World Autism Awareness Week
Last week was World Autism Awareness Week and at Hexham Middle School we are continuing the push to raise people's awareness of what autism is and what it means to have an autism spectrum condition. In school, pupils have engaged with informative assembly sessions where they shared what they already knew and what they wanted to know more about. We are very proud that our pupils are autism aware and will continue to raise awareness in school and the community.
This video, by the National Autistic Society, featured in our assemblies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr4_dOorquQ
HMS Pupils Design Homes of the Future
Please see http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/hexham/Hexham-youngsters-design-homes-of-the-future-4a77919f-a99d-4c8e-87bb-a105fdf2dcc3-ds for the article in the Hexham Courant.
It is fantastic to know that when a competition opportunity is presented that you get a huge up take in interest. Following an initial presentation by Esh by Trivselhus, over 50 students from Years 7 and 8 expressed an interest in entering a design competition to come up with an idea for a house of the future. A visit to Hexham Gate was the catalyst for students in thinking about exciting ways to develop the way we live, work and play.
Supporting English at Home
A new edition of the 'Supporting English at Home' bulletin for parents/carers of Year 6 pupils is now available; please see the Supporting Maths and English at Home page for more information. This page also contains a number of informative documents relating to the English and Maths Curriculums which will be added to throughout the year.
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.