MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 30 June 2017

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Lydia triumphs at World Transplant Games
We are delighted to report that our very own Lydia (Year 11) has become the World Champion in the 5km bike time trial at this year’s World Transplant Games in Malaga. Read more >

Traffic Signal Improvements
City of York Council are undertaking a programme of work to renew and improve traffic signals infrastructure across the city. Part of these works will be taking place on Scarcroft Road and include the replacing of traffic signals and changes to the footpaths at the crossing near the allotments. These works are planned to begin on Monday 3 July and are expected to last for around two weeks. There will be temporary traffic lights in place and a controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

Parent Governor Vacancies
This is prior notice that we have two vacancies for parent governors on Millthorpe’s Governing Board. The election will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 and a parent or carer can propose a candidate, stand for election and vote in the election, if he or she has a child registered at the school on the date of the election. If you are interested in standing or would like to nominate somebody, please click here for the parent governor nomination form.

Money for school meals paid via ParentPay
If you put money onto your child’s school meal account via ParentPay, it normally appears on the system that operates the tills in the canteen within a few minutes. However, we are aware that there have been occasions when it has taken much longer – up to 2 or 3 days in some cases. We are working with the software companies to address these delays as far as possible, but you should bear in mind that payments made in the evening may occasionally not transfer to the tills the following day. In response to this, we have changed our policy so that:

  • We will always make a meal available to students at lunchtime up to the value of the meal deal (£2.40), even if no funds are showing on their account
  • If providing a meal takes the account overdrawn by more than a few pounds, we will contact parents/carers to check that arrangements either already have been, or are being, made to cover the debt.

Thank you for your co-operation with this; please contact the school if you have any further queries.

Lockers
Please can you ask your child(ren) to empty their lockers completely before the summer break: if they want a locker next year, they will be assigned a new one in September. Over the summer, we will be clearing out all the lockers so that we can bring back into circulation any lockers ‘abandoned’ by Year 11 students and anyone else who no longer wants them. Students will have a chance to reclaim any property that is left in lockers but padlocks will be removed. This is also a good opportunity to make sure PE kits are washed/reviewed and any rubbish is disposed of (especially food!)

Also, just to note that the standard lock supplied by the school next year will be a combination lock, hopefully reducing the problems associated with lost keys. Of course, students can source a key operated lock if they prefer.

Year 10 Art GCSE Mock Exam
The Art Department very much value your support to ensure that the GCSE Art exams run smoothly next week. Students have a full day of Art Exams on Tuesday and Friday. Students should be in their normal art room by 8.30am at the latest (exams start at 8.45am prompt). Students register in the exam not with their Form Tutor. In line with the new GCSE rules, all presented preparation work must be handed in at the start of the exam including the practice piece. Students will be able to use their preparation work in the exam sessions but cannot work on it between exam sessions. If for any reason your child is not able to attend this or her GCSE Art exam please contact school by 8.30am on the morning of the exam. Please click here for more information on the arrangements for the Year 10 Mock Art Exam.

Jaron Joiner Presents Be Inspired 2 Tour Saturday 8 July 2017
American performer Jaron Joiner is coming to Millthorpe on 8 July for a performance which includes comedy, dance, improv and a little beatboxing. Tickets are £5, available from www.jaronjoiner.com. He is running a FREE taster session on Friday 7 July at 4pm in the Main Hall. This will act as workshop, working on kids’ confidence, current abilities and maybe finding some skills they didn’t know they had. It’s open to all ages and every attendee has the chance to be in the performance the following day. Jaron will be in the Library on Monday lunchtime for students who would like to find out more.

York Explore Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
York Explore libraries are looking for student volunteers to help with their Summer Reading Challenge. Every summer holiday the library service invites children aged 4 – 11 to read 6 books over the summer break. The children receive prizes for each book they read and a medal and certificate when they complete the challenge. The student volunteers role would include talking to children about what they’ve been reading; helping them choose books; giving out prizes and certificates; helping with displays; and gathering feedback from children and their parents/carers. Please click here for more information.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.