Friends Helping Refugees

Friends Helping Refugees is a campaign which started last September when Katie Sammons, a Millthorpe parent, posted a message on Facebook after seeing the picture we all know of the little boy’s body on the beach.

Various local people responded to her appeal and joined her and her two friends, Jean Garner-Steel, another Millthorpe parent, and Laura Cooper from Scarborough, volunteering their time to gather, sort and send badly needed items like food, clothes, tents, blankets and toys to refugee camps across Europe.

They started by driving a loaded van to border crossing points between Austria and Hungary and Austria and Slovenia. They encountered many families and children living in desperate circumstances who were relying on help from charities and volunteers.

At Christmas 2015, they co-ordinated more than 300 shoe boxes donated by people from York and Scarborough to be sent to Vienna for child refugees and at the end of January, Laura Cooper and other volunteers travelled to Calais and Dunkirk to give assistance in the camps there.

What can we do?

Friends Helping Refugees is now collecting food, toiletries and school items to fill a container which is going to Syria at the beginning of May. Please look at the items listed below and give anything you can spare to your child for them to drop in the boxes outside the staff room before Friday 6 May.


  • Toiletry cases
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower Gel
  • Body lotion
  • Hand sanitiser gel
  • Facial tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving gel
  • Hair brushes / combs
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Washcloths
  • Sanitary towels
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Hair bobbles
  • New underwear

School Equipment

  • Rucksack
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Rubbers
  • Rulers
  • Crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Colouring books
  • Soft toys
  • Dolls


  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Coconut oil
  • Lentils
  • Tea (normal and herbal)
  • Tinned beans
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Tinned carrots
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned chickpeas
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned peas
  • Tinned sweetcorn
  • Tinned pasta
  • Tinned mushrooms
  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned salmon
  • Tinned sardines
  • Tinned mackerel
  • Tomato paste

  • Raisins
  • Cereal bars
  • Cartons of juice
  • Fruit squash
  • Peanut butter
  • Whole long life milk
  • Weetabix/porridge/cereals
  • Baby milk (not powder)
  • Baby food pouches (no meat)
  • Flavoured water
  • Condensed milk
  • Tinned peaches
  • Tinned pineapple
  • Tinned pears
  • Tinned fruit cocktail
  • Tinned mandarins
  • Biscuits
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Honey

Katie has visited refugee camps across Europe and seen that thousands of people (families, children, pregnant women) in distress only get help from volunteers, not from authorities. This is a great opportunity to try to make a change to this dreadful global situation.

For information about Friends Helping Refugees please visit their website If you would like to make a donation to help support the work being done by Friends Helping Refugees you can do so by visiting

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Introducing the Millthorpe Award

About the Millthorpe Award

This is a pilot award scheme that will roll out to cover all year groups from 7 to 11 over the next two years. The award aims to recognise the amount of effort and time students put into extra-curricular clubs and societies as well as their academic work. The pilot stage of the Millthorpe Award is the Pre-Bronze Award for Years 7 and 8 this year. Next academic year will see the introduction of the full Bronze and Silver Award for Years 8 and 9 followed by the Gold Award for Key Stage 4.




Students receiving this award will get a lapel badge to mark their achievement and a certificate they can keep for their achievement portfolio. This portfolio can be used in future interviews and college applications which shows the deep commitment to self-progression and personal development that employers and further education institutions regard extremely highly.

The Pre-Bronze Award

To achieve the Pre-Bronze Award students will need to collect 20 credits: 5 of these are available for having high attendance and/or having received 400 or more positive stamps over the course of the year.

In addition to this students will need to collect 15 additional extra-curricular credits for work in the various clubs and societies. The credits can be awarded in any of the following 6 categories:

Global Citizenship






Half an hour attendance at any club, society, working group or school project will reward 1 credit towards one of these categories. The 20 credits required for the Pre-Bronze Award can be collected in any of these areas, with a minimum of two categories.

Recording credits

All students in Years 7 and 8 have been given a booklet to record their credits in. There are sections for each of the 6 categories which staff will stamp for each attendance to a school club. There is a page for recording attendance of any out of school clubs which can count towards the 20 credits required for the Pre-Bronze Award.

Click the image on the left to view the award booklet.

What we want the award to do

As well as valuing interests and achievements outside lessons, we hope the Millthorpe Award will encourage students to work with their School Council representatives to run campaigns, set up new clubs and make connections in our local community. As it develops we believe that the Millthorpe Award will help our students create a wide range of opportunities for themselves and help them to shape the experience of school for students in the future.

Speed dating in Year 11 Maths

Year 11 are well under way with their GCSE revision in all subjects. In maths students help each other by “speed dating”.

Each desk has a ‘specialist’ who is a student that excelled in that week’s homework and on the other side of the desk, a ‘date’. The ‘specialist’ helps to explain how they answered questions that their ‘date’ got wrong. Students move around each specialist after a 5 minute visit. This supports both students: it consolidates the learning of the expert and helps the visitor hearing how a peer answered the question.

It also gives the students a break from the class teacher’s voice, but we are still on hand to help with any questions.

Mrs Papprill
Maths Department