This week, Year 13 students attended a presentation given by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service about road safety. This was to emphasise to new, young drivers the dangers they face on the roads that they are now driving on. This presentation made very clear the impact that one student can have on others using the roads and, hopefully, will make young drivers and passengers at our school think twice before driving a vehicle in a dangerous manner.
Wednesday’s School Council meeting invited Mr Handley from the ‘Love Monmouth, Hate Litter’ Campaign’. Mr Handley is a significant contributor in spreading awareness in the fight against litter throughout the community. The Council also discussed how to make period products more accessible within the school building, a subject raised by Year 12 student Asha, which will certainly be discussed further in the coming weeks.
We would like to highlight the amazing steps which our Year 12 Wellbeing Ambassadors have taken these past few weeks, in order to achieve their main aim: ‘ensuring everyone feels included and welcomed’. Their initiatives have included presenting and introducing themselves in and outside of assemblies, as well as being a friendly face around the school, always ready for a chat. This has had a very positive impact on our younger students. We can't wait to see how their plans develop as they integrate more wellbeing mentors into each Year, and we are excited to see the beneficial impact which they create!
Boris Hale, Mia Rittimut, Isabella Dennis and Jenny Walker-Owen
The Health Board is aware of increased public anxiety with regards to recent media reports on rare complications of Strep A in children.
Complications of Strep A are extremely rare and there are lots of viruses circulating at the moment, which may give children a sore throat. We are urging people not to worry unnecessarily - please read the Public Health advice or use the online 111 symptom checker before seeking medical attention.
Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Grange University Hospital, Dr Rob Stafford, said: "We know there are a lot of parents and carers who are anxious about Strep A at the moment, but I would urge people to stay calm.
"The complications of Strep A that have caused a small number of deaths across the UK are extremely rare and parents are advised to be vigilant and only seek healthcare if their child displays symptoms that might suggest a review by a health professional is needed. The symptoms to look out for are: a high temperature above 38°C, severe muscle aches, localised muscle tenderness, and redness at the site of a wound.
“There are many other illnesses circulating at the moment, many of which cause sore throats and cold symptoms in children. This should be managed at home with paracetamol and ibuprofen products.
“If your child does not have the symptoms that might suggest Strep A, listed above, then there is no need to seek a swab test or to see a medical professional.
“It is particularly important that parents avoid taking their children to the Emergency Department at The Grange University Hospital unless absolutely necessary to ensure those children who are seriously ill can be seen and treated quickly.”
Parents and carers are being advised to contact their GP or call 111 if they think their child has any of the signs and symptoms of Scarlett Fever or iGAS disease.
Communications & Engagement Officer
Aneurin Bevan University Healthboard
Reporting an Absence From School
If your child is absent from school because of an infectious disease eg measles, chicken pox, mumps, scarlet fever etc., please ensure the school is aware of this when you leave your absence message. This ensures parents and staff who may need to be aware a particular infection is in school can be informed.
You may find the Public Health Wales link below, from our website, useful in identifying what is considered an infectious disease and the exclusion period for each one.
Please note that the direct number to report your child's absence is 01600 775284.
This is an answerphone which is available 24/7 for you to leave a brief message - your child's name, Form and reason for absence.
Year 7 Curriculum for Wales Information Evening
Further to our email to Y7 parents and carers on 30 November, we wish to confirm our invitation to you to attend an Information Evening on Thursday 15th December, 5pm, at MCS. This will take place in the Main Atrium of our school, just as you enter the front doors.
It will comprise of a short presentation led by staff responsible for the curriculum at MCS, followed by an opportunity for you to pose any questions that may remain. Please use the link below to reply to the invitation:
Parents/carers are welcome to attend with or without their children.
Congratulations to Year 8 student Carys Hughes (centre) who became U14 Welsh National Champion in cyclocross on Sunday at Pembrey Country Park and gets to wear the Welsh jersey for the rest of this year.
Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter, and consist of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.
A Busy Weekend for MCSBC
Wycliffe Head Sat 3rd Dec/ Monmouth Head Sun 4th Dec Race Recap
It was a great weekend of racing for the club, with over 55 students race across both events with Year 9 students experiencing their first ever race. It was great to see all year groups bond and support one another.
The race day at Wycliffe was the biggest event the club has been to this year coming up against clubs around the midlands. With some races being competed with over 10 crews taking part, the club was able to come away with some top 5 finishes:
J18 4x- Silver medal (Elliot Lynch-Warden, Tom Coates, Ffyn Parry and Tom McNally)
WJ18 4x- Bronze (Kate Rogers, Seren van der Horst, Hannah Rogers, and Maddie Dickens)
UK-German Connection is a bilateral government initiative dedicated to improving contact and understanding between young people in the UK and Germany. It was established in 2005, following Her Majesty’s State Visit to Germany in November 2004, during which Queen Elizabeth II and Federal President Horst Köhler launched an initiative to foster UK-German school and youth links. Bringing young people together lies at the heart of their work. They act as a first port-of-call for information and advice, provide a dedicated advisory service for school and youth partnerships, and offer funding for UK-German activity as well as a range of bilateral programmes, trips and seminars. Networks and virtual activities facilitate the active involvement of young people in the development of UK-German youth relations.
In collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation and Fashion Council Germany, UK-German Connection gave 40 students from the UK and Germany the chance to go behind the scenes of the fashion industry and explore what the future of textiles could look like. Across five days in Scotland, we took part in a range of workshops covering handcraft skills, sustainable practice and cultural exchange and also had the chance to be part of a wider conference where brands and designers provided industry insights.
I had the opportunity to travel to Glasgow to meet 20 German students as well as 19 other British and Irish students, to learn about sustainable development in fashion and take part in a variety of workshops as well as a seminar. The actual activities and seminar happened outside of Glasgow in a town called Dumfries. I met 39 amazing young people and a group of very talented fashion designers and students from across Germany and the United Kingdom. The programme was fully funded by UK-German Connection, even the travel costs were reimbursed.
Over the course of 4 of the days, I took part in 10 different activities and workshops, ranging from natural dying and Sashiko mending to STEM workshops to team building and cultural quizzes. On Day 1, we covered four different hour-and-a-half-long workshops that covered weaving, natural dying, Sashiko mending and basic sewing machine skills. On day 2, we had a bit more of a calm day with team building and knitting. Day 3 was a bit more energetic with a sustainable farm tour and the STEM workshop in the morning and a trip into Ayr for a mill tour in the afternoon. On Day 4, we had our fashion conference, where we met successful German business owners and fashion designers and a took a tour of Dumfries House.
During my experience, I learnt so many different things like avocado stones turn fibres pink and not brown or green and how mending garments can be a form of art and should be shown and celebrated. Not only did I learn a lot about fabrics, fibres and fashion, I learnt a lot about cultural differences between the United Kingdom and Germany as well as other people. Each night we engaged in many different cultural activities to build an understanding with each other and learn about us as teens in modern-day fashion. To find out about this in more detail, along with detailed instructions to try for yourself at home, please click HERE.
Germany is one of the leading countries in the world in the way of sustainable fashion and has produced many successful designers that have revolutionised the fashion industry. It was a pleasure to meet a couple of these designers as well as many young people who have the potential to revolutionise the industry further.
Even though I do not feel like following textiles and fashion as a career or in the future, I love it as a hobby and will continue to love it until the day that I die. It is a topic I feel very passionately about and I am glad I have learnt the origins of just some of the clothes I wear. UK-German Connection has allowed me to appreciate my clothes more and has given me a new pair of eyes when looking at sustainability in fashion. I believe that in any job, sustainable fashion is important because why can’t we be doing our part to help the world in a different way? If all clothes and uniforms were made sustainably then there would be less pollution in the world.
I would definitely recommend a UK-German Connection activity to everyone as they don’t only do fashion but a lot more topics as well. Even if you just want to meet new people from Germany and build new connections, you can. You do not need to know how to speak German and you can meet many new people. They do video calls between countries (so you do not need to leave the comfort of your home) as well as their trips to places in the UK and Germany.
Considering a Career in Law?
Careers Wales have organised a talk from Alun Curtis Solicitors on careers in Law on Thursday 15th December.
Interested students should go to the Sixth Form office to put their name down for the talk.
Just a reminder...
The pop-up bookshop from Rossiter Books will be in school on Monday (Y7 and 8) and Tuesday (Y9, 10 and 11) .
This is an opportunity for KS3 and KS4 students to use a £7 book voucher provided by Schools Love Reading. More information on that scheme may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/2d5c75wz
Victoria and Andy Rossiter will be bringing in a wide selection of books, with some special Christmas titles, for students to peruse and buy with their voucher.
They have also set up an online shop ‘window’ for students to browse – if they see a book they like that isn’t in their display, they will order this in for them once they have filled in an order form. This can be useful for Year 10 and Year 11 if they are in important GCSE lessons and can’t make it down, as we definitely want every student to be able to use their voucher!
Monmouthshire County Council held the first of a series of fostering events at Shire Hall in Monmouth in November to encourage people to foster local children and young people with drop-in sessions planned around Monmouthshire during December.
There are many options available to potential foster carers from short term or long term foster care, short breaks, parent and child, therapeutic care and supported lodgings. Potential foster carers are welcome to apply whatever their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, or marital status.
The final December drop-in session will take place at Waitrose Monmouth 12th & 16th December 1pm-5pm.