It has been a really action packed end to the term and academic year. It is always fantastic to sit in the end of year celebration assemblies and be reminded of all the great achievements and fabulous pupils and staff we are blessed to have here at Hugh Sexy.
It is also sad to say goodbye to those who have contributed so much to make the school a great place to work. As you know Mr Sage is leaving to teach Languages at Kings of Wessex, while Mr McNulty is going to teach Key Stage 2 at Millfield. However, there are also a range of people who work tirelessly out of the public eye. Today we said thank you and goodbye to Wendy and Jenny who support children with hearing impairments across the area and here at Hugh Sexey, and Jeff Fear who has stepped down from his role as one of the school governors after many years’ service both here and Mark First School.
It is also sad to see our Year 8 pupils leave us but we recognise that they are ready for the new challenge that their GCSE courses will bring as well as starting a new school. We wish them well and hope that they go on to fulfil their dreams and wishes.
As stated it has been a very busy last few days with Year 8 enjoying the sights and sounds of London as well as squeezing in a Leavers day which included a day at Weston Pier and party back at school. Our Year 7 have also enjoyed a day of fun filled rides with friends at Brean Leisure park to celebrate a year of hard work.
Wednesday saw the House Arts festival with a highly talented selection of pupils performing to the school. This in its self deserves congratulations as it is extremely nerve racking to perform in front of 300 peers! Well done to Vania 6SB, Georgina 5EC, Freya 6MJ and Corey and Jake 5EC who won the overall house competition.
On the sporting front well done to the Year 5 Kwik cricket team who represented Mendip in the Somerset finals day at Clevedon Cricket Club. The team performed exceptionally well but can across some very strong opponents. The Year 6 Kwik cricket team went one step further representing Somerset in the South West regional finals at Clifton College. Once again, the team performed magnificently missing out in a really tight semi-final to finish 3rd. This is a truly remarkable achievement and I hope the players are rightly proud of their performance.
Finally, just a quick reminder that term begins on Tuesday 5th September and we are in full uniform and have a brilliant summer holiday.
Apologies for the late blog but it seems as we move closer to the end of term the pace and number of fantastic events and achievements just keep coming. I know that we are nearly at the end of another brilliant year because despite the soring temperatures our Year 8 pupils are proudly wearing their new ‘Leavers Hoodies’, which look great.
It was a real pleasure meeting all our ‘new’ pupils and parents/carers on Tuesday at the transition day and evening. We really value the opportunity to meet with our new families and hopefully alleviate any worries or concerns that may have developed as the move from the First school system to Hugh Sexey looms ever nearer. I would also like to thank my Year 5 team who worked very hard to ensure a really successful day.
While on the theme of success. Well done to all our Year 6 pupils and teachers who are celebrating a great set of SAT results. Once again the outcomes have improved and are significantly higher than the national figure. Over 80% of our pupils achieved or exceeded the ‘Age Related Expectation’ in the externally validated Reading, SPAG and Mathematics papers. It is testament to the hard work and commitment shown by our pupils and staff, they should be rightly proud of their achievements. We will of course publish our final data when these have been validated and our re-marks are finalised.
Well done to all involved in the swimming galas that have taken place, more detailed information is on the latest news section of the website. The Year 5 gala was a great event, with damp weather not spoiling the mood. Ben Carter broke a long standing record in the breaststroke with a time of 20.58 seconds and set another school record in the butterfly with a time of 16.73 seconds. Edie Pargeter, set a new record in the butterfly with a time of 19.40 secs. Katie Radford, 51.03 secs and Finley Halford 45.72 secs also added the record breaking day in the 2 length race . The Year 5 house competition ended with Celts victorious, Normans 2nd, Saxons 3rd and Vikings 4th.
The Year 6 gala was a close run event with only 6 points separating 1st and 4th place. There were some really strong performances from Daisy Franks, Millie Pargeter and Aaron Cocking. The Year 6 house competition ended with Saxons finishing 1st, Celts 2nd, Vikings 3rd and Normans 4th.
In the Year 7 event we were treated to a thrilling climax as Vikings snatched victory in the last race. There were some wonderful individual performances with Chloe Bott, Harriet Griffiths and Hannah Carter all swimming well. The boy’s races were all very close with Jacob Ayres and Sergio Wadley excelling. The Year 7 house competition ended with Vikings 1st, Celts 2nd, Normans 3rd and Saxons 4th.
Finally the Year 8 gala provided a perfect opportunity for our enthusiastic swimmers to have one last chance at representing their houses. Lydia Menear had an excellent afternoon setting a new record in the 2 length butterfly with a time of 38.15 seconds and breaking a long standing record in the 4 length front crawl event with a time of 1.06.73. Austin Peters also set a new record in the 2 length butterfly with a time of 39.36 seconds. What a great way to say goodbye to the pool. The final Year 8 swim gala saw Vikings 1st, Normans 2nd, Celts 3rd and finally Saxons 4th.
A huge thank you to the PTA and staff who helped organise and run the Summer Fayre on Friday, it was a brilliant way to end the week and say farewell to June. Food, Drink, Music, Pony rides and INFLATABLES! Who could ask for more?
Thank you also to those parents who came along on Tuesday night and met with Mr Sage and I to explore the whole school Anti-bullying policy. It was a really useful discussion and has given us some useful feedback which will be incorporated into our policy and practise.
Well done to the Vikings House captains, who organised this week’s charity events. I am always amazed and delighted by the school’s strong sense of ‘charity’ and the pupils desire to support each chosen benefactor.
Talking to a lot of our year 7 pupils the feedback was very positive following their two-day taster visit to Kings of Wessex. We are extremely grateful to our colleagues at Kings as this plays a really important role in ensuring the smooth transition at the end of year 8. With that in mind we hope that the transition day on the 4th for our Year 8 pupils goes extremely well, when they will find out who their tutor will be and they get to follow a sample curriculum day. It is sad and exciting to think that they only have 15 school days left with us.
Thank you to the NSPCC who delivered a fantastic ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ workshop to our Year 5 pupils.
Finally, well done to the Year 6 cricket team who return victorious from their all day tournament this week. Keep up the good work.
That was a HOT week with temperatures soaring on Monday and Tuesday. Our pupils were fantastic taking this in their stride and embracing the fabulous opportunities on offer this week. It was a delight for me to be able to join our Year 6 pupils and staff at Barton Hall on Wednesday and Friday as they developed team skills and conquered personal fears and challenges. As always the pupils were a credit to the school as it is not an easy task to mobilise 130+ individuals to muster points and through a busy canteen. We will upload some images onto the latest news section of the website so that you can share in some of the great experiences they had.
We also held a cross curricular challenge day on Friday with Year 5 pupils working on circus skills, Year 7 on a competitive bridge building STEM project and our Year 8 exploring emotional health and well-being.
Well done to all those pupils who participated in the key stage 3 and Key Stage 2 sports days. A far more detailed report of the sporting outcomes can be found on the latest news section of the website. Thank you to those parents/carers who came and supported and to the staff and sports leaders who made the event a huge success. The Key stage 3 house results put Normans in 1st, with Celts 2nd, Saxons 3rd and Vikings 4th. The Year 6 results were a direct contrast with Vikings 1st, Saxons 2nd, Celts 3rd and Normans 4th. Finally, the Year 5 results were very close with Celts running out victors with Normans 2nd, Vikings 3rd and Saxons 4th.
