WEEKLY EMAIL 12 April 2019

 

Duke of Edinburgh – Year 9

If your child has brought home a letter regarding DofE could you please return it by Friday 3 May. If you did not receive a letter but would like your child to participate, please do let me know. If there are any issues regarding payment please contact me: a.ward@millthorpeschool.co.uk

 

Sports Notices: Summer Sports Practice

Please see below for the days and times of summer sports practices.

Summer sports practice rota

 

York and District Boys’ Schools Football Leagues

Linked below are the final positions of the leagues in which Millthorpe teams have participated this year. A big well done to all the footballers who played this season for your hard work and commitment. We hope that the 2019-20 season will be even better.

Boys’ football leagues

 

Year 11 GCSE Art

Some GCSE students have borrowed art materials and equipment in order to work over the Easter break. As we will need everything back in our classrooms ready for Monday 29 April, please can parents/carers remind students to return it all before registration. Y11 are due to hand in their completed GCSE Art coursework by 1.00pm ready for the final assessment. It is important to note that images of GCSE exams and coursework cannot be shared on social media from January 1 2019. Students have been reminded of this in lessons and we would appreciate parents/carers re-enforcing this at home. Thank you for your continued support

 

Roller Derby Sessions

Roller Derby Training Club are running sessions at Millthorpe every Wednesday at 7.00pm from 1 May to 3 July. Participants must be 14 or over and have their own kit. See their Facebook event for more details:

Scrimmage Skills

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 5 April

Successful £1.25m Funding Bid for New Classrooms

We have had confirmation this week that a £1.25m bid to replace three ageing stand-alone classrooms on the site with a new classroom block has been successful. The project also includes the creation of two new, fully equipped Science labs within the existing Science block, along with a new Science classroom and prep room.

Any students who have ever been taught in the ‘temporary’ classrooms will no doubt testify that they have reached the end of their useful life, if not a little beyond it. By contrast, all the new rooms will provide a high-quality, modern learning environment for students and the new block will even be carbon neutral, generating all of its own power using solar panels.

This is the fourth successful bid that Millthorpe has made to the Condition Improvement Fund, which allows academies to bid for money to make much-needed improvements to school buildings, and brings the total investment from this source to over £4m in 3 years.

 

Poland 2020

Thank you for your reply slips for the Poland/Auschwitz trip in 2020. Please can we remind you that deposits of £150 are now due in, as these need to be sent to the tour company to start the booking process. Students will receive letters early next week to confirm their place or if they were unsuccessful. The deposit will be repaid in full for any unsuccessful students. Any questions, please contact Miss Forrester.

 

Drug Proof Your Kids

Please follow the link below for details of a free six week course to help parents influence their children to make good choices about drug use.

http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/wp-content/uploads/DPYK-St.-Andrews-Huntington-June-2019.pdf

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 29 March

E-Safety Instagram add-on ‘Tell on her’

Following on from our email last week about monitoring mobile phone and social media use, a number of parents and carers have contacted us to express concern about an addition to Instagram called “Tell on her.” This additional piece of software needs to be voluntarily installed or added to a person’s Instagram account but can then be viewed by everyone on their friends list. “Tell on her” is an anonymous platform meaning that anyone can write anything that they want. Sadly, this has been used to send upsetting or hurtful messages and parents/carers and the school are unable to intervene and identify the sender.

Please can you check whether your child has added this software to their Instagram account and if they have, could we strongly recommend that it is deleted?

Additionally, a helpful article about managing or monitoring your child’s Instagram account can be found on the link below.

iparenteducation.com/how-to-monitor-instagram-for-free/

 

Careers Fair Monday 1 April

For the first time this year, we will be holding a careers fair for all year groups, 7 to 11, to help students get a better understanding of potential pathways beyond Millthorpe. Each student will have half an hour to visit the fair and get the opportunity to speak to a variety of people involved in different occupations, as well as representatives from both further and higher education establishments.

 

Art Update

Year 10 Trip to Saltaire Wednesday 3 April

A reminder about this important trip for Y10 GCSE Art students – details in the email sent earlier this week.

