WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 4 December 2020

Millthorpe Christmas Charity Appeal

This week in assembly Miss Greenhalgh launched our Christmas Charity Appeal. This year we will be collecting donations for CarecentKitchen for Everyone and Refugee Action York. We have been blown away by your generosity over the past few years and are delighted to be supporting some of those most in need in our city during the festive period.

In form time next week students will be able to sign up for what they would like to bring in. A list of the items we are collecting can be found here. All donations need to be brought in by Friday 11 December please.

We will also be holding a Christmas Jumper Day on the same day for a £1 donation, to raise money for SASH.

Last day of term

Please remember that school will finish for the Christmas break at 12.20pm on Friday 18 December. If students are eligible for free school meals and would like a pack up on the last day, they should speak to staff in the canteen by Thursday 17 December.

Christmas lunch

With the limited seating in the canteen and split year groups, there is no real opportunity to do anything like the normal Christmas lunch this year. However, on Wednesday 16 December, a Christmas-themed meal will be available in the canteen for those who are feeling festive!

Students can choose a turkey meal in a take-away box, a hot turkey bap or a vegetable lattice. Because we need to place orders well in advance, we would be very grateful if you could ask your child/ren if they want to have a hot dinner and fill in the online form by the end of the weekend. Please fill in a form for each child that wants a meal; there’s no need to fill in the form if your child doesn’t want a meal that day. We won’t be issuing tickets but if we don’t get accurate numbers, it may mean some children who have responded miss out, or food gets wasted, so please take a few seconds to fill in the form.

Please note that there will only be limited options for other meals on that day.

Summer 2021 – exams and assessments

Earlier this week, the Secretary of State for Education announced that students sitting exams and other assessments next year will benefit from a package of exceptional measures to make them as fair as possible and manage the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some details have already been published by the government, you can see these here. We will receive further information in the new year which will set out further detail on this process, and on adaptations to exams. As soon as we have this, we will be sure to update Year 11 parents.

Student leaders

Mr Black and Mr Sloan are delighted to announce the appointment of our 12 Student Leaders for the next year. They are: Ellen Bray Koss, Maisie Burrow-Hills, Daisy Dunn, Harry Evans, Lucy Fearns, Olly Garner Steel, Ben Gilroy, Charlotte Harrison, Noah Morgan, Katie Nelmes, Hannah Pool and George Smith.

They were presented with their new gold ties and Miss Greenhalgh introduced them to students in assembly this week. We congratulate them on their appointment and are excited to work with them in their new role.

Cycle safety

Please could we ask the parents or carers of children who cycle to school to have a conversation with them about ensuring that they are cycling safely?

We have had a report this morning of a small group of our students cycling too far over into the road on Tadcaster Road and cars were unable to pass safely.
Please could we request that you have a chat with your child if they cycle to school, even if they do not travel via Tadcaster Road. Thank you.


We are pleased to confirm that we have a plan for allowing all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to access a locker from next week. It will be in a block with the rest of their form and separate from other year groups. However, it’s still important that students don’t spend any longer than necessary at their lockers and they should use them for storing PE kits, outdoor coats and other heavy items, rather than books etc, to keep trips to and from lockers to a minimum.

There will be a number of lockers available for students in Years 10 and 11 as well. At the moment, we can’t guarantee a locker for every student but if demand does outstrip supply, we will look at ways of making more available.

Photographs – Years 7 & 11

The deadline for ordering photos to be delivered via school (to avoid paying P&P) is this Sunday 6 December. With regard to orders for digital downloads, once you have completed the checkout process, you will be sent a receipt email. This will contain the download link for your photos, so please look out for it.

Parenting courses

Family Matters York are offering more parenting courses in January. The following courses will be delivered via Zoom:

  • Handling Anger in the Family: Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings starting on 13 January
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting on 12 January
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years: Monday mornings and evenings, starting 11 January.

They are also hoping to run a couple of courses in person:

  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years: Tuesday mornings starting 12 January at Trinity Methodist Church, Clifton Gardens, Goole DN14 6AS
  • Handling Anger in the Family: Monday afternoons starting 11 January at Cornerstone @ St Georges, Millfield Lane, Osbaldwick YO10 3AL

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson at Family Matters York on T: 07393 147259 or E: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk

You can find more information about our courses on their website


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.