Winter news Update Sept 18

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The school started back on 5th September to a rather warmer September and October than usual, but what a fun filled term we have had so far. Our first Parents Evening for the term took place on 6th September for year 12 students. The MCS Drum Group had a lovely surprise when awarded a musical grant of £1,000.00 for new equipment towards the running of the group from Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (formally known as EMI Music Sound Foundation). Year 7 and 8 Rugby and Football practice sessions started again at our St Johns Site and on Tuesday 11th September, our first Book Club taster session took place in our school library.

The Library also held its first of two talks with the author sessions, where budding novelists could gain better insights into what it takes to write professionally. Magdalen also saw a new choir start – Not Just A Rock Choir rehearses every Thursday and will perform a wide repertoire of music from rock to spiritual. In addition, a new Function Band started and now meets every Thursday at our St Johns site. There was also a new gaming club introduced for budding gamers taking place every Monday after school also at St Johns.

Our Science Faculty started the support sessions for GCSE students offering additional support for their upcoming mock exams every lunchtime. We also saw the introduction of our LGTB Club, which has been organised by one of our students and meets every Tuesday.

Eleven sixth form students where accepted into a place on the MCS Oxford Scholarship Scheme. These were our highest achievers at GCSE last year. They will visit Oxford every Thursday this term, to work on a university style dissertation with students and staff at Oxford.

Preparation of the qualifying expedition continues for our year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award students. Students also took part in a D of E camping activity on 27th September.

Big news for Magdalen this year is that we will soon be expanding. As you will most likely be aware, Brackley is growing and with so many new houses being built we will need to admit more pupils into our school. We have been allocated significant funding to build some new classrooms to allow for this. Plans for the new buildings went on show in our Waynflete Hall on 8th October.

In other news we ran our Macmillan coffee morning at both our Waynflete and St Johns sites selling cakes to staff, students and members of the public (at St Johns.) This was a massive success again this year and raised £234.41 in total. 

In team sports this year we have experienced a mixed bag of wins and losses, but several students have seen great personal achievements. The fixtures are listed below: -

Girls Netball versus Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village

Yr8 - Won – 29-1 – Players Player Lucy Cone

Yr10 – Won – 18-2 – Players Player Leah Horton

Yr11 – Lost – 15-38 – Players Player Lauren Newlands

Girls Netball and Hockey versus Moulton School

Yr7 – Won – 1-0 – Players Player Ella Winter

Yr8 – Lost – 2-3 – Players Player Rosie Smith

Yr9 – Lost – 0-3 – Players Player Katie Corbett

Yr10 Netball – Lost – 7-19 – Players Player Charlotte Whyton

Yr 11 Netball – Drew – 14-14.

Girls Netball and Hockey at home to Sponne

Yr7 – Lost – 0-3 – Players Player Ella Winter

Yr8 – Drew – 3-3 – Players Player Rosie Smith

Yr9 – Won – 7-0 – Players Player Katie Corbett

Yr10 Netball – Lost – 8-17

Yr11 Netball – Won 32-14

Boys Football versus Moulton

Yr8 – Won – 3-0 – Goals from Tommy Cartwirght and Tom Shipley

Sixth Form – Lost – 4-1.

Girls Netball versus Campion School

Yr7 – Won 12-7 – Players Player Maisie Josiah

Yr8 – Won – 20-0 - Players Player Lucy Cone & Heidi Cone

Yr9 – Won – 23-13 – Players Player Leah Tustia

Boys Rugby versus Sponne

Yr9 – Draw – 19-19 Captain was Tom Long, Tries scored by Jacob Butler and Ollie Howard

Girls Netball versus Caroline Chisholm School

Yr7A – Lost – 5-8 – Players Player Hannah Kingsley

Yr7B – Won – 7-5 – Players Player Ella Winter

Yr8 – Lost – 8-19 – Players Player Heidi Cone

Yr9 – Won – 25-2 – Players Player Freya Webster

Year 10/11 Hockey – Won – 4-0 – Player Tiggy Robinson

MCS Student James Coleman has been awarded the Corporal Nicholas Webster Smith Trophy for 2018 and Sebb Gomm won four swimming silver medals for Bicester Blue Finns

