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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Back to School Online Safety
- Free Speech Vs Hate Speech and
- A guide to Rocket League – a free app that might cost you money if you are not careful!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org into the “I am registered” field so that you do not need to “sign up”.
Primary school version: Age 7- 11
Secondary school version: Age 11-16
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!
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
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.
- Introduction to spoken word
- Creating environmentally sustainable set designs
- Tailored workshops by leading carbon neutral theatre company, Pigfoot Theatre Company.