MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 30 June 2017

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.

Lydia triumphs at World Transplant Games
We are delighted to report that our very own Lydia (Year 11) has become the World Champion in the 5km bike time trial at this year’s World Transplant Games in Malaga. Read more >

Traffic Signal Improvements
City of York Council are undertaking a programme of work to renew and improve traffic signals infrastructure across the city. Part of these works will be taking place on Scarcroft Road and include the replacing of traffic signals and changes to the footpaths at the crossing near the allotments. These works are planned to begin on Monday 3 July and are expected to last for around two weeks. There will be temporary traffic lights in place and a controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

Parent Governor Vacancies
This is prior notice that we have two vacancies for parent governors on Millthorpe’s Governing Board. The election will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 and a parent or carer can propose a candidate, stand for election and vote in the election, if he or she has a child registered at the school on the date of the election. If you are interested in standing or would like to nominate somebody, please click here for the parent governor nomination form.

Money for school meals paid via ParentPay
If you put money onto your child’s school meal account via ParentPay, it normally appears on the system that operates the tills in the canteen within a few minutes. However, we are aware that there have been occasions when it has taken much longer – up to 2 or 3 days in some cases. We are working with the software companies to address these delays as far as possible, but you should bear in mind that payments made in the evening may occasionally not transfer to the tills the following day. In response to this, we have changed our policy so that:

  • We will always make a meal available to students at lunchtime up to the value of the meal deal (£2.40), even if no funds are showing on their account
  • If providing a meal takes the account overdrawn by more than a few pounds, we will contact parents/carers to check that arrangements either already have been, or are being, made to cover the debt.

Thank you for your co-operation with this; please contact the school if you have any further queries.

Lockers
Please can you ask your child(ren) to empty their lockers completely before the summer break: if they want a locker next year, they will be assigned a new one in September. Over the summer, we will be clearing out all the lockers so that we can bring back into circulation any lockers ‘abandoned’ by Year 11 students and anyone else who no longer wants them. Students will have a chance to reclaim any property that is left in lockers but padlocks will be removed. This is also a good opportunity to make sure PE kits are washed/reviewed and any rubbish is disposed of (especially food!)

Also, just to note that the standard lock supplied by the school next year will be a combination lock, hopefully reducing the problems associated with lost keys. Of course, students can source a key operated lock if they prefer.

Year 10 Art GCSE Mock Exam
The Art Department very much value your support to ensure that the GCSE Art exams run smoothly next week. Students have a full day of Art Exams on Tuesday and Friday. Students should be in their normal art room by 8.30am at the latest (exams start at 8.45am prompt). Students register in the exam not with their Form Tutor. In line with the new GCSE rules, all presented preparation work must be handed in at the start of the exam including the practice piece. Students will be able to use their preparation work in the exam sessions but cannot work on it between exam sessions. If for any reason your child is not able to attend this or her GCSE Art exam please contact school by 8.30am on the morning of the exam. Please click here for more information on the arrangements for the Year 10 Mock Art Exam.

Jaron Joiner Presents Be Inspired 2 Tour Saturday 8 July 2017
American performer Jaron Joiner is coming to Millthorpe on 8 July for a performance which includes comedy, dance, improv and a little beatboxing. Tickets are £5, available from www.jaronjoiner.com. He is running a FREE taster session on Friday 7 July at 4pm in the Main Hall. This will act as workshop, working on kids’ confidence, current abilities and maybe finding some skills they didn’t know they had. It’s open to all ages and every attendee has the chance to be in the performance the following day. Jaron will be in the Library on Monday lunchtime for students who would like to find out more.

York Explore Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
York Explore libraries are looking for student volunteers to help with their Summer Reading Challenge. Every summer holiday the library service invites children aged 4 – 11 to read 6 books over the summer break. The children receive prizes for each book they read and a medal and certificate when they complete the challenge. The student volunteers role would include talking to children about what they’ve been reading; helping them choose books; giving out prizes and certificates; helping with displays; and gathering feedback from children and their parents/carers. Please click here for more information.

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.

Lydia triumphs at World Transplant Games

Lydia of Year 11 has triumphed in the recent World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. Just days after the Year 11 Prom, she won the 5km cycle time trial in a new personal best of 7 minutes 49 seconds. Lydia was born with a progressive terminal liver disease called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) and in 2007 at the age of six underwent a life-saving and life-enhancing transplant.

She has not let this hold her back and is a regular competitor at the British Transplant Games where she won the Cycling Time Trial and Cycling Road Race in her age group, coming third overall. Now she is officially the world Time Trial Champion for her age group making us all very proud!

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. If you would like to register as an organ donor, see www.organdonation.nhs.uk

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 23 June 2017

How are we doing?
You may remember being asked to fill in a questionnaire when you attended parents’ evenings this year. The questionnaire, based on the Ofsted Parent View Survey, asks parents and carers to rate a number of statements ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. We have now collated all of your responses and are pleased to report that the feedback has been very positive and has also highlighted some areas for improvement. We have put together an article on the school website with the full results which you can view by clicking here.

