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Friday 30 June 2017

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Lydia triumphs at World Transplant Games
We are delighted to report that our very own Lydia (Year 11) has become the World Champion in the 5km bike time trial at this year’s World Transplant Games in Malaga. Read more >

Traffic Signal Improvements
City of York Council are undertaking a programme of work to renew and improve traffic signals infrastructure across the city. Part of these works will be taking place on Scarcroft Road and include the replacing of traffic signals and changes to the footpaths at the crossing near the allotments. These works are planned to begin on Monday 3 July and are expected to last for around two weeks. There will be temporary traffic lights in place and a controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

Parent Governor Vacancies
This is prior notice that we have two vacancies for parent governors on Millthorpe’s Governing Board. The election will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 and a parent or carer can propose a candidate, stand for election and vote in the election, if he or she has a child registered at the school on the date of the election. If you are interested in standing or would like to nominate somebody, please click here for the parent governor nomination form.

Money for school meals paid via ParentPay
If you put money onto your child’s school meal account via ParentPay, it normally appears on the system that operates the tills in the canteen within a few minutes. However, we are aware that there have been occasions when it has taken much longer – up to 2 or 3 days in some cases. We are working with the software companies to address these delays as far as possible, but you should bear in mind that payments made in the evening may occasionally not transfer to the tills the following day. In response to this, we have changed our policy so that:

  • We will always make a meal available to students at lunchtime up to the value of the meal deal (£2.40), even if no funds are showing on their account
  • If providing a meal takes the account overdrawn by more than a few pounds, we will contact parents/carers to check that arrangements either already have been, or are being, made to cover the debt.

Thank you for your co-operation with this; please contact the school if you have any further queries.

Lockers
Please can you ask your child(ren) to empty their lockers completely before the summer break: if they want a locker next year, they will be assigned a new one in September. Over the summer, we will be clearing out all the lockers so that we can bring back into circulation any lockers ‘abandoned’ by Year 11 students and anyone else who no longer wants them. Students will have a chance to reclaim any property that is left in lockers but padlocks will be removed. This is also a good opportunity to make sure PE kits are washed/reviewed and any rubbish is disposed of (especially food!)

Also, just to note that the standard lock supplied by the school next year will be a combination lock, hopefully reducing the problems associated with lost keys. Of course, students can source a key operated lock if they prefer.

Year 10 Art GCSE Mock Exam
The Art Department very much value your support to ensure that the GCSE Art exams run smoothly next week. Students have a full day of Art Exams on Tuesday and Friday. Students should be in their normal art room by 8.30am at the latest (exams start at 8.45am prompt). Students register in the exam not with their Form Tutor. In line with the new GCSE rules, all presented preparation work must be handed in at the start of the exam including the practice piece. Students will be able to use their preparation work in the exam sessions but cannot work on it between exam sessions. If for any reason your child is not able to attend this or her GCSE Art exam please contact school by 8.30am on the morning of the exam. Please click here for more information on the arrangements for the Year 10 Mock Art Exam.

Jaron Joiner Presents Be Inspired 2 Tour Saturday 8 July 2017
American performer Jaron Joiner is coming to Millthorpe on 8 July for a performance which includes comedy, dance, improv and a little beatboxing. Tickets are £5, available from www.jaronjoiner.com. He is running a FREE taster session on Friday 7 July at 4pm in the Main Hall. This will act as workshop, working on kids’ confidence, current abilities and maybe finding some skills they didn’t know they had. It’s open to all ages and every attendee has the chance to be in the performance the following day. Jaron will be in the Library on Monday lunchtime for students who would like to find out more.

York Explore Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
York Explore libraries are looking for student volunteers to help with their Summer Reading Challenge. Every summer holiday the library service invites children aged 4 – 11 to read 6 books over the summer break. The children receive prizes for each book they read and a medal and certificate when they complete the challenge. The student volunteers role would include talking to children about what they’ve been reading; helping them choose books; giving out prizes and certificates; helping with displays; and gathering feedback from children and their parents/carers. Please click here for more information.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

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Friday 23 June 2017

How are we doing?
You may remember being asked to fill in a questionnaire when you attended parents’ evenings this year. The questionnaire, based on the Ofsted Parent View Survey, asks parents and carers to rate a number of statements ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. We have now collated all of your responses and are pleased to report that the feedback has been very positive and has also highlighted some areas for improvement. We have put together an article on the school website with the full results which you can view by clicking here.

