Monmouth School for Boys guides day and boarding pupils aged 11-18 through this crucial stage of their educational and emotional development.
Founded in 1614, we provide a positive, constructive and inspiring single-sex community within which they thrive and flourish. Education is carefully planned to motivate and challenge boys; the academic curriculum is specifically tailored to them, and they engage in a broad choice of subjects free from any gender stereotyping. Our boys’ talents are nurtured and they make the most of the area’s wonderful natural resources and the excellent facilities on offer for sports, culture and the arts. Through our unique Monmouth Model, our boys also benefit from the invaluable interaction with Monmouth School for Girls, sharing many trips and expeditions, events and community projects. Understanding the pressures of adolescence, our focused approach prepares boys for Sixth Form, where they have the confidence to aim high in their specialist academic subjects and to fulfil their particular sporting, musical or artistic ambitions.
Former Monmouth student sets new record in Antarctica expedition
Former Monmouth School for Boys’ student, Richard Parks, overcame hunger and terrible weather conditions to set a new British record.
27th January 2020 — An adventurous Old Monmothian has beaten his own British record in the South Pole.
Former Monmouth School for Boys’ student, Richard Parks, overcame hunger and terrible weather conditions in Antarctica to finish his expedition in 28 days, 21 hours and 59 minutes.
He is the first person to have completed the coast to pole journey solo, unassisted, unsupported more than once.
In fact, Richard has skied more miles solo, unsupported and unassisted in Antarctica than any other person in history.
Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Dr Andrew Daniel, said: “We were delighted to see Richard demonstrate incredible resilience, bravery and commitment to achieve such a remarkable feat in the bleakest of conditions.
“We always encourage our pupils to take opportunities and to push themselves out of their comfort zones and Richard is a tremendous role model for all our students at Monmouth.”
In 2011, Richard became the first person to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and stand on the North and South poles in the same calendar year.
He set the previous British record for skiing coast to pole in Antarctica, solo, unsupported, unassisted in 2014.
Last year, Richard had set out to beat that record but was forced to cut his expedition short after seeking medical advice.
Looking back on his time at Monmouth School for Boys, Richard said recently: “When I reflect on my days at Monmouth, I was able to try so many new things and I had so many opportunities.
“Not being afraid to fail and having the courage to attempt new things are values that coming to Monmouth instilled in me. As an adult, I realise that failure is an integral part of our achievements.”
Articulate Monmouth boys impress in Youth Speaks debate
An articulate team at Monmouth School for Boys has won the intermediate section in a hotly-fought debating competition this week.
27th January 2020 — An articulate team at Monmouth School for Boys has won the intermediate section in a hotly-fought debating competition.
Year 7 pupils Alex Simmons, Freddie Melzer and Kopano Matli triumphed in Monmouth Rotary Club’s annual Youth Speaks competition at The Hitchcock Pavilion.
Alex grabbed the judges’ attention with a mature and sophisticated argument on why we need to look to colonising space.
Alex and his teammates overcame strong competition from Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth Comprehensive School and challenging questions from the floor to win their class.
The boys will now progress to the regional competition next month.
The senior team involving Year 12 students Nicholas, Josh and Angus also impressed in their section.
Chaired by Josh Sutton-Dodd, Nicholas Miao presented an impassioned speech proposing that university tuition fees should be abolished and this was ably opposed by Angus Whitehead.
Congratulations to the Monmouth Comprehensive School team which won the senior prize.
“There were fantastic performances from the pupils at Monmouth School for Boys and we wish our Year 7 team every success as they prepare for the regional round,” said Mrs Emma Arrand, Head of English, who coaches the boys’ teams.
Community unites for swimathon in memory of Monmouth student
Swimmers of all ages and abilities pushed themselves to the limit at the second annual Swim for Tom.
27th January 2020 — The Monmouth community joined together as more than 500 people took the plunge in an uplifting swimathon in memory of a kind and caring teenage boy.
