WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 September 2021

A great start to the term

We have had a great week and it is so lovely to see the school full of life again. We have been super-impressed that the vast majority of students have come back to school in such a positive frame of mind, how smart everyone is in their uniform and how calmly and sensibly students are moving around the site.

We hope that you feel happy and confident that your child has returned to a school that feels much more ‘normal’ this academic year, but as always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance. There will be opportunity at the forthcoming Tutor Meetings to meet form tutors in person – more information below.

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

‘Meet the Tutor’ evenings

A reminder that Tutor Meetings are taking place over the next couple of weeks:

  • Monday 20 September – Year 7
  • Tuesday 21 September – Year 8
  • Wednesday 22 September – Year 9
  • Thursday 23 September – Year 10
  • Monday 27 September – Year 11 (please note that this is the correct date – apologies that our communication earlier today showed the wrong date)

Please check your letter for arrival times. Parking on-site is extremely limited, so please park away from school and walk if possible. On arrival please come into school via the Philadelphia Terrace entrance and go straight to the Main Hall.

We look forward to seeing you.

Year 6 Open Evening

We are delighted that we are able to hold a ‘real’ Open Evening this year for Year 6 pupils and their parents/carers!

The Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 6 October. In the interest of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we will be running three consecutive sessions, at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm, in order that group sizes are not too big.

Full details about the event, including booking information, will be sent out next week via our primary schools and posted on our website.

Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Award meetings

A reminder that meetings for Year 10 Bronze Award DofE students will begin on Monday 20 September, at 3.10pm. The meetings will generally last no more than 30 minutes.

Computer Science Homework

To support students with their Computer Science Homework PC1 and PC2 is available for students to come and complete their homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00-3.25pm.

Social media scams

Our weekly update from National Online Safety is to help parents and carers to avoid social media scams, and to help them to explain this to their child(ren) so that they can avoid them too.

Read the guidance here

Equal Play? Do we need to ‘make space for girls’ in public parks?

The Friends of Rowntree Park are launching a new project in Rowntree Park in York to research the views of local older girls on Rowntree Park’s facilities. We’d love as many girls aged 10-17 to complete this anonymous online survey.

We are also running a workshop on Saturday 9 October – more information can be found on our website or on our facebook page. Views shared could lead to real change.

This article gives more background to why the Friends are conducting the research and where the project may go in future.

Can you crack the code?

For a bit of fun this half-term, the Maths department is running a “Crack the Code” puzzle and we’d love you to take part!

Every Friday, we will publish a clue or a puzzle to solve. In the final week of half-term, you should have five answers which will enable you to crack the code and work out the password.

Clue 1: Fresh from achieving an A* in her A-Level Mathematics, Emma Raducanu won the US Open. Take the total number of games played in the final, then subtract the second triangle number.

This will give you your first answer – keep a note. Clue 2 will follow next week…..

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 10 September 2021

A new school year

It has been wonderful to welcome our new Year 7 students to Millthorpe this week and to see everyone back in school, especially as we can now see their smiling faces! It’s lovely to see each year-group in their new ties and looking very smart. A big thank you to you all for your help in getting students ready for the start of the autumn term. It is great to see our students ready to learn, wearing the right uniform and with the right equipment.

It has been a really busy week, with our new Year 7 cohort settling into new routines and our returning students familiarising themselves once more with some old routines! We have been talking to our students about our new school motto and our new approach to behaviour for learning. It has been particularly gratifying to see so many students exemplifying the motto already, being Respectful, Responsible, Ready as they move around school and take part in lessons.

We’re looking forward to a great term, and an exciting year ahead. Have a lovely weekend and we’ll see everyone next week for B week!

Gemma Greenhalgh
Headteacher

School meals

We’re delighted to welcome Dolce on board as our new catering partner in the school canteen. The children have clearly been enjoying sampling the new food and drink on offer. It’s fair to say that it hasn’t gone without a hitch – at the same time as everyone, students and staff, getting to grips with a new system, we’ve had some software glitches that have interfered with the balances shown on the till. In turn, this has unhelpfully led to automated emails notifying parents of lack of funds when we know this isn’t the case. We’re really grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding as we get these issues sorted.

We have been notified that it is still taking more time than usual for funds paid into ParentPay to reach the tills; this often happens at the busy start of the school year and should improve as things settle down. Please continue to put money on via ParentPay – this is still the way to pay for school meals, as well as other school activities. The simplest way to pay for regular meals is to activate auto top-up, which will ensure there are always sufficient funds in the account. You can find the ParentPay help pages here.
Other than that, we think most issues are resolved now but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. And please rest assured that, whatever happens, we will always make sure children can get fed, even if the IT is not playing ball. Please encourage them to speak to staff if there is a problem at the tills.
The canteen now offers free porridge every breaktime which means children can fill up in the morning without worrying about running out of money at lunchtime.