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. The reason for this is to give teachers time to write new assessment criteria in response to the government’s decision to remove assessment levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these is due course.

Sports Day Monday 26 June 2017
Sports Day is taking place on Monday 26 June and all students are expected to take part in at least one event to help amass as many points as possible for their Form and House. Students should arrive at school in their usual PE kit along with a tracksuit of similar clothing to ensure they are warm and comfortable while they are not competing. For more information on the arrangements for Sports Day please click here to read the letter on the school website.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

School uniform warm weather arrangements
Running to the end of term, students will not be required to wear their blazer or bring it to school during warm weather, although they can if they choose to. There is no change to the rules about wearing ties. Students should wear their tie to school every day; however, when the weather gets particularly hot, students will be told on the day if and when ties may be removed.

Year 10 Art GCSE Mock Exam
A reminder for parents and carers of Year 10 students studying Art to read the email sent earlier today regarding the arrangements for the Art GCSE mock exam.

Year 7 fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 11 School Uniform Donations
Thank you to the students who donated items of school uniform after the Leavers’ Assembly yesterday. If you have any items of uniform (blazers, jumpers or ties) you would otherwise be throwing away, we can always use them in school. You can drop items into main reception at any time and students can also bring uniform with them to results day on Thursday 24 August.

York Junior Triathlon Sunday 30 July 2017
The York Junior Triathlon is returning for its fourth year on Sunday 30 July. Taking place at the York Sport Village, this is the perfect introduction to the sport of triathlon for any budding Brownlees. Please click here for more information and how to enter.

Traffic Signals Improvements
City of York Council are undertaking a programme of work to renew and improve traffic signals infrastructure across the city. Part of these works includes replacing the traffic signals and minor changes to the footpaths at the crossing on Scarcroft Road near the allotments. The works are planned to begin on Monday 3 July and are expected to last for around two weeks. There will be temporary traffic lights in place and a controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

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Friday 16 June 2017

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. The reason for the day is that the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. Our plans are in place, but our teachers need time to write new assessment criteria for our current schemes of teaching. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these in due course.

School Uniform Warm Weather Arrangements
Starting from Monday, and running to the end of term, students will not be expected to wear their blazer in school because of the warm weather, although they can if they choose. There is no change to the rules about wearing ties. However, when the weather gets particularly hot students will be told on the day if and when ties may be removed.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Year 7 Bolton Abbey Trips
The dates of the visits for each Tutor Group are as follows:
Wednesday 21 June: 7ARR and 7DJM
Thursday 22 June: 7LBA and 7LDW
Friday 23 June: 7MEW and 7RIY
7ALJ have been divided between the three days due to coach numbers, your child will have been told which day they are going on. Students will need to bring a pencil and rubber, as well as a pack up and plenty to drink as the weather is forecast to be very warm. If it is particularly sunny you should supply your child with sun cream and, if your child suffers from travel sickness, please ensure they have taken (and bring with them if required) appropriate medication. On a wet day paths may be slippery, sturdy footwear is therefore essential.

Students will be allowed to bring mobile phones, MP3 players etc. on the trip but such items are solely their responsibility. Students are not required to wear school uniform.

On the day of the trip students must meet in the Dining Hall by 8.40am, if your child is going to be late or is unable to attend due to illness please contact school. The coaches will arrive back to school at approximately 4.00pm (depending on the traffic). Please bear this in mind if you are picking up your child or you need to make any arrangements for your child’s journey home.

Sports Day Monday 26 June 2017
Sports Day is taking place on Monday 26 June and all students are expected to take part in at least one event to help amass as many points as possible for their Form and House. As all students are expected to take part in at least one event, they should arrive at school in their usual PE kit along with a tracksuit or similar clothing to ensure they are warm and comfortable while they are not competing. For more information on the arrangements for Sports Day please click here to read the letter on the school website.

Year 9 Exams
A reminder that the Year 9 Exams begin next week. For more information and a timetable of the exams please click here to read the letter on the school website.

M&S School Uniform
Marks and Spencer are currently offering 20% off selected items of school uniform purchased before 4 July 2017. Visit www.marksandspencer.com for details.

Apprenticeship Opportunities
Apprentice Gardener at York Minster
For more information on apprenticeships including current vacancies please visit the Apprenticeships Page on the school website.

