Weekly Email Friday 25 January 2019

Uniform Reminders to Students

Thank you for your ongoing support by ensuring that your child attends school in full uniform. The overwhelming majority of our students continue to comply with expectations and attend school looking very smart every day. We have today reminded students of expectations and clarified the following points:

> Blazers should be worn at all times. This includes lesson change over and when going for break/lunch.

> Ties need to be roughly to the waist.

> Skirts should not be rolled up at the top to shorten the length. Skirts should be roughly to the knee.

> All trousers/skirts need to be the Millthorpe School trouser/skirt from Keal Teamwear.

 

We have also reminded students that between 8.45am and 3.10pm, coats should not be worn inside the school building and mobile phones should not be used anywhere on the school site during this time.

Form Tutors will be carrying out a uniform check during registration on Monday morning and staff will be enforcing the “No coats, no phones” expectation between 8.45am and 3.10pm.

 

Spare Uniform

If you have any uniform that is no longer needed and in reasonable condition, we are always very grateful to receive it, in particular blazers and ties. Just bring any spare items to the school office.

 

Junior Band

Junior band (Years 7-9) is going to move from Wednesday Lunch times to Wednesday after school 3.20pm – 4pm. This is so that those pupils that are in other clubs during lunch time get the opportunity to join a music ensemble and it gives us more time to set up the room and rehearse. If your son/daughter plays a brass, woodwind or string instrument or keyboard then please persuade them to try out Junior Band if they haven’t done so already. We are working towards a concert on Tuesday 19 February so it would be great if your child could be in the concert to get the full Millthorpe musician experience and also participate in our annual rewards trip to the theatre.

 

Carlton Lodge

Just a gentle reminder about payments please: if you do not have the schedule please do let me know and I can resend; and if you have any problems with this please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be meeting with the students within the next couple of weeks with kit lists etc, so hopefully that should give you the chance to sort anything out. Finally, if your child would like to go to Carlton Lodge but didn’t sign up, it is still not too late. I will hold a meeting for any students who do want to go but haven’t signed up next week to hand out consent / medical forms etc. This will be on Thursday after school and I will put details on the student bulletin.

 

Year 11 English Revision Books

The English Department are selling various revision books to support students’ revision in the run up to the exams in the summer. They are published by CGP and although the retail price is £5.95, we are able to sell them at the discounted price of £2.75 each. If you would like to buy one or more of the revision guides, payment can be made either on ParentPay or by bringing the money to the English Office. All revision guides are available to collect from the English Office.

Revision guides for Literature are: ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and Power and Conflict Poetry.

Revision guides for Language are: AQA English Language Workbook

Please ask your English teacher if you are unsure about which Literature texts you are studying before purchasing them on ParentPay.

 

Year 11 Art Students

Thank you for your continued support as students prepare for their Art exams in March. Next week is Week 3 of the Exam Preparation Schedule (see Art Department Page link below) when most students will be undertaking personal photographic research and/or collecting images from secondary sources. It might be helpful to know that this weekend is the annual Residents First weekend when free access is on offer on presentation of a YorkCard. A wide range of venues in the City and surrounding area are participating including Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.

Art Department Page

 

Friday 18 January 2019

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 23 January

A reminder that Year 11 Parents’ Evening is next Wednesday, 23 January from 4.00-6.30pm.

Year 11 Maths Exam Practice Workbooks

The Maths department are placing an order for some Exam Practice Workbooks. They are published by CPG and are available in shops for £5.95. We are able to sell them at £3. They contain exam style questions by topic and all answers are included. They will be fantastic for revision and come in 3 levels: Foundation (1-5), Higher (4-9), and Targeted Grade 8-9.

The order will be placed on Thursday 24 January. If you would like one please bring £3 to the Maths office or parents evening. It is also set up on ParentPay if you prefer to use this method. All money would need to be received before 24 January. Some copies are available in the Maths office if students wish to have a look at them first.

Trustee Recruitment

Could you help Millthorpe by becoming a Governor Trustee? Please see the attached letter for more details.

Trustee and Governor Recruitment Letter

 

Holocaust Memorial Day – Year 9 Students Friday 25 January

Once again, we will be marking international Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of activities for Year 9 students. Please see below for more information.

Holocaust Memorial Day Year 9

 

York ISSP Coordinator Role

York Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) is a partnership of 9 state and 3 independent secondary schools in York, whose purpose is to provide a city-wide network of academic and enrichment opportunities for able and interested children. They are currently seeking to recruit a new Coordinator following the retirement of the current post holder. For more information, please see the letter below:

York ISSP Coordinator Vacancy

Weekly Email Friday 11 January

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 23 January

A letter with details can be found here: Year 11 Parents Evening 23-1-19

Parents/carers can now book their own appointments using an online booking system, which can be found here: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

 

Art Messages

Year 11 GCSE Externally Set Assignment

Year 11 Art students were given the AQA question paper for the externally set assignment during the launch lesson on Thursday. You can support your child this week by discussing ideas for questions they are interested in. Please sign the blue reply slip which your child will use to record their initial ideas. Students must hand in their reply slip by next Friday (18 January) at the latest. A full schedule, including final exam dates is available on the Art page of the school website (link below).

