Term 4 News

Speech teacher retires

After 33 years teaching Marsden students, Speech and Drama Specialist Sandra Bartlam is retiring. At a celebration for students who gained their Performance Diploma in Speech and Drama we had Hermione Esperanza, a Marsden Old Girl, who was Sandra's first diploma student and Head Girl, Harriette Dunphy, who was her 100th! Sadly Sandra could not be there but we would like to thank her for her dedicated teaching all these years.

Raffle for Fiji Service Trip
Congratulations to our Fiji Service Raffle winners, Dave Clarke won the Tasting Room Voucher and Deanne Daysh the Christmas basket. Thank you everyone for your support. Money raised will go towards school furniture for Saint James Levuka. 

Christmas rowing regatta
We were delighted to hear that our rowers performed exceedingly well at the Mitre 10 Christmas Rowing Regatta on Lake Karapiro last weekend. In particular our U15 Octuple who won their A Final, the Women's Octuple who came second and Ruby Leverington who won her U17 Single C Final. The future of Marsden rowng looks very promising, well done girls. Here are all the results:
A Finals
U17 double   6th  Liv Hausmann and Sophie Wickens
U15 Octuple
  1st  Elise Nind, Issie Warner, Madison Taylor, Charlotte Strowger-Turnock, Lottie Johnstone, Frankie Kraayvanger, Kate Strawbridge, Annabel Walsh and Leila Barber cox 
Women’s Octuple   2nd  Elinor Bann, Evie Bond, Alex  Talbot, Maddie Loughnan-Lynch, Jemima Dowle and Leila Barber along with two girls from other schools 
C Finals
U17 Single   1st  Ruby Leverington  5th  Liv Hausmann 
U16 Double 3rd  Annabelle Skinner-Evers and Florence Barbalich    5th  Alex Talbot and Courtney King 5th
D Finals
U17 Double  4th Annabelle Skinner-Evers and Ruby Leverington

2015 Dux

Celeste Pan, 2015 Dux
We are absolutely delighted to announce Celeste Pan is our Dux for 2015 and Kate Alderton, the Proximae Accessit. We would also like to make special mention of Sarsha Sivanantham who received the Kindness Cup and congratulate all our award winners at last night's prizegiving, you are extraordinary young women!

Kate Alderton, 2015 Proxime Accessit

Sarsha Sivanantham, 2015 Kindness Cup

See list of Year 13 and special awards for 2015. Our leavers are going on to many varied study options next year, view the roll call from prizegiving to see where they are heading. We will miss them, they have been inspirational leaders at school this year and we wish them all the best for the future.

Christmas is coming!
Crowds of excited Primary and Preschool students waited expectantly on the lawn for Santa to arrive, and .... he did, in his sleigh driven by Rudolph accompanied by the fabulous fairies and his helper Elf. It's official, Christmas is definitely coming! See more photos on our Facebook page (09/12/2015)

Circus comes to Marsden
Years 7-9 students enjoyed a physical workshop in the gym yesterday with Masters of Entertainment, circus performers. Our girls picked up the skills and worked together to create some pretty amazing acrobatics. See more photos on our Facebook page(09/12/2015)

Top ICAS Science Medal
Year 6 student Natalie More travelled to Auckland last week to receive her ICAS medal for top Science result in the country. This year over 980,000 entries were received but only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement in either Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling or Writing. Congratulations Natalie.

Fire Safety at Preschool
There was great excitement this week when the Karori Firemen turned up to talk to our Preschool students about what to do in the case of a fire. They had them crawling under the black smoke blanket, then they got to see the big engine up close and sit in the cabin just like the real fire fighters do! See what else  Preschool have been up to.

Junior Sportswomen celebrated
Congratulations to our junior sportswomen in Years 7-10, celebrated at a special sports assembly. Imogen Skelton was named Junior Sportswoman of the Year, for outstanding results in Athletics and Cross Country. Other major trophies were awarded to most promising players Grace Masseurs (Netball), Evie Bond (Badminton), Emily Stewart & Maia Shackleford (Hockey). Lauren Benseman received the Russell Simmonds Trophy as our Top Skiier. See Marsden Sport website for more details.

