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.
Tuesday 19 July 2016
What a great year!
Congratulations to all our Year 6 pupils and teachers who achieved brilliant SATs results. It was a real pleasure to be part of their celebration assembly today which recognised all their wonderful range of achievements both in and outside of school.
It was also wonderful to meet our Year 4 pupils and parents during the transition day and for those families new to Hugh Sexey I hope that you get the opportunity to visit us when the school is full of pupils and at its most vibrant.
While on transition, our Year 7 pupils had 2 wonderful days at The Kings of Wessex Academy. They were able to experience life at the Upper school and get a feel of what the future may hold. Without wishing time away it will seem like the blink of an eye as they attend the open evening, options evening and transition day. We look forward to supporting you through this process.
Last week our Year 8 pupils travelled to London for a whirlwind 2 days in the City. Their packed schedule included a tour of St Paul's, cruising down the Thames, a flight on the London Eye, a guided tour of the Tower of London and exploration of Covent Garden followed by a West End show ‘The Lion King’. It was an absolutely fabulous experience if rather exhausting!
Our Year 6 pupils were extremely lucky to be in a very select audience at St Mary’s Church during the Wedmore Art week. They were transported into the mind of Michael Morpurgo as he discussed the inspiration behind some of his world renowned stories and then fire questions at the great author.
Saxons House Captains Jack and Rosie presented a cheque for £1212 to representatives of the Brent Knoll RSPCA. The Saxon's charity fundraising week raised money through a sponsored 'morning mile' run, a whole school mufti day and a sweet tombola which helped boost the money raised.
Well done to all of the year 6 pupils involved in the Bikeability training. The aim was to develop their cycling skills and acquiring essential information regarding road safety. The instructors were really impressed by the ability, behaviour and attitude demonstrated throughout the 2 day course.
A selection of Year 7 pupils visited Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey. The focus of the visit was to explore the impact that the Reformation and Dissolution of the Monasteries had on our local area. While at the Cathedral, our pupils were able to work with detailed primary resources to investigate how the changes implemented during the reign of Edward VI affected the funding and wealth of religious institutions like Wells Cathedral.
The Year 8 digital leaders ended the year in fine style with a presentation evening to parents and staff. Their project X presentations, introducing a product or service for the future, showcased a range of impressive ideas including a virtual world to allow the user to live forever, a holographic phone and a brand new social media app.
Well done to the Hugh Sexey bowling team who won their first ever competition. They were victorious in the Mark Moor School cup competition having only taken the game up a few weeks earlier. Please see the website for more details.
Despite the mixed weather the House Swimming Gala’s and Sports days were a huge success with some outstanding individual and team performances. Thank you to the PE department and staff who worked very hard to make these events a success.
Crammed into this extremely busy time we also held our own Arts festive with the talent of Hugh Sexey performing to the school. We are so lucky to have so many very talented young people who hone their skills through hours of dedicated practise and perform with such confidence and fluency. Well done to all those who contributed to a wonderful show and especially those that made the final.
A heart felt thank you to all those members of the PTA who made the Summer Fayre a brilliant day. The sun shone and the BBQ sizzled. Fun was the order of the day and this was delivered. I know that the PTA are always looking to welcome new members so please make yourself known by contacting Jenny Farrell, school business on the school email.
As we come to the end of the academic year and we wish our year 8 pupils and others leaving the Hugh Sexey family continued success. I also wanted to thank Mrs L Massiah, Miss J Ball, Miss F Lacy, Mrs C Cross who are leaving us for new and exciting challenges. I know that their daily contribution to the school will be missed but I also know that they will bring great joy and enthusiasm to those lucky enough to be blessed with their presence next year. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the pupils of Hugh Sexey. Good luck and best wishes from the family you leave behind.
Finally, can I wish you all a wonderful break and thank you for your continued support throughout the year. We hope those pupils leaving us go on to achieve wonderful things and that those returning do so with renewed vigour to be the best that they can be. See you all on Monday 5 September in your smart winter uniform.
Welcome back. I cannot believe that we are already beginning the last term of the academic school year. I hope that you have had a restful ½ term and that you are looking forward to a busy end to the school year. I hope that the parents of our Year 8 pupils enjoyed an information evening at The Kings of Wessex Academy and that our pupils are looking forward to the transition day on the 5 July!
Year 6 have recently returned from an action packed 3 days at Barton Hall in Torquay. The weather was, on the whole, kind and all the activities were hugely successful. Our pupils displayed great determination to complete the tasks, working well as a team on activities such as raft building and the crate challenge, or throwing themselves into individual challenges such as abseiling and zip wire. To see some action photos please see the ‘News and Events’ section of the website.
Our Year 7 pupils were excited to host 20 PGCE teacher trainees from UWE during WOW week. The trainees have worked with pupils across 8 Medieval Britain themed cross-curricular workshops, expanding their understanding about what it was like to live in Medieval Britain. The pupils have also travelled to Chepstow Castle in Wales, to visit the Medieval Fayre and Castle. The pork pies and potage that the pupils made in their workshops earlier in the week were served, and maybe even enjoyed? Our pupils then enjoyed participating in the medieval crafts, including felting, metal work, leather stamping, pottery and also having a 'go' at medieval sporting activity such as crossbow shooting, trebuchet launching, and quoits.
Forty Year 8 pupils travelled to Bristol to visit the Amitabah Buddhist centre where they met two ordained Buddhists; monk Chondon and mum Rakma. During the visit our pupils were able to reinforce their learning around the principles of Buddhism, which they have been studying in the classroom by handling objects and asking questions. The pupils then enjoyed their lunch in the spiritual gardens before taking part in an afternoon session of meditation.
Some of our Year 7 linguists recently took part in the annual First School French Café project, where they spent the afternoon at our feeder schools, teaching a lesson, running a quiz, and acting as waiters and waitresses serving French food and drink to year 4. A wonderful afternoon was had by all.
