Friday 10 February 2017

World Book Day Thursday 2 March
For World Book Day this year we are going Harry Potter potty and students will be able to come to school with an item of Harry Potter clothing, a costume, or a prop. Students can wear a Harry Potter t-shirt, socks, scarf, tie, badge or glasses, or carry a prop such as a wand, toy owl or broomstick. If your child has such items, or a costume, then please encourage them to bring them along. For students who do not have an item, we will have Harry Potter glasses and face paints available. Students in Years 7 and 8 will receive prizes and House points for the forms with the most students taking part. For students in other years, there will be a small prize which can be collected from the library at lunch time. There will also be many other Harry Potter and book-based activities going on throughout the week.

LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month takes place every February across the UK and highlights the past struggles and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, with the aim of promoting and advancing equality and diversity for all. As part of LGBT History Month, we are inviting students to take part in OutWord Bound, an LGBT-themed writing competition for young people aged 11 to 16. For more information please visit the school website.

Year 11 Prom
The remaining balance for the Year 11 Prom is due by 28 February. If you have already paid the full amount of £33, your child’s place is secure. If you haven’t paid any money yet and your child would like to attend, you can still secure them a place by paying £33 by 28 February.

The Prom Committee has made a valiant start at fundraising towards dressing the room and paying for extras such as the DJ and prom awards, but we would like to encourage all students wishing to attend to get involved in raising money, as currently it is falling to the same few students each time. We fully appreciate that this year is full of additional pressures for Year 11 students and the Prom seems a long way off, but we know students will want the chance to say goodbye to Millthorpe in style.

Charity fundraising raffle
The School Council, along with a group of volunteers, are organising a raffle to help raise money for SASH homelessness charity and are seeking raffle prize donations. Do you know anyone who works for a local business who would be willing to donate prizes to help raise money for this worthwhile cause? If so, please contact Mr Curnow or Mrs McNulty on To find out more about SASH and the work they do please visit their website

German Exchange
This is a reminder for all students attending the German Exchange that the full balance of £300 is due by Friday 17 February. Please contact Miss Ramsay if you need any additional information.

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 his or her form, it is essential that they hand it in as soon as possible.

Data Collection
A reminder for parents and carers of students in Years 8 to 11 to please return Data Collection sheets as soon as possible. Please check the details on the sheet, update if necessary, and sign and return to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office, thank you.

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers
We are currently collecting Sainsburys vouchers that we can use for free sports equipment for the school. Vouchers can be handed to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office.

Year 11 Leaver’s Hoodies
A reminder that leaver’s hoodies for Year 11 students are now available to order from our school uniform supplier Keal Teamwear. The hoodies are £16.50 each and are available in a range of colours and sizes. To order a hoodie please visit If you select collection as a delivery option we will arrange for hoodies to be delivered to school, free of charge, to be given out at the Year 11 Leaver’s Assembly in June. All orders must be placed by Friday 21 April.