MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 27 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day
Staff and students at Millthorpe joined thousands of people across the country to mark Holocaust Memorial Day today.Year 9 students have taken part in special lessons run by the History, RE and MFL departments which you can read about on the school website by clicking here.

Year 11 GCSE Revision
All Year 11 students have been given a Revision Planner which consists of revision tips, dates of GCSE exams and a calendar in order to plan their own bespoke revision timetable. Revision in the run up to the GCSE exams consists of completion of all homework tasks, which will be on Show My Homework, as well as independent revision outside of school time. Students are welcome to use the school library after school for independent study.

Staff will also be running revision sessions, primarily aimed at students who have been identified for departmental intervention, after school and at lunchtime in the run up to the GCSE exams which start on Monday 15 May. Students have been givena letter today with their individual intervention revision programme for the next four weeks. GCSE Drama students will be participating in after school revision sessions once they have completed their Blood Brothers assessment. Where students are not required for an after school revision session they can still see a member of staff if agreed beforehand.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students and we hope that you will support the school in ensuring that your child attends all identified revision sessions.

Data Collection
Students in Years 8,9, 10 and 11 will be bringing home a Data Collection sheet containing the information which we currently hold for them. Please could you check the details on the sheet and update if necessary. It is essential that we hold the correct contact details for our students. Could you please sign and return the Data Collection sheet as soon as possible, even if there are no amendments, and return it to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office, thank you.

Year 11 Careers Interviews
All students in Year 11 will be having a one-to-one careers interviewwith Mrs Morgan, our careers advisor. Mrs Morgan works for Shine, a company engaged by the school, which provides independent careers support and advice to schools and colleges throughout the UK. The interviews take place during school time and provide students with an opportunity to explore their career aspirations and receive support and advice from a qualified careers guidance specialist. As part of the interview process, Mrs Morgan will look at your child’s latest school report to help inform the careers guidance your child will receive. If you do not wish for your child’s report to be shared, please contact school.

Dropping off and collecting students
Can we remind parents and carers not to drivevehicles onto the school site but to pick up or drop off their children somewhere outside the school gates where it is safe to do so. Large numbers of students arrive and leave school at the same time and we need to ensure the safety of all our students. Thank you very much for your co-operation.

Year 10 Work Experience
The deadline for completed work experience forms to be returned to school has now passed. If your child has not yet returned theirs, it is essential that they hand it in as soon as possible.

German Exchange
A reminder that the third and final instalment of £100 for the German Exchange is due by Wednesday 1 February. Thank you to those parents and carers who have already paid the full balance. A complete itinerary of the March visit will be available in February.

YorOK Families Website
Are you a parent or carer of a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities? The YorOk Families website providesup-to-date, reliable and helpful information for families who have children, aged 0-25, with disabilities and additional needs. Please click here for more information or visit www.yor-ok.org.uk/families.

York ISSP PeaceJam Slam Saturday 4 February 2017
The PeaceJam Slam is taking place on Saturday 4 February, 10am to 4pm and is an opportunity for students in Year 9 and above to learn how they can make a change in our world, be inspired by people who know how to make a difference and like meeting and taking action alongside people in our city. For more information and to book a place at the event please click here.

Apprenticeship vacancies for September 2017
BT Apprentice Programme – Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship
Siemens Rail Automation – Design Apprentice

How can life go on?

Staff and students at Millthorpe joined thousands of people across the country to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

This week all students have attended an assembly lead by Mr noble, Head of RE, which looked at the ongoing crisis in Darfur and how this affects the lives of children growing up their. You can view the presentation used in the assembly by clicking here.

In the morning Year 9 students took part in special lessons run by the History, RE and MFL departments, aimed at achieving a better understanding of the Holocaust that took place in the Second World War and what the Holocaust means today.

In the afternoon students watched a film about the White Rose non-violent German resistance movement. At the end of the day students wrote their thoughts onto pieces of card and we have hung these on a memory tree in Reception. Students thought about what they had learned, what had moved them the most and what they will do differently as a consequence. Below are some quotes from the students.

I have learnt how much strength, bravery, resilience and perseverance play a role in being able to stand up for what is right.

I will always accept those who are different and appreciate how I can voice my opinions, and live without fear of persecution and punishment.

I am grateful to have learnt more about the Holocaust because I can be thankful for everything I have and remember those who lost their lives.

