‘Eid Mubarak’ to everyone in our school community celebrating this special occasion this week!

Pembrokeshire has recently had an increase in positive Covid19 cases. Whilst this is not wholly unexpected given the recent relaxation of rules, we encourage everyone in our school community to please continue with precautions such as hand washing, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings to help protect us all.
 
Please remember that although we are moving towards a return to ‘normal life’, there are still some rules in place that are there to support the safety of our whole community. This includes the wearing of face coverings for everyone attending our school site, and also ensuring social distancing is followed – including when dropping off or collecting your children from school. For this transition back to face to face learning to be a success we must all play our part. Many of the rules in place are the same as last time school was open to pupils, with one or two new rules that are simple to follow. If in doubt please ask, we are here to help.
 
*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 ongoing support, we appreciate all of the efforts being made at home to help facilitate a positive transition back to school for your children. 
As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind our young people that they are not alone and also share just some of the support available for children and young people…
❤️YoungMinds- YoungMinds has a wealth of resources on their website, as well as providing dedicated crisis services. https://youngminds.org.uk/
The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger provides free crisis support every day of the week, at any time day or night. You just need to text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
❤️Papyrus- Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) provides advice and support for young people who feel like they want to take their own life, and all their advice is confidential. You can call their helpline, HOPELineUK, on 0800 068 41 41, or text them on 07786 209 687
❤️Samaritans- Samaritans are an organisation you can ring at any time of the day or night. They’ll help you and listen to how you’re feeling. You can call them on 116 123 or email them at jo@samaritans.org
❤️SHOUT- SHOUT provides free, confidential, 24/7 text message support in the UK for anyone who is struggling to cope and anyone in crisis. You can text SHOUT to 85258. This service is free on all major mobile networks.
❤️ChildLine- ChildLine provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. You can call 0800 1111 any time for free and have an online chat with a counsellor.
❤️The Mix- The Mix provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem. You can call 0808 808 4994 for free – lines are open from 11am to 11pm every day.
❤️Kooth- Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online mental wellbeing community, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It includes a magazine, discussion boards, messages or live chat with their team, a daily journal you can fill in.
❤️Beat- The charity Beat provide information to help young people who may be struggling with an eating problem, including an eating disorder. They also provide advice, links to local support and one-to-one webchats. You can call their dedicated helplines:
Youthline on 0808 801 0711 (for anyone under 18)
Studentline on 0808 801 0811 (for students)
You can also email them at fyp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk (for anyone under 18)
studentline@beateatingdisorders.org.uk (for students)
Beat are open 365 days a year. You can contact them on weekdays from 9am to 8pm and weekends from 4pm to 8pm.
We are delighted to share with you our dedicated year 9 Peer Tutor Team, who will be supporting our year 6 learners with their transition to Milford Haven School and beyond. As a team, we are so excited to meet the new members of our school community and look forward to welcoming you to the MHS family.
Lateral flow testing is now available for pupils in KS3, as well as KS4.
Parents will need to read the information letter that has been issued and complete the consent form if they wish to take part. Although this is voluntary we do ask for your support in encouraging your child to test in order to help keep everyone in our school community safe. More information on testing can be found by reading the LFT letter (a full copy is available on the Letters Home page on our school website), there is also a short video linked below that explains the LFT process.

Link to short instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo…
 
Link to consent form: https://forms.gle/wFvuk7Jbf8ZqzdsM6 .
YEAR 11 LEAVERS HOODIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER.
The fantastic and local company St Brides Bay are again providing the leavers hoodies for us this year. The website is linked below, and they are happy to take orders via email, phone or facebook message.
01646 696904 | info@stbridesbay.com
If you would like to place an order all St Brides need from you is what size you’d like, what colour hoodie you’d like,what nickname you’d like on the back, and finally payment. Adult sizes are £24.00 each, and Children’s sizes are £20.00 each. They are also able to post them out to people if you need to, this is an extra £4.00 for post and packaging.
Here is the link to their online catalogue which has all the colours listed –Adults Colours – https://www.fullcollection.com/catalogue/products/JH001
Children Colours – https://www.fullcollection.com/catalogue/products/JH001B(Please note that the adult sizes are available in a greater range of colours). Happy Shopping!
Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. So let’s take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again.

Being ready to learn is about so much more than just being on time to your classes, wearing correct uniform and having the required stationery. In order for our young people to be truly ready to learn they need to be equipped with a positive attitude, be respectful of others in the classroom, and take responsibility for positively engaging in their own education. 

Thank you to all of our families that support us in setting high expectations for our young people, encouraging your children to give their best and reach their full potential during their time at MHS.

🕑💉 The actual act of donating blood only takes 5-10 minutes to do, but for someone in need, that blood could last a lifetime. Can you help by giving blood @Pill Social Club, Milford Haven 28th May & 14th June?
Visit https://wbs.wales/MilfordHavenSchool to book a lifesaving donation
Important reminder for pupils in Years 7-10…

If you have been provided with a school Chromebook during lockdown to support your home learning please can this be returned to school this week, along with the charger that you were provided. Please hand all devices into our main school reception, not to your form tutor or class teacher.

Years 11 and 13 do not need to return their devices at this time, but we will let you know when they do need to be brought back to school.
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

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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