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On 23 November 2017, at 10.00am, eight Year 8 boys were part of an HMS team in a cricket tournament at Wentworth Leisure Centre.

HMS, Highfiled, Ovingham, Corbridge and St Josephs were competing to represent Tyndale in the County finals. HMS scored over 100 runs in every game, with a top score of 127 in eight overs. They were unbeaten throughout, and won the festival.

On Wednesday morning, a group of Year 7 students welcomed John Cobb, from local theatre group 'Theatre Sans Frontieres' to lead a drama workshop. The group worked on a scene from the Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Tale of the Speckled Band', which they're currently studying in English. It was an enjoyable and engaging workshop and the pupils worked extremely hard.

On 15 November 2017, 12 very talented bakers were selected to take part in the Hexham Middle School House Bake Off to raise money for Children in Need. The three bakers selected for each House had two and a half hours to bake and present a “traditional games” themed cake. The cakes were then judged and sold in slices at the Children in Need bake sale. We raised £100.12 for the charity.

The winning house was Coquet (Ella, Lucianna and Demi), winning 50 House Plus Points. The overall star baker was Lucianna Armstrong from 7NPA with her “Twister” cake. It was an extremely hard decision to make as all the cakes were fantastic.

Well done to all the bakers and thank you to everyone who was involved.

Thank you to the many of you who were able to attend last night's 'KS2 Curriculum Information Evening'. It was great to see so many of you! For those who were unable to attend, we have now added the resources to the Supporting maths and English at home area in the 'Curriculum' section of the website. We look forward to seeing you in school again soon.

Mr Watters and Mrs Roff

Learning times tables is a fundamental skill for our Key Stage 2 pupils. The National Curriculum states that pupils should recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplications tables up to 12 x 12. Once a pupil has secured this objective, their mathematical understanding and rapid recall will dramatically improve.

In Years 5 and 6, we ask that pupils practise their times tables at home regularly. We suggest that pupils use: Hit the Button (which can be downloaded as an app or used online); use multiplication grids from our school website; write out and memorise key number facts or use a song/rhyme to remember. Any support you can offer with this would be much appreciated. Make a note of their practice in their planner, and we’ll reward pupils with house plus points.

In addition to their weekly homework, we ask pupils to practise times tables weekly in preparation for a short test. The test will focus on a key times table(s) and will include division facts. Pupils will also have opportunities to practise during form times.

Hadrian Learning Trust, the body responsible for the governance of Hexham Middle School and Queen Elizabeth High School, is currently looking to recruit additional trustees.

The role of Trustee in a Multi-Academy Trust is akin to that of a non-executive director of a company or charitable trust. The core functions are:

  • Defining the ethos, objectives and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools;
  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the schools’ financial resources.

The operational, day-to-day running of the schools is carried out by the Executive Headteacher with the Senior Leadership Teams.