Congratulations to our Year 8 Girls rounders team who beat all comers at the Mendip rounders tournament this week. They will now go on to represent Mendip at the summer games held at Millfield later this term. Well done girls, a great team effort.
While on the note of great team performances, congratulations to our Year 8 Boys cricket team who comfortably beat Fairlands in the return fixture here at HSMS. After suffering a defeat at the hands of Fairlands in the first game of the season, the team focused on the task and performed brilliantly with both bat and ball. It was an effective way to demonstrate their progress this year.
Well done Lilly in 8SK. Lilly got a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze medal in the individual medley at the Taunton Deane Swim meet at Millfield.
Finally, we hope to see lots of you at the PTA Summer Fayre on Friday 30th June 2017. The event starts at 5.30pm, with a range of activities including: inflatables, Hog Roast, Bar and disco to keep you entertained until 9.30pm. Please see the latest news section of the website for more details.
Thank you to all those parents who attended the London meeting this week. It was great to have an opportunity to discuss the arrangements and talk through the concerns held by you before the residential trip in mid-July.
As stated last week we now have before school and after school provision in place and we will, this week, seek expressions of interest so that we can plan our staffing numbers. The before school club will run from 7.45am and the after-school club will run until 6.00pm, term time only.
Following feedback from our parental questionnaire earlier this year Mr Sage is arranging an ‘Anti-bullying’ workshop on Tuesday 27th June, which we hope will help inform our practise and policy.
Congratulations to our Year 8 Cricket team who defeated Sexey’s, Bruton in the Frank Steer U13 Memorial Shield and went on to play Millfield in the semi-final. Unfortunately, Millfield proved too strong in all aspects of the game. However, it was a fantastic achievement to have got through to the semi-final of the Somerset schools cricket cup. Well done to all those players involved.
Staying with cricket, congratulations to the Year 7 boys cricket team who secured a convincing 61 - 18 victory against a spirited Wells Blue side. For more details of both matches please check the latest news section of the website.
Well done to our Year 7 girl’s rounder’s team who played brilliantly against Wells Blue. All of the girls demonstrated excellent teamwork, organisation and a fantastic attitude.
Finally, congratulations to Alex Knocker in 6SB for securing 4th place at the St Dunstan School Epee and Foil fencing competition. Alex is new to the sport of fencing, only taking up the sport up 7 months ago, so this is a wonderful achievement.
That week seemed to fly by. I am sure days seemed to last longer when I was younger.
In light of the recent tragic events in London we have arranged a Parents’ briefing for those Year 8 pupils booked on the residential trips in July. This is to talk through our risk assessments and give parents the chance to ask questions and express their concerns. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this act of terrorism.
As our Year 8 pupils reach their final few weeks with us here at Hugh Sexey their activities and events keep coming. I hope that our Year 8 parents and carers had an informative time at this week’s Parents’ evening where Mr Ball had the opportunity to introduce himself as the new Headteacher. Thank you to Mrs Thorne, who yet again, efficiently organised the ‘final’ school Tutor group photo’s. This final memento should be available to order within the next two weeks.
While thinking about and reflecting on transition, a group of our Year 7 pupils had the wonderful opportunity to spend the morning in the Kings of Wessex Academy and experience computer science first hand. This was extremely well received and gave the pupils a real insight into the complexity of this GCSE computer based GCSE.
Despite the variable weather this week it was fabulous to see the whole of Key stage 3 taking part in the field events for the House sports day. There was an array of activities from the traditional athletic events to some fun inclusive ones. At the point of writing I do not yet know the results!
As you will know from a previous blog we competed in the UKMaths challenge. Congratulations to Kathleen Wright Year 8, Millie Court Year 7 William Aynsley Year 6, who achieved the highest score in their year group. Each performed in the top 1% nationally which is a truly remarkable achievement. Across the three year groups in a test aimed at Year 8’s from across the country our pupils were awarded 13 Golds, 4 silver and 7 bronze certificates. It is testament to the hard work and ability of these gifted mathematicians, well done.
As another great ½ term has come to an end I hope that you all have a wonderful break. As mentioned earlier this term the Governors and I are delighted to tell you that we have appointed Mr Matthew Drew, who currently teaches at Crispin school, to replace Mr Sage. Mr Drew, will I am sure, build on the excellent work that Mr Sage has done and we are looking forward to welcoming him to our team.
Following the feedback we sought from parents we have also appointed an after school provision co-ordinator who will start her role in September. This means that we will be able to offer out of school provision for those parents who would like to take advantage of this next year. The provision will run from 4.00pm to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, term time only. Booking information will follow later next term.
In the classroom our Year 5 pupils enjoyed a brilliant ‘Ancient Greek’ day with Clive Pig who is an inspirational presenter and really engages the pupils with the Greek culture and mythology. I know the feedback from our pupils and staff was excellent. Some of our Year 7 pupils developed their inspirational presentation skills this week leading the French Café project at our First schools. This is a really well received event and gives our pupils a chance to ‘show off’ their language skills as well as promote French across our partner schools.
Finally, congratulations to William Creswick 5ILH, who I had the pleasure of awarding a British Transport Police badge to this week in recognition of his fabulous community spirit. Well done William.
What a lovely way to finish the week. The Saxon Charity week, which featured the sponsored morning and lunchtime mile run, culminated in a colourful ‘onesie’ themed day while several of my colleagues faced a wet sponge attack from very willing and perhaps too eager pupils. A massive ‘Thank you’ to everyone who helped to organise and participate in the events.
Thank you to Ms Taylor who, this week, took 40 Year 7 pupils to Bristol on a RE trip and 40 Year 6 pupils to a Synagogue to bring the Humanities curriculum to life and help the pupils contextualise the multi-faith communities around them. The pupils had a brilliant day and had the opportunity to really explore the different cultural aspects of faith.
Our Year 6 and Year 7 Cricket teams faced a really tough challenge this week playing Millfield and Taunton. Both teams played really well and can be extremely proud of their performances against two very strong sides. Our Year 6 lost under the Barrington rules, with the game finishing 243 – 207. Our Year 7, playing a tradition 20 over fixture, lost the toss and were put in the field and Taunton made the most of this reaching 188 for 1. Some teams would have been really daunted by the size of the task, however, the boys fought hard and ended the game on 128 for 4. A score that would win most matches. Well done to all the boys that took part.
Mr Albrow received the scores for the pupils that took part in the UKMaths Challenge. Congratulations to all our Gold, Silver and Bronze certificate winners. We will share this success with you once the parents and carers have been officially notified.
Finally, congratulations to Lydia, 5JC, on passing her Grade 3 B flat Cornet exam with Merit! Well done and keep the good work.
Friday 12th May
I am so proud of our Year 6 pupils who this week completed their SATs. As expected their conduct during this week of formal assessment was exemplary and I hope that their hard work and brilliant attitude is rewarded with the outcomes that they truly deserve. The week is, despite our best efforts, very demanding and I know that ‘Fun Friday’ was welcome relief for both pupils and teachers alike. What a credit to the school and your parents/carers you all are. Well done!
As always it was great to welcome our First schools to the Athletics festival this week. Our Year 8 sports leaders always look forward to these events and never fail to provide a great experience for or future pupils. Whenever I speak to pupils or parents after the events they always remark on the fun and enjoyment that their children experience. It is a huge part of our transition work and the Year 8’s always ensure the pupils feel welcome and supported. I am sure with only 9 school weeks left before they move on our Year 8’s will be thinking about their own transition and the new challenges that await them.
