WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 24 January 2020

Year 9 Options Evening

A reminder that our Year 9 Options Evening will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday 30 January in the School Hall. The evening will start with a short talk outlining the options process and then there will be an opportunity for parents/carers and students to speak to individual Heads of Departments.

Young Carers Awareness Day

A reminder that in recognition of Young Carers Awareness Day, we will be holding a non-uniform day for students in Years 7-10 on Thursday 30 January. A £1 donation can be made either to form tutors or via ParentPay. There will also be a bake sale on Thursday lunchtime upstairs in A Block. Please bring any cake donations to C8 on Thursday morning – thank you!

Equipping young people to look after their mental wellbeing

We are working closely with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust in the interest of promoting positive emotional wellbeing, talking about mental health challenges and how as a school we can better support our students.

The Trust aims to:

  • Equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing.
  • Help people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others so they know when to seek help.
  • Ensure expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it.

Attendees at last week’s Year 11 Parents’ Evening had the opportunity to speak to our Pastoral Team about students’ wellbeing and pick up resources and information on Managing Exam Stress, Perfectionism, Sleep, Depression and Wellbeing. These resources are available in school or through the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. Any parent or student who would like to talk to somebody about any wellbeing or mental health issues, can talk to a member of the Pastoral Team.

Breakfast study space for Year 11s

You may be aware that the government provides additional school funding, known as Pupil Premium funding, to support students who are currently entitled to free school meals, or who have been in the past.

Like most schools, Millthorpe uses this funding for extra resources to help students achieve their potential, such as revision guides, after-school study groups and financial assistance with school trips. This year, we have also used some of the funding to turn an unused store room at the back of a classroom (A2) into a kitchen, to create a breakfast study space for Pupil Premium students. In future, this space will be available to Pupil Premium students in all year groups, but during our PPE exams next week and the week after, we are opening it to Year 11 only in response to feedback from these students after their November PPE exams.

Although primarily aimed at Pupil Premium students, we are happy to welcome, space permitting, other Year 11 students who wish to make use of the facility during the exam period.

If your son/daughter would like to use the breakfast/study facility next week, they just need to come to A2 at 8.10am or as soon after 8.10am as they can. The room will be open from 8.10-8.50am and cereal, toast, fruit and hot drinks will be available free of charge, as well as a quiet place to study and prepare for exams.

If you have any queries, please contact Tania Andrle, Assistant Headteacher, via the school office.

Free Acting Workshop Day at Leeds College of Music

As an introduction to their BA Acting and Actor Musician programmes, Leeds College of Music are inviting performers (storytellers, actors or musicians) aged 15-25yrs to a FREE day of training on Saturday 8 February 2020.

The day will be facilitated by Erin Carter (Programme Leader for Acting and Actor Musician) alongside other professional theatre makers. Participants will experience conservatoire training by taking part in creative workshops.

In addition to the workshop activity, for those considering applying to drama school in the future they can book a ‘mock’ audition and feedback slot.

For more information and to book a place/s please click here

Forthcoming lectures at St Peter’s School

If your son/daughter is interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the following free public lectures at St Peter’s School may be of interest:

Gravity: Jet Powered Suits
Thursday 30 January 2020 at 7.00pm

Wednesday 5 February 2020. Doors open at 5.30pm with hands-on stargazing with the York Astronomical Society and a science exhibition before the lecture at 7.30pm.
This event is in conjunction with York University Physics Department & York Astronomical Society.

Eco Laundry to launch after half-term

After the February half-term, we will be launching our Eco Laundry scheme. We know that uniform can not only get lost or damaged, but as students grow, items can also seem to get too small very quickly! The Eco Laundry will provide a system through which you can buy, swap or donate items of school uniform, so it will not only be kind to your pocket, but kind to the environment too.

More information will follow after half-term, but for now if anyone would like to donate unwanted items of school uniform, please take them along to the School Office at any time.

Millthorpe Loop

Millthorpe Loop is a group of parents/carers and staff representatives which has formed to discuss and plan activities such as fundraising, forums, community initiatives and more. They are also looking at ways of engaging the community, particularly parents and carers, in the life of Millthorpe School and offering opportunities for fun and socialising.

The first event in the calendar will be the Millthorpe Loop Quiz Night. The event will be held on the evening of Friday 27 March 2020 at school, and our quizmaster for the evening will be none other than Tom Adams who regularly hosts events at The Slip and The Swan. This promises to be a great social occasion, with a bar, a raffle and of course, lots of healthy competition, so make sure you save the date – pop it in your diary now!

For further information about Millthorpe Loop, please contact Ms Simpson. More details about the quiz night will follow in the next few weeks.

Ski trip to Austria – Year 10 students

Two spaces have become available to join the ski trip to Austria in the second week of the Easter break (11-18 April). The cost of the trip is £830 and places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested please complete and return the reply slip either by email or on paper.

If you require any further information about the trip, please email Mr Boothman.