WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 January 2020

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

A reminder that our Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 21 January from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via our online booking system which will be available until 12.00midnight, Sunday 19 January.

Our Pastoral Team will have a stand at the Parents’ Evening, with resources and information available on Managing Exam Stress, Perfectionism, Sleep Hygiene and Wellbeing. Please go along to see them in B6.
The resources are available from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity which supports and gives advice to young people and parents in managing their wellbeing. As a school we are looking at how we can work in partnership with the Trust for the benefit of all our students, not just those working towards GCSEs.

Holocaust Memorial Day

On Friday 24 January, all Year 9 students will be off timetable as we once again mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of activities. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Students will be working with the RE, History and MFL departments to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust which took place during the Second World War.If you have any queries, please contact Miss Forrester.

Year 10 Work Experience 2020

Thank you to all those students who have already returned their completed paperwork or have spoken to Ms Anderson in the office re their work experience placements. There are still more than 100 students who need to return their paperwork. This should be done as soon as possible please as the deadline of 6 January has now passed.

Young Carers Awareness Day

In recognition of Young Carers Awareness Day, we will be holding a non-uniform day for students in Years 7-10. This will take place on Thursday 30 January 2020. Students will be asked to pay £1 and all proceeds will go to York Carers Centre. Payment can be made on the day or via ParentPay. A bake sale will also be held at lunch time.

As Year 11 students have their PPEs, they will need to be in full school uniform on the day please.

Governor and Trustee vacancies

South Bank Multi Academy Trust, Millthorpe School and our partner schools are looking for committed and enthusiastic people to join us as governors and trustees.Full information is available in this letter from the Chair of the Trust Board.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 10 January 2020

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 21 January 2020 from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via our online booking system, which will be available from 9.00am, Saturday 11 January – 12.00midnight, Sunday 19 January 2020.

Please note that this date has been changed from the original date of Wednesday 22 January due to a clash with CPD sessions for teaching colleagues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Year 8 Parents’ Evening – reminder re change of date

A reminder that the date of the Year 8 Parents’ Evenings has been changed this term as it currently falls on a date when teacher colleagues have CPD sessions. It will now take place on Thursday 27 February 2020.

We will send out further details nearer the time, but please do update your diaries now.


Year 11 English revision sessions

Year 11 English revision sessions will begin on Monday 13 January and run every Monday until the exam period. English teachers are delivering the sessions with their English class after school until 4.10pm. They are open to everyone in the group and refreshments will be provided.If students have any questions about the revision sessions, they should speak to their English teacher. We hope to see as many students there as possible!

The English Department

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 20 December 2019

Notification of changes to Parents’ Evening dates

The dates of two parents’ evenings have been changed next term as they both currently fall on dates when teacher colleagues have CPD sessions:

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening will now be on Tuesday 21 January 2020
  • Year 8 Parents’ Evening will now be on Thursday 27 February 2020

We will send out further details nearer the time, but please do update your diaries now.


Junior cricket

Copmanthorpe Cricket Club are looking to create new junior cricket teams in the following age groups:

  • U9 (Years 3 & 4)
  • U11 (Years 5 & 6)
  • U13 (Years 7 & 8)
  • U15 (Years 9 & 10)

They have dedicated, qualified coaches per age group and training will be at The Mount School, beginning in January 2020.

Anyone interested should make contact with Chris Storey T: 07554 008185 E: christopher-storey@outlook.com

Further information can be found here

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 13 December 2019

York Foodbank vouchers

Millthorpe School can now issue Foodbank vouchers for families in need. York Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They can provide three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced food to support local people who are referred to them in crisis.

For further information please contact Ruth Cooper at School or York Foodbank can be contacted directly E: info@york.foodbank.org.uk  T: 07871 610 894


Meeting – trip to Krakow, Poland, February 2020

A reminder that there will be a short meeting about the itinerary for the trip to Krakow, Poland, at 6.00pm on Monday 16 December, in the Library. This will include drop-off times and flight details as well as information about the activities students will be undertaking when we are there.

Please note, this is NOT about the Poland trip for skiing.


