Term 2 News

 High School Musical a Huge Hit!

With catchy tunes and a humorous script, Marsden's production of Disney High School Musical has been a stupendous success playing to sellout audiences during the last week of term 2. The show features a cast of 50 Samuel Marsden students and seven students from Scots, St Patrick's and Wellington colleges. A student-led team organised the costumes, sound, lighting, front of house, hair and make-up. We are so proud of the cast and crew who worked so hard for months to pull this production together under the brilliant direction of Dianne Smith, Sarah Wilson and musical director, Kate Marshall. Huge congratulations to everyone involved, you are all stars!

Shwetha impresses at Shakespeare competition

Congratulations to Shwetha Wevita who was awarded the trophy for the most promising actor at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition organised by Otago university last week. Shwetha will be attending a workshop by the university and will have the opportunity to attend Shakespeare Globe in London next year. (09/06/2015)

Marsden Choirs scoop prizes at Big Sing

Our choirs hit the high notes at the Big Sing last week. Ad Summa won an adjudicators choice certificate for Gabrielle Palado's arrangement of 'A Tribute to Lorde' then Altissime won something for every piece they performed! Certificates for Best Performance of a Maori item and Best Performance of a world music item, and the Shona Murray Cup for Best Performance of a classical piece. Bravo! (09/06/2015)

Old Girl receives Queen's Birthday honours

Warmest congratulations to Bronwen Holdsworth (nee Pearson) who has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the arts. Dame Bronwen was an inaugural laureate in Marsden's Hall of Fame in 2007.
Read Stuff article ... (02/06/2015)

ISNZ Honours Award for Gabrielle Gunn

We are delighted to announce Head of Science, Gabrielle Gunn, has received a prestigious Independent Schools New Zealand (ISNZ) Honours Award for Services to Science Education. 

Gabrielle is an outstanding science and biology teacher, and we are thrilled she has received this recognition for her dedication and inspirational teaching. We know from the tributes pouring in on Marsden's Facebook page that she has made a huge impact on many - although in her words, she is just doing a job she loves! 

Congratulations Mrs Gunn! You were such a wonderful teacher and your biology classes were part of the reason I became a vet. Charlotte O'Leary(Dunning).
Congratulations! One of my favourite teachers and the reason i took Biology all the way through school. Suzannah Newton
Congratulations. Certainly your biology class helped to inspire me to become a physiotherapist. Well done. Gwen Harrop
Marsden adds its warmest congratulations Gabrielle on this well deserved award.

Tennis Trophy for Christy Robinson

Congratulations Christy Robinson Y11, announced by Tennis Central as Junior Female Player of the Year. She received her trophy from Steve Joel from the Breeze, at the special awards ceremony on Friday night.(25/05/2015)

Chinese Speech girls win National Competition

After their successful regional competition, our Chinese speech students went on to compete in the National Tournament in Christchurch over the weekend where they again performed outstandingly well. Congratulations to Annabelle Jessop Y10 who won the senior category and Lucy Berger Y12 who was runner up. They will both represent New Zealand in the world competition in China later in the year. Annabelle also received $500 prize money. Amy Cooper Y10 was first in the junior competition and teacher JingYing Herrington was named national best coach for both junior and senior categories. This is an remarkable achievement and we wish Annabelle and Lucy every success for the world tournament. (18/05/2015)

Year 10 Imaginarium Challenge

Year 10 students from Karori and Whitby had an amazing time at the two-day ‘Imaginarium Challenge’ this week. We are really excited to be the first school in NZ to run this Challenge, instigated by Google expert Josh Bailey and run by composers, programmers and installation artists from Victoria University, the NZ School of Music and Massey University. They lit the fire and our students let their imaginations run riot, using science, technology, music and art to create some amazing musical contraptions. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, Annabelle Jessop said  "Because we had the tools and people who helped us, everything that we imagined, we could really do - which was really cool!" See Stuff Article

Cross Country Champs

Congratulations to all runners in this year's Cross Country event. Here are the main results:

Senior Cross Country Champion 2015 
Winner of the Karyn Mills Cup Ruby Leverington
2nd  Alexandra McKendry
3rd  Olivia Hausmann

Intermediate Cross Country Champion 2015 
Winner of the Olivia Blundell Cup Imogen Skelton
2nd  Georgina Peterson
3rd Tegan Martin

Junior Cross Country Champion 2015 
Winner of the Kate McCaw Cup Ruby Barton
2nd Victoria-Rose Manu
3rd Madeleine Coyle

House Cross Country Champions 2015 
Winner of the Kate McIlroy Cup Baber
2nd Swainson-Riddiford
3rd Jellicoe

Non-Championship Placings 2015
1st place – Saro Thompson
2nd place – Juliet Enright
3rd place – Kate Strawbridge

Golden Girl

What a super week Maggie Burns Y13 had at the NZ National Age Group Swimming Championships. She won gold for the 100 Butterfly and is the NZ 17–18 years age group champion in that event. She also won two silver medals for 100m and 200m freestyle.

Congratulations Maggie, a fantastic result! (11//05/2015)

Farewell to Exchange Students

Sadly it's time for our two Australian exchange students to depart. We've enjoyed getting to know Jillian Smolenski and Rowie Sloan from Fairholme School in Queensland and we know your buddies, Megan Fitness and Briana King, are looking forward to visiting you later in the year. (08/05/2015)

International Science School

Congratulations to Miria Chin in Year 12 who is one of 5 students to be selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the Professor Harry Messels International Science School at the University of Sydney (28 June - 11 July). She will join more than 130 students from 9 different participating countries and will attend lectures, take part in hands-on activities. We know you will love it Miria!(06/05/2015)

Brainy Bees to North Island Finals

Another Marsden Brain Bee team has qualified for the North Island final in Auckland. Congratulations to Neakiri Kivi, Alexandra McKendry, Katie Reed and Jessica Seow in Year 11 and best of luck for the competition in July.

We Will Remember Them

A special assembly on Thursday 23 April commemorated ANZAC Day and was the culmination of our Year 9 student inquiry 'Remembering the Past'. In the auditorium three students spoke about their chosen WWI soldier, then the school moved silently to the Field of Remembrance where a roll call was held and Year 9 students laid poppies at the foot of a dedicated cross. Such a moving experience to remember and honour the men and women who fought for us - Lest we forget!

National Orchestra calling

We are delighted for Tessa Dalgety-Evans who has been selected to join the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. This follows an intense week for Tessa as part of the NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra in Christchurch over the holidays. Under Australian conductor, Benjamin Northey, 105 students from around the country put on a special concert for Christchurch, playing three major orchestral works, including the famous Elgar cello concerto which was just perfect for Tessa. What a bright musical future ahead of her! (24/04/2015)

Rising Chess Star

Layla Timergazi was a surprise joint winner at the 2015 Wellington Chess Open, finishing ahead of three current NZ champions. According to NZ Chess Layla is "a rising star" among the top three women in the country. Layla has been selected to represent NZ at the 2015 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship and also plans to play in an international tournament in Sydney in July. What a talent - we Layla Timergazi and David Vincenti, joint winners of the 2015 Wellington Chess Openhope Layla's great form continues! Photo of joint winners, Layla Timergazi and David Vincenti by Ian Sellen/NZ Chess Federation (24/04/2015)

Tennis Ace

Tennis ace, Christy Robinson won the Girls 16/18 singles at both the Technifibre Central Junior Open and Canterbury Tennis Junior Championships. She has now qualified to play in the NZ Tennis Masters in October, plus her ranking has gone from 17 to number 3! Only the top 6 girls/boys in NZ from each age group qualify for this tournament and we wish her every success.
Photo courtesy Canterbury Tennis

Waterpolo Rep

Congratulations to Jessie Jamieson Y11 who has been selected for the New Zealand Under 15 Waterpolo Squad. As well as playing competitively, Jessie also coaches the Marsden Year 7/ 8 Intermediate Waterpolo team which won their grade in their first term of playing. A great achievement by Jessie and her girls; Grace Kerr, Kelsey Dewar, Anabel Jamieson, Tommi Davie, Ruby Barton, Georgia Lang, Sinead Riden, Caitlin Stapleton. (07/04/2015)

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