As you are well aware Year 11 students are working hard in
preparation towards their next set of Pre-Public Examinations in March. As we have been around lessons, students are
engaged in their learning and focused on what they need to improve in order to
be successful as possible in the summer exams.
I would like to ask you to help motivate the students further by
taking part in a venture inspired by British Olympians. In 2016, parents
of British Olympians wrote to their children to give them an extra boost prior
to taking part in the 2016 Olympics. The idea was to inspire, motivate
and celebrate the child just before they undertook the most monumental event in
their life. Please could I ask you to write a ‘Pride Letter’ to your
child to give them that extra support that we all need at challenging points in
our lives? The letters will be given to the students in school in the week
before the start of their first GCSE exams. Examples of Olympian Pride Letters
can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/37006489.
Please could I have your ‘Pride Letter’ in a clearly marked
envelope addressed to your child to be handed into reception, or via email to email@example.com FAO Mr Emery (with your
child’s name in the subject line), by Friday 27th April.
The PPE2 March timetable as well as a copy of the Y11 parents
support evening presentation can be found on the exams section of the schools
website. The provisional GCSE timetable can also be found here.
note that Year 9 and 10 have pre-public examinations in March and should
now be revising for them. Student
timetables for the exams can be found via the links below: -
On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th
of January 2018, Marlwood School will host a visit from Ofsted HMI. This is the first of the monitoring visits
that are part of the support given to a school in Special Measures.
It will be an opportunity for the school to
demonstrate how it has and is tracking the areas for improvement identified in
last year’s inspection.
If you are a registered parent/carer of a
student at Marlwood School you can complete the Parent View Survey at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk
A LEVEL EXAMINATIONS
A Level Summer 2018 examination time tables have been uploaded to the website
for your information.
to parents and carers who attended the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Monday. If you were unable to attend you can access
the Powerpoint presentation delivered by Assistant Headteacher, Mr Emery below:
We were overwhelmed by all of your generous donations for our Winter Warmer
House Challenge. A representative from the Julian Trust Night Shelter came to receive
our gifts just before Christmas and filled her car to the max and had to return
later with a van!
us about her experiences there and why she volunteers and how daily many are
turned away through lack of beds. The students asked mature and thought
provoking question and made us very proud. They also wrote anonymous words to
comfort to pop into pockets and gloves.
special thanks go to families for supporting students in this challenge and to
the 5 overall winners from Houses for bringing in the most bags of winter
warmers, several who had collected in from their extended families and
Thank you and well done!
IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER
We have been fortunate in the recent
batch of bad weather that we did not need to close the school.
You will know that many school
nationally did decide to close and I thought it might be useful to explain the
factors schools consider when making what can be a very difficult decision.
staff safely travel to the school site?
Many staff travel a significant distance to get to work. If they are unable to travel safely then
they often have to make the difficult decision themselves not to travel to
work. This reduces the ability of
the school to supervise students safely.
child care arrangements: Many staff
have young children of their own and may be in a position where their
child care provider or children’s primary school is closed
Safety: This can be the most
challenging factor. Can the school
site be made safe for students and staff?
Slippery pathways are a real challenge. Students will also want to take
advantage of snowy conditions and have snowball fights, whilst the grit
previously laid can result in injury.
transport to and from school: Many
of our students catch buses and public transport. These companies themselves have to make
decisions on whether they can operate a full service. Parents will also have to decide if it
is safe to transport their children to school – this can be especially
difficult when police advise only to make essential journeys.
walking in can also be dangerous.
Please be assured that in deciding to
close the school, all of these factors will have been considered. We are aware of the difficulty this can
create for parents of younger children who may need to miss work themselves.
If at all possible we will give the
earliest indication as to whether we will close or if possible open later to
facilitate travel. Please look out for
messages on the school website, on twitter, the South Gloucestershire school
status list (http://essential.southglos.gov.uk/schoolstatus/)
and a text will be sent home.
I sincerely hope this will be our only
period of difficult conditions this year
SUBJECT PARENTS' EVENING - YEARS 7 - 11
Thursday 11th January, we are holding a subject evening between
4.30-7.00pm. The aim for this evening is
for students along with parents/carers to have an opportunity to meet with
subject teachers to discuss specific questions around students’ progress and to
seek advice on how to improve. The evening has been arranged in response to
parental feedback and is an additional event to the Parental Consultation days
which are scheduled for Tuesday 6th March and Wednesday, 11th July.
evening will take place in the Drama Hall and students can make appointments
directly with their teachers. The evening will in particular be a great
opportunity for students in Years 11 to 9 to discuss the first round of
pre-public examinations that took place during Term 2.
forward to seeing you on the 11th and trust that this evening will prove
valuable in ensuring your son’s/daughter’s continuing progress.
back to Term 3 and for our students. Staff enjoyed a positive training day yesterday.
