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Year 5 enjoyed an afternoon working with two graduates of Newcastle University, Will and Ashley, discussing and learning about all aspects of attending the institution from academics to describing their ideal flatmate.

Congratulations to one of our Year 6 students for presenting an informative and interesting assembly to Key Stage 2 on Climate Change. Well done!

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 (20 November 2015) is available on the HMS Newsletter page.

At HMS, we have developed a curriculum, learning environment and enrichment activities that provide opportunities for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development. We understand that SMSC development is essential to our pupils' learning and wellbeing and we strive to promote these values throughout school life. SMSC development is demonstrated at HMS through: curriculum planning which allows for in-depth discussion, debate and questioning as part of daily learning; the atmosphere of our school in that we provide exciting and engaging opportunities for extra-curricular learning including visits; opportunities for pupil leadership as well as fostering a climate of mutual respect and participation. This is encapsulated by our 'School Ethos Statement'.

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Friday 13th could have been unlucky for some but not for our school. Fellside Hall was buzzing with pupils as they gathered to raise money for this worthwhile charity event. Pupils ran stalls ranging from a 'tin can alley' to 'pin the tail on the donkey' and 'guess the name of the teddy'. The fantastic sum of £1088.69 was raised from the stalls which also included money from donations towards a non-school uniform day. It is often easy to get caught up in the fun of the fundraising efforts, so Mrs Cave and Mr Freeman-Myers also delivered assemblies to highlight the importance of the day which reminded us all who our money would support and the huge impact this would have. A great day and a huge thank you to all that took part.

Mr Watters

Before half term KS3 participated in the "Make Your Mark" campaign by the UK Youth Parliament. We all received a ballot paper with 10 options of factors which affect us, for example, a curriculum for life, mental health, transport and many other things. It felt amazing to have a part in a national debate where it felt like our ideas mattered to Parliament.

The top 5 topics voted for nationally were:

1) A Living Wage

2) A Curriculum to prepare us for life

3) Transport

4) Mental Health

5) Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish

We are looking forward to watching the debate live in form time and seeing the outcome. Implementing the Living Wage was the overall winner in KS3 and it will be interesting to see if that will be the national campaign for the UK Youth Parliament next year.

Emily and Andrew, Year 8