Green Belt Success

Congratulations to Wynter Tickle Y8 who achieved her green belt in Kenpo Karate. The Kenpo philosophy teaches not only self-defence but resilience and persistence through their motivational phrase, "a black belt is a white belt that never gave up". Wynter is only two belts (and a lot of hard work) away from black. (07/07/2018)

Pianist through to Final 16

Congratulations to Milly Isac (Y11) who is one of 16 musicians selected for the 2018 Wallace National Junior Piano Competition,  a nationwide classical piano competition for New Zealand's best pre-tertiary pianists. She will present a 20-minute programme on 12 July at the University of Auckland's School of Music and only 6 will progress onto the Final Round on 14 July. We wish Milly all the very best.  (06/07/2018)

Matariki Celebrations

Preschool joined with Year 1-3 Primary students to celebrate Matariki and welcome in the Māori New Year, by trying a pōwhiri and traditional greeting hongi and then they enjoyed a hākari (feast) together. Ka mau te wehi! (05/07/2018)

Trip to Police Museum

Year 8 students had a fascinating introduction to forensic science during a trip to the Police Museum. They tried their hand at lifting fingerprints and obviously had fun trying on uniforms from the past. (03/07/2018)

Listen with Dame Kate

It was wonderful to have Dame Kate Harcourt visit Marsden Primary today and read excerpts from some of her favourite stories to our Year 1-3 students. The books she chose were some of our favourites too – The Man whose Mother was a Pirate, The Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh. She used to read stories on the radio for the "Listen with Mother" programme many years ago starting each show with "Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin". The girls loved her expressive reading and afterwards sang her a song, Aroha is Love. Thank you Dame Kate and thank you to Thomasin McKenzie and Lauren Benseman for organising this special treat. (03/07/2018)

Pirate Project

Year 3 students are getting creative in the Waihanga, visiting 4 times a week, to work on revamping a pirate ship that will be used as a prop in the Primary Production,'Pirates versus Mermaids'. To do this they are developing technology skills, designing with, and utilising the 3D Printer and the laser cutter. They used the 3D printer to print an anchor (7 hours in total) and the laser cutter to cut out circles for the cannons. We look forward to seeing their results on show during the musical production next term, as well as having an excuse to bring out our pirate jokes ... Why are pirates great singers? Because they can hit the high C’s! Oarsome work Year 3! See more photos in the Primary media gallery. (03/07/2018)

Ahi Kā Festival of Fire and Light

Marsden Year 9 students lit up the night sky with lanterns and masks created in art classes, as they paraded in the Nga Wai Piāta (Streams of Light) opening of the Ahi Kā Festival of Fire and Light along the Wellington waterfront. What an amazing night, as part of Matariki ki Pōneke celebrations, and a beautiful way to welcome in the Māori New Year. (02/07/2018)

Real history on Taranaki Trip

The Year 11 historians are feeling inspired on their trip to Taranaki.  At Tawhiti museum in Hawera they saw the amazing miniatures telling the stories of Taranaki and the wars, one highlight was the fantastic boat experience learning about Dicky Barrett, a key figure in the settlement of New Plymouth. Then on to Parihaka,  participating in the pōwhiri and time spent learning, watching the film Tatarakihi:The children of Parihaka, hearing the korero from Maata the leader at Parihaka and experiencing the tikanga of the Marae. Next stop New Plymouth to widen their understanding at Puke Ariki Museum. (02/07/2018)

Farewell Manutai

Haere ra Manutai and thank you for your fabulous leadership in helping set up our kapa haka group. Manutai Wi Rutene-Pomare (Y12) has been awarded a scholarship to study in Germany for the next two years. We will miss her! (02/07/2018)

Senior School Lunch

Our Year 12 and 13 girls recently came together for a Senior School Lunch.  As well as enjoying a variety of pizzas, the girls were inspired by the life story of Colombian refugee, Yibeth Morales Ayala.  Yibeth spoke about the tragedies and challenges she faced growing up in a country overrun by drugs and crime.  She outlined the obstacles and rewards moving to New Zealand has brought her.  Needless to say, Yibeth's story moved us all.  (29/06/2018)