Early closure – Wednesday 15 September

As next week is B Week, school will finish at 2.10pm on Wednesday 15 September for staff Continuous Professional Development.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Huge congratulations to the former Year 10s who completed their expeditions last academic year. We are planning one more weekend soon, so please keep an eye out for details. We will also be offering the Silver Award again for Year 11s, details to follow next week.

Bronze Award students will begin their meetings on Monday 20 September. We hope these meetings will generally last no more than 30 minutes as we have changed our usual procedures to accommodate the fantastic amount of students that have signed up for the Award.

Mr Ward

Computer Science Homework

To support students with their Computer Science homework, PC1 and PC2 are available for students to come and complete their homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00-3.25pm.

PE Kit for Key Stage 3 students

To help Key Stage 3 students (and their parents) to bring the right PE/Games kit on the right day, please take a look at this list.

Sports practices

The following sports practices will take place until October half-term:

Lunchtime practices

After-school practices

As lunchtime is only 40 minutes long, students do not need to get changed into their PE kit, but they will need a change of footwear (trainers for the Sports Hall and plastic studded boots for the AGP). Students should come straight to practice and decide how to manage their lunch as they will not be able to eat in the Sports Hall or on the AGP. They may wish to eat a packed lunch at breaktime or just before or after practice.

After-school clubs take place between 3.20-4.20pm. Students should change into their kit in the Sports Hall changing rooms.

Everybody is welcome to come along. If you have any questions, please speak to one of the PE teachers.

Snapchat

We recommend parents view this information from NSPCC about Snapchat. Please be aware that it is possible for children to be contacted by people using false identities and, therefore, they should not reply to anyone who they don’t know, even if they claim to share the same age or interests.

This guidance is recommended by the NSPCC.

Online safety

National Online Safety continues to send us regular “Wake Up Wednesday” documents to share with parents and carers. Here are three parent/carer guides that we have received in recent weeks:

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is the biggest killer of under 35s in the UK, and over 200 school children die by suicide every year. Suicide Prevention Day offers a useful reminder for us, as a school, to consider the resources and support available and to share details of where children and young people can get immediate help and support if they are in crisis:

  • The Crisis Line – York (TEWV): T: 0800 0516 171
  • Samaritans: T: 116 123

Railway Safety

All local schools have again been contacted by Network Rail to express their urgent concerns about trespass on the railway in our local area. Whilst there is no suggestion that Millthorpe students are involved, the regular communication and requests for us to highlight the dangers of trespassing on the railway from Network Rail is concerning. Please take the time to speak to your child(ren) about this.

Form Tutors will be addressing this in form time next week but you might also want to watch the videos below with your child(ren), especially if you are the parent/carer of a new Year 7 student who might not have seen these videos before. Students in Y8-11 have viewed these videos in school previously but you may want to ask them to watch them again. As the secondary age video is quite hard-hitting, we have included the primary school version if you feel this is more age appropriate for your child.

Please enter the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com into the “I am registered” field so that you do not need to “sign up”.

Primary school version: Age 7- 11

https://learnliveuk.com/network-rail-primary-school-safety-talk/

https://learnliveuk.com/i-am-train-safe/

Secondary school version: Age 11-16

https://learnliveuk.com/network-rail-secondary-school-safety-talk/

https://learnliveuk.com/i-am-train-safe/

Players needed for girls’ football team

Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club is looking for new players to join its established U16 Girls’ Football Team.

Students in Years 10 and 11 are eligible to join this friendly girls’ team; they are particularly on the lookout for a goalkeeper. Training is on a Wednesday evening and matches takes place on a Saturday morning. They also have a fantastic new ground!

You can find out more on their website and if you would like more info, please send them a message either on Twitter @BishWRFC or email: bishopthorpewhiterose@gmail.com

Family Matters courses

The short courses offered by Family Matters York give parents the opportunity to meet other parents and find out that they are not alone; to think about what they are doing with their children; and, in the light of the course material and ideas from other parents, decide if they want to make any changes.

There are a few spaces left on the following courses, starting soon:

  • Handling Anger in the Family
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk. You can also find more information on the Family Matters website.

Creative Connections

York Theatre Royal Creative Connections is a free project for young people aged 16-21 not in employment, education or looking for a positive place to be. They’ll invite participants to express creativity in a way that suits them with absolutely no theatre experience necessary.

