Message from the Head of School
Thank you once again for all your support during another challenging week. We hope that your children have benefited from more live and interactive content in their lessons. We’re reviewing how this is going and looking at ways to further improve the online learning experience. This includes analysing the responses to the parent survey from last week (see below) which will be very helpful in shaping or approach.
As many of you will be aware, the DfE has allocated each school a number of Chromebooks, which we are pleased to have been able to distribute to disadvantaged students in accordance with DfE instructions. We have very limited capacity for providing devices to other families but if you are struggling to provide a suitable device/s for your child/ren, please contact us to see if we are able to help.
If you have a laptop or tablet that is in good working condition, we would still welcome any donations. You can drop devices off in Reception between 8.00-11.00am or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Head of School
Remote learning – parent survey feedback
Early on in the remote learning process we asked parents for feedback on our remote learning provision and the quality of online teaching. Thank you to those parents/carers who responded. Please read this short report which details how we have taken your comments on board and improved our offer.
Form-time welfare sessions
This week has seen the launch of our Google Meet Form-time Welfare sessions and unlike in lessons, we ask that wherever possible, students have their cameras and microphones on. We also ask that backgrounds are blurred and, as some students have reported finding it difficult, we hope this handy guide from Google will help. There are options for phones, tablets and computers.
In the recent parent survey, we received a number of requests for remote assemblies as this was something that many students and their families appreciated during previous periods of lockdown. We were only too happy to oblige and here is the first remote assembly of 2021. We will continue to share an assembly in this weekly email throughout the period of lockdown.
Holocaust Memorial Day
Every January, Year 9 Millthorpe School students spend a day learning about the horrors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, and are encouraged to make a pledge to ensure that they are part of a world in which such atrocities do not happen again.
Act early on potential extremism
The Head of Counter Terrorism Policing has advised parents and carers to Act Early and keep a close eye on signs of extremist grooming as young people spend more time out of school and online.
Whilst this is not something that we ordinarily deal with, this is a national project that we have been asked to share with all parents/carers so that you are aware of the potential signs of online extremist grooming and can act accordingly. Please follow this link below to find out more:
York College Virtual Open Event
York College is holding its next Virtual Open Event on Thursday 11 February from 5.30–8.00pm. Students can register online by visiting the York College website.
Support with food
York CVS and Healthwatch York have compiled a list of all the places where families can get food during lockdown if they are struggling, without needing Food Bank vouchers.
The Week Junior
Due to the current restrictions The Week Junior magazine is available online and can be accessed via the following link: magazine.theweekjunior.co.uk. To log in, select ‘Have you got a voucher code?’ and enter the code: TWJ2678tuv
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.