Preschool Programming

Preschool students are learning simple computer programming with Bee-Bots. They started getting familiar with the vocabulary at mat time - moving themselves forwards/backwards/sideways, before they even touched a Bee-Bot. With the concept of direction in place, they knew they needed to make the Bee-Bot move in one of these ways using the arrows. As with any new idea, there was a lot of trial and error, the hardest part was clearing previous instructions if the Bee-Bot didn't travel the right way or fell off the table! Our students were fascinated and spent ages trying to get it right. As they move up into Year 1 these skills will help them integrate seamlessly into our Primary Digital Technology curriculum and potentially ... become programmers of the future? See more photos in our Preschool media gallery. (29/06/2018)

Year 10 Market Day

What a fabulous Marsden Market Day! Our Year 10 students had innovative ideas, showed great teamwork and entrepreneurial skills, and there were plenty of eager customers to buy their wares. It was very pleasing to see some teams with a social conscience offering to recycle plastic etc. All teams should be proud of their efforts which culminated in a very successful market day, with all proceeds going to charity, well done! (29/06/2018)

Pentangular Tournament

Marsden sports teams travelled to the Wairarapa for this year's Pentangular Tournament at St Matthews, along with other visiting teams from Iona College, Nga Tawa and Woodford House. Our netballers played consistently well and made a clean sweep winning all games, while hockey won one game and a draw was the best result for our footballers. Overall Marsden finished the tournament in second place. It was the first time for many of the Year 9 and 10 girls to be billeted with host families and they really enjoyed the experience. (29/06/2018)

Cultural Achievements

Araraina Takuira-Mita (Y10) has written a school waiata, named Waiata Hamuera Matene, which will be performed for the first time this year's at House Music. This was done for her remarkable time project last year. We are constantly amazed by the talent our students display in the fields of music, dance and drama.  Here's a roundup of their latest achievements. (29/06/2018)

Big Sing

Congratulations to our two choirs who performed at the Big Sing recently. Altissime received an Adjudicator's Choice Certificate for Der Wassermann (Schumann) and Best performance of a student composition for Rachel Mair's Haute Mer. Ad Summa received an Adjudicator's Choice Certificate for Africa (Toto). (29/06/2018)

Artist inspires local students

2018 Artist in Residence, Bridget Reweti held a wonderful workshop with students from Marsden and other local schools. Together they explored and created works that document the Karori flora and fauna around Marsden.  One of the beautiful things to watch was the students' delight in the photographic process as the magic happens and the images arise in the wash tank. Bridget says that she 'enjoys spending time outside and making Art' and it was obvious she passed this joy on to these lucky students! Her exhibition TIPU opens at the NZ Portrait Gallery at Shed 11 on 26 June and runs til 30 June. (25//06/2018)

Underwater Hockey Goal

There was huge jubilation at the Central Region Underwater Hockey Tournament when Marsden's Junior Girls’ Team qualified for Nationals, the first time for many years. They played Wellington Girls College in the playoffs and were down 3/2 at half time but came back to score three goals in the second half to win 5/2. Tiffany Kenyon was voted Most Valuable Player and nominated to trial for the U18 Wellington representative team. Determined to succeed, they have trained solidly with their coaches (early mornings and late nights) to reach their goal. Congratulations girls, this is an awesome result. (25/06/2018)

Amazing Mask-arade

These magnificent masks are works of art created by our Year 4 students. With teacher Shelley Dalton (dressed as the Cat in the Hat) they mask-araded them through school this morning creating quite a stir. Along the way they met up with some of their Year 13 penpals and delivered a box of letters. (22/06/2018)

Capital Fun at Gymsports

Preschoolers had a great trip to Capital Gymsports this week, travelling by bus which is always a highlight! Their 2 gym coaches, Emily and Johnny, took them through a warmup followed by 3 circuits which focussed on balance, spatial and body awareness, coordination and basic manipulative skills. When asked what they liked best, "the trampoline, rings and swinging upside down" but the parallel bars were "a bit scary!" Head of Preschool, Anne Cave said it is a "fantastic opportunity for exercise during rainy weather!" See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (22/06/2018)

