Friday 20 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day
Friday 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. This is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust under Nazi persecution, and in more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day students in all year groups will have an assembly next week lead by Mr Noble, Head of RE.

On Friday, Year 9 students will not do their usual lessons. Instead, they will have three lessons in the morning run by the History, RE and Languages departments, aimed at achieving a better understanding of the Holocaust that took place during the Second World War and what the Holocaust means today. In the afternoon, they will watch a film about a young woman who was part of the White Rose non-violent German resistance movement in Nazi Germany and then write their reflections on the day onto pieces of card to be hung on a memory tree in reception.

There are a number of events taking place in the city to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day including a City of York Civic Event on Sunday 22 January in York Explore Library in whicha group of Millthorpe students will be taking part. Please click here for the full programme of events.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 23 January 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 23 January for staff training.

Key Stage 4 Options
A reminder that Year 9 students need to return completed Options Forms to their form tutor by Friday 27 January. For more information please visit the Key Stage 4 Options page on the school website.

Year 10 Work Experience
The deadline for completed work experience forms to be returned to school has now passed. If your child has not yet returned theirs, it is essential that they hand it in as soon as possible.

German Exchange
A reminder that the third and final instalment of £100 for the German Exchange is due by Wednesday 1 February. Thank you to those parents and carers who have already paid the full balance. A complete itinerary of the March visit will be available in February.

York ISSP PeaceJamSlam Saturday 4 February 2017
The PeaceJam Slam is taking place on Saturday 4 February, 10am to 4pmand is an opportunity for students in Year 9and above to learn how they can make a change in our world, be inspired by people who know how to make a difference and like meeting and taking action alongside people in our city. For more information and to book a place at the event please click here.

Time out for parents – the teenage years
Many parents find adolescence the most demanding time in their relationship with their child. There are many new challenges to face and it’s often hard to know what to do for the best. Family Matters York are running a 5 week course every Thursday from 9 March up to 6 April at 12.45 to 2.45pm in Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York. The course is free to attend thanks to funding form Archbishop Holgate’s School Foundation Governors. To book a place or for any further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 01904 789214 or email

Time out from anger
This 4 session course for parents looks at: what makes us angry, safe ways to deal with our anger and how we can help our children to deal with their anger. The course takes place every Monday from 6 to 27 March at 12.45 to 2.45pm in Tang Hall Primary School, Sixth Avenue, Heworth. The course if free attend, to book a place or for more information please contact Helen Atkinson on 01904 789214 or email