Headteacher’s blog 01.12.23

Shwmae, welcome back to this week’s blog. Please read on to join us in celebrating some of the wonderful things we have had to celebrate this week and don’t forget to check out our upcoming events for some dates to add to your diary.ย 

Celebrating last week's

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Numeracy Nights – Nosweithiau Rhifedd
Join us for another Numeracy Nights session on Tuesday 5th December from 5pm – 6pm. This session will focus on Multiplication Madness. We hope to see you there.

MHS Santa Fun Run 2023 ๐ŸŽ…
We are pleased to launch the MHS Santa Fun Run 2023 To sign up please see Miss Griffiths or the PE Department. All those who sign up can run at a time and location of their choosing within the specified time frame of December 1st – December 15th. We have suggested a 2K distance but you might want to set your own challenge of say 50 laps of your garden, or 20 laps around your local park. Some will want to run further and others less- whatever suits your individual ability is fine. You do not have to be linked to the school to take part, and we are offering a discount for families as we would really like this to be accessible to the wider school community. We will be asking participants to share with us photos and videos of them running in their Santa hats/ wearing their medals after completion, and we will be putting together an online album to celebrate the success of everyone who participates. All proceeds raised will go to the Diamond House Charity of the Year the Sandy Bears Bereavement Charity
Christmas Fayre

We can’t wait to welcome you all to the annual Christmas Fayre on Thursday 7th December. From 6pm you can come and do your Christmas shopping with a wide variety of fantastic local businesses selling some amazing products ready for you to do your Christmas shopping.
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Wonderfully festive refreshments will be available from luxury hot chocolate from Get Loaded to homemade Welshcakes, brownies and of course mince pies.
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Please note photographs and video will be taken at this event for marketing and PR purposes. If you wish to opt out of having your photograph taken please see a member of staff.
Transition Roadshow 2023
Miss Mansell and the Senior Prefect Team has really enjoyed their first week of meeting you at the Transition Roadshow. She still has a few more schools to visit. The details of these are in the posters below. Don’t forget to send us the photos of you enjoying your hot chocolate.ย 
MHS School Production ๐ŸŽญ
We are delighted to share with you the poster for this year’s school production. The MHS Drama Club present to you a magical MHS adaptation of Cinderella on February 6th, 7th and 8th. Tickets go on sale in December.
As always we are offering local businesses the opportunity to sponsor the show and advertise in our programme. By sponsoring the production you are helping the Drama Club continue to put on these fantastic performances.
If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s production please email jcrolla@milfordhavenschool.co.uk
Reading at MHS – Darllen yn yr MHS
As part of our reading strategy here at MHS we will be posting weekly top tips and hints.
This weeks top tip is – why reading aloud is so impactful from your children and their teachers.
In Milford Haven School, we pride ourselves on using the most recent and up to date research to ensure our pupils and staff can achieve their potential.
โ€œReading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. It is the single most important activity for reading success.โ€
Pupils reading aloud is impactful for a number of reasons:
๐Ÿ“šReading aloud demonstrates the relationship between the printed word and meaning, and exposes pupils to vocabulary and language patterns that are not part of everyday speech
๐Ÿ“šReading aloud makes complex ideas more accessible, improving pupilsโ€™ information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension.
๐Ÿ“šReading aloud creates a classroom community
๐Ÿ“š Reading fiction is a predictor of long-term academic success.
Pupils read aloud to their teacher, in small groups, in pairs and on their own.
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Listening to someone read โ€œdevelops a love of reading and the motivation to do so โ€“ building both the will
and the skill.โ€
Pupils will also be read to, by teachers or other pupils. There are many benefits to this strategy:
๐Ÿ“šReading aloud gives students an opportunity to hear the teacher model fluency and expression
๐Ÿ“šReading aloud targets the skills of audio learners and helps students develop good listening habits.
๐Ÿ“šTeachers who read aloud motivate students to read.
๐Ÿ“šActive listening fosters contemplation and reflection.
TRY IT AT HOME!

AOLE Highlights

This week's highlights from our AOLE departments.
Mrs Sanderson, Numeracy, is very pleased with the following pupils who have achieved 100% in her sessions using their numeracy skills.
Y9 Conwy had the opportunity to crack some tricky codes by working as a team. They used their numeracy, literacy and out of box thinking skills to solve each problem, with them being the only class in year 9 to get both their boxes open, and also scoring the fastest time in the year group.
The staff running the event commended the class on how well they all worked together as a team, and the polite manner throughout, including thanking them for running the activity for them.
Bendigedig 9 Conwy!

Sport News

This week's highlights from our sports teams
๐ŸŸก๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ MHS vs YHT๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก
U16โ€™s won their fixture 2-0. They worked hard and played out of position to ensure everyone got game time.
Special thanks to the girls that stepped up and played for the over team at some point.
Goals Scored
Maddie P๐Ÿ‘
Ella M๐Ÿ‘
Players player – Maddie P- she worked hard, got her self into the correct position to make lots of chances.
Coaches Player- Chiara Q, Gemma S, Mia H and Maddie P – all showing their adaptability by being able to successfully slot into a team they didnโ€™t know and help create chances for the them as well. Whilst also making vital opportunities and tackles in our team to secure the win.
Year 8/9 had a mixed team to take on two strong YHT sides. Some players worked hard across the pitch and creating opportunities for others. Girls need to start attending training as a team to make greater impact on the court.
Thanks to the 3 year 8โ€™s that came as supporters and stepped up to play to support the team last minute.
Players player – Year 9- Annabelle G
Players player -Year 8 – Annabelle G
Coaches player – Year 9 – Ffion W
Coaches player – Year 8 – Lily J
Massive DIOLCH toEvans Coaches for sponsoring our playing kit and excellent transport ๐Ÿ‘
As always a PROUD Miss Griffiths, Miss Carrington, PE department & the whole school ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒŸ
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๐ŸŸก๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿ‘ U16โ€™s Hockey ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก
These 15 girls managed to secure the win in the end to make the next round and go on to represent Dyfed with Ysgol Penweddig and we couldnโ€™t be prouder!
They started off slow with a draw and a loss but they pulled it out the bag in the final game to make one of the Semi finals.
This is when the girls started to play their best hockey. The match ended on a draw which meant the girls had to do penalty shuffles to decide who the winner was.
With it being very equally matched, 9 girls had to step up to take their shot and finally in the sudden death round we got the win.
The girls voted Nia L as Players player, she did amazing during the penalty shuffles and the girls wouldnโ€™t have got the Win without her amazing confidence from the get go!
Shout out to Chaira Q for getting her first ever goal, being the final person to take the penalty shuffle!
Amazing effort girls and bring of the next round!
Massive DIOLCH to Evans Coaches for sponsoring our playing kit
As always a PROUD Miss Griffiths, Miss Carrington, PE department & the whole schoolย 
ย Year 7&8 Hockeyย 
The girls took on YHT yesterday evening and managed to secure a 5-0 Win. For some players it was their first school hockey match and they played brilliantly.
They had some great balls fed into the D for our super strikers to tap it in past the line!
Goals scored by:
Ameila C ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Olivia D ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Ruby D ๐Ÿ‘
Players player– Lola P for creating good space on the pitch and creating opportunities for the long balls.
Coaches player– Ava R for making strong tackles and creating runs for back passes to be made!
Keep up the good work girls!
โšฝ๏ธu15โ€™s๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ๐Ÿ†โšฝ๏ธ – Through to the NATIONALS (Last 16)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
#TeamMHS๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก Boys YEAR 10 (u15s) v Ysgol BRO-MYRDDIN- 30-11-23 โšฝ๏ธ
Final score: 3-1 Winners ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
What an AMAZING performance from the year 10โ€™s today, and such a cracking bunch of boys to coach! Who are now through to the last 16 of the Welsh Cup (National Rounds)๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช
After a tough first half playing up a slight slope, the boys kept their shape scoring 2 cracking goals from Ashton & Ollie before halftime!
The second half was all the opposition for 10 minutes, and they scored a goal through their possession, but we quickly responded and led 3-1 thanks to a goal by Alfie, and on came the impact players off the bench to seal an amazing win for the boys.
Next stop is the last 16, POB LWC a DA IAWN BOIS ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคž& DIOLCH to Ysgol BRO-MYRDDIN for a tough game ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Goals scored by:
Ashton Marshallsayโšฝ๏ธ
Ollie Mayhew โšฝ๏ธ
Alfie Thomas โšฝ๏ธ
Players Player: Ollie Mayhew ๐ŸŒŸ
Coaches Player: Finley Turner ๐ŸŒŸ
Josh the captain:
โ€˜An amazing result for the boys, not only beating last years champions the round before, but to go on and win today that puts us through to the nationals, which is a great achievement by the whole squadโ€™
Mr Edwards:
โ€˜An amazing effort from the boys not only today, but for the last 4 years! My goal at the start of September was to guide them to the last 16 of the ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ† before Christmas (before I leave MHS), and the boys have not let me down. Iโ€™d like you now to go all the way to the final and win it for #TeamMHS๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก. Youโ€™ve been a credit to yourselves and to the school, POB LWCโ€™
As always a PROUD Mr Edwards, PE department & the whole school ๐Ÿ‘โšฝ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ
Massive DIOLCH to Ogi for sponsoring our playing shirts ๐Ÿ‘ & DIOLCH to Evans Coaches for our top quality transport as always ๐Ÿ‘, and to Mickey for reffing our game ๐Ÿ‘
#TeamMHS๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก
๐Ÿšจ Qualified ๐Ÿšจ
๐ŸŸก๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿ‘ U14โ€™s Hockey ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก
These 16 girls managed to secure the win to make the next round and go on to represent Dyfed with Ysgol Penweddig and we couldnโ€™t be prouder!
They showed good team work, and managed to play excellent balls into the D to get lots of chances against the goalie. Finished the first game with a 2-0 win!
Goals scored:
Olivia D ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
During their second game they started off strong getting an early goal! But after playing 2 games on the bounce started tiring and let a goal in which lead to the game being a draw!
Goal scored:
Olivia D
Coaches player- Macy B for feeding the ball well up the line and making strong tackles throughout the game.
Amazing effort girls and bring of the next round!
Massive DIOLCH Evans Coaches for sponsoring our playing kit ๐Ÿ‘
As always a PROUD Miss Griffiths, Miss Carrington, PE department & the whole school ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒŸ
Da iawn to last week's Hot Chocolate Friday pupils