Many congratulations to the Year 5 Cricket team who have qualified to play in the Somerset finals after winning the Mendip games event. The team of 8 playing ‘Kwik cricket’ secured victories against all of the other teams, demonstrating some fine fielding and batting skills throughout the afternoon. Good luck in the final. Not to be outshone the Year 6 cricket team were also crowned Mendip champions at Wells Cricket Club. They are also through to the final of the Wylie shield after a strong team performance against Wembdon School.
Congratulations to Gareth Waterfield for winning the Presidents People Power Award for his contribution to coaching rugby. Gareth was invited onto the Twickenham pitch at half time during the recent England vs Wales match to collect the award in front of 82,000 people. It is no surprise to everyone at Hugh Sexey that Gareth should be nominated and go on to win the award.
5CE during their library lesson had a surprise visit from the school's resident Lesser Horseshoe bat, Barry. Barry was very scared and agitated so the class quietly sank to the floor and crawled out of the library commando-style... They were so inspired by our unexpected visitor that they were inspired to research bats and write some poetry!
Our HSMS Equestrian team travelled to West Wilts Equestrian centre on Sunday 29th May to compete in the Area qualifiers, with the top two teams qualifying for the National Schools Championships at Addington in October. The team finished an amazing 2nd with an individual 2nd from the 78 competitors. I hope the ponies and riders stay fit for October!
Congratulations to Milly Barnes, 5JB who wrote a fantastic 100-word mini saga that she entered into Young Writers' national writing competition 'Ancient Adventures.' Milly's mini saga 'Titanic Teddies' has been chosen to be published. We will have a copy of Ancient Adventures in the school library very soon.
Well done to Alex Scott 5CE and Hannah Carter 6FL on their fantastic performances at the biathlete world tour series in Austria. Alex, achieved Gold while Hannah was close to a medal too. Good luck to both when competing next in Portugal.
We are delighted that Innes Oliver, 5JB, has been offered a place on the Royal Ballet Junior Associates scheme, with lessons commencing in September. She will attend the Bath regional centre, with lessons fortnightly on a Saturday run by Royal Ballet School staff. Congratulations, Innes.
Congratulations to our school Rounder’s teams who competed recently against Fairlands. The Year 5, 6 and 8 teams had great victories, with the Year 7 team being narrowly beaten in a close game.
Finally… Harriet Lockley, 6MJ, continued with her impressive golfing achievements and recently played in the European Golf Championships at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland (home of Scottish Open). The event hosted 650 golfers from across Europe and the rest of the World. Harriet kept her swing true and her putter hot and after the first 2 rounds sat in 2nd place. A fabulous round of 67 (5 under Par) on the final day was enough to win the trophy for the Girls aged 11 by 8 shots. Congratulations Harriet and watch out Charley Hull!
Since my last blog, our Year 5 pupils enjoyed an activity day to learn about life as an Ancient Greek. Our pupils and teachers entered into the spirit of the day by dressing in traditional Ancient Greek costume. The activities included solving Greek Maths problems, Olympic activities, a Trojan horse debate and making Greek vases. The highlight of the day was a drama workshop based on Greek myths led by fantastic storyteller, Clive Pig. Please see the ‘News and Events’ section of the website for more details.
Well done to all our pupils involved in the Year 2 multi skills festival. The weather was threatening to spoil the day but thankfully the skies cleared for a spectacular afternoon of sport. With our Year 8 sports leaders busy in end of year exams our Year 7 pupils had a chance to lead the festival for the first time and they didn't disappoint. It was very pleasing to see them ‘step up’ and demonstrate their leadership and organisational qualities so well. The first schools enjoyed a very active and fun afternoon.
Congratulations to Alyssa Addison in 7SK, she finished third and achieved the bronze medal in the U13 Girls long jump at the County Championships last Saturday with a jump of 3.69m and Cassie Lewis in 5JB, who was a runner up in the Aegon Team Tennis Tournament (LTA) at The Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham last weekend. Well done!
In team sports our year 8 cricket team secured their first win of the season, hitting 91 in a 12 overs home game against Wells Blue, while our Year 5/6 Quad kids squad secured 1st place at the Mendip games event at Street. The athletes took part in a Vortex throw, standing jump, 80m sprint and 600m run. All of the athletes selected performed very well and should be extremely proud of their performance.
Ten Year 5 pupils also enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine playing golf. They improved their skills playing a variety of different games and ended the day winning the event. Well done!
And finally… Well done to all our Year 8 pupils who completed their end of year examinations. Keep up the good work.
As always since my last blog, it has been a really busy time for our pupils and staff, both in and out of school. During the Easter Holidays Harriet Lockley (6KC) was selected to play golf for Wales U16 against Ireland at Cardigan Golf Club. Harriet performed extremely well helping the Welsh team beat Ireland 7 points to 2.
Our Year 7 pupils ventured across the channel on their residential visit following in the footsteps of the pilgrims of centuries past, walking across the bay to Mont. St. Michel and viewing the360 degree cinema in Arromanches, where they saw some astounding and moving footage of the D-Day landings. If you ever wondered what a giant bunch of grapes looks like check out the ‘News and Events section of the website!
Well done to Finlay Oliver who competed at the Eric Twiname Sailing Championship at Rutland water, finishing a creditable 2nd and picking up the ‘most organised’ award. See him in action in the news and events section of the website.
Commiserations to our year 6 cricket team were beaten by a talented All Hallows side in the Saracens cup but we are proud to announce that the HSMS U13 girls came 3rd in the Schools Nationals Rugby finals at Lichfield RFC. What a fantastic achievement and just reward for their hard work and commitment throughout the year.
Congratulations to Mr Gareth Waterfield who has been nominated by the Rugby Football Union for the prestigious Presidents Award. Gareth, is 1 of 4 people nominated for the People power award and it is a fitting tribute to the tireless work he has invested into Junior Rugby both in school time and at Winscombe RFC. Good luck.
