MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 26 May 2017

Non-uniform day for the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack
We have had a magnificent response to our non-uniform day. As of the close of day, we have counted over £2,000 in cash and ParentPay donations. This is the largest amount ever raised in one of these days. Thank you to Year 11 too, who with their heads full of the GCSE English Literature exam this morning still managed to bring in cash for our cause. Some of you paying on ParentPay and in cash have been extraordinarily generous. We will wait until the family has had time to cope with the immediate aftermath of their loss before approaching them with your donation.

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
Millthorpe will be holding an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. Please mark this in your diaries – as it is a change to the published pattern, we will keep reminding parents about it. The reason for the day is that the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. Our plans are in place, but our teachers need time to write new assessment criteria for our current schemes of teaching. This is the reason for the additional training day. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents in future and we will inform you about these in due course.

MAT Newsletter
Please click here to read the first South Bank Academy Trust Newsletter from Anna Cornhill, Trust Principal.

Year 7 and Year 8 Exams W/C 12 June
The aim of the Year 7 and Year 8 exam week is to support students in building their revision and exam skills in an incremental, age-appropriate way so that when they begin their GCSE preparation, they are used to reviewing and relearning work they did a long time ago and better able to cope with high-stake assessment without becoming stressed or anxious.

Students will take exams in:
English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, French and/or German
All other subjects will teach their timetabled lessons as normal.
This means that Year 7 will have 7 exams and Year 8 will have 9 exams (2 foreign languages and 2 Maths exams).
Exams will be taken in classrooms, during students’ normal lesson times.

Year 7 and Year 8 students received their exam timetables during English lessons this week. You can see the full exam timetable by clicking the following links:
Year 7 Exam Timetable
Year 8 Exam Timetable

Students do not need to revise during half term because the first week back after half term is Revision Week but they are welcome to do anything they enjoy to get ready for Revision Week eg read for pleasure around the topics they’ve studied that interest them the most; spend time on their favourite learning websites etc. Half term would also be a good time to get their exercise books ready for revision by sticking in any stray sheets etc. and making sure titles and subtitles are underlined so that they can find information they need more easily.

Year 7 will have an assembly about exams on Monday 5 June and Year 8 will have an exams assembly on Tuesday 6 June. This assembly will help students to plan their revision, will clarify what ‘exam conditions’ means and will explain our expectations regarding learning conduct during the exam period.

Year 10 Mock GCSE Art Exam
Year 10 students have made a promising start to their exam preparation period with further development tasks set for the May Half Term break. We advise students to invest a minimum of 5 hours next week to complete artist copies, extend their written work and most importantly, undertake a personal photographic study. It is essential that students complete all the work ready for the first lesson back after the holiday (Mrs Cockburn 10.3 Thursday 8.6.17 & Mr Pennick 10.1 Tuesday 6.6.17). Photographs must be saved on L drive, Pupils Work, Art, 10.3 Mock Exam SZC or 10.1 Mock Exam GPE on Monday 5.6.17. Homework details are available on Show My Homework. Thank you for your continued support.

York Pride Friday 9 June 2017
Many families will be aware that the annual York Pride celebration takes place next month with a number of city-wide events leading up to the York Pride Parade on Saturday 10 June. York Pride is a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. In line with their mission to promote York as a welcoming city, the City Council and the Fairness and Equalities Board are encouraging employers in York to show their support for York Pride by taking part in a ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day on Friday 9 June. Employees are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours, or simply wear a rainbow badge. For more information about what Millthorpe will be doing to celebrate York Pride please click here to read the full letter on the school website.

German Exchange Meeting Tuesday 13 June
A reminder that there is a meeting for parents and carers of students who are going on the German Exchange on Tuesday 13 June at 6.30pm in the library.

Parents’ Evening Survey
Thank you to the parents and carers who have responded to our Parents’ Evening survey. Please click the following link if you would like to add your feedback: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Parent_Evening_Survey.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Summer Sports Fixtures 2017
Please click here for the list of Sports Fixtures taking place during the Summer Term.