It will run on a Monday from 2pm-4pm, for ten weeks from 20 September.

Workshops include:

  • Introduction to spoken word
  • Creating environmentally sustainable set designs
  • Tailored workshops by leading carbon neutral theatre company, Pigfoot Theatre Company.

You can find further information here.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 3 September 2021

Autumn term return dates and times

A reminder that we will be welcoming students back as follows:

  • Year 7 only on Wednesday 8 September
  • All students on Thursday 9 September

The school day starts at 8.45am and ends at 3.00pm, except each Wednesday B Week, when school ends at 2.10pm for staff Continuous Professional Development.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

COVID arrangements

COVID arrangements in schools have changed in line with national relaxing of restrictions. Students are no longer required to wear face coverings (although they can if they wish) and we will not be keeping students in fixed year group ‘bubbles’ or requiring them to all be seated facing forward. We will encourage students to wash their hands on arrival to and departure from school, and to sanitise them as they arrive at each lesson or the canteen. A full range of practical activities, including sport, music and drama, will be able to take place, although we will continue to take sensible precautions where appropriate.

All arrangements are subject to review if advice and guidance from the local Public Health team or central government changes as a result of a local outbreak or a national increase in cases.

Testing and isolating

As per the letter from York Public Health, all students are encouraged to carry out two Lateral Flow tests before returning to school. Details of arrangements in York can be found here.

During September, students will be encouraged to test at home twice a week. We will provide testing kits for them to do this.
If your child tests positive at home, they should stay at home until they have had a PCR test.

Similarly, if your child develops symptoms they will need to go home or stay at home and isolate and book in for a PCR test.
If the PCR test is negative, your child will be able to return to school. If the test is positive, your child will need to isolate as instructed by the NHS. If your child does receive a positive result after a PCR test, there is no need to test for 90 days afterwads.

Students no longer need to isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive. All tracing will be carried out by the NHS, not by school.

Anyone who is exempt (under 18 years 6 months or double vaccinated) does not need to isolate if a member of their household tests positive on a PCR, or is waiting for a PCR result after developing symptoms or testing positive on an LFT. They are legally required to do so if not exempt.

Uniform and equipment

Please remember to make sure your child arrives back in school in the correct uniform and with the equipment they need. Students in Years 7 and 10 need to purchase the appropriate tie from Keal Teamwear. You can check what is required on the school website.

Badged items of uniform can be purchased from our supplier Keal Teamwear.

For further information about PE and Games kit, please click here. This is also available from Keal Teamwear. (Just as a reminder, PE takes place indoors and Games takes place outdoors.)

New catering contract

As announced in a previous email, this year we will be welcoming a new catering contractor on board. Dolce is a family business specialising in school meals.

Your child will notice some changes to the canteen, including new self-service sales points: the individualised fobs needed for these will be handed to students on their first morning back. We will be uploading menus to the website shortly so you can get a flavour of what is on offer.

Contacting the school about pastoral issues

In the first instance, please contact your child’s form tutor by email and ask them to respond or call you back. Each tutor has dedicated time after the school day four days a week (not Wednesday) so this is likely to be when they make contact. Form tutor emails can be found here.

Full details of communication under the new year group structure can be found here. If you believe a child is at immediate risk of harm, please contact the School Office T: 01904 686400 and ask to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 23 July 2021

See you in September!

The new school year will begin on Wednesday 8 September when school will be open for Year 7 students only. All students will return to school on Thursday 9 September.

We hope you have a great summer holiday!

Behaviour for Learning – new approach

The current approach to behaviour for learning at Millthorpe School has been in place for some years now. As with any system, it’s healthy to review how things are done from time to time and look for opportunities to improve and better meet current needs and demands. One of our key findings was that, unsurprisingly, since the systems had been in place for a long time, the way they were implemented by different staff had become increasingly inconsistent. This was highlighted in surveys of both staff and students and reflects national data from Ofsted reports.

We have undertaken a thorough process and consultative approach in devising a new behaviour system, looking at all the key elements including:

  • The underlying principles and how these are articulated
  • The way we address behaviour that doesn’t meet our expectations
  • The way we reward positive behaviour
  • The link to changes to the pastoral structure

Our new approach to Behaviour for Learning will launch in September – please click here to find out more. Students have received information about the changes in form time and assemblies.

Any questions should be directed to Mr Beever, Deputy Headteacher.

Update – Year Group teams from September

Please note that we have made a slight change to the year group teams from September. Mrs Detheridge will now be the Deputy Head of Year 8, and Mrs Bramwell will be the Deputy Head of Year 10. There are no other changes.