We hope that you have all had a restful
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
FROM FATHER CHRISTMAS
had a surprise today when the school received a surprise visit from Father
May I take this opportunity to wish students and
their families a very Happy Christmas
to the PEPA for organising a wonderful Christmas Extravaganza on Wednesday
which both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed.
parents attended the event and we have received very positive feedback such as
‘I just wanted to say well done to
everyone involved in the concert today. It can't have been easy for the
students having to perform in front of the TV cameras as well as their peers,
but I thought they did very well.
I was really impressed with how respectful
the students in the audience were when the soloists were performing. It was
brave to have adults and the school together but it was lovely to see the
students supporting their friends’
to everyone involved!
to Year 7 students for organising a wonderful school fayre yesterday which was
a pleasure to attend and was well supported by all.
been informed this morning that a total of £420 was raised by this event.
well done to you all!
3 students all participate in the Accelerated Reader scheme to help improve
their reading ages. Each student reads a book and takes a quiz on
it. Students should aim to achieve 85% or higher in each quiz.
At last night’s Christmas Fayre a draw was held for the Year 7 students.
For each book a student achieved 100%, their name was written on a star.
The pot was full to the top, with many students achieving multiple stars.
The lucky winners of the selection boxes given out were:- Josh Field,
Michael Cash, Maddie Lewis, Ashley Land, Arian Askari, Charlie Atkinson, Ellie
Kemp, April Witchard, Laura Evans, Ella Bush, Cobey Pope, Tyler Hoskins, Finley
done to all of you!!
start collecting stars for the Easter draw. Students in Year 7 have
collectively read an impressive 38 million words between them since the
beginning of September.
very end of Term 1 Samuel Kitson became the first Marlwood student ever to
achieve a Gold Word Millionaire badge. He was shortly followed by Caleb
Jefferis at the beginning of Term 2. Sam has achieved his badge by
becoming a Word Millionaire for 4 consecutive years, starting when he was in
Year 6. Caleb is the current school record holder, having read 7,096,605
in a single year (2015).
follow the link below to read the December update from the IEC:-
Student Council have been busy all day today working on their Christmas
Compliments scheme. This will ensure
that every student and member of staff receives a compliment this Christmas. They have been working tirelessly and are
really becoming a strong group of student leaders and a force to be reckoned
with - especially when you try to ‘help’ them eat their chocolate supply!
to Student Council Members – I am very proud of you.
from Year’s 9 and 10 have recently had to devise pieces as part of their Drama
assessment. Miss Ferguson Faculty
Progress Leader for PEPA was amazed at the excellent work she saw from them on
to all students involved!
a letter via the link below with regards to a recent visit from the Teenage
Cancer Trust to Marlwood School. The
students found the presentations informative and compassionate on a sensitive
to the Teenage Cancer Trust for coming in to speak with our students.
follow the link below for a letter from Mr Reed, Assistant Headteacher with regards
for equipment required for students as well as a gentle reminder of uniform
guidelines in case you are thinking of buying new items during the Christmas
Well done to
the ‘Friends of Marlwood School’ for raising around £390 for the DART 3D
printer on Saturday over a bacon roll!
END OF TERM 2
that Marlwood will be closing at 12.20 pm on Friday 15th December
for Christmas. Buses have been arranged
for this time. Monday 18th
December and Tuesday 2nd January are INSET Days and so school will
be closed to students.
note that Friday 15th December is a normal uniform day.
13th December students are allowed to wear a Christmas Jumper if
they desire for a £1 donation to the Friends of Marlwood appeal to help the
DART Faculty raise money for a 3D printer.
All other uniform must be worn.
Christmas Lunch will
be served on Wednesday 13th December and will cost £2.00. The usual array of food will also be
available alongside the traditional roast lunch – all with a Christmas theme!
Certificates from the Summer 2017 exams are now available for collection from
Reception (opening hours 8.30am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday).
CSET are in a
consultation period (1st December 2017 – 12th January 2018)
for their Admissions Policy for 2019.
This applies to all schools within CSET.
If you would
like to see the policy and information on consultation please follow these
Thursday 30th November we held our annual Celebration of Success evening. This is a chance for us to celebrate the
success of our students in academic year 2016 – 2017. We were joined in the Sports Hall by
students, past and present, parents/carers and other family members where it
gave me great pleasure to hand out over 230 awards to students.
Well done to all
students I am extremely proud of you for your hard work to earn your award.
Thursday 30th November I held a whole school assembly which gave me a chance to
talk to all students about respect and the community. It was also a chance to thank the vast
majority of our students who contribute positively daily to the Marlwood community.
to the vast majority!
THE WINTER WARMER HOUSE CHALLENGE
House Competition is being run by the Year 9/10 GCSE class.
collecting items for the Julian Shelter in Bristol who look after hundreds of
homeless people over the winter. Points for Houses will be awarded per item. If
you attach your name there will be a prize for most items bought in by an
be a box in your House office to put items in over the coming week. Please look
at home and ask family and friends for:
• Sleeping bags/blankets
• New socks
• All to fit teens up to adults
for your help!
