WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 16 July 2021

New mission, motto and behaviour system

After thorough consultation with our parent forum, student leaders, governors and staff, we will be launching a new mission, motto and behaviour system when we return to school in September. Further details will follow in next week’s email.

Step 4 on the roadmap

Step 4 of the government’s roadmap for COVID-19 response measure comes into effect on Monday. We have consulted with the local Public Health team, the wider Trust and with other schools in the city and in response to the high and rising numbers of infections in York and nationally, we have taken the decision to retain all the current measures in place in school for the remaining five days of term. This includes continuing to ask students and staff to wear face coverings in communal areas (unless they are exempt).

We will also continue to identify anyone who has been a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19 and ask them not to return to school this term unless the person they were in contact with tests positive on a LFD and subsequently tests negative on a PCR. NHS test and trace will get in touch with anyone identified as a close contact, including outside school, by anyone testing positive on a PCR.

A polite reminder of uniform expectations

Form Tutors have been reminding all students of our uniform expectations from September. If your child has not yet received this presentation, they will do early next week. This is not a deviation from our policy, simply a polite reminder about what is expected in terms of their uniform and how it is worn.

Our uniform expectations will be enforced from September and Form Tutors will be contacting parents/carers should there be any issues and insisting that they are resolved. We thank you in anticipation of your support.


Students in Years 7, 8 and 10 who require a new colour tie for next year will be given a new tie (with either one or two stripes, it no longer matters which) in form time next week. They will be asked to exchange it for their current ties, which will be laundered and made available to students in the future as an alternative to buying full price ties. We will also make arrangements to collect other good quality uniform items over the summer (details to follow).

A reminder that students currently in Year 9 will need to buy a new purple-stripe tie from Keal Teamwear when these become available, probably around mid-August. During next week (Mon-Wed) students can wear any colour tie, depending on whether they have yet swapped or not.

Next Week: non uniform Thursday and early closing Friday

Next Thursday, 22 July, will be a non-uniform day arranged by Student Leaders in aid of Cancer Research as selected by students in a recent survey. You will be able to donate £1 via ParentPay. Please remind students to wear clothes suitable for attending school!

On Friday, school will be finishing  at 12.20pm for all students. Any students eligible for Free School Meals who would like to pick up a packed lunch before they leave are asked to speak to canteen staff by Thursday. Alternatively, food, including sandwiches, baguettes etc will be available at break time. Students should wear a white shirt and school trousers or skirt on Friday but can wear trainers if they wish and don’t need to wear a tie.

Warm weather reminder

The forecast for next week is for warm and sunny weather, so please remind your child about sun cream/block, water bottles and covering up/seeking shade where appropriate.

Holiday Food and Activities programme

We are pleased to confirm that the City of York Council will be funding two weeks of free school meal vouchers (£15 per student, per week) to those eligible for the summer holidays. You will receive a voucher on Friday 23 July via email from evouchers. City of York Council will also be offering a holiday food and activities programme that will be running for four weeks over the summer which will include meals for eligible students.

The information about the Holiday Food and Activities programme can be found on the council’s website.

In addition to the Holiday Food and Activities programme, City of York may also be able to fund free places at existing holiday clubs for students who are eligible for free school meals.

Please email e.coupland@millthorpe.southbank.academy by next Wednesday 21 July to book a place. Please state in your email which activity and what dates that the student would like to attend.

Final Call for Library Books

Year 7 and 8

Many students were absent from their last library lesson of the year and still have books out. If they could please bring these books in that would be much appreciated. There will be reminders on the bulletin and students can bring books to the library during registration. If students are still absent they will not be expected to return books.
‘Missing’ Books
If anyone across school has a ‘missing’ library book at home, please also bring that in. We will be so pleased to see the book there will be a small reward. You can identify our books by the plastic cover, the lending page and the ‘Millthorpe School’ stamp.

Fantasy football is back!

Congratulations to Mr Sloan who won the ‘Millthorpe Masters’ mini-league on the Fantasy Premier League game last season. With the new Premier League season due to start in a few weeks, the game is now open to enter a team. Make sure you enter yours before the start of the season. Students and teachers are welcome to join our school mini-league again, code to enter: e45by4.

Who can beat Mr Sloan this year for the title of Millthorpe FPL champion?

Duke of Edinburgh Award camps

As we enter the fourth weekend of ‘crazy camping’ we would like you to all know that if your child has NOT been able to attend due to isolation or indeed any other ailment we will be running another weekend, which will probably be the first weekend back after the summer holidays.

If your child has signed up to DofE in Year 9 and is currently isolating, Mr Ward has emailed them the details they need to access eDofE, to their school email address.

If you have any questions please email Mr Ward.

Netball tournaments

Following a year of no netball, Miss Watts is delighted to let you know that the inter-school tournaments for next year have been scheduled. Fingers crossed they can go ahead. Please can all students who would like to play in them keep the following dates free:

  • Year 11 – Tuesday 5 October – 4pm – 6pm at Joseph Rowntree School
  • Year 10 – Thursday 17 March – 4pm – 6pm at St Peter’s School
  • Year 9 – Saturday 9 October – 9am – 1pm at Joseph Rowntree School
  • Year 8 – Saturday 12 March – 9am – 1pm at Joseph Rowntree School
  • Year 7 –  Saturday 19 March – 9am – 1pm at St Olave’s School

Tennis holiday camps

Jonny Kay Tennis Coaching are holding Holiday Camps this summer in Rowntree Park, providing a great opportunity for children to improve their tennis skills. The camps caters for children from 6-16 years old and are great for both new starters or those with some experience.

Full information can be found here.

National Saturday Art Club

An exciting opportunity is open to current Year 9 and 10 students who would like to develop their creativity beyond the classroom.

York College is running two National Saturday Art Clubs: Art & Design and Media Arts from September and are inviting students to apply. The clubs are free, open to all and involve two hours of creative experience every Saturday morning with specialist teachers. More than 30 students from Millthorpe have taken part in the club over the past three years. Participating students get the opportunity to see their work exhibited in a top gallery and take part in inspiring educational visits.

Teenage Art School

Inspired by the exhibition, Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings – in collaboration with the Royal Collection Trust, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and Nottingham Castle – this year’s Teenage Art School (TAS) at York Art Gallery explore how artists respond to place, combining AI, text and image to produce statements about our lived environments.

The Art School takes place from 11.00-4.00pm on Monday 23 August-Friday 27 August. Places are free but must be booked in advance.

Click here for further information.

School Ski Trip to Sportwelt Amade, Austria

After the summer holidays, we will be in a position to offer the chance to sign up for a school ski trip to Austria from Saturday 9 April – 16 April 2022. This will be a coach trip to Sportwelt Amade which boasts some of the best skiing in Austria.

This trip will be available for those moving into Years 8, 9 and 10 and the approximate cost will be £940. This price includes all travel, travel insurance, accommodation with full board, ski equipment hire, tuition and evening entertainments.

After the summer break, students will attend an assembly outlining the details of the trip and be given the opportunity to bring a letter home. At this stage we do not need parents/students to inform us of their interest, however we felt that by advertising this proposed trip, parents could have more time to consider requesting a place for their child.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 9 July 2021

COVID cases this week

There have been 6 students who have tested positive for COVID-19 this week (either confirmed by PCR test or awaiting the result), 1 in Year 7, 3 in Year 8 and 2 in Year 10.

We ask that students and their families continue to carry out a COVID test each Wednesday and Sunday.

Google Classroom

If your child is self-isolating, work can be accessed on Google Classroom for each timetabled lesson. Please remind your child that continuing to engage with learning while isolating is mandatory in the same way as attending school in normal circumstances.

Parents/carers should have received today a link to set up a guardian account on Google Classroom that allows you to receive regular reports on the work your child has been set, what they have completed and anything that is outstanding. If you have a Google account, you can choose whether to receive daily or weekly reports. If not, you will receive weekly reports by default. In either case, you can choose to opt out if you wish. More details can be found by following the link.

Parents/carers and students may wish to know that you can download a Google Classroom app, which allows you to access all aspects of Google Classroom from your phone. Note that Google Classroom will continue to be where homework assignments are set and lessons can be accessed for revision etc, so this won’t just apply during periods of isolation.