The school had its first extended learning day (ELD - off timetable day) on Monday 1st October looking at learning and life skills and developing life skills. Our year 12 students were examining some of the most horrific forms of warfare genocide. Our head girl Evie Hawkins gave a talk and our special guest Eric Eugene Murangwa MBE, the founder of charity Football for Hope Peace and Unity, a survivor of Rwandan Genocide talked about his experiences. Our year 13 students had speed interviews to prepare them for their future job interviews, organised in conjunction with local business including Barclaycard and Avara Foods.

Our Vocab Express Challenge got underway on 10th October with lots of schools participating French and German competitions. Overall, we came 3rd on the Overall Challenge Cup in French and second in both the German and Genius Cup. Sophie Scott came sixth overall in the individual cup in German and won a Championship Grand Award scoring more than 100,000 points.

We are supporting the Operation Christmas Child Charity again this year and Friends of MCS have held their annual shopping evening on Wednesday 17th October with lots of local cards and gifts available.

Our second ELD day of the term took place on Thursday 15th November. Our year 7 students were looking at the world around us. They were lucky to have eight visitors to the school who talked about their home countries and cultures. The students then had a go at body art, Kabbadi, African drumming, bread making, Culture celebrations and Yoga in the afternoon. Our year 11 students went on a Geography trip to the Epping Forest Field Studies Centre. Our year 9 and 13 students attended the World Skills Show in Birmingham for a fact-filled day and our year 12 students went to a Safe Drive Stay Alive Tour.

Our Year 11 Students have started their mock exams this week we wish them luck.

Auditions have started for next year’s production of We Will Rock You.

Students were allowed to wear their TA uniforms while selling poppies to students and staff in aid of the British Legion during the end of October and November. Our head boy and girl attend the remembrance services held at the Brackley War Memorial on 11th November and observed a two minutes silence to mark the armistice. 

On 6th December we have our school Winter Concert which this year features a theme of stage and screen. Tickets are available from Reception before the night or on the door on the evening. Performance starts at 7.30pm, in the Waynflete Hall.

Our 119th Annual Christmas Carol Concert Service is on the 19th December in our St Johns Chapel from 7.00pm.

 

Magdalen College School Brackley

Cordially Invites You to Our

119th Annual

Christmas carol service

On: 19th December 2018

From: 7:00pm

Location: Chapel of St James and St John, High Street, Brackley

For further information, please see our website and Facebook page

www.magdalen.northants.sch.uk

01280 846300

 

Old Brackleians Society

Please remember the Old Brackleians Service of Remembrance and attend if you can. It is particularly pertinent in this the 100th year after the end of World War 1 in which so many old boys died and many others suffered injuries from which they never fully recovered. Note there is an error in the contact email address - it should be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Professional Pathways

We are planning to put a display together promoting our alumni and their professional lives after leaving Magdalen to raise awareness of the many professional pathways open to students. With your permission, we would like to include you in the display by using an overview of your career and will be seen by students / Parents / Visitors to the school. 

We also request permission to use it in our external marketing including social media and general advertising. 

 

If you are happy to be included please e-mail a photograph and a short overview of your career to date to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This may include:

  • Subjects you studied at Magdalen
  • What you did next - University /Training
  • Qualifications gained
  • Jobs / Careers
  • Memberships of any professional bodies
  • Any advice to students

We would also like to use your company logo in the display if relevant. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration in taking part.

 

 Summer News Update

 

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This term has been an incredibly hot one weather wise, but jam packed full of successes, achievements, concerts and learning experiences. The last news post notified you of the forthcoming Summer Concert, this took place on 14th June and was very well attended. The musician ship of our students was outstanding and we saw performances from Orchestra, Jazz Band, String and Brass Groups, the newly formed Drum Group and a joint calibration from the school’s drama group and orchestra saw them performing music from their recent prediction ‘Upgrade to Heaven’ which was written and orchestrated by our drama teacher Mrs Thomas and our Music Teacher Mr Blunsdon.

