2016 Term 4 News

Marsden Rowing Karapiro KR1 regatta 

School's out but the new season rowing squad headed to Lake Karapiro, the sun and a very HOT 3 days of racing. All the hard work has paid off with no less than 6 A Finals and 1 B Final it was a very successful regatta for Marsden.

The novices are a great crew this year and the Juniors and Seniors are going strong. Head of Rowing Ruby Leverington was a star - well done Ruby on such a successful regatta and leading the squad so well into their first major competition. See more photos on our Facebook page.  (20/12/2016)

Santa visits Marsden

Preschool and Primary students were very excited on Tuesday by the arrival of a special visitor, Santa, who rode on the Marsden tractor with his trusted helpers. Not long to go now! (09/12/2016)

Honorary Old Girl

Mandy Britnell, President of the Marsden Old Girls' Association, made a special presentation to retiring teacher, Jennifer Stacey, at this week's final assembly. In recognition of her long service (19 years) and dedication to Marsden, Jennifer was awarded the title of "Honorary Old Girl" to much applause from the students and staff. (09/12/2016)

Final Prizes, Assembly and Farewell

After presentation of Y7-12 certificates we farewelled Year 13 at our final assembly on Thursday. Tessa Dalgety -Evans who has been a musical inspiration led a choir singing Joy to the World,  Year 12 took centre stage to sing out their thanks and goodbye to Year 13 and then it was our Leavers' turn. Their version of Dancing Queen or as they called it "Marsden Green" summed up the great friendships forged and how much they've loved their time here. Definitely a happy/sad moment for us all. We will miss them all. (09/12/2016)

Junior Handball Champions

Marsden Junior Handball team won the CSW Junior Handball title beating Wellington Girls 1 in a closely fought final. Marsden eventually won 15-13.  This win is a huge achievement for the team and the coach Daniel Triebsch and a massive turn around from the  round one clash where the same team beat Marsden 13-3. Congratulations to all students and coaches involved.  (09/12/2016)

2016 Dux announced

We are delighted to announce our 2016 Dux is Madhurima Guthpe. This award was presented at our prizegiving at the Michael Fowler Centre last night. Lucy Berger is Proxime Accessit, Maya Duckworth won the Kindness Cup and Nina Richardson received the Alice Bowater Memorial Award.  Nina also gave a wonderful validictory speech and we celebrated so many students' achievements - congratulations everyone,  you are all stars. (08/12/2106)

Primary tell the Christmas Story

Primary students were so excited to be dressed up for their retelling of the Christmas story, which they did so beautifully this week, their enthusiasm is contagious. See more photos on our Facebook page. (07/12/2016)

Random Act of Kindness

Jenny Williams would like to thank the anonymous Year 8 girls for their RAK (random act of kindness) this morning, bringing joy and pink hearts into her day! (07/12/2016)

Donation to Karori Food Bank

Well done to the Marsden Primary Student Council who arranged a successful mufti day, collecting food and donations for the Karori Food Bank. They presented a cheque for $288 to Dawn from the Karori Food Bank. Every bit helps at this time of year. (07/12/2016)

Diabetes NZ Scholarship
Congratulations to Nicole Chan Y13 who has been awarded a John McLaren Youth Award worth $1250. This scholarship is a joint venture between Diabetes New Zealand and Diabetes Youth New Zealand, recognising excellence in the academic, sporting or cultural fields. (07/12/2106)

Farewell to our Lifetimers

It seems like only yesterday that they were starting Marsden Preschool/Year 2 and now we say goodbye to our lifetimers: Caity Cresswell, Sarah Goddard, Dana King, Justina Koh, Eleanor Scwher and Charlotte Stephen. Thank you for choosing Marsden girls, we've loved having you here. All the very best for the future. (06/12/2016)

Merry Marsden Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly and today's merry Marsden Xmas celebration with Years 7-10 had heaps of everything 'jolly' - joyous singing, Xmas Kahoot (online quiz), paper chain of hope and love, visit from Santa and a stunning speed painting by John Denton. Merry 
Marsden Xmas everyone!