Farewell Lifetimers
We have eleven Year 13 students who have been with us since Preschool and Primary (our Lifetimers). Together with their families they joined Principal, Jenny Williams, Marg Adeane, Anne Field and Celia McCarthy at drinks last night to celebrate their years at Marsden. A bitter sweet time for remembering and farewelling at the same time.  We salute them for their committment to Marsden and look forward to seeing them again to hear about their lives beyond these school grounds. All the very best girls!

Our very special Lifetimers are:
Isabella Antoniadis
Georgia and Maggie Burns
Srimoyee Chakravorty
Penny O'Brien
Eleanor Olson
Olivia Pearless
Jasmine Seidelin (unfortunately Jasmine could not join us)
Sarsha Sivanantham
Elizabeth Summers
Madeline Whyte

Pack the Bus
The sun shone, Santa arrived, he danced, we sang and packed the Wellington City Mission bus. Thank you to everyone who contributed toys and food and helped make someone's Christmas a little brighter! (30/11/2015)

Robot Project a winner
Marsden Primary teacher Callie Ballara has won the INTERFACE Best Coding Project award for 2015. Her Year 6 students designed and made robots out of recycled materials using a Hummingbird Micro-controller (Audino) and Visual Programmer. Callie said "I want my students to see computer programming as an exciting technology that opens doors to creativity and opportunity so that they will continue to explore it and not see it as something daunting and best avoided."  She wins a set of five Raspberry Pi starter kits. Greg Adams, Editor of INTERFACE, said “a big thumbs up to all our finalists this year. The standard of your work is extremely high and you should all be very proud of what you’re achieving with ICT in your teaching.” Congratulations Callie!

MP interested in Arrowsmith

MP Paul Foster-Bell paid a visit to our Arrowsmith classroom on Friday morning. Paul is Deputy Chair of the Education and Science Select Committee.  (27/11/2015)

Primary Disco
The Cultural Centre became the setting for a fun and funky beach style party for the Primary disco last Friday night. Our girls came outfitted for the occasion as did the surprise entertainment, their Dads! Dressed in their finest beach wear they performed the "Dance of the Dads" having been coached the previous weekend by senior students, Julia Gluyas and Octavia Mercer. Our Dads really are the movers and shakers! What a wonderful surprise. Thank you to our team of parents who worked hard setting the scene and providing the food and to DJ Tom for the groovy music. A superb night! View individual photos in media gallery (at right) or go to our Facebook page to see the action shots! All photos by Tonya Nobelen.

Wellington Cricket Debut
Best wishes for a memorable debut to cricketers Emma Fulbrook and Old Girl, Jess McFadyen, who are scheduled to play their first games for the Wellington Blaze Cricket team this weekend. At just 17 years of age, Emma has sporting experience beyond her years having played in both the FIFA Under 17 Soccer World Cup and also the Indoor Cricket Under 20 World Cup. Jess returns to cricket after fours years playing hockey in Wake Forest University, North Carolina for Deacons. Please show your support for them if you get the chance. Below is the schedule for their games against Northern Spirit at Karori Park. 

Date       Competition and Time
  Women's Twenty20 Competition
  Women's One Day Competition
  Women's One Day Competition

Possible career in golfing for Gabrielle
Super golfer Garbrielle Palado has capped off a brilliant year winning two tournaments in the last three months. As she heads to Victoria University next year to study software engineering, Gaby isn't ruling out golfing as a possible future career. Click the image to read full Independent Herald article dated 4 November 2015.

Primary students help students in Nepal
Our school counsellor, Vicki Farslow, has been helping in Nepal in the aftermath of the devasting earthquakes earlier this year. She went to teach the teachers in the Ghusel district in Lalatipur South West of Kathmandu how to support the children who were traumatized by the quakes. Ghusel is so poor, most of the buildings collapsed, including the primary school library.
When Vicki returned to New Zealand and spoke about her time in Ghusel and the gruelling conditions the villagers are living in, our Primary Student Council (Hana Kells, Amelia Innocente-Jones, Ava Schupp, Lily-Jane Woolf, and Samantha Fowler) decided they could do something to help. They raised $639.60 for books for the new Ghusel Library. These resources will benefit not only the children of the district but also the adults as there are plans for the new library to be developed into a community resource for adult learning. Great work girls!

