Term 1 2016 News

Waterpolo winners

Huge congratulations to our Year 7/8 Waterpolo team for winning the C Grade in the Wellington Waterpolo competition. Kelsey Dewar was named MVP in the final by Wellington Waterpolo. Thanks also to Jessie and Jo Jamieson for their dedication and commitment to coaching and managing the team this term. More details on our sports website. (18/04/2016)

Swainson scoop House Music 2016

Congratulations to Swainson-Riddiford who won our House Music Competition on Wednesday night. It was close, with Baber second and Richmond third.  Congratulations to everyone it was a wonderful evening of beautiful harmonies. See more photos on our Facebook page. (15/04/2016)

The art and science of maps

Junior Primary students visited the 'Unfolding the Map' exhibition at the National Library, which shows in detail the changing art and science of map-making throughout our history. Our girls shared the Maori creation legends and pored over the amazing maps. Afterwards they lunched on the lawns at Parliament. A wonderful day out! (14/04/2016)

Maadi Cup wrap up

Congratulations to all the girls who competed extremely well at the Maadi Cup regatta last week in Twizel.  Over 2000 students from 120 schools gathered to compete in 52 events - about 600 races over the week!! Our results speak for themselves:
Our U15 Octuple with 6 novice rowers, a novice coxswain and 2 Juniors made it to through to their semi-final to end a great first season of rowing for most. Courtney King and Florence Barbalich did tremendously well reaching D Finals in both their U16 double and singles races, with Courtney winning the Girls U16 single D Final.  But we didn’t stop there… Ruby Leverington and Liv Hausmann came 3rd in the C Final for the U17 double and Annabelle Skinner-Evers, Liv Hausmann, Sophie Wickens and Ruby Leverington and cox Isabella Warner blasted into a B Final for the U17 quad and came 4th! We're so proud of the tremendous effort and commitment the girls have shown. For a small rowing squad, Marsden is the one to watch!!  A fantastic way to end their season. (13/04/2106)

Level 3 Excellence
Congratulations to Bridget Young who received Level 3 endorsed with Excellence last year. Unfortunately we omitted Bridget's name from Te Kura and we humbly apologise for this oversight. An Excellence endorsement at Level 3 is a tremendous achievement - well done Bridget.

Year 3 Treasure

An adventure up Johnston Hill was part of Year 3's study topic: Our Taonga, or our treasure. A public recreation domain since 1942, bush remnants at this reserve form part of the most significant native ecosystems in Wellington's Green Belt. Our students observed native plants, trees and birds - a particular highlight was spotting the native tui and kererū.

Stained Glass sneak peak

Year 11 art students had a sneak peak at the stained glass artwork being made for the new building and generously funded by the Marsden Parents Association. German glass artist Olaf Wehr-Candler has been working on the specially commissioned design for months and we are very excited that it is almost ready. They also loved the exhibition at Pataka by contemporary Maori and Pacific artists, George Nuku, Bob Jahnke and Kelcy Taratoa  and agreed it was well worth the visit. (12/04/2016)

Buses, trains but not planes

Preschool had  a fabulous sunny Wellington day for their transport trip last week. Busing to the train station they caught the train to Johnsonville with all it's different stops and tunnels. There was time for a quick play at the wonderful Johnsonville playground before taking the return trip back to school. (12/04/2016)

Brilliant Biathlon students

Pictured are the tired but happy faces of our Y13 biathlon girls. They have been training all term for a 4km run and 400m swim for their internal which they accomplished on Friday - awesome result girls. (11/04/2016)

Sammy wins gold at Maadi Cup

The Marsden rowing squad are having a huge week at Maadi cup with all girls competing so well and making it through to finals.  We were also delighted to hear that Sammy (Frankie Kraayvanger) won the Maadi mascot competition for 2016 -  there are over 120 schools and most have mascots at Maadi! Yay Sammy! (08/04/2016)
Fireside talk with Maria English

Maria English our 2009 Head Girl and Dux, gave an enthralling fireside talk to a large group of senior students and staff at lunchtime yesterday. With humour and honesty she shared her experience of life after Marsden with the message that things don't always work out like you plan and you need to be resilient. Be kind to each other, find motivation within yourself and embrace your quirkiness. Her words were like pearls, it was so lovely to have you visit Maria, we hope you will come back again soon. (07/04/2016)

