Following a Year 8 visit to Newcastle University, I am delighted to announce that Emily in 8LHO was a runner up in the 'Mother Tongue Other Tongue' regional poetry competition. Her poem 'L'escalier' which means 'The staircase' was praised by the judging panel for its intriguing subject matter, successful use of imagery and overall accuracy of language. A copy of Emily's poem and all of our other entries will be available to read on the HMS website shortly.

As a result of this success Emily has been invited to Manchester Metropolitan University where she will take part in a day full of linguistic and cultural activities, as well as being part of the award ceremony.

A fantastic achievement. Well done Emily!

Mr Armstrong

Written by Isabel and Matthew, Year 7.

On the evening of Tuesday 7 June 2016, 14 pupils from Year 7 travelled to the Centre for Life in Newcastle. At the Centre for Life, we walked into the conference centre and joined many other North East schools to attend the ceremony announcing the winner of the North East Book Award 2016. As part of the award, book clubs from the different schools read the nominated children’s books to judge which was their favourite.

Unfortunately, only three of the five nominated authors could make the event, Jo Cotterill, Gill Lewis and Ross Welford. However, it was very interesting to listen to the speeches from the three who attended. In the end, the winner was Jo Cotterill, who wrote ‘Looking at the Stars’. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and interesting event.

The Hexham Middle School PTA Summer Fair will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016, 2 - 4pm, in the school canteen. The Fair has free entry, and will feature games, local vendors, tea shop and the PTA Summer Raffle.

For more information including the extensive list of the fantastic prizes donated by many local businesses including Family Events, Gifts & Gift Vouchers, see the Summer Fair Flyer.

If any parents/carers, or members of your family, can spare any time to help on the day (from 9.30am) please get in touch with Clair Prentice: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

HMS hosted the Tynedale round of the Northumberland School games competition. HMS entered mixed three teams to compete against other local schools. HMS did brilliantly well: Hexham A won overall, Hexham B came second and Hexham C came third overall. It was a great result which made Mr Gaines very proud. Hexham A now go onto the finals to represent Tynedale at Cramington on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Year 6 pupils from HMS took part in the Chance to Shine cricket competition at Stocksfield Cricket Club. The event was organised by Tom Cant, who had been into school and delivered coaching sessions. We entered two boys teams and one girls team. I am delighted to say that both the boys' A team and the girls' team won their competitions and now go onto the County final on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Mr Gaines

Further responses to questions asked by stakeholders during the consultation process between 21 May and 8 June 2016 have now been added.