The Marist Announces Two New Initiatives For September 2021
The Marist School are launching two new initiatives in September 2021 to enhance the curriculum and co-curricular provision for students.
Blended Learning – launching to KS3 students from September
Extended Co-curricular Provision for Prep & Senior Phases
20th July 2021 — Blended Learning Marist Style
Blended Learning means different things to different people and organisations. Following extensive research and discussions at length about how the school wishes to maximise learning, curiosity, and independence, the school interprets Blended Learning as,
“Blended Learning takes the best of traditional learning and teaching and combines it with the best of technology and digital media.”
The school believes the purpose of Blended Learning is to enhance the students learning experience through the use of digital media, such as videos, animation, and augmented reality, and through the use of digital resources like digital textbooks and revision materials.
The school's aim is to provide a much more rounded education to all students; whether they are book worms, water sports fans, music enthusiasts or they enjoy arts and crafts. Self-confidence and self-belief go a long way to achieving success and this confidence leads to full immersion and a love of school life.
“We are delighted to launch our two new initiatives this September. Blended Learning ‘Marist Style’ will offer our students a personalised learning experience, creating a forward-thinking learning environment. Alongside this, our extended Co-curricular provision will promote confidence, self-belief and enhance students’ academic achievements, taking them beyond the traditional classroom.
By implementing these initiatives, our aim is that when students leave The Marist, they leave as ambitious, innovative, and self-aware leaders of the future.”
Principal praises ‘outstanding progress’ during turbulent times
The Principal of The Marist School in Sunninghill, has praised Year 11 students on an outstanding set of results in a turbulent year.
20th August 2020 — The Principal of The Marist School in Sunninghill, has praised Year 11 students on an outstanding set of results in a turbulent year.
Mrs Jo Smith said, “I am particularly proud of our GCSE students this year. By showing commitment and hard work throughout the two years of their course, they have achieved outstanding results of which they should be very proud. The girls have demonstrated life skills during this time that are so relevant to this generation such as independent study, resilience and commitment. They continued working so hard throughout the lockdown period during which time we offered a full teaching programme, maintained to the end of term. New for this year, we provided a ‘Year 11 Transition Programme’ which offered a realistic experience of A level study expected and therefore they will be one step ahead when they begin their Sixth Form studies. They are now ready with a set of outstanding grades to pursue the next stage of their education.
The trend of our results will show that we are in line with previous years and the integrity of our rigorous process for allocating Centre Assessed Grades is real and true with students achieving 16% Grade 9 and 65% Grades 9-7. Our progress is also in line with previous years showing that students at The Marist continue to achieve almost 1 grade higher than the national expectation.”
Resilient students at The Marist School receive outstanding A Level grades
The Marist School, Sunninghill, marks another year of outstanding A Level results with 55% of grades achieved at A*-A and 80% A*-B. 30% of students achieved straight A*-A grades.
13th August 2020 — The Marist School, Sunninghill, marks another year of outstanding A Level results with 55% of grades achieved at A*-A and 80% A*-B. 30% of students achieved straight A*-A grades.
Our growing, yet still personal Sixth Form, offers young women a wide range of subjects to study at A Level from Psychology and Business Studies to Government & Politics and Photography. Across the 24 subjects offered at A Level, all subjects performed exceptionally well with top results achieved in Maths and English Literature alongside 100% A*-A grades in Economics and 100% A-B grades in Philosophy & Ethics.
Exceptional grades were also achieved for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) with 100% A*-A grades.
Mrs Jo Smith, Principal of The Marist School said, “After such an unprecedented year, when the traditional rite of passage provided by examinations didn’t happen, our students were unsure of what to expect. Despite the circumstances, this year’s A Level results are once again outstanding, continuing The Marist’s tradition of excellence in progress and achievement.
Students have all worked so hard over the past two years to achieve their goals; even as we entered lockdown, the girls’ commitment to learning was excellent and their determination to succeed remained constant. During the latter part of the summer term, students participated in a University Bridging Programme linked to their degree choice in order to prepare them for university life.