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Friday 9 June 2017

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. The reason for the day is that the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. Our plans are in place, but our teachers need time to write new assessment criteria for our current schemes of teaching. This is the reason for the additional training day. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these in due course.

York Pride Parade Saturday 10 June 2017
A reminder that the York Pride parade is taking place tomorrow and we would like to invite students and their families to join us. We will be meeting outside the Minster from 11am, just look out for the Millthorpe banners and t-shirts! The parade will take us from the Minster, through the city centre and then to the Knavesmire via Skeldergate and Bishopthorpe Road. The main York Pride event then runs from 1pm to about 6.30pm at the Knavesmire, with stalls, live music, food, drinks, and other family-friendly activities.

Key Stage 3 Exams
We have sent emails to all parents and carers of Key Stage 3 students about the Year 7 and Year 8 Exam Week next week and Year 9 Exam Week the following week. If you missed the email or would like to read the information now, please click the following links:
Year 7 and 8 Exams 2017
Year 9 Exams 2017

Year 10 Exams
The Year 10 exams start on Tuesday 27 June and finish on Friday 7 July. Students will be issued with individual exam timetables during registration on Monday morning.

News from South Bank Academy Trust
Following detailed discussions with the Department for Education and the Local Authority, the Trust is pleased to announce that we have secured sufficient funding to support school improvement work with York High. This gives us the confidence we need that we can succeed at York High, without having any negative impact on Millthorpe. We will now move to bring York High into the MAT by Spring 2018. Between now and then, we will be working in partnership with City of York to begin the work of improving York High’s finances and standards as quickly as possible.

As part of this process, Trevor Burton will become Executive Headteacher of both Millthorpe and York High with effect from 1 September. We will be assisted by two newly-appointed Heads of School, Gemma Greenhalgh and Rod Sims, who will be responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of Millthorpe and York High respectively. We’re delighted to have such a strong leadership team in place across the two schools. A full statement outlining the new arrangements is available on the Trust’s website.

Previously, we’d informed you that Acomb Primary School was exploring the possibility of joining the South Bank MAT. Having considered their options in more detail, Acomb’s governors have now decided they feel our MAT is not the best fit for their school. We wish them well for the future.

Edwin Thomas
Chair of Trustees, South Bank Academy Trust

Appointment of Head of School at Millthorpe
Further to the news from the South Bank Academy Trust, please click here to read the letter from our Chair of Governors, Bill Schofield, about the appointment of Gemma Greenhalgh.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

York College Open Evening Tuesday 13 June 2017
There is an open evening taking place at York College on Tuesday 13 June at 6pm for students looking to study A Levels, Vocational and Apprenticeship programmes.

German Exchange Meeting Tuesday 13 June 2017
A reminder that the German Exchange meeting is taking place on Tuesday 13 June at 6.30pm in the library. Please bring your child’s passport and EHIC card. If you are unable attend the meeting, please send your child to see Miss Ramsay with their passport and EHIC on Wednesday 14 June as passports are needed in order to check-in on this day.

Sports Team Photos
We will be taking individual and sports team photos during period 5 on Thursday 15 June. This is to update the sports celebration display we have in school. We will remind students about the arrangements next week.

School Uniform
Marks and Spencer are currently offering 20% off selected items of school uniform purchased before 4 July 2017. Visit www.marksandspencer.com for details.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
In light of the Year 7 and 8 exams taking place, there will be no fortnightly SPaG focus next week. Instead, we would like to encourage all students to use tutor time to revise for their exams.

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Friday 26 May 2017

Non-uniform day for the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack
We have had a magnificent response to our non-uniform day. As of the close of day, we have counted over £2,000 in cash and ParentPay donations. This is the largest amount ever raised in one of these days. Thank you to Year 11 too, who with their heads full of the GCSE English Literature exam this morning still managed to bring in cash for our cause. Some of you paying on ParentPay and in cash have been extraordinarily generous. We will wait until the family has had time to cope with the immediate aftermath of their loss before approaching them with your donation.

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
Millthorpe will be holding an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. Please mark this in your diaries – as it is a change to the published pattern, we will keep reminding parents about it. The reason for the day is that the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. Our plans are in place, but our teachers need time to write new assessment criteria for our current schemes of teaching. This is the reason for the additional training day. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents in future and we will inform you about these in due course.

