WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 7 December

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm

A final reminder to buy your tickets for what promises to be an unforgettable Christmas production. Priced at just £3 each, you can buy them via ParentPay: just select the relevant date(s) and the number you need. They are also on sale for cash in the entrance lobby at lunchtimes.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 18 December, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Y8 Parents Evening Letter

Follow this link to book your appointments online: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

or click on the Parents’ Evening System icon on the school website

Christmas Dinner Wednesday 12 December

A reminder that Christmas Dinner will be served next Wednesday – thanks for your survey responses. Remember to top up ParentPay if your child doesn’t normally use the canteen for dinner.

PE Cold Weather Clothing Update

A further point to note following on from last week’s message about cold weather clothing:

– from now, all students are permitted to wear navy blue or black skins or leggings under their blue shorts in outdoor Games lessons during the colder months. A reminder that they may also wear the uniform tracksuit bottoms (available from Keal teamwear).

– wearing these items is optional and is intended to increase the comfort of students when taking part in outdoor Games lessons in colder weather

– the indoor PE kit remains unchanged.

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 30 November

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm

A reminder that tickets are now available for what promises to be an unforgettable Christmas production. Priced at just £3 each, you can buy them via ParentPay: just select the relevant date(s) and the number you need. They will also be on sale in school – students will be given details of where and when.

 

Year 10 Parents’ Evening Thursday 6 December, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Y10 Parents Evening Letter

Follow this link to book your appointments online: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

or click on the Parents’ Evening System icon on the school website

 

Year 8 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 18 December, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Y8 Parents Evening Letter

Follow this link to book your appointments online: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

or click on the Parents’ Evening System icon on the school website

 

Christmas Dinner Wednesday 12 December

On Wednesday 12 December, we will be serving a traditional Christmas dinner of roast turkey with trimmings and pudding, priced at the normal Meal Deal price of £2.40 and paid for as usual via ParentPay. Note that vegetarian and other food options will be available on that day. In order to get an idea of numbers, please could you complete a very short online survey if your child is planning on having a Christmas dinner on 12 December. Responses by Monday (3 December) would be much appreciated.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZF7SQTN

 

PE Reminders

Cold weather clothing

As the weather starts to change, parents/carers and students are reminded that wearing two layers for outdoor games is a good idea, i.e. a t-shirt/skin/thermal layer under a reversible top for boys, or a PE top under a fleece for girls. A suitable pair of gloves and/or hat may also be appropriate, especially for students who struggle with the cold.

Students unable to take part in PE

Parents/carers should write a note in their child’s planner if he or she is unable to take part in PE. Students are expected to bring their PE/Games kit to every lesson in any case so that they may be involved in the lesson as far as possible (e.g. umpiring). If it isn’t appropriate for your child to change into PE kit, please could you contact your child’s PE teacher to discuss.

Labelling

Please remember that all items of kit should be clearly marked with the student’s name.

Inhalers

If your child requires an inhaler for asthma, please remind them that it is very important that they take it to every PE lesson. If they do forget, they must advise their PE teacher at the beginning of the lesson. Spare inhalers are held in the office for emergencies.

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 23 November 2018

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm

Tickets are now available for what promises to be an unforgettable Christmas production. Priced at just £3 each, you can buy them via ParentPay: just select the relevant date(s) and the number you need. They will also be on sale in school – students will be given details of where and when. As they are all offered at the same fantastically good value price, they can be easily transferred, so if Gran can’t come, you can bring a friend!

RSC at York High School Wednesday 28 November at 7pm 

More comic drama of a slightly different vintage: a cast of professional actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company will be performing at York High School next week. The production is The Comedy of Errors, a brilliantly inventive farce and one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays. The play is just under 90 minutes long and is aimed at 7-14-year-olds but very much accessible for everyone.

 

Tickets are only £6 (tickets for the same production at York Theatre Royal are £8.50-£15) and can be ordered via Judy Cooke at York High School on 01904 555502. More information about the production can be found on the link to the RSC website below:

 

RSC first encounters

 

Trip for Year 7, 8 and 9 students to Stratford-upon-Avon 7-9 December 2018

There is one place remaining on this exciting residential English and Drama trip for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The price is £335 per student and includes two nights’ accommodation, travel and admission to an RSC production and a range of exciting educational activities. You can email Ms. Redman on a.redman@millthorpeschool.co.uk stating your child’s name and form to register your interest.