FRIENDS OF MARLWOOD SCHOOL
Are you a parent,
carer or grandparent of a child at Marlwood? Would you like to get involved and support the
We are a small group of parents setting up a Friends of Marlwood School PTA.
Our aim is to support the school through building a community of parents keen
to spread the word about Marlwood as well as fundraising for specific projects.
Our inaugural project
is to raise money for a 3D printer. Our
aim is to raise £5,000 to purchase and run a 3D printer for the DART
(Design, Art & Technology) Faculty to support development of a creative
curriculum and fantastic opportunities for the pupils.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Join the committee
Become a Friend of Marlwood School and help out when
Help with fundraising for the 3D Printer
Offer corporate support – do you know a company who
could sponsor the 3D printer project in any way?
The next meeting is at Marlwood on Monday 4 December at 5pm, please come
along and find out more.
PLEASE JOIN US AND OFFER WHATEVER TIME AND HELP YOU CAN GIVE!
staff raised a massive £851.98p last Friday for Children in Need.
Marlwood students are today competing in the South Gloucestershire Cross
Country Races at Blaise Castle organised for all schools by our own Mr
Race details for Marlwood are: - Year 7 boys - 2nd place Year 8/9 boys 3rd place Students in Year 7 achieved 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th places Students in Year 9 achieved 1st, 2nd and 4th places Students in Year 11 achieved 12th place place Fantastic results - Well Done!
Cross Country Update from Mr Richards ………………
Well done to all the students that attended the South Gloucestershire Cross
Country Event 2017 at Blaise Castle. In recent years the weather had been awful
but this year, we couldn’t have asked for better. Marlwood School students
showed the perseverance and resilience needed as there were some tough
competitors in the races but all did a fantastic job.
Races were held in boys and girls
events for Minors (Year 7), Juniors (Year 8 and 9), Inter (Year 10 and 11) and
Seniors (Year 12 and 13). These went really efficiently and we actually
finished ahead of schedule! We are just waiting on the final results. After the
races were completed many of the competitors showed Marlwood’s ethos of “working together for excellence” and all pitched in
to take down the course.
A massive thank you to Mrs Ferguson
and Mr Humphries for becoming team managers at such short notice.
A final thank you to all the marshal’s,
school staff and to Westbury Harriers running club for all your support in
making this event run so smoothly.
Well done to all students and staff for supporting this event!
On Tuesday, three teams from Marlwood and Castle
participated in the Faraday Challenge. They had loads of fun planning, designing,
making a prototype of Thorpe Park attractions and making presentations to show
off their creations. Five teams out of six teams had scored above average (over
80 points out of 100) and only one Castle team had scored the highest on the
leader board. Phil, the challenge presenter who had hosted this STEM day had
judged the presentations and gave the correct amount of points to the team. The
winning team had created a sky walk (glass pathway) and won a trophy and had
the chance to go to Thorpe Park for finals and if they win (against 170 other
schools) their attraction will be built at Thorpe Park. Well Done to all students who took part and to Mr Williams for organising!
COMPETITION (Friday 10th November)
the House Competition is being run by the Humanities faculty. They have displayed 15 pictures around the
faculty area of landmarks which students need to name and also name the
town/country they can be found. Entry sheets
are available from the faculty and entries need to be back with Mr Helliker by
Friday. House Points and prizes are up
COMPETITION (Friday 3rd November)
Friday the House Competition was run by Kingsley House. The competition was ‘Shoot the Hoop’ with
students and staff both playing fiercely to try and gain the House points by
getting as many balls through the basketball hoop in 1 minute. The highest student score was Oliver
Sheffield from Berkeley House who managed 13.
Staff also competed with Mr Haigh and Mr Williams both scoring 11.
won the competition with Kingsley as runners up.
Done to Lucie Clark in Year 7 who on 24th October, shaved her head for
charity. She has 'Braved the Shave' for Macmillan Cancer Support and the hair
that she lost, has been donated to the Princess Charity Trust, a charity
who use the donated hair to make wigs for children who have lost their own
hair, usually through their cancer treatments.
Well Done Lucie, Marlwood are very proud of you
Year 11s were
entertained through music and dance this morning by 'Misunderstood' on the
important themes of cyberbullying, discrimination and British values. Some
great audience participation too!
Key message - be
happy in your own skin!
CATERING AT MARLWOOD SCHOOL
are currently undertaking a review of the quality of provision provided by
Aspens, our external catering contractors. As part of this, we would be very
keen to receive feedback from both parents/carers and students. So can I
encourage you and your sons/daughters to use either or both of the links below
to complete a survey, which should take no more than 5 mins to complete. Please
complete this as soon as possible