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Two HMS girls' teams participated in the U11 Girls' West Tyne tournament. The A team was made up from Year 6; while the B team was made up from Year 5 girls. Despite this being the first time a lot of these girls have played in competitive games, they all competed well and played with a smile.

Thursday 3 November 2016, 6.00pm to 7.30pm

We would like to invite you all to attend a Key Stage Two Curriculum Information Evening. The purpose of this session is to share with you the new teaching methods, curriculum content and approaches to assessment in English and maths. In a time of on-going change in education, we thought it might be useful for you as parents/carers to gain an up-to-date insight into the work your children do on a day-to-day basis.

The evening will involve: a short presentation from the Heads of English and Maths; opportunities to see real examples of tasks; an update on key methods in maths and grammatical terminology in English, and a chance for you to us ask any questions you may have. We will also discuss our expectations for homework completion and show you resources that you can use to support English and maths at home.

Hexham Middle School closes for half term at 3.30pm on Thursday 20 October 2016 and reopens on Monday 31 October 2016. Friday 21 October 2016 is a teacher training day.

Year 6 boys' football team took part in the West Tyne 7a side competition this week. They played four games and were undefeated. Unfortunately, drawing two games meant they came second. It was a great team display and Mr Gaines is looking forward to a strong showing in the Year 6 league this year.

Children across Years 5-8 were captivated and thrilled by the presentations delivered by the visiting author Peter J Murray this week on 26 - 28 September 2016. His engaging presentations, delivered separately to both Key Stage 2 and 3, were very exciting and entertaining. He spoke of his childhood, where he takes inspiration from for novel-writing and even shared with us some extracts from his best-selling novels. Afterwards, pupils were keen to purchase novels and get them signed by the author himself!

We would like to offer you the opportunity to meet your child’s form tutor at a pastoral evening and discuss with them how your child has settled into this new academic year.

The pastoral evenings will take place on Thursday 13 October 2016 (for the parents/carers of children with the surname A-L) and Wednesday 19 October 2016 (for the parents/carers of children with the surname M-Z). These evenings will start at 4.00pm and finish at 5.30pm.

You will shortly be receiving a questionnaire (available here as a PDF document) which I would ask you to complete by Wednesday 5 October 2016 and return to your child’s form tutor.

We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Frankish