Students from 7AL helped set up our school memorial to commemorate those who have been, and are being, affected by war.
Our memorial includes original artefacts from World War One as well as student artwork allowing our school community to engage with the history of Remembrance and correlates with our school act of Remembrance at 11am this morning.
Engaging with Remembrance as a school community act allows us to share something which is part of everyone’s heritage and everyone’s experience.
This year we especially remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth, the special contribution of families and of the emergency services, and we acknowledge innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.
Our act of Remembrance as a community allows us to give thanks to those who serve and sacrifice to defend our way of life and who gave their today for our tomorrow; to be a community and reflect on what we have in common; to understand who we are and to learn as we all for a better and more peaceful future.
I hope you enjoyed a restful half-term. Autumn is certainly upon us all. A focus this week from me on government-led reforms in education and how you can influence the direction that we at MCS are taking as well as the national policy.
Firstly, Qualifications Wales are opening a national conversation on how qualifications will be delivered for 14 to 16 year olds from 2025 to support the new Curriculum for Wales. They are seeking feedback from students, families and anyone who works within the education sector to help shape the qualifications, which will be taught from 2025. This is particularly relevant to students in Year 7, who will be the first cohort to sit these. Similarly, families of younger children will also have a particular interest.
As a school we will participate in the survey. We also encourage as many students and families to respond so that your views can be heard. We have created a guide for parents (please click here to access the webpage), which is designed to support identification of the key aspects of the consultation. It will take you to dedicated pages created by Qualifications Wales to support ease of feedback.
Secondly, we are also one half-term into the launch (for Year 7) of the new Curriculum for Wales. This is another national project, and we at MCS are now starting to seek feedback from colleagues and students as we review and adapt our new curriculum. We also welcome your views as part of this, and we are organising an information and Q+A session that will be open to any parent, carer and student. Further details will follow.
Finally, a mention to Year 11 who have had English exams this week. Many of them will also have mathematics exams next week. Very best of luck to all of them! They are working really hard to do their very best.
The Food Hall at MCS
As the term begins, we thought we’d update you on our catering provision.
The Food Hall hours are 7.45 am until 4.30 pm, offering breakfast, break/lunch menus and after-school items. Healthy and balanced meals are freshly prepared at lunchtimes along with a wide range of ‘food to go’ at breaktimes. The menu changes weekly but always offers a fantastic selection of hot meals, salads, baguettes and sandwiches, with our three-week menu system providing variety of choice. There is a good selection available after school to cater for students who have stayed for clubs or activities and find themselves in need of a bite before they go home.
Full details of the menus available may be found on our website, or by clicking HERE. On this page you will also find tariffs, allergen details, details of Natasha’s Law and a link to Monmouthshire County Council, if you feel you might be eligible for free school meals.
The free school meal allowance is £1.95 per day – this allows a student to purchase food during the day with the meal of the day (main meal and pudding) being the best option. Please note that once this limit is reached during the day, students will not be able to go over £1.95 unless parents have decided to top up the account themselves to allow their child to purchase other items.
Did you know that if your child receives free school meals and you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you may also be able to get up to £230 off your annual water bill? Contact Welsh Water on 0800 052 0145 or check out the website – dwrcymru.com/HelpWithBills – for more information.
As you are aware, we operate the Parentpay system at school, with parents topping up their child’s account regularly to ensure they are able to access the Food Hall during their breaks or before and after school.
We have always had a £5 daily limit in place with parents able to contact the school to increase or decrease the daily limit, as they see fit. Please discuss this daily limit with your child, perhaps using the link above to go through to the menu/food list to work out the best value for their allowance. Please remember to factor in breakfast items or after school items, if you wish them to use the Food Hall for this. This will also introduce students to the idea of budgeting their daily allowance – a valuable life skill.
You are also able to specify certain items that you do not wish your child to purchase. This information comes up on the till point screen, once your child has used their finger scan/given their name and the till operator is able to advise the student that they are not allowed to purchase, for example, any bottled drinks or a particular item because of food allergies. Obviously, you will have already discussed this with your child, but sometimes they forget. However, once this daily limit is in place – either the standard limit, or one set by yourself – students cannot exceed this limit. We are sure you will agree that a £5 daily limit (or whatever you decide to set) is more than adequate to purchase food during the school day. One item which can cause a serious dent in the allowance set is the purchase of drinks during the day. We have ample water fountains around the school which means students are able to refill their own bottles for free during their breaktimes.