MAT Newsletter
Please click here to read the first South Bank Academy Trust Newsletter from Anna Cornhill, Trust Principal.

Year 7 and Year 8 Exams W/C 12 June
The aim of the Year 7 and Year 8 exam week is to support students in building their revision and exam skills in an incremental, age-appropriate way so that when they begin their GCSE preparation, they are used to reviewing and relearning work they did a long time ago and better able to cope with high-stake assessment without becoming stressed or anxious.

Students will take exams in:
English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, French and/or German
All other subjects will teach their timetabled lessons as normal.
This means that Year 7 will have 7 exams and Year 8 will have 9 exams (2 foreign languages and 2 Maths exams).
Exams will be taken in classrooms, during students’ normal lesson times.

Year 7 and Year 8 students received their exam timetables during English lessons this week. You can see the full exam timetable by clicking the following links:
Year 7 Exam Timetable
Year 8 Exam Timetable

Students do not need to revise during half term because the first week back after half term is Revision Week but they are welcome to do anything they enjoy to get ready for Revision Week eg read for pleasure around the topics they’ve studied that interest them the most; spend time on their favourite learning websites etc. Half term would also be a good time to get their exercise books ready for revision by sticking in any stray sheets etc. and making sure titles and subtitles are underlined so that they can find information they need more easily.

Year 7 will have an assembly about exams on Monday 5 June and Year 8 will have an exams assembly on Tuesday 6 June. This assembly will help students to plan their revision, will clarify what ‘exam conditions’ means and will explain our expectations regarding learning conduct during the exam period.

Year 10 Mock GCSE Art Exam
Year 10 students have made a promising start to their exam preparation period with further development tasks set for the May Half Term break. We advise students to invest a minimum of 5 hours next week to complete artist copies, extend their written work and most importantly, undertake a personal photographic study. It is essential that students complete all the work ready for the first lesson back after the holiday (Mrs Cockburn 10.3 Thursday 8.6.17 & Mr Pennick 10.1 Tuesday 6.6.17). Photographs must be saved on L drive, Pupils Work, Art, 10.3 Mock Exam SZC or 10.1 Mock Exam GPE on Monday 5.6.17. Homework details are available on Show My Homework. Thank you for your continued support.

York Pride Friday 9 June 2017
Many families will be aware that the annual York Pride celebration takes place next month with a number of city-wide events leading up to the York Pride Parade on Saturday 10 June. York Pride is a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. In line with their mission to promote York as a welcoming city, the City Council and the Fairness and Equalities Board are encouraging employers in York to show their support for York Pride by taking part in a ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day on Friday 9 June. Employees are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours, or simply wear a rainbow badge. For more information about what Millthorpe will be doing to celebrate York Pride please click here to read the full letter on the school website.

German Exchange Meeting Tuesday 13 June
A reminder that there is a meeting for parents and carers of students who are going on the German Exchange on Tuesday 13 June at 6.30pm in the library.

Parents’ Evening Survey
Thank you to the parents and carers who have responded to our Parents’ Evening survey. Please click the following link if you would like to add your feedback: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Parent_Evening_Survey.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Summer Sports Fixtures 2017
Please click here for the list of Sports Fixtures taking place during the Summer Term.

Vaccination Programme
Our school health team have advised us that Millthorpe had the largest uptake of all York schools for the Year 9 Booster and Meningitis Vaccination programme. Thank you to all Year 9 parents and carers for your support.

Ramadan
If your child will be observing Ramadan this year please let us know if there is anything we can do in school to support them during this time.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is Non-Standard English. 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and comprise three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice; and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.

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Friday 19 May 2017

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 22 May 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 22 May for staff training.

Millthorpe Thinks… General Election
On Tuesday 23 May, Millthorpe will be hosting a hustings. Students have been invited to attend and will have the opportunity to ask candidates standing in the York Central constituency about issues that concern them. Rachael Maskell (Labour), Nick Love (Liberal Democrats) and Andy D’Agorne (Green Party) will be discussing issues and answering our students questions. Although the Green Party are not standing a candidate in York Central, Cllr D’Agorne has been invited as our students expressed a wish to hear their policies.

On election day (Thursday 8 June) students will then take to the polls as we host our ‘Millthorpe Thinks’ election. Students have already been asked to sign up to the electoral roll and these students will be provided with a ballot paper on the morning and given the opportunity to have their say. Results will be published on the school website as soon as the votes have been counted.

