Year 8 Rugby Success

Last week, our Year 8 boys rugby team entered a sixteen team 7-a-side tournament at Gosforth RFC. After playing group and knockout stages we managed to get to the final where we narrowly lost out to the private school, Dame Allen’s.

Well done boys. A superb effort!

Meanwhile, next time, our rugby team will take on their opponents in brand new kit, after kit suppliers Canterbury delivered the new kit which was designed by Marden students before Christmas.
In October, four students spent the day at Kingston Park, home of the Newcastle Falcons, working with kit manufacturers Canterbury and came up with a design that the students have modelled below.

Tyne & Wear Badminton Championships

Yesterday, a team of Year 9 students took part in the Tyne and Wear Badminton Championships. The boys did extremely well, finishing 3rd overall. They only lost once to the winners RGS, but they could have easily won on another day, in the defeat to RGS three of the games were decided 14-15, 14-15, 13-15 – the smallest of margins!
The boys were magnificent in how they conducted themselves and how they applied themselves throughout. They finish the season as North Tyneside Champions and 3rd best school in Tyne and Wear!
Well done Lewis, Jamie, Joe, Ewan and Seb!

Helping Hand

Handball is becoming one of the fastest growing sports, and our region is making great steps towards making it a key sport in schools and colleges, with more clubs and opportunities to play throughout the North East.

As part of our PE department’s relationship with Tyne Met College, some Marden students were featured on BBC Look North last night in their handball segment. The video starts at around 19:48. Follow this link to watch it on BBC iPlayer.

Cross Country Success

Congratulations go out to the following pupils who represented North Tyneside in the county cross country championships this week:

Year 7 – Eve Egan, Jessica Hart, Katie Banks, Benjamin Maley, Ben Stobbs, Max Cuggy, Matthew Aitken, Ethan Gilmore
Year 8 – Katie Josyln
Year 9 – Holly Waugh, Josh Blevins, Sam Blair
Year 10 – Jack Newton
Year 11 – Alex Telpov, Callum Jones, Daniel Murdoch


A special mention goes to Jessica Hart (8th), Benjamin Maley (10th), Katie Joslyn (11th), Holly Waugh (3rd) and Josh Blevins (1st) who go forward to represent Northumberland at the Inter County Championships next month.

Well done to all!

Taekwondo Success

Congratulations to Year 8 students Belle and Eve who both competed in the ITF British Championships at the weekend in Scotland.  Belle achieved two gold medals and a silver and Eve achieved two bronze medals at the event.  Eve was also successful at the ITF English Championship in London where she achieved both a gold and silver in special technique and patterns.  A superb set of results for both girls. Well done!

Mansfield Cross Country Relays

At Marden we have a fantastic reputation for sporting success, and many of our students are involved in clubs both in and out of school. On the 3rd of November, Year 7 student Benjamin Maley took part in the Mansfield Cross Country Relays with his running club, North Shields Polytechnic, and has written a fantastic report of the day for his club’s website…Ben takes up the story here…

On a bleak Saturday Morning, the athletes who would be running at Mansfield arrived at Monkseaton Metro Station to see the coach there waiting for them for the long journey to Berry Hill Park where the race would take place.

The first race was the  under 13 boys, who would begin at 11:26 and run 2k per leg, for the Poly, Altogether, the team finsihed in a total time of 25minutes and 50seconds,which all of the team was highly satisfied with. First to Run, was Benjamin Maley finishing 99th with a time of 8:20; handing on to Olly Hayes, who had an impressive run, finishing 85th on his leg with a recorded time of 8:51  and finally, Reuben Elsworth took to the course and crossed the finish in 8:38 bringing the team into 77th of 88, a super result bearing in mind 3rd leg runner Rueben saved the team from being incomplete only the previous day.

After that was the U13 girls cosisting of Katie Joslyn, Lucy Fitzpatrick and Caitlyn Davies. On first leg, was Katie Joslyn who had a time of 8.07 finishing 48th on her leg. Soon after, was Lucy Fitzpatrick, who was 56th in a time of 8:42, then Caitlyn Davies who got  a time of 8:31 finish 49th out of again 88 teams, and a combined time of 25minutes and 21seconds. A brilliant performance.