Vaccination Programme
Our school health team have advised us that Millthorpe had the largest uptake of all York schools for the Year 9 Booster and Meningitis Vaccination programme. Thank you to all Year 9 parents and carers for your support.

Ramadan
If your child will be observing Ramadan this year please let us know if there is anything we can do in school to support them during this time.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is Non-Standard English. 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.

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 comprise 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.

Celebrating York Pride at Millthorpe

Raise Your Rainbow – Friday 9 June

Many families will be aware that the annual York Pride celebration takes place next month, with a number of city-wide events leading up to the York Pride Parade on Saturday 10 June. York Pride is a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. In line with their mission to promote York as a welcoming city, the City Council and the Fairness and Equalities Board are encouraging employers in York to show their support for York Pride by taking part in a ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day on Friday 9 June. Employers are encouraged to ‘dress’ their building in a rainbow and employees are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours, or simply wear a rainbow badge.

At Millthorpe, we will again be dressing the outside and inside of the building in rainbow bunting and rainbow flags and as last year, staff and students are invited to wear a rainbow piece of clothing, accessory or sticker, if they wish to do so. Students must wear full school uniform but can wear an additional piece of rainbow clothing or a rainbow accessory on top of their uniform. In addition, they will have the opportunity to collect a rainbow sticker and/or rainbow face and hand stamp from school to show their support for equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. We will also be selling York Pride wristbands for £2 (full price is £5) for students to wear on the day. Our support for the event is an endorsement of our school values, in particular:

  • ‘We respect all members of school and our community’
  • ‘We treat all people with equality and seek equal opportunities for all’
  • ‘We are an inclusive school and are tolerant of different views and cultures’
  • ‘We value difference and are open-minded about other ways of being and living’

The ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day and the importance of Pride Month will be explained to all students in assemblies next week. The assemblies will also highlight this year’s theme of ‘Hold Hands with Pride’ which intends to shed light on the difficulty LGBT individuals face when deciding whether they feel comfortable enough to hold their partner’s hand in public.

In order to deepen students’ awareness and understanding of the issues addressed through York Pride, the RE department will once again deliver an age-appropriate lesson to Year 7 students on inequalities caused by homophobia. Year 8 have already received a lesson entitled ‘Being Transgender’ which looked at the life of a young transgender person (taken from the CBBC show ‘My Life’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x_u2cs8DpI) This lesson explores difficulties that young transgender people may face and ways in which the school and wider community can support young transgender people.

Issues surrounding homophobia and transphobia are already a part of the RE and PSHE curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and 4 and we will draw students’ attention to this to ensure they have a clear understanding of why the City Council and Fairness and Equalities Board are promoting York Pride and why Millthorpe is taking part.

As a Stonewall Champion School, Millthorpe was recently invited to share best practice with all secondary schools in York. You may wish to watch the presentation (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmPqymLt5BY) which was used to show other schools how we have developed our culture of tolerance, understanding and respect towards the LGBT community through celebrating York Pride.

York Pride Parade – Saturday 10 June

This year, Millthorpe will be one of a number of schools taking part in the York Pride Parade on Saturday 10 June in support of the local LGBT community and we would like to invite students and their families to join us. The parade will start from the Minster at 11:00am and finish on the Knavesmire at about 1pm. The route will take us through the city centre and then to the Knavesmire via Skeldergate and Bishopthorpe Road. The main York Pride event then runs from 1:00pm to about 6:30pm at the Knavesmire, with stalls, live music, food, drinks and other family-friendly activities.

For your reference there are some useful links below:

www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/community/lgbt-at-millthorpe/

www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/glossary-terms

yorkpride.org.uk

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 19 May 2017

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 22 May 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 22 May for staff training.

Millthorpe Thinks… General Election
On Tuesday 23 May, Millthorpe will be hosting a hustings. Students have been invited to attend and will have the opportunity to ask candidates standing in the York Central constituency about issues that concern them. Rachael Maskell (Labour), Nick Love (Liberal Democrats) and Andy D’Agorne (Green Party) will be discussing issues and answering our students questions. Although the Green Party are not standing a candidate in York Central, Cllr D’Agorne has been invited as our students expressed a wish to hear their policies.

