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THE MARSH ACADEMY

Term 4 Newsletter--March 2010

www.marshacademy.org.uk

Dear Parents/Carers, I wish you all a very Happy Easter and trust that we may all enjoy some long awaited spring weather during the break. You will see from the contents of the newsletter that life at Marsh continues to balance academic, vocational and fun activities. However, I need to remind students in Y10,11,12 and 13 - all of whom sit examinations over the next few months - that this is a crucial time for them. Staff at the Academy will do all they can to support them, but those students need to complete all outstanding coursework and settle to real revision over the coming weeks. Year 11 is on track to achieve our best examination results ever and Year 10 is not far behind, so we are keen to encourage them as much as possible. Have a great break.

Who is involved? We are a group of A-Level Post-16 Business students from the Marsh Academy. What we are doing? - We are involved in a group known as `The Soup Project'; the project was created for the children of Shepway, to get them involved in making simple soup recipes. Why did we join the project? The project had started before we joined it; the soup project was in the form of school presentations. We joined the project to contribute to one of our work units. So what's happening in the future? We will be having a launch day soon and will host an event where our Business group, along with Kent County Council, will promote our Simple Soups Flip Book, featuring various soup recipes by children from over 30 schools in the Shepway District. These are simple recipes you can share with your children.

Ks4: Molly Byrne

Ks3: Sophie Clarke

Red School

We have had a busy and successful term 4 with many achievements by our students both within The Academy and in the wider community: Huge congratulations go to Alex Harrison (BLB) who won both of his matches in the National Judo Competition in March and went on to achieve a gold medal. William Bane (LXHB) auditioned for, and was chosen to act, the lead role in an advert for Port Lympne Animal Parks. We look forward to seeing his advert! Well Done William! Amie-Louise Rawlin scored an amazing 100% in her recent mock PCHEE exam paper ­ the paper was a recent past GCSE paper marked to the official GCSE mark scheme, and this mark would equate to an A*! A fantastic achievement and reward for her hard work. Well Done AmieLouise! As a mini school we continue to reward and celebrate our successes with certificates and prizes for 100% attendance each term. We are also continuing to support our chosen charity (RNLI) with a non-uniform day on 1st April.

We are pleased that a large number of pupils have received 100% attendance certificates over the last term; the numbers continue to rise, so well done to all those students who received certificates this term. Congratulations to Keeley Nicholls who scored the highest number of correct answers in the World Maths Day challenge for Year 7. Robyn Corbett in Year 10 was the highest scorer in the Green School with 1299 correct answers both brilliant achievements! The Green School non-uniform day on 1st April will be in aid of the Down's Syndrome Association, which the students chose as their charity at the beginning of term.

This term the Red Mini School has been focusing on its charity fund raising activities and students have certainly been inventive in their efforts. Each class has been challenged to raise at least £50 and some groups are well on the way to achieving this. JT not only delivered an inspirational assembly but they managed to keep quiet in a sponsored silence, as well as organising a bucket shake to rid us of our loose change. HF are raffling an Easter Egg, whilst CXGR have held a cake sale and NR are planning one for the last day of term. JXGR have continued to collect old mobile phones, as well as unwanted Play Station Games; however, the prize for the most original activity currently goes to TS, and Mr Shepherd, who raised money by sponsoring individuals to ride a unicycle! In order to swell the coffers the entire Mini School will be going Dotty for Demelza on 1st April as part of a national campaign to help generate funds.

Our thanks go to the Head Girls and Head Boy who have had a busy term organising activities to support our charities. The money that the Yellow Mini-School has raised for Kent Air Ambulance will be handed to them at a celebration assembly next term. A speaker from the Make a Wish Foundation (www.make-a-wish.org.uk) came to a recent assembly and gave a very moving presentation that focussed our minds on the new task of raising funds for the vital activities that they undertake. With this in mind, we have organised a non-uniform day for 1st April to start our fundraising. We have celebrated real improvements in attendance, with a significant number of students who have between 97 and 100% Attendance. Well done to all those students!

Keep up to date! www.twitter.com/MarshAcademy

Find out all you need to know about cultural events and activities coming up in Shepway--from Jazz Spectaculars and Comedy Clubs to dinner lectures and art exhibitions--by downloading the Art Beat E-Newsletter from www.shepway.gov.u k/arts.

PANNA KO STREET FOOTBALL The Sixth Form ran a Panna Ko street football tournament on 3rd February 2010 for all key stages, and the event was a huge success. This lunch-time activity brought together a whole cross section of young people united by their love of sport! CHAPEL DOWN WINERY A number of young students was given the opportunity to visit the Chapel Down Winery on 2nd March 2010 as part of Business and Enterprise and Science studies. The students found the trip both motivating and inspiring, and it gave them the opportunity to see how some of their studies were applied to real life situations. IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM Some of our Sixth Formers visited the Imperial War Museum on 12th March 2010 to listen to a series of presentations about World War One poetry. This moving experience helped students to place their learning in context and understand more about soldiers' experiences during the war. DRESS LOUD TO BE HEARD! Sixth Form student James Reid has come up with a stylish way to support Deaf Awareness Week. A fashion show will be held on 8th June 2010 and will be supported by New Look and fashion students from the University for the Creative Arts. Representatives from the Royal Deaf School in Margate will also be on hand to assist with the show. On top of all that, pupils from a local primary school who have just finished a fashion show with a designer in residence will be showcasing their designs to our students.

The School Council spent a very enjoyable morning at Lydd Primary School on 10th February working with Tamasin Jarrett, Shepway District Council's Youth and Play Development Officer, students from Lydd Primary School and learning disabled adults from Skillsnet on designing an accessible playground for the Rype in Lydd.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

Louise Smith has recently joined us to work on the Academy's communications with students, parents, staff and the community. If there's any information you'd like to receive more (or less!) of, or if you'd like to be getting information in a different way, let Louise know your ideas: [email protected]

· 235 countries · 1 million students · 479,732,613 correct answers--a new world record!

Congratulations to everyone that took part in World Maths Day and helped to set a new world record! Marsh Academy students correctly answered 110,062 questions--an impressive 48,505 more than last year! The top ten students who gave the most correct answers on the day were: Abigail Mead; Gemma Cooper; Charlie Wilson; Jamie Cooper-Attwell; Jamie White; Luke Sharp; Paige Hancock-Ramsden; Robyn Corbett; Andy Crisford; and Adam Farley.

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Absence Line: 01797 363594 Term 5: Monday 19 April - Friday 28 May Post-16 Parent's Evening: Tuesday 20 April Bank Holiday: Monday 3 May Term 6: Monday 7 June - Friday 23 July Review Day: Tuesday 15 June 2010

English Paper 1: Tuesday 8 June - 9am English Paper 2: Thursday 10 June - 1pm English Literature: Tuesday 25 May - 9am Maths Non-Calculator: Monday 7 June - 1pm Maths Calculator: Friday 11 June - 9am Science Core: Thursday 24 June - 1pm Science Additional: Weds 9 & Weds 16 June - 9am

AS-Level Citizenship students took part in a "Debating Matters" competition on 25th March 2010, with the Marsh Academy winning its debate with Pent Valley Technology College! Shelley Etherton and Lee Bounds were the nominated speakers, and their persuasive arguments and confident speaking meant they won both the audience vote and the judges' vote. Well done to the whole team that worked on the debate!

On 10th and 17th March, 120 Year 7 students visited the Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre as part of their `Learning to Learn' programme in Project Based Learning. All the students had a brilliant day learning new skills in a different environment.

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