WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 22 October 2021

Happy half-term break!

As ever, we wanted to say thank you for all your support this half term. It’s been great to get back to more ‘normal’ procedures and activities, and although it hasn’t been without its challenges, we’ve had a great few weeks! We have been particularly impressed with how incredibly well students have responded to the need to wear face coverings again.

The first week back after the half-term break will be a B Week. School will therefore finish at 2.10pm on Wednesday 3 November for staff Continuous Professional Development.

Covid-19 – vaccinations and testing over half-term

The DfE is encouraging students to continue to test twice-weekly over the half-term break and preferably take an LFD test the night before they return to school. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

NHS England will also soon be opening an additional offer for 12 to 15 year olds to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Parents of children aged 12 to 15 will receive a letter from the NHS with more information on the vaccination programme shortly, including information about how to book an appointment.

Proposed merger consultation

A reminder that the consultation on the proposal for South Bank Multi Academy Trust to join with South York Multi Academy Trust will run until 3.00pm on 12 November 2021.

This letter contains full details about the proposal and consultation and you can complete the feedback form here (please note this will download as a Word document). Please email your completed form to consultation@southbanktrust.co.uk by the deadline.

Secondary school applications

Just a reminder for anyone with a child currently in Year 6, that applications for a secondary school place should be made by 31 October 2021.

Full admissions details can be found on our website or on the City of York Council website.

Post-16 Guide 

CYC have issued the “Planning your future” post-16 guide for 2021-2. It outlines all the different options available to Year 11 students when they leave Millthorpe. It is available to download here or from the Careers section of the school website.

Archbishop Holgate’s Sixth Form Open Evening

Archbishop Holgate Sixth Form Open Evening will be held on Tuesday 2 November, from 6.00-8.00pm.

Full details can be found here.

Sports practices

The following sports practices will take place after the October half-term until Christmas:

Lunchtime practices

After-school practices

As lunchtime is only 40 minutes long, students do not need to get changed into their PE kit, but they will need a change of footwear (trainers for the Sports Hall and plastic studded boots for the AGP). Students should come straight to practice and decide how to manage their lunch as they will not be able to eat in the Sports Hall or on the AGP. They may wish to eat a packed lunch at breaktime or just before or after practice.

After-school clubs take place between 3.20-4.20pm. Students should change into their kit in the Sports Hall changing rooms.

Everybody is welcome to come along. If you have any questions, please speak to one of the PE teachers.

Roots to Success 

Roots to Success is a programme run by the universities and colleges of York. Its aim is to encourage more students to consider Further or Higher Education as an option when they leave Millthorpe. They are now inviting applications from students in Years 8-9 who wish to join the programme.

Please see this letter which outlines the eligibility criteria. The closing date for applications is 7 November 2021.

ISSP lecture – What is endocrinology? 

The first ISSP lecture of the 2021-2 academic year will take place on Thursday 25 November. The topic will be “What is endocrinology?” As the lecture is virtual, it is open to all students in Years 7-8 – please see this letter which contains the link to register.

Snapchat safety warnings

Our police school liaison officer has asked that we make you aware that we are dealing with an increased prevalence of fake accounts that are being set up on Snapchat. These accounts are being used to contact students to attempt to engage in sexualised and inappropriate conversations and exchanges. We are also investigating reports of adult sexually explicit content sharing with young people via Snapchat.

Please support us in sharing the message that young people must not add others they do not know. We ask you to check your child’s phone regularly, in order to keep them safe. Please also be aware that without care taken with phone settings, others can locate your child via this app.

Please follow this link to a parent guide on how to keep your child safe on Snapchat.

How to keep safe on social media

All students in school have been provided with a booklet from CYC to help them keep safe online. This has been produced through a joint project between York St John University and the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Please ask your child to show you this booklet and discuss its contents with them. If your child has not received one, please ask them to speak to their Form Tutor after half term.

Student Diversity Group showcases Black British success

Millthorpe’s Student Diversity Group is a newly formed group of Year 11 students who have been working together to showcase Black British success and community work in the past and present. They recently shared their work with their peers in form groups during Black History Month.

The group, which was founded by students and supported by Ms Garner Steel, wanted to celebrate Black History Month by reminding us all that there have been influential Black British people for centuries. The group chose individuals who reflected their own interests and then shared their thoughts on what that person’s story meant to them.

Next half term, they will invite interested students from Years 9 and 10 to join them on their upcoming projects. You can read some of their reports here: Do you recognise the individuals from their photos?

