WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 6 November 2020

PE lessons begin on AGP

PE lessons have been taking place this week on the new 3G artificial grass pitch (AGP). Unfortunately due to lockdown restrictions, the AGP can’t be used by community groups as yet, but our students have certainly been enjoying the new facility.

Student access to online learning

Further to the email we sent to all parents/carers on Thursday afternoon, this is a reminder that we would like to find out how easy it is for your child/ren to access Google at home during the school day.

In September of this year we introduced all students to their Google Account, including Google Classroom. In the event of your child’s absence, partial or full school closure, Google Classroom is the platform that we will use for Remote Teaching and Learning.

Please fill in a form for each child you have at Millthorpe, by Tuesday 10 November.

Remembrance 2020

This week, Mr Baybutt has delivered assemblies to all year groups on the theme of remembrance in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday. The assembly reminded students about the purpose of remembrance and also explained why the poppy was chosen as the symbol of remembrance.

We appreciate that it is much more difficult this year to buy poppies in the usual way, but the Royal British Legion would really welcome any donations that families are able to make. Their website says; “Covid-19 and national lockdown means donating online is now crucial to support The Royal British Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal. With thousands of poppy collectors unable to sell poppies locally and many fundraising events cancelled, we are relying on the British public to give as generously as possible this year.”

If you are willing and able, you can donate to the poppy appeal here.

Thank you to all of those students who have also made poppies to contribute to our own poppy display in school. It is not too late to make a poppy so please encourage your child(ren) to make a poppy and leave it in the box outside the canteen so that it can be added to our display. More information on “Millthorpe Remembers” can be found here.

Lest We Forget

Post-16 provider open evenings

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, most further education providers will be hosting virtual open evenings this year. The date and links for Archbishop Holgate’s Sixth Form and York College events are below and we will publish others as they become available.

If you are not sure whether you want to attend a College or a Sixth Form, register and attend the virtual events so that you can compare different institutions.

Year 11 Taster Days at York College

The virtual taster days for Year 11 students at York College are now available to book. They will take place between 11-15 January 2021. Go to the York College website and follow the instructions to register.

Please note students will not be given time off school to attend these, they can be accessed outside of school hours.

Careers in VFX, animation and games

This November, Escape Studios are bringing you Access: VFX Meet The Industry – a series of virtual events to help 15-18 year old understand more about careers in VFX, animation and games. Whether students are artistic, have a passion for maths and programming or have an interest in business and marketing there is a role in the creative industries to suit them.

For more details please see the Access VFX website.

Year 11 photos

Year 11 individual and group photos will take place on Thursday 12 November.

Student leaders

The deadline for Year 10 applications for Student Leaders has been extended to Friday 13 November.

As we want to make sure we are as Covid secure with the applications as we can be, we are asking that for the teacher recommendation, students ask a member of staff to email in their recommendation.
Click here to see a copy of the role description and application form.
Applications can be handed to either Mr Black or Mr Sloan, or emailed to studentleadership@millthorpe.southbank.academy
Mr Black & Mr Sloan


Compass BUZZ offers a confidential text messaging service to young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.

Young people can text BUZZ US on 07520 631168 about any mental health or wellbeing concerns such as low mood, stress, eating problems, self harm, anxiety or self esteem. They will receive confidential advice, support and signposting from a wellbeing worker within one working day via text.

Further information can be found here.


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson during school hours, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

For further information please see the safeguarding link on our school website.