Trip to CERN 2018!

27 Year 11 students visited Geneva this weekend, accompanied by Science and Maths staff. The main focus of the visit was to go to CERN to see the Large Hadron Collider and learn more about the standard particle model.

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As well as that, they visited the United Nations headquarters, looked at art installations around the city and famous landmarks such as the Jet d’Eau. The students also experienced traditional Swiss cuisine and entertainment at the Edelweiss restaurant, plus a boat trip across Lake Geneva.

Thanks to all staff and students who made it a busy, culture packed weekend!

Year 9 Seek Peace of Mind

On Monday, Year 9 RE students visited Samye Ling, a Tibetan Monastery in Scotland, to learn more about Buddhism.

Samye Ling is a monastery and international centre of Buddhist training, known for the authenticity of its teachings and tradition. It offers instruction in Buddhist philosophy and meditation within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a centre for the preservation of Tibetan religion, culture, medicine, art, architecture and handicrafts.

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The students toured the grounds, visited the temple, practiced some meditation and sat in on traditional chanting by Buddhist monks.

Prayer Space at Marden

This week we have been fortunate to have prayer spaces in the RE department. Prayer spaces is an opportunity for our students to explore their emotions and feelings, asking ‘big questions’, experiencing peace and stillness or thinking about self image.

There were a variety of activities set up, each one with a different focus. Our students prayers were collected on a ‘prayer wall’ and the amazing empathy, thoughtfulness and maturity once again shone through.

Whether students approached this with religious beliefs or as an atheist (or anywhere in between or beyond!) there is no doubt that this has been an valuable and memorable experience.

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Year 9 Team Bonding at Lakeside

A small group of Year 9 students travelled to the Lake District for a weekend retreat, taking part in motivational team building exercises. Competing against other schools, they were the weekend winners and are currently the overall leaders in the schools challenge cup with just one weekend of teams to go.

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School of the Year!

Year 10s are presented with the trophy for NUFC Foundation’s ‘School of the Year’

Since October, a group of Year 10 students have been taking part in an ASDAN Five-A-Side Football programme run by NUFC Foundation, an independent charity supported by Newcastle United Football Club, the Premier League, Sport Relief and backed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

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The Enterprise Academy teaches 11 to 19 year-olds the basic principles of business and self-employment using Newcastle United as a real life case study. The programme helps students understand jobs, professions and career options and delivers programmes that are innovative and fun.

After successfully working with Marden in delivering the course, project coordinator Gavin Ferry and his team invited us to the annual celebration event held at St. James’ Park, attended by 14 schools and over 250 participants.

The Foundation chose Marden High as their School of the Year, and the Year 10s were presented with a trophy, a plaque and photographed with the SkyBet Championship trophy won by Newcastle United last season.

It was a great effort for the students to attend the event on their day off from school, and credit must go to them for their consistent hard work throughout the year that has seen them worthy winners of this prestigious award! Well done Marden High!

Students Meet Author

On Tuesday, Year 7 and 8 students took a trip to Whitley Bay Library to listen to a presentation by author and adventurer Matt Dickinson. Some students bought copies of his novels, and had the opportunity for these to be signed. A copy of these can be found in the LRC.
Matt Dickinson with KS3 readers
Students learned of Matt’s adventures and exciting action-packed career as an award-winning Director and Cameraman for National Geographic TV and the Discovery Channel, which saw him film on Everest’s summit (the first British filmmaker to do so and come back alive), in Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska and on top of the highest live volcano in
the world.
The boys were so inspired by Matt’s stories trip that they also produced some creative writing pieces imagining what it might be like to be an explorer themselves. Look out for these in this half term’s newsletter…

Code Wars 2017

On Saturday Year 11 Computer Science students Daniel Ritchie, George Grainger, Max Bell, Olivia Bishop, Lucy Crossland, Daniel Hornby, Harry Dargavel, Amy Feetham & Dan Mead all attended the 2017 Hewlett Packard Codewars competition.
Code Wars 2017
National coding competition, all 3 teams did fantastic…..George G, Daniel R and Max B came a close 4th!!
Dan, Harry and Amy were the quiz winners, winning a HP rucksack full of goodies. Lucy won the raffle getting a £20 amazon voucher.
Great experience and great day had by all!!

Careers Fair a Great Success

Yesterday, a carousel of careers activities were laid on for our Year 11s to try and give them an idea of post-16 choices available to them. Thanks to all our partners, businesses and colleges who came to speak to our students.

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