Ski Trip – Poland 2019

The destination for the Millthorpe School Ski Trip 2019 was Poronin, a lovely little place in the middle of the stunning Tatra Mountains in Southern Poland.

After 2.5 hours flight we arrived in Krakow and officially started our first day of the trip.

Much loved licensed city guide Gregory showed us the main attractions of this beautiful city. We visited Wawel Hill, looked in the Dragon Eye and learned about the legend of King Krak. We also went to St Mary’s Church and enjoyed time on the main square.

From Krakow we went on the bus to our destination point – Poronin. We stayed in the charming three star Limba Grand and Resort hotel, which was located about 20 minutes away from the ski resort.

Bialka Tatrzanska Ski resort was a perfect place for beginner skiers with almost 20km of slopes for intermediate level too. Students were split into five groups: One intermediate group, three beginners and one snowboarding group. They were learning and practising their skiing for four hours a day: two hours of skiing in the morning and two hours in the afternoon with a break for a lunch in a local café.

After the fourth day of skiing our students had a chance to take part in a ski competition on a professional slalom course. The fastest and the most improved students received medals and trophies.

Every night after skiing, students spent their time trying new activities.

On the first night we met a group of Polish highlanders who told us stories about the region, played traditional instruments and taught us a folk dance. We also got to try a traditional Polish cheese and sausages.

We also got the chance to rest our tired muscles and enjoy an aqua aerobics session in the hotel’s swimming pool, which was followed by a glow party!

We also went to the geothermal pools centre where we were swimming outside with the air temperature of -5 degrees. That was a fabulous experience.

On the last day we visited Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland. It is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing and tourism and they also have their own language and traditions. We went on top of Gubalowka Hill and saw Wielka Krokiew, an amazing ski jumping hill where the annual World Cup Ski Jumping Competition takes place.

 

My reflection of the trip is one of great pride to see how many students looked out for each other. It was wonderful to see expressions of joy each day as new skills and achievements were accomplished. The weather was perfect, lots of snow and sunshine every day, no one suffered any injuries and everybody had lots of fun. As it was the first ski trip I had the privilege to organise, I was very lucky to be accompanied by four of the most caring members of staff. I am very grateful to Miss Parr, Miss Watts, Mr Baybutt and Mr Sloan without whom this trip wouldn’t have been as successful as it was.

I am really proud and extremely happy that I had a chance to take some of the Millthorpe students not only for a skiing trip, but also to show them a little beauty of my homeland. I am looking forward for next year’s adventures.

Anna Kolos
Ski Trip Leader

MILLTHORPE SCHOOL BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

Over £1.25million of funding has been agreed for a new block of four classrooms and three state-of-the-art science rooms at Millthorpe School. They will replace a number of ‘temporary’ classrooms on the site, some dating back more than 50 years, which are in a poor state of repair.

“These new rooms will transform our students’ learning environment for many years to come,” said Head of School Gemma Greenhalgh.

“The current rooms are cold and uncomfortable and very much at the end of their useful life. Studying in bright, warm modern rooms will definitely be a more pleasant and productive experience. They are carbon neutral, generating all the power they need from solar panels, so they are better for the environment too.”

The funding comes from a pot of money provided by central government that allows academy schools to bid for help with carrying out much-needed improvements to their buildings.

“It’s fantastic that we have been able to secure this investment in such difficult financial times,” commented Executive Head Trevor Burton.

“Our status as an academy has allowed us to access over £4million of urgently-needed funding for our buildings in the last 3 years and I’m delighted that children in this area will continue to enjoy the benefit of these improvements long into the future.”

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 5 April

Successful £1.25m Funding Bid for New Classrooms

We have had confirmation this week that a £1.25m bid to replace three ageing stand-alone classrooms on the site with a new classroom block has been successful. The project also includes the creation of two new, fully equipped Science labs within the existing Science block, along with a new Science classroom and prep room.

Any students who have ever been taught in the ‘temporary’ classrooms will no doubt testify that they have reached the end of their useful life, if not a little beyond it. By contrast, all the new rooms will provide a high-quality, modern learning environment for students and the new block will even be carbon neutral, generating all of its own power using solar panels.

This is the fourth successful bid that Millthorpe has made to the Condition Improvement Fund, which allows academies to bid for money to make much-needed improvements to school buildings, and brings the total investment from this source to over £4m in 3 years.

 

Poland 2020

Thank you for your reply slips for the Poland/Auschwitz trip in 2020. Please can we remind you that deposits of £150 are now due in, as these need to be sent to the tour company to start the booking process. Students will receive letters early next week to confirm their place or if they were unsuccessful. The deposit will be repaid in full for any unsuccessful students. Any questions, please contact Miss Forrester.

 

Drug Proof Your Kids

Please follow the link below for details of a free six week course to help parents influence their children to make good choices about drug use.

http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/wp-content/uploads/DPYK-St.-Andrews-Huntington-June-2019.pdf

WORLD BOOK DAY 2019

WORLD BOOK DAY 2019

World Book Day is always a wonderful opportunity to celebrate books and promote the importance of reading. Once again this year, some staff dressed up in full costume. It was hard to recognise members of the English Department as many of them changed their hair colour and embraced a wide range of colourful and convincing characters. In the library, students were confronted with a very angry and insulting Miss Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Students were able to come into school with an item of clothing or accessory relating to their favourite book or book character, for which they received a prize. In library lessons leading up to World Book Day we had fun making different Roald Dahl characters and accessories to bring in on the day.

In the library at lunch time, we had a guess the book character competition, featuring members of staff and Student Librarians who were wandering around the library dressed up.

At twelve o’clock on the day, the bell rang and we all indulged in DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read). The majority of classes and staff stopped what they were doing, got out their books, and had a quiet twenty-minute read. The school fell quiet and students left classrooms very calm and relaxed.

The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough. For many young people, reading is perhaps not their first choice of leisure activity, however, when we find time in school to read, students find it pleasant and beneficial. As well as reading itself being pleasurable, when you are able to select the right book, research shows that students who read for pleasure have improved outcomes across the curriculum. Reading does not just prepare students for the demands of subjects such as English and History, where there is a lot of reading and reading stamina is involved, it also helps with all subjects, including maths and science. Reading helps young people to absorb and understand new information and concepts and it builds a self-sufficient approach to learning. It can also assist students to understand the logical progression of ideas and it allows students to see how a whole narrative, argument or concept is formed and held together.