Stratford Letter Sep 2018

 

Children in Need Update 

Thanks again for all the generous donations. The final fundraising total is an incredible £1,118.87.

 

YORK ISSP RECEIVES LEGACY 110 AWARD

The York Independent State School Partnership (ISSP), an equal partnership of secondary schools in the city, has received a prestigious award at an awards ceremony at the Tower of London.
York ISSP was chosen, as one of only four schools/school groups across the UK, to receive one of the Legacy 110 Outstanding Contribution to the Centenary Remembrance Awards 2014 – 2018.
The award is in recognition of the exceptional work undertaken by staff and students on First World War Centenary ‘Legacy 110’ projects, designed to ensure a lasting remembrance of the First World War across the local community. York ISSP received the Legacy 110’ Best Partnership Community Award 2014 – 2018.
The award came about after the York ISSP campaigned to persuade the government to allow independent school students to take part in the government-sponsored First World War Battlefields visit three years ago alongside their state-school peers. The visit was followed with a joint project coordinated by York ISSP, to host a student-led service of commemoration in York Minster and a public exhibition at the York Castle Museum called ‘1916: It’s more than just the Somme.’ The students chose the theme because they wanted visitors to remember and respect other key events of 1916, whilst also remembering the more well-documented Battle of the Somme.
Millthorpe School was one of the schools involved in the project. In 2015, two of its students, Angus Gatus and Kirstin Thornton, joined the York ISSP and other local school pupils on the battlefields trip and then pursued their own research and interests as part of the ISSP project.
Kirstin completed a project about the impact of the zeppelin raids on York in 1916, with the help of the Clements Hall Local History Group. Angus, who has a passion for naval history, undertook a project on The Battle of Jutland in 1916. In addition to producing information boards, he hand-made a number of model battleships so that visitors to the exhibition could see the types of vessels involved in the battle.
Adam Baybutt, Senior Director of Achievement and teacher of History at Millthorpe School said “All of the students involved in the legacy project demonstrated unbelievable commitment and an unwavering desire to ensure that their generation never forget. I am immensely proud of all of them and delighted that this opportunity has had another lasting legacy in terms of a supportive and beneficial collaboration between history teaching colleagues across the city. I would also like to publicly thank York Minster and the Castle Museum for being such welcoming and supportive venues for our legacy projects.”
Angus and Kirstin are both now studying A Levels at All Saints Sixth Form in York.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 16 November 2018

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 21 November, 4-6.30pm
Follow this link for a letter with more information: Year 9 Parents Evening 21.11
Follow this link to book your appointments online: www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

School Production: Elf the Musical JR 11, 12 and 13 December at 6.30pm
Save the date(s) for this year’s fun-packed Christmas production, a musical adaptation of everyone’s favourite seasonal feel-good movie. Details of ticket sales to follow soon.

Year 10 Work Experience
The presentation to launch this year’s work experience programme for Year 10s that was given at the parent information evening and student assembly this Wednesday is now available on the website, alongside other useful information about work experience: Work Experience

Children in Need
Many thanks to everyone who donated to this worthy cause today. We have collected over £800 so far and still counting.

 

Millthorpe Remembers Poppy Project

Students and staff at Millthorpe School are marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 this week with a Poppy Fountain dedicated to service people, many of them from the immediate local area, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the war.

Each student and member of staff was invited to make a poppy with materials of their choice including wool, felt, paper, ribbon or tissue. The finished poppies, each with their own dedication to an individual service person, have then been crafted into a stunning display in the school’s entrance hall.

Many of the students used the Clements Hall History Group’s database of local people who died in the war, to find people who lived on their street or even in their house, so that they could then dedicate their poppies to someone who lived in their neighbourhood. Students have also been encouraged to go on to the ‘Every One Remembered’ website to write a personal message of remembrance for the person they dedicated their poppy to.

Adam Baybutt, Senior Director of Achievement and teacher of History at Millthorpe School said “The students and staff have created an incredible display, which is very poignant and makes us all stop and think about the effect the war had on people across the country and particularly in our locality.

“We also held Remembrance assemblies last week, encouraging students to reflect on the horrors of war and remember that the service men and women gave their lives so that future generations could live theirs.

“We are very proud of our students, particularly as the younger generation are often accused of being unwilling to remember and reflect on the past. This proves that this is a wholly inaccurate and unfair accusation and that the young people of today are very interested in and are moved by the events of 100 years ago. When The Last Post is sounded

on Sunday morning, I know that a whole generation of Millthorpe students will pause and pay their respects.

