Safer Internet Day

SaferYear 7 students & staff took part in e-safety workshops as a satellite event of Safer Internet Day 2017. Students and staff fed back about how thought provoking the workshop was & how it had effectively enhanced their knowledge, skills & understanding of how to stay safe online.

We plan on running another parents session in collaboration with the SWGfL next year.

Girls in STEM

digitalWell done to all year 7 girls that took part in the ‘Girls Go Digital’ event at Sage Gateshead.

All girls got the chance to work with industry experts and got hands on experience with a diverse range of digital technologies. It was a great opportunity to develop their skills and be inspired by ground-breaking women from this exciting sector.

Interactive sessions covered; Minecraft, Raspberry Pi,& Forensic workshops

All girls got an Accenture goody bag at the end of the event.

Careers Afternoon 2017

On Friday 3rd February, Chantry hosted our annual careers fair for the entire school. We attracted 18 visitors to run workshops for all year groups. We were delighted that a significant proportion of our visitors were parents. Thank you to all of the parents & volunteers that took part.

Year 5 the student workshops were led by:NHS

  • Mr Nainby from Northumbria Police
  • Mr Robson a Personal Trainer
  • Mr Cunningham a Mechanical Engineer
  • Mrs Moody form the NHS

Year 6 student workshops were led by:

  • Dr McFetrich from the NHS
  • Mrs Hindhaugh from Lotus Fitness
  • Mrs Taylor from  NHS
  • Mr Brannen from the NHS
  • Mr Lough from the offshore sector

Year 7 student workshops were led by:fire

  • Mr Shutler from the Apple Store
  • Mr Thompson from DWP
  • Mr Thompson from the Fire Service
  • Mrs Buckland from P&G

Year 8 student workshops were led by:

  • Mr Lockwood from Heart FM
  • Mr Manning from Cenelec
  • Ms Harwood from NHS
  • Mr Simpson from Hewlett Packard
  • Mr Mein a Tree Surgeon

7M & 7J Duck Production

IMG_14577M and 7J 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 eight other Business Ambassadors that volunteered to take part in the session.

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.

Northumbrian Dialect Workshops

Over the last two weeks, groups of students from Years 7 and 8 have had the opportunity to take part in two Northumbrian Dialect workshops with James Tait, a local musician and poet who works with The Morpeth Gathering.

Students have learnt about the roots of words that feature in our local dialect and have started to embed them in their own pieces of creative writing. Today, the groups finished off their final pieces of poetry, prose and narrative writing to enter into a local competition.

Here are some short videos of Ciaran, Izzy, Katie, Amrit and Owen reading their finished products!

The North East Teen Book Award

IMG_0100Getting and keeping, young people reading.

On Monday evening, 18 students from Chantry, Newminster and King Edwards attended the North East Teen Book Award ceremony at The Centre for Life in Newcastle. Since October, they’ve been sharing the reading of 20 contenders for the shortlist and helping to whittle this down to just six finalists.

The Teen Book Award is aimed at Year 10 students and challenges Key Stage 3 in terms of the numbers of books to be read and their themes and complexity. It’s greatly to the credit of our younger students that they’re so keen to have a go!

Not only do they have to read the books, they have to meet regularly to discuss them and then summarise their opinions for everyone – including the authors – to
read on the NETBA website: http://northeastteenagebookaward.wordpress.com

Before the winner is announced, each author is introduced by a group of students to talk about their books and answers questions. This year, students from Chantry and Newminster introduced debut author, Alwyn Hamilton and her novel, Rebel of the Sands.

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Newminster and Chantry dance for Red Nose Day!

rednosedayOn Friday 24th March at 11:10am, students, teachers and staff will be putting on their dancing shoes in support of Red Nose Day 2017.

This is promising to be the biggest and best fundraiser that we have ever done. Over the past few weeks, students and staff have been busy planning, practising and perfecting two dances. Students will be performing the dances in the school yard which are sure to be a hit! The event will kick off with ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon, followed by Olly Murs’ ‘Dance with Me Tonight’.

The day itself will be packed with fun and fundraising, with the whole school community getting involved to help Comic Relief and have fun on Red Nose Day 2017. Students will have the option to take home sponsorship forms, however the whole school will be taking part in the dances and getting involved in the day of fun.

Ms Charlotte Jones, Curriculum Leader of Creative Arts, who is helping to organise our Red Nose Day 2017 fundraising events, commented: ‘we absolutely love raising money for such a wonderful cause’.

The money raised will be spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both here in the UK and Africa.

Both Newminster and Chantry have recently been given the Red Nose Day Super School award by Comic Relief for our fantastic fundraising efforts.

Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh

FullSizeRender (9)Wow! What a night was had on Saturday 11th February for the second ever Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh. King Edward VI High School, Dr Thomlinson’s, Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools Ceilidh Bands came together to perform in a wonderful evening of music and dance which was led by a caller. Families enjoyed an evening of superb entertainment, fun, laughter and even a pie and pea supper.

Many congratulations to the joint band of over 60 pupils and staff who performed on this night and the McGuinness School of Dance, Irish Dancers. A special thanks to Heather Harrison who organised the event.

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Bronze Arts Awards – ARTiculate Project with the Laing Art Gallery

IMG_5221On Thursday 9th February, NMS and CMS Bronze Arts Awards students went to work with the Laing Learning team and a professional artist, as part of the ARTiculate Project, to develop their ability to interpret the work on display in the exhibition Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck & the Artists’ Eye. They learnt about how artists communicate stories and ideas through their work. 

Students participated in a visual literacy workshop at the gallery, worked with a photography artist to develop and refine ideas for their own interpretive artworks and took a self led tour of the work on display in the ‘Out of Chaos’ exhibition. This exhibition included powerful works by 50 international artists such as Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, Chaïm Soutine and Alfred Wolmark, which address the universality of migration and resulting issues of identity and belonging.

An exhibition of the students work will be displayed at the gallery at the end of the project, with the opportunity to take part in a preview event for all participants involved towards the end of April. 

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Year 6 Literacy Parents Lunch

Tfast-food-99179_960_720hank you to those parents who attended the Year 6 Literacy Parents Lunch. It was lovely to see you all.

Comments from parents included;

” I always enjoy coming into lunch. I find the classroom time really insightful. My child likes my support and interest in his work”

“A lovely experience – thank you. A good insight to what happens in the English class”

” Lovely baked potato with cheese and beans – thank you”

All Year 7 & 8 parents have been invited into school on Tuesday 14th February from 11.50am and all Year 5 parents on Wednesday 15th February from 11.20am – please make sure that you have informed the school office.