Many students received the results of their GCSE English and Mathematics exams this week, having taken the exams in November last year. We had a very strong set of results, so many congratulations to those students and many thanks to the staff in the English and Mathematics teams who supported and prepared them so adroitly. We will have the results of the exams being taken in January later this term.
I wrote last week of some of the challenges that Covid and the latest set of regulations have brought to us. I am very proud to say that students and staff have once again risen to the challenges that our mitigation routines place upon us all. As regulations again change in the wider easing of restrictions that Welsh Government announced today, we will be sure to respond quickly to adjust, keeping in mind the priority of ensuring everyone is kept healthy and safe at school.
Our focus for students next week is punctuality - both to school at the start of the day, and also to each lesson. You will know that we do not have school bells here at MCS, and this engenders a sense of self-reliance and discipline in students getting to their next lesson on time, and getting there directly. Most students are excellent at this, but we are of course aiming for 100%. We will use the information gathered from the last week of all class registers to have conversations with students who are habitually late to school or to their lessons, in order to improve their punctuality.
Finally, I met this week with members of the committee of the Friends of MCSBC - the only state school-based boat club in the whole of England and Wales. They are delighted that students are out on the water again (even in these very cold conditions) and we look forward to introducing Year 8 students to the opportunity of experiencing rowing this coming summer. We share their vision of an inclusive MCS Boat Club, available and open to all, as well as one that enables our rowing athletes to excel in national competitions.
Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening goes live on Thursday, 20th January 2022
We extend a warm welcome to our Sixth Form for all prospective new students! We have a strong and well-deserved reputation as one of the very best Sixth Forms in the region. Our students are able to choose from a wide range of Level 3 qualifications, details of which can be discovered in our prospectus. Our tutors, teachers and Learning Coaches also support our students every step of the way, from our induction programme at the start of their courses to university applications and other pathways.
Parents and students can access our prospectus for further information about MCS Sixth Form entry requirements and in-depth information, course by course HERE.
Please visit our Sixth Form Open Evening microsite to explore Departments, hear from students and access talks from Course Leaders. You will be able to access the microsite from Thursday 20th January, through the school website.
We would like all of our Year 11 students and parents to access the Welcome addresses from the Headteacher, our Student Senior Leadership Team and the Director of Sixth Form Studies. You can tour the site and watch the Faculty and Course videos outlining the Sixth Form curriculum offer and why students choose MCS for their next pathway.
Mrs C Guest
Director of Learning - Sixth Form
Monmouthshire Passenger Transport Unit Notice
If for any reason your child will not be on school transport either AM, PM or both, please can you ensure that you advise the driver/operator directly, to enable them to continue their route and not wait for your child.
If your child is currently isolating with Covid, please could you ensure that you advise the driver/operator when they will be returning to school transport. If this could be communicated in advance we would appreciate this. Thank you.
U13 Success for MCS Girls
Our Under 13 girls took part in the Utilita EFL Girls Cup Area finals in Bristol on Monday 10th January, where they represented Newport County as a result of winning the Newport County EFL Cup Competition in December.
The MCS girls made a great start to the tournament, winning 1-0 against Exeter City. MCS went onto another 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle before losing out 2-0 in both games against Bristol City and Bristol Rovers who were hosting the tournament. The girls finished with a hard fought 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers which gave them 4th position overall. The girls were very unlucky not to make the Semi Finals with the organisers deciding at the last minute to hold a straight final between 1st and 2nd.
The MCS girls were exemplary in representing the school and Newport County.
Top Scorer: Kacey Batty
Player of the Tournament: Elsie Barratt
U13 Squad: Bronwen Williams (captain), Lydia Lannen, Olivia Gouldingay, Rosie Bennett, Niarie Alexander, Kacey Batty and Isabella Hobson.
Calendar Change - Inset Day
Due to the WG Directed Planning Days at the start of this term, we had to move the Inset Day originally planned.
The date of the Inset Day will now be Monday 28th February 2022.
Spring Clubs Schedule
The new Clubs Schedule is now on our website. Clubs run for a 10-week period from Monday 17th January to Friday 1st April.
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.