“Huge thanks go to Miss Frankland and Ms Watson, the Design and Technology team and the students and wider staff for creating such a beautiful, thoughtful display.”

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 9 November 2018

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 21 November, 4-6.30pm

Follow this link for a letter with more information: Year 9 Parents Evening 21.11

Follow this link to book your appointments online: www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/

 

Overview of Art Topics

An overview of the topics to be studied by each year group can now be accessed via the school website. Follow the links in the ‘Project Outlines’ section of the Art department page: www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/departments/art/

 

Piercings

A reminder of our expectations regarding piercings for students:

– students with pierced ears are permitted to have one plain stud in each ear; hooped earrings are not allowed.

– no other piercings are acceptable: if a student has already had an additional piercing made, any jewellery must be removed during the school day or a completely clear plastic retainer should be worn.

From this point forward, no new additional piercings are allowed and students will be instructed to remove anything worn in such piercings.

 

Travel Survey

As part of the planning application for the all-weather sports facilities, the school has been asked to commission a travel survey of the different modes of transport used to access the site on two particular days (Wednesday 14 November and Saturday 17 November). This will involve setting up cameras at each of the school entrances on these days: the purpose is simply to tally up the number of journeys made and no personal data will be collected or retained as part of this exercise.

 

 

 

 

MILLTHORPE SCHOOL WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 26 October 2018

 

Parent Governor Vacancies

There are currently two vacancies for parent governors to join the school Governing Body. Effective governance is essential for the success of a school, so please consider whether this is something that you could do at Millthorpe. If you are interested, please contact the Head’s PA on l.buckley@millthorpeschool.co.uk for more information and details of how to apply. General guidance about the role of parent governors can be found here: Being a Parent Governor

 

Building Works 

By the time we return after Half Term, the building works will be almost complete. Many thanks to everyone for bearing with us whilst the work has been taking place.

The plans for developing the all weather pitch on the school site are still underway: we are currently waiting for a decision by the Local Authority planning committee. We will also be submitting a bid for further funding from the DfE to replace the temporary classroom and Science Labs next to the main field – we will hear if this has been successful around the end of March.

 

Dining Room refurbishment celebration! Monday 5 November

To mark the completion of refurbishment works in the kitchen and the reopening of the canteen for hot food, we will be holding a celebration lunch on Monday 5 November. This will include party food, music and spot prizes. I hope that your child will be able to join us. Year 7 students will be released from lessons early on Monday so they can familiarise themselves with the hot meal service.

Just a reminder that a ‘meal deal’ (hot main course and pudding) costs £2.40; and to make sure you top up your child’s account on ParentPay if you need to.

 

GCSE Science Revision Sessions 

The Science Department will be running a weekly Science revision drop-in session in A9 after school every Thursday. This is open to all KS4 Students. This will give students the opportunity to revise in a supportive and structured environment with teachers available to help. This also gives students the opportunity to complete their weekly Science Homework with Science staff available to support them.

 

Sports Practice Rota Nov-Dec 2018

The sports practice rota for next half term can be found on the link below:

Practice rotas Nov-Dec 18

 

 

Careers Hub Sets New Sights for Young People in the Region

Careers Hub Sets New Sights for Young People in the Region

Students from Millthorpe School joined forces with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership to launch the Careers Hub on Wednesday 10th October 2018. Speaking to representatives from 35 schools from across the region, Louella Rebbeck and Theo Steele shared the valuable experience they gained from undertaking work placements in commercial theatre production, highlighting the responsibility they experienced, the new skills they learnt and the benefits their experience will have for them in the future. To conclude his speech, Theo said “It’s an opportunity I’m glad I got to have and wish everyone could have. If asked to do it again, I’d say yes every time.”

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) won their bid for the region to host one of 20 Careers Hubs in England, designed to help transform careers education for young people. Central to the LEP strategy for tackling the aging demographic and enabling economic growth in the region, is ensuring that young people are knowledgeable and inspired by the diverse career routes that are available in the region. The Careers Hub will work to ensure that schools, students and parents understand the value of all available destination routes out of secondary education and that young people are getting the right support to progress into their chosen career path.

