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Friday 25 November 2016

The Little Mermaid
Tickets for this year’s school production of The Little Mermaid are on sale at breaktimes from Monday. The dates of the performances are Tuesday 13 December – 6.30pm, Wednesday 14 December – 6.30pm and Thursday 15 December – 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3.50 for children/concessions and £15 for a family ticket of two adults and two children. Cheques should be made payable to Millthorpe School.

Year 10 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 7 December 2016
A reminder that the Year 10 Parents’ Evening is taking place on Wednesday 7 December. If you have not requested any appointment times but would like to, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q5KZQW3.

Christmas Dinner Thursday 8 December
We will be serving Christmas dinner at lunchtime on Thursday 8 December. If your child would like a Christmas dinner please let us know by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/christmas-dinner.

Bikeability – Advanced Cycle Training for Years 7 and 8
Students in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to take part in City of York Council Advanced Cyclist Training, Bikeability Level 3, at school. The training will take place in a single 2 hour session and is delivered by professional trainers qualified to the Bikeability National Standards. Year 8 students were given a letter with an application form last week and Year 7s will be bringing home theirs today; a copy of this is available on the school website by clicking here. The deadline for completed application forms to be returned to school is next Friday 2 December.

Army Careers Presentation
The Army Careers Centre in York is hosting a Junior Entry Presentation for Year 11 students who are interested in joining the Army after their GCSEs and who are hoping to go to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. The presentation is taking place at Imphal Barracks, Fulford Road, York on Monday 23 January 2017 at 6.30pm. Please click here for more information and an application form. Please note that students must be accompanied by at least one parent/carer at the presentation.

Checking for Literacy
In order to build on last year’s work on raising whole school awareness of literacy, we have created a Checking for Literacy card for students. The card is aimed primarily at Years 8 and 9 but may be useful for all years groups. Students in Years 8 and 9 will be given a card to stick into their English books; their English teacher will help them use it effectively and encourage them to use it to check written work in all subjects. We would also encourage students and parents to use the card to help check written work completed at home. A copy of the Checking for Literacy Card is available on the Literacy Page on the school website.

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Friday 18 November 2016

Year 10 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 7 December 2016
We are pleased to invite you to the Year 10 Parents’ evening on Wednesday 7 December. Students have been given a letter with details earlier this week. To request appointment times, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q5KZQW3 or return the form attached to the letter to your child’s tutor by Friday 25 November.

Maths: Homework and Revision App
We now have access to a fantastic revision app for use by all students to help with their maths homework and revision. Students have been given login details and passwords by their class teacher. You can get the free app on the following link http://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/PMA.swf or by searching for ‘PiXL maths app’. The app can be downloaded onto any smartphone, tablet or PC.

Checking for Literacy
In order to build on last year’s work on raising whole school awareness of literacy, we have created a Checking for Literacy card for students. The Card is aimed primarily at Years 8 and 9 but may be useful for all year groups. Students in Years 8 and 9 will be given a card to stick into their English books: their English teacher will help them use it effectively and encourage them to use it to check written work in all subjects. We would also encourage students and parents to use the card to help check written work completed at home and we will make a copy available on the website next week.

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Friday 11 November 2016

Children in Need Friday 18 November
There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 18 November in support of Children in Need. Donations of £1 for non-uniform will be collected by Tutors next week and Directors of Achievement have promised to don fancy dress outfits if students raise an additional £100 per House. We will also be holding a bake sale to help raise money and any donations of baked goods would be very gratefully received. Any cakes should be taken to C8 on Thursday or Friday morning and will be available to buy at lunchtime on Friday.

Year 11Post-16 Taster Days Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 January 2017
A reminder that the Post-16 Taster Days for Year 11 students are taking place on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 January 2017. All students must attend a Taster Day on Tuesday 10 January and are welcome to attend further sessions on Thursday 12 January.

The Taster Days are an excellent way to experience what it will be like at a college or sixth form school and give opportunities to sample courses and ask questions of both staff and other students. The jump from GCSE to A Levels, BTECs, Vocational Courses and Apprenticeships can seem huge and the Taster Days can help answer questions or concerns ahead of applying and attending the following year.

