Bugsy Malone!

Thanks to everyone who took part in our fantastic production of Bugsy Malone which ran over two nights this week. Well done to all students and staff who took part for all their hard work over the course of the year. Please enjoy a slideshow of photos from the show.

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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!!

World Book Day 2017


The English department with Year 7 during the World Book Day awards assembly.

The 20th anniversary of World Book Day took place on Thursday, and Marden were active participants as usual. Staff, Year 7 and Year 8 students were invited to dress as a literary character for the day. There was also a lunchtime quiz and Key Stage 3 students took part in literary activities and writing competitions with the English department all day.

In total, £200.30 was raised for BOOK AID. Well done to everyone who took part.

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Boxing Clever and Raising Aspirations

As you may have seen from our @mardenPE Twitter page and recent Sports posts, some Year 9 students have recently taken part in a Kick-Off HE Raising Aspirations course with Northumbria University.

This has involved a series of afternoons of boxing training and workshops. Participants Cameron Balloch, Jonny Jordan and Jared Robson have written about their experience:

“We have been learning how to box from the Great Britain Boxing coach and have worked on projects such as Journalism and creating a new idea in sport like a sports bottle or training shoe.

The course is designed to help us learn about higher education and to get us interested in sport for the future. So far we have been to Northumbria University and Sport Central and done a whole day there; also we have had a few afternoons in school doing boxing and projects. When we went to the university we had a talk with ex-GB and Olympic swimmer Chris Cook and he talked to us about sport and how you have to be determined to be successful.

This made us think about our future in sport and why we need to be determined and how much effort and sacrifices we will need to make in sport.”

Cameron: “I really enjoy this course as it makes you love sport more than you already do and would definitely recommend it for the future.”

Jonny: “I think that this has been a really good opportunity for us and it makes me realise what I want to do later in life.”

Jared: “I love the course as it gives amazing opportunities for our future in sport and makes me want to know what I want to do in the future.”

Medical Career Day Event

A group of Year10 students last week participated in the region’s largest medical career day event organised by MCS Raising Aspirations Group.

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Caitlin Thompson and Nieve Allot were prize winners in the Diagnostic workshop and Sajan Mann and Kijah-Star Wardsmith in the CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) workshop.

Well done to all involved.

Rewards at Marden

It’s been rewards week here at Marden, with students choosing from a variety of activities to take part in after cashing in their hard earned merits. Here’s some footage of a kick boxing session ran by Burns School of Blackbelts.

There was also an archery session on Thursday morning:


Year 9 Seek Enlightenment

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 and practiced some meditation, had lunch and sat in on traditional chanting by Buddhist monks, a short clip of which can be seen below.