December already and still so much to do! Congratulations to Matilda, 8DJ, who was selected as the winner of this year’s themed ‘The future of peace’ Lions International Peace Poster Competition. Her work is proudly displayed on the ‘Latest News’ section of our website. Well done also to Suzanna 8EF and Beth 8RT who were runners up.
Thank you to Ms Taylor and Mr Bullock who arranged a brilliant Year 8 Slavery workshop last week. These sessions with a guest expert and real artefacts really bring history to life and stimulate our pupils thinking and understanding of the hardships faced.
Well done to our year 7 and 8 boys rugby teams who welcomed Oakfield to HSMS last week. The teams have been working very hard in training and in their games lessons and it was wonderful to see these skills put effectively into the game situation. Keep up the good work boys. Not to be outshone our year 6 Hockey team played Fairlands and gave a great performance running out 2-0 winners, again well done girls and good luck in your next game.
Huge congratulations to Mr Gareth Waterfield for his nomination in the unsung hero's category of the BBC sports personality of the year awards. Gareth is a valued member of the PE team at Hugh Sexey and we all wish him well at the awards evening.
Finally, a quick reminder of the 'Everything is Awesome' PTA School Disco at 6-8pm on Thursday 7th December. To book a place at this event please see the latest news section of our website.
On Monday it was great to invite two former pupils, Anna Littlewood-Hillsdon and Alex Cramp, to launch their World War One Battlefield Tour Legacy Project to our governing body. The pupils and Ms Taylor visited the Western Front in November, 2016, as part of a 100 year anniversary project supported by the Government. One of the conditions of the trip was to create a lasting, informative memory of their experience. We have a wonderful interactive presentation that fulfils that brief. It was fantastic listening to the pupils talk with such passion and compassion about the dreadful loss of life during this conflict. Well done Anna and Alex.
It has been another really busy sporting week, despite the weather. Congratulations to all our pupils who competed in the House rugby and hockey matches, these results can be seen on the latest news section of the website and thank you to my colleagues who worked hard to make them happen. We also had success against Millfield Preparatory School in the girls U12 football and against Fairlands in the U13 final of the Mendip area hockey tournament. Good luck in the next round and Well done!
Finally, thank you to our sports leaders and First schools who joined us on Thursday evening for a festival of football. It was great to see, well just make out in the fading light, so many enthusiastic and sporting footballers. Well done to all that contributed to a great afternoon of sport.
This week we had a surprise visit from Pudsey Bear. This coincided with our weekly theme of Charity and obviously the national Children in Need events this week. The pupils and Pudsey were really excited, to the point of exhaustion for poor Pudsey. Thank you to all our pupils and staff who raised £717.43, which will hopefully help some of those charities showcased on Friday evening. We know that it truly makes a difference to those in need. Remaining with charitable events, our Shoebox Appeal has been hugely successful thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the parents, carers and pupils of Hugh Sexey Middle School. A group of hard-working year 8 pupils gave up their lunchtimes to help wrap boxes, sort donations and allocate presents. I am sure that the recipients of the gifts will be truly delighted by your kindness.
As always, the travelling book fair was a great success. In total over 350 books were sold, to the value of £1,588. I am sure that those purchases will bring hours of enjoyment and escapism. The Library has been given a voucher for £892 worth of books, which can be redeemed with Scholastic books
Congratulations to two members of the school equestrian team who competed at the National Schools Equestrian Association County Showjumping Championships on Sunday. Maddy Ross competed in two classes on her pony Bond, and Asha Leavey competed on her pony Tilly. Both girls performed brilliantly to get clear rounds. For some impressive action shots please visit the latest news section of the website.
Many congratulations also to Sam Tucker and Lewis Richards for being selected for the Somerset district cricket squad. Both boys have been working very hard in all areas and their selection is a result of their hard work and enthusiasm.
Our girls football team were drawn to play an away fixture in the 2nd Round of the ESFA National cup competition, this time playing away to Kings Hall in Taunton. Both teams played some exciting football, our girls were fantastic and they thoroughly deserved the 3-0 win. Good luck in the next round!
Good luck to all those pupils taking part in the Inter House competitions this week, try your best but most importantly enjoy the events.
