British Science Week 2017

We had our annual STEM day on March 17th this year. Students from all year groups had the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops ranging in hands on construction to looking at demonstrations that made them go wow!

British Science Week (BSW) is a national  ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths – featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

The resulting programme of events is a hugely varied and eclectic mix.

What happens in British Science Week?

BSW provides a platform to stimulate students and raise the profile of the STEM subjects too. BSW 2017 saw 20 workshops on offer from a range of external partners. Thank you to all of them for coming in to make the day such as success.To give you a flavour of the creativity, inspiration and fun that British Science Week brought to our school take a look at our photo gallery by clicking ‘continue reading’.

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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.

Learn to Row

We have a junior Learn to Row course starting on Friday 31st March and running on Fridays and Wednesdays. The course is currently half full.

Would you be able to circulate this information to schools in case they are aware of anyone who wants to learn to row. There will be another course in September and there is an opportunity for taster sessions on Mondays. If interested see Mr Dick.

Cost approximately £80 (to be confirmed).

At Tyne United Rowing Club, Newburn Bridge Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. NE15 8NR.

  1. Friday 31stMarch 6pm to 8pm;
  2. Wednesday 5thApril 6pm to 8pm;
  3. Friday 7th April 6pm to 8pm;
  4. Wednesday 12thApril 6pm to 8pm;
  5. Friday 14thApril (Good Friday) 6pm to 8:30pm;
  6. Wednesday  19thApril 6pm to 8:30pm;
  7. Friday 21stApril 6pm to 8:30pm;
  8. Saturday 22nd April 12pm to 2pm or 2pm to 4pm or Wednesday 26th April 6pm to 8pm.

Morpeth Gathering – Northumbrian dialect

headerRecently, classes from Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools have been working with James Tait to produce written work involving use of Northumbrian dialect. Students were given the choice of writing either a poem, short story or piece of prose in the Northumbrian dialect and involving subject matter related to Northumberland.

James, a teacher and poet, has been employed by the Northumbrian language society to help preserve and promote the Northumbrian dialect and to encourage youngsters to enter this particular competition. The competition will take place on Saturday 22nd April at 1.30pm in St Robert’s Church Hall, rear of Collingwood House, Oldgate, Morpeth. All entrants who attend this will be given the opportunity to recite their work. Further details of the gathering can be found at It is free for children to enter these competitions. Winners will receive trophies, with second and third places receiving plaques.

Please note that this is not an organized school outing, but is entirely up to parents to bring their children along to these competitions.

This poem has been written by Mark Wales in year 5 as an entry for the ‘Writing Competition’.

Click ‘continue reading’ for the poem.

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Wansbeck Music Festival Steel Band competition: Saturday 25th March

The Wansbeck Music Festival Steel Band competition is taking place in the KEVI Upper School Hall (next to the main reception) on Saturday 25th March. Students must be accompanied by an adult and wearing full school uniform. All students must arrive by 10am for a 10.15am start.

Competition times:

10.15am-1pm – U11 and U13 Steel Band, ensemble and soloist categories.

2pm-5pm – U16 and U18 Steel Band, ensemble and soloist categories.

Free School Meals

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

To see if you qualify please complete an application either online or through a written application. Further details can be found on the bottom of this link.

Morpeth Riverside Public Consultation Event

Northumberland County Council are proposing to redevelop the Riverside Site for a new leisure centre/cultural venue and as such we are looking to attract as wide an audience as possible.

Lichfields are undertaking the consultation on behalf of NCC and Active Northumberland with Nigel Walsh leading.

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The King Edward VI’s High School Musical

Logo_HSM_originalFrom the 23rd – 25th March 2017

This years stage musical is a popular production loved by youngsters the world over. An adaptation of the Disney Channel movie for stage…taking you back to High School days. The most important thing to remember, is to have as much fun as possible!

A modern twist on ‘Grease’ with extra ‘cheese’ and lots of comedy.

Tickets will be on sale from main reception – Adults £9, Students £7.

North East Book Award

  • 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, we would you like to help select this year’s winner of The North East Book Award

We have roughly 10 weeks to read and discuss all 5 shortlisted books before voting! 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. (You can see some outside the library.)

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 in June.

Visit the NEBA website for more information –

Click ‘continue reading’ to find out more about our meetings and which books are involved.

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Musical Ensemble Evening

Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 6:30pm in the Chantry Middle School Hall

The Newminster and Chantry ensembles joined by the KEVI Community Jazz Band are performing in a Musical Ensemble Evening on Tuesday 4th April in the Chantry Hall to showcase the wonderful musicians we have here in Morpeth.

There will be performances from the joint middle schools Jazz Band, Ceilidh Band, Samba Band, Guitar Ensembles and Steel Pan Bands along with a guest performance from the KEVI Community Jazz Band.

Tickets for this event can be purchased on the door on the night and will be priced at £2 children £3 adults.

Refreshments will be on sale during the interval.

We do hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.


Admissions to The Three Rivers Learning Trust

As the new housing developments in Morpeth begin to take shape, we are anticipating greater demand for places within the schools of the Learning Trust and across the Morpeth Partnership.  We are working closely with our partnership schools and with Northumberland County Council to ensure a school place for all who live in the catchment area.

The Board of Directors is clear that it is our responsibility to educate students who live in the catchment or move into the catchment area, and those who are already in  partnership schools from an early age. Whilst this will provide some challenges in the next few years, we are confident that through effective partnership working we will be able to meet that aspiration.

The recent admissions consultation for entry in September 2018 to Chantry, Newminster and King Edward’s is closed.  The proposed change from our previous policy was the criteria for  the tie breaker.

There were two stages to the consultation, and a total of 42 responses were received.  Of the responses,  24 were in favour of the amendment, 12 were against, 2 partly agreed and a further 4 made comments only.  Thank you to all who contributed to the consultation.  The revised policy is available here, and the Policies page of the website.