Primary/Preschool celebrate 140 Years

Primary and Preschool students celebrated Marsden's 140th Year with a special Chapel Service, old fashioned games and Birthday cake. Watch video. See more photos in the media gallery. (21/06/2018)

Seeing Stars with the Governor General

Lauren Benseman and Bella O’Meeghan were invited by the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy to a Matariki reception at Government House last Friday. Hari Mogosanu and Museums Wellington staff shared the magnificence of the night sky with teachers and students. The terrace had been transformed with red lighting which helped to see the stars more clearly through four telescopes. (919/06/2018)

GirlBoss encourages STEM

Alexia Hilbertidou from GirlBoss really inspired some of our students to look at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects with new eyes. She's on a mission to encourage young women to consider fields in which they are under-represented and she's only a few years older than our Y10 and Y11 girls who attended her ChangemakeHer workshop! From the feedback we've received, Alexia did a really great job. Read more ...


Preschool students enjoyed a Rugbytots session in the gymnasium this week. This 'fun first' programme promotes core rugby principles, how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team, delivered in an engaging and imaginative way. Our students loved it! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (15/06/2018)

Save the Date

One of the ways we wish to commemorate 140 years of excellence in education is with a special church service at St Paul's Cathedral on 24 September 6pm-7:30pm. Staff and students are expected to attend this event. Old Girls, family and friends are welcome to join us. (14/06/2018)

Wet Day Trail for Guinea Pig

What do Year 1 students do at morning tea on a wet day? They build a trail with blocks for the guinea pig, then put it to the test to see if 'Bowie' would follow their algorithm.  How cool is that! (14/06/2018)

Policeman captures audience

Police officer Liam Tanner really captured his audience at the Year 8 Mother and Daughter dinner last night explaining his police role and Lucca was very comfortable modelling the gear. (12/06/2018)

Acting Workshop

A big thank you to Miranda Harcourt, Peter Hambleton and Tina Cleary for coming to run acting workshops for 36 of our students on Sunday. The girls had a fantastic time and learnt lots of new skills. A great initiative by Heads of Drama Abbie George and Thomasin McKenzie and something we hope to offer again in the future! (12/06/2018)

Gamelon Session

Gamelan is an Indonesian ‘gong orchestra’. Year 8 students had a fascinating time learning about it at Victoria Uni's school of music last Friday. (12/06/2018)

Cross Country

Preschool joined Primary students on Thursday for their annual cross country race. It was lovely to see parents, staff and student buddies support our runners as they crossed the finish line. Places were officially recorded and our students were excited to have a number written on their hand to say where they had come. However, for all of them, the best result was completing the 'big kids' circuit. Well done! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. And to see the Primary photos go to the Primary media gallery. (08/06/2018)

Melbourne Art and Design Trip

Art and Design Students had a creative and stimulating trip to Melbourne, starting with a two day workshop at The Whitehouse Institute of Design. They toured the National Gallery of Victoria with former Artist in Residence,  Irene Ferguson, taking in the historical collection and also the contemporary abstract and political art collections. Channeling all things 'Alice' our girls took a trip through the looking glass into the enchanted world of 'Wonderland' a very cool ACMi digital interactive installation. Students were billeted with families from Firbank Grammar, and were delighted to catch up with former Principal Jenny Williams at a BBQ organised by their host families. Jenny is Head of Firbank Grammar. See more photos on our Facebook page. (08/06/2018)

Letters to Dale

Following on from their gardening session last month, Year 1 students wrote and decorated cute 'thank you' letters to our gardener, Dale. We know he enjoyed receiving them. Read more letters in the Primary media gallery. (08/06/2018)

