WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 31 January 2020

Careers Fair and Higher Education Evening

Students and parents/carers are invited to a Careers Fair and Higher Education Evening at All Saints RC School.

This will be held on Monday 23 March from 4.00-7.00pm. There will be a wide range of employers and universities to visit at the fair, and there will also be a range of presentations delivered by the universities including: student finance; choosing a course; writing the UCAS application; applying for a competitive course. There will also be presentations about Apprenticeships, including Degree Apprenticeships.

To book a place please visit the registration page.

The Millthorpe Loop

The Millthorpe Loop is a newly founded parent/carer forum which has two main priorities this year:

  • Priority One is a School Quiz in March, which aims to improve community links and raise funds.
  • Priority Two is developing a “Frequently Asked Questions” system of information sharing. We aim to develop a FAQ system with the support of parents/carers, staff and students which will be a source of practical information to support you with answers to quick questions rather than a conversation/discussion tool.

Please click this survey link to tell us the FAQs you would like, or you think other parents might like, to have answers to.

Thank you for your help with our flagship innovation. If you would like to be involved in Millthorpe Loop please contact Mary Simpson.

Early closure reminder

Just a reminder that school closes at 2.20pm for staff professional development on Wednesday 5 February.

Year 8 reports

Year 8 students should have received their reports this week. Please contact the School Office if your child has not received their report.

Project Prom

Project Prom is an initiative which helps to make sure that everyone attending their leavers’ prom is able to have a nice dress or a good suit. The project was launched by Gail Hirst, Welfare Officer at Archbishop Holgate’s School, but is open to anyone across the city.

A colleague at City of York Council is collecting dresses and suits for Project Prom, so if you would like to make a donation of pre-loved items in good condition, please contact Ruth Cooper in school for further information. They are also looking for clothes rails and hangers.

Project leaders are hoping to hold an open event so that people can go along and pick out an outfit. A date is to be confirmed soon.

Anyone who would like to take advantage of this project should contact Ruth Cooper.

PE/Games kit reminder and expectations

Millthorpe School enjoys high participation rates in PE and Games with the vast majority of students organised and ready to learn. A number of students in recent weeks have had some issues with the organisation of their PE and Games kit, in particular, bringing outdoor studded football boots for games. The kit requirements for PE/Games have not changed and students and parents/carers are reminded that expectations around PE/Games kit should be followed as rigorously as all school uniform.

A reminder of the PE/Games kit can be found on the school website.

Young Carers Awareness Day

Yesterday we held a non-uniform day to mark Young Carers Awareness Day and so far, we have collected a fantastic £800 through donations and a bake sale. All proceeds will go to York Carers Centre.

Thanks to all for your kind donations and contributions.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 24 January 2020

Year 9 Options Evening

A reminder that our Year 9 Options Evening will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday 30 January in the School Hall. The evening will start with a short talk outlining the options process and then there will be an opportunity for parents/carers and students to speak to individual Heads of Departments.

Young Carers Awareness Day

A reminder that in recognition of Young Carers Awareness Day, we will be holding a non-uniform day for students in Years 7-10 on Thursday 30 January. A £1 donation can be made either to form tutors or via ParentPay. There will also be a bake sale on Thursday lunchtime upstairs in A Block. Please bring any cake donations to C8 on Thursday morning – thank you!

Equipping young people to look after their mental wellbeing

We are working closely with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust in the interest of promoting positive emotional wellbeing, talking about mental health challenges and how as a school we can better support our students.

The Trust aims to:

  • Equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing.
  • Help people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others so they know when to seek help.
  • Ensure expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it.

Attendees at last week’s Year 11 Parents’ Evening had the opportunity to speak to our Pastoral Team about students’ wellbeing and pick up resources and information on Managing Exam Stress, Perfectionism, Sleep, Depression and Wellbeing. These resources are available in school or through the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. Any parent or student who would like to talk to somebody about any wellbeing or mental health issues, can talk to a member of the Pastoral Team.

Breakfast study space for Year 11s

You may be aware that the government provides additional school funding, known as Pupil Premium funding, to support students who are currently entitled to free school meals, or who have been in the past.

Like most schools, Millthorpe uses this funding for extra resources to help students achieve their potential, such as revision guides, after-school study groups and financial assistance with school trips. This year, we have also used some of the funding to turn an unused store room at the back of a classroom (A2) into a kitchen, to create a breakfast study space for Pupil Premium students. In future, this space will be available to Pupil Premium students in all year groups, but during our PPE exams next week and the week after, we are opening it to Year 11 only in response to feedback from these students after their November PPE exams.

Although primarily aimed at Pupil Premium students, we are happy to welcome, space permitting, other Year 11 students who wish to make use of the facility during the exam period.

If your son/daughter would like to use the breakfast/study facility next week, they just need to come to A2 at 8.10am or as soon after 8.10am as they can. The room will be open from 8.10-8.50am and cereal, toast, fruit and hot drinks will be available free of charge, as well as a quiet place to study and prepare for exams.

If you have any queries, please contact Tania Andrle, Assistant Headteacher, via the school office.