International Christmas Party

International students had a fun end of year party yesterday, playing games, being creative and enjoying some delectable treats. Everyone had to wear a Christmas hat, even the photographer! We've really enjoyed this year with our international students and wish them all a very happy Christmas break. (02/11/2016)

Farewell to long serving Science Teacher

Sadly after 19 years at Marsden, science teacher Jennifer Stacey is leaving us. We said farewell in a special afternoon tea this week and wish Jen all the very best for her retirement. Photo: Jenny Williams, Jennifer Stacey, Cheryl Middelkoop, Chair of Management Board. (02/11/2016)

Haikus win Police Competition

ar 6 students Katherine Davies and Louisa Boyer have had poems selected by the NZ Police and ACC for their summer 'Check Your Speed' campaign. For the competition the girls had to write a Haiku describing how they feel about summer holidays, speeding and the impact a car accident would have on them. One of Katherine's Haikus and 2 of Louisa's were selected to be in the campaign. They were filmed at Marsden reciting their poems and also recorded a radio voice over. The campaign was officially launched at The Boatshed on Tuesday with celebrated NZ poet, Sam Hunt. Katherine and Louisa both enjoyed the process and now have a very real idea of how much time goes into making a small commercial. Congratulations girls. (01/12/2106)

Year 7 environmental projects praised

The Royal Society of NZ has congratulated Marsden Year 7 students for their Team First CREST projects. 7RM spent Term 1 of 2016 studying a unit of work called "Living Water", including ecology, the water cycle and their role as kaitiaki (guardians). Great work girls. See Royal Society news for full details.

Preschool get into the festive spirit

Preschool is celebrating the festive season as the count down to Christmas begins! They had a Christmas inspired dress-up day and even the teachers dressed up which was really fun. Then after hearing the Christmas Story, the children created a spontaneous nativity play. They dressed up and assigned roles to re-enact the Bible story, choosing the youngest student to be Baby Jesus. Along with Mary and Joseph, 3 angels and 3 Kings with camels, they put on a really beautiful performance. See more in Preschool news (30/11/2016)

Junior Cultural Awards

rsden held a special Junior Cultural Assembly on Monday to recognise the talents and achievements of our year 7-10 students, with special guests John Dalgety, Ursula Evans, Nicola McFaull and Tessa Dalgety-Evans. Congratulations to Piyali Sharma Y10, who was awarded the Dalgety-Evans Cup for Junior Cultural Involvement. We enjoyed performances from the Year 7 Band, what a long way they have come from the first tentative notes at the beginning of the year! The Larks Choir and Jemma Chester sang and there were speeches by Sneha Wevita Y9 and Unna Alagusundaran Y4. Congratulations to all our students and, in particular, to those receiving Certificates of Achievement. See details. (30/11/2016)

Pack the Bus

It's that time of year again, when The Breeze team up with the Wellington City Mission and the 'man in red' to visit schools and communities to Pack the Bus with toys and food for those less fortunate at Christmas. Thank you  girls and your families for donating to this great cause. (28/11/2016) 

A walk in the park

Our Year 10 girls were definitely up for the challenge during their recent tramp in the Rimutaka Forest Park. Each Year 10 class completed an overnight tramp for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award staying in Turere Lodge. The girls enjoyed planning and cooking their own meals throughout the tramp and showed excellent team work and encouragement particularly on the second day which was a steep climb up Cattle Ridge. (28/11/2016)

NZ Tennis Championships

We wish Christy Robinson all the best for the upcoming New Zealand National Junior 18U Tennis Championships on 6 -10 December. This tournament attracts the best tennis players in New Zealand and every game will be tough but it will be good experience for Christy, who hopes to obtain a tennis scholarship in the USA once she leaves school. Go Christy! (28/11/2016)

USA College Sports Scholarships

Goalkeeper Julia Gluyas (pictured right) and striker Victoria O'Keeffe, co-captains of Marsden's winning 1st XI hockey team, have both been offered full sports scholarships to study in America next year.   Victoria will begin at Virginia Commonwealth University in January while Julia, who is also a member of the Junior Black Sticks squad, will start in August at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. Both are on five year scholarships and will play in Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletics Association. This is an awesome opportunity for these talented sportswomen and we wish them every success. (25/11/2016)

City Mission Walk of Fame

Have a look for the Marsden Star on the Waterfront, part of the Wellington City Mission Christmas Walk of Fame.  The stars are being displayed from 2-26 December. Our star has been generously donated in our name by a Marsden family.  A wonderful gesture made in the spirit in Christmas! (25/11/2016)

