WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 20 December 2019

Notification of changes to Parents’ Evening dates

The dates of two parents’ evenings have been changed next term as they both currently fall on dates when teacher colleagues have CPD sessions:

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening will now be on Tuesday 21 January 2020
  • Year 8 Parents’ Evening will now be on Thursday 27 February 2020

We will send out further details nearer the time, but please do update your diaries now.


Junior cricket

Copmanthorpe Cricket Club are looking to create new junior cricket teams in the following age groups:

  • U9 (Years 3 & 4)
  • U11 (Years 5 & 6)
  • U13 (Years 7 & 8)
  • U15 (Years 9 & 10)

They have dedicated, qualified coaches per age group and training will be at The Mount School, beginning in January 2020.

Anyone interested should make contact with Chris Storey T: 07554 008185 E: christopher-storey@outlook.com

Further information can be found here

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 13 December 2019

York Foodbank vouchers

Millthorpe School can now issue Foodbank vouchers for families in need. York Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They can provide three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced food to support local people who are referred to them in crisis.

For further information please contact Ruth Cooper at School or York Foodbank can be contacted directly E: info@york.foodbank.org.uk  T: 07871 610 894


Meeting – trip to Krakow, Poland, February 2020

A reminder that there will be a short meeting about the itinerary for the trip to Krakow, Poland, at 6.00pm on Monday 16 December, in the Library. This will include drop-off times and flight details as well as information about the activities students will be undertaking when we are there.

Please note, this is NOT about the Poland trip for skiing.


Last day of term

Please remember that school will finish for the Christmas break at 12.20pm on Friday 20 December. If students are eligible for free school meals and would like a pack up on the last day, they should speak to staff in the canteen by Thursday 19 December.


General Consent Forms for Educational Visits in the Local Area

To make it easier to arrange curriculum trips and reduce the number of permission slips parents/carers need to sign, we have set up a general consent form which allows your child to attend any trips or visits in the local area that take place during the school day. We had a reasonable response to the first mailing but there are still a number of gaps, so if you do wish to give this consent, please could you sign and return the form when it arrives and, if necessary, check bags and pockets to make sure it has come home!

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 6 December 2019

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day will take place on Tuesday 10 December to coincide with our Christmas Dinner festivities. For a £1 donation, students may wear a Christmas jumper or accessory alongside full school uniform.

Funds raised will go to two local charities, SASH and Carecent. As part of the Student Council’s homeless charity appeal, students have also been asked to donate items to the charities – please click here for a list of items. We would be grateful if any items could be brought into school by Friday 13 December at the latest.


Millthorpe School’s Production of Aladdin

A reminder that tickets are still on sale for this year’s spectacular Christmas production of Aladdin. Performances are at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December.

Tickets are £3 each and can be purchased from Ms Andrle before and during registration every morning (8.40-9.05am).


Winter virus illness

In response to a substantial increase in reports of diarrhoea/vomiting and flu like illness in recent weeks, City of York Council have asked schools to circulate information about managing illness. Public Health England have produced a useful information sheet for pupils, parents and staff – read it here.


York’s Local Offer – New support booklets published

York’s Local Offer provides information for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families about what is available to them in York.

They have produced two new booklets:

Where to go if… helps families to find out what is available and how to access help and support, and

Making Sense of SEND, a brief dictionary to help you navigate your way through a long list of acronyms and unfamiliar words.


Year 10 Work Experience

Please remind your child to return their work experience form as soon as possible and definitely before the end of term.


Diary reminders

Wednesday 11 December: school closes at 2.20pm for staff professional development.

Friday 20 December: Last day of term, school closes at 12.20pm for the Christmas Break. If your child has free school meals, please let the canteen staff know in advance if you would like a packed lunch preparing.

Monday 6 January: First day of Spring Term.


Amateur musicians of all ages from across the city of York joined together this week at a musical extravaganza hosted by students and staff at Millthorpe School.

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The Big Sing organised through Musical Connections, a small York-based charity, gave older adults, many of whom are vulnerable and socially isolated, the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of music together with school students and staff.

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Musical Connections uses music as a way to help older people the opportunity to live happier, healthier lives through participating in weekly music groups and choirs. In addition to the core weekly sessions, the charity offers a programme of intergenerational projects and events which last year involved over 400 children and young people from local schools including Millthorpe, York College and both of York’s universities.Image preview

Fiona Chapman from Musical Connections said: “The purpose of our intergenerational work is to use music as a platform to bring older and younger generations together, and to break down the social and age-related stereotypes which apply to both of these generations. A wide range of musical styles and activities are used – these cut across the age range and facilitate interaction and communication between both younger and older participants.Image preview

“A real highlight of our intergenerational calendar is the Christmas Big Sing with Millthorpe School – they have hosted this event for us for many years, and I feel very fortunate that our beneficiaries have repeatedly had the opportunity to visit the school in order to spend time socialising with and enjoying the talents and hospitality of its young musicians.”

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Millthorpe’s Head of School, Gemma Greenhalgh added “More than 60 older people, many of whom will be vulnerable and socially isolated came along to the event this year. Our Music teacher, Mr Jackson and his jazz band lead the proceedings, and the guests enjoyed refreshments served by the students. This year, we were delighted to be joined by the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker – it was wonderful to see her enjoying the music alongside everyone else!”Image preview

If you would like to find out more about Musical Connections, please visit their website at www.musicalconnections.org.uk