Working together to save babies’ lives

Thirteen students from Millthorpe recently joined together with five students from York High School to learn crucial lifesaving skills specifically for use on babies.

The ‘How to save a Baby’s Life’ workshop, which was provided by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), came about after Child Development staff in the two schools discussed ways in which we could work together. The team at York High had already invited the RLSS to come in to their school so asked if we would like to bring our cohort along too.

As part of the Child Development course, students study the subject of safety, using their knowledge in both their coursework and the final exam, so hands-on experience of this nature is incredibly valuable.

Millthorpe’s Head of Child Development, Ruth Marley said “The workshop covered numerous scenarios, including what to do if a baby stops breathing or chokes. Each student got hands-on experience of how to deal with these situations using a ‘resuscitation baby’ and throughout the session they had to practice techniques and answer questions about what they were doing.

“It was a really practical course, which gave the students skills which really could save a baby’s life. We’re looking forward to working more with our new friends at York High in the future!”

The students all received a certificate to use as evidence that they had taken part in the worksho

Child Development students go to Forest School

The inquisitive nature of some of our Child Development students has led to a mutually beneficial partnership for Millthorpe School, Wild Things Family Forest School and local children and parents.

A group of Year 11 students who are all studying towards their qualification in Child Development, noticed that a forest school session was regularly taking place on the school site with young children from the local area including many from Scarcroft Green Nursery. Determined to get involved they begged Mrs Marley, Head of Child Development to find a way for them to take part.

The Wild Things Family Forest School, run by qualified Forest School Leader Emma Hill, gets children aged 18 months – four years and their parents outdoors to explore, develop their imagination and be creative. For Mrs Marley and the students, Wild Things presented an ideal opportunity for some of the Child Development students to undertake a child study for their final coursework. Four students, Charlotte Coates, Lauryn Atkinson, Charlotte Hartley and Emmie Slater, took up this fabulous opportunity and have all had glowing feedback from Emma.

Mrs Marley said “We often place our students with local nurseries to complete their child study, which works really well, but the Forest School presented a fantastic opportunity for some of the group.

“Each student chooses a child to work with and then makes observations on the child in a particular setting, specifically focusing on how play can encourage the development of a child. Throughout the study they must then produce their own activities for the child to take part in, so the Forest School has provided many different opportunities, including using binoculars, magnifying glasses, mud painting and den building.

“Emma has told us she’s loved having the girls, as have the parents and carers and Scarcroft nursery staff. I’m told the girls were extremely helpful, polite, well-mannered and very eager to get stuck in! I’m really proud of the students; they’ve all done incredibly well in their child study coursework. Three of them have achieved a Level 2 distinction*, the highest mark available (and equivalent to an A* at GCSE) and the other achieved a Level 2 Merit, equivalent to a B grade – fantastic results!”

The students who took part got a great understanding of play activities and how by ‘thinking outside the box’ or keeping things simple, this can be very effective in developing a child. They also learnt a great deal about safety when working with children as a campfire was lit after each session and the children could pour themselves a hot chocolate and toast marshmallows on the fire.

The Year 10 Child Development group are currently planning some fundraising ideas to supply the Forest School with some more resources. Mr Bull, Head of DT is also hoping to involve his construction class in making certain items such as a mud kitchen.

The Forest School takes place on the school grounds by the pond at Millthorpe every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Further information can be found here

Millthorpe School raises the rainbow

Millthorpe School raises the rainbow
Millthorpe School is just one of many schools and businesses supporting York Pride 2018 – a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people.
The school community will ‘Raise the Rainbow’ in support of the York Pride event on Friday 8 June, by dressing the outside and inside of the school building in rainbow bunting and rainbow flags. Staff and students are invited to wear a rainbow piece of clothing, accessory or sticker on the day and students will also have the opportunity to collect a rainbow sticker and rainbow face and hand stamp, to show their support for equality in York.
On Saturday 9 June, Millthorpe School will take part in the York Pride Parade, through the city to the Knavesmire. A number of pupils and their friends and families will join the parade.
Sarah Richards, RE Teacher said “The ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day and the importance of Pride Month has already been explained to students in assemblies and in the week leading up to the Pride march, form tutors will show students a short video explaining York Pride.
“Millthorpe will be one of a number of schools taking part in the York Pride Parade and we would warmly welcome any students and their families who would like to come and join us. The atmosphere throughout the parade is fantastic and the event is always huge fun!”
Head of School Gemma Greenhalgh adds “Our support for the event is an endorsement of our school values, which recognise the importance of: respect for others; seeking equal opportunities for all; being tolerant of different views and cultures; valuing difference; and being open-minded about other ways of being and living.
“As a school we are very pleased to be involved with York Pride once again on what promises to be an exciting and fun-filled day. Beyond the fun element, we recognise that there is a really important message underpinning the event and we’re one hundred per cent committed to continuing to reinforce our values to our school community every day, not just on this one day in June.”