Unfortunately, in the U17 mens race which was over a distance of 3k, there was one  competitor (an incomplete team) consisting of Mark Nash.  Despite being a lone competitor Mark still did outstanding in a time of 12:48 – particularly as his shoe came off and he had to carry it for the majority of the race. An outstanding run by an outstanding runner.

In the next race, the U15 girls there was one team and another incomplete team.  The complete team, was Holly Waugh who ran a time of 7:38 for the 2k course, finishing 48th on her leg. Next, was Gracie Davies, who ran a time of 8:09 finishing 49th on the 2nd leg. Following on, was Lily Robson with a time of 8:19 remaining in 49th of 93 teams. In the incomplete team, was Kirsty Nash having a time of 7:55, with Lucia Bradley running for 9:05 to show a successful race for all 5 athletes.

The next race was the U15 boys, where, first to run, was Josh Blevins, who in his first year in the category, finished 11th on his leg and had a time of 6:28, then, it was Ryan Eden’s turn, he finished 34th in 7:16. The final runner was Oliver Douglass who was 30th of all the 3rd leg runners with a time of 7:12.

Moving on to the Seniors.  First was the Senior Women’s race where incredibly they were the first team from the North East placing 45th, a stunning achievment. In this team was Carla Maley,  finishing in 11:39, Louise Hayes, who had a time of 12:00, and Natalie Thorburn on 3rd leg completing a time of 12:17. (This race featured in the Monday Night Chronicle) This team was closely followed by the ‘B’ team in 59th position. This team consisited of Alison Smith, 12:33, Lourdes Bradley, 12:33 and Jenny Simpson in 13:21 for the 3k course. An amazing performance ladies.

Finally, the Senior men set off on their grueling race of 5k consisting of 2 loops. Will Robson starting the ‘A’ team with a time of 17:21 as well as Scott Ellis in a time of 19:06 and the 3rd, (but not final runner as the men’s teams consist of four competitors), Graham Cook, 17:29, then, was Vaughan Hemy, who did an incredible job as team captain throughout the day so deserves a mention, in a time of 20:23, meaning the team was 77th. In the ‘B’ team was  Alan Turner in a time of 21:08, Jason Nash in 23:56, David Morris in 30:26 and last but not least, Spencer Brown, in a time of 33:35.

Yet again, it was a memorable day out with tons of fun being enjoyed throughout the day and on the bus. Special mentions are owed to coaches Lee Morgan and Mel Carr, who travelled and supported every runner and I believe I speak for every runner that they could  not have done it without their support and cheers.

Benjamin Maley.

Rugby Design Day

Four students spent the day at Kingston Park, home of the Newcastle Falcons, on Wednesday, taking part in a design task. Working with kit manufacturers Canterbury, their mission was to come up with a design that will eventually become Marden High School’s brand new rugby strip.

Jacob and Angus from Year 8, and Josh and Katie from Year 10 all took in a Falcons training session, as well as designing the kit which will be produced in the next few weeks.


Congratulations Elliot!

Well done to our Year 7 student Elliot, who performed superbly in the Men’s London Gymnastics Open.

Elliot competed in Club Level 3 and amidst some stiff competition, finished 4th overall – winning Gold on the High bar, Silver on the Vault and Bronze on Rings and Pommel.

Congratulations Elliot!

More Running Success for Josh

Huge congratulations are due to our Year 9 student Josh, who came second in the Junior Great North Run on Sunday in the Year 10 category.

Photo courtesy of Evening Chronicle

Well done Josh, and well done to all of our students who competed at the weekend!

PTA Raise £1,200!

We are delighted to announce that the fundraising efforts from Marden’s Parent-Teacher Association last year helped contribute £1,200 towards two new rowing machines for the PE department.

We are always looking for new members to join our PTA. Our first meeting of this academic year will take place on Monday 17th September at 6:30pm in the LRC. We look forward to seeing you there!