Today has taught me to be thankful for the freedom we have today and the rights we sometimes take for granted.

If you think something isn’t right, you should stand up because if you don’t then maybe no one else will.

Today I have learnt about voice. The voice that millions never had. They had to endure horrific torture and I believe on one should experience that.

City of York Civic Event

Students from Millthorpe and Fulford Schools took part in the City of York Civic Event on Sunday 22 January.

The national theme of Holocaust Memorial day is ‘How can Life Go On?” The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor and the Civic Party. A moving account was given by Michael Barrie of how life was affected by the Holocaust and what it was like in a Displaced Persons Camp. These camps were set up as the first step in the process of rehabilitating the thousands of people freed from concentration camps in 1945. Comparisons were made to the plight of the thousands of people, including children, who are trapped in refugee camps and the struggles they face. A shocking figure Michael Barrie shared with us is that of the total world population, 1 in every 114 people are displaced, either as a migrant, an asylum seeker or a refugee.

One of the questions asked by Millthorpe students Tiger Moat and Susie Simpson was ‘What can we do to help?’ They provided work for a display that made up part of the exhibition on show at the event and gave examples of practical things we as an individual or community can do to help displaced persons today.

Alex Hanley from Year 9 took part in the Civic Event and gave a speech which summed up how his work as an Anne Frank Guide had affected him:

“I was one of the Anne Frank Guides at Millthorpe School. I really enjoyed being a tour guide. I liked being able to pass the knowledge we learnt in our training on to Year 7 and 8 classes that we showed round. I feel that over all the guided tours I’ve done, each one has made me more confident in speaking in front of others, a skill that in my view has helped me in many other aspects of school life.

“Before becoming an Anne Frank Guide, I had already read quite a lot about the military aspect of the Second World War; however, I had not previously learnt about the Holocaust or Anne Frank’s story. Because of this, I found the exhibition to be a good opportunity to learn something new and share it with others.

“I can only being to imagine how it must have felt for its eight occupants to live in the secret annexe for two years. I have complete respect for the inhabitants and the resilience they showed in such horrific circumstances. I fell that Anne’s diary offers a window into this tragic story and helps us to understand the events that took place.

“Stories like Anne’s not only remind us about what happened in the Holocaust, but they teach us about how we should try to deal with prejudice in society today. Prejudice, like Islamophobia, seen at the moment bears a remarkable similarity to the discrimination against Jews throughout Hitler’s time in power.

“Even in the 21st century, genocide can and does still occur, as we saw in Darfur in 2003. This leads me to ask how we can stop atrocities such as these from happening again and it has led me to believe that individuals have the potential to drive change. Anne Frank’s story is a prominent example.”

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The Millthorpian AUTUMN 2016

Inside the Autumn 2016 edition:

  • Celebrating achievement at Millthorpe’s awards evening
  • Students take to the stage in Disney’s The Little Mermaid
  • Millthorpe hosts Anne Frank exhibition
  • Soapbox champions in Design and Technology
  • Post-16 careers and education opportunities

and much more…

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 20 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day
Friday 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. This is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust under Nazi persecution, and in more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day students in all year groups will have an assembly next week lead by Mr Noble, Head of RE.

On Friday, Year 9 students will not do their usual lessons. Instead, they will have three lessons in the morning run by the History, RE and Languages departments, aimed at achieving a better understanding of the Holocaust that took place during the Second World War and what the Holocaust means today. In the afternoon, they will watch a film about a young woman who was part of the White Rose non-violent German resistance movement in Nazi Germany and then write their reflections on the day onto pieces of card to be hung on a memory tree in reception.

There are a number of events taking place in the city to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day including a City of York Civic Event on Sunday 22 January in York Explore Library in whicha group of Millthorpe students will be taking part. Please click here for the full programme of events.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 23 January 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 23 January for staff training.

Key Stage 4 Options
A reminder that Year 9 students need to return completed Options Forms to their form tutor by Friday 27 January. For more information please visit the Key Stage 4 Options page on the school website.

Year 10 Work Experience
The deadline for completed work experience forms to be returned to school has now passed. If your child has not yet returned theirs, it is essential that they hand it in as soon as possible.

German Exchange
A reminder that the third and final instalment of £100 for the German Exchange is due by Wednesday 1 February. Thank you to those parents and carers who have already paid the full balance. A complete itinerary of the March visit will be available in February.

