Shortlist for The Marist At The TES Awards 2018

Shortlist for The Marist At The TES Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce that The Marist has been shortlisted once again for a national award in the TES Independent Schools Awards.

Following on from being nominated as Finalists in two categories at the 2016 Awards, the school has officially been announced as a finalist for the ‘Creativity in Education’ Award category in the TES Independent Schools Awards 2018.

The ‘Creativity in Education’ Award is in recognition of the school’s annual “Curiosity Week”; encouraging pupils to think differently beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum. During “Curiosity Week”, time is given to support independent learning, in place of normal homework, with a focus on “having a go” and “taking risks.”

Pupils complete a project of their choice with around six hours external study. There are no set ways to approach the project and at the end of the week, students hand in something to show what they have learnt. This might be a video, photo, newspaper article etc. No grades are given but judges comments are feedback, however prizes are given to the projects which show the most independence, curiosity, intellectual risk-taking, creative thinking and resilience. 

Students are encouraged to tweet or Instagram the school with #CuriosityWeek to share progress and encourage the whole school community to be curious and love learning. This year, pupils worked on a variety of projects including learning a new language and creating a new app to giving up social media for 48 hours and producing a Roman fashion and makeup tutorial magazine. Other projects included some fantastic visual displays about learning how to knit and embracing the core values of the school.

Speaking about the benefits of participating in Curiosity Week, organiser Mrs Lizzie Guinney said,

“From starting working on their projects through to handing in their final pieces, the benefits of Curiosity Week for the pupils can be clearly seen. Pupils were encouraged to take a risk and choose a project that genuinely challenged them rather than something they could already do. In doing so, we hope the girls experienced at least a slight struggle and by working through this, we hope they gained confidence and developed resilience.

Last and by no means least, hopefully pupils reignited their love of learning simply for learning’s sake, rather than to pass a test of achieving a target.”

The school is honoured to be recognised by TES in this way, Principal Karl McCloskey explained, “We are delighted to reach the shortlist for the ‘Creativity in Education’ Award through our “Curiosity Week” challenge. In a world of mark schemes, national curriculum, course specification and a culture of league tables, we want our pupils to experience a different approach to learning. The introduction of “Curiosity Week” provides pupils with the opportunity to do just that.”

The winners of each category will be announced on Thursday 8 February 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Click here to view some of our pupils' work from Curiosity Week 2017

In November 2017, we welcomed a visit from That's Thames Valley TV to interview Mr McCloskey and Mrs Guinney about being shortlisted for the 2018 TES Independent School Awards.

Click here to view our interview