A huge and heartfelt thank you to all staff, pupils and families within our MHS school community. Your continued efforts and support have generated a positive start for our young people to this new academic year, and we very much look forward to the opportunities this fresh term brings. 

MHS Peer Mentors
We were delighted to present our Peer Tutor team with their Milford Haven School fleeces this week. These jackets will make the Peer Mentors clearly identifiable to young people around school should they wish to seek out peer support from one of the team.
The group have continued their development of the new roles this week with safeguarding training, and are currently enjoying supporting our Year 7 during HWB time. Da iawn pawb.
📣📣📣Attention Year 7📣📣📣
All parents and carers of our current Year 7 are invited to attend our annual “Keeping in Touch” event- hosted by Ms Mansell, Strategic Leader for KS3.
Details: Tuesday October 5th 2021, 3.30-4.30pm in the Steynton Hall.
If you plan to join us please can you confirm attendance in advance by email: rmansell@milfordhavenschool.co.uk
This is a valuable opportunity to meet key school staff and receive an informal update on how your child is settling in to life in secondary school. A warm MHS welcome awaits you all.
A huge thank you to all pupils and staff at MHS this week for being so cooperative in supporting a safe landing for the Welsh Air Ambulance here on our school site.
Due to a medical situation the Welsh Air Ambulance was called to assist an individual. To ensure a safe landing area on the field, and for the crew to assist as required, break time was delayed for all pupils and we very much appreciate the patience and kindness that was shown by our school family.
Please note that the scheduled date of the MHS Open Evening for this academic year has been changed. Details below…
Original date for Open Evening: Thursday October 21st 2021
New date for Open Evening: Thursday January 20th 2022
MHS TRAILATHLON 2021
We are very excited to be hosting our MHS Trailathlon again this year for Year 7 pupils! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, please see photos below for a snapshot of the Trailathlon and what it involves.
We have currently sold over half of the available places for this event, if your child would like to take part please return your completed forms and payment as soon as possible to Miss Baker or our main reception.

MHS Drama Club is back with a bang, week 1 of rehearsals and already sharing an exciting announcement about our next big school production!

Bags of Help
Hopefully many of you will have already seen that we are featured at Milford Haven Tesco this month as part of their ‘Bags of Help’ community grant scheme.
A little while ago we put in an application to Tesco for some funds to allow us to put together a number of hygiene packs, the packs are intended to support positive wellbeing and personal hygiene for those young people who would otherwise not have access to what they need. As some of you will have seen, we trialled these packs during lockdown as part of the MCA project and the demand for resources was huge. We now just need the funds to continue this much needed strand of support.
Thank you to everyone in the community that has voted for us, with your support we will hopefully get the money needed to further support our school community with more hygiene packs for local young people.
Voting ended yesterday, and we look forward to updating you with the results as soon as we are informed by Tesco as to whether our bid was a success. Diolch yn fawr.
 
Please click the link below for full details of our term dates as well as the school calendar. 
 
Chromebooks for All
 
Thank you to all parents/carers of pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 that have registered for the Chromebooks For All scheme. It is great to see so many pupils collecting their Chromebooks and already actively using them in class and at home to aid their studies.
A reminder to those who have still not taken advantage of this scheme to register a Chromebook for their child(ren) as soon as possible so we can get the equipment out to our young people to be utilised both in school and at home to support learning. To register – please check your email for a message from Pay360 with instructions. If you cannot find this email in your inbox, it may have slipped into your junk/spam folder. If you have any issues you should contact chromebookhelp@milfordhavenschool.co.uk for support.
The roll out for years 7 and 8 will begin during our next phase of distribution. We will be in contact with parents/carers of pupils in these year groups when this begins.

Covid-19 guidance issued by PCC for parents & carers

As the autumn term enters its second week, Pembrokeshire County Council has issued some simple guidance for parents on what to do if their child has symptoms of Covid-19.

“We thank parents for all their support over the past 18 months,” said Steven Richards-Downes, Director for Education.

“We hope this guidance will assist you as we progress through the autumn term.” 

·         Any learner with symptoms – a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should take a PCR test and remain in self-isolation until the test result is known.

·         Changes to isolation: Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts and are showing no symptoms.

·         Testing positive: If your child tests positive for Covid-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you, using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. They will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child.

·         Close contacts: Test Trace Protect will then get in touch with close contacts to provide instructions or advice. Close contacts will be offered two PCR tests (on Days 2 and 8) and provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risks of onward spread.

·         If your child is identified as a close contact, they can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. Please continue to let us know if your child tests positive.

·         Next steps: We do expect that there will be cases of COVID-19 across our community over the coming weeks, but this does not mean that COVID-19 is spreading within schools Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms. If you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

“We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families have had to make,” said Steven Richards-Downes. “Thank you for everything you have done to support your child and our schools. Thank you for playing your part.”

A reminder that copies of all the letters we have issued this academic year can be found on the ‘Letters Home’ page of our school website. It is advisable to check this page on a regular basis to ensure that you stay up to date with school information. Link to ‘Letters Home’ website page: https://milfordhavenschool.co.uk/letters-home/
GCSE POD is a fantastic resource which Milford Haven School continues to promote amongst learners and their parents/carers.

GCSE POD holds a wealth of support for a range of subjects, with some content specific for KS3 as well as KS4. Learners are encouraged to use their MHS Google log-in to access the site and start exploring the site which could prove extremely beneficial for our KS4 learners.
Please look at the following parent site tour where you can see what is on offer: https://bit.ly/2P1hJKZ
Young person’s mental health toolkit from HWB.
Below is a link to the young person’s mental health toolkit from HWB, designed for 11 to 25-year-olds. Here you will find six playlists to direct you to a wide range of online resources to help you through the lockdown and beyond. In each of the playlists you’ll find self-help websites, apps, helplines, and more that are here to support your mental health and well-being.
Please remember: if you’re finding it difficult to cope, make sure you speak to someone you trust. Who this might be is different for everyone, but it might include family members or carers, a teacher, a helpline, or a doctor. How you feel is important and lots of people are here to help if you need them.