2016 Term 2 News

Better late than never! Swimming and Cross Country Results
As promised earlier in the term, here is a roundup of results from the swimming and cross country competitions announced at assembly in June. Congratulations to all our winners and well done to everyone who entered and scored points for your Houses! You can see full swimming and cross country results here PDF

New records
Junior 50m freestyle - Lea Muellner (broke Laura Stewarts' 2012 with a time of 30:87:00)
Junior 25m backstroke - Lea Muellner (broke Larua Stewarts'2012 record with a time of 17:96:00)
2016 Junior Champion - Lea Muellner; 2nd Tommi Davie; 3rd Annabel Jamieson
2016 Intermediate Champion - Mollie Dewar; 2nd Ella Price; 3rd Olivia Simes
2016 Senior Champion - Laura Stewart; 2nd Jessica Seow; 3rd Megan Flannery
House Relays
Junior - Richmond
Intermediate - Baber
Senior - Jellicoe
Novelty Relay Race - Swainson-Riddiford
Swimming Sports Champion House - Johnson (for the second year in a row!)

2016 Junior Champion - Ruby Barton; 2nd Maddy Coyle; 3rd Zoe Hannah
2016 Intermediate Champion - Tara Duus; 2nd Ella Price; 3rd Tegan Martin
2016 Senior Champion- Imogen Skelton; 2nd Ruby Leverington; 3rd Georgina Peterson
2016 Cross Country House Champions - Swainson-Riddiford

Australian Girls Choir workshop

In a lovely addition to the last week of term, 56 girls from the Australian Girls Choir together with Marsden Choirs, treated us to a wonderful choral workshop. Marsden was the last stop on their NZ tour. These girls audition from all over Australia for the Australian School of Performing Arts and it was magic they could share their superb voices with us. (14/07/2016)

Cross Country Reps

While we have been hunkered down in front of the fire, some of our girls have been out there in the cold and the mud training and competing in cross country events throughout the region. Congratulations to Ruby Barton who has been selected for the Inter-regional Cross Country team to compete against teams from Tasman, Canterbury and South Canterbury. Maddy Coyle and Zoe Cunningham are both reserves for this team. Read full story on our Marsden Sport site. (12/07/2016)

Young Old Girls return to Marsden

It was lovely to see our young Wellington based Old Girls again on Wednesday night when they joined us for drinks, nibbles and to explore the new heart of Marsden, Te Manawa o te Kura. It was just like old times, except they were pretty amazed by the new building and gave it the BIG thumbs up! We did love catching up with them and hearing what they have been up to. See more photos on our Facebook page. (12/07/2016)

Staff vs Student Multisport Battle

The gloves were off in the annual staff vs students multi-sport battle at lunchtime yesterday and it was close! Once again experience trumped youth, but only just! Teachers are the champions! Well done to the players and thanks to everyone who supported them, it was epic! See more photos on our Facebook page. (07/07/2016)

Maori Language Week in Preschool

Preschool students have enjoyed Maori Language Week by making Maori Bread and pois. The experience they've gained from participating in Kapa Haka classes with Marsden Primary students, meant they were able to demonstrate how to use their pois very effectively. On Tuesday as part of the William Pike Challenge Year 8 students came for a 'service day' and cleaned the outdoor furniture with a bit of help from our Preschoolers. Thank you girls you did a great job! Ka mau te wehi! Awesome! (07/07/2016)

Zealandia hosts Marsden Exhibition

Last year in a collaborative Biodiversity Project Year 10 Art and Science students created cyanotypes combined with woodcuts based on their scientific explorations. Throughout July their work is being exhibited at Zealandia. In conjunction with the exhibition Marsden has had four designs, chosen by Zealandia, made into cards to sell for $10 (set of 4) with profits going to help Zealandia's conservation efforts.It is really exciting for our students to have their artwork exhibited at this special venue and a worthy fundraising initiative.
Cards available for purchase at Zealandia or at Marsden reception. More photos on our Facebook page. (06/07/2016)