 

Please note that it is an exam regulation that exam related preparation or final piece work must not be posted on any social media site. This restriction remains in place until the end of September 2019 and will also apply to coursework effective from the school hand-in deadline of Wednesday 8 May 2019. Your child is aware of this.

 

Project Outlines

An outline of the Art projects for all year groups can also be found on the school website.

www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/departments/art/

 

New Menu

The latest menu for dinners in the school canteen can now be found on the website (3 week menu served in rotation starting with Week 1 this week):

Canteen Menu

 

Work Experience

A reminder that all completed paperwork should have been returned to school by today (Friday 11 January).

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 7 December

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm

A final reminder to buy your tickets for what promises to be an unforgettable Christmas production. Priced at just £3 each, you can buy them via ParentPay: just select the relevant date(s) and the number you need. They are also on sale for cash in the entrance lobby at lunchtimes.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 18 December, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Y8 Parents Evening Letter

Follow this link to book your appointments online: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

or click on the Parents’ Evening System icon on the school website

Christmas Dinner Wednesday 12 December

A reminder that Christmas Dinner will be served next Wednesday – thanks for your survey responses. Remember to top up ParentPay if your child doesn’t normally use the canteen for dinner.

PE Cold Weather Clothing Update

A further point to note following on from last week’s message about cold weather clothing:

– from now, all students are permitted to wear navy blue or black skins or leggings under their blue shorts in outdoor Games lessons during the colder months. A reminder that they may also wear the uniform tracksuit bottoms (available from Keal teamwear).

– wearing these items is optional and is intended to increase the comfort of students when taking part in outdoor Games lessons in colder weather

– the indoor PE kit remains unchanged.

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 30 November

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm

A reminder that tickets are now available for what promises to be an unforgettable Christmas production. Priced at just £3 each, you can buy them via ParentPay: just select the relevant date(s) and the number you need. They will also be on sale in school – students will be given details of where and when.

 

Year 10 Parents’ Evening Thursday 6 December, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Y10 Parents Evening Letter

Follow this link to book your appointments online: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

or click on the Parents’ Evening System icon on the school website

 

Year 8 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 18 December, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Y8 Parents Evening Letter

Follow this link to book your appointments online: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

or click on the Parents’ Evening System icon on the school website

 

Christmas Dinner Wednesday 12 December

On Wednesday 12 December, we will be serving a traditional Christmas dinner of roast turkey with trimmings and pudding, priced at the normal Meal Deal price of £2.40 and paid for as usual via ParentPay. Note that vegetarian and other food options will be available on that day. In order to get an idea of numbers, please could you complete a very short online survey if your child is planning on having a Christmas dinner on 12 December. Responses by Monday (3 December) would be much appreciated.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZF7SQTN

 

PE Reminders

Cold weather clothing

As the weather starts to change, parents/carers and students are reminded that wearing two layers for outdoor games is a good idea, i.e. a t-shirt/skin/thermal layer under a reversible top for boys, or a PE top under a fleece for girls. A suitable pair of gloves and/or hat may also be appropriate, especially for students who struggle with the cold.

Students unable to take part in PE

Parents/carers should write a note in their child’s planner if he or she is unable to take part in PE. Students are expected to bring their PE/Games kit to every lesson in any case so that they may be involved in the lesson as far as possible (e.g. umpiring). If it isn’t appropriate for your child to change into PE kit, please could you contact your child’s PE teacher to discuss.

Labelling

Please remember that all items of kit should be clearly marked with the student’s name.

Inhalers

If your child requires an inhaler for asthma, please remind them that it is very important that they take it to every PE lesson. If they do forget, they must advise their PE teacher at the beginning of the lesson. Spare inhalers are held in the office for emergencies.

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 23 November 2018

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm

Tickets are now available for what promises to be an unforgettable Christmas production. Priced at just £3 each, you can buy them via ParentPay: just select the relevant date(s) and the number you need. They will also be on sale in school – students will be given details of where and when. As they are all offered at the same fantastically good value price, they can be easily transferred, so if Gran can’t come, you can bring a friend!

RSC at York High School Wednesday 28 November at 7pm 

More comic drama of a slightly different vintage: a cast of professional actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company will be performing at York High School next week. The production is The Comedy of Errors, a brilliantly inventive farce and one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays. The play is just under 90 minutes long and is aimed at 7-14-year-olds but very much accessible for everyone.

 

Tickets are only £6 (tickets for the same production at York Theatre Royal are £8.50-£15) and can be ordered via Judy Cooke at York High School on 01904 555502. More information about the production can be found on the link to the RSC website below:

 

RSC first encounters

 

Trip for Year 7, 8 and 9 students to Stratford-upon-Avon 7-9 December 2018

There is one place remaining on this exciting residential English and Drama trip for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The price is £335 per student and includes two nights’ accommodation, travel and admission to an RSC production and a range of exciting educational activities. You can email Ms. Redman on a.redman@millthorpeschool.co.uk stating your child’s name and form to register your interest.