Did you crack the code?

Thank you for taking part in our crack the code event this half term. Here are the answers in the order they were asked:

16, 13, 18, 5 and 9.

Then if a=1, b=2, c=3 etc you would get the letters: P, M, R, E and I, which you can rearrange to give the you the mathematical word:

PRIME

Well done to all who cracked the code!

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 15 October 2021

Covid-19 – testing over half-term

The DfE is encouraging students to continue to test twice-weekly over the half-term break and preferably take an LFD test the night before they return to school. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Proposed merger consultation

As you will have seen in the letter dated 11 October 2021, a consultation has begun on the proposal for South Bank Multi Academy Trust to join with South York Multi Academy Trust. The consultation will run until 3.00pm on 12 November 2021.

The letter contains full details about the proposal and consultation. Our Trust Board would very much like to hear your opinion and would encourage you to respond to the consultation by completing the feedback form (please note this will download as a Word document). Please email your completed form to consultation@southbanktrust.co.uk by the deadline.

Student Leadership applications

Mr Black and Mr Sloan are delighted to open up applications for next year’s Student Leaders. This morning during assembly some of our current Year 11 Student Leaders spoke to the Year 10s about this fantastic opportunity which is open to everyone in Year 10.

If anyone would like to apply, the application form, which can be downloaded here, should be completed and returned by Friday 5 November.

Year 10 GCSE Art & Textiles visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Parents/carers of Art & Textiles students should have received an email outlining arrangements for the study visit next Friday, 22 October. Please note that students should bring a mask, wear casual, warm clothing including a waterproof jacket and footwear suitable for walking on grass and gravel.

To finalise arrangements it is important that all parents/carers complete the consent form, make payment and return the packed lunch order (Pupil Premium students only) via ParentPay by Monday 18 October please.

Thank you in advance for your support and apologies for the short notice.

Brandon Hunt to visit Millthorpe

Upcoming pop sensation Brandon Hunt is performing for Year 7-9 students next Tuesday and delivering some important PSHE messages in the process. He will have merchandise available including pens for sale at £1.00 and T-shirts at £7.50. You can find out more about Brandon here.

Wake up Wednesday – Apple Guided Access

This week’s ‘Wake up Wednesday’ from National Online Safety is about Apple Guided Access.

iPhones and iPads don’t offer separate user accounts, so when you hand your Apple device to a child to play a game or watch a video, you’re also handing them access to your email, the web, messaging and other apps through which they could accidentally do something regrettable.

Apple Guided Access solves this problem by letting you restrict the iPhone or iPad to one particular app whenever your child uses the device. If they try and leave that app, they will be asked for a password or Face ID, meaning they can’t access anything they shouldn’t.

In the guide, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to set it up and switch it on, so you can confidently let your child borrow your iPhone or iPad.

Can you crack the code?

It’s week 5 of our ‘just for fun’ Crack the Code puzzle…

In honour of this weekend’s Yorkshire Marathon (look out for the Maths Department’s very own Mr Bruce), this week’s puzzle has a marathon theme.

Round the official length of a marathon to the nearest mile, then divide this by the number of whole hours taken by Ethiopia’s Sissay Lemma in this year’s London Marathon, and finally subtract the number of minutes from his winning time minutes.

You should now have five answers… If numbers were letters you have an anagram of a maths word to solve. All the answers will be revealed next week.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 8 October 2021

Early closure – Wednesday 13 October

As next week is B Week, school will finish at 2.10pm on Wednesday 13 October for staff Continuous Professional Development.

Personal Development sessions

We are planning to deliver breast awareness sessions to students in Years 10 and 11 over the next month or so as part of their Personal Development entitlement. We will be using materials developed by CoppaFeel!, a UK breast cancer charity set up to create awareness amongst young people. Although a serious matter, the message is delivered in a light-hearted way, empowering young people to kickstart healthy habits, for life.

We will also take the opportunity to discuss testicular cancer using materials supplied by Orchid, a charity set up to highlight the risks of male cancer. If your child has a close relative or friend that has gone through, or is going through, cancer, please do let us know so we can support them accordingly.

Proposed Merger Consultation

As you will recall, the Trustees of South Bank MAT are in discussion about a possible merger with South York MAT. Next week, Trustees from both trusts will be writing to parents, staff and other stakeholders to invite them to take part in a consultation on the merger proposal.

Dropping off students

For the safety of students, staff and visitors, a reminder that parents/carers are asked not to drive onto the school site to drop children off. Please find a convenient place, close to school, where you can pull over safely and without causing an obstruction to other road users.

Contacting school

  • Could we politely request that if you need to contact school, that you either call on T: 01904 686400 or if you need to email, please contact the relevant member of staff or E: admin@millthorpe.southbank.academy. Please do not use the news@millthorpe.southbank.academy email address to report student absence or illness.
  • If students or parents/carers have issues with Google Classroom, please contact Mr Hardy E: s.hardy@millthorpe.southbank.academy. Please do not contact Mr Ward with Google enquiries.

School uniform – a ‘thank you’

We have been incredibly impressed with how smart our students are looking in their uniform this half-term. At recent staff consultations, the uniform standards were highlighted as an enormous positive thus far in the academic year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents, carers and students for their support with this. Wearing a uniform brings a sense of pride, helps to create uniformity and relieves the pressure of your child deciding what to wear every day. The students are looking smarter than ever before and uniform infractions are virtually non-existent.

Please also remember that we have an Eco Laundry where you can purchase clean, pre-loved uniform items in good condition at excellent prices, which helps not only your budget but also the environment. If you would like to contact the Eco Laundry, please email ecolaundry@millthorpe.southbank.academy with your child’s name, sizes and the required items and our team of volunteers will let you know what we have available.

Labelling PE kit

Congratulations to all the students who have made such a strong start to the year with the organisation of their PE kit and participation so far. Can we remind parents/carers that as all students wear the same kit, having your child’s name in their kit is ESSENTIAL to helping you get your kit back quickly should it be lost or misplaced.

Sports fixtures

Details of sports fixtures can now be found on the school website. Please check back often as they are updated regularly!

Celebration Art Gallery for Year 11 Cohort 2021

Congratulations to all our Fine Art students on completion of their GCSE course this summer! We have created a ‘Celebration Art Gallery’ to showcase your artistic achievements featuring the piece you selected and at least one other piece chosen by your Art teacher.

The Gallery can be found here.

Computer Science homework

To support students with their Computer Science homework, PC1 and PC2 are available for students to come and complete their homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00-3.25pm.

Wake up Wednesday – a parent’s guide to Tinder

This week’s ‘Wake up Wednesday’ from National Online Safety left us somewhat taken aback as we would hope that none of our students are using, or even considering, online dating apps. However, as the guidance explains, until Tinder recently improved their management of age restrictions, there were a number of young people nationally who had bypassed these age restrictions to create profiles using dishonest dates of birth.

We would like to politely encourage parents/carers to check that their child(ren) does not have an app such as Tinder on their phones or devices and that you consider this advice.

Read the Parents’ Guide to Tinder

Family Matters courses

The short courses offered by Family Matters York give parents the opportunity to meet other parents and find out that they are not alone; to think about what they are doing with their children; and, in the light of the course material and ideas from other parents, decide if they want to make any changes.

The following courses, some online and some in person, are starting after half-term:

  • Handling Anger in the Family
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
  • Time Out for Parents – Children with Additional Needs
  • Time Out for Dads

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.

Netball skills sessions for students in Years 7-13 

If your child is looking to improve their netball skills, they might be interested in the skills sessions offered through Raise Your Game. You can find out more here or by contacting Lead Coach, Catherine Fairclough at raiseyourgameyork@gmail.com

Huntington Rovers Football Club – U13 Boys

Huntington Rovers Football Club is looking for Year 8 boys to join its boys’ U13 football team, Huntington Rovers Red.

The team was very successful last season, with six players being selected to play for academy level football, five of whom are now playing for York City. This has left the team with a huge gap to fill!

The team is coached by Charles Colley, whose son previously attended Millthorpe School. To find out more, please contact Charles directly on T: 07968 599 013 or via the club’s website.

Girls U14 football team – keeper needed!

York RI Football Club is on the lookout for a goalkeeper to play in their U14s girls’ team (not U13s as we posted last week!). Anyone interested can find out more here.

Can you crack the code?

It’s week 4 of our ‘just for fun’ Crack the Code puzzle…

This week, Facebook and its associated apps went down, leaving many students feeling un-cone-ected with the wider world.
Multiply the number of hours that Facebook went down, by the second cube number. Divide this number by the positive square root of 36. Finally, take away the second prime number.

This will give you your fourth answer – keep a note. Clue 5 will follow next week…..