Director rows Cook Strait

They did it! Marsden's Director of Rowing, Rachel Gamble-Flint with Tina Manker (Onslow College), Johannah Kearney (Scots College), and Eleanor Morris (Wellington Rowing Club) made history on Friday, as the first all women crew to row the treacherous Cook Strait. Battling a persistent head wind and big swell the 94km row from Plimmerton to Picton took 11 hours of pure mental and physical grit and resilience. They undertook this epic challenge to raise funds for their mental health charity "Through the Blue" which aims to provide high school teachers with the resources to recognise the signs of anxiety and depression, in order to initiate early intervention and prevention. You can still donate. Congratulations! (05/06/2018)

Petting Zoo visits Preschool

It was an extraordinary experience for Preschool when Leanne Hopkins and her daughter from Farmyard Parties brought their alpaca, sheep, goat, donkey, pony, rabbits and 2 dogs to visit this week. Our students were able to get up close and pat them, groom them and walk them around. The novelty of taking a sheep for a walk and seeing an alpaca at Marsden was definitely something quite unique. Our students really enjoyed themselves despite the rain! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (01/06/2018)

Marsden's Wonderful Wonderland

For four nights last week the Marsden auditorium buzzed to the sights and sounds of our latest musical production, 'Alice' based on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass'. Filled with many intriguing and colourful characters, this play was a visual delight and gave students in Years 7 through 13 an opportunity to be part of a major production. Whether behind the scenes, or front of house, we are very proud of our girls, their dedication to rehearsals and their enthusiastic performances on the night. To bring a polished production like 'Alice' to the stage you need a top notch team and we'd like to warmly thank Director Dianne Smith, Musical Director Richard Kleingeld, Production Musician Ben McKenzie and Producers Louise Kleingeld and Sarah Wilson and the many, many more students, staff and parents who have assisted to bring this superb show to life, we thank you one and all. See more photos on our Facebook page. (28/05/2018)

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

We couldn't be more proud of our Year 6 girls who braved the cold and mud to compete in the Junior Tough Guy and Gal Extreme Off Road Running Event. They showed real grit and tenacity to complete the challenging course in freezing conditions, fundraising for their chosen charity, Cure Kids. Even wet and muddy their bright pink race gear stood out winning them 'Best Dressed' for the second year. To compete is commendable, to finish with a smile is outstanding, well done girls! See more photos on our Facebook page. (25/05/2018)

Hip Hop to the Top

Year 4 student Te Aomihia Brown Tautari is off to the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in August with her crew, 'Recruits', who were crowned National Hip Hop Champions (aged 8-12 years) during the school holidays. This is a rare chance for any hip hop dancer, especially in NZ as the standard is so high. Te Aomihia is the youngest NZ qualifier and will join over 5000 dancers from 45 countries in Phoenix Arizona and we hope she has a fabulous competition. Photo credit AT Photography. (24/05/2018)

Getting Creative with Autumn Leaves

With all the leaves on the ground, it's been a perfect time for Preschool students to collect them and create some wonderful autumn leaf window hangings using the laminator, it really brings out the colours. This week they enjoyed meeting Delaney's dog Radar, the Australian Maltese/Terrier cross, and have been getting outside as much as possible on these crisp days, tunnelling and time in the sandpit has been very popular. They have also touched on a bit of coding with the Bee Bots and a world map.  See more photos in the Preschool Media Gallery. (24/05/2018)

Chinese Cultural Visit

We were delighted to host a delegation from the Academy of Military Culture (AMC) National Defence University, Beijing yesterday. They are here for 6 days as guests of Massey University College of Creative Arts. Their professional dancers and musicians treated us to some beautiful performances and our Primary, Y10 Chinese dance students and 'Alice' performers added to a wonderful afternoon of cultural exchange. See more photos on our Facebook page. (24/05/2018)

Time to grow

Year 1 students have embarked on a growing project with Year 2 students. The garden in front of the Primary entrance looks amazing as a result of their efforts this week. Thank you to Marsden's gardener, Dale Lofthouse, for his knowledge and assistance. (24/05/2018)

Trans-Tasman simultaneous storytime

Primary students were eager participants in the first trans-Tasman National Simultaneous Storytime at 1pm today. The aim - to get 1 million kids across two countries reading together 'Hickory Dickory Dash'. (23/05/2018)

