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SLT Update March 1st

1st March 2019

  • On Monday, we were delighted to welcome 20 of our Year 10 Spanish friends from one of our partner schools - the Kostka School in Santander. They started with a tour around the College with me, marvelling at the new large unisex toilet block and the sport field, which looked great in the glorious spring sunshine. The students were then teachers for the rest of the morning, working with our students on their Spanish speaking skills. After a wonderful lunch cooked by Mrs Gregory and her team, our own Year 10 students of Spanish joined them for a fun activity - a cross between Minecraft, geo-cache, escape rooms – in which they had to find virtual objects hidden on our field!
  • Our Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday was extremely well attended. We hope you found the presentation and chance to talk to staff useful. Please remember that the GCSE options forms are due in on Monday, 4th March. The presentation is now available on the curriculum page of the website.
  • Also on Tuesday, we hosted the second round of the primary schools Year 5/6 High 5 A netball tournament. Seven teams attended and the matches were umpired and scored by Melbourn sports leaders. The winning school was Steeple Morden and we look forward to hosting the B team tournament on Monday. Well done to everyone involved.
  • Our Year 9 boys started this half-term’s football fixtures with a victory at CVC in the District Cup on Monday. It was a convincing 6-2 victory, with a hat-trick from striker Jake Wainwright. They followed this with another win at Bassingbourn on Wednesday. This friendly match finished 2-0 with goals from Jake Wainwright and Oscar Willers. A productive week for the Year 9 boys and Jake in particular!
  • Next week sees our Year 7 & 8 A teams start their fixtures and another match for the Year 9s, all at home to St. Bede’s on Wednesday. Pupils are reminded they should wear full Melbourn PE kit to fixtures.
  • On Wednesday, the girls welcomed Sawston and Bassingbourn to Melbourn for their first Netball fixtures this season. The score was even after the first half against Bassingbourn; however, the girls stepped up their game in the second half, winning 7-4! The girls kept the winning going with a close game against Sawston, winning 7-6. The Year 9s were buzzing on Thursday night at training and are hoping for a repeat performance next week. Well done to Daisy Moxham, Martha Taylor, Olivia Bedlow, Rosie Elliott, Ellenor Riggs, Amy Whybrow, Scarlett Gleghorn, Katie Foulger and Ruby Stapleton. Let’s keep up this momentum! 
  • Our U16s had two very close netball games on Wednesday; the girls lost 9-8 to Sawston and drew 15-15 against Bassingbourn. Great play and team work by all.
  • Melbourn Dynamos are looking to strengthen their current under-13s (current Year 8) football team, so if you are looking for a friendly local team please contact  Nicky Patel on 07951590139
  • You may have seen or heard us on the BBC on Wednesday. MVC’s offer of Spanish and Mandarin was featured in a number of pieces about modern foreign languages in UK schools. From Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC Breakfast and the news at 6pm, through to Look East and Radio Cambridgeshire, our students were everywhere! In a time when language entries are falling nationally, it is great to have a thriving department and an increasing uptake. We expect that well over 50% of Year 9 students will continue to take their language studies through to GCSE level and look forward to this figure continuing to grow. Many thanks to the Year 9 students who took part in the filming - they spoke very well and were great ambassadors for the school.
  • Members of Year 10 and Year 11 Psychology class took part in a Conference Day yesterday to help develop their approach and writing skills for the exam. The sessions were held by professional tutor, Ali Abbas, who was impressed with the students’ knowledge and ability. It was a hardworking and focused five hours, but students went away with a clear idea of exam requirements generally, as well as specifically for 9 and 12 mark answers. They also took away the knowledge that they could ‘do it!’. Mrs Gunner is proud of the 15 students who attended and looks forward to seeing the improvements in their writing in class.
  • Our Spring Concert will be at 7pm on Wednesday, 27th March, when we will be celebrating Spring with musical performances featuring the MVC Choir, Orchestra, Pop/ Rock Band, Jazz Band and Soloists. Tickets are available from reception and cost £3 (adult) and £1 (concession). Come along and invite your friends!
  • Keeley Thomas will be having her haircut for charity soon. When she was five, she raised £2225 and when she was eight, she raised a massive £2,500! She’s looking to raise even more this time, so please donate online at



Regina Lawrence

Deputy Principal

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