 

Year 11 GCSE Exam

Congratulations to all the Y11 GCSE students who completed their 10 hour Art exam this week! Thank you to parents for their support in the run up to the exams and for ensuring students were fully equipped and punctual. The remaining 60% of the final GCSE assessment is for the coursework which must be handed in by 1.00 pm on Wednesday 8 May. Next week, students will be given a coursework checklist to support the completion of coursework (available on Class charts & the Art Department section of the homepage by next Friday).

 

PE Notices

Athletics Dates 2019

Round One Athletics: week commencing 3 June (date to be confirmed)

York and District Athletics Semi Finals: 18 June

York and District Athletics Finals: 25 June

Millthorpe School Sports Day: 24 June (reserve day 26 June)

 

Lost Property

We are still inundated with lost and unlabelled PE kit. Please can you make sure all kit is named so that if it is misplaced it can be reunited with its owner.

 

Summer PE Kit

As we approach the Summer Term, can i remind all students that Games kits will not be needed after Easter, only PE kit. However, I would recommend that girls continue to bring their navy fleece and boys their reversible top so that they can be worn over their PE top if needed to keep students warm during summer sports.

 

Sports Courses at Askham Bryan Starting September 2019

Askham Bryan College will be delivering two new sports courses from September: one is in conjunction with Leeds United and the other is a personal training pathway. Suitable for any Year 11 students with an interest in a career in sport or fitness, they are free for under 19-year-olds and there is a free bus provided. See the website for more details.

www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/news/askham-bryan-college-announced-as-leeds-united-sports-hub

 

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 22 March

Parent Governor Election

Following the recent parental ballot, Claire Smith and Stephen Gilroy have been elected as Parent Governors. We look forward to welcoming them onto the school’s Governing Body.

 

HPV Vaccinations

A reminder that HPV Vaccinations for Year 8 girls are taking place on Tuesday 26 March. It may be helpful for your daughter to wear a short sleeve shirt if they have one. If you have not yet given your consent but wish your daughter to receive the vaccination, please use the following link:

http://www.hdft.nhs.uk/imms-consent

The link is also available on the school website. If required, the school code is FA6YS.

 

What’s on their phones?

Last week, Messrs Butterworth and Baybutt delivered assemblies to students in Years 7-10 about mobile phone use, specifically the law around images and social media. After persuading a number of students to hand over their phones, they were able to convince students, for a short while at least, that we could display the contents of their phones’ camera roll/videos on the big screen in the Main Hall. This was a light-hearted way of getting students to reflect on their own phone contents and it was clear it gave many of them pause for thought!

The underlying message is a serious one of course, and we would urge parent to ask themselves: do I know what is on my child’s phone? Would they let me check it? If not, why not? What are they hiding?

You can find more information at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 

Red Nose Day

The final total collected was £865 – thank you for your generosity.

 

Bikeability

A reminder that free ‘Bikeability’ Cycle Training from City of York Council is available to any students wishing to take part. More information and a consent form is in the attached letter. If you wish your child to participate, please complete the parental consent form and return this to the main office as soon as possible. Paper copies of this letter are also available for students to collect from the main office.

Bikeability letter

 

GCSE Art Exams

All Y11 Art students will sit two 5-hour exams next week (Monday 25/3 and Thursday 28/3, except those attending the Battlefields trip who will sit the exams on Thursday  28/3 and Friday 29/3). Please can you ensure your child arrives in D6/7 between 8.15 and 8.25 on these days (use door by D1). It is an exam regulation that all students hand in preparation work at the start of the first exam session so please make sure your child has their completed work with them at this time.

 

Summer Internships

InvestIN is offering a range of exciting internships in London (and New York) this summer for students aged 15-18 interested in following careers in law, medicine, engineering, banking and management. See the online brochure for further details:

InvestIN brochure

 

World Scout Jamboree Fundraising Evening Thursday 11 April

Two Millthorpe students, Ollie How and John Atkin, are putting on a fundraising event to help them attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA this summer, where they will be representing York, North Yorkshire and the UK.

