Extended Learning Day for Millthorpe students

In January, the whole school came off timetable for the day to take part in one of our regular Extended Learning Days (ELDs).

We organise ELDs throughout the academic year to enrich our students’ experiences and each day is given over to learning with a single theme. At this month’s ELD our students focused on crime and justice, with each year group taking on different activities.

Year 7 students had a Forensic Day taking on the role of Investigating Officers at a Crime Scene. To begin with they had to analyse witness and suspect statements. They were then taken to the scene of the crime where they had to identify what was and wasn’t evidence and make a sketch of the scene.

 

Students also had the opportunity to do fingerprint, footwear and fibre comparisons on all suspects as well as learning how to recover fingerprints. They also analysed and compared DNA reports linking blood from the victim to the weapon.

 

The Year 7s then had to analyse all of the information they had been given to work out who had committed the crime, create an evidence board and present this evidence in court at the end of the day.

 

Students in Year 8 looked at how the law and punishment of crime has changed over the past 100 years. They followed a young person through the Youth Justice System looking at what happens when a young person commits a crime and assessed the consequences of the offence on the victim and the offender. They also looked at the Crown Prosecution Service’s role in bringing a crime to court.

 

They then went on to look at a specific case and decided whether there was enough evidence to take it to court. Students were given the opportunity to be a judge, working through an interactive case looking at the aggravating and mitigating circumstances that are considered when sentencing. They were asked to decide a sentence for a particular crime and found out whether they were correct. Finally, all students took part in a role play set in a Magistrates Court to show how court proceedings would occur.

 

Year 9 addressed how laws were made. They began by identifying whether some of our more extreme laws were true or false and discussed why these laws were established in the first place, or where the myth had come from. They then worked through debating a new law that they had decided upon in their lesson, looked at the stages the bill went through in Parliament and saw short clips of bills being debated. They also looked at how some of our MPs behave when in the debating chamber and how the voting process in the House of Commons works.

 

Students also spent time with PC Sarah-Jayne Elliot who explained the arrest procedure to them, why suspects are read their rights and what these mean and what happens when you get to the police station. James Alderson who is a serving firefighter also came in to talk to the students about the dangers and consequences of arson and hoax calls. In the afternoon session, students learnt the difference between a barrister and a solicitor and then took part in a Crown Court mock trial focusing on the consequences of sharing prescribed medicine with others.

 

The Year 10 students took part in a careers event, where they had the opportunity to consider their strengths and areas for development and as well as the different careers and pathways on offer. Students wrote their own CVs and completed an in-depth questionnaire about themselves to identify the careers that were most suitable. Students said how useful it was because they had no idea of the thousands of different job roles and careers that exist. A student might think they are interested in construction or engineering but has no idea of the thousands of possibilities within that field.

 

The day was kicked off by a speaker, Stuart Myers, who spoke about his life experience. Stuart, 37, was born without arms. He talked about the journey he has experienced in both his personal life and professional career. He explained how he has defied the odds and progressed from being an office trainee to a local government manager, as well as having other roles, including a charity trustee, school governor and judicial office holder.

 

The students were inspired by his talk and he invited questions from the Year 10 audience, who were really challenged to think about their own strengths and how they deal with obstacles in their own lives.

 

Weekly Email Friday 15 February 2019

Cycle Safety

As many of you will know, we have spoken to all students who cycle to school this week to deliver important messages about road safety. This is always important but we have been particularly concerned recently by a number of reports from members of the public regarding dangerous behaviour of Millthorpe students when riding to and from school. Below is a link to the letter that was handed to students who cycle to school.

 

Cycling Letter

 

It may be helpful to clarify some of the points raised in the letter: firstly, riding two abreast is sometimes advised for safety reasons; however, in the incident which was reported to us, students were clearly riding alongside one another in order to continue their conversations rather than for safety. Riding three or more abreast is not legal under the Highway Code. Similarly, whilst riding in bus lanes may be allowed where indicated by signage, our concerns relate to groups of cyclists making it difficult for buses to pass safely and not paying due attention to their impact on buses and other road users.

 

Spring Concert Tuesday 19 February at 7pm

Please come along to see amazing performances by the Jazz Band, Junior Band, Glee Club, Ukulele Club, Flute Choir, String Group and Rock Band as well as soloists and dancers. The cream of Millthorpe’s musical talent packed into one unforgettable evening. Tickets £3 adults, £2 children/concessions, available on the door.

 

Women’s FA Cup Final Tickets Saturday 4 May

There are still 5 tickets left for what will no doubt be a truly memorable experience, priced at just £30 per person. See the attached letter for more information.

Women’s FA Cup Final Letter

 

Year 10 Work Experience

Please remember that the deadline for completed paperwork is next Friday 22 February.

 

Mental Health Awareness Day Update

The final total of money raised was an incredible £1024.88. A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

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Forest School Scoops Awards

A family-friendly forest school based at Millthorpe School in York has bagged two awards at this year’s Little Viking Awards.

Wild Things Family Forest School walked away with awards for Best Active Class and Best Place for Hot Chocolate.

Wild Things runs regular sessions for children aged between 18 months and four years and their parent/carer, within a private wooded area in the grounds of Millthorpe School. During the sessions there are lots of activities to stimulate independent play and allow children’s natural curiosity to develop, for example, binoculars, magnifying glasses, mud kitchen, mud painting, and den building. At the end of each session everyone gets a hot chocolate with marshmallows toasted on an open fire – weather permitting!

Staff and students at Millthorpe School have worked closely with Wild Things owner, Emma Hills, over the last year. Students studying Child Development have undertaken work placements and child studies for their final coursework assessments and the Millthorpe team has also enabled Wild Things to develop the wooded area to suit their requirements, providing the best possible setting in which to deliver their forest school sessions.

 

Emma said “I’m thrilled with the awards! I want to thank everyone at Millthorpe for giving me the opportunity to use the outdoor space at the school. I love it in the wooded area with the pond and allotment space, as do the children and the parents who come along to Wild Things. I really appreciate the freedom they’ve given me to develop the area into a great space for children to play and learn.”

The Forest School takes place on the school grounds by the pond at Millthorpe every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Further information can be found at http://www.wildthingsyork.co.uk

Weekly Email Friday 1 February 2019

Mental Health Awareness Non-Uniform Day (Years 7-10) Thursday 7 February

Our Mental Health Champions are running a campaign at Millthorpe School to help raise awareness of mental health and to promote positive mental wellbeing. As part of their campaign, they are holding assemblies next week and joining in with a National Campaign: Time to Talk Day on 7 February. On this day, students in Years 7 to 10 are invited to come in non-uniform and can partake in activities including sponge the teacher, dodgeball and a bake sale. We are asking for a £1 donation for the non-uniform, which can be paid via ParentPay or in cash on the day; and any donations of baked goods would be gratefully received: please deliver to C8 on Thursday morning (and please clearly mark anything containing nuts).

All monies raised will be used to support future initiatives at Millthorpe to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Please note that, as all Year 11s will be sitting Pre-Public Examinations on that day, they will all need to come in full uniform, as this is a requirement when taking part in examinations.