Hikoi for Maori Language Week

Marsden students from Years 1,2,3 6 some 8,9 and a group of Year 13s from Whitby joined more than 4000 people in a hikoi through Wellington, from Parliament to Te Papa, to celebrate the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori language week). Primary students proudly carried their waka and paddles made at school, followed by the decorated Marsden bus. They were welcomed at Te Papa by a passionate haka, and speeches. Back at school 3 Food Tech classes made Maori bread and Y13 played tapuwae, a traditional Maori ball game. A great start to Maori Language Week. Ka mau te wehi! awesome! See more photos on our Facebook page. (05/07/2016)

Fierce Lacrosse Final

There was high intensity at Boyd Wilson Field on Saturday night for the High School Lacrosse Finals between Marsden and Wellington Girls. This match was super fast and hard fought by both teams but in the end there could only be one and Wgtn Girls won by 4 goals to 1. Marsden took the silver which is still an amazing achievement. Thank you to all the supporters who cheered our girls on!

Preschoolers master dribbling

Juan from Little Dribblers is really impressed with our Preschool students. Compared to others, he said "everyone here listens and does what I ask them to do" and we can really notice the improvement from the very first lesson when they were all over the place to this latest one, their ball skills have improved markedly. Well done Preschool! (01/07/2016)

Maori Language Week Parade preparations

During his residency Artist, Michel Tuffery, inspired our Primary students to design and create a waka and paddles for the first ever Maori Language Week Parade from Parliament to Te Papa at 11:30am on Monday 4 July. In art sessions with Michel they looked at Maori and Pasifika patterns and have been using this knowledge to create their waka and paddle designs. (29/06/2016)

Primary Student Council helps fill bellies

We are really proud of our Year 6 student council who raised over $600 for Bellyful Karori from their Book Character Mufti Day last week. Bellyful is a community based free service that supports local families. Volunteers deliver meals to families with newborn babies and families, who are struggling with illness, or those lacking a good support network within their community. (Pictured Y4 dressed as their favourite book character). (29/06/2016)

Artist in Residence Exhibition Opening

What a superb exhibition opening last night for our Artist in Residence, Michel Tuffery, a wonderful showcase of his works and those of the students he taught. In his words 'he had an epic time' during his residency and we have certainly loved having him here. 'Lost & Found' is on at the National Portrait Gallery until Sunday 3 July and don't miss the Marsden Showcase Concert at the gallery on Saturday between 1-2pm. (28/06/2016)

ISNZ Honours Award

What a year our Chinese teacher, Jing Ying Herrington is having! First there was the opening of her Confucius Classroom then on Friday she was presented with an ISNZ Honours Award for Service to Chinese Language. Congratulations Jing Ying we are delighted you received this well-deserved award! (27/06/2016)

TechHub CREST Bronze Award Winners

Digi Tech students have been working on the TechHub CREST Bronze awards to design a digital game. We are thrilled for our Year 10 students who made a clean sweep at the CREST awards ceremony held at the Royal Society on Friday night. Teams STEP and QUICKFIRE from Karori took out first and third places and Marsden Whitby's MISCERE came second. Generously sponsored by Datacom the teams were praised for their creativity, innovation and evolution of their ideas and received prize money and a cup. Congratulations to Zoe Gasson, Shambhavi Choudhury, Michelle Chu, Jack Field, Ilyas Rosslan, Alexander Walker, Brinn Robinson, Ella Tait, Georgia Bowden, Julia Huijser and digitech teachers Fadzliza Jaafar (Karori) and Pravin Vaz (Whitby). Awesome work! (27/06/2016)

Pentangular Tournament

Marsden hosted the annual Pentagular tournament with Iona College, Nga Tawa, St Matthews and Woodford House this week. There was close competition between the codes, Marsden winning the netball, narrowly loosing the hockey and missing out in football. Congratulations to overall winners Iona College, Marsden was in second place two points behind, with St Matthews third, followed by Woodford House and Nga Tawa.  It was a pleasure to host the sportswomen and accompanying teachers from these visiting schools. (22/06/2016)

