Headteacher’s blog 07.07.2023

Shwmae, welcome back to school and welcome back to this week’s blog. This week Milford Haven School became the first school in Pembrokeshire to win the Gold Calon Y Gymuned award and also got crowned Exceptional Community Champions. With this in mind we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on some of our community events, visits and support that we receive from our amazing community. 

Calon Y Gymuned School

The Calon Y Gymuned award – meaning Heart of The Community – is a prestigious award given by the Foundation of Community Engagement to schools which capitvate, elevate and deliver quality family and community engagement. 

This week, Milford Haven School was singled out following a detailed assessment of the community work that we carry out on a regular basis, as well as the hard work, effort and dedication that is shown by our pupils and staff across the board. 

This is most definitely a school with a defined community culture, vision and values. There is an ethos of no excuses, a collective responsibility, and a clear understanding that success is only possible if all community members are involved and there is also a strong focus on building mutually respectful working relationships. This was exemplified by the wonderful prefect team, and their amazing input into the Community of Milford Haven. There is no doubt that MHS really is a true Canol y Gymuned school. 

Sue Davies Foundation of Community Engagement

Here at Milford Haven School we are extremely proud to be a community school. As the only secondary school serving the town we recognise the vital role we play in shaping and supporting the local community. In Milford Haven School we do not operate in a vacuum, our team works diligently and creatively to forge and protect a strong network of links across the town to ensure that our young people and their families can thrive.  Engaging and empowering our school community has never been more important, in turn our community support and provide invaluable experiences for our young people to achieve success on their learning journey and provide the platform for us to place the community at the heart of our school.

I am very proud of our whole school community. This award recognises the hard work and dedication that our pupils, staff and community put in everyday to ensure that our young people and their families can thrive and take advantage of every opportunity. The Milford Haven community is extremely supportive and generous and we are very proud to be a part of it. I would like to take this opportunity to say Diolch yn fawr to those in our community who continue to support us & my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved that has led to us successfully receiving this award

Ms C A MorrisHeadteacher

This award gave pupils, staff and members of our wider school community the opportunity to reflect on our community work. It was a very humbling and proud experience and so we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you just a small portion of our wonderful community memories from this academic year. We would like to thank our wider school community for the vital support and look forward to continuing our work with you into the new academic year. 

Autumn Term

Art Exhibition
We worked with the Torch Theatre to deliver yet another fantastic Art Exhibition. 

Welsh Cluster Concert
Milford Haven School’s Welsh Cluster concert in the raised £301.11 for the 2 Wish charity.


School’s Love Reading
Every pupil in school chose a free book thanks to the School’s Love Reading challenge and Victoria Bookshop

Creative Writing at Milford Haven Museum
Pupils attended a creative writing course at Milford Haven Museum and have now had their work published in a book that is available to buy from the museum. 
Hamad Bin Khalifa Islamic Centre Visits
Over 200 pupils visited the Hamad Bin Khalifa Islamic Centre in Milford Haven.

Time To Talk Day 
Local mental health charities come together to give vital support to young people in MHS

Big Picture Project on Tour
Our Art Club worked with the community to create a Big Picture Project for World Mental Health Day

MHS Trailathlon
We teamed up with Stackpole Fitness to take 30 Year 7 pupils to tackle the terrain at Stackpole in the annual Trailathlon

South Hook Visit
Year 9 pupils visited South Hook LNG

Children In Need
MHS raised over £2500 for Children In Need 2022

Christmas Fayre
We opened our doors for our annual Christmas Fayre

Christmas Carol Concert
Our annual Christmas Concert was held at St Katherines and St Peters Church

Wreath Making Workshop
MHS opened its doors for a well being Wreath Making Workshop for the local community 

Santa Fun Run
Milford Haven Round Table sponsored our annual Santa Fun Run

Tags on The Tree
Staff donated over 150 Christmas Presents to the PATCH Toy Appeal

Everything But The Bird
Christmas Hampers were donated to local families

Christmas Jumper Day
Over £400 was raised for Daring House Charity Greenacres at our annual Christmas Jumper Day

Spring Term

MHS school production
Pupils and staff invited the community to another fantastic annual production. This time High School Musical hit the stage

Phoenix Project
Pupils spent a fantastic week at Milford Haven Fire Station 

Welsh Government Filming
MHS took part in a Literacy case study with Welsh Government. Take a look at the results: 


Children’s Mental Health Week
Pupils host a Donut Feel Alone session for Children’s Mental Health Week


Free Learn 2 Swim
Teaming up with the Milford Haven Port Authority and Milford Haven Leisure Centre over 40 free swimming lessons were delivered to our local community 


Science Fair
MHS hosted it’s first ever Science Fair with judges joining us from the local community 


Bunny Run
The annual Bunny Run launched and over 100 people took part


Family Fun Day
MHS hosted a family fun day at Milford Haven Leisure Centre and were joined by over 300 people from the community


Mid-week Breakfast Social
Working with Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre MHS hosted over 12 mid-week breakfast socials for the local community


Daffodils of Kindness
Over 100 bunches of Daffodils were left in the local community to spread kindness


Bags of Books
Over 1000 books were tied to the gates of the Milford Haven Cluster of Schools


Summer Term

Prom Pop Up Shop
Hundreds of dresses and suits were donated to our Prom Pop Up Shop for our Year 11 pupils


Spreading Sunshine
Our pupils spread sunshine to our neighbours by delivering sunflower seeds


Spreading Sunshine
Our pupils spread sunshine to our neighbours by delivering sunflower seeds


Open Evening
We opened our doors for our annual open evening and welcomed over 700 people from the community


To be continued...

Diolch yn fawr to pupils, staff and the wider community for your hard work, dedication and support. We are truly proud to be a part of the Milford Haven community.

Important Information

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.