In more music news the Drum Group has now finished for the summer holidays. This proved to be extremely popular with students across the school and has also seen a kind donation of various musical equipment from snare drums to congas from Natal Drums. We hope it will continue to grow when we return again in September.

Our sports department has seen a wealth of sporting achievements coming their way this term. MCS Student taking part in Running Club Chicken Run received excellent results across the board, Our Junior girl’s athletics team won the Midlands Track & Field Cup Athletics B final, they scored a massive 48 points more than in their county round last month. The Inter girls came 3rd which just 2 points off 2nd place. Lucy Jones and Georgie Speck came 1st at County Championships and have been selected to complete for Northamptonshire at the Mason Trophy taking place at The Alexandrea Stadium in Birmingham. Tuesday 3rd July saw our year 7, 8 and 10 play their latest rounder’s fixture against Caroline Chisholm School at home. Our girls did the school proud and all years won their respective matches. Our Year 9 hockey team won gold! A trophy and medals at the summer school games held at Moulton College. They played 4 matches scoring 3-0, 1-0, 2-0 and 5-0. Seven leaders from the team also received medals for their commitment and professionalism throughout the day. Finally, in sporting news Yesterday (17th July) we held our annual sports day. Students from the school compete for their houses in 5 competitive arenas, track athletics, field athletics, tug of war, Olympic team games and relay. The winner of the games this year was Godwin, 2nd place was Beaumont and 3rd place was DeQuincey.

Students from 8CZB attending the games where selling refreshments at the sports day and offering Glitter face painting to raise money for a local charity; Brackley Hogwatch.

On 18th June GCSE Drama students from years 9 and 10 attended The New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham to see ‘Brid Song’, a screen play based on a WW1 novel by Sebastian Faulkes.

On Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June a number of MCS students took part in the annual Luffield Festival hosted at MCS, Buckingham School and The Royal Latin School. It was attended by other pupils from Buckingham School, The Royal Latin School and Stowe School. Students spent two days working together on creating art, exploring science and performing drama.

We also held our Year 11 leavers Prom on 28th June and our Year 13 Leavers Prom on 29th June. Our students now eagerly await their results which will be realised on Thurs 16th Aug (A Level) and Thurs 23rd (GCSE), we wish them all the best in their results and their future endeavours.

Week commencing 18th June saw our GCSE and A Level art students exhibit their art work, for all to see.

As we said goodbye to our Year 11 and Year 13 students we also welcomed in our new year 6 students who will be starting with us in September as our new year 7’s. We held our year 6 induction week from Monday 2nd July and a separate extended induction for those students who are particularly nervous at attending secondary school was held by our Induction team at the same time. Our year 6 Parents evening was held on 4th July, for all parents of year 6 student starting in September. Our Year 11 Induction day was held on Wednesday 27th June for those students who have already been offered a conditional place in our sixth form.

We have also seen four Extended Learning Days this term the first took place on 29th June and saw our Year 7’s going out on a trip to France or learning how to deal with disasters, Year 8’s where looking at Maths in industry, year 9’s where investigating the impact of plastics, year 10 were working on their English course work presentations and year 12’s where working on UCAS fair. We also had three further Extended Learning Days on Wednesday 11th July to Friday 13th July. Year 8’s had the opportunity to attend an activities camp from Wednesday to Thursday or Thursday to Friday. There was also a trip to Willen Lake on Wednesday 11th July and Friday 13th July. Wednesday and Thursday also saw trips to Warwick Castle. On Thursday 12th Students were investigating STEM and Friday 13th saw some students leave for a trip to Boulogne. Year 9 student where studying PSHCE and visiting various churches and motor museums in the area and our Year 12’s where completing their DofE. Our Year 10 Students had been out at work experience during this week getting a feel for the working environment.

Year 9 students completed their DofE Bronze practice expedition to Herley Scout Camp at the start of term.