The evening involves six inspiring tales of adventure from local people, with stories covering the four continents from the Amazon to Everest. Tickets are just £5 each. See the flyer for more details:

Scout Flyer

The Jamboree takes place every four years, involving 40,000 scouts from 169 countries around the world, with the aim of promoting international understanding and co-operation. Those attending have to raise money to fund the cost of the trip.

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 15 March

Cycle Safety

As many of you will know, we have spoken to all students who cycle to school this week to deliver important messages about road safety. This is always important but we have been particularly concerned recently by a number of reports from members of the public regarding dangerous behaviour of Millthorpe students when riding to and from school. Below is a link to the letter that was handed to students who cycle to school.

 

Cycling Letter

 

It may be helpful to clarify some of the points raised in the letter: firstly, riding two abreast is sometimes advised for safety reasons; however, in the incident which was reported to us, students were clearly riding alongside one another in order to continue their conversations rather than for safety. Riding three or more abreast is not legal under the Highway Code. Similarly, whilst riding in bus lanes may be allowed where indicated by signage, our concerns relate to groups of cyclists making it difficult for buses to pass safely and not paying due attention to their impact on buses and other road users.

 

Spring Concert Tuesday 19 February at 7pm

Please come along to see amazing performances by the Jazz Band, Junior Band, Glee Club, Ukulele Club, Flute Choir, String Group and Rock Band as well as soloists and dancers. The cream of Millthorpe’s musical talent packed into one unforgettable evening. Tickets £3 adults, £2 children/concessions, available on the door.

 

Women’s FA Cup Final Tickets Saturday 4 May

There are still 5 tickets left for what will no doubt be a truly memorable experience, priced at just £30 per person. See the attached letter for more information.

Women’s FA Cup Final Letter

 

Year 10 Work Experience

Please remember that the deadline for completed paperwork is next Friday 22 February.

 

Mental Health Awareness Day Update

The final total of money raised was an incredible £1024.88. A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

 

 

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 8 March

Red Nose Day Friday 15 March

Next Friday, 15 March, will be a non-uniform day to raise money for Comic Relief. Donations of £1 (or more!) can be made via ParentPay or by cash on the day.

 

Art Update Project Outlines

This half term’s project outlines for KS3 and KS4 Art students are now available on the school website.

Art homepage

 

Art Study Trip to Salt’s Mill for Year 10 GCSE Art students Wednesday 3 April

Parents/carers of all Year 10 GCSE Art should have received by email today a letter regarding this trip, with paper copies to follow next week. Please reply by email to s.cockburn@millthorpeschool.co.uk or by returning the paper slip. Payment should be made via ParentPay by Thursday 21 March please.

 

Remaining Boys’ Football Fixtures

Click here for details of the last few remaining boys’ football fixtures.

Boys’ football fixtures

 

York Celebrates Autism Saturday 6 April 10.00-13.30 at Spark

Click here for details of this event, which includes talks, theatre pieces, videos and activities for children.

York celebrates autism flyer

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 22 February

Pastoral Team Changes

Mrs Hough, Director of Achievement (DoA) of Roman House left Millthorpe this week to join her family in Italy where her husband has taken up a new role. Miss Johnson will be taking over as DoA for Roman House and we are currently in the process of recruiting a Student Support Officer to replace her in Saxon House. See the Millthorpe Messenger for a proper farewell to Mrs Hough.

 

Mr Randall’s Games Lessons

Mr Randall’s classes are reminded to bring a pair of trainers along with their games kit to Games lessons after half term, to allow for the option to play hockey on the tennis courts. Note that shinpads are essential.

 

Internet Safety Notice Momo challenge

Children’s Services have shared information with York schools about an internet challenge known as ‘Momo’ that is alleged to pressurise children into accepting challenges that put them at risk. Although there are no substantiated cases of actual harm linked to this challenge, it is possible that your child may encounter it via a range of social media/gaming platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Minecraft). As such, we would encourage you to emphasise all the usual advice about internet safety with your child and to monitor their online activity over the Half Term break. There are a number of useful websites with advice for parents, including www.thinkuknow.co.uk and NSPCC

 

Police Alert Silver van in Acomb area

North Yorkshire Police are investigating after reports of someone in a silver van approaching children in the Acomb area of York. Parents/carers are advised to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police quoting incident reference NYP-21022019-0482.

