Prep School | LT2024 | Week 2

Dear Parents,

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”

Nelson Mandela

 

A friend of mine told me about the new phenomenon that is ‘Blue Monday’ when I was bemoaning my lack of ‘get up and go’ on Monday evening. I had run out of resilience and was feeling thoroughly sorry for myself. Luckily this idea of ‘Blue Monday’ made me feel so uncomfortable, it caused me to laugh out loud – almost instantly dispelling any sense of gloom.  Troubles happen and sometimes bouncing back is tricky, but mostly, we are strengthened by the experience. I certainly don’t think I need a specifically named day. I do wonder whether it will be linked soon to online sales, so that through retail therapy we can cheer ourselves up – or am I being far too cynical?

 

Pupil Name Signage in Cars

Please be reminded to place A4 (or larger) paper name cards, including Pupil first name, surname and year group, on car dashboards to assist with easily identifying children’s cars at pick up. Please could I also ask all families driving on site to respect the speed limit, refrain from using phones while driving and stay alert to the young people who use the College site; they all deserve to feel safe moving around their school.

 

Year 5 and 6 Netball & Rugby House Competition on Tuesday 23rd January 2024 (Mr Todd Skevington, Director of Sports & Miss Jessica Hendle, Head of Girls’ PE and Games)

We are excited to inform you about the upcoming Year 5 & 6 House Netball & Rugby House Competition scheduled next Tuesday afternoon (23/01/2024), between 2.45pm and 4.15pm, during their usual games lesson time. Parents are welcome to watch the house matches with the first games starting at 3pm and finishing at 4pm.

The competition will be held on the Senior Netball Courts for netball with Two Teams from each house being represented.  Rugby will be held on Pitch 2 which will be split into a contact and a touch competition. In the event of adverse weather conditions, a decision will be made on the day regarding a possible postponement.

To ensure a uniform and enjoyable experience, pupils are required to wear:  

Rugby: House colour top, MCM shorts, MCM white/blue long striped socks with rugby boots. If your child is in contact rugby, please bring their mouthguard. If they do not have a mouthguard, they will only be able to compete in the touch competition.

Netball: House colour top, MCM netball skort, MCM white/blue small striped socks, and suitable netball trainers. 

Water stations will be available for refilling water bottles; however, it is imperative that all pupils bring their water bottles, wear sunscreen, and wear their MCM hat for extra sun protection. We look forward to a spirited and fun-filled event!

 

Food & Clothing Donation Drive (Ms Rebecca Ngakane, Head of Outreach)

As we have had numerous requests to extend the dates of the Food & Clothing Drive, we will be extending the drop-off period to Tuesday the 23rd of January. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far – your generosity is truly heartwarming.

 

Red Packets/Angpows Donation ( Ms Victoria Yu, Head of Prep Mandarin)

As we gear up for Chinese New Year, we are excited to organise a red packet craft activity for our pupils. To support this, may I ask parents to donate any extra red packet (Angpow) to up-cycle? These will add a festive touch to the pupils’ creations and your support in making this celebration memorable is much appreciated. Please send the Angpow to Miss Olivia for Pre-Prep school or your child’s Mandarin teacher in the Prep School. Thank you!

 

Message from Mrs Cassidy and the Pre-Prep team

This week has been marked by two exciting House events, to ensure that the pupils’ sense of ‘house spirit’ is alive and well. The events were really inspiring with a range of challenging and fun activities that encapsulated our focus on teamwork and grit. When we see Nursery to Year 8 working together to achieve a shared goal, we know we are getting something right. I love the sense of belonging that always marks our House days, when children see themselves as part of a greater community, in which healthy competition and supporting others plays a key part.

Adding to this general feeling of adventure, Year 1 began Nature Club and had a huge amount of fun in muddy puddles and trying our mini zip line. The Outdoor Learning programme at MCM is a crucial part of the children’s curriculum and provides a unique opportunity for children to learn within a different environment. It is here that we see children develop not only key characteristics that will help them in their future lives, but also make connections in their understanding of the world around them. We have been so lucky this year to have additional training for all Pre-Prep  staff to raise this provision to new levels.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail”

Confucius

That strength was evident in spades yesterday as the children across Prep enjoyed their morning of House Spirit endeavour. It was wonderful to see those for whom being a bystander is not enough, cheering their House mates and friends on. I hope your weekend is filled with time for you to enjoy looking back on your successes, not worrying about the bits that went wrong along the way.

 

Warm regards,

Rachel Eaton-Jones 

Head of Prep School

 


For all details of the weeks ahead please check the Almanac here on the College website.

 

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