‘World of Work’ conference for Year 8

On Wednesday the 23rd of May students visited Kirkley Hall for our ‘World of Work’ conference as part of our whole school Careers Education, Information & Guidance (CEIAG) programme. Students got the opportunity to take part in some of the workshops below:



Tax Facts

Student Life

Preferred Learning Styles & Personality Types

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.

Easter Egg Competition

We had some eggcellent entries in our Annual Easter Egg Competition. Every child received a creme egg for entering and there were 14 winners with some very topical entries including the Eggonomic Crisis and the Trinidad Steel Pans band, with the theme of Around the World. Well done to Mia, Ella, Demi-Leigh, Joel, Eva, Grace, Caitlyn, Ben, Kitty, Izzy, Adam, Emily, Haydon & Ava. I do hope they enjoy their Easter Eggs.
The children are looking forward to the Easter Extravaganza this afternoon.
Please remember that school reopens on Tuesday 23rd April at 8.55 am for the Summer Term.

Ensemble Evening Concert – Tuesday 2nd April 2019

On Tuesday 2nd April the students of Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools collaborated to perform a spectacular evening of music. There were performances from the Newminster and Chantry steel pan bands, jazz band, ceilidh band, percussion, guitar, vocal, Northumbrian pipes and brass ensembles and nearly 400 pupils took part of these ensembles.
We would like to thank the amazing instrumental staff from Music Partnership North and Jenny Gilberg, the steel pan teacher, for their tuition, guidance and enthusiasm.
Simon Taylor the CEO of the Three Rivers Learning Trust said, “What an excellent evening with lots of students from both schools involved and it was really well attended by parents.”
“Wow! The concert was brilliant tonight. We had a great time. I bet you’re incredibly proud of all of the students. They were so focused. What a great night, thank you,” said a parent.
The pupils invited the residence of East Riding Nursing Home to come to the concert. “Thank you so much for such an amazing night. My residents were in a very happy place as I could see on their smiling faces.” Joan – East Riding Care Home.
Another proud moment across the schools and a massive well done to everyone who was involved.

Wansbeck Music Festival

On Sunday 31st March 2019 our Newminster and Chantry Steel Pan bands competed in the Wansbeck Festival. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to Jenny Gilberg for her tuition.
Here are the results from this wonderful musical day.
U11 soloist
1- Rose-Chantal  – Chantry
2- Lucy  – Chantry
3- Grace – Chantry
U11 Ensemble 
1- Rachel , Jess , Isabella  – Chantry
U11 Band 
1- Chantry A
2- Newminster H
3- Newminster E and Newminster I
U13 soloist 
1- Georgia  – Chantry
2- Sadie  – Newminster
U13 Ensemble 
1- Sophie, Sophie, Charlotte – Chantry
2- Naomi, Georgia, Amy – Chantry
2. Mary, Rebecca, Rachel – Chantry
3- Jenny, Rose, Chloe, Anna – Newminster
U13 Band 
1- Newminster B and Newminster C
2- Newminster A

3- Chantry C and Chantry F

Congratulations Cameron and Ayhan

Congratulations to Cameron and Ayhan, students of Newminster and Chantry Middle School’s on their recent achievement of winning first place in a competition designed to help ‘Save the Environment’.

Both Cameron and Ayhan are members of Morpeth 6th Scouts and won the competition, arranged by the Scouts as part of their Scout Camp in March, by designing a picture using articles they found during a beach clean-up in Seahouses.  As both boys are avid animal enthusiasts and keen to reduce ocean plastic pollution, their design was that of a turtle, showing their commitment to saving the environment and reducing harm to animals in the process.  We’re sure both Cameron and Ayhan will thoroughly enjoy their prize, a free scuba dive with 5drive Centre. Well done boys!!



North East Book Award

Library Matters – Libraries Matter

North East Book Award

Do you have a high ZPD for your age?

Are you an enthusiastic and mature reader?

Do you enjoy talking about what you are reading?

Are you interested in meeting authors and getting your books autographed?

If so, would you like to help select this year’s winner of The North East Book Award?

We have about ten weeks to read and discuss all the shortlisted books before voting!  There are six books this year instead of the usual five because two of them are are short.  Obviously, there’s more to say – and disagree about – as the weeks progress and more people have read more of the books!  As we read, we post reviews and comments on the NEBA website, which is closely monitored by the shortlisted authors. Extracts are used for giant promotional posters that the authors like to take home as souvenirs.