York ISSP PeaceJamSlam Saturday 4 February 2017
The PeaceJam Slam is taking place on Saturday 4 February, 10am to 4pmand is an opportunity for students in Year 9and above to learn how they can make a change in our world, be inspired by people who know how to make a difference and like meeting and taking action alongside people in our city. For more information and to book a place at the event please click here.

Time out for parents – the teenage years
Many parents find adolescence the most demanding time in their relationship with their child. There are many new challenges to face and it’s often hard to know what to do for the best. Family Matters York are running a 5 week course every Thursday from 9 March up to 6 April at 12.45 to 2.45pm in Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York. The course is free to attend thanks to funding form Archbishop Holgate’s School Foundation Governors. To book a place or for any further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 01904 789214 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk.

Time out from anger
This 4 session course for parents looks at: what makes us angry, safe ways to deal with our anger and how we can help our children to deal with their anger. The course takes place every Monday from 6 to 27 March at 12.45 to 2.45pm in Tang Hall Primary School, Sixth Avenue, Heworth. The course if free attend, to book a place or for more information please contact Helen Atkinson on 01904 789214 or email helentatkinson@fmy.org.uk.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Friday 27 January is Holocaust Memorial DayThis is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day students in all year groups will have an assembly next week lead by Mr Noble, Head of RE.

On Friday, Year 9 students will not do their usual lessons. Instead, they will have three lessons in the morning run by the History, RE and Languages departments, aimed at achieving a better understanding of the Holocaust that took place during the Second World War and what the Holocaust means today. In the afternoon, they will watch a film about a young woman who was part of the White Rose non-violent German resistance movement in Nazi Germany and then write their reflections on the day onto pieces of card to be hung on a memory tree in reception.

In RE students will look at what happened in the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau to help decide who was responsible for the Holocaust.

The History department will look at how images represent the Holocaust and how the Holocaust should be remembered.

In the afternoon students will watch a film depicting the work of the White Rose, a non-violent German resistance movement in Nazi Germany.

There are number of events taking place in the city to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day including a City of York Civic Event on Sunday 22 January in York Explore Library in which a group of Millthorpe students will be taking part.

Please click here for the full programme of events.

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MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 13 January 2017

Key Stage 4 Options
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the Options Evening last night.Students were given an Options Form this morning which needs to be completed and returned to their Form Tutor by Friday 27 January. A copy of the Options Information Booklet, Presentation and Options Form are available on the school website. We hope that you have all the information you need to help your child in choosing their options subjects; however, please don’t hesitate to contact school or use the comment box on the Options Form if you have any questions.

Year 11 Art GCSE Exam
This is a reminder that the GCSE Art exam launches next week. You will find a copy of the exam paper and all resources to support your child on the Art Department Page on the school website. Students will receive a blue reply slip next week; this needs to be returned to Mrs Cockburn by Friday 20 January.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 17 January
A reminder that the Year 11 Parents’ Evening is taking place next Tuesday. Students will be bringing a letter home today with your appointment times along with their Autumn Term report: if you do not receive these or there are any problems with your appointments, please contact Miss Buglass on 01904 686400 or email s.buglass@millthorpeschool.co.uk on Monday.

Shape Your Future Event Wednesday 18 January 2017
Taking place at Fulford School on Wednesday 18 January from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, the Shape Your Future event is a chance for Year 10 and Year 11 students to talk directly to local and national employers about what employers are looking for and the different routes into good careers, including advanced and higher apprenticeships. There will also be information and talks on employment growth sectors and the job market in York, Leeds and North Yorkshire. Please click here for more information.

Studying Languages at A Level
A Level Languages students from York College are coming into school next week to share their experiences of studying a language at Further Education and the career opportunities this can lead to. Any Year 11 student interested in studying a language A Level is welcome to come along to A4 on Thursday lunchtime. Students should bring a packed lunch with them if they plan to attend.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 23 January 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 23 January for staff training.

Year 10 Work Experience
The deadline for completed work experience forms to be returned to school was last Friday. If your child has not yet returned theirs, it is essential that they hand it in as soon as possible.

Year 11 Maths Revision Materials
The Maths department have produced a pack of free revision materials for every Year 11 student. These will be available to collect from your child’s Maths teacher at Parents’ Evening on Tuesday.