On election day (Thursday 8 June) students will then take to the polls as we host our ‘Millthorpe Thinks’ election. Students have already been asked to sign up to the electoral roll and these students will be provided with a ballot paper on the morning and given the opportunity to have their say. Results will be published on the school website as soon as the votes have been counted.

Key Stage 3 Exams After Half Term
Year 7 and 8 Exams
Week commencing 12 June – Year 7 and Year 8 students will sit an exam in the following subjects:
English
Maths
Science
French
German
History
Geography
RE

The exams will last between 30 minutes and 1 hour and will take place in lesson time and in the students’ usual classroom. All other subjects will teach their timetabled lessons as normal.

Next week and at the start of the week after half term, Ms Andrle, Assistant Headteacher, will spend 20-30 minutes with each Year 7 and Year 8 English class, explaining their exam timetable and helping them to plan their revision for the first week back after half term. During this session, students will write their exams and their revision plan in their planner. We do not expect Year 7 and Year 8 students to revise during the half term holiday but all homework in the week after half term will be revision homework.

Year 9 Exams
Week commencing 19 June – Year 9 students will sit English, Maths and Science exams in the Main Hall using the GCSE exam desks. We will confirm dates and times in next week’s Friday email.
English: 1 hour Reading and 1 hour Writing on different days
Maths: 1 hour
Science: 1hour

Students will sit exams in some other subjects in classrooms. Subject teachers will ask students to write the times of these exams in their planner.

Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccinations
Year 8 girls will be having their second HPV vaccination on the morning of Wednesday 24 May. It would be helpful if they could wear a short sleeved shirt on this day, should they have one, or a white vest top underneath their school shirt.

York Pride Friday 9 June 2017
Many families will be aware that the annual York Pride celebration takes place next month with a number of city-wide events leading up to the York Pride Parade on Saturday 10 June. York Pride is a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. In line with their mission to promote York as a welcoming city, the City Council and the Fairness and Equalities Board are encouraging employers in York to show their support for York Pride by taking part in a ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day on Friday 9 June. Employees are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours, or simply wear a rainbow badge. For more information about what Millthorpe will be doing to celebrate York Pride please click here to read the full letter on the school website.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Year 10 Mock GCSE Art Exam
Year 10 Art students have started the six school weeks preparation period (plus May half term) which leads to a final piece being produced during 10 hours of formal exam sessions in the week beginning Monday 3 July. The theme of the mock exam is ‘Identity’ with exam launch resources and schedules available on the Art page of the school website and Show My Homework. As will be the case throughout the final GCSE exam during the Spring Term of Year 11, the support of parents and carers will be very important to student success. Encouraging your child to plan and manage the time available is crucial. We will keep you up-to-date and appreciate your support throughout the next six school weeks. If you have any questions please email Mrs Cockburn on s.cockburn@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

Year 7 Bolton Abbey Trip
As part of the final term, all Year 7 students will be studying river environments within the UK. With this in mind, Bolton Abbey has been chosen as a location that will offer students invaluable first-hand experience of a rapidly changing upland river environment. The cost of the trip resources is being covered by the school, however we would like to ask for a contribution of £10 towards the considerable travel costs which can be paid using ParentPay. Please ensure your child’s consent form is completed and returned to the School Office by Friday 26 May.

Ramadan
If your child will be observing Ramadan this year please let us know if there is anything we can do in school to support them during this time.

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 comprise 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.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is General Spelling 3. 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.

Getting Sorted for York College
York College is running a drop-in session on Wednesday 16 August from 10am to 2pm for students who are starting in September. Please click here for more information.

Hairdressing Apprenticeships
There are a number of hairdressing apprenticeships currently available across the city. Please click here for the full list and contact details.

