Year 8 Girls Attend Big Bang Science Fair

Year 8 students Sarah and Georgina recently attended the national Big Bang Science Fair at the Birmingham NEC.

The girls were selected to present their project work called “Investigating the Amount of Microbes Around School”. They had previously presented their work at the regional Big Bang Science Fair in Newcastle and had been selected to go through to the national finals.

The Birmingham finals is a massive event and the girls were up against hundreds of the sharpest science minds from across the UK, many of whom were much older and more experienced. Despite their nerves, the girls gave a very creditable performance to the panel of judges who viewed their work.

Very well done to Sarah and Georgina for representing Chantry on the national stage.IMG_5340


British Science Week 2017

British Science Week takes place between the 10th and 19th of March 2017. BSW17The majority of the events at Chantry took place on Friday 17th of March. We had the entire day devoted to enrichment activities relating to the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The aim of all of the activities was to:

  • Engage every student in a range of STEM enrichment activities
  • Raise the profile of STEM subjects at Chantry
  • Help the students see the fun side of STEM

Click below to see what each year group got up to.

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Hartlepool Power Station

EDFSome students in year 8 visited EDF’s Nuclear Power Station in Hartlepool as a satellite event of British Science Week. Students found out more about how a gas cooled nuclear reactor works and saw how safety was the overriding priority on site. During the tour students got to see the reactor, boiler, turbines, condenser and transformer. They also found out about the 3 categories of nuclear waste and how the waste is processed.

Trout Ticklers Workshops

trout ticklersThank you to those students and parents who attended the Trout Ticklers Workshop and learnt the skill of fly tying last week.

There will be further workshops on Tuesday 7th, Tuesday 14th and Tuesday 21st March from 6.30pm – 8.00pm with Sid, Lance, Barry and Bob. There is a some charge of £3 per session to cover the letting of the room and resources. Please report to Chantry Main Entrance at 6.30pm.

We are hoping to arrange some fishing events on Saturday 8th April and Saturday 6th May – watch this space for further details.

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 Latimer 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.

Night at the Museum

Night at the museumThree of our Year 8 students took part in Night At The Museum at the Great North Museum which was organised by Newcastle University Outreach.

Summer in 8H said: My favourite part of Night At The Museum was how we met lots of people from different parts of England and became friends with them. I also liked the Animal Zoo because you got to hold lots of different animals like cockroaches, snakes and African land snails

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Discover Medicine Workshop

A group of Year 8 students recently took part in a Discover Medicine workshop.

The hour-long session was delivered by second year medical students from Newcastle University Medical School.

It involved learning about the recovery position, resuscitation and measuring heart rates and blood pressure.

The Year 8s also had the opportunity to discuss university life and medicine as a future career.

We are grateful to the medical students for coming along to run the workshop, particularly as they had just finished their exams.

Year 5 Careers Education & Guidance

IMG_24475I & 5R have been taking part in an enterprise activity led by Business Ambassador, Carole Richards. Four Business Ambassadors supported the session.

Students worked in teams of 6 to design and manufacture products and agreed their roles within each company group. Students experienced being a Sales Executive, General Manager, Buyer, Production Worker, Accountant or Quality Controller.

All students developed their leadership, decision-making, negotiating, teamwork and listening skills during the session as well as learning about the world of work and employability.

Well done to the winning team from 5I!