WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 30 April 2021

Change to timings of the school day: Years 8 and 9

As we move slowly back to normality and following a thorough review of our Risk Assessment, from Tuesday 4 May, students in Years 8 and 9 will move back to morning registration and form time from 8.45-9.05am. From the same date, they will finish school at the earlier time of 3.00pm, bringing all students in line.

The natural staggering of students’ arrivals and the fact that any crossover occurs outdoors means the risks of transmission are minimal and are outweighed by the benefits of morning registration for all.

Form tutors have informed their students of the change this week.

Scientific calculators

If your child needs a scientific calculator, these can be purchased from the maths office. The most affordable scientific calculator that we recommend is the “Aurora AX-595TV” which costs just £5. There are other, more expensive, models (mainly Casio) available that have the same functions, which retail between £10-£20 although we don’t stock these in school.

Please encourage your child to speak to their maths teacher regarding their calculator to check if it is sufficient for their studies.

Year 11 Prom update

We are continuing to plan for a Prom on 8 July at The Principal Hotel. Please can Year 11 parents encourage their child(ren) to view the Year 11 Prom Google Classroom which they have been added to. There is a short Google Form in the stream for them to complete to vote for their preferred menu choices and colour scheme for the venue. The menu and colour scheme will be set based on the most popular responses.

Thank you to the many parents and carers who have also emailed in photos of their child to be shown in the leavers assembly. These can be sent to E: y11leavers@millthorpe.southbank.academy 

Virtual work experience opportunities

Our partner, Speakers for Schools, have added more exclusive virtual work experience opportunities on the Experience portal that will help students gain a sense of how companies work, the skills they require and how to develop a plan of action for their careers.

If any of these opportunities are of interest, please encourage your child to apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of success.

York Minster: Kibo Cranes Exhibition

Children are invited to join York Minster in making origami cranes to fly at the heart of the Minster as part of a summer exhibition: Kibo Cranes.

The pandemic has made the last year difficult in all sorts of ways and in Japanese culture, making cranes is an expression of hope – the word for this in Japanese is kibō.

York Minster and local artist, Penny Phillips, invite you to make origami cranes to express how you feel about the last year. You might want to use your crane to think about recovery, a loved one, or your hopes for the future. It will fly alongside hundreds of cranes made by other children in the central crossing of York Minster.

The deadline for sending in your cranes is 28 June. Full information about the project can be found here.

North Yorkshire Police – Community Knavesmire Litter Pick

As you are probably aware, North Yorkshire Police (NYP) have been taking positive action in relation to the increase in youth-related anti-social behaviour reports from around the Little Knavesmire area of the City. The local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) are now trying to improve community cohesion in the area and are keen for local residents to see our amazing young people in a more positive way.

Between 5.30 – 7.30pm on Thursday 6 May, the NPT are arranging a litter pick in the area and hoping to engage with local residents and our youth population. The litter pick will be led by NYP with assistance from the Police Cadets. If any parents and students would like to take part please just go along on the evening. This is a great opportunity to support community cohesion.

Roots Online – your future

Roots Online is a project between the University of York and York St John University which helps students think about their future and the part that Higher Education might play. Normally the project would happen live in school but due to the Covid restrictions this year they are virtual and open to everyone. Click here for more information.

On 5 May there is an online chat from 5.00-5.30pm, looking at what student life is like.

Updates from Askham Bryan

Askham Bryan College’s monthly newsletter ‘In touch with Askham Bryan’ can be seen here. This month’s edition provides insight into college-wide developments, Horticulture, Motorsport, Land and Wildlife, and Foundation Learning courses as well as a feature on their Gateshead campus.