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On 6 July 2017, Mr Freeman-Myers, Mr Armstrong, Mrs Phillips and Mrs Lamb took 35 Year 7 pupils to Chateau Beaumont in Normandy, France for 'Le Grand Weekend', a weekend full of exciting excursions and activities for pupils to enjoy. Whilst away, pupils visited many significant monuments including Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Arromanches and its 360 Cinema, where we watched a film playing tribute to the D-Day landing events. Truly inspirational! Pupils also visited other places of interest including an animal refuge and a chocolate factory. Evening entertainment ensured that pupils went to bed sufficiently tired. The favourite night being the 'Talent Show and French Evening' – fancy dress was the order of the day and special mention has to go to Mrs Lamb for her interpretation of the Tour de France.

Youth Dance Tynedale (YDT) classes commence on Monday 11 September 2017, and enrolment is now open. Please see below for the schedule of classes for 2017-18:

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 (July 2017) is available on the Publications page.

As the end of term is fast approaching, Mr Atkins has also sent out a letter to parents/carers which thanks parents for their support, lists form classes for next year, and details arrangements for the start of term in September.

On Monday 17 July 2017, Key Stage Two pupils were treated to an hour-long presentation from local author (and mum of two of our pupils!) Chloe Daykin. Her first novel, Fish Boy, went down well with the pupils, who enjoyed learning about where Chloe takes inspiration from and how she became an author. In addition, there were lots of fish-related activities which were enjoyed by all. Afterwards, pupils were able to purchase signed copies of the novel and were treated to a meet-and-greet session with Chloe. We look forward to welcoming her back again when her second novel is published.

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On Thursday, a group of Year 5 pupils (along with Mr Watters and Mrs Toor) had a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a day of education in the wilderness! The day was hosted by the organisation 'Wilderness Schooling' in the stunning grounds of Wallington. Whilst there, the pupils worked outside for most of the day. They explored the environment for vocabulary inspiration before learning to write individual and group poems. After this, we planned performances, listened to magical stories and played games around the camp fire! The pupils absolutely loved the day – it was a joy to see them enjoying the outdoor learning experience and watching their confidence flourish as the day progressed!