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.
The pupils followed in the footsteps of rock giants, including Queen and Oasis, who have recorded albums at the famous studios.
The iconic Rockfield Studios proved a fabulous venue for the Year 4 pupils at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep.
The boys recorded their own version of Go Tell it on the Mountain and learnt about the science of sound.
The pupils followed in the footsteps of rock giants, including Queen and Oasis, who have recorded albums at the famous studios on the outskirts of Monmouth.
Professional sound engineer Joe Jones, Dr Sion Wall and Mr Joe Walton explained the relationship of science to music in a very hands on manner.
The boys were able to see how surfaces affect sound, visualise sound recordings as a wave and look inside different types of keyboard to see the different technologies which allow them to produce sound.
After recording Go Tell it on the Mountain, the boys took part in the mixing process which resulted in a professionally-finished version of the song.
Schools battle for honours in Monmouth community football tournament
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep has organised the primary schools football tournament since 1997.
Pentrepoeth Primary School have won The Grange Invitation Six-a-Side Football Tournament in Monmouth for the 10th time.
The Newport-based school’s A team prevailed in the Cup final, beating Osbaston A in a sudden-death penalty shootout after the match had remained goalless after extra-time.
Goalkeeper Ethan Bosworth made a fine save in the shootout before Harry Wallace calmly drilled home the winning spot-kick.
Pentrepoeth are the most successful side since in the primary schools’ tournament, organised annually by Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, was launched in 1997. It was their first overall triumph since 2012.
Headteacher at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Neil Shaw, presented the silverware and medals after a hard-fought tournament on the excellent surface at Monmouth School Sports Club.
Overmonnow B captured the Shield after a 2-1 success against Osbaston B in the final.
The hosts, Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, claimed two honours.
Huw Rowe scored the winning goal after neat work from Rupert Jones to give Monmouth School Boys’ Prep C a 1-0 triumph against Kymin View A in the Bowl final.
And Monmouth School Boys’ Prep A carried off the Plate with a 1-0 victory against Overmonnow A in the final.
Mr Shaw said: “The standard of football and sporting behaviour was outstanding throughout and all 10 teams were a huge credit to their schools.”
He thanked the event organiser, Mr Kevin Shepherd, students at Monmouth School for Boys who refereed the matches, and all those who helped make the tournament a huge success.
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.”