Jenny Williams and the brain

Zoe felt tense when Principal Jenny Williams put the sheep's brain into her hands, then she noticed it was cold and then she thought "Oh my goodness, I have a brain in my hands!"
Year 6 girls had an awesome encounter with a brain as part of their weekly Positive Psychology session with Jenny and Celia McCarthy. Designed to help our girls understand how their brains work and develop, and to recognise that by practice, repetition and learning from mistakes they can master their own learning processes - much like a baby learning to walk. (07/04/2016)

Karori Mural

Year 2 and 3 students went to see the Karori Mural. They talked to Mural Artist Ruth Taylor and watched her painting. It's going to be amazing when it's finished! (07/04/2016)

Katherine Mansfield Fundraiser

Marsden students volunteered as meeters and greeters at the Hobson St Homes Tour, a lovely fundraising event for the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden on Sunday. Happy to lend our support to the birthplace of our illustrious Old Girl! (06/04/2016)

Making History in Samoa

Making history, Marsden Old Girl and Hall of Fame Laureate, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, has been named Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment in the new Samoan Government. Prime Minister Auelua Fatialofa Lupesoli'ai Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, revealed his new-look Cabinet as Samoa's 16th Parliament was sworn in following the recent general election. This is the highest executive position that a woman has reached in the history of Samoa's government and we congratulate Fiame on her appointment. Photo from article by Joshua Lafoai. (05/04/2016)

Handball Champions

Great teamwork has resulted in our Handball girls winning the National Secondary School Championships on Saturday! They also received awards for Tournament Most Valuable Player – Bailey Yee, Top Goal Scorer – Laura Albiston and Tournament Team - Laura Albiston, Bailey Yee, Bella O’Meeghan and Hannah O’Connor. 

Both the Wellington U18 rep and NZ Women's National coaches were really impressed with our girls' skills and teamwork. Laura and Hannah have already been selected for the Wellington U18 representative team, although we hear that Bailey, Bella, Ellie and Jessie all have a good chance to make the team too. Congratulations girls!  Photography by Jun Tanlayco Sports (04/04/2016)

Fiji Service Trip Raffle Winners
Congratulations to our Fiji Service Trip Raffle Winners - 
Sharon Lambert wins the Art and Craft supplies and Sarah Wilson is the lucky winner of the 
$100 Flying Burrito Brothers Voucher, Thank you to all who bought tickets. (04/04/2016)

Bishop Justin visits

We were blessed to have Bishop Justin spend the day with us yesterday. He popped in to many classes and answered some BIG questions like "Is there a Hell?" "Does Satan exist?" "What is Heaven like?" with his extraordinary honesty and humour. It was really lovely to have him here. (01/04/2016)

Unique experience for 3 Old Girls

We were delighted to hear that 3 Marsden Old Girls were taken on as interns by Gillies McIndoe Research Institute for their summer student programme: Elysia Tan, Sabrina Koh and Helen Yu had a unique laboratory experience helping to research strawberry birthmarks, venous malformation (a type of vascular birthmark), Dupuytren’s contracture (a condition that causes contracture of the fingers) and cancer. Read full article. (01/04/2016)

Next Generation Leader

Year 13 student Caitlin Cresswell attended the 2016 Next Generation Leaders Programme run by Fuji Xerox. Inspired by the workshop Caity will take on a leadership challenge for school called "Purposeful Acts of Leadership", mentored by Calum Revfem, from Enviro Challenge Trust and the Fuji Xerox Team to help create a change using the knowledge, skills and strategies gained from this programme. (01/04/2016)

Scholars' Assembly

We were thrilled to welcome back Celeste Pan, our 2015 Dux and a New Zealand Outstanding Scholar, as guest speaker at Scholars' Assembly last week. Congratulations to all award winners - you have made your parents and teachers proud! Last year's Year 13s: your badges are in the mail! Pictured - Colours recipients on stairs with Principal Jenny Williams, 2015 Dux Celeste Pan and Academic Director Margaret Adeane. (01/04/2016)

Zentangle Club

Hollibaugh, Besochicks, Cadent, Strings?  This is the language of Zentangle.  Marsden Primary students are learning a whole new vocabulary while practising mindful drawing. Year 1 - 6 students were invited to join a Thursday morning Zentangle Club, and they turned out in droves!  