The Hub is made up of 35 schools and colleges which will work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company to improve careers education. The Government’s National Careers Strategy sets a standard for all schools and colleges to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, standards of excellence in careers education. NYBEP, lead delivery partner of Careers Hub support programmes, will work with schools to build bespoke programmes of careers education, addressing the specific needs of students within individual schools and addressing gaps in provision that will help schools to achieve against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

As well as providing schools with access to support and funding, the Hub will play a crucial role in developing networks between schools, so that experience and best practice can be shared. Millthorpe School in York, is the lead school for the York, North Yorkshire Careers Hub. Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Head of Millthorpe School, said,

“Schools’ most important role is to send out well rounded, polite, curious and inquisitive young people who have aspiration and employability skills. To achieve that, schools need to work together, with enthusiasm and passion, to build relationships with businesses and create opportunities for our young people. I am very much looking forward to doing that.”

Partnership with local businesses can help schools to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. The lead business in the Careers Hub is Sirius Minerals, based on the North Yorkshire Coast. The £3.2 billion project by Sirius Minerals to construct the Woodsmith Mine, positions it as a large employer for the region, for the long term. The company is committed to bringing opportunity to young people in their local community, delivering an Education Outreach programme which has engaged with over 80 schools and 10,000 young people in the area. The project aims to support careers provision in schools and colleges and raise the profile of the science, technology, engineering and maths careers available.

Matt Parsons, External Affairs Manager at Sirius Minerals, speaking at the Careers Hub launch, said

“We want to engage the spark in young people by increasing their skills and aspirations towards STEM and other career opportunities. We are delighted to be the lead employer in the Careers Hub and want to show good practice to help others get involved.”

Jane Hinkins, Personal Development Coordinator at Harrogate Grammar School said,

“This is an exciting opportunity to build a network and grow our confidence as Careers Leads in schools. We need to understand and act fast to keep up with the changing world of careers, ensuring that parents and students know about the huge breadth of careers out there.”

Alongside the Careers Hub, the LEP have also developed a ‘Leading Careers Guidance’ toolkit, which eases the way for schools to meet the standards of careers education required by the Department for Education. The LEP is also working to develop Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship provision in the region, with an Apprenticeship Hub to be announced later this year.

MILLTHORPE SCHOOL DICES WITH CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

International visitors from five countries have visited a York secondary school this month in a bid to unleash their creative sides, as they take part in an international project to bring more creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship into their students’ education.
Millthorpe School is one of ten partners from five countries participating in the DICE (Developing Innovation and Creativity in Education) Project, an international project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union which aims to foster innovation and creativity in education. The ten partners, based in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Bulgaria, have received a joint grant of €284,000.
Two members of staff from Millthorpe School went to Spain earlier this year where they learnt about the Creative Platform, a teaching style which encourages students to let go of traditional patterns of thinking so that their creativity is not limited. The teachers were also introduced to LEGO BuildToExpress, a ground-breaking teaching technique which encourages students to build models using LEGO Serious Play, to demonstrate their understanding of various curriculum areas. Another Millthorpe teacher spent time in a Danish school and at a Danish university to look at ways to implement creativity into lessons and how Danish teachers teach.
The visiting group comprised of 27 delegates from ten different overseas institutions who spent two days at the school. The visitors spent time in classes, meeting the students and sharing best practice and ideas with each other. The main focus of the visit was on how the different partners were going to implement the methodology behind the Creative Platform, for the good of the students.
Millthorpe’s Deputy Headteacher, Tim Gillbanks, is DICE coordinator for the school. He said “As the only UK secondary school involved in DICE, it’s wonderful to be part of such an exciting project and to welcome the international delegates to Millthorpe. The new style lessons we have delivered so far using the Creative Platform methodology, have encouraged students to think differently, use problem-solving techniques and also more importantly, to realise that it’s OK to try things, take a risk and sometime get things wrong. Students have been really engaged and excited to learn in a new, creative way.
“To get the most from DICE, we are getting as many staff as possible involved so that we can all learn together and bring new techniques and innovation in to the classroom for the benefit of the students. We’ve gained so much from the experience so far and we’re really looking forward to welcoming our DICE partners to the UK later this year.”
DICE Project Coordinator Eufemia Rosso Delgado said “It has been wonderful to visit the UK and especially York, with my fellow delegates. We have all learned so much from each other and gained so much knowledge from visiting the partner schools and teacher training institutions. In turn, all of the students we come in to contact with can benefit from creative teaching and learning techniques.”
Next year, all the DICE partners will head to Bulgaria and then there will be a final visit to Portugal where the project will conclude.