WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 2 July 2021

School ties

We recently advised students that as part of the restructure of the pastoral system into year groups instead of houses, there would need to be a corresponding change of tie colours. Initially this was to be gold-striped ties across the school but following feedback from a number of students and staff, we have instead settled on a distinct stripe colour for each year group. Students will keep this tie colour as they move up through the school.

This will help to create a year-group identity and it reduces waste, as existing ties (and ties held in stock) can continue to be used or donated as spares. In future, it will allow students to keep the same tie for the full five years. It helps staff identify a student’s year group, and reduces the cost to school of providing new ties.
The stripe colours will be as follows:
  • Year 7 – Yellow
  • Year 8 – Red
  • Year 9 – Blue
  • Year 10 – Purple
  • Year 11 – Green

We will be asking students moving into Year 10 to purchase purple-striped ties instead of a new two-stripe tie in their house colours. Students joining us in Year 7 will of course need to buy a yellow-striped tie. These new colours are expected to arrive in about 6 to 8 weeks’ time.

Students in the other year groups who already have the right colour ties can continue to wear these. The remainder of students will be provided with a new tie in the relevant year group colours. Our uniform supplier, Keal Teamwear, has agreed to sell these to school at a nominal price of £2 per tie, as they were holding large numbers in stock. Parents will be given the option to make a voluntary contribution towards this cost via ParentPay. Students will be asked to donate their old ties to help future students.

Library Stock Check

Years 7 and 8
We are performing a stock check in the final week of the year and we need all books to come back in please. Students in Years 7 and 8 who have library lessons in the next two weeks will have to return the books they currently have. If you have a child in these year groups please encourage them to put any library books they have in their bag ready for return during their library lesson between 5-16 July. They will be able to select new books to take out over the summer, which we heartily recommend, as reading for pleasure in the long summer holiday is a great way to keep the mind active, ready for the return to learning in September.

Years 9 and 10
If anyone finds a ‘missing’ book from Millthorpe School Library somewhere at home please bring it in before Monday 19 July. We will be so pleased to see it that we will offer a small reward. We are doing a stock check and we would love to regain any missing books. You can recognise our books by the plastic cover, the lending plate and the ‘Millthorpe School Library’ stamp.

For those who are self-isolating, we ask that you return your books as soon as you return to school – thank you!

Mental Health Champions

Students in Year 9 have been invited to apply to be Mental Health Champions for the 2021-2022 academic year. For the benefit of students who have been isolating, please follow the links to the introductory PDF and the application form. The closing date is Monday 5 July.

Access to Google Classroom

Parents/carers will receive an email next week with instructions on how to access your child’s Google Classroom. This will allow you to see the work set for your child. Please look out for this email, as it will contain a unique invitation requiring a response.

Parents’ Guide to TikTok

Please use this link to access a really useful parents’ guide to TikTok. As increasing numbers of young people sign up to this social media platform, we wanted to share this excellent resource from National Online Safety (NOS).

NOS says, “At National Online Safety, we believe in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information to hold an informed conversation about online safety with their children, should they feel it is needed.

“This guide focuses on one app of many which we believe trusted adults should be aware of.”

We hope that you find this useful.

Information from City of York Council – help stop the spread of Coronavirus in York

City of York Council have produced a leaflet for secondary school students thanking them for their help during the pandemic and recognising the disruption many have faced and are still facing. The leaflet also appeals to students to continue with good practices relating to stopping the spread of Covid. You can see the leaflet here.

Family Matters courses

The short courses offered by Family Matters York give parents the opportunity to meet other parents and find out that they are not alone; to think about what they are doing with their children; and, in the light of the course material and ideas from other parents, decide if they want to make any changes. The following courses, all of which are offered online via Zoom, are starting in September:

  • Handling Anger in the Family
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years

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 on the Family Matters website.

Netball skills sessions

Catherine Fairclough of Raise Your Game will be offering netball skills sessions, taster days and summer day camps for girls in Years 7-13. Please see the flyer here or find out more on the Raise Your Game website.

Duke of Edinburgh expeditions

Mr Ward would like to say a very big thank you to all the DofE students and parents/carers for their patience! It has been difficult to make arrangements this year BUT we will have all expeditions finished by the end of term. If anyone has any questions, please email Mr Ward.

Here is the email we sent out earlier this week in case you missed it:

“On the weekends students are attending, we will meet at the Philadelphia Terrace entrance at 10:30am on Saturday. Students should be finished for approximately 2:00pm on the Sunday.

Kit is minimal. Students need clothes, washing stuff and a sleeping bag/mat. Students need breakfast and lunch for the Sunday (there is no access to fridge facilities so make sure that the food for Sunday does not need chilling). Students will have a Trangia (stove) for making hot drinks or porridge for breakfast. We will be providing lunch and an evening meal for the students on the Saturday: all requirements will be catered for.

The weather is looking OK at the moment but I would recommend bringing wet weather clothes too. We have waterproofs available if required.

As part of our risk assessment we do need the students to take a Lateral Flow test on Friday evening prior to attending the weekend.”

Please also note that students have been given a Medical Form. Please ignore the date on the form as some of them may have the wrong date on them, but Mr Ward does need a form from each person please.