Virtual assemblies 2021

We will share an assembly via the weekly email throughout the period of lockdown.

 

5 March 2021Study Hard – Stay Healthy

 

26 February 2021To Infinity and beyond

 

12 February 2021Assembly message for half term

 

5 February 2021Mental Health Week

 

29 January 2021

 

 

22 January 2021 –  5 Steps to Wellbeing Assembly

 

Christmas performances 2020

The music plays on….

As with so many things this year, our Christmas performances have had to adapt to the new rules, but our students have still made some wonderful music. Well done to them all!

This performance of Christmas Star is from our Year 11 GCSE Music students.

And this video features our Year 10 GCSE Music students performing Prokofiev’s Troika. Please enjoy!

£1m sports facility formally handed over

A new £1 million sports facility at Millthorpe School has been formally handed over.

Representatives from the school, South Bank Multi-Academy Trust, City of York Council, who provided the funding, Scarcroft Primary School, Steve Wells Associates, who acted as consultants for the project and construction company CLS, attended a socially distanced ceremony to mark its completion.

The floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch is available all year round to pupils at Millthorpe and nearby Scarcroft Primary School, together with other York schools and community groups.

It has been developed through the City of York Council scheme to create additional school places at Scarcroft Primary School and helps to increase the amount of outdoor space available to the school.

Community groups can book to use the pitch outside of the school day and during the school holidays. Hamilton Panthers, York City Kick About and Bishopthorpe White Rose have already started to take advantage of the new facility.

Councillor Keith Orrell, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “I am delighted to see that this development is already being used not only by pupils at the school but by the wider community.

“In these difficult times, all-year-round outdoor exercise is more important than ever to our children and young people’s physical and mental health.”

The pitch is suitable for junior 11-a-side football and features include energy-efficient floodlighting, along with portable goals and pitch markings to meet the requirements of a variety of different game formats and age ranges. The high-tech playing surface meets rigorous performance standards, and is expected to be registered with the Football Association as a hallmark of quality.

At the handover ceremony, pictured from left, Tim Moat, Millthorpe’s vice chair of governors; Alex Collins, Millthorpe’s business manager; David Randall, Millthorpe’s head of PE; Adam Cooper, interim chief executive, South Bank Multi Academy Trust; Paul Edwards, headteacher, Scarcroft Primary School; Nick Jones, contract manager; Stephen Miller, contract director; Jon Wells, contract administrator; Steve Wells, project designer; Gemma Greenhalgh, Millthorpe’s head of school; and Cllr Keith Orrell, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education at City of York Council.

Pictured above: The car park at the AGP

Main photo: Phoebe from Year 11 at Millthorpe and Stan, Year 10, at their new £1m sports facility’s artificial grass pitch.

Careers Newsletters Out Now

A new edition of the Millthorpe careers newsletter is now available – there are separate editions for Years 8 to 11. They can be downloaded from the bottom of the Careers section of the website (under the Curriculum tab).

Development projects begin to take shape

Work started at the end of June on two exciting development projects.

The Artificial Grass Pitch project, funded by City of York Council as part of the expansion of Scarcroft School, will create a fantastic sports facility available for use all year round for Millthorpe and Scarcroft students, as well as children in other local schools and for the wider community. After more than four years of waiting, we are eagerly looking forward to children finally being able to gain all the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing this will provide, hopefully just as the easing of restrictions makes group sport and outdoor activities more and more accessible.

The Applefields Satellite project will provide purpose-built accommodation for Applefields students on the Millthorpe site, allowing them to integrate with mainstream students whilst still receiving  dedicated support from Applefields staff. This supports our commitment to an inclusive ethos for our school community, as well as allowing us to draw on their specialist expertise and experience.

Both projects are on schedule and expected to complete in October.

Development Project News – June 2020

We are delighted to confirm that two exciting development projects will be getting underway on Monday 29 June.

The Artificial Grass Pitch project, funded by City of York Council as part of the expansion of Scarcroft School, will create a fantastic sports facility available for use all year round for Millthorpe and Scarcroft students, as well as children in other local schools and for the wider community. After more than four years of waiting, we are eagerly looking forward to children finally being able to gain all the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing this will provide, hopefully just as the easing of restrictions makes group sport and outdoor activities more and more accessible.

The Applefields Satellite project will provide purpose-built accommodation for Applefields students on the Millthorpe site, allowing them to integrate with mainstream students whilst still receiving  dedicated support from Applefields staff. This supports our commitment to an inclusive ethos for our school community, as well as allowing us to draw on their specialist expertise and experience.

In both cases, the construction has been planned largely to take place during the summer break and is expected to complete in October.

Black Lives Matter – what Millthorpe School says

Black Lives Matter

One of our core values at Millthorpe is that all of us have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. All of us try to live up to that value every day, so when we see things such as George Floyd dying in the most horrific circumstances, and we remember the countless other black lives lost senselessly, it makes us sad, angry, and full of despair.  We understand the strong emotions we have seen in the protests globally – however we want to act for change through education rather than politics – it is where our power as educators lies.

We are proud that we try to champion those who are not treated with dignity or respect in our country, our society and our community. For example, we know our work to support LGBTQ students and our work on Holocaust education has had impact. We also recognise that for our black and other ethnic minority students and their families, there is much more that we can do.

We are sending a message to all our black and minority ethnic staff, students and their families, that they deserve dignity, respect and equal opportunity in Millthorpe School, in our community and in our country.