NZ Rep in Floorball

Congratulations to Rachel Bertschinger Y10 who has been selected to play for the New Zealand Women’s team in the Asia Pacific Floorball World Cup Qualifier in February 2017. Floorball is a type of hockey played indoors with plastic sticks and a light weight plastic ball with holes. Each side has 5 field players and a goalkeeper. Best of luck for a great tournament Rachel. (24/11/2016)

Primary try their hand at Chinese Brush Painting

Primary students were able to try the beautiful but deceptively simple art of Chinese brush painting at one of four workshops held by Master Stan Chan from inkLink this week.  Each workshop painted a different animal from the Chinese zodiac. Our girls discovered working with bamboo brushes and ink is definitely much harder than it looks - Stan makes it look so easy! Some paintings were selected to be part of Stan's Chinese New Year exhibition in 2017, the Year of the Rooster.  (24/11/2016) 

Bike Day at Preschool

This week at Preschool has been all about making the most of the fine weather. It was bike day on Monday and our students really enjoyed zooming around the courts on their wheels. (24/11/2016)

Dancing with Russian Ballet

Some of our young dancers had the most amazing experience performing in the Nutcracker ballet with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company over the weekend. They played to packed audiences receiving wonderful applause for their cameo acts. Bravo - Lilia Bulkeley, Maya Catley, Pippa Fletcher, Anita and Sasha Lambrechtsen.  See more photos on our Facebook page. (23/11/2016)

Prestigious Scholarship for Lucy Berger

We are delighted for Lucy Berger who has been offered a scholarship to study at Peking University, the most prestigious university in China.  Thousands and thousands of students apply but very few pass the entrance exams. This is an extraordinary achievement for Lucy and we wish her all the best on this exciting opportunity to study abroad. (21/11/2016)

Neakiry Kivi wins RNZN Music Competition

What a fabulous result for Neakiry Kivi whose choral composition “He Heramana Ahau” (I am a Sailor) has won first prize for Year 12/13 in the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th Secondary Schools Creative Competition. Entrants were given the theme, “Our Navy: our roots, our story, our mission”.  Neakiry, who showcased her piece at this year's Old Girls Assembly said, "I composed this for an unaccompanied 4 part female choir with a narrator. I drew inspiration from traditional sea shanties and also wanted to include illustrative music and Maori words. I have written the words to communicate many ideas, beliefs and past events, including: Navy slang, Historical battles and operations, celebrating 30 years of women in the Navy, and cultural diversity." A recording of the piece will be displayed in Auckland at the International Naval Conference in late November. Neakiry receives a cheque for $3000 and Marsden also receives a cheque for $3000. Well done Neakiry! (21/11/2016)

More Success for Neakiry
Neakiry's successes keep coming and we congratulate her on being selected for 'Powering Potential'.  Organised by the Royal Society of New Zealand and supported by Freemasons New Zealand, Powering Potential will bring many of New Zealand’s most promising science students together to work out how to solve challenging issues facing the country.  They will be supported and guided by scientists and mentors. Dr Cleland, Chief Executive of the Royal Society said “the calibre of the students who applied was excellent and some tough decisions had to be made by the selection panel to get the number down to 40”. Powering Potential runs from 12-15 December. Wow - what a year Neakiry is having! More details ... (21/11/2016)

What a team!

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL JENNY WILLIAMS: We have been incredibly proud of our students this week. They have been quick to drop, cover and hold during after-shocks and have been remarkably cheerful and resilient under difficult circumstances. I also want to acknowledge the wonderful work of Marsden staff as they responded with calm, willingness and compassion to a highly unexpected and rapidly changing situation. What a team! (18/11/2016)

Preschool explore dramatic play

In a week somewhat out of the ordinary with earthquakes and storms, it's been 'business as usual' in Preschool. Students have been really engaged with their exploration of dramatic play - hospitals, the fire engine, driving the bus and camping out in it. More on Preschool news page. (18/11/2016)

Primary Speech Competition

Congratulations to our Primary Speech Competition girls who won the final today: Lucy Mirfin-Newman Y6 with 'What I Think Makes a Good Speech', Mahalee Knights Y5 with 'Kindness' and also with a speech on 'Kindness' Unna Alagusundaram Y4. Thank you to our judges, who had to make the hard decisions, Head of English, Diane Smith and Principal, Jenny Williams. (17/11/2016)

The day after the quake

Our new building Te Manawa o te Kura was put to the test this week and we are happy to report engineers have given it the all clear.  Principal Jenny Wiliams thanks everyone for their efforts on Monday under extra-ordinary conditions. The iCentre in particular was a hub of activity.  (17/11/2016)

Festival of Singing

The Marsden Primary Chapel Choir attended the Kids Sing at St Mark's this week. This is the first time this singing festival has been run in Wellington. Our girls sang a Maori Waiata - Wairua Tapu, and Paradise by Waimarie Smith in NZ sign language. Primary Music specialist, Jenny Gould said it was "A great event and I was so proud of the girls." Well done everyone! (17/11/2016)

Gorgeous Kokako art

Zoe Kreyenhop Y6 sketched this beautiful Kōkako after an art lesson inspired by the NZ forest and Bird's bird of the year competition. One of Forest & Bird’s most popular annual events, the competition aims to raise awareness of New Zealand’s unique native birds and the threats they face by asking people to vote for their favourite species. This year the Kōkako was crowned the winning bird. See article. (16/11/2016)

Off to grand final Epro Challenge

Two Y8 teams competed in the semi-final of the Epro8 Challenge at Hutt Intermediate last night. Competition involved engineering, problem solving and innovation. Our two teams came third equal and had to have a play off. Close call but there could be only one! Paige Martin, Sophie Kennedy, Nia Butler, Sakira Knights made it through to the Wellington region grand finals on 24th. Well done girls! (10/11/2016)

Primary take Shakespeare to Stadium

hat an amazing experience for Year 6 students Louisa Boyer, Joyce Chan, Scarlett Henry, Zoe Kreyenhop, Lucy Mirfin-Newman, Lucy Penn, Nadia Vinaccia and Grace Wala who joined approximately 250 other primary students on Tuesday to perform a 90 minute version of Henry V at Westpac Stadium. This is the third Primarily Playing with Shakespeare production presented by Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ). Students met for the first time on Tuesday morning for a run through before making their public performance at 12.30pm. Our girls delivered Act II, Scene II, where King Henry uncovers traitors on the eve of battle, directed by teachers Kate Feary and Rebecca George with mentoring by Ania Upstill (appointed by SGCNZ). Their scene included a jig, a battle, lots of lines and tricky language but the girls carried it off with confidence, Lucy Mirfin-Newman was superb as Henry. (10/11/2016)

Future Rugby Players

Preschool have been honing their skills at fun rugby sessions run by Rugby Tots. They have been learning to fall on the ball when they score tries! (10/11/2016)

Experience Asia Day

Year 7 - 10 students enjoyed a very special ‘Experience Asia Day’ whilst their senior counterparts were on study leave. With funding from the Asia New Zealand Foundation, Marsden Head of Humanities, Fiona Crawford, organised a full day of Asian activities for our students. The day started with a tranquil Tai Chi session in the gymnasium for the whole school including the Primary, followed by an introductory assembly.  Young Old Girl, Amanda Cundy, Policy Officer, International Relations at Wellington City Council, gave an encouraging talk about the impact of Chinese studies on her life and how important it is for our girls to understand Asia and its affect on their futures. Amanda went on Marsden's very first exchange trip to China back in 2010.  Then students broke off into different sessions. Read more ... (09/11/2016)

Second stint for soprano

We are delighted for Bria Renai who has fulfilled a singing ambition to sing again with the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir.  Being selected for a second term is rare and this amazing achievement is even more thrilling when you realise that she is one of only 15 sopranos selected in the entire country. Bria will travel throughout New Zealand performing with the World Gold Medal winning NZ Youth Choir next year and on tour internationally in 2018. We know she will enjoy every moment! (07/11/2016)

CSW Sports Awards winners

Hip hooray for Imogen Skelton (Athletics) and Summer O'Dwyer (Shooting) who won individual code awards at the CSW 2016 WELTEC-Dominion Post Sportsperson of the Year Awards dinner held at Te Rauparaha Arena last night. We are thrilled for these amazing sportswomen who have both had a tremendous year with their sport. Imogen was also nominated for the individual Cross Country/Road Race category and received the Pennant for senior cross country along with runners Ruby Leverington and Lucy Preston.
Congratulations also to all our nominees: Charlotte Mills (Cricket), Caroline Enright (Football), Ella Vincent-Hyde (Futsal), Laura Albiston (Handball), Julia Gluyas and Victoria O'Keeffe (Hockey), Jessica Jamieson (Netball), Olivia Hausmann (Rowing), Christy Robinson (Tennis) and also to students nominated in Other Codes - Emerging category: Shan Boekholt (Gymnastics), Arielle Edwards-Brown (Lacrosse), Zoe Gasson (Synchronised Swimming), Ruby Straugheir (Weightlifting) - it's been a sensational year for sport at Marsden. (07/11/2016)

