‘Fancy Feet Whirly Wheels’ challenge

imageHere are our results for the ‘Fancy Feet Whirly Wheels’ challenge run by Schools Go Smarter, a National organisation that  helps children understand the benefits of travelling sustainably as an enjoyable part of school life.

At the moment we are second on the leadership board for Northumberland. 

Year 7 & 8 workshops

KS3 are actively involved in a variety of workshops, ranging from Breakdancing with Dance City, tasting healthy breakfasts, Bootcamp, volleyball with Nathan (an ex Olympic Champion) and peer massage techniques.

They will reflect on how to stay healthy and happy and are learning about the benefits of each practical activity.

Cameron said the massage was really relaxing and helped to stop stress. Daniel thought the Samba was exciting and Tyla said the Samba helped you to release any anger.

Watch out for their poster and leaflet designs promoting health and wellbeing and also the H&W mannequin challenge!

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Choir at Heighley Gate – Saturday 26th November 2016

MASCOTThe Newminster and Chantry choir performed at Heighley Gate Garden Centre on Saturday 26th November 2016 to raise money for the Henry Dancer Days Charity.

They were wonderful and sang a repertoire of songs including some from the Christmas performance.

We received a lovely email from the charity:

“Just to let you know that you helped us raise £740 today for Henry Dancer Days.
Many, many, many thanks for all your help and support. Please would you let everyone who was involved know of this superb amount.
Once again my sincere thanks. We are indebted to you for your wonderful, willing help.”

Sign2Sing Mascot

Sign2sing have revealed their new mascot who was designed by Ryan Rong, aged 12 from Newminster Middle School. His design was turned into a mascot for SignHealth by Jellyhead Studios, based in London, who have previously made mascots for the BBC, Asda and the Rainforest Cafe.

I think you will all agree he looks incredible! Well done Ryan!

Kampala is due to visit the school soon! How exciting …..!

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Remembrance Day choir assembly

choirOn Thursday 10th November the choir commemorated all those who fought for us in the 1st and 2nd World Wars, as well as those soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan and Syria, by singing in assembly. The choir sung a beautiful arrangement of Josh Groban’s ‘Brave’ a song about not giving up and being brave in difficult situations. The choir sung in 2 part harmony creating a haunting and memorable performance.

Well done to all who sang! Choir rehearsals are Monday 3:30-4:30pm in the Chantry school hall for anyone who would like to join us after Christmas.

Christmas Card Competition winner

christmascardcompCongratulations go to Hope Hedley in 6P for winning the Methodist Church Christmas Card Competition. Her winning design, ‘Two Carol Singers’ will be printed and sent out to local businesses around Morpeth. Gift tags will also be on sale from the Methodist Church in December. The competition was tough with over 150 entries and artist judges, who sent many lovely comments about the designs they saw.

Thank you to Mrs Laidlaw and the Morpeth Methodist Church for organising this local community event.

Newminster student wins Northumberland photography competition

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‘Greedy Bird’ by Hannah Bishop

Congratulations to Hannah Bishop in Year 7 for coming first in the Young Person’s category for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust Photography Competition. She was invited to attend the Award Ceremony at the Great North Museum where the winners were announced. She won a large scale print of her photograph and the school won £100.

Her winning photograph. ‘Greedy Bird’, can be seen on page 7 of the Roebuck magazine July- November 2016 issue.

Well done, Hannah.

Kids’ Lit Quiz

Newminster A contesting a tie break with 8 other teams.

Newminster A contesting a tie break with 8 other teams.

The NE regional heat of this national competition was a closely fought and extremely tough contest.  Each of the top five teams was separated by just half a point and every round went to a tie breaker.

With rounds on Captains, Cannibals, Cutlery, Cars, Comics and cartoons, not to mention Furniture, Hobbies, Rodents, Babies and World War 1, it was hard to predict our strengths and this cost us valuable points, as scores are doubled on the joker round.

Seriously, can you think of ten literary references to cutlery…?

Nevertheless, our teams performed magnificently and should be proud of their richly deserved scores of 71 and 68. Most teams in the contest were composed of Y8 students so we’re especially proud of our Y6 team and hope to see them in the top ten next year!