Our Year 5 were very lucky to be visited by Jo Richardson, Space Detective. Jo is one of 50 UK Space Ambassadors for the International Space Station and has communicated with our very own British astronaut, Tim Peake! Jo, taught Year 5 lots about Tim’s journey to the stars and how he travelled there in a Russian rocket. They watched videos of the launch, the orbit of the ISS around the Earth and spectacular photos of Earth taken by the astronauts. We all learned that the astronauts on board the ISS can watch a sunset or sunrise every 45 minutes! It was a truly inspirational visit.
On the subject of inspirational actions, during the Easter holiday, Megan Rees (6KC) and her sister Bethan (now at Kings of Wessex), together with their family, travelled to Kenya. Here they worked with the children and teachers at Jolaurabi school. Both girls on their return were then interviewed by BBC Radio Somerset and spoke with such passion and enthusiasm about the work that they had been doing to support and change, for the better, the lives of those children attending Jolaurabi school. Wow.
Finally, I cannot let this Blog pass without making reference to the wonderful pupils in Year 6 who worked so hard in the run up to their SATs. Their conduct, attitude and application was fantastic throughout. This was validated by our external moderation visitor who commented on how well they entered the tests and their exemplary behaviour during them. Well done everyone and thank you for all your efforts.
As always it has been an extremely busy and successful few school weeks since my last blog!
Seven of our budding ‘PGA members’ visited Mendip Golf Club as it hosted the annual Somerset Golf Championship on a bright but fresh day. The conditions were perfect for long hitting and our pupils shone throughout the gruelling day. Beth Williams had a day to remember finishing 1st place in the girls net score competition with a card of 63, while Jennifer Hughes finished 4th, Jessica Haines 8th and Harriet Lockley 9th. In the gross shot category Harriet Lockley finished an admirable 7th with a fantastic round of 90. In the boys competition Ben Haines was runner up with a net score of 64. Well done to all those who competed and thank you to those parents who supported our pupils on the day.
Well done to all those involved in the ‘Sport Relief’ week. During the week pupils and staff got sponged, threw wellies, baked, ran, danced and played football and netball in support of this excellent cause. Our favourite sportsperson fancy dress day also proved to be very popular with some splendid outfits on show.
Congratulations to Ellen Knight, who entered the Rotary Club writing competition and won the area round. She wrote a moving and very mature short story entitled 'Our World is Beautiful'. Good luck to Ellen who will now represent Hugh Sexey in the regional heats.
As always it was great to welcome pupils from our first schools. This time Year 3 pupils enjoyed an afternoon of Multi-skills led enthusiastically by our Year 8 Sports leaders. New skills were experienced and the children enjoyed the camaraderie team events offer. We also hosted a wonderful Year 3 and 4 Football festival. These events are always great fun and really strengthen our links with our first schools, helping to ensure a really smooth and positive transition into year 5.
On 27th April, our U12's and U14's girls' football teams both represented the school in the Somerset Schools Cup Final at Street FC. The U12 girls were up against a very strong Millfield team and although they were beaten can be extremely proud of their achievement and conduct throughout the game. The U14 girls played next against Gordano School. Despite Hugh Sexey being 1-0 down at half time they never stopped believing and deservedly scored an equaliser; this lifted their spirits, which resulted in two more excellent goals being scored - both shots finding the net from outside the area! The final whistle confirmed that HSMS were crowned CHAMPIONS. Their excitement was still bubbling uncontrollably when they returned clutching the trophy, bounding into my office to share their news and celebrate their hard work and success.
Staying with our girls sporting success 13 girls competed in the Schools' South West Rugby Finals at Hornets RFC, Weston-super-Mare. They played 5 games against schools from Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire, before playing Kingsbridge in the final, which they won with 5 unanswered tries. Throughout the day they scored a whopping 34 tries without their try line being crossed once. Our girls are now going to represent the South West at the National Finals on Saturday 7th May at Lichfield RFC. Best of luck girls.
Ex-pupil Oliver Fox made a guest appearance to run (literally) the cross-country club for a day. Oliver has, in recent months, represented Great Britain at cross country. The cross country season has now finished and included the following notable successes. Tom Loader was the winner of the Year 8 Boys Somerset Schools Junior Cross Country Championships, while Oliver Chatting and Grace Ashurst achieved top five placings in their races. The Year 8 boys team - won the championship and our Year 7 boys team came second. Really well done!
The Mendip Junior Schools Cross Country League (Years 5 and 6) consisted of five races over the season. Hannah Carter achieved a top five placing in the league with Maisy Loader 6th. Ivana Eamesovu and Alex Scott also achieved top 20 placings. The Year 5 and 6 combined girls team came 3rd overall (out of 17 teams) and the Year 5 and 6 boys team came 7th (out of 25 teams).
Congratulations to all of our athletes who represented Hugh Sexey at the Somerset Schools Athletics meet at Millfield. The Year 7 team took part in a quadathlon, consisting of 100m, 800m, shot put and long jump. Steven Jones ran well in the 100m, and Charlotte Watson enjoyed a solid showing in all events. The Year 8 team took part in a pentathlon, consisting of hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and 800m. The boys did very well in the hurdles, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their heat. Lewis Hembrow McKinley enjoyed a fine day placing 10th overall in his first ever athletic meet.
Congratulations to Amelia, Abbie, Marishelle and Sarah who represented our school at the regional finals of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. To give you an insight here's one of their warm up questions. Find three positive numbers which have a sum of 19 and a product of 240. The rest of our budding mathematicians took part recently in the UKMT Maths Challenge in school. I look forward to celebrating their achievements when their certificates arrive.
Year 5 had a great visit to @Bristol on Friday 22nd April. They enjoyed exploring all of the hands-on exhibits. The highlight of the day was their interactive Science workshop on Earth and Space. Please feel free to check out the news and events section of the website to see our pupils in action.
As always it was great to meet many of you at our KS3 Parents’ evening and share with you the successes that your children are having and discuss ‘next steps’ for the future. I am sure many of our Year 8 pupils are preparing for their Year 8 assessments in English, Maths, Science, Humanities and MFL. I cannot believe we are already so close to our transition days and saying “Goodbye and Good Luck” to those leaving us as well as “Hello and welcome” to those about to begin their journey.
And finally (phew) congratulations to: Megan Gosling for passing her Grade 3 Flute with distinction, Megan Rees for passing her Grade 1 Flute exam with merit and Matilda Higgins for passing her Grade 2 Flute exam with merit.
I do not know if it is just me but it feels great to be driving to work and arriving home with day light just holding on, watching in awe as the beautiful sun sets as I head west. With this in mind just a quick reminder that, for those who wish, we move to our summer uniform when we return after the Easter holiday. I hope that we get the weather to match our optimism.
Thank you to those parents and carers who attended the MAT consultation evening earlier this term and I hope that your questions have been addressed. This is a very exciting time for the school and our partners as we work closely together for the benefit of our pupils and wider community.
As always we have had a very busy few weeks. Our Year 6 pupils had a brilliant trip to the Cheddar Chocolate factory whilst our Year 8 pupils were treated to a Drama performance by Year 10 students from The Kings of Wessex. Year 7 pupils enjoyed a wonderful residential trip to SKERN lodge, North Devon, where team work and personal challenges were the order of the day. Please see the ‘News and Events’ section of the website for more detailed information. A number of our Year 7 pupils were also very fortunate to visit Shal Jalal Jame mosque and the Ramagarhia Sikh temple in Bristol to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Islamic faith and teachings.
Thank you to all those pupils, parents and carers who provided garments in support of our ‘Clothes for a Cause’ collection. This will go a long way in supporting the work of the school council. We have also hosted a brilliant travelling book fair, which launched our events in recognition of World book day. This complemented many other activities during the week which promoted a love of reading and culminated in a KS2 book swap and the corridors of HSMS being overrun with characters from our favourite books.
As always there has also been a whole host of sporting activities since my last blog. This includes our Year 8 boys beating Maiden Beech in the semi-final of the county cup. Well done and good luck in the final which will be held at Street Football Club on 28th April. We also had our first basketball fixture against Fairlands which was played at The Kings of Wessex sports centre. Well done to all those boys who took part in the victory. The Year 8 girls played brilliantly in their Netball tournament at Frome travelling home as champions, again, Well done. Still on the courts our Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 pupils travelled to Fairlands to play some highly competitive Netball matches. Congratulations to our Year 5, 6 and 7 teams who had convincing victories.
It has also been a really busy inter-house term with Netball and Football competitions coming to a conclusion. Well done to the Year 6 Normans who won both, Year 7 Vikings who won the Netball and Normans who won the football and finally Year 8 Celts, who won the football and Normans who were victorious in the netball.
If you are wondering what to do during the Easter break, the HSMS PTA have arranged a wonderful ‘Roller Disco’ on Saturday 2nd April, here at the school. Please see the Latest News section of the website for more details, I am sure it will be great fun.
I hope to see lots of you at the upcoming KS2 parents’ evening and take this opportunity to wish you all a fabulous Easter holiday.
Welcome back and I hope that you have all had a wonderful and if possible restful ½ term. We had a brilliant end of term with so many wonderful events and activities going on.
For those who were fortunate to have the hottest tickets in town and attend the Year 8 ‘Lion King’ production I am sure that you were as amazed at the talent, hard work and dedication of the whole cast, crew and staff, as I was. It was a truly fantastic production which reflected all that is special about Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School.
As always it was great to see so many of you at The Kings of Wessex Year 8 options evening and share in your discussions about possible GCSE routes and combinations for next year. I am sure that our pupils will consider their options very carefully and make well informed choices.
To cap off already busy time for Year 8 it was great to see them taking part in ‘Understanding Slavery workshops’ as part of their humanities curriculum. The Education Officer from the American Museum in Bath visited us to help our pupils learn about the lives of Enslaved People as part of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The 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 artefacts and learned to hypothesise and interpret the function or purpose of that artefact.
The Year 5 house matches for netball and football were played on Monday 22nd February. The sun was shining, which in its self was amazing, and the girls turned up in their house colours ready to play for the prestigious year five house netball cup. The girls all played extremely well and we were really impressed with their tactical understanding and knowledge of positions. Congratulations to Saxons who, on this occasion, ran out winners. Netball club will continue on Thursday lunch time.
Not to be outshone, the Year 5 boys played in a well contested football competition with the Vikings, Saxons, Normans and Celts all playing well, with excellent teamwork and spirit throughout. All of the boys have made great strides as players. In the end Saxon emerged the victors, as the team went unbeaten all afternoon. Well done to all those who represented their house and contributed to a fabulous afternoon.
Continuing the theme of sporting endeavour. Well done to our football and netball teams who have represented the school in exemplary fashion. The Year 8 Football team beat Fairlands 1 - 0, beat Crispin 3 - 0 and then beat Crispin a second time on penalties after a 1 - 1 draw in the Somerset County Cup Quarter finals. Our Year 7 Netball A team lost 13 - 1 at Wells Blue while the B team were defeated 10 - 0. The Year 8 Netball A team lost 10 - 7 at Crispin, while the B team won 25 – 7. Keep up the good work.
Finally on the sporting theme, I would like to make special mention of our wonderful sports leaders who once again hosted Year 3 and 4 pupils from our First schools, this time leading a Dance festival. As always our first school pupils went away inspired by the qualities our young sports leaders possess and enthused by the passion demonstrated.
I cannot end my first blog this term without sharing with you an exciting opportunity for the school. We are beginning a process of consultation with staff, parents and pupils concerning the formation of a Multi-Academy Trust. More detailed information can be found via the Parents Tab on the school website. I would like to take this opportunity to warmly invite you to a consultation evening on Monday 29 February in the main school hall at 6pm.
