20th April

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break, it was wonderful to welcome our staff and students back this week and see pupils really throwing themselves into their studies and exam preparation. A special thanks to those staff and students that came into school during the Easter Holidays for additional GCSE revision sessions, we are sure that all of your hard work will pay off on results day.

With GCSE exams and national testing on the horizon it is especially important that students come to school ready to learn, this includes having the resources they need to actively participate in lessons and educational activities. Simple things like ensuring you have all the necessary class books, a pencil case and basic stationary equipment all goes a long way to support a positive day in school and maximises learning.

The Welsh Government holds statutory reading and numeracy tests for all pupils in Wales from Year 2 to Year 9. At Milford Haven School a letter has already been sent with all the arrangements and dates, with tests commencing on 30/4/18 until 4/5/18. You may be asking ‘What can I do to support my child with these tests?’ Links to support materials on the Welsh Government website can be found on our school website. Alternatively, visit the Learning Wales Website directly learning.gov.wales and follow the links. We would like to stress the importance of attendance in school for these tests and look forward to your support in this matter.

Ready, Respect, Safe- During assemblies this week, these three words have been introduced to pupils to support our values at MHS. Throughout the rest of this year, our pupils will be encouraged to be ready to learn, respect themselves and others and be safe. We believe good behaviour should be an expectation for all at our school, and this new focus on three basic foundations of success has been very well received by all.

Father Harri recently came into school to present the MHS Media Deptartment with a cheque for £500. This tremendous donation was made possible by the parishioners of St Katherine’s Church through their ‘Lent Lunch’. The money will be used to enhance, and further develop, the students’ technical skills. We are tremendously thankful for the donation and appreciate the ongoing and overwhelming support of the local community.

Well done to the ten very keen merched Blwyddyn 10 who were accepted to go on a Welsh language residential course in Gwersyll yr Urdd Glan-llyn near Bala. This was through the Urdd’s Cymraeg Bob Dydd initiative that Ysgol Aberdaugleddau has been a part of for three years. The merched had 5 splendid days of watersports and language learning with S4C’s Welsh in a Week presenter Nia Parry, and they all came back thoroughly enthused about their Cymraeg. Da iawn pawb!

Thank you to all of the parents & carers that were able to attend the Year 7 parents evening on Thursday April 19th, it was great to welcome so many of you to MHS and have the opportunity to update you on your child’s progress. A reminder that Next Thursday, April 26th, is the Year 8 parents evening so please continue to make appointments to meet with staff who teach your child for the opportunity to discuss how they are progressing in their subjects.

On Friday 2nd April we will be hosting our next ALN coffee morning 9.30 to 10.30am. The school’s Occupational Therapist will be attending to give a presentation on ‘Sensory Diet’, and there will be an opportunity to come along to have a cup of tea & meet the new Head Teacher.
I would like to finish the week by thanking the whole school community for the warm welcome to the school and excellent start to the new term and very much look forward to your continued support.

Ms Ceri-Ann Morris