There has been a fantastic turnout at the Girls’ Netball Club this week with a record number of Year 7s and 8s. Their first match is against Castle on 22nd September and we wish them every success!
Thanks to you all for your support for the changes that have taken place for the start of the year. Our students look smart and are working hard. We are pleased that they are enjoying the redecorated classrooms in the main School Block. We are hearing a lot of positive feedback from both students and parents that the changes are having a positive impact and they feel their learning is better.
We are extremely grateful to the Charlie Froud Foundation for their very generous donation towards school transport costs. This funding helps us to support our students’ learning and we are very appreciative of the Foundation’s support for the school.
For more information on this charity, follow the link below
Marlwood School is one of the first schools in the area to achieve Young People Friendly Status, which acknowledges an integrated support system that helps young people to balance their troubles and focus on their academic work. The Drop-In service provided by the School Nurse, works proactively with other services to meet the needs of our students, helping them to reduce their anxiety and stress remain focussed on their learning.
On behalf of the school community, we wish to acknowledge the very generous support from the Trustees of the Thornbury Grammar School Foundation in helping us to implement the School Uniform Policy.
The Trustees are always willing to consider applications for financial assistance to support student learning. Application forms can be obtained from the school.
We are seeking nominations to fill our Parent Governor vacancy. A letter with details has been sent home to all parents and for further details please visit our web site. Nominations need to be sent to the school by 30th September and we look forward to welcoming a new governor to the Local Governing Body.
Success for one of our Year 8 students: following successful trials Matt Robertson has been offered a contract to join Cheltenham Town FCU13s Academy.
An ex-Marlwood student has won the Emmanuel College Cambridge prize for his first class performance in his examinations.
Well done to both – we are very proud of our students!
Our new students have settled happily into their new roles in secondary school and are beginning to find their way around the school. As part of our ongoing Leadership and Respect agenda, some of them have been selected to join myself in going back to their primary schools to talk about their experiences during their first week at Marlwood. Well done to those who feel confident enough to talk to assemblies!
You may remember our staff and students created this space towards the end of last term where anyone can go to think, slow down, reflect or remember. The Reflective Space has been the focus of year group assemblies this week into next and the Reverend Jan van der Lely has taken part in our assemblies to encourage students to use this space for reflection and prayer. The Reflective Space will be running dedicated days for students to meet with the Reverend and her staff on 22nd and 29th September.
Just another reminder that this has been postponed from Friday 18th September to a date to be confirmed in Spring 2016.
A plea on behalf of the North Bristol Juniors RFC for more players. If you enjoy rugby at school and want to play more or to improve your skills then why not go to North Bristol RFC for a few free taster sessions? Email Dave.G@northbristoljuniors.co.uk or see the website (www.northbristoljuniors.co.uk )
The new school year has got off to an exciting start and we wish all our new Year 7s and new students many happy years in Marlwood School. We also welcome new staff: Ms Davies (English), Mr Davies (Assistant Headteacher), Mr Williams (Faculty Progress Leader – DART), Ms Ann Duff (Assistant Headteacher), Mr Edwards (Science) and Mrs Pullen(Maths).
We have been very pleased we are with the support we have received from the overwhelming majority of students and families in regard to uniform. Our students really do look very smart and ready to learn. There have been some issues during the first week back but we are working with our parents and students to ensure consistency in wearing the correct school uniform at all times. We thank all our parents, carers and students for their continued support.
For any of you who missed the last issue of our Newsletter at the end of Term 6, please follow the link below
Thursday 10 September – GCSE Information Evening 6-7pm (Years 10 and 11)
Friday 18 September – Friends of Marlwood Music Festival 3-10.30pm
Thursday 24 September - Year 12 Introduction Evening for Parents 6-7pm
Thursday 1st October – Open Evening 6-8pm
The date for the next Parents’ Forum is Wednesday 7 October 6.30-7.30pm. If any new parents would like to join this group, please get in touch with the school. Further details to follow.