Happy new year to you all. I hope that you enjoyed a restful festive break. It has been absolutely fantastic to have students back at school this week, after we completed two days of allocated planning days for potential online learning. The current situation continues to be very difficult across the country, and much is out of our control as an individual school. However, what I can tell you is that we are absolutely determined to do everything within our power to stay fully open for all students in every year group. The key issues for schools to be able to do this are (i) safety of all whilst at school and (ii) availability of staff to teach all classes due to required isolation.
First, ensuring safety of all. We have made further adjustments to our daily operations and risk assessments in line with the latest set of Welsh Government guidelines. We have briefed students about changes to routines - for example, we have split the morning break so that only half of the year group is in circulation on break at a time. We also have the benefit of a spacious and modern building, with inbuilt air quality monitors, fresh air ventilation and many windows to open. During these cold winter months, students are welcome to wear coats anywhere inside, including in classrooms.
Secondly, availability of teaching staff. This, again, is not entirely in our control given the legal requirements of isolation in the revised guidance from Welsh Government in the last few days. However, we have fared better than many other schools in continuing to be fully staffed, with temporary staff when required. In addition, MCS colleagues have really stepped up to take on extra classes, for which I am very grateful.
Nobody can know for certain what the coming months will bring, but we are determined to provide the excellent standard of education that we know all of our students deserve, including a central focus on wellbeing for all. We are better equipped than ever before to deal with all the new challenges that will come our way.
Wellbeing - Online Safety
With some students receiving new devices over the Christmas period now is a perfect time to reflect on how well do you know what your son/daughters access online and are they keeping themselves safe. This fantastic guide for parents/carers will help you navigate the most commonly used Apps, Social Media and Games https://hwb.gov.wales/zones/keeping-safe-online/in-the-know/ Additional guidance around staying safe and having discussions at home on this topic are supported with the other attached documents.
We will be working with external providers such as NSPCC to provide opportunities to attend online safety presentations for parents and carers later this term. Please keep an eye out for email alerts and the school website.
Please support your child(ren) in wearing the appropriate full school uniform (including minimal jewellery/make-up – no false/acrylic nails after the festive party season).
With the advent of colder weather during this time of year, please encourage the wearing of a suitable outer coat and any additional layers for keeping warm should be worn underneath the correct school uniform. If your child(ren) wish to wear a jumper with their uniform, in addition to the compulsory blazer, it should be a school logo jumper. No hoodies/alternative jumpers.
The full uniform list can be found by clicking HERE.
School Production - Grease
Rehearsals are steaming ahead for the next school production...Grease. The show will run from Wednesday 26th January to Saturday 29th January with nightly shows at 7 pm together with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm. Attendance numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions and risk assessments.
There are still tickets available (although limited for certain shows) by visiting:
We have been asked by Monmouthshire County Council to advise families of the new Winter Fuel Payment Scheme which has been introduced by Welsh Government. They are trying to ensure that the details of the scheme are made available to as many people as possible in order to maximise take up and in particular to reach as many vulnerable families with children.