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July 2018

As we approach the final two weeks of term and another hardworking year at Chantry Middle, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you ALL for your continued support.  All of the students have excelled themselves throughout the year.  After reading their summer reports, I am really proud and pleased with the academic progress they have made and the range of extra-curricular clubs they have participated in. I am overwhelmed by the compliments and comments from visitors both in school and in the community about how wonderful our students are.  This makes me extremely proud to be Head of School at Chantry.
I would particularly like to thank the Year 8 students who are all moving onto pastures new. They have been a wonderful year group who have grown into responsible, articulate young people and I am very sorry to see them leave.  However I look forward to hearing of their continued success in the future.  I am sure they will look back at their time in Chantry with fond memories.
As you know, Mrs Gillian Naylor and Mr John Nicholson are both leaving at the end of term as they retire to take on the next chapter of their lives.

Mrs Naylor has taught at Chantry since September 2000. She has held a number of posts in school including Head of Year 6, 7 & 8, alongside her duties of Science Teacher. I know that she has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Chantry and is looking forward to looking after her grandchildren.

Mr Nicholson has taught at Chantry since January 2003 and like Mrs Naylor has had a number of responsibilites including Head of Year. He has a real passion for his subject of Mathematics and always had the pastoral needs of his classes and year group at the heart of everything he does. Mr Nicholson too is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren. 

I know you will join me in wishing them both the best of luck for the future. I know they will leave Chantry with lots of wonderful memories.

There will also be some changes to the Teaching Assistant team. Thank you to Mr Mike Skinner, Mrs Sophie Hailey, Ms Sam Morris and Mrs Gemma Danks, who are leaving for pastures new. Thank you for your contributions at Chantry over the past year.  We are looking forward to welcoming Katharine Grencis and Jane Hoyle to the team in September. 

We are also excited to announce that Mrs Dominique Flint will be joining our team as School Business Manager for Chantry and Newminster. She comes from Ponteland Middle Academy and starts her new role on Monday. 

Congratulations to Mr Stephen Sykes  who graduated today as a teacher. He has been at Chantry on the School Direct programme and we wish him the best of luck in his new job here from September. Well done to Mr Shaw and in particular 6C who have supported Stephen!

This is the final newsletter of the academic year although we do have a number of events planned between now and the end of term.  I do hope to see you soon. As Mr Bryan Stewart takes up his new role as Headteacher on 1st September, can I take this opportunity to thank you for your support of me in my role as Head of School/ Deputy Headteacher over the past eight years. I look forward to working with Bryan in September and I know you will give him a very warm welcome to our school
I do hope that you all have a fantastic and relaxing summer holiday and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday 4th September at 8.55am.
With best wishes
Steven Johnson
Head of School

The month in brief .....

Staffing for 2018/19
Below is a list of form teachers for the new academic year.  All children spent some time over the past couple of days with their new teacher, as part of the Chantry Partnership Days. They also enjoyed a Sponsored Walk and took part in House Matches. It was really lovely to see all our new Year 4’s and their parents.

2018/19 class 2017/18 Teacher
5B   Mrs Stef Buckton 
5I   Mrs Roz Irving 
5S   Mr Stephen Sykes 
5R   Mr Ritchie Brown
5E   Mrs Elaine Skinner
6S 5B Mr Craig Shaw
6L 5I Miss Lucy Larsen
6F 5R  Miss Leah Falkingham / Mr Nigel Shields 
6G 5N  Miss Ruth Gordon 
7W 6L  Mr Nick Warner 
7M 6S Miss Laura Mackenzie 
7S 6W Mr Frank Stoker 
7O 6C Mr Ben Ord 
8J 7S  Dr Tom Jackson 
8Yo 7W Mrs Claire Young 
8He  7He Mrs Hayley Herbertson 
8M 7M  Dr Danielle McDonnel

 If you have any questions please contact your child’s form teacher in the first instance.

Directors of Learning & Teaching for the new academic year are as follows;
Year 5 – Mrs Roz Irving
Year 6 – Mr Craig Shaw
Year 7 – Miss Laura Mackenzie
Year 8 – Mr Phil Hutchinson 

Staffing update 
We are hoping that both Miss Said and Dr McDonnell will be back to school before the summer holidays and will be back full time in September.

Father’s Day Lunch
To celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June, we invited all fathers into school for lunch on Wednesday 13th June. The PTA kindly donated a bar of chocolate for every visitor!
Feedback was very positive from all 50 visitors!