We hope this gives you more of an idea of what is available in our Food Hall but if you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
MCS Friends - Easy Fundraising
If you have already signed up but, as often happens, you forget to use the Easy Fundraising website when you are shopping online then download the donation reminder and it will pop up when you are on any website that gives donations, so that MCS always receive a donation when you shop online.
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can join in three easy steps:
This year we have several fundraising events planned next week for Children in Need.
We are running a “design the best cake” competition which you can enter all week by tweeting your entry to the MCS twitter page - @LearnWithMCS - and if you are then able to donate your entry to our bakesale on Friday that would be wonderful.
Our bakesales will be running during breaks 1 and 2 on Friday morning. Can we request that all donations (homemade or shop bought) are brought into school by Thursday 17th so that we can prepare them the night before? Thank you.
Finally, during breaks 3 and 4 on Friday we will have two competitions to enter at 50p per entry. There is a “guess the amount of sweets in the jar” and a “guess the name of the Children in Need bear”.
Should you wish to make a donation via Parentpay, please note this option will be available from Monday 14 November.
Please note that this is NOT a non-uniform day - students are expected to be in full uniform.
Success for Anwen
Anwen Dehareng (Y7) represented MSC at the Welsh Schools Pistol Championships 2022 during October half-term.
Anwen won individual silver in the Mixed Junior Section (Years 6, 7 & 8) and has qualified for the British Shooting Schools Pistol Championships National Final in February 2023.
Well done, Anwen.
Year 8 Online Tutor Contact Evening
As indicated in emails home to Year 8 parents and carers recently, this event takes place next week.
Please access the Parents tab on the school website, and follow the link to School Cloud and Parents’ Evenings to make your appointment and receive guidance on using the system. Alternatively, use the following link to take you directly to School Cloud: https://monmouth.schoolcloud.co.uk/
The appointment booking system is now live and will close at 12pm on Wednesday 16th November.
If you experience any problems accessing School Cloud, please email: ARR@monmouth.schoolsedu.org.uk.
As Wellbeing Ambassadors, we are responsible for ensuring a positive transition into our school community for younger students.
To support these students, we make sure we are available to talk to and help, during break and lunch times, students who may be feeling isolated in a secondary environment through discussing how the transition may have impacted them or just offering a friendly face.
Ultimately, our aim is to aid younger students both in their transition from Year 6 to Year 7, and their progress through Secondary Education.
Alexander Orledge, member of the Wellbeing Ambassadors Team
Voting closes Midnight, 11 November 2022
Green Grow is a local group that plants trees, hedges, develops wildflower meadows, etc for biodiversity, pollinators, resilience, and natural flood management. They have have worked on various planting projects at MCS including the Kitchen Garden, wildflower meadow and hedges and have now started on wildflower areas and a ‘Food for Birds’ garden at the Phoenix Building. It all costs – hence their request for funding from You Decide.
Their project has been selected to go forward to the final round with the amount they receive dependent on the number of votes they can get.
They (and we) would be delighted if you could support them by using the link below and voting for them. Voting closes at midnight tonight, 11 November 2022. This will mean they can continue the brilliant work they have already started at MCS. Thank you.
Max Swayne from Y8 has been very busy over half-term competing in tennis competitions in both Wales and England.
He competed in Sherborne over two days in both the 18U and 16U Grade 4 singles and doubles. Max came 4th in the 16U singles where he was up against much older opponents and Max and his partner Oskar came 3rd in the 18U doubles and 2nd in the 16U doubles.
At the Cardiff LTC, Max and his partner Corin went on to win the 16U Grade 5 doubles after a tough final.
He then came 2nd in the Cardiff Met 14U Grade 4 singles, then won the 16U Grade 5 singles at the Wales-Tour Cardiff David Lloyd.
Lecture and Discussion
This is a local event that we are publicising to students, and that may be of particular interest to those studying humanities or social science subjects. In addition, any parent or carer that wishes to attend is very welcome to do, and should contact the organisers directly.
24/7 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.