Please visit the Post-16 Education page for information and booking details for each post-16 provider. Please note, not all providers are offering sessions on both of the days. Paper copies of this information is available in school; alternatively students can apply online through each provider’s website. We will be asking students to confirm with us which taster sessions they are signed up to attend but it is their responsibility to book their own places. If students need any further support with this process they can speak to Mr Gillbanks or Mrs Anderson.

GCSE English Literature Revision Guides
The English Department are offering Year 10 and 11 students the opportunity to purchase revision guides to support them with their GCSE English Literature revision. The cost of these guides is £2.75 each. If you would like your child to have these revision guides, please ask them to bring correct money to the English Office. Pupil Premium students will be provided with these guides free of charge.

Revision guides are available on the following texts: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, Blood Brothers and the Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology. All students are studying the poetry anthology. If your child is not sure which Literature texts they are studying, they should check with their teacher first before buying the guides.

Admissions Consultation
A reminder that we are currently consulting on our Year 7 admissions arrangements for the 2018-19 year, i.e for those children moving to secondary school in September 2018 (currently in Year 5). The draft admissions policy can be found by clicking here. City of York Council coordinates admissions for all schools in York and is conducting this consultation on our behalf. You may read about it and make comments regarding any of the schools in the Trust at www.york.gov.uk/admissionsconsultation. The proposed policy for Millthorpe School 2018-19 is identical to the previous policy with no changes in criteria or catchment area. You have until Friday 16 December 2016 if you would like to respond to the consultation.

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a Schoolnight Saturday 19 November 2016
Knock Knock Comedy Presents is returning to Millthorpe for a night of comedy on Saturday 19 November at 7.30pm. Parents and Carers can visit www.wegottickets.com/sct/NDCf59NQua to purchase discounted tickets for £6 each (normal price is £8 in advance or £10 on the door).

For more information please visit facebook.com/KnockKnockComedyPresents.

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Friday 4 November 2016

Admissions Consultation
We are currently consulting on our Year 7 admissions arrangements for the 2018-19 year, i.e for those children moving to secondary school in September 2018 (currently in Year 5). The draft admissions policy can be found at www.york.gov.uk/downloads/download/3451/school_admissions_policies_2018-2019. City of York Council coordinates admissions for all schools in York and is conducting this consultation on our behalf. You may read about it and make comments on it at www.york.gov.uk/admissionsconsultation. The proposed policy for Millthorpe School for 2018-19 is identical to the previous policy with no changes in criteria or catchment area. You have until Friday 16 December 2016 if you would like to respond to the consultation.

Bonfire Night
A timely reminder, with bonfire night almost upon us, to make sure children enjoy themselves safely. Both bonfires and fireworks can, of course, cause serious injury if misused, so please follow sensible precautions to keep your child safe. Remember it is illegal for children under 18 to purchase fireworks or possess them in a public place. Further safety guidance can be found on the RoSPA website.

Privacy Notice
We are required by law to inform parents and carers how we use pupil information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to: support our pupils’ learning, monitor and report on their progress, provide appropriate pastoral care and assess the quality of our services. For more information on how we use pupil information please click here to read the letter on the school website.

Lifebag Project
The student Council have launched a new appeal to help support refugees. The Lifebag Project aims to provide a rucksack filled with essential items which can be given to unaccompanied children living in the refugee camps in Greece. At Millthorpe we are hoping to fill two rucksacks per form, one for a boy and one for a girl. A full list of items and more information is available on the school website. The deadline for donations is Wednesday 30 November. Thank you in advance for your donations and support.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus for Year 7 is homophones. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 15 November 2016
Students will receive appointment times for parents’ evening on Monday: if you do not receive these or there is a problem with your appointments, please contact Miss Buglass on 01904 686400 or email s.buglass@millthorpeschool.co.uk next week.

Further Education Open Events
A reminder that post-16 Open Evenings for Year 11 students continue next week: for more information on the open evenings please visit the Post-16 Education page on the school website.

