HMS Sports Day
Sports Day this year will be happening on Friday 14 July 2017. The event will take place on both Beaumont and Fellside fields from 9:30am – 3:00pm, weather permitting. Pupils should come to school wearing their PE shorts, socks and running shoes. This year we are asking that pupils wear a t-shirt in their house colours, they will wear this all day.
• Coquet – RED
• Tweed – GREEN
• Aln – BLUE
• Wansbeck – YELLOW OR WHITE (we know it is tricky to find yellow t-shirts)
Pupils should also bring a non-fizzy drink, a sitter (newspaper wrapped inside a plastic carrier bag) and sunscreen if required.
We promote an inclusive programme with events for everyone. However, we do have a number of County Champions who will be competing, so some events will be particularly keenly contested. The competition events will start at 9:45am. We hope to have the morning events finishing by 12:15pm with a lunch break until 1:15pm. The afternoon events will begin at 1.25pm and continue to a close with the cup presentation at 3:00pm.
You are most welcome to join us.
We look forward to seeing you on a dry calm day!
Mr Gaines & Miss Carruthers
Age Range Consultation
We are proposing to bring together Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School to create a single 11-18 Secondary school. Although significant changes are unlikely to happen before September 2019, we believe that this shift could help secure the future of education in the Hexham area for the next 30 years or more.
The reasons for the change are that the local Three-Tier arrangements for schools do not fit with the national education system, which is based on the Primary-Secondary model; that this would help us become financially sustainable; and that it could open the door to much-needed capital investment in buildings and facilities.
For full details of this Initial Consultation, and how you can give us your views, please see the Consultation page.
Year 8 Drama Workshop
On Thursday 15 June 2017, three pupils from the Sixth Form at QEHS came to school to work with Year Eight pupils on drama workshops inspired by the study of Shakespeare's Othello. The year group enjoyed two sessions: one based on movement, using handkerchiefs (a symbol of Othello's love for his wife, Desdemona), the other focused on two key scenes from the play and encouraged the children to watch and react to these performances. The afternoon was lively, engaging and energetic, pupil feedback was very positive and it is hoped that in the near future, more opportunities for drama-based learning can be facilitated, in collaboration with students at QEHS. Many thanks to Eve, Elizabeth and Clare for planning and delivering such a successful afternoon.
National Book Tokens Prize Draw for Schools
Enter to win £5,000/€5,000 of National Book Tokens for our school - enough to buy hundreds of new books for the library. And if your entry is the winner, you'll also get £100/€100 of National Book Tokens to spend on yourself! Accepted in thousands of bookshops and online, National Book Tokens are the perfect way to reward, encourage literacy and inspire a love of books. The winners of last year's prize - Camperdown Primary School in Dundee - transformed their library and filled their bookshelves with new books. Will it be Hexham Middle School's school's turn this year?
To nominate HMS, just fill in the form below. It takes 30 seconds to complete and the more entries our school makes, the better our chances of winning! Thank you.
The Big Sing
On Tuesday 6 June 2017, pupils from HMS raised the rafters of Hexham Abbey as part of Opera North’s ‘Big Sing.’ Over the last few weeks, the children have received training in vocal technique from professional opera singers that enabled them to master some very complex pieces of music that would normally be the preserve of highly trained vocalists. The children’s hard work culminated in a fantastic performance at Hexham Abbey, where the pupils had the opportunity to sing as the chorus alongside professional opera singers and orchestra under the direction of a conductor from Opera North. Very well done to all those who took part!
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