Christmas Poetry Competition

Congratulations to all pupils who entered the Christmas poetry competition; the work was of a very high standard.

1st place         Japharna Cornwell   11R
2nd place        Anna Drake              11D
3rd place         Holly Mitchell              7A

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mrs Potter

Year 7 History Debate

Year 7 Historians have been developing their Historical Skills through work on the Suffragettes. They’ve been exploring bias and propaganda – especially the difference between the tactics of the Suffragettes (academic, logical arguments) and the anti-suffrage movement (bias, suggestion and emotive language).

They finished their unit with a debate on the proposition that ‘the violent actions of the Suffragettes got women the vote’. Students followed the British Parliamentary debating style, and worked in teams to formulate arguments for or against the proposition. Their speeches needed to be a minimum of two minutes (easier said than done), include a powerful argument, anticipate the counter arguments, and respond to the speakers on the other side.
The quality of their arguments was phenomenal – students really got in to their parts and passionately argued each point. The quality of questioning from the floor really challenged the speakers, who dealt with being put on the spot with resilience. Special mention needs to go to Daniel and Neve who put forward excellent arguments, Drew who managed to anticipate the opposition’s arguments with foresight, and to Mr Lindsay (who had to step in at the last minute) for his superb use of alliteration while putting forward the incredibly entertaining argument that a woman’s place is in the home (he really got in to his anti-suffrage role!).
They rose to the challenge and really excelled themselves.

Marden Has Been Hired!

10 students from year 9 and 10 who are studying French attended Newcastle University yesterday for an opportunity to be a European Apprentice.

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Led by Europe Direct and Routes into Languages the students took part in a series of activities which were marked and judged by language ambassadors from the University. They had to answer a letter of complaint and respond to a positive review on various products, translate a series of phrases connected to marketing and advertising and work in a team using a variety of resources. This was all leading to the creation of an animated advert for hairspray and a fast food restaurant where they wrote and recorded the voice over as well as animated the presentation.
Marden High School achieved first and second place! Running second for most of the day they upped their game and beat the other schools. Year 10 as Team Grenoble came first and were able to say “Vous êtes viré” (You’re fired) to the other teams. Year 9 (the only year 9 team) as Team Nice came a very close second.
Well done to all those involved!

Printmaking at its Finest!

Mrs Noble was really impressed with her Year 8s yesterday as they served up a printmaking masterclass in Fine Art. The Art rooms were a hive of activity, with printmaking and sketchbook work in full swing! Well done Year 8 for a superb approach to your studies!

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Work of the Week

Hannah, Anna, Beth, Jack, Mia, Ben, Fin, Laura, Lauren and Andrew

“I recently asked all Curriculum Leaders to send me a piece of work from their subject area which reflected the high standard of work that Marden High students achieve.
There was a great response from staff eager to show off the fantastic work that goes on in their classrooms, and that work is now displayed in the corridor outside my office for all to see.
What has also been most impressive is the students’ ability to explain to me what they have been learning, and the thinking strategies they have used to produce their work.
Some excellent resourcefulness, resilience and reasoning used here. Congratulations to all!”
– Mr M Snape, Headteacher

Mothering Sunday: An Anthology

Our awesome Creative Writing Club have been at it again, producing some excellent poetry to celebrate Mother’s Day. Simply click the image to access the e-book.

This anthology of poems is dedicated to the mother figures in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day!’Mother's day cover


To celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, Year 9 students were coding in Python to make the Venus/Female symbol in different colours.
Year 7 and 8 students were carrying out searches on the internet to discover what International Women’s Day is and why it is important.
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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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