On the theme of challenge, we face our own challenge in finding a replacement for Mr Sage, who after 11 years of dedicated work at HSMS, has decided that now is the right time to face new challenges of his own. We all wish him well and we will of course keep you informed about who will be fulfilling this role next academic year.
Our Year 5 boys travelled to Wells Cricket Club to participate in the annual Kwik cricket competition. They looked very professional in their whites and enjoyed a great, sunny afternoon of cricket in beautiful surroundings. The boys won all their matches and hence the tournament and will now go onto represent Mendip in the next round. Well done boys!
Congratulations to Tom Burke, 8SK, who picked up 3 medals at the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts South West championship. Tom got a gold for point stop sparring, and bronze medals for hand drills and 10 kick combo.
You may recall from an earlier blog that Ewan Phillips (Year 8) won the International Peace Poster Contest in November 2017. Ewan's poster was then entered into the District contest and will be included in an exhibition of all the winning “A Celebration of Peace” Posters from Lions Clubs in District 105SW, in the South Cloister of Wells Cathedral from Saturday 6th May until Friday 12th May. Fantastic work Ewan.
Our Year 8 played Churchill Academy in the first round of the Frank Steer U13 Memorial Shield. Fielding first Churchill were bowled out for 83 runs at the end of the 17th over in an 18 over innings. Charlie Jackson held the innings together batting to the penultimate ball as we passed the target set in the 15th over finishing on 84 for 7. A great game and some brilliant performances. We now meet Sexeys Bruton in the next round.
Congratulations to Poppy McGhee, who was a prize winner in the Young Musicians Platform 2017 competition. This a competition for outstanding young musicians under the age of 18 in the south west of England. Poppy, was we youngest competitor and was unanimously chosen by the panel of adjudicators (all of them prominent and internationally successful musicians) to be one of the four equal prize winners. Poppy, will now perform independently in a concert as part of The Two Moors Festival in October.
I hope that you all enjoyed a long weekend and made the most of May day?
As always it was great to see so many of our Key Stage 3 Parents/carers at the subject evening last week. It is always great to share with you the wonderful progress that your children are making with us and agree strategies to support further learning.
On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Academies Show’ in London. Unfortunately, due to the somewhat surprising call for an early election many of the ministerial Key note speakers were unable attend. I can’t think why! Despite this it was a really interesting day with some very thought provoking if somewhat ‘crystal ball gazing’ presentations. The future for education and in particular the Fairer Funding debate is just one of many unknowns as we enter this electoral period. Rest assured we will continue to do our very best for our pupils and this community.
In school we took part in the first international ‘Share a Pencil Day’ which aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting children's ability to access good education, worldwide. Working with the not-for-profit organisation, ‘Hope’ and their Bright Futures campaign, ‘Share a Pencil Day’ aims to raise £10,000 for essential education. Pupils at HSMS enjoyed an assembly given by Mr Evan Lewis from ‘Hope’ and then pupils participated in the ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ to learn about the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development, and focusing on ‘Why are so many children not in school?’ The Day was a wonderful success and children went away feeling much more connected and aware of the issue. They also raised over £80 to contribute to the Bright Futures Campaign through the sale of Share a Pencil Day pencils.
Well done to all of our budding Mathematicians who took part in the UK Maths challenge this week. The challenge is a really tough maths assessment which brings together the most able maths pupils from across the country. I am sure that our pupils have once again excelled and I look forward to receiving their outcomes.
As the Year 5 space topic approaches ‘splash down’ our pupils had a wonderful day @Bristol exploring the fantastic interactive displays and participating in great space experiments. The highlight of the day was their visit to the UK's only magnificent 3D Planetarium. Staff and pupils all stated what a brilliant time they had.
As part of the English curriculum our Year 8 pupils enjoyed a wonderful Romeo & Juliet performance on Friday afternoon. This enhanced their knowledge and understanding of one of Shakespeare’s most well know plays and brought to life the theory work that they have covered in lessons.
Our U12 girls played in the Somerset Schools Cup final against Crispin at Street FC. The team worked really well together dominating Crispin and in the end ran out comfortable winners. For more information please see the Latest News section of the website. Congratulations girls on becoming the County champions.
Meanwhile our U11 boys went to Millfield to compete in the Basketball SASP finals. The standard of basketball was excellent with most other teams including much taller players which they used to their advantage to rebound both in attack and defence. Despite this lack of height our boys were superb all afternoon, winning 3 and losing 4, which saw us finish 4th overall out of seven teams.
Good luck to all our Year 6 pupils next week as they sit the SATs. I know that they will be fully prepared and hopefully full of confidence as they turn the paper over to begin!
Welcome back after what I hope was a fantastic Easter break for you all. We were certainly blessed with good weather, which I hope will continue throughout the summer term. This is always a really exciting term with our Year 8 pupils looking forward to new challenges as they move on in their educational journey while our pastoral team work extremely hard to ensure a positive and smooth transition for children from our First schools.
I am sure that those parents/carers who drop off at the loop will have noticed our new fence. Just a reminder that the gates will be locked at 9.00am and opened at 3.40pm. Any Child arriving between these times should, as usual, sign in at the main reception.
As always we had a brilliant end to the term with Year 5 enjoying the wonderful planetarium as part of their ‘space’ project. We also had over 500 members of our wider community join us for the evening ‘Stargazing’ event. A huge thank you to Mrs Farrell, Mrs Edmonds, The PTA and Jo Richardson who worked tirelessly to ensure we hosted a great evening.
The Normans fund-raising week for Water Aid was a big success, with an incredible £585.82 raised. This money will go to improving safe water supplies and sanitation across the world. Thank you to all those involved.
Congratulations to Mark Youth Theatre on their recent production of Annie. It was lovely to see so many of our pupils taking part and enjoying the show.
5JC who are currently studying the climate and biomes were very lucky to welcome a parent into the classroom. Mr. Clark gave a brilliant presentation on life in the Antarctic. They learnt about the climate and the animals who live there from exciting, first-hand experience.
Year 5 were also visited by the RNLI who provided some very important information about the work that they do and how to ensure that our pupils can stay safe when enjoying the beautiful coastline.
Our Year 7 Girls football team entertained Wells Blue. Wells Blue instantly put HSMS under a lot of pressure but some really strong defending from Grace and great goalkeeping from Millie kept them out. As the team’s confidence grew the ball was passed around swiftly and HSMS took control. The game ended in a 7-0 victory with a really impressive team performance.
The Year 7 netball team travelled to Frome to represent the school in a netball tournament. In their pool, they played Wells Blue, Selwood Middle School and Crispin. Despite the windy conditions the team played extremely well, winning one, drawing one and losing one game. For more details please see the latest news section of the website.
Moving to a sport using a smaller ball, well done to the 3 pupils who represented HSMS, at the Somerset Schools' Golf Championship. Ethan Franklin finished in 44th place, with a respectable score of 84. Beth Williams scored 76 and finished 8th, while, Jessica Haines scored 64 to finish 3rd in the net competition and 6th in the gross. Well done!
Six boys ran in the final race of the Mendip Junior Cross Country League. There was another strong performance from all our runners with HSMS securing a very credible 4th out of 22 schools in the end of season placings. A top 10 finish for Oscar has also earned him an invite to represent Mendip in a Somerset inter-area match in April.
Finally, I hope that all our KS3 Parents/Carers have received their child’s latest report and we look forward to seeing you all at the Parents’ evening next week.
As the end of term moves ever closer the number of brilliant activities and events going on shows no sign of slowing down. It was great, as always, to meet so many of our KS2 parents and carers at the recent Parents’ evening and I hope that it proved to be informative. It is great to be able to share with you the wonderful progress that your children are making.
It was also great to see so many excited and somewhat apprehensive parents/carers at the Year 7 Normandy information evening. I hope that you went away with any concerns resolved, but if not please contact Miss Kendall the trip leader.
Our Year 5 pupils have been working on the Great British Space Dinner Challenge. Pupils were required to work in teams to research the dietary needs of an astronaut and apply their knowledge by designing a recipe and making a meal which was nutritious, suitable to be eaten in space and British themed. See the latest news section for a mission control update.
Once again the Travelling Book Fair has been a success, with over 300 books purchased. A massive thank you to parents, carers and pupils for their support, enjoy reading and sharing the books you have bought.
Well done to Grace - 8GDA, and Hannah - 7JNB, for finishing in the top 5 in the Somerset Cross Country finals. Hard work and commitment will always bring reward. Hannah finished 3rd in her category and Grace 5th.
Congratulations to Ben 7EF on winning 4 Gold medals at the Highbridge Music festival, this is a truly remarkable achievement.
On a rather chilly and fresh afternoon we hosted the Year 3 and 4 netball festival. There were five teams represented- East Brent, Mark, Wedmore, Weare and a representative team from Hugh Sexey Year five. After a brief discussion, it was agreed that ‘extra’ players from each school formed the "all stars" team which meant we could play three matches at any one time. The standard of play was very good and we are excited about the potential for the future. Congratulations to all who took part and Wedmore First School who won the tournament.
Due to the popularity and quality of our KS3 girl’s rugby we were able to enter two teams into a tournament held at Castle Cary RFC. Both teams played extremely well with the warriors winning two and losing two, while the wolves were unbeaten in their pool winning all four games to leave the tournament as the only undefeated team. Please see the latest news section of the website for more details.
Many thanks to all our feeder First schools for attending the Year 3 multi skills events. The sport leaders ran the event and once again showed themselves to be excellent ambassadors and role models. There was a range of events being run, with football, hockey, rugby and relay running part of the programme. The first schools were mixed together so they could experience working with other people, and the sport leaders did a terrific job of keeping them enthused throughout.
Our Year 7 netball team travelled to Frome to take part in an area tournament. They played extremely well against some very strong opposition. HSMS played Wells Blue, Selwood Middle School and Crispin, winning one, drawing one and losing one. All the team have made huge improvements and returned tired but happy with their performance. Well done girls!
We have a very exciting event scheduled next week which we hope that you can join us at.
Stargazing Live EVENT FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017 7:30pm—10:00pm. In conjunction with year 5’s space topic, Hugh Sexey are hosting an exciting community event to coincide with the BBC Stargazing Live Programme, activities will include:
Space Odyssey Indoor Planetarium
Space Detectives Full Event Workshop for all the family and Virtual Reality Station
Wells and Mendip Astronomers' Event Display
Pete Richardson World renowned Astrophotography
Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society Displays and "Ask an Astronomer"
Manned telescopes for public viewing
Sowy Astronomers Displays
Finally, just a reminder that we Break up for Easter on Friday 31st March and return on Tuesday 18th April. Summer uniform can be worn by our pupils from the 18th on. This means that they can wear the school polo shirt, available from Deans in Cheddar, instead of the school shirt and tie. If you chose to stay in our full uniform this is perfectly acceptable.
It was great to see all four year groups represent HSMS in the annual netball fixture against Fairlands. All the teams played extremely well and, as always, were a credit to the school and PE department. To find more details please check the Latest news section of the website but in summary: Year five won 21-0, Year six were defeated 15-9, Year seven won 22-2 and Year eight won 21-6. Congratulations to all netball players who having been working hard at practice this term. The Year 7 netball team also had a very tough fixture against Wells Blue. Unfortunately, both the A and B team were defeated but the performance and skill execution is getting better.
It has also been a very busy week of inter-house football and netball matches. It is always great to see so much focused energy and enthusiasm as hundreds of pupils compete representing their house. As always there were some great individual and team performances but these were outshone by the sportsmanship and support for each other’s efforts. A brilliant week of physical endeavour, well done everyone who competed and thank you to the Sports Leaders who help officiate. All the results can be found on the latest news section.
Dates for your dairy this term include the KS2 Parents’ evening on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st March and our Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening in preparation for the Normandy trip. The term will culminate with our BBC Stargazing Live Event on Friday 31st March. More information will follow, but we are very excited to be hosting this event.
It has been another very busy and action packed week since my last blog! Friday proved to be a fantastic day with hundreds of pupils and staff arriving as weird and wonderful book characters to celebrate the end of our ‘World Book Day’ events. It did bring an uncontrollable Cheshire cat wide grin to my face as I entered each classroom or turned every corridor corner. Our Key Stage 2 pupils also took part in a World Book Day book swap as part of the celebration which proved to be an enormous success. Pupils were delighted with their new collections. Finally, as part of World Book Day activities a selection of our pupils were able to sit in a workshop today with Jenny Leggott, a self-published author of the Sammy Rambles series (a fantasy series about a boy and dragons) and were able to ask questions about the books and writing in general. They all had a great time and Jenny enjoyed their company.
Anyone for board games? Our House captains are running a very popular KS2 Board Games club at lunchtime. If you are interested please see more information on the House notice board.
On Tuesday, 18 Year 6 pupils attended the Somerset School Games Athletic Final in Taunton. Having previously qualified for the final, the competition on the day was extremely strong pitting the area winners from across Somerset against each other. The Hugh Sexey team enjoyed the morning and came away with medals for 3rd place- a great achievement. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section of the website for more details
After a long mid-winter break, the penultimate race of the Years 5 & 6 cross country season was held at Downside School in Stratton-on-the-Fosse. The team braved the cold, windy and very muddy conditions. Katie proved to be an absolute star by beating most of the Year 6 girls (as well as her own Year 5s) with a top 10 finish.
On Friday evening Johannah, Lydia, Lucy, Matilda and Jess took part in the Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year competition at Kings of Wessex Academy. Congratulations to Johannah on winning the Junior section of the competition followed by Matilda in second and Lucy in third place. Well Done girls
On 26th February 5 pupils competed for Hugh Sexey at the Sedgemoor Schools Biathlon at Burnham pool. They all performed brilliantly and with some great results. Ben Carter won the year 5 boys with an exceptional swim time, Ashna Badhen competed bravely for the first time in the year 6 girls, Alex Scott just missed out on the podium in a very competitive year 6 boys group. Euan Lyall came 3rd in the year 7 and 8 boys with a fantastic run and Hannah Carter was awarded 1st place in the year 7 girls. Well done on all your fantastic performances!
Just a reminder that we sent an email to your current contact with a hyperlink to the after school and before school child care survey. If you did not receive this then please contact the school office.
Welcome back, we hope that you all had a fantastic ½ term break!
