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.
Ski Trip Leader
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.”
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.
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.
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.
|E-Safety Instagram add-on ‘Tell on her’
Following on from our email last week about monitoring mobile phone and social media use, a number of parents and carers have contacted us to express concern about an addition to Instagram called “Tell on her.” This additional piece of software needs to be voluntarily installed or added to a person’s Instagram account but can then be viewed by everyone on their friends list. “Tell on her” is an anonymous platform meaning that anyone can write anything that they want. Sadly, this has been used to send upsetting or hurtful messages and parents/carers and the school are unable to intervene and identify the sender.
Please can you check whether your child has added this software to their Instagram account and if they have, could we strongly recommend that it is deleted?
Additionally, a helpful article about managing or monitoring your child’s Instagram account can be found on the link below.
Careers Fair Monday 1 April
For the first time this year, we will be holding a careers fair for all year groups, 7 to 11, to help students get a better understanding of potential pathways beyond Millthorpe. Each student will have half an hour to visit the fair and get the opportunity to speak to a variety of people involved in different occupations, as well as representatives from both further and higher education establishments.
Year 10 Trip to Saltaire Wednesday 3 April
A reminder about this important trip for Y10 GCSE Art students – details in the email sent earlier this week.
Year 11 GCSE Exam
Congratulations to all the Y11 GCSE students who completed their 10 hour Art exam this week! Thank you to parents for their support in the run up to the exams and for ensuring students were fully equipped and punctual. The remaining 60% of the final GCSE assessment is for the coursework which must be handed in by 1.00 pm on Wednesday 8 May. Next week, students will be given a coursework checklist to support the completion of coursework (available on Class charts & the Art Department section of the homepage by next Friday).
Athletics Dates 2019
Round One Athletics: week commencing 3 June (date to be confirmed)
York and District Athletics Semi Finals: 18 June
York and District Athletics Finals: 25 June
Millthorpe School Sports Day: 24 June (reserve day 26 June)
We are still inundated with lost and unlabelled PE kit. Please can you make sure all kit is named so that if it is misplaced it can be reunited with its owner.
Summer PE Kit
As we approach the Summer Term, can i remind all students that Games kits will not be needed after Easter, only PE kit. However, I would recommend that girls continue to bring their navy fleece and boys their reversible top so that they can be worn over their PE top if needed to keep students warm during summer sports.
Sports Courses at Askham Bryan Starting September 2019
Askham Bryan College will be delivering two new sports courses from September: one is in conjunction with Leeds United and the other is a personal training pathway. Suitable for any Year 11 students with an interest in a career in sport or fitness, they are free for under 19-year-olds and there is a free bus provided. See the website for more details.
|Parent Governor Election
Following the recent parental ballot, Claire Smith and Stephen Gilroy have been elected as Parent Governors. We look forward to welcoming them onto the school’s Governing Body.
A reminder that HPV Vaccinations for Year 8 girls are taking place on Tuesday 26 March. It may be helpful for your daughter to wear a short sleeve shirt if they have one. If you have not yet given your consent but wish your daughter to receive the vaccination, please use the following link:
The link is also available on the school website. If required, the school code is FA6YS.
What’s on their phones?
Last week, Messrs Butterworth and Baybutt delivered assemblies to students in Years 7-10 about mobile phone use, specifically the law around images and social media. After persuading a number of students to hand over their phones, they were able to convince students, for a short while at least, that we could display the contents of their phones’ camera roll/videos on the big screen in the Main Hall. This was a light-hearted way of getting students to reflect on their own phone contents and it was clear it gave many of them pause for thought!
The underlying message is a serious one of course, and we would urge parent to ask themselves: do I know what is on my child’s phone? Would they let me check it? If not, why not? What are they hiding?
You can find more information at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Red Nose Day
The final total collected was £865 – thank you for your generosity.
A reminder that free ‘Bikeability’ Cycle Training from City of York Council is available to any students wishing to take part. More information and a consent form is in the attached letter. If you wish your child to participate, please complete the parental consent form and return this to the main office as soon as possible. Paper copies of this letter are also available for students to collect from the main office.
GCSE Art Exams
All Y11 Art students will sit two 5-hour exams next week (Monday 25/3 and Thursday 28/3, except those attending the Battlefields trip who will sit the exams on Thursday 28/3 and Friday 29/3). Please can you ensure your child arrives in D6/7 between 8.15 and 8.25 on these days (use door by D1). It is an exam regulation that all students hand in preparation work at the start of the first exam session so please make sure your child has their completed work with them at this time.
InvestIN is offering a range of exciting internships in London (and New York) this summer for students aged 15-18 interested in following careers in law, medicine, engineering, banking and management. See the online brochure for further details:
World Scout Jamboree Fundraising Evening Thursday 11 April
Two Millthorpe students, Ollie How and John Atkin, are putting on a fundraising event to help them attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA this summer, where they will be representing York, North Yorkshire and the UK.
The evening involves six inspiring tales of adventure from local people, with stories covering the four continents from the Amazon to Everest. Tickets are just £5 each. See the flyer for more details:
The Jamboree takes place every four years, involving 40,000 scouts from 169 countries around the world, with the aim of promoting international understanding and co-operation. Those attending have to raise money to fund the cost of the trip.
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.
|Red Nose Day Friday 15 March
Next Friday, 15 March, will be a non-uniform day to raise money for Comic Relief. Donations of £1 (or more!) can be made via ParentPay or by cash on the day.
Art Update Project Outlines
This half term’s project outlines for KS3 and KS4 Art students are now available on the school website.
Art Study Trip to Salt’s Mill for Year 10 GCSE Art students Wednesday 3 April
Parents/carers of all Year 10 GCSE Art should have received by email today a letter regarding this trip, with paper copies to follow next week. Please reply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by returning the paper slip. Payment should be made via ParentPay by Thursday 21 March please.
Remaining Boys’ Football Fixtures
Click here for details of the last few remaining boys’ football fixtures.
York Celebrates Autism Saturday 6 April 10.00-13.30 at Spark
Click here for details of this event, which includes talks, theatre pieces, videos and activities for children.
|Pastoral Team Changes
Mrs Hough, Director of Achievement (DoA) of Roman House left Millthorpe this week to join her family in Italy where her husband has taken up a new role. Miss Johnson will be taking over as DoA for Roman House and we are currently in the process of recruiting a Student Support Officer to replace her in Saxon House. See the Millthorpe Messenger for a proper farewell to Mrs Hough.
Mr Randall’s Games Lessons
Mr Randall’s classes are reminded to bring a pair of trainers along with their games kit to Games lessons after half term, to allow for the option to play hockey on the tennis courts. Note that shinpads are essential.
Internet Safety Notice Momo challenge
Children’s Services have shared information with York schools about an internet challenge known as ‘Momo’ that is alleged to pressurise children into accepting challenges that put them at risk. Although there are no substantiated cases of actual harm linked to this challenge, it is possible that your child may encounter it via a range of social media/gaming platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Minecraft). As such, we would encourage you to emphasise all the usual advice about internet safety with your child and to monitor their online activity over the Half Term break. There are a number of useful websites with advice for parents, including www.thinkuknow.co.uk and NSPCC
Police Alert Silver van in Acomb area
North Yorkshire Police are investigating after reports of someone in a silver van approaching children in the Acomb area of York. Parents/carers are advised to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police quoting incident reference NYP-21022019-0482.