Children In Need 2015
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Friday 13th could have been unlucky for some but not for our school. Fellside Hall was buzzing with pupils as they gathered to raise money for this worthwhile charity event. Pupils ran stalls ranging from a 'tin can alley' to 'pin the tail on the donkey' and 'guess the name of the teddy'. The fantastic sum of £1088.69 was raised from the stalls which also included money from donations towards a non-school uniform day. It is often easy to get caught up in the fun of the fundraising efforts, so Mrs Cave and Mr Freeman-Myers also delivered assemblies to highlight the importance of the day which reminded us all who our money would support and the huge impact this would have. A great day and a huge thank you to all that took part.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
At HMS, we have developed a curriculum, learning environment and enrichment activities that provide opportunities for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development. We understand that SMSC development is essential to our pupils' learning and wellbeing and we strive to promote these values throughout school life. SMSC development is demonstrated at HMS through: curriculum planning which allows for in-depth discussion, debate and questioning as part of daily learning; the atmosphere of our school in that we provide exciting and engaging opportunities for extra-curricular learning including visits; opportunities for pupil leadership as well as fostering a climate of mutual respect and participation. This is encapsulated by our 'School Ethos Statement'.
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