Students selected for Science Forums

eakiry Kivi and Sariya McGrath are to be congratulated for their selection for prestigious science forums. Neakiry has been selected for the 27th National Science and Technology Forum in Auckland from 14-28 January 2017 which is held annually for outstanding all round Year 12 science, mathematics and technology students who will be returning to school in Year 13 and plan to study science, mathematics or technology at university.
Sariya has been selected for the Australian National Youth Science Forum in Canberra from 2-13 January 2017. This is also supported and sponsored by Rotary and is a 12 day residential program for students who are passionate about science, technology,  engineering and mathematics (STEM). (02/11/2016)

Preschool get creative for Diwali

This week during Discovery time with Y1-3 Primary students, our Preschoolers tried the art of Rangoli, which is often created during traditional Diwali festivities. Rangoli is an art form in which patterns are made using non-permanent materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. On Monday our students joined Primary for Athletics Sports on the main playing field enjoying activities such as sack races, egg and spoon, water relay races, throwing challenges and sprints. A fun day in the sun! (02/11/2016)

Art Exhibition

Currently we have a beautiful exhibition of works by Simon Woolf and senior Marsden Students hanging in the foyer and iCentre. These were set up for our Old Girls Day. All works are for sale and catalogues are available at Main reception. They are beautiful works showcasing the talents of Simon and our students. Generous commissions on all works are made to Marsden and we thank all artists for their generosity. Come on in and have a look. Any enquiries email martine.foster@marsden.school.nz. (02/11/2016)

Tertiary Scholarships Awarded
We congratulate all our students who have been awarded tertiary scholarships for 2017 and beyond. See results. (01/11/2016)

Leavers' Day
When our seniors go on study leave at the end of the year, we know it is the last time the Year 13s will be coming to school in the normal way. So it is always with mixed emotions that we celebrate Leavers' communion, breakfast and a scrumptious morning tea of strawberries and cream, provided by our Marsden Old Girls Association. This morning Eleanor Schwer's mother, Caroline told our leavers to "Make the most of all the opportunities that come your way. Be involved in your place of learning, your workplace, community and your family". Caroline is a Marsden Old Girl starting when she was just 8 years old and her daughter Eleanor, who leaves this year, has been with us since Year 2.
We urge students to use this study time well and remember the wise advice from Dr Seuss "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Looking forward to seeing what directions these fabulous young women take. (31/10/2016)

Old Girls Day and new Hall of Fame Laureates

It was wonderful to see so many Old Girls back for Old Girls Day.  They were rung in to assembly by our Handbell girls, took part in the traditional roll call and enjoyed performances by Altissime (a composition by student Neakiry Kivi) and Nell Clere Music Scholarship winner Amira Bajema. Congratulations to our Marsden 2016 Hall of Fame Laureates - professional sportswoman Kate McIlroy, businesswoman Victoria Spackmanand singing teacher and performer Judy Bellingham. The award was also given posthumously to Sheilah Winn, supporter and patron of the arts, best known to our students as founder of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Kate touched the girls with her words and reminded them to "be kind to yourselves but be ruthless in support of your dreams". See more details on our Hall of Fame Laureates page or photos on our Facebook page. (28/10/2016)

Junior Black Sticks Squad

We are delighted to announce our fabulous 1st XI goal keeper, Julia Gluyas, has been named in the Junior Black Sticks Squad. Congratulations Julia. http://www.hockeynz.co.nz/News/junior-black-sticks-squads-announced (27/10/2016)

Shu's Song a huge hit with Preschool

Preschool's trip to the Hannah Playhouse to see Capital E's performance of Shu's Song was a huge hit. This non-verbal show used sound, music and puppetry to tell the story of Shu who discovers the secret life of everyday objects in a home office and our Preschoolers loved it, they laughed so much. Inspired by this they enjoyed using office stationery in new and creative ways, painting with bubblewrap  is great fun. (27/10/2016)

