The Professionals – BBC Yorkshire and CSV Volunteering Opportunity

Do you have a wealth of experience in a particular profession?

Do you want to share your experience with potential employees of the future?

Do you want to help us to foster an ethos in which employment is highly valued?

We need your help! Millthorpe School is working with BBC Yorkshire in partnership with the charity CSV (The UK volunteering and learning charity) on a project called ‘The Professionals’. This is an exciting initiative aimed at encouraging older people to share skills as well as time with younger people.

We are particularly looking for older people who are on the brink of retiring but who want to continue to use their skills for the good of the community.

Millthorpe is planning a series of events and activities to help students improve their awareness of different employment sectors and develop a range of skills that they will need when they enter the job market. Previous projects that local people have helped schools with in the past have included: mock interview days for students, careers advice/business advice, hands-on trades expertise and work experience. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to work with other schools and colleges in York.

If you would be interested in helping out please contact our dedicated member of the BBC, Phil Hughes at




Charity Day

Today, Millthorpe School held a Charity Fun day in aid of two charities.  Save the Children and Les Enfants de Dieu will share the money raised.  Staff came in fancy dress including Pink Ladies, Smurfs, Einstein, Mary Poppins, Mozart, Dorothy, Wuthering Heights, Noel Coward, Cowboy, Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Where’s Wally, a Flapper, Mary , Jesus, Guru Nanak, TinTin, French mime artist and onion seller, and a variety of footballers.   There was a cake sale, and karaoke including an appearance from “Fake That” (teachers in disguise!) and a variety of stalls including Splat the Teacher.  The whole day was based on endurance challenges to recognise the endurance the children supported by the two charities have to show in their daily lives.  Students and staff gained sponsorship to swim for 3 hours, stay silent, play guitar,  birdwatch, ride bikes, do mini-triathlons and to row.

Miss Oxberry, who in December will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Save the Children walked around the school all day in wellington boots filled with baked beans.  She said, “I’ve supported Save the Children personally for a number of years and it’s wonderful to have the whole school joining in to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”  Miss Kirby, who spent the day dressed as Einstein is a regular visitor to the Enfants de Dieu charity in Kigali, Rwanda which looks after 120 former street boys aged from 7 to 18.  Children there do not have a family to support them and are looked after by the charity in very basic conditions.  Miss Kirby said, “Over the last three years I’ve helped them with books for their schoolroom and boots for their football (which they love), and I’m delighted Millthorpe has joined in to help this very small charity turn around the lives of these street children.”

Headteacher Mr Burton dressed up too and took on a rowing challenge.  He said, “Students and staff have had lots of fun but also raised a great deal for less fortunate children.  I have been amazed at the large number of local businesses who have donated generously to the day, including many from the Bishopthorpe Road community.”

Many thanks to Nestle, F & J’s cookshop, Cycle Heaven, Trinicria Café Bar,  Frankie & Bennys Nail Bar One, Meltons Too, Classix, Il Paradiso del Cibo, Nando’s, Up & Running, Hair City, Millies, York Chocolatiers, Zest, Sensu, City Screen, Patisserie Valerie & Candy Hero.

The total amount raised so far is £907 with more money due to come in from sponsored activities in the coming weeks.

Charity Day Photos

More about these charities at

Millthorpe Summer Fair

Saturday 5 July 2-5pm

Your Grand Depart Celebrations start at the Millthorpe Summer Fair where you can watch live coverage of the event on a big screen!

Come and join us on school grounds for our 2014 Summer Fair, which promises to be bigger and better then ever before, and enjoy:

  • Live Music
  • Tea and Cakes
  • Pimms and Beer
  • Ice Cream
  • Splat the Teacher
  • Craft Stalls
  • Coconut Shy
  • Bungee and Other Rides
  • Raffle

The sun always shines at the Millthorpe Summer Fair!