Can you help us with British Science Week?

BSW_Logo_2017Are there any parents or friends of the school would be willing to give up valuable time to work with our students in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

On 17 March 2017 we will  be staging a range of events to raise the profile of STEM within the school community.

You could give a careers talk or simply talk about what your job entails or perhaps provide us with a link to an organisation. Thank-you in anticipation!

Please contact Mrs Razzaqi for further information.

The North East Teen Book Award

IMG_0100 (1)Getting and keeping, young people reading.

On Monday evening, 18 students from Chantry, Newminster and King Edwards attended the North East Teen Book Award ceremony at The Centre for Life in Newcastle. Since October, they’ve been sharing the reading of 20 contenders for the shortlist and helping to whittle this down to just six finalists.

The Teen Book Award is aimed at Year 10 students and challenges Key Stage 3 in terms of the numbers of books to be read and their themes and complexity. It’s greatly to the credit of our younger students that they’re so keen to have a go!

Not only do they have to read the books, they have to meet regularly to discuss them and then summarise their opinions for everyone – including the authors – to
read on the NETBA website: http://northeastteenagebookaward.wordpress.com

Before the winner is announced, each author is introduced by a group of students to talk about their books and answers questions. This year, students from Chantry and Newminster introduced debut author, Alwyn Hamilton and her novel, Rebel of the Sands.

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Newminster and Chantry dance for Red Nose Day!

rednosedayOn Friday 24th March at 11:10am, students, teachers and staff will be putting on their dancing shoes in support of Red Nose Day 2017.

This is promising to be the biggest and best fundraiser that we have ever done. Over the past few weeks, students and staff have been busy planning, practising and perfecting two dances. Students will be performing the dances in the school yard which are sure to be a hit! The event will kick off with ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon, followed by Olly Murs’ ‘Dance with Me Tonight’.

The day itself will be packed with fun and fundraising, with the whole school community getting involved to help Comic Relief and have fun on Red Nose Day 2017. Students will have the option to take home sponsorship forms, however the whole school will be taking part in the dances and getting involved in the day of fun.

Ms Charlotte Jones, Curriculum Leader of Creative Arts, who is helping to organise our Red Nose Day 2017 fundraising events, commented: ‘we absolutely love raising money for such a wonderful cause’.

The money raised will be spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both here in the UK and Africa.

Both Newminster and Chantry have recently been given the Red Nose Day Super School award by Comic Relief for our fantastic fundraising efforts.

Enterprise day 2017

IMG_4866Enterprise day took place on Friday 10th February and this year the theme was ‘The Wedding’. The event saw the entire school involved and working with students from all year groups in teams. The full day challenge was delivered by an expert team 26 Business Ambassadors from the HMRC, DWP, Barclays, Northumberland County Council as well as Carole Richards from Northumberland Education Business Partnership, who organised this event.

The aim of the day was for students to be part of the Leisure Sector and set up a hotel which would offer a wedding package to the Business Ambassador. The students had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the Business Ambassadors in the afternoon session after being given a master class in presentation and communication skills.

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Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh

FullSizeRender (9)Wow! What a night was had on Saturday 11th February for the second ever Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh. King Edward VI High School, Dr Thomlinson’s, Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools Ceilidh Bands came together to perform in a wonderful evening of music and dance which was led by a caller. Families enjoyed an evening of superb entertainment, fun, laughter and even a pie and pea supper.

Many congratulations to the joint band of over 60 pupils and staff who performed on this night and the McGuinness School of Dance, Irish Dancers. A special thanks to Heather Harrison who organised the event.

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Bronze Arts Awards – ARTiculate Project with the Laing Art Gallery

IMG_5221On Thursday 9th February, NMS and CMS Bronze Arts Awards students went to work with the Laing Learning team and a professional artist, as part of the ARTiculate Project, to develop their ability to interpret the work on display in the exhibition Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck & the Artists’ Eye. They learnt about how artists communicate stories and ideas through their work. 

Students participated in a visual literacy workshop at the gallery, worked with a photography artist to develop and refine ideas for their own interpretive artworks and took a self led tour of the work on display in the ‘Out of Chaos’ exhibition. This exhibition included powerful works by 50 international artists such as Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, Chaïm Soutine and Alfred Wolmark, which address the universality of migration and resulting issues of identity and belonging.

An exhibition of the students work will be displayed at the gallery at the end of the project, with the opportunity to take part in a preview event for all participants involved towards the end of April. 

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Sign2Sing 2017

FullSizeRender (24) (1)The pupils of Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools learnt songs to sing and sign for their Sign2Sing event which took place on Tuesday 7th February 2017. This was be done as whole schools and took place in the Chantry School hall during the school day.

Councillor Andrew Tebbutt, Mayor of Morpeth, came to the schools to watch the event. He spoke to the pupils about his involvement with hearing and deaf issues through his life as a politician and social worker.

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Be a Smarter Parker

schools_go_smarterWe are committed to road safety outside of our schools.

Please take time to watch this Schools Go Smarter and Northumberland’s Parking Team’s film.

It highlights how the parking behaviours of parents and carers impact on the safety of children at school drop off and pick up times and to inform parents and schools about the role of Northumberland’s camera enforcement vehicle.

The camera enforcement vehicle is used to assist with the enforcement of illegal parking on school keep clear markings outside of our schools.