Athletes of the future
The sun was shining on Thursday 19 November when Preschool joined Primary students in Years 1 to 3 for their Athletics Day. They entered in sprint, obstacle and sack races and a variety of throwing competitions. It was fun and great to be outside in the fresh air and to have a supportive crowd cheering our students on.  See what else  Preschool have been up to.

National Rotary Science and Technology Forum 2016
Justina Koh and Kayleigh Besseling have been selected to attend the National Rotary Science and Technology Forum in Auckland from 9 to 23 January 2016. This prestigious forum is designed for high achieving students in Science and Mathematics who are currently in Year 12 and intend to go on into Year 13. It is a fully residential programme that gives students an understanding of the tertiary courses available and a fuller appreciation of science and technology in the wider community and we know Justina and Kayleigh will benefit hugely from attending it. (23/11/2015)

Skills evident
We've seen some really lovely design and sewing skills shown by our Year 5 students who are making decorated oven cloths for Christmas. We think they are beautiful and surely too good to use as oven cloths? They should be very proud of their handiwork. (19/11/2015)

Winning Maps for Refugees
Year 9 students entered a competition run by the Anglican Life Trust to make an interactive map for refugees and we are happy to report that Samantha George-Neich and Grace Masseurs won the secondary category with Molly McCalman runner-up. Here's what the judges said: "Overall they demonstrated excellent perception into the needs of refugees and migrants, and how their communities could meet these needs and offer a 'home away from home'." Great work girls! (19/11/2015)

Kapa haka at Preschool
This week in Preschool our students have been learning kapa haka with Sarah Molisa. Kapa haka literally means to line dance or perform in a row. Sarah also taught them the Maori traditional greeting, the hongi, and you can see from the picture they quite enjoyed this different form of saying hello!  See what else Preschool have been up to.

Altissime record songs at Cathedral
Our Altissime singers have finished off a hugely successful year by recording sacred songs and carols at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, for the last ever screening of Praise Be which aired on television on Sunday 15 November.
MP3s of these songs are available in the media gallery at right. We are extremely proud of their achievements this year, congratulations girls.

Youth MP
Big thumbs up for Summer O'Dwyer who has been selected as Youth MP working for Paul Foster-Bell MP. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1511/S00282/local-student-selected-as-youth-mp.htm

Kayaking and climbing challenge

There were plenty of challenges on and off the water for our Year 8 William Pike girls last week. It's hard enough keeping a kayak steady when sitting in it, try standing, or walking across a raft of them and that's pretty difficult, but our girls rose to the challenge without getting soaked - until wharf jumping at the end! Then they scaled new heights trying their hand at indoor rockclimbing which is a lot harder than it looks. Great effort everyone!  More photos on facebook.com/MarsdenNZ

St Martin's Day
November 11 is St Martin's Day in Germany, a day when many children make lanterns to lighten the gloom of a German winter. Preschool were lucky to have parent, Marc Schnabel, come and tell the story about St Martin of Tours who, legend has it, saved a homeless person from freezing to death by giving him half his cloak. Our students really enjoyed this story about sharing, especially when Marc's daughter gave him half her cloak and her shoes to wear! Afterwards we made colourful paper lanterns which are hanging up in the classroom. Marc also comes in on Friday mornings to teach our children German. See what else Preschool have been up to.

Junior Cultural Awards Assembly

We acknowledged the many diverse cultural achievements of our Year 7-10 students at a special assembly on Monday 9 November. The top award, the Junior Cultural Cup (donated by John Dalgety and Ursula Evans) for a student who has shown considerable involvement in a range of cultural activities, was awarded to Annabelle Jessop. Annabelle also received Junior Colours along with Lara Flannery, Anabel Jamieson, Thomasin McKenzie, Jemma Chester and Anabel Jamieson at the Cultural Awards evening last term. Awards were kindly presented by Dame Kate Harcourt DNZM, Jenny Williams and Ursula Evans. We were entertained by peformances from the Year 7-9 choir, The Larks, as well as the Year 7 band. Winner of the Nell Clere Music Scholarship, Jessica Kenyon played the ‘cello, and runner up Anabel Jamieson sang. Thomasin McKenzie (grand-daughter of Dame Harcourt) gave a very good speech, not surprisingly as she has had acting experience in NZ's favourite television soap, Shortland Street. Congratulations to all award recipients. Full list of winners.

