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. Competing as one of the youngest teams, ‘The Marist Missioneers’ were awarded the trophy for ‘Best Newcomer’.
3rd 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’.
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.”
In the summer term, the newly refurbished Preparatory Library at The Marist School in Sunninghill was officially opened by visiting children's author, Jason Beresford.
3rd August 2018 — On Thursday 3 May, the newly refurbished Preparatory Library at The Marist School in Sunninghill was officially opened by visiting children's author, Jason Beresford.
Pupils and staff were delighted to welcome Mr Beresford who has written several books for children including “The Fabulous Four Fish Fingers” and “Frozen Fish Fingers” – two laugh-out-loud books about a gang of superhero kids. During the morning, Jason led an engaging and animated talk in which he introduced his superhero gang, Morris, Gary, Ruby and Bel, before officially opening the school library.
Following the opening, Jason then took the time to talk to pupils about his writing and encouraged girls to follow their ambitions to be writers in the future themselves.
The Preparatory Library at The Marist has been re-designed and created as an “Enchanted Woodland”, to inspire the imagination and raise the profile of reading through the ages. Class Teacher, Ms Cooper, who also looks after the library, has been the driving force behind the magical changes. The library is well stocked with a wide range of fiction and non fiction books that can be easily accessed by the students through the school’s new online library system.
Mrs Jane Gow, Vice Principal at The Marist School commented,
“We are very excited that Jason Beresford has officially unveiled our new library today. It offers the girls an environment of peace and tranquillity and gives them the space to explore reading both in a group environment and individually.”