Newcastle University Careers Day for Year 8

Newcastle-University-300x300Recent graduates from the University of Newcastle led a visit to enable Year 8 students to find out more about going to University.

The graduates did a presentation about Student Life and ran a workshop called Universi-Tree. The presentation covered all aspects of student life from the reality of student finances to the wide range of societies on offer. During the workshop the students thought about the range of qualifications needed for a wide range of careers. Students found out more about the importance of their choices within education from GCSE to A-Level and then Degree and beyond.

unionAll students had a tour of the campus in small groups by a current Newcastle University student. This was a great opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the significance of the statues in the Plaza and see the Hatton Gallery, Library, Students Union and a wide variety of sports facilities. The tour included several Schools within the University and links to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and Great North Museum were made.

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North East Book Award

Are you in Years 6, 7 or 8?

Are you an enthusiastic and mature reader?

Do you enjoy talking about what you are reading?

Are you interested in meeting authors and getting your books autographed?

If so, would you like to help select this year’s winner of The North East Book Award?

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Campus Explorers for Year 5

5B5B and 5C got the opportunity to take part in Campus Explorers.

In this activity students got the chance to take part in a virtual tour of the campus of Newcastle University through an interactive map. Throughout their journey through the campus they got the chance to play fun, educational games and activities.

This activity contributes towards our Careers Education and Guidance (CEIAG) programme and introduces the concept of Higher Education.

5I and 5H will get the opportunity to take part in Campus Explorers in June.

Steelbands North Taster Day


Sunday 19th April 1-4pm at KEVI (tbc)

Free Entry

Do you play steelpans? Are you a confident performer aged between 9 and 21? Then come along and try out for the Steelbands North. The band is looking to recruit performers to play at the Junior Panorama 2015 in London on the 11th August 2015 and the North Tyneside Festival of Steelpans on 26th June 2015.

The day will be led by Jenny Gilberg along with other Steelpan specialists, and will be a fun day of performing and assessing each player’s suitability for the band and possible future 02membership.

More information on Steelband North membership can be found here.



A visit from author Janis Mackay

IMG_2255On Thursday afternoon, students in Years 5 and 6 were treated to an hour of interactive fun with Scottish author, Janis Mackay.

Janis used her story telling and acting skills to transport the students to their own imaginary worlds and inspire them to write time travel adventures of their very own.

Our students were keen to get their hands on signed copies of her latest series, the first of which – The Accidental Time Traveller – won the Scottish Children’s Book Award for younger readers. This series is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action, perfect for children up to 11 years reading in the yellow band (book level 4 – 4.9)

Janis is currently visiting schools in the region as part of the forthcoming Hexham Book Festival

Click here to see an example of the exciting events on offer.

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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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.

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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