Whole School Attendance up to Friday 30th June was 96.0%.  We need to work really hard to make this even higher.  We would like the average attendance to be 97% at the end of the academic year - will we get there?
Below are the individual class attendances for each class up to Friday 29th June.
5B 5I 5N 5R 6L 6C 6S 6W
96.6% 97.5% 96.5% 96.9% 97.3% 96.4% 96.8% 96.1%
7M 7S 7W 7He 80 8S 8N 8J
97.3% 95.0% 95.6% 96.0% 93.8% 95.6% 96.1% 93.3%
Your child’s attendance can be found on your child’s report and also on your child’s School Comms account – if it is below 90% then your child is classed as a persistent absentee. Please make sure that your child attends school to increase their attendance.
Please remember that there are statutory arrangements in place for term time absences as dictated by the Government.  Schools MAY NOT grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  We will consider each request individually taking into account the circumstances, such as the nature of the event which leave is sought along with the child’s current attendance and ability to catch up on missed schooling.
Please continue to submit a holiday form which should be sent into school for the attention of Mrs Sarah Chattaway.
We would also ask that you make doctor and dental appointments out of school hours if at all possible.
Well done to the following children who had 100% attendance up to Friday 29th June 
Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Emily - 5R Sienna - 6L Molly  - 7S Chloe  - 8S
Amy  - 5R Martha  - 6C Lewis  - 7S Jayden  - 8J
Isla - 5R Daisy - 6L Cillain  - 7M Finlay  - 8O
Stephen  - 5R Marcus- 6L Thomas - 7HE Conall  - 8N
Eve - 5B Alfie  - 6S Suranne - 7M Katie - 8O
Leon  - 5R Ruby - 6W Ellie -  7S Matthew - 8N
Lucy - 5R Evan  - 6C Hannah  - 7M Adam  - 8N 
Phoebe  - 5I Brooke - 6W Sienna  - 7M Ethan  - 8O
Amelia  - 5R Jack  - 6S Georgia  - 7HE Oliver - 8S
Ella  - 5R Alice - 6W Alfie - 7HE Sam  - 8S
Keira -  5N Oliver -  6W George  - 7W  
Macey - 5R Emily  - 6S    
Lucia  - 5B Alfie  - 6L    
Jessica - 5I Cameron  - 6L    
Andrew  - 5I Adam  - 6S    
Ella  - 5N      
Chenayi - 5N      
Laila  - 5B      

Students with a 100% attendance on the last day of term will receive a certificate and there will be a raffle for WHSmith vouchers.

Joseph J Year 8 - Visit to the Royal Highland Show
On Friday 22nd June, I took a day off to visit the Royal Highland Show, just north of Edinburgh. It was a huge event that was packed with everything outdoor and farming. It also had loads of demonstrations, such as show jumping, wood carving, livestock displays, sheep shearing and falconry shows.
I really enjoyed the sheep shearing, walking up and down the farming stalls and looking at big pieces of machinery.
This event only happens once a year and lasts four days.  It was really interesting and educational as I would love to be in the farming side of things when I get older. This was a rare opportunity and I am so glad to receive permission from school to go last month.

