A huge thank you to Providence Training Limited for running our community first aid course last week.
Thanks to grant funding we secured we are very proud to have provided a dozen free training spaces to people from all across our local community, we have no doubt that these vital life saving skills will make a hugely positive impact to the town.
Also, da iawn to all those that took part and congratulations to the whole group for achieving this valuable qualification.
I was honoured to attend the opening night of the joint Art and Design Exhibition between Milford Haven School, Haverfordwest High and Henry Tudor School. The exhibition is open to the public till the end of this month, and I can tell you it is well worth a visit! The exhibit is located at the Milford Haven Waterfront Gallery (Old Sail Loft – Phoenix Bowl side) from 4th – 29th February, 10:30am to 4:00pm Tuesday to Saturday.
The work from MHS includes that of Year 9 ceramics to GCSE Art and Design pieces, varying from textiles to painting. Please come along and view / support our students’ work and creative talent.
A huge da iawn to all our MHS students that attended Aberystwyth University this week, for The Hay Festival Scribblers Tour event.
This interactive event allowed pupils to build stories, ask questions and express themselves through the power of writing. Authors and comperes spent time with pupils both on and off the stage to encourage creative conversations.
As well as this pupils had a fantastic tour of the University, hopefully inspiring some of our young minds!
Milford Haven School are proud to be launching ‘Chat Benches’ within the community that serves their school catchment area. If you walk through Milford Haven, Neyland or Johnston in the coming weeks you will notice some new benches with an exciting twist. The ‘Happy to Chat’ bench will say: sit here if you don’t mind someone stopping to say hello. These benches are clearly marked so that people are encouraged to take a seat and start a conversation.
More than nine million people in the UK say they “often or always” feel lonely, according to the British Red Cross, and in 2013 then-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described loneliness as “our national shame.” The geography of Pembrokeshire means that many residents are at an increased risk of loneliness and social isolation, and I hope that the ‘Chat Benches’ will offer a platform to start up conversations and strengthen links within communities, reducing the disconnect that some local residents might feel from the world around them.
Public benches like these can be a real asset to help improve people’s mental health and social wellbeing. They serve as resting places for those with limited mobility, and a study published by the university of Sheffield in 2015 found sitting on benches allows people to spend longer outside, which is beneficial for mental health and connects them with others in their community. This is particularly important for people who find popular social venues like cafes too expensive.
Ms Mansell said: “I love the fact that as a community we now have designated spaces for people to take a moment, reflect, and connect, especially in a society that often never seems to stop and be present.”
Ms Morris, Headteacher of Milford Haven School said she was excited that they were able to base a ‘Chat Bench’ at the secondary School. She added: “Although loneliness is often talked about as an issue that affects the elderly, we know that young people can also at times feel alone and may need a safe place to reach out and connect with those around them. Yesterday (February 6, 2020), was national ‘Time to Talk’ day, the perfect day we feel to launch our ‘Chat Benches’ and get the conversations flowing.”
One bench is to go to Johnston, one to Neyland, two to Milford Haven and one to be based here at the school.
Please be advised that there will be a meeting for parents/carers of year 8 pupils visiting France, which will take place on Tuesday 11th Feb at 5.30pm in the Steynton Hall. Any information given out on the night will be passed on to any pupils and parents who can not make it.
Yesterday was ‘Time to Talk Day’, and here at MHS we are doing all we can to get the conversations flowing!
As many of you may have seen we have launched our ‘Chat Benches’ this week, these are 5 very special benches that will be gifted out to the local community. As beautiful as our local area is, the geography of Pembrokeshire means that many residents are at an increased risk of loneliness and social isolation. It is hoped that the ‘Chat Benches’ will offer a platform to start up conversations and strengthen links within communities, reducing the disconnect that some local residents might feel from the world around them.
As well as this we have been encouraging pupils to put away their phones during break times this week, rather than interact online in a digital world we would love it if all our pupils took the time to check in with the people around them- in the words of Ms Mansell ‘Pretend it’s 1995 and really talk to each other!’.
Calling all young comic book enthusiasts / artists!
A competition has been announced, calling for comic / Manga illustration artwork with cash and art prizes available. Anyone interested please read through the link below or see Mr.Green in D9.
The contest is worldwide… but judging by some of the awesome and creative talent we have in MHS, it would be fantastic to be represented and show the world what we are made of!