Spelling Bee Success!

Three of our Y7 Francophones took part in the regional round of the French Spelling Bee this week.  They faced pupils from different schools all over the North-East in a bid to spell as many French words correctly as possible in one minute, using the French alphabet.  They all performed outstandingly, improving on their accomplishments in earlier heats.  The MFL department is delighted to announce that Izzy came 4th overall and will now compete in the Nationals Final in Cambridge in July.  Bravo les petits!

“I really enjoyed the whole Spelling Bee experience and it gave me a chance to learn lots of new vocabulary.  It took a great deal of practise but I think my efforts definitely paid off.  It was a nerve wracking but amazing day and I would encourage all of next year’s Y7 pupils to give it a go.”  Eva

“Taking part in the Bee was an enlightening experience and it improved both my French and my confidence.  Taking part in the regional round was fairy scary but in a good way!  I am not a particularly sporty person so I thought this was a great opportunity for me to do something in which my strengths lie.”  Izzy

“For me, the Spelling Bee was a chance to represent the school and I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it.  I learned that I am stronger at languages than I thought I was!  It proved to me that if I put my mind to it and stay dedicated, I can do it!  I know that in Year 8, there is a translation event and I would love to give that go.”  Ben

The Three Rivers Ceilidh

Our yearly 3 Rivers Ceilidh took place on Saturday 27th April 2019, 7.00 pm – 9:30 pm at The King Edward VI School in Morpeth.  Students from KEVI, Rothbury, Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools Ceilidh Bands came together to perform various sets for people to dance to lead by a caller,

The students all performed brilliantly and everyone had a fabulous time.

A huge thank you to Heather Harrison for organising this event, KEVI PTA for helping sell tickets and to the tech, sound and lighting team supported by Jonathan Hughes.

Northumberland Community Enterprise Limited

Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd are a Stobhill based charity helping families throughout the North East during hard times. They tackle food poverty, deprivation, help parents to find work and have recently been shortlisted to win a large National Lottery grant.

Grant funding will mean that they can open a community shop in Stobhill offering;

A free School Uniform Bank, Community Food Pantry, Free Haircuts, Recycled Household Paint, a Job Club and Training.

If they are successful in securing enough votes they will be working with local schools and social services who can refer families into their project. This will enable them to purchase and provide recycle bins for schools, organise regular collections and arrange mending and repairing of uniforms if necessary.  They will also be collecting food from ASDA twice per week and offering parcels to families during difficult times. Their hairstylist will work two evenings per week providing free school approved haircuts to children and those parents who have secured Job Interviews.

Please can we all support this local charity and vote to bring these services to the area.

Click the link to vote and remember to verify your vote in your email account afterwards



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!!