Primary ready for national Buddy Day

Primary students are ready with their special ‘Buddies’ for national Buddy Day on Friday 13 November. The event involves 1800 adults throughout the North Island adopting life-sized cardboard ‘Buddies' and taking them into communities and workplaces to raise awareness, start conversations and drive change about the role every adult plays in the lives of kids. The best part of this for our students, besides the chance to design and dress a 'big doll',  give it a name and a story,  was the opportunity to emphasize how to be a good friend and learn what it takes to raise a child. They loved it! See our Facebook page for more images.

2015 Hall of Fame Laureates
We celebrated the induction of four new laureates into the Marsden Hall of Fame at Old Girls Day on 30 October: Noeline Baker, Lady June Blundell, Shirley Tonkin and Cassandra Treadwell. Two of these awards were made posthumously, and it was lovely to have Sally Winstone for Lady June Blundell (daughter and Old Girl) and Jenny Henton (on behalf of Noeline Baker) with us. (Jenny Williams is pictured with Sally Winstone, Jenny Henton and laureate Cassandra Treadwell). 
More details here

Halloween Fun

Preschool students had fun dressing up for Halloween last week and making spiders out of pipe cleaners. See what else they've been up to ...

CSW Awards
We had 6 finalists at the College Sports Awards on Sunday night - a huge achievement as they only pick 3 or 4 finalists in each sport from the whole Wellington region! Maggie Burns (Swimming), Emma Carruthers (Orienteering), Emma Fulbrook (Cricket), Alex Mair (Handball), Gabrielle Palado (Golf), Christy Robinson (Tennis). Two of them received top awards; Gabrielle was named CSW Golfer of the Year and Alex CSW Handball Player of the Year. This tops off the great year both these talented sportswomen have had and we are absolutely delighted for them.

Exploring Dinosaurs
Preschool started a new exploration into dinosaurs this week, they made masks and danced to dinosaur themed music with Jenny Gould, our music specialist.
See what else Preschool have been up to

Runner up Tennis NZ Junior Masters
Christy Robinson played in the Tennis NZ Junior Masters held at Wilding Park Tennis Centre in Christchurch over the long weekend. She won her three pool matches and the semi final only to miss out, after a hard fight, to Lauren Alter from Auckland in the finals. She received the runner up trophy.  Christy has another tournament this weekend in Wellington and we wish her well for this competition. 

YES Regional Finalists
The Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) has announced the Wellington Regional Award finalists for 2015. Congratulations to Marsden “Azu’re Lipcare” team; Y12’s Madhurima Guthpe, Nicole Chan, Shan Boekholt, Stephenie Heng, Isabella Yu and Saskia Knottenbelt, who are the Category Award finalists for 'Excellence in Innovation' and 'Excellence in Financial Management'. We wish them all the best for the awards evening on Thursday 29 October.

World Chinese Speech Competition
We are very excited for Annabelle Jessop and Lucy Berger who are currently  in China representing NZ High Schools at the International “Chinese-Bridge” Speech Competition finals. They have made it through the elimination rounds and are one of the final 5 countries! Best of luck girls we are all behind you! 

Gold Duke of Ed Hillary Awards
Congratulations to Olivia Bloomfield, Bridget Young, Emily Wood, Emma Kerr, Srimoyee Chakravorty and Gaenor Gibbs-Harris who were awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award at a ceremony at Sacred Heart last night. They have been working towards this goal for years and it really is a testament to their hard work and commitment. Well done girls!

2015 Sports Awards
The Marsden Sports Awards are the pinnacle of our sporting calendar and this year's dinner at the Hunter Lounge, Victoria University on Wednesday 21 October was a brilliant celebration of our sportswomen. Barbara Kendall, board sailor, Olympian gold medalist and current IOC member, was an inspiring guest speaker. Fourteen major awards were presented on the night with the top award, the Weston Cup, being presented to Alex Mair for her sporting achievements and representation at an international, national and regional level. We skyped Alex, who is at the Intercontinental Handball Champs in Bulgaria, to announce her award. See full list of award recipients and nominees. Congratulations to all involved, the sportswomen, the coaches, the managers and our staff, it's been a fabulous year of sport at Marsden.

Busy start for Preschool

Preschool have had a busy start to Term 4 with a welcome BBQ for new parents, a trip to Capital E to watch a performance inspired by Gavin Bishop's iconic Kiwi Moon and then a visit to the Life Education Trust mobile classroom to learn more about keeping themselves healthy. See more Preschool news.

Scholarship Winners

We warmly congratulate our 2015 leavers who have been awarded Scholarships for study next year.

Scholarship Offered


University of Otago Excellence Scholarship
University of Auckland Scholarship,
Victoria University Vice Chancellor's Excellence

Emma Kerr

University of Auckland Scholarship,
Leaders of Tomorrow - Otago

Hariette Dunphy

University of Auckland Scholarship,
Victoria University Vice Chancellor's Excellence

Srimoyee Chakravorty

University of Otago Academic Excellence
University of Canterbury - Helen MacMillan Bursary and School of Engineering High Achiever's Award

Yu Hong Fan

Leaders of Tomorrow - Otago

Maddie Hayward

Leaders of Tomorrow - Otago

Maggie Burns

Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

Emily Wood

Otago University Performance

Alex Mair

Canterbury University Emerging Leaders
Helen McMillan Brown Bursary
UC Engineering Top Scholar's Award

Olivia Bloomfield

Victoria University Excellence Scholarship

Isabella Barbalich
Emily Callam
Emily Lyons
Ella Macaskill
Gabrielle Palado
Sarsha Sivanantham
Madeline Whyte

One Heart Day with Kenyan Students
The amazing power of the internet to bring people far apart close together has been very real for Marsden students from Years 7,8 and 9 who have been collaborating on a story with students at Aberdare Primary School in Kenya. One Heart Day is a two week event launched last week by Cassandra Treadwell (Marsden Old Girl and Director and CEO of So They Can, a not for profit organisation trying to help communities break the poverty cycle through education) and Andrew Pankhurst. You can read the evolving story here http://oneheartday.org/grow-our-story/. Cassandra and Andrew presented our students with a poster of hearts designed by the students in Kenya, and our girls are sending back their own hearts to Kenya, they will also be answering questions on what they enjoy at school. 

We are also fundraising for So They Can and experiencing the African concept of Ubuntu, gaining emotional wealth through sharing physical wealth. See https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/marsdenschool which concludes on the 30th of October, if you would like to contribute. (20/10/2016)

Leaders for 2016
We warmly congratulate our 2016 student leaders announced in assembly today! In particular our Head Girl, Nina Richardson and her deputy, Maya Duckworth, supported by a fabulous team, we can't wait to see what you bring to your roles next year. As always it's a sad moment for our outgoing leaders, but you've all done a wonderful job thank you. See full list of 2016 leaders. (19/10/2015)

Prayers for Refugees
At 10am Marsden joined with 40 other Anglican Schools around New Zealand to pray for refugees. Our vigil included making a prayer chain, writing letters to refugees, lighting candles, floating 'prayer blossoms', knitting peggy squares and doodling while praying. Arohanui. (15/10/2015)

Trinity Hall Essay Winner
Congratulations to Celeste Pan who has won the Cambridge University Trinity Hall Essay Prize in Modern Languages for her probing investigation of W G Sebald's grappling with his country's past in Die Ringe des Saturn. 
The UK based essay competition is an opportunity for students to write about literary or cinematic works in a modern foreign language. It also helps with independent study skills while giving students a taste of what studying at Trinity Hall Cambridge would be like. We are absolutely delighted for Celeste who wins £200. (14/10/2015)

Marsden Whitby win Tournament of Minds nationals!
Marsden Karori wishes to congratulate Marsden Whitby Tournament of Mind students who did so well in the national Tournament of Minds finals on 19 September. The Language Literature team took out Honours in the Secondary section while the Maths Engineering team were named Winners! They now travel to Sydney to compete in the Australasian finals in the first week of Term 4 - good luck everyone!  Design HTML Preview Resources Sub Pages Media Gallery