Eleven Year 4 boys joined 11 other schools in Manchester for some 7 a side rugby matches. The boys could not wait to get onto the field and play. But first there was the important business of the packed lunch.
First opponents, local rivals St Mary’s of Crosby, were vanquished, but not before our defence proved a little leaky. Strong words from the coaching team focussed the boys on tackling properly before the next match with Manchester Grammar. This ended in a draw after a good start by the team was wasted by losing possession too easily towards the end of the match.
Our third match proved to be the best all-round performance as we ran in five tries without reply against Newcastle Under Lyme School. Our defence now much more water tight- until conceding a late consolation try.
The final match v King’s School Macclesfield was not for the faint hearted with some strong tackling and running from both teams. Harry Mikhail pulled off a great last ditch tackle to save a try near the end, which proved crucial as shortly afterwards we levelled the scores with a super try in the corner.
All in all a very enjoyable afternoon for our young team who showed a lot of promise and can be proud of the two wins and two draws achieved.
Squad: Jacob Austin, Harry Mikhail, Jonathan Cassidy, Oliver Fielding –Link, James Nugent, Finlay Arnold, Lucas Roberts, Milo Paine, William Irvine, Charlie Whawell and Zach Faulkner- Atkinson.
Steve Oakes is the Director of Education at AQR International, where he leads the work on mental toughness in education. Steve has 17 years teaching experience, prior to which, he spent six years in the Armed Forces. He successfully completed the Royal Marines Commando and the Parachute Regiment selection courses. He received the GSM and US Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding work in Northern Iraq.
Steve worked with the Independent Schools Council for their recent research project, relating to the development of soft skills and mental toughness. The research (in which Merchant Taylors’ participated) found that “Pupils in independent schools are controlled, committed, confident and like a challenge”. The quantitative research shows pupils at ISC independent schools have good attainment, wellbeing and behaviour and are more resilient, better at dealing with setbacks and more open to learning as a result.
Using a mental toughness model called MTQ48, the study – An Analysis of Mental Toughness at UK Independent Schools – included 9,000 pupils of all ages from 58 schools in England and Scotland.
The test defines mental toughness as the ‘mindset that every person adopts in everything they do’.
In this fortnight of Mental Toughness across MTGS and MTPS, we are delighted to welcome Steve to our school. He will be delivering a training session to staff, as the school moves to embedding the “7 C’s” of Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Commitment, Challenge, Control and Confidence, with all our students.
Parents are invited to join us to hear Steve talk about how (as parents) you can help your children to develop the grit and determination necessary to enable them to make great progress.
Oliver from Year 4 has recently had some fantastic sailing success in the North West Zone Championships on the 23rd and 24th of September.
Over the weekend there were 7 races in total, with approximately 100 competitors. These races where for the selection of the Northern region zone squad and children from all over the North West and North East compete for the weekend to decide who will represent the North.
Zone squad is the first stage of the ladder for children of up to 15 to start sailing competitively around the country. These sailors then progress to the intermediate squad and then the National squad before Olympic selection.
Oliver races an Optimist which is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy. Optimists also have a national sail number, using the Olympic abbreviation of their country (e.g. GBR) and a sequential numbers.
Oliver is by far the youngest competitor in the main fleet, and raced 6 of the 7 races that weekend. Oliver is not hoping to qualify this year, it was just a bit of practice. Oliver did however win the Regatta Fleet race and came away with a medal and an RYA hat, a much sought after prize!
Oliver has thrived due to his outstanding levels of dedication and hard work and we hope to see more great successes from him in the near future. Well done Oliver!
Ten schools from all over NW England attended the MGS Rugby Festival on Monday 2nd October. The boys were all very excited setting off on the minibus to play for the school for the first time. They could hardly wait to get stuck into their packed lunches which were devoured on arrival.
After a short practice session we got underway with a 6 v 6 match against Newcastle Under Lyme School, which turned out to be a try filled contest with Nate White prominent for MTS. Merchants finished victorious and followed this up with wins against St Bede’s, Bury Grammar and the hosts, Manchester Grammar in their most impressive performance. The only loss was a close match against the Grange School who made fewer errors than us.
Enthusiasm, effort and commitment ran through the team and all learned a lot while thoroughly enjoying themselves, returning to Crosby very tired.