We are very aware that like York as a city, we are a school which is overwhelmingly white, in which our curriculum falls far short of acknowledging the rich history and heritage of black and ethnic minority people. For a number of years we have covered aspects of black history within our curriculum, and we currently teach about the American Civil Rights movement including the KKK, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. We link this to racism in Britain including work about Stephen Lawrence and the disproportionate use of exclusion and imprisonment for black Britons. When the GCSE English specification changed, we lost the study of literature from diverse cultures but we are adding multi-cultural poetry and prose back into the KS3 curriculum from September 2020. We have given assemblies to celebrate Black History month. While this is a start, it doesn’t do justice to the richness of Black history and culture globally, nor does it speak strongly enough about the experience of BAME people in the United Kingdom.

We also know that casual racism is sadly a part of daily life for many black people and is often hard for those on the receiving end to speak up about. As a school community, we need to become better at not just dealing with racist incidents as they occur, but at stamping out the root causes of racism, which we will do with the help of our students, who overwhelmingly support this aim including many who are passionate about it. We must give more confidence to both our BAME and our white students to call out racism whenever they encounter it.

We are currently grappling with the wider opening of school for Year 10 students and with early planning for September, but the senior leaders within Millthorpe yesterday agreed that we cannot let another black death, and the protests arising from it around the world and in our own city go unmarked.

We promise to act.

We will:

  • review the experience of our black and minority ethnic staff, students and families;
  • look at our curriculum, especially in history, English and personal and social education to see how we can better recognise the culture, heritage and pride of BAME people;
  • review how we can make our pastoral system even more effective at dealing with casual racism so that we can stamp it out;
  • make a commitment to celebrating Black History month each year;
  • do all this jointly with BAME staff, students and parents, inviting them to guide us so that we can make their experience free of casual racism.

We are proud that the overwhelming majority of our school community believes that there is no place for racism here, but we promise to keep working until there is none within our school, our BAME students feel safe and our white students understand at least in part why and how racism destroys lives.

Black Lives Matter.

The Senior Leadership Team, Millthorpe School

BROTHERS SLEEP OUT FOR 50 NIGHTS TO SUPPORT RSPCA

Year 7 student, Isaac Milsted and his younger brother Ruari, have been using their time in lock down wisely, by sleeping out for 50 nights to support a local animal home.

Isaac and Ruari took on the task of sleeping in a tent in their back garden for 50 nights consecutively, all to raise money for the RSPCA York Animal Home, which is struggling to keep up with costs after the coronavirus outbreak.

The boys started their challenge on April 7 and completed it last week.

Isaac, 11, said: “We’ve chosen to support RSPCA York Animals Home because we recently adopted two adorable kittens from them, and we wanted to give something back to help them continue their vital work looking after the animals in their care during the current crisis.”

All the money raised will help to feed and look after the animals staying at the RSPCA York Animals Home, and to rescue animals which may be in danger in the York area and brought into the home.

Isaac and Ruari have raised an incredible £1300 for the Animal Home so far.

You can still support the boys’ efforts by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rspca-york-sleepout

IMPORTANT: SAFEGUARDING CONTACTS

During times of school closure there may be instances where you may have a safeguarding concern or need some help and advice. Please find below some phone numbers that may be helpful to you.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – 01904 551900.  The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in York.  North Yorkshire Out of Hours Duty Team – 01609 780780.

CAMHS / Limetrees 01904 615300

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. When a child or young person’s worries, problems or behaviours begin to impact upon their everyday lives, the CAMHS team can support you by offering professional help and advice. The CAMHS team in York is based at Lime Trees

Single Point of Access 01904 615345

This is a service offered by CAMHS for those who have concerns around their child’s mental health and feel a referral is required. This is often done in support with the GP. In the first instance a phone call would be best practice so you can discuss your concerns and they can advise what the next steps should be in your case.

Young People’s Crisis Line 01904 615348

If you or your child feel like they are at crisis and need immediate support this can be sought through the above contact number or through a text service, Young Minds, on 85258. This service is provided to support urgent issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, relationship issues etc.

Adult Crisis Line 01904 526582

As with young people, adults too may at times need support with mental health and well-being. You will speak with an experienced professional who can listen to you and provide you with support and guidance . This service can  signpost you to the right professionals to help you further.

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

www.gov.co.uk – coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIG SING COMES BACK TO MILLTHORPE SCHOOL

Amateur musicians of all ages from across the city of York joined together this week at a musical extravaganza hosted by students and staff at Millthorpe School.

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The Big Sing organised through Musical Connections, a small York-based charity, gave older adults, many of whom are vulnerable and socially isolated, the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of music together with school students and staff.

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Musical Connections uses music as a way to help older people the opportunity to live happier, healthier lives through participating in weekly music groups and choirs. In addition to the core weekly sessions, the charity offers a programme of intergenerational projects and events which last year involved over 400 children and young people from local schools including Millthorpe, York College and both of York’s universities.Image preview

Fiona Chapman from Musical Connections said: “The purpose of our intergenerational work is to use music as a platform to bring older and younger generations together, and to break down the social and age-related stereotypes which apply to both of these generations. A wide range of musical styles and activities are used – these cut across the age range and facilitate interaction and communication between both younger and older participants.Image preview

“A real highlight of our intergenerational calendar is the Christmas Big Sing with Millthorpe School – they have hosted this event for us for many years, and I feel very fortunate that our beneficiaries have repeatedly had the opportunity to visit the school in order to spend time socialising with and enjoying the talents and hospitality of its young musicians.”

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Millthorpe’s Head of School, Gemma Greenhalgh added “More than 60 older people, many of whom will be vulnerable and socially isolated came along to the event this year. Our Music teacher, Mr Jackson and his jazz band lead the proceedings, and the guests enjoyed refreshments served by the students. This year, we were delighted to be joined by the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker – it was wonderful to see her enjoying the music alongside everyone else!”Image preview

If you would like to find out more about Musical Connections, please visit their website at www.musicalconnections.org.uk