WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 9 July 2021

COVID cases this week

There have been 6 students who have tested positive for COVID-19 this week (either confirmed by PCR test or awaiting the result), 1 in Year 7, 3 in Year 8 and 2 in Year 10.

We ask that students and their families continue to carry out a COVID test each Wednesday and Sunday.

Google Classroom

If your child is self-isolating, work can be accessed on Google Classroom for each timetabled lesson. Please remind your child that continuing to engage with learning while isolating is mandatory in the same way as attending school in normal circumstances.

Parents/carers should have received today a link to set up a guardian account on Google Classroom that allows you to receive regular reports on the work your child has been set, what they have completed and anything that is outstanding. If you have a Google account, you can choose whether to receive daily or weekly reports. If not, you will receive weekly reports by default. In either case, you can choose to opt out if you wish. More details can be found by following the link.

Parents/carers and students may wish to know that you can download a Google Classroom app, which allows you to access all aspects of Google Classroom from your phone. Note that Google Classroom will continue to be where homework assignments are set and lessons can be accessed for revision etc, so this won’t just apply during periods of isolation.

Musical Donation Scheme

At Millthorpe, we want all of our pupils to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument – and we need your help please! Many of our pupils do not have their own instruments and would benefit from being able to borrow an instrument from school. Often pupils ‘try out’ an instrument before parents make the significant investment to purchase their own instrument, so we are asking you if you are able to help by donating instruments to our Musical Donation Scheme.

We would welcome donations of instruments which are in good condition. We ask that all instruments are kindly delivered to our School Office together with a completed Musical Instrument Donation Scheme Form.

Thank you so much in advance for any help you are able to give. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Wright E: c.wright@millthorpe.southbank.academy.

Collection of Art work

The Art Department are offering students the opportunity to collect Art work left behind due to the lockdown last year, on the following dates:

  • Year 8 and 9 students will be offered their sketchbooks back in lessons. Any sketchbooks which are not taken will be recycled.
  • Current Year 10 students who would like to keep their Year 9 sketchbook and/or Clay Monster Pot must visit D1 (bottom Art Room) at the end of school on Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 July.
  • Current Year 8 students can collect their African Clay Mask (made in Year 7) from D1 on Thursday 15 or Friday 16 July.

It is important that students from different year groups do not mix in the school building so please make sure your child knows which day to collect their work. They may find it helpful to bring a plastic bag. Clay work which is left over will be thrown away on Wednesday 21 July.

If your child is unable to collect their art work as they are isolating please email s.cockburn@millthorpe.southbank.academy by 3.00pm on Tuesday 20 July to make arrangements.

Online safety

Following on from last week’s parent guide to TikTok, National Online Safety have produced this handy dos and don’ts guide for keeping safe online. Please share this with your child(ren).

Rail safety

We have once again been contacted by Network Rail as they are concerned about the number of incidents of trespassing on the railway near York. There is no suggestion that this is Millthorpe students, but we have been asked to share this clip with all parents and carers and ask them to watch this with their children ahead of the summer holidays when, historically, there is a further increase in trespassing.

To make it quick and easy, please just enter the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com into the ‘I am registered’ field and click on the Secondary school version: Age 11-16.

Apprenticeship vacancies in York

There are currently a large number of apprenticeship vacancies in York and the surrounding area which our Year 11 students are eligible to apply for. More information can be found here.

Please also take a look at the June and July editions of the Apprenticeship newsletter for parents.

Hairdressing/barbering apprenticeships

Westrow Academy have contacted school to let us know that they are looking to recruit Hairdressing/ Barbering Apprentices at their salons across Yorkshire.

If any students are interested, they can call either Suzie or Natalie at the Academy on 0113 397 9400 to discuss this further or alternatively send an email to info@westrowacademy.com

Ravensbourne University London Summer School 26-30 July 2021

This free summer school is aimed at students who are aged 14+ and have an interest in the creative industries. Led by experienced industry professionals and Ravensbourne student ambassadors, students will work towards a project brief whilst having the opportunity to attend a wide range of master classes to boost their creative and digital skills. It will be a chance to enhance their portfolio, learn new skills, obtain constructive feedback and be inspired to pursue a creative career in the future.

Click here for further details.

Opportunity for young people

We are aware that one of the frustrations for young people is that they have nowhere to go and nothing to do in their free time. Door 84 have listened and are inviting all secondary students to tell them what they want. Please see this poster for full details.

Careers at Sea webinar – 3.30-4.30pm, 13 July

If your child has an interest in a career in the Merchant Navy then Careers at Sea is running a free webinar for parents (not for students).

Please click here for more information

The Active Lives Children and Young People’s survey

A reminder for students in years 7-9 to have their say…. a few weeks ago we told you about The Active Lives Children and Young People’s survey, commissioned by Sport England. The survey gathers data on how children engage with sport and physical activity, providing anyone working with children aged 5-16 key data to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity.

This term, Millthorpe School has been selected to participate, with students in Years 7, 8 and 9 being invited to participate. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete and the deadline for completion is Friday 16 July.

The links to each survey are: