Millthorpe School has joined a new project launching in York that will help give Christmas presents to care home residents who will be alone throughout the festive season.
The Silver Santa project asks people to donate shoeboxes full of gifts to Silver Santa who will distribute them to care homes in York including Amarna House. The project is being trialled in York before it is rolled out nationally by the charity Attend UK.
Organiser, Pauline Redman, said: “More than 30 percent of elderly individuals in care homes won’t have a visitor on Christmas day. We have had a lot of help from schools across the city including Millthorpe, Manor CE and Joseph Rowntree who are donating several shoeboxes. Several students are going into Amarna House on Christmas Day to spend time with residents.”
English teacher at Millthorpe School, Arielle Redman, said: “Our student council decided that this scheme would be a worthy cause. We spent a day preparing shoeboxes and the children can’t wait to see the difference it will make to the care home residents.”
Students and staff at Millthorpe School are marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 this week with a Poppy Fountain dedicated to service people, many of them from the immediate local area, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the war.
Each student and member of staff was invited to make a poppy with materials of their choice including wool, felt, paper, ribbon or tissue. The finished poppies, each with their own dedication to an individual service person, have then been crafted into a stunning display in the school’s entrance hall.
Many of the students used the Clements Hall History Group’s database of local people who died in the war, to find people who lived on their street or even in their house, so that they could then dedicate their poppies to someone who lived in their neighbourhood. Students have also been encouraged to go on to the ‘Every One Remembered’ website to write a personal message of remembrance for the person they dedicated their poppy to.
Adam Baybutt, Senior Director of Achievement and teacher of History at Millthorpe School said “The students and staff have created an incredible display, which is very poignant and makes us all stop and think about the effect the war had on people across the country and particularly in our locality.
“We also held Remembrance assemblies last week, encouraging students to reflect on the horrors of war and remember that the service men and women gave their lives so that future generations could live theirs.
“We are very proud of our students, particularly as the younger generation are often accused of being unwilling to remember and reflect on the past. This proves that this is a wholly inaccurate and unfair accusation and that the young people of today are very interested in and are moved by the events of 100 years ago. When The Last Post is sounded
on Sunday morning, I know that a whole generation of Millthorpe students will pause and pay their respects.
“Huge thanks go to Miss Frankland and Ms Watson, the Design and Technology team and the students and wider staff for creating such a beautiful, thoughtful display.”
Careers Hub Sets New Sights for Young People in the Region
Students from Millthorpe School joined forces with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership to launch the Careers Hub on Wednesday 10th October 2018. Speaking to representatives from 35 schools from across the region, Louella Rebbeck and Theo Steele shared the valuable experience they gained from undertaking work placements in commercial theatre production, highlighting the responsibility they experienced, the new skills they learnt and the benefits their experience will have for them in the future. To conclude his speech, Theo said “It’s an opportunity I’m glad I got to have and wish everyone could have. If asked to do it again, I’d say yes every time.”
The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) won their bid for the region to host one of 20 Careers Hubs in England, designed to help transform careers education for young people. Central to the LEP strategy for tackling the aging demographic and enabling economic growth in the region, is ensuring that young people are knowledgeable and inspired by the diverse career routes that are available in the region. The Careers Hub will work to ensure that schools, students and parents understand the value of all available destination routes out of secondary education and that young people are getting the right support to progress into their chosen career path.
The Hub is made up of 35 schools and colleges which will work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company to improve careers education. The Government’s National Careers Strategy sets a standard for all schools and colleges to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, standards of excellence in careers education. NYBEP, lead delivery partner of Careers Hub support programmes, will work with schools to build bespoke programmes of careers education, addressing the specific needs of students within individual schools and addressing gaps in provision that will help schools to achieve against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
As well as providing schools with access to support and funding, the Hub will play a crucial role in developing networks between schools, so that experience and best practice can be shared. Millthorpe School in York, is the lead school for the York, North Yorkshire Careers Hub. Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Head of Millthorpe School, said,
“Schools’ most important role is to send out well rounded, polite, curious and inquisitive young people who have aspiration and employability skills. To achieve that, schools need to work together, with enthusiasm and passion, to build relationships with businesses and create opportunities for our young people. I am very much looking forward to doing that.”
Partnership with local businesses can help schools to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. The lead business in the Careers Hub is Sirius Minerals, based on the North Yorkshire Coast. The £3.2 billion project by Sirius Minerals to construct the Woodsmith Mine, positions it as a large employer for the region, for the long term. The company is committed to bringing opportunity to young people in their local community, delivering an Education Outreach programme which has engaged with over 80 schools and 10,000 young people in the area. The project aims to support careers provision in schools and colleges and raise the profile of the science, technology, engineering and maths careers available.
Matt Parsons, External Affairs Manager at Sirius Minerals, speaking at the Careers Hub launch, said
“We want to engage the spark in young people by increasing their skills and aspirations towards STEM and other career opportunities. We are delighted to be the lead employer in the Careers Hub and want to show good practice to help others get involved.”
Jane Hinkins, Personal Development Coordinator at Harrogate Grammar School said,
“This is an exciting opportunity to build a network and grow our confidence as Careers Leads in schools. We need to understand and act fast to keep up with the changing world of careers, ensuring that parents and students know about the huge breadth of careers out there.”
Alongside the Careers Hub, the LEP have also developed a ‘Leading Careers Guidance’ toolkit, which eases the way for schools to meet the standards of careers education required by the Department for Education. The LEP is also working to develop Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship provision in the region, with an Apprenticeship Hub to be announced later this year.
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On Wednesday Councillor Johnny Crawshaw came to meet with Millthorpe School’s Mental Health Champions to hear about their plans to promote the well being of young people and campaign to tackle stigma around mental health. Over the last year 12 students received training in peer-to-peer support as part of a citywide initiative supported by the local authority and public health. This year, the campaign, supported by the well being Service and led by students, will be running in secondary schools across the city. It is hoped that this project will encourage students and their parents to talk more openly about pressures faced by young people. Councillor Crawshaw was impressed by Millthorpe’s student leaders and happy to swap notes on how to run an effective campaign.
As you are hopefully aware, we have now submitted a planning application for the proposed sports facilities and parking on the Millthorpe site.
Inevitably, as with any development of this nature, this has generated a range of responses and we are aware that some of the information that has been circulated is inaccurate or misleading. As such, we thought it would be helpful to provide some key facts about the proposal so that members of the local community can reach an informed and balanced view.
- The proposal is for one pitch, suitable for competitive junior football (smaller than a full-size adult football pitch).
- There will be a Community Use Agreement between the schools and City of York Council (CYC) that sets out how access for local schools and community sports groups is assured, at what times, and at what cost. As well as being a Sport England requirement, income from community lettings is needed to help pay for the upkeep of these facilities.
- The Agreement will also define how late the pitch can stay open and planners need to be satisfied that this is reasonable for local residents.
- The drainage proposal has been checked and approved by the Senior Flood Management Engineer from CYC.
- In addition we have submitted noise and light impact assessments, as well as arboricultural, environmental and ecological surveys, as part of the planning process.
- We are working with the Highways Team at CYC to understand how any impact on the traffic in neighbouring streets can be reasonably managed.
- Parking allowances are based on the standard formula used by planners for this kind of facility.
If you would like any further information about the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Headteacher of either school. Please remember that responses may take longer during school holidays.
A reminder that you can view the documents associated with our application and submit any comments via the City of York Council planning website using the reference 1801162/FUL.