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On Thursday, a group of Year 5 pupils (along with Mr Watters and Mrs Toor) had a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a day of education in the wilderness! The day was hosted by the organisation 'Wilderness Schooling' in the stunning grounds of Wallington. Whilst there, the pupils worked outside for most of the day. They explored the environment for vocabulary inspiration before learning to write individual and group poems. After this, we planned performances, listened to magical stories and played games around the camp fire! The pupils absolutely loved the day – it was a joy to see them enjoying the outdoor learning experience and watching their confidence flourish as the day progressed!

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Earlier in the year, Daniel Giuliani (Year 7) impressed judges with his Pea, Parsley and Parmesan Risotto and got through to the final of the Young Pea Chef of the Year competition, sponsored by Pro Cook and Waitrose. Since then, the public have had the chance to vote for their favourite pea inspired recipe.

Hexham Middle school received the brilliant news last week that Daniel has been crowned the winner of the Secondary school category. His delicious risotto recipe received the most votes from across the country and really highlighted the versatility of peas as an ingredient.

Daniel will now have his recipe published in the Yes Peas! recipe book which will be sold nationally. The school will also receive £500 worth of ProCook cookery equipment. Congratulations Daniel!

To view Daniel’s entry click here: 

All the finalists’ recipes can be viewed here: 

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Some of our Year 8 pupils took part in the UK Maths Challenge earlier this term. We are delighted to inform you that we had 30 certificate winners this year.

Louis D
Ciaran B
Ben N
Matthew S
Tom B
Douglas P
Kell J

We have many avid readers amongst our pupils at HMS and we are constantly seeking their advice and guidance when purchasing new stock for library bookshelves. Following a hugely successful response to the spring term photography challenge, we’d like to draw upon pupils’ creativity and enthusiasm for reading with another challenge over the summer holidays.

To inspire our readers and to ensure that our library is fully stocked with current, relevant and exciting literature by a variety of authors, the challenge is for children to read and review as many books as possible between now and the beginning of the new academic year. Once read, the pupil should write an interesting, engaging and informative review of each book in order that it can be displayed in either Beaumont or Orchard library.

Collecting sponsorship money for this challenge will allow the school’s librarians to purchase copies of the books reviewed (and others by similar authors), should they be deemed appropriate and popular recommendations for other pupils aged 9-13. 

We are proposing to bring together Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School to create a single 11-18 Secondary school. Although significant changes are unlikely to happen before September 2019, we believe that this shift could help secure the future of education in the Hexham area for the next 30 years or more.

The reasons for the change are that the local Three-Tier arrangements for schools do not fit with the national education system, which is based on the Primary-Secondary model; that this would help us become financially sustainable; and that it could open the door to much-needed capital investment in buildings and facilities.

For full details of this Initial Consultation, and how you can give us your views, please see the Consultation page.