Sunderland University - Thursday 7th June
On Thursday 7th June Year 6 had a day out visiting Sunderland University.  This was hosted by a group of Student Ambassadors currently studying at the University who explained how a University differs to school and what a University offers students . They saw the University FM radio show broadcasting live, the cinema where student work is presented, the university sporting facilities and their very own replica law court. After this the children completed various individual and group activities such as designing and testing their own racing car.
Carlisle Park - Tuesday 5th June
On Tuesday 5th June, the Morpeth School Sport Partnership hosted Year 6 at Carlisle Park for a day of sporting activities and puzzle solving.  After completing their KS2 SATs, it was an excellent opportunity for the children to try something completely different.  The children tested their skills individually as well as working together as teams to complete a range of tasks.  It was perfect weather for a day of canoeing, archery, orienteering, street golf and a range of head-scratching puzzles.
Newcastle Building Society Boardroom Challenge 2018
Congratulations to our Y5 team, The Best One (Amy, Sophie, Freja, Daisy, Leon and Gabriel - all from 5R) who last week took part in this competition.  The children were tasked with putting together a proposal to raise money for a good cause.  They have worked hard to put together financial costings, get sponsors and marketing ideas for their proposed project - a village type fair to raise funds for the charity, Save for Samuel.  This charity raises funds for a local boy who was born with cerebral palsy. 
The final presentation took place in the NBS headquarters at Cobalt Business Park.  All of the team should be very proud of their achievement - they spoke very professionally to a judging panel of four and then fielded some very difficult questions with ease and confidence.  Whilst not winning the full competition, they have been awarded the prize for the best poster.  The £50 prize will be donated to Save the Samuel. 
Congratulations to the whole team - they were a credit to themselves.  
Year 6 students took part in a Tetrahedron workshop led by Business Ambassador for Northumberland County Council, Carole Richards. Five Business Ambassadors supported the workshop.
The workshop is part of our Carers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) and Enterprise programme of study. The experience aims to develop the students understanding of the world of work and develop their teamwork, organisation and entrepreneurial skills.
Piramal Healthcare
As part of events to mark National Women in Engineering Day, a group of girls visited Piramal Healthcare in Morpeth. The girls found out more about Piramal Healthcare and spoke to three female employees about their roles within the company. The group had a tour of the site & found out about the sort of work undertaken in each of the labs on site. Students met with a number of staff that had a range of qualifications when they were appointed. It was interesting to hear from those who entered at graduate level as well as Modern Apprentices. 
Local author and storyteller, Chris Bostock, came to visit Year 7 last week. He made local folk tales and stories come to life in a dramatic way.  Since his visit, we have thought about the importance of reading and storytelling in our lives and have looked at the many benefits it can have on us. ​
The Great Chantry Bake Off 2018
Congratulations to all of our pupils who took part in this year's Bake Off! Pupils had a fantastic day working in teams to create cakes to celebrate their favourite thing about Chantry! Although some of the cakes did not go according to plan, all of our contestants had brilliant attitudes and demonstrated all of our core values throughout the competition! A huge well done to our Star Bakers, Amy and Lola, whose ski-trip inspired cake was declared the winner!

Some quotes from our bakers:

Lola said "At first it was stressful but I was happy with the end result" 

Matthew told us "I enjoyed this experience and learned a lot"

"It was great working together in the kitchen to make our cakes" said Kelsey.
Austria 2018
The Year 7 annual trip to Austria will take place from 7th July - 14th July. We're all very excited to go white water rafting, sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Follow our journey on twitter using #CMSAustria2018.
Chantry wins gold at the North East Book Awards Ceremony!
There were delights and disappointments at this year’s North East Book Awards Ceremony.
We were disappointed to find that three of the shortlisted authors, whose books we have been reading, discussing and reviewing over the past four months – including the winner - couldn’t make it on the night.
We were thrilled that Izzy (Y6) and Phoebe (Y5) wrote such excellent reviews of Mitch Johnson’s debut novel - Kick and Ross Welford’s latest book - 1000 Year Old Boy that the organizers felt compelled to make a special award.
The girls each received their review mounted on gold card together with £10.00 of book vouchers in a gold envelope!  
It was a lovely surprise and really made the evening.
You can read their reviews on
For more detail visit the school website.
Performing Arts
Summer Showcase Newsletter Article
On Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June Chantry and Newminster held their bi-annual talent show.  Students from across the two Middle Schools competed in a series of auditions to become part of these spectacular concerts.  From singing and dancing to contortion and magic, we had it all!  It was amazing to see so many students audition with their extraordinary talents.  It was a very tough decision to make as to who was to go through to the shows. The show kicked off with the joint middle schools choir followed by a host of acts including singing, dance acts, steelpans, a ceilidh ensemble and musical theatre, all spectacularly introduced by our comedy hosts Lucia, Lee and Grace.  The show concluded with a rip-roaring finale of ‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman with solo performance from Ebony as Lettie and concluding with all acts showcasing their talents at the end.  It was a showcase of talent like no other!  All the students worked so hard on their acts and we must not forget all of those that worked behind the scene.  Our Year 8 backstage, lighting and sound crew and the Year 8 Bronze Arts Award who designed beautiful backdrops for the show.  Congratulations to all who took part.
U13 Girls Rugby
The U13 Girls took part in the annual Beach Rugby Competition at Tynemouth.  The team has a strong core thanks to the efforts of Morpeth Rugby Club and the girls used this blend of experience and enthusiasm to win the competition!
A great effort and a great day out. Well done Girls!
School Games
The U11 team has qualified for the school games Tag Rugby competition after winning all their games in the regional qualifiers with very impressive displays.  They took this ability forward into the finals and beat every team they played with some fantastic rugby and sportsmanship to win the gold medals.
Again huge thanks to Morpeth Rugby Club who provide excellent training and opportunities for these youngsters to develop and grow.
Sportsday was a very enjoyable day. As ever all students participated in the field events and at least one track event. We were very proud of their efforts on a very hot day. There was a real sense of 'nobody giving up' whether 1st, 5th or 8th everybody tried from start to finish.
Thanks to all students for this. A huge thanks to all parents who took time to come and watch we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  With a blend of fun, competition and serious racing we felt there was a good balance to the day.
Hopefully we pick another good day next year!
​Just a reminder to all parents that we are now on twitter - @ChantryPhysEd and instagram -chantrymiddleschoolpe. If you haven't been accepted for instagram then please direct message and say who you are and we will add you.
These social media platforms give us the opportunity to share pictures, videos and information from PE and extra-curricular events.
Friends of Chantry Committee
Thank you to all those parents who have supported the events this year. A massive thank you to a very small committee who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the events have gone ahead. Since our last newsletter they have supported the Father's Day Lunch, the Summer Performance, the Summer Fayre and East Northumberland FA Evenings.