The updated photo board can be seen here if you would like to see who will be looking after your child from September, and please remember to look at their year group for next year, not their current one.

Ties

If your child hasn’t been able to swap their tie this week because they were absent, don’t worry, form tutors will all have a supply of new ties in September. On the first day of term, they should bring in their old tie if possible and receive a new tie.

House competition results

As we bid farewell to the House System at Millthorpe, we wanted to share the results for this year’s competition and the overall results of the House competition from 2012 to 2021. These can be viewed here.

Library book emails

Due to issues with an update from our external hosts, many parents and carers have received multiple emails about overdue books. The books may indeed be overdue but please ignore the emails as we prefer to work directly with the students to get books returned. The reminder schedule has been turned off to stop the emails being sent again while we investigate the problem. Apologies and many thanks!

New website for parents to help their children catch-up

The Department for Education has launched an information site for parents, to help them support children of all ages and abilities to catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic. The site also features advice and support for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as programmes, resources and activities for children and young people this summer.

SEND improvement in the city

Together with colleagues from the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, City of York Council has produced a Special Edition SEND Newsletter to publicise their improvement journey.

You can view the newsletter here.

Covid-19 testing for pupils in September

City of York Council’s Public Health team has issued a letter to parents and carers to advise what you and your child(ren) need to do before school returns in September with regards to Covid testing. You can read the letter here.

If the situation changes over the summer, we will be in touch with updates as necessary.

They have also supplied some information and tips to help you enjoy the summer safely – you can view this here.

Online safety

This week’s parents guide from National Online Safety is about “Only Fans.” This is a platform for people aged 18 or over, but a recent BBC documentary found evidence of young people accessing the platform. Please read the guide for more information.

Rail safety

As we break up for summer, please take the time to remind your child(ren) of the dangers of trespassing on the railway. You will recall us sharing several notices and videos from National Rail in recent months, and there is always an increase in trespassing and incidents on the railway in the summer months.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 16 July 2021

New mission, motto and behaviour system

After thorough consultation with our parent forum, student leaders, governors and staff, we will be launching a new mission, motto and behaviour system when we return to school in September. Further details will follow in next week’s email.

Step 4 on the roadmap

Step 4 of the government’s roadmap for COVID-19 response measure comes into effect on Monday. We have consulted with the local Public Health team, the wider Trust and with other schools in the city and in response to the high and rising numbers of infections in York and nationally, we have taken the decision to retain all the current measures in place in school for the remaining five days of term. This includes continuing to ask students and staff to wear face coverings in communal areas (unless they are exempt).

We will also continue to identify anyone who has been a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19 and ask them not to return to school this term unless the person they were in contact with tests positive on a LFD and subsequently tests negative on a PCR. NHS test and trace will get in touch with anyone identified as a close contact, including outside school, by anyone testing positive on a PCR.

A polite reminder of uniform expectations

Form Tutors have been reminding all students of our uniform expectations from September. If your child has not yet received this presentation, they will do early next week. This is not a deviation from our policy, simply a polite reminder about what is expected in terms of their uniform and how it is worn.

Our uniform expectations will be enforced from September and Form Tutors will be contacting parents/carers should there be any issues and insisting that they are resolved. We thank you in anticipation of your support.

Ties

Students in Years 7, 8 and 10 who require a new colour tie for next year will be given a new tie (with either one or two stripes, it no longer matters which) in form time next week. They will be asked to exchange it for their current ties, which will be laundered and made available to students in the future as an alternative to buying full price ties. We will also make arrangements to collect other good quality uniform items over the summer (details to follow).

A reminder that students currently in Year 9 will need to buy a new purple-stripe tie from Keal Teamwear when these become available, probably around mid-August. During next week (Mon-Wed) students can wear any colour tie, depending on whether they have yet swapped or not.

Next Week: non uniform Thursday and early closing Friday

Next Thursday, 22 July, will be a non-uniform day arranged by Student Leaders in aid of Cancer Research as selected by students in a recent survey. You will be able to donate £1 via ParentPay. Please remind students to wear clothes suitable for attending school!

On Friday, school will be finishing  at 12.20pm for all students. Any students eligible for Free School Meals who would like to pick up a packed lunch before they leave are asked to speak to canteen staff by Thursday. Alternatively, food, including sandwiches, baguettes etc will be available at break time. Students should wear a white shirt and school trousers or skirt on Friday but can wear trainers if they wish and don’t need to wear a tie.

Warm weather reminder

The forecast for next week is for warm and sunny weather, so please remind your child about sun cream/block, water bottles and covering up/seeking shade where appropriate.

