Headteacher’s blog 13.10.2023

Shwmae, welcome back to this week’s blog. Please read on to find out 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. 

Celebrating last week's

Classchart Champions

Featured News...

Proud School – Ysgol Falch
Milford Haven School are proud to announce that we have received the ‘Mental Health Matters School’ award Tracey Price CEO of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen Mind said “We are proud to award Milford Haven School our first ever Mental Health Matters School Award. We’re very happy to recognise the whole for their commitment to mental health awareness and support across pupils and staff. We also hope that seeing their success will encourage other local schools to get in touch about becoming a Mental Health Matters School!”

We have invited Mind Pembrokeshire into Milford Haven School a dozen times this year. To provide mental health classes for every pupil in every year group. We also invited the team in to receive trauma training alongside the entire staff team and to inform us on healthy lifestyle choices that can improve wellbeing.
Headteacher, Ms Morris said “Our pupils’ mental health and wellbeing are of paramount importance. At Milford Haven School we have created a safe place where pupils are not only encouraged to flourish academically but are also supported throughout all of the challenges of their adolescent life. We offer our pupils a diverse range of both internal and external services in the form of counselling, mentoring, PSE lessons, school nurse appointments and pupil and teacher led support groups. All of these services are available to every single child. As a result of our ongoing and relentless commitment to pupil and staff wellbeing, we have been awarded the Mind Mental Health Matters Award. Our staff and pupils are proud to be one of the first schools in Pembrokeshire to have received this award.”
BBC Bitesize Schools Tour
Pupils in Years 7-10 were lucky enough to be visited by the BBC Bitesize schools team this week.
They provided a fantastic insight into a wide array of careers within the creative industries on both a national and local level.
The presenter and guests were fantastic throughout the sessions asking and answering lots of questions for our pupils as well as giving top tips on how to reach the top!
As always, great to see former pupil Jess Hill back at MHS sharing her success story with our pupils.
Diolch yn fawr 👏
Pumpkin Carving Competition
MHS are excited to launch their annual Pumpkin Carving Competition. We have made our very own ‘Boo Basket’ and want to give it away to the best pumpkin carver in Milford Haven. Our ‘Boo Basket’ contains lots of Halloween goodies to be enjoyed, some Halloween activities and a £10 voucher kindly donated by @Sugar Loaf to purchase some of their tasty Halloween treats.
All you need to do to enter is choose a design, carve it into a pumpkin, snap a photo of you holding the pumpkin and send it to jcrolla@milfordhavenschool.co.uk
Pumpkin entries will be judged by our Heads of House during our Halloween Bingo event and will be announced live on social media.
You do not need to be associated with Milford Haven School to enter this event we encourage participation from our wider community.

Well done – Da iawn
Well done to everyone who participated in this year’s MHS Bake Off in aid of @macmillancancer.
As a school we raised a total of £249.21p. Everyone did amazing, all of the bakes were so delicious it was hard for the judges to pick the winners.


The latest news from our Heads of House & Achievements
Put on your witches hat, grab your broomstick and fly on down to MHS to join us form Halloween Bingo.
With the most spooktacular prizes up for grabs you’d be a ghoul to miss it 👻
Tuesday 24th October, eyes down 6.30pm, £10 per book or £2 per strip.

AOLE Highlights

This week's highlights from our AOLE departments.
SciTech were delighted to welcome Mark from Swansea University Department of Materials Engineering to school this week. He spent time with year 10 and 11 students who are interested in studying engineering at a higher level. Mark was engaging with samples and case studies that captivated everyone. We are hoping to connect with Mark in Swansea University in the near future to do some destruction testing of Karabiners linked to our scheme of learning. Very exciting!
Maths Workshop – Gweithdy Mathemateg
All year 7&8 pupils along with their parents are invited to our school’s “Maths Workshop” on 17th October between 5-6 pm. We will be looking at the schools’ maths curriculum and giving examples and tips on how you can help support your child with certain topics.

Sport News

This week's highlights from our sports teams
 u16’s Netball 
Well done to these 10 girls who played Netball today in YBG.
For most of them this was the last tournament they will play and they did themselves proud.
Unfortunately we didn’t make it out of the pool rounds but they kept fighting till the end.
Game 1- MHS vs YGH 14-1 loss
Goal scored by:
Daisy T 🏐
Coaches player – Darcey P
Game 2 MHS vS YHT 10-1 loss
Goal scored by
Daisy T 🏐
Coaches player – Darcey P
Game 3 MHS vs YBG 4-1 loss
Goal scored by
Daisy T 🏐
Coaches player – Ella M
Overall players player: Darcey P
Captain Ella’s Round up: ‘Not the best performance, but we never gave up’
Special Mention to Nina M and Joselyn K for playing their first match for team MHS 🌟
Massive DIOLCH to Evans Coaches for our top quality transport as always.
First up was our year 9 team, they played really well and managed to get lots of turn over balls, unfortunately just couldn’t get the ball through the net.
End score 20-1 to YPD
Goal scored:
Seren P 🏐
Players player- Hallie R
Coaches Player – Seren P
Captain’s report: Summer S ‘What we’re doing in training is noticeable, everyone gave 100% and didn’t give up even when it wasn’t going our way’
Next up was our year 8’s who had a very close game and with another quarter I think they could have closed the score for a draw.
End score 8-4 to YPD
Goals Scored:
Annabelle G 🏐🏐🏐🏐
Players player – Annabelle G
Coaches player -Erin D
Captain’s report: Annabelle G ‘We had a bit of a rough start but as the game went on we got better and better. All of our training is paying off! So proud of my team. And I am hoping we get better and better as the games go on and hopefully win some 🤞🤞
Special mention to Pippa J and Lexi M who stepped up and played for the year 9 team last minute, Diolch Merched! 🌟
Thank you to all the girls who stayed and support to our players today!
Proud PE department 🔵🟡
*Lexi M and Violet KJ missing from photo*

Hot Chocolate Friday

Da iawn to last week's HCF pupils


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.

Surf Club
Surf Club is back, Outer Reef have launched their after school surf club, scan the QR code to book.

Coding Club
Year 10 Computer Science pupils will be back running MHS Coders every Friday Break 1. This half term our coding club is running a competition to create a Halloween themed game in Scratch. Competition entries need to be submitted before Friday 27th October, prizes and points up for grabs!

Creative Classwork

Some wonderful work produced this week at MHS
Welsh Phrase of the Week

Cymraeg Yr Wythnos

 ‘Helo, sut mae’n mynd?

 ‘Hi, how’s it going?’


Article of the Week

Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

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.