Nestlé Apprenticeship Events
Nestlé are hosting a series of open evenings at their York site to showcase their Engineering and Food Operations apprenticeship programmes. Click here for more information and dates of the open evenings.

Mary Glasgow Languages Magazines
The MFL department recognises the benefits of independent study, which undoubtedly boosts students’ performance, confidence and enjoyment of their language studies.

Mary Glasgow magazines (maryglasgowplus.com) have publications aimed at improving grades by:

– developing confidence through independent reading of authentic texts.

– providing exam practice using the activities on every page and online.

– offering a wider access to cultural information through interesting articles.

The subscriptions are offered for all levels of learner and consist of 5 bi-monthly issues, MP3 listening materials and online interactive activities. Please click here for more information on each of the magazines and if you are interested, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/maryglasgow to let us know which publication(s) you would like to subscribe to. The deadline for subscriptions is Monday 14 November.

Subscriptions cost £9.50 per publication per year; we will add your subscription as a payment item to your ParentPay account.

Every magazine also includes free student access to Mary Glasgow Plus – a moderated website where users can chat to each other in French, German and Spanish, do magazine-related activities, watch videos and listen to audio at the level of the magazine. This is a great opportunity to read up to date texts which are relevant and fun for learners.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 21 October 2016

Syria Appeal
A huge thank you to everyone who donated items for our Syria appeal last week and to the students, staff and other volunteers who helped pack it up ready for transportation. We were overwhelmed with the number of items we received and the generosity you have shown – it will make a tremendous difference to families in Syria at this perilous time.

Year 11 Pre Public Exams
The Pre Public Exams for Year 11 are taking place from Monday 21 November until Friday 2 December. These exams are of vital importance to our students as they will give them an accurate assessment of where they are in their learning and highlight areas that need more work before their final GCSEs in May and June 2017. The results will also be used in some subjects to decide the level of exam that they will sit in their GCSEs. For more information please see the Pre Public Exams letter and timetable on the website.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 15 November 2016
A reminder that the Year 9 Parents’ evening is taking place on Tuesday 15 November. If you have not requested any appointment times but would like to, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJDBGV7.

Further Education Open Events
Post-16 Open Evenings at York’s Sixth Form schools and colleges are taking place during the first two weeks of November. Please visit the Post-16 Education Page on the school website for more information on the open evenings and links to the post-16 providers.

Year 10 Work Experience Meeting
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the Work Experience meeting earlier this week. Copies of the Work Experience letter and agreement form, which were handed out on the evening, along with the presentation and NYBEP website instructions are available on the Work Experience Page on the school website. If you have any questions about the Work Experience Programme please contact Mrs Anderson, Work Experience Co-ordinator on j.anderson@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

PE Sports Practices
An updated list of PE Sport Practices which now includes basketball practices is available on the school website.

Midday Lunchtime Supervisor
We are looking to recruit a Lunchtime Supervisor to support a student with additional needs during the lunch break each day. The role would involve one to one work with a student and oversight in the dining hall and around school. For further details please contact Mrs Griffiths, Director of Inclusion on m.griffiths@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

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Friday 14 October 2016

Teacher of the Year
A Millthorpe teacher who has helped to support the welfare of hundreds of children has won the Teacher of the Year at the Press Community Pride Awards evening on Thursday 13 October. Sue Cordell, Director of Student Welfare, who was nominated for the award by fellow Millthorpe teacher Adam Baybutt, said she was “honoured and humbled” to receive the award and that it was a privilege to work with such a fantastic and committed pastoral team led by Scott Butterworth. Read more…

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus for Year 7 is apostrophes for contraction. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 10 Work Experience Meeting Tuesday 18 October 2016
A reminder to Year 10 parents and carers that the Year 10Work Experience meeting is taking place on Tuesday 18 October at 6.00pm in the Main Hall and will last about an hour. If you have not already done so please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y10_Work_Exp to let us know if you plan to attend.

