Unmistakably Maplesden

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK: 15th – 19th July 2019

We are pleased to advise that the school is offering Year 10 students the opportunity to participate in work experience for the week commencing Monday 15th July 2019. To take part it will be necessary for Year 10 students to arrange their own placement in a working environment and we have attached a Work Experience Guide to help with this.  Generally most students arrange their placement with a family member although it could be through other contacts such as a family friend or neighbour.  It is obviously beneficial if students can experience an area of work that they may be considering as a future career path, but any placement will provide a valuable learning opportunity and insight into the workplace.

Download the Work Experience Guide

Please find attached two forms to complete:

  1. A Work Experience Placement Checklist for completion by the employer and return to us
  2. A Parent Permission Form

We require both of these forms back by Friday 24th May 2019.  Please hand the completed forms back to Mrs Mills, Careers Officer in the Careers Office.

The Christmas Newsletter is now available – Christmas Newsletter 2018

On Thursday 13th December, with the help of our local Employers below and The Department for Work and Pensions our Year 11 students experienced for many, their first interview.

Along with our guest speakers on Wednesday 12th December who included, Gary Clark, CEO Golding Homes and Nicola Cormack, Senior HC Advisor and Sarah Howard-Cofield, HC Manager Recruitment & Early Talent from Laing O’Rourke, our Year 11 students were taken off timetable to participate in a preparation day.  Each student generated their own CV in order to apply for a mock vacancy, after having undertook workshops in Employability Skills, Interview Skills and a Digital Footprint Session.

Without the help and support of our local Employers, we would not be able to run such events, which the students benefit from tremendously. Just being given the opportunity to learn to sell themselves and to experience an interview within the safe environment of school helps boost their confidence and their ability to learn effective communication skills, a must for their next steps in life.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved in helping to run a successful day and for your kind comments below shared about our Year 11 students, we are very proud to have such conscientious, upstanding students attend Maplesden.

“The students were all very prepared and were a joy to sit and listen to.  They were all well presented and a few would have been great candidates in my office”

“I have worked at a number of events like these and comparatively speaking today’s event and students were really impressive”

“The students performed well today.  Despite some nerves overall they came across well.  They are not used to selling themselves and promoting their skills which is why this event is so important.  To have the opportunity to meet with and be interviewed by employers will help boost the students success.  Thank you for letting me be part of it”

“Overall I am very impressed with the students I have interviewed today.  Not only were they confident, they seemed genuinely interested in the interview process and in the feedback they received.  It was a pleasure to attend the day and help enhance the students employability skill set”

Employers Pictured Above From: The Department for Work and Pensions; Berry Recruitment; Cabot Finance; Pearson Whiffin; The Education People; Gullands Solicitors; NHS; Mid Kent Legal Services; Ben Siggins Estate Agents & Wilkins Kennedy

One of our best shows ever!! Please come and support us so that students can perform to a packed hall! Tickets are selling fast so hurry!

Tickets for our annual production, ‘Guys and Dolls’ are now on sale and are available on WisePay

Adult Premium Ticket – £10.00

Child Premium Ticket – £5.00

Adult General Ticket – £7.00

Child General Ticket – £3.50

Premium seating is within the first four rows of the audience and considered to have the best view. If you choose this option, a seat will be reserved with your name on.

Dates: Thursday 13th December 7pm and Friday 14th December 7pm

Refreshments will be available from our ‘Cafe de Cubana’ and you will also have the opportunity to purchase a souvenir programme.

This year, Maplesden Noakes are once again supporting the Maidstone based charity, Homeless Care.

For many of us, Christmas is a happy time spent celebrating with family & friends. However, for some it can be a very challenging time of year, particularly those who find themselves homeless and in need of additional support.

Sadly, within our local community of Maidstone there are families with young children and individuals who will struggle to find the basic provisions of food, warmth and shelter over the festive period and into 2019.

Thankfully, the campaign ‘Can You Help’ run by Homeless Care will be there to provide a safe, supportive environment whereby they can offer a place to wash, have a hot meal and a warm drink as well as providing ongoing support.

We are asking for support in the way of donations of non-perishable items such as;
– Dry Groceries (Pasta, Cereal, Porridge, Crisps, Flour, Sugar, Tea, Coffee)
– Long life food items (UHT Milk, Baked Beans, tinned soup, tinned veg or fruit, rice pudding, pasta sauce)
– Toiletries (Shampoo/Shower Gel/Soap)
– Sanitary items (Tampons, Towels etc)
– Washing Powder, Washing up liquid, Toilet Rolls

You really will make a huge difference to someone’s Christmas and New Year if you are able to donate any of the above items.

Please bring donations into the Careers office at Maplesden Noakes, The School Council will be managing this appeal and we will be presenting the donations to the charity on December 19th, we will be inviting The Kent Messenger to advertise our contribution, they are also supporting the event.