As always it was great to meet so many of you at our Year 6 Parents’ evening on Monday. I hope that you found the opportunity to meet your child’s key teacher as rewarding as my colleagues who met you felt. I hope you also took the time to look through your child's exercise book and see the wonderful work that they have already completed. I am fortunate to speak to lots of very proud children who come to life bursting with pride when they have the chance to share with me the progress that they have made.
Thank you also to small core of Parents who attended the PTA meeting on Wednesday. I am sure that with your support we can create an additional all-weather active play area that will improve our outdoor winter facilities and allow more space for our pupils to run around and play, elevating their heart rate and flooding the brain with oxygen ready for the afternoon curriculum demands. I am sure that the PTA would welcome additional members but would also be grateful if you could use the school's link to ‘Giving Machine’ which means we receive a donation from the total of your spend. Sites include Amazon, ebay, John Lewis, Waitrose, Dorothy Perkins, M&S, Staples, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Next and 240 more.
On Friday 10th November Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School held its Remembrance Day service which has become a very special and poignant day here at our school. Our children began the day with an informative and moving assembly on the theme "They Live On". The assembly was followed by a service of reflection on our school playground, where children from each tutor group were called to lay a wreath at the foot of our school cenotaph; each wreath represented a different battle fought in the Great War. The wreath laying was accompanied by some wonderful violin music played expertly by Poppy McGhee, 8JNB. The cadets paraded our WW1 banner around the cenotaph, and were joined by the Royal British Legion standard bearers. We were also honoured to welcome retired servicemen and women from the Mark, Wedmore and Cheddar branches of the Royal British Legion.
It has been a busy and successful sporting week with news that Will Creaser (7AMW) and Oliver Richards (7IA) have been selected for the Somerset cricket squad. Also, many congratulations to Finley Bendle in 5EC, who has been selected to train with Somerset Cricket this winter with the intention of being selected for the summer tournaments and festivals. In cross-country, another sterling effort by our runners from Years 5 and 6 in race two of five was rewarded at Collett Park in Shepton Mallet. They had to brave proper cross-country conditions (cold and wet) making the course very muddy and slippery in places. Finley Halford 6SB, was first again out of 116 runners and there were top 10 finishes too for Katie, Nathan and Charlie. The girls team came a credible 6th out of 19 schools, whilst the boys team were 1st again (out of the 23 schools) beating Millfield by the finest of margins.
Not to be out done our Girls Football squad competed in the EFL Girls Cup at Exeter University on Friday 10th November, in a 6 a side tournament. We entered two teams in this very strong event and were delighted with their performances and progress during the tournament. After a brilliant team effort we came back as 3rd placed team after narrowly losing out on penalties in the semi-final. Check out the latest news section of the website to get more details.
For the first time since I arrived we managed to get a local 7- a- side rugby fixture against our neighbours Mark College. We used this opportunity to give debuts to a lot of boys who have regularly attended training. It was a fabulous afternoon of rugby, played in great spirit demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship. Hopefully we can repeat this fixture soon.
Well done to Charlotte King, Katie Board, Ava Robinson, Gracie Walsh Smith and Hattie Burbedge in year 7 for organising and running a Key stage 2 dance club. The girls are passionate about all forms of dance and wanted to share this with our pupils. The club runs every Wednesday lunchtime and the girls work very hard to plan fun and challenging sessions.
On an individual level, congratulations to Caitlin McDonnell, 7GDA, who was awarded most promising newcomer at Durley sailing club. Caitlin, has been sailing for almost a year and the award is a tribute to her hard work. The sailing club is part of the Somerset youth and community association. Well done on this fantastic achievement.
And finally, we have the Travelling Book Fair in School from Thursday 9th to Thursday 16 November 2017 - all our pupils will have the opportunity to view and buy books priced from £2. We hope that you will be able to support and fuel your child’s passion and thirst for reading but as an additional bonus every book sold gives the school commission to buy new books for the School Library.
Oh… Please be aware that it is that time of year when Pudsey springs into action and we will of course be supporting this charity with a Mufti day on Friday. We would ask for a minimum donation of a pound to wear what you like. Pudsey spots and colours would be welcome.
