We understand that the move from primary to secondary school can be a daunting time for students. Milford Haven School host numerous events, both face to face and online, throughout the year before students begin school with us in September.
These events include taster lessons in a wide range of subjects (inc. Maths, English, Science, Languages, Technology), activities in our new sports facilities, invitations to dance and drama performances, plus tours of our main school site.
In June we set up online Google Classrooms for the new intake, this allows pupils to familiarise themselves with their new peer group and with teachers before they start in September. This is very important in supporting new friendships and also introducing pupils to the new technology systems that are commonly used at secondary level learning.
On their arrival at the school, students participate in a transition programme to ensure their induction is a worry-free process. We use this settling in period to really get to know each student, and this helps us plan for their future success at our school.
My favourite thing about being a pupil at Milford Haven School is that the teachers are all very approachable and are happy to help at any time (especially my form tutor). I also love the broad variety of subjects.
One of the best ways to get to know Milford Haven School site is to visit us in person, but sadly during this time of Covid-19 restrictions our site has limited access. However, we have been hard at work to film a virtual tour so you can still get a feel for the school site before you transition into Year 7.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video below, and explore MHS on a guided tour with Ms Mansell.
Whilst we as adults understand what a big change it is to move from Primary to Secondary School, and we do all we can to support you through this transition, we felt like it might be helpful for you to hear about what it is really like to start at MHS from our Year 7 pupils. Below are some open letters to local Year 6 pupils that have been written by some of our wonderful Year 7 students to share their point of view and advice on joining the Milford Haven School family.
Letter by Ollie Warlow- MHS pupil
Letter by Megan Lees- MHS pupil
Letter by Leon Sanderson-Horrocks- MHS pupil
Letter by Kian Davies- MHS pupil
Letter by Lucy Lewis- MHS pupil
Letter by Ollie Holman- MHS pupil
In order to ensure the smooth transition of pupils from one key stage to another, letters are sent home in June to all Year 6 pupils that have been awarded places at MHS. This letter welcomes young people and their families to our school community, details login information for the online transition project, and in a Harry Potter genre announces their allocation to their new Houses. As a member of Daring, Dragon, Diamond and Defender they are already an integral part of the school community and as such school events such as the Eisteddfod competitions have been opened to them for them to participate in and gain vital points for their new Houses. Further down this page we have details on our House System, as well as short videos introducing the Heads of Houses.
This newly developed virtual transition project allows the new intake of pupils joining our school community the opportunity to start interacting with us online without having to set foot within the building. Taking into consideration the current climate our families are finding themselves in, this innovative transition project allows for engagement, creativity, as well as reflection in regards to what we as individuals can learn from the current pandemic and how this will undoubtedly shape the future for all of us.
Headteacher Ms Morris explains in her video about the launch of the virtual transition project, ‘Our transition this year is slightly different to how it has traditionally taken place, and there will be a range of new online activities created in collaboration with our cluster of schools. We are a strong and tight knit family, and we extend a warm welcome to all those joining us in the new academic year. Believe in yourself and make a difference to our community. Make your Milford Haven School journey interesting, try everything, find your talent and let it flourish. But most importantly, never give up.’
We understand that the transition from Primary to Secondary education is a big change, and that the journey about to be embarked on by Year 6 pupils can be daunting. We work extremely hard to support pupils in navigating the transition into Milford Haven School, and in the coming weeks there will be various activities and virtual meetings which have been arranged to help prepare pupils and their families to join the MHS family.
MHS is proud to introduce the House System within the school. The system is designed to embody our school values and ethos and aims to be an integral part of our school life.
The House System aims to provide each and every learner with the following:
Each House is in competition with one another in order to gain the most number of points for their House.
Pupils can contribute to their house points with activities both inside and outside of the classroom through representing the school in sports, music, drama etc as well as contributing to the life of the school community.
Click on the House badges below to see a short clip introducing each Head of House!
Due to Covid 19 restrictions our senior staff are currently investigating how Darwin can safely run sessions to support our Year 6 transition project. Current guidance prevents us from safely delivering Darwin sessions, however we hope that the restrictions will change in the near future and as soon as it is safe for sessions to run we will ensure these opportunities are made available.
Milford Haven School last year hosted several engaging and inspiring Darwin Science Aglow events for some of the year 6 children in the cluster, to support their transition into secondary school. Children from Coastlands, Neyland, Milford Haven Primary, Gelliswick and Pembroke Dock Community school investigated many different scientific concepts. Over the past three years, Darwin Science have worked with all year 6 pupils through a range of different projects, including a field visit to Lydstep beach where pupils explored the habitats of rock pools and investigated the effects of ocean acidification. The Science Aglow day in particular was an excellent opportunity to bring children together from all the schools to share their experiences and celebrate a love of Science. This Science event is a collaboration between Darwin Science, comprising Sam Williams and Dave Clee, the cluster of schools and Dragon LNG.
Ms Morris said, “This collaboration between the private sector, the voluntary sector, Darwin science, and our schools is one that I am extremely proud to be a part of and I look forward to an extremely exciting future working together to support our young people to fulfil their potential.”