Monmouth School Boys’ Prep welcomes day and boarding pupils aged 7 - 11 to The Grange – where we focus on developing enthusiastic, inquisitive, resilient boys with high aspirations. The curriculum is carefully planned around boys’ learning styles to develop solid academic foundations. Our engaging subject-specialist teaching staff inspire and motivate the children to learn with a sense of fun and enjoyment. We add the excitement of new subjects and areas of exploration, both in and out of the classroom. Boys make the most of the outstanding facilities on offer for sports, culture and the arts. Through our unique Monmouth Model, they also benefit from the many and varied joint activities with the Girls’ Prep: school trips and expeditions, joint social and co-curricular events and shared community projects. There is a sense that anything is possible, ensuring a confident step up to the senior school.
Drew’s giant pumpkin tops the scales in Monmouth competition
Four members of staff lifted the Monmouth pupil’s mammoth fruit on to the scales for an accurate reading.
An eight-year-old boy has topped the scales in a school's pumpkin-growing competition.
Staff at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep had difficulty putting Drew White’s whopping 76.1kg pumpkin on to the weighing scales.
Four members of staff lifted the Year 4 pupil’s mammoth fruit on to the scales for an accurate reading.
Nine-year-old Rafe Llewelyn grew the second heaviest pumpkin which weighed in at 62.9kg, while Tom Butt, 9, was third with 33.4kg.
It was the first time Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery pupils entered the event and the children deservedly won the ‘Youngest Growers’ award.
The nursery pupils cleaned, dried and decorated Poppy the Pumpkin, which they had grown in the school grounds.
Nine-year-old Arthur Skeates’ pumpkin won a prize for the best colour, while eight-year-old Seb Shaw’s fruit topped the ‘Most perfect shape’ section and nine-year-old Oliver Maunder scooped the ‘Most perfect Cinderella-like carriage’ award.
Headteacher at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Neil Shaw, said: “Everyone who took part this year should be very proud of their efforts and it was lovely to include the children at Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery for the first time.
“Growing a pumpkin successfully takes months so the children showed patience, nurturing skills and excellent judgement. The competition was incredibly high and I am sure it will prove even more popular next year.”
Cycling champion and dignitaries' spectacular arrival at Monmouth prize-giving
Old Monmothian Lewis Oliva won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games last year.
A Commonwealth Games cyclist and dignitaries got on their bikes to make a spectacular entry at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep’s Prize-Giving ceremony.
Old Monmothian Lewis Oliva, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games last year, was among the party which cycled into the service on Friday 5th July.
Lewis, a six-time British Champion and a five-time World Cup medallist, was a pupil at The Grange (now Monmouth School Boys’ Prep) from 1999 to 2003, before attending Monmouth School for Boys.
“The biggest lessons I have learnt were outside the classroom – friendship, respect and integrity,” recalledLewis, who took his first degree through the Open University and is now studying a medical degree at Cardiff University.
He told the boys: “You have the capacity to make your wildest dreams come true.
“It’s a long journey ahead. It won’t always be pretty so laugh, cry, take risks and make mistakes. Push yourself and do as much as you can.
“You will face multiple challenges and it will be all too easy to quit.
“When I first applied to the GB team in 2008, I was told that I wasn’t good enough and to come back next year.
“When I applied to medical school, all four medical schools rejected me.
“But I am exceptionally stubborn and a little eccentric and I am always up for a challenge. I love the satisfaction of proving people wrong.”
Head Boy, Seb Bowen, spoke with great confidence and maturity, highlighting the importance of mental health and wellbeing for young children.
Seb wanted to help young people build resilience and revealed that, with support from his school friends, family and teachers, had raised £10,045.02 for his chosen charity, YoungMinds.
“Monmouth School Boys’ Prep teaches us the importance of kindness, determination and resilience, striving to be the best we can be, whilst being a good friend,” said Seb.
“Being in a school where you are listened to and supported, makes you feel like you can take on the world.
"I have been at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools since I was three years old, so it has been a major part of my life.
"Monmouth School Boys’ Prep has given me some friends for life and some incredible memories and helped me to develop my confidence, taught me about leadership and has, hopefully, given me some good grades too."
Seb, who presented the Head Boy’s Prize to Matthew Powell, added: “If I could give any advice to younger students it would be to take every opportunity that the school offers you, step outside your comfort zone and never give up even when it seems the easier option. Never forget that kindness and humility go a long way.”
Prizes were handed out to a number of students, including the Orchestra Prize, Mathematics Cup and the Language Award.
And a marvellous selection of songs from the school’s recent Songs of Home concert, under the baton of Mr Joe Walton, were performed.
Headteacher, Mr Neil Shaw, gave two short stories, one which included a tremendous act of kindness and friendship, and the other which illustrated the boys’ excellent standards of behaviour.
“To receive an unsolicited acknowledgement from a member of the public as to the boys’ attitude, respect, courtesy and levels of politeness and awareness of others around mad my day, possibly my week and maybe even my month,” said Mr Shaw.
“The competitiveness, camaraderie and togetherness of our wonderful Year 6 boys exemplify the values of the school with everything that they do and they have been superb role-models and student leaders.”
Mini-heads take charge at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools
The temporarily promoted pupils each held their own assemblies, led meetings and taught classes at their respective schools.
