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Weekly Bulletin

What’s On – Autumn
Monday 30th September- Sunday 6th October 2019
Parents please note – a full list of forthcoming events and fixtures is now available on Firefly.
Monday 30th  Y8, Y9 and Senior Rugby (MTBS School Field 1pm)
Tuesday 1st   U6 BMAT Final Registration deadline
Wednesday 2nd 1st & 2nd XI Hockey v Wirral Grammar (Home 2pm)
Careers in Law Workshop - All Boys Welcom (BL2 1pm)
Granada & Malaga Joint Schools' Art Trip Meeting (MTGS Common Room 6pm)
Parents' Association Meeting - Joint Meeting MTGS/MTBS (MTBS PE2 IRSC 7pm)                        
Thursday 3rd Joint Schools Photograph (MTBS 10.30am)
U14 Hockey v Wirral Grammar (Away 2.30pm)
Year 11 Elevate Parents' Meeintg (MTBS Williams Hall 6pm)
Friday 4th Running Club (Meet IRSC 12.30pm) 
Saturday 5th  
Open Morning
U14 & U15 Hockey v St Anselm's College (Away 9am)
1st XV & 2nd XI Rugby v Birkenhead School (Home MTBS)
1st XV, U15A, U14A Rugby v Birkenhead School (Away 10am)
2nd XV, U12A & B Rugby v Birkenhead School (Home MTBS 10am)
Sunday 6th  

Parents’ Forum – Wednesday 2nd October PE1/2 MTBS Sports Centre 7pm
The Parents’ Forum is an exciting way to enhance the School Community and engage with the wider Merchants’ Family and get involved!   At the next meeting, in particular we will be discussing the impressive events we have planned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of our foundation.  Please click on the link to view the agenda: http://bit.ly/2n7pzo3 and email Lisa Connor if you would like to attend (l.connor@merchanttaylors.com). 

Open Morning – Saturday 5th October 2019

All Year 8 parents should have received an email regarding all Year 8 boys attending this event.

Please contact Mr Hunt if you require any further information (n.hunt@merchanttaylors.com)

Granada & Malaga Joint Schools’ Art Trip Meeting 2nd October 2019 6pm
There will be a Parents’ Meeting, at 6.00pm on Wednesday 2nd October in the Common Room, at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School.  It would be appreciated if you would kindly bring along to the meeting, both your son’s passport and EHICPassports will need to be collected during the meeting and teachers will ensure their safekeeping at the airports and during the trip. Thank you.

Pupil Medical Questionnaires / Medication
The response to the medical questionnaire has been fantastic. So far 777 parents have replied, thank you. The information collated allows the School Nurse, First Aiders, Chefs, Facilities Management Team, Teachers, Coaches etc. to look after your child's, medical health, safety and welfare as you would expect us to.  Can I ask that the remaining 640 parents respond before the Friday deadline please? http://bit.ly/2nJuwDM
 
If any parents/children are still to return medication (inhalers EpiPen® etc) to school following the holidays, can they be passed into the medical rooms on Monday morning; clearly labelled with your child's name and form.  Please ensure all medication is in date.  School Nurse Services

Boys Cycling to School

Please could you remind your son if he cycles to school to take care as the nights draw in.  Boys should be cycling on the road, wearing a helmet and bikes should be fitted with lights.  Boys should have reflective stripes on clothing or bags.  If boys have to cycle on the pavement for any reason they should do so with care and be aware of pedestrians (particularly those with accessibility issues or families with young children).

Use of School Facilities

Parents are reminded that they must not use pupil toilets when they are on site. Toilet facilities for parents and visitors are available in the Ian Robinson Sports Centre

Use of School Facilities

Parents are reminded that they must not use pupil toilets when they are on site. Toilet facilities for parents and visitors are available in the Ian Robinson Sports Centre

MFL Department – Language Celebration w/c 23 September 2019
In order to celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26th September, the Modern Foreign Languages department held a range of exciting activities throughout the week; from Poster competitions and trivia quizzes to special lunchtime screenings of foreign films and European cookery classes. We would like to thank everyone who took part, especially those who entered the competitions. Watch this space for more MFL news coming soon. 
Swimming Lessons
During this academic year all Year 7 boys will swim for two half terms each.  A limited amount of pool space has been obtained at Kirkby Leisure Centre on a Wednesday for swim squad training.  There are a few places left if anyone who has not yet been invited would like to register an interest in attending. Please email Mr Whalley (m.whalley@merchanttaylors.com).
Would your son like to learn an instrument?
If your son is interested in learning to play an instrument, please complete the form at the following link bit.ly/MTBSinstrument If your son has no previous musical experience, his lessons will be free for the entire year. Your son has nothing to lose but potentially a passion which will stay with him for a lifetime to gain.
Mr C Harrison
Advance Notice: Year 7 Mother & Son Evening Wednesday 13 November 2019 (6.15 – 8.45pm)
We are pleased to offer a lifetime memory with your son at the inaugural ‘Mother & Son’ Night.  This single evening program is an event we have planned especially for our Year 7 students and their mothers (or female mentors). 

Click HERE to book your place.
Advance Notice: Year 8 Father & Son Evening Thursday 14 November 2019 (6.15 – 8.45pm)
We are delighted to offer you an opportunity to experience a lifetime memory with your son at the inaugural ‘Father & Son’ Night.  This innovative single evening program is an event we have planned especially for our Year 8 students and their fathers (or male mentors). We think this is a great time to bring you together.

