This half term has been a busy one for our on-going STEM enrichment program. Year 8 had the challenge of guiding Big Trak bots through a variety of tasks. Big Traks are a great way to get you thinking about logical instructions. Programming them to drive forwards and backwards is easy, but driving one through a maze or to a specific goal requires some forward thinking!
Year 7 have had the opportunity to work with the Centre for Life taking part in an engineering workshop to design and make a self-powered vehicle. Designing, testing, re-designing and re-testing to make the vehicle work could only succeed with team work and problem solving skills. We had a range of interesting designs – some more successful than others!
Summer Fair 2017
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Details of the HMS PTA Summer Fair are in the flyer above. To support the Fair there will be a non-school uniform day on Friday 16 June, where pupils can bring in an item for the Fair:
- Aln - chocolate or sweets
- Coquet - bottles of any description
- Tweed - items suitable as a gift for a girl or lady
- Wansbeck - items suitable as a gift for a boy or man
SUMDOG Northumberland Contest
We are once again signing up to compete in the Northumberland SUMDOG challenge! Pupils will recieve their log-in details after the half term break. SUMDOG is a regional contest which involves pupils playing maths games to boost their score on the leader board. We're competing against other schools in our area. As the pupils are in their form classes, the more the form class play - the higher up the leader board they'll get! The contest starts at 8:00 on Friday 16 June 2017! Good luck everyone!
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Year 7 and Year 8 boys took part in the Tynedale Hardball Cricket Tournament which was held at the picturesque Corbridge Cricket Club. This coincided with the hottest day of the year (28 degrees Celsius) making the two matches tough to play. Hexham played two games: game one they lost to Corbridge Middle, game two they beat Ovingham on the last bowl. Unfortunately, Hexham ended up in third position due to the other schools having a superior run rate. It was a great afternoon of cricket, thank you to Tom Cant for organising.
Whenever you buy anything online you could be raising a free donation for Hexham Middle School. There are nearly 3,000 retailers including supermarkets, department stores, and mobile phone, insurance, energy and holiday companies, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to the school to say thank you for shopping with them.
We’ve raised £173 for the school so far, but £149 of this is from just three individuals.
It's really simple, and doesn't cost you anything. All you have to do is:
- Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/hexhammiddleschool/
- Sign up for free
- Get shopping – your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to the school.
There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations.
Our communication system (School Gateway) has an app available which allows you to receive texts and access on-line payments for dinner money or school trips. Texts sent to users of the app are free and help the school save money. We currently only have 23% of parents using the app and, we’d like to encourage you to start using it.
To download it:
- Go to your Play Store or App Store and search for School Gateway and download it.
- Once installed, open it and click on New User
- Enter your email address & mobile number – they must match the ones we hold in school for you.
- You will be sent a PIN by text – use this to log in