Careers Day 2015

On Friday 2nd October the year eight students took part in a range of activities to develop their understanding of careers.The day kicked off with a ‘career speed dating activity’. Students met and ‘grilled’ the employees about their jobs. This was followed by a tailored advice session from Durham University and Newcastle College, a self employed Christmas decorator as well as the careers guidance team from Northumberland County Council.

The day was run in partnership with Carole Richards from Northumberland Education Business Partnership and was also supported by one of our parents, Mr Oliver who stepped in to represent his role in the NHS as Clinical psychologist.

The afternoon sessions were jam packed with fun and information from the following…

  • Police Service
  • Fire Service
  • Army
  • RAF
  • Navy

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A taste of China

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This summer, some of our current Year 6 pupils spent an amazing week in Surrey on a Chinese immersion trip.  They stayed at Frensham Heights school and spent the mornings learning the language and the afternoon participating in cultural activities.  Parents and friends were invited down on the final day to watch a performance showcasing what went on over the week.

“We learnt Kung Fu and Tai Chi.  The instructor showed us how some moves in Tai Chi can be used as self defence.”  Joseph Jackson

“We did 3 hours of language learning a day.  It was intense but amazing as we went from not knowing any words in Mandarin to being able to have conversations with our teachers and each other.”  Lottie Glover-Stewart

“We had a go on lots of different traditional musical instruments.  I especially liked the Chinese guitar.  We also learnt a folk song which we sang on the final performance.”  Lewis Harmer

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World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. If the Goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them.

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Staff at Newminster have been raising awareness – and some laughs – by taking part in the Dizzy Goals challenge. You can see their efforts here:


KS2 Science Club

The beginning of October marks the beginning of KS2 Science Club. Nearly ninety Year 5 and 6 pupils have signed up to an 8 week block of science club activities including investigating slime, forensic science, fireworks and science busking. Pupils will develop their skills in science as well as enjoying a high quality extra-curricular activity and having lots of FUN! Activities will be delivered by Newminster staff and some sessions will be supported by facilitators from external agencies. Photos of pupils enjoying science club to follow…

Cafe Scientifique

IMG_3471  Year 8 pupils have recently enjoyed taking part in workshops delivered by Newcastle University’s Medical School Graduate Ambassador team. First, a recent graduate of Biomedical Science shared his experiences of studying with pupils.

Pupils also had the chance to practice using mechanical micropipettes – one hundred times more accurate than the pipettes we use in science lessons! Then, the following week, pupils took part in a hands-on demonstration extracting DNA from strawberries. Pupils were fascinated to see just how much DNA a single strawberry contains and particularly enjoyed getting their hands messy!

More Cafe Scientifique workshops will be arranged in the coming weeks to allow pupils the opportunity to experience a range of careers in the STEM subjects.

If you are a parent/carer with a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths and would like to share your experiences with our Year 8 pupils at Cafe Scientifique please contact Mrs Urwin.

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Central Northumberland Cricket: Winter Series 2015

Following on from the success of the Summer Series, Active Northumberland will be running a similar indoor version cricket event, namely titled Winter Series! This will be taking place at the new Ashington Leisure Centre on a Tuesday from 16:00 – 18:00 (whilst there is no official date yet, it is though to be around mid-November).

The event is listed as Under 13s (Years 6-8), however both younger and older players are welcome to attend and take part. The games/sessions will be structured to suit students of all ages and ability.

P.E teacher Mr.Dick will have more information in the near future, you can contact him via email at; if your child is interested.

If you have any questions be sure to see the FAQs;


Year 8 Health Related Behaviour Survey

As part of our ongoing work to promote healthy lifestyles and responsible choices, Newminster students in Year 8 will be taking part in a Health Related Survey during their PSHE and citizenship time. A letter has been emailed to all Year 8 parents and a copy of the questionnaire which is to be completed can be found on the link below. The results received will further help us to plan and ensure that we are providing the right information and health related information for our students.

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New Assessment Framework – September 2015

As you may have become aware through reports in the media, National Curriculum levels to assess students’ progress in KS1, KS2 and KS3 are no longer being used. Schools have been given the responsibility to develop assessment methodologies which they believe are best suited to meet the needs of the children that they work with.

Over the last 18 months we have worked closely with Chantry and Rothbury middle schools, our feeder First Schools and the High School, to develop an assessment framework that does just that. The focus of the framework is very much on identifying what children can currently do and what steps are needed to enable them to progress further.

Further details about the new assessment framework and how we will be reporting on this will follow in due course, but in the meantime the following links may be helpful in providing you with some additional information about the context of this national change.

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Give it a Go Commuter Challenge

The Give it a Go Commuter Challenge encourages employees to travel to work in an energy saving way. Travelling via bus, train, bike, and on foot, will gain you points. By the end of the event your points will be tallied up for a chance to win the challenge. The challenge starts Monday 14th September and runs until Friday 16th October.

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