Click HERE to book your place.
Sports Information and Results
 
Rugby report
The U15’s travelled to Manchester Grammar School on Saturday with a squad of 16 due to injuries and unavailability. The boys started the first half slowly, with a strong MGS side taking advantage with a couple of early tries. Merchants grew into the game and were able to produce some strong passages of play, retaining the ball and producing some good attacking opportunities. On the stroke of half time Merchants took an injury to their back row meaning a reshuffle was needed for the second half. This did not hinder their commitment however and after conceding a couple more soft tries they were on the attack. Some excellent work from fullback Alex Raw set up a counter attack which allowed for some quick ball that earned us a try. Much of the second half was spent in the opposition’s half but the boys were unable to turn the pressure into points. A fantastic defensive and attacking display saw Thomas Bruce collect the man of the match award for some last ditch tackles and electric runs down the wing. The game ended in defeat for Merchants but we gave a spirited second half display which made parents and coaches proud.
 
Football Report
Last Wednesday the Football 1st team travelled to York to play Bootham School in the 1st round of the Boodles Cup.
 
The game started off very evenly with both sides trying to play some nice football.  A good break by Oliver Meadows down the left had side saw him cut the ball back from the byline for George Politis to tap home from close range. 1-0 Merchants.  Ten minutes later a deep corner was headed back across goal by Tom Parsons and George Politis tucked the ball away. 2-0 Merchants – which was the score at half time.  Bootham made a fast start to the second half and scored early with shot that came back off the bar and then followed in to put the pressure back on. 2-1 Merchants.  Merchants quickly went up the other end and scored a third through a well taken long shot by Harvey Rankin.  10 minutes later another deep corner was headed back across goal by Tom Parsons and found the hand of a Bootham player. Penalty! Penalty calmly converted by Oliver Meadows. 4-1 Merchants.  In the last minute of the game Bootham were awarded a free kick and it was neatly put into the top corner making the final score Bootham 2 Merchants 4.
 
Advance Notice: There is an additional U13 football fixture v Oldham Hulme Grammar school on Friday 11th October - 2nd Round match of the ISFA U13 Cup (Home Hall Road 1pm)
Duke of Edinburgh Report
 
Over the course of the last weekend 21 boys in Year 10 travelled to the Clwydian Range in North Wales to complete a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition. For a few this was a practice but the majority faced the assessed expedition. All required careful navigation, sturdy legs and perseverance.
 
Three groups of seven had to cooperate to carry all of the kit that they needed for the two days including food, tents, clothing and cooking equipment. More than 20km of walking in challenging but beautiful scenery saw the boys scale Moel Arthur and Moel Famau – the fitbit step counters were working overtime during 5-6 hours of walking on each of the two days.
 
Boys had to deal with some extremes of weather – protecting themselves from glaring sunshine on Saturday and from horizontal rain on Sunday. To the boys’ enormous credit, there was not one word of complaint uttered about the challenges from the climate.
 
Most participants managed the navigation exercises without any problems and met the strategically located staff at checkpoints throughout their routes. There were a couple of navigational errors but these boys were quickly located and set back on the correct path. They completed the exercise with no further problems.
 
Congratulations to all boys involved this weekend. There will be another Bronze Qualifying expedition during October half term.
 
The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme requires candidates to complete four areas of challenge – they must develop a skill or personal interest, carry out a sustained period of volunteering in the community, show improvement in a physical activity such as sport or dance and participate in an expedition. The School is an Awarding Body for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and has a long tradition of boys and girls participating in the scheme. Anyone in Year 9 who would like to find out more about the expedition element has only to speak to any of the boys involved this weekend – although perhaps you should wait for their blisters to heal!

Old Girl Success

Current parent and Old Girl, opera singer Jennifer Johnston releases her new album today; ‘A Love Letter to Liverpool’.  The album is raising money for children’s charities in Liverpool, including Alder Hey.  Jennifer is also the artist in residence at the Philharmonic this year and we are extremely proud to have her as part of the Merchants family.  You can buy the album in all the usual places, or donate here.

Careers in Law - Lunchtime Workshop – Wednesday  2nd October 2019 1pm

On Wednesday 2nd October there will be a working lunch in Biology 2 at 1pm - Careers in Law - All boys are welcome.

Firstpoint USA – Wednesday 25th September 2919
We welcomed First Point USA into school to deliver an informative presentation to parents and students re studying in America with a particular focus on sports scholarships. Slides attached.
(http://bit.ly/2nEPPGy)
Medicine and Healthcare Workshops – Thursday 26th September 2019 – MTGS Library
The University of Leeds delivered two sessions to our sixth form students:
  1. Making the most of year 12 for prospective medics
  2. Interview practice for year 13 - focused on MMI Interviews 
The students thoroughly enjoyed the interactive sessions and they will be better prepared for the next stage the medical application process. 
University Options and Future Career Choices 
What you study can affect your options at university and your future career. Use the new Informed Choices tool to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities  https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/
Investin Career Experience Programmes are available for booking now.
On their programmes, industry professionals take ambitious young minds on an immersive journey through some of the most sought-after careers in the world: investment banking, law, medicine, engineering and many more. This term's programmes will take place at UCL, King's College London and the University of Manchester.
 
They have now launched programmes in Psychology, Computer Science, International Politics and Architecture. The full autumn term schedule is set out in the link below:
 
http://bit.ly/2nanRCy
For the full Careers digest, including internships and development opportunities, please CLICK HERE.
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