It has been lovely to see all the students return to school from their Easter break, looking smart in their school uniform. Everyone looks well rested and rejuvenated, and it is also excellent to hear how diligently the students who are taking exams in the coming weeks have applied themselves to independent study alongside getting a well-earned break.
As well as academic progress, wellbeing continues to be at the centre of what we do here at MCS. If your child has any wellbeing concerns, especially in the run up to exams, please do not hesitate to contact their form teacher, subject teacher or Pastoral Support Officer. Furthermore, the study guides we have circulated offer a range of strategies to maintain wellbeing during the exam period.
We will continue to offer a range of extra interventions and 'Power Up' sessions to students to support their preparations. The most effective way to maximise the time left to prepare is to be punctual to all lessons, to be in school every day and to retain a laser-like academic focus on what needs to be done to prepare. We are immensely impressed with the levels of preparation so far and are confident that all exam students will reach their potential.
Covid Protocol Update
Regular asymptomatic testing in Schools
In line with Wales’ long-term COVID-19 transition from pandemic to endemic plan, from 08 April WG have removed the recommendation of routine asymptomatic testing for education and childcare staff and secondary aged learners, except for special education settings and dedicated units.
The School will no longer have access to order LFTs. Instead, anyone exhibiting any of the main Covid symptoms should follow WG guidance - https://gov.wales/self-isolation
LFTs will continue to be provided by the School to staff and students in Specialist Resource Bases.
Sixth Form Saturday School
Saturday School start this weekend to support Sixth Form students in their preparation and practice towards their upcoming exams. The following subjects are available.
If students have not signed up and still want to attend, they are welcome to join us tomorrow. For future sessions, please continue to use the link below to sign up (you may need to copy and paste the link into your search engine).
The morning sessions start at 9am and afternoon at 12.30 pm and last 3 hours each. Students who are attending both should have lunch between 12 and 12.30.
Students should go straight to the English Hub to meet their teachers.
Science Club have worked on various projects this year, the latest one being their Biodome project.
A biodome is a self-contained and self-sufficient environment that has no interaction with the outside world. The lifecycle of the plants and animals in the dome contribute to the ongoing regeneration of life inside to produce a genuine biome.
This week Mr Hampshire was invited to come and listen to the Science Club students present their Biodome projects.
Each group was awarded a certificate. Mrs Rance and Ms Harrington are very proud of their hard work.
Continued success for Y10 Tia Samuels
Further to Tia's success with the Dings Crusaders RFC (as part of the South West Regional Winners team), Tia has been selected for the Gloucestershire U15 Girls Rugby Squad.
Tia was one of only 30 girls selected from 120 players to represent the County at three upcoming matches in May.
Well done and good luck Tia.
Football & Rugby Success
Well done to our Year 10 football team (plus three Y9s) who became Gwent Champions yesterday, beating Creoesyceiliog on penalties in the Final. It was a superb effort from our MCS squad - they've made Mr Hancocke a very proud Coach.
Kian Davies (Y9) Adam Hawkins (Y9), Jack Palmer (Y9), Charley Handley, George Gouldingay, Jayden Makondora, Archie Smith, Kieran Rees, Mathew Jones and Theo Bowen.
Congratulations are also in order for MCS students Ben Scotford, Jake Bevan, Jack Meredith and Alex Bailey who, along with ex student Lewis Lloyd, were part of the Cinderford Town YFC U18s who have won the Gloucestershire Under 18 Floodlit League for the second season running.
WIN A HOT TUB in the MCS Friends Raffle
Just a reminder about the three amazing prizes we have in the MCS Friends Raffle
1st Prize: Inflatable Hot Tub by Hot Tubs Rock with free installation (within a 20-mile radius*)
2nd Prize: One night stay at Tudor Farmhouse Hotel with dinner for two
3rd Prize: A giant grazing tray or long board from Tasty Trays
Tickets are £5 each and anyone can enter so please share with all your friends and family. As we are going out to the community with this raffle, we have set a limit of 1,000 tickets and the raffle will be drawn once we have sold this number.
Tickets are available through Raffall, using the link below. Don't miss out on your chance to support the school and win one of these fabulous prizes.