Many thanks to everyone for the tremendous support shown to the production of Sister Act - it was an absolute triumph that performed to sold-out audiences. There is something so special about school productions and performances, and our team of PEA staff and students here are the best in the business. Bravo, everyone.
We welcome our Estyn visitors next week after two weeks of preparation and information sharing. We are looking forward to showing them all aspects of school life here at MCS. A reminder also that the Parent and Carer Meeting with Estyn is being held between 5-6pm on Monday in the School Hall. Unfortunately Estyn tell us it is not possible to have any children in the meeting at all, whether or not they are students here. Therefore, we will offer a supervisory service for children to assist parents who wish to attend, for the duration of the meeting. This will be located in the Learning Resource Centre and will be overseen by school staff.
We are also looking forward to the return of the Curry and Quiz Night tonight - a sellout as well. This is all in aid of MCS Friends fundraising - you can read about the support MCS Friends have been able to give the school recently below. We are very grateful to you all for your support of the school and our students.
Finally - our Universal Free Breakfast trial continues through next half term. If anyone has any possible leads for corporate funding so that we can secure this longer-term then we would really appreciate it. The offer has a very positive impact on our students, so we are pursuing every lead possible.
All the best for a restful weekend,
Update on Recording an Absence
Excellent attendance at school is vital in supporting young people to achieve their potential. The better a young person’s attendance is, the greater chance they have in opening doors to their future pathway, whatever that might be.
Here at Monmouth Comprehensive School, we aim for students to be in school every day, with a minimum expected level of 96% attendance. This will ensure students gain the knowledge and understanding that they require to be successful, and will also ensure that students are able to build positive relationships with peers, teachers and support staff. This all contributes to students being both happy and successful at school.
As of Monday 27th February 2023, we are changing the way in which parents/carers report an absence. This new approach is a trial to improve information flow. As parents/carers you will receive a text message if your child does not register with their tutor and does not arrive at session 1. Please respond to this text message, with the reason for absence. We will aim to send this text message by 9.15am. There is no need to call school prior to this, as a response to the text message is enough.
We are hoping that this will speed up the process of recording absences and staff will have more time to support students.
If you wish to, however, you can continue to call the absentee line on 01600 775284 and leave an answerphone message. Please provide as much detail as possible regarding the reason for absence. Please be aware that for repeated absences or patterns, you may well be asked for medical evidence.
In addition to this minor change we will be investing in the SIMS Parent & Student App. This mechanism will be used to allow you to see all aspects of your child's school life from attendance, punctuality, behaviour reports, extra-curricular clubs and academic reports. This will provide you with regular updates via notifications on the app. More details on the app can be found on the link below. We will be going live with the app, after the Easter break.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Monmouth Comprehensive Friends Association would like to say a big thank you.
The Christmas 2022 raffle raised a fantastic £2,370. This comes on top of the other fundraising that we have done over the last couple of years. Behind the scenes we have been in discussion with Mr Hutchison regarding projects that will need funding particularly now the school is facing big budget cuts. These include helping the library buy new stock and giving £5,000 towards Summer Learning which would otherwise be unable to go ahead this year.
Last term we also invited faculties to apply for a share of £2,000 to buy a range of resources. We had several applications and, after some good debate at our next meeting, were able to award grants for the following: dictionaries for Welsh, calculators in Maths, a Van De Graff Generator in Science, store cupboard ingredients for D&T and a plethora of items for our SRB.
I am delighted to say that we have now offered a further £2000 this term which Faculties are in the process of applying for. If you would like to have a say in determining the outcome of the applications, please come along to one of our meetings. The next meeting is Monday 27th February, 7.30pm at The Punch House.
Thanks again for all your support.
Chair of MCS Friends
Reader of the Week
Last week, Evie Jones was reading so much that we’ve introduced a Reader of the Week poster to our library. Evie read books straight from our library shelves such as Ways To Be Me, Demon Dentist, and What Monster by Tom Gates.
With our fantastic range of new books to borrow, we look forward to seeing who will be the next reader of the week. Well done, da iawn Evie!
All students are welcome to visit the library and borrow a book.
Well done Lydia
We are delighted to report that Lydia Lannen has been selected and represented Newport Schools and Districts U14s side.
Catching up with the Science Faculty
Year 12 Biologists have been putting theory into practice and used their knowledge of the Lincoln index to calculate the population of students in the school. They gave stickers out to students at break time and then counted how many students they saw again with stickers at lunch time. All groups’ estimate were really close to the correct number (no more than 100 students out!)
Year 7 and 8 science club have been learning how to survive the zombie apocalypse, having recently finished learning about space last term. They have so far invented shoe covers to make their steps quieter, made solar ovens to roast marshmallows without fire and have just started learning how to code micro:bits to send and receive messages between survivor camps! We’re looking forward to seeing if they are able to survive and thrive despite the zombies in our future sessions.
Year 11 have all been involved with GCSE practical exams this week. All double students have sat two exams, one in chemistry and one in physics. The triple science students have sat an exam in each of the three disciplines. Our lab technicians, Mrs Merrett and Mr Chaplin, have done an outstanding job in ensuring that the exams have run smoothly.
CAMHS will be running a range of workshops on MS Teams in February Half Term 2023 for all children, young people and their families across Gwent.
Please use this booking form (click HERE) to explore what support they can offer and respective QR codes to access their workshops.
Welsh Blood Service donation day
MCS 24th March (for students aged 17 years + )
The Welsh Blood Service are hosting blood donation sessions for Sixth Formers and staff across a selection of schools in Wales.
Over 1,500 donations have been made to date, including 220 bone marrow sign ups.
The Welsh Blood Service will be with us on Friday 24th March for staff and students to give blood, should they wish to.
To check your eligibility and book an appointment to give blood on the 24th March please click on the link below:
By checking your eligibility, you are giving yourself the best chance to successfully donate. Please note, your eligibility will also be confirmed by a Welsh Blood Service representative at the time of your appointment.
By doing this you are making a valuable difference to the lives of others in future. Thank you!
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MCC Budget Proposals - Last chance to have your say
The consultation on Monmouthshire County Council's Budget Proposals for 2023-2024 closes at noon on Thursday 16 February 2023. The proposals cover a wide range of areas and services, such as education, MonLife, social care and council tax, amongst others. MCC want to know your views on the proposal so please get involved.