Headteacher’s blog 08.12.23

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. 

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Festive Friends
Last week pupils from Milford Haven School hosted the first of three Festive Friends sessions that they are running to combat loneliness at Christmas and spread joy.

Thanks to funding from Ogi they visited Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre and hosted festive bingo and quizzes to their stroke survivor group that meets on a Friday afternoon.
MHS Santa Fun Run 2023 🎅
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
🎄🎅MHS Tags on the Tree 2023 🎅🎄
The Milford Haven School’s Tags on the Tree project has been running for a number of very successful years, each year supporting Patch Charity who is our Defender House Charity and their annual Toy Appeal. In early November a very special Christmas tree was decorated with tags, each tag featured the anonymised details of a child living within our local community. These are all children that are affected by deprivation and have been referred to PATCH for the Toy Appeal.
All members of our school staff team are invited to take part in Tags on the Tree by choosing a tag, buying a gift for that child and popping it back under the tree. The presents are then collected by PATCH in time for delivery for Christmas.
This year we dialled things up a notch when we received multiple requests from our local community asking if they could support the project. These requests were truly inspiring and confirmed what we already knew about our amazing community and that is that people want opportunities to be generous and help each other.
With the ever growing need of our community and the support of other local organisations we decided to take Tags on the Tree on Tour and erect Christmas trees featuring tags in three other locations. Milford Haven Library, Neyland Library Llyfrgelloedd Sir Benfro / Pembrokeshire Libraries and Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre were extremely keen to provide opportunities for the community to be involved in this project and helped us to give our community the opportunity to donate.
We are extremely grateful to the support of our community and would like to thank the three locations for getting involved and helping us to expand our project far past the gates of Milford Haven School. We are very proud to announce that between Milford Haven School staff and everyone who collected tags from Milford Haven and Neyland Library and Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre we delivered over 200 presents to PATCH for the children of our community.
The community really came together to make this project a success with one past Milford Haven resident contacting Milford Haven Library after seeing the project on social media very kindly donating £100 towards gifts for the tags. Milford Haven Round Table also got involved and purchased gifts for 10 tags from the Milford Haven School Tree.
Ms Morris, Headteacher, has said, “The last few years have been very humbling for many of us and we are possibly aware now more than ever before of the greater need within our school community. I am extremely proud of all of the staff at Milford Haven School that make this project possible and this year I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Milford Haven and Neyland Library and Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre for joining forces with us to double our usual donations. This is just one of many projects that we run to inject as much support as we can into our community. With Christmas in particular a challenge for so many of us we hope that the little bit of help we give will go a long way.”
Our amazing staff team and indeed the whole community of Milford Haven is well known for its generosity so a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported this project. This is evidence that together we can make a real difference to local families and the Christmas they experience. We are very proud to be supporters of the PATCH Charity Toy Appeal.
Nadolig Llawen
Outdoor Learning – Dysgu yn yr Awyr Agored
The pond clearance is well under way and these pupils have done a fantastic job.
If anyone in our community has knowledge in pond clearance we would really appreciate support and guidance.
Please get in touch if you can help in anyway in our outdoor learning journey.
MHS School Production 🎭
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
Thank you – Diolch
Beth Jacob from the Cardiff University Higher Education Roadshow Team delivered an inspiring session to our Year 11 pupils this morning.
She discussed university life and some helpful top tips on revision skills for our pupils to use throughout this year as they prepare for their GCSEs.
Diolch yn fawr!
Thank you – Diolch
Last week Richard Hull delivered an insightful and engaging day of workshops to some of our KS4 Seren pupils.
The sessions incorporated interview technique, preparation, introductions, public speaking, communication skills and much much more.
A huge Diolch to Richard for such a thought provoking day and to SEREN for making it all possible.

AOLE Highlights

This week's highlights from our AOLE departments.
Diolch yn fawr iawn i Adam from the National Space Academy ‘Space to Learn’ programme who delivered a fantastic session to some of our year 8 pupils.
Students learned about the upcoming Artemis project to revisit the moon, saw samples of rock from Mars (yes, all the way from Mars!!), learned about the design of spacesuits and helmets, and made their own rockets to launch!
We wonder who amongst them will be the next budding astronaut to join the space race!
Da iawn to last week's Hot Chocolate Friday pupils

Hot Chocolate Friday


Latest news on extra-curricular and well being activities

Please use the link below to access our current Enrichment booklet for the autumn term:

Wellbeing Friday’s
Please use the link below to access our current Wellbeing Friday schedule for the autumn term:

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.


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

 ‘Da iawn pawb

 ‘Well done everyone’


Article of the Week

Life, Survival and Development
Every child has the right to be alive. Governments must make sure that children survive and develop in the best possible way.

Setting up or joining other groups
Children can join or set up groups or organizations, and they can meet with others, as long as this does not harm other people.

Dates for your Diary

Please note that these are subject to change.


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

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.