Trust Expansion Consultation

Over the course of the last year the Board of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and the Governing Bodies of schools within the Morpeth Education Partnership have been exploring the most beneficial way forward for schools that have expressed an interest in joining the Learning Trust.

Please click here to see the letter to parents/carers.

You can also find a Frequently Asked Questions document here.

Consultation begins today, Monday 9 October until Monday 13 November at 4pm.

Year 6 in Kingswood

Enterprise Day & ‘The Wedding’

IMG_2604The whole school took part in an Enterprise Day on Friday the 7th of April. The theme for the day was ‘The Wedding’.

All classes worked in six teams to tackle the challenge of attracting a couple to celebrate their wedding at a hotel.

Students had to consider everything from the food, entertainment costs, cake, decorations, stationary, room hire and photography. All students had a role in their group and the Financial Wizards of the group worked on the final customer quote by working out total costs, price per person and profit.

The activity was run in collaboration with Northumberland Education Business Partnership and local Business Ambassadors. Student feedback from the day was extremely positive and the Business Ambassadors were complimentary about the school and said that it had been a pleasure to work with our students.

Girls in STEM

What a fantastic time 15 of our Year 7 pupils had at this year’s Girls in STEM event at St. James’ Park!  We were greeted on our arrival by our host Michael who took us into the Bamburgh Suite which was filled with purple and green tables and the most wonderful balloons we had ever seen!

Firstly, we were given a talk by some really inspiring STEM ambassadors before we were taken to the Innovation Lounge.  The girls had to complete 6 challenges from the different areas to be entered into a prize draw where 4 of our pupils won their own drone!

We then were challenged to build a wind turbine that would generate electricity.  All of our pupils made successful wind turbines but one of our groups managed to generate 0.68 volts, which was the 3rd highest reading out of the 39 groups taking part in the workshop!  Elise, Elspeth, Fiona and Ava were given an Amazon Echo Dot each for their reward!

After that we were treated to a Q&A panel of inspiring women in STEM careers before a design skills workshop. All of the girls who took part had a brilliant day and worked extremely well on all the tasks they were challenged at! Well done girls!

Ski Trip 2018

PTA Meeting

PTAThe minutes from the last PTA meeting can be found here.

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday 15 May.

British Science Day 2018

British Science Week takes place between the 9th and 18th of March 2018. The majority of the events at Chantry took place on Friday 9th 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

Year 5 students went to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle to see the current exhibition and take part in a Fossils or Rubbish Rockets workshop.

Year 6 students took part in a carousel of activities that included:

  • Technology Tom
  • Creepy Crawlies Roadshow
  • Dove Marine Lab
  • Printing using the heat press
  • Challenging perceptions about STEM careers
  • Cockle Park Farm workshop

Year 7 students went to Newcastle University to take part in STEM day. All students had a tour of the campus and took part in some workshops linked to Science & Engineering.

Year 8 students took part in a carousel of activities that were run by STEM Ambassadors, KEVI students & Chantry staff:

  • STEM Ambassador Tina Scrafton form PDSA
  • Fingerprinting workshop
  • Magnets and Electromagnets workshop
  • Fibre analysis using optical microscopes with KEVI Science Ambassadors
  • Testing leaves for starch workshop

Many thanks to all of the parents and visitors that supported the event.

School Closed Friday 2 March

Chantry Middle School will be closed again tomorrow, Friday 2 March due to the ongoing poor weather conditions.  Please assume that we will be open as usual on Monday 5 March.  Apologies for the further disruption

100 Years of Women Voting

Tuesday 6th February 2018 marked 100 years since women over 30 were given the vote in Britain. To celebrate this historic anniversary some of our KS3 children worked with Penni Blythe on Friday and we were lucky enough to also welcome Tyne Tees Television into school to record this too.

 They talked about the Bill in Parliament that allowed women over 30 to vote as a result of centuries of campaigning, militant action and imprisonment by suffragettes and suffragists. Emily Davison, who lived in Longhorsley, was topic of conversation due to her work as a suffragette. As part of their work in Citizenship, the children already knew that she is buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s in Morpeth but found out from Penni that there is going to be a memorial statue built in Carlisle Park, Morpeth.
As part of their discussions, the children also talked about a range of women that they find inspirational. Some women were from their own families, some more famous and some other ladies were from the North East. Georgia H said “Grace Darling
 inspire me, and she was from the North East like Emily Davison”.
A huge thank you to Penni for her work with the KS3 children and to Julia, from ITV Tyne Tees, who allowed Chantry Middle School to be part of their celebrations to mark 100 years since women got the vote.
Below are what some of the children had to say about their experiences.
Kitty said “When Penni came in to work with us she told us about the jewellery and rosettes the suffragettes used to make. We wore purple ribbon to represent the things that they made.”
Aaron said “When women got the vote 100 years ago they had to be 30 and own a house to be able to vote. The suffragettes took huge sacrifices but were so determined to stand for what they believed”
Naomi said “I enjoyed the part where we separated and anyone under a five foot couldn’t vote. It got us thinking about how this might have felt for women over 100 years ago when they were not allowed to vote because of their gender.”
Jake said “I really enjoyed the experience and finding out that Emily lived in Longhorsley!”
Georgia said “I enjoyed meeting Penni, she was really interesting to talk to. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole morning and I am excited to see us on ITV News”
Alice Hepton said “I enjoyed working with Penni and finding out about what she does and how she travels the world finding out about how getting the vote has changed womens’ lives. If it wasn’t for this experience, I wouldn’t know all about Emily Davison being buried in Morpeth and that Tuesday 6th February is the 100 year anniversary since some women, who were 30 and owned a property, were able to vote. I was also very excited about bring on ITV news.”
Alice Hudson said “I really enjoyed the experience of working with Penni and Tyne Tees Television. Penni came dressed as a suffragette knowing many facts about them that I had never heard before. We set up a display which included a banner that said “Deeds not words”. Once Julia from Tyne Tees had filmed her footage she let us have a look more closely at her awesome camera and she explained how the videos she had taken would then become a 3 minute feature on ITV news on Tuesday 6th February (100th anniversary of women voting)!”

Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day gets hundreds of organisations involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policy makers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!

At Chantry we take always Internet Safety seriously throughout the year. We have had internet safety assemblies to contribute towards the national event which takes place on 6th February.