Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Welcome back to Term 4, I hope you
all had a good break. I also hope that this blog is reaching a much
larger audience. Following the recent Parent Forum meeting it was
suggested by parents that this blog should be emailed out each week via
ParentMail as well as being posted on the School website. For those who
are new to these blogs, then welcome, and I hope they provide a small insight
into the life of MGS. I have just returned from Paris where I accompanied
the senior rugby squad on the 2017 Paris Rugby Tour. 24 sixth form
students enjoyed the half term playing two games of rugby (won one 40 – 0 and
lost one 29 – 12), took part in four training sessions, watched Racing 92 play
their weekly fixture and enjoyed the sights of Paris and took in much of its
culture. Thank you Mr Hathaway for making this tour happen, and I look
forward to the next one.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
We have now dug the first hole to begin phase 1 of our 3 year building project. On Wednesday last week we had a Ground Breaking Ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the Performing Arts Building. Governors, parents, staff, students and representatives from the Local Authority, the architects and the building contractors were all present to witness me dig the first hole. It has taken a long time and a great deal of hard work to reach this point, but we are all now very pleased that we will see the building get built.
Yesterday after school I met with the Parent Forum, a group of parents who act as my sounding board and provide me with a parental perspective into the future of the School. Last night we talked about the expansion plans, the new vertical pastoral structure, the new assessment arrangements and how we are supporting young people with their mental health. It was a very positive meeting and we all came away with a better understanding of how the School is developing and how it goes on ensuring that it works for the benefit of all of our students.
This week, following last Friday’s deadline, we shortlist the applicants who have applied to be the next School Captain and school Vice-Captain. 13 students applied and the interviews take place the first day back after half term. Today we will be asking Year 12 and all of the staff who they think should take up the two roles. Watch this space. Tomorrow we welcome parents of Year 8 to attend their Parents’ Evening.
Year 8 is a crucial year as it is when the students choose the GCSE subjects they wish to study from next year. Subject teachers will be on hand to provide essential feedback, and also teachers who teach some of our newer subjects will be on hand to provide information about their subject.
At the weekend 70 cadets took part in a CCF Training Camp to prepare for a variety of different events coming up later this year. The RAF Section took part in the preliminary round of the Air Squadron Trophy and came 4th, successfully achieving a place in the Nationals. A number of other cadets took part in some weapon handling training and the Cambrian Patrol Team Exercise. All had a good weekend.
Finally, William Luckhurst of Year 10 competed in the National Cold Water
Championships a couple of weeks ago. He
was competing in the 15 -18 age range, and so was one of the youngest
competitors there. Despite this he
secured Gold in two events namely the 90m freestyle, an absolute killer of an
event in freezing water, and the 30m breaststroke. He is now the National Champion in these two
events. These results also put him in a good position for the World
Championships in 2018. Well done Will.