WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 5 February 2021

Remote Assembly

This week’s assembly is delivered by Ms Simpson and focuses on Mental Health Awareness Week.

Watch this week’s assembly here.

Remote learning parent survey

We would like to get your feedback once again on our remote learning provision and the quality of online teaching. Please speak to your child/ren about their online learning experience over this last week and then complete a form for each child at the school (if you wish).

We are very grateful for your time in completing this form, which will help us improve future provision.

Take the survey now.

Submitting work

We understand that handing in work that has been set online can be quite confusing, especially if it isn’t produced within Google Classroom. However, it is possible to hand in all types of work through Google Classroom. This is the best way to do it as it ensures that it arrives with the teacher successfully and in a timely manner, and makes it easier for teachers to keep all the work from each class in the same place.

Google Classroom has the function to upload all file types, including photographs of students’ off-screen work. We would be very grateful if you could go through the attached guide on how to submit work in Google Classroom with your child and would respectfully ask that all work is submitted in this way wherever possible.

Mr Beever has also produced a short video for parents called ‘Google Classroom Explained.’ You can watch this here.

GCSEs – summer 2021

Following the DfE consultation on how GCSE, AS and A Level grades should be awarded in summer 2021, we are now awaiting the outcome. We will issue guidance to parents/carers and Year 11 students as soon as the information is released by the DfE.

Year 11 Virtual Parents’ Evening

A reminder that the Year 11 Virtual Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 9 February from 4.00-6.35pm. Appointments must be made online before the deadline of 11.55pm on Sunday 7 February.

Click here to go to the appointment booking system.

Year 9 options choices

Please can all Year 9 students complete and return their Key Stage 4 options forms by next Friday, 12 February.

Parent Governor vacancies

You may recall that we contacted you last term inviting parents to put themselves forward to fill the two vacancies for parent governors we currently have. Due to COVID, this process was put on hold but we are now in a position to go ahead using a secure online balloting system. Anyone who was nominated first time around will be included but if there are any other parents who would be willing to put themselves forward, please let us know by replying to this email. Responses need to be by Wednesday 10 February please, as the ballot will be sent out next Friday.

Increase in trespassing/vandalism on the railway

Schools in York have been contacted by Network Rail to ask for their assistance in highlighting an increase in trespass and vandalism on the railway network, which involves young people of secondary school age in York. There is no suggestion that this is any of your students, but they have asked that we share this concern with you as these incidents have been “alarming and dangerous.” Please can you take a look at this dedicated website You vs. Train which is designed to inform young people about the dangers of trespassing on the railway, and includes real life stories. Please share this and discuss it with your child.

Ordinarily, Network Rail would come into school with the British Transport Police to talk to students directly but as this is not possible at present, we would urge you to ensure that you know where your child is and that they have been given this reminder about the dangers of trespassing on the railway.
We are in discussions with Network Rail about how we can further highlight this concern to our students.

National Apprenticeship Week

Next week is National Apprenticeship Week so many providers and organisations are holding events and advertising vacancies throughout the week. If your child is thinking about moving on to an apprenticeship scheme when they leave Millthorpe, please see the Careers Bulletin for further details. Links to all of the events and guidance below, will be accessible from the bulletin.

  • Yorkshire Water are running a number of virtual events for students who might want to apply to do an apprenticeship with them.
  • Derwent Training will be holding an Open Event on Thursday 11 February from 5.00pm. The event will give students the opportunity to learn more about Derwent Training and the Engineering Apprenticeships they offer. They will also get to hear from current and former apprentices, as well as having a virtual tour of the specialist engineering training facilities.
  • For those interested in an apprenticeship in construction, there is a free online event for school leavers and their parents on Thursday 11 February 5.30-6.30pm.
  • There will be a Facebook Live Apprenticeship Q&A on City of York Council’s Facebook page on Wednesday 10 February from 5-6pm. The panel will be chaired by Councillor Waller and there will be representation from York College, Askham Bryan College, YH Training Services, CYC, York St John University (representing the HE sector and higher/degree level apprenticeships), NYBEP and Simpson York Ltd.
  • The NHS are also hosting a Facebook Live session on Monday 8 February at midday. Abi Changer from the NHS Health Careers team will be live to provide a snapshot of all things relating to NHS apprenticeships. (Students might have to be ten minutes late to this one as it starts at the tail end of Period Three.)