Ad Summa Choir enchant Primary

On a rainy Spring day, our Ad Summa Choir brought a little ray of sunshine to Marsden Primary foyer, enchanting students and teachers alike. This is a student run choir, co-led by Tessa Dalgety-Evans, Tallulah Farrar and Mia Vinaccia. They sang two songs, one a spiritual waiata, "Wairua Tapu" with sign language and a traditional African gospel song in Sotho "Ahuna ya Tswanag Le Jesu". Their harmonies were beautiful - we could have listened to them all afternoon! (25/10/2016)

The Marsden Leavers’ Ball viewing tickets sale
To be held on 10th December at TSB from 6.45pm to 8.30pm
The Marsden Leavers’ Ball takes place in December each year and is a special, celebratory occasion for the Year 13 Leavers and their families and friends. The evening is a unique Marsden occasion. If your daughter is not in year 13, it is a good opportunity for you to view the ball and know what to expect when your daughter is in Year 13.
Viewing tickets are $5.  This gives access to a reserved seating area to view the presentation and the formal dances.  This ticket is ideal for Marsden family and friends who are not attending any other part of the evening.  This ticket can be purchased from school reception from November 10th until the evening of the Ball (there will be door sales). (25/10/2016)

Equestrian success

Our equestrian girls from Karori and Whitby have come away with fabulous results from their recent Solway Dressage event. The Marsden Majors (Ali Mitchell, Lola Slaughter and Bronte Johnston (Marsden Whitby) won Senior Division A, the Marsden Magics (Ella Baigent-Brown, Sofia Letteri and Ali Mitchell) won Senior Division B and the trophy for the overall Senior Teams Championship. Sofia won prizes for the highest overall senior score and highest scoring rider at the whole event. Pretty impressive! (25/10/2016)

From the Primary
Primary to perform Shakespeare at Westpac Stadium

Year 6 students Lucy Mirfin-Newman, Louisa Boyer, Zoe Kreyenhop, Joyce Chan, Grace Wala, Scarlett Henry, Nadia Vinaccia and Lucy Penn are excited to be taking part in the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) performance of Henry V, at the Westpac Stadium on November 8. Different schools perform different parts of the play. Our girls are doing Act II, Scene II, where King Henry uncovers traitors on the eve of battle. It includes a jig, battle, many lines and tricky language but the girls are up for the challenge and already working hard to perfect their scene.  (25/10/2016)

Finalist in Interface 3D Printing Competition

Year 6's entry 'Kiwi Souvenirs' is a finalist in the Interface ‘Best 3D Printing Project’. Public voting is combined with the judge's scores to determine final results - so we'd love you to Vote for Callie Ballara's girls. See their entry (25/10/2016)

Primary Student Leaders

Congratulations to our Term 4 Primary Student leaders annnounced in a special Chapel service on Friday. We know you will be great leaders and role models for our Primary students.
Random Acts of Kindness

Primary Director, Celia McCarthy has been RAK'd. As part of chaplain Sarah King's cool initiative, Primary students have been thoughtfully and enthusiastically creating spontaneous, planned or anonymous Random Acts of Kindness at school, home or in the community. Mrs McCarthy loves her daisy chain, thank you girls! (21/10/2016)

Katherine Mansfield win for Katie

Superb news for Katie Reed Y12 who has won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition for 2016, receiving fame and a small fortune ($500) in recognition of her achievement. This prestigious competition was open to all Y12 and Y13 students from Wellington. Katie's story 'Imperfection' is a creative story about waking up the "morning after" and worrying about what you've eaten the "night before".  Congratulations also to our other girls who had stories shortlisted: Isabella Chaytor-Waddy, Maya Duckworth, Sarah May and Summer O'Dwyer. You can read their stories here.  Katie is pictured with NZ author,  Mandy Hager and John Saker (Gay Saker bequest) (21/10/2016)

Summer shoots to the top

Summer O'Dwyer has won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Shooting competition. The secondary schools championship took place over three 10-shot rounds and one 20-shot round, with shooters completing the cards at their own clubs. In only her second year of competition Summer says it suits her,"With shooting it's more about your personal best than anything, the only person you have to beat is yourself, which is what I quite like about it." Congratulations Summer this is a superb result. Read full Stuff article. Photo ROBERT KITCHIN/FAIRFAX NZ (19/10/2016)