It was standing room only at the first session, as the girls learned to draw some of the strangely named repeating patterns.  They have been coming back each week having practised in their own time, keen to take on new designs and new challenges.
There is talk of starting an Upper School club too.  Watch this space! (01/04/2016)

Easter Egg Hunt

Student Heads of Primary, Laura and Alisha, arranged an exciting Easter Egg hunt for Primary students and then our Y6 House Captains set up their teams for a fun egg and spoon race at lunchtime today. (23/03/2016)

Preschool Bake for Easter

Marsden Preschool students 
practiced their dough making skills to make yummy Hot Cross Buns for Easter, mixing, kneading and piping crosses onto their buns before baking and eating them hot from the oven! Bet they tasted wonderful! (23/03/2016)

NISS Rowing Regatta

Our rowing squad had a spectacular weekend at Lake Karapiro getting through heats and some semi-finals to 4 A Finals and 1 B final - a tremendous achievement.  All crews competed so well and our Under 17 Double - Liv Hausmann and Ruby Leverington were 2 seconds off winning a medal! And it didn't end there - they met several Olympic squad rowers who shared their journeys and stories with the girls.  They also each received an Antipodes goodie bag for all their efforts this year. Well done girls. See more photos on our Facebook page. (22/03/2016)

Year 3 Sports Festival

250 children from 7 schools in the western zone converged on Marsden on Tuesday for the Year 3 Sports Festival, and their chance to try all sorts of fun sporting activities. Thanks to Gretchen Elliott our Primary Sports Coordinator for organising such a brilliant event - everyone looked like they were have an amazing time and learning some new skills along the way. Who knows perhaps the next NZ sporting great has been inspired? See more photos on our Facebook page. (18/03/2016)

Final assembly for Toin Girls

Three weeks has passed very quickly and sadly today we farewelled our visitors from Toin Gakuen in assembly. They are pictured with their presentation certificates congratulating them on completing the exchange and ESOL course. We have really enjoyed showing them our school and parts of Wellington and hope they will come back to visit us again soon. (17/03/2016)

Palm Monday

The Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday. It celebrates Jesus' triumphant arrival in Jerusalem cheered on by crowds waving palm branches. Primary and Preschool students were excited to follow Tilly, the visiting donkey, singing and waving their handmade palm fronds all the way into the Marsden Chapel. Tilly, an ambassador for Zippity Zoo a mobile petting zoo, was a bit of a star behaving so well in the Chapel as the children sang and listened to Chaplin, Sarah King, tell the gospel story. Thanks Beverley and your travelling animals - we loved having you here to help us celebrate Palm Sunday. See more photos on our Facebook page. (15/03/2016)

Volunteering for Red Cross

Madhu Gutphe and Stephanie Heng were out volunteering for the Red Cross Appeal at Queensgate, Lower Hutt last weekend. The Red Cross does so much for communities in times of need and it is good to know our girls are helping to fundraise for this worthy cause. (14/03/2016)

Creative Carpentry in Preschool

Perhaps they were inspired by visiting the main block rebuild, or perhaps it was the installation of the weatherproof window by the carpentry table - but whatever it is our Preschoolers have been enthusiastically hammering away this week. They also enjoyed buddy reading with Primary students and a sausage sizzle with mums and dads.

Year 8 Camp

News from Bridge Valley Nelson is that the Year 8 Camp is going really well, the weather has been mainly fine and our girls have been busy. They have tried their hand at archery, given go-karting a go and had a sleepout in tents, which is a first. Can't wait to hear their stories when they get back! (10/03/2016)

Toin girls tour Wellington

Our visitors from Toin Gakuen Japan have been exploring Wellington. They have visited Staglands, the Zoo, walked around our iconic landmarks in the city like the Beehive and the bucket fountain and have even been horse riding. We hope they have enjoyed their time so far as much as we have enjoyed showing them around. See more photos on our Facebook page. (10/03/3016)

International Women's Day Breakfast

March 8th was International Women's Day and Summer O'Dwyer, Nina Richardson, Isabella Chaytor-Waddy and Sofia Letteri attended a breakfast at Parliament hosted by Zonta and UN Women. They are pictured with the Honorable Louise Upston, Minister for Women and keynote speaker, former Governor General, Dame Silvia Cartwright and Zonta representatives. (-9/03/2016)

Gemma breaks glass ceiling

How appropriate that on International Women's Day we hear that Old Girl, Gemma New has made the news again. Currently conductor of the Hamilton Philarmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Gemma is a rarity in the world of music - a female conductor. She's well aware of the gender gap for conductors, but doesn’t feel she has ever knowingly pushed up against a glass ceiling. In her words "I’ve had a really good run... growing up, it never occurred to me to ask, ‘Can I do this because I’m a girl?’ It seemed laughable to me." She may be in the minority, but Gemma is already making an impression in the USA, Canada and around the world and we couldn't be prouder!  Read the Star article.  (08/03/2016)