Holiday Food and Activities programme

We are pleased to confirm that the City of York Council will be funding two weeks of free school meal vouchers (£15 per student, per week) to those eligible for the summer holidays. You will receive a voucher on Friday 23 July via email from evouchers. City of York Council will also be offering a holiday food and activities programme that will be running for four weeks over the summer which will include meals for eligible students.

The information about the Holiday Food and Activities programme can be found on the council’s website.

In addition to the Holiday Food and Activities programme, City of York may also be able to fund free places at existing holiday clubs for students who are eligible for free school meals.

Please email e.coupland@millthorpe.southbank.academy by next Wednesday 21 July to book a place. Please state in your email which activity and what dates that the student would like to attend.

Final Call for Library Books

Year 7 and 8

Many students were absent from their last library lesson of the year and still have books out. If they could please bring these books in that would be much appreciated. There will be reminders on the bulletin and students can bring books to the library during registration. If students are still absent they will not be expected to return books.
‘Missing’ Books
If anyone across school has a ‘missing’ library book at home, please also bring that in. We will be so pleased to see the book there will be a small reward. You can identify our books by the plastic cover, the lending page and the ‘Millthorpe School’ stamp.

Fantasy football is back!

Congratulations to Mr Sloan who won the ‘Millthorpe Masters’ mini-league on the Fantasy Premier League game last season. With the new Premier League season due to start in a few weeks, the game is now open to enter a team. Make sure you enter yours before the start of the season. Students and teachers are welcome to join our school mini-league again, code to enter: e45by4.

Who can beat Mr Sloan this year for the title of Millthorpe FPL champion?

Duke of Edinburgh Award camps

As we enter the fourth weekend of ‘crazy camping’ we would like you to all know that if your child has NOT been able to attend due to isolation or indeed any other ailment we will be running another weekend, which will probably be the first weekend back after the summer holidays.

If your child has signed up to DofE in Year 9 and is currently isolating, Mr Ward has emailed them the details they need to access eDofE, to their school email address.

If you have any questions please email Mr Ward.

Netball tournaments

Following a year of no netball, Miss Watts is delighted to let you know that the inter-school tournaments for next year have been scheduled. Fingers crossed they can go ahead. Please can all students who would like to play in them keep the following dates free:

  • Year 11 – Tuesday 5 October – 4pm – 6pm at Joseph Rowntree School
  • Year 10 – Thursday 17 March – 4pm – 6pm at St Peter’s School
  • Year 9 – Saturday 9 October – 9am – 1pm at Joseph Rowntree School
  • Year 8 – Saturday 12 March – 9am – 1pm at Joseph Rowntree School
  • Year 7 –  Saturday 19 March – 9am – 1pm at St Olave’s School

Tennis holiday camps

Jonny Kay Tennis Coaching are holding Holiday Camps this summer in Rowntree Park, providing a great opportunity for children to improve their tennis skills. The camps caters for children from 6-16 years old and are great for both new starters or those with some experience.

Full information can be found here.

National Saturday Art Club

An exciting opportunity is open to current Year 9 and 10 students who would like to develop their creativity beyond the classroom.

York College is running two National Saturday Art Clubs: Art & Design and Media Arts from September and are inviting students to apply. The clubs are free, open to all and involve two hours of creative experience every Saturday morning with specialist teachers. More than 30 students from Millthorpe have taken part in the club over the past three years. Participating students get the opportunity to see their work exhibited in a top gallery and take part in inspiring educational visits.

Teenage Art School

Inspired by the exhibition, Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings – in collaboration with the Royal Collection Trust, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and Nottingham Castle – this year’s Teenage Art School (TAS) at York Art Gallery explore how artists respond to place, combining AI, text and image to produce statements about our lived environments.

The Art School takes place from 11.00-4.00pm on Monday 23 August-Friday 27 August. Places are free but must be booked in advance.

Click here for further information.

School Ski Trip to Sportwelt Amade, Austria

After the summer holidays, we will be in a position to offer the chance to sign up for a school ski trip to Austria from Saturday 9 April – 16 April 2022. This will be a coach trip to Sportwelt Amade which boasts some of the best skiing in Austria.

This trip will be available for those moving into Years 8, 9 and 10 and the approximate cost will be £940. This price includes all travel, travel insurance, accommodation with full board, ski equipment hire, tuition and evening entertainments.

After the summer break, students will attend an assembly outlining the details of the trip and be given the opportunity to bring a letter home. At this stage we do not need parents/students to inform us of their interest, however we felt that by advertising this proposed trip, parents could have more time to consider requesting a place for their child.

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: