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Some of our Year 8 pupils took part in the UK Maths Challenge earlier this term. We are delighted to inform you that we had 30 certificate winners this year.

Gold
Louis D
Ciaran B
Ben N
Matthew S
Tom B
Douglas P
Kell J

We have many avid readers amongst our pupils at HMS and we are constantly seeking their advice and guidance when purchasing new stock for library bookshelves. Following a hugely successful response to the spring term photography challenge, we’d like to draw upon pupils’ creativity and enthusiasm for reading with another challenge over the summer holidays.

To inspire our readers and to ensure that our library is fully stocked with current, relevant and exciting literature by a variety of authors, the challenge is for children to read and review as many books as possible between now and the beginning of the new academic year. Once read, the pupil should write an interesting, engaging and informative review of each book in order that it can be displayed in either Beaumont or Orchard library.

Collecting sponsorship money for this challenge will allow the school’s librarians to purchase copies of the books reviewed (and others by similar authors), should they be deemed appropriate and popular recommendations for other pupils aged 9-13. 

We are proposing to bring together Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School to create a single 11-18 Secondary school. Although significant changes are unlikely to happen before September 2019, we believe that this shift could help secure the future of education in the Hexham area for the next 30 years or more.

The reasons for the change are that the local Three-Tier arrangements for schools do not fit with the national education system, which is based on the Primary-Secondary model; that this would help us become financially sustainable; and that it could open the door to much-needed capital investment in buildings and facilities.

For full details of this Initial Consultation, and how you can give us your views, please see the Consultation page.

Sports Day this year will be happening on Friday 14 July 2017. The event will take place on both Beaumont and Fellside fields from 9:30am – 3:00pm, weather permitting. Pupils should come to school wearing their PE shorts, socks and running shoes. This year we are asking that pupils wear a t-shirt in their house colours, they will wear this all day.

• Coquet – RED
• Tweed – GREEN
• Aln – BLUE
• Wansbeck – YELLOW OR WHITE (we know it is tricky to find yellow t-shirts)

Pupils should also bring a non-fizzy drink, a sitter (newspaper wrapped inside a plastic carrier bag) and sunscreen if required.

We promote an inclusive programme with events for everyone. However, we do have a number of County Champions who will be competing, so some events will be particularly keenly contested. The competition events will start at 9:45am. We hope to have the morning events finishing by 12:15pm with a lunch break until 1:15pm. The afternoon events will begin at 1.25pm and continue to a close with the cup presentation at 3:00pm.

You are most welcome to join us.

We look forward to seeing you on a dry calm day!

Mr Gaines & Miss Carruthers

On Thursday 15 June 2017, three pupils from the Sixth Form at QEHS came to school to work with Year Eight pupils on drama workshops inspired by the study of Shakespeare's Othello. The year group enjoyed two sessions: one based on movement, using handkerchiefs (a symbol of Othello's love for his wife, Desdemona), the other focused on two key scenes from the play and encouraged the children to watch and react to these performances. The afternoon was lively, engaging and energetic, pupil feedback was very positive and it is hoped that in the near future, more opportunities for drama-based learning can be facilitated, in collaboration with students at QEHS. Many thanks to Eve, Elizabeth and Clare for planning and delivering such a successful afternoon.