NZ Lizard expert visits

Dennis Keall has worked over four decades with NZ's native geckos and skinks, many of which are threatened with extinction. He visited our Year 7 science class yesterday bringing a couple of special guests for the girls to appreciate up close
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The Big Sing
Congratulations to our choirs who performed beautifully at The Big Sing regionals. Altissime received a certificate in Category 2 NZ, Pasifika or Maori music with their gorgeous rendition of Tangaroa Whakamautai. They also won the Dorothy Buchanan cup for category 3 Other Styles, with Lullaby of Birdland (a jazz standard). Our Ad Summa choir received a certificate for their category 1 performance of 'The Lord Bless You And Keep You'. We find out if we are through to Nationals on 1st July, fingers crossed!  (16/06/2016)

Preschool and The Little Kowhai Tree

It's been a full week so far for our Preschool students. They were mesmerized watching The Little Kowhai Tree puppet show on Monday, all about what plants need (and don't need) to grow, created by the talented Little Dog Barking troupe.  On Tuesday Shaun Kelly from the Royal New Zealand Ballet came and talked about his job and showed students the basic foot and arm positions, some of our boys were amazed to find out there were male ballet dancers. Today students, accompanied by our wonderful parent helpers, took the bus into town to Te Papa where Rebecca had them acting out the Matariki story about the Maori New Year - wow and it's only Wednesday! (15/06/2016)

Nao the Robot visits Marsden

The Technology Department had a special visitor today, Nao the robot. Students learnt how to to code Nao to talk and interact with them, play football, walk hand in hand with a student and even dance. (15/06/2016)

Experience Marsden Day

What a pleasure it was to have 75 'extra' students with us for our Experience Marsden Day. From Preschool to Senior School the halls were abuzz with busy people. We really enjoyed the day and we know our students loved showing their friends around. (14/06/2016)

Two more Scholars

We were delighted to present two more students with Marsden Scholars' Colours at assembly this week, congratulations Tallulah Farrar and Summer O'Dwyer, we are so proud of your achievements. (14/06/2016)

Future Minds dissect computer

Our Future Minds students meet at Thursday lunchtimes. They have begun a new challenge to dissect a computer with the aim of rebuilding it from scratch. We hope it goes well girls and there are no pieces left over at the end! (13/06/2016)

Preschool prepare for Matariki

Preschool students are starting to make stars in preparation for their Matariki celebrations. In between times, they have been out enjoying spells of fine weather, in the sandpit, running through an obstacle course and enjoying the simple fun of playing in the Autumn leaves. (13/06/2016)

Gamelan Workshop

Year 8 students were involved in a Gamelan workshop yesterday as part of their World Music Programme. Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Indonesia often played to accompany dance, puppet performances and ceremonies. Made up predominantly of percussive instruments our girls really enjoyed the opportunity to play the metallophones with mallets and hand drums called kendhang which register the beat. There were also big gongs and other instruments which when played together formed a distinctive sound, very familiar to anyone who has been to Indonesia. Thank you to Budi Putra, Cultural representative from the Indonesian Embassy, Jo Hilder and Helen O'Rourke from Gamelan Wellington based at the School of Music Victoria University for putting on this amazing workshop. (10/06/2016)

Stage Challenge Excellence Awards
Our Stage Challenge crew were fantastic last Friday night- winning 4 awards of Excellence: Costume, Stage Use, Visual Enhancement & Performance Skills. Congratulations everyone! (09/06/2016)

Michel Tuffery Workshop

We are so lucky to have Michel Tuffery as our 2016 Artist in Residence, working in the arthouse and sharing his gift with our girls. Yesterday he ran an amazing workshop for 20 visiting Primary students and Year 5 girls in the North Studio. Using clear acetate, our big windows and coloured markers they created some really beautiful designs that sing in the sunlight. See more photos on our Facebook page.  (09/06/2016)