We returned to school to receive the delightful news that Mr McGrath became a proud father during the break and that his wife and daughter are both fit and well. We wish him a fun filled paternity leave.
As you will be aware it was World Thinking Day on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 and many of our uniformed service children, recognised and celebrated this day by attending school in their uniform. Well done to all those pupils who made the effort to signify the event.
Following feedback from parents/carers we will send home a survey on ‘wrap around’ care provision here at HSMS from September 2017. We will send this via an email link on Thursday 2nd March. If you do not receive an email with the sender as HughSexeyInfo then please contact the school with your current email address as the one we have stored in our School Information Management System could be incorrect. We are trying to gauge the demand for before and after school provision.
Congratulations to our girls Year 5 netball teams who competed in a mixed Year 5/6 tournament at Strode College on Thursday. Mrs Callow told me that they performed brilliantly displaying great handling skills and tactical awareness but unfortunately lacked the height to maximise their outcome when shooting or rebounding. Well done girls, I am sure that you have learnt a great deal and will be even better prepared for your next games.
Next week the Normans will be holding a Mufti day in support of their chosen house charity, Water Aid and a penalty shoot-out. Pupils and staff will also be celebrating world book day on Friday 3rd March 2017, when they can attend school dressed as their favourite book character.
What a ‘Wonderland week!’. Huge congratulations to the Year 8 cast and crew of 'Alice in Wonderland', which took place last week. Our First schools, HSMS pupils and parents/carers alike were entertained by the fabulously curious adventures of Alice as she ventured through a strange and magical Wonderland, meeting the oddest of characters. It really was a brilliant production with outstanding performances and technical support. I would also like to thank my colleagues who gave up their time freely to ensure that this spectacular stage show could delight us all. Please see the latest news section of the website to explore this curious world!
Keeping our Year 8 pupils busy, our Sports Leaders organised a brilliant First School Year 4 Multi Skills sports festival. Despite the cold weather our First School pupils had a great time and enjoyed a range of sports-based competitions. Well done!
Congratulations to our Under 12's girls who have booked their place in the Somerset Schools Football Final after beating local rivals Fairlands 5-0 away. Well done to the squad of girls who will be playing either Selwood or Crispin at Street FC, on Wednesday, 27th April. Good luck.
Well done to the under 13s girls cricket team who took part in the Lady Taveners cup. The girls played extremely well facing stern competition from Chilton Trinity and Haygrove school. With continued practice with coach Sophie Luff on Monday lunchtimes, I am sure they will only get better as both individuals and as a team. Keep working hard on developing those skills, girls.
Many congratulations to Hannah 7JNB, Louis 8IA and Grace 8GDA for breaking long standing cross country school records.
Finally, well done to Ben 7EF who scooped a prize at the Taunton Festival of Arts for his wonderful recital of ‘Mesmerelda’ and ‘Ragtime’.
Have a restful half term and we look forward to see the pupils on Monday 20th February.
I cannot believe that we are already nearing the end of January as another week passes in a flash! It was great to see and engage in some really interesting discussions with the parents and pupils of Year 8 as they attended the GCSE options information evening at Kings of Wessex. It was refreshing and reassuring to find that many of our pupils have already made very sensible choices. As Mr Richardson stated it is vital that these option forms are return by the 10th February deadline so that they have the best chance of studying their preferred courses.
Well done and congratulations to our Year 8 Dance sports leaders who organised a brilliant event for our partner first schools. As always their enthusiasm was infectious and our visitors had a great time.
Our Celts house captains did extremely well this week raising over £600 for their chosen charities, CLIC Sargent and Neve's Journey. Well done I am sure that your contributions will be gratefully received.
Thank you to the Year 5 team who ventured to Bristol Zoo this week with 154 intrepid explorers. I know that both pupils and staff had a wonderful day and returned tired but ‘buzzing’ with excitement.
Finally, well done to all those Year 8 Girls who bravely, in the caring hands of our NHS staff, endured their HPV injections. If your daughter missed this through illness/absence the ‘mop up’ date will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Good Luck to all the cast and backstage crew who next week perform the amazing ‘Alice in Wonderland’. I know that the Year 4 pupils at our first schools are really excited about watching the matinee dress rehearsal on Tuesday. I know it will be fantastic!
It has been another action packed week with some wonderful curriculum workshops and sporting events. It was also great to see so many of our Year 7 and 8 parents and carers at the curriculum Parents’ Evening. It is always a delight to share how brilliantly our pupils are academically progressing and maturing into young adults. It is an extremely exciting time for our Year 8 pupils who will be making important GCSE course choices this week following the information evening at Kings of Wessex on Wednesday 25 January (for more information check out the Latest News section of the website).
Our Year 6 pupils enjoyed a brilliant interactive workshop with Clive Pig, an inspirational educator, looking at the Mayans and the facts and myths surrounding their culture. I am sure that his energetic presentations brought to life this ancient populations life and beliefs.
The year 6 were also treated to a visit from LAB live who brought in a range of exotic animals to help them carry out a classification exercise in science. I am sure that this ‘hands on’ experience will help to reinforce the key learning objectives.
Not to be out done our Year 8 pupils had a special visit from the Education Officer of the American Museum in Bath who helped them to learn about the lives of Enslaved Peoples as part of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Pupils focused their learning on 5 themes: life before the transatlantic Slave trade, trade and commerce, plantation life, resistance, and abolition and freedom. Pupils were able to handle and investigate artifacts and interpret the function or purpose of that artifacts.
Our sports teams have had a very busy but successful week. Our Year 6 basketball team travelled to Stroud College with the two teams finishing 1st and 3rd respectfully. Well done! The U13 Boys football team played Clevedon School in the County Cup and ran out 5-2 winners after a very closely fought game. Good luck in the next round boys.
The U13 Girls football team met a very strong Year 9 team at Gordano in the County cup and were defeated. I know that the girls returned disappointed but on occasions you just have to recognise and accept that sometimes your best effort isn’t quite enough. I hope that they learn from this experience and keep working hard to improve as a team. The next game is the important one!
Due to the Alice in Wonderland rehearsals we fielded a mixed Year 8 and Year 7 Girls Netball team against Wells Blue here at HSMS and found the height and team work displayed difficult to counter. Wells ran out comfortable winners but the girls gave a really strong performance showing the depth of the girls talents across the Key Stage.
Finally, huge congratulations must go to Hannah Carter who broke a 7 year old record for running the school cross country. I know that Hannah is a fabulous athlete who competes regularly for the school but this is still a great achievement. Well Done.
Just a reminder that Year 8 Girls have their HPV injections on Friday 27 January, Year 5 are visiting Bristol Zoo on the same day and that Celts are holding their Charity Mufti-day on Thursday to raise money for CLIC Sargent and Neve's Journey.
Welcome back after what I hope was a wonderful festive break. It was fantastic to see all our pupils return fully charged and ready for the upcoming term.
Thank you to all our Year 6-8 parents and carers who took the time to complete the Parent view questionnaire. We will analyse this data and share the feedback with you in due course.
Our Year 7 and 8 parents/carers should have received their child’s curriculum report and we look forward to meeting you on Monday or Tuesday of next week to discuss their progress in person.
Well done Year 8 who this week completed their English and Mathematics GL assessments. Staying with Year 8 I hope that as many of you as possible can attend the Kings of Wessex options evening on Wednesday 25th January at 7.00pm. This is a vital time in our pupil’s educational journey and the information gained on that evening will help you to make informed decisions.