Success Beyond School

InvestIN has launched a series of “Success Beyond School” events for this term. They are free-of-charge interactive online seminars designed to help parents supercharge their children’s career potential.

You can access free expert advice on guiding your child to a successful career. Find out more and register here.

Applying to York College

If any of our Year 11 students need a little extra support with their application to York College, the Admissions Team have shared their ‘How to Apply’ videos with us – click the links below to view:

National Horseracing College

The National Horseracing College in Doncaster is holding a Virtual Open Morning on Saturday 13 February, starting at 10am – for more information please see the Careers Bulletin on the school website.

Mental health support

Thanks to our partnership with other local schools through the Independent State School Partnership (ISSP), the team at Bootham School have kindly agreed that we can invite all Millthorpe parents (not just parents of children involved with ISSP) to share content from their Saturday morning parents’ sessions.

Dick Moore, educator and mental health campaigner delivered a session last week, called ‘Dancing in the Rain’ which was described as not only important but empowering for parents. You can watch the recorded session here.

This Saturday at 10.00am, Michael Grose, educator, author, founder and director of Parenting Matters, will deliver a session on ‘Helping your child with anxiety’. Please do feel free to join here.

With thanks to Bootham School for sharing.

Supporting your child during lockdown

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has put together Ten Top Tips for parents and carers to help you support your child(ren) during lockdown.

Please also remind your child to have a look at the “Health, Wellbeing and Pastoral Care” Google Classroom for more advice, websites and apps. This is updated regularly.

Support with food

York CVS and Healthwatch York have compiled a list of all the places where families can get food during lockdown if they are struggling, without needing Food Bank vouchers.

View the full list here.

THC-infused illegal sweets in circulation

North Yorkshire Police have contacted all schools in York as they are concerned about THC (cannabis) infused sweets, of which they have seen an increase across the city. They have asked all schools to share this information with parents.

The sweets are professionally packaged and appear to be normal sweets. There are two types – CBD Edibles and THC Edibles.

CBD Edibles are legal (as the THC-hallucinogenic has been extracted leaving trace amounts) but THC edibles are classed as a controlled substance and consequently are not legal.

North Yorkshire Police have shared images of some of the THC sweets in circulation in the city and have asked us to share this with parents and carers so that you are aware. Please click here to see the images.

The THC sweets are labelled as such, and some have a cannabis leaf on the packaging.

The amount of cannabis/THC in the products can vary and sometimes other harmful drugs are added too. The effects of consuming edibles are unpredictable, and it can be very easy to accidentally take a larger dose than intended.

North Yorkshire Police are dealing with this issue proactively but also wanted parents and carers to be vigilant.

DofE Awards – message from Mr Ward

We are still somewhat in limbo with regards to DofE but there are things that we and the students can be doing: so it’s time for us to be positive and make a start to get things finished off for your children and at least have some interaction with them.

We have set up a DofE class (on Google Classroom), and I would ask you to encourage your child to sign up via the class code ngb52gv. If you have any issues with signing up please do let me know. This will allow us to share information and ideas with the students.

We are planning to have a Google Meet with the students next Thursday 11 February at 3.00pm, again if you could encourage your child to attend this would be great.

If you have any questions or queries please email Mr Ward.

“I’m a celebrity, get me out of here” PE fitness challenge – the results!

A big thank you and well done to all the girls that have taken part in the “I’m a celebrity” fitness challenge this week! The girls have been completing circuit exercises in PE lessons this week to earn stars for the amount of time taken on each exercise. In total, the girls have achieved 4,832 stars which is a fantastic achievement.

The winning classes and house can be seen below – well done Saxons!

The results for Year 9 will be announced next week. Well done all – the next fitness challenge will start next week.

LT on the BBC

Congratulations and the very best of luck to Year 8 student Louie Theaker-Spencer (known as LT to friends!) who has landed a role in a CBBC television programme, Jamie Johnson. Louie travels to Wales next week to undergo a fortnight of isolation with his fellow cast and will begin filming in a couple of weeks.

Louie has worked incredibly hard to achieve this breakthrough and everyone at Millthorpe School is so proud that one of our students will be starring on our television screens in the near future.
“Break a leg, LT!”


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.