WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 27 November 2020

Updates from last Friday’s email

We’ve had another really positive week this week, with the vast majority of students arriving with masks and everyone working hard to maintain all the hygiene and safety measures. Thank you to all of you.

All Key Stage 3 students have had an assembly about the changes to teaching groups and the teachers have made preparations ready for the new arrangements to begin on Monday. We know that this may well be unsettling for many students, but we’re sure that, as with all the challenges the pandemic has thrown at them, they will successfully take it in their stride.

PE/Games reminders: Cold weather clothing

As the weather starts to change, parents/carers and students are reminded that:

  • wearing two layers for outdoor games is a good idea, i.e. a t-shirt/skin/thermal layer under a reversible games top for all boys (and Year 7 girls) and under a school navy fleece for girls.
  • a suitable pair of gloves and/or hat may also be appropriate, especially for students who struggle with the cold.
  • all students are permitted to wear navy blue or black skins or leggings under their navy shorts in outdoor Games lessons during the colder months.
  • students may also wear the uniform tracksuit bottoms (available from Keal Teamwear).
  • students should always bring navy shorts, as this is a compulsory item of PE/Games kit.
  • wearing the additional items is optional.

Please note that the indoor PE kit remains unchanged. 

Students must bring the kit to all lessons and if they are unable to participate, they need to produce a medical note each week.

Social Media concern – TikTok

We have been contacted by our police liaison officer to make us aware that there is a viral video circulating on TikTok at present called “Megan is Missing.” The video is described as “exceedingly violent” by the police.

Please can we again ask you to check your child’s social media usage to ensure that they are not being exposed to inappropriate material such as this? If your child has accessed this video and you require any support, please contact the school office who will direct you to pastoral staff.

Please note that we have not publicised this video to the students as we do not want them to become curious and try to gain access to it.

National Online Safety app for parents

The National Online Safety team have launched a FREE app filled with authoritative, helpful guidance on online safety issues, including:

  • Hundreds of online safety guides on topics including screen addiction, fake news and trolling to hacking, social media influencers and sexting;
  • An online safety training course for parents developed by experts;
  • A user-friendly interface with increased functionality;
  • The option to get notifications to your phone as soon as new content becomes available – so you can stay up-to-date with the latest online crazes (and risks);
  • The facility to personalise your content by favouriting key resources.

You can find the app on the Google Play Store or the App Store

Apprenticeships

Students in Year 11 are looking at different post-16 routes in Personal Development lessons at the moment. Please click here for the November apprenticeships parents and carers pack if your child is considering applying for an apprenticeship.

Donate your coat to refugees

For the past two years teachers and parents have dropped off their outgrown or unwanted coats at Millthorpe School for refugees sleeping rough across northern France and Belgium.

This year, the charity Care4Calais needs your help more than ever. In Northern France over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough. Some are as young as 13 and have no access to clean clothes, water or shelter.

In the UK there are over 3,500 people living in hotels, hostels and military barracks. They arrive in just the clothes they are wearing, and with nothing else, they are unable to take these off to wash them. They are poorly equipped for a British winter and many have no coat at all.

If we all take a look in our cupboards for a winter coat that we no longer wear, we can help Care4Calais to reach their goal of providing each and every one of these refugees with a warm coat this winter.

  • Donate your coat by dropping it in the box in Millthorpe office reception (please sanitise and wear a mask)
  • No coat to give but would like to donate to purchase a coat? You can do so here

The coats we collect will be distributed in France by local volunteers before Christmas. Thank you for your help.

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.