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.
The students toured the grounds, visited the temple, practiced some meditation and sat in on traditional chanting by Buddhist monks.
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.
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.
Here are some images of our Year 11 trip to CERN in Switzerland last weekend.
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.
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!
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.
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 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…
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.
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!!
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.
North Tyneside Fire and rescue service came to Marden today to talk about community safety.
We had the first of a series of career presentations planned for this term aimed at giving our KS4 students a broad outline of possible career paths available to them after leaving Marden. The presentations will give a better understanding of potential work and progression routes in a range of diverse areas such as Software design, Engineering, Media, Sales, Transportation, Medicine, Travel industry etc.
The first presentation focused on the opportunities available in the Armed Forces.
See Mr Marshall for more details.