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Weekly email – 15 December 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

What a lovely festive week we’ve had! Today we enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner with staff and students and we also had a sneak preview of our school production ‘Elf the Musical’. Our students did themselves proud, performing their dress rehearsal to a hall full of Year 5 and 6 pupils from our local primary schools. There are still some tickets available for our three performances of Elf next week, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, don’t miss out! It really is a fantastic, festive production. Further information about tickets can be found below.

As you’ll see below, our Student Leaders have spent the morning sorting the hundreds of donations collected for our Christmas Charity Appeal. Thank you very much for your generosity. I know these donations will make a real difference to our three chosen charities.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with those students who were nominated by their faculty to have hot chocolate with me today, including: Sonny, Zac, Fynn, Tommy, Edward, Sofia, Leo, Hauwa, Will, Summer-Mae and Ella.

A reminder that term finishes at 3.15pm on Wednesday 20 December with school reopening after the Christmas break on Monday 8 January 2024.

I look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday for the last few days of term. Have a lovely weekend!

With best wishes,

Gemma Greenhalgh

Christmas charity appeal

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Charity Christmas Appeal – the response was phenomenal!

Our Student Leaders spent this morning sorting and boxing all of the donated items ready for collection by the three amazing charities we are supporting once again: RAY (Refugee Action York)SASH and Carecent. These important local charities work to support the homeless and some of the most in need in our community. We hope that our donations will go some way to helping those in need this Christmas.

Thank you again for your kindness.

New Head of Year 11 – message from Mr Wright

I would like to introduce myself to parents/carers of Year 11 students as the new Head of Year 11 commencing in January to replace Ms Bhatt, who as you may know is leaving us at Christmas. We wish her all the best in her new role.

As some of you will know, I am currently the Head of Year 10 and, for the rest of this academic year, I will be working across both year groups.

I’m now in my sixth year here at Millthorpe, so I have seen the Year 11 students grow from the day they arrived in Year 7 to the mature young adults they are today. I have taught many of them Science at some point and I’m now very much looking forward to working with them all as they complete their journey here at Millthorpe.

Kind regards

Mr Wright

Non-uniform day fundraiser

The total raised from last week’s non-uniform day is now £898.95! This is a fantastic total which will be donated to the  Millie Wright Children’s Charity. Thanks to everyone who donated.

Elf the Musical tickets and rehearsals

We can’t wait to see our students take to the stage in Elf the Musical on 18, 19 and 20 December.

Tickets priced at £3 each are still available via Parentpay until Sunday evening. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.

We can’t wait to see everyone there!

Post-16 applications – a message from Miss Watts, Careers Lead

As students are now beginning to apply for their post-16 courses, I thought I would provide parents with a bit of guidance on how you can support your child with their applications.

Applications are now live for all schools and colleges. Please note that students can apply to a number of different schools and colleges and make their final decision after they have received their GCSE results. They don’t have to have attended a taster day at the school or college to apply there. Application deadlines vary depending on the institution and, at York College, can vary between courses. It’s best to check out their websites and prospectuses for further information.

For York Collegeprospectuses are available online here. Attached is a PowerPoint which explains how to apply. Included in this PowerPoint is also the link to the application form. If a student requires a paper copy, let me know and I can provide them with one. I have a limited number at school.

For All Saints, the application deadline is 31 January 2024Their online prospectus can be found here. Their application is online via a Google Form. The PowerPoint called ‘All Saints and Fulford’ outlines the application procedure.

For Fulford School, their prospectus and application form are both available online here. Their deadline is 9 January 2024.

For other post-16 schools, more information is available in the students’ Careers Google Classroom.

If anyone has any questions regarding the application process, the best place to look is the school or college website. If further support is required, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Watts.

‘Time out for Parents’ in collaboration with Family Matters York

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with Family Matters York to deliver workshops for parents/carers. Family Matters, which helps to support, equip and encourage families to make small steps for change in their family relationships, deliver a range of courses to suit families with children of all ages.

Next term, Family Matters will deliver workshops to support parents with teenagers. Entitled ‘Time out for parents: the teenage years’ the sessions will help you to learn more about the changes your teenager is experiencing, how to communicate clearly, ways to stay connected and how to support their wellbeing.

There is an initial online taster session followed by a five-week programme at York High School.

Taster session
This will take place online on 31 January from 7.30-9.00pm. To sign up you will need to contact Mrs Cole E: with your name, email address and a contact number please.


Five-week course
This course starts on 19 February and runs until 18 March. It is free and will take place at York High School. To register, please email or call 07393 147259.

#WakeUpWednesday – 12 Top Tips for a Tech Free Christmas!

Take a look at National Online Safety’s top tips for maximising family time over Christmas, without the need for tech!


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Mrs Cole, Mrs Cooper or Mr Beever during school hours by emailing, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

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