Our first full exam season in three years begins on Monday 16th May for our Year 10-13 students. Lots of hard work has been put in to prepare for these exams and we wish them all the very best in their endeavours. Welsh Government has recently provided guidance on how to minimise the impact of Covid 19 infection on students sitting their exams this summer. An exemption has been drawn up for those students who have recently tested positive and are self-isolating, but feel well enough to sit their exam. Students who are due to sit an exam can start testing on day three and four of their isolation period. If both tests are negative and they feel well enough they are able to return to school and sit their exams on day four. It is important that students have LFT kits available for this eventuality.
I would also like to provide a few key reminders to ensure a smooth exam season for all.
Students need to ensure that they;
are fully prepared with all the necessary equipment for each exam.
arrive to each exam 15 minutes before the published start time.
know their candidate number off by heart.
do not bring their mobile phones into the exam room, leaving them at home or in lockers on their exam days.
wear full uniform to all exams.
More information on examinations at MCS can be found on our website.
Y13 Saturday School starts 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.
Preparation for summer exams
This year, the WJEC has produced a set of ‘Knowledge Organisers’ for most subjects at GCSE and AS/A Level. They are invaluable in setting out the essential knowledge required for each topic within a module and also to support students to organise their revision into manageable chunks. These resources can be found on the following link. Please make all students aware of these very useful revision materials.
Please note that on Monday, 16 May, the Food Hall will not be open for its usual extended after school service and will close to students at 3.15pm.
On Tuesday it will revert to the usual closing time which allows students to access a wide variety of items after school/following after-school clubs.
Sport this week at MCS
Congratulations to our Year 7 football team, winners of the Newport Schools Cup. A great defensive display and two superb team goals from Joel Healy and Man of the Match Jack Hanks earnt a well-deserved 2-0 victory v Caerleon. A great way to finish what has been an excellent season. Well done Year 7.
In a tough Newport Schools Final, Year 10 finished runners-up to Newport High after a 2-0 loss. Although it didn’t go our way on the day, the team should hold their heads high after an excellent season. Reaching the Newport Cup Final and winning the Gwent Cup is a great achievement. Well done boys.
The Newport Schools Plate Finals saw our Year 7 and Year 8 rugby teams travel to Newport High School this week, with both year groups taking on John Frost High School teams.
Right from the first whistle the game was played at a high intensity with both teams looking to play open rugby. MCS opened the scoring with a try from Ioan Thomas but JFHS hit back soon after with a try of their own. Scores remained level for the most of the first half then JFHS broke through to take the lead with a converted try. MCS hit back straight away with two tries from Ethan Davies with Rory Griffiths converting one which meant MCS went into half time with a 17 – 12 lead. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Ethan Davies crossing for his third of the afternoon and JFHS hitting back straight away. A further two tries were scored by MCS through Ioan Thomas and Davies with Griffiths converting both. JFHS crossed for two tries of their own before Davies finished the scoring again converted by Griffiths which brought an end to the game.
Final score MCS 43 JFHS 32
Try Scorers: Ethan Davies 5, Ioan Thomas 2
Conversions: Rory Griffiths 4
MCS took control of the game early in the first half, running in three early tries through Macsen Rees, Oliver Heath and Oscar Smith, one of which was converted by Cameron Hughes. JFHS then had a period of possession putting MCS under pressure but the MCS defence held strong. MCS had their rewards with two breakaway tries through Smith and Cameron Hughes with Hughes converting both. JFHS got their reward for their hard work just before half time with a converted try to finish the half. Half-time score 31 – 7 to MCS. The second half saw MCS take full control of the game running in further tries from Sam Gonzalaz (2), Oliver Heath and Macsen Rees both scoring their second of the day and Cameron Hughes adding the extras. JFHS finished the game with a consolation try.
Final score MCS 57 JFHS 7
Try Scorers: Macsen Rees 2, Oliver Heath 2, Oscar Smith 2, Cameron Hughes 1, Sam Gonzalez 2
Conversions: Cameron Hughes 6
Welsh Government - PDG Uniform Grants
Learners currently eligible for free school meals can apply for the grant of £125 per learner and £200 for those learners entering Year 7, recognising the increased costs associated with starting secondary school.
All school years are now eligible.
Families who are eligible for free school meals can submit a claim if they have a child in:
primary school from Reception to Year 6
secondary school from Year 7 to Year 11
All looked after children qualify for the grant, whether they receive free school meals or not.
Please click HERE to access the Welsh Government website.
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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.