We were delighted to welcome record numbers of visitors to our Open Evening this week, for Year 7 entrants in September 2024. It is always such a special evening in the school calendar, where students and staff alike get an opportunity to talk about their school community, their subject passions and their own experiences. It was fantastic to see so many students volunteer to stay for the evening, from Year 13 prefects to current Year 7s. A particular thank you also to our superb Head Students, who each spoke to a packed School Hall about their own school journey, memories of starting at MCS and future aspirations. Personal highlights for me included the insect-eating challenge in the Catering classrooms (verdict: mealworms are not bad, but crickets are best avoided), and our Rowing Club deciding to bring in an 'Eight' rather than a 'Pair' to display in the atrium. Da iawn, pawb!
You will see details below on the SIMS app - this is our improved way of communicating information that happens daily at school, such as timetables, detention notifications and attendance information. Communicating this information in the app is replacing emails out in these areas. Please do download the app if you have not already done so yet, and let us know if you have any problems in accessing the correct information.
Best wishes to you all,
On Thursday, a group of Year 11 and Year 12 students paid a visit to the packaging headquarters of Tri-Wall, to learn about apprenticeships and roles within the company. We had a fantastic tour of the facility from the knowledgeable design and testing teams, followed by a fun building challenge in which students built a chair out of Tri-Wall cardboard pieces (and showed their extremely competitive sides in the process!)
Students grilled the CEO, Gavin Peters, and his team about their roles in the company, who were more than happy to answer their questions thoroughly. The team have also kindly offered for DT students to send in their designs they create using CAD, so they can be manufactured at Tri-Wall HQ and added to their portfolio of work - an opportunity we hope they will take full advantage of.
A big thank you to Tri-Wall for putting on such a successful day for us, and to our students who were perfect representatives of our school!
Year 11 Parent Information Evening
The Y11 Parent Information Meeting takes place on Tuesday 3rd October at 5.30pm to discuss the support available to students throughout Year 11.
Your child has the potential to achieve an excellent set of outcomes this year, and we would like to discuss with you the many ways that we can all work together to ensure this success. This support will include the opportunity for your child to attend revision and exam practice sessions, supported by senior staff, across a variety of subjects. This will provide your child with bespoke support in key areas of their curriculum, as well as the opportunity to catch up with any assignments, controlled tasks or exam preparation. We will also discuss revision strategies, exam techniques and how to further develop resilience and motivation as we approach the busy exam season.
During the evening, there will be a number of presentations from senior staff, information from the English, Mathematics and Science Faculties plus there will also be an opportunity to discuss any queries you may have with a member of staff. We very much hope that your child will take full advantage of this invaluable opportunity and your support with this is very much appreciated.
In advance of the meeting, you may be interested in the KS4 Revision Guide which may be accessed HERE.
If you have not already downloaded the SIMS App, please read through the Quick Start guide below and download the SIMS Parent App, via the App store.
As you have received your email and login, we would encourage you, in the first instance, to check that all the details about you and your child(ren) are accurate and to update where appropriate.
From Monday 18th September, the SIMS parents App will be used to track the behaviour incidents for your child. If your child receives a sanction for a behaviour incident, you will be notified via the app and will no longer receive a separate letter via email.
Maths Trip to Paris
One space has become available on the Paris Maths Trip in February. The place will be made available on ParentPay at 4pm on Tuesday 3rd October on a first come, first served basis.
If anyone is interested you would be required to pay £300 in order to secure the place in line with the payment schedule. A copy of the letter is available under Parents – Trips on the school website or by clicking HERE.
Once this place is taken, if you would like your child to be put on a reserve list, should any further spaces become available, please contact Mrs L Buoy firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends Association AGM takes place on Wednesday 11th October at 7.30 pm at The Club, Priory House, Whitecross Street, Monmouth. NP25 3BY
Everyone is welcome. We would love to see some new faces and ideas.
We are also looking for new Chair / Vice Chair. If anyone is interested please email email@example.com for more information.
Digital parenting tips from Vodaphone
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting magazine which offers advice to parents on supporting young people to get the most out of tech and enjoy happy and safe digital lives.
Multiply is a UK Government SPF-funded programme designed to help adults improve their numeracy skills; specifically targeted at adults who are over 19 and have not achieved a C or above at GCSE.
They are offering a wide variety of free courses throughout Monmouthshire many of which they feel will be of interest to our school community.
Please see below a selection of courses that will include:
This course is aimed at assisting parents and guardians with their understanding of the maths curriculum and empowering them to effectively help their child with maths homework – this will be open to all parents
A 36-week GCSE course at both foundation and intermediate level, helping adults to improve their grades or attain qualifications they may have missed earlier in life.
A 10-week course aimed at upskilling adults who have no maths qualifications. This is a great place for absolute beginners to start gaining some confidence with maths.
One-to-one revision sessions for adults who are resitting GCSE maths. These sessions will be tailored to the individual’s needs and can be offered both in person and online.
Vacancies at MCS
Teacher of Hospitality and Catering/Food Technology