4th May

Dear Parents/Carer,
National Testing is now well under way, and I must say that we are extremely impressed with the behaviour and conduct of all KS3 pupils that have been involved. Although the test results will give us an indication of the academic progress of students, seeing how mature and responsible pupils have behaved in the exams has given me an even bigger insight into what respectful and sensible young people we have here at MHS. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

Well done to the Year 10 Princes Trust students, who recently planned and prepared/cooked a meal by themselves as part of the Preparing for a Healthy Lifestyle module. All of the final meals tasted as good as they looked, da iawn pawbl thank you to all the parents that attended our ALN drop in session. Friday May 11th is our next ALN coffee morning, which will be supported by Mair Anwen Jones Advisory teacher for Visual impairments. This is a great chance for any parents to gain advice on visual impairments and speak to our ALNCO on any additional needs your child may have.

Some of our KS4 pupils visited Bluestone last week for a careers event. The students that attended represented both themselves and the school exceptionally well, with one pupil even being offered a training position for an apprenticeship. Congratulations to all that took part.

A group of KS4 MHS students carried out a beach clean, supported by our school based youth worker. This was a fantastic example of our students demonstrating care for their community and they all worked hard to make a positive impact on the environment of our beautiful local area. Well done to all those that took part.
‘The Final Push’ – took place last night and was a last opportunity for pupils in KS4 and their parents to look at revision techniques, stress relief and general exam support before the GCSE’s get into full swing. Thank you to those who attended. We are sure that all of your hard work will pay off.

A reminder that the school is closed on Monday May 7th for the Bank Holiday, we hope you all enjoy the long weekend and look forward to welcoming staff and pupils back to school on Tuesday May 8th.

‘SURF CLUB’ has started again for the next 6 week surfing programme. Throughout the following 6 weeks pupils will be taken through the first stages of the ‘Junior Surf Scheme’, which develops surf skills, self-rescue knowledge as well as general fitness levels. Pupils will be collected from main reception at school at 3.20pm to be transported to the beach with the best conditions on the day (usually Newgale or Broad Haven North), and then returned to school at approximately 6.20pm. The club will start Friday May 4th and run for a 6 week period. This 6 week course of sessions is being offered to MHS pupils at a discounted rate of £95 per person, if your son/ daughter would like to attend please contact school as soon as possible to book a space.

Our final year Hair & Beauty students have organised a creative show case of their work to end their course. Parents and family of the pupils are invited to attend on Tuesday May 22nd from 1.30pm-2pm. The showcase will be held at our off site provision at Cedar Court in Milford Haven. Entry will be £1 and it would be fantastic to see lots of you there to join in the celebration of your children’s hard work.

Our annual County Sports Athletics Trials will be held on Tuesday 8th May. This event will help the PE Department to select the pupils that will represent the school at County Sports, which will be held at STP the following week. Pupils who are competing should wear their uniform as usual and then change into kit before their event is scheduled. A copy of the event schedule will be posted onto our school Facebook page. Only the pupils that have put their name forward to compete, from Years 7, 8 and 9 will be missing lessons and will only be out of them for the length of their event. For all other pupils it will be a normal school day. As it is a normal school day we are unfortunately unable to host spectators so parents and families will not be able to come into school to watch the trials, but we will post regular results and photographs throughout the day on the school Facebook page as we are able to.

GCSE POD- All Year 11 and 10 pupils should have logged on to www.gcsepod.com, this is a valuable resource containing a variety of support materials to aid students with their studies and revision. Please encourage your son or daughter to use this excellent resource, especially on the now short run up to GCSE exams. If you have any queries about GCSE pod please contact Mrs Davies, Deputy Headteacher.

Learning Coaches are an excellent resource for KS4 pupils, especially during this crucial time of the run up to exams. Students in year 10 and 11 have access to sessions with the learning coaches every day after school for FREE tuition and support with their exam preparation and revision. We encourage all KS4 students to take advantage of this support.

Now that the exam season is upon us I would like to wish all year 10, 11 and sixth form pupils every success, we hope that all of your hard work and preparation pays off. Getting these young people through the exam period is a joint effort between school and home and we really appreciate everything that the staff and parents and carers are doing to support our pupils during these exams. 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 the bank holiday.on Monday 7th May approaches I hope you will find time to indulge in a good book, perhaps even a Star Wars favourite, let’s hope there will be plenty of sunshine and as its been over forty years since the original movie, I couldn’t help resist but say on today of all days – May the fourth be with you!

Yours sincerely,
Ms Ceri-Ann Morris