What another fantastic couple of weeks.
As always it was great to meet so many of our KS3 Parents and Carers last week at the subject evening. I hope that you valued the interaction with my colleagues as much as I did. It was also fantastic to see so many of you at the options information evening at Kings of Wessex on the 27th January. I hope that your son/daughter has thought very carefully about the curriculum areas of study and are excited by the challenge ahead. I am sure that our pupils will enjoy the GCSE courses they choose and I am confident that they will go on to fulfil their huge potential with the support and guidance offered by our colleagues at Kings.
Our year 6 pupils were extremely fortunate to spend time with the inspirational Clive Pig who ran a brilliant workshop to support their work around the Mayan civilisation and their beliefs. I particularly enjoyed the story about the magical Toad and the twin brother who defeated the gods when playing ‘Pok-Ta-Pok’. I believe Izzy who has contributed to the Good news section of our website felt the same!
Learning outside the classroom plays a really important role in the education of our pupils at HSMS and our Year 5 pupils enjoyed a visit to the Somerset Museum to explore the Saxon life and its influence on us today. Some of our Year 8 pupils enjoyed a thought provoking Anti-Bullying Drama workshop while thirty-Six, Year 7 pupils had a wonderful opportunity to work with The Institute of Engineering and Technology when they took part in the ‘Faraday Challenge’. This involved teams of our pupils working with Micro-bits. Congratulation to the ‘Functionals’ who came out as winners. Please see Maisie and Gracie’s report on the website for more information.
On the theme of congratulation, well done to Heather (1st Place) and Elisha and Marishelle (runner up) in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest 2015-16. The standard of work submitted was outstanding. In the field of Music, congratulations to: Anna Littlewood-Hilsden Grade 1 Piano, Freddie Axton Grade 2 Trumpet, Johanna Mathew Grade 3 Violin and Piano, Amy Anderson Grade 5 Cello and Ben Cave Callard Grade 6 Clarinet. Ben and his brother Alex have also performed with the Somerset Youth concert band this year which is a fabulous achievement.
Thank you to all our Young Sports Leaders who lead a very successful Dance workshop for pupils from Year 3 and 4. It was really enjoyable to see them organise and enthuse our visiting pupils and grow in confidence themselves.
In response to comments received from Parents and Carers Wedmore Afterschool Club, which some of you may already use, they have contacted us about hiring our facilities to provide afterschool care. If you are interested information is available on the news section of the school website.
Finally, Thank you very much to all those Parents, Carers and Pupils who took the time and effort to wish me good luck before and during the Headteacher recruitment process. It was a really gruelling 2 days but it also affords you the time to stop and reflect on why you want to be the Headteacher at this School. Obviously, I am absolutely delighted that the Governors offered me this fantastic opportunity and I am really looking forward to working with you, my wonderful colleagues and most of all our delightful pupils over the coming years. I have been truly humbled by the messages of support and congratulation I have received since my appointment. The real work now begins!
I look forward to seeing those lucky Parents and Carers who will be attending Lion King Show next week, I’m sure you are in for a treat.
Happy New Year!
I hope that you have all had a brilliant festive break and feel ready to take on the challenges of 2016.
It was a fantastic end to the year with a beautiful Christmas Carol service at St Mary’s Church on Thursday 17 December. For those parents, carers and family members who were unable to attend it was truly spectacular. A huge thank you to Rev Neill for leading the service and allowing us to use St Mary’s and an extra special thank you and well done to all the pupils and staff that contributed to the service. On a personal level I wanted to mention the tireless work that Mrs Harrison put into making this evening and the four year group services at Holy Trinity earlier in the day so memorable.
This term has started at the same pace the last ended with lots going on and much more to come! The boys Year 8 football team travelled to Ivybridge on Wednesday, which was a challenge in its self as the M5 was closed in both directions. Unfortunately, despite a seven hour round trip they were defeated 6-4 in a very exciting and evenly matched game. It was the first time the team had competed on a generation 3 astro-turf, but was necessary as like most of the country the grass pitches were unplayable. The school and I are immensely proud of their achievements this season, reaching the last 32 of a National cup is an outstanding effort and rewards their hard work, team spirit and commitment. Congratulations Boys.
The year 8 Lion King cast are working busily to perfect their show and I look forward to seeing the final production on the 3 and 4 February. I am sure it will be fantastic.
I would also like to apologise to our KS3 parents after a change to the Parents’ evening dates quoted in my last blog. The evenings are now Monday 18 and Thursday 21 January. This is due to the Headteacher recruitment process taking place that week.
It was great to hear from Mrs Allen as over 60 pupils attended the netball club after school last week, but as a result we have looked at the collection of our pupils and their safety. Could I please ask that you collect your child from the loop so that we do not have children putting themselves in danger when moving to your car to be picked up. Thank you in advance for helping with this.
Among the exciting events this week we have Year 7 taking part in the Faraday Microbit Workshop and Year 6 have a visit from Clive Pig, who is leading an Ancient Mayan Information Day and Workshop. Not to be outdone, Year 5 visit the Museum of Somerset to carry out Saxon activities next week. I am sure they will all have a great time.
As a busy term draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support I have received since my arrival in September. It has been wonderful to be accepted into the Hugh Sexey community and I look forward to developing this when we return in January. As always there is a huge amount to share and celebrate with you since my last blog.
It was great to meet some of our Year 6 parents on 30 November and 1 December at the Parents’ evening and I hope that you are as proud of the progress that your children are making as we are. The standard of work that the Year 6 teachers frequently show me always brightens my day and fills me with admiration at the pride they demonstrate in their work.