Hot Chocolate Friday

Extra-Curricular

Latest news on extra-curricular and well being activities

Enrichment
Please use the link below to access our current Enrichment booklet for the autumn term:
https://milfordhavenschool.co.uk/enrichment/

Wellbeing Friday’s
Please use the link below to access our current Wellbeing Friday schedule for the autumn term:
https://milfordhavenschool.co.uk/wellbeingfridays/

Cluster Band
The new Milford Haven Cluster band is rehearsing in Steynton Hall from 1.30 – 3.00pm on a Friday afternoon. This band is an exciting new opportunity for pupils throughout the Milford Haven Cluster to perform with others. If you would like to take part, please speak to Mr. Sanders-Swales or Mrs. Jenkins in the music department.

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Drama Club
Join Drama Club and take part in our annual school production.

Creative Classwork

Some wonderful work produced at MHS
Welsh Phrase of the Week

Cymraeg Yr Wythnos

ย ‘Adfent Hapus

ย ‘Happy Advent’

UNICEF RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

Article of the Week

Access to Education
Every child has the right to an education. Primary education should be free. Secondary and higher education should be available to every child. Children should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level possible. Discipline in schools should respect childrenโ€™s rights and never use violence.

Dates for your Diary

Please note that these are subject to change.

Announcements

Uniform Shop – Siop wisg
If you have any MHS uniform at home that your child has grown out of please consider donating it to the MHS pre-loved uniform shop. We have an on-site uniform shop that pupils and parents can access anytime they need for jumpers, t-shirts, trousers, coats and more. Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at reception. We are needing some larger size sweatshirts and t-shirts.
Important Announcement – Cyhoeddiad Pwysig
An important reminder that Milford Haven School is a nut free school.
We have several pupils with nut allergies and more who have joined us this September.
Please remember not to bring nuts into school. This includes all nut types and all products containing nut based spreads such as Nutella and Peanut Butter.
If you are unsure if something contains nuts please check all packaging for allergy information.

Important Information

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Please click the link below for full details of our term dates as well as the school calendar.ย 
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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 personโ€™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 youโ€™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.