🎁🎄MHS Tags on the Tree 2021🎄🎁
Some members of our school team were horrified to see a Christmas tree being put up in November, but it was all for a very good cause as you will see…
 
A few weeks ago at Milford Haven School a very special Christmas tree was decorated with tags, and on each tag was the anonymised details of a child living within our catchment area. These are all children that are affected by deprivation and have been referred to PATCH for the toy appeal this year.
All members of our school staff team were invited to take part in ‘Tags on the Tree’. All they had to do was pick a tag off the tree, buy a gift for that child up to the value of £10, wrap the gift attaching the tag they took, and then pop the gifts back under the tree. Many of our departments decided to forgo traditional Secret Santa this year and instead donated gifts to PATCH via ‘Tags on the Tree’.
 
Ms Morris, Headteacher, has said, “This year has been very humbling for many of us and we are possibly more aware now than ever of the great need within our school community. This is just one of many school projects that are in the pipeline to inject as much support as we can into our community over the coming months, with Christmas in particular set to be a challenge for many so every little bit of help will no doubt go a long way.”
Our amazing staff team, and indeed the whole community of Milford Haven, is well known for its generosity so a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported this project. 82 gifts have been collected by staff here at Milford Haven School, and will be delivered to PATCH this week by our Head of House team to be distributed across our community to those in need.
 
This project is evidence that together we can make a real difference to local families and the Christmas they experience this year, and we are extremely proud to be supporters of the Patch Charity Toy Appeal. Diolch yn fawr a Nadolig Llawen.
ASPIRE @MHS
A reminder that the ASPIRE suite is available during break times and after school for KS4 pupils to access for self study. Staff will be supervising this space, and on hand to support you with your independent learning, and so we encourage you all to make the most of the additional support on offer. Diolch
 
Sports Breakfast Club
A reminder of the Sport Breakfast Club now available every Wednesday and Friday before school, run by our AYP Officer Mrs Rees. Details on the attached poster. Diolch
Christmas Jumper Day 2021
After a fantastic year of fundraising thousands and thousands of pounds for charities both local and national, we plan to finish the term with ‘Christmas Jumper Day!’
On Friday December 17th 2021, we’re inviting pupils and staff to take part in Christmas Jumper Day at MHS. If pupils choose to be involved they will be able to wear their Christmas sweaters on top of their school uniform; and make a donation of £1 (or whatever they can give) with all money raised being split across the four chosen House Charities. Patch Charity Greenacres Rescue Get the Boys a Lift Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity
You don’t need to splash out on a snazzy sweater to take part – pupils can decorate an old or plain jumper with tinsel, baubles or homemade snowflakes to create a fun design. Due to Covid19 we have been very limited in the fundraising opportunities available this year for us to raise money and support these fantastic local causes, so thank you in advance for your support. Diolch 🎄🎁🎅
Mount Community Christmas Lunch
🎁❤️🌟Da iawn a diolch to Mount Community Center for organising another spectacular Christmas community lunch this week.  Special thanks to Lynne Turner, who is always the best host and cooks a mean roastie! ❤️🎄🎉
MHS Christmas Raffle
The MHS Christmas Raffle is legendary, and this year is set to be another awesome giveaway with some incredible prizes up for grabs!
As always we have a luxury Christmas Hamper as one of our main prizes, along with some fantastic donations from local businesses including a voucher for Coco’s, MOT from Thornton Motors, Family Cinema pass from the Torch Theatre, Ice Cream Yule Log from The Scoop, and Scott’s Sweet Shop vouchers!
Tickets are £1 a strip, and can be purchased in one of two ways…
1. Cash- Mrs Mansell will be available during break and lunchtimes if you would like to pay with cash
2. Online- a link will be sent out to all parents and carers via our SIMS app offering an online cashless option to purchase raffle tickets
The raffle draw will be shared virtually on Wednesday December 15th. Thank you for your continued support, and remember- you have to be in it to win it. Diolch yn fawr pawb.
Uniform
Winter and the colder months are now upon us, and with a recent drop in temperature we have had an increased number of enquiries regarding the school fleece for pupils.
Please see below a direct link to the online stockist of our school fleece should you wish to purchase one, as well as a link to our general school uniform. Diolch
 
Our Senior Certificate Evening always provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of past learners, and remains a firm highlight of the school calendar. Given the recent changes to the local risk rating for COVID19, the decision has been made to reschedule this event from Thursday 16th December 2021 to Thursday 30th June 2022.
Should any year 11/13 learners who left in August 2021 wish to collect their GCSE/A level certificates in advance of this date, they will be available for collection at the main school reception from 1st December. Diolch yn fawr pawb.
This term we have had a number of new staff join MHS, we will be sharing some short profiles to help you get to know some of the new members of our team.

Meet the staff...

Meet Mr Butland…

  • What subject do you teach?
  • PE
  • Describe yourself in three words:
  • Approachable, bubbly & conscientious
  • What would we most likely find you doing on a weekend?
  • I play sports outside of school, football (winter) and cricket (summer). I spend time with friends catching up on our week.
  • What’s your favourite thing about being a teacher?
  •  I like to make a difference and see the development of our pupils. Providing pupils with a range of sporting activities during lessons plus extracurricular opportunities and the chance to represent Team MHS in sporting fixtures. 
  • Highlight of your time at MHS so far:
  • Before qualifying as a Physical Education teacher, I worked at MHS for a couple of years as an Active Young People Officer which was always enjoyable. However, the highlight has to be returning to this wonderful school as a teacher. 
 
Please click the link below for full details of our term dates as well as the school calendar. 
 
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.