We had the pleasure of welcoming our incoming Year 7 2023 students and their families to school this week. It is one of the highlights of our year, and a reminder of what a privilege it is for us all to work with the next generation - supporting and challenging them to be the very best version of themselves possible. There was lots of excitement from students, families and of course from staff too.
One of the areas we spoke about with our new intake and their families was mobile phones, the use of the internet and student access to social media. We recognise that parents and carers will make a range of decisions about whether to buy their child a phone, and whether to allow Internet access. Digital competency is important, but we find that unlimited access is a burden for young people, who are then drawn to spend more and more time on apps and devices that are specifically designed to be addictive or habit-forming. In addition, we are finding that fallouts or arguments on social media or in the community in evenings and weekends is sometimes having a negative effect on student wellbeing and their ability to focus on making progress in their subjects. Robust parental decisions on the following have been shown to have a positive effect on student wellbeing:
Guardian apps such as Google’s Family Link, Apple’s Screen Time, Boomerang or Qustodio
No data/limited data on phones
Regular checks of your child’s phone in order to address any issues
Attendance at an Internet Safety event at school or online – we will continue to offer additional support for families, whether that be technical support or the setting of boundaries regarding the internet and social media. These notifications usually come through this newsletter.
We recognise that forming digital boundaries might be challenging if your child is used to more freedom to access whatever they like on the internet, and we are happy to reinforce messages on the above to your child in order to support you and them. Recognition from your child that you have authority over their internet access is part of a wider acceptance of your parental authority in general, and the School’s authority in loco parentis over them whilst they are in school. These are complex matters to navigate for us all, and we know that close collaboration between home and school is at the heart of ensuring students are supported to navigate their digital lives positively and safely. Thank you for your support in these matters.
Many thanks also to MCS Friends for attending and promoting their work to support the School. For anyone not yet aware, the Friends work tirelessly to support students and the school community. As well as events such as Curry and Quiz and refreshments at school productions, the Friends fundraise for the School. This has allowed us to buy such items as specialist equipment in science, music, drama and other subjects; break time equipment such as table tennis tables and shelters; and sports equipment such as girls' football team kit. The exciting Summer Learning programme for 2023 (details out in due course) simply would not be possible without the financial support of MCS Friends. If you have capacity to help out in any way then please do get involved. The email is email@example.com.
All the best to you all for a restful weekend, ideally with a cooling breeze in this hot weather.
Congratulations to Sixth Form students Phoebe Hodgson, Dorothy Johnson and Hannah Rogers who have been awarded sponsorship from the Rotary Club to attend the Youth World Affairs Seminar on climate change in Wisconsin, USA. They had a tough interview process, up against students not only from this region but from the west of England too. In fact, Phoebe, Dorothy and Hannah took three of the four regional places available at the seminar which takes place from the 24th June to the 30th June. A very impressive achievement.
Students at MCS were informed of this opportunity with the Rotary club, just before Christmas, and It's great to see our students continuing to gain places on what will be an amazing trip.
The seminar will include lectures, and field trips with talks from key speakers from important organisations and businesses. All of this is about Climate Change: Youth Take Action.
This is a fantastic opportunity for them and they will gain a wealth of knowledge and make new friendships whilst learning so much about how climate change is affecting the World.
Arianne Alford took part in the GB Skate Artistic Roller Dance Championships 2023 in Great Yarmouth last weekend. The competition was tough with so many amazing young skaters and at the end of day one, she was in eighth place.
On day two she pulled this up with her Freedance and moved up to the third place giving her the Bronze medal and a place on the Podium - she has done her club, family and Wales proud.
Arianne is now ranked third in Great Britain for her age category.
This was an even bigger achievement given that she had a horrendous fall, hitting her head mid-routine, which stopped the competition for a short period. The adrenaline kicked in and there was nothing that was going to stop her getting back on that floor and finishing her Dance that she had been working hard at for the past six months.
Congratulations to Year 7 student, Ffion Evans, who competed at the Royal Bath and West show during half term.
Ffion had Reserve Breed Champion with her homebred Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Ram and also had Overall Reserve Champion Young Handler in an outstanding class of over 60 young shepherds, qualifying for the RBST Young Shepherd of the Year in November.
Well done Ffion.
Oliver Hall's cricket success continues with a successful few days of cricket for East Wales U12s with a win against Llandaff Cathedral School and two wins against West Wales in Pembroke Dock.
Year 9 student, Lydia Lannen, represented MCS as part of Newport & District Girls U14s girls football team, bringing home the silverware.
On Saturday, 10 June, the team took part in the 7x7 at Ledbury, Herefordshire's football tournament, winning the cup for their age group. The competition attracted over one-hundred team entrants over the weekend. Lydia played a pivotal role in the tournament, scoring goals throughout and, during the last few minutes of extra time in the final, it was her creativity that lead to the assist of the U14 girls tournament winning goal.
Well done, Lydia.
Junior Maths Challenge
A number of Year 7 and 8 students took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge recently with a group of students achieving a certificate. A Bronze certificate means you were in the top 50% of the competitors in the UK. A Silver certificate means you were in the top 25%, and Gold means you were in the top 12.5%.
Congratulations to the following students:
Gold - Rhys Seager
Silver - Tomos Bisson, Cullum Tyrrell, Will Edwards, Rufus Hiscox, Ethan Kelly, Tom King, Anson Law, Ravi Smith, Oliver Young and Bertrand Wood
Bronze - Tomi North, Rhys Rowe and Hazel Warren.
A huge well done to everyone who took part.
New Catering Partner at MCS - Aramark
We are delighted to introduce ourselves as the new catering partner at Monmouth Comprehensive School. We are excited to be working in collaboration with the brilliant team at the school to bring a fresh, new outlook to the catering experience.
MORE THAN FOOD
Whilst first and foremost, we are caterers, we believe that what we do is more than just food. We are in a unique position where we are able to nurture and educate through the food we serve.
Forming healthy eating habits is a valuable part of your child’s education. 85% of our food is freshly prepared on site, and all products comply with Welsh Government guidelines, ensuring that the students at Monmouth Comprehensive School are fuelled by good food, enabling them to reach their full potential.
INSIGHT & INNOVATION
The food that we serve is created with insight in mind and shaped by the latest food trends throughout the world. We create brands and dishes that rival the high street and whilst we do have traditional favourites on our menus, our street food and global cuisine prove extremely popular.
Our food is ever evolving and is complimented by a calendar of events, filled with seasonal campaigns, theme days and new menu launches.
Most importantly, we are here as an extended part of Monmouth Comprehensive School’s family, with values and a sustainability agenda that mirror yours. If your child has any specific dietary requirements, or you just want to talk to us, our team will be more than happy to talk to you to answer any questions or queries that you may have.
Above all, we are here to ensure that the food we serve is tasty, the pupils are happy and that we make dining at Monmouth Comprehensive School as exciting and as fun as possible.
We can’t wait to get started!
Regional Operations Director | Aramark
Calling all bakers...
In aid of Pride Month and Trans Aid Cymru, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and Charity Committee are working in collaboration on a charity day.
On Thursday, 29th of June, students will be able to buy a sweet treat, play Count the Rainbow (where they can win a jar of skittles) or What’s my name? (where they can guess the name of the rainbow octopus). Games cost 50p and cakes from 20p.
We would be delighted to receive any items at Reception (shop bought or homemade) by 9 am on Thursday 29th June. We ask that all donations are nut free, please. Any gluten-free, dairy free or vegan options would also be most welcome but could you please let us know if a product can be sold as this. Your donations towards the cake sale are hugely appreciated.