Friday 7 October 2016

Open Evening
I would like to thank all students who volunteered their time to help make Open Evening on Tuesday night such an outstanding success. The atmosphere was fantastic and I was tremendously proud of all our students and staff. We’ve had loads of positive feedback from Year 6 parents who attended.

School Census
Each year the Department for Education collects data from schools in the form of a census compiled from our pupil database. It is a statutory requirement that we complete each census and this year the DfE has introduced some new data items that will be collected from now on.

If you have not already done so please click the following link to complete this information for your child:

We have a statutory obligation to request this information for your child and record it on our database. You have the right not to give us this information: please indicate this by selecting the relevant box when you click the link above.

School Uniform
We are very proud of the high standard of our school uniform. In order to maintain this standard, we carry out periodic checks across all year groups. The focus for next week is skirt length. Our expectation is that skirts will be approximately knee length. We appreciate that it can sometimes be difficult to find skirts of an appropriate length. If this is an issue, please ask students to speak to their Student Support Officer about their own particular circumstances. Thank you for your continued support in maintaining the high standard of our school uniform.

Storage of Bicycles
This year, we have more students than ever cycling to school, particularly using the Philadelphia Terrace entrance. It’s great that so many students use this healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel. However, this has caused us some problems with capacity in our bike sheds; sadly, we have also had a small number of incidents of both theft and damage to bicycles. Although this is still a relatively rare occurrence, it is something we take very seriously and we will be deciding over the next few days what measures we can put in place to improve the security and capacity of our bike storage. This will include installing improved cctv coverage.

In the meantime, if your child cycles to school, you can help us by making sure:

– your child always locks their bike to an immovable object with a sturdy lock (but not the bike shed gates please!) Suitable locks will be available to buy from the site team (price tbc).

– your child removes any accessories (lights, pumps etc) before leaving their bike;

– you have adequate insurance for bikes away from home;

– your child wheels their bike to the front of school if there is no room in the sheds at the back.

Please let us know straightaway if your child experiences any problems with their bike so we can follow it up promptly.

Urgent Appeal
Following the recent and on going heavy bombing of the city of Aleppo in Syria, Friends Helping Refugees is organising an urgent appeal to fill a container by next Friday 14 October. Millthorpe has a history of working successfully with Friends Helping Refugees: last Spring’s appeal for food, toiletries and school items was a huge success thanks to your generosity. We are now collecting non perishable food, toiletries, warm jackets, coats and fleeces and sturdy shoes (all ages). Any donated items can be dropped off at school next week. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

ISSP Event – Renowned Classicist Peter Jones to visit St Peter’s School
Renowned classicist Peter Jones from University of Newcastle will speak on what the Romans’ life and culture really gave the English and our language. The event is free to attend; to book a ticket please click here following link:

Year 7 Tutor Meeting Wednesday 19 October
We are pleased to invite all Year 7 parents and carers to meet their child’s form tutor on Wednesday 19 October. The evening will be held in the Main Hall between 3.30pm and 6pm. Please click here to read the letter on the website for more information. If you have not already requested an appointment time but would like to, please click the following link:

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a School Night
Millthorpe is playing host toa night of comedy on Saturday 15 October. Tickets are normally £8 each; however Millthorpe parents and carers can take advantage of a special offer and get 2 tickets for £12 by visiting the following link: There will be a licensed bar and doors will open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm and running to 11pm at the latest. Minimum age for the show is 16.