The Millthorpian SPRING 2017

Inside the Spring 2017 edition:

  • Archbishop’s visit
  • World Book Day
  • Careers and apprenticeship week
  • FairAware School status

and much more…

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 12 May 2017

GCSE Exams
As you are hopefully aware by now, the GCSE exams begin on Monday 15 May. Students have been given an Exam and Revision booklet which contains information on exam arrangements as well as some useful dos and don’ts for over the exam period. The main part of the booklet is a timetable of all the exams and revision sessions. A copy of this booklet is available on the school website by clicking here.

All exams and revision sessions are 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. We will also be tweeting reminders over the exam period on the school Twitter account @MillthorpeNews.

Year 11 GCSE Art
Well done to all our Art students who handed in their coursework today. Following final assessment of both coursework and exam projects, student work will be stored securely over the summer until the moderation process is complete. Students will be invited to collect their art work just before Christmas when they are presented with their GCSE certificates. AQA request that work remains in school until the end of September. If your child needs to attend an interview, they will be able to borrow their work back overnight. Please contact the Head of Art, Mrs Cockburn, on s.cockburn@millthorpeschool.co.uk to arrange collection. Please note that some GCSE work will remain on display at school until May 2018. If your child borrowed equipment/materials from the Art Department, please return these to school next week.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 22 May 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 22 May 2017 for staff training.

Maths Equipment
As we approach the end of year exam season, it is a good opportunity to remind you that all students are expected to have a calculator as well as other maths equipment in every maths lesson and for their exams. The calculator needs to have scientific functions; these are available to buy in school from any maths teacher or the Maths Office for a cost of £5. You don’t have to buy the school supplied calculator; however it is important to realise that different models often work in different ways and, although teachers do their best to help students use a non-school calculator, without the instructions this can sometimes be difficult.

The Maths Department are offering students the opportunity to buy an exam pencil case which includes a pen, pencil, ruler, pair of compasses, protractor, rubber and pencil sharpener in a clear pencil case. These are available to buy from the Maths Office for £2.

Ramadan
If your child will be observing Ramadan this year please let us know if there is anything we can do in school to support them during this time.

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 comprise 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.

World War II Living History Weekend Sunday 14 May 2017
The York Army Museum is celebrating its second birthday with activities taking place in the museum at 3 Tower Street, York and outside Clifford’s Tower this weekend. Please click here for more information.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is General Spellings 3. 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.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 5 May 2017

GCSE Exams
The GCSE exams begin in just over one week with the RE Unit 1 Exam on Monday 15 May. Students will be given an Exam and Revision booklet next week. This contains information on exam arrangements as well as some useful dos and don’ts for over the exam period. The main part of the booklet is a timetable of all the exams and revision sessions. A copy of this booklet is available on the school website by clicking here.

All exams and revision sessions are 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. We will also Tweet reminders on the school Twitter account @MillthorpeNews.

Students should continue to use 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
One week to go until GCSE Art coursework hand in. All 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. Please see Show My Homework for further details.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 10 May 2017
A reminder that the Year 7 Parents’ Evening is taking place next Wednesday. Students were given a letter with your appointment times earlier this week. As stated in the letter, due to the overwhelming response it has not been possible to allocate everyone with their requested appointments. If this has been the case you can request feedback from teachers for any of the missing subjects. If you did not receive your letter, or there are any problems with your appointments, or you would like to request feedback for missing subjects, please email Miss Buglass at s.buglass@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

CASH for SASH Charity Fundraising
The Student Council and a group of student volunteers have been running fundraising activities to help raise money for SASH, a local charity which works to prevent homelessness in young people. The activities include a raffle which will be drawn next week with prizes up for grabs including 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 have also been pledging their money to decide which teachers will have to spend their weekend trying to bake a signature cake with the ‘winning teachers’ being judged at the Great Millthorpe Bake Off next Wednesday. To round off the fundraising activities there will be a decade themed non-uniform day next Friday, 12 May. Students should bring £1 and are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 22 May 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 22 May 2017 for staff training.

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.

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.