 

 

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 15 February

Cycle Safety

As many of you will know, we have spoken to all students who cycle to school this week to deliver important messages about road safety. This is always important but we have been particularly concerned recently by a number of reports from members of the public regarding dangerous behaviour of Millthorpe students when riding to and from school. Below is a link to the letter that was handed to students who cycle to school.

 

Cycling Letter

 

It may be helpful to clarify some of the points raised in the letter: firstly, riding two abreast is sometimes advised for safety reasons; however, in the incident which was reported to us, students were clearly riding alongside one another in order to continue their conversations rather than for safety. Riding three or more abreast is not legal under the Highway Code. Similarly, whilst riding in bus lanes may be allowed where indicated by signage, our concerns relate to groups of cyclists making it difficult for buses to pass safely and not paying due attention to their impact on buses and other road users.

 

Spring Concert Tuesday 19 February at 7pm

Please come along to see amazing performances by the Jazz Band, Junior Band, Glee Club, Ukulele Club, Flute Choir, String Group and Rock Band as well as soloists and dancers. The cream of Millthorpe’s musical talent packed into one unforgettable evening. Tickets £3 adults, £2 children/concessions, available on the door.

 

Women’s FA Cup Final Tickets Saturday 4 May

There are still 5 tickets left for what will no doubt be a truly memorable experience, priced at just £30 per person. See the attached letter for more information.

Women’s FA Cup Final Letter

 

Year 10 Work Experience

Please remember that the deadline for completed paperwork is next Friday 22 February.

 

Mental Health Awareness Day Update

The final total of money raised was an incredible £1024.88. A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

 

 

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 8 February

Mental Health Awareness Day

The awareness day planned and run by our team of Mental Health Champions, supported by pastoral staff, was a great success. Thank you for your generous donations of money and of baked goods for the cake sale. The total hasn’t been totted up yet but with over £300 raised on ParentPay alone, it will undoubtedly make a big impact on the mental health and wellbeing initiatives we are able to put in place at Millthorpe. Equally important was engaging students across the school in the themes of ‘talking’ – to break down stigma and enabling people to talk about emotional health in the same way as they do about physical health – and the value of acts of kindness to one another. Big thanks to the Mental Health Champions who delivered these messages themselves through assemblies all week, as well as organising the activities on the day. Thanks are due also to the staff who supported them and the teachers who, with good grace, volunteered to be sponged! Finally, well done to Frances Cockburn, Amelie Mackay and Laura Gatus for their prizewinning poster designs.

 

Matisse – the Millthorpe Art Newsletter

Click here to learn all the latest news and achievements of Millthorpe’s young artists in an exciting new newsletter – Matisse (Millthorpe Art Termly Information – Showcasing Success Everywhere).

Matisse

 

ISSP Masterclasses

The 2019 round of exciting ISSP masterclasses are taking place in March – if you have registered your child, watch out for the emails with further details.

 

Volunteers wanted for Half Term Activity Camp

Leeds Camps are running activity sessions across Half Term on the Millthorpe site and they are seeking volunteers aged 14-18 to help run them. See the attached flyer for more details.

Leeds Camp volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Email Friday 1 February 2019

Mental Health Awareness Non-Uniform Day (Years 7-10) Thursday 7 February

Our Mental Health Champions are running a campaign at Millthorpe School to help raise awareness of mental health and to promote positive mental wellbeing. As part of their campaign, they are holding assemblies next week and joining in with a National Campaign: Time to Talk Day on 7 February. On this day, students in Years 7 to 10 are invited to come in non-uniform and can partake in activities including sponge the teacher, dodgeball and a bake sale. We are asking for a £1 donation for the non-uniform, which can be paid via ParentPay or in cash on the day; and any donations of baked goods would be gratefully received: please deliver to C8 on Thursday morning (and please clearly mark anything containing nuts).

All monies raised will be used to support future initiatives at Millthorpe to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Please note that, as all Year 11s will be sitting Pre-Public Examinations on that day, they will all need to come in full uniform, as this is a requirement when taking part in examinations.