Athletics Day Results

We have three new records from our 2016 Athletics Day. Congratulations to Rosa Chamberlain who broke the Junior Discus record with a throw of 15.75m and Imogen Skelton who smashed two records, the Senior 800m in a time of 2.20.85m and the Senior High Jump with a jump of 1.63m. We also congratulate our all-round Champions, Ruby Barton (Junior), Ella Price (Intermediate) and Lucy Preston (Senior). Richmond won the junior house relay, but Baber were dominant in the intermediate and senior house relays and the march past to scoop the house competition from their closest rivals Jellicoe. Richmond were third. Congratulations everyone for taking part and having some serious fun!  
See full results and our Facebook page has fun photos from the day.

Primary Student Heads
Congratulations to the our Year 6 Primary student leaders for Term 1:

Role Student
Head Girl
Deputy Head Girl
Head of Student Council
Deputy of Student Council
Head Fitzherbert
Deputy Fitzherbert
Head Innes
Deputy Innes
Head Sprott
Deputy Sprott
ICT monitors
Zoe Kreyenhop
Louisa Boyer  
Lauren Britton
Lucy Mirfin-Newman
Nadia Vinaccia
Caroline Jones
Kate Davies
Grace Wala
Ede Jordan
Lucy Penn
Joyce Chan and Isobel Hastrop

Dragon Boating Success

What a great effort by our dragonboat teams in the weekend - the Year 12 team won the C Final and our Year 13 team came 4th in the A Final - well done girls. The picture below shows Emily Young receiving the trophy on behalf of the Year 12 crew.

Kids Vote

Primary and Preschool students took part in a mock referendum on the future of the New Zealand flag with Kids Voting an educational initiative by the Electoral Commission.  Aimed to encourage students to have a say on the decisions that affect their lives and to get them thinking about the democratic process.  And the outcome was extremely close ... 36 for the new flag and 39 for the existing flag! The nationwide second binding referendum is a postal vote which starts on 3 March and runs to 24 March. It will be interesting to see whether our students' vote is a forecast for the national one. (04/03/2016)

Old Girl Shortlisted for Prestigious Photographic Award

We were thrilled to hear that Old Girl Matilda Fraser has beaten entries from more than 400 educational institutions across five continents to be one of ten shortlisted photographers in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards.
She will travel to London to compete for the Student Focus Photographer of the Year title and a grand prize of £30,000 worth of Sony photography equipment and we wish her all the very best for the competition. Read NZ Herald article. (03/03/2016)

Welcome girls from Toin

A very warm welcome to students from Toin Gakuen, Japan - pictured with their host sisters. During their 3 week stay they will have a mix of lessons and sightseeing, to give them a little taste of Kiwi life. (03/03/2016)

Marsden in Partnership with Victoria University
We are excited to be entering into a partnership with Victoria University to deliver the Visual Arts Education programme to students in the post-graduate teaching course. The Karori campus of Victoria University’s School of Education closed at the end of 2015 and the university is now adopting alternative delivery methods for their teacher education programmes. John Denton, Head of Visual Arts at Marsden will teach the university programme in the school Arthouse and we hope there will be some opportunity for contact between Marsden students and their post-graduate counterparts. We are very pleased to be entering into this collaborative venture with Victoria University and are proud that John’s expertise in Visual Arts Education has been acknowledged in this way. (03/03/2016)

Preschool Fruit & Vege Party

How lovely to have our parents come along for a special Fruit and Vege Party at Preschool this week, all part of the healthy eating initiative. Thank you for going to so much effort to make the most appetising platters and kebabs - they went down a treat! (26/02/2016)

Outdoor Cinema

Senior students held an outdoor movie night this week which worked really well with the help of our IT and custodial teams. The weather behaved and from the feedback received everyone enjoyed the outdoor screening of "Legally Blonde". They hope to do it again in the future. (26/02/2016)

Year 1s caring for the environment

Caring for the environment is something we should all be aware of. Year 1s turned their concern into statistics by drawing a very visual graph in the playground of all the different sorts of everyday packaging that ends up as rubbish at school. Well done to Isobel Rees-Moore, Anahera Johnson, Jovita Mao and Chloe Zhao for being aware and reminding us we can all do out bit to care for the world we live in.  (23/02/2016)