The GCSE & A Level exam timetables have been released for our students taking their exams in 2019.

Year 7 students have been competing in the Vocab Express Competition which started on Wednesday 4th July at 8.00am and runs until 18th July at 3.10pm, student can compete in French and German and could win a prize.

On Wednesday 18th July we will be holding our House Awards Evening from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. This marks the end of term and the year, recognising academic achievement.

Finally, as the school year closes and comes to an end we will be sadly saying good bye to some of our wonder staff members who will be retiring this year. We say goodbye and happy retirement to Ann Percival (Maths), Mr Blunsdon (Music) & Mrs Prescott (Maths). We also say goodbye to the following teachers, Mrs Hall, Ms McTeer, Mr Huges, Mrs Auld, Mr Michaelides, Mrs Begent, Mrs King, Mrs Arroyo, Mr Wadham and Ms Giordano, we wish them all the best in their future endeavours. We will of course be welcoming in several new teachers in September and look forward to working with them all.

On behalf of Magdalen College School, we would like to wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday.

 

 

 

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The MCS Summer Concert will take place on Thursday 14th June in the School Chapel at 7.30pm, please come along and support our talented students.

 

Happy Easter

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This term has been a very successful one with our young people flourishing in a multitude of activities and subjects. Our Year 11 students were given the opportunity to engage with six career experts, gaining skills for their first steps into the workforce this summer. Some of our students had the opportunity to visit Stowe School for a production of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with another trip to see the Inflames Macbeth after Easter. The school has seen several successes both in sport and languages this term. Over 200 schools entered into the Vocab Express Challenge, Magdalen linguists performed admirably winning the overall challenge German Challenge Cup and runners up in the Cup Grande and German Genius Cups. A special mention going to Sophie Scott who out of the 25,000 students who entered came 2nd in the individual German competition and 11th in the individual overall competition.! Sports has seen some brilliant wins and some close losses, both at home and away particularly in hockey, netball and rugby. Some culinary delights have been prepared this week in the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutation Practical examinations, which included: - Beef Wellington, Crème Brulee, Pan Fried Sea-Bass, Eton Mess, Cheese Soufflé, Chocolate Torte with pomegranate. Sixth Form students have been on a visit to the Oxbridge Student Conference, to hone skills on how best to apply to our premier universities. On the music and drama front we have a new Drum Group and performances of a musical written especially for the school, also Jazz Band and Chapel Choir won both their sections in the Rotary Club Young Musician semi-finals and will now go into the finals in a couple of weeks. We still have lots coming up, this Thursday will be a mufti day with all proceeds going to the charity Stella’s Voice. The Friends of Magdalen have organised a wine tasting evening being held on 20th April and our students are busy rehearsing for their upcoming school production “Upgrade to Heaven” which will be performed later this year. With the fast approaching Easter Holidays I am sure you agree students and staff deserve a well-earned two week break, we wish you all a Happy Easter.

 

 Magdalen will be taking part in this years Ribbon of Poppies Appeal.

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The brain child of Mr Henderson the Ribbon of Poppies Appeal will see the country planting a carpet of crimson from Lands End to John O'Groats, in tribute to all those killed or wounded in the war. All poppies grown this year, should flower next year between April and August in time for the World War One ceremony celebrations. Since the launch of the project last month Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownie groups have pledged their support, as well as a number of schools from Jersey to the Orkney Islands. It is hoped that the 'ribbon' will be a living memory for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Magdalen will be planting their poppies in honour of all our fallen students and staff who served but sadly did not return. 

 

Last Post played by Tom Breward

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We are very proud of our student Tom Breward who plays the Last Post in the school Chapel at our annual Serivce of Rememberance. Tom plays to support the Red White and Blue Charity, who look after service personnel and their families. Red White and Blue Day (5th October) will be promoted through schools nationally this year to mark the end of World War One. A conflict in which many Magdalen students were involved and from which some sadly did not return. 

