The Millthorpian CHRISTMAS 2015

Inside the Christmas 2015 edition:

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Awards evening
  • The big sing
  • Refugee action group
  • Girls cricket champions

and much more…

Refugee Action Group Update

What’s happening in Syria?

More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives and more than 11 million others have been forced from their homes in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict.

This began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war between those for or against President Assad. Jihadist groups, including so-called Islamic State are now also involved in the conflict. More than four million people have fled Syria since the start of the civil war, most of them women and children. Extremists who have been fighting to gain control of Syria for the past three years have now infiltrated border cities in Iraq, sparking yet another refugee crisis in the Middle East. It is one of the largest refugee crisis in recent history. Almost 1.8 million have gone to Turkey, more than 600,000 to Jordan and 1 million to Lebanon – a country whose population is just 4 million. 30% of Syrians now live in extreme poverty.

You can find out more about who’s fighting who in this video:

Our prime minister has pledged to take 20,000 Syrians from camps by 2020. However, there has been no agreement between the government and local authorities on how to manage and pay for them.

Overall, an estimated 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria and this is why we have formed the refugee action group to raise money to support those in need.

What are we raising money for?

We are going to take action to support vulnerable families who have been given sanctuary in York. We are raising money for Refugee Action York which provides advice and guidance to families granted refugee status or seeking asylum in York. The charity has a hardship fund that is used to support refugee families who find themselves in extreme financial difficulties and the money we raise will go into this fund.

You can find out more about RAY and the work they do by visiting their website

You can also watch save the children’s fundraising video here:

What events are happening?

On Friday 11th December we have organised a non-uniform day. Students will be asked to bring in a pound for wearing non-uniform and along with any other activities that take place on this day, all the money raised will go to RAY’s hardship fund. At lunchtime there will be a karaoke show and students will be able to watch teachers show off their incredible talent! Entry to the karaoke will cost 50p. Furthermore, at lunch we will also be holding a bake sale where buns and cakes donated by parents and students will be sold for prices ranging from 20p-£1.

What can you do to help?

The best way to help refugees directly is to donate money to organisations or charities. Cash donations are the fastest, most efficient way to help these vulnerable people.

You could:

Thank you for your support
Refugee Action Group

KS4 Revision Skills: annotating texts using Adobe Acrobat Reader

Year 11 have just finished their Pre Public Exams, so now is the ideal time to start the process of preparing for the public exams in the summer. Over the next few months, we will be offering a variety of tools and techniques to support students with their revision.

This week’s top tip is a free downloadable application that allows students to annotate electronic files. Adobe Acrobat Reader is the on-screen equivalent of highlighters and post-it notes: you can highlight and underline sections of text and add your own comments.

Evidence shows that annotating in this way prompts deeper understanding of the text, reinforces learning; and, because it is electronic, it automatically creates a revision resource that is easy to store and access and link to other resources for reference during revision.

The reader works with pdf files, which is the standard file type used by the school for documents including a mixture of text, diagrams, images etc. You can download the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader here:

The screenshot below shows how the various functions can be used.



Click ‘Comment’ in the tab on the right hand side.



This will open the Comment bar at the top of the document where you can select from a range of annotation tools.



You can add sticky notes to annotate useful parts of a document.


You can also highlight text to help with revising. Picture4

The Wizard of Oz

Millthorpe School presents the Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December at 7.30pm in the main hall. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3.50 for children/concessions and £15 for a family ticket of two adults and two children. Tickets are on sale every break time outside the staff room.

Wizard of Oz Poster

Primary Sports Hall Athletics

On Friday 13 November 24 Millthorpe students volunteered to act as Sports Leaders for the area finals of the Primary Sports Hall Athletics. The event featured over 100 Year 6 primary school pupils plus a massive crowd on the sports hall balcony.


Millthorpe students were able to judge, officiate, timekeep, coach and record the whole event, helping the evening to be a roaring success. A massive well done to all involved and many of them I am sure will be ready to get involved in future events in the new year.

