We have held year group assemblies this week (except Year 10, which will be next week), in which we have celebrated and reflected on the academic year that is approaching completion, and looked forward to next year. We spoke about four themes that have our particular focus as a school next year:
1. School Culture. Referencing our shared school values, we emphasised the value of mutual respect, good manners and the fact that our school community must have zero tolerance of discrimination. We set out to be clear about our expectations, to explain them, and to revisit them often. We are delighted to be able to return to assemblies as part of that.
2. Ready to Learn. A phrase that our students will hear often from September, this includes students being sufficiently equipped for the school day, being correctly attired and being prompt to all lessons. Support is available from Wellbeing Team for those that need extra assistance in these areas. In addition, we are very excited about developing new classroom techniques to support students even better in their learning. Techniques such as SLANT and Turn & Talk are supportive, inclusive techniques that take account of the different ways in which students learn and their particular needs. They also introduce a common language to our school community, which is a powerful way to improve progress in lessons.
3. Wellbeing. As well as referencing our substantially increased capacity within the Wellbeing Team, I spoke about the new Health and Wellbeing Curriculum that will be introduced in September. The product of a range of input from students, families, staff and national priorities, the new curriculum will also be responsive to student needs. There will be frequent opportunities for feedback and for requests to be made regarding particular topics. The Health and Wellbeing Curriculum will continue to be delivered by form tutors, and will be separated in the timetable from the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification.
4. Student Voice. School Council elections will take place in the first half-term of next academic year. In addition, we are introducing Year Council for every year group, made up from form representatives who are elected by their peers. We are also expanding the range of student voice activities that take place across faculties and other areas of school life.
We held a Q&A session as part of the assembly, and students had some very thoughtful questions about the range of points above, and were especially interested in the new Health and Wellbeing Curriculum. We look forward to hearing their feedback on the first iteration of this.
In other news, many congratulations to everyone involved in the fabulous lower school production of Seussical Jr. - it was a remarkable event. Particular thanks to the Performing and Expressive Arts team, who have put in an extraordinary amount of effort and time into making the show the resounding success that it was. Diolch!
Finally, regarding Summer Learning next week: we have been working in close consultation with the Local Authority and like all Monmouthshire schools will be making reasonable adjustments to our plans. We will be open every day next week. I have sent a separate message via email regarding mitigation measures that we are taking, but the headlines are:
- PE kit all week (unless a specific trip letter requests other arrangements for that day)
- Please bring a refillable water bottle every day
- Please wear and bring sunscreen
I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Summer Learning (Tuesday to Thursday)
We are expecting high temperatures next week across Wales and need to ensure that everyone keeps as cool and hydrated as possible. School PE Kit should be worn all week (Year 12 students without a school PE kit should wear uniform but without a tie or blazer.).
Year 8 students who are taking part in canoeing, caving or climbing should follow the kit list provided by the Gilwern Outdoor Centre instructors on our previous communications.
Many students are taking part in a range of activities both on and off site and should all come prepared with sufficient water, sun screen and hats. We are currently planning to run all Summer Learning activities but timescales, locations and events may be amended to take the weather forecast into account.
We will not expect students to take part in any strenuous activities on Monday or Tuesday.
Welsh Trials and the MCSBC Midsummer Regatta
Wales National Rowing Squad success
On Saturday 9th July, 9 MCS students took part in Wales trials for this summer’s Home International Regatta team, where they would compete against the best U19 athletes from Scotland, England and Ireland. Current club captain, Peaches Hale, and Violet Holbrow-Brooksbank, who finished 4th and 3rd respectively, have been selected for the Junior Women’s Wales team and will represent Wales at HIR on Saturday 23rd July.
Tom Powell finished 5th at trials and narrowly missed out on making the team. However, Tom has been selected as 1st reserve for the Junior Men’s Wales team.
This is the first time since Covid that the event has taken place and we wish them all the best.
MCSBC Midsummer Regatta
On Sunday 10th July MCSBC held their Club Midsummer Regatta. Due to Covid, it has been a few years since the annual event has taken place so this year was a special event, full of fun and exciting racing. Crews were made up of mixed year groups and there were 28 races and 15 crews take part. Over 65 current students took part along with a few ‘old boys and girls’ jumping into boats. Thank you to everyone for making the afternoon so special. It was great to come together as a club and celebrate such a wonderful year, our 30th Anniversary.
Well done to our winning crew of crew captain, Kate Rogers, Tom Coates, Arthur Dennant, Joseph Wood and Cox Boris Hale.
Meet the new Head Student and Prefect Team
We are delighted to introduce our Head Student Team for 2022 2023 - Mia Rittimut, Boris Hale, Isabella Dennis and Jennifer Walker-Owen.
Our Head Students will be leading the Prefect Team: Tom Coates, Rachael Harkins, Bethan Keane, Lola McLennan, Harriet Morgan, Gracie Powell, Kate Rogers, Vena-Rose Saunders, Harry Dixon, Lola Parkes, Milo Kent and Sasha Norris.
Jack Sims (Y11) has become the overall Welsh National Topper Sailing Champion, and his brother, Harry (Y8), became Welsh National 4.2 Topper Sailing Champion.
They are both now heading off to the World Championships in Italy to represent GBR and will then compete in the UK Nationals in August. Congratulations and good luck.
Countdown to Friends Raffle Draw - 19 July
Just a reminder about the three amazing prizes we have in the MCS Friends Raffle which will be drawn on Tuesday 19th July.
Tickets are £5 each and anyone can enter so please share with all your friends and family. 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.
MCS Friends Association
* Installation further than 20 miles will be charged or it can be picked up from their showroom.
All students will be required to remove their padlocks and empty their lockers by the end of term on Thursday 21st July.
As we will need to clean the lockers over the summer, ready for the start of term in September, any padlocks left on will be removed along with the contents.
Please be aware, for September, that a padlock with a shackle diameter of 6.3mm (1/4 ‘’) is required to secure any locker. Please do not use a diameter smaller than this as it will not secure the locker.
Friday 2nd and Monday 5th of September are INSET Days at MCS. Year 7 and Year 12 have their Induction Day on Tuesday 6th September with the whole school then returning on Wednesday 7th September.
You can check our Calendar on the website for school events or go to the end of every newsletter for a brief Dates to Remember list.
Llamau recognises how challenging family life can be. As individuals, we have our
own characteristics and opinions that often differ from others. These differences can be within our family or friendship circles, putting relationships at risk of breaking down.
Relationship breakdown in the home is the leading cause of youth homelessness in Wales. It is not uncommon for families to face challenges that prevent them from being able to communicate openly and calmly with each other, which can result in young people leaving the family home. In some cases words and opinions can be misunderstood and escalate into tense and serious situations that with Llamau’s help can be avoided.
Let’s Talk Family Mediation offers a package of support for young people and their family, with a view to helping families communicate better and stay together. The service is flexible, welcoming self-referrals.
You can access the Let's Talk booklet by clicking HERE
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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.