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 1 October 2021

Teacher Training Day

A reminder that school will be closed to students on Wednesday 6 October for a Teacher Training Day and to allow preparation for the Open Evening.

Year 6 Open Evening – fully booked

Bookings for our Open Evening have been fast and furious and even though we added as many extra places as we could, all three slots on the evening are now fully booked.

We realise that some families may not have been able to secure a place. If that is the case and you would like to find out about alternative options to visit the school, please contact the School Office by calling T: 01904 686400 or E: admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk

Sex and Relationships Education

A revised policy for Sex and Relationships Education, taking into account statutory changes from September 2021, has been published in the policies section on the school website. Any comments should be addressed to Mr Noble, Head of Personal Development.

Millthorpe School Parents’ Forum

You will know from our recent ‘Meet the Tutor’ evenings that we really value the close working relationships we have with our parents. Last year saw the successful launch of our Parents’ Forum which saw a group of enthusiastic parents come together, via Google Meet, to discuss a range of new policies and future plans. We would like to say a big public ‘thank you’ to this group. Through positive debate and discussion, we were able to improve the provision which students benefit from at Millthorpe School.

We are now looking for a new group so that more parents can have the opportunity to shape the student experience. The group meets virtually, once per term and we do our best to schedule the meetings to suit as many people as possible. If you are interested in being part of a group, that is very much solutions focused, then please declare your interest using this Google Forms link.

(Please note: if you have a specific concerns directly relating to your child then please contact your child’s tutor rather than using this stakeholder voice opportunity.)

Wake up Wednesday

This week’s ‘Wake up Wednesday’ from National Online Safety relates to Pokemon Go, a game that was very popular a few years ago and has seen a recent resurgence. However, as the guidance explains, there are several concerns associated with the game so please see the advice for more information.

Mobile phone use

Please can we politely remind all parents and carers that students are not permitted to use their mobile phones during the school day, including break and lunch.

If you need to contact your child urgently during the school day, please contact the Main Reception on 01904 686400 and we will arrange for you to speak to your child. Students who use their phone during the school day will have it confiscated for the remainder of that day.

Additionally, please can we encourage parents and carers to speak to their child(ren) about their mobile phone use when walking to and from school? Students should ensure that their mobile phone use is not distracting them from their ability to walk to school safely and cross busy roads.

Information for parents/carers of Year 11 students

A number of parents/carers asked questions about next steps at post-16 for Year 11 students, at the recent Meet the Tutor evening. Our Careers Advisor, Rachel Howlett, has collated answers to these questions – you can see the document here or in the careers bulletin.

If you have any queries, please contact Rachel at E: r.howlett@millthorpe.southbank.academy

Computer Science homework

To support students with their Computer Science homework, PC1 and PC2 are available for students to come and complete their homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00-3.25pm.

Talk: The small things that matter 

Entomologist, Erica McAlister, from the Natural History Museum, is giving a talk next Friday, 8 October, at 7pm, all about flies! Further information can be found here and you can email events@stpetersyork.org.uk or call 01904 527300 to book tickets.

Girls U13 football team – keeper needed!

York RI Football Club is on the lookout for a goalkeeper to play in their U13s girls’ team. Anyone interested can find out more here.

Crack the code

It’s week 3 of our ‘just for fun’ Crack the Code puzzle…

Mrs Myers turns 40 in March (What?! That cannot be right). As a birthday surprise, her lovely colleagues in the Maths Department are arranging for Gary Barlow (the lead singer and most talented member of boy band Take That) to sing her Happy Birthday (ssshhh, don’t tell her).

On Mrs Myers’ birthday, what will the age difference between her and Gary Barlow be?

Add to that, the number of members in the original band Take That and the first prime number.

This will give you your third answer – keep a note. Clue 4 will follow next week…..

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 24 September 2021

Early closure – Wednesday 29 September

As next week is B Week, school will finish at 2.10pm on Wednesday 29 September for staff Continuous Professional Development.

Year 11 ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening

A reminder that Tutor Meetings will take place on Monday 27 September for Year 11 students and their parents/carers.

Please check your letter for arrival times. Parking on-site is extremely limited, so please park away from school and walk if possible. On arrival please come into school via the Philadelphia Terrace entrance and go straight to the Main Hall.

We look forward to seeing you.

Year 6 Open Evening

We are delighted that we are able to hold a ‘real’ Open Evening this year for Year 6 pupils and their parents/carers.

The Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 6 October. In the interest of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we will be running three consecutive sessions, at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm, in order that group sizes are not too big. Full details can be found on our website.

