The Three Rivers joint Ceilidh Band (Newminster, Chantry and Dr Thomlinson Middle Schools) were lucky enough to have had a workshop with the incredible folk musician Sophy Ball on Tuesday 16th October 2018. Not only is Sophy a professional folk musician but she is an arranger. KEVI music department asked Sophy if she could create an arrangement of Ceilidh Tunes especially for the Middle school bands to perform using money donated at the joint Three Rivers Ceilidh last year.
Wonderful music making and we are looking forward to the next Three River Ceilidh in February 2019.
Year 5 pupils entered the world of Lord Armstrong during a recent visit to Cragside. They enjoyed exploring his home, which is full of his ingenious gadgets and inventions. Pupils also enjoyed dressing up as Victorians and playing with traditional toys used at the time. Their favourite activity by far was making lemon barley water because: “it tasted delicious!”
Our next school disco is Tuesday 23rd October doors will open 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm.
Entry is £2.00 payable at the door.
Snacks and sweets will be available to purchase on the evening.
Key Stage 2 have been lucky enough to have had two author visits so far this term. Here’s what our students thought…
Review by Eleanor L 6F:
Sylvia Linsteadt came to school and gave a really good presentation that left me wanting to buy the book. I loved how she included information about the wildlife near where she lived in the story. I think she is very intelligent and has great ideas. ‘The Wild Folk’ sounds like a really good book and I can’t wait to read it.
Peter Brown: 28.918
Review by Daisy W. 6F:
The amazing author and illustrator, Peter Brown, came in to talk to us about his first ever chapter book – ‘Wild Robot’. It’s about a robot called Roz who ends up on an island and she needs to learn how to survive. She disguises herself as grass and learns all the different animals languages. Peter Brow told us all about his childhood and showed us all of the pictures he’d drawn. His inspiration was his grandfather who would aways paint. Peter also did a live illustration for us of Roz running on the island that we got to keep! This was definitely my favourite ever author visit!
Thank you to all parents & students that attended our open evening. Please click here to see the slides that were shown as part of the presentation.
Thank you to all those Year 5 parents and relatives who attended the Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer on Friday 5th October. We raised an amazing £852.49 from cake sales and those coming into school in non school uniform. Well done to all those pupils who baked and sold cakes. However we will be presenting a cheque for £1535.44 to the charity, as Miss Said has asked that the money raised from the Sponsored Walk at the end of the Summer Term be donated to this charity too.
Thank you to the Chantry PTA who served hot drinks and ran a raffle – £197.57 was raised for school funds – thank you for your help on the day.
Again thank you for your generosity.
Thank you to those parents in Year 5 who have taken the opportunity to come into school to take part in their child’s Maths lesson and then have their lunch.
Comments have included;
” It was an amazing opportunity to see my child in their Maths lesson and learn some of the strategies they use in their Maths. It is totally different to when we were at school”
” Lunch was better than when I was at school – lots of healthy choices!”
” A very pleasant lunch – the variety of food on offer was very good – fresh and tasty”
” The dinner staff were really friendly and encouraged the children to make healthy options”
We look forward to welcoming further parents in the coming weeks!
Welcome to Chantry Chat’s first story of the new school year- the first part of a series of narratives by Amy.
It is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and hook you immediately!
On the Run
You’d think every child in the world had something to lay their head on or have a certain role in life… I don’t fit any of those descriptions. I live in a alleyway with a stray cat called Tide. I am an orphan. Like every orphan, they want to find their family. I don’t. I’ve got Tide.
When I found Tide he was soaked from head to tail. He kept moving back and forth like he had something wrong with him. He just needed a wee. I called him Tide because the tide goes back and forth.
The alleyway is close to the beach so I mostly steal from the Fish and Chip shop bin.We both have stories of our past that haunt us. I remember my Family. They would spank me so hard my bottom could have been mistaken for an apple. My brother Dan was my best friend. We ran away together. We then got chased by the police and then ran in different directions, I haven’t seen him since.
Today, I am going to rummage through the bins for money. It would be a nice change for once, to buy fresh food! With Tide by my side, we sneaked to the bins and luckily no one saw us. We had been caught before and one man told us to shoo like we were filthy, no good rats. I rummaged through the bin but only find a portion of chips and mouldy ketchup. I felt a tail rub against me and it was Tide. She had something between her teeth. It was multiple notes and they were purple. I took them out her dirty jaw and I couldn’t believe my eyes… It was £20 notes and there were…1…3…6…9…15…18!!! That was £360! I was rich! I could have a bed, Tide could get proper cat food and maybe I could have a Mum or Dad!
That day I was straight to the adoption centre downtown. The place was empty and the receptionist beckoned me over. She wore a purple sweater, black shining skirt and glasses. “I would like to put myself up for adoption, please.” I said. “ Ok that would be £20 with a guardians signature.” I handed her my money. My mind went blank. I’m homeless and used to have parents. She led me to a small cupboard filled with all sorts of clothes. I picked a checkered shirt, black jeans and a plain white T-shirt. “Right, you’re lucky, there is one place left at Keiki Home.” she said, “You’ll be sent there until somebody decides to adopt you.” It was great, I was going to have a family. But I had forgotten my only friend. “Can I bring my cat to the home?” I couldn’t leave Tide. He was my best friend. “ Keiki’s Home is allowed small animals under half a metre.” “Yes, Tide can come with!” I couldn’t believe it! I was getting a home with- fingers crossed- someone nice. Tide was coming with and he was all I needed
Chapter 3 is yet to come!
Amy M – 7W
What an amazing privilege it was for a chosen few of Chantry Student Parliament to be invited to the unveiling of the new Emily Wilding Davison statue situated in Carlisle Park, Morpeth.
Our Students stood ringside to the ceremony which boasted speeches by Penni Blythe and the Duchess of Northumberland.
The students also got to meet Ray Lonsdale the Sculpture. His other creations include ‘Tommy’ in Seaham and ‘Freddie’ in Scarborough.
Chantry Students were also asked to design and create a mural to commemorate Emily. With the help of Chantry Arts Award students and the direction of Mrs Rabey-Wilson, the three piece artwork was designed. The mural is now in pride of place within Carlisle Park and is a stunning and remarkable piece of art which will be on show for years to come.
Year 5 Team Building Day
Year 5 began this year with a day of team building activities designed to help them to settle into their new school. With pupils from 20 different schools joining Chantry in September, this was an excellent way to help them to make new friends and become more comfortable with their new surroundings. Thank you to the Morpeth Schools Sports Partnership for organising this excellent day.
Live Life Safe Year 5 Assembly
Our local Community Police Officers Simon and Holly came into school last week to deliver an assembly on staying safe out on the roads. Jo from the Co-op very kindly gave reflective badges to the entire year group to help them to be seen as the nights drawn in.