MGS Development Fund Administrator/Alumni Relations Officer

Dear Old Maidstonians

Following the launch of the Maidstone Grammar School Development Fund back in September 2014 we have received generous support from over 120 families and individuals which now totals over £22,000. This is such a pleasing start in the Fund’s infancy.

To ensure its continued development we are seeking an MGS Development Fund Administrator/Alumni Relations Officer. This will be a voluntary role to support the School and Charity as the Fund grows in size and impact. The role would involve spending between 10 and 15 hours a week in School working closely with me and other key staff. If you are interested in being a part of this and are able to offer a number of hours per week then please contact my PA, Denise Friend via email denise.friend@mgs-kent.org.uk who will send you the Role Description.

If after reading the Role Description you are still interested then please let my PA know and then the Trustees of the MGS Development Fund Charity will consider all interested parties. It would be helpful if you could provide a short statement of any experience that you have in this area and how you see the Development Fund evolving.

Yours sincerely
M Tomkins
Headmaster

Developing Music at MGS

Forwarded from an email from the Head:

In recent years Music at MGS has been developing through the restarting of student band evenings, school musicals and the new initiative of extended learning week. There are more students participating in music on a regular basis and we wish to develop this further. In the last year we have raised £800 in addition to the normal school budget which we have spent on purchasing more instruments to help cover the extra demand from the students. We are now sending more students to university to study music based courses and the feedback of how MGS has prepared them for these courses has been very positive but we want to make it better. We have a few aims over the next couple of years:
1) To develop a loan system of instruments to encourage our students to take up an instrument.
2) To deliver more opportunities for students to play live at school and on the local music scene.
3) To prepare students better for university courses based on music.
4) To improve the quality of production put on at the school to make them more professional.

As Old Maidstonians we would like to ask for your support. If you have any unwanted live performance/recording equipment (amps, microphones, PA Systems lights etc.) or musical instruments (both classical and modern) we would like to ask if you would be prepared to donate them to the school so that we can inspire the next generation of Maidstonians to take up music. Alternatively we would gratefully accept donations to help us with our aims. If you would like to know more please email me on david.martin@mgs-kent.org.uk

Added by the OM Secretary:
One of the objectives is stated as being delivering more opportunities for students to play live at the school. All these live performances will be promulgated to the membership. Whilst I appreciate that it is often difficult to find the time to attend, the presence of members of the OMS undoubtedly provides encouragement to those performing.

Funding required for rowing at MGS

From the Headmaster, Mark Tomkins

Since July 2012 MGS has been affiliated to British Rowing. This means that the school is categorised as a rowing school and can compete at rowing competitions as MGS. We have already had a number of successes at Sudbury Regatta in August and at the Maidstone Head in October. A growing number of students attend training on a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, but what we really need now are boats. The Judd School, where I used to work, are selling their rowing boats. Since I left, the sport has been in decline and they have made the decision to wind the rowing club down. I have been in consultation with them over the last few months and they have agreed to sell all of the equipment to MGS at a cost of £4000. This includes 7 boats, numerous blades/oars, a rack (which racks four of the boats), cox box and life jacket.

In order to take over the ownership of the boats I am in the process of raising the funds from private donators. Currently I have raised just under £3000 from parents of students who row. This is a fantastic amount and I am immensely grateful for their generosity. I am now asking any Old Maidstonians to see if they would like to make a donation which takes us a lot closer to the target of £4000. A number of the current students who row will become OMs next year and they are keen to return and row as an OM/Alumni squad. Some OMs who left before I arrived, and who I know through my own rowing club, are also keen for MGS to develop the sport.

If you are interested then please email me directly on mark.tomkins@mgs-kent.org.uk

I really hope that with the purchase of these boats MGS can develop as a recognised rowing school and encourage more students to enjoy the sport as much as I do.

Many thanks.
Mark