Just one of an array of the quotes from the heart from our House Captains’ address to the Founders’ Day Service held on Wednesday. To read their full address and learn more about the ‘Marlwood Experience’, follow the link below.
We welcomed our incoming Year 7 students to the school for a day of activity and familiarisation with their new school. Suddenly our current Year 7s seem to have grown inches! Marlwood Rangers (students with their first responsibility as leaders) provided tours and buddy-up moments for the young learners. Many other students and staff joined in through the day to make it memorable for our latest recruits. We are looking forward to seeing them in September, bright eyed, bushy tailed and very smart in their new uniforms!
Our thanks to our Year 7 students, Matthew Quilt and Alicia Ozmen who gave readings and to Jack Williamson who gave a moving rendition of ‘The Sky’s The Limit’. Thanks also to our Year 13 students who so ably and beautifully performed for our guests: Peter Stace on the flugelhorn, Chloe Dawes soloist and Esmae Wood on the violin.
Letters have been uploaded on to the web site and sent home by email to parents giving them an update on key developments within CSET and the school. The links below will take you to the full scripts.
Our Parents’ Forum met for the third and final time this school year. The group looked at the new measures for recording and reporting attainment, proposals for the Sixth Form to join part time in the Vertical Tutor Groups and how we, as a school, communicate with parents. We are very grateful to those parents who come to these meetings and give us valuable feedback. The dates for next year’s meetings will be confirmed in Term 1 of the new academic year.
The school plays host to the TriServices (Police, Fire and Ambulance) events on Monday morning 29th June. The whole school will be watching the events and supported by a dedicated programme of lessons which draw on the students’ experiences to explore PSHCE issues.
Today was the last day for our Year 11s. We celebrated their time at Marlwood with them during a special assembly and then with meetings between their tutors and teachers. They received their Yearbooks and gifts were presented to the staff. There were many, many photos and selfies taken, crying and laughter filled the Quad. They were finally waved off site by students and staff, many of them into their stretch limousines to continue their celebrations. We will see them again next week at the School Prom.
The Thornbury Lions Club have made a generous donation which enables the school to continue to collaborate with New Siblands School and The English National Touring Opera Company. These projects provide enormous benefit to all the students involved and thoroughly enjoyed by all who take part. We are immensely grateful that we can continue with this wonderful collaboration.
A group of our Year 8s and Year 9s were joined by Mr Pearce from the Gloucestershire Initiative Teachers Education Partnership this week and they have been building motorised robots, full of sensors. Today they were working out how to move the robots – lots of good ideas coming through for their uses!
Today we celebrated the success of the various car races which have taken place over the season. MRCA presented the trophies to the House which won the most number of races. Holt were the cup winners, with Berkeley in second place, Witton in third and Kingsley bringing up the rear.
This week we welcomed parents of current Year 6 students to come in and meet our staff and to understand how their children’s learning patterns will change as they graduate into secondary school. We have Open Day for the Year 6 students themselves on Thursday 25th June, with many exciting activities planned for them and a chance to ‘buddy up’ with new friends in their House groups.
Our third Parent’s Forum will be taking place on Wednesday 24th June at 6.30pm in the Learning Resource Centre. This initiative has proved an invaluable source of feedback and information between parents and the school. If you would like to come along and join those parents who have been helping us with school development projects, please contact the school for further details.
The school will be holding its annual Founders’ Day Service at St Mary’s Church in Thornbury on Wednesday 24th June at 1.30pm. This service celebrates the school’s long history and brings together our Year 7 and Year 13 students – the youngest and the oldest in school, together with local dignitaries, parents and governors. Several of our students will be giving readings and soloist musical performance which we look forward to sharing with our school community.
We are delighted to be hosting the TriServices on Monday 29th June as part of the Festival Fringe ongoing summer programme. Students and visitors will have the opportunity to observe displays from the ambulance, police and fire services and to enjoy demonstrations of skill from these vital public services.
Congratulations to Claire Thomas (Y9) who has been selected to take part in the BBC Music Day Concert at the Colston Hall. It will be broadcast on 5th June between 3-4pm on 4 local BBC radio stations and Radio 3 and filmed for a piece for Points West on BBC1 and possibly the One Show. It will feature the Para-orchestra, Bristol Youth Choirs and City of Bristol Choir. Well done Claire!
Welcome back to all our students and staff after the half term. The examinations are now fully upon us and students are using their revision sessions to consolidate their learning over the past year. There is a full term of events planned, from the Year 7s trip to Morfa Bay, to three Enrichment Days and a Curriculum Focus Day held this week.
Our third and final Curriculum Focus Day took place on 3rd June. Walking around the school site there was a real sense of vibrancy emanating from the different events: Year 8 took part in samba drums, capoeihra and Drama workshops; Technology hosted a robot competition;. Years 9 and 10 received PSHCE input relating to Drugs and Alcohol, and Sex and Relationships. Meanwhile, Year 7 took part in a Modern Languages afternoon where they learnt Zumba, Flamenco and participated in a cookery class.
Our House ethos was strengthened through a Year 7 House morning, and Year 9 took part in a House Games Challenge hosted by the PE Faculty. Year 10 were also able to benefit from focused Science revision in preparation for their examination two days later, whilst Year 10 Mathematics students took part in a high end Cryptology workshop.
As part of our ongoing work with our Premium Partners, the Thornbury Deli have kindly donated sandwiches at the end of the day for our students who attend Homework Club. The students are very grateful for their generosity and I understand the sandwiches are delicious!