Prep School | Lent Term 2022 | Week 6

Dear Parents,

 

“Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous”

Confucius

 

Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on what has been achieved and make a commitment to improvement. This term has been punctuated by many breaks where we can pause and take stock. It is an exciting time to be in school as children (and staff) come back refreshed and keen to take up the next challenges. Continuing that theme, we have Parent Beak meetings starting next week. A wonderful chance to reflect on learning and share new targets. 

 

Parent Beak Meetings

We look forward to hosting Parent Beak meetings in Wykeham Hall as per the following schedule.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit the College and meet with teachers face to face .

Nursery to Year 4

  • Monday 27th February and Thursday 16th March, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Wykeham Hall

Year 5 to Year 8

  • Wednesday 1st March and Tuesday 14th March, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Wykeham Hall

 

Clubs during Parent Beak Meetings

The following clubs will not run over the weeks of Parent Beak meetings all other clubs will proceed as usual, however the Homework club on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday will proceed for those pupils attending later tennis sessions.

Wednesday

AM: Gymnastics

AM: Running Club 

PM: Cricket Y3-8

PM: Touch Y3-8

PM: Rugby boys Y3-6

PM:Y2-4 gymnastics

 

Sports Update (Miss Laura Prentice, Head of Prep PE and Games)

Kit

Within the PE department we are aiming to promote independence amongst the pupils which includes taking responsibility for having the correct kit on the correct days. Please could you help us to ensure pupils have the following kit:

PE – PE top, shorts, white socks, trainers, hat, water bottle

Swimming – swimming costume/shorts, rash vest, goggles, hat, towel 

Games – hat, water bottle, suncream and:

Cricket, PE kit including white socks

Touch rugby, PE kit including sleeveless top, white socks and football boots

Aquathlons

We have a number of internal aquathlon events coming up. Please ensure that pupils bring a pair of trainers (they will get wet) to every swimming lesson in the lead up to the aquathlon as they will be practising in lessons. Parents are welcome to spectate at these events. 

Monday 6th March 08:30-10:00 – Year 2 & 3 aquathlon at the Pre Prep Pool

Tuesday 7th March 08:30-10:00 – Year 7 & 8 aquathlon at the Senior Pool

Tuesday 7th March 14:30-16:00 – Year 4, 5 and 6 aquathlon at the Senior Pool

 

World Wildlife Day (Mrs Bronwyn McDiarmid, Head of Prep Humanities)

Next Friday, the 3rd of March, is the global celebration of World Wildlife Day. This year the theme is ‘Partnerships for Conservation’ and Prep pupils will explore this theme in their Humanities lessons. Pupils in Years 4-8 have also been invited to take part in our Wildlife Photography competition and there is a Wildlife Colouring competition for children in Early Years to Year 3. These entries are due by Period 1 on 03 March, so please do encourage your children to become a partner in conservation by taking part. 

Lastly, we will also hold a charity popcorn sale (RM5 each) in Prep on Friday 10 March at lunchtime in the Year 8 corridor. If they would like to, pupils will be able to watch a nature documentary at the same time. 

We are so excited for this celebration and hope you will enjoy discussing what your children have learned throughout the week! 

 

Remembrance Fundraiser

Next week, students from the sixth form will be selling black ribbons throughout the school as both a sign of remembrance for the over 46,000 victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria and also a way of raising funds for Mobile Medics International, a group that has sent doctors (including some former MCM parents) to Turkey to provide emergency aid. Each ribbon will be sold for RM3, however we welcome any additional donations, should you wish to give more directly to this charity.

Should you wish to purchase a ribbon in advance, please complete this form.

 

Message from Mrs Cassidy and the Pre-Prep Team

I hope that everyone had a wonderful half-term break; many of the children certainly seem to have enjoyed themselves and many took the opportunity to travel. I know that the novelty of being able to ‘pop’ anywhere still seems extremely exciting to many of us; the world opening up to us and, with that, the chance to stay connected with the people we love.

The week away from school however, has quickly been forgotten as we begin another busy half term at school. Pancake races were a highlight of the week, with every child from Nursery to Year 8 competing for their Houses in this fun (and slightly crazy) annual tradition. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, marks the last day before Lent in the Christian calendar – an important time when Christians focus on abstinence and the sacrifices that were made by Jesus as he spent 40 days in the desert. As in many faiths, periods of reflection and abstinence are important and often punctuated, before and after, by celebrations and feasts – times for families to come together and to feel gratitude for the bounty that fills our lives. Pancakes can be seen as a symbol of what we have – health and happiness to you all.

 

 

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”

Albert Einstein

 

The Easter holiday and chocolate may be around the corner, but first, a time for us to dig deep, consider the world beyond us, both physical and spiritual and make a difference – again both physically and spiritually. Any act of service or gratitude makes a difference to others. But make time over these next weeks to develop a new habit that makes a difference to you too.. Learn to help yourself by giving time to reflect on yourself, enjoy a sense of awe and wonder and embark on memory making with family and friends. Value for you creates value for others.

 

Kind regards,

Rachel Eaton-Jones 

Head of Prep School

 

The gentle reminders section, further details can be found here on the College website:

  • Saturday 25th February, 8:30am to 10:00am, Netball Festival, Year 3 and Year 4 pupils, Munawir Courts
  • Saturday 25th February, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Year 5 and Year 6 Drama Production – rehearsal
  • Saturday 25th February, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Open Water Dive Training
  • Saturday 25th February, 2:00pm to 4:15pm, MCM 10th Anniversary Royal Visit
  • Sunday 26th February, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Open Water Dive Training
  • Sunday 26th February, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Vaccination Booster, Wykeham Hall
  • Sunday 26th February, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Open Water Dive Training
  • Monday, 27th February, 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Nursery to Year 4 Parent Beak Meetings, Wykeham Hall
  • Tuesday 28th February, 8:30am to 4:15pm, MCM Scholarship Assessment – Sport
  • Tuesday 28th February, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, 10th Anniversary Lecture: Mrs Jana Chan, Wykeham Hall
  • Wednesday 1 March, 8:30am to 4:15pm, March Media Mentor Month
  • Wednesday 1 March, 8:30am to 4:15pm, World Wildlife Day
  • Wednesday 1 March, 8:30am to 4:15pm, Book Fair, Prep Art Cafe
  • Wednesday 1 March, 9:00am to 12:00pm, JSAC Aquathlon, U9 to U13 pupils, Repton International School
  • Wednesday 1st March, 2:00pm to 5:30pm, Malaysian Mental Health First Aid
  • Wednesday 1st March, 5:00pm to 8.00pm, Year 5 to Year 8 Parent Beak Meetings, Wykeham Hall
  • Friday 3rd March, 3rd March, 8:30am to 4:15pm, World Book Day
  • Friday 3rd March, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Year 7 and Year 8 Social, Green Hall
  • Saturday 4rd March, 8:00am to 6:00pm, Riders Camp 1: Year 6 to Remove
  • Saturday 4th March, 8:30am to 11:55am, Admissions Open Morning
  • Saturday 4th March, 9:00am to 1:00pm, Year 5 and Year 6 Drama Production – rehearsal, Green Hall
  • Saturday 4th March, 12:00 to 6:00pm, 10th Anniversary Gala Concert – technical rehearsal, Wykeham Hall
  • Saturday 4th March, 7:00pm to 9.00pm, 10th Anniversary Gala Concert, Wykeham Hall
  • Sunday 5th March, 10:30am to 11:00am, Chapel

 


 

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