The British Pea Industry launches search for the UK’s next top young chef of the year!

The Yes Peas! campaign is back for a second year and brings with it a second category after joining forces with British supermarket Waitrose and new sponsor for 2017, leading cookware supplier ProCook, to launch a cooking competition to find the nation’s next top chefs.

Primary school children of any age up to Year Six are being invited to enter the ‘Little Pea Chef’ category sponsored by Waitrose for a second year running and due to high demand, this year’s competition is welcoming a new category for secondary school students across Year Seven and Eight, sponsored by ProCook.

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The next HMS Chocolate Bingo will be held on Thursday 16 March 2017 (arrive from 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start).  See the letter from the PTA for more information.



The next meeting of the Hexham Middle School PTA will be on Thursday 2 March 2017 at 7.00pm in the Fellside Building.  All welcome.

There will be an opportunity to see your child’s work as they have progressed through the academic year on Thursday 9 March 2017 from 4.00-6.00pm.

Staff will be delighted to welcome you and your child to your child’s individual subject classrooms.

As part of our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 2 March 2017, the school is holding a photography competition for any pupil who wishes to take a photo of themselves reading during the half-term holiday in an unusual or amusing place (such as under their bed or to their pet!) The photos will be used in school to form a display entitled "HMS pupils love reading so much, we even read..." Please email entries to the school and these will be judged as part of our World Book Day celebrations. We look forward to receiving your creative responses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that pupils should only take pictures where it is safe to do so and must get their parents' permission/approval for the picture. They should also only submit a photograph if they are happy for it to be displayed around school, on the website or in publications.

Written by Niamh R, Year 6.

On the 7th February 2017, Year 6 had a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) day, run by students from Newcastle University. In our classes, we rotated round five different workshops including: designing our own animals; creating inventions to save waste; building a bridge with a steady structure; making honeycomb and creating a boat out of plasticine and marbles. The workshops helped us to learn how things work and why they may go wrong.

The first workshop was about learning about the different characteristics of animals and why they needed these features for surviving in their habitats. Using this knowledge allowed us to design an animal of the future. The second workshop was about designing and engineering an invention from recyclable waste, to help reuse the waste and reduce environmental pollution. The next workshop required some good teamworking. We had to build a bridge to cross a river, out of construction equipment. We learned that triangles are the strongest shape for building sturdy structures.