Thank You and Have a Great Summer!

The staff of Newminster would like to wish you all a happy and restful summer.

Thank you for all your support this year and we look forward to seeing you again in September!

Please be reminded that school reopens to students on Wednesday 2nd September at 8.50am.

Morpeth Town Art Competition: The Winners

IMG_8570On Wednesday 8 July, Strutt & Parker hosted the final showcase of their 40 shortlisted entrants and revealed the winner and runners up of the competition.

Congratulations to:

  • Sophie Thomson (Y10 at KEVI) who won first place for her acrylic on canvas painting of Morpeth Clock Tower. She was awarded a £100 Amazon voucher.
  • Well done also to Caitlin Scott (Y10 at KEVI) and Danny Lilico (Y8 at Chantry) who were the runners-up, winning £50 Amazon vouchers each.
  • Furthermore, 6 students were awarded a highly commended award (£10 Amazon voucher) and these were Thea Viernes and Maddy Stewart (Newminster), Leon Smith and Michael Smart (Chantry) and Phoebe Hoggan and Emily Brannigan (KEVI).

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Big Bang Fair North East 2015

Twenty Year 7 pupils have been attending the Science Big Bang Fair Club at Newminster.

The aim of this club is to encourage pupils to develop their scientific curiosity and to find solutions to problems in the same way as professional scientists do. Pupils have developed their own science projects and have each achieved a CREST Bronze Award.

On Tuesday 7 July the pupils presented their projects to judges at the North East’s regional Big Bang Fair at Northumbria University. Pupils also explored the fair’s industry stands and had the opportunity to explore careers in the STEM subjects.

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Belgium Euro Space Tour 2015

IMG_0630Between 29 June and 3 July, 33 Year 7 pupils attended the Belgium Euro Space Tour 2015. They visited the Mini-Europe, Atomium and Oceade Wave Complex sites in Brussels, took part in a Eurospace Centre ‘Astronaut for the Day’ activity and visited Blankenberge Sea life Centre and the Coca-Cola Visitors Centre.

Pupils enjoyed experiencing an overseas residential experience and spending time with friends at Newminster and Chantry whilst on the trip. Pupils stayed at a hostel in the centre of Brussels, sharing a room with between 3 and 5 other pupils.

During their visit to the Eurospace Centre, pupils tried out various practical tasks which recreated the experiences of a trainee Astronaut. They also constructed rockets which were launched 100m into the air!

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Business Ambassadors Needed!

Do you own your own business?

Would you be willing to come and give our students in Year 6 a brief introduction about working in business?

The event will be on Friday 13th November.

If you’re interested please contact Mrs Foot or Mrs Razzaqi.

The 5th Mini Literary Quiz

The 5th Mini Lit Quiz, written and produced in-house, was even bigger than last year’s – there were more schools, more teams and more prizes! Thirty teams from Tyne and Wear, Teesside and Northumberland took part and, with an additional four schools pledged to join us in 2016, the contest seems set to grow.


Newminster A: Ben Walker, Jake Hewitt, Charlotte Rae and Eve Haines


Newminster C: Lydia Goldsmith, Rose Gibson, Izzy Gale and Lottie Dwyer







Our Quiz is modelled on the Kids Lit Quiz (UK) with both individual and team prizes, but has five rounds instead of ten and its own unique style. Each round of ten questions follows a particular literary theme but, unlike the KLQ, there is also a Pictionary round featuring picture clues and between round elimination competitions for cash prizes.

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10th Anniversary of The North East Book Awards

IMG_2989This, the tenth year of the North East Book Awards, didn’t get off to a promising start when most of our Y7 participants discovered that the ceremony clashed with their trips to Belgium or Austria. When it became clear that only two of the five shortlisted authors would be coming, we were very downcast. However, this pair – joined by the charismatic and popular local author, Dan Smith – more than made up for the absences
with their engaging personalities and lively talks. If the intense heat took its toll of the adults, it didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of our young judges.

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Girls Beach Rugby Festival

Beach rugbyWell done to everyone who took part in the Girls Beach Rugby Festival at Tynemouth.

All three teams played very well with fantastic attitude, determination and ability. A fitting end to a great season with this group.

Town Art Shortlist

IMG_2074Congratulations to the following students have been short-listed for the Morpeth Town Art Competition sponsored by Strutt & Parker.


The King Edward VI School Newminster Middle School Chantry Middle School
Paola Hristova (Y9)Emily Brannigan (Y9)

Amber Johnston (Y9)

Charlotte Fatherley (Y9)

Naomi Kendall(Y9)

Isabel Webb (Y9)

Shellby Patterson (Y10)

Phoebe Hoggan (Y9)

Deanne Shotton (Y10)

Kiri Lamb (Y10)

Toby Gormley (Y10)

Gracie Bolton (Y10)

Sophie Thomson (Y10)

Bali Nelson (Y10)

Amber Jones (Y10)

Caitlin Scott (Y10)

Emily Streener (Y10)

Alex Carr (Y7)Jesscia Gagie (Y7)

Maddy Stewart (Y7)

Ciaran Evans (Y7)

Victoria Smyth (Y8)

Zoe Jones (Y8)

Jay Bradwell (Y8)

Lottie Dwyer (Y8)

Thea Viennes (Y8)

Summer Allan (Y8)

Michael Smart (Y7)Rebekah Hudson (Y8)

Alistair Wilson (Y8)

Jack Simm (Y8)

Jamee Re[path (Y8)

Libby Thompson (Y8)

Alex Harley (Y8)

Danny Lillico (Y8)

Leon Smith (Y8)

Lisa McCullough (Y8)

Lauren Jackson (Y8)

These students and their parents/carers are invited to attend the showcase and prize giving event at Strutt & Parker, Morpeth, on Wednesday 8 July at 5:30pm.

A judging panel will be voting for a first place (£100 Amazon voucher) and 2 runner up places (£50 Amazon vouchers). This panel will consist of Corrymella Scott (art dealer) and representatives from Strutt & Parker and The Three Rivers.

Year 7 in Belgium

More Year 7 adventures – this time in Belgium!