Runner up in Passchendaele Competition

Head Girl and creative wordsmith, Nina Richardson has been named runner up in The Battle of Passchendaele Multi-Media Competition with her poignant poem entitled ‘the things they did, the things they didn’t’. As part of her prize, Nina will travel to Belgium in October next year as a Youth Ambassador at the Battle of Passchendaele centenary commemorations. Run by Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand, the competition was launched in 2011 as a way of ensuring that New Zealand’s sacrifice on the Western Front was not forgotten, and that young people continue to be aware of the heroism that took place in the fields of Belgium. This comes hot on the heels of Nina's runner up award in the National Secondary Schools Poetry Competition in September. Read Nina's amazing Passchendaele poem. (19/10/2016)

Preschool News

Welcome to Grace Liu, a student teacher in her 2nd year at Victoria, who will be with us in Preschool for 6 weeks. Spring has arrived and with it bursts of promising weather and a chance for our preschoolers get outside in the sandpit and make use of all the outdoor equipment.  The exploration topic this term is "make believe" and our students have been busy letting their imagination go wild making colourful crowns and masks. See more photos on the Preschool page. (19/10/2016)

2017 Student Leaders announced

We are absolutely delighted for Harriet Morrow (pictured right) who will be our Head Girl for 2017. Together with her deputy, Neakiry Kivi, they will lead an outstanding team of young women and we are looking forward to working with them next year. See full list here. (17/10/2016)

Bright future in ballet

Lara Flannery Y11 lives for ballet. She's trained so hard, auditioned and now her dream has come true, she's been accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance fulltime next year. She is one of only a handful of NZ dancers to be accepted. Bravo Lara we are thrilled for you and will follow your progress with great interest! (14/10/2016)

Welcome to Exchange Students

Welcome to Maddy Orr and Holly Reid, here on exchange from St Mary's, Perth until 29 October. Y10 Marsden students, Julia Huijser and Ingrid Corbett, travelled to Perth earlier in the year, so it is a lovely opportunity to reciprocate, spend time together and show Maddy and Holly around Marsden and Wellington. (Pictured with International Dean, Sarah Harvey). (13/10/2016)

Life Education Van visit

Year 1 students met and fell in love with Harold the Life Education Giraffe today. It is really great to have the Life Education team onsite for a couple of weeks working with Preschool through to Year 8. Students love visiting the van outside the Intermediate Block and Harold is a big hit with all! (12/10/2016)

Rowing Camp

The Learn to row and Returning rowers camp is always a highlight for new girls on the Learn to Row program and an exciting start back to the season for returning rowers.  Five days in Blenheim in the last week of the holidays didn't disappoint with the girls getting some fantastic time on the water.  They've returned very tired with plenty of blisters but have learnt so much and of course had loads of fun. See more photos on our Facebook page. (11/10/2016)

Synchronised Swimming Success

Over the holidays, Wellington Synchronised Swimming sent several swimmers to Mount Maunganui to compete in the New Zealand Synchronised Swimming Spring National Championships. Zoe Gasson (Y10) and her duet partner, Polly Winter (Y10 WEGC), won a silver medal in the Aquanaut duet division.  Samantha Fowler (Y8) and her duet partner, Lucia Marull (Y8 St Benedicts, Khandallah), won Bronze in the 12 and under duets division. The club, also, took home The Artie Shaw trophy for Club Spirit. Congratulations girls! (10/10/2016)

Term 3 News you may have missed

Cultural Awards Evening

We celebrated our Cultural Awards with a special evening on 22 September to recognise the talents and achievements of our students, acknowledging cultural excellence, commitment and service and to thank those who volunteer their time to assist with culture at Marsden. Congratulations to all award recipients, what a great year you've had, either performing or behind the scenes - you are amazing! See full list of Cultural Award recipients. (29/09/2016)

Trophy for Tournament of Minds Girls

What a great result for Jill Allen, Tegan Martin, Anika Knox, Aishani McGrath, and Malika Kalidas  who took out the Science and Technology Challenge in the grand Tournament of Minds Challenge in Lower Hutt on Saturday. Teams were given some materials and a problem, and had to create a technological solution using their science knowledge and then present it after 3 hours, they also had a spontaneous challenge judging team work and creative problem solving. They have been invited to participate in the international competition in Australia. Congratulations girls! (28/092016)

Ancestry alive

Year 9 students thoughtfully and creatively interpreted aspects of their unique ancestry and it's impact on New Zealand for a fascinating display in the last week of term 3. See more photos on our Facebook page. (3/10/2016)

Read the rest of our 2016 Term 3 news here