REMINDER: MONDAY APRIL 12TH IS AN INSET DAY

What a wonderful week we have had here at MHS. Pupils have continued their phased return to face to face learning and the school feels like it has come back to life with classrooms once again full of pupils, busy playgrounds and corridors full of laughter. I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Easter break, and look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Tuesday April 13th, Monday April 12th is a scheduled INSET day.

Please remember that although this is a big step towards ‘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.

 
*Please remember that 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.
*It is now compulsory for face coverings to be worn by everyone in school, except for those who are exempt for genuine reasons.
*Remember to bring your own equipment/ stationery & enough water for the day.
*When topping up your meal account don’t forget it can take 24 hours for the credit to be available.
*All learners attending school site, including those attending the Hub provision, are to please wear uniform. If you are having difficulty sourcing uniform items needed please contact your child’s Heads of House so we can make sure you are signposted to all support available.
A huge da iawn to our new wave of MHS Digital Ambassadors! 💻
Earlier this week all of our ambassadors were issued special pin badges so they are identifiable working the school community. These young people will be responsible for promoting and supporting digital technologies in lessons. They will also support fellow students with DCF lessons, and have an opportunity to share examples of their work with the school. Well done to you all.

Sugar Loaf MHS School Donation

For those of you that haven’t already had the pleasure of visiting Sugar Loaf on Milford Marina, this exciting new bakery & deli is serving up a host of delicious treats and threatening to sabotage all of our diets! As an unbelievably generous act of kindness, the owners of Sugar Loaf (Liam and Shayne) have donated over 200 vouchers to Milford Haven School to be distributed across our student body. After such a difficult year it is lovely to be able to use the donated vouchers to acknowledge and celebrate some of the incredible hard work and effort from our young people. We are completely overwhelmed and so grateful for this generous donation, made all the more special by the fact that these talented business owners are both past pupils of MHS.

Yesterday a small group of MHS media students attended the Sugar Loaf premises to record a short film. Our pupils also interviewed the business owners, and are now busy putting together an inspirational piece to help raise aspirations amongst our young people- showcasing a powerful example of what successes can be achieved with hard work and dedication. We will be sharing the pupils’ final masterpiece later this week.
The new business owners of Sugar Loaf are clearly very passionate about supporting and giving back to the community that has helped them get where there are now. Again, we are very thankful for their incredible act of kindness, which is just a fantastic example of the true community spirit that exists in Milford Haven. 
‘BAGS OF BOOKS’ IS BACK!
As part of the MCA (Milford Community Action) project, we have brought back ‘Bags of Books’ for a one off special event in partnership with Milford Youth Matters.
 
Reading is tied to everything we do, and good literacy skills help lay the foundation for a child’s success in school and later life. ‘Bags of Books’ is a unique event designed to create a simple opportunity to share additional reading material with our community and support literacy.
This ‘Bags of Books’ event ran in the same format as our previous events. On Thursday March 25th there was over 300 clear bags tied to our front fencing (Steynton Road entrance), with each bag containing a brand new book for children of all ages. The community were invited to come and collect a FREE BOOK between 10.30am and 4.30pm on 25.3.21.
We asked everyone who attended to follow social distancing guidance, and please only touch a book if you intended to take it- the bags are all clear so you can browse before making your selection.
Your child did not have to be a pupil of Milford Haven School for you to take part, we will had books available for children of all ages and so anyone from the community was welcome to get involved and come take a FREE BOOK!
 
Thank you as always for your ongoing community support. If you have any questions or photos of your children taking part in this event please feel free to contact Miss Baker on gbaker@milfordhavenschool.co.uk.
 
“The more you read, the more you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” Dr Seuss

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.