Musical Donation Scheme

At Millthorpe, we want all of our pupils to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument – and we need your help please! Many of our pupils do not have their own instruments and would benefit from being able to borrow an instrument from school. Often pupils ‘try out’ an instrument before parents make the significant investment to purchase their own instrument, so we are asking you if you are able to help by donating instruments to our Musical Donation Scheme.

We would welcome donations of instruments which are in good condition. We ask that all instruments are kindly delivered to our School Office together with a completed Musical Instrument Donation Scheme Form.

Thank you so much in advance for any help you are able to give. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Wright E: c.wright@millthorpe.southbank.academy.

Collection of Art work

The Art Department are offering students the opportunity to collect Art work left behind due to the lockdown last year, on the following dates:

  • Year 8 and 9 students will be offered their sketchbooks back in lessons. Any sketchbooks which are not taken will be recycled.
  • Current Year 10 students who would like to keep their Year 9 sketchbook and/or Clay Monster Pot must visit D1 (bottom Art Room) at the end of school on Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 July.
  • Current Year 8 students can collect their African Clay Mask (made in Year 7) from D1 on Thursday 15 or Friday 16 July.

It is important that students from different year groups do not mix in the school building so please make sure your child knows which day to collect their work. They may find it helpful to bring a plastic bag. Clay work which is left over will be thrown away on Wednesday 21 July.

If your child is unable to collect their art work as they are isolating please email s.cockburn@millthorpe.southbank.academy by 3.00pm on Tuesday 20 July to make arrangements.

Online safety

Following on from last week’s parent guide to TikTok, National Online Safety have produced this handy dos and don’ts guide for keeping safe online. Please share this with your child(ren).

Rail safety

We have once again been contacted by Network Rail as they are concerned about the number of incidents of trespassing on the railway near York. There is no suggestion that this is Millthorpe students, but we have been asked to share this clip with all parents and carers and ask them to watch this with their children ahead of the summer holidays when, historically, there is a further increase in trespassing.

To make it quick and easy, please just enter the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com into the ‘I am registered’ field and click on the Secondary school version: Age 11-16.

Apprenticeship vacancies in York

There are currently a large number of apprenticeship vacancies in York and the surrounding area which our Year 11 students are eligible to apply for. More information can be found here.

Please also take a look at the June and July editions of the Apprenticeship newsletter for parents.

Hairdressing/barbering apprenticeships

Westrow Academy have contacted school to let us know that they are looking to recruit Hairdressing/ Barbering Apprentices at their salons across Yorkshire.

If any students are interested, they can call either Suzie or Natalie at the Academy on 0113 397 9400 to discuss this further or alternatively send an email to info@westrowacademy.com

Ravensbourne University London Summer School 26-30 July 2021

This free summer school is aimed at students who are aged 14+ and have an interest in the creative industries. Led by experienced industry professionals and Ravensbourne student ambassadors, students will work towards a project brief whilst having the opportunity to attend a wide range of master classes to boost their creative and digital skills. It will be a chance to enhance their portfolio, learn new skills, obtain constructive feedback and be inspired to pursue a creative career in the future.

Click here for further details.

Opportunity for young people

We are aware that one of the frustrations for young people is that they have nowhere to go and nothing to do in their free time. Door 84 have listened and are inviting all secondary students to tell them what they want. Please see this poster for full details.

Careers at Sea webinar – 3.30-4.30pm, 13 July

If your child has an interest in a career in the Merchant Navy then Careers at Sea is running a free webinar for parents (not for students).

Please click here for more information

The Active Lives Children and Young People’s survey

A reminder for students in years 7-9 to have their say…. a few weeks ago we told you about The Active Lives Children and Young People’s survey, commissioned by Sport England. The survey gathers data on how children engage with sport and physical activity, providing anyone working with children aged 5-16 key data to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and activity.

This term, Millthorpe School has been selected to participate, with students in Years 7, 8 and 9 being invited to participate. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete and the deadline for completion is Friday 16 July.

The links to each survey are: