WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 20 December 2019

Notification of changes to Parents’ Evening dates

The dates of two parents’ evenings have been changed next term as they both currently fall on dates when teacher colleagues have CPD sessions:

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening will now be on Tuesday 21 January 2020
  • Year 8 Parents’ Evening will now be on Thursday 27 February 2020

We will send out further details nearer the time, but please do update your diaries now.


Junior cricket

Copmanthorpe Cricket Club are looking to create new junior cricket teams in the following age groups:

  • U9 (Years 3 & 4)
  • U11 (Years 5 & 6)
  • U13 (Years 7 & 8)
  • U15 (Years 9 & 10)

They have dedicated, qualified coaches per age group and training will be at The Mount School, beginning in January 2020.

Anyone interested should make contact with Chris Storey T: 07554 008185 E: christopher-storey@outlook.com

Further information can be found here

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 13 December 2019

York Foodbank vouchers

Millthorpe School can now issue Foodbank vouchers for families in need. York Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They can provide three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced food to support local people who are referred to them in crisis.

For further information please contact Ruth Cooper at School or York Foodbank can be contacted directly E: info@york.foodbank.org.uk  T: 07871 610 894


Meeting – trip to Krakow, Poland, February 2020

A reminder that there will be a short meeting about the itinerary for the trip to Krakow, Poland, at 6.00pm on Monday 16 December, in the Library. This will include drop-off times and flight details as well as information about the activities students will be undertaking when we are there.

Please note, this is NOT about the Poland trip for skiing.


Last day of term

Please remember that school will finish for the Christmas break at 12.20pm on Friday 20 December. If students are eligible for free school meals and would like a pack up on the last day, they should speak to staff in the canteen by Thursday 19 December.


General Consent Forms for Educational Visits in the Local Area

To make it easier to arrange curriculum trips and reduce the number of permission slips parents/carers need to sign, we have set up a general consent form which allows your child to attend any trips or visits in the local area that take place during the school day. We had a reasonable response to the first mailing but there are still a number of gaps, so if you do wish to give this consent, please could you sign and return the form when it arrives and, if necessary, check bags and pockets to make sure it has come home!

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 6 December 2019

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day will take place on Tuesday 10 December to coincide with our Christmas Dinner festivities. For a £1 donation, students may wear a Christmas jumper or accessory alongside full school uniform.

Funds raised will go to two local charities, SASH and Carecent. As part of the Student Council’s homeless charity appeal, students have also been asked to donate items to the charities – please click here for a list of items. We would be grateful if any items could be brought into school by Friday 13 December at the latest.


Millthorpe School’s Production of Aladdin

A reminder that tickets are still on sale for this year’s spectacular Christmas production of Aladdin. Performances are at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December.

Tickets are £3 each and can be purchased from Ms Andrle before and during registration every morning (8.40-9.05am).


Winter virus illness

In response to a substantial increase in reports of diarrhoea/vomiting and flu like illness in recent weeks, City of York Council have asked schools to circulate information about managing illness. Public Health England have produced a useful information sheet for pupils, parents and staff – read it here.


York’s Local Offer – New support booklets published

York’s Local Offer provides information for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families about what is available to them in York.

They have produced two new booklets:

Where to go if… helps families to find out what is available and how to access help and support, and

Making Sense of SEND, a brief dictionary to help you navigate your way through a long list of acronyms and unfamiliar words.


Year 10 Work Experience

Please remind your child to return their work experience form as soon as possible and definitely before the end of term.


Diary reminders

Wednesday 11 December: school closes at 2.20pm for staff professional development.

Friday 20 December: Last day of term, school closes at 12.20pm for the Christmas Break. If your child has free school meals, please let the canteen staff know in advance if you would like a packed lunch preparing.

Monday 6 January: First day of Spring Term.


Amateur musicians of all ages from across the city of York joined together this week at a musical extravaganza hosted by students and staff at Millthorpe School.

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The Big Sing organised through Musical Connections, a small York-based charity, gave older adults, many of whom are vulnerable and socially isolated, the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of music together with school students and staff.

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Musical Connections uses music as a way to help older people the opportunity to live happier, healthier lives through participating in weekly music groups and choirs. In addition to the core weekly sessions, the charity offers a programme of intergenerational projects and events which last year involved over 400 children and young people from local schools including Millthorpe, York College and both of York’s universities.Image preview

Fiona Chapman from Musical Connections said: “The purpose of our intergenerational work is to use music as a platform to bring older and younger generations together, and to break down the social and age-related stereotypes which apply to both of these generations. A wide range of musical styles and activities are used – these cut across the age range and facilitate interaction and communication between both younger and older participants.Image preview

“A real highlight of our intergenerational calendar is the Christmas Big Sing with Millthorpe School – they have hosted this event for us for many years, and I feel very fortunate that our beneficiaries have repeatedly had the opportunity to visit the school in order to spend time socialising with and enjoying the talents and hospitality of its young musicians.”

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Millthorpe’s Head of School, Gemma Greenhalgh added “More than 60 older people, many of whom will be vulnerable and socially isolated came along to the event this year. Our Music teacher, Mr Jackson and his jazz band lead the proceedings, and the guests enjoyed refreshments served by the students. This year, we were delighted to be joined by the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker – it was wonderful to see her enjoying the music alongside everyone else!”Image preview

If you would like to find out more about Musical Connections, please visit their website at www.musicalconnections.org.uk

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 29 November 2019

Meeting re trip to Krakow, Poland

There will be a meeting on Monday 16 December, at 6.00pm, in the school library, to go through the itinerary for the trip to Krakow, Poland. (Please note entry to the school at this time is via the main drive only.)

The trip booklet, which contains a wealth of information about where we will be going and what we will be doing, will be available at this meeting, and we will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Please contact Miss Forrester if you are unable to attend – she will be happy to answer any questions.


Year 9 Parents Evening

A quick reminder that our Year 9 Parents Evening will be held on Thursday 5 December from 4.00–6.30pm. The online booking system will be available until 12.00midnight, Sunday 1 December.


Millthorpe School’s Production of Aladdin

Tickets will be on sale next week for this year’s spectacular Christmas production of Aladdin. Performances are at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December.

Tickets are £3 each and can be purchased from Ms Andrle before and during registration every morning (8.40-9.05). Ms Andrle’s office is up the stairs past the Language Lab next to the staff kitchenette. Please bring exact money if you can.

Congratulations to all!


General election hustings

Bootham School is hosting a general election hustings evening on Monday 9 December at 7.00pm and would like to invite students, staff, parents and anyone else who is interested to go along. If you would like to attend to quiz local candidates, further information and tickets are available here. When you book tickets you can also register to ask a question.


Parenting course

Family Matters York are running a five-week parenting course beginning on Monday 13 January 2020 at Clifton Children’s Centre. Each session runs from 12.45-2.45pm.

For further information please contact Helen at Family Matters on T: 07393 147259 or E: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk


Care4Calais – donations needed

Care4Calais is a volunteer-run charity delivering aid and support to refugees living in Northern France and Belgium. They are looking for donations of a number of items including various items of clothing, tarpaulins and backpacks amongst others. If you would like to donate please check this list of required items and then bring your items to school. There is a collection box in the main office which will returned to the charity at the end of term.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 22 November 2019

Parents Evenings

Year 10

A reminder that our Year 10 Parents Evening will take place next week, on Tuesday 26 November from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via our online booking system which will be available until 12.00midnight, Sunday 24 November.

Year 9

Our Year 9 Parents Evening will be held on Thursday 5 December from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents can book and manage their own appointments online. The booking system will be available between the hours of 9.00am, Saturday 23 November and 12.00midnight, Sunday 1 December.

Year 7

Further to the recent Year 7 Parents Evening, staff have provided written feedback for those parents/carers who were unable to attend. This has been collated and will be sent to those concerned via email early next week.


Year 10 reports

Year 10 students have received their reports today, Friday 22 November.


Year 9 trip to Carlton Lodge – Medical forms

The deadline for returning medical forms for Year 9 students going to Carlton Lodge was today. Can you please ensure your completed forms are returned to school by Monday 25 November. If you have mislaid your form, replacements can be obtained from the school office.


Christmas Dinner – Tuesday 10 December

Christmas Dinner will be on Tuesday 10 December. You can buy tickets in advance via ParentPay from Monday 25 November at the usual meal deal price of £2.40 – students will get a traditional roast turkey dinner or a vegetarian alternative (vegetable plait) with all the trimmings plus dessert. It will be a ticket-only event – tickets will be handed out via form tutors. Please note that it won’t be possible to pay by cash on the day and no other food or drink will be available for purchase at lunchtime, although break time service will be available as normal.

Please join us – you may even get to see Miss Greenhalgh in a pinny!


Children in Need update

Last Friday’s non-uniform day and bake sale raised a fantastic £1203.85 for Children in Need. Thanks again for all your generous donations.


Design & Engineering Apprenticeships with Atkins

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, has a number of apprenticeships available for those wishing to explore an engineering career.

The roles are across a range of disciplines, from surveying to project management, electrical to mechanical engineering (levels 3 – 7). Apprentices will work towards professional qualifications gaining practical skills and earning whilst learning.

Find out more on the company website


Driving to school

If you are dropping students off at school, please make sure you pull up where it is safe to do so without causing an obstruction. Please do not block entrances to nearby roads and/or driveways.

A reminder that parents/carers should under no circumstances be driving into school to drop off or collect students unless by prior arrangement with the school (eg for a student with an injury).


German Teacher required for German Saturday School York

DSS York, part of The German Academy, is looking to hire a German teacher for its new German Saturday School, from December 2019 onwards.

If you are interested in joining a motivated and dedicated team please take a look at the job advert. For further information, please contact DSS York via email at info@dssyork.org.uk or by telephone on 07713 158191.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 15 November 2019

PE/Games reminders: Cold weather clothing

As the weather starts to change, parents/carers and students are reminded that:

  • wearing two layers for outdoor games is a good idea, i.e. a t-shirt/skin/thermal layer under a reversible games top for all boys (and Year 7 girls) and under a school navy fleece for girls.
  • a suitable pair of gloves and/or hat may also be appropriate, especially for students who struggle with the cold.
  • all students are permitted to wear navy blue or black skins or leggings under their navy shorts in outdoor Games lessons during the colder months.
  • students may also wear the uniform tracksuit bottoms (available from Keal Teamwear).
  • students should always bring navy shorts, as this is a compulsory item of PE/Games kit.
  • wearing the additional items is optional.

Please note that the indoor PE kit remains unchanged.


Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Year 10 Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 26 November 2019 from 4.00–6.30pm. Parents are invited to book and manage their own appointments via a new online booking system, which will be available from 9.00am, Saturday 16 November – 12.00midnight, Sunday 24 November.


Children in Need

Today’s bake sale and non-uniform day has raised almost £950 for Children in Need. Thank you for all your donations.


A new satellite site for students with learning difficulties has opened at Millthorpe School this term.

Millthorpe is the latest school in the city to host a satellite provision for Applefields School, a special school for secondary aged students with a wide range of learning difficulties who live in York and the surrounding areas. Satellite provision already exists at Manor CE Academy, where 25 Applefields’ students are based.

As of September, four Key Stage 3 students from Applefields now receive their education alongside fellow Millthorpe students in an initiative to include them in mainstream education. The small group of Applefields students are based in a newly refurbished classroom on the Millthorpe site but spend a proportion of their week in mainstream lessons and taking part in whole-school activities and events.

Gemma Greenhalgh, Head of School at Millthorpe said “Millthorpe prides itself on its ethos as an inclusive and diverse school and we anticipate that this arrangement will be mutually beneficial for Millthorpe and Applefields students alike. This promises to be an exciting partnership and we feel very privileged to be part of this venture.”

Adam Booker, Head of Applefields said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be part of an inclusive school. Not only will they benefit from participating in mainstream lessons, they also benefit hugely from the social aspect of going to school. We’re very grateful to Millthorpe School and are looking forward to a successful and fruitful partnership.”

The project to date is endorsed by and has been funded by City of York Council. The next phase is planned for September 2020 when it is hoped that provision can be extended further. In the longer term it is hoped there will be both a Key Stage 3 and 4 class at Millthorpe School’s satellite site.

History Battlefields Trip

Earlier this year, 31 students and four members of staff took part in Millthorpe’s annual trip to France and Belgium to visit some of the World War One Battlefields, museums and memorials. The group took in Essex Farm Cemetery, Passchendaele Museum, Langemark, Tyne Cot, Sanctuary Wood, Menin Gate, the Somme, Thiepval Memorial and Vimy Ridge.
One of our students, Callum W summed up the trip perfectly: “It has been incredibly humbling and has put everything in to perspective. For example, the things that people prioritise and stress over today, the people whose graves we’ve seen would have had none of that on their minds. I wish we had the chance to personally thank every single person who took part in this bloody war instead of them being countless names on slabs of white marble. They became greatly significant…they are all people with families and back stories that leave a lasting effect on everyone’s mind”.

On a surprisingly sunny March afternoon, 31 students and four members of staff bundled all their bags on to the bus and set off on their trip to France and Belgium to visit some of the World War One Battlefields, museums and memorials. We spent the first night on the ferry, with its ‘eat all you can’ buffet, a firm favourite of Mr Baybutt’s, especially the unlimited cheese board.

Saturday saw us rising early to get to our first stop – Essex Farm Cemetery and the first aid dressing station dugouts where John Macrae, the famous war poet, was stationed as brigade doctor. It was here that students visited the grave of the youngest British war casualty, Valentine Strudwick, who was only 15 years old when he was killed. As this was a year younger than half of the students on the trip, we found this very moving. We don’t often associate Britain with the use of child soldiers and even though these children will have lied about their age to get into the army, it is likely that the recruiting officer will have turned a blind eye to this as they were desperate for men to fight. We placed a cross of remembrance on his grave.

Our next stop was Passchendaele Museum which covers the war through different periods – walking through the rooms students saw artefacts and film footage from World War One and its impact on this area with the Battle of Passchendaele. The lower floor of the building had been turned in to a reconstruction of the tunnels system used by the British. The low ceilings made of planks of wood, lit by dim lights and musty smells reminded us of the school quad at the height of the building works last year! Outside in the bright sunlight the reconstructed trenches gave students an idea of how trenches were designed to give maximum protection against enemy fire. We sat in the sunshine and ate our pack ups before moving on to Langemark, the German War Cemetery.

In contrast to the Commonwealth War Cemeteries, with their white Portland Stone headstones set in grounds that replicate an English country garden, the cemetery at Langemark was dark and sombre. There are 44,294 people buried here. The graves lay amongst many trees that have been planted since the war and it was interesting to find out that this style of graveyard was chosen by the Germans because it reflected their love of spending family time walking in the woods. In the same way that the British wanted their soldiers to lie in graves that looked like they were in England, the Germans wanted their soldiers to be surrounded by the forests that surrounded the places where they lived back home. Jake Bycroft and Mary Hogg laid a wreath on behalf of Millthorpe School, in remembrance of those that died.

Before going on the trip, we encouraged parents and students to do some research to find out if any of their relatives had fought in World War One so that we could build their stories into our visit. Mr Baybutt had done his own research about a Blackburn Rovers player called Eddie Latheron. Latheron was born in the village of Brotton, North Yorkshire on 22 December 1887 and died in Belgium on 14 October 1917. He was an England international and two-time league champion, playing more than 300 games in 11 years at Blackburn Rovers and scoring 120 goals. During the First World War, Latheron served as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and lost his life in the Third Battle of Ypres. Blackburn Rovers had sent us a scarf to place on his grave, along with the wreath that Mr Baybutt laid in his memory. A photo and short article about our visit made its way into the Blackburn Rovers next match programme.

At Tyne Cot, the scale of the devastation and loss endured by people on all sides was really brought home to us. As the biggest British War Cemetery in the world, Tyne Cot contains the graves or over 12,000 soldiers, 8,000 of whom are ‘known unto God’. One of those whose name appears on the Wall of remembrance is Sergeant Joseph George Francis Richards, who died in April 1918. His great, great grandson Sam was on the trip with us and was able to pay his respects.

In the afternoon students were able to let off a little steam in the preserved trenches of Sanctuary Wood followed by a hot chocolate before heading off to Ypres and the Menin Gate.



After the obligatory ‘chicken or omelette and chips’ in a local restaurant and a trip to a famous chocolate shop to stock up on gifts for the folks back home, we headed off to the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony. This memorial to the missing commemorates 54,000 British Commonwealth Soldiers who have no known grave. Every night since 1928 at 8pm, except for a period during the Second World War, the last post is sounded. Annabel Benton and Theo Steele, accompanied by Mr Baybutt, laid a wreath at the ceremony in remembrance of those who died.

Sunday’s destination was the Somme in France. We’d travelled there late on Saturday evening and fallen into our beds worn out by the long day. The morning arrived bright and clear and buoyed up by a hearty breakfast we set out to the Somme. Serre Road is the place where many of the Pals regiment fought and died together including groups from Bradford and Sheffield. After reading a poignant true story about two brothers who fought in this area, Mr Ferguson led us over the top in a re-enactment of that disastrous first morning on 1 July 1916.

Our next stop was an unplanned visit to a remote graveyard that looked like it didn’t receive regular visitors. One of our students, Aleisha Harrison, had received information that morning that she had a relative somewhere on the Somme with the name of the graveyard. With the amazing navigation skills of Mr Baybutt and the skilful driving of Neil our bus driver, we were able to get within walking distance of the graveyard, which was in the middle of a farmer’s field. Alisha found the grave and was able to skype her grandma so that she too could be part of the moving event. Whilst Aleisha was laying a cross on the grave of Private J Quigly who died on 27 September 1917, other students were looking in the cemetery register and spreading out around the cemetery to pay their respects to other soldiers who had died in this war. They made it their mission to visit as many graves as possible and it made the staff very proud of them, to see how important it was to them that these men, in this remote spot, were remembered.

At Thiepval Memorial to the missing, where the names of 72,195 men with no known grave are remembered. Amongst the names were relatives of both Lewis Tyldesley and Mrs Bowland. Lewis laid a cross at the grave of Francis Topping in Mill Road Cemetery near Theipval. He had died at the age of 19 in the Battle of the Somme. A second relative of Lewis’s – Lance Corporal George Topping – had died at the Somme on 8 October 1916 and is remembered on the memorial along with Mrs Bowland’s great-great uncle, Company Sergeant Major Evan Thomas Webb, died at the age of 32 on 22 July 1916.

WEEKLY EMAIL 12 April 2019


Duke of Edinburgh – Year 9

If your child has brought home a letter regarding DofE could you please return it by Friday 3 May. If you did not receive a letter but would like your child to participate, please do let me know. If there are any issues regarding payment please contact me: a.ward@millthorpeschool.co.uk


Sports Notices: Summer Sports Practice

Please see below for the days and times of summer sports practices.

Summer sports practice rota


York and District Boys’ Schools Football Leagues

Linked below are the final positions of the leagues in which Millthorpe teams have participated this year. A big well done to all the footballers who played this season for your hard work and commitment. We hope that the 2019-20 season will be even better.

Boys’ football leagues


Year 11 GCSE Art

Some GCSE students have borrowed art materials and equipment in order to work over the Easter break. As we will need everything back in our classrooms ready for Monday 29 April, please can parents/carers remind students to return it all before registration. Y11 are due to hand in their completed GCSE Art coursework by 1.00pm ready for the final assessment. It is important to note that images of GCSE exams and coursework cannot be shared on social media from January 1 2019. Students have been reminded of this in lessons and we would appreciate parents/carers re-enforcing this at home. Thank you for your continued support


Roller Derby Sessions

Roller Derby Training Club are running sessions at Millthorpe every Wednesday at 7.00pm from 1 May to 3 July. Participants must be 14 or over and have their own kit. See their Facebook event for more details:

Scrimmage Skills