Year 8 STEM Day
click image for larger view
On Tuesday 1 November 2016 Year 8 pupils took part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities day, and then wrote about their experience:
On STEM day, I took part in many different activities across the school. These ranged from making a rainbow drink with different sugar densities in food technology to making and testing paper aeroplanes in maths. I enjoyed all the activities, but my favourite was DT when we designed a product using a smart material. I think STEM day was a good idea, because the subjects we explored are very important in the world today, and it is important to inspire people to take more interest in them as there high demand for workers in these subjects.
Year 6 Tynemouth Visit
The Autumn sunshine was on our side as all of Year 6 made their way to the coast for a day exploring the setting of our novel Kingdom by the Sea by Robert Westall. The pupils are thoroughly enjoying the novel which is set along the Northumberland coastline in the midst of World War 2. Our day included: poetry writing in the sand at Longsands Beach; beach combing and sculpture building taking on the role of Joseph Kielty; exploring Collingwood's monument; soaking in the landscape of the setting and sketching as well as descriptive writing which will influence our creative writing back in class. Of course, any trip to Tynemouth would not be complete without enjoying Harry's favourite delicacy (Harry enjoys several visits to the local fish and chip shop with the last of his money) so we enjoyed our chips on the sea-front! An inspirational day which the children really enjoyed!
Mr Watters and Mrs Roff
Term Dates October 2016
Hexham Middle School closes for half term at 3.30pm on Thursday 20 October 2016 and reopens on Monday 31 October 2016. Friday 21 October 2016 is a teacher training day.
"Order, Order!" Mr. Speaker (Jacob Smith) opens and convenes HMS Parliament.
New for 2016-17, Hexham Middle School has introduced HMS Parliament. In our last newsletter, we were delighted to announce the appointment of Councillors and Members of Parliament. On Monday 18 October 2016, Councillors and MP's met in Beaumont Library. A welcome reception of juice and biscuits, and an opening photograph was then followed by the first session.
Pupils learned the etiquette for Parliament, how to address people and the rules for discussion and debate.
Head Boy and Head Girl appointed
There was tremendous uptake in pupils applying for the position of Head Boy and Girl this year. The process of application involved a letter to Mrs Minto, an interview and staff recommendations. The Head Boy and Girl position is offered to pupils in Year 8 and represents an opportunity for successful candidates to demonstrate their leadership skills. There was an exceptionally strong field of candidates this year and everyone performed very well at interview. Over the coming year, the Head Boy and Girl and their deputies will be required to support activities and events in the school as well as help steer the management of School Parliament.
HMS Newsletter: 14/10/16
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 (14 October 2016) is available on the Publications page.
KS2 Curriculum Information Evening (English and Maths)
Thursday 3 November 2016, 6.00pm to 7.30pm
We would like to invite you all to attend a Key Stage Two Curriculum Information Evening. The purpose of this session is to share with you the new teaching methods, curriculum content and approaches to assessment in English and maths. In a time of on-going change in education, we thought it might be useful for you as parents/carers to gain an up-to-date insight into the work your children do on a day-to-day basis.
The evening will involve: a short presentation from the Heads of English and Maths; opportunities to see real examples of tasks; an update on key methods in maths and grammatical terminology in English, and a chance for you to us ask any questions you may have. We will also discuss our expectations for homework completion and show you resources that you can use to support English and maths at home.