Teacher Training Day

A reminder that school will be closed to students on Wednesday 6 October for a Teacher Training Day and to allow preparation for the Open Evening.

Ski trip 2022 – Sportwelt Amade, Austria

We are pleased to be able to offer a Ski Trip to Austria next year, from 9-16 April 2022, for students in Years 8, 9 and 10.

Full details can be found in Mr Boothman’s letter and in this presentation.

Footwear for the AGP

The PE team has asked that we remind parents/carers that students will need boots for Games suitable for both the AGP (astroturf) and grass. Some students have two separate pairs, one for each surface. Some students have one pair that they clean thoroughly if moving from grass to the AGP.

Please note that the key point for buying boots for the AGP is that they are non metal and must be plastic studs. Small pimpled ‘astro’ trainers are not suitable, they must be studded boots.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Randall, Head of PE.

Parental controls for Apps on iPhone and Android

This week’s ‘Wake up Wednesday’ from National Online Safety gives parents and carers handy guides to set up parental controls for apps on iPhone and Android phones.

Read the guidance here:

Private Fostering Awareness Week

Next week is Private Fostering Awareness Week in York. From Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October 2021, a virtual campaign will run to raise the profile and awareness of the Private Fostering resources and training in the City of York.

It is hoped that by the end of the week, professionals, wider partners and members of the public will have a better understanding of Private Fostering arrangements, where to find resources and how to make a notification.

Further information can be found here and you can follow the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership on Twitter @YorkSCP.

Can you crack the code?

It’s week 2 of our ‘just for fun’ Crack the Code puzzle…

Our GB Olympians and Paralympians have been giving their all this summer in Tokyo, so you will need to think back to the Games for this week’s clue.
Take the total number of medals won by Great Britain in the 2020 Paralympic Games. Add the difference between the first and third square numbers.
Divide this by the number of sports at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Finally add the number of players on an Olympic Baseball Team.
Hope this clue is a lucky one for you! This will give you your second answer – keep a note. Clue 3 will follow next week…..

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 September 2021

A great start to the term

We have had a great week and it is so lovely to see the school full of life again. We have been super-impressed that the vast majority of students have come back to school in such a positive frame of mind, how smart everyone is in their uniform and how calmly and sensibly students are moving around the site.

We hope that you feel happy and confident that your child has returned to a school that feels much more ‘normal’ this academic year, but as always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance. There will be opportunity at the forthcoming Tutor Meetings to meet form tutors in person – more information below.

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

‘Meet the Tutor’ evenings

A reminder that Tutor Meetings are taking place over the next couple of weeks:

  • Monday 20 September – Year 7
  • Tuesday 21 September – Year 8
  • Wednesday 22 September – Year 9
  • Thursday 23 September – Year 10
  • Monday 27 September – Year 11 (please note that this is the correct date – apologies that our communication earlier today showed the wrong date)

Please check your letter for arrival times. Parking on-site is extremely limited, so please park away from school and walk if possible. On arrival please come into school via the Philadelphia Terrace entrance and go straight to the Main Hall.

We look forward to seeing you.

Year 6 Open Evening

We are delighted that we are able to hold a ‘real’ Open Evening this year for Year 6 pupils and their parents/carers!

The Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 6 October. In the interest of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, we will be running three consecutive sessions, at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm, in order that group sizes are not too big.

Full details about the event, including booking information, will be sent out next week via our primary schools and posted on our website.

Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze Award meetings

A reminder that meetings for Year 10 Bronze Award DofE students will begin on Monday 20 September, at 3.10pm. The meetings will generally last no more than 30 minutes.

Computer Science Homework

To support students with their Computer Science Homework PC1 and PC2 is available for students to come and complete their homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00-3.25pm.

Social media scams

Our weekly update from National Online Safety is to help parents and carers to avoid social media scams, and to help them to explain this to their child(ren) so that they can avoid them too.

Read the guidance here

Equal Play? Do we need to ‘make space for girls’ in public parks?

The Friends of Rowntree Park are launching a new project in Rowntree Park in York to research the views of local older girls on Rowntree Park’s facilities. We’d love as many girls aged 10-17 to complete this anonymous online survey.

We are also running a workshop on Saturday 9 October – more information can be found on our website or on our facebook page. Views shared could lead to real change.

This article gives more background to why the Friends are conducting the research and where the project may go in future.

Can you crack the code?