Sophia Duckor-Jones and the refugee crisis

Old Girl, Sophia Duckor-Jones is a former Hamilton-based radio journalist. She has been travelling in Hungary and Greece writing about the plight of the refugees and her small efforts to help. Her stories tell of the grim reality facing thousands of displaced people, as Sophia says in one article "Some of us are lucky enough to live in freedom, but for those living in this camp their freedom is quickly diminishing." It is a credit to Sohpia that she is out there, trying to make a difference.  Read Sophia's articles for Stuff 23 April 2016 and NZ Herald 3 September 2015.  (31/05/2016) 

Pikelets a big hit

Baking fresh out of the oven tastes amazing and it was especially rewarding for our Preschoolers who made their own pikelets this week. For some, it was the first time they had tried these morsels, but after the first bite they agreed they were delicious!  (02/06/2016)

Baking donations

Womens Refuge and the Wellington Soup Kitchen were absolutely thrilled to receive boxes of home baking donated by senior students and delivered by Nina, Alice and Imogen. Thanks to all who baked, it made a sweet difference. (02/06/2016)

New building inspires construction

Following a tour of our new building Year 1 and 2 students became fascinated with construction. As in the 'real world' there was lots of consultation before and during the making of their versions of ideal school buildings.  By far the most colourful was the new Preschool and Primary, whereas the upper school was a lot more serious and pared back in design - very interesting! 


Chinese Speaking Success
Marsden students have triumphed again at the National Chinese Bridge Speaking competition in the weekend, with Amy Cooper, Year 11,  coming second in the senior grade and Tegan Martin was first junior. Amy will travel to China as part of her prize. Congratulations girls on these outstanding results. (30/05/2016)

Confucius Classroom

Today, in a special assembly, our Chinese classroom was officially awarded the status of ‘Confucius Classroom' by Chairman of the Confucius Institute, Tony Browne. The plaque was unveiled  by Prof Rob Rabel, pro Vice Chancellor (International Engagement) Victoria University.

The Confucius Classroom programme partners with schools to promote Chinese culture and language, providing access to a wide source of instructional materials and opportunities. This is a real credit to teacher Jing Ying Herrington whose passion and ability have seen our programme go from strength to strength. Students Annabelle Jessop, Lucy Berger and Amy Cooper won the NZ senior, senior runner-up and junior awards in the 2015 Chinese Proficiency Competition - two winners, let alone three, from one school is exceptional. Jing Ying also won best coach in 2015. Since being introduced in 2007, Chinese has been a rapid growth area of our curriculum. As the world’s demand for Chinese learning increases, our students will stand in good stead to take up global opportunities beyond their studies at Marsden. See more photos on our Facebook page. (30/05/2016)


What brilliant, energetic, fun performances from our Junior Production girls to bring Seussical the musical to life this week. Congratulations to the whole team, from initial concept to final show, your enjoyment and enthusiasm was obvious and to the staff involved, your dedication has been tireless, thank you.  See more photos on our Facebook page. See programme for cast and crew list.  (27/05/2016)

Spike, ambassador for Tuatara

Spike is an incredible ambassador for Victoria University's Tuatara research project. His handler, Sue Keall, spoke about the ecology of Tuatara and the conservation efforts that Victoria's research has helped make successful to Year 10 science students yesterday. She then introduced them to the real star, Spike. He is 30 years old and a total professional; happy to have his belly and tail stroked.It's amazing how soft he is; the girls weren't expecting that. Our environmental committee students fund-raise each year to contribute to the ongoing Tuatara research programme at Victoria. Thanks Sue and Spike. (26/05/2016)

Learning football skills

Preschool students have been learning new football skills with the trainers from Little Dribblers this week. The all-weather hockey turf is the perfect place to practice co-ordination, dribbling and balancing on a ball which is not as easy as it looks! (25/05/2016)