 

A Great Start to 2018 

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2018 has kicked off with a large amount of interest from year 9 students for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Bronze Award. In addition, Year 11 mock exam timetables have been released for March 2018 and a new Drum Group has started which has been well attended by students across all year groups. Our year 11 girls have done a great job of raising money for World Cancer Day on 4th Feb by selling Unity Bands at school. Sixth form students have been heading up House Assemblies from Monday 29th January with great success. Year 8 parents evening took place on 1st February and was well attended. On the sporting front one of our students; Matthew Chronicle came 8th overall out of 64 in the Anglia u19 Cross Country Championships.

I’m sure you will agree a brilliant start to the year for students and staff alike, with more to come during next week’s half term week, including an upcoming Ski Trip and a trip to Cern. We hope all our students and staff have a lovely half term break and safe and pleasant trips.

 

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year

This school term will end on Wednesday 20th December 2017. We would like to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

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Carol Concert

Magdalen College School would like to invite you to join us for the annual Christmas Carol Service, held in the school Chapel at our St Johns site.The doors will open at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th December 2017, we look forward to seeing you all there.

Carol Service 2017

 

Remembrance Day Service

There will be a Remembrance Day Service held in the school Chapel at 10.50am on Saturday 11th November 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

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Results 2017

GCSE:

Amid much national uncertainty with this summer’s GCSE results, we are really pleased with the outcomes of our students at Magdalen.

Excellent performance in English and Maths have been maintained this year, even though this is the first year of the new GCSEs in these subjects. Eleven pupils gained a top grade 9 in English and ten have achieved this level in Maths; this is double the government’s expected level for grade 9 and a significant proportion of grade 9s allocated nationally.

Whilst it is not possible to compare results with previous years, it is clear that our pupils have risen to the challenges of these new qualifications admirably and we are very proud of what they have achieved.

A-Level:

Our A-level students did very well this summer, as in previous years, with improvement in almost all measures from last year. We are particularly pleased that there is a significant increase in top grades this year.

Students have been able to progress to their chosen university courses with these results and we will look forward to seeing how they progress.

We are particularly pleased that students have done so well in light of changes to the exam system this year.  Students and staff have adapted well to the changes in spite of this being the first year of the new exams.

 

Promotional Video 2017

We also hope you all enjoy our video showing the school in action: -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZerAiQ4vVg

 

Peru & Bolivia Trip 2017

Over the summer, Dr Dixon and Miss Charles took twenty-two of our Year 11 and 12 students (now Year 12 and 13) on an inspirational and exciting trip to Peru and Bolivia. 

The group travelled with Outlook Expeditions and spent twenty-eight days in the Andes trekking, volunteering in an orphanage, and visiting sites like Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Plains. They began in Peru in the city of Cusco, high in the Andes. It took a few days for them to get used to the altitude and get prepared for the rest of our expedition.

The Year 11 students then completed the four-day Salcantay Trek. This is one of the hardest of the Inca trails with a pass of nearly 5000m above sea level. The trek finished at Machu Picchu (the ‘lost’ city of the Incas). The group arrived at this amazing place to see the sunrise and the clouds lift. Whilst the Year 11s were trekking, the Year 12 students spent four days volunteering in an orphanage near Cusco. Here we built a retaining wall for a new study centre, which involved moving several truckloads of rocks and mixing a lot of cement! We donated four old school laptops to the new study centre and several bags of sport’s kit. These will make a real difference to the orphans. After these four days the groups swapped, and after this, they made their way to Bolivia as one big group.

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After an overnight bus ride from Peru, they arrived at the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The group completed an amazing four-day tour through the region where we saw stunning views of volcanoes, deep blue, yellow and green lakes, snow-covered peaks, geysers and amazing rock formations. The final stop was a giant blood-red lake made this colour by the billions of plankton that flamingos were feeding on. The last night was spent in a homestay nearly five thousand metres high, with a brilliant view of the Milky Way. Our students did phenomenally well throughout the trip, exceeding expectations from the very first day. Very well done to them all.

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To see Dr Dixon's fantastic write-up from the entire trip please visit the PDF below.

Peru and Bolivia 2017

 

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