MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 28 April 2017

GCSE Exams
The GCSE exams begin in just over two weeks with the RE Unit 1 Exam on Monday 15 May. Students have already been issued with a personalised exam timetable and all exams are listed on the calendar page on the school website; you can subscribe to the school calendar by clicking the iCal button to add school events to your calendar app.

Students should continue to check Show My Homework for revision tasks set by their teachers and use the GCSE Revision Resources available on the school website. Click here for helpful advice on coping with exam stress including planning successful revision and keeping calm on exam day.

Year 11 GCSE Art Coursework
GCSE Art coursework must be handed in by 3.10pm on Friday 12 May. If your child is absent from school on this day please drop off their folder at the Main Office. Work handed in after Friday 12 May will not be included in the final assessment of coursework. All students must hand in two coursework projects in order to fulfil AQA requirements.

MAT Principal Appointment
Trustees have appointed Anna Cornhill as the new Trust Principal of the South Bank Multi Academy Trust with effect from 1 May 2017. Anna will combine this with her ongoing position as Headteacher of Scarcroft, where an enhanced senior leadership team will ensure there is enough capacity for her to fulfil all her responsibilities successfully.

As you may know, the Trust Principal is the senior executive officer of the Trust, who ensures that the Trust runs effectively and efficiently. They lead the work of the Headteacher group, and are accountable to the government for the proper use of our public funding. Since conversion, our Trust Principal has been Trevor Burton. Please Click here to read the full letter from Edwin Thomas, Chair of Trustees.

Cash for SASH Charity Fundraising
The Student Council and a group of student volunteers have this week launched a number of fundraising activities to help rise money for SASH, a local charity which works to prevent homelessness in young people. The fundraising includes a raffle; students can buy tickets outside the Library at break and lunchtimes up to Friday 5 May. Prizes include an induction at Red Goat Climbing, free coffee and cake at Rae & Webb or Pig and Pastry, attractive jewellery, toys and games, fancy toiletries, trendy lunch bags and much more!

Students can also pledge their money to decide which teachers will have to spend their weekend trying to bake a signature cake. A noticeboard with collections for each teacher is outside the Dining Hall and the ‘winning teachers’ will be judged at the Great Millthorpe Bake Off on Wednesday 10 May. To round off the fundraising activities there will be a decade-themed non-uniform day on Friday 12 May. Students should bring £1 and are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and are comprised of three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
Thank you to everyone who has sent in Active Kids vouchers, we will be sending them off next week to redeem for sports equipment for the school. If you have any vouchers at home you can still send them in on Tuesday to be included in our total.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Summer Term Sport Practices
Click the links below for information on the Summer Term extra-curricular sports practices.
Summer Term Sports Practices
Year Group Sports Practices

Cash for SASH charity fundraising

Millthorpe’s Student Council and a group of student volunteers have this week launched a number of fundraising activities to help raise money for SASH, a local charity which works to prevent homelessness in young people.

The fundraising includes a raffle; students can buy tickets outside the Library at break and lunchtimes up to Friday 5 May. Prizes include an induction at Red Goat Climbing, free coffee and cake at Rae & Webb or Pig and Pastry, attractive jewellery, toys and games, fancy toiletries, trendy lunch bags and much more!

Students can also pledge their money to decide which teachers will have to spend their weekend trying to bake a signature cake. A noticeboard with collections for each teacher is outside the Dining Hall and the ‘winning teachers’ will be judged at the Great Millthorpe Bake Off on Wednesday 10 May.

To round-off the fundraising activities there will be a decade-themed non-uniform day on Friday 12 May. Students should bring £1 and are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade.

For more information about SASH, please visit their website at www.sash-uk.org.uk.

Millthorpe secures funding for school improvements

In December 2016, Millthorpe submitted two bids to the Condition Improvement Fund, an annual bidding process by which academies can apply for funding to improve school buildings.

The bids included work to repair defective roofing and skylights and replace old glazing systems and damaged concrete work in selected buildings across the site.

The combined value of the bids is £1.9 million and we are delighted to announce that both bids have been successful. This will allow us to make significant improvements to the quality of accomodation across a number of areas of the school and also reduce our annual repair costs.

We will keep you updated as these works progress over the coming months.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Thursday 6 April 2017

School Improvements
In December 2016, Millthorpe submitted two bids to the Condition Improvement Fund, an annual bidding process by which academies can apply for funding to improve school buildings. The bids included work to repair defective roofing and skylights and replace old glazing systems and damaged concrete work in selected buildings across the site. The combined value of the bids is £1.9 million and we are delighted to announce that both bids have been successful. This will allow us to make significant improvements to the quality of accomodation across a number of areas of the school and also reduce our annual repair costs. We will keep you updated as these works progress over the coming months.

GCSE Revision Resources
To help Year 11 with their revision over the Easter Holidays we have uploaded some useful resources to the website which students and parents/carers can access by clicking the ‘GCSE Revision Resources‘ button on the website homepage. Students should also check Show My Homework for revision tasks set by their teachers.

Year 11 Leaver’s Hoodies
A final reminder that orders for Year 11 leaver’s hoodies need to placed by Friday 21 April. 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 Leavers’ Assembly in June.

Charity Fundraising
The Student Council are launching a week of fundraising (Monday 8 to Friday 12 May) in support of local homelessness charity SASH. The fundraising activities include a raffle with prizes up for grabs including: a Red Goat climbing experience; vouchers for Rae & Web and Pig and Pastry; jewellery; toys; games and much more! There will be a Millthorpe Bake Off on the Wednesday and a ‘guess the decade’ non-uniform day on the Friday, in which students are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade. SASH works to prevent homelessness in young people aged 16 to 25 in York, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire. Visit the SASH website at www.sash-uk.org.uk for more information.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus in General Spellings 2. 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 the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Sporting Activities
Click the links below for more information on sporting activities taking place during the Easter and Summer Holidays.

Easter Basketball Camp
Acomb Fun Run
Acomb Family Triathlon
Summer Cricket Academy

Summer Term
A reminder that tomorrow is a staff training day and school is closed to students. The Summer Term begins on Monday 24 April which is a week B.