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Winter 2017

Christmas Wishes from The Marist

Early Years Fire Safety for Early Years Early Years pupils travelled to Camberley Fire Station in September to learn more about the importance of fire safety.

Harvest Assembly Children dressed as farmers, a veritable range of fruit and vegetables and even a tractor greeted our eyes at the Harvest Festival Assembly. Girls in Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 took the stage and performed organically in front of a packed audience of parents. Thank you to all who generously donated food items in support of Emmaus House Acton Homeless Concern in West London.

Woodland Nature Trail To celebrate the Autumnal season, our Early Years children were joined by youngsters from other local schools and nurseries to partake in an Interactive Nature Trail and woodland inspired art activities.

Nativity A particular Marist highlight of the Advent season is undoubtedly the Early Years Nativity – truly a heart-warming joy to behold!



Prep Royal Mail Competition Success Well done to Isla, Year 2, who was an Area Runner-Up in the Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Design 2017 competition. This year’s competition was extremely popular with over 234,000 entries and Isla was delighted to be awarded her certificate and prize in morning assembly.

Music News

KS1 Nativity

In September, we welcomed Mr Ron McAllister, who joined us as our new Artistic Director. Ron has been instrumental in compiling the music for numerous events this term including creating our flagship choir ‘The Maristers’.

It was ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ for our KS1 pupils as they took to the stage in December to perform their wonderful Nativity play.

‘The Maristers’ have gone from strength to strength, with their work on the ‘Marist Gloria’, ‘Lullaby’ from Secret Garden and Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’. Girls have received rave reviews from their performances at events including a Musical Assembly and festive performances at Lynwood Village and at the Crown Estate’s Savill Garden.

Outdoor Learning From learning the bonfire safety code to creating bug habitats, we share a “sneak peak” of the learning that has taken place this term beyond the classroom.



Prep Tea Time Concert Talented musicians from our youngest instrumentalists to our rising Year 6 maestros showcased their work at the Tea Time Concert. Our new whole school orchestra led a thrilling performance of ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ and a particular mention must go to the many string ensembles, which have grown steadily under Mrs Hannah’s leadership. Such a joy!

Year 4 Trip to Butser Farm Year 4 pupils discovered more about the Romans and the Celts on their trip to Butser Farm in October. Highlights of the trip included building a wattle fence, visiting a Roman villa, designing their own mosaics, creating Celtic jewellery and searching for treasure in an archaeological dig.

Roald Dahl Creativity In celebration of Roald Dahl Day 2017, Prep pupils were invited to participate in a competition to create a new Roald Dahl character. Following a very high standard of creative entries, Jecca-Millie (Year 5), was announced as the overall winner of the competition for her character ‘Gwendolyn Monroe’ and her colourful and dear friend ‘The Well Travelled Snake’. Congratulations must also go to our Lower KS2 category winner, Emily (Year 3), who created the character ‘The Boingy Loingly Bird’ and KS1 winner, Charlotte (Year 1), with her character ‘Rosy’ who has magical powers and lives in ‘lovely Ascot’.



C.S Clifford Author Visit On Tuesday 21 November, Prep pupils welcomed a visit from children’s author, C.S Clifford. During morning assembly, Mr Clifford gave a fascinating talk to pupils in which he spoke about his passion for stories and storytelling and his sources of writing inspiration. Following his talk, Steve then led a number of workshops with girls in Years 3-6 which focused on different themes including advice on how to improve your creative writing and ideas for stories which help captivate the reader. The impact of these workshops is certainly apparent in the writing journals of the girls.

Eleanor Crowned U9 Golf Champion Congratulations to Eleanor (Year 4) who was crowned the U9 Champion at the 2017 Oceânico World Kids Golf Championship in Portugal. The competition featured 136 of the world’s most promising young golfers aged 7 to 18. Eleanor has now been invited to play at the upcoming Junior Masters in February 2018 and we wish her the very best of luck.

Year 6 Visit Farnham Rural Life This term, our Year 6 pupils travelled to Farnham Rural Life to learn more about life in Victorian Britain. Girls were put through their paces as they learnt to wash clothes by hand, using implements such as a plunger and mangle, as well as participating in a strict Victorian School workshop.