Year 7 Tutor Meeting Wednesday 19 October
Students will be bringing a letter home on Monday with your appointment time for the Year 7 Tutor Meeting taking place on Wednesday 19 October. If you do not receive this letter or there is a problem with your appointment time please contact school.

Becoming a Fairtrade School
Over the next couple of years Millthorpe will be applying for Fairtrade School status. It is a three stage process, which will build upon the work we already do in school to promote and teach about Fairtrade. Part of the first stage of this process, to become a ‘FairAware School’, is to audit where Fairtrade is currently being taught across the school. In addition to this we will be reviewing where we currently use Fairtrade products in school and surveying student awareness about the trust. Later in the year there will be fundraising events and student voice opportunities. We will keep you fully updated as our work progresses. If you would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you: please contact Merry Wright, Geography teacher on m.wright@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

Time Out for Parents – The Teenage Years
Many parents and carers find adolescence the most demanding time in their relationship with their child. There are many new challenges to face and it’s often hard to know what to do for the best. Family Matters York are running a 5-week course for parents and carers of pre-teens and teenagers at Archbishop Holgate’s School. Please click here for more information and to book a place.

PE Sports Practices
Dates for the 2016/17 Sports Practices and fixtures can be found of the PE page on the school website.

Lost Property
Please help reduce the amount of unclaimed lost property by labelling all your child’s uniform, including PE kit, with their full name.

German Exchange
There are a few places still available on the German exchange. Students need to see Miss Ramsay if they are interested in taking part.

Downloading Microsoft Office
We have had a number of inquiries regarding the free Microsoft Office that can be downloaded whilst your child is at Millthorpe. To install the software (on up to 5 devices), students will need to know their username; this is usually their surname which begins with the final number of the year in which they started school followed by @millthorpeschool.co.uk: Year 7s are therefore 6surname@millthorpeschool.co.uk and Year 8s are 5surname@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

Students should all know their school network password (if not they will need to see Mr Ward in PC1).

Instructions for downloading and installing Microsoft Office can be found by clicking here.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 15 November 2016
We are pleased to invite all Year 9 parents and carers to parents’ evening on Tuesday 15 November. Students have been given a letter with an attached appointment form earlier this week; copies of these are available on the school website by clicking here. Appointment forms should be returned to your child’s form tutor by Friday 21 October. You can also complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/WJDBGV7.

Paired Reading
Our most popular intervention is ready to start next week with 125 students signed up to take part. Students from Year 9 mentor the reading of Year 7 and 8 students. This is a great way to start the day for our lower school students and an ideal opportunity for Year 9s to make a positive contribution to the Millthorpe community. Paired Reading starts at 8.40am in the library.

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Friday 7 October 2016

Open Evening
I would like to thank all students who volunteered their time to help make Open Evening on Tuesday night such an outstanding success. The atmosphere was fantastic and I was tremendously proud of all our students and staff. We’ve had loads of positive feedback from Year 6 parents who attended.

School Census
Each year the Department for Education collects data from schools in the form of a census compiled from our pupil database. It is a statutory requirement that we complete each census and this year the DfE has introduced some new data items that will be collected from now on.

If you have not already done so please click the following link to complete this information for your child: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/census-2016

We have a statutory obligation to request this information for your child and record it on our database. You have the right not to give us this information: please indicate this by selecting the relevant box when you click the link above.

School Uniform
We are very proud of the high standard of our school uniform. In order to maintain this standard, we carry out periodic checks across all year groups. The focus for next week is skirt length. Our expectation is that skirts will be approximately knee length. We appreciate that it can sometimes be difficult to find skirts of an appropriate length. If this is an issue, please ask students to speak to their Student Support Officer about their own particular circumstances. Thank you for your continued support in maintaining the high standard of our school uniform.

Storage of Bicycles
This year, we have more students than ever cycling to school, particularly using the Philadelphia Terrace entrance. It’s great that so many students use this healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel. However, this has caused us some problems with capacity in our bike sheds; sadly, we have also had a small number of incidents of both theft and damage to bicycles. Although this is still a relatively rare occurrence, it is something we take very seriously and we will be deciding over the next few days what measures we can put in place to improve the security and capacity of our bike storage. This will include installing improved cctv coverage.