I also, at short notice, had the privilege of joining the Year 8 German Christmas Market trip. The long journey and sleep deprivation was soon forgotten once the beautiful Christmas markets came into view. We had a fabulous time, climbing the never ending spiral staircase to the summit of the inspiring Cologne Cathedral and then indulging ourselves when visiting the Lindt chocolate museum on the banks of the Rhine. As always the pupils were a real pleasure to spend time with and a credit to you and the school. I would also like to thank the staff who accompanied the trip because without their support and dedication fabulous cultural residential trips like this cannot run.
Our Year 7 Humanities and Science G&T pupils visited Hinkley Point B. This enrichment activity offered them a real insight into the ecological and economic impact of this huge undertaking.
Over the last few weeks our Year 5 pupils and staff worked extremely hard to perfect their Christmas Presentation of ‘Mr Humbug sees the Light’. It really was a fantastic team effort and performance which was enjoyed and appreciated by our Year 6 and 7 pupils as well as our parents/carers and extended family members. I feel a special mention must be made in recognition of the performance by Oliver 5JB, in the role of Mr Humbug. His characterisation of Mr Humbug, which bears no resemblance to the current headteacher, was exceptional.
Again we have had some fantastic individual and group contributions to the continued success of the school since my last blog. Many of these can be seen in the ‘Latest News’ section of the website, however, I would like to share some of these with you here.
The school ran a very successful and well attended Gymnastic workshop for Year 3 and 4 pupils from our feeder First Schools. This was in part led by some of our very talented Sports Leaders and over 90 pupils left energized and enthused about Gymnastics here at HSMS.
Miss Lacy and a group of Year 8 singers visited the Blackford Café and entertained them with a festive musical performance as they enjoyed their monthly gathering. On the theme of music four of our pupils performed at the Mendip Rotary Club Young Musician ‘Cheddars got Talent’ at KOW. Congratulations to all who took part but well done to Marishelle, who was the overall winner and Johanna, Amelia and Lucy who were finalists.
On a sporting level our Year 8 Football team continue to go from strength to strength. They defeated St Peter’s, Exeter in the National Schools Cup 3-1 and now have a fixture against Ivybridge Community College, Devon as one of only 32 teams left in the competition. Good Luck boys! The Year 5 and Year 6 Rugby teams also had victories against Fairlands. The KS2 Girls football team played Charlton Mackrell School (Nr Somerton) and won 5-1, while the KS2 Boys won 15-0.
With the last week underway I just wanted to highlight a few updates for next term:
KS3 Reports are due home 06/01/16
KS3 Parents’ Evening 18/01/16 and 19/01/16
Year 8 Options Evening KOW 27/01/16
Have a wonderful Christmas and see you in the New Year.
“Time flies when you’re having fun.” It has been a really busy and extremely rewarding start to the term with so many great things happening; I cannot believe that we are already half way through week three. On the theme of flying, our Year 6 pupils were blown away when they visited Bristol Hippodrome to watch the spectacular ‘Mary Poppins’. It was delightful to hear, but certainly not a surprise, the very positive comments shared with Mrs Harrison about the behaviour and conduct of our Year 6 pupils. I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the Parents of Year 6 who patiently waited for the safe arrival back to HSMS of their children as the coach fought through a grid locked Bristol.
I hope that those parents/carers who have attended Mr Albrow’s Inspire mathematic sessions with their child have had a really good insight into what and how they are being challenged and supported in their lessons. The feedback has been very positive and I hope that those attending in the future have the same enjoyable experience.
Still on mathematics but one year on. Well done to the Year 6 pupils who ventured to Wells Cathedral School on Wednesday 4th November to take part in a ‘Maths Challenge’. They had a very successful day engaging with several mathematical team events. Out of 30+ teams HSMS manged to have two teams tied in Bronze and one team achieved a Silver medal place. Congratulations to all those who took part and thank you to the army of adult helpers. The happy medal winners can be seen on our latest news section of the website.
As part of our commitment to tackling all forms of bullying and making our pupils aware of its negative impact, we had a very powerful and informative Anti-Bullying roadshow led by an organisation called ‘Actionwork’. We are currently running an anti-bullying competition to reinforce the messages shared during this day. If you have any concerns about your child being bullied please inform the school via your child’s tutor.
Remembrance service (11.11.15) Lest we Forget. HSMS pupils and staff were joined by veteran Mr. Price, a representative from the Blackford branch of Royal British Legion to commemorate the service of our Armed Forces in conflicts over the last 100 years. The pupils demonstrated respectful and reflective behaviour whilst considering the ultimate sacrifice members of our armed forces have made to secure our way of life today. Each tutor group laid a wreath at the foot of our school cenotaph, accompanied by a beautiful vocal performance from Mia and Caitlin. The Last Post and Rouse were movingly played by Alex on the trumpet. I would like to thank Ms Taylor for her tireless work in organising this extremely poignant event and thank those pupils who made the extra effort to show their respect by wearing their service uniforms.
The week was then rounded off with the Children in Need day. There were some wonderful ‘onesies’ on display and awesome super hero outfits. In classic Superman style I remained well attired as the alter ego Clark Kent always ready to spring into action. These contributions plus the mountain of cakes on sale pushed our school contribution to Children in Need over £850. Well done everybody and thank you for your support.
I am always delighted with the love of reading here at HSMS and this has been perfectly demonstrated over the last few weeks with the Travelling Book Fair, hosted by Mrs Palmer in the school library. We have sold well in excess of 300 books which I hope will further this passion and appetite for exciting and thoughtful literacy. Talking to some of the pupils it was the Accelerated Reader programme, which we run very successfully here, that introduced them to new authors and styles of writing which was great to hear.
Once again we have had some wonderful individual and team success since my last blog. Congratulations to both Freya (6SB) and Gina (7IA) who have both competed in a sports acrobatics event in Germany. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section of the school website. The rugby teams continue their fine run of form with Year 8 beating Ansford 28-24 and Castle School, Taunton 21-15 in the County cup. Year 7 also were victorious beating Crispin 15-5. Not to be out done the girls have also had some great success. Our U13 football team beat Kings College 6-3, while the Year 7 and 8 hockey teams beat Selwood Academy 10-0 and 10-1 respectively. Well done to all those who give up their time to practise and I hope your performance keeps improving.