Thank you to Mr Albrow and the Year 6 team who delivered a very informative and well received ‘Walking Talk SATs Maths’ session. This involved all our Year 6 pupils experiencing what it is like sitting at individual desks in the school hall and become accustomed to this way of working. Mr Albrow then expertly took the pupils through a paper giving them excellent strategies and reinforcing good habits. The pupils were of course brilliant and soaked up the advice offered.
On a personal note it was very sad to hear that Mr Richardson has announced his retirement after serving tirelessly as Headteacher at Kings of Wessex for over two decades. I want to personally thank him for all his support throughout the last year and I wish him all the best for the future and hope that he enjoys his well-deserved ‘free’ time.
Finally, well done to our Year 5 Futsal team who won the Mendip Primary Futsal Cup at Strode College. To find out more check out the latest news section of the website.
Well the end of term has arrived and the excitement of our pupils is only matched by the fatigue of my team. It is great to see so many Christmas clad pupils ready to have a brilliant break and spend time with their families and close friends. I had the pleasure of being part of a wonderful KS2 celebration assembly today which highlights just how lucky we are with a fantastic group of young people who are eager to learn and celebrate the success of their peers. I know that our KS3 pupils will have a brilliant time celebrating their great year thus far at Wells cinema. I must admit that being of a certain age, I was rather jealous when I found out our Year 8’s were going to watch the newly released ‘Rogue One’. Oh well, I will take the trip alone over Christmas.
This crowns off another week, full of all that is great about the school. We have entertained our local residents in Blackford with a stunning performance at the Village Hall. This was followed by 4 carol concerts at Holy Trinity. Each was special in its own way with some extra special musical performances and ultra-confident readings. We then decanted to St Marys where the audience were wowed with more stunning performances in the evening in a dramatic candle lit church. A huge thanks to Mrs Harrison and Rev Neill, who led the 5 services. Without their contributions none of it would have been possible.
We also managed to squeeze in a visit from the Tim Peake Primary Project team who provided brilliant workshops to our Year 6 pupils on ‘Hydration Station’ and the staff of Hinkley Point B who provided a wonderful insight into nuclear power for a selection of Year 7 pupils.
Congratulations to Caitlin 6GB who was recently awarded a Green belt in Kick boxing. Well done on this fabulous achievement.
Finally, well done and Thank you to the Design and Technology department and Year 7 pupils who raised over £400 for the local Food Bank after selling some of their Christmas design products at lunch time. This will make a significant difference to the lives of our most vulnerable community members.
As part of the Wessex Learning Trust we will become our own admissions authority and as such we need to consult on our admission arrangements for September 2018. These can be found on our Website in the Key information section under admissions. It will not affect pupils already on roll or those who have applied for a September 2017 start as these are still governed by the current admission criteria.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Without wishing my time away we look forward to seeing all our pupils return safely and recharged on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Good luck with your New Year resolutions.
What a difference a week makes. Freezing temperatures and limited visibility replaced the rain, heavy rain and more rain. However, nothing seems to be able to ‘dampen’ the pupil’s enthusiasm and this week offers no exception.
We have over 40 pupils enjoying the sights and no doubt tastes that the German Christmas market trip offers. To get a ‘flavour’ of the activities that they have been enjoying please take the time to check the latest news section of the website. I hope that their return ferry crossing is as calm as the outward bound sailing and that those lovely chocolate gifts make home in one piece!
Some of our budding KS3 scientists ventured out of school this week visiting the ‘Science Lab Live’. I know that they had a great time and Miss Waring was delighted with the knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm demonstrated.
Staying with KS3. Congratulations to Ewan 8GDA, who won the Lions International Peace Poster competition. Well done to Alyssa and Sophie who were selected by the panel as runners up. To see the winning posters, please visit the ‘Latest News’ section of the website.
Mrs Harrison and Mrs Edmonds had the pleasure of taking our KS2 choir to Wells Cathedral where they joined other budding choral singers and performed in the splendour and historic surroundings of the cathedral accompanied by the resident organist. I am sure that the pupils will remember this experience and look back on it with pride for years to come.
We have also had a very successful first week in the ‘cashless’ canteen. We have been really pleased with the speed with which our pupils have adapted to the new system. Obviously, there have been some minor issues which we are working with our catering contractor to resolve but it would be helpful if you remember to ensure that your child has sufficient credit in their canteen account and that they know if they have enough funds to have more than just the lunchtime meal.
What a lovely way to end the wettest short school week that I can remember. It was great to see so many of our pupils having a great time on Thursday night at the School Disco which was organised by the PTA. On behalf of the very grateful pupils, thank you very much for those volunteer parents and my colleagues who gave up their time freely to make this fun event happen. I know I’m getting old when I don’t know many of the songs and realise that they will not slow down until the last note of the last song fades out!
Two of our Year 8 pupils, (Alex and Anna) and Ms Taylor have had the experience of a life time. They with other pupils from across the South West spent 4 action packed days exploring and bringing to life the battlefields and events of the First World War. To be amazed at what they managed to experience in such a short period of time please explore the ‘Latest News’ section of the website.
Once again it was great to welcome our First schools to HSMS to participate in a Gymnastics festival organised and run by our Year 8 sports leaders. Once again they did us and you as their parents proud, enthusing and supporting these younger pupils. Well done, you are a great team.
My colleagues spent a very fruitful INSET day on Friday 25th November, visiting many of our partner schools to spend a day in the life of, which will prove invaluable at transition both from our First schools but also up to Kings of Wessex when they study the ‘new’ GCSE courses. Others visited Middle schools across the county to share best practise and pedagogy while others experienced other settings at both KS2 and KS3.
Please remember that we go live on Monday 28th with our ‘cashless catering canteen’. Please make sure that your child has credit on their account if you intend to use the canteen.
I didn’t think the school could be any busier; however, I continue to live and learn. Congratulations and well done Isla, 8RM who raised over £1500 for the ‘Young Minds Charity’. This is a fantastic achievement for a brilliant cause. On the same theme it was great to see the school and year groups come together to raise money for ‘Children in Need’. The Pudsey colour themed mufti-day and Year specific events all helped to contribute to this excellent cause. Well done, everyone who contributed.
Our KS2 pupils were treated to a visit from the Tim Peake Primary Schools Space project lead, who ‘launched’ the exciting space themed activities that the pupils will be taking part in this year. I know that the 10 mini space ambassadors are looking forward to a successful ‘Blast off’.
Thank you to all those parents and carers who have taken the time to attend or have signed up to attend the Maths Inspire sessions that Mr Albrow is leading to support and introduce you to the Year 5 maths curriculum and methodology. I hope that you found it interesting. I know that the pupils loved sharing some curriculum time with you.
It is always great to welcome our First School pupils to HSMS and on a bitterly cold evening it was even more so. The Year 8 sports leaders worked really hard to warm the pupils up before embarking on the inter school cross country race. There were some superb individual performances which contributed to a team score and everyone who completed the course can be extremely proud of their achievement, especially as the ground was so soft and it appeared the runners were taking two steps forward and one step back! Congratulations to Wedmore First School who after being pushed really hard by Axbridge came out on top in the combined team event.