Beckie Calder-Flynn's African Experience

It was really lovely to have Old Girl Beckie Calder-Flynn address assembly this week. She spoke passionately about her work with animals in Africa. After majoring in biological science at Auckland Uni, Beckie travelled to Thuma Forest Reserve in Malawi spending days patrolling with armed scouts, searching for elephants and hunting for poachers. She visited schools trying to teach them the importance of protecting animals and their environment. At Lilongwe Wildlife Centre she hand raised 2 orphaned baby vervet monkeys, feeding them 7 times a day, so they could be successfully released back into the wild. Beckie credits her early interest in biology to "the amazing Mrs Gunn for putting so much passion, enthusiasm, and baby animal pictures into her classes." We think you are pretty amazing too Beckie - thank you for visiting. (25/05/2016)

Cross Country

We had a crisp autumn day and some pretty fired up runners for our school cross country on Friday. Congratulations to our champions: senior - Imogen Skelton and Ruby Leverington; intermediate - Tara Duus and Ella Price; junior - Ruby Barton and Madeleine Coyle. It was wonderful to see great support at the finish line too! Well done everyone. Full results to be announced at assembly in June. See more photos on our Facebook page. (19/05/2016)

Gold Award for Leandra

Former Head Girl, Leandra Fiennes said working towards the Gold Duke of Ed Hillary Award pushed her out of her comfort zone but it was worth sacrificing weekends to tramping and Sundays to volunteering because of the amazing people she met along the way. We warmly congratulate Leandra on receiving her Gold Award at Government House on Saturday. (16/05/2016)

Te Manawa o te Kura opened

Excitement was high at school today, as students and staff finally took ownership of our new building, Te Manawa o te Kura - the Heart of the School. The Prime Minister John Key opened our new building in assembly today.
Read more  (11 May 2016)

Meeting the Prime Minister

Preschool and students from Years 1 and 2 waited patiently in the new foyer with their coloured balloons for the moment when the Prime Minister arrived to open our new building.  Mr Key took time to speak to them, before entering the auditorium to officially open Te Manawa o te Kura. (11 May)

Market Madness

Market day was humming last week with very successful results for some our young entreprenuers. Tapping in to what people want is not always easy so it was a good challenge for our Year 10 students who gained an understanding of what it takes to run a small business. Well done girls. See more photos on our Facebook page  (10/05/2016)

PM presents award to Celeste

Celeste Pan was presented with her 2015 Top Scholars Award for German by Prime Minister John Key at Parliament yesterday - accompanied by her very proud German teacher, Caroline Robertson. (05/05/2016)

Ballet Workshop

Getting tips from a professional ballet dancer really helped our Primary students with movement and coordination during their workshop in the Jennifer Evans Dance Studio this week. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their session thanks to Pagan from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. (06/05/2016)

Finding the Joy

Preschool have started the new term embracing the change of season and finding pleasure in piles of fallen leaves - sometimes it is the simple things that bring the most joy. They also visited the new building Te Manawa o te Kura, heart of Marsden, and tried out some of the furniture for size - what a light filled beautiful space it is. (05/05/2016)

Blessing for Te Manawa o te Kura

Watch this amazing video from the dawn blessing.
What a wonderful start to the new term on Monday 2 May. Senior students, board members, parents and staff gathered in the cool dark morning to witness the spiritual blessing of our new building. Waiwhetu elder Kura Moeahu urged us to respond with "positive energy" to the blessing, putting our aroha and warmth into it, in preparation for its purpose in the years ahead.

Then came the historic moment, heralded by the spine tingling call of the conch shell, the Kaumātua with iwi from Te Atiawa, and Elizabeth Stewart representing Marsden women, walked over the threshold taking us into Te Manawa o te Kura, the heart of Marsden.

Following the Maori elder's lead we travelled anti-clockwise around the north studio, then down into the lower entrance and around the south studio, finishing in the majestic foyer. Arch deacon, Steven King led us in a prayer of thanks and Principal Jenny Williams spoke in Maori thanking the Kaumātua and iwi for the blessing and welcoming everyone on this very special morning.

As the sun rose, we had our first peek at the new learning studios, iCentre and foyer with its beautiful specially commissioned glass installation and restored Honours Board. 

Listening to the excited buzz from everyone, it was good to know that the wait has been well and truly worth it - the heart of Marsden is back!  The official opening is on 11 May.

See Term 1 2016 News