Last day of term

Please remember that school will finish for the Christmas break at 12.20pm on Friday 20 December. If students are eligible for free school meals and would like a pack up on the last day, they should speak to staff in the canteen by Thursday 19 December.


General Consent Forms for Educational Visits in the Local Area

To make it easier to arrange curriculum trips and reduce the number of permission slips parents/carers need to sign, we have set up a general consent form which allows your child to attend any trips or visits in the local area that take place during the school day. We had a reasonable response to the first mailing but there are still a number of gaps, so if you do wish to give this consent, please could you sign and return the form when it arrives and, if necessary, check bags and pockets to make sure it has come home!

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 6 December 2019

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day will take place on Tuesday 10 December to coincide with our Christmas Dinner festivities. For a £1 donation, students may wear a Christmas jumper or accessory alongside full school uniform.

Funds raised will go to two local charities, SASH and Carecent. As part of the Student Council’s homeless charity appeal, students have also been asked to donate items to the charities – please click here for a list of items. We would be grateful if any items could be brought into school by Friday 13 December at the latest.


Millthorpe School’s Production of Aladdin

A reminder that tickets are still on sale for this year’s spectacular Christmas production of Aladdin. Performances are at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December.

Tickets are £3 each and can be purchased from Ms Andrle before and during registration every morning (8.40-9.05am).


Winter virus illness

In response to a substantial increase in reports of diarrhoea/vomiting and flu like illness in recent weeks, City of York Council have asked schools to circulate information about managing illness. Public Health England have produced a useful information sheet for pupils, parents and staff – read it here.


York’s Local Offer – New support booklets published

York’s Local Offer provides information for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families about what is available to them in York.

They have produced two new booklets:

Where to go if… helps families to find out what is available and how to access help and support, and

Making Sense of SEND, a brief dictionary to help you navigate your way through a long list of acronyms and unfamiliar words.


Year 10 Work Experience

Please remind your child to return their work experience form as soon as possible and definitely before the end of term.


Diary reminders

Wednesday 11 December: school closes at 2.20pm for staff professional development.

Friday 20 December: Last day of term, school closes at 12.20pm for the Christmas Break. If your child has free school meals, please let the canteen staff know in advance if you would like a packed lunch preparing.

Monday 6 January: First day of Spring Term.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 29 November 2019

Meeting re trip to Krakow, Poland

There will be a meeting on Monday 16 December, at 6.00pm, in the school library, to go through the itinerary for the trip to Krakow, Poland. (Please note entry to the school at this time is via the main drive only.)

The trip booklet, which contains a wealth of information about where we will be going and what we will be doing, will be available at this meeting, and we will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Please contact Miss Forrester if you are unable to attend – she will be happy to answer any questions.


Year 9 Parents Evening

A quick reminder that our Year 9 Parents Evening will be held on Thursday 5 December from 4.00–6.30pm. The online booking system will be available until 12.00midnight, Sunday 1 December.


Millthorpe School’s Production of Aladdin

Tickets will be on sale next week for this year’s spectacular Christmas production of Aladdin. Performances are at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December.

Tickets are £3 each and can be purchased from Ms Andrle before and during registration every morning (8.40-9.05). Ms Andrle’s office is up the stairs past the Language Lab next to the staff kitchenette. Please bring exact money if you can.

Congratulations to all!


General election hustings

Bootham School is hosting a general election hustings evening on Monday 9 December at 7.00pm and would like to invite students, staff, parents and anyone else who is interested to go along. If you would like to attend to quiz local candidates, further information and tickets are available here. When you book tickets you can also register to ask a question.


Parenting course

Family Matters York are running a five-week parenting course beginning on Monday 13 January 2020 at Clifton Children’s Centre. Each session runs from 12.45-2.45pm.

