Our student artists have their work on show at the city’s John Lewis store in our second exhibition at the retail giant. The artwork was produced by Year 11 students in their mock exams, in preparation for the real thing this year. The students were given the broad theme of Architectural Structures, and many of them opted to find inspiration from historic York. The artwork is upstairs in the café on the rear wall – please do pop in to have a look if you have the chance!
Year 11 student, Saffron Wigmore, has been awarded the Services as a Young Volunteer Award at the Lord Mayor of York Shine Awards 2019. This is a truly amazing achievement as she also won the award in 2016. Saffron volunteers for Mind and The Island, working with young people aged 7-14 engaging in activities which aim to build confidence. Saffron has previously been supported by The Island herself and this encouraged her to apply in order to pay back for what she had been given. Saffron said the volunteering helps her to build her own confidence, as well as helping others, and is also great for her CV. When she has finished her GCSEs, Saffron is hoping to go on to York College to study Engineering with an aspiration to join the Navy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Uniform Reminders to Students
Thank you for your ongoing support by ensuring that your child attends school in full uniform. The overwhelming majority of our students continue to comply with expectations and attend school looking very smart every day. We have today reminded students of expectations and clarified the following points:
> Blazers should be worn at all times. This includes lesson change over and when going for break/lunch.
> Ties need to be roughly to the waist.
> Skirts should not be rolled up at the top to shorten the length. Skirts should be roughly to the knee.
> All trousers/skirts need to be the Millthorpe School trouser/skirt from Keal Teamwear.
We have also reminded students that between 8.45am and 3.10pm, coats should not be worn inside the school building and mobile phones should not be used anywhere on the school site during this time.
Form Tutors will be carrying out a uniform check during registration on Monday morning and staff will be enforcing the “No coats, no phones” expectation between 8.45am and 3.10pm.
If you have any uniform that is no longer needed and in reasonable condition, we are always very grateful to receive it, in particular blazers and ties. Just bring any spare items to the school office.
Junior band (Years 7-9) is going to move from Wednesday Lunch times to Wednesday after school 3.20pm – 4pm. This is so that those pupils that are in other clubs during lunch time get the opportunity to join a music ensemble and it gives us more time to set up the room and rehearse. If your son/daughter plays a brass, woodwind or string instrument or keyboard then please persuade them to try out Junior Band if they haven’t done so already. We are working towards a concert on Tuesday 19 February so it would be great if your child could be in the concert to get the full Millthorpe musician experience and also participate in our annual rewards trip to the theatre.
Just a gentle reminder about payments please: if you do not have the schedule please do let me know and I can resend; and if you have any problems with this please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be meeting with the students within the next couple of weeks with kit lists etc, so hopefully that should give you the chance to sort anything out. Finally, if your child would like to go to Carlton Lodge but didn’t sign up, it is still not too late. I will hold a meeting for any students who do want to go but haven’t signed up next week to hand out consent / medical forms etc. This will be on Thursday after school and I will put details on the student bulletin.
Year 11 English Revision Books
The English Department are selling various revision books to support students’ revision in the run up to the exams in the summer. They are published by CGP and although the retail price is £5.95, we are able to sell them at the discounted price of £2.75 each. If you would like to buy one or more of the revision guides, payment can be made either on ParentPay or by bringing the money to the English Office. All revision guides are available to collect from the English Office.
Revision guides for Literature are: ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and Power and Conflict Poetry.
Revision guides for Language are: AQA English Language Workbook
Please ask your English teacher if you are unsure about which Literature texts you are studying before purchasing them on ParentPay.
Year 11 Art Students
Thank you for your continued support as students prepare for their Art exams in March. Next week is Week 3 of the Exam Preparation Schedule (see Art Department Page link below) when most students will be undertaking personal photographic research and/or collecting images from secondary sources. It might be helpful to know that this weekend is the annual Residents First weekend when free access is on offer on presentation of a YorkCard. A wide range of venues in the City and surrounding area are participating including Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.
Year 11 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 23 January
A reminder that Year 11 Parents’ Evening is next Wednesday, 23 January from 4.00-6.30pm.
Year 11 Maths Exam Practice Workbooks
The Maths department are placing an order for some Exam Practice Workbooks. They are published by CPG and are available in shops for £5.95. We are able to sell them at £3. They contain exam style questions by topic and all answers are included. They will be fantastic for revision and come in 3 levels: Foundation (1-5), Higher (4-9), and Targeted Grade 8-9.
The order will be placed on Thursday 24 January. If you would like one please bring £3 to the Maths office or parents evening. It is also set up on ParentPay if you prefer to use this method. All money would need to be received before 24 January. Some copies are available in the Maths office if students wish to have a look at them first.
Could you help Millthorpe by becoming a Governor Trustee? Please see the attached letter for more details.
Holocaust Memorial Day – Year 9 Students Friday 25 January
Once again, we will be marking international Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of activities for Year 9 students. Please see below for more information.
York ISSP Coordinator Role
York Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) is a partnership of 9 state and 3 independent secondary schools in York, whose purpose is to provide a city-wide network of academic and enrichment opportunities for able and interested children. They are currently seeking to recruit a new Coordinator following the retirement of the current post holder. For more information, please see the letter below:
|Year 11 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 23 January
A letter with details can be found here: Year 11 Parents Evening 23-1-19
Parents/carers can now book their own appointments using an online booking system, which can be found here: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/
Year 11 GCSE Externally Set Assignment
Year 11 Art students were given the AQA question paper for the externally set assignment during the launch lesson on Thursday. You can support your child this week by discussing ideas for questions they are interested in. Please sign the blue reply slip which your child will use to record their initial ideas. Students must hand in their reply slip by next Friday (18 January) at the latest. A full schedule, including final exam dates is available on the Art page of the school website (link below).
Please note that it is an exam regulation that exam related preparation or final piece work must not be posted on any social media site. This restriction remains in place until the end of September 2019 and will also apply to coursework effective from the school hand-in deadline of Wednesday 8 May 2019. Your child is aware of this.
An outline of the Art projects for all year groups can also be found on the school website.
The latest menu for dinners in the school canteen can now be found on the website (3 week menu served in rotation starting with Week 1 this week):
A reminder that all completed paperwork should have been returned to school by today (Friday 11 January).