BBC One Eat Well For Less?
Many of you may be familiar with the BBC One programme ‘Eat Well for Less?’ hosted by Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace.The latest series of the show is currently in production and is inviting applications from families who would love to save some money on their weekly shop and eat more healthily. For more information and to apply you can contact the Eat Well For Less team on 0117 970 7698 or email eatwell@rdftelevision.com.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 6 January 2017

Access arrangements – automated gates
Some of you may have already noticed that, to improve the security of our site, we have now invested in automated electronic gates for the entrance on the main drive. The gates are open at the beginning and end of the school day; if you need to come into school during the school day, please press the buzzer on the pillar next to the gate so that someone in the Office can buzz you in. To leave, either press the release button to the left of the gate if you are on foot, or, if you are driving, drive towards the gate and stop when you reach the sensor (about 5m away): the gates will automatically swing open towards you.

Access arrangements – students accessing the building before and after the school day
A reminder that the school building is open to students from 8.30 onwards in the morning. For their safety and comfort, please try to avoid dropping them at school before this time. In the afternoon, students are expected to leave the building by 3.30 unless they are with a member of staff or taking part in a supervised activity.

Key Stage 4 Options Evening Thursday 12 January 2017
The Key Stage 4 Options Evening for Year 9 parents and carers is taking place on Thursday 12 January at 6pm in the Main Hall. If you have not already done so please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/KS4-Options to let us know if you plan to attend.

Extended Learning Day Tuesday 12 January 2017
Next Tuesday, all students will betaking part in an Extended Learning Day. For Key Stage 3 this will involve following a carousel of Citizenship activities based around the themes of crime and justice, while Year 10 students will be taking part in the next step of our Post-16 programme: Preparation for Employment.

Preparation for Employment
As part of our Extended Learning Day on Tuesday all Year 10 students will be following a carousel of activities led by external providers and employers. These sessions are planned to raise students’ awareness of what skills and attributes employers are looking for and to help prepare students for the world of work. Students will also receive guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write CVs. They will then be given an opportunity to complete an application form in advance of their Mock Interviews which will take place on Wednesday 22 March. As part of the interview, employers will refer to the application form and give students feedback and pointers for improvement.

Shape Your Future
As an extension to our whole school careers and Post-16 programme, all Key Stage 4students will attend an assembly on job market information on Monday 9 January. This assembly will help to explain to students what industries are available in our area and which sectors will be expanding in the coming years. All students will also be given a copy of Shape Your Future, an information booklet we have purchased through Careers Yorkshire and Humber, with whom we have been working to develop student awareness of employment opportunities. A copy of the booklet is available by clicking here.

Following on from this assembly, we would like to invite all Year 10 and Year 11 students, along with their parents and carers, to attend a Shape Your Future careers evening on Wednesday 18 January at Fulford School. Shape Your Future is an event arranged by Millthorpe, Fulford and Archbishop Holgate’s schoolsto allow students and their families an opportunity to talk directly to local and national employers about what employers are looking for and the different routes into good careers, including advanced and higher apprenticeships. There will also be information and talks on employment growth sectors and the job market in York, Leeds and North Yorkshire. The event will run from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, allowing you to attend at a time convenient to you. Please click here for more information.

Year 11 Post-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 next Tuesday and Thursday. Students should have already booked places at the providers they wish to visit. All students must attend a taster day on the Tuesday as school is closed to Year 11 on that day; if students are not attending a taster day on Thursday they are expected to be in school as normal.

Innocent searches online can sometimes lead to not so innocent results
Keeping children safe online continues to be a challenge. Please see the latest information provided by the NSPCC which you may find informative. It is intended to provide parents and carers with tools to help protect children while online. What you need to know

Time out for parents – the teenage years
Many parents find adolescence the most demanding time in their relationship with their child. There are many new challenges to face and its often hard to know what to do for the best. Family Matters York are running a 5 week course for parents of pre-teens and teenagers. The course runs for 5 weeks every Tuesday from 17 January up to 14 February.

There is a daytime course: 12.45pm to 2.45pm, at Acomb Baptist Church,Ridgeway, Acomb;
and an evening course: 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at The Gateway Centre, Front Street.

The course is free toattend thanks to funding from City of York Council. To book a place or for any further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 01904 789214 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 23 January 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pmon Monday 23 January for staff training.