For a bit of fun this half-term, the Maths department is running a “Crack the Code” puzzle and we’d love you to take part!

Every Friday, we will publish a clue or a puzzle to solve. In the final week of half-term, you should have five answers which will enable you to crack the code and work out the password.

Clue 1: Fresh from achieving an A* in her A-Level Mathematics, Emma Raducanu won the US Open. Take the total number of games played in the final, then subtract the second triangle number.

This will give you your first answer – keep a note. Clue 2 will follow next week…..

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 10 September 2021

A new school year

It has been wonderful to welcome our new Year 7 students to Millthorpe this week and to see everyone back in school, especially as we can now see their smiling faces! It’s lovely to see each year-group in their new ties and looking very smart. A big thank you to you all for your help in getting students ready for the start of the autumn term. It is great to see our students ready to learn, wearing the right uniform and with the right equipment.

It has been a really busy week, with our new Year 7 cohort settling into new routines and our returning students familiarising themselves once more with some old routines! We have been talking to our students about our new school motto and our new approach to behaviour for learning. It has been particularly gratifying to see so many students exemplifying the motto already, being Respectful, Responsible, Ready as they move around school and take part in lessons.

We’re looking forward to a great term, and an exciting year ahead. Have a lovely weekend and we’ll see everyone next week for B week!

Gemma Greenhalgh
Headteacher

School meals

We’re delighted to welcome Dolce on board as our new catering partner in the school canteen. The children have clearly been enjoying sampling the new food and drink on offer. It’s fair to say that it hasn’t gone without a hitch – at the same time as everyone, students and staff, getting to grips with a new system, we’ve had some software glitches that have interfered with the balances shown on the till. In turn, this has unhelpfully led to automated emails notifying parents of lack of funds when we know this isn’t the case. We’re really grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding as we get these issues sorted.

We have been notified that it is still taking more time than usual for funds paid into ParentPay to reach the tills; this often happens at the busy start of the school year and should improve as things settle down. Please continue to put money on via ParentPay – this is still the way to pay for school meals, as well as other school activities. The simplest way to pay for regular meals is to activate auto top-up, which will ensure there are always sufficient funds in the account. You can find the ParentPay help pages here.
Other than that, we think most issues are resolved now but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. And please rest assured that, whatever happens, we will always make sure children can get fed, even if the IT is not playing ball. Please encourage them to speak to staff if there is a problem at the tills.
The canteen now offers free porridge every breaktime which means children can fill up in the morning without worrying about running out of money at lunchtime.

Early closure – Wednesday 15 September

As next week is B Week, school will finish at 2.10pm on Wednesday 15 September for staff Continuous Professional Development.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Huge congratulations to the former Year 10s who completed their expeditions last academic year. We are planning one more weekend soon, so please keep an eye out for details. We will also be offering the Silver Award again for Year 11s, details to follow next week.

Bronze Award students will begin their meetings on Monday 20 September. We hope these meetings will generally last no more than 30 minutes as we have changed our usual procedures to accommodate the fantastic amount of students that have signed up for the Award.

Mr Ward

Computer Science Homework

To support students with their Computer Science homework, PC1 and PC2 are available for students to come and complete their homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00-3.25pm.

PE Kit for Key Stage 3 students

To help Key Stage 3 students (and their parents) to bring the right PE/Games kit on the right day, please take a look at this list.

Sports practices

The following sports practices will take place until October half-term:

Lunchtime practices

After-school practices

As lunchtime is only 40 minutes long, students do not need to get changed into their PE kit, but they will need a change of footwear (trainers for the Sports Hall and plastic studded boots for the AGP). Students should come straight to practice and decide how to manage their lunch as they will not be able to eat in the Sports Hall or on the AGP. They may wish to eat a packed lunch at breaktime or just before or after practice.

After-school clubs take place between 3.20-4.20pm. Students should change into their kit in the Sports Hall changing rooms.

Everybody is welcome to come along. If you have any questions, please speak to one of the PE teachers.

Snapchat

We recommend parents view this information from NSPCC about Snapchat. Please be aware that it is possible for children to be contacted by people using false identities and, therefore, they should not reply to anyone who they don’t know, even if they claim to share the same age or interests.

This guidance is recommended by the NSPCC.