In the meantime, if your child cycles to school, you can help us by making sure:

– your child always locks their bike to an immovable object with a sturdy lock (but not the bike shed gates please!) Suitable locks will be available to buy from the site team (price tbc).

– your child removes any accessories (lights, pumps etc) before leaving their bike;

– you have adequate insurance for bikes away from home;

– your child wheels their bike to the front of school if there is no room in the sheds at the back.

Please let us know straightaway if your child experiences any problems with their bike so we can follow it up promptly.

Urgent Appeal
Following the recent and on going heavy bombing of the city of Aleppo in Syria, Friends Helping Refugees is organising an urgent appeal to fill a container by next Friday 14 October. Millthorpe has a history of working successfully with Friends Helping Refugees: last Spring’s appeal for food, toiletries and school items was a huge success thanks to your generosity. We are now collecting non perishable food, toiletries, warm jackets, coats and fleeces and sturdy shoes (all ages). Any donated items can be dropped off at school next week. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

ISSP Event – Renowned Classicist Peter Jones to visit St Peter’s School
Renowned classicist Peter Jones from University of Newcastle will speak on what the Romans’ life and culture really gave the English and our language. The event is free to attend; to book a ticket please click here following link: www.eventbrite.co.uk.

Year 7 Tutor Meeting Wednesday 19 October
We are pleased to invite all Year 7 parents and carers to meet their child’s form tutor on Wednesday 19 October. The evening will be held in the Main Hall between 3.30pm and 6pm. Please click here to read the letter on the website for more information. If you have not already requested an appointment time but would like to, please click the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/y7tutormtg.

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a School Night
Millthorpe is playing host toa night of comedy on Saturday 15 October. Tickets are normally £8 each; however Millthorpe parents and carers can take advantage of a special offer and get 2 tickets for £12 by visiting the following link: www.wegottickets.com/sct/5jXEkuaE8R. There will be a licensed bar and doors will open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm and running to 11pm at the latest. Minimum age for the show is 16.

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Friday 30 September 2016

Open Evening Early Closure Tuesday 4 October
This is a reminder that school will close at 2.20pm on Tuesday 4 October in order for us to prepare for the Year 6 Open Evening. As with the early closure day on Monday for staff training, Tuesday’s lessons will be reduced to 50 minutes in order to ensure that students do not miss any of their taught lessons.

Year 7 Tutor Meeting Wednesday 19 October
We are pleased to invite all Year 7 parents and carers to meet their child’s form tutor on Wednesday 19 October. The evening will be held in the Main Hall between 3.30pm and 6pm. Please click here to read the letter on the school website for more information. To request an appointment please click the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/y7tutormtg.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The second of our fortnightly SPaG focus areas for Year 7 is commas in lists. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

German Exchange
A reminder that if your child is interested in attending the German Exchange, they need to return the reply slip to Miss Ramsay by Friday 7 October.

Show My Homework
Year 7 students have been issued stickers with their Show My Homework login information. The stickers contain both student and parent/carer login details; you can access Show My Homework from the school website and by clicking here.

Learn to Code at Upload Live Saturday 8 October
Freeformers and Virgin Media, with City of York Council, are co-hosting a day of hands-on workshops. In the Code and Lab Zones you will code and build a prototype of your very own app before learning how to use the web to amplify your creation in the Promote Zone. Finally, in the Cyber Zone you will learn how to stay safe and protect yourself in the online world. The event is taking place on Saturday 8 October, 9.30am to 5.00pm at City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise. Attendance is free: simply click the following link to register: www.eventbrite.co.uk. N.B. Although advertised for 16 to 25 year olds, students in any year group at Millthorpe are welcome to attend.

