24th May 2018

24th May 2018
Dear Parents/Carer,


This year we have been extremely lucky to be able to send a group of KS3 students to the world renowned Hay Literacy Festival. Today pupils and staff travelled to Hay- On-Wye to meet amazing authors, performers and poets. It was a fantastic opportunity to see books brought to life, and explore topics such as humour, football, empathy and tolerance.


Students also had the chance to discover what it takes to create a book and how to become a writer if they felt inspired. Thank you to the staff that have facilitated such a brilliant educational visit.


On Wednesday a group of MHS students had the opportunity to go surfing for the morning with Outer Reef Surf School, supported by Sport Pembrokeshire. The students had a fantastic morning at Freshwater West beach and as well as developing surf skills they also learnt about beach and sea safety. Da iawn to all the pupils involved, the photos look amazing!


Yesterday we held a Zumba taster session for some of our KS3 girls. This was a fun opportunity to try a new activity, which is in keeping with our drive to support and encourage healthy lifestyles for our pupils here at MHS. Thank you to Ashleigh Newman for running the session, to Sport Pembrokeshire for their support and to all the girls who took part as you clearly gained a lot from the session and that’s because you put a lot of effort in.


Today we held our annual Year 11 leavers assembly. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to wish Year 11 all the best with their journey beyond Milford Haven School and I hope that you continue to work hard and reach your full potential in life whatever path you choose.


Following consultation with the School Council and pupils, it is has been agreed that after May half term, in extreme hot weather conditions, pupils may wear tailored black shorts to school. To comply with our school uniform standards, the shorts must be black, tailored and knee length. The shorts must not be of the following materials, lycra/stretch/cycle shorts, denim shorts, sport/running shorts. It is also expected for pupils to wear plain white or black socks and black shoes as normal. Pupils choosing not to comply with the agreed standards of uniform will be placed in supervision for break and lunchtime until the appropriate school wear is worn.


The extremely talented drummer Dylan Sanders-Swales of year 7 will be taking part in the KS3 percussion class at the Urdd Eisteddfod at Builth Wells next Wednesday. We wish him the best of luck in the competition!


We just wanted to make sure that parents are aware, with all of the GDPR changes everyone needs to reactivate their Pembs CC accounts, so money can be added onto pupil dinner money accounts as usual. It is also worth noting that any money you add to your child’s dinner money account will take 24 hours to register onto the account.


This is just a reminder that aluminium drinks cans are banned from MHS school site, this is unfortunately due to too many cans being littered on site instead of put in the many bins located around the premises. At this time of year especially we have the lawns mowed regularly, and when the mower that cuts the field goes over any cans that have been littered it chews them up and they become a health and safety hazard to those pupils using the playing fields during break and in PE lessons. I thank you all for your cooperation and support in helping us keep the school a safe and pleasant environment for your children.


We have reached that time of year again when we bid a fond farewell to our Year 13 students. A2 exams are well underway but there are a few social events planned to see them on their way. These begin with a special lunch on Friday laid on by ‘Doots’, Head of Sixth Form, this will be followed by a Leavers Meal in The Lord Nelson. We would like to wish them all the best as they start their next adventure and look forward to seeing them all again at the Certificate Evening in December.


All pupils have been given their individual exam timetables, but please see below a copy of the overall GCSE exam timetable for the week we return from Half Term. Please be aware that all morning exams start at 9am, therefore it is vital that students are in school no later than 8.45am in order to be registered, taken to the correct location and are ready to start their exam papers by 9am. We value your on-going support in ensuring pupil punctuality during this important time in your child’s school life.


We will be using our school social media to post reminders about upcoming exams and additional support available at school, so if you don’t access our school Facebook page already it is well worth having a look.


As Mahatma Gandhi said “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result”, wherever your future pathway takes you, remember you are all a’MAY’zing. It remains for me to wish you all, staff, parents/carers and pupils an enjoyable and productive half term break. I look forward to see you all on your return on Monday 4th June 2018.


Yours sincerely,


Ms Ceri-Ann Morris
Headteacher

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