This year’s Year 13 cohort are incredibly determined, committed and hardworking young women who are ready to move on to the next stage of their lives. They thoroughly deserve their outstanding grades and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”
Second FIRST LEGO League Win For The Marist School
A team of Prep pupils from The Marist School, Sunninghill, have won a prestigious FIRST LEGO League Challenge trophy at a Regional Tournament held at Queen Mary University, London.
10th February 2020 — A team of Prep pupils from The Marist School, Sunninghill, have won a prestigious FIRST LEGO League Challenge trophy at a Regional Tournament held at Queen Mary University, London. Competing as one of the youngest teams, ‘The Marist Missioneers’ were awarded the trophy for ‘Best Newcomer’.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s winning Marist Senior team, Years 4-6 pupils Alice, Elizabeth, Emily, Isabella, Isla, Jemima, Lucy and Minnie were excited to win the trophy after working towards the challenge as part of their STEM club.
Speaking about the group’s success, Mrs Caroline O’Sullivan, Teacher of Science said: “The Marist won the Best Newcomer trophy and as one of the youngest teams present, we were thrilled by the result. The girls demonstrated great teamwork, problem solving, and perseverance throughout. It was a fantastic experience for them to participate in one of the biggest global STEM competitions.”
The FIRST LEGO League is a global STEM challenge for young people and every year, a challenge is released which is based on a real-world scientific topic. The focus of the three-part City Shaper Challenge this year was on shaping the future of cities. In the Robot Game, girls had to code an autonomous robot to carry out tasks on a city map. Next, they had to identify and solve a problem as part of the Innovation Project and finally everything had to be underpinned by the FIRST LEGO League’s Core Values of discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun.
Summarising the experience, Mrs Jane Gow, Vice Principal of the Preparatory Phase at The Marist said: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is a huge focus for The Marist School as we recognise the importance of an inspiring and inclusive, hands-on, curriculum for all of our pupils. This competition has given our pupils the opportunity to think like engineers and scientists and I am extremely proud of their achievements in winning the trophy for ‘Best Newcomer’."
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.”
Marist Girls Triumph at Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance
‘The Maristers’, a junior choir from The Marist School, Sunninghill, has triumphed at the Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance 2019, winning 1st place in the Junior Choir category.
16th October 2019 — ‘The Maristers’, a junior choir from The Marist School, Sunninghill, has triumphed at the Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance 2019, winning 1st place in the Junior Choir category.
The choir, consisting of pupils aged 9-11, were awarded Distinction with 88 marks out of 100, winning the trophy for Best Junior Choir. Girls impressed the adjudicator with their performances of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ (Keane) and a song written by the school’s Artistic Director, Mr Ron McAllister, called ‘Nightmare’, taken from a production of ‘The Pied Piper’.
Feedback from the adjudicator included praising ‘The Maristers’ for their “excellent diction, intonation and expressive faces!”
Mr Ron McAllister, Artistic Director at The Marist School said,
“I am very proud of our Year 5 and 6 girls who form ‘The Maristers’. The girls have worked extremely hard to develop their singing skills and this ‘Best Junior Choir’ trophy is a wonderful recognition of our pupils’ musical talents. The Maristers are magnificent!"
Mr McAllister is no stranger to music success as he taught CBBC presenters Max and Harvey, who are now appearing on The X Factor: Celebrity. Max and Harvey have also donated their skills and time to help pupils at The Marist School by supporting Year 6 school productions.
Speaking about Max and Harvey, Mr McAllister said:
“Max and Harvey are both musically talented, very creative, and have a particular skill in improvising harmonies. I must say, they have been a pleasure to teach and from everyone at The Marist School, we wish them well on The X Factor: Celebrity.”
The Marist School has numerous entry points spread throughout the year groups, allowing multiple points of entry and opportunities to join the school.
Main Entry Points
Early Years - Nursery and Reception (age 2 - 5)
Year 3 (age 8+)
Year 7 (age 11+)
Year 9 (age 13+) New for September 2021
Year 12 (age 16+)
Entry to other year groups is subject to availability.