WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 13 November 2020

Coronavirus updates

Coronavirus infection rates are currently falling in York, which is excellent news. However, we all need to continue to play our part in helping to bring the figures down further and it is vital that everyone follows the legal requirements set down by the government.

We have been made aware that groups of young people have been gathering in public places outside of school hours and would ask that you please remind your child(ren) that under the current lockdown rules, they should be going straight home after school. They should also not be meeting friends at weekends or outside school hours to socialise. Under the guidance they can meet one person from another household outside to exercise or sit in a park.

This article from the BBC which explains how the second lockdown is different to the first, is written for children and may be useful to share.

Local test and trace
In the past two weeks, City of York’s local contact tracing programme has reached over 80 per cent of contacts passed to them by the national test and trace service. A new animation to explain how the local test and trace system works is now available online.

Please remember that if you are asked to self isolate, it is vital that you do so and that you follow the guidance. Further information about the Local Test and Trace can be found here.

Millthorpe Remembers 2020

Thank you to all of the students who made more poppies to add to our remembrance display. This year’s display looks wonderful! Thank you to Ms Frankland for adding each of the poppies to the display.

At 11am on Wednesday, the whole school fell silent to observe the two-minute national silence of the anniversary of the armistice. Our usual remembrance commemoration, where many students congregate in B Block Quad to collectively observe the silence and listen to Mr Jackson sound The Last Post, was not possible this year. However, all students did stand in their classrooms and observe the silence and Mr Jackson sounded The Last Post, just without a watching audience. Particular thanks to Year 10 students as the silence took place during their break time and they observed it immaculately.
Finally, thank you to any parents or carers who were able to make donations to the Royal British Legion. A special mention to Laura Gatus in Year 11 who managed a socially distanced collection, raising £40 for the Poppy Appeal.

Remote learning for absent students

In the event that your child is absent from school for any reason, they are able to access their lessons from their Google Classroom. All students have received their sign-in details and have accessed their Google accounts. Teachers will upload their lessons on to Google Classroom within 24 hours of the lesson taking place. This means that students can follow their timetable effectively one day behind from home. These lessons cover the same content, and will generally include the same resources and activities experienced by students in school, although occasionally there may be lessons taught in school that were planned using some strategies and resources that are not compatible with Google Classroom.

Students can submit homework and other assessed pieces of work for their teacher to assess and provide feedback on. This won’t be every piece of work but will include every piece that is assessed for classmates in school. Students can also use their Google Mail accounts to ask any questions of their class teachers. Please bear in mind that teachers in school are still delivering full timetables to their classes in school, so they will not be available to answer questions immediately.

Google Classroom is also extremely useful for homework and revision for students in school. All lessons are clearly titled and organised by topic. If a student is struggling with a homework task or to understand a particular topic or concept, they can use their Google Classroom to look at any previously taught aspect of the curriculum.
If your child has missing work, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. If there is a wider issue with Google Classroom or your child is having difficulties accessing Google Classroom, please contact the main office.

Suitable footwear for Games

The artificial grass pitch (AGP) has been in use for the last two weeks. In that short time it has been a big hit with staff and students alike. We are all delighted with it. We have also been pleased with how students have risen to the challenge of ensuring that their boots are both suitable and clean.

It has come to our attention that there are boots on sale that have ‘moulded’ studs (which are recommended for the AGP) that have metal tips (not allowed on the AGP). Can I ask again to please check with your child’s PE teacher at school should you be in any doubt as to the suitability of boots you are planning to buy for the AGP. I can recommend SportsDirect ‘Strike Firm Ground Football Boots’ which are £16.99. They would be suitable for both surfaces.
I hope that helps with the transition to using the AGP as well as grass for many of our outdoor lessons.
Mr Randall
Head of PE

Competition is close in the battle of the Houses!

At the end of last half-term, the competition between the Houses was looking very close. House points up to the end of October were:

  • Roman – 74
  • Saxon – 72
  • Viking – 70

Exploitation online

Online exploitation and grooming can be difficult to spot. This booklet produced by The Children’s Society shows some of the ways in which children and young people can be exploited online and how you can keep young people safe from this kind of abuse.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.