MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 16 December 2016

Shape your Future
Fulford School are hosting a careers event for Year 10 and Year 11 students on Wednesday 18 January 2017. More details will be given to students in the first few days back.

Year 10 Work Experience
A reminder that the deadline for work experience forms to be returned to school is Friday 6 January.

Air Cadet Recruitment
The City of York Air Cadets will be starting to recruit a new intake of cadets on 11 January 2017 at 19.30. The City of York Squadron is one of the largest and most successful in the region and offers young people the chance to take part in a wide range of activities including, shooting, fieldcraft, marching band and flying opportunities in gliders and powered aircraft. Air Cadets is open to children in Year 8 or above; for more information you can contact 110 Squadron on 01904 635300 or via email to 110@aircadets.org

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 17 January 2017
A reminder that the Year 11 Parents’ Evening is taking place on Tuesday 17 January. If you have not requested any appointment times but would like to, please complete and return the appointment request form to school by Friday 16 December.You can also complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/WP88V7F.

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Friday 9 December 2016

The Little Mermaid Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 December
Tickets for The Little Mermaid are on sale every breaktime. The dates of the performance 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.

End of Term Arrangements
A reminder that on Friday 16 December, the last day of the Autumn Term, school will close for students at 12.20pm following a final assembly. Students in receipt of free school meals will be able to collect a packed lunch from the dining hall at 12.20pm. Please email the school office on admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk by Tuesday 13 December if you would like to order a packed lunch. If your child is normally picked up from school by taxi please make arrangements for them to be picked up at 12.20pm on Friday 16 December.

South Bank Academy Trust Update
Please click here to read the latest update from the Trust which includes the continued work to improve education across the Trust’s schools, the expansion opportunities of bringing more schools into the MAT and finally, changes to the governance structure including the appointment of new Members.

School Uniform Donations
If you have any items of school uniform, particularly ties and blazers, that you don’t use or no longer fit and are in good condition we can use them in school for students who have lost or forgotten theirs. Any items can be handed in at the school office or C8, thank you.

Year 10 Work Experience
A reminder that the deadline for work experience forms to be returned to school is Friday 6 January.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 17 January 2017
A reminder that the Year 11 Parents’ Evening is taking place on Tuesday 17 January. If you have not requested any appointment times but would like to, please complete and return the appointment request form to school by Friday 16 December.You can also complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/WP88V7F.

Weekly Emails
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Friday 2 December 2016

Lifebag Project
Last month the student council launched a collection to fill rucksacks with essential items for unaccompanied children living in the refugee camps in Greece. The response has been overwhelming and we would like to thank everyone who donated for the kindness and generosity. The rucksacks were collected on Wednesday and will be on their way to Greece in a week or so.

The Little Mermaid 13,14 and 15 December
Tickets for this year’s school production of The Little Mermaid are on sale every breaktime. 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.

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.

Year 10 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 7 December 2016
A reminder that the Year 10 Parents’ Evening is taking place on Wednesday 7 December. Students will be bringing a letter home today with your appointment times: if you do not receive this or there are any problems with your appointments, please contact Miss Buglass on 01904 686400 or email s.buglass@millthorpeschool.co.uk on Monday.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 17 January 2017
We are pleased to invite all Year 11 parents and carers to parents’ evening on Tuesday 17 January. Students will be given a letter with an attached appointment form on Monday. A copy of this letter is available on the school website by clicking here. Appointment forms should be returned to your child’s form tutor by Friday 16 December. You can also complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/WP88V7F.

Year 10 Work Experience
A reminder that the deadline for work experience forms to be returned to school is Friday 6 January 2017.

Careers Provision
As a school we have worked hard over the years to deliver independent careers information and guidance and we have embedded a strong programme for our students providing advice, support and information on their choicespost-16. This year we are expanding this programme to offer a more rounded and comprehensive progression programme through to Key Stage 5. Highlights of our provision include:

  • The upcoming ‘Exploring Pathways’ eventon 5 December, which provides Year 11 students with opportunities to speak to Sixth Form and higher education providers to help students decide what they will do when they leave Millthorpe.
  • It also includes a careers fair, where students can get information and advice from representatives from many local and national employers.
  • An introduction to START, an online careers programme that students can use to explore, investigate and plan possible career paths.
  • A number of useful links on the school website, including the ‘Shape Your Future‘ booklet.