As the nights draw in very quickly now, could I please ask that you encourage our pupils to be visible when coming to and from the site and remain warm, dry and most importantly safe.
Finally, I look forward to meeting our Year 6 Parents and Carers at the upcoming Parents’ evening on Monday 30th November and Tuesday 1st December.
Where has this term gone? It has been a fantastic 8 weeks crammed full with success, both individually and collectively for our pupils. PLTs week was truly amazing with year 7 & 8 pupils developing and demonstrating those ‘employability’ skills that can sometimes get lost in the day to day delivery of the curriculum. Teams of pupils worked tirelessly to create, advertise and sell products that would have put Lord Sugar’s apprentice hopefuls to shame. While the caving proved to be huge fun for both pupils and teachers, well for those staff members who did not get ‘stuck’.
Apologies that I was unable to meet with our year 7 & 8 parents and carers at the recent tutor evening but I was attending the ‘National Middle Schools Conference’ in Stratford. I hope that you found the dialogue useful and valued the opportunity to discuss how your son/daughter has settled into the new routines and expectations.
I have now collected the Parental Survey responses and these can be accessed through latest news on the website or via the VLE. We are delighted that so many of you recognised the schools many positive attributes and I will be working with my colleagues to address those areas where some parents have expressed a need for development. Thank you for taking the time to contribute to our self-evaluation process.
Following a discussion with a parent earlier in the term I have this week received the dates for the Somerset Road Safety Cycle Training. This is to be held at the Kings Sports Centre, Cheddar on 29th and 30th October 9.30am-4.00pm (places are limited)
On a different note it is the PTA (Parent Teachers Association) AGM on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 7.30pm in the school Library. This is a re-arranged meeting due to a lack of support earlier in the term. The PTA does sterling work to support and enrich the experience of our pupils. Without this organisation our swimming pool could be under threat of closure and social events such as community discos will cease. If you are interested in supporting the work of the PTA but are unable to attend the meeting then please email the school office with your contact details and these will be forwarded to the committee.
Congratulations to Wedmore 1st School who won the recent year 3 & 4 Tag Rugby festival held here at HSMS. The tournament, supported by our excellent year 8 Sports leaders, was keenly contested with some fabulous team skills, individual flair and great sportsmanship. It was a privilege to watch with admiration the enthusiasm, encouragement and comradery on display. I know that these young people will continue to build on our excellent reputation next year.
Hugh Sexey pupils have also had a brilliant couple of weeks and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate with you their achievements.
The cross country team have competed in the Senior Mendip cross country league, at Millfield Prep school, winning the first event and finishing 2nd in the next two. Individaully, well done to Tom Loader (2nd,3rd,3rd), Ollie Chatting (4th,6th,7th) and Charlie Burrage (8th and 9th).
The year 8 Rugby team continue to excel, this week beating Crispin school 72-0 and the mixed year 7 & 8 Football team played in the next round of the ESFA National cup competition beating Gillingham on penalties after drawing a very tense game 2-2. Two fantastic results, well done.
Congratulations to Freya Stephens 5JB who achieved her 400m swimming badge. I was also delighted to hear from Finley Oliver 8DM who last weekend became the Durleigh Reservoir Open Race series winner has been selected to take part in the RYA Optomist SW Zone Oppi development squad. This is a fantastic achievement and I hope Ben Ainslie is keeping an eye on the new kids on the block.
Finally, I would like to thank both Robin Evans and Mick Cox, who have, after many years of extremely loyal service to the school and community decided to retire from the teaching profession. I am sure that this was a very difficult decision for them to make and I know that they will miss the school as much as we will miss them. However, they now have new exciting challenges to keep them young at heart. I would also like to congratulate Jasmine Barker who has secured a job as an Art teacher near Portsmouth. We have appointed excellent replacements who begin their association with HSMS in January and who are very excited about joining our ‘family’ and making a difference to the life chances of your children. I will post their brief Biographies next term.
Have a great half term and remember pupils are due back on Tuesday 3rd November.
It has been another busy and exciting couple of weeks in the life of HSMS. My senior leadership colleagues and I thoroughly enjoyed a ‘splashing’ time with our year 6 pupils and teachers at Ashford reservoir and water treatment plant. The pupils were able to carry out hands on research, investigating river profiles and velocities while ‘beavering’ away constructing hand built dams. We were also treated to a guided tour of the reservoir and treatment plant. This proved to be extremely interesting and informative. To round off a great visit it was delightful to receive fabulous feedback from the staff at Ashford who took the time to tell us how well behaved, enthusiastic and engaged our year 6 students had been. As always our pupils are a credit to the school and local community.
Mrs Jarrett has also been very busy interviewing our pupils for school council roles and she expressed how delighted she was with the quality and enthusiasm demonstrated from all the applicants. We now have in place a vibrant group to act as the pupil voice. Well done to those who were selected and commiserations to those who were unsuccessful on this occasion.
I had the pleasure of seeing many of our year 8 pupils and parents at the Kings of Wessex Open Evening and I look forward to working with Miss Fox over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition process as they embark their final stage of compulsory education. We will of course keep you informed of the transition arrangements but if you were unable to attend the open evening a key date for your diary is 27th January 2016, as this is their GCSE options evening.
In the same vain but for those at the beginning of their journey it was fabulous to see so many year 5 parents at our ‘Introduction to mathematics at HSMS’ and ‘Ipads for learning’ presentation. I hope to see you all again when Mr Albrow holds his Inspire sessions.
Congratulations to our year 7 cricket team who, in a final held over from last term, beat Minehead Middle School in the Year 6 Hard Ball pair’s cricket cup. It was a very exciting and close game with HSMS holding their nerve in a tense finish. Well done!
