It has been an absolute delight this week to welcome back MHS staff and pupils, we hope that you all had a safe and fun filled half term break.

Here are some important reminders for the weeks to come:

*School starts at 8.40am and all pupils are asked to go straight to their form rooms. No pupils are to be on site prior to 8.20am, the gates will be locked till this time.
*Pupils will need to follow the one way system when moving around school, this has been in place for some time now but the arrow signs remain visible as reminders.
*Hand sanitising stations are located all around the school and pupils are requested to wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
*It is now compulsory for face coverings to be worn by everyone in school, except for those who are exempt for genuine reasons.
*Pupils must stick to their designated zones at break times, this is essential to support the safety of not just those in school but also our wider community.
*Remember to bring your own equipment/ stationery & enough water for the day.
*When topping up your meal account online don’t forget it can take 24 hours for the credit to be available.
*Hoodies are not a part of our school uniform and should not be worn to school.
*All learners attending school site are to wear uniform. If you are having difficulty sourcing uniform items needed please contact your child’s Head of House so we can make sure you are signposted to all support available.
Thank you for your continued support, we appreciate all of the efforts being made at home to help facilitate a positive school experience for your children.
As adults we all check we have the basics before we leave the house- phone, keys, wallet etc ✅
If our children come to school prepared with what they need for the day ahead it really does have such a positive impact. So, MHS pupils before you leave home and head to school each morning please check you have the basics with you and set yourself up for a great day- face mask, a drink of water, your own set of stationery ✅

A huge da iawn to to these fantastic young people who represented Milford Haven School at a charity golf event during half term. We are extremely proud of you all, and well done on such a fantastic performance!

An update from Mari & Grace, our Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) project leaders at MHS:
Since November we have been using the Surfers Against Sewage plastic-free schools program to remove single-use plastics from our school. So far we have sent out a series of questionnaires to analyse the past situation in our school. We have also created an action group full of pupils and staff that are interested in helping along the way. Next, we sent out an assembly which has been viewed by all pupils in school, containing details about the organisation SAS, the plastic problem and what you can do at home to reduce your plastic consumption. Most recently we have completed a litter pick on the school field with members of the action group and documented our findings on an online survey, from this we hope to pick out which plastics are our worst offenders.
In this new term we have plans to host fundraising events, write emails to our local MP and major local companies regarding their single-use plastics. We also aim to remove 3 single-use plastics from our school each year to cut our plastic consumption and improve the school’s environment. Of course we want to continue raising awareness even after we have finished our goal of removing unnecessary single-use plastics, so we hope to influence other schools in Pembrokeshire to take the same steps. Thank you for your support.
Milford Haven School are very proud to say that prior to half term we were invited by Birmingham University to present at a special online event, sharing best practice from across the UK around some of the fantastic work organisations and groups have done to positively support period poverty.
Birmingham University had previously contacted MHS for details on several of the projects we have run, including the feminine hygiene packs and the MCA project that was instigated in response to Covid19. We are extremely proud of the proactive approach being taken in Milford Haven to support those affected by period poverty, and it was an honour to share some of our strategies with such a large group of passionate people from across the UK to hopefully assist other communities from further afield just as we have tried to help our own.
Diolch yn fawr to all those that have contributed to and supported our projects, we couldn’t achieve these successes without the backing of our incredible school community.
Shwmae bawb! We’re almost there with the Euros kicking off on dydd Gwener with Twrci v Yr Eidal. Send us a ffoto of yourself and the family all kitted out ready to cheer on Cymru ar ddydd Sadwrn! (Other supporters accepted too of course.) Dyma Mr Knox. Can you guess who he’ll be supporting?
Pembrokeshire College came into school yesterday to deliver afternoon tea to a lucky group of winners from year 10. The pupils had the opportunity before half term to take part in online demonstrations from Chefs, and subsequently won the competition for the best feedback. Their prize was a glorious afternoon tea, and a chance to speak to some of the up and coming chefs of the future about their course and their aspirations.
Thank you to Pembrokeshire College and all of the students involved in this lovely reward event.
This week we launched our first ever ‘MHS Community Marathon 2021’, in partnership with Milford Youth Matters!
We have a limited number of marathon race packs that can be purchased for £5, or they will be given to you for FREE if you raise a minimum of £10 sponsorship- incredibly we have already sold a quarter of the packs in just the first couple of days! All participants that sign up will be provided with a race pack containing: a certificate, reusable water bottle, sweets and a special event medal. Packs can be purchased from Miss Baker’s office in the library during break times, blank sponsorship forms can be collected from our main school reception.
The event will be run in a very similar format to our previously organised Santa Fun Runs. Your challenge is to complete a marathon distance whenever and wherever you choose by the deadline of July 2nd. You could be running or walking, and you can go at your own pace- that could be a mile a day for 26 days, or four 6.5 mile walks etc. We have a limited number of race packs available that go on sale Monday June 7th, they will be sold on a first come first served basis.
You do not need to be a pupil of the school to take part in this event, we invite the whole community to get involved. If you have any questions or queries please contact Miss Baker on the main school number or via email
Diolch yn fawr.
Please find below the agenda for next Monday’s virtual Family Forum on 14.6.21:
*MHS Senedd
*ALN reforms
*Empathy Lab- Family pack feedback
*Empathy Day 10th June
If you would like to attend our Family Forum on 14.6.21 please email to register your interest, and a link will be sent to you prior to the online meeting. If you have anything that you would like to add to the agenda please include that in your email message.
Today is Empathy Day 2021! Pupils and Staff are enjoying a day filled with opportunities to get onboard and show a greater understanding of what empathy is all about. Over the last week, during their Health and Wellbeing lessons, pupils have spent time completing fun activities to help raise awareness of empathy, what it means and why it is such an important attribute to develop.
Pupils have been making empathy resolutions today, please enjoy some of the lovely pledges that were made in Form 07JTDi today!
If you would like further information please click the link and check out the official website.
During their topic lessons, class Gwaun have been learning about the important role that pumpkin seeds play in eradicating poverty for communities in Bangladesh. Whilst not the season to grow pumpkins, the class had a great time planting pepper seeds which they hope will grow into an impressive harvest!
Da iawn to all of our green fingered pupils that took part.

Please see below a reminder of some of the additional Enrichment opportunities currently available to pupils of MHS.

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:
MHS Book Amnesty:  This is a request for all Year 11 and 13 pupils who have recently left us to please return any library or school books that may have been left at the bottom of school bags or forgotten about at home.
If you still have any school books that need to be returned, we would really appreciate them being handed in at our main reception at your earliest convenience. As part of this amnesty no fines or charges will be issued on any school books returned by the end of this month. Thank you for your support.

It has come to our attention that some pupils are wearing a single layer scarf as a face covering. Single layer face coverings do not follow the WG guidance, which states that:

Face coverings should be high quality three layered as set out by the World Health Organisation, but do not need to be medical-grade face masks. Face coverings or visors are not PPE and would not prevent an individual being identified as a close contact by TTP.
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.

All parents and carers in all year groups have been issued login codes for our school app WEDUC, this is one of the easiest ways to keep in touch with us and stay up to date with school life.
Please contact us if you need any support getting started with the app, or have any trouble logging in, so we can help you get connected. 
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