WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 24 April 2020

Safeguarding children and families

As we continue through this lockdown period, it is clear that most children will be spending more time than usual on their mobile phones and on social media sites. Whilst these provide great platforms for enabling conversations and for socialising, this increased online activity can also bring additional potential risks. Please take the time to read some guidance for parents on keeping your children safe online at CEOP and NSPCC. These websites are full of useful information to help you recognise the dangers, the types of online child abuse and the possible signs to be aware of.

There have also been concerns raised in the news about the increased likelihood of Domestic Abuse during a period of lock-down. You can find more information together with details of how to get help or support here.

We have added a page to our website that includes more information on keeping safe and also gives some other forms of support such as who to contact if there is domestic abuse in the household. Visit our website

Contacting school and teaching staff

If you or your children need to contact teaching staff during the school closure, all of their email addresses can be found here. From next week, there will also be a link on the home page of the school website for ease.

If you have a query that does not relate to teaching / specific subjects, please contact the School Office using the email address: admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk and they will direct your query.

Microsoft Office

Students at Millthorpe can access free Microsoft Office software for the duration of their time at school. It can be installed on up to five devices.

Your son/daughter will just need to know their username which is theirnetworkusername@millthorpeschool.co.uk (ie 0woodworth@millthorpeschool.co.uk or 3binky@millthorpeschool.co.uk) and their password, which is their school network password.

Anyone who has forgotten their password should contact Mr Ward.

Full instructions for downloading and installing Microsoft Office can be found here.

Blutick Maths Competition

The website Blutick is running a maths competition for the whole country with prizes for individuals who answer the most questions and for the schools who have the most participants. We got the exciting news that Millthorpe is one of the top 20 schools in the country so far! Well done to all who have taken part – keep answering those questions. If you haven’t taken part yet, go to the website and log on to keep Millthorpe at the top!
Many thanks to our Maths department for organising it.

National Theatre performances

Parents/carers and students can access a number of fantastic performances on the National Theatre website using the school’s user credentials. Visit Drama Online and then follow the login procedures – full details on how to do this can be found here.

Good news stories

We know there are some amazing activities and initiatives taking place during the lockdown, involving our students and the Millthorpe community. One such story covered in the York Press this week, featured Year 10 student, Luke Smith, who took on the challenge of climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, from his own home. A great achievement which raised more than £700 for the NHS and homeless charities.

Please do send us your news, achievements and projects to news@millthorpeschool.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you!