Victorian Britain



Our Term in Pictures Biodiversity Club with Royal Holloway University 5th Place for Emily at the Munstead Hunter Trials

Bella awarded Reserve Champion at the Sunshine Tour, Hickstead

First girl home for Amy in the 2.5 mile Memorial Run at the Windsor Half Event

Senior STEM Challenge a brilliant success

Super swimming achievements for Chloe and Heidi MacMillan Coffee Morning in Prep raises £221

Prep ABRSM Certificate holders Top scorers in the Primary Maths Challenge

Senior girls complete their Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Over £1,400 raised for this year’s Poppy Appeal

Students triumph at The Marist Business Quiz

Senior girls dress in red to mark Red Wednesday raising over £240 for charity

Senior pupil Becky selected for the U17 Berks Hockey Squad

Year 4 Isabella Winning the U9 Wraysbury Lawn Tennis Club Championship

Simplicity  Presence  Family  Spirit  Love Of Work  In A Marist Way 6


Interview with Joe Martins In December, we say goodbye to Mr Joe Martins, Site Manager at The Marist for 33 years! Joe will be greatly missed by all and it will be very noticeable when we return in January and we go to call Joe because “Joe will know”. What a legacy he leaves behind. Joe joined The Marist in 1984; the year the first Space Shuttle was launched, the first commercial CD players came out, the GCSE was introduced and the increased commercialisation of the ‘leaf blower’ in the US led to it being banned by a number of Californian Cities! Aptly, one of the top TV programs at the time was ‘The A-Team’ and over thirty three years of wonderful service, Joe has been a key member of the school’s A-Team. One thing hasn’t changed; from 1984 to 2017, Benfica, Joe’s football team, were Primera Liga champions in both years! Before his last day, Joe sat down with Mr McCloskey to talk about his memories of working at the school and what it means to be “Marist”. What are the stand out memories of your 33 years at The Marist? The love and understanding from the Sisters, teachers and the girls. What will you miss most about The Marist? Friendship. What does it mean to you to be “Marist?” To serve. And, for me, it has always been important to remember that this is a school where the pupils come first. What are the biggest changes and improvements you have seen in the school? One of the biggest changes has been the school moving from being a boarding and day school to a day school only in 1989. Throughout my time at The Marist, I have also witnessed a number of new developments including the new Infants Block (1989), Science Block (1989), the Swimming Pool refurbishment (1999), the Drama and Prep Music Room (2005) and the building of the new Sports Hall, Fourvière in 2016. What gives you the greatest happiness/joy? Making and seeing people happy. If you could watch one TV programme, what would it be? Football and the news! What one thing do you wish you knew when you were younger? To be more wise. What do you do to relax when you’re not working? I like to sit on a bench in any gardens or perhaps down by the river and watch the world pass by. What is your favourite meal? Steak. What subject did you enjoy most when you were at school? Geography. (Mr McCloskey – “Excuse the pun but Joe – you mean the world to so many people!”) Where would you like to visit? Sydney, Australia. (Mr McCloskey – “Perhaps Joe might like to call in on the four Marist Schools in Sydney!”) What is the best piece of advice you could give to the girls? Always do your best. If you could meet one famous person, who would it be and why? I’ve already met this person but I’d still like to meet them again – Rui Costa; a great football player for Benfica and Portugal. What are you most proud of? That I have always been an honest person.

Simplicity  Presence  Family  Spirit  Love Of Work  In A Marist Way WINTER 2017



Year 7 Oakwood Youth Challenge Day Adventure, year group bonding, forging of friendships, teamwork and resilience were the order of the day for our Year 7 pupils as they participated in an activities day at Oakwood in October.

Condover Netball Trip The annual GSA Netball Tour took place in Condover in September and we were thrilled to be able to enter three U13/U14 teams this year. Our girls performed exceptionally well on court and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play other GSA schools from all over the country.

Open Mic Night In November, 29 acts took to the stage for a superb evening of entertainment at our inaugural Open Mic Night. The evening launched a fundraising campaign in support of a new Recording Studio for the school. This will elevate Marist Music into a new era of high-quality performance recordings as well as extending opportunities for Marist singer/songwriters to record their work.

Congratulations must go to Charlotte (Year 8) who received ‘Player of the Tournament’, presented by Sasha Corbin, England Netball player.



‘Alice’ Production Over 35 pupils wowed audiences this term with their drama production of ‘Alice’. Based on the play ‘Alice’, written by Laura Wade, our Year 8 and 9 production offered a modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Featuring familiar characters, the production focused on a teenage Alice who uses her vivid imagination to escape her less than perfect life.

U16 Netball Team Crowned County Champions Congratulations to our U16 netball team who were crowned County Champions in the Berkshire round of the National Schools’ Championships. During the Final, our girls showed formidable team play on court alongside some exceptional tactical positioning. This ensured a convincing win as the final whistle blew. The U16s will now progress to the Regional Finals in January where they will play the top 18 teams in the South of England.

Woodley Festival U16 Berkshire County Champions

Rotary Club Photography Winners Our good friends from The Rotary Club of Ascot visited to present awards to pupils whose photography skills shone out in this year’s Rotary Club Young Photographer of the Year competition. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Reflection’. In the Intermediate category, Mia (Year 9) was the winner in the Ascot area; Lucy (Year 9) received the Runner-Up prize and Rebecca (Year 9) was awarded a ‘Special Mention’. In the Senior category, Maria (Year 11) was awarded the RunnerUp prize and Alex and Abigail (Year 11) both received a ‘Special Mention’ award.




