MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 4 November 2016

Admissions Consultation
We are currently consulting on our Year 7 admissions arrangements for the 2018-19 year, i.e for those children moving to secondary school in September 2018 (currently in Year 5). The draft admissions policy can be found at www.york.gov.uk/downloads/download/3451/school_admissions_policies_2018-2019. City of York Council coordinates admissions for all schools in York and is conducting this consultation on our behalf. You may read about it and make comments on it at www.york.gov.uk/admissionsconsultation. The proposed policy for Millthorpe School for 2018-19 is identical to the previous policy with no changes in criteria or catchment area. You have until Friday 16 December 2016 if you would like to respond to the consultation.

Bonfire Night
A timely reminder, with bonfire night almost upon us, to make sure children enjoy themselves safely. Both bonfires and fireworks can, of course, cause serious injury if misused, so please follow sensible precautions to keep your child safe. Remember it is illegal for children under 18 to purchase fireworks or possess them in a public place. Further safety guidance can be found on the RoSPA website.

Privacy Notice
We are required by law to inform parents and carers how we use pupil information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to: support our pupils’ learning, monitor and report on their progress, provide appropriate pastoral care and assess the quality of our services. For more information on how we use pupil information please click here to read the letter on the school website.

Lifebag Project
The student Council have launched a new appeal to help support refugees. The Lifebag Project aims to provide a rucksack filled with essential items which can be given to unaccompanied children living in the refugee camps in Greece. At Millthorpe we are hoping to fill two rucksacks per form, one for a boy and one for a girl. A full list of items and more information is available on the school website. The deadline for donations is Wednesday 30 November. Thank you in advance for your donations and support.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus for Year 7 is homophones. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 15 November 2016
Students will receive appointment times for parents’ evening on Monday: if you do not receive these or there is a problem with your appointments, please contact Miss Buglass on 01904 686400 or email s.buglass@millthorpeschool.co.uk next week.

Further Education Open Events
A reminder that post-16 Open Evenings for Year 11 students continue next week: for more information on the open evenings please visit the Post-16 Education page on the school website.

Nestlé Apprenticeship Events
Nestlé are hosting a series of open evenings at their York site to showcase their Engineering and Food Operations apprenticeship programmes. Click here for more information and dates of the open evenings.

Mary Glasgow Languages Magazines
The MFL department recognises the benefits of independent study, which undoubtedly boosts students’ performance, confidence and enjoyment of their language studies.

Mary Glasgow magazines (maryglasgowplus.com) have publications aimed at improving grades by:

– developing confidence through independent reading of authentic texts.

– providing exam practice using the activities on every page and online.

– offering a wider access to cultural information through interesting articles.

The subscriptions are offered for all levels of learner and consist of 5 bi-monthly issues, MP3 listening materials and online interactive activities. Please click here for more information on each of the magazines and if you are interested, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/maryglasgow to let us know which publication(s) you would like to subscribe to. The deadline for subscriptions is Monday 14 November.

Subscriptions cost £9.50 per publication per year; we will add your subscription as a payment item to your ParentPay account.

Every magazine also includes free student access to Mary Glasgow Plus – a moderated website where users can chat to each other in French, German and Spanish, do magazine-related activities, watch videos and listen to audio at the level of the magazine. This is a great opportunity to read up to date texts which are relevant and fun for learners.