Welcome back after a well-deserved ½ term break. I hope that you all had a restful and enjoyable time. We have a very busy 8 weeks coming up with excitement levels reaching fever pitch as Christmas moves ever closer.
Apologies to our Year 6 Girls as I missed their wonderful achievement in the last week of last ½ term. They competed in the area U11 Primary Girls Football Tournament. Playing 4 other teams at Strode College they grew in confidence as the tournament progressed winning all of their games and qualifying to represent the area in the County tournament later this term.
We also had success last week in the Year 6 Indoor Athletics Competition held at Wells Cathedral School. The event included: running (relays, hurdles, running over obstacles), throwing (javelin and power ball throw), and jumping (standing jump, speed bounce, triple jump). Well done to all those athletes who represented HSMS.
Congratulations to Emily Smith (6AF) who is through to the schools National Judo Championships after securing a Silver medal in the recent Regional Championships. Emily is a member of the Cheddar Judo Club and is a member of the Somerset Judo squad. Best of luck in the next competition, Emily.
Whilst celebrating personal achievements, well done to Nathan Kemp 6MJ, who has been selected to represent Somerset in cricket. Your hard work and practise has been rewarded.
Meanwhile in school, our Year 8’s have been creating some fantastic pieces of homework for their Gothic Horror project including creepy cakes, monstrous models and petrifying pictures of their Gothic settings. Their efforts have been really impressive and a sample can be seen on the latest news section of the website.
Finally, I look forward to seeing our Year 6 Parent’s and carers on Monday and Tuesday next week as they attend their ‘Parents’ evening.
Thank you to all our Staff, Pupils and Parents who have made this a really enjoyable and successful half term. As always it was great to see so many of our Key Stage 3 pupils’ parents and carers at this week’s ‘Tutor’ evening and share with you how they have settled into their new academic year.
The Art department have again arranged a UK landscape photography competition, the standard last year was excellent and I am sure that this year will be a real show case of all our pupils’ talent. The deadline for entries is 10th November. Good luck everyone.
Can I take this opportunity to remind you that pupils are back to school on Tuesday 31st October. Enjoy the half term break.
It was great to meet with so many of our Year 5 Parents and Carers last week at the Year 5 Tutor evening. It was fantastic to hear that the transition to HSMS has gone well and that our Year 5’s have settled in well. I hope that you felt reassured and happy once you had the opportunity to look at some of the work that your children have been doing and have a discussion with your tutor. As always please feel free to contact your child’s tutor if you want to share any external successes or have any questions.
Friday saw our first Mufti day of the academic year for our pupils at HSMS. In return for wearing mufti pupils were asked to bring in a tin of canned food to donate to a local food bank. This was a fitting way to end our first half term which focused on Koinonia as our core Christian value. For more information please see our latest news section of the website.
It was brilliant to welcome our First School partners to our Tag Rugby festival, which was again organised and run by our Year 8 sports ambassadors. It was a really good afternoon of high intensity but fun sporting action. Congratulations to all those pupils who took part to make it so successful and of course well done to all our Year 8 ambassadors who once again excelled. Our Latest news section of the website has some wonderful action shots if you would like to see more about this event.
Finally, Congratulation to Innes Oliver (7IA) who successfully entered a piece of artwork she did at school into the National Open Art competition. Her work, called 'What the Bees Sees', was selected to be displayed on the National Open Art online gallery. Well done and keep up the great work, Innes.
As another week passes in the blink of an eye another exciting week is set to start. Our House captains did a fantastic job this week leading their respective House assemblies and galvanising their teams. They have demonstrated skills and confidence well beyond their tender years and selected some wonderful charities to support this year. Well done to each House leader who organised and delivered the assembly, I look forward to charting your progress over the coming months.
Our Year 5 pupils and staff enjoyed two magical days on Thursday and Friday this week as they embraced the first of our challenge days. The theme was circus skills and it really was great to listen to all the excitement as the pupils chatted openly about the activities that had inspired them. I am sure the pictures on the website will give you a flavour of what they got up to!
