HMS Newsletter: March 2017
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 (March 2017) is available on the Publications page.
HMS Rugby and Football News
A fantastic win for the girls at HMS, the team included: Charlee R, Tilly P, Molly G, Jessica G, Sadie C, Hayley H, Eliza N, Millie C and Jen T. There were three other schools at the tournament: Corbridge Middle, Highfield Middle and Hexham Middle. Higfield and Corbridge had two teams entered so there were five teams in total. Hexham Middle played three matches and were victorious in all three games. We played well and cooperated so that everyone scored at least one try. We enjoyed the tournament and hope to play in a tournament at the beach at Tynemouth next game.
U11 boys’ footballers played matches on Thursday 16 March. The fixtures were held at Hexham Middle and involved Corbridge and Ovingham schools. The pitches were wet and heavy but Hexham battled well and recorded strong performances. Ovingham are the strongest team at this year group but the score lines do not really reflect the quality of the Hexham performances. Ovingham were more clinical than HMS we squandered the few chances that we created. Hexham A drew with Corbridge Middle (1 - 1) and lost to Ovingham (6 - 0). Hexham B also drew with Corbridge (2 - 2) and lost to Ovingham (3 - 0).
Science Week 2017
Last week pupils enjoyed activities in their lessons to celebrate Science Week.
Year 5 enjoyed rescuing Eggbert by using their scientific knowledge to construct a parachute to save Eggbert from a fall! Year 6 made shadow puppets to tie in with their topic on light. STEM ambassadors from Newcastle University came in to work with Year 7 on a CSI themed workshop using cryptography and extracting the DNA from a strawberry. Year 8 took part in a ‘potions’ class. They were pleased to know they didn’t have to write the chemical equation for ‘ghoul goo’ with ‘shredded lizard gizard’!
National School Funding Crisis - Links
A letter was emailed to parents/carers on Friday, and a paper copy will be sent home on Monday, to outline the funding crisis facing all schools nationally, the impact on our schools, and the ways in which you can help.
Some of the links in the letter are no longer working. Updated links are below:
- To sign the petition that is being organised by some teaching unions click here.
- To comment on the National Funding Formula consultation click here.
- To view our response to the National Funding Formula consultation click here.
- To access the standing order form and the electronic version of the Gift Aid form, click here.
International Women's Day
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Written by Freya, Year 8
On Wednesday 8th March 2017, to celebrate International Women’s Day, some pupils from 8AGR and 8AMG were invited to a service at St. Mary’s church in Morpeth. The video of our assembly was shown to the congregation, and we were asked a variety of questions about what we had learnt throughout our time creating the performance. To conclude the service, we walked to Emily Wilding-Davidson’s grave to place flowers in her honour and had a picnic lunch and cake to round off the day. It was a great experience for all that went, and a very enjoyable day.
Visit by Sir Robert McAlpine
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Written by Breanna, Year 7
On Wednesday the 15th February the Year 7 pupils were kindly visited by Sir Robert McAlpine. They engineers explained to us about the structure of bridges and how maths is used to design them. The exciting part of our session was getting to build our own bridges out of paper tubes, nuts and bolts.
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