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Preschool Family BBQ

It was lovely to welcome Preschool families to our parent BBQ on Friday and share the sun, fun and a good old Kiwi sausie! And taking advantage of the beautiful weather our students enjoyed a fabulous water play day. You could hear the delighted shrieks of laughter as we turned on the sprinkler and added water to our outside equipment - a magic day! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (22/02/2019)

Kapa Haka Festival

What an amazing experience for our Kapa Haka girls to feel the power of Te Matatini ki te ao at Westpac Stadium. We were very proud to support Araraina’s whanau in the opening set of the day. (22/02/2019)

Given For You

Ellie and Aishlin, Student Heads of Given For You, were so pleased to get our first round of baskets completed as well as training new student volunteers today. They help support the Red Cross who are preparing to welcome former refugee families resettling in Wellington. Our Given for You girls are looking forward to a great year ahead! (21/02/2019)

Elly Bray and Thankyou.

On Monday 4 March the Marsden Innovation Series features Elly Bray from social enterprise Thankyou.  Starts at 8:15am until 9:30am with refreshments provided. If you would like to attend please RSVP to sonya.hitchcock@marsden.school.nz before 28 February for catering purposes. (21/02/2019)

Youth MP Select Committee Reps

Ingrid Corbett and Winnie Solomon are both thrilled to be representatives on the Youth MP Select Committee this year. They will be assisting Cherise Perez who is Youth MP for Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance. Ingrid said: "I'm excited to communicate the Marsden voice and give our girls an opportunity to share what they believe is the most prevalent problem to our young people and how we could fix it!" You can read their full comments here. (20/02/2019)

Y1-3 Trip to Somes Island

Years 1-3 are learning about local history, including Wellington Harbour, so they visited Matiu/Somes Island during EOTC Week. Before they went they thought there might be coconut trees, pirates, birds and seals! Now they know it is a sanctuary, a predator free island, powered by a wind turbine. They saw a gecko, cages where little penguins come to sleep, learnt about quarantine and asked the rangers many insightful questions. See more photos in the Primary media gallery and  read more about their trip here ... (19/02/2019)

Picnic on Lawn & Fiji Fundraiser

Thank you to all the families who came to the Picnic on the Lawn and supported the Fiji Fundraiser on Friday night. We're awaiting a final total but it looks like St James School in Fiji will benefit from approximately $1600 raised for resources. An awesome effort everyone! (19/02/2019)

PBs for Junior Swimmers

The 2019 NZ Junior Swim Festival for 12yrs & Under was held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre over the weekend. Charlotte Hall and Grace Masters qualified for the event and both swum personal bests in their races. Grace came 1st in 50m breaststroke and 3rd in 100m breaststroke. Stella Muellner (not pictured) also qualified to attend and won bronze in the 200 breaststroke. Congratulations girls! (19/02/2019)

Lifetime Students

We have eight lifetimers! Jemima Dowle, Samantha George-Neich and Anna Reed have been with us since Year 2 and Jemimah Middelkoop, Hannah Kennedy, Maya Nathu, Emily Stewart and Piyali Sharma have come all the way through from Preschool. It's been so lovely to have you with us and we hope this final year is an absolutely fabulous one for you all! It started in a heartwarming way with some very cute Happy Valentines Hearts from our current Year 1s. (14/02/2019)

Preschool record Treaty

New Zealand recently celebrated the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and this week Marsden Preschool have created a Treaty of their own. Our students were asked a question: "What do we need to do to make Preschool a safe place for everyone?" Their thoughtful responses have been recorded into a Treaty document, which they have all signed with a painted hand-print. 
  • Listen to teachers
  • Be kind
  • Gentle hands
  • Only use kind words
  • Everyone can play
  • Look after new friends 
  • Tidy up the classroom
They also enjoyed the first of, what will become, regular visits to see the monarch caterpillars in the Science Garden - they are getting bigger and will soon turn into chrysalises. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (14/02/2019)

Year 13 Induction

Today we celebrated the induction of our Year 13 students with a special breakfast, Chapel Service and Assembly. It was lovely to have Year 13 parents join us for this event, as their daughters embark on their final year as leaders in the school. Head Girl, Tegan Martin, was honoured with the Marsden Korowai and presented with the Gay Collins Rose Bowl; Cultural Captain Lily Fu received the Jennifer Button Salver and Rachel Albiston, received the Isobel Campbell Cup as Sports Captain. (14/02/2019)

Year 6 Camp

It was great to get photos and news from the Year 6 Camp at Palm Grove. Everyone is having a fantastic time! The weather has been fine and the teamwork and support tackling the confidence course and team challenges has been tremendous. Good work girls! See more photos in the Primary media gallery. (14/02/2019)

Year 8 Learn to Sail

The weather has been beautiful this week for our Year 8 students who are onboard with 'Volvo Learn to Sail' as part of their William Pike Challenge. (12/02/2019)

Leadership Camp

Learning, energy, enthusiasm and laughter are all part of the programme at Year 13 leadership camp. So many ideas for 2019! (12/02/2019)

Nau mai, haere mai!

This morning Marsden welcomed new students, their parents and new staff with a stirring Pōwhiri. Basil Tapuke was kaikōrero for the Marsden tangata whenua and senior student, Tuia Tapuke, as kaikaranga, did a beautiful job of calling in our newest whānau members.Teacher Sarah Molisa as kaikaranga for the manuhiri and new Marsden parent, Derek Kawiti as kaikōrero, responded. It was also great to have Nepia Takuira-Mita, Araraina's father, accompanying us on the guitar. 
 In her welcome, Narelle Umbers, explained the meaning of the words of our school waiata, Hamuera Matene, and talked about the importance of us all being our best selves. What a special start to the year. Nau mai haere mai! (11/02/2019)

Rising Swim Stars

Congratulations to Laura Jones for her selection to the Rising Stars Wellington Swim squad and to Molly Player and Estee Jacobs for their selection to the Wellington Talent Identification squad. Our swimmers also had some great success at Wellington Long Course Champs during Wellington Anniversary weekend.  The teams key successes included: 
  • Molly Player won gold in the 200 backstroke and 400 Individual Medley, bronze 200 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.
  • Estee Jacobs won gold in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 fly, silver in the 400 freestyle, 100 backstroke, bronze in 200 Individual Medley.
  • Gabriella Jacobs won gold in the 100 freestyle, silver in the 50, 100 and 200 fly and 50 freestyle.
  • Laura Jones won bronze in the 200m backstroke.
  • Tilly Dassanayake won silver in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke.
Good luck to the team as they train this term preparing for National Age Groups in April. (11/02/2019)

Tertiary Scholarships

Scholarship results were released this week and congratulations to many of our 2018 Year 13 students who excelled in these exams.  Scholarships were gained across a range of subjects and a number of girls gained Outstanding awards in individual subjects. Special congratulations to Lauren Benseman who gained Scholarship in four subjects, including one Outstanding award.  Lauren achieved this on top of an A* award in Cambridge A levels and brilliant Level 3 results.  She worked incredibly hard and can be proud of her fantastic achievement. See list here ... (11/02/2019)

Visible Wellbeing™ at Marsden

Staff from Karori and Whitby, together with a selection of senior student representatives, attended an intensive 2 day Visible Wellbeing™ workshop at the start of Term 1 with leading positive psychology expert, Professor Lea Waters PhD. As the first school in New Zealand to become a Visible Wellbeing™ School, Marsden is proud to be the lead provider of positive education in the country. We will be applying the skills learnt in this workshop throughout the school and look forward to our next session with Lea in the middle of the year. See more details ... (11/02/2019)

Visit from Hall of Fame Laureate

We had a wonderful visit from OG Nina Hall who has been visiting family over the summer and will be returning to Europe at the end of the week. Nina was inducted into the Marsden Hall of Fame in 2018 for her work in international relations, social justice and the environment. She is also Marsden’s first Rhodes Scholar. Nina is currently an assistant professor in International Relations at John Hopkins University in Bologna with areas of interest including: climate change, politics, the United Nations and women’s rights. Narelle and Anne had a fascinating conversation with Nina on her work on Refugee and Human Rights issues, and New Zealand's role in the World. Thank you for visiting Nina, it was lovely to see you again. (17/01/2019)

Gold in 100m for Hannah

Hannah Patterson Y6 won a gold medal in the G10 100m at the Colgate Games in Dunedin last Saturday. This annual athletics event is open to children from 7-14 years and has a 41 year history. Over 1000 children from the North & South Island and Australia Little Athletics competed in track and field events over three days. Hannah, racing for Karori Children’s Athletics Club, achieved a PB of 14.51s. Congratulations Hannah, a great result in a tough field! (16/01/2018)

Rowing Camp

The rowing camp in Blenheim has started really well. They had a good first day and beautiful second morning on the river, although a windy afternoon meant the opportunity for a great trip up Mt Vernon in the Wither Hills! (16/01/2018)

NZ U16 Champion

While most of us have been relaxing over the break, Jade Otway has been busy competing on the tennis circuit. Following good competitions in Auckland, where she made the NZ 18s semi finals in singles and doubles, and Melbourne, where she didn't get the results she was after, Jade's best results came early this year. She won the NZ 16s national singles and mixed doubles titles and was runner-up in the girls' doubles.  Congratulations Jade on this fabulous result and we wish you all the best for the next three international tournaments in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland!  (16/01/2019)

Old Girl receives Queens Service Medal

We warmly congratulate Old Girl Jackie Clark who was recognised in the New Year's Honours List with a QSM for services to women. Jackie founded the Auckland based charity The Aunties in 2013 and last year was the supreme winner at the Women of Influence Awards. Read citation here ...  Photo credit Oliver Li  (10/01/2018)

Roxy5 Film Screening

Happy New Year! We start 2019 with congratulations to Leila Barber, Jill Allen and Eva Brunel whose entry "Opening Hours" in the Roxy5 Film Competition has been has been selected for “Young & Cinematic” screenings in the Capital E National Arts Festival, at City Gallery Wellington Junior Week 18-22 March. (07/01/2019)

Graduating second at Space School

Amy Riddle had an amazing time at the CASE Senior Space Camp in Houston at the end of last year. Although she was the only senior Marsden student to make the trip, she was teamed up with students from other NZ schools to work together in the Space School challenge. Amy said she was "delighted" when her group was awarded second place at the final graduation ceremony. What a fabulous experience! She is pictured outside Rice University. (07/01/2019)

2018 News Archive

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