Our school rugby teams have also had a very positive start to the season with the year 8 boys recording two victories against Sexeys and The Blue School, while the year 7 team won their first game in a very keenly contested match with The Blue School. Well done!
Our football teams played well with the U13 girls football v Abbeywood School, Bristol lost 4-1 and U 14 girls football v The Blue School won 3-1. Well done!
Our hockey teams had a good start too with year 7 A team v The Blue School drawing 1-1 and the year 7 B team v The Blue School drew 0-0. Again, well done!!
Individually, congratulations to Harriet (6MJ) who has been selected to represent the Welsh Junior Golf Squad (U18). This is a truly remarkable achievement and we are delighted that Harriet will have the privilege of representing her country. I would also like to celebrate the achievements of Rhiannon (6AF) who won a recent U11 Badminton tournament and Millie (6AF) who passed her grade 3 singing examination with ‘Distinction’.
It would be great to hear from you so that we can recognise and celebrate our pupils, out of school, achievements, as well as what we see daily. Please feel free to contact me via the school email account.
What a week!
I have seen mountains scaled and witnessed savage oceans tamed. Well it seemed like this as I watched in awe and admiration as the year 5 pupils overcome personal challenges as they conquered the vertical climbing wall in thrashing rain and work as cohesive units to design and build survival rafts to cross the ‘heated’ pool. Without exception every child I spoke to had their own personal achievement that they were bursting with pride to share with me. I know that many of our year 5 parents and carers were able to come into school on Friday to share in this excitement too. A huge thank you to my year 5 teachers and the army of willing helpers, who I must admit looked a little shell shocked after school on Friday. It would appear that the year 5 pupils had ‘survived’ the week in better shape than my team!
It was great to see so many parents and carers over the last two weeks at the Parents’ briefings and thank you for your warm welcome and kind messages of support. I hope that together we can continue to build on the fabulous reputation of the school. With this in mind and reflecting on the message shared with you and the pupils about ‘improving ourselves daily’ I would be grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to complete a ‘Parental Feedback’ survey. This can be accessed via the link below, or a paper copy can be collect by your son/daughter from the school reception.
This feedback will help us validate our self evaluation and highlight future whole school development priorities. I will of course share these findings with you, our pupils and my colleagues when we have analysed the responses.
Congratulations to our year 7 and year 8 Hockey team who played Fairlands in their first fixture this season. The year 7 played well drawing 1-1 while the year 8 girls played a game of two halves drawing 1-1 in the first but winning 4-0 in the second. Well done!
‘New beginnings’ was the theme for the start of a new year and I hope that all our pupils have enjoyed their first full week. I have been humbled by the warm welcome I have received from both staff and pupils and feel privileged and extremely lucky to be leading HSMS through the next phase of its journey.
Throughout life we will continue to face exciting challenges and it is our courage, humility, resilience and determination which define who we become. With this in mind I have been delighted by the way all our pupils have embraced this transition and taken it in their stride. I have been especially impressed with all our year 5 and new pupils who have joined the HSMS family and have settled very quickly into all our new routines and expectations. I can empathise with the challenge they have faced as I too have been through the same process. As I move around the site I am always greeted with a warm smile and cheerful welcome, which has helped me settle into my new role quickly.
I have set all the pupils a challenge this term. I explained during a whole school assembly the concept that “What got you here, won’t get you there.” 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. I stated that as I walked around the school and visited their classrooms 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 that we can develop independent young people with the personal learning thinking skills (PLTS) and the resilience to face new challenges equipped and ready to succeed.
I hope I get the chance to meet you over the next few weeks at the parents briefing meetings.
Just a reminder that we have the school photograph company in school on Thursday 17th September to capture those cherished school portraits!
I have pleasure in introducing Mr Tatterton who will be our Hugh Sexey Interim Head Teacher from September 2015.
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with you and your children from September. I look forward to meeting you as I work with colleagues to further support, nurture and promote the academic, social and emotional development of the pupils at Hugh Sexey. By way of introduction, I thought you might wish to know a little bit more about me, so I have included a brief biography below.
For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for and recognised the importance of lifelong learning and education. I left Tadcaster Grammar School in North Yorkshire to embark on a 4 year Bachelor of Education Honours degree in Physical Education, Geography and Education at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. Meeting my now wife Johanah we settled in the south west and have remained here ever since bringing up our two children Rory (15) and Evie (13) whilst most recently adding a rather energetic cocker spaniel named Poppy.
Throughout my 24 years in the teaching profession I have firmly believed that it is a schools moral duty to ensure that every child is given the best possible start in life and that they are equipped to enter society as well rounded, confident citizens. I now recognise that it was this strong fundamental belief that drove me to become a pastoral leader, assistant headteacher and subsequently Deputy headteacher in charge of student wellbeing, behaviour and safety. I have spent the last 11 very rewarding years on the senior leadership team at The King Alfred School, working with some exceptional colleagues and being privileged to influence positively the lives of thousands of students.
As a key member of the senior leadership team I have always looked to develop and share existing good practise as well as introduce new whole school initiatives. During this period of evolution I have been able to introduce the following whole school improvements: Academic review days which followed on from my work developing assessment, recording, reporting and target setting; writing and embedding the Promoting Positive Behaviour and Safety policy; introduced the schools teaching and learning framework and pedagogy; introduced raising standards laser meetings with curriculum and pastoral leaders; introduced e-safety and child protection procedures and policies as well as line managing a wide range of dedicated staff. This hard work was validated by Ofsted who recognised our outstanding behaviour and safety during the last inspection.
I now look forward to the new challenge of working with the pupils, staff and governors at Hugh Sexey and building upon the fabulous experiences that my careers has thus far afforded me. I feel honoured and privileged to be joining the Hugh Sexey community and cannot wait to begin my new role and contribute to the positive experiences of your children.
Mr P Tatterton
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