Hi Year 6 !
Welcome to Virtual Transition Week here at MCA !
Usually , you would come to visit us in July so that we can meet you all in person and do some fun activities and lessons with you to help us to get to know each other. Unfortunately, we can’t do that this year so instead, we have posted lots of videos on our website.
The staff from each department have created a video to introduce themselves and they have also set you some challenges !
We’ d love you to complete as many of these challenges as you can this week and send us some photos or videos of what you have been doing. At the end of the week, we will create a montage of all of your best bits and post it on the website for you to see .
If you love singing, you can also be part of our MCA Lockdown Choir by following the links on the Transition page
Please email your photos and videos to myself or Mr Daniel here at MCA at
So get creative and have fun !
Head of Year 7
A WELCOME FROM OUR PRINCIPAL, MS WATMOUGH
Dear Class of 2025,
I am writing to welcome you to Manchester Communication Academy, we cannot wait to meet you. In September you will embark on the next step in your educational journey and we are thrilled that you are going to spend the next five years with us. You are going to meet new people, you are going to learn new things, you are going to have the most wonderful experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life. I am incredibly proud to be the headteacher at MCA. I am proud of our school, staff, students and community. MCA students are the best students anywhere and this is because we talk all the time about four key things that we want to be, do and feel. 1) Be brilliant. I want you to be brilliant in every aspect of your life. Be a brilliant son/daughter, a brilliant brother/sister, a brilliant friend and a brilliant person. Be the best version of yourself you can be. Be a brilliant student by putting everything into your learning that you possibly can. Be brilliant in whatever you feel you are good at, drama, dance, sport, cooking, singing, writing, debating, exploring, discovering. Be relentless in the pursuit of excellence. 2) Be brave. Going to a new school, a much bigger school, with new people and new teachers can be scary. There is absolutely no reason to be scared. Be brave in your decisions, be brave by making the right choices and doing the right thing. 3) Be Kind. We are going to teach you many many things whilst you’re with us but the most important lesson is to be kind to each other. Be kind to your family, your friends and yourselves. There is no greater gift than kindness 4) Belonging. We want you to feel part of our MCA family from this moment on. We are a family, we are a team and we look after each other. Our motto at MCA is: With you, For you, About you, as our future class of 2025 we will be with you every step of the way. I know that your year 6 experience was cut short because of what has been happening in the world over the past four months. In a normal circumstance we would be welcoming you into school for our transition weeks and we are sad that we can’t do this at the moment. But please don’t worry, we are going to make sure that you are safe, happy and well looked after from the start of the year and for every moment that follows. We have some fantastic transition activities that we would like you to be doing at home. This will help us to get to know you and help you get prepared for year 7. I’m going to finish this letter with a quote from one of my favourite children’s authors, Dr Seuss:
To view the welcome in different languages click here
A WELCOME FROM YOUR HEAD OF YEAR
Hello new Year 7 !
My name is Mrs Peacock and I am going to be your Head of Year in September. I can’t wait to meet you all and I know that you are going to have an amazing five years with us at MCA !
Over the past few weeks, I have been emailing and having virtual meetings with some of your teachers from your primary school, so I already know a little bit about what fantastic students you are and some of the talents and abilities that you are going to bring to us when you become part of our school.
I am sure that you are all really excited to be coming to high school, but probably a little but scared as well. Whilst you are with us, you will learn new skills and talents, you will make new friends and you will face challenges and sometimes difficulties. Please know that we are here to support you every step of the way from now until you leave us in Year 11 and we want you to grow as much as you can and be proud of the person you will become.
When you join us in September, you are going to meet so many new people and you are going to have the opportunity to make so many new friends. Let’s try every day to be the kind of friend that you yourself would like to have; be kind, be thoughtful, be helpful to each other and we will have a fantastic year ahead of us!
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to meet your new teachers or classmates until September but we have created a Transition page on our website to help you to start to find out more about MCA and some of the members of staff who are going to be working with you. They are all really excited to meet you and have created some videos to introduce themselves and will be setting you some challenges to complete over the next few weeks.
Have a lovely summer Year 7 - we are looking forward to seeing you in September !
Head of Year 7
MCA's VIRTUAL TOUR
Take a look at our virtual tour video of the academy. This will help you know what to expect when you join us in September.
WHAT ARE LESSONS LIKE AT MCA?
Want to know what lessons at MCA are like? Take a look at this video to find out more.
Please click on the picture to view the documents.
Would you like to get involved with our Year 6 Lockdown choir?
Please use this link to hear the song we are using, Lewis Capaldi's (click here). Once you are ready, use this backing track to recorded yourselves singing on your phone/ipad/tablet . Send the video or audio of you singing along to the backing track to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we have all your Videos/Audios in, we will post on social media with all of you singing together! Let's all get singing!!!
ART & DESIGN
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Staff Introduction (Geography
Staff Introduction (History)
Activities 2 - 5 Introduction
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
OTHER TEACHER INTRODUCTIONS
Y7 Progress Leaders Introduction
EXTRA CURRICULUM (ESA)
At MCA we have a fantastic range of Extra School Activities that will help you to develop new skills and make new friends ! Every student has to complete two ESAs each week, but there are so many to choose from that some students do three or even four ! This is literally a snapshot of some of the amazing activities you can enjoy.
Please check out our curriculum page to see more examples of the ESAs that MCA students got involved in last year
As you may be aware we provide a uniform voucher for all pupils which enables them to access a school jumper, tie, PE T Shirt and PE Shorts free of charge from Ziggy’s uniform shop in Harpurhey. Before we can issue your voucher, we need to make sure that we hold all the key information for you and your child.
You will have received a student data booklet in the post which we would like you to complete as soon as you can. This booklet contains student data and free school meal application sections, biometric, safeguarding and photo consent and also the ICT and Home/School Agreement. In order to access this voucher, we need you to complete the student data booklet and return this to MCA at the date/times specified below and this will then be exchanged for the uniform vouchers.
You can return your data booklet and collect your voucher from MCA at the following times:
Thursday 9th July: 10am-2pm
Thursday 16th July: 10am-2pm
Thursday 23rd July: 10am-2pm
Ziggy’s have informed us that given the current restrictions to shops under COVID-19 guidance, they will be only allowing a small amount of customers into the store at any one time to comply with social distancing. The store is open for business from Monday 15th June under normal opening hours. However, from 10th August until 6th September, they will be open from 9am until 8pm each day, which should help with ensuring that everyone can access uniform requirements. We would ask that you collect your uniform as soon as you get your voucher to reduce queueing. Information and pricing about additional uniform items can be found on our website or directly from Ziggy’s.
For the uniform price list click here