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Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Tuesday 1 November 2022

Welcome to the first blog of Term 2.  I hope you all had a wonderful half term break and a well-deserved rest.

We return to school to a busy week.  Over the course of this week, students will be told in assembly about a new opportunity with our food provider, Cucina.  From this week, we will be issuing every student and member of staff an MGS-branded reusable drinks bottle, because by Christmas it is our intention to remove all single-use plastic bottles in the school.  Two new drinks fountains have been installed into the Refectory, and so students wishing to purchase a drink can do so by using their drinks bottles and paying for how much they have.  We hope that this new way of doing things will be appreciated.

Tonight is our first virtual parents’ evening, this time for Year 12.  Parents of year 12 students will have a first opportunity to hear from their child’s teachers about the progress their child has made since the start of the academic year.  I am sure the evening will be a positive one.

On Wednesday evening, it is the turn of parents of year 11 students to attend the Year 11 Information Evening.  The evening is to hear form key staff about what is to come over the next eight months, particularly with GCSE examinations on the horizon, and more pressingly, the process in which students will need to prepare themselves for the sixth form.  Following Wednesday, on Thursday afternoon, Year 11 will have an opportunity to speak to their teachers directly about all things A levels and what they should be doing this year to position themselves well.

Saturday is our biggest event: the MGS Parents’ Association Firework Display.  The PA has run this event for almost 20 years, and during that time it has grown in size and popularity, so much so that last year was the largest yet.  Many members of the MGS community come together to ensure the event goes ahead, so I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those people and to everyone who will be coming along to support.  If you are keen to come along, and haven’t yet purchased a ticket, please do so online.  There will be no ticket sales on the night.  Gates open at 5pm with the display starting at 7pm.

And finally, congratulations to Jake of Year 11 who was selected to represent England at the World Karate Championships in Turkey over the October half term.  Jake sadly did not medal, but did amazingly well getting through three rounds which a huge achievement at this level.  Well done Jake.