Blog 18.02.2022

Diolch yn fawr to all staff, pupils and families within our MHS school community for a positive start to the Spring term. We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable half term break, we very much look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 28th February. 

MCA project update! 
Following on from their successful pilot project, Milford Community Action were delighted that they were successful in their bid to secure further funding for a second project. The MCA2 project, designed and developed in partnership between Milford Haven School, Milford Youth Matters and Pembrokeshire County Council are once again helping up to 100 local families. 
 
Starting at Christmas, they delivered ‘Everything but the Bird’ hampers to Milford Haven and the surrounding areas, and each week they have packed and distributed multiple care parcels with ingredients sourced from local businesses. Our young people have been getting involved helping to pack the hampers and it has been great to see them actively involved in spreading kindness in our community. 
 
MCA are delighted to be able to continue to support local children, young people and their families. Working cohesively within the community to establish positive experiences by providing resources to aid families in their recovery and future prospects. 
 
Da iawn to everyone involved. 

Year 9 online progress evening.
The Year 9 online progress evening is on Thursday 3rd March 3.30 to 6.30 pm. Please use the information we have emailed to you to book your appointments by following the link:
https://milfordhaven.schoolcloud.co.uk.
Appointments need to be made by 12.00pm on the 3rd March. If you have any queries, please contact us on progressevening@milfordhavenschool.co.uk.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2022
This year’s theme for Children’s Mental Health Week was #GrowingTogether, thinking about how we can grow emotionally and find ways to help each other grow. This year was a time to reflect and encourage our young people to think about how they have grown and adapted through a time of uncertainty.
 
Time was given during form for pupils to discuss how they have grown. Give others ideas on how they can take care of their mental well being and make mental health pledges to continue to look after their mental and emotional well being. 
 
Throughout the week, pupils were reminded of the support available to them both in and out of school and our Safeguardians and Anti-Bullying Champions ran well being sessions during breaks for pupils to access if they needed support. 
Behind the scenes 🎭
We were very lucky to have a sneak peek into rehearsals for the MHS school production of ‘Our House’, and what a treat it was! Pupils and staff are working extremely hard to bring you a fantastic production of the award winning musical in March. 
 
Tickets are now available and can be purchased in school from Mr Sayers in the Galley or you can email gsayers@milfordhavenschool.co.uk to secure tickets. 
 
You won’t want to miss this one!
Safeguardians and ABCs
A big da iawn to our brilliant team of young people who are a pivotal part of well being here at school. We are very proud of our fantastic team of Safeguardians and ABCs (Anti Bullying Champions). This brilliant group of young people have been on hand for their fellow peers and are helping to support the well-being sessions that are run at break times.

This is how some of our young people feel about being part of this team:

“It is a good feeling that we get to help others”

“It is good to talk to people and that is what we are here for”

“I enjoy helping to keep my fellow pupils safe”

Da iawn to our fantastic team!

The new ALN system
The new Additional Learning Needs – ALN system is being phased in over 3 years and started in September 2021. The ALNET Act and ALN Code sets out how children and young people aged 0-25 with ALN will be supported by a Person Centred Process-PCP, with the child to give an overview of how learners who have (or may have) additional needs will be supported in schools and settings. 
 
If you are wondering how your child or young person’s ALN needs are going to be supported under the new system, please use the link below to access an informative leaflet from Parent Partnership:
 
https://issuu.com/…/docs/1._how_will_my_childs_aln_be_met
 
 
⚽️Blwyddyn 9&10 Girls v Ysgol Gwyr ⚽️ – 10/2/22
 
2-2 Draw and winning 4-3 on penalties 💪
 
WOW – The girls have qualified for the quarter finals of the 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏆 (playing Y Pant in the last 😎)
 
An excellent all round team performance, with their behavior and attitude of the girls outstanding throughout the game! – Diolch!
 
Goals scored by:
Megan Lloyd ⚽️
Ella Moir ⚽️
 
Penalties scored by:
Tegan Cato-Goffin ⚽️
Mali Anne-John ⚽️
Ella Allen ⚽️
Opal Rayner ⚽️
 
Players player – Opal Rayner ⭐️
Coaches players – Tegan Cato-Goffin ⭐️
 
Special mention to THE WHOLE SQUAD ⭐️⭐️ & the coach Miss Scotcher ⭐️
 
We would like to say a few Diolch’s : Milford Utd ⚽️ Club for the use of the pitch, Evans coaches for the bus and as always the tremendous continued support from all the parents/carers & of course the Boys ⚽️ teams for supporting the girls 👏👏
 
Again a very very proud PE Department #TeamMHS🔵🟡

Calling all future musicians
Music Morning Weekend Workshops are taking place at Milford Haven School on 5th March for Year 7 and 8. If you are interested in attending the Music Morning Weekend email:music@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or speak to your Head of Music.

Daffodils of Kindness
This year for Random Acts of Kindness Week, we teamed up with Blas y Tir, who kindly donated 100 bunches of daffodils, to help us spread kindness around Milford Haven and the surrounding areas. Every day during Random Acts of Kindness Week we placed bunches of daffodils in random places to remind our community that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. 
 CALLING ALL YEAR 11S 🍕
A reminder to all Year 11 pupils that we are running revision sessions during February half term. Grab a slice of the action and join us. Sessions will run between 10 and 2 with a pizza break!! More details can be found on your Google classroom.
Wear something red day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
We are inviting pupils and staff to ‘wear something red’ this St David’s Day. If pupils choose to be involved they will be able to wear something red; and make a donation of £1 (or whatever they can give) with all the money raised being split across the four chosen House Charities: 
 
– P.A.T.C.H 
– Greenacres Animal Rescue 
– Sandy Bears Children’s Bereavement 
– Get The Boys a Lift 
 
Thank you in advance for your support in helping us raise money for these fantastic local charities and celebrate our patron saint of Wales St David.  What will you be doing to celebrate our national heritage?   https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/43240280  
 
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.