It was also a really busy week of internal team sport competition with the house matches in Hockey and Rugby dominating the week. Congratulations to the Year 5 Normans, Year 6 Vikings, Year 7 Normans and Year 8 Celts on winning the inter-house Hockey tournament and Year 5 Saxons, Year 6 Celts, Year 7 Celts and Year 8 Saxons on becoming the Rugby House champions. All the games were played in excellent spirit and each House captain can be rightly proud of their performances. I would also like to thank the PE team and sports leaders who helped organise and officiate the games.
Another busy week in the life of our school community seems to have passed in Flash. It was poignant therefore to spend time on Friday in silent reflection as the whole school community paid tribute and demonstrated their respect for those service men and women who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today. It was a very moving remembrance service made even more memorable with the visit of Commander Price and Corporal Higman, representing the Mark Royal British Legion, and Wing Commander Sagar who had joined us earlier in the week to lead an assembly in which Mrs Thompson was swore into the RAF reservists. We would also like to thank Alex Cave-Callen, an ex-pupil, and The Kings of Wessex for allowing him to return to HSMS to play the last post.
Thank you to all the Year 6 Parents and Carers who attended the Parents’ evening, I hope that you found the discussion informative and had the chance to celebrate all their wonderful achievements so far? Keeping some of our Year 6 pupils busy, they enjoyed a fantastic ‘Healthy Eating Trail’ at the Burnham-on-Sea Tesco Branch. Miss Lattibeaudiere, was delighted with the pupils interest and engagement throughout the day as were the staff from Tesco who worked with them.
On behalf of the school could I say a massive thank you to all those families that supported the ‘Shoe Box appeal’. Your kind generosity will make a significant difference to the lives of those children receiving these gifts.
The annual Travelling Book fair launched on Thursday and will be with us all week. I know that Mrs Palmer will be around to support and help all the children quench their thirst for reading and enter that literal fantasy world. What better way to spend the dark wet evenings than engrossed in a great book.
For those who need a numeracy fix in year 5, Mr Albrow is again running his really popular ‘Maths Inspire’ sessions. I know that the pupils are really excited about the chance to work with you for an afternoon and demonstrate their number prowess, and it will be great to see you.
On the sporting front we have again had a very successful week. The Year 8 girls Hockey team played Wells Blue securing a convincing 5-0 victory, while the Year7 girls put two teams out against Crispin. Winning both matches 8-0 and 3-1. Well done. Still with the girls but without the sticks, our U14 girls made the short journey down the A38 to play The King Alfred School, under lights. They returned home triumphant following a strong 2-0 win. More details are as usual available on the latest news section of the website. Finally, congratulations to Oscar 6GB and Katie 5CE who had brilliant runs in the Junior Mendip Cross Country League. Keep up the good work.
Next week, Friday 18th November is ‘Children in Need day’ and a reminder we have an inset day on Friday 25th November and we go ‘cashless’ in the canteen on Monday 28th November.
I hope that you have all had a wonderful ½ term break and enjoyed the mild and on the whole dry end to October? As the clocks have changed and it is now getting darker much closer to the end of school day I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you that we would like our pupils as visible as possible, especially if they are walking or cycling home. We know that our pupils are ‘Stars’ but unfortunately they do not emit light in the same way so please help them stay safe!
While on the subject of dress, can I please remind all our Parents and Carers that ‘Hoodies’ do not form part of our school uniform and that they are not appropriate to wear at school as coats.
Thank you to those parents/carers who attended the German Christmas Markets information evening this week. I hope the excitement is growing and that you received all the information you needed as the final plans are put in place. I know that they will have a wonderful time and that a climb to the top of the Cologne Cathedral is a must not only for the views but the cardio-vascular workout.
Congratulations to all our pupils who have competed this week in inter school competitions. Our Year 8 Girls Hockey squad hosted Crispin school and played two very competitive small sided games, winning one comfortably while narrowly losing the other. To keep the perfect symmetry our Year 7 Girls Hockey team also manged a victory and defeat away against Wells Blue school. Well done girls. Our Year 8 Boys played their first Hockey fixture and hosted Fairlands. In a very good game we were defeated 2-0. Well done boys, keep working on the team shape at club practise and I am sure your performance will reflect this in the future.
It has also been a busy week on the football pitch with several games. Our Year 8 football team have had two great victories, beating Castle School in Taunton after penalties in the County Cup and Fairland’s 7-0 in the EFSA National cup. Also in National cup action were our Year 7 team who defeated Millfield 6-1. Finally, our Year 8 Girls had a tremendous performance beating Castle School 8-0 to progress into the next round of the cup competition. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section of the website for more information.
I hope that you all received the email sent at the end of last ½ term about the move to a cashless catering system on 28th November 2016. A copy is also on the VLE ‘Parents’ section if for some reason you have not had this email or it has arrived in your ‘Spam’ box.
I can always tell when we are near the end of term because you can sense the whole school slowing down, fatigued from the unbelievable provision afforded our pupils and the sustained effort required from all our stakeholders to make HSMS such a vibrant and exciting place to work and learn. I hope that you all enjoy your half term break as much as we will and that the pupils arrive recharged, ready for the next extremely busy 7 weeks of school life.
I am sorry that I could not meet our Year 7 and 8 parents/carers at the recent Parents evening as I was in Stratford attending a conference for the National Middle Schools. I hope that you had a good evening and that you valued meeting your child's tutor to discuss the recent attitude to learning report. We have obviously analysed this data and are delighted that this reflects what we see daily. Our pupils working really hard to improve their skills and knowledge; a developed resilience and an intrinsic desire to overcome whatever challenge we put in front of them. I look forward to watching this continued growth.
Making learning ‘real’ is important to us and this is demonstrated with the experiences our pupils have. Some of our Year 8 pupils visited Bristol to investigate further the Buddhism faith and see it action. They had the opportunity to meet with and discuss the faith first hand with community members who practise this faith. Experiences like this really do educate our pupils and help them recognise the similarities and differences each faith hold, ensuring that they understand the wider world around them.
Congratulations to our Year 7 and 8 Girls hockey teams who played Fairlands recently. The year 8 team executed the skills that they have been working hard to develop by defeating Fairlands 5-1 while the Year 7 team kept a clean sheet beating Fairlands 4-0. Well done and good luck in your next fixtures.
I look forward to meeting our Year 6 parents on 7th and 8th November at the Parents’ evening.
Please remember that we have a school closure on Friday 25th November as we have our Inset day.
What a busy week!
It was great to see so many of our Year 5 parents/carers at the Parents’ evening. I hope that you found the meeting with your childs tutor both timely and informative. We are extremely pleased with the way that your children have coped with the transition process and I hope that you had the opportunity to discuss their progress during their first 5 weeks with us and bring up and address any concerns that you may have had.
At the other end of the spectrum, it was great to see so many of our parents and pupils, both current and previous acting as ambassadors, at the Kings of Wessex Open Evening. This is the start of a very extensive transition process and I hope that you had the opportunity to ask lots of questions as you and your child for the next phase of their education. Wednesday 25th January is a very important date as their selection of GCSE options will begin in earnest. Please feel free to contact us if we can help you with any part of this important process.
We welcomed a charity supporting Lepra this week which culminated in a Zumba workout, which even the Headteacher could not escape, and individual fund raising activities. The generosity of the community and the hard work of our pupils raised in excess of £2500. What a brilliant achievement that will impact the lives of hundreds of young people across the world!
