We take the security of your children on the internet extremely seriously; it is very important that we work together to ensure your their safety. Whilst use of the internet and social networking sites is second nature to young people, they can often be swept along with what their peers are doing and lack an awareness of the many risks they are facing.

Research has shown that up to 80% of internet use will take place outside of the school environment on a range of devices. With this in mind, I would ask that you take the time to respond to our 2016 Parental e-Safety survey by using the link below:

http://1drv.ms/1S5wHrZ 

 

Just a reminder that we have our Chocolate Bingo TONIGHT - please see above for details.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

The PTA Committee

Next week HMS are excited to be hosting a travelling book fair which we know will prove very popular. As part of our commitment to supporting and encouraging reading, the book fair will be in school for 4 days and will provide pupils with the opportunity to browse and purchase books at their leisure. Due to the fact that next week is also World Book Day, each child will be provided with a £1 book token which can be redeemed against the cost of books at the fair. It will be situated in Fellside Hall and will be open Monday - Thursday at break times, lunch times and after school (during which time, parents are welcome to visit too!). We look forward to seeing you there.

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 (11 February 2016) is available on the Publications page.

Year 8 pupils will visit QEHS on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Monday 29th February 2016 for a range of taster sessions in a variety of subjects. This is also an opportunity for pupils to experience the environment and meet some of the teaching staff. Please refer to the letter issued to pupils earlier this week from Ruth Platts Assistant Head teacher KS3/4 at QEHS, ‘Parent Information from QEHS for Year 8 Parents Year 8 Taster Days Thursday 25 February, Friday 26 February and Monday 29 February’.

 

Calling all creative writers! Fancy a challenge over the February Half Term holiday? BBC Radio 2's annual 500 words writing competition is open to entries. Each year, thousands of children from up and down the country enter short stories of no longer than 500 words to be judged. HMS students have been successful in getting their stories through to the second and third rounds before now, but could this be the year we submit a winning story?! Not only could you win a huge stack of books, you could also win the chance to hear your story read aloud by a celebrity at the home of British Storytelling: Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London. If you fancy your chances of winning, follow the link below, take inspiration from the videos and past entries, then submit your stories online. The deadline for entries is 7.00pm on 25 February 2016. Good luck!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1?region=international

HMS English Department