We have reached the end of a remarkable academic year and there is so much of which we should all be proud. Students have exemplified our school values and our foundational principle of Work Hard, Be Kind. The everyday excellence of doing your very best in every situation has resulted in some exceptional achievements, and also in students making great progress without fanfare. There is a quiet but steely determination to persevere in so many students here at MCS that is really to be admired.
There have been some phenomenal successes across the school - on the sporting field, in classrooms, on stage and elsewhere. It has been joy to 'open up' again and welcome our wider community in to these events. Thank you also to MCS alumni who have been leading activities in recent weeks, too. If you are an alumnus and would like to contribute to school life then please do get in touch.
We have had a very successful Summer Learning week, with sports days, team-building, the launch of new courses, project work with primary schools, archery, castle vsits and even guided walks through our beautiful landscape - Offa's Dyke, up the Kymin and a Wye Valley walk included. Congratulations also to the large number of students who have completed Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in recent days.
Thank you to all MCS staff for their incredible efforts throughout the year. A particular thank you and goodbye to departing staff as they head off to new adventures or promotions elsewhere. Amongst teachers we say goodbye to are Miss Cooke and Mrs Benyon in PE, to Ms Smith in Maths, Ms Rance in Science, Ms Cummins in Drama, Ms Langton in English and Mr Bland in Technology. In addition we say hwyl am y tro to Mr Snelgrove as he takes a year away from his role.
We are also very grateful to our support staff, who do so much to guide and support individual students and groups. Thank you and goodbye to Ms Damon, Ms Rovira, Ms Cone, Mr James, Miss Bradley and Miss Harris.
A note on school email addresses over the first two weeks of the summer break. The IT service provider for our school (and all schools in the region) is migrating to a new site. As a result, we will not have access to our IT systems for the next two weeks. We are informed that service will fully resume by Monday 8th August. Emails sent to us in the meantime may not be delivered, and may 'bounce back' to the sender.
You will be aware that the new Curriculum for Wales starts in September, for Year 7 only. We are in an exceptionally strong position to start this, having spent a lot of time and effort in shaping curriculum plans. We have also been pleased to invite in schools from across the country who want to learn from our approach.
All the best for a restful and enjoyable summer. We look forward to welcoming students in September. Start dates are at the bottom of this newsletter, which is where you will always find upcoming key dates.
Adran y Gymraeg – Welsh Faculty
This year, the Welsh Faculty went down to Caerdydd/Cardiff to visit Gŵyl Tafwyl Festival. Here are the highlights:
You will be aware that an email was sent out to parents earlier this week, with full details of the school uniform along with a guide to acceptable footwear.
By clicking HERE, you will also find this information on the website, along with details of school equipment required for September.
We have also included the information and link below for the uniform grant from Welsh Government.
Welsh Government - Uniform Grant
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.
Congratulations to our students who have passed their recent instrumental Music Exam.
Thomas Beard, Holly Bisson, Eliska Van Der Veen, Gillie Daykin, Peony Clifton, Lily Kayanja, Gabrielle Harris and Owain Phillips.
Books for September
With reference to the emails sent to parents referencing the English Faculty books for September and queries we have received, we thought this might help.
As indicated in the email home, Rossiter Books in Monmouth and Ross on Wye are kindly offering 10% discount on these books.
Students entering Year 8 in September
Students entering Year 9 in September
Students entering Year 10 in September
School Bus Tracker
The following link will take you to one of the MCC’s latest stories regarding the upcoming School Bus Tracker app to be introduced to all schools in Monmouthshire from September.
‘MonLife Youth Service are running activities, events and trips for young people throughout this summer. This includes trips to Drayton Manor and Alton Towers for £10pp, an inter-town football tournament, free skate jams with prizes, community fun days, and more.
Students can stop in at the Attik (next to Monmouth library) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays after school to pick up a summer programme and letters for trips and events or speak to their youth worker.
Alternatively, click HERE to visit the website for further information.
A Snapshot of the end of Term
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.