I hope that your child brought home their school photo as these were distributed this week. If you intend on ordering these images please follow the instructions on the packaging.
On the sporting front our U13 girls played at Fairlands in the First round of the ESFA cup. In a very exciting game our determination, skill and team spirit was rewarded with a great victory. Check out the latest news section of the website for more details.
Not to be out done our Year 7 Hockey teams played Wells Blue. With over 50 pupils attending Hockey club it was great to be able to send two teams to represent HSMS. Obviously, their practise is paying off as both teams return with comprehensive victories. Thank you, Mrs Allen, who I know has her hands full on training night!
Next week it will be great to welcome the Parents and carers of Year 5 to their meet the tutor evening and I hope to see lots of our Year 8 Parents and carers at Kings on Wednesday.
As the end of the first month in school is reached, I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. Perhaps it is the busy nature of school life or the fact that it is so much fun that time doesn’t seem relative to the number of days.
It was as usual fantastic to welcome so many prospective parents and carers during our open day and evening. We hope that you found out all that you needed to make a well-informed decision about whether this is the right school for your child. There was a great buzz around the school created by the enthusiasm and passion that our pupils exude. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions that cannot be answered on our website. On the theme of transition, an important date for Year 8 Parents and pupils is Wednesday 11th October as Kings of Wessex are holding their Open evening at 1900.
If you look at our latest news section you will see that our Year 6 pupils and teachers had a wonderful time investigating river flow and water treatment at Ashford Reservoir. They learnt about the processes involved in cleaning river water so that it is safe to drink, toured the works and saw where the chemicals are added, how the flocculators work and the different filtration processes used.
We also had over 40 Year 8 pupils extend their understanding of different faiths when they visited a Buddhist centre in Bristol.
On the sporting front, our Year 5 and 6 runners represented HSMS in the Mendip Junior Cross Country League. We are currently first out of 22 schools in the Year 6 Boys event with incredible performances from Finley who won and Nathan in second. We also had very strong performances from Charlie and Ollie who were also in the top 20 out of over 100 runners. Well done to all the squad, keep it up!
As stated last week we had a visit to carry out our Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. Thank you to those pupils and parents who spent time with the Inspector. We will of course share this report with you when we have it.
Next week our Year 5 pupils will enjoy two activity days developing individual and team work skills through the medium of circus skills. I’m sure that they will have a fun ‘juggling’ all the challenges thrown at them.
Finally, as October nears please can Parents and Carers ensure that our pupils are ‘visible’ as they walk, cycle or wait to be collected by the school bus. The dark mornings and afternoons will soon take hold and we want all our children seen by other road users so that they arrive at school and get home safely.
As always it was great to meet with so many of our Year 6 parents and carers at our briefing on Wednesday evening. We hope that you had the chance to hear what the next academic year holds for your children, how you can support them and us and had the opportunity to ask us any questions. As stated please feel free to contact us if anything else arises.
As you will be aware our school photo company were in on Thursday and your prints are ready for ordering. Thank you to Mrs Thorne who ensured the smooth running of this event and ensured that both the individual and sibling images were captured for posterity.
Congratulations and well done to those pupils who represented Hugh Sexey and competed at Millfield in the first of three KS3 cross country races. It was a great team effort but Hannah 3rd and Henry 1st in their respective races performed extremely well. All that effort is really paying off! Good luck in the next race.
In a fantastic game against Clevedon, our Year 8 football team were unfortunately beaten 2-1. The game was very even with Hugh Sexey creating some great opportunities to score but it turned out to be one of those days when the ‘back of the net’ eluded us. I am sure that this experience will only make the team stronger. Well done and good luck in your next fixture.
Next week we have our SIAMS inspection. This is the external Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. We look forward to receiving our inspector on Tuesday 26th September and share with him how wonderful our pupils and school is. We will of course share with you the outcomes of this visit. Our Year 6 pupils will also be enjoying their river trips which supports and brings to life the topic they are covering in Humanities. We also have some Year 8 pupils on the Bhuddism Trip to Bristol on Tuesday.