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a School Night
Millthorpe is playing host to a night of comedy on Saturday 15 October, featuring comedians including Jen Brister and Richard Massara. Tickets are normally £8 each; however Millthorpe parents, carers and staff can take advantage of a special offer and get2 tickets for £12 by visiting the following link: www.wegottickets.com/sct/5jXEkuaE8R. There will be a licensed bar and doors will open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm and running to 11pm at the latest. Minimum age for the show is 16.

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Friday 23 September 2016

Early Closure Monday 26 September
This is a reminder that school will close at 2.20pm on Monday 26 September for staff training. On this day each lesson will be reduced to 50 minutes in order to ensure that students do not miss any of their taught lessons.

Year 7 Photographs
Year 7 students have been given a proof of their individual and tutor group photograph. Should you wish to order a photograph, please return the completed order form and payment to the school office by Friday 30 September. Alternatively, you can place your order online at www.braiswick.co.uk.

 York Independent State School Partnership (ISSP)
Many of our current parents and carers may be aware of our membership of the York ISSP, a collection of state and independent schools in York which provides events and experiences which intellectually challenge young people. For our new Year 7 parents and carers, you can find out more about the ISSP at their website yorkissp.org. One of their first events this year is a series of lectures for young people in Years 7 and 8 designed to inspire them. There is a letter with more information and an online registration form if you would like your child to attend.

Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccinations
Year 8 girls will be having their HPV vaccinations on Friday 30 September. If your daughter has a short sleeved school shirt it would be advisable to wear itnext Friday; otherwise a vest top underneath their long sleeved shirt would be helpful.

Year 11 SEND Progress Meetings
Relevant parents and carers will already have received emails inviting them to a SEND progress meeting on 10, 11 or 13 October. At this meeting you will receive staff feedback, progress monitoring and details of any intervention your child receives. It is also an opportunity to consider what is going well in school and what, if any, issues you may have. Students should also attend these meetings. If you have not yet replied but would like an appointment with Ms Griffiths (Director of Inclusion) please email admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

Year 10 Information Evening
Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the Year 10 Information Evening last night. If you were unable to attend, you can find a copy of the Presentation, Target Setting booklet and Revision Tips on the school website.

Canteen
The queues in the canteen have been moving through more smoothly in the last few days, with all students having a choice of hot and cold and vegetarian meals and at least 15 minutes to eat their lunch and get to Period 4 on time. This should improve further when we take delivery of the new till and oven; and the catering company have appointed another member of staff. Thank you to everyone for their continued support and patience.

Technology Materials
Parents and carers of Year 7 students can now pay for their child’s Technology materials on ParentPay.

Hospitality and Careers Fair
Hotels in and around York have joined together to launch the first ever interactive jobs and careers fair to highlight the variety of opportunities in the hotel and hospitality industry. The event is taking place on Sunday 25 September, 1pm to 6pm at The Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York. Please click here for more information.

Learn to Code at Upload Live Saturday 8 October
Freeformers and Virgin Media, with City of York Council, are co-hosting a day of hands-on workshops. In the Code and Lab Zones you will code and build a prototype of your very own app before learning how to use the web to amplify your creation in the Promote Zone. Finally, in the Cyber Zone you will learn how to stay safe and protect yourself in the online world. The event is taking place on Saturday8 October, 9.30am to 5.00pm at City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise. Attendance is free: simply click the following link to register: www.eventbrite.co.uk. N.B. Although advertised for 16 – 25 year olds, students in any year group at Millthorpe are welcome to attend.

Hype Youth Choir
Hype Youth Choir is looking torecruit 30 children aged 11 to 17 to join their choir at The Hive, Manor CE Academy on Wednesdays, 6.00pm to 7.30pm; please click the following link for more information and to sign up: www.hypeyouthchoir.co.uk.

Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancy
We are looking to recruit a Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant to help supervise students during their lunch break. This is a permanent part-time post of 5 hours per week working 12.15pm to 1.15pm, Monday to Friday. For more information and to apply please visit the vacancies page on the school website.