Key Stage 3 Exams After Half Term
Year 7 and 8 Exams
Week commencing 12 June – Year 7 and Year 8 students will sit an exam in the following subjects:
English
Maths
Science
French
German
History
Geography
RE

The exams will last between 30 minutes and 1 hour and will take place in lesson time and in the students’ usual classroom. All other subjects will teach their timetabled lessons as normal.

Next week and at the start of the week after half term, Ms Andrle, Assistant Headteacher, will spend 20-30 minutes with each Year 7 and Year 8 English class, explaining their exam timetable and helping them to plan their revision for the first week back after half term. During this session, students will write their exams and their revision plan in their planner. We do not expect Year 7 and Year 8 students to revise during the half term holiday but all homework in the week after half term will be revision homework.

Year 9 Exams
Week commencing 19 June – Year 9 students will sit English, Maths and Science exams in the Main Hall using the GCSE exam desks. We will confirm dates and times in next week’s Friday email.
English: 1 hour Reading and 1 hour Writing on different days
Maths: 1 hour
Science: 1hour

Students will sit exams in some other subjects in classrooms. Subject teachers will ask students to write the times of these exams in their planner.

Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccinations
Year 8 girls will be having their second HPV vaccination on the morning of Wednesday 24 May. It would be helpful if they could wear a short sleeved shirt on this day, should they have one, or a white vest top underneath their school shirt.

York Pride Friday 9 June 2017
Many families will be aware that the annual York Pride celebration takes place next month with a number of city-wide events leading up to the York Pride Parade on Saturday 10 June. York Pride is a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. In line with their mission to promote York as a welcoming city, the City Council and the Fairness and Equalities Board are encouraging employers in York to show their support for York Pride by taking part in a ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day on Friday 9 June. Employees are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours, or simply wear a rainbow badge. For more information about what Millthorpe will be doing to celebrate York Pride please click here to read the full letter on the school website.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Year 10 Mock GCSE Art Exam
Year 10 Art students have started the six school weeks preparation period (plus May half term) which leads to a final piece being produced during 10 hours of formal exam sessions in the week beginning Monday 3 July. The theme of the mock exam is ‘Identity’ with exam launch resources and schedules available on the Art page of the school website and Show My Homework. As will be the case throughout the final GCSE exam during the Spring Term of Year 11, the support of parents and carers will be very important to student success. Encouraging your child to plan and manage the time available is crucial. We will keep you up-to-date and appreciate your support throughout the next six school weeks. If you have any questions please email Mrs Cockburn on s.cockburn@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

Year 7 Bolton Abbey Trip
As part of the final term, all Year 7 students will be studying river environments within the UK. With this in mind, Bolton Abbey has been chosen as a location that will offer students invaluable first-hand experience of a rapidly changing upland river environment. The cost of the trip resources is being covered by the school, however we would like to ask for a contribution of £10 towards the considerable travel costs which can be paid using ParentPay. Please ensure your child’s consent form is completed and returned to the School Office by Friday 26 May.

Ramadan
If your child will be observing Ramadan this year please let us know if there is anything we can do in school to support them during this time.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and comprise three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice; and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is General Spelling 3. 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Getting Sorted for York College
York College is running a drop-in session on Wednesday 16 August from 10am to 2pm for students who are starting in September. Please click here for more information.

Hairdressing Apprenticeships
There are a number of hairdressing apprenticeships currently available across the city. Please click here for the full list and contact details.

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Friday 12 May 2017

GCSE Exams
As you are hopefully aware by now, the GCSE exams begin on Monday 15 May. Students have been given an Exam and Revision booklet which contains information on exam arrangements as well as some useful dos and don’ts for over the exam period. The main part of the booklet is a timetable of all the exams and revision sessions. A copy of this booklet is available on the school website by clicking here.

All exams and revision sessions are on the calendar page on the school website; you can subscribe to the school calendar by clicking the iCal button to add school events to your calendar app. We will also be tweeting reminders over the exam period on the school Twitter account @MillthorpeNews.

