Over the next few weeks leading up to half term the Schools have dedicated two weeks to assemblies, activities, lunchtime meetings and visitor presentations for pupils, staff and parents that address issues relating to Mental Toughness. For example, yesterday’s assembly at MTGS focused on pupils who achieve to a high standard in an activity. They were all asked to meet an even bigger challenge with being interviewed by the Headmistress in front of their peers to share ‘the secret of their success’ along with the highs and lows of their chosen disciplines – how mental toughness has helped them succeed.
Pictured top row left to right: Rachel Burnett (talented Musician); Abby Jones (National standard Swimmer); Mia Carragher (Dancer/actor); Emily Woodier (Regional standard Hockey Player); Angelina Dorlin-Barlow (talented Musician and Singer); Headmistress Mrs Louise Robinson.
Bottom row left to right: Pippa Bailey (National standard Sailing); Elizabeth Wake (National Biathlon); Sophie Gilbanks (National standard Rowing); Eira Murphy (Foyle Young Poet); Rebecca Southwart (National standard British Dressage); Saule Luneviciute (International Ice Dancer); Maisie Lavelle (National standard Tennis Player).
This Thursday, we are also very pleased to welcome Steve Oakes, Director of Education at AQR International, where he leads the work on mental toughness in education. He will be delivering a Mental Toughness Awareness presentation to the students and a training session to staff, as the school moves to embedding the “7 C’s” of Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Commitment, Challenge, Control and Confidence. Alongside this, we are welcoming parents between 7-8pm to hear Steve talk about how (as parents) you can help your children to develop the resilience, optimism and determination necessary to enable them to make great progress.
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.
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!
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!
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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.’
Following the success of our previous Magical Maths Clubs, we are pleased that Professor Poopenshtinken will be returning to Stanfield in September to offer a whole new course of Magical Maths activities.
Professor Poopenshtinken, the mathematical genius, came to join us again in assembly to visit KS1 and he was fantastic! He showed us some magic tricks using his mathematical magic. Reception and Year One watched with wonder as the professor used all his skills to beat the teachers and their calculators as he read some mysterious and magic stones!
Mrs Bonner will be running this club, which begins in September and runs after school each Tuesday. Any available places can be booked by following the link:
This is a completely new course for all children, so those returning to the club will not be repeating any activities. If you have any further questions, contact Mrs Bonner at email@example.com
The Schools were delighted to receive news that the Chair of the Governors, Beverley Bell, has been awarded a CBE for her services to Road Safety and the Freight Industry.
Beverley is an Old Girl of MTS (1971 – 1978) and has served as the Chair of the Governors since July 2016. Her award comes in recognition of her years of service in the transport industry, having been an independent regulator of the commercial vehicle industry for 17 years. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool in Law, she qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and opened her own practice in 1990 specialising in criminal and transport law. She was appointed as North-West Traffic Commissioner in 2000 at that time being the youngest the first female to hold the role. She was later appointed as Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain in 2011, and she retired from both roles on 31st May 2017.
Speaking about receiving the award, Beverley said:
“I am surprised and delighted in equal measure. But this award is not just about my contribution but about the Traffic Commissioners and all they do to promote and champion the transport industry. The industry sometimes has a poor reputation which it doesn’t deserve and I have always been keen to promote the industry which literally keeps Great Britain moving”.
The Department for Transport also released the following statement, acknowledging Beverley’s commitment and dedication to the industry she has made her profession:
“We want to add our congratulations to Beverley Bell on this award following her retirement as Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England and latterly as Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain. She continues to champion the transport industries and will see this as a reflection of their importance to Great Britain. HGV and PSV operators make a major contribution to our economy, provide significant employment opportunities and strive to ensure the safety of our roads. It is right that this is recognised. We are delighted for all those working in the field of transport who have been recognised by the Queen this year and in particular to Beverley after 17 years of public service”.