Friday 26 May 2017

Non-uniform day for the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack
We have had a magnificent response to our non-uniform day. As of the close of day, we have counted over £2,000 in cash and ParentPay donations. This is the largest amount ever raised in one of these days. Thank you to Year 11 too, who with their heads full of the GCSE English Literature exam this morning still managed to bring in cash for our cause. Some of you paying on ParentPay and in cash have been extraordinarily generous. We will wait until the family has had time to cope with the immediate aftermath of their loss before approaching them with your donation.

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
Millthorpe will be holding an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. Please mark this in your diaries – as it is a change to the published pattern, we will keep reminding parents about it. The reason for the day is that the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. Our plans are in place, but our teachers need time to write new assessment criteria for our current schemes of teaching. This is the reason for the additional training day. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents in future and we will inform you about these in due course.

MAT Newsletter
Please click here to read the first South Bank Academy Trust Newsletter from Anna Cornhill, Trust Principal.

Year 7 and Year 8 Exams W/C 12 June
The aim of the Year 7 and Year 8 exam week is to support students in building their revision and exam skills in an incremental, age-appropriate way so that when they begin their GCSE preparation, they are used to reviewing and relearning work they did a long time ago and better able to cope with high-stake assessment without becoming stressed or anxious.

Students will take exams in:
English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, French and/or German
All other subjects will teach their timetabled lessons as normal.
This means that Year 7 will have 7 exams and Year 8 will have 9 exams (2 foreign languages and 2 Maths exams).
Exams will be taken in classrooms, during students’ normal lesson times.

Year 7 and Year 8 students received their exam timetables during English lessons this week. You can see the full exam timetable by clicking the following links:
Year 7 Exam Timetable
Year 8 Exam Timetable

Students do not need to revise during half term because the first week back after half term is Revision Week but they are welcome to do anything they enjoy to get ready for Revision Week eg read for pleasure around the topics they’ve studied that interest them the most; spend time on their favourite learning websites etc. Half term would also be a good time to get their exercise books ready for revision by sticking in any stray sheets etc. and making sure titles and subtitles are underlined so that they can find information they need more easily.

Year 7 will have an assembly about exams on Monday 5 June and Year 8 will have an exams assembly on Tuesday 6 June. This assembly will help students to plan their revision, will clarify what ‘exam conditions’ means and will explain our expectations regarding learning conduct during the exam period.

Year 10 Mock GCSE Art Exam
Year 10 students have made a promising start to their exam preparation period with further development tasks set for the May Half Term break. We advise students to invest a minimum of 5 hours next week to complete artist copies, extend their written work and most importantly, undertake a personal photographic study. It is essential that students complete all the work ready for the first lesson back after the holiday (Mrs Cockburn 10.3 Thursday 8.6.17 & Mr Pennick 10.1 Tuesday 6.6.17). Photographs must be saved on L drive, Pupils Work, Art, 10.3 Mock Exam SZC or 10.1 Mock Exam GPE on Monday 5.6.17. Homework details are available on Show My Homework. Thank you for your continued support.

York Pride Friday 9 June 2017
Many families will be aware that the annual York Pride celebration takes place next month with a number of city-wide events leading up to the York Pride Parade on Saturday 10 June. York Pride is a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. In line with their mission to promote York as a welcoming city, the City Council and the Fairness and Equalities Board are encouraging employers in York to show their support for York Pride by taking part in a ‘Raise your Rainbow’ day on Friday 9 June. Employees are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours, or simply wear a rainbow badge. For more information about what Millthorpe will be doing to celebrate York Pride please click here to read the full letter on the school website.

German Exchange Meeting Tuesday 13 June
A reminder that there is a meeting for parents and carers of students who are going on the German Exchange on Tuesday 13 June at 6.30pm in the library.

Parents’ Evening Survey
Thank you to the parents and carers who have responded to our Parents’ Evening survey. Please click the following link if you would like to add your feedback:

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Summer Sports Fixtures 2017
Please click here for the list of Sports Fixtures taking place during the Summer Term.

Vaccination Programme
Our school health team have advised us that Millthorpe had the largest uptake of all York schools for the Year 9 Booster and Meningitis Vaccination programme. Thank you to all Year 9 parents and carers for your support.

If your child will be observing Ramadan this year please let us know if there is anything we can do in school to support them during this time.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is Non-Standard English. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and comprise three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice; and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.