Development of the Three Rivers Learning Trust

We would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the position of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, in relation to a number of proposed changes at both a local and a national level.

Attached is a summary of our position, in regards to Northumberland County Council’s proposed investment into education in Morpeth. We have worked very closely with colleagues at NCC to date, although we do not believe that the original proposal to relocate the three schools of the Trust, along with Morpeth First School to the County Hall site will enhance the organisation or delivery of educational provision for students within the Trust. We have responded to this effect through the consultation process, and hope to be able to discuss with NCC an alternative proposal for investment in education and leisure for Morpeth in due course.

The government’s White Paper, “Educational excellence everywhere”, published in March 2016, has wide ranging implications for all schools, which must become academies, or part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT), by 2022. As an existing MAT, the Three Rivers is not required to change, but we may be approached by other schools that would wish to join our Trust. Our position is to consider any approach constructively and to work with schools to consider the most appropriate and beneficial way forward. Our summary position statement particularly outlines our aspiration to support Morpeth Partnership schools as they review their position in the light of the White Paper.

The schedule of house building projected for Morpeth and other partnership areas will, in time, bring a growth in the school aged population who wish to be educated through Morpeth Partnership schools. The three schools of the Learning Trust are oversubscribed in almost all year groups, and we are working with our feeder schools, NCC and with the Department for Education, with the aim of meeting the anticipate growth in demand.

Please take time to read our summary Position Statement, and be reassured that directors and school leaders of the Three Rivers will continue to work with our local partners to provide strategic leadership in admissions arrangements and in the organisation of education for the Three Rivers and the Morpeth Partnership.

Yours sincerely

Paul Carvin, Chair

Simon Taylor, Executive Headteacher

Please click here to see the summary of our position.

Guten Tag und Auf Wiedersehen

german flagFor the past week, Chantry welcomed Tina Roth into our classrooms.  Tina is a German teacher in Stuttgart who came over to see the differences and similarities between school life here and in her home town.

“I’m grateful I got the chance to spend time with everyone at Chantry. First of all, I was highly impressed by the equipment and technology in every classroom.  Unfortunately, my students don’t have access to interactive whiteboards so it was refreshing to see all of the resources that the teachers use via this medium.

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Fishing at Thrunton – Saturday 14th May

FullSizeRender (2)What a day! The sun was shining, the fish were jumping and the lodge at Thrunton was full of Trout Ticklers eager to go! Students from Chantry and Newminster arrived with their parents in tow for what was to be a great morning’s fishing.

We monopolised the top bank of the far lake where we all stood, casting our flies into the murky depths . Four instructors were on hand and in no time at all, the students were casting like professionals. The parents were very positive about the day and commented on the facilities and service we received from Thrunton Fisheries. Sport was slow but started to pick up near the end with two trout taken.

Well done to Elliot G, who caught a 2lb fish, which he returned to the water, and to Scott A, who also caught a 2lb fish, who was taken home to eat for supper!

Well done to everyone who attended and special mention to; Chloe H – a stalwart TT member and very enthusiastic! Nathaniel H – a very determined caster! Conall F – an excitable fisher! Joseph J – great casting, in a great spot, great determination – better luck next time.

It is hoped there will be a further opportunity to fish at Thrunton on Saturday 25th June – watch this space for further information!

 

 

Rotary Writing Success

LucyStudents celebrated their success in the Rotary Club’s creative writing competition by receiving certificates in yesterday’s assembly. They were credited for their unique ideas and fantastic pieces of narrative writing.

We would like to say a big congratulations to Joe P (Year 6), who won the Local Junior Competition and Lucy C (Year 7) who won the Local Intermediate Competition and came runner up in the Regional Competition! Well done!

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6th Annual Mini Literary Quiz

Our 6th Annual Mini Lit Quiz will be held at Chantry on the afternoon of Friday, June 10th finishing at 4pm. This literary competition gives children who’ve always loved to read a chance to display their knowledge and win prizes for it!

Topics will be very wide-ranging and teams can expect questions on every type of fiction, including comic strips, picture books and the classics as well as current popular novels. There will be a Pictionary round and, as knowledge is acquired from reading, there may be a little general knowledge thrown in as well!

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Anyone for Tennis?

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The sun has arrived and with it the start of this year’s tennis tournament.  We have a full line-up of 32 players awaiting their first round matches which will take place over the next few weeks.  Competitors and fans can keep up to date with results and fixings by following news on the tennis notice board just outside Mr Nicholson’s room.  Match updates will also be posted on twitter.   May the season be filled with glorious volleys and smashing serves.

Chantry and Newminster Science Showcase Event

Year 7 students from Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools recently presented their Science investigation work to parents, friends and visiting judges.

The students have been working towards the British Science Association’s Bronze CREST Award over the last few months. This has involved them planning an investigation, carrying out experiments, collecting results and making sense of them. The students are also encouraged to present their investigation work to the wider community, which helps to sharpen their scientific communication skills.

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Year 5 trip to Kielder

IMG_1528Year Five students have had yet another successful trip to Hawkhirst, Kielder.  In total a record number of 98 children attended the residential trip and were treated to an action packed 4 days of activities including climbing, abseiling, bellboating and shelter building.  We took over the entire centre and 12 pupils were treated to 3 nights under canvas in the centre’s new Tented Village – a great experience!

The Scout Association once again provided an amazing service with excellent food, great accommodation and a wide variety of well-organised activities that challenged all pupils.  It is truly rewarding for the staff to see so many pupils push themselves beyond their limits and achieve so much.

Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to join the trip, and also to the many kind messages received since returning.  No doubt, many families had a peaceful night on Friday as their children collapsed early into bed – the staff certainly did!