WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 23 April 2021

Message from the Head of School

It has been a lovely week at Millthorpe as the students have once again been able to use our fantastic grounds and enjoy the sunshine. Students eating their packed lunches on the fields, ball games recommencing and students laughing and smiling (without masks – while they’re outside!) has been a pleasure for us all to experience. Of course, we do still have to be careful and follow the guidance to keep our community safe, including continuing to wear masks indoors, but in many ways, life almost feels normal again at school and we hope that this continues to be the case as the restrictions lift. We really do have an especially warm and unique community here and I feel very privileged to work with such wonderful young people and colleagues.

Year 11 information
Year 11 will officially finish school on Friday 28 May. I  shared this information with them in assembly today. We look forward to marking the end of their Millthorpe journey at the prom in July and hope to celebrate their time here with them in the last couple of days before they leave when they have finished their assessments. Please see the request below from Mr Baybutt re photos to help us celebrate how much they have grown up.

Year 11s have also been advised that, once their assessments have been marked, they will receive a notional GCSE grade for each one to help reassure them by giving them a sense of how well they are progressing and reminding them that what they have achieved will contribute to their final grade. As I shared last week, notional grades form part of the assessment, but cannot be added together or averaged to work out the final grade as the portfolio will be assessed holistically at the end of the process on Monday 7 June.

I have been thoroughly impressed, as have my colleagues, by the resilience, diligence and good humour of our Year 11s during this assessment period and I am confident that they will be successful this summer.

Gemma Greenhalgh
Head of School

Year 11 parents – please send us your photos!

There is a tradition at Millthorpe that Year 11 students have a “Leavers Assembly” before they embark on their next chapter and we are planning to hold one for this year’s Year 11 students. As part of the assembly, we like to show photos of the students from when they were growing up – baby pictures, primary photos, “that photo” standing in front of the door in their uniform ahead of their first day at Millthorpe and so on.

Please can Y11 parents and carers email any photos of their child(ren) that they would be happy for us to display in the assembly (though your child may not be as happy about it!). Please send these to y11leavers@millthorpe.southbank.academy

Summer sports practices – 26 April – 28 May

Sports practices are back! We are all excited and pleased to get students moving again after school. This is the sports practice rota for the first half of the summer term:

After School 3.20-4.30pm
MON (Girls) Y8 Football EML (AGP)
MON (Girls) Y9 Netball SEW (SH)
MON (Boys) Y7 Dodgeball DMR (Gym)
TUES (Girls) Y7 Netball SEW (SH)
TUES (Boys) Y11 Football DMR (AGP)
WEDS Meetings Night
THURS (Girls) Y10 Netball SEW (SH)
THURS (Boys) Y10 Football DMR (AGP)
FRI (Girls) Y7 Football EML (AGP)
FRI (Girls) Y8 Netball SEW (SH)

It is subject to change and we intend to produce a new version for after the May half term. After-school practices start at 3.20pm and typically finish at 4.30pm. Students are expected to wear appropriate kit (we have some spare AGP boots available to lend) and to make sure they have refreshments and medication/asthma inhalers etc where needed. Students are also asked to keep their valuables to a minimum and to hand them into the teacher for safe keeping.

Please remember that these practices should be fun and previous experience is not needed!

The Eco Laundry is moving to cyber space!

The Eco Laundry, our store of new and lightly used uniform items, has become a popular resource for families as students grow in and out of different sizes of clothes. For a small charge, you can get Millthorpe uniform pieces, including blazers (£3), shoes (£3), jumpers (£2), PE kit (£2), shirts (£1), and ties (£1). Thanks to the fantastic efforts of a parent volunteer who manages the whole store, our entire inventory is now online. When your child needs new (to you) uniform items, you can email ecolaundry@millthorpe.southbank.academy with your request. Provided we have the correct item and size, we will then make sure your child receives their items in school, and the cost will be added to your parentpay account.

When we have a good stock of uniform, the Eco Laundry is open to everyone in school as reusing clothes is an easy way for us all to protect the environment, so we are always keen to receive donations of school clothing. When stocks run low, we give priority access to Pupil Premium families and anyone in need of financial assistance for uniform. Skirts and larger sizes of trousers and shoes are always in particularly high demand and we are currently trying to build up our stock of small sizes, ready to sell to Year 6 in July. Uniform donations can be given to the Office, Ms Garner-Steel or Ms Andrle.

Online Applications Event at York College

York College is hosting an Online Applications Event on Wednesday 28 April 5.30 – 8.00pm. This is a great opportunity for any Year 11 student who is still undecided about their next steps and would like some careers support, may need a bit of help with their application, or would like further information about the College’s apprenticeships or support services.

For further information and to register please click here.

The Big Ask – national survey of children

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that we can put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Please encourage your child(ren) to complete this survey. Parents, carers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

Family Matters courses

There are still places available on the following courses starting soon. All courses are offered online via Zoom:

  • Handling Anger in the Family
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years
  • Time Out for Dads
  • Separated Parents

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk. You can also find more information on the Family Matters website.

Symptom-free testing

A reminder that symptom-free tests are now available for everyone from secondary age upwards in York and the public health team would like as many people as possible to start taking lateral-flow tests regularly. These can be done at home or at a test centre.

Further information re symptom-free tests can be found here.