We would like to extend a warm welcome to all in the local community and all supporters of the school to our annual Christmas celebration concert which will be held on December 8th in the Upper Hall commencing at 7pm.
Tickets are available NOW for our Christmas Extravaganza from Mrs C Jones or via 01443 479199.
Please buy your tickets sooner rather than later as tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are priced at £1 and include a hot drink and a light refreshment.
Come and start the festive season with us here at MACS!
WRU School Rugby Officers
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cameron Douglas and Owen Young to School Rugby Officers who will be responsible for delivering the WRU’s mandate for promoting rugby within the school and our feeder primary schools.
This is an excellent initiative, we will be looking to coach all young rugby players and to develop young rugby players within our community. The targeted coaching will contribute to the growth and development of player numbers in the primary schools and at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School. We will also be promoting, engaging and supporting the student’s transition into community clubs. The focus will vary between holistic health promotion, physical literacy development and all forms of rugby.
There is a strong sports coaching programme already existing within the PE department and through the WRU officers we will extend this further. There will be the opportunity for our students to complete the WRU referees course for school children and also the Rugby leader’s award for the younger students and progressing onto the Level 1 course for the senior students.
In addition to strengthening and developing all rugby year groups we will be introducing a senior rugby team, the boys are excited for the new challenge and are looking forward to training and playing senior matches for the school. We will also be introducing Girls Rugby into the curriculum, after school and within the community.
We are very excited about this new opportunity as it will further develop the current rugby links and success whilst promoting all aspects of wellbeing for the students.
Shakespeare School Production
On November 5th 2015, 29 of our extremely talented pupils from across all Key Stages took to the stage at the Coliseum in Aberdare, to perform a 30 minute production of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
The pupils performed to a large audience of 400+ and thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The parents, guardians and supporters of the school present on the evening passed many positive comments on the high standard of work performed on the professional stage and the children’s enthusiasm for this Shakespearean play.
“I am so very proud of our pupils for many reasons. Once our pupils set their minds on something, their dedication is second to none. Every single performer tonight was outstanding and I feel very privileged to work with such talented young people. Well done to everyone – this experience will stay with you for a life time.”
Mrs Sarah Allen
Head of Drama
“The performance of all the cast was simply outstanding and the production as a whole was spectacular. Everyone did the school proud on the night. I am looking forward to the next production!”
Mr Derek Mead
Deputy Head Teacher
“This night showed our school at its very best. I was humbled to see our students performing Shakespeare in front of a big Coliseum audience, and boy did they perform!! They owned the stage! I came away thinking, this is what education is about, this is what transforms lives.
I need to thank the cast, parents, students and staff who came to support and above all our Artistic Director Mrs Sarah Allen for her guidance and Mr Steve Powell for his support with this project.”
Mr Huw Lloyd
Rugby World Cup 2015
Chloe Keywood (Year 11) a flag bearer on TV!
Congratulations to Chloe Keywood (year 11) who recently won a competition to be a flag bearer at the rugby world cup. Chloe can be seen in the photographs carrying the national flag of Georgia, during their group game against New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Chloe was also a flag bearer during the quarter final clash between Argentina and Ireland. Chloe commented: “It was an amazing experience. A real once in a lifetime opportunity. I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the stadium. We had fantastic seats to see the match and to watch New Zealand perform the Haka!” Well done Chloe!
Important information for parents of Year 6 pupils
A big thank you to everyone who attended our successful Year 6 Open Evening recently. We hope you are as impressed with the school, its facilities, staff and students as we are. We hope you found the evening to be as enjoyable as we did.
We look forward to seeing you again soon and hopefully welcoming you into our educational family.
Please ensure that you complete an application for a place at our school before 23rd of October. This can be done at the following link. https://schooladmissions.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk/ Alternatively, a paper application form is available by contacting the School Admissions Team on 01443 744232.
We look forward to welcoming you
Shakespeare Schools Festival
For the first time ever at MACS, 30 of our pupils from across all Year groups are participating in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This will see our fantastic cast perform a 30 minute version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside 3 other schools on the evening of November 5th in Aberdare Coliseum. If you would like to come along to the performance, please see Mrs Allen in the Drama Department to buy your discounted tickets at the bargain price of £6 – instead of £9! Transport is provided – details will be confirmed via letter when tickets are purchased.
Don’t delay – buy your tickets today!
Examination Results 2015
What a year! Best ever results at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School
Mountain Ash achieved their best ever GCSE results with 70% of students gaining a pass in English, 60% in Maths and 85% in Science. Overall 52% of students gained 5A* – C including English and Maths which is a fantastic achievement and will place the school amongst the top 25% in Wales. Headteacher, Huw Lloyd said “I’m delighted for our students, staff and parents. These are fantastic results and puts Mountain Ash firmly on the map as one of the best schools in Wales. These results have been coming for a number of years, and it’s great to see the school make this kind of breakthrough. It really is a landmark year and these are groundbreaking results for all concerned”.
There were a number of outstanding results but the following are worth mentioning.
Brogan Rogers – 4A*, 3As, C and the Welsh Bac.
Jessica Davies – 4A*, 4Bs, C and the Welsh Bac
Cameron Gray – 3A*, 2As, C and the Welsh Bac
Connor Hughes – 3A*, 4As, C and the Welsh Bac
Smiles all round at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School
Mountain Ash Comprehensive School’s “A” level students secured the school’s best ever “A“ level results with 97% achieving the level 3 threshold, which is a full 9% up on 2014. Headteacher, Huw Lloyd said “I’m delighted for our students, staff and parents. The students have worked hard and got their just rewards. All students secured places in their first choice universities and colleges, and a number also obtained some sought after apprenticeships in the engineering, sporting and construction fields”. There were some notable performances at “A” level;
Gemma Bush: A* RS, A Geography, A English Literature, B Fine Art. Gemma will go on to study Religious Studies at Cardiff University
Thomas Landeg : A English Literature, B French, B History, B Welsh Baccalaureate. Thomas will go on to study History at Swansea University
Victoria Campbell : A History, B Geography, B English Language, Victoria will go on to study Law at Cardiff University
Abigail O Driscoll: A RS and B English Literature. Abigail will go on to study English Literature and Publishing at Bath Spa University
Corey Mead: B English, B RS and C Biology. Corey is going on to study Paramedic Science at St George’s University London.
A special mention should also be made of Justyna Majer from Poland, who joined the school in KS3 when she knew very little English. After an outstanding set of GCSE results Justyna achieved an A*, B, C, D at “A” level.
GCSE/BTec – Students can collect their results at the school reception area between 9:00 – 11:00 on Thursday 20th August
Anual Governors Report
To view the full annual governors report to parents please select this link: Annual Governors’ Report 2015
YEAR 5&6 5X60/PE TRANSITION ROUNDERS FESTIVAL
Friday the 19th of June 2015 was the annual cluster primary rounder’s festival organised by the 5 x 60 and sports leaders. Year 5&6 pupils attended the festival with their class teachers to enjoy a fun filled day of rounder’s and fun games.
Full report her: Rounders festival 2015 write up