When the trenches come to life!

A war poem by Abigail Murray, 8J

The larks have stopped whistling,
My brain is thinking of home,
While singing songs waiting for our time,
To go home!
Walking through the trenches with my hand on my heart,
When all i can see are the kindling eyes in the dark.
People around me screaming in pain,
And who will be next to play the brutal game?
Bullets are flying all around with people lying on the ground,
What has happened to our life, are we even going to survive?
Our youth has passed over with no games or fun,
And now all i want to hear is the cheers to say we have won!

Paddington 2 – A Magnificent Movie Review

Paddington 2 has been long awaited, following the heart grabbing first movie ‘Paddington’. But, was it really worth the wait…?

Paddington 2 was based around Paddington bear living his new life in London. But, not everything is pawfect for the cute bear.  The plot has brought memories to many viewers, from both of the ‘Rio’ films.

Paddington has forgotten his Aunt Lucy’s 70th Birthday present, and when he finds the perfect gift in an old antique shop, he realises that there may not be a perfect birthday present, as a London Pop-up Book costs a lot of money. But, somebody else has found this, and they’ll happily spend a lot of money to take it from its place.

In Paddington 2, most of our favourite family characters return to take us on the journey of adventure, alongside Paddington. But, can Paddington make friends with some gruelling prison inmates? Can he save them from hunger?

89% of Google users who took part in a survey enjoyed this just like me. There is a 5/5 from critical Empire. Paddington 2 has really grabbed our hearts. But, what do we think..?

Overall, I would give Paddington 2 a 9.5/10 star rating. This is due to the ending, which I think could have been improved by extending it, or keeping us hanging on the edge of our comfy cinema seats until we receive another sequel – or another book.

I would recommend this film to anyone who is wanting to have a good old gut chuckle.  It will keep you laughing, crying and singing all the way.

By Ethan Coulson, 6L

Brilliant Bunny!

bunnyOnce I saw the Easter bunny,
Going along hop hop hop…

And so I shouted:
“Won’t you stop, stop, stop!”

He turned around and with a smile,
Said: “Child I am going to be a while.”

Then came out a ginormous sack,
With lots of eggs still in tact.

Some spotty, some stripy,
Some that even felt quite slippy!

Then at last he came to me,
And I shouted: “Whoopie!”

Because he gave the golden egg to me!

And now he comes round every year,
Just to give some Easter cheer!

Zara, Pheobe and Fiona, Year 6

Egg-cellent Easter: A Poem

Easter is a time of fun and games,
But most people tend to go on holidays.

Chocolate and sweets all around,
Stopping those smiles from going upside down.

Sweets smells fill the air like barbecues and candy bears.
The sun is shining the air is sweet,
And parties are happening down the street.

Children swimming in the beach bay,
We wish this could happen everyday.

By Amy Sparham, 6C.

French Spelling Bee (or is it Spelling Rabbit?) 2017

Miss Said has once again organised the French Spelling Bee (yes, this article is a little late!) and three of the students taking part are in the Regional Final!

How the competition played out:

Miss Said’s upper sets took part in a French spelling challenge, in which someone would read out a word in English, and the student has to say it back in French and spell it using the French alphabet. Seven students got through to the second round (Here is the link to the tweet), and only three passed the third round: Alex, Rebecca and myself (Once again, here is another link). We received three chocolate rabbits (Spelling Rabbit, you see?!), that you can see on the photo. Round 3, of course, awaits us in May; another 50 words to learn, I see!

Alex Harrison, 7S

Comic Relief

Capture2Last Friday, Chantry took part in a fabulous Comic Relief event. One of the challenges for the day was to make a mile long line of pennies. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite make a mile but we did make a beautiful image of the Chantry badge out of some of the pennies (on photo).

Also, Chantry and Newminster had been learning two dances for the past few weeks in assembly to perform together. We  performed it with a drone flying in the air and several people kindly came in and video us (including the BBC). Then, on that Friday, Chantry and Newminster were on Look North (Comic Relief special)!

All of the pupils and the staff enjoyed this event and hope to do more this like this in the future!

By Lexie, Alannah and Grace, 6C

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

CaptureAs you may know, the Easter Egg-stravaganza is next week (Thursday 6th April). Today, people are wearing non-uniform and brought in chocolate to donate. Looking at the amount of chocolate that was brought in, it looks like a lot of people want to support the Easter Egg-Stravaganza!

The Easter Egg-Stravaganza is on Thursday afternoon and we will be allowed to play the games that have been set up to win the chocolate. There is a wide variety of fun games for all students and the afternoon will be packed full of fun!

Also, there is an Easter egg competition, this is when you can design and bring in a decorated egg for a chance to win more chocolate!

Last year, there were Ant and Degg’s Saturday Night Takeaway egg, a lamb egg, Humpty Dumpty, The Three Little Pigs and many more.
By Amy S, 6C

Mother’s Day Service

flowerThis morning, we held an assembly that all the mums could attend if their child was in Years 5 or 6. Here is an extract from what we got told about where and when the origins of Mother’s Day came from:

“Mother’s day originates from when people visited their mother church. They would also pay more respect to their mother’s on that day. Mother’s day is always on the fourth Sunday in lent and this year it is held on 26th March.”

Do you help your mum on Mother’s Day? Could you make her breakfast in bed or take her out somewhere? If so, she will love it! Sometimes you don’t need to buy big presents; it’s the little things that count, like if you make her a homemade card instead of a bought one.

By Amy Sparham, 6C

World Book Day

WBDWorld Book Day is an event held in March each year. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and of course reading! This year is the 20th anniversary of World Book Day and children all around the world will dress up as their favourite children’s book character to celebrate.

Lots of staff and students took part this year; here is a photo of the students who won the fancy dress competition!

Lexie, Amy & Grace, 6C

SuperTruck: Trucks Move Only When You Move!


SuperTruck (2016) is a game developed by Landfall Games and is a mash-up between two of their other games: SuperHot and ClusterTruck (both 2016).


SuperTruck combines the mechanics of the two aforementioned games. You start off on top of a truck at the back of a queue, and the trucks band together, You have to jump from truck to truck until you reach the goal. However, two SuperHot elements are added in; the trucks are all red, and time moves only when you move.

Altogether I thought this was a really interesting game to play, though unfortunately it is no longer being updated, as Landfall Games are working on other projects and have probably forgotten about this game!

By Alex Harrison, 7S