Squad: Gabriel Davis, Harry Laycock, William Edey, Archie Weindling, Oliver Lambert, Harry Rogers, Lucas Morrissey, Oliver Olson, Nate White, Alexander Oldfield and Thomas Wilson.
Merchant Taylors’ Primary School and Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ Junior School have collaboratively joined forces to create a mammoth Chess coaching session. In all, 43 extremely keen and enthusiastic chess players attended the after school activity, coached by Chess Coach, Karl Nadin. The girls and boys enjoyed their time together and played many games which required great concentration! We are all looking forward to the exciting year ahead of learning to be even better chess players!
A new school can feel strange but soon it’s not new anymore. It’s the beginning of the next stage in life’s journey. Our Year 6 boys act as role models to the Year 3 boys, they are there to listen and help the younger boys settle happily and confidently into school life. There may be times where the Year 3 boy can listen to and help the Year 6 boy too. Here are some photos of the boys and their Buddies.
Come and join us for our E Safety for Parents talk on the 12th September. Deana and Allison co-founded the Raising Awareness and Prevention (RAP) Project to raise awareness to pre-teens, teenagers, young adults, teachers and parents about personal safety issues on and off line. This E-Safety presentation helps parents to understand what their kids are doing online. It will focus on the dangers of careless use of the internet, sexting, cyber bullying, grooming, indiscretion, and how one’s reputation on the internet cannot be ‘deleted’. Most importantly, Deana and Allison work on how to try and control what your child is exposed to and how to influence what they choose to expose themselves to.
Allison and Deana will be signing copies of their new book after their presentation which will be available to buy for £10 (rrp £12.99). This book acknowledges that it is simply not possible to monitor every aspect of a teenager’s online world, and insight into what they might be looking at, advice on how to talk to teens about social media to help keep them safe and the warning signs to look out for.
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Activities have included cookery-making delicious Rocky Road, butterfly cakes, cookies, cheese, tomato & basil pizzas & much more tasty bites!
A trip to the local cinema to watch the latest films, Streetdance, movie-making, a variety of ICT workshops, Eco Workshops, Art workshops, sport, swimming, a trip to the local park, Modern Foreign Languages workshop and much more!
Next Holiday Club October Half Term Monday 23rd-Friday 27th October & Monday 30th-Friday 3rd November 8am-6pm daily.
This year’s outstanding A Level results once again reinforce Merchant Taylors’ Schools’ position at the top of the local league tables. With a pass rate of 100% at the Girls’ School and 99.9% at the Boys’ School, over two thirds of all exams were achieved at the highest grades. Many students have gained their first choice University course to study a diverse range of subjects from Medicine, Law and Physics to Engineering, Mathematics and Classics. All three Oxbridge offer students have had their places confirmed. Jessy Li and Leon Reason are both going to Cambridge; Jessy to study Engineering and Leon to study History. Shenghao Zhou is going to Oxford to read Mathematics.
Merchant Taylors’ is committed to providing scholarships and two students, Andrew Park and Samantha Jones, have benefited this year from fully assisted places, co-funded by the School and the Ogden Trust. Andrew, who plays basketball for Wales, has achieved all A*/A grades and will study Medicine at Newcastle. Samantha has opted for a different path and will be taking up her award of a three year Aerospace Engineering Apprenticeship with BAE Systems.
Today’s results are particularly notable as they are the first of the new linear A Level system introduced by the Government in 2015, designed to make exams more challenging. With this added pressure, Merchants’ recognise the importance of strong pastoral support, an area in which it was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the recent Independent Schools’ Inspectorate Inspections.
All this success comes in a year of numerous extra-curricular achievements in sport, music and drama. The schools also reached two national finals with the Girls’ athletics team and the Boys’ cricket team.
Headmistress of the Girls’ School, Mrs Louise Robinson, praised the girls for their achievements, she said ‘I am delighted that the hard work and perseverance, supported by the excellent specialist academic staff, have been rewarded by fantastic results.’ Mr Deiniol Williams, in his role as Headmaster of the Boys’ School said ‘I am very proud of what our boys have achieved over the last two years – they deserve every success. Today’s results are just reward for the efforts which have been applied by students to their academic studies. Of course, none of this could have been achieved without the dedication of our subject-specialist teachers and the support of our parents.’