WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 7 February 2020

Year 10 Work Experience – 6-17 July 2020

We have extended the deadline for the return of the Work Experience paperwork to Friday 14 February. Please speak to your child if they have not already handed in their paperwork.

All students in Year 10 MUST have a placement as this is part of the curriculum.The NYBEP website where you can search for placements can be found here: https://nybep.work-experience.co.ukand the login username and password is Millthorpe2020.

Please remember that you can find a placement through the NYBEP website or you can source your own placement.

Student absence

Just a reminder that if your son/daughter is unwell or unable to attend school for any other reason, please call school on 01904 686400 before 9.30am each day, unless a longer a period of absence has already been notified. You can also email: admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk

Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Year 8 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 27 February from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via the online booking system, which will be available from 9.00am, Saturday 15 February – 12.00midnight, Sunday 23 February.

Year 7 reports

Year 7 students should have received their reports this week. Please contact the School Office if your child has not received their report.

Millthorpe Loop – FAQs for parents/carers

In last Friday’s weekly email we introduced The Millthorpe Loop, a newly founded parent/carer forum which is working to develop a “Frequently Asked Questions” system of information sharing.

The FAQ system will be a source of practical information to support parents/carers, staff and students with answers to quick questions.

Thanks to those who have already suggested questions for inclusion. If you haven’t had the chance to do this yet, please do spare a couple of minutes to add your suggestions for FAQs you would like, or you think other parents might like, to have answers to. Click this survey link to add your questions.

Austria Ski Trip Parents Evening – Tuesday 3 March

Mr Boothman will be holding a meeting about the Austria Ski Trip for parents and students at 6.00pm on Tuesday 3 March in the Drama Studio. He will deliver a presentation, provide information booklets about the trip and answer any questions you may have. The booklets will include all the information covered during the evening and other relevant information to help you prepare for the trip.

Please remember to bring your child’s passport and EHIC card on the evening.

If anyone is unable to attend, Mr Boothman will send a booklet home for you. If, after reading this, you still have any questions, please contact Mr Boothman by email and he will give you a call.

Poland 2020 trip to Krakow

Please remember that students need about £20 (in sterling) to cover costs if they want to buy food, drink or other items at the airport. Spending money should be Polish Zloty. We feel that £60 should be enough to cover lunch requirements, hotel behaviour deposit, and to cover any shopping/souvenir purchases the students may wish to make. This should be sealed in an envelope clearly labelled with the pupil’s name and amount of currency.

Any questions/problems, please email Miss Forrester

GCSE Science Live Trip for Year 10 Triple Science Students

This is a reminder that the GCSE Science Live Trip for Year 10 Triple Science students is taking place next Wednesday 12 February. Students are to meet in the dining hall at 8.40am, to be registered ready for a swift departure at 8.50am. All students MUST be in full school uniform and come with a packed lunch for the trip. Any students who are eligible for Free School Meals who wish to get a packed lunch from the canteen are asked to let canteen staff know before Wednesday.

The expected arrival time back to school is 4.30pm to Scarcroft Road, from where students will be dismissed.

Driving to school

If you are dropping students off at school or need to park near school during the day, please make sure you pull up where it is safe to do so without causing an obstruction. Please remember to park considerately and do not block entrances to nearby roads and/or driveways.

A reminder that parents/carers should under no circumstances be driving into school to drop off or collect students unless by prior arrangement with the school (eg for a student with an injury).

Diary reminders

  • School will close for half-term on Friday 14 February at 3.10pm and reopen on Monday 24 February at 8.50am.
  • School will be closed to students on Friday 6 March for a teacher training day.

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

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

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 29 November 2019

Meeting re trip to Krakow, Poland

There will be a meeting on Monday 16 December, at 6.00pm, in the school library, to go through the itinerary for the trip to Krakow, Poland. (Please note entry to the school at this time is via the main drive only.)

The trip booklet, which contains a wealth of information about where we will be going and what we will be doing, will be available at this meeting, and we will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Please contact Miss Forrester if you are unable to attend – she will be happy to answer any questions.


Year 9 Parents Evening

A quick reminder that our Year 9 Parents Evening will be held on Thursday 5 December from 4.00–6.30pm. The online booking system will be available until 12.00midnight, Sunday 1 December.


Millthorpe School’s Production of Aladdin

Tickets will be on sale next week 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 (8.40-9.05). Ms Andrle’s office is up the stairs past the Language Lab next to the staff kitchenette. Please bring exact money if you can.

Congratulations to all!


General election hustings

Bootham School is hosting a general election hustings evening on Monday 9 December at 7.00pm and would like to invite students, staff, parents and anyone else who is interested to go along. If you would like to attend to quiz local candidates, further information and tickets are available here. When you book tickets you can also register to ask a question.


Parenting course

Family Matters York are running a five-week parenting course beginning on Monday 13 January 2020 at Clifton Children’s Centre. Each session runs from 12.45-2.45pm.

For further information please contact Helen at Family Matters on T: 07393 147259 or E: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk


Care4Calais – donations needed

Care4Calais is a volunteer-run charity delivering aid and support to refugees living in Northern France and Belgium. They are looking for donations of a number of items including various items of clothing, tarpaulins and backpacks amongst others. If you would like to donate please check this list of required items and then bring your items to school. There is a collection box in the main office which will returned to the charity at the end of term.