Online safety

National Online Safety continues to send us regular “Wake Up Wednesday” documents to share with parents and carers. Here are three parent/carer guides that we have received in recent weeks:

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is the biggest killer of under 35s in the UK, and over 200 school children die by suicide every year. Suicide Prevention Day offers a useful reminder for us, as a school, to consider the resources and support available and to share details of where children and young people can get immediate help and support if they are in crisis:

  • The Crisis Line – York (TEWV): T: 0800 0516 171
  • Samaritans: T: 116 123

Railway Safety

All local schools have again been contacted by Network Rail to express their urgent concerns about trespass on the railway in our local area. Whilst there is no suggestion that Millthorpe students are involved, the regular communication and requests for us to highlight the dangers of trespassing on the railway from Network Rail is concerning. Please take the time to speak to your child(ren) about this.

Form Tutors will be addressing this in form time next week but you might also want to watch the videos below with your child(ren), especially if you are the parent/carer of a new Year 7 student who might not have seen these videos before. Students in Y8-11 have viewed these videos in school previously but you may want to ask them to watch them again. As the secondary age video is quite hard-hitting, we have included the primary school version if you feel this is more age appropriate for your child.

Please enter the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com into the “I am registered” field so that you do not need to “sign up”.

Primary school version: Age 7- 11

https://learnliveuk.com/network-rail-primary-school-safety-talk/

https://learnliveuk.com/i-am-train-safe/

Secondary school version: Age 11-16

https://learnliveuk.com/network-rail-secondary-school-safety-talk/

https://learnliveuk.com/i-am-train-safe/

Players needed for girls’ football team

Bishopthorpe White Rose Football Club is looking for new players to join its established U16 Girls’ Football Team.

Students in Years 10 and 11 are eligible to join this friendly girls’ team; they are particularly on the lookout for a goalkeeper. Training is on a Wednesday evening and matches takes place on a Saturday morning. They also have a fantastic new ground!

You can find out more on their website and if you would like more info, please send them a message either on Twitter @BishWRFC or email: bishopthorpewhiterose@gmail.com

Family Matters courses

The short courses offered by Family Matters York give parents the opportunity to meet other parents and find out that they are not alone; to think about what they are doing with their children; and, in the light of the course material and ideas from other parents, decide if they want to make any changes.

There are a few spaces left on the following courses, starting soon:

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

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.

Creative Connections

York Theatre Royal Creative Connections is a free project for young people aged 16-21 not in employment, education or looking for a positive place to be. They’ll invite participants to express creativity in a way that suits them with absolutely no theatre experience necessary.

It will run on a Monday from 2pm-4pm, for ten weeks from 20 September.

Workshops include:

  • Introduction to spoken word
  • Creating environmentally sustainable set designs
  • Tailored workshops by leading carbon neutral theatre company, Pigfoot Theatre Company.

You can find further information here.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 3 September 2021

Autumn term return dates and times

A reminder that we will be welcoming students back as follows:

  • Year 7 only on Wednesday 8 September
  • All students on Thursday 9 September

The school day starts at 8.45am and ends at 3.00pm, except each Wednesday B Week, when school ends at 2.10pm for staff Continuous Professional Development.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

COVID arrangements

COVID arrangements in schools have changed in line with national relaxing of restrictions. Students are no longer required to wear face coverings (although they can if they wish) and we will not be keeping students in fixed year group ‘bubbles’ or requiring them to all be seated facing forward. We will encourage students to wash their hands on arrival to and departure from school, and to sanitise them as they arrive at each lesson or the canteen. A full range of practical activities, including sport, music and drama, will be able to take place, although we will continue to take sensible precautions where appropriate.

All arrangements are subject to review if advice and guidance from the local Public Health team or central government changes as a result of a local outbreak or a national increase in cases.

Testing and isolating

As per the letter from York Public Health, all students are encouraged to carry out two Lateral Flow tests before returning to school. Details of arrangements in York can be found here.

During September, students will be encouraged to test at home twice a week. We will provide testing kits for them to do this.
If your child tests positive at home, they should stay at home until they have had a PCR test.

Similarly, if your child develops symptoms they will need to go home or stay at home and isolate and book in for a PCR test.
If the PCR test is negative, your child will be able to return to school. If the test is positive, your child will need to isolate as instructed by the NHS. If your child does receive a positive result after a PCR test, there is no need to test for 90 days afterwads.

Students no longer need to isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive. All tracing will be carried out by the NHS, not by school.

Anyone who is exempt (under 18 years 6 months or double vaccinated) does not need to isolate if a member of their household tests positive on a PCR, or is waiting for a PCR result after developing symptoms or testing positive on an LFT. They are legally required to do so if not exempt.

