BIG SING COMES BACK TO MILLTHORPE SCHOOL

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

NEW SATELLITE PROVISION FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

A new satellite site for students with learning difficulties has opened at Millthorpe School this term.

Millthorpe is the latest school in the city to host a satellite provision for Applefields School, a special school for secondary aged students with a wide range of learning difficulties who live in York and the surrounding areas. Satellite provision already exists at Manor CE Academy, where 25 Applefields’ students are based.

As of September, four Key Stage 3 students from Applefields now receive their education alongside fellow Millthorpe students in an initiative to include them in mainstream education. The small group of Applefields students are based in a newly refurbished classroom on the Millthorpe site but spend a proportion of their week in mainstream lessons and taking part in whole-school activities and events.

Gemma Greenhalgh, Head of School at Millthorpe said “Millthorpe prides itself on its ethos as an inclusive and diverse school and we anticipate that this arrangement will be mutually beneficial for Millthorpe and Applefields students alike. This promises to be an exciting partnership and we feel very privileged to be part of this venture.”

Adam Booker, Head of Applefields said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be part of an inclusive school. Not only will they benefit from participating in mainstream lessons, they also benefit hugely from the social aspect of going to school. We’re very grateful to Millthorpe School and are looking forward to a successful and fruitful partnership.”

The project to date is endorsed by and has been funded by City of York Council. The next phase is planned for September 2020 when it is hoped that provision can be extended further. In the longer term it is hoped there will be both a Key Stage 3 and 4 class at Millthorpe School’s satellite site.

History Battlefields Trip

Earlier this year, 31 students and four members of staff took part in Millthorpe’s annual trip to France and Belgium to visit some of the World War One Battlefields, museums and memorials. The group took in Essex Farm Cemetery, Passchendaele Museum, Langemark, Tyne Cot, Sanctuary Wood, Menin Gate, the Somme, Thiepval Memorial and Vimy Ridge.
One of our students, Callum W summed up the trip perfectly: “It has been incredibly humbling and has put everything in to perspective. For example, the things that people prioritise and stress over today, the people whose graves we’ve seen would have had none of that on their minds. I wish we had the chance to personally thank every single person who took part in this bloody war instead of them being countless names on slabs of white marble. They became greatly significant…they are all people with families and back stories that leave a lasting effect on everyone’s mind”.

On a surprisingly sunny March afternoon, 31 students and four members of staff bundled all their bags on to the bus and set off on their trip to France and Belgium to visit some of the World War One Battlefields, museums and memorials. We spent the first night on the ferry, with its ‘eat all you can’ buffet, a firm favourite of Mr Baybutt’s, especially the unlimited cheese board.

Saturday saw us rising early to get to our first stop – Essex Farm Cemetery and the first aid dressing station dugouts where John Macrae, the famous war poet, was stationed as brigade doctor. It was here that students visited the grave of the youngest British war casualty, Valentine Strudwick, who was only 15 years old when he was killed. As this was a year younger than half of the students on the trip, we found this very moving. We don’t often associate Britain with the use of child soldiers and even though these children will have lied about their age to get into the army, it is likely that the recruiting officer will have turned a blind eye to this as they were desperate for men to fight. We placed a cross of remembrance on his grave.

Our next stop was Passchendaele Museum which covers the war through different periods – walking through the rooms students saw artefacts and film footage from World War One and its impact on this area with the Battle of Passchendaele. The lower floor of the building had been turned in to a reconstruction of the tunnels system used by the British. The low ceilings made of planks of wood, lit by dim lights and musty smells reminded us of the school quad at the height of the building works last year! Outside in the bright sunlight the reconstructed trenches gave students an idea of how trenches were designed to give maximum protection against enemy fire. We sat in the sunshine and ate our pack ups before moving on to Langemark, the German War Cemetery.

In contrast to the Commonwealth War Cemeteries, with their white Portland Stone headstones set in grounds that replicate an English country garden, the cemetery at Langemark was dark and sombre. There are 44,294 people buried here. The graves lay amongst many trees that have been planted since the war and it was interesting to find out that this style of graveyard was chosen by the Germans because it reflected their love of spending family time walking in the woods. In the same way that the British wanted their soldiers to lie in graves that looked like they were in England, the Germans wanted their soldiers to be surrounded by the forests that surrounded the places where they lived back home. Jake Bycroft and Mary Hogg laid a wreath on behalf of Millthorpe School, in remembrance of those that died.

Before going on the trip, we encouraged parents and students to do some research to find out if any of their relatives had fought in World War One so that we could build their stories into our visit. Mr Baybutt had done his own research about a Blackburn Rovers player called Eddie Latheron. Latheron was born in the village of Brotton, North Yorkshire on 22 December 1887 and died in Belgium on 14 October 1917. He was an England international and two-time league champion, playing more than 300 games in 11 years at Blackburn Rovers and scoring 120 goals. During the First World War, Latheron served as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and lost his life in the Third Battle of Ypres. Blackburn Rovers had sent us a scarf to place on his grave, along with the wreath that Mr Baybutt laid in his memory. A photo and short article about our visit made its way into the Blackburn Rovers next match programme.