Finally, it is our Open day and evening on Wednesday 27th September. We have tours arranged for those booked in at 09.30 and 14.30 and our evening begins at 1800. I hope that your child has returned their permission slip to show case our school and talk to those parents and children looking to join our school community. The open evening ends at 19.30.
The very changeable and disappointing weather has failed to dampen the start to this term. Our Year 5 pupils continue to grow in confidence and seem like they have been part of our community forever, while at the other end of the spectrum it was a shock to many of our Year 8 pupil’s parents and carers that they only had 182 more school days before leaving us and embarking on their next academic adventure. As always it was a delight to host our Year 7 and Year 8 Parents’ briefings this week and I hope that you have a real flavour of what the next year brings and all your questions were answered. If not please contact the school and we will, of course endeavour to resolve this.
Our, now Year 7 pupils, competed in the U11 Wylie Shield cricket final against Minehead Middle School. Ironically, the game was held over to the start of this term due to bad weather last year! The sun again failed to shine so the match was played indoors at Taunton Vale. Despite the disappointment of not being able to play traditional hardball cricket the boys returned victorious retaining the trophy for another year. Well done. Check out the latest news section of the website to see the team clutching their hard earned spoils.
Congratulations and well done to 4 HSMS pupils who rode in the Chatting 100 - a 100 km charity cycle ride on the Isle of Wight. The event was organised by the Chatting family in memory of Ian Chatting who passed away last year. The pupils who took part in the ride included Lewis and Libby Chatting, Hattie 5CE, Jake 6MJ, and Maisy 8RH. It is a truly remarkable achievement and great cause to support.
Well done to Megan, in 8RT, who has had a poem called 'Short Or Tall (Or How The Giraffe Got Its Long Neck)' published in an anthology of children's poetry called Busta Rhyme: Hidden Treasures. Young Writers launch a national writing and poetry competition every year and Megan’s entry was successful and selected for publication in their most recent anthology. A copy can be found in the school Library if you want to be inspired to enter this year!
I look forward to seeing our Year 6 parents and carers on Wednesday at their parents’ briefing and finally just a reminder that we have our school photography company visiting on Thursday 21st September to capture those defining images that will be displayed and shared for decades.
‘New beginnings’ is the theme for the start of the new year and I hope that all our pupils, especially those new to the school, have enjoyed their first full week. I am sure that our routines and expectations will become second nature over the coming weeks. I would also like to welcome Mr Drew, who replaces Mr Sage, as our Assistant Headteacher and Mrs Scott who will be working in the Science department this year. I am delighted to share with you that Mrs Baylis became a very proud mother over the summer giving birth to a beautiful daughter. Both are fit and well and learning their own new routines!
As you know I believe in the concept that “What got you here, won’t get you there.” And that every day each child will face new opportunities and challenging learning experiences. I hope that these will be embraced and built upon as they grow cognitively and emotionally. The year 5’s have been told about our mantra and that I did not want to hear any of them saying “I can’t do this”. I wanted a change in their attitude and mind set. I asked that they simply add the word ‘yet’. I believe that we, as a learning community, need to strive to better ourselves daily whether that be lots of tiny steps or one eureka moment. I hope I get the chance to meet you over the next few weeks at the parents briefing meetings.
I am sure that many of our pupils have been busy over the summer but I wanted to congratulate Innes, 7IA, who spent the first week of the summer holidays at the Bristol Ballet Centre in Westbury on Trym, culminating in a performance inspired by 'The Lion King' in Newman Hall. I am sure that Innes had a wonderful experience which pushed her out of her comfort zone but rewarded her beyond her expectations. More details can be found in the latest news section of the website.
I hope to see many of you at our curriculum evenings over the next two weeks when my team will share with you the challenges and opportunities ahead. The first of these is Tuesday 12th at 6.00pm for Year 7.
We also have the school photograph company in school on Thursday 21st September to capture those cherished school portraits!
Finally, just a reminder that the school officially opens at 8.30am, unless you are taking advantage of the ‘Before school club’ and that when collecting pupils by car at the loop we ask that you drive up Wells Way from the B3139 Blackford Road, turn around and then join the queue rather than trying to turn right into the school. We understand that it is busy but this is the best system to get all our parents through without causing a danger on Blackford Road.
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.
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