Another week has flown by here at MCS. Our school production performances take place over the next few days, which is a source of unalloyed delight for us all. Students have responded exceptionally well to our reminders regarding the importance of punctuality to school and to lessons. A wonderful exhibition of A Level Art work is taking shape in the atrium. Meanwhile, lessons across the school are a hive of focussed activity. We continue to hope and anticipate that we will continue to be able to gradually return to 'normality', in line as always with the edicts from Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.
The Pathways processes for Year 11s and Year 9s have also started, choosing their next steps in their educational journey with guidance and support from staff. We encourage families of students in these years to have conversations at an early stage about what subjects interest them and how they will go about making these important decisions. It is a very exciting set of decisions that lie ahead of them. More details are available on our website.
I have also been visiting our local primary schools in the last few weeks. It is fantastic to at last be able to make these connections in person, and to say hello to the Year 6 students in particular. We work closely with our primary colleagues to ensure smooth transition to secondary school for students - another important stage in their education journey.
All the best to you and your families; I hope you manage to spot the first glimmers of spring on the horizon over the weekend.
Tickets are still available for the 2022 School production of Grease. Friday and Saturday performances are sold out but at the time of newsletter publication there are 41 tickets available for the 1pm matinée performance on Sunday 30th January.
Please note the following access arrangements - if you are arriving by car, please access the School car park from the Dixton Road entrance, noting the one way system. Disabled parking is available located nearest to the school buildings. For those arriving on foot, pedestrian access is via the gate located adjacent to the Leisure Centre, next to our 3G pitch.
Entry to the building is through the double sliding doors at the rear of the School.
Refreshments will be served at the interval and programmes and raffle tickets will be available to purchase – cash transactions only, please.
Current WG guidance states that, unless exempt, Adults and children aged 11 and over must continue to wear face-coveringsin indoor public places, with the exception of hospitality settings. We also ask that those attending undertake a LFT prior to arrival.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 School Production.
NSPCC Online Safety webinars
Friday, 4th February (lunchtime) and Thursday, 17th February (evening)
The NSPCC will be providing two free online safety webinars for parents/carers to help support you in keeping your child safe online.
Friday, 4th February: 12.30 to 1pm: Focus on gaming
Thursday, 17th February: 6.30pm to 7.30pm: Broader online safety session
The sessions will provide you with insights about how children may be using the Internet and the associated risks, with each session covering different aspects of online safety from online friendships, bullying, social media and mental health/wellbeing to modelling good online behaviours.
Further details will be provided by email next week.
Members of the SRB Sixth Form team rolled their sleeves up and got down to the tricky job of putting together the desk tidies/computer stands for the Senior Leadership Team.
A job well done - thank you.
Cross Country Success
This week, the MCS Cross Country team took part in the SE Wales Cross Country Championships at The Glebelands, Newport. With over 50 competitors in each race, and with 6 different races held, our students demonstrated excellent determination, resilience and support for one another.
Our Year 7 girls had an outstanding race with four of our students placing in the top 10. Millie Cross finished in 10th place, Kacey Batty came through in 9th position, Lily Kayanja came an excellent 2nd place but the new Year 7 Girls South East Wales Champion was our very own Carys Hughes! An outstanding achievement. In the Year 7 Boys competition, Hamish Sperring was our first competitor back, finishing in a superb 11th place. Ava Powell also finished an excellent 11th place, being the first Year 8/9 Girl through the finishing line. The Boys Year 8/9 competition also saw MCS have two top 10 finishes with Lucas Harris taking 8th place and Will Chalk finishing an admirable 3rd place. In the final races it saw all Year 10,11,12 and 13 students running together. Abbie Fuszard was our first girl to finish in a strong 23rd place, with Archie Smith taking a staggering 13th place, considering he is in the youngest year group that competed in this race.
Well done to all students who competed and we wish the best of luck to those students who finished in the top six of each race as they automatically qualify for the South East Wales Cross Country Team. Example Content
Year 7 Social Club
Year 12 ambassadors (pictured below with a selection of games) have been appointed to run the Year 7 Social Club, which meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.40 – 11.10 am.
They play games such as Jenga, Rummikub and Kerpluk which gives the Year 7 students the opportunity to socialise, assisted by our Year 12 volunteers. All Year 7 students are welcome to attend the Club.
Food Hall Theme Day 01/02/22 - Chinese New Year
Winter Fuel Payments
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.