HMS Newsletter - 20 November 2015
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.
"Make Your Mark" Campaign
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
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
Year 6 Parents' Evenings
The Parents' Evenings for Year 6 pupils will take place on:
- Monday 23 November 2015 (children with surnames A-L)
- Wednesday 25 November 2015 (children with surnames M-Z)
Both evenings will run from 4.00pm - 6.30pm. Please complete the reply slip and staff will make appointments at times indicated.
We look forward to seeing you.
Visiting Author - David Almond
On Tuesday 3rd November 2015, David Almond, author of Skellig and several other famous best-sellers came for a 17th visit to Hexham Middle School, eating a flapjack from the canteen whilst here! 25 pupils from Year 7 were chosen to take part in the workshop in Beaumont Library, where we have an excellent selection of his books.
David Almond talked about some of his books and his successful method of building up a story, as well as how to allow our imaginations to run wild. He asked us random questions and told us to write down the first thing that came in to our heads.
After that, we wrote a story opening of our choice with David's advice and support. "I kept trying to write another book!" he told us, after saying that it took him five years to write his first. Disappointingly, not one publishing company in the United Kingdom wanted to publish it! After his first book didn't manage to get published, everyone thought he was crazy for wanting to write another.
Of course, he was correct to have persevered, as he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award. His family didn't think it was right for him to write another book after his first didn't go well. He kept on trying and his hard work has paid off. As well as the Hans Christian Andersen Award, he has won many others.
We are very privileged to have had David Almond visit us on so many occasions, and we hope he will visit again in the future.
By Amy and Isabel
North East Kids Lit Quiz
On Tuesday 3 November - Freya, Ruth and I, as well as the Year 8 team (Iona, Emily, Marcus and Euan) went to Gosforth Central Middle School to take part in the North East Kids Lit Quiz heats. We even brought along Yoda, our lucky mascot, who played his own role. Thankfully we weren't disqualified for having a 5 person team! When we arrived, it was all a bit of a buzz! There was a bookstall selling books by the authors who were there (Anne Fine and Gill Arbuthnott), and we got some books signed, as well as having some lovely conversations with them.
When the quiz (finally) started, we were all very excited. We didn't do too well in the first four rounds, however, after the break we did much better, winning the Time round and scoring full marks on the Vegetables round! At the end of the penultimate round we were second with 69 points. Unfortunately we only scored 5 in the final round giving us a score of 74. This left us in third place, 2 points behind Corbridge Middle Year 8 team and 4 points behind St Joseph's Year 8 team. In the end we beat every private school and Tyne Valley took the crown! Every member of the Year 7 team was given a £10 book voucher and a certificate for coming 3rd out of the 33 teams who took part.
The team is very thankful to Ms Hughff and Miss Hodgson who both put lots of time and effort into making sure we all got the best out of this great experience.
Louis, Year 7 team.