Three Monmouth pupils had a day to remember when they took on the headship at their respective schools.
The temporarily promoted pupils each held their own assemblies, led meetings, taught classes at their respective schools, carried out tours, and greeted parents at the gates.
Eleven-year-old Alfie Rayner took the reins at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, while 12-year-old Isabella Smith was in charge at Monmouth School Girls’ Prep, and six-year-old Toby Gavin carried out the role at Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery.
The three mini heads united for a mid-morning meeting to discuss how the three Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools could work together more often.
The Heads-for-a-Day initiative took place on Wednesday 19th June and proved a wonderful educational experience for the children.
Friends jump off waterfalls and eat mealworms in aid of mental health
Seb Bowen, 11, organised the trip to Bear Grylls Survival Academy which raised £3,000 for YoungMinds
A group of intrepid friends jumped off waterfalls, built shelters in which to sleep, and ate mealworms to raise money for a mental health charity.
Seb Bowen organised the adrenaline-filled trip to the Bear Grylls Survival Academy which raised £3,000 for YoungMinds.
Eleven-year-old Seb is the Head Boy at Monmouth School Boys Prep and has led a superb campaign since September to increase the awareness among his peers of mental health.
He has raised more than £8,000 in total.
“Mental health is very important and YoungMinds is a charity that helps young people with mental health issues,” he said. “I want to raise awareness of all their excellent work.”
Seb was joined in the Brecon Beacons by friends Alfie Rayner, Ollie Smith, Sammy Rees, Osian and Griff Copley, Rudy Davies, Nick Hilu, Rupert Rowell and Freddie Melzer.
All the boys, supported by a relative, gave their all throughout the exciting weekend and tackled the White Water Survival Course with courage and enthusiasm.
A YoungMinds spokesman said: “We are so appreciative of all Seb’s support – the money he and his friends have raised will go a long way in helping us fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.”
Seb is now organising a six-a-side knockout cricket tournament, involving children and parents, to raise further funds.
Headteacher of Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Neil Shaw, said: “I have never come across such a focus on mental health awareness in a prep school before.
“Seb’s campaign has raised more than £8,000 and it has been supported wonderfully by the whole school.”
Scintillating science impresses judges in Monmouth
Young researchers showcased their impressive projects at the fourth annual Monmouth Science Fair.
Young researchers showcased their impressive projects at the fourth annual Monmouth Science Fair.
Year 6 pupils at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep and Monmouth School Girls’ Prep were joined, at the Blake Theatre, by two pupils from Raglan Primary School.
And the Raglan duo, 11-year-old Gabby Harris and 10-year-old Sophie Baker, were highly commended for their research into why bigger musical instruments make bigger sounds.
The judges, all professional scientists, were delighted by the level of science and the children’s understanding of the experiments and results.
Boys’ Prep pupils Freddie Melzer, Tom Cleverly, Sam Carver, John Newington-Bridges and Neil Lawlor won the best project prize for their investigation into how sound is affected by liquids of different densities.
Girls’ Prep pupils Stacey Mushangwe and Lucy Hughes were the runners-up for their research into how a person’s age impacts on their heart-rate and reflexes.
Girls’ Prep pupils Ffion Phillips and Connie Humphries, who investigated the acidity in sweets, and Kathryn Rees, Maisie Aldridge and Grace Fernandez-Ford, who used chromatography solvents to analyse sweets, finished joint third.
Event organiser, Dr Sion Wall, Science and Technology teacher and Co-ordinator at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, said: “The standard of research at the science fair keeps getting higher every year.
“It was fantastic to see many of the teams conducting experiments on the day so that the visitors and judges could be part of the research.
“It was wonderful to have two students from Raglan Primary School despite it being their Easter holidays. Gabby and Sophie were highly commended for their outstanding piece of research.”
Monmouth quartet bounce high at national trampoline finals
Four Monmouth School Boys’ Prep performed well at the British Schools Gymnastics Association’s Trampoline Finals.
Four high-flying pupils at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep performed well at the British Schools Gymnastics Association’s Trampoline Finals in Staffordshire.
Gabriel Brockley, Feargus Cripwell, Neil Lawler and Oscar Searle represented the region at under-11 boys’ intermediate level after winning the Welsh Schools and then the Central Zone team events.
The Monmouth team wore their newly-branded school t-shirts and gave an excellent display, finishing fourth overall against strong opposition in a hard-fought competition.
Even more impressive was that the Monmouth quartet impressed at intermediate level having not yet competed at National Development Plan (NDP) 1.
This year, Gabriel, Feargus and Neil have moved up to NDP1, which includes a two somersault routine.
With dedicated training to add a back somersault to their routines, the boys reached the Welsh qualifiers at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff where they snapped up a team gold medal.
Feargus came second, while Neil was third and Gabriel, fourth. Feargus missed out on Welsh qualification by just 0.5 but all boys bounced well to take the top spot.
Oscar competed at Club 3 level and Rupert Rowell competed Club 1 level and both secured medals in their respective sections.
Now the boys are looking forward to their final outing of the season at The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Trampoline Championships at the Royal Russell School in London next month.
Three of the trampoline team will be moving up to Monmouth School for Boys in September and the remaining under-11s team member, Oscar, is looking for boys to join him.