British Science Week 2015

CMS BSW 2015 2We are really looking forward to all of the events that we have planned for British Science Week 2015. The majority of the events for this year take place on Friday the 13th of March but with so much to pack into just one day, we have had to include some satellite events that fall either side of our big day. Many thanks to all of the parents that have provided us with links for site visits or have offered to come in themselves to deliver a session on Friday the 13th. Please check the newsletter and school website to see how all of the events for every year group went. Please get in touch with Miss Edwards if you are available to help on the Alnwick Garden or Komatsu visit with year 7 or Great North Museum visit with year 5.

7W &7S Enterprise

7S and 7W took part in an enterprise workshop on Friday morning. Students had the opportunity to work with Carole Richards, Business Ambassador for Northumberland County Council. The students also worked with six other Business Ambassadors that volunteered to take part in the session.

We were delighted to find out that two of the Ambassadors were parents of students that currently go to Chantry Middle School; Mr Crumplin from BRIC and Mrs Cuthbertson from Proctor & Gamble (P&G). The other four Business Ambassadors were both from NCC, Sainsbury’s, Active Northumberland and Tyne Met College.

Students found out about the skills and attributes of a variety of roles within a company and calculated the profit for their group using their own records of expenditure and revenue of their own company. The students quickly realised the need for quality control in terms of their production and developed their negotiating skills when buying and selling stock.

Well done to “Duck N Stool Ducks” from 7W that were the overall winners. Members of the winning team were:7W enterprise winners

Piper Clarke

Lewis Cuthbertson

Molly Brown

Evan Dunn

Eleanor Clark

Special Visitor for Year 7

IMG_0463Year 7 pupils had a fantastic experience this week due to a very special visitor who flew all the way from Shanghai to work with them.

Mr Zhou Wenfu is an artist who set up a school in Shanghai 30 years ago called ‘The Shanghai Modern Children’s Imagination Art Centre’.

He brought with him examples of Chinese student’s artwork to help inspire the pupils. The afternoon was spent looking at the artwork and responding to it.

The pupils were delighted with the activity and also with the flags and postcards that they got to take home with them. Some also got their names written in Chinese calligraphy.

Thank you to Miss Said who organised this special treat.

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World Book Day

world-book-dayWorld Book Day will be celebrated across all schools on Thursday the 5th of March. Children may come into school dressed as a character from their favourite book. If you would like some ideas, children are studying the following books in English this term:

Year 6: The Hobbit

Year 7: The Machine Gunners

Year 8: Dickens

There will be up to 8 prizes in each year group.  We do hope that the children will enjoy dressing up and we’ll show some photos in the next newsletter.

Please note: Year 5 will be participating in ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ workshops that day. As Friday the 6th of March is a non-uniform day for Comic Relief, there will be no charge for World Book Day.

North East Wildlife Photography Competition

wildlife compFor the third year running, Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley Wildlife Trusts, the Great North Museum: Hancock, Nestlé UK and Alan Hewitt Photography have joined forces to launch the North East Wildlife Photography Competition 2015!

Entry is free and you can submit a total of six photographs and there are six categories:

More information can be found on the North East Wildlife Photography website.

Maths Information Evening

Due to on-going changes in the national curriculum, we have decided to cancel the maths information evening planned for Wednesday 25th February.

Instead, we will host a SATs information evening from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday 11th March for parents of year 6 pupils, in place of the planned literacy information evening.

During this evening we will aim to provide parents with details of the upcoming SAT tests and tips on helping their children prepare for the tests.

A maths and literacy information evening for parents of year 5 pupils will be held during the summer term to explain changes to the national curriculum.

We are Artsmark Gold

ARTSMARKGOLD_RGBWe are delighted to announce that Chanty and Newminster have been awarded Artsmark Gold.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

We have been awarded Artsmark Gold as we offer a well planned, quality arts education, that supports the cultural development of all students.

The accreditation lasts until July 2017.

New Chair of the Board of Directors

Photo by Peter McCartney - Morpeth HeraldWe are delighted to announce Paul Carvin as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

After 10 years as Chair of Governors at KEVI and then Chair of the Board of Directors for The Three Rivers Learning Trust, Roger Vaughan is stepping down from his role.

Paul Carvin will take over with immediate affect, while Roger will stay as a member of the Board.

Read an interview with Roger and Paul in the Morpeth Herald.

Photo by Peter McCartney, Morpeth Herald.

Year 5 Mexican Day

IMG_0450On Friday 6th February, Mexico came to Chantry!

Year 5 held a special Mexican Day to celebrate all that they have been studying in various subject areas:  History and Geography, Art and Literacy..

This cross curricular unit is based around our studies of the novel by Julia Jarman, The Time Travelling Cat and the Aztec Empire.

To further expand their knowledge of all things Mexican, pupils were treated to Mexican music, food tasting, Spanish and finally an art project based around the South American quetzal bird.

The many brightly coloured ponchos, sombreros and maracas around the school helped to ensure that it was a fun-filled day.

County Champions in Sportshall Athletics

DSCF9964 (Small)Chantry Y7 & Y8 girls qualified from the area competitions for the Sainsbury’s School Games Sportshall Athletics Finals which were held at Morpeth Riverside Leisure Center on Friday 6th February 2015.

Chantry won both the Y7 and Y8 girls competitions to become country champions!

Well done to everyone involved.