WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents and carers

As we come to the end of another school year, we reflect on how the year has been. As I mentioned in the assembly this week (see below for details), it has been a very challenging year, but we must also draw from it some of the positives, including some of the wonderful work that our students have shared. There are also some other positive stories that we will share with you over the weekend in our Millthorpe Messenger; I hope that you enjoy seeing some of the things that have been going on during lockdown.

There is a detailed document here that explains how we will function in September. It includes start and end times, lesson times, break and lunch times and the answer to many other questions that parents might have. Please do take the time to read this. We have also completed the formal risk assessment that all York and North Yorkshire schools have completed and you can find that here.

All these documents can be found on our website.

We have used all government guidance and now have detailed plans in place. Of course, the guidance could change, so we will be reviewing our plans in the week commencing 17 August, three weeks before school opens for the autumn term. We will inform you of any changes.

On Friday 21 August, I will write to all parents confirming these plans or explaining any changes, subject to government advice and any local or national changes. We believe that there could be changes to the guidance regarding face coverings and so, we will review this carefully in August and communicate with parents then. Please understand that the school and the Governing Body would like to ensure that we allow as much choice for students, parents and staff as we can, whilst also ensuring that health and safety remain the most important aspects of this decision.

Safeguarding during the summer holidays

Please note that as it is the summer holidays and school is closed, staff will not be accessing their emails on a regular basis and contact via work mobile phones or via the school office will not be possible. This includes the Pastoral Team and Senior Leaders.

If you have a safeguarding or wellbeing concern about a young person, it will not be sufficient to try to make contact with us as you ordinarily would during term time as it may be several days or even longer before this communication reaches the recipient.
During the summer holidays, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01904 551900. If you need urgent assistance, please call York CAMHS Crisis Team on 0300 0200 317, or if it is out of normal working hours, the North Yorkshire Emergency Out of Hours Duty Team on 01609 780780.

Please also see the Important: Safeguarding Contacts on the school website.

I hope that all our of students and families can enjoy the summer break and keep safe and well. On behalf of the whole staff, we really look forward to welcoming our students back in September.

With very best wishes

Miss Greenhalgh

End of term assembly

This week’s end of term celebration assembly was emailed out yesterday and is available on the school website (just scroll down slightly to find it). It includes amazing lockdown work, announces the winners of the House Competition for this year, videos of staff from the loosing Houses being gunged and more! Please note that the audio of the videos plays first and then the full video plays immediately afterwards so please bear with it…it is worth the wait!

Lockers

It was lovely to see a number of students over the last few days who came in to collect their belongings from their lockers. If your child didn’t manage or wasn’t able to make it this week, and would like to collect a lock and/or belongings from their locker next week, please contact Alex Collins direct on a.collins@millthorpeschool.co.uk to arrange a suitable time. A reminder that items remaining in lockers, including locks, will be re-used, recycled, donated or otherwise disposed of before September.

School uniform

Our uniform supplier, Keal Teamwear, have asked us to remind you of the current arrangements for purchasing uniform. They are operating a Click & Collect or Delivery service only. Please do not go to the shop. You can place your order online or by phone T: 01904 624497, and choose delivery or collection. They have a detailed size guide online to assist you, but are happy to exchange items if you order the wrong size.

PE kit

For at least the first three weeks of next term, students will not need to bring their full PE kit to school; they will just need to bring a pair of trainers. We will not be asking students to change into PE kit at school until we are satisfied this can be done safely. During PE lessons, students will take part in active but not strenuous activities. We will review this position once the term gets underway and give parents good notice if and when we make any changes.

In anticipation of when we do return to full PE lessons, please note the following changes to the PE uniform policy next year, which are part of our intention to make the uniform consistent for boys and girls:

  • Plain navy shorts will become the normal PE kit for both boys and girls. For all of next year, students will also be able to wear any white shorts they already own.
  • Sky blue reversible games tops (available from Keal Teamwear; see above) can now be worn by girls as well as boys for outdoor PE. For all of next year, girls can also wear any plain white aertex shirts they already own.

Student email accounts

A quick reminder that as Millthorpe will be moving to Google email accounts over the summer, at some point after today, all student email accounts will be deleted. If your child has any emails or attachments in their email they would like to keep, they must download them as soon as possible. We will introduce students to their new Google Mail accounts in September.

Career resources

The CareerMap website is full of useful information about career pathways. Our outgoing Year 11s may be particularly interested in:

Confectionery alert from North Yorkshire Police

PC Elliott, NYP School Liaison Police Officer has shared an email with all schools, about the first York case of “Nerds Rope” sweets in the City. Whilst there is absolutely no suggestion that Millthorpe students are involved, we have been asked to share the attached information with parents and carers to make them aware and ask for their vigilance.

The “Nerds Rope” sweets are infused with cannabis oil which can have a profound effect on children who may experience:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Lethargy, collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Cardiovascular problems

Nerds can be purchased online and many schools/parents don’t realise they contain cannabis.

PC Elliott is available during the summer holidays if you have any queries or would like more information. She can be contacted on: T: 07810 815307 or E: Sarah-Jayne.Elliott@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Please call 101/999 if you have immediate concerns.

Find out more here.

Support over the summer

City of York Council has shared with us a “Support for Families” document which is full of information, web links and contact details for families in need of support on a number of topics including: housing, finance, food, SEN, mental health and bereavement amongst others.

Please do take a look if you need any support over the summer break.

Free cycle training

Bikeability Level 2 and 3 courses will run during school time in the Autumn Term. Training is provided by City of York Council Road Safety Team. The training is offered free of charge to students in Years 7 and 8 and gives the opportunity to develop on-road cycling skills and all round road awareness. Each course is a single two-hour session. Bicycles can be borrowed from CYC, by prior arrangement, for the training.

An information letter and consent form is available from the link below and should be returned to cycle.training@york.gov.uk by Friday 19 September please.

Further details of the Bikeability Training can be found here or you can contact the Road Safety Team at cycle.training@york.gov.uk

Year 11 hoodies

If any Year 11 students missed the deadline for ordering a leavers hoodie, one of the Year 11 parents, Annette Maas, has offered to coordinate an order via Keal Teamwear.

To go ahead they need ten orders, so if you are interested, please contact Annette directly by email on annette.maas@hotmail.co.uk.

Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code: TWJ2678tuv