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. The reason for this is to give teachers time to write new assessment criteria in response to the government’s decision to remove assessment levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these is due course.

Sports Day Monday 26 June 2017
Sports Day is taking place on Monday 26 June and all students are expected to take part in at least one event to help amass as many points as possible for their Form and House. Students should arrive at school in their usual PE kit along with a tracksuit of similar clothing to ensure they are warm and comfortable while they are not competing. For more information on the arrangements for Sports Day please click here to read the 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.

School uniform warm weather arrangements
Running to the end of term, students will not be required to wear their blazer or bring it to school during warm weather, although they can if they choose to. There is no change to the rules about wearing ties. Students should wear their tie to school every day; however, when the weather gets particularly hot, students will be told on the day if and when ties may be removed.

Year 10 Art GCSE Mock Exam
A reminder for parents and carers of Year 10 students studying Art to read the email sent earlier today regarding the arrangements for the Art GCSE mock exam.

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.

Year 11 School Uniform Donations
Thank you to the students who donated items of school uniform after the Leavers’ Assembly yesterday. If you have any items of uniform (blazers, jumpers or ties) you would otherwise be throwing away, we can always use them in school. You can drop items into main reception at any time and students can also bring uniform with them to results day on Thursday 24 August.

York Junior Triathlon Sunday 30 July 2017
The York Junior Triathlon is returning for its fourth year on Sunday 30 July. Taking place at the York Sport Village, this is the perfect introduction to the sport of triathlon for any budding Brownlees. Please click here for more information and how to enter.

Traffic Signals Improvements
City of York Council are undertaking a programme of work to renew and improve traffic signals infrastructure across the city. Part of these works includes replacing the traffic signals and minor changes to the footpaths at the crossing on Scarcroft Road near the allotments. The works are planned to begin on Monday 3 July and are expected to last for around two weeks. There will be temporary traffic lights in place and a controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

How are we doing?

For the last three years we have asked parents and carers for feedback about the school by way of a questionnaire handed out at each parents’ evening.

The questionnaire, based on the Ofsted Parent View survey, asks parents and carers to rate a number of statements ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree.

We are delighted to say that the feedback we have received this year is our best yet and has been universally positive.

Of the parents and carers who completed the questionnaire:

98%

tell us their child is
happy at Millthorpe

99%

say their child feels
safe at Millthorpe

99%

Agree that their child makes
good progress at Millthorpe

99%

Believe that their child is well
looked after at Millthorpe

99%

Agree that their child is
taught well at Millthorpe

94%

Think that their child receives
appropriate homework for their age

98%

Believe the school makes sure
students are well behaved

98%

Tell us the school deals
effectively with bullying

100%

Believe the school is
well led and managed

98%

Agree that the school responds
well to any concerns raised

96%

Say they receive valuable information
about their child’s progress

99%

Would recommend Millthorpe
to another parent or carer

Although these are very positive results, there is always room for improvement and we will seek to address those areas which parents and carers feel we are not quite as strong in. In particular, the homework students receive and the information we send out about the progress students make.

The second of these will be changing as the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. The new system of assessment will mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these in due course.

We will also look to ensure that all students receive appropriate homework for their age and ability.

For a comparison of the results from the last three years please click here.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who took the time to complete the questionnaire. This feedback provides valuable information about not only what we do well but also areas for improvement as we continue to make Millthorpe a great school.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 16 June 2017

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. 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. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these in due course.

School Uniform Warm Weather Arrangements
Starting from Monday, and running to the end of term, students will not be expected to wear their blazer in school because of the warm weather, although they can if they choose. There is no change to the rules about wearing ties. However, when the weather gets particularly hot students will be told on the day if and when ties may be removed.

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 7 Bolton Abbey Trips
The dates of the visits for each Tutor Group are as follows:
Wednesday 21 June: 7ARR and 7DJM
Thursday 22 June: 7LBA and 7LDW
Friday 23 June: 7MEW and 7RIY
7ALJ have been divided between the three days due to coach numbers, your child will have been told which day they are going on. Students will need to bring a pencil and rubber, as well as a pack up and plenty to drink as the weather is forecast to be very warm. If it is particularly sunny you should supply your child with sun cream and, if your child suffers from travel sickness, please ensure they have taken (and bring with them if required) appropriate medication. On a wet day paths may be slippery, sturdy footwear is therefore essential.

Students will be allowed to bring mobile phones, MP3 players etc. on the trip but such items are solely their responsibility. Students are not required to wear school uniform.

On the day of the trip students must meet in the Dining Hall by 8.40am, if your child is going to be late or is unable to attend due to illness please contact school. The coaches will arrive back to school at approximately 4.00pm (depending on the traffic). Please bear this in mind if you are picking up your child or you need to make any arrangements for your child’s journey home.

