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.
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Many thanks to Hexham Fire Service for taking the time to come in to talk to our students about keeping safe this coming Halloween and Bonfire Night. Our students are equipped with the best advice for the coming weeks.
Two of our Key Stage 2 pupils met the full crew as an added bonus!
Year 6 visit Tynemouth
"There's no greater classroom than this!" was one comment from a member of the public on Longsands Beach which perfectly captured our views of our visit on Tuesday. Our studies of Robert Westall's World War 2 novel 'The Kingdom by the Sea' led us to one of the novel's main settings - Tynemouth. Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic day soaking in the atmosphere of the setting, allowing them to delve into Harry's mind and experience key locations first hand. The beach provided a perfect setting for poetry and descriptive writing, allowing all of our senses to be utilised. The pupils used materials from the sea and beach to build their own WW2 themed sculptures using their tips from Joseph (a man who lives entirely from the sea in the novel!). Collingwood's Monument provided an atmospheric setting to engage in landscape sketching to really soak in the scene. Of course, no trip to the beach would be complete without a visit to the local chippy! All 142 of us enjoyed a delicious meal on the seafront. A hugely enjoyable and inspirational day which has left us with great classroom stimulus. Look out for articles from the children themselves.
Mr Watters and Miss France
Woodhorn Colliery Visit
On Monday, Year Eight visited Woodhorn Colliery and archives to see the ‘Poppies Weeping Window’ installation from the Tower of London. We learned all about the significance of the poppies, each representing one British life lost during the First World War. As part of the day, the pupils were shown archived materials relating to a man named George who lived in Morpeth. We viewed the conscription form which showed he’d signed up to be a soldier at the age of 20 in October 1915 (almost exactly 100 years ago) and his medical forms which were completed at the time. We also saw a photograph of him whilst training and a post card he sent back from the trenches. The final artefact was a telegraph informing his mother of his death after a gun shot wound. It was very moving but the pupils used what they’d learned to complete their own conscription forms, (using a quill!) medical forms, and post cards from the trenches.