Thank you to those parents who helped at the Summer Fayre. The students had a really good time and over £1000 was raised which will be used to develop the outdoor school environment.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who have supported the PTA for the past four years and whose children are transferring to KEVI in September. A special mention to Mel Johnson ( past Chair) and Karen Fish ( past Treasurer ) who have worked tirelessly for the benefit for our students and helped to raise thousands of pounds - thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
Please remember that the minutes of PTA meetings can be found on the school website under the parents tab.  The first PTA meeting of 2017/18 will be held on Tuesday 11th September at 7.00 pm in school – all parents are welcome.  We will be planning the calendar for the new academic year – we need your ideas!
Please remember WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Congratulations and Thank You
Celebrating success
We are really proud of our updated website and newsletters which celebrates the wonderful work we do here at Chantry Middle.  If your child is part of a club or would like to celebrate something they have done out of school please send Mr Johnson a brief outline of what they have done and a photograph which celebrates their achievement.

Parents Evening
Thank you to those parents who attended the Parents Evening last week.  We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback from parents, through comments on the evening and in writing. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with members of staff if you require any further information. 
GOLD for Gemma
Congratulations to Gemma who was ranked 1st place in a recent Gymnastic Competition in which 28 different clubs from 13 countries completed.  Well done Gemma, a fantastic achievement!!

Updates & Reminders

School Uniform

Please click here to view the Chantry Uniform Brochure 2018
A very small amount of lost property has been collected from around school and is now on display. Please reinforce the need for your child to look after their things and take responsibility. It is really important that all uniform is named.
Please remember that if your child wants to have their ears pierced during the summer holidays this must be done at the beginning of the six week break.  Any child wearing ear rings in school on the first day back will be asked to remove them as they are NOT permitted in school under any circumstances.

Bike Shed
Unfortunately last week, a student from Year 8 had their bike stolen from the bike shed outside Newminster School Office. This was reported to Northumbria Police and the bike was returned. We are all very disappointed that this happened. May I please remind you all that bikes and scooters are left at the owner's discretion and that they should be locked up using a lock. 

Dates for your Diary

Dates for the diary

Please note that these dates are given in good faith but may change. All these dates are also on the school website on the school calendar.
Week beginning 9th July Year 7 visit to Austria
Week beginning 9th July  Year 7 Wilderness School 
Tuesday 10th July  SATS results in school
pm - Year 5 Swimming Gala
pm - STEM Festival for Year 7 
Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th July  Year 8 London trip
Wednesday 11th July  am - Year 6 Tetrahedron CEIAG workshops 
all day - Year 5 Floral Clock Workshops 
Tuesday 17th July pm - Year 6 Swimming Gala
6.30pm - Year 8 Graduation - Morpeth Leisure Centre 
Wednesday 18th July 7pm - 9pm - Year 8 Leavers Celebration - Morpeth Rugby Club
Thursday 19th July Trips day
Friday 20th July 3.30pm – End of term
Monday 3rd September Teacher Training Day
Tuesday 4th September New term begins at 8.55am