Swimmers of all ages and abilities pushed themselves to the limit at the second annual Swim for Tom which this year has so far raised more than £12,000 for Cancer Research Wales.
The main 12-hour event took place in the pool at Monmouth School for Girls.
Some swimmers, including Olympian Tom Haffield, completed lengths at other venues across the region which all contributed to the tally.
“The final count is 37,519 lengths or 938km or 937,975m or 583 miles by more than 500 swimmers at five different events,” said Tom’s dad, Tim.
“It is pleasing that Swim for Tom is such a feel-good community event.
“Swim for Tom is about competing with each other to reach a single goal and not against each other. Many people of all abilities pushed themselves to swim further than they had ever done before, including many beginners.”
Tom was a pupil at Monmouth School for Boys and a member of Monnow Swimming Club.
He died unexpectedly and suddenly from leukaemia in June 2018, aged 13.
Since Tom's death, his family – dad, Tim; mum, Debbie; and sisters Holly and Emily - have led efforts to raise more than £100,000 for a research fund, supported by his friends, and the community.
The inaugural Swim for Tom raised more than £25,000 for Cancer Research Wales 12 months ago.
And the Tom Walker Cancer Wales PhD Studentship for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Research was officially created last year and will be awarded with the researcher starting in September.
Children at Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery got this year’s Swim for Tom underway, chalking up almost 500 lengths.
Members of Monnow Swimming Club, parents and friends then took part in their leg, notching up 4,070 lengths, with one swimmer, Rhys Williams, compiling 162 lengths in an hour.
There was a remarkable atmosphere at the main event in Monmouth on the Sunday – with an army of volunteers and helpers across the 12 hours making it such a memorable occasion.
One of the highlights was achieved by Miss Lou Scott, who had flown in especially from her new home Italy and swam for most of the day, amassing an outstanding 404 lengths.
Tim Walker said: “A huge thank you to a magnificent team of helpers, to Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools and their staff, to Monnow Swimming Club, to all the lifeguards, to all the swimmers, to everyone who donated money and to an army of cake bakers.
“We are also very grateful to Monmouth-based business, Mandarin Stone, for their generous hat sponsorship and to Dylan Allman, a 13-year-old pupil at Monmouth School for Boys, for creating the Swim for Tom website, which made the administration of this year’s event so much easier.”
For more details about the event – or to make a donation, please visit the Swim for Tom website: http://swimfortom.uk/
High-flying Monmouth students climb to national glory
Monmouth's students shine at the Wales Cadet Indoor Climbing Championships in Cardiff.
27th January 2020 — Students at Monmouth School for Boys are celebrating after being crowned the overall Welsh champions at an annual climbing competition in Cardiff.
The students rose to the challenge, winning the Wales Cadet Indoor Climbing Championships, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) title, and picking up four runners-up medals.
The team, consisting of four senior and four junior CCF cadets, shone brightly at Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 25th January.
Harry McLellan climbed with style and grit on a physically demanding, overhanging route in the senior men’s individual final to take the runners-up spot.
Edward Baker put in a huge effort and was pleasantly surprised to secure the overall bouldering runners-up prize.
Thomas Wardle’s blistering pace in the speed climbing event helped the junior men’s team to second place.
Thomas then climbed with finesse in the junior men’s final climb-off with fellow team member Shay Lewis.
Shay, with limited experience, put in an impressive and gutsy display as Thomas became the individual junior runner-up.
Ben Robinson, Tomos Boshoff, Toby Tyson and Zeb Bell also represented the school with pride.
Mr Matt Peake, from Monmouth School for Boys, said: “Being crowned as the overall national CCF champions and even more impressively winning the entire CCF and Army Cadet Force competition was a remarkable achievement after only two training sessions.
“All our cadets showed incredible determination, grit and a superb team spirit throughout the day.
“With our cadets having had incredible success in this competition over the previous four years, the pressure was on this time.
“Well done to all of our climbers. The future is looking as bright as their t-shirts.”