It is Assessment Week next week for years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Details of the arrangements have been emailed to parents and carers. These are very important pre-public exams, which will allow students to see their progress to date and what they need to work on to improve. In addition, it will give valuable 'exam conditions' practice to students, many of whom have had very little exam practice over the last few years due to Covid restrictions. Classes for years 7-9 will continue as normal, and years 10-11 will have their normal lessons in between the exams. Sixth Form students will have study time between their exams. If you have any questions please contact us.
We will write to you next week to set out the changes at school and in at-home testing following the announcements from Welsh Government regarding the lifting of Covid restrictions.
In the meantime, I wish you all the very best for a restful weekend, and I hope you get some time to enjoy the lovely spring weather that has at last arrived.
Online Safety Guidance for Parents
Online spaces, games and media form a large part of life for young people growing up today. It offers a platform to connect with others and to learn. As a parent, it can be difficult to navigate the dos and don’ts of being online, what is safe and what could potentially be harmful for a young person in an online environment.
This online resource gives parents and carers points to consider and useful links to help you understand how to deal with online situations.
Y11 Sponsored Walk
Following our article last week, we’d like to say well done to Year 11 students Edie Bell, Dilys Barrow, Will Hevicon and Sam North who completed their walk from Coleford to Monmouth on Sunday, fundraising for UNHCR.
Through their JustGiving page, they have raised over £1400 with donations still coming in.
All the money raised will be donated to UNHCR, a charity which not only supports children fleeing Ukraine, but also other countries all around the world that have been affected by war and conflict.
The students would like to thank everyone who very kindly visited their page and donated.
Crufts Success for Nia (and Farlie)
Congratulations to Y9 student Nia Rose who competed in her first Crufts Show recently with her Labrador Farlie. She and Farlie came 6th in the Graduate 12-18 agility, and then 2nd in the Under 25 ABC (Anything But Collie) agility. Well done both!
Nia is passionate about dog agility and has trained regularly with Farlie at Golden Valley Dog Training Club for the last few years. She started competing last summer, after Covid restrictions lifted, and has done really well. She represented Wales in the Open Junior Agility Championships in January, where she came second in the under 18s Biathlon event.
Well Done Max
Congratulations to Y7 student Max Swayne who played in his first 18U Grade 5 tennis competition who played on Saturday in Burnham-on-Sea, reaching the Final and coming runner-up. Then, on Sunday, he played his first 16U Grade 5 competition in Painswick and after some tough matches he came out with 1st place!
Max trains at Usk Tennis Club with his coach Sean Jones, and he is also in the 14U South Wales County Squad, training in Swansea once a month.
A final congratulations to Max who also won the 14U Division 1 South Wales Winter League Team Tennis, representing Usk Tennis Club with his partner William Adams.
British Inter Counties Cross Country Final
Carys Hughes (Y7) and Will Chalk (Y8) were both selected to represent E Wales in the U13 race on Saturday 12 March at British Inter Counties Cross Country Final, Loughborough.
Carys and Will were competing against runners from 48 English Counties, Wales and Scotland. There were 300+ runners on each start line.
2022 British Cycling National BMX Series
Last weekend saw Oliver Copping competing in the first round of the British BMX National Series, representing South West England & Wales as well as his national BMX team, Crucial BMX.
Racing against the best riders from across UK and Ireland, Ollie finished 3rd in the 13yr old boys section. Ollie will be representing GB in the UCI BMX European Cup in Italy.
Weston-Super-Mare Half Marathon
On the 27th of March, two of our Sixth Form Students, Vena Saunders and Hattie Morgan are taking part in the Weston Super Mare Half Marathon.
Vena and Hattie tell us "We are running the Weston-Super-Mare half-marathon to raise money for Women in Sport. Women in Sport is a registered charity working to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK. Drawing on over 30 years of knowledge and insight, they champion the right of women and girls to take part in and benefit from sport - from the field of play to the boardroom, from early years and throughout their lives. Their work is centred on a belief in fairness and equal opportunity for women and girls.
This is a charity close to our hearts as we’ve been fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to run and row at MCS but for millions of girls around the world, this opportunity is impossible. Using the gofundme link below, you are able to donate to help us reach our goal, if you feel you would like to. Any donations are appreciated. Thank you!"
MCS Charity Committee send their thanks for the huge support they received for the bakesales for Comic Relief.
It was lovely to be able to ask for home baked items once again and the response was amazing. Add to that all the wonderful shop bought cake and we had a wide array of goodies to sell to eager customers. Below is just a small sample of the items brought in.
We are delighted to say that over £1,400 has been raised for Comic Relief.
Y9 Health & Wellbeing Market Stall Event
This week, Year 9 students showcased their innovation designs and proposals at their Health and Wellbeing Market Stall Event.
They had been briefed to design a product, service or innovation that enhances the health and wellbeing of young people as part of the Enterprise and Employability Challenge (Skills Challenge Certificate).
Natalie Evans, Cyber Security Officer for Gwent Police hosted a drop-in Cyber Surgery at the event for students and staff with parents free to drop-in after 3.15 pm,
Youth Climate Ambassador - Diary Date
A Week in Pictures
School Absence Line
Reporting an absence
Please note that the direct number to report your child's absence is 01600 775284. Please note this is an answerphone which is available 24/7 for you to leave a message.