and was promoted by the Student Council in the Assemblies, through posters and a booklet and on the College’s website and social media.
Events included a Pub Quiz, Post 16 Vs Staff Football, Student 5-a-side Football Tournament, Monarchy Memory Challenge, raffles and tombolas, Disney Dress Up, Xmas bauble decoration, Guess the number of sweets in a jar and the Great Minsthorpe Bake Off and not forgetting the Ice Bucket Challenge which Mr Max won!
Members of the newly formed Student Leadership Team were on hand to support the events by supervising students and collecting the money. Plans are already in place for Charity Week 2015 and student and staff evaluations are being completed to ensure the College builds on this year’s success.
Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching