Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
After a couple of relatively quiet weeks the next three leading up to the end of term are busy ones. This week there are three events in which parents are invited to come into school. Parents of Year 12 students on Wednesday attend their child’s Parents' Consultation Evening and on Friday they attend the GCSE Presentation Afternoon, a formal occasion where we present Year 12 with their GCSE Certificates and acknowledge the year group's academic achievements. In between those two events, on Thursday all parents are invited into school for the Parents' Association Christmas Fayre and Pamper Evening; an opportunity to pick up some Christmas gifts and be pampered in the process. We look forward to seeing many of you there.In the week beginning Monday 7 December, the main event is the School Production: Return To The Forbidden Planet, being put on over four days from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th. Tickets are now available from the School Bursary. The show starts at 7.30pm each night. On Wednesday 16 December, in the final week of the term, the School Carol Service takes place at All Saints Church, Maidstone at 7.30pm. This particular event always hopes to provide an opportunity for the whole school community to come together, including many Old Maidstonians, some who are returning home for Christmas from university.
Looking back on last week, on Thursday saw a very good Autumn Concert. With some high quality performances once again, the evening provided the first opportunity for the newly formed Performing Arts department to illustrate the excellent talent at MGS. This year's concert saw a number of memorable singers, singing a range of songs, with some bringing a tear to the eyes of some of the audience! Well done to all of the performers and musicians, and thank you to the staff members who continuously support them. On Friday I had a meeting with our School Improvement Partner (or SIP). With MGS still being a maintained school and not an academy, we still have a relationship with the Local Authority, and part of that is to have regular meetings with someone who simply keeps a little eye on what we are doing. The overwhelming message at the meeting was one of positivity and support. The Local Authority is extremely pleased how MGS is currently developing and is excited about what we want to achieve in the future. Congratulations to the many students who play school sport, particularly as we have recently seen some outstanding performances. Last week the 1st and 2nd XI football teams beat Norton Knatchbull 7-2 and Simon Langton 6-1 respectively, with both teams still in with an excellent chance of winning their respective league titles. On Saturday the weekly rugby fixture was against Dartford Grammar School, a school that has a good track record against us. This year we beat Dartford in five out of the seven fixtures, with all the Home matches coming away with a win. The U12B squad beat Dartford 20-15, the U13s won 56-5, the U15s won 29-12, the 2nd XV won 10-7, and the 1st XV won a very exciting and tense match 22-19. Well done boys and good luck to every squad in two weeks’ time as they prepare to play our, and mine, biggest rival, The Judd School. Matches are on Saturday 12 December, so please do come along if you can.