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a School Night
Millthorpe is playing host to a night of comedy on Saturday 15 October, featuring comedians including Jen Brister and Richard Massara. Tickets are normally £8 each; however Millthorpe parents, carers and staff can take advantage of a special offer and get 2 tickets for £12 by visiting the following link: www.wegottickets.com/sct/5jXEkuaE8R. There will be a licensed bar and doors will open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm and running to 11pm at the latest. Minimum age for the show is 16.

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Friday 16 September 2016

Dropping off and collecting students
Can we ask that parents and carers do not drive vehicles onto the school site but pick up or drop off their children somewhere outside the school gates where it is safe to do so. Large numbers of students arrive and leave school at the same time and we need to ensure the safety of all our students. Thank you very much for your co-operation.

Year 7 Fortnightly Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) Focus
Government changes to the exam system and qualifications mean that there is now a growing focus on students being able to demonstrate a good knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG), which typically accounts for 5% of marks in public examinations. In order to support our students in improving their spelling and maintaining high levels of grammar and punctuation across all areas of the curriculum, students starting at Millthorpe have a fortnightly SPaG focus.

Each fortnightly SPaG focus will be taught in English lessons and tutor time and will also be addressed in all other subjects across the curriculum. All Year 7 students have been provided with a purple SPaG handbook. If your child loses their copy they will need to pay £2 for a replacement.

Our first SPaG focus is capital letters and full stops. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting materials which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the SPaG focus supporting materials and other literacy resources.

Year 10 Information Evening Thursday 22 September
A reminder to Year 10 parents and carers that the Year 10 Information Evening is taking place on Thursday 22 September at 6pm in the Main Hall. If you have not already done so, please click the following link to let us know if you plan to attend: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y10_Info_Eve.

School Nurse
The School Nurse, Elaine Hawcutt, holds a ‘drop-in’ session every Tuesday lunchtime at 12.30pm in the school gym. Any student who wishes to speak to Elaine is welcome to attend. Elaine is not present in school at any other time.

Netball Fixtures
Please click here for the 2016-17 netball fixtures.

Girls’ Cricket Sessions
Yorkshire Cricket Board along with local cricket clubs are delivering cricket sessions to girls aged 8 to 15 to help develop their skills. The sessions will take place at Millthorpe every Tuesday, 5.30pm to 7.00pm and cost £3 per session. For further information and to book a place please contact Rachel Hildreth on 07736 275413 or r.hildreth@yorkshirecb.com.

Year 11 Information Evening
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the Year 11 Information Evening yesterday. If you were unable to attend you can find a copy of the Presentation, Year 11 Calendar and Revision Tips on the school website.

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a School Night
Millthorpe is playing host to a night of comedy on Saturday 15 October, featuring comedians including Jen Brister and Richard Massara. Tickets are normally £8 each; however Millthorpe parents, carers and staff can take advantage of a special offer and get 2 tickets for £12 by visiting the following link: www.wegottickets.com/sct/5jXEkuaE8R. There will be a licensed bar and doors will open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm and running to 11pm at the latest. Minimum age for the show is 16.

Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancy
We are looking to recruit a Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant to help supervise students during their lunch break. This is a permanent part-time post of 5 hours per week working 12.15pm to 1.15pm, Monday to Friday. For more information and to apply please visit the vacancies page on the school website.

Hotel and Hospitality Careers Fair
Hotels in and around York have joined together to launch the first ever interactive jobs and careers fair to highlight the variety of opportunities in the hotel and hospitality industry. The event is taking place on Sunday 25 September, 1pm to 6pm at The Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York. Please click here for more information.

Science Lecture at St Peter’s School
St Peter’s School is beginning a new year of its annual lectures. The first one, on Monday 19 September at 7pm in the Memorial Hall, is entitled ‘The Brave New World of CRISPR Gene Editing’, and will be given by Professor Matthew Cobb, University of Manchester. Tickets for the lecture are free and are available from www.eventbrite.co.uk. A poster with further details can be found by clicking here.

York Karate Club
York Karate Club will be holding classes at Millthorpe in the Main Hall after school every Thursday starting from 22 September. Classes are available to all children in Years 7 and 8 and cost £40 for the term. For more information and to register for the class please click here to read the letter on the website.