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The Year Eight pupils recently enjoyed a visit to the Queen’s Hall to watch Théâtre Sans Frontières’ (TSF) adaptation of David Almond’s Heaven Eyes. This was complemented by a workshop in the afternoon where the children got to meet and work with some of the cast in the school hall. The whole day was enjoyed by all involved and provided some fantastic inspiration for our own creative writing. Children across the whole of Year Eight are now working on their own creative stories based on the theme of a ‘journey’ for the TSF competition (endorsed by David Almond) which closes on Monday 24 April 2017.

Last week was World Autism Awareness Week and at Hexham Middle School we are continuing the push to raise people's awareness of what autism is and what it means to have an autism spectrum condition. In school, pupils have engaged with informative assembly sessions where they shared what they already knew and what they wanted to know more about. We are very proud that our pupils are autism aware and will continue to raise awareness in school and the community.

This video, by the National Autistic Society, featured in our assemblies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr4_dOorquQ 

Please see http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/hexham/Hexham-youngsters-design-homes-of-the-future-4a77919f-a99d-4c8e-87bb-a105fdf2dcc3-ds for the article in the Hexham Courant. 

It is fantastic to know that when a competition opportunity is presented that you get a huge up take in interest. Following an initial presentation by Esh by Trivselhus, over 50 students from Years 7 and 8 expressed an interest in entering a design competition to come up with an idea for a house of the future. A visit to Hexham Gate was the catalyst for students in thinking about exciting ways to develop the way we live, work and play.

A new edition of the 'Supporting English at Home' bulletin for parents/carers of Year 6 pupils is now available; please see the Supporting Maths and English at Home page for more information. This page also contains a number of informative documents relating to the English and Maths Curriculums which will be added to throughout the year.

The HMS newsletter contains school news, information about upcoming events in and outside of school, general notices for parents/carers and dates for your diary.

An electronic copy of the latest edition (March 2017) is available on the Publications page.

Girls’ Rugby

A fantastic win for the girls at HMS, the team included: Charlee R, Tilly P, Molly G, Jessica G, Sadie C, Hayley H, Eliza N, Millie C and Jen T. There were three other schools at the tournament: Corbridge Middle, Highfield Middle and Hexham Middle. Higfield and Corbridge had two teams entered so there were five teams in total. Hexham Middle played three matches and were victorious in all three games. We played well and cooperated so that everyone scored at least one try. We enjoyed the tournament and hope to play in a tournament at the beach at Tynemouth next game.

Boys’ Football

U11 boys’ footballers played matches on Thursday 16 March. The fixtures were held at Hexham Middle and involved Corbridge and Ovingham schools. The pitches were wet and heavy but Hexham battled well and recorded strong performances. Ovingham are the strongest team at this year group but the score lines do not really reflect the quality of the Hexham performances. Ovingham were more clinical than HMS we squandered the few chances that we created. Hexham A drew with Corbridge Middle (1 - 1) and lost to Ovingham (6 - 0). Hexham B also drew with Corbridge (2 - 2) and lost to Ovingham (3 - 0).