Year 8 Leavers’ Yearbook

yearbookYear 8 students – it’s time to send in your photos in for the 2015 Leavers’ Yearbook.

Email your pictures to:         

Acceptable photos are:

  • Not embarrassing for the subject 
  • Of a good quality
  • Can be from any time during their time at Chantry
  • Could be outside school but with school friends
Deadline for photos is Friday 1st May 2015.
The Yearbook Committee retains the rights to choose which photos are included.

Year 5 Hawkhirst Residential Trip

HawkhirstThe Year 5 trip on 5th – 8th May is fast approaching.

Just a quick reminder that there is a parents’ meeting to be held on Wednesday 15th April at 6pm in the school hall.

Full information will be handed out at this stage.  If you are unable to attend, information packs will be sent home with your child.

Photography Trip to Beamish

IMG_1506Pupils from Newminster and Chantry reflected upon what they had learnt on their Photography trip to Beamish.

“We enjoyed dressing up in clothing from the 19th Century and and taking part in many fun activities…comparing old photos from the 1900s, taking part in the real life history and taking photos of each other in different locations.

We were amazed to see the variety of photos that were taken in the past – cricketers, miners, elderly couples, soldiers, business men and families. Pin hole cameras were massive and really hard to carry around with you.

The pictures came out in black and white and you had to stay still for a few minutes before the picture was taken which made it hard to smile. In the past it cost a lot of money but now you just press a button without costing anything. Ipad cameras only take a few seconds to take the photo!”

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Chantry Young Scientists in the National Spotlight

Year 8 students Ben Waugh and Harrison Smart presented their science investigation work at the National Science and Engineering Competition finals at the NEC Birmingham.

In their investigation, the boys created a homemade toothpaste, which worked just as effectively as the leading brands but at a fraction of the cost. The boys were grilled by a panel of expert judges and were able to confidently explain the science behind their work.

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Wansbeck Music Festival

On Wednesday 18th March, The Wansbeck Music Festival opened with its first heats for Steelpans.

The event, held at KEVI, saw Chantry Steelpans enter 4 Bands, 4 Ensembles and a Soloist whilst Newminster Steelpans also entered their Band and an Ensemble who were all up against other Steelpan Groups from around Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The players all performed different pieces including Classical music, Jazz, Pop Hits and more traditional Calypso style music, all arranged and lead by Jenny Gilberg.

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Solar Eclipse & our own happy snapper

Chantry students took a break from normal lessons on Friday 20 March to observe the solar eclipse taking place in the sky above.

Students assembled on the back yard with their solar viewers, welding masks and pinhole cameras. Such a rare cosmic coincidence had to be experienced first hand.

Despite cloud obscuring the view, we were able to see the magical moment when almost 95% of the Sun was blocked out by the passing Moon. For 3 or 4 minutes an eerie silence fell across the yard as the sky darkened and the Sun appeared to smile.

Year 8’s David Dowson has a keen interest in photography and took some amazing shots of the eclipse. 

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House Matches

House matches take place next week. See below for further details:

Day Period  Year Group
 Monday 4 & 5 6
 Wednesday 4 & 5 5
 Thursday 4 & 5  8
 Friday  2 &  3  7
Y5 & Y6 will be doing football and handball. Team sheets are on the PE notice board.
Y7 & Y8 girls – netball and boys – football
All pupils must wear house coloured PE kit.
Please get changed at lunch time and when the bell rings for afternoon lesson go to the gym and sit down.

The International Festival of Culture

20150317_144338 (Small)Some of our Year 8s went to The International Festival of Culture at Newcastle University.  The event promotes the importance of languages both in education and the wider world.

“It was an amazing day and I learned so many new things – I can now greet people in quite a few different languages!”  Emma Watson

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