Heart Foundation Annual Appeal

Last week was Heart week and as part of the Heart Foundation Annual Appeal, a few of our Marsden girls (Madhu Guthpe, Stephenie Heng, Isabella Chaytor-Waddy, Stephanie Pan, Jade Yu and Sarah Kong) were out collecting for the cause. Donate and support the Heart Foundation to help them save lives see Heart Foundation Annual Appeal. (22/02/2016)

Healthy Eating for Preschool

Perschool students have chosen a new topic for the term, it is, in their words "Eating proper" we like to call it "Healthy Eating"! So this week they have been involved in creating their afternoon fruit platters. We also set up a Fruit & Vegetable Shop for them to buy and sell healthy food. It proved so popular the bank (Mrs Cave) ran out of play money and had to convince the shop owner to bank some! Some great life lessons learned here! We have also taken advantage of the summer weather to have a water play day which was fabulous wet fun! (17/02/2016)

Year 6 Camp

The sun shone for the Year 6 Camp at Palm Grove in Paraparaumu last week.  Our girls rose to meet the challenges both group and individual, some of which took them out of their comfort zones, particularly scaling the high ropes, orienteering and the bush survival challenges. There's always time for fun though and the renowned water slide is always a winner. Marsden has been taking girls to Palm Grove for 22 years and owners Brandon and Helen Hindry look after us beautifully, in their words "we're family"! Our students old and new have returned as a close-knit and purposeful group and we thank the team at Palm Grove again for their hospitality. See the media gallery on the Primary Snapshots page for more photos. (17/02/2016)

Textile Artists

A group of Year 11 Design Tech students were fortunate to have ladies from a Lower Hutt Sewing Group come and teach them about the traditional Cook Islands textile art of Tivaevae. Teacher Sarah Wirth contacted them through their work at Te Papa and they were kind enough to show our girls the intracacies of this colourful artform.  It looks amazing! (17/02/2016)

Father/Daughter Breakfast

What a lovely opportunity to catch up with some of our Marsden Dads at the Year 7 Father/Daughter breakfast yesterday morning - a great start to the day! See more photos on our Facebook page. (17/02/2016)

Chinese New Year

We celebrated Chinese New year with the international club at assembly yesterday. Stephanie Pan and Sarah Kong told us the history of Chinese New Year and girls born in the year of the monkey received a special red envelope. Annabelle Jessop performed a traditional Chinese dance and Amy Cooper played a Chinese flute. 
春节快乐 Happy Chinese New Year!  See more photos on our Facebook page (16/02/2016)

Spreading the love

Head of Primary, Laura Albiston and deputy Alisha Rajasekar handed out pink hearts on Monday for Primary students to write friendship messages on. This was part of their Valentine's Day initiative to spread love and goodwill. Nice one! (16/02/2016)

Going to the Zoo!

Year 1, 2 and 3 Primary students had a fun and informative trip to Wellington Zoo last week as part of their study topic, our Taonga or our Treasure. Zoo educators emphasized how unique NZ is in the world with our native plants and animals. Girls met and patted a Tuatara. There were talks at the chimpanzee and giraffe enclosures, while the chimps played up to the crowd. Feeding the giraffes with the long tickly tongues provided lots of giggles! More photos on our Facebook page. (16/02/2016)

Fish & Ships

It's not every day you get to board one of our country's naval ships, but on Friday 40 Year 12-13 students worked at a special 'Fish & Ships' fundraiser for the City Mission on board HMNZS Canterbury. Nearly 400 guests climbed the gangpway for a fancy fish-themed lunch. Some  girls helped Ruth Pretty Catering prep in the impressive ship's galley, while others served the guests under a massive marquee on the deck.  Lieutenant Commander Andrew Lincoln, Public Affairs Officer for the Navy thanked them for their support for what proved to be 'a brilliant day'. See more photos on our Facebook page. (15/02/2016)

Tennis Triumph
Christy Robinson (pictured bottom left) was part of the Wellington Central tennis team that competed in the National Junior Teams Event in January.  Teams from six regions around New Zealand (Northern, Auckland, Waikato-Bays, Canterbury, Southern and Central) competed for the national title and her team did really well, coming 2nd equal with Auckland, winning the silver medal in a nail biting playoff.  