For further information please contact Helen at Family Matters on T: 07393 147259 or E: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk


Care4Calais – donations needed

Care4Calais is a volunteer-run charity delivering aid and support to refugees living in Northern France and Belgium. They are looking for donations of a number of items including various items of clothing, tarpaulins and backpacks amongst others. If you would like to donate please check this list of required items and then bring your items to school. There is a collection box in the main office which will returned to the charity at the end of term.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 22 November 2019

Parents Evenings

Year 10

A reminder that our Year 10 Parents Evening will take place next week, on Tuesday 26 November from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via our online booking system which will be available until 12.00midnight, Sunday 24 November.

Year 9

Our Year 9 Parents Evening will be held on Thursday 5 December from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents can book and manage their own appointments online. The booking system will be available between the hours of 9.00am, Saturday 23 November and 12.00midnight, Sunday 1 December.

Year 7

Further to the recent Year 7 Parents Evening, staff have provided written feedback for those parents/carers who were unable to attend. This has been collated and will be sent to those concerned via email early next week.


Year 10 reports

Year 10 students have received their reports today, Friday 22 November.


Year 9 trip to Carlton Lodge – Medical forms

The deadline for returning medical forms for Year 9 students going to Carlton Lodge was today. Can you please ensure your completed forms are returned to school by Monday 25 November. If you have mislaid your form, replacements can be obtained from the school office.


Christmas Dinner – Tuesday 10 December

Christmas Dinner will be on Tuesday 10 December. You can buy tickets in advance via ParentPay from Monday 25 November at the usual meal deal price of £2.40 – students will get a traditional roast turkey dinner or a vegetarian alternative (vegetable plait) with all the trimmings plus dessert. It will be a ticket-only event – tickets will be handed out via form tutors. Please note that it won’t be possible to pay by cash on the day and no other food or drink will be available for purchase at lunchtime, although break time service will be available as normal.

Please join us – you may even get to see Miss Greenhalgh in a pinny!


Children in Need update

Last Friday’s non-uniform day and bake sale raised a fantastic £1203.85 for Children in Need. Thanks again for all your generous donations.


Design & Engineering Apprenticeships with Atkins

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, has a number of apprenticeships available for those wishing to explore an engineering career.

The roles are across a range of disciplines, from surveying to project management, electrical to mechanical engineering (levels 3 – 7). Apprentices will work towards professional qualifications gaining practical skills and earning whilst learning.

Find out more on the company website


Driving to school

If you are dropping students off at school, please make sure you pull up where it is safe to do so without causing an obstruction. Please do not block entrances to nearby roads and/or driveways.

A reminder that parents/carers should under no circumstances be driving into school to drop off or collect students unless by prior arrangement with the school (eg for a student with an injury).


German Teacher required for German Saturday School York

DSS York, part of The German Academy, is looking to hire a German teacher for its new German Saturday School, from December 2019 onwards.

If you are interested in joining a motivated and dedicated team please take a look at the job advert. For further information, please contact DSS York via email at info@dssyork.org.uk or by telephone on 07713 158191.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 15 November 2019

PE/Games 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 games top for all boys (and Year 7 girls) and under a school navy fleece for girls.
  • a suitable pair of gloves and/or hat may also be appropriate, especially for students who struggle with the cold.
  • all students are permitted to wear navy blue or black skins or leggings under their navy shorts in outdoor Games lessons during the colder months.
  • students may also wear the uniform tracksuit bottoms (available from Keal Teamwear).
  • students should always bring navy shorts, as this is a compulsory item of PE/Games kit.
  • wearing the additional items is optional.

Please note that the indoor PE kit remains unchanged.


Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Year 10 Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 26 November 2019 from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via a new online booking system, which will be available from 9.00am, Saturday 16 November – 12.00midnight, Sunday 24 November.


Children in Need

Today’s bake sale and non-uniform day has raised almost £950 for Children in Need. Thank you for all your donations.

WEEKLY EMAIL 12 April 2019


Duke of Edinburgh – Year 9

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


Sports Notices: Summer Sports Practice

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

Summer sports practice rota


York and District Boys’ Schools Football Leagues

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

Boys’ football leagues


Year 11 GCSE Art

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


Roller Derby Sessions

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

Scrimmage Skills

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 5 April

Successful £1.25m Funding Bid for New Classrooms

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

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

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


Poland 2020

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


Drug Proof Your Kids

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