NZ Sign Language Workshop

Winnie Solomon in Year 12 organised for Nicolette von Vuuren from Deaf Aotearoa to run a taster class in NZ Sign Language for interested students and staff today. It was certainly one of the quietest workshops we've had, but NZ Sign Language is so expressive, we loved it. Thanks to Nicolette from Deaf Aotearoa and to Winnie for organising this event. (23/05/2018)

Black Civil Rights speakers inspiring

Year 10 Social Science students joined others from the Wellington region to hear from participants in the Black Civil Rights Movement in America. Minnijean Brown Trickey was one of the 'Little Rock Nine' who fought segregation to attend an 'all white' school in 1957 and Professor Clarence Lusane focused his talk on the Black Panthers with connections made between the recent film and the Party formed in the 60s. Minnijean said while she was glad to be a symbol of social change, she didn't necessarily choose it, she just wanted to go to school. What an inspiration to see these upstanders in real life. (22/05/2018)

Commanding Performance by Old Girl

Principal Narelle Umbers met up with past Principal Gillian Eadie at a concert at the Auckland Town Hall conducted by international conductor and Old Girl, Gemma New. She said "It was outstanding. To see a young female commanding such a performance was a real privilege." When Gemma spoke during the Q & A afterwards she mentioned that her first opportunity to conduct was when she was 15 here at Marsden and this set her on her current pathway. Bravo Gemma! (21/05/2018)

Pink Shirt Day

Friday 18th was Pink Shirt Day, when students wear pink to show solidarity with a worldwide anti-bullying movement that aims to spread kindness in schools, workplaces and communities. And it wasn't just students supporting this worthy cause. (21/05/2018)

Social Campaigners address Select Committee

Following on from their petition delivered last July, asking for compulsory Plastic Bag Charges, our Social Action Campaigners were invited to speak to the Select Committee for the Environment today. Cici Davie, Lauren Benseman, Maggie Dai, Bella O'Meeghan, and Imogen Skelton addressed the committee then fielded questions. Cici summed up with: "I think we can all agree It is time we start to prioritise the environment over consumer convenience, where caring for the environment should be mandatory, not a marginalized choice. This issue doesn’t just need attention, it needs action." We are very proud of them! (17/05/2018)

Pets in Preschool

Preschool's enquiry into pets was brought vividly to life with visits from some very special guests this week! Approximately 50% of students have pets at home and so for the others, a visit from guineapigs, Choo Choo  (Light) and Chu Chu (Dark) was very interesting, especially as they were able to feed them. The excitement escalated when pugs Delilah and Iggy arrived with Belinda Robins. Then came ... the big rabbit Feifei, so cute and so soft! Thank you to our parents for bringing in their furry family members. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery.  (17/05/2018)

William Pike Service

As part of the service section of the William Pike Challenge Year 8 students have been visiting Sprott House to chat to residents. It's obviously a special moment for them to talk to Old Girl, Joyce Harrison and a trip down memory lane for her to meet with students from her old school.  (10/05/2018)

Rowing Awards

Wellington Rowing Club held their prizegiving this weekend. Congratulations to the Marsden rowers who were recognised. Nominees – Evie Bond for Best Coxswain; Grace Thompson for Most Promising School Girl Novice and our Winners – Madison Taylor received Most Dedicated School Rower and OG Ruby Leverington was named Best Club Woman Rower. Oarsome! (09/05/2018)

Preschool Family Sausage Sizzle

We had a huge turnout of parents and siblings at our Preschool family sausage sizzle on Friday. The sausages were obviously a big hit, and it was really lovely to see parents chatting and getting to know each other. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (09/05/2018)

Sasha's father collects Award

Principal Narelle Umbers had the pleasant task of presenting Mr Ang with Sasha's academic colours as she was unable to attend Scholar's Assembly last week. Sasha, who was our 2017 Cultural Capatain, is back in Singapore preparing for university at the Sorbonne in Paris. (09/05/2018)

Cool Science

Year 8 Science students have been conducting an interesting investigation into New Zealand volcanoes. This is Ruapehu. The eruption demonstrated ash plumes and activity particular to Mt Ruapehu. (09/05/2018)

