Trust Expansion Consultation

Over the course of the last year the Board of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and the Governing Bodies of schools within the Morpeth Education Partnership have been exploring the most beneficial way forward for schools that have expressed an interest in joining the Learning Trust.

Please click here to see the letter to parents/carers.

You can also find a Frequently Asked Questions document here.

Consultation begins today, Monday 9 October until Monday 13 November at 4pm.

The Rocky Monster Show

IMG_0295 (1)Monday 19th June – 6:30pm, Tuesday 20th June – 6:30pm

Pupils at Newminster and Chantry have been rehearsing ready to perform the musical ‘The Rocky Monster Show’ in June.

Tickets will be available for the ‘The Rocky Monster Show’ performances at the school offices from Monday 15th May (strictly morning break times only). The tickets are priced at £4 adult and £3 child / OAP.

About the ‘The Rocky Monster Show’…..

Bizarre, anarchic and very funny, this Rock ‘n’ Roll musical is a riotous mix of the Addams Family, Young Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera, with Rebecca and The Rocky Horror Show thrown in for good measure!

Baron Frankenstein’s descendant, and ex-pop star turned professor of Genetics, creates DNA moulds of people in his computer. How these moulds come to life as the ultimate Rock Group, headed by a clone of Elvis himself is the highlight of the hilarious plot.

More traditional monsters also add spice to the explosive mixture. Audience and cast will love the Rock ‘n’ Roll score, much of which is an affectionate send-up of the 60’s.

Artist Visit – Bethan Laker for Bronze Arts Award

The Bronze Arts Award students were invited to take part in an illustration workshop with Newcastle- based illustrator, Bethan Laker, as part of the “Big Draw” Event on 13th November 2018.

Bethan began by showing examples of her work and then explained that the students would be making a drawn environment depicting an “Alice in Wonderland” tea party.

Bethan encouraged the students to be experimental and brave, using pens to make quick drawings of tea party objects and then to design characters from the story. These were then enlarged onto card and coloured using chalk markers.

The work will be completed in the Arts Award sessions and then displayed in school.

The students really enjoyed the project and particularly valued having the time to develop their ideas and techniques during the session.

The activity was sponsored by Northumberland Arts Development. (NAD) is a partnership between Hexham Book Festival, Berwick Visual Arts – Maltings, Queens Hall Arts, Museum and Archives Northumberland (Woodhorn), Alnwick Playhouse and is funded by Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England.

NAD provides support and advice to arts initiatives and organisations within the county in order to strengthen the sector and improve opportunities for anyone to access excellent art and culture.

Kids’ Lit Quiz 2018

This year’s regional heat of the annual literary competition proved to be the hardest yet.  With rounds as obscure as Ducks and Drakes and Rocks and Stones, not to mention Squirrels and lastly, Unicorns, we were seriously challenged.

Expecting to be quizzed on books, we soon discovered that the word book would be interpreted very loosely.  Manga, popular merchandising, film and TV were not off-limits in this very gruelling quiz!  Questions skipped from The Last of the Mohicans – surely not a children’s book – to My Little Pony via the classics, comics, fairy tales and Disney.  It was a real mixed bag!

We are so proud of our mixed teams of students from Years 6, 7 and 8 who maintained their concentration and enthusiasm throughout and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Chloe, you really deserved to win that tie-break!

Newminster A: Iona, Chloe, Michael and Will

Newminster B: Tallula, Ann, Tom and William

Christmas Performance – Nativity Nightmares

Newminster and Chantry Christmas Performances of Nativity Nightmares – St James Church, Wednesday 19th December 2018, 1.45 pm and 6.00 pm.  Tickets will go on sale for these performances from break times (only) at the school offices on Monday 19th November 2018.  £2.00 per child and £3.00 per adult.

Thank you to the students who have designed the tickets – wonderful work!!

Big Bang Fair Competition – Parliament Event


‘In celebration of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

Stephen Metcalfe MP

On behalf of The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee with Engineering UK

invites you to attend

The Big Bang @ Parliament

Monday 5 November, 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm’

On Monday 5th November, five Year 8 pupils travelled to London to showcase their Big Bang Competition project, ‘The Secret Life of Plastic’, to MP’s, engineering employers and fellow competitors.

The group represented themselves and the school extremely well. They were able to present

their work, discuss ideas fluently with their audience and speak with such passion that they have engaged interest and support from others at the fair. They met Ian Lavery MP who was very impressed with the group’s enthusiasm and is keen to work with the group moving forward on their project.

The next step for them is the The Big Bang Competition Finals in Birmingham in March 2019. The pupils will compete for over £20,000 worth of amazing prizes, including top and runner-up prizes in the Junior category for science and engineering, as well as the coveted titles of UK Young Engineer of the Year and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.

Everyone at Newminster is extremely proud of the group and we all have our fingers crossed for the finals in March!

Morpeth ASC – Club Trials

Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club is a competitive swimming club based in Morpeth. The club has grown considerably in membership over the last few years and is one of the fastest improving clubs in the region. Over the last 12 months swimmers have won medals at both County and Regional level as well as qualifying for National Championships.

The club is close to capacity but some spaces are available. We are looking for swimmers born 2009-2012 to join our younger squads.

We will be holding trials on the following dates at Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre NE61 1PR (swimmers need only attend one trial date).

Sunday 18th November 2018 4:00pm

 Friday 23rd November 2018 6:30pm

The trial is suitable for swimmers who have completed Stage 6/7 of NPTS and can confidently swim 100m continuously.

Please email Head Coach Becki McGuire to book your place –

Any swimmer who was born before 2009 and/or has previous ‘club experience’ should state this when booking as a different trial date may be more appropriate.

Becki McGuire

Morpeth ASC – Head Coach