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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BBC School Report LIVE! 10:57am

Our editorial meeting over, the reporters are now touring the school, filming pieces to camera and grabbing interviews with students and staff. Today’s stories include:

The legacy of the late Stephen Hawking, the gun laws in America and Marden’s march for Florida yesterday, Marden’s carbon footprint, the rise of populism in Europe, Creative Arts at Marden and Sport!