Sports Day Monday 26 June 2017
Sports Day is taking place on Monday 26 June and all students are expected to take part in at least one event to help amass as many points as possible for their Form and House. As all students are expected to take part in at least one event, they should arrive at school in their usual PE kit along with a tracksuit or similar clothing to ensure they are warm and comfortable while they are not competing. For more information on the arrangements for Sports Day please click here to read the letter on the school website.

Year 9 Exams
A reminder that the Year 9 Exams begin next week. For more information and a timetable of the exams please click here to read the letter on the school website.

M&S School Uniform
Marks and Spencer are currently offering 20% off selected items of school uniform purchased before 4 July 2017. Visit www.marksandspencer.com for details.

Apprenticeship Opportunities
Apprentice Gardener at York Minster
For more information on apprenticeships including current vacancies please visit the Apprenticeships Page on the school website.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 9 June 2017

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. 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 and carers in the future and we will inform you about these in due course.

York Pride Parade Saturday 10 June 2017
A reminder that the York Pride parade is taking place tomorrow and we would like to invite students and their families to join us. We will be meeting outside the Minster from 11am, just look out for the Millthorpe banners and t-shirts! The parade will take us from the Minster, through the city centre and then to the Knavesmire via Skeldergate and Bishopthorpe Road. The main York Pride event then runs from 1pm to about 6.30pm at the Knavesmire, with stalls, live music, food, drinks, and other family-friendly activities.

Key Stage 3 Exams
We have sent emails to all parents and carers of Key Stage 3 students about the Year 7 and Year 8 Exam Week next week and Year 9 Exam Week the following week. If you missed the email or would like to read the information now, please click the following links:
Year 7 and 8 Exams 2017
Year 9 Exams 2017

Year 10 Exams
The Year 10 exams start on Tuesday 27 June and finish on Friday 7 July. Students will be issued with individual exam timetables during registration on Monday morning.

News from South Bank Academy Trust
Following detailed discussions with the Department for Education and the Local Authority, the Trust is pleased to announce that we have secured sufficient funding to support school improvement work with York High. This gives us the confidence we need that we can succeed at York High, without having any negative impact on Millthorpe. We will now move to bring York High into the MAT by Spring 2018. Between now and then, we will be working in partnership with City of York to begin the work of improving York High’s finances and standards as quickly as possible.

As part of this process, Trevor Burton will become Executive Headteacher of both Millthorpe and York High with effect from 1 September. We will be assisted by two newly-appointed Heads of School, Gemma Greenhalgh and Rod Sims, who will be responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of Millthorpe and York High respectively. We’re delighted to have such a strong leadership team in place across the two schools. A full statement outlining the new arrangements is available on the Trust’s website.

Previously, we’d informed you that Acomb Primary School was exploring the possibility of joining the South Bank MAT. Having considered their options in more detail, Acomb’s governors have now decided they feel our MAT is not the best fit for their school. We wish them well for the future.

Edwin Thomas
Chair of Trustees, South Bank Academy Trust

Appointment of Head of School at Millthorpe
Further to the news from the South Bank Academy Trust, please click here to read the letter from our Chair of Governors, Bill Schofield, about the appointment of Gemma Greenhalgh.

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.

York College Open Evening Tuesday 13 June 2017
There is an open evening taking place at York College on Tuesday 13 June at 6pm for students looking to study A Levels, Vocational and Apprenticeship programmes.

German Exchange Meeting Tuesday 13 June 2017
A reminder that the German Exchange meeting is taking place on Tuesday 13 June at 6.30pm in the library. Please bring your child’s passport and EHIC card. If you are unable attend the meeting, please send your child to see Miss Ramsay with their passport and EHIC on Wednesday 14 June as passports are needed in order to check-in on this day.

Sports Team Photos
We will be taking individual and sports team photos during period 5 on Thursday 15 June. This is to update the sports celebration display we have in school. We will remind students about the arrangements next week.

School Uniform
Marks and Spencer are currently offering 20% off selected items of school uniform purchased before 4 July 2017. Visit www.marksandspencer.com for details.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
In light of the Year 7 and 8 exams taking place, there will be no fortnightly SPaG focus next week. Instead, we would like to encourage all students to use tutor time to revise for their exams.

Millthorpe heads to the polls

Along with the rest of the country, students and staff are heading to the polls today for the ‘Millthorpe Thinks’ general election. In the run up to the election students were asked to sign up to the electoral roll, as they would in a real election, to be eligible to vote.

Of the 791 students in Year 7 to Year 10, 57% had registered to vote. These students were given a ballot paper this morning. Polling stations in the Dining Hall and Library were open at break and lunch time for students and staff to cast their vote.

Students have been encouraged to engage with the political process by looking at the manifestos of the five main political parties in England:

  • Conservative Party
  • Green Party
  • Labour Party
  • Liberal Democrats
  • UKIP

The results…

It was a landslide victory for Labour with the Conservative Party and Green Party joint second and Liberal Democrats third. The full results are below:

10%

Conservative

10%

Green

65%

Labour

6%

Lib Dems

3%

UKIP

23 ballots (6%) were spoilt. The voter turnout was 81%.