'Alice' Tickets on Sale

Tickets sales have closed for our wonderful school production of 'Alice', a Musical Play in two Acts based on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' on 22 – 25 May 2018, 7pm, Marsden Auditorium. This delightful adaptation follows Alice as she accidentally finds her way into a bewildering plot, following the White Rabbit down a digital rabbit hole.  (25/05/2018)

Brain Bee Competition

Congratulations to Y11 students Dela Salayeva and Juliane Gillespie who have both qualified for Round 2 of the Brain Bee Quiz and will progress to the North Island championship at Auckland University at the end of the term. The Brain Bee competition introduces concepts relating to the human brain and nervous system, and includes the study of anatomy, neurochemistry, emotions, sleep and Alzheimer’s and stroke. Best of luck for the next round girls! (04/05/2018)

ANZAC Assembly

We held a moving ANZAC assembly today, a chance to come together to remember and honour those who fought (and continue to fight) for our freedom. Lest we forget. Read more ...  

Preschoolers Learn Chinese

The first week back and Preschool students have been learning 'right, left, up and down' in Chinese with Ms Wang and a very helpful Kung Fu Panda! Outside, over the holidays the playground has had new safety surface put down. Inside, students have agreed to a new class treaty, they made ANZAC biscuits, had a library session with Mr O'Connor and enjoyed reading with their Primary buddies. A busy start to the term for our Preschoolers. See more images in Preschool media gallery. (03/05/2018)

Makeup Workshop

Over two Sundays, students have been learning the finer art of stage makeup with Weltec graduates Mia and Barbara. They are now all set to do the makeup for our upcoming production of 'Alice'. Tickets for this show go on sale next week. Check your newsletter or watch this space for more details. (02/05/2018)

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Congratulations to our students who took part in the Wellington regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival at the end of last term. (03/05/2018)

Year 10 Father/Daughter Breakfast

It was lovely to see so many of our Year 10 dads and daughters this morning for breakfast. These informal get togethers are a wonderful opportunity for them to meet with other fathers in their year group and enjoy a hearty breakfast with staff members. (02/01/2018)

Top Scholars celebrated

Today, we held our Scholars Assembly to acknowledge and celebrate the achievement of our top students in their 2017 qualifications. Congratulations to all students receiving awards. We were delighted to have guest speaker and Old Girl, Elisha Watson (class of 2008) speak to us about her journey since leaving Marsden. She has been a lawyer and volunteer for the Red Cross and is also the creator of NISA, an underwear label with the mission to provide refugee women with meaningful employment. What an inspiring way to start the term. (30/04/2018)

Asian Science Camp

During the holidays we received news that Anjali Gentejohann has been selected as one of five New Zealand students to attend the 2018 Asia Science Camp being held in Indonesia in August. This is an annual event that allows youth to meet with top scholars and technologists from around the world. We are very proud that Anjali will be representing Marsden and New Zealand at this event and congratulate her on this outstanding achievement. (26/04/2018)

Anzac Day

Olivia Fox and Isabella Warner, accompanied  by Anne Field, had the honour of presenting a wreath on behalf of Marsden, at the Anzac Service at the Wellington Cenotaph yesterday. (26/04/2018)

Classics/GEO Trip finally underway

We are happy to report that, after all the delays  with flights, our Classics/GEO trip to Europe has finally departed and they have arrived safely in Rome.  Students from Marsden Karori and Whitby have the most fabulous view of the Parthenon from their hotel window and have started to explore this wonderful city. (26/04/2018)

National Swimming Success

This week the National Age Group Swimming Championships (NAGS), were held in Auckland by Swimming NZ.  Congratulations to our 7 Marsden swimmers who competed at this pinnacle age group event: Molly Player, Tilly Dassanayake, Laura Jones, Gabriella and Estee Jacobs, Lea Muellner and Samantha Fowler. Gabriella and Lea picked up a gold in their relay team. Lea also won 4 bronze medals (50m and 100m breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and relay event). Samantha won a silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley. Great work in Auckland this week team! (24/04/2018)