We are now well into the rhythm of the term, and it is great to see students applying themselves day in, day out. It is getting into habits of everyday excellence that is the foundation for students. Being ready to learn is so important - not only being properly attired and equipped, but also being prompt to lessons.
For a small minority of our students, their punctuality to lessons is not yet where it needs to be, and we will continue to work with those students and their families to improve punctuality. Lessons are where the learning happens; if a student misses just 5 minutes of each lesson, then across a week they have missed the equivalent of 1/2 a day of learning. Parents and carers can also play their part - not only by ensuring that students arrive to school on time, but also by discussing the importance of punctuality to individual lessons. We do have a large school building, but because of its superb design it never takes more than 3 minutes to walk between the two classrooms that are most distant from each other (and we have tested this again with Year 7s this year...).
Finally, we look forward to welcoming prospective Year 7 2024 students and their families to MCS next Thursday for our Open Evening. A heartfelt thank you to all students who are staying for the evening to take part in the event. It is so fantastic to see their enthusiasm and erudition shine through. Diolch!
Anwen Dehareng (8NI) will be representing MCS at the Schools Equestrian Games Eventing Championships at Dauntsey this month, following qualification at the Pony Club Regional Eventing Championships.
Good luck Anwen.
If any students who have their own horse would be interested in competing for MCS in the Schools Equestrian Games or National Schools Equestrian Association (all disciplines), please contact Cheryl via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Max Swayne - Usk Mens Champion 2023!
Over the summer holidays, the annual Usk Club Championships began. Max entered the Mens Singles and after some tough matches against Men, he got into the final.
The Final took place last Saturday and, after an epic final of 3 hours and 3 full sets, Max came out Usk Mens Champion 2023!!!
Well done, Max.
Student Absence - unplanned and planned
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 9.45am. There is no need to call school prior to this, unless you wish to, as a response to the text message is enough.
This should speed up the process of recording absences and staff will have more time to support students.
As a last resort, you can 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.
Appointments during the School Day
If your child has an appointment outside school during the day, could you please let the school know in advance (01600 775177). This means that it is recorded at Reception and they can be signed out quickly, avoiding unnecessary delays. You may also wish to give your child a note to show their teacher, who will release them from class.
If we are not aware of a request to leave school, either via a message or a note, we are obliged to call parents/carers to confirm a child is leaving/being met at Reception. If we are unable to make contact with a parent/carer, we cannot allow a student to leave the school.
Thank you for your support.
Y7 - using the Food Hall
We know that the range of food on offer in our Food Hall can be a little overwhelming when students first start in Year 7 – especially as students are used to a limited offer in primary school and, more importantly, they didn’t have to budget to pay for their lunch. It becomes a little more difficult for them when they are faced with such a choice but with a specific budget.
We rely on parents/carers to discuss and explain budgeting to them to ensure they don’t overspend and we have to contact you to top up the allowance.
Full details of the menus may be found on our website, by clicking HERE. On this page you will also find a price list.
Please bear in mind that unless you set a limit, the automatic £5 per day limit kicks in, To set a limit on your child's account, please contact Mrs Jenkins – email@example.com. Your limit can be below the £5 or above the £5 - the choice is yours. You can also ask that certain items cannot be purchased, which might otherwise send them over your chosen limit.
Please discuss this daily limit with your child, perhaps using the link above to go through to the menu/price list to work out the best value for their limit. You may also wish them to only access the Food Hall at lunch break, to ensure they have enough money on their account to purchase a nourishing and filling lunch. If this is the case, please contact us on the email address above and we can arrange for a note to be put on their ParentPay profile which will ensure the till operator is aware of this. Ample water fountains are situated around the school, allowing students to fill up their bottles for free.
We hope this information helps your child to manage their Food Hall account but if you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact the school.
Catching up with the English Faculty
Last Saturday we, the English Faculty, had the pleasure of taking 60 of our Year 10 students to see a production of Macbeth in the Globe Theatre on the South Bank. As an open-air theatre, we had our fingers crossed that the weather would be kind and, while Monmouth was under a blanket of rain, the Globe was bathed in sunshine! For a lot of the students, this was their first experience of getting out on a trip after lockdown, so the sun just added to the excitement.
After a long coach journey battling through London’s traffic and a spot of lunch bankside, we entered the pit, where the groundlings of Shakespeare’s day would stand to watch the performances. Once it began, we were all thrown into the darkness of the play, with performers eerily singing or shouting from amongst us, with more than a few surprised shrieks when we were caught off guard! Slightly adapted from the original, the Scottish play was performed at a pace, with moments of unexpected comedy nestled to counter the dark ambition of its titular character. Moments of violence made us gasp and, before we knew it, order had been restored to Scotland and the actors were bowing in front of us. It was remarkable!
Before we left, there was just enough time to get a photo with Max Bennett, the actor who played Macbeth and has also performed in Poldark and Bohemian Rhapsody, so some of our staff were a little bit star struck!
Arriving back at Monmouth Comprehensive School a little short of 9pm, we were all ready for bed after what had been a fantastic day. The students were brilliant and behaved impeccably, a real credit to themselves, their parents and the school, and we very much look forward to the next trip
October Book Fair
We'll be having our annual Scholastic October Book Fair on 5-11 October.
Students will be able to buy books from £2.99 during breaks and lunches between these dates.
Parents can buy book vouchers prior to the Fair, if they don't want their child to carry cash to school. They can be purchased here: