WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 25 September 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents and carers

We have had another busy week with students and staff continuing to adapt well to the new regime. The pandemic continues to pose its challenges and we appreciate that the current situation can be difficult and disruptive for many people. Please be assured we are continuing to follow government advice closely, to ensure we are keeping everyone in the school and wider community as safe as possible. Thank you to all parents/carers and students who have followed our advice about obtaining Covid tests for those who are symptomatic and for self-isolating until the results are received.

We know it can be difficult to know what to do in different scenarios, so we are sharing this useful flowchart to help parents take the appropriate steps when their child is unwell.

We were delighted (not to mention slightly terrified!) to carry out our first virtual open evening for prospective parents on Thursday evening. It was our first foray into live webcasting and although it wasn’t without its technical hitches, it was, as always, a moment of great pride to be able to showcase the wonderful community here at Millthorpe School. The students who took part were fantastic ambassadors for the school, so a big thank you to them. Our promotional video and recording from last night’s Q&A session can be found here.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

With very best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh

Black Lives Matter – Embracing Diversity – Second Call for Students and Parents

Mr Burton is now planning how we can improve the experience of our students who are black or from other minority backgrounds. Please come forward as a parent to help us.

If you are black or from an ethnic minority, join us! We want to recruit as many parents as possible to serve as a reference group, to tell Mr Burton how things are, advise him if our plans for improvement make good sense, and help us find out if we are actually making the improvements intended from the plans. It will involve one meeting every eight weeks or so to monitor what we do. No preparation is needed and no specialist expertise other than your own experience. To take part just email embracingdiversity@millthorpe.southbank.academy with your name and we will be in touch.

Similarly, we want a reference group of students, so again, if your child is black or from an ethnic minority please encourage your child to put themselves forward. Just email the same address with the name of your child. We are also recruiting a reference group of staff to guide us.

Election of Parent Governors

There is currently a vacancy for a parent governor vacancy within Millthorpe School. To read the full letter, please click here and find out more about being a parent governor here.

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 is available here and the consent form should be returned to cycle.training@york.gov.uk as soon as possible.

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 7 Science assessment and revision

Year 7 students will be sitting their first assessment in Science either in the week commencing 30 November or 7 December. In order to support your child with this, revision lessons will be taught in the lead up to this examination and resources will be added to Google Classroom to further help your child to revise at home independently.

In order to further support your child with Science homework and revision, throughout the remainder of Key Stage 3, we have invested in revision guides which can be purchased for £4.00 from ParentPay. If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals the government provides additional funding for study materials, therefore you will not need to order a guide on ParentPay; your child will be provided with one by their class teacher.

If you have any further questions regarding your child’s Science assessment or revision guides, please do not hesitate to get in contact with their science teacher.

Please read Mr Wright’s full letter to Year 7 parents here

Course for Parents who have Children with Additional Needs

Family Matters are running a course via Zoom for parents who have children with additional needs, starting on Thursday 8 October, from 12.45 – 2.45pm, and running for six weeks.

It is an opportunity to meet with other parents facing some of the same challenges and share experiences and ideas, and to work through some material sharing ideas of ways to deal with our children, our families and professionals.

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 or email: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk

You can also find more information about their courses on the Family Matters website

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Ruth Cooper during school hours, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

For further information please see the safeguarding link on our school website.