Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Snowman cakeThe school closes for Christmas at 3.30pm today, Friday 19 December 2014 and students will be in lessons as normal.

School re-opens on Monday 5 January 2015.

Merry Christmas from all at Newminster.

Carol Service

IMG_0948A 120 strong choir from Newminster and Chantry sang to the rooftops at St James’s Church at their carol service on the 17th December.

They were joined by piano soloists, readers, the wind band playing an uplifting rendition of ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ and the steel pan bands, whose beautiful sounds filled the air with ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘Jingle Bells’.

Y8 turn CSI for the day!

SDC12239The Science department was proud to host ex-student of the school, Dr Hilary Hamnett.

Dr Hamnett works as a forensic toxicologist with the UK police, but is currently working for the NewZealand government.

Y8 students had an insight into a day in the life of a forensic scientist.


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Pupil Premium and Adopted Children

All children who have been adopted or placed under special guardianship are now eligible for the Pupil Premium worth £1,900.

In order for schools to receive this funding, children need to be recorded as eligible by Thursday 15th January 2015.

If your child is eligible could you please contact our Home School Link Worker Sharon Patterson to let us know on 01670 513621. Please be assured that this information will be held in the strictest confidence.

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Visit to Centre for Life

Life Science Centre LogoYear 7 pupils will be visiting the Centre for Life on Monday 15th December.

They will visit the ‘Body Worlds Vital’ exhibition – the first exhibition of its kind to inform visitors about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies.

The specimens on display were preserved through Plastination, the preservation process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

As part of this visit, the 98 pupils will visit the Science Centre exhibitions, take part in a DNA discovery workshop, where they will extract DNA from a kiwi fruit, and take part in a session on the outdoor ice rink.


Christmas Bake Off 2014

Fergus, Maddy and Zoe Congratulations to Fergus Evans in 7A who won this years Great Newminster Bake Off Christmas Special 2014, with his extraordinary chequered, passion fruit flavoured snowman cake.

Well-done to Maddy Stewart (Year 7) and Zoe Jones (Year 8) who secured second and third place, with their wonderful Christmas inspired pieces.

Thank you to all of those who took part; you did an amazing job and all of the cakes produced were incredible. Mrs Ayres would also like to thank those at home for the support and encouragement. Bring on Summer Bake Off 2015!

Click to see more pictures of the cakes that were made.

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Year 5 Pantomime Trip on Tuesday

longimage_getsantatempPlease could children be in school for 8.30am to ensure we can leave before 9am.

Children may have a bag of sweets and will need a packed lunch for the day.

They can wear non-uniform bottoms but must wear their polo shirts and jumpers.

Under 13 Boys Football – ESFA CUP

FootballOur Newminster Year 8 boys football team successfully progressed to the 5th round of the National Cup this week after a pulsating cup tie away at Seaton Burn.

After going behind twice, Newminster showed great character and team spirit to fight back to draw level at 2-2 with goals from Jamie Barry and Joe Briddon.

Extra time could not separate the teams but Newminster came out eventual winners 7-6 on penalties,

Robert Eadington making the crucial saves and Ben Michelson scoring the winning penalty. Our Year 8 boys now face a tricky away tie against Carnforth High School from Lancaster in round 5.

Y5 Christmas Performance

stockingredfancy_pYear 5 will be holding a Christmas performance of ‘Mr Humbug Sees the Light’ on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th December.

Times for the performances are outlined in the table below:

Date 5B & 5J 5D & 5S
Monday 8th December 2:00pm 6:00pm
Tuesday 9th December 6:00pm 2:00pm

A copy of the letter to parents can be found here.

Christmas Lunch

Christmas treeChristmas lunch is being served in school on Thursday 18th December.

The menu is:

Roast Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, seasonal veg
Veggie option:Vegetable Kiev
Christmas tree choc ice
Christmas pudding
Festive biscuit with juice