BERL IN Year 11 German and History Trip to Berlin 2017 marked the first joint MFL and History trip to Berlin for Year 11 students. Girls and staff spent five action-packed days in Berlin visiting poignant historic landmarks such as the Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen and the Stasi Prison at Hohenschönhausen, where pupils were shown round by a former prisoner. The Reichstag, the Ritter Sport chocolate shop, Europa Centre and Berlin Zoo also featured on the itinerary. The highlight for many was the DDR Museum, where driving a Trabant presented an opportunity not to be missed and Mr Baker even donned a variety of East German costumes. Wunderbar!

Remembrance Day In tribute to the allied forces rescue of soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, this year’s Remembrance Day poppy installation was conceived using pebbles painted red to create a large poppy shape. Pupils also added a soldier’s name, from The Royal Legion’s ‘Every One Remembered’ website, in poignant reverence and remembrance for Armistice Day.

Year 10 Art & Photography Trip In October, the Year 10 Fine Art and Photography pupils visited the National Gallery and the V&A Museum. The visit to both galleries was to support their projects on Collections. Pupils at the National Gallery were enthralled by the guided tour at the National Gallery of Still Life masterpieces, whilst the Photography pupils responded to the wealth of sculpture and artefacts through the use of their camera.


The installation formed a central focus of the annual Remembrance Service at which Head Girl Eleanor read a powerful and moving poem followed by pupils observing a two-minute silence.


Sixth Form Presentation Evening Marist academic excellence was once again formally recognised at our annual Presentation Evening in November. This was a year of outstanding exam success, where The Marist was ranked 85th amongst UK Independent Schools for A Level performance. The evening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate pupils’ achievements over the last academic year as well as welcoming back some of our recent leavers and their families. We were delighted to welcome author Ami Rao as our guest speaker for the evening. During her talk, Ami spoke passionately about the importance of female friendships, self-confidence and empowerment, which engaged and inspired both parents and girls present.

A Level Classics Trip to Oxford In October, A Level Classical Civilisation students travelled to Oxford to watch the Oxford Greek Play production of ‘The Bacchae’ by Euripides. The production tells the story of Pentheus, who suffers tragic consequences when he fails to allow the worship of Dionysos in his kingdom. Before the show, the girls were invited to Jesus College for a tutorial on the role of ancient Greek music, led by Professor d’Angour. They also explored ancient antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum and attended a pre-show talk on the role of gender fluidity in Euripides’ Bacchae at the Faculty of Classics.

Creative Writing Success Congratulations to our Year 13 English Captains, Olivia and Natasha-May, who were both prize winners in this year’s Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme. In the Creative Writing: Prose category, Olivia was awarded 2nd place for her piece entitled ‘White Tulips’ with Natasha-May receiving 3rd place for her piece ‘The Citizen of Nowhere’. The girls were awarded their prizes at an awards ceremony in Windsor Castle.



Marking Rosary Day & Dedicating Fourvière On Friday 6 October, The Marist School community came together for a celebratory Mass to mark Rosary Day 2017. This year also holds a special significance for the school as we commemorate the bicentenary of the Marist Order and the 70th year of The Marist in Sunninghill. The Mass was attended by pupils, parents, staff, Governors, former staff and Marist Sisters. Leading the service was the Bishop of Menevia, the Right Reverend Tom Burns S.M, a Marist Father.

TES Awards Nomination Further to being nominated as Finalists in two categories at the 2016 Awards, we have been announced as finalists for the ‘Creativity in Education’ Award category in the TES Independent Schools Awards 2018. This is in recognition of the Curiosity Week initiative. We now look forward to the awards ceremony, which will take place in February 2018.

Marist Friends Christmas Fayre Raises Over £6,000 A festive highlight of the calendar, The Marist Friends Christmas Fayre proved to be a huge success and a wonderful event for all the family.

Christmas Carol Service This year’s Christmas Carol Service preserved something old whilst introducing something new. The whole school community joined together in Fourvière to celebrate the advent and festive season. The service included readings, carols and uplifting musical performances from pupils and the Parent/Staff Choir.


During Mass, pupils from both Preparatory and Senior led the readings and prayers with Preparatory musicians and the Choir providing musical accompaniment. The service also featured a performance of the ‘Marist Gloria’, specially written for the occasion by our new Artistic Director, Mr Ron McAllister. Following a blessing of Fourvière by Bishop Tom, a plaque commemorating the dedication was unveiled alongside the blessing of a pear tree. The tree will be planted in the school grounds as an enduring reminder of Marist origins.

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