Year 11 GCSE Art
Well done to all our Art students who handed in their coursework today. Following final assessment of both coursework and exam projects, student work will be stored securely over the summer until the moderation process is complete. Students will be invited to collect their art work just before Christmas when they are presented with their GCSE certificates. AQA request that work remains in school until the end of September. If your child needs to attend an interview, they will be able to borrow their work back overnight. Please contact the Head of Art, Mrs Cockburn, on s.cockburn@millthorpeschool.co.uk to arrange collection. Please note that some GCSE work will remain on display at school until May 2018. If your child borrowed equipment/materials from the Art Department, please return these to school next week.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 22 May 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 22 May 2017 for staff training.

Maths Equipment
As we approach the end of year exam season, it is a good opportunity to remind you that all students are expected to have a calculator as well as other maths equipment in every maths lesson and for their exams. The calculator needs to have scientific functions; these are available to buy in school from any maths teacher or the Maths Office for a cost of £5. You don’t have to buy the school supplied calculator; however it is important to realise that different models often work in different ways and, although teachers do their best to help students use a non-school calculator, without the instructions this can sometimes be difficult.

The Maths Department are offering students the opportunity to buy an exam pencil case which includes a pen, pencil, ruler, pair of compasses, protractor, rubber and pencil sharpener in a clear pencil case. These are available to buy from the Maths Office for £2.

Ramadan
If your child will be observing Ramadan this year please let us know if there is anything we can do in school to support them during this time.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and comprise three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice; and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.

World War II Living History Weekend Sunday 14 May 2017
The York Army Museum is celebrating its second birthday with activities taking place in the museum at 3 Tower Street, York and outside Clifford’s Tower this weekend. Please click here for more information.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is General Spellings 3. 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 5 May 2017

GCSE Exams
The GCSE exams begin in just over one week with the RE Unit 1 Exam on Monday 15 May. Students will be given an Exam and Revision booklet next week. This contains information on exam arrangements as well as some useful dos and don’ts for over the exam period. The main part of the booklet is a timetable of all the exams and revision sessions. A copy of this booklet is available on the school website by clicking here.

All exams and revision sessions are on the calendar page on the school website; you can subscribe to the school calendar by clicking the iCal button to add school events to your calendar app. We will also Tweet reminders on the school Twitter account @MillthorpeNews.

Students should continue to use Show My Homework for revision tasks set by their teachers and use the GCSE Revision Resources available on the school website. Click here for helpful advice on coping with exam stress including planning successful revision and keeping calm on exam day.

Year 11 GCSE Art Coursework
One week to go until GCSE Art coursework hand in. All coursework must be handed in by 3.10pm on Friday 12 May. If your child is absent from school on this day please drop off their folder at the Main Office. Work handed in after Friday 12 May will not be included in the final assessment of coursework. All students must hand in two coursework projects in order to fulfil AQA requirements. Please see Show My Homework for further details.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 10 May 2017
A reminder that the Year 7 Parents’ Evening is taking place next Wednesday. Students were given a letter with your appointment times earlier this week. As stated in the letter, due to the overwhelming response it has not been possible to allocate everyone with their requested appointments. If this has been the case you can request feedback from teachers for any of the missing subjects. If you did not receive your letter, or there are any problems with your appointments, or you would like to request feedback for missing subjects, please email Miss Buglass at s.buglass@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

CASH for SASH Charity Fundraising
The Student Council and a group of student volunteers have been running fundraising activities to help raise money for SASH, a local charity which works to prevent homelessness in young people. The activities include a raffle which will be drawn next week with prizes up for grabs including an induction at Red Goat Climbing, free coffee and cake at Rae & Webb or Pig and Pastry, attractive jewellery, toys and games, fancy toiletries, trendy lunch bags and much more!

Students have also been pledging their money to decide which teachers will have to spend their weekend trying to bake a signature cake with the ‘winning teachers’ being judged at the Great Millthorpe Bake Off next Wednesday. To round off the fundraising activities there will be a decade themed non-uniform day next Friday, 12 May. Students should bring £1 and are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 22 May 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 22 May 2017 for staff training.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and are comprised of three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 28 April 2017

GCSE Exams
The GCSE exams begin in just over two weeks with the RE Unit 1 Exam on Monday 15 May. Students have already been issued with a personalised exam timetable and all exams are listed on the calendar page on the school website; you can subscribe to the school calendar by clicking the iCal button to add school events to your calendar app.

Students should continue to check Show My Homework for revision tasks set by their teachers and use the GCSE Revision Resources available on the school website. Click here for helpful advice on coping with exam stress including planning successful revision and keeping calm on exam day.

