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Weekly email – 15 July 2022

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

It’s been another great week at school, with yet more fantastic events and achievements. We enjoyed a wonderful Summer Concert, celebrated student success at our annual Awards Evening, witnessed some fabulous wins at the York District Athletics Championship and raised a notable sum of money for Diabetes UK through our non-uniform day.

I can hardly believe that next week is the last of the school year. As you will know, we have loads of great activities planned but with very hot weather predicted for the early part of next week, we are having to make really difficult decisions to make sure everyone stays safe – see below. Nevertheless, we hope it will still be an enjoyable end to a challenging but incredible year.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Gemma Greenhalgh

Important: Hot Weather Warning

Flamingo Land Trip – Postponed
As a result of the red warning for extreme heat on Monday and Tuesday for an area that includes York, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Flamingo Land trip. We understand that this will be very disappointing for many students but we do not feel confident that we will be able to ensure the safety of students in this environment; we also feel that their enjoyment of the day is likely to be severely impacted by the conditions, which could become very uncomfortable. We understand that other schools in the city have taken similar decisions.

We are currently exploring every possibility that would allow us to run the trip later in the week when the weather is cooler. If this doesn’t prove possible, we will definitely run the trip later in the year when we return after the summer break. The final arrangements for next week will be shared with students and parents/carers as soon as they are confirmed.
Staying safe
Whatever students are doing next week, please stress to them the importance of taking suitable precautions against the heat and sun, including wearing hats, regularly applying suncream, staying out of the sun in the hottest part of the day, avoiding physical exertion and drinking plenty of water.
Students in Years 7 and 8 can choose to wear school uniform (no blazers or ties required) or school PE kit. On Thursday, they should wear sportswear suitable for the Race for Life.
Students at Carlton Lodge will be advised separately about hot weather arrangements there. Please remember to take suitable clothing and a refillable water bottle.
Students on work experience should take suitable precautions when travelling on Monday and Tuesday and follow any measures in place at their workplace.

New school website

We are delighted to announce that we now have a new school website! Please take a look at We hope you like it, and as always, if you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

Year 9 Activities Week

All Year 9 students who are not going to Carlton Lodge should have received a letter regarding what activities they will be doing next week, along with a consent form to return to give permission for the off-site activities. If you haven’t yet returned the reply slip, please can you do so on Monday as your child will not be able to go off-site without it.

Students will be taking part in a range of activities including a treasure trail around York, bowling, campcraft, sports events, an escape room style activity and Banksy stencil art. Yesterday, all students were made aware of the groups that they are in and where they should meet on Monday morning for registration. The school day is the same timings so students should be at their allocated area for 8.45am for morning registration and 1.15pm for their afternoon registration. The week for Year 9s is in non-uniform.

Austria Trip – 17-21 July 2023

Colleagues in the Language Department are planning a trip to the Salzburg area of Austria next July, for students currently in Year 8. Further information can be found in the attached letter.

Non-uniform day

So far, we have raised £598 for Diabetes UK through our non-uniform day on Wednesday. We would love to push the total over the £600 mark, so if you would still like to donate, you can do so via the link on ParentPay until Monday. Thanks to our Student Leaders for organising!

River safety

Please could we once again ask you to speak to your child(ren) about the dangers of swimming, playing or jumping into the river? The last time we asked you to do this was when the weather began to improve and we suspected that some young people may be tempted to swim in the river. This request is due to direct reports of secondary school age children doing so in recent days. North Yorkshire Police are aware of these incidents and are increasing patrols around the river.

We are sure you share our significant concerns about this behaviour and would urge you to speak to your child to discourage them from doing this, and the reasons why. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

District Athletics finals

Following on from the success of Millthorpe’s athletics team in the semi-finals of the District Athletics competition, the squad did an amazing job at the final yesterday.  Everyone who took part did themselves proud, competing with grit and determination.

A special mention to some stand-out performers:

District Athletics Champions
Imogen Barrett – 200m; Louisa Birch – 300m; Rowan Whitaker – 300m; Kathryn Clague – Javelin; Adam Quinn – Long Jump; Zoe Bind – Shot Put; Year 10 Girls Relay.

Second placed athletes
Rowan Whitaker – High Jump (pictured below); Martha Featherstone – Javelin: Louisa Birch – Long Jump; Theo Clarke -1500m; Ralph Smith – 800m; Year 9 – Boys Relay.

Third placed athletes
Louisa Birch – 80m Hurdles; Zoe Bind – 100m; Alex How – Long Jump; Archie Baker – 1500m.

In addition to the students’ success in the competition, we also saw an incredible seven new school records set. Of particular note is the Boys Year 10 Long Jump record which has stood for over 30 years. Our record breakers are:

  • Imogen Barrett (Year 10) – 200m, 26.61secs
  • Louisa Birch (Year 10) – 300m, 44.59secs
  • Kathryn Clague (Year 10) – Javelin, 34.98m
  • Adam Quinn (Year 10) – Long Jump, 5.71m
  • Louisa Birch (Year 10) – Long Jump, 5.02m
  • Rowan Whitaker (Year 8) – High Jump, 1.46m
  • Zoe Bind (Year 8) – Shot Put – 8.43m

Well done to everybody who competed in the semi-finals and finals. You have done an amazing job – the staff in the PE department are super proud of all of your achievements.

Engineering Apprenticeship at IQ Engineers

York Local company, IQ Engineers, are offering an Engineering Apprenticeship through York College and also through Derwent Training Association.

Details of the Engineering Fitter apprenticeship that are available at York College can be accessed through this link: Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Level 3 | York College and the job description can be found here.

The deadline for applications is Friday 22 July. Applications can be made through York College, Derwent Training Association or directly to

For more information about IQ Engineers please visit

Free online health and wellbeing activities

To help families who are struggling to access extra-curricular and holiday clubs this summer due to the increasing cost of living, the myphizz team will be posting free content on its social media platforms throughout the summer holidays.

myphizz is a safe teacher built app used by schools to promote physical activity and wellbeing to children. If you want to make sure your child(ren) stays active this summer, go to one of the following platforms and #findyourphizz!

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