Uniform and equipment

Please remember to make sure your child arrives back in school in the correct uniform and with the equipment they need. Students in Years 7 and 10 need to purchase the appropriate tie from Keal Teamwear. You can check what is required on the school website.

Badged items of uniform can be purchased from our supplier Keal Teamwear.

For further information about PE and Games kit, please click here. This is also available from Keal Teamwear. (Just as a reminder, PE takes place indoors and Games takes place outdoors.)

New catering contract

As announced in a previous email, this year we will be welcoming a new catering contractor on board. Dolce is a family business specialising in school meals.

Your child will notice some changes to the canteen, including new self-service sales points: the individualised fobs needed for these will be handed to students on their first morning back. We will be uploading menus to the website shortly so you can get a flavour of what is on offer.

Contacting the school about pastoral issues

In the first instance, please contact your child’s form tutor by email and ask them to respond or call you back. Each tutor has dedicated time after the school day four days a week (not Wednesday) so this is likely to be when they make contact. Form tutor emails can be found here.

Full details of communication under the new year group structure can be found here. If you believe a child is at immediate risk of harm, please contact the School Office T: 01904 686400 and ask to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 23 July 2021

See you in September!

The new school year will begin on Wednesday 8 September when school will be open for Year 7 students only. All students will return to school on Thursday 9 September.

We hope you have a great summer holiday!

Behaviour for Learning – new approach

The current approach to behaviour for learning at Millthorpe School has been in place for some years now. As with any system, it’s healthy to review how things are done from time to time and look for opportunities to improve and better meet current needs and demands. One of our key findings was that, unsurprisingly, since the systems had been in place for a long time, the way they were implemented by different staff had become increasingly inconsistent. This was highlighted in surveys of both staff and students and reflects national data from Ofsted reports.

We have undertaken a thorough process and consultative approach in devising a new behaviour system, looking at all the key elements including:

  • The underlying principles and how these are articulated
  • The way we address behaviour that doesn’t meet our expectations
  • The way we reward positive behaviour
  • The link to changes to the pastoral structure

Our new approach to Behaviour for Learning will launch in September – please click here to find out more. Students have received information about the changes in form time and assemblies.

Any questions should be directed to Mr Beever, Deputy Headteacher.

Update – Year Group teams from September

Please note that we have made a slight change to the year group teams from September. Mrs Detheridge will now be the Deputy Head of Year 8, and Mrs Bramwell will be the Deputy Head of Year 10. There are no other changes.

The updated photo board can be seen here if you would like to see who will be looking after your child from September, and please remember to look at their year group for next year, not their current one.

Ties

If your child hasn’t been able to swap their tie this week because they were absent, don’t worry, form tutors will all have a supply of new ties in September. On the first day of term, they should bring in their old tie if possible and receive a new tie.

House competition results

As we bid farewell to the House System at Millthorpe, we wanted to share the results for this year’s competition and the overall results of the House competition from 2012 to 2021. These can be viewed here.

Library book emails

Due to issues with an update from our external hosts, many parents and carers have received multiple emails about overdue books. The books may indeed be overdue but please ignore the emails as we prefer to work directly with the students to get books returned. The reminder schedule has been turned off to stop the emails being sent again while we investigate the problem. Apologies and many thanks!

New website for parents to help their children catch-up

The Department for Education has launched an information site for parents, to help them support children of all ages and abilities to catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic. The site also features advice and support for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as programmes, resources and activities for children and young people this summer.

SEND improvement in the city

Together with colleagues from the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, City of York Council has produced a Special Edition SEND Newsletter to publicise their improvement journey.

You can view the newsletter here.

Covid-19 testing for pupils in September

City of York Council’s Public Health team has issued a letter to parents and carers to advise what you and your child(ren) need to do before school returns in September with regards to Covid testing. You can read the letter here.

If the situation changes over the summer, we will be in touch with updates as necessary.

They have also supplied some information and tips to help you enjoy the summer safely – you can view this here.

Online safety

This week’s parents guide from National Online Safety is about “Only Fans.” This is a platform for people aged 18 or over, but a recent BBC documentary found evidence of young people accessing the platform. Please read the guide for more information.

Rail safety

As we break up for summer, please take the time to remind your child(ren) of the dangers of trespassing on the railway. You will recall us sharing several notices and videos from National Rail in recent months, and there is always an increase in trespassing and incidents on the railway in the summer months.

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.

Ties

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.