Mr Randall
Head of PE

National Anti-Bullying Week

Next week (Monday 16 to Friday 20 November) is National Anti-Bullying Week and Millthorpe will be participating in #NoBystanders. This campaign has been organised by Stonewall, a registered charity that works for the equality and fair treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Along with many other schools in York, Millthorpe is a Stonewall Champion School. This means we are committed to championing diversity and celebrating difference and ensuring that our school is a safe place for all students, staff and visitors. We have a clear goal of eradicating all forms of bullying in school, including homophobic bullying.

This week, Mr Butterworth, Deputy Headteacher and Miss Parr, teacher of Religious Education, delivered assemblies to all students about National Anti-Bullying Week and invited students to join staff in signing the No Bystanders pledge. In signing this pledge, we are committing to speaking out if we hear bullying or teasing language and to standing up for fairness and kindness. Many members of staff are wearing Stonewall stickers and classrooms have posters that reinforce the message that we do not tolerate homophobic language at Millthorpe. Here is a link to the PowerPoint we used in the assembly.

This assembly also marked the launch of work towards the Stonewall Silver School’s Award. For this award, we are ensuring that everything is in place to uphold all students’ rights in order for all students to feel respected and safe within our school environment. We have launched an LGBT at Millthorpe page on the school website, featuring information, events and support links for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their friends and family. We also have a noticeboard in school where students can gain factual information and support leaflets. ‘One 4 all’ is a group that has been set up by students to discuss global issues of inequality, including those faced by the LGBT community, as well as providing peer support and advice.

If you would like to join us in supporting National Anti-Bullying Week, you can sign the #NoBystanders pledge online by visiting


Studying languages at higher education

Year 10 and 11 students recently enjoyed a visit from two MFL undergraduates from Leeds University. Millthorpe students took part in the seminar on the subject of language study at higher education and were able to get actively involved in understanding the benefits of university life.


Students were able to ask questions about degree courses and the opportunities available to linguists at higher education, including the opportunity to study or work in a foreign country. Even students who are not considering a degree in languages were given food for thought about the continuation of their studies at A Level and beyond and a broader understanding of university life.

Miss Gray
Head of MFL

Young carers in schools regional event

Millthorpe was delighted to host the first Young Carers in Schools event. The day was organised by the Carers Trust alongside York Carers Centre. A significant number of schools were represented on the day to hear about the Young Carers in Schools award.

As part of the day Millthorpe were asked to give a presentation about the work that we already undertake with our young carers. Two of our young carers also gave a presentation based on what it is like to be a young carer in school. Our young carers also acted as guides for the day and joined us for the networking lunch.

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Emily Carter and Jess Hill from the Carers Trust

As Millthorpe has been working closely with our young carers for a considerable period of time, we were in the position of being able to submit the evidence required for the Bronze Yong Carers in School Award. We are currently awaiting the outcome and hope to hear before the end of term whether we have been successful.

Refugee Action Group

Moved by the current refugee crisis arising from conflict in Syria on 12 October we held the first meeting of Millthorpe’s Refugee Action Group.

The group’s aim is to learn more about the causes of the current refugee crisis and to take action to support vulnerable families who have been given sanctuary in York. The group has made contact with Refugee Action York (RAY), a registered charity established in 2002, and supported by City of York Council.

RAY provides advice and guidance to families granted refugee status or seeking asylum in York. It has a hardship fund that is used to support refugee families who find themselves in extreme financial difficulties.

On Friday 11 December Millthorpe’s Refugee Action Group is organising a non-uniform day and other fundraising activities in support of RAY’s hardship fund.

You can find out more about RAY and the work they do by visiting their website

York RI Badminton Success

On Saturday 17 October three of our students took part in the York RI Badminton Championships which are open to all York schools. All three boys were placed third in the competition along with former student Ed Gowling, now in Year 12, who placed second in his age category.

A big well done to all four boys who played tirelessly and with great skill in a mixture of singles and doubles matches throughout the day.

Badminton club for all students is on Friday after school in the Sports Hall from 3.20pm to 4.15pm.

Mr Randall
Head of PE