We also had the pleasure of hosting the Jolurabi school choir from Kenya. This was a truly amazing experience for staff and pupils alike. A huge thank you to Ms Taylor and Megan Rees (7RT) who led the event and strengthened the work that Megan has done in supporting the basic needs of Kenya children accessing education. Their performance was extremely uplifting and complemented the first international football fixture held since my arrival, a wonderful percussion set at lunchtime and time in lessons to see how pupils learn at HSMS. For some great images and more details please see the latest news section of the school website.
It has also been a very busy sporting week with some outstanding performances both individually and collectively.
Well done, Austin Peters (8AMW) who came 2nd in the 50m front crawl and butterfly swimming meet at Midsomer Norton and the school equine team who competed at Bicton finishing a creditable 4th place qualifying for the school plate competition in December. Good luck at your next events.
The Year 5 and 6 hockey teams inspired by the women’s success at the Rio Olympics have been working really hard on a Thursday evening to improve their individual skills and team work. This culminated in a fixture against Fairlands. The Year 5 team performed extremely well winning 4-0 while the Year 6 team played with great spirit eventually losing 5-2. Keep working hard at training and improving with every game.
Our Year 7 Boys rugby team played Wells Blue in what turned out to be a fantastic game played in excellent spirit. The game was in the balance right until the dying minutes when HSMS put several phases together resulting in a fine try to win the game. Both schools can be rightly proud of the players representing them, well done. Following this victory the Year 8 boys defeated Crispin in a closely fought game. Please see the latest news section for more details.
Congratulations to our U11 Girls football team who competed in the Mendip School Games. They were brilliant all day and now have the honour of representing the school and Mendip area in the county Finals in January. The team won 4 out of the 5 games played without conceding a goal all day. Well done and good luck in January.
Finally, I was humbled by the actions of Carrie (6MJ) who donated 12inches of her hair to ‘The Little Princess Trust’. They use the hair to provide free natural hair wigs for children who are receiving treatment in their fight against cancer. You are a true inspiration. Well done!
Thank you to Mrs Allen, who has been working hard to select our Year 8 Ambassadors for this year. She has expressed her delight at the quality of applications that she has received and I know that the team selected will be extremely proactive and carry out the role with great dignity and pride. I am confident that this years ambassadors will provide our younger pupils with positive role models that ensure our core values are modelled and demonstrated on a daily basis. I really look forward to working with them this year.
Congratulations to our U13 Boys football team who competed against Crispin school in the 2nd round of the English Schools National cup. After a very closely fought encounter HSMS emerged victorious beating Crispin 3-2. Well done Boys, and a very special thank you to those parents who were able, at very short notice, to ferry the team across to Street when the Bus did not arrive. Without you this game would have had to be forfeited. Not to be out done well done to the U11 football team that competed in the Mendip area football tournament at Strode College. The team won 3 and drew 1 game, completing the tournament without conceding a goal. A fabulous team effort, well done.
What a great adventure our Year 5 Pupils have endured. The theme for their week has been survival and it was amazing to see the range of activities that our pupils participated in and fully embraced. Working independently and as part of a team to successfully conquer whatever was put before them are skills which will stay with them for life. The Clay heads created at the forest school, first aid and emergency response training and shooting arrows from a bow on the school site are just a few of the many things I overheard our pupils enthusing about. I was then totally blown away by the quality of the presentations our Year 5 pupils shared with our parents/carers and their peers in the Year 5 Open morning on Friday. Wow what a week.
Our Year 6 pupils also had a brilliant ‘out of classroom’ learning experience at Ashford reservoir and water treatment plant. Here they spent time looking at the river profiles, erosion and water velocity as well as having a very informative tour of the water treatment plant exploring the history of providing safe drinking water and the modern science behind the current practise.
Well done to all those pupils who were recognised by their tutors as ‘Pupil of the Month’. You should be rightly proud of this achievement which recognises the great work that you are doing. I hope that you can keep this up over the coming months?
It was great to see so many new parents/carers at our open day and evening on Wednesday 28th September 2016. The feedback received was extremely positive and I hope that we will be seeing you over the coming years if you chose us to educate and care for your child. A huge thank you to my staff and pupils who always find the time to have meaningful conversations with our prospective parents and so willingly give their precious time freely. Please do contact us if you wish to explore further any aspect of school life, and especially the benefits of the three tier system in more detail. Applications must be made to the Local authority, details can be found on the school website under Parents: Transition, by the closing date of 15th January 2017.
Congratulation to our Year 7 Rugby team, who had their first fixture of the season against Fairlands. A great team performance saw them run in winners 35-0. For more details please see our latest news section of the school website.
It was great to see so many of our Year 6 Parents and carers at the briefing evening this week. I hope that you found the session informative and went away with a clearer understanding of the SATs year and our commitment to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum throughout the year. The presentation can be accessed through the parents section of the VLE. Please feel free to contact your child’s tutor if you have any questions that may have arisen following the evening.
Congratulations to Aaron (6SB) who was awarded a silver medal the recent South West swimming meet. Well done, I know how much training is required to compete at this level and be successful!
Well done to our Year 7 boys who retained the Wylie Shield in cricket defeating Minehead Middle School and those who played football against The Park School, Yeovil, in the first round of the English Schools National Cup. A really commanding performance resulted in a comfortable victory.
Some of our Year 7 & 8 pupils also competed in the first race of the Mendip Senior Cross Country League this week with standout performances from Hannah (7JNB), Nathan (7EF) and Grace (8GDA) contributing to a strong team performance. Good luck in the next race.
Welcome back for those returning and a special welcome to those joining the school for the first time. I look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks and months so please make sure that you come and talk to me whenever you see me around the school site.
I cannot believe that a year has already passed since my first blog and what we have achieved and about to embark on this year. I can however, promise you that we will do all we can to make this year exciting, full of new opportunities and challenges.
I am always amazed at how quickly our pupils, but especially our new pupils, adapt and settle into our school routines and expectations. We work very hard to ensure that these are reinforced and articulated but even so I am delighted with how well our Year 5 and new pupils have settled. I recognise that I am in a very privileged position as Headteacher, and while moving around the site have the time to observe our pupils moving between lessons and at social times. During these interactions I get a real ‘feel’ for the school's ethos and what I see are happy, polite and conscientious young people; comfortable and confident in their surroundings. There truly is a buzz around the school at all times.
As I am sure you will be aware from the work carried out last year, our aim was to become an Academy and member of the Wessex Learning Trust on 1st September 2016. Unfortunately, due to some land ownership issues, which have subsequently been resolved, the DfE were unable to proceed with the conversion on this date. We are now due to convert on 1st November 2016 and join our First and Upper schools in the Wessex Leaning Trust. This is a really exciting development within the Cheddar Valley and one which will benefit our pupils and wider learning community.
It was great, as always, to meet so many of our Year 7 and Year 8 Parents and carers at our Parents’ briefings. I hope that you found the meeting informative and found the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have had. The presentations should be available via the 'Parents' section of our VLE.
Congratulations to our girls U13 football team who defeated Somervale 6-3 in the first school fixture of the year. They now progress to the 2nd round of the English Schools National Cup. Well done girls.
Finally, please find a couple of dates for your diary. We have the individual and group school photos taking place on 20th September 2016 and it is our Open Day and Evening on Wednesday 28th September 2016.
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