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Safeguarding

Weekly email – 4 February 2022

Message to students about our expectations

Today, all students watched a presentation by Miss Greenhalgh reminding them of the school motto of Ready, Respectful, Responsible and what that means in terms of our expectations of them in certain key areas.

Year 11 Exams
All students were reminded of the importance of these exams and the need to respect Year 11 students by not disturbing them.
Toilets
It’s vital that toilets are only used for their intended purpose, not to socialise or congregate. All students need to feel safe and comfortable using them. Misuse of toilet areas will be robustly addressed. The good news is that brand new toilets will be in place across the school in September.
Punctuality
Miss Greenhalgh spelled out the impact of being late to form and classes in terms of lost learning, not only for the individual but for the rest of the class as well. For this reason, a higher sanction of an after-school detention will be introduced for lateness starting on Monday
Uniform
As the weather begins to get milder, the temporary arrangements regarding coats will cease today and from Monday, normal rules will apply: only school uniform (blazer and optional Millthorpe jumper) allowed inside the building during the school day.
Finally, Miss Greenhalgh reminded everyone what a fantastic school Millthorpe is, with an exceptionally warm and inclusive community, and that the vast majority of students work incredibly hard to make it a successful place.

Assemblies

The Millthorpe Parents Forum agreed that if we shared the focus of recent assemblies with all parents/carers, it would help to encourage further discussion and debate at home. The following topics have been covered over the last two weeks:

  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • E safety – make sure you leave the right digital footprint (Year 7 will see this next Wednesday)
  • LGBTQ+ Month – Telling the story of Alan Turing (Year 10 will see this next Tuesday)

Year 9 Residential: 18-21 July 2022

This week we were pleased to announce to pupils that the Year 9 residential trip is returning for 2022. Pupils will have received a letter with some key information, payment dates and a reply slip in form time today. All pupils are welcome to join the trip and we’d love as many pupils to join us as possible! To secure a place on the trip for your child, please return the reply slip with your child’s name to the office and pay the initial deposit by Friday 18 February.

More information will follow after this date once we have pupil numbers. If there are any queries in the meantime, please contact Mr Newman or Miss Forrester.

Rail safety

We have once again been contacted by Network Rail to ask us to share their concerns about high volumes of trespass on the railway in our area. There is nothing to suggest that this is Millthorpe students, but please take the time to speak to your child about this and show them the video. We have attached the video aimed at a younger audience too in case this is more suitable for your child.

Network Rail have made things easier for you to watch the free safety videos by just entering the email railsafety@learnliveuk.com into the ‘I am registered’ field when you first watch the videos.

Virtual Summer Courses: ‘Deutschland online erleben’

UK German Connection are offering virtual courses to pupils aged 15-17, giving them an opportunity to practise and improve their German skills and immerse themselves in the language with like-minded peers from many different European countries. It’s a unique opportunity to exchange on topics relevant to their lives, gain new perspectives and make friends, all under the guidance of specialist German teachers.

The programme consists of a week-long practical language course, run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), which will be embedded in a wider programme delivered by UK-German Connection. This will include a network of UK participantscomplementary language support from a UK teacher, and an opportunity to engage with German peers. The programme is completely free.

An optional visit to Germany is being planned for the autumn of 2022 if travel restrictions allow. This trip will provide all successful applicants of the Virtual Summer Courses with an opportunity to meet German peers and also meet each other in person whilst getting a taste of German culture and everyday language.

You can find out more on their website: www.ukgermanconnection.org/virtual-summer-courses

Application deadline: 1 March 2022

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 – 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.

Family Matters also offer Reconnect, a five-session couple-to-couple mentoring service, focusing on relationship skills to help you strengthen your couple relationship. For details contact Emma at emmamarshall@fmy.org.uk

Basketball Development Camps

If your child would like to take part in a Basketball Development Camp over the February half-term or Easter holidays, please take a look here for details. You can also find the application form here.

South Bank Singers

The South Bank Singers will be performing a short concert on Saturday 12 February, their first for over two years, at St Clements Church. They are hoping that as many local people as possible will join them.

Further information can be found here.

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