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During July and August 2019, 70 Marling and Stroud High Sixth Formers embarked on a 4 week expedition in Borneo. The group worked alongside Outlook Expeditions to plan their trip, taking part in different adventures and experiences.
This included trekking through the rainforest, making friends and working alongside the locals and relaxing with the orangutans and sun bears!
As part of the Year 12 Enrichment Programmme in early July, the students took part in the 'Bear Grylls Aventure' at the NEC Arena in Birmingham.
The trip provided an opportunity for the students to be challenged beyond the curriculum and experience activities which push them to new heights (literally!).
The students took part in four activities inlcuding: archery, an assault course, a breakout room and a high ropes course.
The students had great fun being pushed out of their comfort zone and making new memories alongside their peers.
In March 2019 a group of Marling Sixth Formers took the amazing opportunity of speaking at the Change the World Model UN Conference in New York, said to be the most prestigious youth event in the world. As the only school from the UK, the Marling students were tasked with researching and representing the Cote d’Ivoire, debating critical topics including sustainable development in post conflict areas, terrorist threats to international peace, climate change and rights to education for refugees.
The lively debate involved students of diverse nationalities acting as ambassadors for the 193 member states they were representing in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the UN Headquarters. This year, the opening and closing ceremonies were attended by European leaders and politicians as well as UN Goodwill Ambassadors promoting the theme ‘No More Walls’ to mark the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Marc Boixader-Riera, who originally proposed the trip, said:
“It was a very formal and challenging setting so we gained experience of real-life debating at a global level. We had to forge alliances with other countries to get our resolutions passed, which was a great opportunity to develop our negotiating skills and also meant we made lots of new friends in other parts of the world.”
Emma Gray, Trip Leader said:
“The standard of debating was extremely high and it was amazing listening to these young people speak passionately about real world issues. It suddenly made me feel very positive for the future of our planet!”
The visit wasn’t all hard work. The students also visited Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial as well as having the opportunity for shopping and enjoying American food. All students agreed that it had been a really worthwhile and inspirational trip and felt that their voices and ideas had been heard.
This trip will be taking place again in March 2020.
Every year students from Marling School and Stroud High school enjoy investigating their future at the schools’ annual Futures Day event.
Exhibitors from all over the country invite students to apply for work experience at their institutions.
Students meet with representatives from over 30 universities, the armed forces and local and national employers offering apprenticeship opportunities.
The next Futures Day event will be held on Thursday 30th January 2020.
Find out about what happened at Futures Day 2019 by clicking on the document below.
The Marling Media Group is a student group set up by Marling sixth formers and is brand new. Not just in the school, but also in the country. Nothing like this has ever been done before!
The Marling Media Group aims to create incredible content, from live events to short films, to inspire the next generation of filmmakers and producers.
The group offers live eSports broadcasts and short film workshops with younger Marling students.
The team is constantly growing, shooting short documentary pieces on Youth Climate Strikes, streaming live music events within the school, and pushing the boundaries of a student led organistation.
The Marling Media Group has its own live Podcast show, available on a variety of audible platforms. Follow a link below to hear the latest episodes and to hear members of the group talking about a variety of subjects including mental health, exam stress and more.