Stratford Letter Sep 2018

 

Children in Need Update 

Thanks again for all the generous donations. The final fundraising total is an incredible £1,118.87.

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 16 November 2018

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 21 November, 4-6.30pm
Follow this link for a letter with more information: Year 9 Parents Evening 21.11
Follow this link to book your appointments online: www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm
Save the date(s) for this year’s fun-packed Christmas production, a musical adaptation of everyone’s favourite seasonal feel-good movie. Details of ticket sales to follow soon.

Year 10 Work Experience
The presentation to launch this year’s work experience programme for Year 10s that was given at the parent information evening and student assembly this Wednesday is now available on the website, alongside other useful information about work experience: Work Experience

Children in Need
Many thanks to everyone who donated to this worthy cause today. We have collected over £800 so far and still counting.

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 9 November 2018

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 21 November, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Year 9 Parents Evening 21.11

Follow this link to book your appointments online: www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

 

Overview of Art Topics

An overview of the topics to be studied by each year group can now be accessed via the school website. Follow the links in the ‘Project Outlines’ section of the Art department page: www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/departments/art/

 

Piercings

A reminder of our expectations regarding piercings for students:

– students with pierced ears are permitted to have one plain stud in each ear; hooped earrings are not allowed.

– no other piercings are acceptable: if a student has already had an additional piercing made, any jewellery must be removed during the school day or a completely clear plastic retainer should be worn.

From this point forward, no new additional piercings are allowed and students will be instructed to remove anything worn in such piercings.

 

Travel Survey

As part of the planning application for the all-weather sports facilities, the school has been asked to commission a travel survey of the different modes of transport used to access the site on two particular days (Wednesday 14 November and Saturday 17 November). This will involve setting up cameras at each of the school entrances on these days: the purpose is simply to tally up the number of journeys made and no personal data will be collected or retained as part of this exercise.

 

 

 

 

MILLTHORPE SCHOOL WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 26 October 2018

 

Parent Governor Vacancies

There are currently two vacancies for parent governors to join the school Governing Body. Effective governance is essential for the success of a school, so please consider whether this is something that you could do at Millthorpe. If you are interested, please contact the Head’s PA on l.buckley@millthorpeschool.co.uk for more information and details of how to apply. General guidance about the role of parent governors can be found here: Being a Parent Governor

 

Building Works 

By the time we return after Half Term, the building works will be almost complete. Many thanks to everyone for bearing with us whilst the work has been taking place.

The plans for developing the all weather pitch on the school site are still underway: we are currently waiting for a decision by the Local Authority planning committee. We will also be submitting a bid for further funding from the DfE to replace the temporary classroom and Science Labs next to the main field – we will hear if this has been successful around the end of March.

 

Dining Room refurbishment celebration! Monday 5 November

To mark the completion of refurbishment works in the kitchen and the reopening of the canteen for hot food, we will be holding a celebration lunch on Monday 5 November. This will include party food, music and spot prizes. I hope that your child will be able to join us. Year 7 students will be released from lessons early on Monday so they can familiarise themselves with the hot meal service.

Just a reminder that a ‘meal deal’ (hot main course and pudding) costs £2.40; and to make sure you top up your child’s account on ParentPay if you need to.

 

GCSE Science Revision Sessions 

The Science Department will be running a weekly Science revision drop-in session in A9 after school every Thursday. This is open to all KS4 Students. This will give students the opportunity to revise in a supportive and structured environment with teachers available to help. This also gives students the opportunity to complete their weekly Science Homework with Science staff available to support them.

 

Sports Practice Rota Nov-Dec 2018

The sports practice rota for next half term can be found on the link below:

Practice rotas Nov-Dec 18

 

 

MILLTHORPE SCHOOL WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 19 October 2018

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 

Payments

A gentle reminder that initial payments are due in by 22 October. Please note that the initial payment is non-refundable.

Dates

Bronze practice: 4-5 May

Bronze assessed:  7-8 and 9-10 June. (Note that, owing to the number of students taking part this year, we will need to run two separate expeditions with one half of the group at a time. We will advise students nearer the time which of the two expeditions they need to attend.)

Silver practice: 25-27 June (leaving after school on Monday 24 June at approx. 16.00)

Silver assessed: 8-10 July (leaving school on Sunday 7 July at approx 16.00)

Note that Silver expeditions will no longer be at weekends as previously stated on the letter.

Any queries, please contact Mr Ward or Miss Frankland.

 

GCSE Art Resources and Information

Key dates and other important information about this year’s GCSE Art exam can now be found on the school website under ‘Art’ in the ‘Departments’ section, or by following this link:

http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/departments/art/

 

Water Bottles

It is our expectation that all students bring a water bottle to school with them, which they can fill at the fountains in the canteen or Sports Hall. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

 

Kitchen and Canteen Refurbishment

The works to refurbish the kitchen and part of the canteen are now almost complete and still on track for hot food and dining facilities to be available again after Half Term. Further confirmation will follow next Friday.