Unmistakably Maplesden

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On Friday 8th March, 27 Performing Arts students visited The Excel Centre in London for ‘Move It 2019’.

Students were selected to attend the annually run trip, based on their excellent attitude and commitment in Performing Arts. We watched main stage performances, took part in dance classes, as well as discovering dance career opportunities.

It really was an inspiring day and I look forward to taking more students again next year!

As we enter the final stage of your child’s GCSE preparation, we would like to make you aware of the following information.

Below you will find various pieces of helpful advice and guidance for you to look through, and use if appropriate with your child. These include:

Full Summer Exams Timetable 2019

Revision Timetable – April-May 2019

Revision Timetable – During School Time

Study Revision Guide for Parents

Stress PowerPoint

Exam Stress PowerPoint

Decisions, decisions!

For many of our Year 8s, choosing their GCSE options is a tremendous task and realising what career path they wish to venture down is even harder! To help and support this process and as part of National Careers Week, our Year 8 students took part in a Careers Focus Day on Monday 4th March 2019.

The day consisted of a carousel of workshops with an interactive workshop from The University of Kent on ‘Building a University’, Career Talks from Social Working and The Emergency Services, the students even got to experience what it was like being a Paramedic and exploring an Ambulance.  The students also participated in an Interviewing Activity, where all students got the chance to question a panel of employers from different industries in a ‘Match the Individual to the Job Role’ exercise.

The day allowed students to communicate with employers they have never met before, increasing their confidence when in an interview situation and gaining a better understanding of different career paths open to them.  It also helped them link their decision making with their future and supporting them to make the right choices personally. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves with students commenting:

“I liked the university workshop I got a lot of information from it”

“It has encouraged me to think more about my future and career”

“I thought the employees working on the ambulance were very interesting”

“It has helped make deciding on my options clearer and being able to link them to the career I want”

“I didn’t know what university was about till now”

We were extremely lucky to work with Employers within The Metropolitan Police, The NHS, Ashley Gardens Retirement Home, The Music & Performing Arts Industry, Wilmott Dixon, The Astley Cooper School, Integrated Service Solutions Ltd and Salesforce.  Many of these employers were ex-students of Maplesden Noakes School who gave up their spare time to come and help support us in this Focus Day, for which we continue to be incredibly thankful.

On Friday 1st March as part of our National Careers Week, our Years 9 and 10 Food classes spent time with The Royal Navy. We would like to thank Jamie Marples, Petty Officer and Lee Sellwood, Chef who delivered a cooking demonstration, working in accordance with the students’ GCSE remit within Food Preparation and Nutrition, along with offering information on careers within the Royal Navy, giving an insight into their main roles, apprenticeship opportunities and the benefits of naval life.

If anyone would like to discuss opportunities within The Royal Navy, please visit the Careers Office and speak to Mrs Mills.