For more detailed information on our careers provision, please click here to read the letter on the website.

Make Your Mark
This year, over 700 Millthorpe students took part in the Make Your Mark ballot. Organised by the UK Youth Parliament, the ballot gathers young people’s views on the most important issues to campaign on for the year ahead. The efforts of the school council in encouraging as many students as possible to participate put Millthorpe in the top 5 most improved schools in the country. You can read more about this important exercise in democracy by clicking here.

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Make Your Mark

This year, over 700 Millthorpe students took part in the Make Your Mark ballot. Organised by the UK Youth Parliament, the ballot gathers young people’s views on the most important issues to campaign on for the year ahead. The efforts of the school council in encouraging as many students as possible to participate put Millthorpe in the top 5 most improved schools in the country.

What is the Make Your Mark ballot?

On 11 November 2016 members of UK Youth Parliament came together to debate and decide, at a meeting in the House of Commons, the most important issue to campaign on for the year ahead.

What is the UK Youth Parliament?

Run by young people for young people, The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11 to 18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. The UKYP is made up of 379 MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament), who are elected by their peers in youth elections throughout the UK. Any young person aged can stand or vote. Once elected, MYPs organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people. The UK Youth Parliament is the only organisation that is allowed to sit in the House of Commons.

What did Millthorpe do?

Millthorpe’s school council decided to make this ballot a priority at the start of the year and distributed voting slips to every tutor group in the school. Each form took a vote and returned the slips for counting.  The student council worked through all the voting slips and tallied the votes by year group.

The British Youth Council, who collated the results from all the schools made a special mention of Millthorpe as being in the top 5 most improved schools in the country as we collected nearly 730 votes. This excellent turn out helped boost York to the top 5 towns in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

What did Millthorpe say?

The results for the various year groups showed many patterns and differences: There were some issues that students considered significantly more important than others across all year groups with youth services and sexual harassment being seen as less important than curriculum for life and first aid for young people.

Year Group  
  7 8 9 10 11 TOTAL

Votes at 16
Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.

14 20 27 26 19 106
A curriculum to prepare us for life
Schools should cover topics like finance, sex and relationship education and politics.
30 14 46 24 38 152

First aid education for all young people
All young people should learn basic first aid, on a regular basis, including CPR, and all schools in the UK should have a defibrillator.

36 26 38 9 4 113

Mental health
Services should be improved with young people’s help and mental health education should be compulsory and challenge stereotypes.

11 9 14 11 12 57

Transport
Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.

15 11 12 4 14 56

Stop cuts that affect the NHS
Funding that affects the NHS shouldn’t be cut. We must keep up vital services to protect young people.

23 33 15 11 27 109

Body image
More needs to be done to raise awareness on body image issues, particularly the effects of negative body image on mental health. Bullying connected to body image should be challenged, and reduced.

13 13 14 1 3 44

Fund our youth services, don’t cut them
Youth services provide us with vital support, development opportunities and positive activities.

2 1 2 0 1 6

Raising awareness of sexual harassment in schools
Let’s raise awareness of sexual harassment in schools so that young people affected don’t suffer in silence and can get support from schools and teachers.

7 2 8 0 1 18

Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish
All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination, and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.

21 18 11 7 5 62

What happens next?

The national results were used to set the agenda for the debates held at the House of Commons last month and this will help ensure that the issues affecting young people are in the minds and policies set by the government in the coming year.

At Millthorpe, the school council are using the results of this ballot to help us decide what our own priorities should be in the year ahead and how we can best represent the views of our pupils. We are looking into arranging first aid courses and life skills sessions.

Next year we want to build on the success this year and want to further improve our voter turnout, with more forms completing their votes in time and a reduction in the numbers of spoiled ballot papers.

Links

A report of the debate in the House of Commons:
www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/news/uk-youth-parliament-calls-for-votes-at-16-in-the-house-of-commons-chamber/

A full breakdown of the results from the national ballot can be found here:
www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Results-Report-Make-Your-Mark-2016-v1.pdf