The Little Mermaid

Millthorpe School presents The Little Mermaid on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 December. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3.50 for children/concessions and £15 for a family ticket of two adults and two children. Tickets are on sale every break time outside the staff room.

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MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
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.

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 list of items you may be able to donate is below. The deadline for donations is Wednesday 30 November.

  • Socks and underwear
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Liquid soap
  • Handtowels
  • Rain jackets
  • Whistle
  • Neck pillows
  • Food bars
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pens
  • Small game or toy

We recognise that every student’s home circumstances are different and we are keen for everyone to feel able to contribute something. At the same time we welcome any students and their families who may wish to put together a complete rucksack on their own. The more we get, the more young people we can help.

Thank you in advance for your donations and support.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
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.