When all participating schools have voted, we attend an evening prize giving at The Centre for Life.  We talk to the authors, get our books signed and generally have a good time. The ceremony will be held at the end of June.

Visit the NEBA website for more information – http://northeastbookaward.wordpress.com/

If you think you’d like to give this a go – and don’t forget that you need to write a bit about the books as well as reading them – find out more from Mrs Inverarity by Friday, April 5th.

Meetings are as follows:

Tuesdays after school until 4:30pm in Newminster library – this group includes KEVI members and is limited to 15 students.

Thursday lunchtimes in Chantry library at 12:30pm

The books involved are:

The closest thing to flying    – Gill Lewis

A darkness of dragons  – S. A. Patrick

Girl in the window          – Penny Joelson

Boy 87                             – Ele Fountain

She wolf                          – Dan Smith

Seaglass                          – Eloise Williams    

and we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Mrs Inverarity         

Library Matters – Libraries Matter

Schools gear up for this week’s Big Pedal

Schools in Northumberland are this week ( March 25 – April 5)  taking part The Big Pedal, a national event aimed at improving health while reducing traffic congestion at the school gates.

The event encourages pupils, parents and staff to use “human power” to make the journey to school, and calls on them to cycle, scoot or, for the first time this year, walk to school.

Journeys are logged on The Big Pedal website and are ranked daily against other schools in Northumberland and the UK.

The initiative is organised by national cycling charity Sustrans and supported by Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council. During last year’s event, more than a million journeys were logged nationally. 

The theme for this year’s challenge focuses on health, and all schools entering the competition will receive a human body wall chart with curriculum-based fact cards as well as posters, top tips and daily classroom activities to stimulate their learning.

Miss Scott, PE Teacher Chantry Middle School said:
“ Our children really enjoy taking part in the annual Big Pedal. It’s great to see so many of them walking to school or arriving on their bikes and scooters. Its an excellent way to promote a healthy lifestyle”

Mark Tweedie, Chief Executive of Active Northumberland  said:  The Big Pedal is a great idea, Active Northumberland work closely with schools and I’m delighted that schools are supporting it. It’s a fantastic way to encourage more children to cycle, walk or scoot instead of taking the car. We all know that this is great for our environment and our health.”

New classrooms for Chantry Middle School

Chantry Middle School in Morpeth has been able to expand its intake in Year 5 this academic year thanks to new classrooms developed there by Northumberland County Council.

An old music block on the school site has been converted into new spaces for learning.

The school is part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust which was established in 2011 and includes The King Edward VI High School, three feeder middle schools, including Chantry, and three first schools.

This new teaching space at Chantry provides for up to 50 additional children and has allowed the school to take in a new Year 5 class this year.  The conversion has provided two bright and light classrooms plus some ancillary and storage space.

County councillors and officers from the council’s children’s services team met with the chief executive of the Three Rivers trust and the headteacher of Chantry Middle School this week to view the new facilities.

Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said:  “The council has been very pleased to fund these new classrooms at Chantry – expanding the educational provision for families in Morpeth. 

“This demonstrates the council’s commitment to investing to future proof education by providing additional places not only in Morpeth but also where they are needed in other areas across the county.”

Bryan Stewart, headteacher at Chantry Middle School added:  “This is a fantastic renovation of what was an old music block which was not at all suitable for everyday learning.  

“The conversion has provided us with two great new classrooms plus some very useful additional space.  These are proving to be inspiring places for our students to learn and we look forward to expanding their use in the future.”

Law Court Competition

Congratulations to Will, Harry, Imogen, Georgia, Felicity, Elspeth, Molly, Will, Hamish, Naomi, Benji, Lexi and Joe who took part in the Law Court Competition at Newcastle Crown Court on Saturday.  They were an absolute credit to the school and were all convincing in their roles, whether defending and prosecuting in the Case v Alex Young who was on trial for the theft of a mobile.  A big thank you to Mr Warner for leading the team and our two magistrates, Kate and Carolyn who supported us in the lead up to the competition.  Congratulations to Cramlington Learning Village and Duchess High School who got through to the next round of the competition!  It was lovely to see Dr Tomlinson’s taking part for the first time – competition within The Three Rivers Learning Trust!