At Tyne Cot, the scale of the devastation and loss endured by people on all sides was really brought home to us. As the biggest British War Cemetery in the world, Tyne Cot contains the graves or over 12,000 soldiers, 8,000 of whom are ‘known unto God’. One of those whose name appears on the Wall of remembrance is Sergeant Joseph George Francis Richards, who died in April 1918. His great, great grandson Sam was on the trip with us and was able to pay his respects.

In the afternoon students were able to let off a little steam in the preserved trenches of Sanctuary Wood followed by a hot chocolate before heading off to Ypres and the Menin Gate.

 

 

After the obligatory ‘chicken or omelette and chips’ in a local restaurant and a trip to a famous chocolate shop to stock up on gifts for the folks back home, we headed off to the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony. This memorial to the missing commemorates 54,000 British Commonwealth Soldiers who have no known grave. Every night since 1928 at 8pm, except for a period during the Second World War, the last post is sounded. Annabel Benton and Theo Steele, accompanied by Mr Baybutt, laid a wreath at the ceremony in remembrance of those who died.

Sunday’s destination was the Somme in France. We’d travelled there late on Saturday evening and fallen into our beds worn out by the long day. The morning arrived bright and clear and buoyed up by a hearty breakfast we set out to the Somme. Serre Road is the place where many of the Pals regiment fought and died together including groups from Bradford and Sheffield. After reading a poignant true story about two brothers who fought in this area, Mr Ferguson led us over the top in a re-enactment of that disastrous first morning on 1 July 1916.

Our next stop was an unplanned visit to a remote graveyard that looked like it didn’t receive regular visitors. One of our students, Aleisha Harrison, had received information that morning that she had a relative somewhere on the Somme with the name of the graveyard. With the amazing navigation skills of Mr Baybutt and the skilful driving of Neil our bus driver, we were able to get within walking distance of the graveyard, which was in the middle of a farmer’s field. Alisha found the grave and was able to skype her grandma so that she too could be part of the moving event. Whilst Aleisha was laying a cross on the grave of Private J Quigly who died on 27 September 1917, other students were looking in the cemetery register and spreading out around the cemetery to pay their respects to other soldiers who had died in this war. They made it their mission to visit as many graves as possible and it made the staff very proud of them, to see how important it was to them that these men, in this remote spot, were remembered.

At Thiepval Memorial to the missing, where the names of 72,195 men with no known grave are remembered. Amongst the names were relatives of both Lewis Tyldesley and Mrs Bowland. Lewis laid a cross at the grave of Francis Topping in Mill Road Cemetery near Theipval. He had died at the age of 19 in the Battle of the Somme. A second relative of Lewis’s – Lance Corporal George Topping – had died at the Somme on 8 October 1916 and is remembered on the memorial along with Mrs Bowland’s great-great uncle, Company Sergeant Major Evan Thomas Webb, died at the age of 32 on 22 July 1916.

WEEKLY EMAIL 12 April 2019

 

Duke of Edinburgh – Year 9

If your child has brought home a letter regarding DofE could you please return it by Friday 3 May. If you did not receive a letter but would like your child to participate, please do let me know. If there are any issues regarding payment please contact me: a.ward@millthorpeschool.co.uk

 

Sports Notices: Summer Sports Practice

Please see below for the days and times of summer sports practices.

Summer sports practice rota

 

York and District Boys’ Schools Football Leagues

Linked below are the final positions of the leagues in which Millthorpe teams have participated this year. A big well done to all the footballers who played this season for your hard work and commitment. We hope that the 2019-20 season will be even better.

Boys’ football leagues

 

Year 11 GCSE Art

Some GCSE students have borrowed art materials and equipment in order to work over the Easter break. As we will need everything back in our classrooms ready for Monday 29 April, please can parents/carers remind students to return it all before registration. Y11 are due to hand in their completed GCSE Art coursework by 1.00pm ready for the final assessment. It is important to note that images of GCSE exams and coursework cannot be shared on social media from January 1 2019. Students have been reminded of this in lessons and we would appreciate parents/carers re-enforcing this at home. Thank you for your continued support

 

Roller Derby Sessions

Roller Derby Training Club are running sessions at Millthorpe every Wednesday at 7.00pm from 1 May to 3 July. Participants must be 14 or over and have their own kit. See their Facebook event for more details:

Scrimmage Skills

Matisse

Ski Trip – Poland 2019

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.

Anna Kolos
Ski Trip Leader

MILLTHORPE SCHOOL BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

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.”

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 5 April

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.

 

Poland 2020

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.

http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/wp-content/uploads/DPYK-St.-Andrews-Huntington-June-2019.pdf

WORLD BOOK DAY 2019

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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 29 March

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.

iparenteducation.com/how-to-monitor-instagram-for-free/

 

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.

 

Art Update

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).

 

PE Notices

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)

 

Lost Property

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.

www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/news/askham-bryan-college-announced-as-leeds-united-sports-hub