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Friday 17 February 2017

Spring Concert Tuesday 14 March 2017
The Spring Concert is taking place on Tuesday 14 March at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy in the Dining Hall at break times.

Lost Locker Keys
From next half term, if a child loses their locker key, we will expect them to check at home first and, if they still can’t find one, for parents to sign their planner giving us permission before we cut the lock on their locker. This is so that parents don’t face the unexpected cost of replacing locks and to reduce the risk of us removing the lock from the wrong locker if a child makes a mistake (it has happened!) As such, we would urge parents to always keep at least one spare key at home; or, if your child is prone to losing keys, consider a combination lock and keeping a copy of the number. Any items that may be needed urgently, such as medicine, inhalers etc. should always be kept in the school office not in lockers.

World Book Day Thursday 2 March
For World Book Day this year we are going Harry Potter potty and students will be able to come to school with an item of Harry Potter clothing, a costume, or a prop. Students can wear a Harry Potter t-shirt, socks, scarf, tie, badge or glasses, or carry a prop such as a wand, toy owl or broomstick. If your child has such items, or a costume, then please encourage them to bring them along. For students who do not have an item, we will have Harry Potter glasses and face paints available. Students in Years 7 and 8 will receive prizes and House points for the forms with the most students taking part. For students in other years, there will be a small prize which can be collected form the library at lunch time. There will also be many other Harry Potter and book-based activities going on throughout the week.

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers
We are currently collecting Sainsburys vouchers that we can redeem for free sports equipment for the school. Vouchers can be handed to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office.

Charity Fundraising Raffle
The School Council, along with a group of volunteers, is organising a raffle to help raise money for SASH homelessness charity and is seeking raffle prize donations. Do you know anyone who works for a local business who would be willing to donate prizes to help raise money for this worthwhile cause? If so, please contact Mr Curnow or Mrs McNulty on admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk. To find out more about SASH and the work they do please visit their website www.sash-uk.org.uk.

Data Collection
A reminder for parents and carers of students in Years 8 to 11 to please return Data Collection sheets as soon as possible. Please check the details on the sheet, update if necessary, and sign and return to your child’s Form Tutor or the school office, thank you.

Year 10 Work Experience
Any outstanding Work Experience forms need to be returned to school as soon as possible. Please check with your child that they have completed and returned theirs.

Apprenticeship Opportunities
Worcester Bosch Apprentice Filed Service Engineer
Siemens Rail Design Apprentice

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Friday 10 February 2017

World Book Day Thursday 2 March
For World Book Day this year we are going Harry Potter potty and students will be able to come to school with an item of Harry Potter clothing, a costume, or a prop. Students can wear a Harry Potter t-shirt, socks, scarf, tie, badge or glasses, or carry a prop such as a wand, toy owl or broomstick. If your child has such items, or a costume, then please encourage them to bring them along. For students who do not have an item, we will have Harry Potter glasses and face paints available. Students in Years 7 and 8 will receive prizes and House points for the forms with the most students taking part. For students in other years, there will be a small prize which can be collected from the library at lunch time. There will also be many other Harry Potter and book-based activities going on throughout the week.

LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month takes place every February across the UK and highlights the past struggles and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, with the aim of promoting and advancing equality and diversity for all. As part of LGBT History Month, we are inviting students to take part in OutWord Bound, an LGBT-themed writing competition for young people aged 11 to 16. For more information please visit the school website.

Year 11 Prom
The remaining balance for the Year 11 Prom is due by 28 February. If you have already paid the full amount of £33, your child’s place is secure. If you haven’t paid any money yet and your child would like to attend, you can still secure them a place by paying £33 by 28 February.

The Prom Committee has made a valiant start at fundraising towards dressing the room and paying for extras such as the DJ and prom awards, but we would like to encourage all students wishing to attend to get involved in raising money, as currently it is falling to the same few students each time. We fully appreciate that this year is full of additional pressures for Year 11 students and the Prom seems a long way off, but we know students will want the chance to say goodbye to Millthorpe in style.

Charity fundraising raffle
The School Council, along with a group of volunteers, are organising a raffle to help raise money for SASH homelessness charity and are seeking raffle prize donations. Do you know anyone who works for a local business who would be willing to donate prizes to help raise money for this worthwhile cause? If so, please contact Mr Curnow or Mrs McNulty on admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk. To find out more about SASH and the work they do please visit their website www.sash-uk.org.uk.

German Exchange
This is a reminder for all students attending the German Exchange that the full balance of £300 is due by Friday 17 February. Please contact Miss Ramsay if you need any additional information.

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 his or her form, it is essential that they hand it in as soon as possible.

Data Collection
A reminder for parents and carers of students in Years 8 to 11 to please return Data Collection sheets as soon as possible. Please check the details on the sheet, update if necessary, and sign and return to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office, thank you.

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers
We are currently collecting Sainsburys vouchers that we can use for free sports equipment for the school. Vouchers can be handed to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office.

Year 11 Leaver’s Hoodies
A reminder that leaver’s hoodies for Year 11 students are now available to order from our school uniform supplier Keal Teamwear. The hoodies are £16.50 each and are available in a range of colours and sizes. To order a hoodie please visit keal-teamwear.com/sportswear/clubs/millthorpe-leavers. If you select collection as a delivery option we will arrange for hoodies to be delivered to school, free of charge, to be given out at the Year 11 Leaver’s Assembly in June. All orders must be placed by Friday 21 April.

LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month takes place every February across the UK and highlights the past struggles and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people with the aim of promoting and advancing equality and diversity for all.

As a Stonewall school Millthorpe celebrates diversity and equality all year round with LGBT themed assemblies and participation in the Raise Your Rainbow day and York Pride Parade in June. See the LGBT at Millthorpe page for more information about our commitment to promoting tolerance, understanding and respect and the LGBT related support and advice available to students through our One 4 All project.

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Millthorpe staff and students take part in the York Pride Parade in June

For LGBT History month we are inviting students to take part in OutWord Bound, an LGBT-themed writing competition for young people aged 11 to 16. Entrants are asked to write a piece of fiction, non-fiction or poetry of up to 1,00 words, focusing on any aspect of LGBT life. Some ideas include:

  • The theme of LGBT History Month- Citizenship, PSHE and Law
  • Other LGBT history topics
  • Personal experiences
  • Coming out
  • Bullying
  • Equality and diversity related to LGBT issues

Please click here to download the OutWord Bound information pack. The closing date for the competition is Tuesday 28 February.

Events are taking place across York during February to celebrate LGBT History Month. Visit yorklgbthistory.org.uk for more information and a programme of events.

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Friday 3 February 2017

Data Collection
Students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 will have brought home a Data Collection sheet containing the information that 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 to your child’s Form Tutor or the school office, even if there are no amendments. Thank you.

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.

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers
We are currently collecting Sainsburys vouchers that we can use for free sports equipment for the school. Vouchers can be handed to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office.

Year 11 Leaver’s Hoodies
A reminder that leaver’s hoodies for Year 11 students are now available to order from our school uniform supplier Keal Teamwear. The hoodies are £16.50 each and come in forest green, royal blue, charcoal grey and burgundy and are available in sizes extra small to extra extra large. To order a hoodie please visit keal-teamwear.com/sportswear/clubs/millthorpe-leavers. If you select collection as a delivery option we will arrange for hoodies to be delivered to school, free of charge, to be given out at the Year 11 Leaver’s Assembly in June. All orders must be placed by Friday 21 April 2017.

Inclusive Cycling
Open to all ages and abilities, this is a great opportunity to enjoy cycling with your family and friends in a safe environment for free. Taking place at Osbaldwick School on Saturday 4, 11, 18 and25 February and 4 March from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Bring your bike and enjoy cycling with some help from road safety cycle trainers. If you don’t have a bike you can loan one from Get Cycling who have a good variety of bikes available. If you are interested or would like to know more please contact Hannah Higginson at hannah.higginson@york.gov.uk.

Nestlé Apprenticeship Event Tuesday 7 March 2017
Taking place at the historic factory on Haxby road on Tuesday 7 March at 5.30pm, students are invited to explore the wide range of apprenticeship opportunities at the world’s largest food and beverage company. Please click here for more information and to secure a place at the event.

Apprenticeship Opportunities
Examples of apprenticeship positions currently being advertised for September 2017:
Apprentice Field Service Engineer
Nestlé IT Advanced Apprenticeship
BT Apprentice Programme – Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship
Design Apprentice
Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme
Please visit www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.ukfor all apprenticeship positions available in York and the surrounding area.

Lydia to compete in World Transplant Games

Year 11 student Lydia is set to take part in the 5km time trial at the World Transplant Games in Malaga later this year.

Lydia was born with a progressive terminal liver disease called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (pfic) in 2000. Lydia first displayed symptoms shortly after she was born and in 2007 at the age of six underwent a life-saving and life-enhancing transplant.

She grabbed this second chance at life firmly with both hands and loves to ride her bike and compete. Most Sundays, she goes out on her bike, in particular, seeking out hills to ride up.

Lydia has been selected to represent the UK in cycling at the World Transplant Games following her stunning performance at the British Transplant Games this year in Liverpool, where she won both the Time-Trial and the Road Race in her age group and came third overall.

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The British Transplant Games are organised on behalf of Transplant Sport. The Games were inaugurated in 1978 in Portsmouth by Maurice Slapak, who at the time was a Consultant Transplant Surgeon.

Over the past 35 years the Games have grown to a four day annual event with over 800 transplant recipients aged from two to eighty years old taking part in over 20 different sports with over 1000 supporters watching on.

Some members come to win medals, training for their specialist events, hoping to be selected for Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland competing at the World Transplant Games. Most come to meet new friends, catch up with old friends; enjoy new sports at their own pace and relaxing for a few days with others who’ve also faced debilitating illness but are now fit and well as a result of a successful transplant.

Non-uniform day – Friday 3 February

We are holding a non-uniform day on Friday 3 February to help raise money to support Lydia with travel costs to the World Transplant Games and to also take the opportunity to raise awareness about organ donation.

The national transplant team is entirely self-funded and team Great Britain and Northern Ireland were the largest team at the 2015 World Transplant Games in Argentina.

This year’s Games are taking place in Malaga and run from 25 June to 2 July. Selection to the team is an enormous commitment of both time and money. Its a busy time for athletes, keeping fit, regularly training in their sport, attending regular team training meets, doing publicity and trying to raise approximately £2,000 per person to get there.

Organ donation

On average three people die every day because there just aren’t enough organs available.

Currently, only 50% of the population have talked about organ donation with their family.

There are insufficient donors and people die waiting for a life saving transplant. 98% would take an organ if they needed one but only 31% of people are registered as donors.

Right now, more than 7,500 people in the UK need an organ transplant. More donors means more lives saved.