She also played in an International Tennis Federation junior tournament held at the Renouf Tennis Centre in Wellington, making the quarter finals.  This is pretty impressive as she was one of only three New Zealanders to make it through to the Quarter Finals in a draw made up of 64 girls and boys from fifteen countries around the world. Congratulations on a great start to the year Christy. (12/02/2016)

Holocaust Essay
Congratulations to Sariya McGrath who was one of four finalists in the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand Essay Competition.  You can read her essay Children of the Holocaust here.  (11/02/2016)

Superb Scholarship Results
The Scholarship results are in and we are thrilled with the performance of our girls.
29 Scholarship passes were awarded across a range of subjects, with three Outstanding Scholarships. A special congratulations to Celeste Pan who gained four Scholarships and has been named as a New Zealand Outstanding Scholar. Celeste also came first in New Zealand for Scholarship German. What a year she has had! (10/02/2016)

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Picnic time for Teddy Bears, the little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today with Preschool and Primary students. (09/02/2016)

Dumplings are Yum!

There's nothing quite like the satisfying taste of something you've made yourself! Year 1-3 students made dumplings in the Food Technology room this morning. (09/02/2016)

'O' Week

With Year 10s off enjoying their adventures at their camp, the other students in years 7 to 13 have been making the most of Marsden Orientation week. Interspersed between lessons, there have been student-led House activities that have given the older and younger students opportunities to get to know each other.

The senior students have been to leadership camp and our Year 9s have had a leadership afternoon. We are off to a great start! (05/02/2016)

Year 10 Camp

We are happy to report the Year 10 Camp at the Hilary Outdoor Pursuits Centre went really well, the weather was warm and everyone enjoyed the challenges including an overnight camp under the stars. (05/02/2016)

Year 1 students with hydrangeas

Some of our new Primary students hold blue hydrangeas which are special flowers for Marsden as they feature in the Marsden School logo. (05/02/2016)

International BBQ

What a beautiful evening we enjoyed for our welcome barbecue for new and returning international students and their homestay families last night. (04/02/2016)

Thank you from Save the Children

We have received a letter from Save the Children NZ thanking Marsden pupils for providing entertainment at their Homewood fundraiser in November last year. The contribution by many volunteeers resulted in Save the Children benefiting by more than $20,000. Everyone really enjoyed the day. Thank you to Jenny Gould and our Year 6 girls who performed beautifully. (04/02/2016)

Stellar results for Celeste Pan

Congratulations to our amazing Dux Celeste Pan who has been offed a place at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. She will take up her place at Cambridge in September when the 2016 academic year begins in the northern hemisphere. Celeste finished her year at Marsden year with stellar results in NCEA and her Cambridge exams and has been awarded a High Achievement award  for coming first in New Zealand in Cambridge German.  (03/02/2016)

Marsden Rowing Karapiro regatta

The Marsden Rowing squad have returned from a scorching few days racing at Karapiro.  The girls showed that all their hard work at Summer Camp paid off. Competing in events (some of which had up to 50 teams), most girls were in crews that got through heats and into the finals on Sunday.  We had rowers in 2 A Finals, 2 B Finals and a C and D final.  The girls looked fantastic in their new race kit and managed to have the usual fun in between rowing! See more photos on our Facebook page (03/02/2016)

NCEA Results brilliant

The results are in for NCEA 2015 and we are thrilled with the performance of our students. As always they have set the bar high for themselves and met the challenge. With 100% pass rate and 72% of results endorsed with excellence, the Year 11 (Level 1 students) performed brilliantly in their first year of NCEA.  Both Year 12  (Level 2) and Year 13 (Level 3) students had an almost 100% pass rate, with each year group gaining 42% excellence endorsements. We are equally proud of the girls for whom learning is a challenge and who achieved their goals. Success is different to each individual and it is the 'can do 'attitude and tenacity of our girls plus the fantastic support given by their teachers that helps Marsden students perform so well. Congratulations! (27/01/2016)

Facelift for Lockers

The lockers in the cafeteria have had a stunning facelift thanks to the artistry of some of our students. They have been transformed into giant book spines and look amazing! Ashley Parker, Christine Cho, Grace Harvey, Carly Wakeling and Neakiry Kivi have worked hard to replicate their favourite book covers and we hope the creativity will spread and we will see more decorated lockers in the corridors this year. Great job girls!

Summer Rowing Camp

Well done to all our Marsden Rowers who've just spent 6 days of intensive training on Whanganui river.  The blisters showed just how much time the girls got on the water and how hard they were trying!  It was challenging, exhausting, fantastic fun and a huge success.  Our fabulous coaches have taken the girls to a new level and they will go off to the KR 2 regatta on Thursday well prepared. (26/01/2016)

Start of school 2016
Welcome everyone to the start of our new year. Here is our newsletter pdf with all the information you will need if you are starting school this year or if you are a returning student.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone on 3 February 2016 for the start of Term 1.

For news from last year see our 2015 News Archives page