Free Acting Workshop Day at Leeds College of Music

As an introduction to their BA Acting and Actor Musician programmes, Leeds College of Music are inviting performers (storytellers, actors or musicians) aged 15-25yrs to a FREE day of training on Saturday 8 February 2020.

The day will be facilitated by Erin Carter (Programme Leader for Acting and Actor Musician) alongside other professional theatre makers. Participants will experience conservatoire training by taking part in creative workshops.

In addition to the workshop activity, for those considering applying to drama school in the future they can book a ‘mock’ audition and feedback slot.

For more information and to book a place/s please click here

Forthcoming lectures at St Peter’s School

If your son/daughter is interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the following free public lectures at St Peter’s School may be of interest:

Gravity: Jet Powered Suits
Thursday 30 January 2020 at 7.00pm

Wednesday 5 February 2020. Doors open at 5.30pm with hands-on stargazing with the York Astronomical Society and a science exhibition before the lecture at 7.30pm.
This event is in conjunction with York University Physics Department & York Astronomical Society.

Eco Laundry to launch after half-term

After the February half-term, we will be launching our Eco Laundry scheme. We know that uniform can not only get lost or damaged, but as students grow, items can also seem to get too small very quickly! The Eco Laundry will provide a system through which you can buy, swap or donate items of school uniform, so it will not only be kind to your pocket, but kind to the environment too.

More information will follow after half-term, but for now if anyone would like to donate unwanted items of school uniform, please take them along to the School Office at any time.

Millthorpe Loop

Millthorpe Loop is a group of parents/carers and staff representatives which has formed to discuss and plan activities such as fundraising, forums, community initiatives and more. They are also looking at ways of engaging the community, particularly parents and carers, in the life of Millthorpe School and offering opportunities for fun and socialising.

The first event in the calendar will be the Millthorpe Loop Quiz Night. The event will be held on the evening of Friday 27 March 2020 at school, and our quizmaster for the evening will be none other than Tom Adams who regularly hosts events at The Slip and The Swan. This promises to be a great social occasion, with a bar, a raffle and of course, lots of healthy competition, so make sure you save the date – pop it in your diary now!

For further information about Millthorpe Loop, please contact Ms Simpson. More details about the quiz night will follow in the next few weeks.

Ski trip to Austria – Year 10 students

Two spaces have become available to join the ski trip to Austria in the second week of the Easter break (11-18 April). The cost of the trip is £830 and places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested please complete and return the reply slip either by email or on paper.

If you require any further information about the trip, please email Mr Boothman.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 January 2020

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

A reminder that our Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 21 January from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via our online booking system which will be available until 12.00midnight, Sunday 19 January.

Our Pastoral Team will have a stand at the Parents’ Evening, with resources and information available on Managing Exam Stress, Perfectionism, Sleep Hygiene and Wellbeing. Please go along to see them in B6.
The resources are available from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity which supports and gives advice to young people and parents in managing their wellbeing. As a school we are looking at how we can work in partnership with the Trust for the benefit of all our students, not just those working towards GCSEs.

Holocaust Memorial Day

On Friday 24 January, all Year 9 students will be off timetable as we once again mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of activities. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Students will be working with the RE, History and MFL departments to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust which took place during the Second World War.If you have any queries, please contact Miss Forrester.

Year 10 Work Experience 2020

Thank you to all those students who have already returned their completed paperwork or have spoken to Ms Anderson in the office re their work experience placements. There are still more than 100 students who need to return their paperwork. This should be done as soon as possible please as the deadline of 6 January has now passed.

Young Carers Awareness Day

In recognition of Young Carers Awareness Day, we will be holding a non-uniform day for students in Years 7-10. This will take place on Thursday 30 January 2020. Students will be asked to pay £1 and all proceeds will go to York Carers Centre. Payment can be made on the day or via ParentPay. A bake sale will also be held at lunch time.

As Year 11 students have their PPEs, they will need to be in full school uniform on the day please.

Governor and Trustee vacancies

South Bank Multi Academy Trust, Millthorpe School and our partner schools are looking for committed and enthusiastic people to join us as governors and trustees.Full information is available in this letter from the Chair of the Trust Board.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 10 January 2020

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 21 January 2020 from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via our online booking system, which will be available from 9.00am, Saturday 11 January – 12.00midnight, Sunday 19 January 2020.

Please note that this date has been changed from the original date of Wednesday 22 January due to a clash with CPD sessions for teaching colleagues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Year 8 Parents’ Evening – reminder re change of date

A reminder that the date of the Year 8 Parents’ Evenings has been changed this term as it currently falls on a date when teacher colleagues have CPD sessions. It will now take place on Thursday 27 February 2020.

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


Year 11 English revision sessions

Year 11 English revision sessions will begin on Monday 13 January and run every Monday until the exam period. English teachers are delivering the sessions with their English class after school until 4.10pm. They are open to everyone in the group and refreshments will be provided.If students have any questions about the revision sessions, they should speak to their English teacher. We hope to see as many students there as possible!

The English Department