Year 11 GCSE Art Coursework
GCSE Art coursework must be handed in by 3.10pm on Friday 12 May. If your child is absent from school on this day please drop off their folder at the Main Office. Work handed in after Friday 12 May will not be included in the final assessment of coursework. All students must hand in two coursework projects in order to fulfil AQA requirements.

MAT Principal Appointment
Trustees have appointed Anna Cornhill as the new Trust Principal of the South Bank Multi Academy Trust with effect from 1 May 2017. Anna will combine this with her ongoing position as Headteacher of Scarcroft, where an enhanced senior leadership team will ensure there is enough capacity for her to fulfil all her responsibilities successfully.

As you may know, the Trust Principal is the senior executive officer of the Trust, who ensures that the Trust runs effectively and efficiently. They lead the work of the Headteacher group, and are accountable to the government for the proper use of our public funding. Since conversion, our Trust Principal has been Trevor Burton. Please Click here to read the full letter from Edwin Thomas, Chair of Trustees.

Cash for SASH Charity Fundraising
The Student Council and a group of student volunteers have this week launched a number of fundraising activities to help rise money for SASH, a local charity which works to prevent homelessness in young people. The fundraising includes a raffle; students can buy tickets outside the Library at break and lunchtimes up to Friday 5 May. Prizes include an induction at Red Goat Climbing, free coffee and cake at Rae & Webb or Pig and Pastry, attractive jewellery, toys and games, fancy toiletries, trendy lunch bags and much more!

Students can also pledge their money to decide which teachers will have to spend their weekend trying to bake a signature cake. A noticeboard with collections for each teacher is outside the Dining Hall and the ‘winning teachers’ will be judged at the Great Millthorpe Bake Off on Wednesday 10 May. To round off the fundraising activities there will be a decade-themed non-uniform day on Friday 12 May. Students should bring £1 and are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and are comprised of three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
Thank you to everyone who has sent in Active Kids vouchers, we will be sending them off next week to redeem for sports equipment for the school. If you have any vouchers at home you can still send them in on Tuesday to be included in our total.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Summer Term Sport Practices
Click the links below for information on the Summer Term extra-curricular sports practices.
Summer Term Sports Practices
Year Group Sports Practices

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Thursday 6 April 2017

School Improvements
In December 2016, Millthorpe submitted two bids to the Condition Improvement Fund, an annual bidding process by which academies can apply for funding to improve school buildings. The bids included work to repair defective roofing and skylights and replace old glazing systems and damaged concrete work in selected buildings across the site. The combined value of the bids is £1.9 million and we are delighted to announce that both bids have been successful. This will allow us to make significant improvements to the quality of accomodation across a number of areas of the school and also reduce our annual repair costs. We will keep you updated as these works progress over the coming months.

GCSE Revision Resources
To help Year 11 with their revision over the Easter Holidays we have uploaded some useful resources to the website which students and parents/carers can access by clicking the ‘GCSE Revision Resources‘ button on the website homepage. Students should also check Show My Homework for revision tasks set by their teachers.

Year 11 Leaver’s Hoodies
A final reminder that orders for Year 11 leaver’s hoodies need to placed by Friday 21 April. The hoodies are £16.50 each and are available in a range of colours and sizes. To order a hoodie please visit keal-teamwear.com/sportswear/clubs/millthorpe-leavers. If you select collection as a delivery option we will arrange for hoodies to be delivered to school, free of charge, to be given out at the Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly in June.

Charity Fundraising
The Student Council are launching a week of fundraising (Monday 8 to Friday 12 May) in support of local homelessness charity SASH. The fundraising activities include a raffle with prizes up for grabs including: a Red Goat climbing experience; vouchers for Rae & Web and Pig and Pastry; jewellery; toys; games and much more! There will be a Millthorpe Bake Off on the Wednesday and a ‘guess the decade’ non-uniform day on the Friday, in which students are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade. SASH works to prevent homelessness in young people aged 16 to 25 in York, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire. Visit the SASH website at www.sash-uk.org.uk for more information.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus in General Spellings 2. 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Sporting Activities
Click the links below for more information on sporting activities taking place during the Easter and Summer Holidays.

Easter Basketball Camp
Acomb Fun Run
Acomb Family Triathlon
Summer Cricket Academy

Summer Term
A reminder that tomorrow is a staff training day and school is closed to students. The Summer Term begins on Monday 24 April which is a week B.