In the build-up to the festive season, The Marist School in Sunninghill has donated over £550 plus several crates of food to The Trussell Trust Foodbank in Bracknell.
19th December 2019 — In the build-up to the festive season, The Marist School in Sunninghill has donated over £550 plus several crates of food to The Trussell Trust Foodbank in Bracknell.
As part of the school’s annual Christmas Fayre in November, pupils, parents and staff came together to collect monetary and food donations for the local foodbank, which is supported by The Trussell Trust. Founded in 1997, The Trussell Trust support over 1,200 foodbank centres across the UK whilst campaigning for change to end hunger and poverty in the UK.
Last week, Mrs Joanna Parsons, Co-Chair of The Marist Friends Parent Committee, who organised this year’s Christmas Fayre, delivered the donations to the foodbank alongside some of The Marist School’s Year 8 pupils.
Supporting the initiative, Principal of The Marist School, Mrs Joanne Smith, said:
“One of the core foundations of The Marist is helping those less fortunate than ourselves and I am delighted to witness our Marist community come together and demonstrate this by supporting such a worthwhile and local cause. Giving back is something that we instil in our pupils across the school and I hope that our contributions help support families in need this Christmas.”
Young photographers from The Marist School, Sunninghill, have achieved photography success in the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
18th September 2019 — Young photographers from The Marist School, Sunninghill, have achieved photography success in the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
This year’s theme was ‘The Beauty of Nature’ and in the local Ascot round of the competition, Year 10 student Danella was awarded winner of the Intermediate category whilst Year 13 student Alex scooped the top award in the Senior category. Both students then went on to win at the District level with their portfolios entered into the National Finals.
As well as winning the top prizes, Marist pupils celebrated further success by winning the remaining prizes in the Intermediate and Senior categories – a first for the school. Nuria (Year 8) achieved 2nd place in the Intermediate category (local Ascot round) and Madeline (Year 8) placed 3rd in the Intermediate category. In the Senior category, Caitlin (Year 13) was awarded 2nd place and Amalia (Year 11) received 3rd place.
Mrs Tania Bennett, Head of Photography at The Marist School said:
“Hot on the heels of our 100% A*-A and 100% 9-6 grades in this year’s A Level and GCSE results in Photography, we are delighted to celebrate the success achieved in this year’s Young Photographer of the Year competition. It is fantastic to see our students’ creative talents recognised on a local, regional and national level and a special congratulations must go to Danella and Alex on reaching the National Finals.”
Sterling GCSE Results Again For The Marist School, Sunninghill
Latin, Business and Physical Education were the stand out subjects this year at The Marist School in Sunninghill with each subject gaining the highest numbers of 9 grades across the board.
22nd August 2019 — Latin, Business and Physical Education were the stand out subjects this year at The Marist School in Sunninghill with each subject gaining the highest numbers of 9 grades across the board.
Karl McCloskey, Principal of The Marist School said, “On the back of stellar A level results, in which we are one of the top performing Catholic Independent Day Schools for Girls, we delight in the attainment of our GCSE students today. It’s another academically strong year for Marist girls with 99.5% achieving 9-4 grades and over 50% achieving grades 9-7. English Literature has received bad press recently but with 35% of grades in English Literature and Language scoring the top mark of 9, we spectacularly bucked the trend! Art is another forte with the school GCSE artists celebrating today with 89% of art exams graded 9-7.”
He added: “The GCSE curriculum at The Marist offers students the opportunity to choose from twenty-four different subjects and our small class sizes provides students with high-quality teaching and personalised support. We believe this, along with our values based approach and strong pastoral care enables our girls to excel and fully achieve their potential.”
Girls who deserve a particular commendation are;
• Josephine D. took 12 GCSEs and achieved four 9s, four 8s, three 7s and one 5 grade
• Amalia D. took 11 GCSEs and achieved five 9s, three 8s, one 7 and 2 6s.
• Eloise S. took 11 GCSEs and achieved four 9s, four 8s and three 7 grades
• Madeleine S. took 11 GCSEs and achieved three 9s, six 8s, one 7 and one 6
• Eve D. took 11 GCSEs and achieved three 9s, five 8s and three 7s
England U19 Netball Star Nets Straight A* in STEM Subjects
U19, England netball player, Suzie Liverseidge, student at The Marist School, Sunninghill has achieved 3 A* in Maths, Further Maths and Biology in addition to representing England in the U19 netball team.
15th August 2019 — U19, England netball player, Suzie Liverseidge, student at The Marist School, Sunninghill has achieved 3 A* in Maths, Further Maths and Biology in addition to representing England in the U19 netball team. Alongside an intensive 6 days a week training schedule, Suzie has secured the top grades possible and will go on to study Sports Technology at Loughborough University in September. During the two year A level study period, Suzie also completed sporting tours to Australia and New Zealand thereby proving her commitment to both academia and elite sports.
Suzie said; “The support The Marist has given me in achieving my dreams has been incredible. I am absolutely delighted and cannot wait to start my first choice course at Loughborough!”.
This year’s A level results have been another exceptional year for The Marist with 21% of grades achieved at A*, 52% at A*-A and 81% A*-B. Across the board, 100% of grades were A* in English Literature, Maths and Further Maths. Furthermore, 100% A*-A grades were achieved in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Photography, French, Philosophy and Ethics.
Top achievers include;
Eilidh Q. 1 A*, 2 A and 1 B and A* grade EPQ
Head Girl Naoise C. 2 A*, 1A and A* grade EPQ
Sophie E. 1 A*, 2 A and A* grade EPQ
Poppy H. 1 A*, 2 A and A grade EPQ
Head Girl Claudia S. 3 A and A grade EPQ
Mr Karl McCloskey, Principal of The Marist School said, “The results this year are outstanding and I am extremely proud of each and every girl who has achieved their potential this year. To end my time as Principal of The Marist School on such a high note is immensely satisfying and I thank all staff and parents for their unwavering support and commitment to the girls.”
A New Principal for The Marist School, Sunninghill, Ascot
Announcement of New Principal for The Marist School, Sunninghill, Ascot
11th July 2019 — The Trustees and Governors are delighted to announce that after an extensive and rigorous recruitment process, Mrs Joanne Smith has been appointed to take the helm of leadership from Mr Karl McCloskey, as Principal of The Marist School, from 1st September 2019.
Mrs Smith is an established leader within the education sector and can draw from a breadth of teaching experience, both in the UK and abroad. Her career to date has covered senior schools and all through schools, state and independent and is a Senior Examiner for AQA. She is an advocate of ‘Experiential Learning’, ideal for developing the emerging outdoor education curriculum in The Marist’s wonderful grounds.
Ann Nash, Chair of Governors said: “We were pleased to have three outstanding final candidates, all of whom were available to commit to us in our timescale. Mrs Smith impressed us at each interview she attended and her enthusiasm for teaching and learning was apparent from the minute we met her. Her passion for excellence, in particular academically, was clear and following the summer handover, we believe she will lead the school with strength and conviction from day one.”
In her previous post as Deputy Head Academic at Arnold Lodge School, Warwickshire Mrs Smith led the leadership team to academic success. The last ISI Report commented that the “quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent.” In addition, she has spent the past six years as Chair of Governors for St Peter’s Catholic School, Leamington Spa.
Joanne Smith said: “I am thrilled to be joining The Marist School in September. From my first visit I was impressed with what a wonderful school it is and felt a real sense of happiness and kindness from everyone I met. I was struck by the palpable strong work ethic and positive relationships shown between pupils and teachers. The Marist values resonate with me, both personally and professionally, being strongly aligned to mine as a committed Catholic. I am originally from the area and was educated at Wycombe High School and have family nearby. As a mother to three teenage daughters, the education of girls is of paramount importance to me and one I am passionate about. I am looking forward to meeting the parents, staff and most importantly, the girls very soon.”
Karl McCloskey shared his own good wishes adding: “I am sure that Joanne will experience and enjoy the warmth of welcome as well as the continued support of the staff, parents and girls alike across the school community. The Marist is much more than just a school and as I ‘pass on the baton’ to Mrs Smith, I'm sure an exciting and successful new chapter will begin.”
Entrepreneurial Success For Marist Sixth Form Students
A team of entrepreneurial students from The Marist School, Sunninghill, have placed second nationally in their category in the Tycoon Enterprise Competition.
22nd May 2019 — A team of entrepreneurial students from The Marist School, Sunninghill, have placed second nationally in their category in the Tycoon Enterprise Competition. Team Serenity, consisting of Year 12 students Charlotte F, Charlotte G, Claudine, Elizabeth, Hannah and Zoe, formed one of eight finalist teams in the national enterprise competition, founded by The Peter Jones Foundation.
The heart of the team’s business was mental health awareness. Serenity promoted calm through selling super-soft blankets, infused with lavender, designed to reduce levels of anxiety and stress. Following a busy period of trading during the autumn term, the business generated a revenue of £1,500 with 70% of all profits donated to the mental health charity, Mind. Serenity stood out amongst the 389 businesses taking part by “demonstrating incredibly strong enterprise capabilities and solid financial results”.
To celebrate their strong performance in the Tycoon 2K category, the girls were invited to attend the prestigious annual awards event held at Buckingham Palace. During the ceremony, the team had the opportunity to discuss their business venture with Peter Jones CBE and HRH The Duke of York KG, the Patron of the Peter Jones Foundation.
Summing up her experience of participating in this year’s Tycoon Enterprise Competition, Charlotte F said:
“Back in September, I could never have imagined that our company would have raised £1,500 of revenue, built awareness of mental health issues, and learnt so much in just a few weeks. If you haven’t taken part in Tycoon, you just don’t realise what a sense of achievement and empowerment you get. It’s an experience I’d thoroughly recommend.”
Speaking about the competition, Mrs Eileen Mullan, Teacher of Business and Economics said:
“We are delighted to celebrate Serenity’s success in this year’s Tycoon Enterprise Competition. This is the first year, as a school, that we have entered the competition and it has been wonderful to see the students grow in confidence and experience the journey of starting a business venture. The Tycoon Enterprise Competition truly complements the curriculum by offering practical life skills to our students.”