Da iawn pawb, again a huge thank you and well done to everyone for engaging so positively with online learning. 
It has been a pleasure to celebrate so many of our wonderful pupils this week, with all departments selecting ‘Homeschool Heroes’ to acknowledge some of those pupils going above and beyond. I am sure it was a tough decision for staff given how hard all of our pupils are currentling working to continue their learning virtually, and I look forward to celebrating many more MHS pupils next week.

As always I hope you all have a safe and restful weekend, recharged and ready to learn on Monday!

 

Please see below a link to an important letter issued this week for Year 8 pupils and their families, regarding the options process. 
This morning Mr Thomas was lucky enough to speak to former MHS pupil Gareth Reynolds, who is currently rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean (3000 Miles!!). Gareth’s team name is Atlantic Dragon and he is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and is aiming to raise £100,000 for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society (you can support him via this link: https://www.atlanticdragonrow.com/sponsorship
Yr7 pupils at MHS have been learning all about Gareth’s adventure from La Gomera to Antigua in their DT lessons. They have asked him questions about the journey and he answered some of these on this satellite call while he was rowing across the Atlantic. Pupils have really enjoyed learning about his adventure, and how Gareth has to be completely self sufficient during the race. Hopefully he has inspired the next generation of Milford Haven adventurers.
You can keep tabs on Gareth’s progress in a variety of places including the official race website – https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/
It was great to hear Gareth in such good spirits (the full interview is attached to this post) and that he is getting some slightly better conditions in the last few days to help him on his adventure. We all wish Gareth a safe voyage for the remainder of his journey, and look forward to hearing from him again upon his return from Antigua. Pob lwc Gareth you are doing MHS and Wales proud!
 
The second installment of our MHS Short Stories series, chosen and read by your teachers’, will go live today (Fri 22nd Jan) at 5.00pm. Links in google classroom as previously shared. Mr Green shares a short introduction explaining why he loves the work of Tim Burton, even treating us to one of his original illustrations before reading out a few if the strange, funny and thought provoking tales of ‘The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other stories.’ We hope you enjoy!
It’s ‘Dydd Santes Dwynwen’, the Welsh Valentine’s Day, on ‘Ionawr 25ain’. To celebrate, we are running a ‘Love Hearts Cymraeg’ competition. All you need to do is create your own ‘losin Love Heart’ artwork (hand drawn/pc/cake etc) and share it with us. So the Saesneg ‘Hug’ could be replaced with ‘Cwtsh’ etc. See the attached pdf. All entries in by the 22.1.21 to be sent to kknox@milfordhavenschool.co.uk, and our judge is Mrs A Rowley. Prizes? Well, Swizzlers wrth gwrs!! Pob lwc pawb.
📚 Lockdown Reading Challenge 📖
With that extra bit of time at home at the moment, why not take part in Milford Haven School’s Lockdown Reading Challenge. Pupils in Year 7 and 8 are invited to take part, the aim being to try to complete all the reading challenges between today and the end of this half term- Friday 12th February. A £10 book token prize is up for grabs- pupils will have more details of the challenge and how to record their entries on the English Year 7 and 8 Year Group Google Classrooms. Any questions please email Miss Hill at rhill@milfordhavenschool.co.uk.
Pob lwc pawb.
Here are just a few familiar faces from our staff team, we are all really missing our MHS pupils but are very proud of how hard you are all working to continue your learning from home. Wherever possible please encourage your children to attend the form group online check in sessions, it is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to touch base with us and make sure they are accessing all of the available support- as well as seeing some friendly faces. For now we have to stay apart to keep our community safe, but we are using all the technological tools available to us to stay connected with our whole school family. Although for now we may be a voice at the end of the phone, or a face on a screen, our staff are still the real people you know and love and they are all working tirelessly to do their best for our young people and their families. Please remember that we are here to help, and should you need any support from our school team please reach out to us. Stay safe. 
Unfortunately the scheduled Headteachers’ parent surgery on Monday 25.1.21 has been cancelled due to Covid restrictions. However, parents & carers can still contact the school and request a phone call from the Headteacher if they need to speak with her directly.
Alternatively the Family Forum is due to go ahead as planned on 8.3.21, this is an online event so will not be affected by Covid limitations around face to face meetings. A form will be sent out next month to register for this event, and we would welcome you all to attend.
 
The scheduled Maths & Numeracy workshop for 2.2.21 has been cancelled in the planned face to face format, this is again due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions. Mrs Kedward is however working hard on a virtual alternative to share some fantastic resources and tips with our MHS families. More details to follow.
 
 
Please find below a link to short survey from EmpathyLab – the organisation we are working with this year to help develop empathy skills across the school. Your input will be a huge help in allowing us to evaluate the project, so thank you in advance for taking just a few minutes to complete it. The closing date for responses is 5.2.21.
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.