Dynamo Cyber Schools Event

On Thursday, Year 9 students who have opted for GCSE Computer Science received input from regional industry experts from across the cyber security subject area at an event held at Northumbria University.
It was an opportunity for students to explore a range of careers in cyber security. Organisations represented included Northumbria Police Cyber Crime Prevention Team, Accenture and EY.
Well done to all who took part!

Anne Frank Trust Ambassadors

Nine Year 8 students were chosen as Anne Frank Trust Ambassadors and have been working with representatives from the trust to produce a film linked to gender discrimination.

The film will be included in future assemblies and PD lessons to be designed and delivered by the ambassadors themselves.

The effort, attitudes and creativity demonstrated by all students involved have been commended highly by staff from the Anne Frank trust who described students as ‘a pleasure to work with.’ We look forward to seeing the video, assemblies and PD lessons soon!

Our Anne Frank Trust Ambassadors

BBC Young Reporter LIVE – 4:03pm

It is Takeover Week this week at Marden High, and our Year 8s have taken over the Media Studio and found out what is like in the high pressure world of journalism.

There have been some fantastic reports today during our first practice day of the year. Young journalists of the future handled complex topics maturely and confidently, & some of them even hit the deadline too! A great experience of the world of journalism and media!

Stories covered included environmental issues, the controversy surrounding palm oil, Article 13 and how it effects YouTube creators, and a maturely handled story about the controversy that still surrounds breast feeding in public.

Our Year 8s have had a brilliant day, and reports will appear online very soon!

BBC News Day is Rebranding…

BBC School News Report has rebranded as BBC Young Reporter. It’s still the same project, and we will still be running it as ever with an intrepid group of Year 8 journalists. The first practice news day is coming soon…

This year’s practice news days are:

Friday 30th November 2018 and Friday 8th February 2018

BBC Young Reporter day proper is on Wednesday 6th March 2019.

Marden Remembers

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All week at Marden we have been building up to the centenary of the end of the First World War.

This has culminated in our History Detectives reuniting for one last ceremony. The group were part of an ambitious project back in Year 7 when they ‘adopted’ local soldiers and carried out research about the fallen men from Cullercoats who never came home.

Now in Year 11, the History Detectives have returned to Cullercoats, along with students from Monkhouse Primary and Cullercoats Primary, to take part in a special ceremony. They wrote the names of local soldiers in the sand and then listened to a reading by Fr. Adrian Hughes of St. George’s Church, all in the shadow of the remembrance board that they designed at the beginning of the project, and just round the corner from many of the houses that they adorned with blue plaques in collaboration with the Northumbria WW1 Commemoration Project back in 2015.

The waves then washed over the names as Fr. Adrian said a prayer and there was a moment of reflection as ‘The Last Post’ was played by former Marden student Calum Hartwell.

Many other special projects have been devised across the curriculum this week, including assemblies and Personal Development lessons delivered by the Year 9 History student leadership team on the theme of remembrance.

This will all culminate in the school observing a two minute silence at 11am on Friday to remember those who have fought in all wars.

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This Is Creative Enterprises: Final Show

Last Wednesday, ten of our intrepid Year 9 students enjoyed the culmination of their Creative Writing projects for This Is Creative Enterprises (TICE).

This year, TICE has seen 161 young people realise potential, grow in confidence and be celebrated for their achievements – 16 schools throughout the North East region took part, and ten Marden students graduated from the Creative Writing Programme.

All year the Year 9s have been working with professionals from the creative, design and digital sectors, taking part in three different programme stages; InsightExplore and Create. This was showcased on the evening of the Final Show as they received certificates and saw their work displayed at Newcastle University.

On the night, Marden student Olivia Peterson delivered a superb speech about the project to a packed audience of more than 450. Well done to everyone who took part!

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